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Top of the Lake

I contributed score music for Jane Campion’s six part miniseries “Top of the Lake” which premiered at Sundance this year and has been recently shown on television on UKTV

Here is a selection of scenes including my music from the show:

Celestial Radio

I have collaborated with British Artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich’s to produce a radio show that will be broadcast from a sailing boat whose surface is covered by 60,000 inch-square mirror tiles, sailing over Sydney Harbour. As part of the Launch of the new MCA building. I have composed an hour of ambient music to go along with the recorded interviews

Celestial Radio is a seductive and functional sculptural object, a radio station housed on a sailing boat whose surface is covered by mirror tiles; she splinters daylight as if transmitting Morse code messages. The Celestra: Southern Star travels literally across the high seas while conceptually exploring the metaphorical oceans of life’s big questions, both cosmic and microscopic.

You can listen to the whole radio broadcast HERE

http://www.walkerandbromwich.org.uk/

Unnamed, My Eyes Ablaze

I travelled to Brussels in December 2012 to work with Anuschka Von Oppen on her work “Unnamed, my Eyes Ablaze”, which premiered at space RENOLD, Company SOIT’s new studio and rehearsal space.

A trailer for the work:

 

unnamed my eyes ablaze – trailer from anuschka von oppen on Vimeo.

 

Concept/Direction: Anuschka Von Oppen
Creation & Performance: James Brown, Gala Moody, Sara Sampelayo, Anuschka Von Oppen
Music score: James Brown
Light: Christoph Donse
Assistant set: Elie Desmet
Costumes: Elise Abraham
Camera & Editing: Gert Verboven

Jonathan Jones

Photographs of Jonathan Jones’ work at GBK Gallery in Waterloo.

Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of Australia, works across a range of mediums, from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and film. He is perhaps best known for his site-specific installations and interventions into space which use light, subtle shadow and the repetition of shape to explore Indigenous traditions, relationships and ideas.

 

 

 

 

INTERMISSION – Matthew Day

I have composed the live score for this final part of Matthew Day’s Trilogy, INTERMISSION

Intermission is the final installment in Matthew Day’s acclaimed solo series TRILOGY, following Thousands (Next Wave Festival, PACT Presents… The Sydney Fringe 2010, Brisbane Festival Under the Radar 2011, Dance Massive 2011, Green Room Award Nomination, Concept Realisation 2011) and Cannibal (PACT Presents…Mardi Gras 2011)

“…complete surrender…he’s asking questions about pattern and repetition, about the possibility and oppressiveness of the human body…heart breaking” Rebecca Saffir, The Brag
“the experience of feeling time stretch and come together…the sheer endurance and intensity in Day’s performance…rewarding.” Megan Garrett-Jones, FBI Radio
Annabelle McMillan, Mood of Monk
“…imperceptible movement that eventually flows through his body in actions that could be seen as a visual version of the circular patterning of music by Philip Glass.” Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald

INTERMISSION PRODUCTION CREDITS
Concept/Choreography/Performance Matthew Day
Dramaturgy Martin del Amo
Sound Design James Brown
Lighting Design Travis Hodgson
Producer Katy Green
Management Moriarty’s Project Inc.

Copper Promises – Victoria Hunt

I wrote the music score for Victoria Hunt’s new work, Copper Promises: Hinemehi Haka – Which Premiered at Carriageworks in June 2012

Copper Promises is a new solo dance work by Victoria Hunt exploring the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi: a female ancestor and a ceremonial space connected with Hunt’s Maori cultural heritage. Hinemihi’s story is interwoven with Hunt’s own journey: of finding family, of reconnecting with her culture and of learning from land, ancestors and peers. with Hunt’s extended family and other artists, Copper Promises creates distinctive movement and imagery, merging feeling and gesture as they echo across landscape and through time. It is a lament, a pilgrimage, a protest for ancestral treasures – Taonga.

“A stunning production…It is as if she is channelling the spirits of her ancestors and the very land they come from.”
Julia Cotton, Sydney Morning Herald

Artists: James Brown, Densil Cabrera, Annemaree Dalziel, Hedge, Horomona Horo, Victoria Hunt, Charles Koroneho, Tess de Quincey, Clytie Smith, Chris Wilson and Fiona Winning

City Night Rides

Shots taken during bike rides through the city in the night

 

Valium Vision

Night walks around the northern beaches of Sydney
February 2012

More or Less Concrete – Tim Darbyshire

Tim Darbyshire – More or Less concrete

I took photographs for Tim’s latest work – MORE OR LESS CONCRETE

More or Less Concrete questions how the body creates audible movement and how it remembers and re-appropriates these audible movements in newfound interactive environments. The analytical nature of the work serves to create an introverted and contained body – one that observes itself, whilst at the same time passing through cyclical patterns, transcending thought and embodying meditative states. The body is abstracted as it transforms between human, animal, monster, machine and ‘other’. The choreography oscillates and suspends between recognisable ‘concrete’ realities and ambiguous or surrealistic states. This concept is further enhanced through the colour blue, which permeates the work. Blue creates space where receding and ephemeral qualities contrast the concrete harshness of physical elements.

Choreographer/Director: Tim Darbyshire
Performers: Sophia Cowen, Tim Darbyshire and Matthew Day
Sound Designer: Jem Savage
Original Sound Design Concept: Myles Mumford
Lighting and Set Designer: Ben (Bosco) Shaw for Bluebottle
Dramaturg/Sound theorist: Thembi Soddell
Costume Designer: Rebecca Agnew

More or Less Concrete was presented at Arts House in April 2012. The project has been developed and supported through Centre Nationale de Danse Contemporaine (France), Sweet and Tender Collaborations, Victoria University, Dancehouse, Arts Victoria, Chunky Move’s Maximised program, Lucy Guerin Inc., Open Archive, Arts House and City of Melbourne.

Tidefolk Fictions – James Welsby

James Welsby – Tidefolk Fictions

I took photographs for James Welsby’s show at Melbourne Aquarium, Tidefolk Fictions. We shot these at Bronte Beach in Sydney, on some particularly tumultuous rips.

Tidefolk Fictions is a new contemporary dance piece by emerging choreographer James Welsby (www.jameswelsby.com). The forty-minute, site-specific piece is being presented in partnership with Melbourne Aquarium in the breathtaking Oceanarium. The primary theme of the work concerns human relationships with the oceans, as their gradual warming is one of the key issues of our time. Collections of fantasy stories about transformation into sea creatures punctuate the suspenseful, ethereal, and at times humorous dance work. Drawing choreographic inspiration from the early dance works of renowned American choreographer Lucinda Childs and author Richard Flanagan (Gould’s Book of Fish), the work explores ongoing transition informed by the movement of the tides. Counting systems, pattern displacement, and improvisation are key choreographic elements. The goal of the work is to entertain and entrance an audience in the hope of greater consideration for marine life.

Featuring dancers: Sarah Aiken, Chafia Brooks, James Welsby, and Jessica Wong

Sound design by Joshua Hogan.

“The whale song
Could be heard for miles
Across the oceans
And all the creatures
On the seabed
Danced in celebration
When it stopped
And he began to fall.
It would take a week to reach the bottom.”

Homelands – SOIT

I created a short movie with company SOIT (Belgium) whilst they were in Sydney, around the Sutherland Shire. I filmed this and edited, and wrote the music along with Sam James and Hans Van Den Broeck.

http://www.soit.info/

A utopian community fell apart.
They had all abandoned their former lives. Now, whilst many of the group have left to make their way back to the city, these straggling others remain held, floating like driftwood in time. They have found an escape into a fictional life, hiding in the fantasy of a fragmented theatre, a redundant play without an ending.
Over the years they constructed a surrogate existence … in a storehouse, a place that holds them waiting, with rusting tracks and trains that never leave.
For now they have a fictional refuge. A small doorway is the only entrance to their nirvana, this other consciousness of prolonged nostalgia, where they blissfully regret that life is seeping away. They climb inside, passing through space and time, into their common state of mind. By avoiding the pain of the outside they persist in their timeless, numbing lethargy. Until the outside world calls them to face the light, to take the decision to walk right back to where it all started.

with: Kathy Cogill, Nikki Heywood, Manu Louw, Clara Louw, Tony Osborne, Kirk Page , Hans Van den Broeck‎ , Anuschka Von Oppen, Nalina Wait

directing:Hans Van den Broeck
assistant directing: Anuschka Von Oppen
camera: James Brown
edited by: Sam James, Hans van den Broeck
sound and music composed by: James Brown

coproduction SOIT company & Sydney Performers Group

Messiah Run! – SOIT

I worked in Belgium in 2011 to compose the score for this show

MESSIAH
RUN!

Premiere
January
26th,
2012,
Arts
Centre
Vooruit,
Ghent
(B)

MESSIAH
 RUN!
 is
 Hans
 Van
 den
 Broeck’s
 fourth
 major
 production
 since
 he
 founded
 SOIT
 (Stay
 Only
 If
Temporary), 
after
 having 
worked 
for 
12
 years 
at 
Les 
Ballets 
C 
de 
la 
B. 
For 
MESSIAH
 RUN!
 Hans 
Van 
den 
Broeck
gathers
 six
 dancers.
 As
 astronauts
 they
 slowly
 wake
 up
 from
 a
 long
 sleep
 and
 run
 around
 in
 a
 labyrinth.
Roaming
 in
 the
 back
 room
 of
 a
 collective
 subconscious,
 they
 re‐enact
 excerpts
 of
 their
 memory,
 in
 a
 last
attempt
 to
 escape
 from
 falling
 into
 oblivion.

 

Credits


Direction Hans
Van
den
Broeck
Cocreation
&
performance Harold
 Henning,
 Lars
 August
 Jørgensen,
 Joe
 Jurd,
 Jonathan
 Pranlas,
 Sara
Sampelayo,
Anuschka
Von
Oppen
Dramaturgical
assistance Diane
Fourdrignier
Sound
creation James
Brown
Sound
research
&
set
up Eric
Faes
Set
design
&
lights Dirk
De
Hooghe
Artistic
assistance
light Giacomo
Gorini
Costumes
 Marion
Jouffre
Coproduction/collaboration Arts
 Centre
 Vooruit,
 Ghent
 (B) ‐ TRAFFIC:
 Cultuurcentrum
 Kortrijk
 (B)
 /
 La
Rose
 des
 Vents,
 Villeneuve
 d’Ascq
 (F) ‐ Le
 Rive
 Gauche,
 St‐Etienne‐du‐
Rouvray
(F).

Tour


Premiere
26‐27‐28/01/12,
Arts
Centre
Vooruit,
Ghent
(B)
31/01/12
–
01/02/12
La
Rose
des
Vents,
Villeneuve
d’Ascq
(F)
11/02/12
Cultuurcentrum
Kortrijk
(B)
15/02/12
Cultuurcentrum
Brugge
(B)
16/11/12
Le
Rive
Gauche,
Saint‐Etienne‐du‐Rouvray
(F)

Concrete & Bone – Branch Nebula

Photography for Branch Nebula’s show which took place at Dulwich Hill skate park in 2011

http://www.branchnebula.com/HTMLS/Concrete.html