Sonic Dreams

What do your dreams sound like? Sonic Dreams is a fantastic sound world for children and adults alike. Meet Barney the cat, who dreams of catching fish in the ocean, fly to the jungle in your own helicopter and become a Commonwealth Games gold-medalist! Anything is possible on this 3D sound journey where the only limit is your imagination! An intimate sonic installation for families. Age 5 upwards.

Performed by Veronica Leer, Annie Leer and Gabrielle Hughes.

Commissioned by Edinburgh’s International Science Festival created by Cryptic and ARUP. Developed with support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Supported by: Digital Design Studio

Image of Sonica 2013 Picture Window

Picture Window

Picture Window is an on-going project which animates vacant and transitional commercial spaces and shop fronts. In different locations across the city, these temporary spaces present work outside the gallery environment, allowing artists and musicians to engage with the public directly.

Picture Window is a project by: Annie Crabtree and Eileen Daily


Pilgrimage from Scattered Points

Glasgow based filmmaker and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler’s kaleidoscopic and enigmatic view of the life and work of composer Cornelius Cardew, founder of experimental musical collective the Scratch Orchestra (1968 – 1973).

Juxtaposing first-person interviews, recent and archive footage, still photographs, short animated sequences and predominantly unreleased music, Fowler has created an appropriately unconventional and compelling film-work, which highlights the issues raised by and the synergies between Cardew’s and his own creative practice.

Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

Enlightened Sound

The Whisky Bond’s unseen spaces host an exhibition to celebrate and explore the intrinsic relationship between Glasgow’s music and arts culture. A group of artist/musicians including Raydale Dower (Tut Vu Vu), Steev Livingston (Errors), Richard McMaster (Silk Cut), Tom Marshallsay (Dam Mantle) and Tom Scholefield (Konx-om-pax), visually expand on a piece of music they have made through light, installation, film and sculpture.


Music Box Migrations

Designed to accompany Kathy Hinde’s Piano Migrations, Music Box Migrations explores the idea of using a picture as a musical score. Images of birds, bird migration patterns and maps are printed directly onto strips of card. Holes are punched according to chosen points on the images or map. These holes trigger notes when the score is wound through a music box – creating a (usually pleasing) melody.

Supported by: Scottish Music Centre

Robin Fox Light Show

Following the success of Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine at the Southbank Centre in October, audio visual performance artist Robin Fox presents the results of a four week residency at The Glue Factory. For one performance only, Fox uses lights, smoke and electronic composition, to fill the cavernous spaces of the Glue Factory, creating an awe-inspiring, three-dimensional, synaesthetic experience.

Sonica 2012 Artist in Residence. Supported by: Australia Council IETM Collaboration Project


A ground-breaking, reactive sound installation, through which the audience attempts to unravel the truth about The Narrator’s life by playing records from his collection. The viewer plays a record, which controls a series of customised, self-playing instruments, providing a soundtrack to The Narrator’s story. Just as a real narrator alters the way they tell a story depending on their mood, audience and context, the memories embodied in the installation will distort, evolve and warp depending on external influences.

A year in the making, this project required Aidan Moffat to write 10 short stories with multiple variations of each, to be sound tracked by a total of 160 new musical compositions by FOUND. For Sonica, FOUND present a specially prepared intimate version of the installation.

#UNRAVEL was created with investment from Creative Scotland’s Vital Spark Programme and New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund, with support of the Centre for Design Informatics, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, SWG3 and The University of Edinburgh.

Luke Fowler and Jean-Luc Guionnet

Glasgow based filmmaker Luke Fowler and musician Jean-Luc Guionnet’s recent collaboration resulted in the creation of Turner Prize nominated film All Divided Selves.

For Sonica the pair debut a live performance piece, which explores their relationship to dance and electronic music.

For this performance, Luke and Jean-Luc push their basic analogue instruments to the extreme, opening up fresh possibilities of sound.

Extended Play

The inspirational Extended Play is a thought provoking installation, reflecting on the lives of children who have survived conflict, continuously and positively celebrating hope, survival and new beginnings.

Artist Janek Schaefer’s score in three parts for violin, cello and piano is played on nine multi-speed record players arranged within the space. As visitors navigate around the installation, their movements cause the record players to stop and start. The visitors’ influence over the ever-changing composition is a reminder of our place in the global community and the impact we can have on its stability.

Winner of The British Composer of The Year Award, for Sonic Art 2008 and Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers 2008. Commissioned by hcmf// 2007


Piano Migrations

The inside of an old upright piano, rescued from destruction, is transformed into a kinetic sound sculpture. Video projections move across its surface, triggering small machines to flutter and twitch emulating the movements of birds skittering across its surface.


Drawings in pencil. Drawings in light. Traces of journeys, mappings, sketches, networks, rhythms… Artists Kathy Hinde and Daniel Skoglund create live sketches, drawings and video projections and, using graphite sequencers, translate them into an ever-adaptable musical score of techno rhythms and electronic pulses. This hypnotic performance work transfixes the viewer, as they begin to lose track of where the drawings end and the music begins…

Created for the Sounds of Stockholm Festival 2010, commissioned by Stockholm’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) and WELD experimental arts space.


Four cellists are shrouded in transparent columns. As they play, traces of light flit down the columns like grains of sand in an hour glass. The music and visuals become increasingly powerful, and the viewer becomes submerged, slowly losing their sense of time and space.

Created in collaboration with Italian video artist Luca Scarzella and performed by the Gaida Ensemble, Sandglasses is a three-dimensional, audio-visual exploration of the acoustic, visual and symbolic meaning of sand-timers.

A production by Gaida Festival Vilnius, supported by: Réseau Varèse – European Network for the Creation and Promotion of New Music, with funds from the European Union’s “Culture” Programme. Supported by: the Lithuanian Culture Fund


It was said that the rooms in the Bluebeard legend mirrored the workings of man’s psyche and that the relentless quest by the female protagonist to enter these rooms, regardless of the consequences, represented women’s pursuit of truth.

In Collective 33 1/3’s production the conventions of classical theatre are shifted, transforming the male protagonist into a virtual circumstance. And the female protagonist, of the same virtual making, leads the audience through the several doorways enabling a sense of what is happening behind ‘closed doors’. The resultant atmosphere is that of experiencing the inside of the chambers whilst witnessing a fatal destiny.

In collaboration with ten musicians the score was written by improvising on these visual themes. Additionally a soundscape was created by Michael de Roo.

Collective 33 1/3 is a collaboration between artists Douwe Dijkstra, Jules van Hulst and Coen Huisman.  The collective create images, atmospheres and theatrical scenes to  develop multimedia environments. Their acclaimed production of Bluebeard premiered at Voi-Z Festival (Zwolle, Netherlands) in 2011 and recently enjoyed critical success at Operadagen 2012 (Rotterdam, Netherlands).

Supported by: the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Our Contemporaries

Hundreds of giant, skeletal, kinetic ‘fingers’ surround you, determinedly tapping on individual desks. As the ‘fingers’ grow more impatient, the sense of tension builds, climaxing in a mind-blowing cacophony of sound.

Korean artist Mookyoung Shin has created Our Contemporaries in response to a growing sense of the repetitive nature of everyday life. This eerie and disquieting piece poses metaphysical questions about the dreams and ideals of individuals, living increasingly constrained and monotonous lives in a modern society.

Tales of Magical Realism

“A mysterious door presents itself; should you open it? You look through the peephole… Suddenly, you find yourself sitting in an old train carriage, rattling through the night.”

Following the sell-out success of Tales of Magical Realism – Part 1 at Cryptic Nights last year, Sven Werner once again invites you to embark on an illusion fuelled journey to darkly poetic places.

Based on his feature film Oculista, in which a lone traveller meets a beautiful, mysterious girl at a train station, this intensely atmospheric installation, allows audiences to truly experience Sven’s steampunk style film ‘from within’. Take a peek into Sven’s miniature, peep-show world with this curiously vaudevillian sonic experience, featuring live music by Graeme Miller.

Commissioned by Cryptic Nights and supported by: The Luxembourg Ministry for Culture, The Craignish Trust & The Hugh Fraser Foundation

Ecstatic Arc

Created using found materials and recording devices this machine powered, theatrical installation features sonic-kinetic sculpture, mechanical puppetry and recorded composition.  This quirky installation can be viewed during the day, but really comes to life at night, in an immersive, multi-sensory live performance.

Commissioned by Cryptic Nights and supported by: The Craignish Trust & The Hugh Fraser Foundation

Remember Me

“Imagine you open your desk one day and a whole new world opens in front of you…” Claudia Molitor

Staged in the evocative surroundings of Scotland Street School Museum, Remember Me, is an intimate, miniature, multi-media opera, in a desk!

Inspired by an antique which the composer inherited from her grandmother, Remember Me tells the story of an imagined friendship between ill fated opera heroines, Dido and
Eurydice, on a tiny stage, with no singers.

Complete with film, orchestral pit visit, interval refreshments and live performance by Molitor, this playful and imaginative opera questions whether big really is better.

Concept, Composer, Text & Performer: Claudia Molitor
Co-Director: Dan Ayling
Set Designer: James Johnson
Production Manager and Operator: Jack McConchie

A Cryptic production by Claudia Molitor for Sonica, co-commissioned by hcmf//, supported by: PRS for Music Foundation and RVW Trust