Watch a video of Chris Mullins discussing arranging and composing then performing an original composition.
Chris Mullins is the former artist-in-residence at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Renfro Valley. While there he contributed in a number of areas, but it was his work in education outreach that took him into Kentucky schools for in-school programs and residencies focused on Kentucky’s traditional music. He worked extensively with the Rockcastle County Schools on a variety of projects exploring Kentucky music—including research and development of several books and composing, consulting on, and performing in an original musical, Legend of Rockcastle Hollow. Mullins plays a variety of instruments in a variety of styles—from heavy metal bass to old-time string instruments such as the mandolin. He attended the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Whitesburg and returned as a teacher of guitar and mandolin. He holds a certificate in audio engineering. In 2007, he moved to Wellington, New Zealand to attend the New Zealand School of Music.
Here’s the notation of Harvest Dance Theme, the original composition Mullins performs on the video.
Harvest Dance Theme midi file.
Midi player required. Right click the midi file link and choose “save link as” and save file to your desktop. Then open with a midi player.
Mullins is also featured in the toolkit on Immigrant Instrument: The Mandolin and performances of “My Old Kentucky Home” (Music Around the World DVD). He offers ideas on how to create a “recording studio in a backpack” in the Music and Technology section of the toolkit binder.