Monday, January 20, 2020
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A Skye band have created an especially commissioned score to accompany Edinburgh's Hogmanay fireworks.

Electronica band, Niteworks, were commissioned to create a nine-minute sequence to be matched to pyrotechnics.

Niteworks will be performing live at the event and will be working with award-winning film composer and sound designer, Dan Jones, and pyrotechnicians, Titanium.

The band, formed by a group of high school friends on Skye in 2008, has won the commission ahead of an appearance at the Hydro in Glasgow in January with the Skye-born stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill as part of the Celtic Connections festival.

Allan MacDonald, piper with Niteworks, said: “We were thrilled to be asked to perform live for the street party, but to be asked to put the music together with Dan for the fireworks has just been something else entirely.

“The original brief we got was to try to recreate the sound of Scotland, tomorrow. We felt it was important to include songs in both Gaelic and in English, and also to have a tune on the pipes for immediately when the bells come in.

“Straight away we spent a whole day just watching New Year’s Eve fireworks displays from around the world.

“It’s interesting to see the different styles – London and Melbourne are quite pop and contemporary, whereas Tokyo or Dubai are more traditional and classic. We’re aiming for a vibe something in-between these styles that people will hopefully enjoy bringing the bells in to.” 

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