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

 

An update

It has been awhile… I always intend to keep more regular blog posts, but things get in the way – mostly it’s good things like getting caught up in the studio working on new music, so I can’t really complain.

Since last time there has been a bunch of stuff that I thought I would collate here into one handy place – lots of links to things to listen to and watch.

PhD stuff
So, this is all officially over and done with now (apart from walking across the stage to get that piece of paper) – but now, if you feel so inclined, you can read the thesis and listen to the music online… just click here:
http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/handle/10289/9348

Composing
Recently I have been working on
– a piano trio
– a suite for flute and electronics
AQUIFER  a soundscape
Night Swimmer – a remix for a track by Chelsea Jade
Navigating Ice – for piano and electronics

And an interview with SOUNZ.
And an interview in Down In Edin Magazine.

Live Music
Premiere performance of ‘Points of Flight‘ for violin and electronics by Tessa Petersen.

Film Stuff
LAPWING – is cranking around the festival circuit.
Here is a little video of myself and Chris Lam Sam talking about the score for this project

Listen to the soundtrack here: https://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/album/lapwing

MR BAKER
A short film I scored as part of the 48Hr Film Fest is available online:

Mr Baker (48 Hour Film) from Joe on Vimeo.

 

Back to work – there is some more research to be done on multisensory music (music and taste), as well as a new orchestral piece waiting to be composed.

Films, Soundtracks and Brain Music

This makes for a varied update. There have been so many things going on recently.

  • Working on a bunch of new music with Chris Lam Sam
  • Writing a whole lot of music for two 48hr Film Fest teams (one in Auckland and one in Wellington – working remotely from Dunedin!)
  • Working on some new music for flute and electronics

In amongst all of this, a bunch of previous projects have gone live online.

SERVE AND PROTECT
A short film by Chasing Time Productions has finally completed its international film festival run. You can now watch that film here! Original score by The Scorelocks Collective.

SERVE AND PROTECT from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

LAPWING
This vintage styled superhero project has just released its trailer in time for some premiere screenings in the US. Along with the trailer release is the soundtrack! A fun, funky romp.

Watch the trailer here:

And get your copy of the monumental LAPWING soundtrack by Scorelocks Collective, composed by Jeremy Mayall and Chris Lam Sam, NOW on Amazon Amplifier iTunes Googleplay Bandcamp  and  Spotify!

 

BRAIN MUSIC
I also recently worked on a project exploring the relationship between music and the brain with the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre. The music composed for that project is now online! Listen here:

Flare (and a doctoral footnote)

Last year I worked on an experimental dance film with Dan Inglis and Dujon Cullingford.
The piece is kind of an exploration of breakdancing in an unusual way. It is always a privilege to collaborate with other artists of such high calibre! The final product is now online for your viewing pleasure.

Check out ‘FLARE’ online now:

Flare from Dan Inglis on Vimeo.

 

FOOTNOTE:
On Tuesday I faced the final PhD hurdle – the oral defense. While it was quite ominous in the lead-up (having to defend the last 5 years of ones life is not the most enjoyable concept) – the actual event was quite pleasant! So, while it still seems quite surreal, I can apparently say I have my doctorate… (but really I still need to print the final versions, and walk across that stage looking like a wizard to collect the piece of paper.)

If you would like to, you can get a copy of the music composed for the thesis here:

 

Tropical Wetlands (Nature Documentary Soundtrack)

As part of the release of a range of projects I worked on last year here is a new album by The Scorelocks Collective. All this music was composed and performed by Chris Lam Sam and myself. It was created for a nature documentary exploring the tropical wetlands of Australia.

The music is aiming for a modernization, or contemporary film music approach to the nature documentary soundtrack – utilising a fusion of electronic and orchestral sounds in a range of stylistic approaches.

Get your copy for a pay-what-you-like (or free!) download from here or in the player below:

Can’t Stand The Heat

Happy New Year. 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty creatively inspiring year – with plenty of new music and projects to work on!

A while back I created an 80’s inspired theme song as a potential idea for a (then unfinished) short film – kind of aiming for a fun uptempo cop film type vibe (think Beverly Hills Cop with The Heat is On by Glenn Frey)

But… the track didn’t really suit the tone of the finished film, so it ended up sitting unused on my hard drive for a few years.

Now, I have decided to release an album of unfinished tracks, instrumentals, and unreleased treats… it seemed like it was time to share this hilarity with the world! So I removed some of the lyrics (except the chorus), keep the music the same, and it could be the theme song for an insane cooking show!!

Featuring Joe McNamara on guitar and backing vocals.

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.

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!

Those Remarkable Peaks

I recently released my new album of music for piano and electronics called Imaginary Communications.

A Dunedin-based filmmaker heard the track ‘Those Remarkable Peaks‘ from that album and decided to make a landscape film with the track.

You can watch the video here:

R. from Merr Leslie on Vimeo.