100 years ago on the 25th of April the Gallipoli landings commenced. For the last 18 months I’ve been working on a project in combination with multiple artist entitled – Contemporary Gallipoli 2015. The exhibition is being held at Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney. This week I’ll be sharing some of the music I’ve composed for the exhibition. I will be sharing some insights into the compositional process. Feel free to comment and interact, there’s a lot to discuss…
Epitaph – A Soundscape for Contemporary Gallipoli Art Exhibition 2015. Now available at the i-Tunes store.
Excerpts from the Album Epitaph ©2015
This is my response to Stephen Copland’s foldout artist book. It made me think of the markets in Egypt where many Australians who were deployed to Gallipoli first went for training and acclimatisation, the strange and unfamiliar sights and aromas they would have experienced. Stephen’s work is very vibrant and I got a real ’60’s’ vibe from viewing, hence the ‘hazy’ guitar sounds.
This is my ‘take’ on a newly enrolled soldiers thoughts, having been ‘signed up’ into a great adventure for glory and country, realising not all is as it was made out to be. Facing the hills and mountains of Gallipoli he follows his mates up the hill, nothing is what he envisaged, his mates fall, one by one…until he is left staring at the sky and reflecting on his childhood, his life, what could or could have been….
In the Dry of the Storm
Troopships entering landing site, questions in the soldiers’ minds laden with uncertainties and anticipation as they prepare to disembark. Hearing unfamiliar sounds. The rush of blood and charged emotions.
Soundtrack to digital animation by Stephen Copland. The Waler was a bread of horse used by the Australians in World War I. The majority of the sounds use the transient rhythms of horses hooves at different tempi.
Staring at Time
Inspired by the works 4.30, 25th April 1915 by Susan O’Doherty and War and Flowers by Meredith Brice. Reflecting on so many lives lost in such a short space of time.
Copyright 2015. Stonehurst Studios.
Album Artwork Copyright 2015 ‘Angel Horse’ -Stephen Copland.
Photo Effy Alexakis. photowrite 2015
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