Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer, sound artist and arranger. In 2012 he completed a practice-based PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Aberdeen where his field of research was concerned with impermanence in audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.
His compositional output often includes collaborations with artists of disciplines different from his own, including dance, theatre, sculpture and web design. He has a particular passion for working alongside dancers and dance choreographers and has collaborated with various practitioners, including Rob Heaslip Dance, Fuora Dance Project and Orphaned Limbs Collective.
Since early 2016 he has worked as one half of the Gaelic ambient electronica duo, WHɎTE with singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte. WHɎTE perform new arrangements of rarely-heard traditional Gaelic songs, original instrumental pieces and original Gaelic songs. Their acclaimed debut album, 'Fairich', was released in 2016 and has received positive reviews and regular national and international radio airplay. Their audio-visual stage show, 'Fairich: Live' was selected for the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
Ross has also made several contemporary arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and his arrangement of 'Leis A' Bhàta Dhubh Dharaich' was performed by the choir Bùrach at the Royal National Mòd 2017, who won the Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich.
Between February and April 2017, Ross participated in the Sura Medura International Residency in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. For that program, he created an audio installation for 6 radios and ambient soundscape, titled 'Degrees of Separation'. The installation was based upon his research into the musicality of the Sinhalese language and the local folk culture. Upon returning to the UK, there was a subsequent installation at Summerhall, Edinburgh, and a live performance of the ambient material at The Barn, Banchory, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3’s ‘Exposure’ show and broadcast on 30 June 2017.
Ross is currently working on new solo sound works and the WHɎTE follow-up album.