Sand, silt, flint - new album out soon
"SAND, SILT, FLINT” is the second studio album from Scottish/Burmese producer and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing.
Inspired by the landscape, folklore and rich balladry tradition of North East Scotland, the project combines Fiona’s electronica productions and voice with Scottish traditional instrumentation, field recordings and archive material. Each track on the album is linked to a specific North East location and story, and using the Doric dialect of the North East, re-imagines traditional ballads from the area, and creates new songs inspired by landscape and folklore.
The album will be presented in a series of outdoor geo-located soundwalks using the “Echoes” mobile app and GPS technology, with binaural headphone mixes by sound artist Jamie Smith. The listeners path is guided by the audio, the album’s songs interwoven with excerpts of archive recordings, spoken word, and field recordings, creating an interactive listening environment where the songs can be experienced in the setting which inspired them.
The launch event for the first walk took place at Forvie National Nature reserve, on the weekend of May 29/30, and is inspired by the legend of the Sands of Forvie. The event also includes a screening of a short film by North East performance company Dudendance, created with support from Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund.
The project in being developed association with Aberdeen based production company Open Road. With thanks to Creative Scotland and Help Musicians UK for their support in funding the album, and to NatureScot and The Elphinstone Institute of the University Of Aberdeen for their support.