As part of a project Mike Holland was running with his studio production third year class at Otago University, he asked me if I would like to get something recorded in the studio.
So I wrote this piece, ‘Silent Image‘ – a kind of minimalism meets funk groove thing… lots of tuned percussion, synths and keyboards, plus bass, drums, and horns.
It was a fun day in the Otago University Albany Street Studio!
As a break between “serious” music projects, I put together a little funk track for fun.
I was inspired by the music of Prince and Nile Rodgers, but presented with my own twist.
Very lucky to have had Nick Granville lay down some tasty guitar for the track. It will eventually have lyrics, but in the meantime it is just a fun funky jam to kick back and listen to.
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.
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.