About John Montgomery

Based in Glassel, near Banchory, I graduated from Gray´s School of Art with an art degree and have worked over the years as an Art Lecturer, Multimedia Designer, Project Coordinator with education establishments: Aberdeen College, Northern College, Aberdeen University, and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary:Medi-CAL.

More recently i pursued an interest in Sonic art and graduated with distinction from Aberdeen University with a Master degree: MMus:Sonic Art.

In 2017, I received a nomination from the Luc Ferrari Centre National de Création Musicale, PRESQUE RIEN Jury for a piece called ´vol´, and attended its performance in Paris.

You can read a more detailed career history here >>

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Thefigure silouettes by the thumbnails gives an idea of each painting's size. Click a thumbnail to open a larger version of the image in a new window (which you can later close). If you would like to buy one email me and make me an offer. I'll be delighted.

Sonic Art

This is under construction - old stuff copied across. And there´s also my soundcloud account

TT Ball is a sound composition for my MMus assignment made completely from sounds from a table-tennis ball, digitally processed of course.

Craiglash Quarry Composition. The FCB1010 Pedal is a MIDI pedal which can send MIDI Keys and Control Commands. I send them to CSound, and programmed this bespoke looper. I then tested the looper using some samples I made on a quarry theme. Then wnet and tried it out. Thanks to Victor for doing the video. On YouTube The Looper in the Quarry


Mobile. Also on YouTube another early piece I did of "Algorithmic Composition". Written in C it uses a webCam focussed on a Calder type mobile. The visual input then generating the MIDI notes. At the outset one can select a style such as Arabic, Jewish, Indian, etc. which then influences the scale which is used. It takes a pause to get started whilst I select a scale in the code. A shot of the mobile appears at the end of the piece. Sorry it's so out of focus it was a screen recording with freebie software.

LinearSound4Film is on YouTube. Another assignment, this time to put sound to a silent film clip.


 Icepond is based on a walk in the hills, where we came upon a pond with centimeter thick ice. The sounds here are playing with and breaking the ice. The piece is created live in two passes using FLStudio. 1st pass to scarify, 2nd pass convolution.

Medit Using the FLStudio sampler played live in one pass, using a test song I made a while ago for the drone.

Minimalist : I played and held a piano note until it faded away completely (29 secs.) Then used Csound, pluck, and convolution reverb to create these 29 second notes. It is entirely done with Csound scripting.

  1. The Vigils Website. Needing a revamp!
  2. October 2019 Pop-up Exhibition
  3. My public wiki - sort of journal