Black Velvet by Louise Rossiter used as its sound source a can of Guinness containing a “widget”. From these quite sparse and simple beginnings Louise Rossiter had created a world of amazing depth and spaciousness. A vast hall filled with various mechanical echoes suddenly mutated into a station with a huge steam train – and all this from just a can of Guinness.
Alan Cooper, 13 November 2010, Sound Festival, Aberdeen
“…the sounds in Louise Rossiter’s “Black Velvet” seemed in themselves to express intrinsic movement. A sense of rotation or throbbing animated much of her sound constructs with a fast rotating pedal note underlying much of the composition. Variations in speed seemed to be powerfully expressed here too in this very dynamic piece.”
-Alan Cooper, 5 May 2010, University of Aberdeen.
“…I particularly liked and responded to Louise Rossiter’s Breaking Point perhaps because elements of traditional classical music were clearly discernable in her composition: a clear division into seven movements with recall of themes also clearly discernable and an echo of counterpoint in the way in which her different sound components were layered above one another and her movement of sounds round the auditorium was particularly appropriate and well done..”
-Alan Cooper, 23 October 2011, Sound Festival, Aberdeen.