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:

 

 

Albums, Concerts and a Speech.

Lots of things going on… still working away on some galactic music for a project… in the meantime here is a quick update on things that have been going on.

Penny Black (an independent feature film) had it’s official premiere at the Arohanui Film Festival on Friday evening to a sold-out house! (Also Lapwing and Breakery featured in the festival!) To coincide with that, the score album is now available. You can get it from these places:

Bandcamp:

Itunes and Spotify

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My piece “Fourteen Moments for Three” was selected as one of the winners in the NZTrio Composers competition, and was performed in concert in Auckland and Wellington.

Check out the concert below (my piece starts at 1:11:43) and read a review here.

NZTrio Composing Competition 2015: Winners’ Concert from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

Finally, I am putting together a retrospective concert of work composed during my time as Mozart Fellow on Nov.15 in Allen Hall Theatre… a few world premieres, some earlier stuff, lots of collaborators.. should be a fun concert. The poster by Dan Inglis is below:

 

And finally, a couple of weeks ago I graduated with my PhD from Waikato University. I was asked to be the student speaker, and I put together some words about creativity, collaboration, and connections… you can hear them here:

 

Recordings and new albums

In the past few days I have been working with various people on the creation, composition, and recording of over 3 hours of new original music. Creative productivity is a marvelous and rewarding thing.

Here are a few pics from some time in the studio.

 

Along with working on a collection of songs for children, Chris Lam Sam and I put together this short piece:

 

And also, the release of this album created in collaboration with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums) under the name Days At Sea. The album is called THUS.

You can get your copy here:

UP (an new old album)

Here is something a little bit different to the more ‘serious’ or ‘arty’ projects I have been working on recently.

Since my last “pop” album projects (One Fat Man and …howard) I had been working on a bunch of synthy, poppy follow up music. But due to various things (mainly working on my PhD and having a kid) I never ended up finishing the music with lyrics etc. Some of these tracks date back to 2009 and I felt like it was time to get this music out to stop it from just disappearing into the background of my hard drives… then I can continue moving on with the various other new projects! At this point I don’t think I will ever ‘finish’ them, but I would rather they were available to listen to, than just sitting on my hard drive.

So, this is a collection of unreleased tracks, instrumentals that never got lyrics, and other previous unused treats. This work followed on from the synthy explorations of the …howard project. Most of this album is fun, uptempo, synth-pop-ish, dance music.

THIS IS MUSIC THAT IS NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IT’S JUST FOR FUN. SOMETIMES THAT IS ALL THAT THINGS NEED TO BE. HAVE FUN.

Some of the tracks feature vocals (by Conor McCabe, Stephanie Christian, Joe McNamara and Courteney Mayall), but most are just uptempo instrumental synthy jams.

 

Sound and Light

On August 7th and 8th I am presenting a showcase concert of new multimedia work called “SOUND AND LIGHT”

This performance will feature a number of premieres of new works I have composed throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
Including:
– Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and backing track. Performed by Robbie Craigie
– Flare – an experimental dance film by Dan Inglis with dance by Dujon Cullingford
– L.O.Q.Shun – a recorded work for voice featuring Julia Booth
– Dark Matter – a sound and light piece in collaboration with Martyn Roberts
– Whakaika Nei – a video dance piece with Louise Potiki Bryant
And a couple of other treats.

There will be an opportunity for an informal Q & A Session following the evening performance.

The performance coincides with the release of my new abum ‘Imaginary Communicaton’ – a suite of pieces for piano and electronics. This will be available for download on a pay-as-you-like basis, with all proceeds going to Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.

Sound and Light: A Mozart Fellow Showcase
When: Thursday 7th August 2014 at 1pm and 7.30pm, Friday 8th August 2014 at 1pm
Where: Allen Hall, University of Otago
Price: $5 (waged) / $3 (unwaged)

Poster FINAL