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.
I have been busily working away on film scores, contemporary art, composition re-writes, audio mixes and new music… so busy that I have fallen behind with posting here!
But there is a bunch of new stuff (especially concert videos!!) that will be being released soon.
In the meantime, here is a mix from the live concert recording of a piece we performed as the encore.
It is called “A pulse worth fighting for”.
Featuring: Lauren Grout (flute), Adam Maha (viola), Yotam Levy (Cello), Mike Booth (Trumpet), Chris Lam Sam (Keys), Chris McBride (Guitar), Nick Tipping (Bass), Brad Thomson (Drums) and myself (synths).
For the past couple of years I have been asked to perform at the Waikato University Blues Awards. These awards recognition students who have excelled in either sports or creative and performing arts to national and international levels. It is an honour to be selected to receive one of these awards – and to perform as part of this ceremony (they typically only have 3 performances) is also quite nice.
After my performance last year I had thought if I was asked to perform again I wouldn’t know how to follow it… but I was asked to perform again this year, so had to put together something to follow a performance with videos, dancer, special fx makeup and pyrotechnics!
The piece I came up with is called Into the nocturnal sunshine. As I started to compose the music, I was also thinking about the dramatic shape and how to effectively stage the piece. Working with Brad Thomson at the Academy of Performing Arts was great – huge support and with his team, came up with ways to make the vision in my head a reality.
This is a piece that I am very proud of – it was fun to write, to rehearse and to perform.
Here are some other notes about the piece and the performance: