Pete Stollery (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Bergen was the city I did not visit as part of the Three Cities Project. Listening to the short recording of the Vesta passenger ferry crossing the harbour in Bergen, made by Ross Whyte, I decided to strip down the recording to its constituent parts, or at least what I perceived those parts to be, as I had no first hand experience of the sounds: three soundings of the boat’s whistle, some background ambience of water and seagulls, the “chug” of the boat’s engine.

On listening more deeply I began to mask the images associated with these sounds and started to listen to their musical potential: the gradual crescendo of the chug, its timbral variation, particularly as the boat seems to move away after the climax with the reflections of the sound from what I imagine to be various structures and surfaces, a sense of space and the movement of the sounds within that space.

This phenomenological reduction affords me the opportunity to provide a new narrative for the sounds one which is much less “boaty” and more to do with what these invisible sounds say to me.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2012
EventSound Scotland, Three Cities Project - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Apr 201222 Apr 2012


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