We joined Dr Matt Brennan for the launch of his new music venture Citizen Bravo's debut album 'Build A Thing of Beauty' as part of the Green Tease events programme. The evening also launched a research film project directed by Graeme O’Hara titled The Cost Of Music; and a demonstration of an interactive musical sculpture known as the SCI★FI★HI★FI, which forms the only physical copy of the new album. We took the opportunity afterwards to interview some of the participants at the event, as well as on of the makers of the SCI★FI★HI★FI, about their views on the role of music in tackling the climate crisis!
Build A Thing of Beauty draws on musical influences ranging from Jonathan Richman to Robert Wyatt, Brennan recorded the album with the help of friends including Andy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit), Malcolm Benzie (Withered Hand), Raymond MacDonald (Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra), and Pete Harvey (Modern Studies). Brennan also found inspiration in scavenging and manipulating orphaned samples from antique recording formats and integrating them into his songs.
The short film The Cost Of Music documents Matt’s journey making the album: disillusioned by prevailing attitudes about the disposability of new music and the decline of physical formats, Matt set out to record his own songs and release them in an unusual way: not so much a ‘concept album’ as a musical sculpture that explores the concept of albums as historical artefacts. In doing so, he discovers how the cost of listening to records has changed over the past century: while the economic cost of listening to one’s choice of recorded music has never been lower, the environmental cost has never been higher.
While the album will be available for online streaming, the sole physical copy of the album is a one-off interactive musical sculpture called the SCI★FI★HI★FI. Built in collaboration an electronics engineer (Peter Reid) and metal worker (Mark Reynolds), the SCI★FI★HI★FI is what its name suggests: a science-fiction inspired hi-fi system that can play seven of the most historically significant recording formats (Edison wax cylinder, 78 rpm disc, vinyl LP, cassette tape, compact disc, mp3 on hard drive, and streaming remotely from the cloud). To listen to the album Build A Thing Of Beauty via the SCI★FI★HI★FI is to make sense of recorded music not as a fixed, frozen object but as an historical event unfolding over time. How was recorded music valued before the advent of albums, and how might it be valued after albums are gone?
This is the third podcast from Creative Carbon Scotland's Green Tease network & events programme, to share any feedback please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Green Tease programme and and joining the network, visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website.
The backing track for the podcast is of course an instrumental of the title song from the album Build A Thing of Beauty by Citizen Bravo.
This podcast was produced by Madeleine Jordan to help provide a deeper understanding of the Burnie Journey project. The interviews, recordings and production took place as part of a work placement with Creative Carbon Scotland from the Edinburgh College of Art.
The Burnie Journey research project explores how adopting a creative approach to engagement could be taken by Scotland’s flooding authorities to effectively raise levels of flood awareness and preparedness in flood risk communities. Unlike traditional forms of public engagement, this project sought the skills and expertise of a creative practitioner to design and facilitate a number of engagement workshops on flooding and local flood risk management on behalf of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
The project was funded through SEPA’s internal Research and Development Fund and was managed by SEPA’s Flooding Communications and Customer Services team. SEPA commissioned Creative Carbon Scotland to help shape and develop this project using their knowledge of the cultural sector and experience of connecting environmental and climate change organisations with those working in the arts. Creative Carbon Scotland was instrumental in bridging the gap between SEPA and project artist, Simon Gall. The project was also supported by Aberdeen City Council’s Structures, Flooding and Coastal Engineering team who provided local flooding knowledge and community contacts.
To find out more about the project, visit the Floodline Scotland web-page: floodlinescotland.org.uk/creative-engagement.
To find out more about our wider culture/SHIFT work visit our project page: https://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/project/cultureshift
‘Biosystems – Cli-Fi: The New Weird’ is the latest project from A+E, a collective of creative practitioners who run a monthly reading group series, focusing on ecological themes and offering a lively environment to explore the pains, pleasures, problems and potentials of the fraught era we live in. Dr Rhys Williams, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Fantasy Literature (English Literature) at the University of Glasgow.
The event was supported with funding and staff time through Creative Carbon Scotland's Green Tease Open Call. This is the second podcast from the Green Tease network & events programme, to share any feedback please contact email@example.com. To find out more about the Green Tease programme and joining the network, visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website.
Can art get people travelling by bike, by foot, by other means of sustainable transport?
This podcast on Arts & Active Travel is introduced by Gemma Lawrence, CultureSHIFT Producer at Creative Carbon Scotland with presentations from Cosmo Blake, Arts & Diversity Officer at Sustrans Scotland and Ben Spencer, independent Arts consultant.
The first podcast from Creative Carbon Scotland's Green Tease network & events programme, to share any feedback please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Green Tease programme and and joining the network, visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website.