Monday 8 March | Ronan Whittern

For his #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, bassoonist Ronan Whittern is taking short videos and field recordings of local trees.

For the 100 Days of Nevis, I began with the idea of photographing a different tree every day. This idea quite quickly morphed into making a field recording at the location of each tree, with the camera pointed at the tree. I have made recordings of different lengths in different locations, always picking just 15 seconds to share, as a little snapshot of the audio environment around this tree. When we see a photograph of a tree, it becomes very easy to look at it and dissociate it from its surroundings, so I wanted to situate it properly in the urban surroundings by including that which we often don’t think about with urban nature: sound. The recordings that I have made really surprised me, as I was expecting them to be almost exclusively traffic noise, with splashes of conversation thrown in. However, I have been really surprised at the amount of birdsong that is present, even in the busy environment of Glasgow City Centre. I hope that these videos will inspire people to take a couple of minutes out of their own day to experience the audio environment that they are living in, even if it is sitting by an open window and just listening to the sounds of the street.

Botanic Gardens – Glasgow

River Kelvin – Glasgow

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.