Event: Sound and Image Festival,11th – 13th October


Banchory’s Woodend Barn is hosting its Sound and Image Festival this weekend, featuring a collection of musical performances, from the likes of Remember Remember, and visual film experiences, including special screenings of Pixar’s Wall-E and Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 classic The Red Balloon.

The festival will explore the interaction between moving image and sound, the way musicians tackle the challenge of soundtracking other artists vision, and how this is interpreted live.

Opening act Wounded Knee (Edinburgh’s Drew Wright) will be providing a live soundtrack to John Grierson’s 1929 pioneering documentary film Drifters, which tells the story of Britain’s North Sea herring fishery.

Wounded Knee is an experimental vocalist who explores the rich tapestry of vocal music from folk balladry to abstract improvised soundscapes.

On the making of the soundtrack, elements of which were taken from a previous project for Glasgow Short Film Festival, Wright describes the various aspects of Scottish artistic and cultural heritage he drew on:

My soundtrack mixes original compositions with reworkings of traditional songs and field recordings. I have adapted Ewan MacColl’s classic Shoals Of Herring, transposing the narrator from Yarmouth to the East Neuk in Fife. And listen out for Lizzie Higgins, the Aberdeenshire ballad singer and daughter of Jeannie Robertson, talking about the hardships of life in the fishing.”

SAY Award nominees Remember Remember will be playing a special audio visual set, as they bring their sprawling orchestral and melodically explosive rock up north.

The Glasgow band, who are signed to Mogwai’s label Rock Action Records, have a track record of performing in cinematic environments, and as such this could prove to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

On the Sound and Image Festival, Woodend Barn director Nicola Henderson explains the thinking behind it:

When we sit and watch a film our emotional and physical response can be enhanced by the soundtrack that accompanies the film. When listening to music, images can change that experience. A good soundtrack will create an atmosphere, draw our attention to small details we may have missed and build excitement or emotional responses to what we are watching.

We are interested in exploring the relationship between the sounds you hear and the images you see – how can new soundtracks change our experience of a film? How do you build a successful soundscape for a film?”

For more information on the events at the Sound and Image Festival, click here to visit the website which includes detailed listings and ticket details.


About Hamish Gibson

Hamish Gibson is an arts journalist studying English and Politics at Aberdeen University. National Collective Arts Editor and Scotland On Sunday new music columnist.