Here is part two of my finished PhD Concert footage…
The video for today is the piece that opened the concert.
Not a one way street by J.Mayall
For viola, cello, synth and backing track.
This piece ‘Not a one way street’ is about cyclic but slightly alter journeys that occur through our hectic everyday life. Compositionally, this piece aims to explore the long established tradition of the piano quartet, and fusing those quartet traditions with jazz, minimalism and electronica. It then alters this tradition by removing the piano from the live performance context and then using a pre-recorded and effect-manipulated piano track. Also by replacing the standard violin for monophonic synth (moog little phatty) the characteristic sound of the quartet is knocked around with an even wider pitch range available – particularly in the lower registers. The composition is based around small motivic fragments that are worked and reworked throughout the piece – with a very altered, stumbling sense of rhythm in parts.
Viola: Adam Maha
Cello: Yotam Levy
Synth + Backing Track: Jeremy Mayall
Video by Dan Inglis