PLUNGE

The next big project for me is PLUNGE – A multisensory immersive installation at Ramp Gallery.

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PLUNGE explores new ways of experiencing and discovering art – by having visitors use all five of their senses.  You will be tasting, smelling, touching and hearing (along with the usual ‘seeing’).

PLUNGE is the result of ongoing explorations and collaborations between experts in sight, sound, taste, scent and touch. An immersive experience where new sonic artworks are further activated by connecting to other stimulus receptors. This is a very intimate exhibition, which requires the audience to become part of the artwork.

Each piece stimulates different senses and explores ideas of perception and the fluctuating human experience of time. Each work features a sound element created by Jeremy Mayall, which has been paired with collaborators in different fields: Dan Inglis and James Sutherland (moving image); Paul Bradley (visual art); Jamieson Hudson (baking/design); Demeter Fragrance Library (perfume). Along with the skilled support of specialist craftsman/artists/technicians Tony Nicholls, Owen Mayall and Brad Morgan to help construct each experience.

The inspiration for PLUNGE comes from ongoing compositional experiments by Jeremy, along with a range of neuroscientific studies, which explore the concept that none of our senses work in isolation, and that they are deeply interconnected and influential on one another. The works, through the common thread of musical composition, explore an ever changing thread of consciousness where you begin to notice the way that your brain shifts perceptions between our internal and external worlds. These works create a state that engages the brains own tendency to build worlds, find patterns and make connections, allowing the multi-sensory experience to provided a heightened sense of engagement with each work.

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PLUS – as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a week of performance art events around Hamilton from 6th-10th September. See individual event listings and follow RAMP GALLERY on facebook for more information.

 

Mon 5 Sep, 5 – 7pm – Opening Preview of PLUNGE
– Ramp Gallery, Collingwood St
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition. This includes a brief artist talk, and the various collaborators will also be present. The works include collaborations with: Paul Bradley, Scott Granville, Mark Hamilton, Jamieson Hudson, Dan Inglis, Owen Mayall, Tony Nicholls, James Sutherland, Alexander Williams, Ben Woollen, and Demeter Fragrance Library.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4603 )

Tue 6 Sep, 7 – 9pm – Musical Portraits with Mark Hamilton
– School of Media Arts, Collingwood St
This is your opportunity to take part in a unique performance art experience where you become part of the artwork. Sure to be an experience unlike any you have been part of before. Featuring live photography by Mark Hamilton. Refreshments provided.
FREE – but strictly limited numbers so book early
TO SECURE YOUR PLACE – EMAIL: wendy.richdale@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4607 )

Wed 7 Sep, 7pm – Conversations: a short film evening
– Creative Waikato, Alexandra St
Join us for a night of short films – including a range of collaborative projects currently unscreened in Hamilton. This is also the album launch for “CONVERSATIONS” – a collection of works for solo instrument and electronics. Also: see the world premiere of “For the Stars from the Undergrowth” a film by Ben Woollen with music featuring Adam Page and Horomona Horo.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4616 )

Sat 10 Sep, 6:30pm – Sonic cocktails: a collaboration with Alexander Williams
– Wonder Horse, Victoria St.
Get your tickets to experience the premiere of three new compositions which have been expertly paired with matching cocktails. Sip your drink and experience the full cross-modal multi-sensory effects of this innovative collaboration between Alexander Williams from Wonder Horse and Jeremy Mayall.
Tickets $45 – limited numbers so bookings are essential. To book tickets email:
jeremy.mayall@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4618 )

 
 

Concerts!

On Tuesday 4th of August I gave a concert called ‘Imagined Landscapes’. It was a collection of music I have composed, most new, some revisits of older stuff. Lots of multimedia things, and some multi-sensory elements exploring smell and taste.

Sharron Bennett of Sharron Bennett Photography took a bunch of pictures of the concert… you can look at them here:

Sophie Morris performs ‘Cut Away The Masts’ poem by Majella Cullinane

Nick Hollamby performs ‘ruru’ Poem by Scott Granville

 

Some video footage of this concert is coming!

 

This coming Tuesday (11th August) there is another concert. This time of sonic art celebrating Lilburn’s electroacoustic heritage. Poster is here;

Concerts and Recordings

Things continue to be busy… but rewardingly so. Working on music with Chris Lam Sam, a performance workshop with the NZTrio, collaborative discussions with food scientists and perfumers, a trip to Nelson for the Composers Workshop, and collaborations with Otago Arts Fellows.

Also coming up:

IMAGINED LANDSCAPES

A concert of multimedia music at Marama Hall (Otago University). Featuring vocalists Nick Hollamby and Sophie Morris, as well as collaborative works with Dan Inglis, James Sutherland, Majella Cullinane, Scott Granville, and Ben Woollen. Tuesday 4th August.

 

Recent Release: BLONDE

The soundtrack to the short film ‘BLONDE‘ is now available on bandcamp:

 

Upcoming Release: ‘THEY WILL BE THE COLOUR’

A collaborative album with Julia Booth. To be release on August 1st on bandcamp!

Here is the cover art by Ashlee Fischer

 

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.

Multimedia music

With the release of the ‘Flutter’ video, I have had people ask me what my next performance piece will be… at the moment I am unsure. We shall see what comes up.
But in the meantime, I thought it might be good to revisit some of the multi-media performance projects I have put together, and collect them all in one place. Here.

Flutter:

Flutter from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

 

The Long White Cloud:

The Long White Cloud from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

 

The Birth:

 

Into the Nocturnal Sunshine:

 

Late Song:

 

There were a couple of earlier pieces, but unfortunately they were not recorded. They will have to remain lost in the ether.

Flutter

At the end of November I am presenting a concert at the Otago Museum which will feature the world premiere of two new pieces: Flutter and Cut Away the Masts. This is all being put together as part of my work as the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago Music Department.

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1) Flutter – a multi-sensory, site-specific performance piece including: the feel and smell of the Tropical Rainforest (with hundreds of free-flying butterflies); the sound of brilliant musicians – Julia Booth, Tessa Petersen, Rob Burns, John Egenes, and Feby Idrus (with words by Shoshana Sachi, and technical enhancement by Stephen Stedman and Daniel Buchanan); the sight of the space and performers, as well as video by Dan Inglis and lighting by Martyn Roberts; and taste in the form of tasty morsels that correspond with the musical sections, created by the master baker at the Tart Tin boutique bake house.

2) Cut Away the Masts – a song cycle created in collaboration with 2014 Robert Burns Fellow Majella Cullinane The poems in the songs are inspired by The McIlrath Letters, a series of letters which were written by two brothers, who emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand in 1860, and wrote back to their family there for over fifty years. The songs will be performed by Julia Booth – Singer.

There are two sessions available starting at 8pm and 8:30pm. Tickets cost $35 and include a drink and canapes (the selection of food has been specifically designed for this event and is quite delicious!!).

This performance serves as a gift/celebration of my time as the Mozart Fellow so far, and a public thank you for having me here in Dunedin!

Limited tickets available from the Otago Museum Front Desk.