Hector MacInnes

Award: Fusion Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Alternative/Experimental

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Scotland

Website: www.hectormacinnes.com

I am a songwriter, sound artist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland. My work is about the narratives and iconographies that underlie human behaviour, and how we can play around with them to rethink what we do.

Over the last few years I have focussed on drawing on unusual/fringe source material as a catalyst for new work, including textiles, shipping containers, land reform legislation and interviews I have conducted with local primary school children, public transport enthusiasts and victims of mass eviction.

My career as a professional musician began in 2005-6 with electro producer Mylo. I have gone on to explore a very broad range of music and audio projects as a performer, composer and producer, many of which have been focussed on collaborating across platforms, and pushing the boundaries of what can music can do in each setting.

Since 2009 I have been a member of the acclaimed “folk-noir” group The Dead Man’s Waltz. Following an album, national radio play and touring, we developed “Story’s End”, an exploration of death in storytelling, involving authors, film-makers and artists, which was part of the Made In Scotland 2013 Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe. Also in 2013 I was awarded the first “Martyn Bennett Composition Prize” as a solo composer.

In 2015-2017 my collaborations with Philippa Thomas included a performance in St Giles, Edinburgh as part of “Scot:Lands”, and being awarded the Bealach commission by An Lanntair, Stornoway, for our installation “Suspension and Disbelief, the story of the Hebridean Cable Transit Company”.

As a producer, engineer and session musician I have worked with Scotland’s top folk musicians including Daimh, Fras, Ross Martin and Eilidh Shaw, Mairearad Green and the Angus Nicolson Trio.