Alastair Galbraith Profile

Jon Chapman
16 Dec 2013

It's the late 1960s, and future Arts Laureate, builder of obscure and obsolete musical instruments, and intimist rock miniaturist Alastair Galbraith is resting his wee head on the gearshift during a long car ride, listening to the contour of the road.

Around the same time, he remembers “... going to an unfamiliar house and asking if they had a washing machine I could listen to.” (Interview with Dan Cohoon, Amplitude Equals One Over Frequency Squared, 2006). These early aural episodes frame a body of work shaped by the drone of the road and sounding like the Otago coastlines and hills as much as Dunedin's flats, galleries and warehouses.

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Alastair Galbraith in Dunedin in the mid 1980s. Taken on the St David Street footbridge.
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Xpressway people. L to R: Bruce Russell, Peter Jefferies, Peter Gutteridge, and Alastair Galbraith outside Peter's house, Opoho, early 1989
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The Rip - Comic Book (Live)
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Alastair Galbraith, the Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, 1997
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Alastair Galbraith painting
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Alastair Galbraith + Graeme Jefferies - Bravely Bravely
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Alastair Galbraith
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Alastair Galbraith and Bruce Russell, Upper Stuart St, Dunedin, 1984, outside the flat where The Verlaines' Death And The Maiden video was shot a year earlier.
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Plagal Grind - Receivership
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Alastair Galbraith
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The Rip - Holy Room
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Alastair Galbraith/King Loser tour 1994
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The Rip, 1984
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Alastair Galbraith painting
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Fire Organ, June 2002
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Alastair Galbraith and Matt De Gennaro - The Anatomy of Wire Music
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North Island tour, September 1995
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An interpretation of a South Island rock drawing
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Alastair Galbraith painting
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Alastair Galbraith, the Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, 1997
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The Rip, with Alastair Galbraith up front, circa 1985
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Alastair Galbraith plays the flame organ at The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, 2010
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