It Will Remember Itself

“It Will Remember Itself” by Narrowing Weeks is now available!

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project between:
Jeremy Mayall (various keys and electronics), Chris Lam Sam (various keys), Nick Granville (guitar), Rob Burns (bass), Robbie Craigie (percussion).

On one day we got together to make music. To communicate. To share ideas through sound. This album is a representation of that moment.

“The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.”

There is always one moment when the door opens and lets the future in.

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Improvised/composed and recorded live in the main room at the University of Otago Music Departments Albany Street Studios.

credits

Recorded by Mike Holland at Albany Street Studios, Dunedin.
Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Album Artwork by Dan Inglis

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:

 

 

653 days and other things

It was a busy but hugely rewarding weekend.
Two concerts.
stillmoments poster 653 Days Concert Poster 02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was excellent to work with a number of brilliant performers on these two events.

Here are some pictures of various things.

A few side of stage snaps from ‘653 Days’

Setup for [still moments] at DPAG

souvenir programmes – designed by Dan Inglis

Some other information about the concerts: this article and also this interview:

There were a few pieces premiered this past weekend, and as I slowly sort through the recordings I will share some tracks… but in the meantime, here is one video that we premiered. Created by Ben Woollen, based on the track “Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes” from the album ‘THUS’ by Days At Sea (Rob Burns, Robbie Craigie and myself).
Have a watch here:

Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

Also, the NZTrio along with Sounz – Centre for New Zealand Music, APRA AMCOS and the Universities of NZ, have released individual videos of the performances from their Composition Competition concerts. Here is my piece:

Jeremy Mayall: Fourteen moments for three from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

And finally, I also managed to find time to work on a film score with John Egenes for “The Dairy Diaries” by Ashton Ledger. Here is the little theme tune:

‘Then we fall’ and other announcements

I am currently working on the editing and mixing of a new album recorded/composed/improvised in real time in the Albany Street Studios by myself, Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns, and Robbie Craigie. The session was engineered by Mike Holland.

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!

 

Silent Image

As part of a project Mike Holland was running with his studio production third year class at Otago University, he asked me if I would like to get something recorded in the studio.
So I wrote this piece, ‘Silent Image‘ – a kind of minimalism meets funk groove thing… lots of tuned percussion, synths and keyboards, plus bass, drums, and horns.

It was a fun day in the Otago University Albany Street Studio!

Rob Burns: Bass

Maddy Parkins-Craig: Drums and tuned percussion

Jeremy Mayall: all the other sounds

Now you can hear that track here:

Recordings and new albums

In the past few days I have been working with various people on the creation, composition, and recording of over 3 hours of new original music. Creative productivity is a marvelous and rewarding thing.

Here are a few pics from some time in the studio.

 

Along with working on a collection of songs for children, Chris Lam Sam and I put together this short piece:

 

And also, the release of this album created in collaboration with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums) under the name Days At Sea. The album is called THUS.

You can get your copy 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.

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