Glimpse – Coming Soon

Now, for new projects…

A live audio-visual experience.
‘Glimpse’ is a new multi-media artwork incorporating live music, projected video, and soundscape created by filmmaker Dan Inglis and composer Dr. Jeremy Mayall. This innovative new piece combining experimental film concepts and contemporary art music blurs the line between conventional cinema and pure concert music.

The work is a suite of 29 individual but intertwined audio-visual vignettes. Film footage appropriated from The British Council Film Collection of short documentaries is reedited, reimagined, and recontextualised by Inglis and paired with original piano preludes and soundscapes by Mayall creating a wholly new performance work where the music informs the image, and the image informs the music.

‘Glimpse’ will premiere in October 2017 with pianist Stephen De Pledge.

Glimpse – Trailer from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

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Archive Film Footage sourced from British Council Film Collection: British Council Film Collection

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WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OCTOBER 28TH AT AROHANUI FILM FESTIVAL

 

and then the second performance:

HAMILTON PERFORMANCE – SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER

Film, Archive and Music Lab

I have been fortunate to have been one of 18 international participants selected for the following event! It is very exciting to get to head to London to work with some very interesting and exciting people!

Read more about it here: http://music.britishcouncil.org/projects/film-archive-and-music-lab

“The British Council presents Film, Archive and Music Lab: a week of screenings, live performance and collaboration between film and music professionals in partnership with the British Film InstitutePRS for Music Foundation and HOME in Manchester. The week will begin on 29th February 2016.

Film, Archive and Music Lab will explore the creative potential of collaboration between the worlds of cinema, film archive and music. The British Council has invited 18 artists and producers – including music makers, film makers and video game composers – to take part in a series of workshops, masterclasses, screenings and networking events all with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-sector work, while providing a fertile breeding ground for future collaborations. The programme is inspired by the creative and popular success of event cinema and live performances of film scores, including the BFI Archive’s international tour, “The Hitchock 9“.

We’re bringing together an exciting group of participants from East Asia and the UK as part of this opportunity for professional development and they are: Lisa Meyer, William Doyle (East India Youth), Masaaki Yoshida (Anchorsong), Ruth Paxton, Jessica Curry, Roly Porter, Shiva Feshareki, Lisa Gunning, Nick Abrahams, Jay Bedwani, Owen Wang, Aoura Chandra, Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, Nguyen Quoc Trung, Fikri Fadzil, Jeremy Mayall, Chunhwi Park and Thanapol Setabrahmana. PRS for Music Foundation has helped to fund and select the UK based music creators who are taking part in the Lab.

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.

Flare (and a doctoral footnote)

Last year I worked on an experimental dance film with Dan Inglis and Dujon Cullingford.
The piece is kind of an exploration of breakdancing in an unusual way. It is always a privilege to collaborate with other artists of such high calibre! The final product is now online for your viewing pleasure.

Check out ‘FLARE’ online now:

Flare from Dan Inglis on Vimeo.

 

FOOTNOTE:
On Tuesday I faced the final PhD hurdle – the oral defense. While it was quite ominous in the lead-up (having to defend the last 5 years of ones life is not the most enjoyable concept) – the actual event was quite pleasant! So, while it still seems quite surreal, I can apparently say I have my doctorate… (but really I still need to print the final versions, and walk across that stage looking like a wizard to collect the piece of paper.)

If you would like to, you can get a copy of the music composed for the thesis here:

 

Those Remarkable Peaks

I recently released my new album of music for piano and electronics called Imaginary Communications.

A Dunedin-based filmmaker heard the track ‘Those Remarkable Peaks‘ from that album and decided to make a landscape film with the track.

You can watch the video here:

R. from Merr Leslie on Vimeo.

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.

 

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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Things are moving forward

Well, it has been a long road on this re-write of a piece for my PhD. Many changes and re-arrangements, constantly fine-tuning the mix, the video is being edited… and it is finally reaching a visible end point. Plus I have had some feedback from supervisors & colleagues saying that the piece is much stronger now – so I guess all the stress and work was worth it!
The piece started out as “They say a word is dead”… and is now called “The Long White Cloud”. I am very much looking forward to sharing it with you soon!

In the meantime, work is continuing on various things, including:

– A short transportation musical
– The exhibition of the collaborative moving image piece ‘flow’.
– in talks about three new projects for the coming months
– still working away on my piano trio piece.

Good things are happening, and soon there will be lots of new music for me to share!

While you wait, go and check out my soundcloud and listen to some previous work! Or check some videos out on youtube!

Winter Storm

Another short film that I worked on with the Scorelocks Collective is currently making its way through the festival circuit.

The film directed by Attila Adam is an intimate father and son tale, tracking the morning of their first hunting trip together.

It is still early days but so far its festival run includes:

  • Official Selection of Long Island International Film Expo
  • Official Selection of Arizona International Film Festival

You can check out the trailer here:

Winter Storm – Trailer from Popscure on Vimeo.

They No Longer Sleep Alone – Now Online

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.

AND! – Now you can watch the entire film online.

RIGHT HERE!

And if you are interested, we have physical copies for sale! (includes DVD with special features and AUDIO CD). Flick me a message if you are interested!

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