Still from The Sigh (2020)
I first began working with moving image as a means of documenting my activities in the studio, in musical performance and in the field. Unusually for a sparsely populated semi-rural area like the Scottish Borders there has been for many years a healthy experimental film scene. I always found myself on the fringes, engaged mainly in sound design and installation. After a period of research and experimentation I developed my own practice as a moving image maker. I'm interested in merging critical, poetic and imaginary approaches to landscape film-making, taking account of social and natural history, the interpenetration of inner and outer landscapes and the history of the eerie, uncanny and the unsettled, in particular as manifested in British film and television of the last fifty years. The Scottish Borders is the perfect place to be exploring such themes and topics. My current work involves elements of performance or more accurately my own presence in the landscape, for example in the Landowner project.
As part of my electroacoustic composition PhD I looked closely at film sound. I've always believed that much remains to be done in this field. Because of the resources I've built up as a sonic practitioner over the years I hope to find new ways of driving what will be essentially simple moving imagery with the full range of sonic and musical techniques at my disposal. Nobody here cares much for experimental electroacoustic music so maybe I'll find a way into people's ears through short films.
You can watch a selection of short films on my vimeo pages. Keep an eye out for updates.