Composer helps make a difference

Composer keen to give back to those in need

Last updated 12:00 21/08/2014
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Good-deed Gilmour: Musician Grayson Gilmour is donating money gained through music sales to Rape Crisis. 

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Palmerston North-born musician Grayson Gilmour has had a pretty good year and with his third film soundtrack completed, he has decided to give a bit back to those in need.

Gilmour penned the soundtrack to the television film Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story, which aired last Sunday. The story revisits one of New Zealand's most prominent rape cases, involving three Rotorua policemen who were tried and acquitted in 2006 of raping Nicholas as a teenager in 1984.

Gilmour is donating half the proceeds from a selection of tracks put online to Rape Crisis, an organisation supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

"Louise works for the organisation and I figured it was an opportunity to make a little difference," he said.

Abuse and Rape Crisis Support Manawatu manager Ann Kent said she was always excited and impressed when people offered their help to the difficult subject of rape.

"Community support certainly helps, anything that gets our profile out there helps with rape prevention.

"The fact that a film on the Louise Nicholas story has been aired now is great. Having an open discussion about sexual violence without blaming the victim makes it easier for people to come forward and seek help.

"It's great that this has come from a Palmerston North local."

Gilmour describes the Consent score as dark, surreal and textural.

"It is soundscape driven, but balanced out with uplifting bitter sweetness. In many instances it was a case of not overwhelming the already heavy subject matter, and playing into an ‘otherness' in the headspace of Louise."

Gilmour is a soloist, plays with a band, and is undertaking his Masters in Composition in Wellington, where he is now based. He started writing film scores in 2012 with The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, for which he won an award for best score in the NZ Film Awards. He was then nominated for the same award for his score in Shopping.

Of the film world, Gilmour said it was a turbulent one. "I wrote, recorded, mixed and delivered 52 minutes of music in around three to four weeks . . . it was such a whirlwind, I can't remember much. I had to trust my instincts a lot of the time and luckily, it paid off."

Grayson Gilmour's selected tracks from Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story are available at http://

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- Manawatu Standard


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