Ray Columbus and The Invaders

Dragon in Fiji – Last Mandy in Nandi

Ray Goodwin was the guitarist in Dragon from its first public gig at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in January 1973 until late 1975. He compo...

Volume: Making Music In Aotearoa

Putting together an exhibition that encompasses the whole of New Zealand music while appealing both to the general public and the people who are mu...

Collapsing Cities

Dunedin Sound - the sound of honesty?

The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening is a visual celebration of the early years of the city's post-punk music scene, which became so identi...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 1

In 2002, along with Nick Bollinger and Katy Yiakmis, I worked on an exhibition called Sound Design. In it we attempted to gather together a selecti...

Anna Coddington

John Williams

Tim Armstrong

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10 live sound engineer-musicians

Every live scene relies on the seldom acknowledged sound engineers, who ensure the music from the band onstage is faithfully presented to the audie...

Writing Social End Product – New Zealand’s 1960s music history magazine

I was mad for How Was The Air Up There? – the K-tel Records compilation of indigenous 1960s sounds released in New Zealand in 1980. It was New Zeal...

Pioneering Palmerston North pub players – part 2

The Cyclones, Sounds of Four, Soundproof, Milkshake, Snatch After becoming a key member of The Pictones, The Flares Show Band and The Big Three, b...

Pioneering Palmerston North pub players - part 1

The Pictones, The Flares, The Big Three, The Saints Before teen idols and beat music challenged the middle of the road brassy tedium of dance hall...

Alastair Riddell

APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2016

The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll award was won by Thomas Oliver for his song 'If I Move to Mars'. At the function in Auckland on 29 September, it ...

Tommy at the Pines

Introduction Tommy Adderley left England a merchant seaman, and arrived in New Zealand a singer. He was just 19, and had already been at sea for f...

Toni Williams

Dave Hartstone

Moana Maniapoto

A brief history of the modern era of Hamilton recording studios 1980 - 2015

When I sat down to write this account about the modern era of Hamilton recording studios the first obstacle I encountered was the lack of chronicle...

Ten more essential New Zealand albums

One hundred albums. It might sound like a lot, but in putting together my book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, there was still a surprising numbe...

Midnight Rider - the magazine with five names

First published in 1973, Midnight Rider was a Dunedin-based music magazine which had the unusual ability to change its masthead assuming the follow...

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Song lines

So let the St. Joseph’s Māori Girls keep singin’ There ain’t no silver lining for the Land of the Long White Cloud ... I was recently at a dinner ...

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