With the University of the Highlands and Islands.

During their annual residential programme, students studying the University of the Highlands and Islands Music and the Environment Masters Degree worked with archive volunteer Maya Darrell-Hewins to explore the relationships between sound and historic images, and to use this as inspiration for pieces of music.

Using and inspired by material from the Shetland Film Archive, the group worked on their compositions for a day and a half before performing them to the public in the Café Bar at Mareel in the evening of 19 September. The students performances demonstrated the different ways these archival moving images could be read, interpreted and used in new creative endeavours. We were treated to traditional reels accompanying footage of a sailing regatta off Lerwick - and the same moving image material was used by another group whose electronic, recorded hip-hop accompaniment showed us that there is no one musical style more 'appropriate' than another for silent film.

Public performance of music to accompany archive films in the Café Bar at Mareel, 19 September 2018. (Photo: MDH).

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