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The Soundscape was devised by Kathy Friend working with the four groups below. The Indian Raga was her inspiration, morning and evening ragas seemed to fit in with the way commuters use the tunnel.

The Indian Raga

A raga is based on themes, the performer improvises on the themes, so that each performance is different. Our themes have come from public
suggestions on our questionnaire, and from workshops with children and our sound designer. A raga is not 'composed' by a composer, but has been created by evolution and improvisation over the centuries. It does not represent the mind of one person, but of many.

The Groups:

Two Primary Schools - P6 children from Whiteinch and St Jerome's Primary worked with a sound designer and musicians from the Paragon Ensemble. In this way we connected children North and South of the river.
(Themes - The Tunnel Master and Cars)

Art Form- Bryan Tolland (ex- Del Amitri ) worked with a group of Adults with disabilities - based in Govan. He used sampled natural sounds combined with multi-track recording techniques to combine the sounds that each group made. Local actor Billy Boyd joined a session and played guitar with the group. (Themes - Morning and Evening)

TigerStyle - Asian musicians based in Whiteinch, with drummers from
Dhol Infusion. (Themes - Water, Shipbuilding, Urban City, Slick City)

McAlpine Family - Got in touch through the website, we went to a family party to record their singing. (Theme - Scottish traditional songs)

Nic Scrutton - Sound designer/Composer worked with the school groups recording 'found sound' with them in the playground and in the streets, she combined all the group's work with her own Electro-Accoustic music into the final piece of music.

How will you hear it?

The technical equipment which will enable drivers to hear the soundscape is being sponsored by Radio Clyde. Drivers tuned to that station will hear the soundscape while they are in the tunnel.

If you drive through the Clyde Tunnel at 30 miles per hour, you will hear a 57 second section of the music on your car radio. The composition will be an uneven length so that you hear different sounds each time you use the tunnel. It will play for 4-8 weeks, over the launch period. We will put some music sections on to the website after the launch, so that everybody will be able to hear it.


click to view collecting 'Foundsound' click to view School recording
click to view Billy Boyd joins in click to view EastPark Home Session
click to view drummer click to view Whiteinch Primary
click to view Paragon workshop click to view St Jeromes primary
click to view Kids hear playback click to view McAlpine family
click to view Tigerstyle Studio click to view Tigerstyle drumming