Amazing Universe

Over the past couple of months I have been composing the soundtrack to a brand new full dome planetarium show – “AMAZING UNIVERSE” – made by the team at the Otago Museum.

It has been a fascinating project to work on, and has resulted in a really amazing immersive journey through the solar system and beyond. Well worth a visit the next time you are in Dunedin.

In the meantime, you can listen to the soundtrack from this show now! And, get your very own copy for your listening pleasure.

WE ARE ALL STARDUST –music from the AMAZING UNIVERSE show

credits

Music composed and produced by Jeremy Mayall
Mixed by Jeremy Mayall and Stephen Stedman in the University of Otago Albany Street Studios
Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Cover Design: Dan Inglis

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This soundtrack is featured in the show:

“AMAZING UNIVERSE”
A Perpetual Guardian Planetarium Production
Narrated by Mark Hadlow.
Produced and Directed by Oana Jones
Written by Ian Griffin
Animation by Andrew Charlton
PRESENTED BY THE OTAGO MUSEUM TRUST BOARD

New album and a short soundscape

In between furiously working away on finalising the score for the new “Amazing Universe” show at the Otago Museum Perpetual Guardian Planetarium (opens December 4th!), I have been preparing a new album for release (29/11/15) – that album is “it will remember itself” by Narrowing Weeks.

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project with Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns and Robbie Craigie. Here is the cover art by Dan Inglis:

And here is a bonus track (free download) we recorded as a warm up before Nick arrived at the session:

 

Finally, I also recently put together a short soundscape track for the ADAM audio soundtrack competition… you can hear it here! Inspired by the picture #moon:

 

 

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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Flutter

Things have been pretty hectic since the premiere of ‘Flutter’ and ‘Cut Away the Masts’ at the Otago Museum. I am very much looking forward to sharing some photos, videos and recordings of this music! It was a very rewarding performance – working with great people. It was incredibly moving the first time hearing the music in the space and seeing the way the butterflies seemed to react to the music. Magic.

Here are some pics from the process and the recordings… I will wait for the professional photos before I show anything from the actual gig.

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Butterflies

Butterflies

John Egenes on pedal steel

John Egenes on pedal steel

Rob Burns on bass

Rob Burns on bass

Flutter rehearsal

Flutter rehearsal

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Julia Booth recording vocals

Julia Booth recording vocals

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

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.