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and suddenly that lump of long dried-out clay that had been so mundanely fondled, so moved from floor to drawer to desk to shelf to box to floor suddenly whirred into life as I began to stroke it. Stroke it, stroke it against humming marble just an inch off the ground. OOooor it said. OOoorr. Itsoctaves progressing with my finger..

OOR_Scintilla is the collaborative sound-led practice of

Louisa Love + Clive McLachlan Powell.


OOR_Scintilla work experimentally across sound, music, performance and sculptural production. Interested in the material poetics of sound, voice and place, they produce restive and environmentally-responsive audio works exploring hybrid and composite conditions.


Their process emphasises material directness alongside linguistic obscurity, working improvisationally with objects, environments, instruments, electronics, bodies and vocal performance with reference to ancient folk origins to highlight intimate, physical processes of sonic production/inhabitation and ‘give voice’ to overlooked qualities that resonate a specificity of place.

'OOR' is a sonorous acronym derived from the sound of resonating clay and what the artists have together defined as 'object oriented resonance', a haptic and sonic rather than theoretical process of enquiry into object-led ontologies. 

OOR_Scintilla is a multifaceted collaboration: a 'band' and live art act, a friendship, a joint learning expedition through which to expand and channel practices, generate research, develop technical knowledge, experiment, share resources, explore and consider ourselves in relation to environments, self-organise, find alternative methods and sites for artistic presentation, and work collaboratively with others within and beyond the disciplines of sound.  

Public outputs include broadcasts, performances and exhibitions at: Moonah Community Radio, Tasmania, AUS (programmed by Sisters Akousmatica, (2019); Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow (2019); Noisy Familiars and Settle Doon, Settlement Projects, Edinburgh (2019); CitricACID, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2018).

OOR_Scintilla live-to-air radio performance at Radiophrenia 2019

Jumbled Airs #1 is a sound work synthesising wind, water, ecstatic pylons, breathy bodily systems, broken narrations, bowed objects and DIY aeolian harps into a transient song of confused communicative air currents. Inspired by the distanced intimacies of radio transmission, as well as its underlying potentials for disturbance/resistance, destabilized acts of breathing, speaking, addressing and sounding are combined with the physical resonance of objects and elements to point towards a reclaiming of the materialities of sonic exchange that is based in transient bodies, thoughts, gestures and places.


states found in weather | Edinburgh College of Art, 2019

states found in weather is a collaborative polyphonic performance installation synthesising live and recorded sound, music, voice, text, visuals, sculptural speaker objects and self-made acoustic instruments. Broken and breathy vocal systems roam amongst elemental sounds, humble folk inflections and slippery electronic interactions, to mark out a shifting gestural environment of resonant accumulations. Developed for the West Court at Edinburgh College of Art as part of a sound & performance takeover event at the MFA Degree Show 2019.


Noisy Familiars | OOR_Scintilla at Settlement Projects, March 2019

A sonic residency at Settlement Projects community interest store, Edinburgh, resulting in an exhibition of responsive sound, text, video and performance interactions.


Pre-recorded/composed works and live audio feeds were installed amongst the shop’s contents, subtly amplifying its day-to-day sounds and movements whilst also embedding new narrative connections to its objects and concealed histories.

Noisy Familiars | OOR_Scintilla at Settlement Projects. 
Documentary video of a sonic residency and exhibition at Settlement Projects, Edinburgh,
March 2019.