On August 7th and 8th I am presenting a showcase concert of new multimedia work called “SOUND AND LIGHT”
This performance will feature a number of premieres of new works I have composed throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
- Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and backing track. Performed by Robbie Craigie
- Flare – an experimental dance film by Dan Inglis with dance by Dujon Cullingford
- L.O.Q.Shun – a recorded work for voice featuring Julia Booth
- Dark Matter – a sound and light piece in collaboration with Martyn Roberts
- Whakaika Nei – a video dance piece with Louise Potiki Bryant
And a couple of other treats.
There will be an opportunity for an informal Q & A Session following the evening performance.
The performance coincides with the release of my new abum ‘Imaginary Communicaton’ – a suite of pieces for piano and electronics. This will be available for download on a pay-as-you-like basis, with all proceeds going to Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.
Sound and Light: A Mozart Fellow Showcase
When: Thursday 7th August 2014 at 1pm and 7.30pm, Friday 8th August 2014 at 1pm
Where: Allen Hall, University of Otago
Price: $5 (waged) / $3 (unwaged)
One of the recent projects I have been working on is a remix for the jazz-fusion band ‘Subject2Change‘. The band has a new album to be released later in the year that I helped working on the final mixing process.
As some really early promo for the album Rob Burns has suggested I share the remix so people can hear some of the musical goodness that this group of talented musicians have been working on.
Recently I have been working on a couple of remix projects. One for jazz-fusion band ‘Subject 2 Change’ featuring staff from the Otago Music Department. The other is a couple of tracks from the album ‘The Stone Soup Sessions‘ by John Egenes.
Drawing from the stems available on the remix site John has, I selected two tracks to remix. The first is the track ‘Little Bird’ – a lovely little folky tune featuring acoustic guitar and vocals. I took that extended it out a little, edited the vocals and replaced the acoustic guitar with a percussive accompaniment. Here is my remix version:
The other track I went for is a song called ‘Crazy Sons of Bitches’. I took this country tune and rearranged sections, removed some stuff, and added some synth bass, electronica drums and some distorted harmonica to create this kind of electro-blues version of the tune:
Free downloads of both tracks are available on Soundcloud.
About a month ago I drove down to Invercargill to record in the Seaward Bush Reserve with woodwind maestro Adam Page.
The recordings are part of a new album I am working on, to be released later in the year, but as part of the recording we did an extra track that is now available to listen to.
Adam Page playing bansuri in Seaward bush reserve.
Adam is playing a bansuri on this recording with some extra electronic manipulation… but the performance is as it was. This is about capturing a specific moment in time, a moment in space – a conversation with the landscape.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be awarded the Step Higher Award from the University of Waikato. This leadership award will send me, with 3 other Hillary Scholars to Nepal to explore the work of the Himalayan Trust and the things that Sir Edmund Hillary has done in that part of the world. It is a huge opportunity to see a place I never really thought I would go to, a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, meet the people, and ideally develop a new composition based on the experience.
I plan to take some portable recording devices with me to try and capture some of the natural sounds of the environment there, and utilise those as an element in the new composition. As part of the award we will all be fundraising for the Himalayan Trust – and for me this will include some new music as well (more details to come soon!)
Am in the midst of working on a new cross-disciplinary multimedia piece for the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme to be premiered at an event in August. Slowly managing to convert ideas from the poem into musical arrangements to get things ready for when the rehearsals start.
While I continue working on that, here is a recent piece. Another in the ‘Imaginary Communications’ series I have been working on throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
This edition also has a video accompaniment filmed during sunrise near Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula.