Surfing, for most people, brings to mind images of California – bronzed bare-chested blokes atop mighty breakers, the Beach Boys belting out in the background.
Perhaps less so on Scotland’s cooler west coast, but new documentary ‘Ride The Waves’ details the surf scene in Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides.
And its soundtrack sets the scene perfectly, switching between atmospheric orchestral sweeps evoking the water crashing on the shore, and fiddles and drones conjuring up the rugged coastlines.
And while the film is a spectacular visual event, the soundtrack works as well, as a piece in its own right – whether accompanying the work of cinematographer Martyn Robertson on a surround sound system, or a moody headphones piece which – the odd spectacular passage aside – draws the listener into a meditative and immersive aural experience.
This article originally appeared in the Portsmouth News .