Recent projects

Times have been busy leading up to Christmas, but here is a quick update with some of the more recent things I have been doing.

DV Bryant Trust 90th Celebration Film

DV Bryant 90th Celebration Film: December 2014 from nimbus media on Vimeo.

 

Lost Inside

A track from an unused film score for a thriller film about becoming unexpected trapped.

 

In that Infinite Moment

Created with Nick Tipping on bass this piece is a a real-time, unplanned moment of musical communication.
I appreciate that this is a long track, and as such it may prove daunting to commit to listening through – especially as time spent online is often searching for the quick reward. But, this track, and the musical journey it contains, is something that I believe it is worth listening to.  So, if you feel so inclined, sit back, close your eyes, and listen. Perhaps this moment with communicate something to you.
Thanks for your time.

A new musical tradition

It seems a new musical tradition is being set in motion. This time, one year ago I was lucky enough to spent a couple of days with a group of great musicians (Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Nick Tipping, Jeremy Badger, Adam Page) creating and co-composing the soundtrack to the movie – Penny Black. This movie is nearing a release (with an accompanying soundtrack album).

For the second version of this new yearly tradition, I spent the day today in the University of Otago Music Department Albany Street Studios creating new music with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums and vibraphone). It is always great to get into a creative space with likeminded musicians and create sound in a space together.

Very much looking forward to getting in and mixing the new music from today… but in the meantime here are some tracks from the Penny Black Soundtrack. It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to make music with all these extremely talented and generous musicians.

Flutter

Things have been pretty hectic since the premiere of ‘Flutter’ and ‘Cut Away the Masts’ at the Otago Museum. I am very much looking forward to sharing some photos, videos and recordings of this music! It was a very rewarding performance – working with great people. It was incredibly moving the first time hearing the music in the space and seeing the way the butterflies seemed to react to the music. Magic.

Here are some pics from the process and the recordings… I will wait for the professional photos before I show anything from the actual gig.

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Butterflies

Butterflies

John Egenes on pedal steel

John Egenes on pedal steel

Rob Burns on bass

Rob Burns on bass

Flutter rehearsal

Flutter rehearsal

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Julia Booth recording vocals

Julia Booth recording vocals

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

L.O.Q.Shun

Yesterday marked the start of a week for premieres including:

He korokoro tūī : a soundscape for a site-specific dance work by Karen Barbour, featuring taonga puoro by Alistair Fraser. This will be premiered at a conference held at Waikato University.

- Flutter and Cut Away the Masts on Saturday at the Otago Museum.

But first, was the premiere of a new vocal piece L.O.Q.Shun premiered on Radio NZ on Sunday afternoon during the Standing Room Only show. It was part of a larger interview about my ongoing work as the Mozart Fellow.

You can check out the full interview here:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=20158331

This piece was developed through discussions with the singer Julia Booth about the work of Alexander Melville Bell on the study of elocution. We started talking about creating a loop-based performance piece in November 2013, and finally ended up in November 2014 with a completed recording of the work!

I had found a book online that he had written called “The Principles of Elocution” from 1887, and based the text of snippets from that book – particularly the second on difficult combinations.
The work is all voices (with reverb and delay effects).
Two vocalists:
soprano – Julia Booth
vocal noises – Jeremy Mayall

Here the work in the audio player below:

Flutter

At the end of November I am presenting a concert at the Otago Museum which will feature the world premiere of two new pieces: Flutter and Cut Away the Masts. This is all being put together as part of my work as the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago Music Department.

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1) Flutter – a multi-sensory, site-specific performance piece including: the feel and smell of the Tropical Rainforest (with hundreds of free-flying butterflies); the sound of brilliant musicians – Julia Booth, Tessa Petersen, Rob Burns, John Egenes, and Feby Idrus (with words by Shoshana Sachi, and technical enhancement by Stephen Stedman and Daniel Buchanan); the sight of the space and performers, as well as video by Dan Inglis and lighting by Martyn Roberts; and taste in the form of tasty morsels that correspond with the musical sections, created by the master baker at the Tart Tin boutique bake house.

2) Cut Away the Masts – a song cycle created in collaboration with 2014 Robert Burns Fellow Majella Cullinane The poems in the songs are inspired by The McIlrath Letters, a series of letters which were written by two brothers, who emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand in 1860, and wrote back to their family there for over fifty years. The songs will be performed by Julia Booth – Singer.

There are two sessions available starting at 8pm and 8:30pm. Tickets cost $35 and include a drink and canapes (the selection of food has been specifically designed for this event and is quite delicious!!).

This performance serves as a gift/celebration of my time as the Mozart Fellow so far, and a public thank you for having me here in Dunedin!

Limited tickets available from the Otago Museum Front Desk.

Concerts, Albums and Scores

The end of last week got kind of manic with a range of projects reaching finishing points.

- sending scores, parts, backing tracks and other performance details for the performers of a new multimedia chamber work “Flutter”.

- submitting full score and parts for a new orchestral piece “convoluted” for the NZSO SOUNZ Recordings in February next year (alas I won’t get to hear it live because I will be in Nepal)

- A fun concert at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Audience relaxed on beanbags, a great big reverberant space, acoustic piano drenched in electronics – All good things. Here are a few pics from the concert.

The setup for the concert.

The Grand Foyer space (top floor) in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

 

PLUS! on the weekend we also released the Scorelocks Collective Album “A Collection of Cues – Vol.1″. It is available on bandcamp now!

Live in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

I will be performing a live concert of ambient music for piano and electronics at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Saturday 25th October.

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Along with the live performance there will be a number of sonic art installations I have created for you to become immersed in.

Entry by donation to the Himalayan Trust – as part of my fundraising for the Step Higher Award.

Here is a pic of my practice setup for this concert:

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New Funk Music

As a break between “serious” music projects, I put together a little funk track for fun.

I was inspired by the music of Prince and Nile Rodgers, but presented with my own twist.
Very lucky to have had Nick Granville lay down some tasty guitar for the track. It will eventually have lyrics, but in the meantime it is just a fun funky jam to kick back and listen to.

Tumbling Water

Busily working away on a couple of vocal pieces that will be premiered at the end of November (more on that soon!), and trying to finalise the mix on a compilation album of cues from various film scores by The Scorelocks Collective… to be released very soon.

Meanwhile, here is a cue from the natural history documentary I co-composed some music for with Chris Lam Sam. This piece was to accompany some footage of waterfalls. Powerful and majestic. It was a fun project to work on.

 

Another World Asleep

Have spent the last few days working on the score for a natural history documentary. It has been an interesting experience, capturing the drama and power of nature in musical ways. Very fun. I will share some of that music in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, here is an ambient soundscape piece I created for the Sound and Light show I did in August. This track is essentially a cosmic lullaby. Based on the electromagnetic vibrations of the planets… this track is a perfect soundscape for getting in sync with the universe and finding a quiet moment of meditation in your life.