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.

Things have been happening

It has been a little while since I posted here – things have been busy!

Since the last update I have:

1. Hybrid Philosophies

This album is “Hybrid Philosophies” – a collection of music written as part of my doctoral studies.

You can get a copy from the link above. You can also find all my current releases by going to bandcamp.

 

2. Travel

As part of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Step Higher Award I was lucky enough to head to the Himalayas to spend a couple of weeks following in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary exploring a small part of his trek to Everest and the humanitarian work he was doing in the area. We visited a number of schools and a hospital that he helped build. It was quite an experience – very quiet and remarkably beautiful. The highest point we trekked to was Ama Dablam base camp at 4600m. Here are a few pictures.

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The travel also included some time in London, Adelaide, Renmark and Hamilton catching up with friends and family.

 

3. Music for the Brain.

Before I left I was lucky enough to collaborate on a project with the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre. Working with neuroscientist Professor David Bilkey I composed a piece of music designed to spark responses in the brain that would be visable on an EEG brain scan. Then for the premiere performance at the Otago Museum there would be someone attached to one of these machines and the brain wave scans would be projected on to a screen as part of the presentation.

You can find out more about it in this clip from One News.

Or in this article from the Otago Daily Times.

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New Funk Music

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.

Another World Asleep

Have spent the last few days working on the score for a natural history documentary. It has been an interesting experience, capturing the drama and power of nature in musical ways. Very fun. I will share some of that music in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, here is an ambient soundscape piece I created for the Sound and Light show I did in August. This track is essentially a cosmic lullaby. Based on the electromagnetic vibrations of the planets… this track is a perfect soundscape for getting in sync with the universe and finding a quiet moment of meditation in your life.

 

Recent things

Things have been pretty hectic since the various concerts in the first week of August, so I figured now might be a good time to collate a few things.

Films:

– Recently completed the sound mix for the LAPWING short film. A fun little superhero project that I co-scored with the Scorelocks Collective.

– Worked on the score and sound design for a one minute horror film made by Tim Evans of Mukpuddy.

Other composition:

– A new orchestral work ‘convoluted’ selected for the NZSOSOUNZRadio NZ Concert Recordings for 2015.

– A soundscape composition to accompany a beautiful ceramic bird artwork by Madeleine Child

– String arrangements for a new pop song.

– A remix for a re-arrangement of ‘Get Lucky’ by Nick Granville.

– plus all my old albums are now available for pay-what-you-like download: https://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/

– Along with releasing The Song of Kauri and Imaginary Communication

It was a busy month! Now onward to September!

The Song of Kauri

It is my pleasure to finally share the audio of my musical interpretation of ‘The Song of Kauri‘ by Melinda Szymanik.

There is a audio only version with narration by the author, as well as a video version showing the beautiful illustrations by Dominique Ford. Links are below:

The Song of Kauri from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

Or on YouTube if you prefer: http://youtu.be/GhPa1LoLbfQ

AUDIO ONLY on SoundCloud:

 

The Song of Kauri

I have had the absolute pleasure of writing some music to accompany the new children’s book by Melinda Syzmanik‘The Song of the Kauri’.

This is a beautiful story. Definitely a book worth picking up and sharing with your kids!

I will share the music after the official launch of the book on August 1st! All are welcome to attend the launch at the Dunedin Public Library. Details below:

Song of Kauri Book Launch

 

People doing exciting things

It has been awhile since I have done one of these, but there are lots of people I know who are doing exciting things that you should definitely check out.

Rather than discussing specific projects, I will just provide a link to their facebook pages and you can click like and keep up to date with all the fun!

Music:
Mr Roberelli | SJD | Big Muffin Serious Band | Fortunes | Stephen Gallagher | Adam Page | Richter City Rebels | Horomona Horo | Nick Granville | James Hill | Julia Booth | Ed Zuccollo | Geysers | Paddy Free | Chris Lam Sam | Santiago Canon Valencia | Bambino | The Scorelocks Collective | Collie Mai Music | Diaz Grimm | The Porch | Anonymouz | Mighty People |

 

Film/Art/Photography/Theatre:
Chasing Time Productions | Indiefilm | A couple of Night Owls | Dylan is Yes | Brook James | Lou Potiki Bryant | Angela Keoghan | Cuttapea | Tuff Animation | Apocalypse Lounge | Seventeenthirty7 | Cakeburger | ACLX | Big Kid Films | Diprose Media | Paul Bradley | Pure Mint Photography | Taus Ceramic |

I have probably missed some people – but at least it is a start! Check out all these peoples work – they are doing awesome creative things. Don’t miss out!

Step Higher Award

Recently, I was lucky enough to be awarded the Step Higher Award from the University of Waikato. This leadership award will send me, with 3 other Hillary Scholars to Nepal to explore the work of the Himalayan Trust and the things that Sir Edmund Hillary has done in that part of the world. It is a huge opportunity to see a place I never really thought I would go to, a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, meet the people, and ideally develop a new composition based on the experience.

I plan to take some portable recording devices with me to try and capture some of the natural sounds of the environment there, and utilise those as an element in the new composition. As part of the award we will all be fundraising for the Himalayan Trust – and for me this will include some new music as well (more details to come soon!)

In the meantime, here is an article from the Waikato Times today about it.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.

From the Waikato Times, June 9, 2014.