The Illicit Still
Oliver Searle


A short work for solo contrabass (or bass) clarinet.

The first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay opened in September 2017.
This short work aims to capture the sounds of the distilling process, aiming to emulate a
rhythmic and mechanical environment, with each sound fragment chasing and moving around
each other (and perhaps giving the impression of an attempt to evade any authorities who
might like to thwart any illegal distillers...)

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Instrumentation Genre Solo instrument
Tag solo
Duration 5 minutes
Instrumentation Contrabass clarinet [1 player]
Publisher Scottish Music Centre

Performances of this work

Date Venue Performer Link
The Illicit Still
BBC, Online, Scotland, UK BBC Radio 3 New Music Show

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