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

‘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:

UP (an new old album)

Here is something a little bit different to the more ‘serious’ or ‘arty’ projects I have been working on recently.

Since my last “pop” album projects (One Fat Man and …howard) I had been working on a bunch of synthy, poppy follow up music. But due to various things (mainly working on my PhD and having a kid) I never ended up finishing the music with lyrics etc. Some of these tracks date back to 2009 and I felt like it was time to get this music out to stop it from just disappearing into the background of my hard drives… then I can continue moving on with the various other new projects! At this point I don’t think I will ever ‘finish’ them, but I would rather they were available to listen to, than just sitting on my hard drive.

So, this is a collection of unreleased tracks, instrumentals that never got lyrics, and other previous unused treats. This work followed on from the synthy explorations of the …howard project. Most of this album is fun, uptempo, synth-pop-ish, dance music.

THIS IS MUSIC THAT IS NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IT’S JUST FOR FUN. SOMETIMES THAT IS ALL THAT THINGS NEED TO BE. HAVE FUN.

Some of the tracks feature vocals (by Conor McCabe, Stephanie Christian, Joe McNamara and Courteney Mayall), but most are just uptempo instrumental synthy jams.

 

Can’t Stand The Heat

Happy New Year. 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty creatively inspiring year – with plenty of new music and projects to work on!

A while back I created an 80’s inspired theme song as a potential idea for a (then unfinished) short film – kind of aiming for a fun uptempo cop film type vibe (think Beverly Hills Cop with The Heat is On by Glenn Frey)

But… the track didn’t really suit the tone of the finished film, so it ended up sitting unused on my hard drive for a few years.

Now, I have decided to release an album of unfinished tracks, instrumentals, and unreleased treats… it seemed like it was time to share this hilarity with the world! So I removed some of the lyrics (except the chorus), keep the music the same, and it could be the theme song for an insane cooking show!!

Featuring Joe McNamara on guitar and backing vocals.