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:

Imaginary Communication No.5

Am in the midst of working on a new cross-disciplinary multimedia piece for the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme to be premiered at an event in August. Slowly managing to convert ideas from the poem into musical arrangements to get things ready for when the rehearsals start.

While I continue working on that, here is a recent piece. Another in the ‘Imaginary Communications’ series I have been working on throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
This edition also has a video accompaniment filmed during sunrise near Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula.

Or the audio only version can be found here:

 

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.

Princesses and pianos

Another quick update, still furiously working away on the phd. I believe the end is in sight… I hope so!

I am also working on a piece for four pianos, a piece for guitar, some solo instrument pieces, and a couple of new larger scale theatrical pieces (more details to come soon).

In the meantime, here are a couple of recent pieces. First, a film from the 48hours film fest made by Joe Hitchcock and his daughters. Scored by The Scorelocks Collective.
A cute little story about a group of princesses.

Princess Rose and the Rose Flowers and the Other Princesses. from Joe Hitchcock on Vimeo.

 

And then we have a new piece for piano and electronics in my ‘Imaginary Communication’ series.

 

Imaginary Communications

Recently I have been working on a series of piano and electronics pieces – ‘Imaginary Communication’. So far I have composed two and co-composed a third with Chris Lam Sam (The Scorelocks Collective).

These pieces will be amongst some of the ongoing work for my time as the Mozart Fellow.

Here are the three pieces. Best listened to on headphones.