Jewellery inspires Southern River musician’s new song

Michelle Murray and Craig Wallace-Gibb. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488270 communitypix.com.au
Michelle Murray and Craig Wallace-Gibb. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488270 communitypix.com.au

A PERTH musician nominated for the 2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year award has released a new song, one inspired by the creations of another local artist.

Southern River College music teacher Craig Wallace-Gibb is used to taking to the stage as a saxophone or clarinet player in Perth bands such as Little Pedro, but he has gone down a slightly different path with his latest release, Steampunk 1 (Heart).

Mr Wallace-Gibb said the instrumental piece was inspired by the Steelhip Designs jewellery created by fellow artisan Michelle Murray.

“I wanted to surprise my wife with a piece of jewellery for her birthday, something individual and really unique and creative, and I accidentally found Michelle’s website after surfing for a while,” he said.

“I was inspired immediately and wondered how it might be possible to create Steampunk in sound.

“I had never heard of steampunk music and if it did exist then I didn’t want to be influenced by anyone else’s sounds, I wanted to really try and express my own personal reaction and experience of Michelle’s art and sculpt the music as if I was also working with brass and clockwork metal pieces.

“It has been a lot of fun and though I do not expect to make millions from this one track I have received some amazing feedback.”

Ms Murray said she thought the music was beautiful.

“I have listened to it several times and it makes me visualise each step of building a heart,” she said.

Steampunk 1 (Heart) is available from distrokid.com/hyperfollow/craigwallacegibb/fdl3.