Black Velvet

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Black Velvet Black Velvet was realised in the studios of The University of Aberdeen in early 2010 and was one of my first pieces of acousmatic music.

The work uses a can of Guinness containing a ‘widget’ as its sole sound source. In realising this piece, my intention was to create a sound world completely different, and obscure to that expected from the sound object – something that would immediately draw the listener in.

Black Velvet was announced as a finalist in the 2010 Musica Nova International Composition Competition. The piece has been performed and broadcast widely in China, Canada, USA, UK and the Czech Republic.