Festival of New Writing
in Aberdeen and
1st–30th September 2010
Pete Stollery and Elspeth Murray distil acousmatic music and poetry from the sound
GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue [Map]
Admission £5 (concessions £3)
Pete Stollery presents his evocative electro-acoustic, Still Voices, based
on the sounds of the coal-fired distilling system at GlenDronach before it was removed
in 2005. This is the first time the piece has been heard at GlenDronach and you
will have time to see the famous stills and the old coal fires.
Elspeth Murray, gifted poet who performs her work in a wonderfully engaging way,
will also be giving her interpretations of the sound of whisky.
And it's Pete's 50th birthday! Please join in this part of the celebration. One
for the record books.
The evening at GlenDronach can begin, if you wish, with a guided tour of the distillery
starting at 6.30pm and ending, traditionally, with tastings of the whisky you have
just seen created! Or you can arrive for the main programme, which starts at 7.30pm.
Pete Stollery is a composer, teacher and performer based in Aberdeen. He
composes almost exclusively in the electroacoustic medium, particularly music where
there exists an interplay between the original "meaning" of sounds and sounds existing
purely as sound, divorced from their physical origins. In his music, this is achieved
by the juxtaposition of real (familiar) and unreal (unfamiliar) sounds to create
In recent years he has become interested in how we relate to our sonic environment
and has created many works for non-performance contexts.
His new opera 74 Degrees North (in collaboration with Paul Mealor, libretto
by Peter Davidson) was premiered by Scottish Opera in May 2010.
Elspeth Murray is a poet and wordsmith who became involved in the world of
whisky in 2005 through the 26 Malts project where writers joined designers
to create labels for single cask strength bottlings from the Scotch Malt Whisky
Society. She serves on the Tasting Panel of the SMWS and has helped for several
years to host their renowned Girls Burns Night.
Elspeth also works as a writer with schools, libraries, businesses, health organizations
and arts projects. She has been writer in residence with Scottish Widows, and was
part of the Scotland Chicago Teaching Artists Exchange in 2009. Since 2002 she has
been a member of the Church of Sonology, a renegade band of jazz musicians, sound
engineers, artists and audiophiles.
As a theatre producer, she works with the award-winning puppetry and storytelling
show, The Man Who Planted Trees, returning recently from a five month tour
of North America, with Sydney Opera House on the itinerary for November.
Straight after the GlenDronach Distillery event, she will be speaking at a literature
conference in Durham on Applied anthro-poetics at the boundaries between lived experience,
policy rhetoric and imagination. The talk will mostly be about flip-flops.