We do not just hear sounds; we hear in sounds. Sound is like a smirring rain, a hazy, swirling continuous song that we are a part of, and apart from. There are lots of different ways of listening to sounds, each of which open up different ways of hearing the world, because listening is listening and responding. Listening, like lichen, is symbiotic.
Composer Richy Carey will lead a series of listening and singing walks. Take part by performing a series of instruction scores – short, semi-improvised compositions about listening, which anyone can perform, using our voices to sound out the world around us, and to listen for what we hear echoed back. We will wander up Coille Ìosal, a short, undulating forest walk beginning at Braes Hall and ending at the top of the hill, looking out across Ben Tianavaig and the Sound of Raasay.
The arc of the singing and listening exercises will echo the landscapes we walk though, stopping along the way to perform works by composers who use instruction scores to bring people together to pay attention to each other, and to the world around them, through sound.
Richy Carey is a composer who lives in the Isle of Skye. He works collaboratively with artists and communities to create soundtracks and soundscapes – making communal sounds that explore ecologies of authorship, agency and empathy through listening and sounding together. He was Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music artist in residence 2018, has a BAFTA New Talent award and is finishing a PhD about film sound at Glasgow University.
Free, spaces limited, all ages, no pets, booking essential