This November, Mr McFall’s Chamber performs three programmes drawing influence from as far afield as Argentina, Poland and South Uist, collaborating with fabulous artists from folk, world and classical roots. ‘Maverick ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber have the knack of taking audiences on insightful musical journeys’ The Scotsman sound: Scotland’s new music festival Sat 1 Nov […]
Our next Distil Residential starts this Thursday! I can’t wait! The participants are: Neil Ewart Laura Wilkie Chris Greive Emma Tomlinson Callum Armstrong Cameron Maxwell Grainne Brady Kaela Rowan The workshop leaders will be: Jacky Molard – (Breton fiddler, composer, traditional musician) Dave Heath (composer) Raymond MacDonald (improvisor) Everyone will be learning from each other […]
I’ve just come across some music written for the left hand of the piano by Chopin. I’m sure you have all heard of it before however here is some to watch!
Distil held our first Scratch Day in LoFi Studios, Glasgow on September 16th 2014. Five composers Neil McDermott, Alasdair Paul, Grainne Brady, Emma Tomlinson and Tina Rees wrote/arranged a piece for our distil ensemble featuring drums. The idea of the day was that the composers scored music for drums using Dave Milligan’s drum tutorial. The drums […]
We have been very lucky at Distil to have had some amazing workshop leaders from all over the world. Twice Mihály Borbély has come over from Hungary to work with Scottish musicians. It’s always amazing to see him move with the music – all these different time signatures are so natural to him. Check out his website. […]
Check out this brilliant video made by film director Mike Guest (http://www.mikeguest.co.uk) Taintless Tide – Jennifer Austin from Stash Media Worx on Vimeo.
I’ve always wanted to write for drums. Unfortunately there never seems to be the time (rightly or probably wrongly) to learn how to do it correctly. What usually happens is when I get to rehearsal I say to the drummer I want this kind of groove (no paper) and then I hope they remember all […]
Dave Milligan has put together this writing for drums tutorial to help people write for drums ahead of our first Distil Scratch Band day. Why not write something for our Distil scratch band? Notation for drums and percussion can vary a great deal from arranger to arranger, and from composer to composer. Some writers have […]
This is a set of mixes put together at Distil Electronic in March 2011, New Lanark. The 10 participants were taught by Glasgow’s Tigerstyle about how to put together a track using cubase.
The Distil Showcase 2012 happened on the 4th May 2012. Our house band were the fabulous Mr McFall’s Chamber and the composers were: Mike Vass Jo Fraya Kate Young Rachel Hair Suzanne Houston Lorne MacDougall Iain Fraser Steven Blake James Lindsay Freya Thompsen Amble Skuse Mairearad Green Download the programme notes. Have a listen below.