Exhibitions, Concerts and Sleep

Things have been going on… to read more about PLUNGE that happened at Ramp Gallery CLICK HERE

Also, to check out the photos from the MUSICAL PORTRAITS event with Mark Hamilton go HERE

Now, straight after that I went to Chengdu to go to the Blue Roof Museum with Gareth Williams to help install an art exhibition.

It was a large show, and had it’s challenges, but was a pretty interesting and entertaining experience! Great to be able to share this work with people in China.

A shot of the installation of my work “Kia rongo i te tāwara o te wai” in the Blue Roof Museum – a collaboration with Ben Woollen and Horomona Horo.

Upon my return I took part in the “SPRING ADVENTURES IN SOUND” concert. Here it was great to perform “4’33” by John Cage and “Pendulum Music” by Steve Reich, along with some original work in collaboration with Kent Macpherson as “RAG DALI”


And coming up next… “TO SLEEP” – a sleep concert. Working again with Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley and Aaron Chesham we will be presenting a 9hour concert designed for you to sleep through!

The concert starts at 10pm on Saturday 22nd October and ends around 7am on Sunday 23rd. About 9hours of multimedia-enhanced sleep! Live music and art. Together. While you lie back and experience the slowly shifting states.

Put it in your calendars now and then come prepared with something to sleep in and on. It will be quite an experience! Tell your friends.



The next big project for me is PLUNGE – A multisensory immersive installation at Ramp Gallery.

PLUNGE poster

PLUNGE explores new ways of experiencing and discovering art – by having visitors use all five of their senses.  You will be tasting, smelling, touching and hearing (along with the usual ‘seeing’).

PLUNGE is the result of ongoing explorations and collaborations between experts in sight, sound, taste, scent and touch. An immersive experience where new sonic artworks are further activated by connecting to other stimulus receptors. This is a very intimate exhibition, which requires the audience to become part of the artwork.

Each piece stimulates different senses and explores ideas of perception and the fluctuating human experience of time. Each work features a sound element created by Jeremy Mayall, which has been paired with collaborators in different fields: Dan Inglis and James Sutherland (moving image); Paul Bradley (visual art); Jamieson Hudson (baking/design); Demeter Fragrance Library (perfume). Along with the skilled support of specialist craftsman/artists/technicians Tony Nicholls, Owen Mayall and Brad Morgan to help construct each experience.

The inspiration for PLUNGE comes from ongoing compositional experiments by Jeremy, along with a range of neuroscientific studies, which explore the concept that none of our senses work in isolation, and that they are deeply interconnected and influential on one another. The works, through the common thread of musical composition, explore an ever changing thread of consciousness where you begin to notice the way that your brain shifts perceptions between our internal and external worlds. These works create a state that engages the brains own tendency to build worlds, find patterns and make connections, allowing the multi-sensory experience to provided a heightened sense of engagement with each work.


PLUS – as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a week of performance art events around Hamilton from 6th-10th September. See individual event listings and follow RAMP GALLERY on facebook for more information.


Mon 5 Sep, 5 – 7pm – Opening Preview of PLUNGE
– Ramp Gallery, Collingwood St
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition. This includes a brief artist talk, and the various collaborators will also be present. The works include collaborations with: Paul Bradley, Scott Granville, Mark Hamilton, Jamieson Hudson, Dan Inglis, Owen Mayall, Tony Nicholls, James Sutherland, Alexander Williams, Ben Woollen, and Demeter Fragrance Library.
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4603 )

Tue 6 Sep, 7 – 9pm – Musical Portraits with Mark Hamilton
– School of Media Arts, Collingwood St
This is your opportunity to take part in a unique performance art experience where you become part of the artwork. Sure to be an experience unlike any you have been part of before. Featuring live photography by Mark Hamilton. Refreshments provided.
FREE – but strictly limited numbers so book early
TO SECURE YOUR PLACE – EMAIL: wendy.richdale@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4607 )

Wed 7 Sep, 7pm – Conversations: a short film evening
– Creative Waikato, Alexandra St
Join us for a night of short films – including a range of collaborative projects currently unscreened in Hamilton. This is also the album launch for “CONVERSATIONS” – a collection of works for solo instrument and electronics. Also: see the world premiere of “For the Stars from the Undergrowth” a film by Ben Woollen with music featuring Adam Page and Horomona Horo.
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4616 )

Sat 10 Sep, 6:30pm – Sonic cocktails: a collaboration with Alexander Williams
– Wonder Horse, Victoria St.
Get your tickets to experience the premiere of three new compositions which have been expertly paired with matching cocktails. Sip your drink and experience the full cross-modal multi-sensory effects of this innovative collaboration between Alexander Williams from Wonder Horse and Jeremy Mayall.
Tickets $45 – limited numbers so bookings are essential. To book tickets email:
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4618 )


Pianos, Food, Concerts and the Brain

So many things going on… here is a bit of a run down about some recent projects and things, and then I’ll share some more info in another post about PLUNGE – the multisensory immersive installation I have been working on.


Whilst producing/co-producing music on a number of projects (including a kapahaka album; two different collections of educational songs for children with Chris Lam Sam; and, doing the audio mix on a TV series) I have been curating a series of breakfast concerts at Creative Waikato and Milton’s Canteen called PIANO AND EGGS


The series has featured performances by Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley, Liam Wooding, David Sidwell, Emma Carpenter and myself. The final concert in the series (Monday 29th August at 7am) is by David Sidwell and Julia Booth – they will be playing an exciting repertoire including original compositions by both David Sidwell and myself – in fact it will be the Hamilton premiere of a song cycle I wrote with Majella Cullinane called “CUT AWAY THE MASTS“.

This will be followed by another performance by DR. MESMER’S PRIVATE ARMY – Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley and myself with special guest Horomona Horo. It is a one-off celebration of the end of the series and takes place on Monday 29th August at 6:30pm in Creative Waikato. The concert is PIANO AND GRAPES.


THEN, on Wednesday 31st August I will be popping down to Queenstown to present MUSICA IN CEREBRO at the inSight event (organised by the Otago Brain Health Research Centre and Catalyst Trust) – Queenstown’s annual science, technology, innovation and future week. The week provides a sneak peek into our future and the opportunity to investigate the big issues, access the experts and explore possible paths ahead for the community. I will present a lecture, MUSICA IN CEREBRO, which is essentially a trip inside the mind, exploring the impact that music has on the brain. In 2015 Jeremy collaborated with neuroscientists at the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre to capture the sounds of the brain. These sounds were then incorporated into one of Jeremy’s original compositions ‘Musica in Cerebro’ designed to showcase the brain’s reaction to musical stimulation and evoke emotive responses in the listener. (event details: http://www.catalystnz.org/events/event/musica-in-cerebro-insight/)

Following that will be install for PLUNGE… more info soon!

Dr. Mesmer’s Private Army

Footage from the August 8th “Piano and Eggs” breakfast concert that served as the premiere performance for a new ensemble called: Dr. Mesmer’s Private Army

The ensemble features Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy and Paul Bradley.


Be there to catch the second sonic expedition at Creative Waikato Monday 29th August from 6:30pm. More details to come soon!

It has been a while…

Greetings from the midst of the madness. Things have been unexpectedly hectic, but hectic with exciting new creative projects, so it’s not too bad! Here is a brief update of some of the things that have been going on!

I have been working with the crew in the Music Department in the School of Media Arts, Wintec to curate and present “PIANO & EGGS” – a new series of breakfast concerts held every Monday morning (7-8am) during August in the Creative Waikato / Miltons Canteen space on Alexandra Street in Hamilton.

Concerts are typically reserved for evenings towards the end of the week, providing a closing reward to the pressures of working life. So we thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to kick off your week with an early reward and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast accompanied by some live music?

Monday 1st August: 7-8am – Jeremy Mayall and Kent Macpherson present a unique blend of minimal piano and electronic sounds, to create some textured, sonic explorations of early morning sounds. This combinations makes it a perfect calm listen to relax into your day, whilst at the same time creating something with a danceable quality that can energise you.

Monday 8th August: 7-8am – A multi-media event. Kick off this week as a part of the annual SPARK International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. This concert combines the work of musicians Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson, and Yotam Levy, with the live visual art projection work of Paul Bradley. These performers will work together to create a truly otherworldly early morning experience.




Monday 15th August: 7-8am – The half-way point in the Piano and Eggs journey showcases pianist Liam Wooding, who will be performing an eclectic selection of contemporary classical works from a range of composers.

Monday 22nd August: 7-8am – David Sidwell, pianist and Emma Carpenter, vocalist will present a selection of musical theatre classics, original material and light opera.

Monday 29th August: 7-8am – For the final in this series, David Sidwell is joined by soprano Julia Booth, with a collection of tunes drawing from light opera and musical theatre, along with a few original musical treats.

Artwork by Xavier Meade



BLOOD SUGAR:  A short documentary by Joe Hitchcock exploring the world of a child with type-1 diabetes. It was an absolute pleasure to create some score for this wonderful short doco. Watch it below:

Blood Sugar from Loading Docs on Vimeo.


Working on a new art film project with Dan Inglis – to be premiered at an exhibition in September… more details to come soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the production.


Have also been sitting down with director Julia Reynolds to talk about the score for her film SHEPHERD… Looking forward to getting stuck into this project.

L.O.Q.Shun – a film project with Dan Inglis and Julia Booth has been touring around the world as a part of the 2016 DELETE TV Programme.


You can now find some of my videos on the video page of I care if you listen (.com)http://icareifyoulisten.tv/
It is a collection of new music videos from around the place. An interesting place to find and explore contemporary music.



STICK TO YOUR GUN – a short film by Joe Hitchcock premiered at the PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL! Awesome for this little project to get some air time at a top ranked festival.

Stick To Your Gun – Trailer from Morgan Leigh Stewart on Vimeo.


The premiere performance of “The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound” for bassoon and fx pedals – played by Ben Hoadley – is now available online:

JEREMY MAYALL: The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound from SOUNZ on Vimeo.


I also worked on some David Bowie covers with Jason Long and Nick Braae for the the METEOR – ZEITGEIST event… check out some video below:

Next up… working on an exhibition in September in Hamilton, another exhibition in China, writing some new kids songs with Chris Lam Sam, and co-producing a kapahaka album… plenty to do!

Recent Work

Things have been hectic back in Hamilton. Lots going on with the various activities at Wintec School of Media Arts, plus a range of other fun projects! Looking forward to getting stuck into a couple of film scores, and a new collection of piano music.

Some of the more recent highlights are as follows:

Last night saw Ben Hoadley perform my “the effect of bundled sticks on sound” for bassoon and FX at the Auckland Art Gallery for the launch of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation – a hugely fun Dada themed multisensory dinner (with food by Peter Gordon). Great to be able to present this piece in such an interesting environment!


Ben Hoadley performs


This dish (right) is an interpretation of artist and creative director for the evening, Judy Millar's photographic piece (left). (food by Peter Gordon)

This dish (right) is an interpretation of artist and creative director for the evening, Judy Millar’s photographic piece (left).
(food by Peter Gordon)

And here a review from the concert where this piece was premiered in Wellington in March this year. Video soon to be released as part of the SOUNZ Resound project.

In other news,

L.O.Q.Shun” – a film by Dan Inglis featuring vocals by Julia Booth – Singer and myself, has been selected to screen at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision as part of the Wellington Underground Film Festival WUFF for 2016. 3 nights of underground films:
26-28 May, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

If you are in Wellington on Saturday 27th come along a check out L.O.Q.Shun along with all the other films.


Continuing in film news, BREAKERY, a short comedy film by Chasing Time Productions has been selected for more festivals. The list now includes: Arohanui International Film Festival 2015 | Texas Independent Film Festival 2016 | High Desert International Film Festival 2016 | Rialto Channel Screening 2016 | Princeton Film Festival 2016 | Skyline Film Festival 2016 | Hudson Valley Comedy Film Festival 2016 | deadCENTER Film Festival 2016

New album “CONVERSATIONS” is nearly ready for release! I know I have been saying that for awhile now, but just finalising all the details etc. A collection of works for solo instrumentalist and fixed media. Working with a number of excellent performer/collaborators!

Conversations Bandcamp Banner

And finally, a new piece of ambient atmospheric music – a sonic sculpture is available for you to get immersed in. The piece is called “SONDER“. Have a listen here:

Back in Hamilton

Now that we are back in Hamilton, a bunch of interesting things have been taking place.

First, I am now working at the School of Media Arts, Wintec as an Academic Staff Member in the Music Department and Research Leader for the School. It is an exciting challenge, and is great to be working in a new environment.

Penny Black – the movie has been on a nationwide cinema tour. This is still going, so go to the tour page for more information!


DarkMatter – An event in the Dunedin Fringe Festival. 
Afterburner presents a light and performance installation pushing the boundaries of seeing. Using low level light, projection and sound, Afterburner awaken the possibilities of the unseen, imagining realms beyond sight, just on the verge of seeing. Dark Matter is a visual experience changing how we might see space and light as well as challenging the senses to enter into the experience.
Afterburner comprises of longterm founder and award winning lighting designer Martyn Roberts,with sound from Jeremy Mayall and dancers Katherine Kennedy and Megan Wilson.


All Good Poems Wear Classical Shoes – Another event in the Dunedin Fringe Festival
Sophie Morris sings new compositions from Anthony Ritchie, Jeremy Mayall and Sam Van Betuw. The new works are based on Poem texts from Poets David Eggleton, Ian Loughran, Emma Neale and Sue Wootton.


CONVERSATIONS: A new album featuring a number of collaborations for solo instrument and electronics. Featuring a number of extremely talented and generous performers. Here is the cover art, designed by Dan Inglis:


Film, Archive and Music Lab: I was lucky enough to have been one of 16 artists selected by the British Council and the British Film Institute to explore the creative potential of collaboration between the worlds of cinema, film archive and music. The 16 participants included music makers, film makers and video game composers – and we took part in a series of workshops, masterclasses, screenings and networking events all with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-sector work, while providing a fertile breeding ground for future collaborations.


“Te ngao o te ao turoa” – it was a real honour to present the premiere of this new work for taonga puoro and electronics at the launch of the new University of Waikato Taonga Puoro collection. The piece was created and performed in collaboration with Horomona Horo.


Glimmer – an interactive light and sound installation created with Joe Citizen and Jason Long as a part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival at the Band Rotunda in town. A great experience for the young and young-at-heart!


And coming up!!

The premiere of a piece for bassoon and FX pedals – “The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound”! This piece will be premiered by Ben Hoadley at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington as part of the NZ Music for Woodwind Concert.

Thoughts on a Fellowship (plus updates)

My time as Mozart Fellow at Otago University is now officially over. It has been a hugely productive and enjoyable time. An absolute pleasure to spend those two years in Dunedin, working with the brilliant people and expending my own experiences as a composer and collaborative researcher.
I put together some thoughts on the fellowship which you can read here:


Some further updates:

“The Dairy Diaries” – a film I scored with the marvelous John Egenes has been selected as one of sixteen finalists for Tropfest New Zealand. The festival (and premiere) is at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth on Saturday the 27th of February, 2016.

 Penny Black Movie has secured some NZ Film Commission funding for post production sound mix!
“L.O.Q.Shun”, a short film by Dan Inglis based on a piece I composed forJulia Booth – Singer will be screening in the latest season of the video-art TV show Delete TV – broadcast in Austria, the Netherlands, the US, and Australia. If you are in those places, check it out!
Breakery – a short film by Chasing Time Productions (that I scored with Chris Lam Sam for The Scorelocks Collective) is an official selection for the 2016 High Desert International FF (NV, USA) and 2016 Texas Independent Film Festival (TX, USA).
NOW, onwards to the next challenge!

Amazing Universe

Over the past couple of months I have been composing the soundtrack to a brand new full dome planetarium show – “AMAZING UNIVERSE” – made by the team at the Otago Museum.

It has been a fascinating project to work on, and has resulted in a really amazing immersive journey through the solar system and beyond. Well worth a visit the next time you are in Dunedin.

In the meantime, you can listen to the soundtrack from this show now! And, get your very own copy for your listening pleasure.



Music composed and produced by Jeremy Mayall
Mixed by Jeremy Mayall and Stephen Stedman in the University of Otago Albany Street Studios
Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Cover Design: Dan Inglis

This soundtrack is featured in the show:

A Perpetual Guardian Planetarium Production
Narrated by Mark Hadlow.
Produced and Directed by Oana Jones
Written by Ian Griffin
Animation by Andrew Charlton

Film, Archive and Music Lab

I have been fortunate to have been one of 18 international participants selected for the following event! It is very exciting to get to head to London to work with some very interesting and exciting people!

Read more about it here: http://music.britishcouncil.org/projects/film-archive-and-music-lab

“The British Council presents Film, Archive and Music Lab: a week of screenings, live performance and collaboration between film and music professionals in partnership with the British Film InstitutePRS for Music Foundation and HOME in Manchester. The week will begin on 29th February 2016.

Film, Archive and Music Lab will explore the creative potential of collaboration between the worlds of cinema, film archive and music. The British Council has invited 18 artists and producers – including music makers, film makers and video game composers – to take part in a series of workshops, masterclasses, screenings and networking events all with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-sector work, while providing a fertile breeding ground for future collaborations. The programme is inspired by the creative and popular success of event cinema and live performances of film scores, including the BFI Archive’s international tour, “The Hitchock 9“.

We’re bringing together an exciting group of participants from East Asia and the UK as part of this opportunity for professional development and they are: Lisa Meyer, William Doyle (East India Youth), Masaaki Yoshida (Anchorsong), Ruth Paxton, Jessica Curry, Roly Porter, Shiva Feshareki, Lisa Gunning, Nick Abrahams, Jay Bedwani, Owen Wang, Aoura Chandra, Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, Nguyen Quoc Trung, Fikri Fadzil, Jeremy Mayall, Chunhwi Park and Thanapol Setabrahmana. PRS for Music Foundation has helped to fund and select the UK based music creators who are taking part in the Lab.