It Will Remember Itself

“It Will Remember Itself” by Narrowing Weeks is now available!

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project between:
Jeremy Mayall (various keys and electronics), Chris Lam Sam (various keys), Nick Granville (guitar), Rob Burns (bass), Robbie Craigie (percussion).

On one day we got together to make music. To communicate. To share ideas through sound. This album is a representation of that moment.

“The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.”

There is always one moment when the door opens and lets the future in.

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Improvised/composed and recorded live in the main room at the University of Otago Music Departments Albany Street Studios.

credits

Recorded by Mike Holland at Albany Street Studios, Dunedin.
Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Album Artwork by Dan Inglis

‘Then we fall’ and other announcements

I am currently working on the editing and mixing of a new album recorded/composed/improvised in real time in the Albany Street Studios by myself, Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns, and Robbie Craigie. The session was engineered by Mike Holland.

While working through those tracks I found this tune recorded at sound check while we waited for Nick to arrive down from Wellington. So while you wait for the new album, here is a groovy little taster.

 

Also recently released is a remix I did for a band called Cheshire Grimm. You can check that track out here:

 

And finally, it is my pleasure to announce that my piece “Frosted Air Suite” for flute and electronics was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for Composition for 2015. I am looking forward to hearing the piece premiered later this year!

 

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As a bit of creative fun I decided to create a piece using some taonga puoro recordings I had made with Alistair Fraser. I listened through the recordings, and then started to create a piano piece that would allow Alistairs musical gestures to flow naturally and create a sense of balance between the taonga puoro and the ‘western’ musical parts.

The picture is from the trek in the Himalayas – a path leading down to Namche Bazaar. It seemed appropriate for the feel of the piece.

You can listen to that track here:

Music for the mountains

Nearly reaching the end of my first year in Dunedin as the Mozart Fellow. It has been a hugely productive, creative and artistically rewarding year. I am very excited for all the possibilities that the upcoming year will present.

One of those opportunities is starting the year by heading to Nepal to trek in the Himalayas as part of the Sir Edmund Hillary Step Higher Award. It is going to be great to explore this part of the world that I have never been to. I am sure it will be inspiring, and I will be taking a recording device to capture some of the sounds of the environment which will potentially find their way into some new music.

In the meantime, here is an album that I released when I first found out about the award and this journey. It is an album of landscape-inspired music for piano and electronics. You can get yourself a copy here or in the player below. It is a pay-what-you-like (or free) download with all funds received being donated to the Himalayan Trust as part of this journey.

He korokoro tūī (remix)

At the end of last year I had the opportunity to create a soundscape for a new contemporary dance work “Whenua” by Karen Barbour.

The work was premiered at a conference at Waikato University.

In the recording and creation of this piece I had the privilege of working with Alistair Fraser playing his selection of taonga puoro. We recorded his parts at the University of Otago Music Department Albany Street Studios with Stephen Stedman.

Have a listen to an edited remix version of the piece below:

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!

Live in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

I will be performing a live concert of ambient music for piano and electronics at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Saturday 25th October.

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Along with the live performance there will be a number of sonic art installations I have created for you to become immersed in.

Entry by donation to the Himalayan Trust – as part of my fundraising for the Step Higher Award.

Here is a pic of my practice setup for this concert:

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Imaginary Communication

My new album Imaginary Communication is available now!

Click here to go to the download site to get the album: available as a pay-what-you-like digital download. All proceeds received from the download of this album will be donated to the Himalayan Trust founded by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Check out the album artwork created by Paul Bradley.

Imaginary Communication Cover

 

Imaginary Communication BackCover

 

Find all album releases here: http://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/releases