A five-part nautical adventure into the unknown
This collaborative project between pianist/composer Ben Gailer and producer/composer Ewan Collins was submitted as part of my BMus (Hons) portfolio in 2020. It was recorded at home in June/July 2020 during New Zealand's Level 4 lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It features five original compositions for solo piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards and electronic music production.
You can listen to Journey to Atlantis and view copies of the scores here
Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards & Compositions: Ben Gailer
Production & Compositions: Ewan Collins
Guitar (Mermaid Pools): Jake Nicholas
Vocal Group (Mermaid Pools): Rachel Clarke, Gretel Donnelly, Caoimhe Lane,
Helen Pahulu, Jessica Rogers, Eda Tang
Part I: Open Waters / The Storm
A ship sets sail on the open seas in search of the promised land. But when a raging storm hits, the ship and its crew are magically transported to a bizarre and twisted land.
Part II: We’ll Let The Stars Guide Us
Realizing that their navigation equipment is useless in these foreign waters, the ship’s valiant crew turn to the long-forgotten ancestral practice of astral navigation to guide them onward.
Part III: Mermaid Pools
Mysterious creatures swirl in the crystal blue waters below, their enchanting song enticing travelers to the sinister depths below.
Part IV: The Descent
The travelers plunge into the icy water. Consumed by darkness, the crew are guided only by the distant song of the merfolk and the dancing bio-luminescent lights of alien creatures.
Part V: City of Coral
The travellers arrive at a sight to behold - the ancestral home of the merfolk! Entranced by the natural beauty of this alien, yet peaceful sanctuary, the travellers weave their way through towering spires of rock and coral.