EWI‐ist Peter Smith and composer Cameron Lam delve deep into the sonic possibilities of the Akai EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) in
this new full‐length digital album.
Celebrating a collaboration that spans eight years of shared passion, for both music and videogames, Cybermemories merges the fun energy of early videogame music with the powerful expression of contemporary classical music.
In addition to solo and multi‐tracked works (a specialty of Peter's YouTube channel, Soundole VGM Covers), the album features pieces with string quartet, percussion and piano ‐ including the piano reduction of Cameron's EWI concerto, Electric Phoenix.
Read more about Cybermemories here: kammerklang.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/presenting-cybermemories/
Cameron Lam is Artistic Director of Kammerklang, a Sydney-based new music and hybrid-art production company, Art Music Specialist at APRA AMCOS, and a working composer in his own right.
His compositional experience has always been based in practical work and experimentation. He is an avid dabbler and appreciator of the various arts, having completed his honours in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and currently studying dance and static trapeze at B&B Studios in Marrickville.
Cameron has had the pleasure of working with and writing for many of Australia’s leading musicians such as acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes (The Colour of Woods, 2009), contemporary vocal ensemble Halcyon (Orphic Hymn #9: Selene, 2010), the internationally renowned Nexas Saxophone Quartet (Interweave, 2010), and YouTuber and EWI-ist Peter Smith aka Soundole VGM Covers (Daemon: The Pride of Difference, 2014).
In 2015, Cameron released his first song cycle, Fragments of Solitude, for soprano and piano, based on the poetry of Luis de Gongora, as a digital album on the Kammerklang label as well as a second album entitled Mana Cycle as series of short pieces each based on different styles of magic.
2016 has seen Cameron take on his first projects as videogame music composer and the release of Cybermemories – an entire album of music for the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) with long-time collaborator Peter Smith.
Peter Smith comes from a background as a classical clarinettist, completing undergraduate (2009) and postgraduate (2012) studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has also been a casual lecturer in musicology for the past five years. As a freelance clarinettist, he has had numerous engagements with high profile ensembles, including the Sydney Chamber Opera, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Halcyon, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous recitals at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Peter also currently teaches clarinet performance at the Australian Institute of Music.
In recent years, Peter has increasingly devoted himself to the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). In addition to using it as a concert instrument (his recital as part of the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in 2013 is almost certainly Australia's first solo classical EWI recital), Peter has built up a loyal online following producing multi-tracked covers of music from video games. He has released 4 albums of his own covers, and appeared on numerous cover album releases by Gamelark, The Materia Collective, Pixel Mixers, and Multiplayer. He was also a guest musician on 'Determination: Purple Side' by RichaadEB and Ace Waters, an album of covers from 'Undertale' which reached No. 1 in the Bandcamp charts in 2016.
His video game music covers can be found on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Soundole