Nick has tended to focus on ambiosonic field recordings manipulated by scientific data.He also makes things up..
Nick can work both directly with bands and artists or just as happily as engineer to visiting producers.
A hint of the idiosyncratic but still within the grasp of the far side of the mainstream.
Nick Turner has worked in the music industry for over twenty-five years as sound artist, producer,
engineer, performer and writer. He founded Watercolour Music in Lochaber in 1994, building the
business up from a single-room recording studio in a disused hotel function suite to its current position
as one of the country’s most sought-after recording locations in purpose-built premises in Ardgour, Lochaber, overlooking Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis.
Nick divides his time between production and recording commissions at Watercolour Music’s studios,
and his own creative and writing projects, with a particular passion for song-writing and sound design.
He has been in residence as Sound Artist in Association for Aberdeen Performing Arts, documenting
and celebrating the refurbishment of the Aberdeen Music Hall; and Artist in Residence at the ØY Festival in Papa Westray, Orkney. He developed ‘The Deep Sea Light’ sound installation project, using submarine recording, convolution reverb and found sound with traditional and contemporary musical composition to reconnect with the underwater marine environment.
At Watercolour, he has been responsible for a vast number of recordings across the musical spectrum, from indie, hip hop, pop and rock to classical and folk. As a producer and engineer, he has worked with a wide variety of world-class musicians and producers including Josienne Clarke, Martin Taylor, John Renbourn, Jerry Boys, Shooglenifty, Julie Fowlis, Blazin Fiddles, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni, Fred Morrison and many more. His reputation is founded on a keen ear for detail coupled with an ability to place recorded sound in a natural ambient setting.
He has engineered and co-produced many albums and TV series with his partner, Mary Ann Kennedy, including several albums for Gaelic record label Macmeamnma, their own Watercolour label and Greentrax Recordings. These include Cliar (‘All-time Best Album, Scots Trad Music Awards), Marit and Rona (Celtic Connections Danny Award-winners 2012) and no fewer than six winners of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He co-produced the soundtrack to the award-winning BBC series, ‘Aig Cridhe ar Ciùil’ and the boundary-breaking TV series of musical collaborations, ‘A’ Gharaids’ for BBC ALBA
He is a prolific songwriter, collaborating over the years with several singers, including Findlay Napier
as Queen Anne’s Revenge. Their songs continue to be showcased in Findlay’s live performances. His
interest in sound production and recording has expanded to a long-term exploration of the relationship
between the natural world and music composition and performance, from in-situ recordings of pibroch in their places of origin and inspiration, to re-creating the natural soundscape of a frozen Highland landscape within the confines of a Regency library
Previous projects include the recording and production of the soundtrack to the feature-length film
version of ‘An Drochaid: The Bridge Rising’ – the first major collaboration between Creative Scotland
and MG ALBA. He also oversaw the production of ‘Aiseag’, Watercolour’s commission as part of the
Commonwealth Games/ PRSF New Music Biennial 2014 – a collaborative composition between lead artist Mary Ann Kennedy, Canadian composer Scott MacMillan, poet Aonghas MacNeacail and Nick as audio designer.
Watercolour Cottage sits on Loch Linnhe's shores at the mouth of the Great Glen, with unrivalled views of Britain's highest point, Ben Nevis
Grime beat interpretation of Maurice Ogden's 1950's poem about standing up to Fascism. Using the original 1964 animation along with contemporary images. Written and performed by Nick Turner and Brian Jamieson (aka Damaged Goodz).
A song by Nick Turner and Findlay Napier, inspired by Alfred Anderson - Scotland's last Tommy and Old Contemptible. Performed by Nick Turner and Jim Hunter with Mary Ann Kennedy. Video edit by Nick Turner with original animation from Ginger, Prelinger..
Soundfield SPS200 - Tascam DR70II
AVid Protools 2020.5 - Cubase10.5
Neve - Neumann - 40years
Residential * Isolated * Experience * Enthusiasm* Unorthodox.
He and Mary Ann continue to work together on projects including the 2016 Blas Festival Commission
– Beul na h-Oidhche Gu Camhanaich (Mouth of the Night to First Light), a celebration of the night
skies; an artistic residency at Aberdeen Music Hall in 2016/7; and Mary Ann’s solo album projects, ‘An Dàn’ (2017) and ‘Glaschu – Hometown Love Song’ (2019) on the international world music label ARC Music
We concentrate on obtaining a high-quality original recording and have been extremely succesful in capturing a true and natural live sound from the excellent acoustics of the recording areas.
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Watercolour Music's studios have been at the heart of a huge range and number of recordings, many of them award-winners. All musical life is here - Pop and Rock, Americana, Jazz, Country, Dance, Hip-hop, Spiritual, Classical, Traditional and Medieval. As producer and engineer, Nick has recorded major names and emerging artists, and everything from choirs to rock bands to fire extingushers (yes, really).
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