sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland encouraging new music creation and discovery. We run the annual soundfestival, as well as year-round activity supporting a wide range of composers, engaging with local communities and providing educational opportunities.

sound aims to give composers the opportunity to experiment, develop and create new works, and to have these works performed and heard. We encourage audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience all kinds of new music and cross-art form experimentation. 

We are strongly influenced by our geographic location, covering both urban areas and remote rural communities, and respond to its specificities and gaps in provision. We often work closely with local arts and other community organisations to share ideas and deliver joint activity to the benefit of the local area. 

soundfestival 2020 will now run over two weekends in October 2020 and January 2021 as a hybrid of live physically-distanced performances and digital events. 

Thursday 22-Sunday 25 October 2020
Thursday 28–Sunday 31 January 2021

The festival will present a wide-ranging programme of new music featuring new commissions from composers including Ailie Robertson, Ben Lunn, Deirdre Mckay, Laura Bowler, Pete Stollery, and Tansy Davies. There will also be a focus on the horn as sound continues to showcase 'endangered' instruments, as well as installations, talks and workshops.

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