During the early stages of writing this piece I got together with my frequent collaborator and video master Dan Inglis to discuss the possibilities of making a video for this piece. We talked about the influences in the music of Funk, Psychdelica, Fusion etc… and discussed how this could be incorporated into a video version. The idea slowly developed that the video would be some kind of mix between concert video, music video and experimental film.
‘Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm’ is the final piece written for my PhD. It is my attempt to bring some of the psychedelic funk and fusion music of the late 60s/70s and Early 80s into contact with the more traditional ‘classical’ setting of the piano trio. It aims to bring together the grooves and vibes of this powerful rhythmic funk and combine it with the precision and un-compromising technique of contemporary classical music.
For viola, backing track, harmonica and video
Viola: Adam Maha
Harmonica and backing track: Jeremy Mayall
Musically this piece is inspired by the composer’s love of Blues music. A lot of Blues tells stories of lonely journeys, catching rides on the trains, and often powerful sadness. This piece aims to explore this soulful sound through the solo viola, combined with the sounds of blues harmonica and electronic manipulation. This piece explores the boundaries between Blues music, 20th Century Chamber music, soundscape and electronic dance music.
Tracking Forward features a video accompaniment “ROLLING STOCK” created by Dan Inglis.
It is so great for this piece to be connecting with so many people in so many different ways. To have written something that works as a standalone film, a standalone piece of music, and as a combined live multimedia package is something I am very proud of. I look forward to seeing where else this piece ends up!