SHEPHERD and other things

It has again been awhile since I posted things here… more frequent updates can be found here. But highlights include: a Best in Fringe award for DARK MATTER by Marty Roberts; Stick to Your Gun in multiple international film festivals; TO SLEEP at the Hamilton Gardens Art Festival; and International Piano Day concerts – solo pianoskullwinkdr. mesmers private army (videos in links).

But the main thing I have been working on is the film score for SHEPHERD!

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On Wednesday 12th April at 8pm (in Events Room One at Wintec), we will be performing the score to the feature film Shepherd as the live accompaniment to a special preview screening of the film. Directed by Julia Reynolds the project has been 7 years in the making, and it is now on the home stretch. The screening presents the opportunity for all of those that have been involved in the process to come back together, see the progress and to celebrate the future of the film.

The film centres around teenage girl Eden as she struggles to recover memories, fragments and reconstruct her life.

Shepherd Teaser from Zorp on Vimeo.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE – limited seating available.

And here is a preview snippet of some of the score…

PLUNGE

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

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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.

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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.
FREE
(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.
FREE
(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:
jeremy.mayall@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4618 )

 
 

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.

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.

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:

Concerts, Albums and a Dollhouse

On Sunday afternoon (4th oct) at 2pm I will be presenting a concert of live multimedia at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. It will feature some brilliantly talented local performers – Nick Hollamby, Ian Chapman, John Egenes, and Sophie Morris. If you are in town come along.

 

Sound the Ocean (a Hamilton based band) has just released their album called “WAIT FOR THE MORNING”. A couple of remixes I did are included as bonus tracks when you download the album! Get your copy today.

A few films I worked on with some regular collaborators are going to be screening at a new international film festival based in Te Aroha. If you are going to be in the area at the end of October, go along to the Arohanui Film Festival. More info here: http://arohanuifilmfestival.businesscatalyst.com/

 

And finally, Dan Inglis, a superb and talented human being, friend and regular collaborator has just released the footage of a side project he has been working on for the past couple of years. It is 1:12 scale Art Deco dollhouse. Watch a video tour of the property here:

Concerts and Recordings

Things continue to be busy… but rewardingly so. Working on music with Chris Lam Sam, a performance workshop with the NZTrio, collaborative discussions with food scientists and perfumers, a trip to Nelson for the Composers Workshop, and collaborations with Otago Arts Fellows.

Also coming up:

IMAGINED LANDSCAPES

A concert of multimedia music at Marama Hall (Otago University). Featuring vocalists Nick Hollamby and Sophie Morris, as well as collaborative works with Dan Inglis, James Sutherland, Majella Cullinane, Scott Granville, and Ben Woollen. Tuesday 4th August.

 

Recent Release: BLONDE

The soundtrack to the short film ‘BLONDE‘ is now available on bandcamp:

 

Upcoming Release: ‘THEY WILL BE THE COLOUR’

A collaborative album with Julia Booth. To be release on August 1st on bandcamp!

Here is the cover art by Ashlee Fischer