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.
Have spent the last few days working on the score for a natural history documentary. It has been an interesting experience, capturing the drama and power of nature in musical ways. Very fun. I will share some of that music in the coming weeks!
In the meantime, here is an ambient soundscape piece I created for the Sound and Light show I did in August. This track is essentially a cosmic lullaby. Based on the electromagnetic vibrations of the planets… this track is a perfect soundscape for getting in sync with the universe and finding a quiet moment of meditation in your life.
At this time of year things seem to always get really hectic – christmas madness, end of year functions, last minute jobs etc. and this year hasn’t been different.
I have been taking on the role of full-time stay-at-home dad while my lovely wife is helping out at her old work during the crazy season, and then she is rehearsing for Hamilton Operatics production of Hairspray (Courts is playing Tracy Turnblad). While looking after my boy I have also been trying to continue writing music (both for fun and for ‘work’ on my PhD and for other freelance jobs). It’s not always easy, but it is doable.
But some of the other things I have been working on recently include:
Playing one of the Villains in the filming of LAPWING!