Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm

‘Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm’ is a suite in seven movements for piano trio and boombox.

It was written for The New Zealand Chamber Soloists (Katherine Austin, Lara Hall and James Tennant) and was premiered on the 19th September 2013.

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.

Here is the video link on vimeo:
Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm by Jeremy Mayall

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Where things are at…

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.

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All of the goings on

There has been a lot going on in the past few weeks! Thought it must be about time I did an update.

I am still working away at the post-production of the recordings of my PhD Concert. Both in the way of audio mixing and video editing with Dan Inglis. The audio part of this process has been made more difficult with various computer issues, but I am trying to maintain a positive outlook on this (and mostly succeeding!) – This has also lead me to start work on a new piece for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, as well as a collaborative piece with the lovely Julia Booth. 

The Scorelocks Collective have been working on a bluegrass-influenced score for Chasing Time Productions new film ‘Serve and Protect’. It has been an interesting process to craft mockups and then work entirely with live acoustic instruments in crafting this score. It is a very fun little film!

I also went to watch Carving in Ice Theatre’s new piece ‘Instructions for Life’ – it is a very entertaining, odd, and intriguing production. Well worth a watch – they have a second season coming up in Cambridge at the start of June. It also features a range of music written by myself and The Scorelocks Collective. It was quite fun to hear my music in a completely new setting!

I also had the honour of performing at and teching at Adam Maha‘s fundraising concert on Sunday Night. He is heading to the US for a conducting course – the first big step on his way to international stardom in the conducting world! He is still raising funds, so flick him a message if you are so inclined!

Coming Up: V48Hr Film Fest, a short musical film, finishing off more PhD work, and then whatever else the universe throws my way! Ahh the life of a composer/musician… its an interesting one!