Songs of the Highlands

John Roach

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Songs of the Highlands
CDR release packaged with a 1/8" lead sheet
hand-punched with letters and edition number

All of the sounds heard on Songs of the Highlands were generated with an instrument called The ScotchBox,
one of my many sound sculptures / instruments. The ScotchBox consists
of a tin box strung with rubber bands and amplified via two piezo
pickups. The bands are bowed with plastic and metal rods and plucked and
caressed with motors to create an expansive array of tones and timbres.Songs of the Highlands aspires (as with all of
my work in installation, sculpture, video and audio) to transform
ordinary objects into new, unexpected and active entities. Even the
enigmatic titles of the pieces on this CD are culled from the copy
printed on the tin box which originally housed a bottle of Glenlivet
scotch. When paired with the sounds heard here, titles such as
"Converted to an airfield", "Introduction of steel shafts" and "Lone
Ailsa Craig" take on a new life worlds away from their original
commercial context.