Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm

Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm – by Jeremy Mayall
for piano trio and boombox

Katherine Austin – Piano
Lara Hall – Violin
James Tennant – Cello

Backing Track: Jeremy Mayall

‘Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm’ is the final piece written for my PhD. It is my attempt to bring some of the psychedelic funk and fusion music of the late 60s/70s and Early 80s into contact with the more traditional ‘classical’ setting of the piano trio. It aims to bring together the grooves and vibes of this powerful rhythmic funk and combine it with the precision and un-compromising technique of contemporary classical music.

The piece is in 7 movements
It was written for The New Zealand Chamber Soloists (who performed the premiere of this piece, and also the performance for this video)

This piece is particularly influenced by the work of James Brown, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Afrika Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and Tower of Power.

The video was made by Dan Inglis.

Movement Four features a lyric written by Scott Granville.

Post-production audio mix: Jeremy Mayall
Video: Dan Inglis