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.

Mozart Fellow 2015

I am very excited to have been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at Otago University for a second year! This means I will get to spent 2015 engaging in full time creative work. It is an absolute privilege to have received this position. You can read the announcement here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago078803.html

Having another year to focus on composition is an exciting prospect. Here is a collection of most of the work I have created so far this year:

Films:
Flare – with Dan Inglis and Dujon Cullingford
Whakaika Nei with Louise Potiki Bryant, Rua McCallum and Horomona Horo
Partiality – with Tim Evans
To Darkness – with Chris Lam Sam
Princess Rose and the Rose Flowers and the Other Princesses – with Joe Hitchcock and Chris Lam Sam
Blonde – with Joanna Strange
on a trouvé l’horizon grand – with Ben Woollen and Chris Lam Sam
Penny Black (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock
Lapwing (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock

Compositions:
Imaginary Communications – a suite for piano and electronics
Whit-woo – for solo bass
convoluted – for orchestra
Infinite possibilities – for various recorded instruments
Late Song – for soprano, chorus, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and backing track
#tinyelephants – a sound art piece
Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and fixed media
Seaward Moments – for bansuri, field recordings and backing track with Adam Page
The Song of Kauri – a musical interpretation of childrens story by Melinda Szymanik
Through the pulsating debris – for four pianos
L.o.q.shun – for voice
Without Contact – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts
Another World Asleep – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts
Cosmic Outlaw – with Chris Lam Sam
Suburban Wires – with Chris Lam Sam
Feathered Resonance – soundscape to accompany artwork by Madeleine Child in Wallace Art Awards

Remixes:
John Egenes – Little Bird
John Egenes – Crazy Sons of Bitches
Subject2change – #22
Ed Zuccollo – Marianas Trenchcoat
Nick Granville – Get Lucky

Plus some various production, arrangement and orchestration work for various projects!

And there is a bunch of new stuff to come!! Exciting times ahead.

Here is a sneaky little hint toward a new project for the end of the year!
synth and butterflies

 

Thanks everyone for your support!

Seaward Moments

About a month ago I drove down to Invercargill to record in the Seaward Bush Reserve with woodwind maestro Adam Page.

The recordings are part of a new album I am working on, to be released later in the year, but as part of the recording we did an extra track that is now available to listen to.

Adam Page playing bansuri in Seaward bush reserve.

Adam Page playing bansuri in Seaward bush reserve.

Adam is playing a bansuri on this recording with some extra electronic manipulation… but the performance is as it was. This is about capturing a specific moment in time, a moment in space – a conversation with the landscape.

Here is the video:

Recording in Nature

Still busily working away on various projects… a couple of experimental films, an album of instrumental music, an orchestral piece, a couple of multimedia/theatre pieces and anything else life throws my way! It is an exciting time – loving the creative work.

On the past weekend I spent a lot of time out in the beautiful landscape of the lower South Island recording sounds. The first stop was a trip to Invercargill to meet phenomenal musician and all-around great guy Adam Page.

It was great to spend the day with Adam talking about making music, performing, creativity, meditation, beards and other general fun stories! The day even included a quick visit out to Demolition World with writer Duncan Sarkies. This place is something else. If you ever find yourself in Invercargill go and check it out.

We eventually ended up heading out to the Seaward Bush Reserve to do some recording. It was great to get a performer like Adam into nature and capture the sound of his playing alongside the birds and other creatures living in these amazing places. It was a great opportunity and will result in some great music that I can’t wait to share!

                      

The next morning I went out along the Otago Peninsula toward Taiaroa Head and back to Otakou to record some of the sounds and wildlife of that area. I got near Taiaroa Head at sunrise and got some sounds, and the made stops at various points along the way to capture other interesting elements. These sounds will become part of a couple of new pieces I am working on – including a new dance film project with Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow and choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant. Again, more to be shared later!

It was a beautiful chance to see more of this area, and to be inspired by this place, and my time here in creating a range of new works.

I am loving this opportunity as the Mozart Fellow. I can not express my gratitude enough.

Some more talented people

As part of this regular plan to share the creative work of people I know, here is the next installment! Check this stuff out:

Nightowls: Hook and Danelle are doing exciting things… like having their 48Hr Team movie come 3rd place in the National finals (Peter Jackson Wild Card). And they are also testing the new BlackMagic Camera

Jordan, Mo, Jake and Crew won the Hamilton 48Hrs with this film

And team egghouse (Chris, Brad, ETC) were in the finals as well with this film

Stack and Piece are making some techno

Bambino is making some dubstep

Chasing Time Productions has released their film Pride of Caldwell

Anonymouz is doing remixes

Angela Keoghan has some awesome greeting cards out

Adam Page is still heading to Edinburgh Fringe

Mukpuddy are making awesome cartoons!

 

Okay. Thats enough for now! ENJOY!