Pianos, Food, Concerts and the Brain

So many things going on… here is a bit of a run down about some recent projects and things, and then I’ll share some more info in another post about PLUNGE – the multisensory immersive installation I have been working on.

BUT FIRST!

Whilst producing/co-producing music on a number of projects (including a kapahaka album; two different collections of educational songs for children with Chris Lam Sam; and, doing the audio mix on a TV series) I have been curating a series of breakfast concerts at Creative Waikato and Milton’s Canteen called PIANO AND EGGS

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The series has featured performances by Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley, Liam Wooding, David Sidwell, Emma Carpenter and myself. The final concert in the series (Monday 29th August at 7am) is by David Sidwell and Julia Booth – they will be playing an exciting repertoire including original compositions by both David Sidwell and myself – in fact it will be the Hamilton premiere of a song cycle I wrote with Majella Cullinane called “CUT AWAY THE MASTS“.

This will be followed by another performance by DR. MESMER’S PRIVATE ARMY – Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley and myself with special guest Horomona Horo. It is a one-off celebration of the end of the series and takes place on Monday 29th August at 6:30pm in Creative Waikato. The concert is PIANO AND GRAPES.

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THEN, on Wednesday 31st August I will be popping down to Queenstown to present MUSICA IN CEREBRO at the inSight event (organised by the Otago Brain Health Research Centre and Catalyst Trust) – Queenstown’s annual science, technology, innovation and future week. The week provides a sneak peek into our future and the opportunity to investigate the big issues, access the experts and explore possible paths ahead for the community. I will present a lecture, MUSICA IN CEREBRO, which is essentially a trip inside the mind, exploring the impact that music has on the brain. In 2015 Jeremy collaborated with neuroscientists at the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre to capture the sounds of the brain. These sounds were then incorporated into one of Jeremy’s original compositions ‘Musica in Cerebro’ designed to showcase the brain’s reaction to musical stimulation and evoke emotive responses in the listener. (event details: http://www.catalystnz.org/events/event/musica-in-cerebro-insight/)

Following that will be install for PLUNGE… more info soon!

Films, Soundtracks and Brain Music

This makes for a varied update. There have been so many things going on recently.

  • Working on a bunch of new music with Chris Lam Sam
  • Writing a whole lot of music for two 48hr Film Fest teams (one in Auckland and one in Wellington – working remotely from Dunedin!)
  • Working on some new music for flute and electronics

In amongst all of this, a bunch of previous projects have gone live online.

SERVE AND PROTECT
A short film by Chasing Time Productions has finally completed its international film festival run. You can now watch that film here! Original score by The Scorelocks Collective.

SERVE AND PROTECT from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

LAPWING
This vintage styled superhero project has just released its trailer in time for some premiere screenings in the US. Along with the trailer release is the soundtrack! A fun, funky romp.

Watch the trailer here:

And get your copy of the monumental LAPWING soundtrack by Scorelocks Collective, composed by Jeremy Mayall and Chris Lam Sam, NOW on Amazon Amplifier iTunes Googleplay Bandcamp  and  Spotify!

 

BRAIN MUSIC
I also recently worked on a project exploring the relationship between music and the brain with the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre. The music composed for that project is now online! Listen here:

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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