An update

It has been awhile… I always intend to keep more regular blog posts, but things get in the way – mostly it’s good things like getting caught up in the studio working on new music, so I can’t really complain.

Since last time there has been a bunch of stuff that I thought I would collate here into one handy place – lots of links to things to listen to and watch.

PhD stuff
So, this is all officially over and done with now (apart from walking across the stage to get that piece of paper) – but now, if you feel so inclined, you can read the thesis and listen to the music online… just click here:
http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/handle/10289/9348

Composing
Recently I have been working on
– a piano trio
– a suite for flute and electronics
AQUIFER  a soundscape
Night Swimmer – a remix for a track by Chelsea Jade
Navigating Ice – for piano and electronics

And an interview with SOUNZ.
And an interview in Down In Edin Magazine.

Live Music
Premiere performance of ‘Points of Flight‘ for violin and electronics by Tessa Petersen.

Film Stuff
LAPWING – is cranking around the festival circuit.
Here is a little video of myself and Chris Lam Sam talking about the score for this project

Listen to the soundtrack here: https://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/album/lapwing

MR BAKER
A short film I scored as part of the 48Hr Film Fest is available online:

Mr Baker (48 Hour Film) from Joe on Vimeo.

 

Back to work – there is some more research to be done on multisensory music (music and taste), as well as a new orchestral piece waiting to be composed.

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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:

Mozart Fellow 2015

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:

Films:
Flare – with Dan Inglis and Dujon Cullingford
Whakaika Nei with Louise Potiki Bryant, Rua McCallum and Horomona Horo
Partiality – with Tim Evans
To Darkness – with Chris Lam Sam
Princess Rose and the Rose Flowers and the Other Princesses – with Joe Hitchcock and Chris Lam Sam
Blonde – with Joanna Strange
on a trouvé l’horizon grand – with Ben Woollen and Chris Lam Sam
Penny Black (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock
Lapwing (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock

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

Remixes:
John Egenes – Little Bird
John Egenes – Crazy Sons of Bitches
Subject2change – #22
Ed Zuccollo – Marianas Trenchcoat
Nick Granville – Get Lucky

Plus some various production, arrangement and orchestration work for various projects!

And there is a bunch of new stuff to come!! Exciting times ahead.

Here is a sneaky little hint toward a new project for the end of the year!
synth and butterflies

 

Thanks everyone for your support!

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

Concerts

Coming up this week (August 7th and 8th) is ‘SOUND AND LIGHT: A Mozart Fellow Showcase’. We just finished rehearsal for the show, and it is going to be a great little show. All the works presented involve the skills and talents of a number of great collaborators. It has been an honour to work with all of these people – some for the first time!

At the concert you will get to see a number of premiere performances, including:
– a number of works with lighting designer Martyn Roberts

 ‘Whakaika Nei’ – a new dance film with Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Louise Potiki Bryant – which also features a text written and recited by Rua McCallum, taonga puoro by Horomona Horo, and performance by Jessica Latton.
Here is a still from the film shoot:
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– ‘Signature Asymmetry’ – for percussion (orchestral bass drum, toms, kick and vibes) and fixed media. Performed by Robbie Craigie.
Here is a still from the rehearsal:
IMG_1052All of this along with a new collaboration with the marvelous video artist Dan Inglis.
– ‘FLARE’ also features a performance by Dujon Cullingford.
Here is a still from the film:

 

FOLLOW UP FROM LAST WEEK!

It was also great to be able to get up to Hamilton last weekend to check out the premiere performance of my new composition ‘Late Song’ at the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme performance showcase. The piece involved 4 musicians, 5 singers, 4 dancers, 1 actor, 2 Maori performing artists + video and lights. It is based on a poem by NZ poet Lauris Dorothy Edmond.

Here is a still from the performance:hillaryshow

Step Higher Award

Recently, I was lucky enough to be awarded the Step Higher Award from the University of Waikato. This leadership award will send me, with 3 other Hillary Scholars to Nepal to explore the work of the Himalayan Trust and the things that Sir Edmund Hillary has done in that part of the world. It is a huge opportunity to see a place I never really thought I would go to, a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, meet the people, and ideally develop a new composition based on the experience.

I plan to take some portable recording devices with me to try and capture some of the natural sounds of the environment there, and utilise those as an element in the new composition. As part of the award we will all be fundraising for the Himalayan Trust – and for me this will include some new music as well (more details to come soon!)

In the meantime, here is an article from the Waikato Times today about it.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.

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.

Where things are at…

It has been a hectic past few weeks… and looks to be more of the same until October.

Things that have been going on recently:

  • You can now find all of the videos from my PhD Concert Showcase collected in one handy little vimeo channel. You can find those videos here.
  • Writing more words for my phd thesis… I think its at about 4500 words that I am actually happy with! Still a lot of writing to do.
  • A film (‘Serve and Protect‘) that I did sound design and composition for has just received word of its first international festival screening.
  • Wrote some score for a film (based in New York) that is about to start kickstarter fundraising – more info to come.
  • Have been discussing some possibilities for some international performances of my music… still more details to be sorted!
  • Finally, had the world premiere concert of my piece ‘Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm‘ for Piano Trio and BOOMBOX at the University Okta Contemporary Music concert. Will be doing a full recording and video of this piece in early October. Here is a pic from the rehearsals – featuring the NZ Chamber Soloists (Lara Hall, Katherine Austin and James Tennant) and an upcycled suitcase boombox constructed by my father.

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Mozart Fellowship 2014

It has now been officially announced and I can share with everyone that I have been appointed the University of Otago Mozart Fellowship for 2014.

You can read about it here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago053784.html

This is such an exciting opportunity! Live in Dunedin for a year, have an office space at the uni, and get to focus completely on composition! So many exciting possibilities for projects and hopefully for collaborations.

Now we start the process of sorting everything out for the move, and I need to knuckle down and get this PhD done!

Back to work.