this edition of framework:afield, entitled diamonds and hoofoil, has been produced in the scottish borders by james wyness. notes from the producer:
Diamonds and Hoofoil is an ethnosonic investigation into equestrian culture in the Scottish Borders. As part of a wider collaborative project, Fetlock Deep, in collaboration with Claire Pençak, Catriona Taylor and Caroline Adam, I spent several months researching my topic, gathering field recordings and creating an archive. Selections from the archive were played at rural events throughout the summer of 2012 and presented at an exhibition in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles in November 2012.
By means of field recordings, interviews and commentary, Diamonds and Hoofoil examines a range of topics: how we humans and the horse have evolved together; the deep bond between us and domesticated animals; how we represent the horse.
Thanks to Gavin Millar, Judith, Lucy and Anna King, Les Amis d’Onno, Claire Pençak, Catriona Taylor, Caroline Adam, Eastgate Theatre, Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Parkside Primary School.
James Wyness is a composer, sound artist, performer and researcher.
His raw materials range typically from field and experimental studio recordings to hand-made acoustic and electronic instruments to found objects, which are edited and transformed in the digital domain to produce a range of creative outcomes, including composition, performance, stereo and multi-channel installation, work for fixed medium and digital publication.
As a performing improviser he works with prepared bowed psaltery, contact surfaces, vibrating devices, materials and objects.
He is also involved in traditional music both as an accompanist and educator, working regularly with the new generation of young musicians from ‘both sides the Tweed’.
He holds an MA Honours degree in French Studies and a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the University of Aberdeen where he studied with Pete Stollery.