Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rediscoveries 1

REDISCOVERIES 1 – Electroacoustic Concert Series by SERG

Rediscoveries is a new series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music. A new iteration of the Discoveries series which dates back to the early 1990s, the series will allow audiences to (re)discover works from all over the world. This first concert features work by SERG members Pete Stollery and Suk-Jun Kim, alongside pieces by their teachers which had a significant impact on their own work. Continue reading

live at St Andrews

The Witching Hour with Fiona Soe Paing

Scottish/Burmese Aberdeenshire based electronic producer and vocalist, and an associate member of SERG, Fiona Soe Paing will be headlining with a solo audio-visual performance at Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory, on Thurs 27th Feb, as part of The Witching Hour series of events, curated by Ross Whyte.

Featuring visuals  by New Zealand based collaborator Zennor Alexander, the show combines off-world electronica, surreal 3D animation and live vocals, in an unsettling and hypnotic “live cinema” style show, which wastes no time in submerging audiences in its mutant world.    The show showcases material from the recent “Tower of Babel ” EP, released on Black Lantern Music label, which received a Four Stars review in The Skinny magazine, and which was created with production funding by  Creative Scotland. Continue reading

Voicing the Voiceless in the Sea of Trees – by Ross Whyte

Aokigahara is a dense 14 square mile forest which lies at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji.  It is also known as Jukai, the “sea of trees” and is famous for being Japan’s most popular suicide destination.

I had first became aware of Aokigahara and its morbid phenomenon in early 2013.  My initial investigations led me to numerous sensationalist reports and discussions.  Further reading, however, revealed an ancient mythology connected to Aokigahara: tales of yūrei (tormented spirits) said to haunt the forest and rumours of the custom of ubasute (the abandoning of elderly or infirm relatives) also taking  place there. Continue reading

Hearing the sounds of the fantastic animalia


The Wolf - The Owl - The Swan - The Caladrius

The Wolf – The Owl – The Swan – The Caladrius

The Aberdeen Bestiary: Sound-Image-Narrative is an artistic research project led by Dr Suk-Jun Kim and Prof Pete Stollery from SERG, and was one of the inaugural beneficiaries of a bursary from the Aberdeen Humanities Fund at the University of Aberdeen. The project is supported by the Special Collections Centre at the University of Aberdeen. Continue reading