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!

First up… PIANO AND EGGS
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?

THE PROGRAMME
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.

YOU CAN WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE LIVE STREAM BELOW!

 

COMING UP:

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

 

OTHER THINGS:

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.

http://icareifyoulisten.tv/tracking-forward-with-rolling-s…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/sketches-of-an-intergalactic-ea…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/flutter/

 

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!

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Ben Hoadley performs

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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.

WE ARE ALL STARDUST –music from the AMAZING UNIVERSE show

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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

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This soundtrack is featured in the show:

“AMAZING UNIVERSE”
A Perpetual Guardian Planetarium Production
Narrated by Mark Hadlow.
Produced and Directed by Oana Jones
Written by Ian Griffin
Animation by Andrew Charlton
PRESENTED BY THE OTAGO MUSEUM TRUST BOARD

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.

It Will Remember Itself

“It Will Remember Itself” by Narrowing Weeks is now available!

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project between:
Jeremy Mayall (various keys and electronics), Chris Lam Sam (various keys), Nick Granville (guitar), Rob Burns (bass), Robbie Craigie (percussion).

On one day we got together to make music. To communicate. To share ideas through sound. This album is a representation of that moment.

“The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.”

There is always one moment when the door opens and lets the future in.

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Improvised/composed and recorded live in the main room at the University of Otago Music Departments Albany Street Studios.

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Recorded by Mike Holland at Albany Street Studios, Dunedin.
Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Album Artwork by Dan Inglis

New album and a short soundscape

In between furiously working away on finalising the score for the new “Amazing Universe” show at the Otago Museum Perpetual Guardian Planetarium (opens December 4th!), I have been preparing a new album for release (29/11/15) – that album is “it will remember itself” by Narrowing Weeks.

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project with Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns and Robbie Craigie. Here is the cover art by Dan Inglis:

And here is a bonus track (free download) we recorded as a warm up before Nick arrived at the session:

 

Finally, I also recently put together a short soundscape track for the ADAM audio soundtrack competition… you can hear it here! Inspired by the picture #moon:

 

 

653 days and other things

It was a busy but hugely rewarding weekend.
Two concerts.
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It was excellent to work with a number of brilliant performers on these two events.

Here are some pictures of various things.

A few side of stage snaps from ‘653 Days’

Setup for [still moments] at DPAG

souvenir programmes – designed by Dan Inglis

Some other information about the concerts: this article and also this interview:

There were a few pieces premiered this past weekend, and as I slowly sort through the recordings I will share some tracks… but in the meantime, here is one video that we premiered. Created by Ben Woollen, based on the track “Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes” from the album ‘THUS’ by Days At Sea (Rob Burns, Robbie Craigie and myself).
Have a watch here:

Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

Also, the NZTrio along with Sounz – Centre for New Zealand Music, APRA AMCOS and the Universities of NZ, have released individual videos of the performances from their Composition Competition concerts. Here is my piece:

Jeremy Mayall: Fourteen moments for three from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

And finally, I also managed to find time to work on a film score with John Egenes for “The Dairy Diaries” by Ashton Ledger. Here is the little theme tune: