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Three Songs Complete

Barbarous_MexicoWelcome back again.  I have been a bit busy since returning from London with mundane matters (it’s Tax time here in Australia) and it’s also Grant writing submission season.  The former has nothing to do with ‘Mapmaker’s’, but the latter is important!  Added to which, I’ve had my head buried in looking at transmedia development models in the creation of new theatre work.  Yes, well, it’s the geek in me, but also something I know quite a lot about ( you can check this out at my personal web site, under the Research tab for those of you with a technical inclination!)

Of the many issues that writers need to give consideration to in developing new theatre work is having an innate understanding of how the work might be presented on stage.  There are costs associated with every element, not the least being the number of cast required and, in the case of a Musical, the number of real musicians (as opposed to computers) required to play the score.  Suffice to say, large casts with large musical forces are now a rarity, if not an extinct species on Broadway and in the West End!  Beyond traditional modes of presentation, there are new emerging ways for new work to be heard, using the increasingly ubiquitous Internet and tools referred to as pervasive computing (including such objects as your iPad2, iPhone, Blackberry, Android etc.).  We are pursuing this with ‘Mapmaker’s’ because it provides us with a way of allowing a global audience to experience the work wherever they live.  Don’t get me wrong, a 1st.-class production is still the major game in town and to which we aspire, but it would be short-sighted to not provide alternative means of dissemination. Continue Reading →

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Welcome to the Mapmaker’s Opera – The Musical!

Welcome to The Mapmaker’s Opera – The Musical.  Well, finally, the site has gone live after many months of preparation.  A big thanks to Chris Stevens without whom none of this would be possible.

I assume that if you are visiting here, that you have at least a passing knowledge of the novel of the same name by Ms. Gonzalez, on which this musical adaptation is based.  If not, then you have the joy of discovering this novel all ahead of you!

My blog page on this web site has been created to allow interested individuals to communicate with me whilst the process of writing music to Victor Kazan’s lyrics for The Mapmaker’s Opera – The Musical proceeds over the next twelve months.  Right now, I’m in Spain doing research on Flamenco which will inform some of the music in the score.  During my visit, I have come to realise that Flamenco is not only Continue Reading →

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