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:
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:
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
There has been a lot going on in the past few weeks! Thought it must be about time I did an update.
I am still working away at the post-production of the recordings of my PhD Concert. Both in the way of audio mixing and video editing with Dan Inglis. The audio part of this process has been made more difficult with various computer issues, but I am trying to maintain a positive outlook on this (and mostly succeeding!) – This has also lead me to start work on a new piece for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, as well as a collaborative piece with the lovely Julia Booth.
I also went to watch Carving in Ice Theatre’s new piece ‘Instructions for Life’ – it is a very entertaining, odd, and intriguing production. Well worth a watch – they have a second season coming up in Cambridge at the start of June. It also features a range of music written by myself and The Scorelocks Collective. It was quite fun to hear my music in a completely new setting!
I also had the honour of performing at and teching at Adam Maha‘s fundraising concert on Sunday Night. He is heading to the US for a conducting course – the first big step on his way to international stardom in the conducting world! He is still raising funds, so flick him a message if you are so inclined!
Coming Up: V48Hr Film Fest, a short musical film, finishing off more PhD work, and then whatever else the universe throws my way! Ahh the life of a composer/musician… its an interesting one!
This is my first major post for 2013. I have been busily working away in the studio crafting some new music for my PhD… lots of notes on paper, and sounds in the machine – but it is slowly coming together!
But, as a treat for 2013, I want to present to you a film that I helped make in 2009. The film is called “They No Longer Sleep Alone” – it is a short feature (46mins) filmed in and around Hamilton, NZ. The film is essentially silent, but accompanied by the music from a synth-pop concept album that I recorded and released as a band ‘…howard’ with collaborator Thomas Botting. The narrative from the songs is played out in moving images on the screen.
The whole thing (songs, recording and film) were all put together independently (by Chasing Time Productions and myself) with very!! minimal budget… and I think we have come up with a fun little film.