Project Teaser - September 2019

Hello everyone! It’s the 11th of the month, so it’s time for a monthly project teaser.

This month… I have been slowly tapping away with my keyboard and my computer. Each piece is being handcrafted note-by-note as the music comes to life. The video below demonstrates a bit of this process. The keen-eyed amongst you will notice the piece of music in the video has three pianos and a tripled string section!

At this point I have prepared four pieces of music, with ideas floating around for at least a dozen more. It’s just a very time consuming process! For comparison, I am aiming for well over twenty pieces of music in total. There is a long way to go still!

Project Teaser - August 2019

Hello everyone! It’s the 11th of the month, so it’s time for a monthly project teaser.

This month… work continues in constructing a grand package of great new music for you - all flowing from my beloved piano to my computer’s orchestra and then to your ears.

Just how big am I planning? Hmmm… about as long as my last three albums combined sounds like a good length! Bring on 2020, it’s going to be BIG!

Project Teaser - July 2019

Hello everyone! It’s the 11th of the month, so it’s time for a monthly project teaser.

This month… grand plans are in motion, but I wanted to focus on my return from Europe: I have been making up for all the missed piano time and a backlog of new ideas have flowed out onto the keys. Here’s a snippet of one piece, which is now getting the orchestration love it deserves. I promise there are plentiful more ideas being developed in tandem and I wish I could share them all!

When will you hear the final piece? Sit tight. D-Day is a long time away.

Travel: Europe

Hello!

I am currently right in the midst of a modest adventure of central Europe. Already, I have visited the likes of Amsterdam, Lisbon and Stockholm. Soon, I will be making my way also to Germany and Spain. Every place is a unique experience and constantly I am gathering inspiration and ideas for new music.

My journey through Europe thus far has been very music-focussed. Before I had even made it four hours out of New Zealand I was playing a baby grand piano in the middle of Brisbane Airport, much to the delight of airport patrons - many of whom thanked me for the experience even after we landed in Abu Dhabi. Then, in Amsterdam I met the Nintendo Labo, a cardboard piano powered by the Nintendo Switch. In Stockholm I visited the headquarters of Spotify and discovered a world where music is life.

All this time I have been making fantastic use of being away from New Zealand and the responsibilities it brings. I have been avidly writing music, even without a piano or keyboard to compose new ideas on. Even the keyboard app on my phones crashes every few minutes. Nevertheless, progress is being made toward my next project, and this trip to Europe will surely play a role in shaping the results.

See you in July, New Zealand!

Camiel

Enjoying the music on the walls in downtown Stockholm.

Enjoying the music on the walls in downtown Stockholm.

New Website

It’s finally here!

For three years my website lay derelict and neglected - still announcing my studious efforts at university. Now, a lick of fresh paint has been applied and a whole new-look website has been created! Explore the albums and music I’ve published, the commissions I’ve written and the tips I have to share. You can even keep up to date with the latest news and thoughts from me here at this blog! Or, if you like what you see, simply head to the about page and get in touch. I can do anything!

Enjoy!

Travel: South America

Hello world!

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been travelling the Latin American world. In between ordering the wrong meals in Spanish and trying to figure out how Spanish actually differs to Portuguese, I thought I would come here to share some of my musical experiences.

Peru

My trip began in Lima, Peru, where I was immediately greeted with a lifetime supply of Latin music and street dancing. There was an air of relaxation, ease and normality in the way the South Americans approach life. They love expressing themselves, especially through music and dance. So there was no shortage of random public performances around the cities of Lima and Cusco as I travelled.

A short stop in a traditional Peruvian meeting house and I was quickly acquainted with traditional Peruvian instruments. But the real treat came in the city of Puno during the Carnival (yes, the same carnival as Rio). The streets came alive and people filled the main squares to dance and make music. There were parades and performances and celebration. The people were totally invested in the celebration. They love their music and it created an atmosphere so different to the streets of the western world. The style of music was vibrant and lively, creating a wonderfully joyful experience.

Bolivia

My musical adventures in Bolivia were restricted to La Paz because, well.. I was restricted to La Paz. Dire illness grounded me in the city whilst my friends adventured off into the salt desert and Chile. Nevertheless, Bolivia offered me a musical treat in the form of the Museo de Instrumentos Musicales. I was taken on a journey, not of music, but of instruments. I got to explore a plethora of new and interesting instruments. The historic people of the Andean Mountains found plenty of creative ways to make music. Plus, with Bolivia’s diverse geography, the variety of instruments and the history of them was huge. There were long horns that curled back like a hook, whistles sculpted into statues out of rock and guitars with five sets of strings in the shape of a star. I left Bolivian with a very sincere and informed appreciation of music, and how it can mean the same thing to so many people but in so many different ways.

Argentina

I have only just made it to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. Already, I have found a vibrant and cultured city. Musicians are busking on the streets, the opera house is marvellous beyond belief. As win the rest of the continent, Latin, salsa and jazz are prevalent - a welcome change from the music of the west.

On the to-do list is to watch a tango show and visit the orchestra. Here’s hoping for the best!

Camiel

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