A 36-episode radio series produced 2015-19 - the first to attempt a contextualisation of Scottish popular music by focussing on individual albums that demonstrate importance. Through interviews, analysis and reflection the research builds on previous popular literature and has provided a leading voice in the discourse around an emerging canon of Scottish music. The work seeks partly to address the question of what can be considered important music within a culture, how that might develop canon, and further how we might define identity within Scottish music, by conducting extensive interviews with key musicians and commentators, textual analysis and a bricolage editing technique supported by an authored script. Documented through the recording and editing process each episode brought significant insights from musicians around creative process and cultural impact. Across the programme arc specific insights were variously gained around the reciprocal links between Scottish and popular American music, the industrial landscape of the 1980s and beyond, and the innovative approaches of Scottish musicians, often rooted in earlier forms and modes of practice. Several extended interview podcasts developed a detailed counterpoint to the tight focus of the edited broadcasts; themselves richly textured creative works that offer a dynamic, original insight into key cultural history. The outputs were disseminated as radio broadcasts on BBC Radio Scotland / BBC Radio 6, and as podcasts on the iPlayer. The series reached #2 on the iTunes podcast chart, remained in the top 10 for the 2018 6-month run and had significant download numbers and shares across social media. Commentary, both within the broadcast and social media – from many key cultural commentators – was positive in reflecting on the rich narratives embodied in the research output. A research paper, developed around the ‘Glasvegas’ episode – ‘Stabbed: Towards A Musical Tartan Noir’ – was delivered at a conference in Cape Breton University.
|Published - 14 Jun 2018