About the Series

In this two-part series Can You Hear Me? Instrumental Voice and Evolving Musical Identity, professional clarinettist Pete Furniss explores how a musician’s sound is understood as an expression of their personality, with instrumental performers being recognised in the same way as the voice of a singer or actor, family member or friend.

In conversation with a wide spectrum of musicians, technicians, actors, and music and sound theorists, this series on the idea of a musical voice is an auto-ethnographic investigation into the process of individuation from the generic to the unique; and an individual’s quest to define and articulate an evolving sound in the volatile ecology of contemporary performance.

This series is authored by Pete Furniss, doctoral candidate in the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh and professional clarinettist. It is co-produced with The Arts & Culture Unit.

It will be broadcast as part of the second series of Modulations: Broadcasting Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, on Resonance 104.4fm.