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:
While working through those tracks I found this tune recorded at sound check while we waited for Nick to arrive down from Wellington. So while you wait for the new album, here is a groovy little taster.
Also recently released is a remix I did for a band called Cheshire Grimm. You can check that track out here:
And finally, it is my pleasure to announce that my piece “Frosted Air Suite” for flute and electronics was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for Composition for 2015. I am looking forward to hearing the piece premiered later this year!
I am very excited to have been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at Otago University for a second year! This means I will get to spent 2015 engaging in full time creative work. It is an absolute privilege to have received this position. You can read the announcement here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago078803.html
Having another year to focus on composition is an exciting prospect. Here is a collection of most of the work I have created so far this year:
Compositions: Imaginary Communications – a suite for piano and electronics Whit-woo – for solo bass convoluted – for orchestra Infinite possibilities – for various recorded instruments Late Song – for soprano, chorus, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and backing track #tinyelephants – a sound art piece Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and fixed media Seaward Moments – for bansuri, field recordings and backing track with Adam Page The Song of Kauri – a musical interpretation of childrens story by Melinda Szymanik Through the pulsating debris – for four pianos L.o.q.shun – for voice Without Contact – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts Another World Asleep – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts Cosmic Outlaw – with Chris Lam Sam Suburban Wires – with Chris Lam Sam Feathered Resonance – soundscape to accompany artwork by Madeleine Child in Wallace Art Awards
One of the recent projects I have been working on is a remix for the jazz-fusion band ‘Subject2Change‘. The band has a new album to be released later in the year that I helped working on the final mixing process.
As some really early promo for the album Rob Burns has suggested I share the remix so people can hear some of the musical goodness that this group of talented musicians have been working on.
Recently I have been working on a couple of remix projects. One for jazz-fusion band ‘Subject 2 Change’ featuring staff from the Otago Music Department. The other is a couple of tracks from the album ‘The Stone Soup Sessions‘ by John Egenes.
Drawing from the stems available on the remix site John has, I selected two tracks to remix. The first is the track ‘Little Bird’ – a lovely little folky tune featuring acoustic guitar and vocals. I took that extended it out a little, edited the vocals and replaced the acoustic guitar with a percussive accompaniment. Here is my remix version:
The other track I went for is a song called ‘Crazy Sons of Bitches’. I took this country tune and rearranged sections, removed some stuff, and added some synth bass, electronica drums and some distorted harmonica to create this kind of electro-blues version of the tune:
Free downloads of both tracks are available on Soundcloud.
As part of my phd work I writing, reading and refining a lot of text. But I also have been thinking about, and revisiting, my music.
As part of that process, I have been working on a reconstruction of my piece “The Foggy Field”. This is still a work in progress, but I thought I would share it out and see how it sits in the listening world. Sometimes you get too close to a work and it is important to give it some space, and then come back to it.
As a bit of a break from all of this PhD composition I put together a remix for the band Banglade$h. Their track ‘Lean‘ is such an awesome catchy tune. It was an absolute pleasure to do this remix – even if it was a bit difficult working out where to start because I liked the original tune so much.
My remix is currently available for free download on soundcloud.
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!