In the Spotlight: Isle of Jura Producer Giles Perring Presents: The Exchange

In the Spotlight: Isle of Jura Producer Giles Perring Presents: The Exchange

Acclaimed Isle of Jura based producer, Giles Perring, has released the visuals for the highly innovative telephone piece, The Exchange, which he produced online for the Oban Showcase of CHArts Argyll and Isles last autumn.

At Sound of Jura musician and producer Giles Perring continues to develop his distinctive sound and approach to recording. His style has developed over 30 years working in diverse projects ranging from rock to contemporary classical music, electronica to free jazz, sound design to world music. Acclaimed for his cinematic approach to music and sound Giles' work includes sonic sculpture with Echo City, musique concrete with Unmen and TV and film production music for the Extreme Music Library.

Through Sound of Jura, Giles offers his production skills to composers, songwriters and creative people of every stripe who want to tap into his facilitative and aesthetic approach to production.

Some Sound of Jura Productions

Clients whose work has been realised and released from the studio include Something Secret, Karl Culley, Albert Kuvezin and Yat Kha, Corn Potato String Band, Brigada Mercy, Aline Frazão, Mekons, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, BBC Radio Drama, London Tricycle Theatre, Takula, Moiizah, XA Music Library, Islay Gaelic Choir, Echo City

Meanwhile live events to have been created from here include the Sound of Jura presents... concert series, Tip of The Tongue/Barr Mo Theanga Festival, Tall Ships Finale Stavanger.

The studio is the place that most of the work for our sister business XA Music takes places as well, and you can look at the label/publishing content at

About The Exchange

The Exchange is a sound and music event devised by Giles Perring. He performs it ‘solo’ with other contributors who take part live via a simple telephone call. It's a template for a live streaming musical/sound event that Giles first performed at an improvised music club, upstairs at the Centurion, in Deptford, London in 2001. The version created for Modern Art Oxford in 2003 was nominated for an RBS Arts Award and in 2013, Giles produced a version for Sonica in Glasgow.

Taking inspiration from his marvel at the telephone call as a means of communication; a love of remote listening; the communities who populate thru-the-night phone-ins; the melodic collisions of Charles Ives’ music, and the dreamlike shortwave radio explorations of Stockhausen, Giles has updated the piece every time he has done it since that debut in 2001.

140919, the fifth rendition, unfolded to an invited audience on the Isle of Jura in Scotland and streamed to the world via a 4G uplink to the inaugural showcase for Argyll's Art and Culture organisation CHARTS, at St John's Cathedral in Oban. With voices calling in from all over Argyll, and the world, The Exchange is an evocation of our solitude, and our connectedness.

This version's line up features Melanie Pappenheim [who was situated in London], Catriona Price [Lyth], Teitur [Faroe Islands], Esther Swift [Edinburgh], John Cayley [Providence, Rhode Island], Kevin Godley [Dublin], Lorne MacDougall [Dunoon], Ian Stephen [Isle of Lewis], Jørn Snorre Andersen [Stavanger], and Kirsty Law [Oban]. Echoes created by calls bouncing back and forth across the ether, traditional songs, improvisation, a tune by Charles Ives, poetry and the acoustically shaped sound of Knockrome all feature.

Two illustrative teasers for the event are posted at and https:// An earlier version, Exchange 011113, at Sonica Glasgow, is here https:// and there's information about versions 1, 2 and 3 at the Exchange archive site


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