Artist in Residence

ØY Festival, Papay November 2018

Space Staion

Nick Turner

Upon the Space Station theme of this year's festival,I spent three glorious days on Papa Westray - distilling island life into biomusic, found sound and ambient soundscapes

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Field Recording

Soundfield SPS200 ambiosonic microphone recorded on to a Tascam DR70d mkII as well as a hand held Tascam DR100 for the odd informal moment .


Four H2a-XLR Hydrophones suspended from a floating array and recording directly to a Tascam DR-70D. 96Khz, 24 bit

studio production

Pro Tools 2018.12 DAW with a Neve mixing desk. Sound design plug-ins from SSL, Wave and Avid.

Wave Station

It's a weekend of live performance, music, space walks, workshops, exhibition, cinema and a deep space disco, all centered in and around the beautiful Papa Westray.

ØY Festival

The Music

Papa Westray ØY Festival

ØY Festival

Muckle Supper

Harvest Homes are an Orkney traditional celebration in honour of a successful harvest.Now part of the festival, Papay’s "Muckle Supper" is an annual feast of Holmie mutton – from the Holm’s seaweed-eating sheep.


Artists, writers, thinkers have been especially attracted to islands through history for the solitude and the landscape, and as places to contemplate and inspire. Using this as a starting point, artist Saoirse Higgins and I decided to set up an event which responded to this particular island trait.


Saoirse Higgins is a artist-designer from Dublin, Ireland, currently living on Papa Westray, Orkney. She is interested in revealing some of the connections between our vision of the world we live in, our expectations for the future and the technology we use to help us with this.

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