We had a brilliant time collaborating with the young people at the Multi-cultural Family Base on their new song ‘Persevering’. So much fun and creativity.
We kicked off our YMI project at Howdenhall this term performing with a lineup of cello, mandolin, drum kit, oboe and MC. An unusual combination!
It seemed to go down well with the pupils and staff at the school.
Each of us musicians will be visiting the secure unit over the coming months to take part in a huge recording project headed up by the pupils and overseen by the fabulous Gavin Wiltshire, music specialist and workshop deliverer with ‘Heavy Sound’.
Luci Holland will also be offering Synth Building and Game Design tasters as part of the project.
We’re looking forward to hearing what comes out of it at the end.
We had great fun collaborating with Rumba De Bodas as part of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival at North Edinburgh Arts.
What an amazing band, full of energy and enthusiasm. Great for all of the Tinderbox team and participants to get inspired by.
Also a great suggesture workshop led by Mike Kearney to kick the evening off.
Our Intermediate Orchestra did an inspirational job in creating a new score for this brilliant film made by the young people of WHEC with Screen Education Edinburgh.
The course was for young people aged 10 – 18 who can play 5 notes or more on a musical instrument. None of the young people had done anything like this before and most have never written any music before.
We spent 10 weeks using our natural powers of improvisation and creativity to develop new scores for two films led by the musical Jedi, Mike Kearney.
All of the musical ideas came from participants and the course culminated with us making a live recording of the soundtracks which you can hear below.
Here’s the audio from our second film ‘Summer In Scotland’ from the Scottish Film Archive. We don’t have permission to share the film here, only the audio.
Luci – Programme Director
As part of our upcoming film orchestra course (April – June), we had the pleasure of visiting the Scottish Film Archive with members of the band to select the films we’ll be scoring new music for!
We met with Emily of the SFA who took us through the film archives and gave us brilliant insight into Scottish film history. Here’s what sax player Sonia had to say about the visit 🙂
Today’s visit to Glasgow’s film archive proved to be both fascinating and inspiring. There we were shown a range of silent films that sparked our imagination for this year’s Tinderbox project. This visit gave us the opportunity explore ideas for the music and performance, by viewing a collection of amateur films and documentaries. In the end (although the decision is hard) a few films stood out to us that we will hopefully be able to work on in the near future!
For more soon make sure and catch our live performance to the films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 2018!
Our 2018 Digital Arts programme kicked off on Sunday with the beginning of our four week Synth-Maker course led by Yann Seznec.
We’ve been tinkering with resistors, slopping solder around and emitting light from our diodes.
Who knows what will happen next week? Only Yann can guide the way.
Tinderbox’s “Alternative Orchestra Night: Room to play” will be coming to the Electric City at Hidden Door Festival this year, on Monday the 30th of May. Check out the line-up & info below…
THE LONG ROOM
9.45-11pm: Tinderbox Orchestra
Closing the night Edinburgh’s famous Tinderbox Orchestra will bring together bands, artists and poets and take you on an orchestral journey through new collaborations and compositions!
“Rave Culture meets last night of the Proms” The Herald
“An Orchestral Revolution” Edinburgh Evening News
**** The Guardian, **** The Scotsman, **** The List
8.15-8.35pm: Room to Play
Room to Play is an exciting new creative course exploring interactive live and digital processes in music, art, performance and game-development. A team 13 emerging musicians, visual artists, game developers and other professions have come together to work with award-winning musician, sound-designer, game developer and sonic artist, Yann Seznec (British Composer Award for Sonic Art, 2015), as well as Edinburgh’s Tinderbox Orchestra, to develop a series of interactive musical and orchestral performances and installations. These will be on display in the daytime plus this feature slot with the Tinderbox Orchestra for a brand new experiment! More info here
6.30-7.15pm: Mantra & Niall Moody
Film, game, and media music band Mantra have teamed up with games developer and sound designer Niall Moody on their live interactive game music production Dance of Whispered Truths – where audience members can control the band and visuals through a custom console in an aesthetic-generative game atmosphere, through group musical and visual improvisation. Facebook page here.
7.20-8pm: Jellyman’s Daughter
“The Jellyman’s Daughter sound like they’ve come down from the same cold mountain as The Civil Wars or Grammy-winning duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss… [Graham] can make his cello as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.” The Herald Scotland. www.thejellymansdaughter.com
8.45-9.25: Brave Little Note
Brave Little Note is the alter ego of composer and multi instrumentalist Jacqueline Irvine. She makes lovely noise using electronics alongside real instruments and vocals. Amongst other projects this year, she has collaborated with King Creosote and a talented bunch of female musicians on his gorgeous album The Queens of Brush County. She will also be collaborating with Tinderbox Orchestra later in the evening. She rarely performs live so catch her while you have the chance! Listen on soundcloud here