Subject2Change – new remix

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.

Subject2Change is:
Trevor Coleman – keyboards, trumpet
David Harrison – guitar,
Nick Cornish – alto and soprano saxophones
Dan Bendrups – trombone
Rob Burns – bass guitar
Robbie Craigie – drums

Check out the remix here:

The Song of Kauri

I have had the absolute pleasure of writing some music to accompany the new children’s book by Melinda Syzmanik‘The Song of the Kauri’.

This is a beautiful story. Definitely a book worth picking up and sharing with your kids!

I will share the music after the official launch of the book on August 1st! All are welcome to attend the launch at the Dunedin Public Library. Details below:

Song of Kauri Book Launch

 

Sonic Art Installation

I recently designed a sonic art installation piece called ‘#tinyelephants’.

This work is a soundscape accompanied by a large printing of this photo:

photographic accompaniment to sonic art piece.

#tinyelepahnts- photographic accompaniment to sonic art piece.

The originally purpose for this piece was to be observed in the context of a looping installation.

The sonic art element can be heard here:

#tinyelephants from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

People doing exciting things

It has been awhile since I have done one of these, but there are lots of people I know who are doing exciting things that you should definitely check out.

Rather than discussing specific projects, I will just provide a link to their facebook pages and you can click like and keep up to date with all the fun!

Music:
Mr Roberelli | SJD | Big Muffin Serious Band | Fortunes | Stephen Gallagher | Adam Page | Richter City Rebels | Horomona Horo | Nick Granville | James Hill | Julia Booth | Ed Zuccollo | Geysers | Paddy Free | Chris Lam Sam | Santiago Canon Valencia | Bambino | The Scorelocks Collective | Collie Mai Music | Diaz Grimm | The Porch | Anonymouz | Mighty People |

 

Film/Art/Photography/Theatre:
Chasing Time Productions | Indiefilm | A couple of Night Owls | Dylan is Yes | Brook James | Lou Potiki Bryant | Angela Keoghan | Cuttapea | Tuff Animation | Apocalypse Lounge | Seventeenthirty7 | Cakeburger | ACLX | Big Kid Films | Diprose Media | Paul Bradley | Pure Mint Photography | Taus Ceramic |

I have probably missed some people – but at least it is a start! Check out all these peoples work – they are doing awesome creative things. Don’t miss out!

Country-Folk-Remix

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.

Premiere of New Dance Piece

Recently I have been working on a collaborative dance piece with the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance Louise Potiki Bryant, and Rua McCallum

This short video work will be premiered with live dance performance elements at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on this coming Saturday, 21st June.

Following that, a video only version of the piece will be presented online and sent to festivals.

More details about the premiere concert below:

Te-Motutapu-o-Tinirau

Seaward Moments

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 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.

Here is the video:

Step Higher Award

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!)

In the meantime, here is an article from the Waikato Times today about it.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.

Imaginary Communication No.5

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.

Or the audio only version can be found here:

 

Recording in Nature

Still busily working away on various projects… a couple of experimental films, an album of instrumental music, an orchestral piece, a couple of multimedia/theatre pieces and anything else life throws my way! It is an exciting time – loving the creative work.

On the past weekend I spent a lot of time out in the beautiful landscape of the lower South Island recording sounds. The first stop was a trip to Invercargill to meet phenomenal musician and all-around great guy Adam Page.

It was great to spend the day with Adam talking about making music, performing, creativity, meditation, beards and other general fun stories! The day even included a quick visit out to Demolition World with writer Duncan Sarkies. This place is something else. If you ever find yourself in Invercargill go and check it out.

We eventually ended up heading out to the Seaward Bush Reserve to do some recording. It was great to get a performer like Adam into nature and capture the sound of his playing alongside the birds and other creatures living in these amazing places. It was a great opportunity and will result in some great music that I can’t wait to share!

                      

The next morning I went out along the Otago Peninsula toward Taiaroa Head and back to Otakou to record some of the sounds and wildlife of that area. I got near Taiaroa Head at sunrise and got some sounds, and the made stops at various points along the way to capture other interesting elements. These sounds will become part of a couple of new pieces I am working on – including a new dance film project with Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow and choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant. Again, more to be shared later!

It was a beautiful chance to see more of this area, and to be inspired by this place, and my time here in creating a range of new works.

I am loving this opportunity as the Mozart Fellow. I can not express my gratitude enough.