Elbow Room

Elbow Room


  • Instrumentation: Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), electric guitar, percussion (1 player: vibraphone, glockenspiel, drum kit, sample pads), synthesizer, violin and cello (all amplified) with video, location recordings and lighting.
  • Duration: 40"
  • Year: 2014
  • Commissioned by Sound and Music and Red Note Ensemble
  • I. 1949
  • II. 1980
  • III. 2014
Sound and Music Red Note Ensemble

Elbow Room explores the psychogeography of cities: how we affect the city and how the city affects us. Through instrumental performance, location recordings and video, the piece tells the story of the mid-twentieth century plan to demolish the city of Glasgow and replace it with a futuristic concrete utopia. The video incorporates extracts from the films Glasgow Today and Tomorrow (1949, directed by Erica Masters) and Glasgow 1980 (1971, directed by Oscar Marzaroli) in addition to new footage filmed in 2014.

Elbow Room was the culmination of an 18 month residency with Red Note as part of Sound and Music's Embedded scheme.

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Performance history

  • 22nd May 2014, The Arches, Glasgow; Red Note Ensemble, Michal Jankowski (live sound), Pete Searle (lighting).
  • 21st May 2014, Summerhall, Edinburgh; Red Note Ensemble, Michal Jankowski (live sound), Pete Searle (lighting).