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Media Composition and Sound Design

Berklee Grad. Cert. Completion

This week I submitted the final assessment for the last unit of my Grad. Certificate!  Titled Stylistic Approaches to Film Scoring, it focused on how composers can respectfully and authentically approach composing music that represents or insinuates cultures or locations. As Hollywood has a chequered past (to say the least) of representing ‘other’ cultures, this…
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Kaz Garaz Recording

Kaz Garaz escaped the city in January for just over 2 weeks, spending the time just outside Wonthaggi, in Ryanston. We spent the mornings in the surf on Philip Island, and the days and evenings writing, workshopping, and recording 5 new tracks. It was a fantastic time, with all of us working hard on coming…
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Culaccino Single Launch

Culaccino launched our latest single Brown Light last Sunday, at The Cactus Room. As Declan says, this feels like home ground for us, as we’ve played our EP launch here, and some other headline shows too. The single is the first released track from our upcoming album, which I’ll be recording drums for in early…
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Berklee Update

Strange to think that the first unit from the Grad. Certificate is already over! I submitted the last assessment on the 16th of September, and the last 6 weeks were a deep dive on a chosen film and as suggested by the poster above, I was working on the score by Dario Marienelli for Atonement. …
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Kaz Garaz Music Video

Kaz Garaz dropped their latest music video on Sunday, and now the track is available to stream on all your favourite platforms! The video was animated by Pat Lovelady and May Krason-Plarre, and edited by Pat. It’s a hell of a trip, and reminds me of late 90’s claymation kids shows, and even some of…
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A new band, playing our debut gig!

A few weeks ago I began rehearsing with a new group, led by MJ Jeffries. Along with Oscar France, Benjamin Bahlen and Judd Harley, I have been helping MJ’s original tunes come to life. The set moves through a number of pop genres, perhaps leaning mostly towards heavy, power ballads. MJ matches these arrangements with…
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Studying at Berklee

I’m very excited to begin studying at Berklee in late June. I’ll be jumping into their Graduate Certificate of Film and Media Composition, which I intend to follow through to their Masters Degree. I’ve heard great things about their online courses, in that they are very well structured and that they manage to cultivate a…
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Moving and Grooving

Good evening!  After a busy and chaotic time of moving house, it’s time to get back into teaching and gigging. This Thursday I’ll be at the Old Bar playing with Culaccino, supporting Passat act. Here’s the Facebook Event for those interested. I always love playing at the Old Bar, it’s one of the best sounding stages. Never had…
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Graduation Night

After 2 years of virtual graduation ceremonies, it felt like an added privilege to be able to attend Melbourne Polytechnic’s Graduation Night at the Melbourne Recital Centre. MC’d by Brian Nankervis, what may have been a rather dry event was lifted by his wit and general exuberance. Although it was a shame that not all…
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