Welcome To My World

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Welcome To My World

Intesar Salim is the proud owner & operator of a tiny record shop tucked away in the streets of Bur Dubai. "Welcome To My World" is the title of this 7-minute short documentary produced by Kiyany Media. Intesar has run the shop since 1985 but may be forced to shut it down soon. Watch the full video below.

Check out Hassan Kiyany's "Making Of" blog post on Medium.com.

Sound & score by Dale Nichols.

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Not Just Special, But Super

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Not Just Special, But Super

The project brief:  

“Work with special needs children and bring their inner superheroes to life — literally!”

During fun and immersive sessions with 20 kids selected from the Al Noor Center For Children With Special Needs, we asked them to describe what they would be like if they were a superhero. Their narratives and interaction was captured in real-time by a concept artist, sketching an "avatar" of what each one of the children described about their super alter ego. Then by using 3D printing technology, the folks at Generation 3D did a wonderful job to bring them to life in the form of an action figure! Using the magic of facial scanning technology together with 3D printing, they transformed these digital avatars into life-like figurines with the children's faces on the bodies of their superhero selves!

For more details on how the film was made, visit this page to read an article by Executive Producer & Director Hassan Kiyany.

Music & Sound by Dale Nichols.

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Lensman #UnitedByPride

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Lensman #UnitedByPride

Lensman: Story is the Hero - In celebration of the 44th UAE National Day, Mercedes-Benz collaborated with Emirati artist Ammar Al Attar to document people of the UAE through his two day journey on the northeast coast. The production is a non-fiction cinematic narrative based on Al Attar's journey to the coast and documenting unseen faces and places from the United Arab Emirates. Al Attar captures the moments with his unique analogue photography process while driving a Mercedes GL500. A collaboration with Kiyany Media. Music & Sound Design by Dale Nichols.

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Short Film "Remembrance" Now Online

Last November, Chai Sutta Productions entered in the annual 48 Hour Film Project to compete with the other teams in the Dubai filmmaking competition. Though Remembrance did not succeed in the competition (due to disqualification) it went on to tour multiple international film festivals. After its year abroad, the film is now available for viewing online here.

The 48 Hour Film Project is held every year in cities all around the globe. Teams are all given a specific character, prop, and line to use in the film, but draw a random genre, such as Comedy, Drama, Horror, Family, Musical. They then have 48 hours to create the film from scratch and present it to the judges for evaluation. For Dubai's 2014 festival, the character was "Hala Ramzy, Spanish teacher", the prop "a watch", and line "Try to keep calm." Unfortunately it was a seemingly minor mistake of using the line "Try to be calm" which disqualified the film from the competition. Though it was a disappointment to the entire team to be disqualified, they could still take pride in the film they managed to create in only 48 (sleepless) hours!

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Remembrance Premier

Catch the premier of Remembrance tonight at 19:30, AM Studios, Dubai. Remembrance is the Chai Sutta Productions team's short film submission for the 2014 Dubai 48-Hour Film Project. Original score by Dale Nichols.

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The Fridge Concert Series #16 presents: Dale Nichols

Monday, May 26th @ 8:00pm, Dale Nichols will be kicking off The Fridge Concert Series #16 at The Fridge Warehouse, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai with a solo piano performance of his own compositions. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets AED 50. RSVP info@thefridgedubai.com and for more info contact The Fridge at +971 4 347 7793

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The Story Behind the Cover Art

In the fall of 2010 I was on a road trip with my friend Gašper, exploring northern Slovenia. We started the excursion from Ljubljana and headed for the hills, to a traditional herdsman settlement high up on an alpine plateau called Velika Planina; a very interesting site to visit. From there the mountain roads continue, twisting and turning north toward Solčava, Logarska Dolina, and the Pavlič Pass over the Austrian border. On the route there, not far south of the settlement of Luče, is this old mill on the side of the road. It’s called Žagerski Mlin. The mill is over 250 years old and is the only operating watermill in the upper Savinja Valley. In 1990 there was a flood in the area, causing damage to the mill, however it was restored in 1996. Gašper and I stopped for some photos and a hike around the location before continuing on our journey. The place certainly left an impression on me, and so I decided to use one of the photographs I took there and turn it into the cover art of the EP.

- Dale

 

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Short Film "Flytande Væsker" Earns Nomination at CAFF

A nomination has been received from The Perfect Spirit Awards® for Rønneberg Film's experimental short Flytande Væsker in the category "Best Experimental Short Film"!  Flytande Væsker debuted at the Creative Arts Film Festival (CAFF) in December 2012.  The film's soundtrack features music and effects by Dale Nichols.

The short film can now be viewed here at Vimeo.com

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Essence Piano Radio

Spain-based Essence Piano Radio is a new, independent online radio station, featuring easy listening, melodic music of talented musicians around the world.  Dale's pieces from In Full Colour have been selected as part of the programme, which plays free, 24/7.  Tune into the station here, or visit http://essencepianoradio.es for more.

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Short Film "Flytande Væsker" Premiers at The Creative Arts Film Festival

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Earlier this year, Norwegian filmmaker Ole-André Rønneberg of Rønneberg Film created an experimental short film entitled "Flytande Væsker" (Flowing Liquids). The five-minute video showcases macro-shots of various fluids, such as water, soap, and oils, reacting with each other in different ways. To add to the colourful eye-candy, Dale Nichols provides an original music soundtrack for the film blended with additional sound effects by both Dale & Ole-André.

Flytande Væsker makes its premier as one of the featured entries of the online Creative Arts Film Festival, which streams its films for the entire month of December. All of the films can be viewed for free at http://www.creativeartsfilmfestival.com

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In Full Colour, now available!

The debut EP "In Full Colour" is now available for download on iTunes and other online distributors.

In Full Colour has been described as evocative piano-based music composed of dynamic layers of emotion and melody, weaved into beautiful soundscapes for an intimate, cinematic feel.  The EP consists of four tracks entitled "October", "Norwegian Winter", "Blossom", and "Vagabond's Romance". 

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Reviews:

★★★★★ "Enchanted; exceptional - rich, sensuous, and dynamic." - F.W.

★★★★★ "Mesmerizing - such beautiful music! Transported me to amazing places in my mind. Highly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!" - Boup1234

★★★★★ "Flowing dreams" - DeDo_Nam

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