Journey to Atlantis

Updated: Sep 13

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


Featuring:

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


Programme Notes:


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.

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