Albums, Concerts and a Speech.

Lots of things going on… still working away on some galactic music for a project… in the meantime here is a quick update on things that have been going on.

Penny Black (an independent feature film) had it’s official premiere at the Arohanui Film Festival on Friday evening to a sold-out house! (Also Lapwing and Breakery featured in the festival!) To coincide with that, the score album is now available. You can get it from these places:

Bandcamp:

Itunes and Spotify

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My piece “Fourteen Moments for Three” was selected as one of the winners in the NZTrio Composers competition, and was performed in concert in Auckland and Wellington.

Check out the concert below (my piece starts at 1:11:43) and read a review here.

NZTrio Composing Competition 2015: Winners’ Concert from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

Finally, I am putting together a retrospective concert of work composed during my time as Mozart Fellow on Nov.15 in Allen Hall Theatre… a few world premieres, some earlier stuff, lots of collaborators.. should be a fun concert. The poster by Dan Inglis is below:

 

And finally, a couple of weeks ago I graduated with my PhD from Waikato University. I was asked to be the student speaker, and I put together some words about creativity, collaboration, and connections… you can hear them here:

 

Concerts, Albums and a Dollhouse

On Sunday afternoon (4th oct) at 2pm I will be presenting a concert of live multimedia at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. It will feature some brilliantly talented local performers – Nick Hollamby, Ian Chapman, John Egenes, and Sophie Morris. If you are in town come along.

 

Sound the Ocean (a Hamilton based band) has just released their album called “WAIT FOR THE MORNING”. A couple of remixes I did are included as bonus tracks when you download the album! Get your copy today.

A few films I worked on with some regular collaborators are going to be screening at a new international film festival based in Te Aroha. If you are going to be in the area at the end of October, go along to the Arohanui Film Festival. More info here: http://arohanuifilmfestival.businesscatalyst.com/

 

And finally, Dan Inglis, a superb and talented human being, friend and regular collaborator has just released the footage of a side project he has been working on for the past couple of years. It is 1:12 scale Art Deco dollhouse. Watch a video tour of the property here:

A new musical tradition

It seems a new musical tradition is being set in motion. This time, one year ago I was lucky enough to spent a couple of days with a group of great musicians (Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Nick Tipping, Jeremy Badger, Adam Page) creating and co-composing the soundtrack to the movie – Penny Black. This movie is nearing a release (with an accompanying soundtrack album).

For the second version of this new yearly tradition, I spent the day today in the University of Otago Music Department Albany Street Studios creating new music with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums and vibraphone). It is always great to get into a creative space with likeminded musicians and create sound in a space together.

Very much looking forward to getting in and mixing the new music from today… but in the meantime here are some tracks from the Penny Black Soundtrack. It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to make music with all these extremely talented and generous musicians.

SNEAK PEEK – Music from Penny Black

A couple of weeks ago I sat in a room with a group of people to compose and record the soundtrack/score for the film Penny Black.

The people involved:
– Nick Granville: Guitar
– Nick Tipping: Bass
-Jeremy Badger: Drums
– Chris Lam Sam: Keys and percussion
– Adam Page: sax/flute
– Ben Mannell: Tech setup and recording
– Joe Hitchcock: Director
– Fiona Jackson: Producer
– Dan Inglis: Photographer
– myself: keys/electronics

The process involved watching the film scene by scene, discussing grooves, hitpoints ideas etc, jamming out some material, and then recording. A very refreshing and creatively invigorating experience!

Have a listen to a sneak peek of some of the tracks here!

Lots going on!

At this time of year things seem to always get really hectic – christmas madness, end of year functions, last minute jobs etc. and this year hasn’t been different.

I have been taking on the role of full-time stay-at-home dad while my lovely wife is helping out at her old work during the crazy season, and then she is rehearsing for Hamilton Operatics production of Hairspray (Courts is playing Tracy Turnblad). While looking after my boy I have also been trying to continue writing music (both for fun and for ‘work’ on my PhD and for other freelance jobs). It’s not always easy, but it is doable.

But some of the other things I have been working on recently include:

Playing one of the Villains in the filming of LAPWING!

Seeing the film “PLAY DEAD” on the big screen and hearing the score that the Scorelocks Collective put together.

Working on a remix for a local band… more to be revealed soon!

And as an added bonus for the week, I have just uploaded my remix for Dan Aux‘s track “The Thing”. You can also check his work out here.

So here is that remix – have a listen, download, tell your friends and enjoy the rest of the year!

 

The Thing – DAN AUX – (Beardlord Remix) by OneFatMan

An unknown Superhero

I have the distinct pleasure of being involved with the creation of some parts of a new superhero story.

This superhero is ‘LAPWING’ – This hero has been created by the people behind a new feature film that is being filming in New Zealand – Penny Black.

“Instead of quoting existing movies in the dialogue of Penny Black, we decided it would be better to create our own Pop Culture Icon to reference. So LAPWING is a superhero we have created based on the LAPWING bird.”

I will be involved in the filming of the featured LAPWING Episode – which is going to be action-packed and super fun.

I will also be working (with the Scorelocks Collective) to create the score for both LAPWING and Penny Black. In preparation for the shoot, and as inspiration for the creation of the characters and story, we composed and recorded the ‘theme music’ for LAPWING.

Have a listen here:

Just another fun little side project that I have the privilege of being involved in.