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Lydia Cole: Undefined Horizon

There’s a strong visual link between Lydia Cole’s 2012 debut album and this year’s sophomore release, textured, messed-with artwork in textured shades of brown, and printed on matt card. The effect ...

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Opportunities

Enter The 2017 Country Music Awards

Entries are now open for the 2017 Country Music Awards, which includes the APRA Best Country Music Song, and the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album. Country music is one of our strongest genres, so the competition will be fierce Enter the Best Song Enter the Best Album The deadline is March 13, and finalists will be announced in late April. These awards are presented as part of the NZ Gold Guitar Awards in Gore, which have been running for more than 40 years. Past winners ...

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News

Rob Thorne Announced As Composer-In-Residence

Taonga pūoro specialist Rob Thorne is Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music's next Creative NZ/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence. Palmerston North musician Rob Thorne has 25 years experience in bands and solo performance, predominantly within alternative rock, free noise, experimental, and improvisational sound art. His work since 2001 with traditional Māori musical instruments has seen him recently complete a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology ...

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Opportunities

Creative NZ Music Scholarships 2017

Applications for three Creative NZ music scholarships in 2017 are open now, closing on March 10. New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships Each year, up to two New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships enable young musicians to undertake study or gain further musical experience at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas. More information here. Jack McGill Music Scholarship The Jack McGill Music Scholarship supports young music practitioners who wish to further their music studies overseas. ...

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Classics & Clangers

Kiwi Songwriter Jordan Reyne On Hit Computer Game

A decent sync can take your music a long way and UK-based Kiwi Jordan Reyne has achieved what many can only dream of.  Not only has she got a song onto the soundtrack of a major computer game – but even better – her music is the theme song. Reyne, who has a side line of work in the gaming industry, performs a suitably dark version of Go Tell Aunt Rhody, based on a 19th Century childrens' song, written and produced by Michael A Levine, whose credits include Lorde, the animated ...

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Interviews

Premiere: Echo Children – This Was Our Fault

In April 2016 indie folk four-piece Echo Children's catchy debut single Turn To Stone caught NZM's attention when it appeared on Bandcamp. We're excited to be able to introduce you to the Auckland band's music today with the premiere of their first EP, 'This Was Our Fault'. Oliver Young is a Scotsman, Amanda Larsson hails from Sweden, there's Brit Daniel Armstrong and Canadian Niamh O’Flynn – and the four evidently literally harmonise (on-stage and off) with one another. While none ...

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Paul Cathro: Parachute Down

The last time Paul Cathro was pictured in NZ Musician it was as a member of Dunedin band Ha The Unclear, who were about to drop their debut album in mid-2014. Recorded not long before they moved north, the band’s off-kilter, darkly humorous tracks and subsequent videos have since earned them regular local gigs and a variety of international plaudits. It turns out that just before leaving Dunedin the bassist also put down the beds of his own album, which, two and a half years later, has plummeted ...

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Book Reviews

Hirini Melbourne: Toiapiapi, 25th Anniversary Edition

The original release in 1991 of ‘Toiapiapi’ by Hirini Melbourne (1949-2003) was a profound and beautiful landmark on the soundscape of NZ music. A first of its kind with an exclusive use of te reo incorporating the then barely-heard traditional instruments, the album possessed a depth of culture that was absolutely undeveloped in 1991, and one of the reasons why Melbourne created the work. Already a well-known composer of waiata by then, and working within the national education administration ...

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Interviews

The Verlaines: Delayed Gratification

The Verlaines have been a musical force for 35 years (in various guises), and intriguingly currently exist in two versions, one of which is the original trio of Graeme Downes, Jane Dodd and Robbie Yeats. The forthcoming album, ‘Dunedin Spleen’ belongs to the other version of The Verlaines, one that includes a good number of Dr Graeme Downes’ fellow University of Otago music academics. Almost incredibly a double-album, it’s been four years in the making as he reveals to Amanda Mills. Dr ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Jeremy Toy At The Ableton Loop Music Summit, Berlin, November 4-6

Whenever someone asks me the punishing question, “What DAW do you use?” I can confidently say Ableton Live. The next question usually is “Why?” My go to response is to say that Live is one of the most forward thinking, future proof DAWs available. Ableton’s forward thinking / future proofing culture was the most outstanding feature at their recent music summit. They call it ‘Loop’ and I was extremely lucky to be invited by Ableton to attend the event as a guest. I was also asked ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Lukas

“I used to think, ‘if you don’t get anywhere when you’re young with music, you’re not gonna get anywhere. You need to start building a foundation now.’” Referencing the upcoming release of his ‘Comfort Clouds’ EP, 20-year-old rapper/producer Lukas Martin has only just started to take music seriously. ‘I’ve had heaps of jobs, played heaps of different sports, and even had heaps of different friends. I’ve never really been able to stick to anything apart from music.” Currently ...

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Industry

Jeremy Ansell: Sifting Through Neil Finn’s Private Universe

Crowded House fans had a September to remember with the announcement that the seven albums the band produced between 1986 and 2010 would soon be re-issued in deluxe editions. Each album has been expanded to include rare and previously unreleased recordings plus a booklet with photos, essays and interviews with frontman Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour. Somebody had to do the actual work of unearthing, cleaning, curating, compiling and clearing the demo tracks – and that person was Aucklander ...

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Photo Galleries

Folk In The Park 2017 w/ Tweed, Albi & The Wolves, The Remarkables

On February 12, Folk in the Park took place at Devonport's Windsor Reserve. Hosted by The Bunker's Devonport Folk Club, the line up included among others Albi & The Wolves, Tweed and The Remarkables.

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The Veils Live In Dunedin

Following the release of their fifth album 'Total Depravity' , The Veils played Refuel at Dunedin's Refuel on February 4 2017. Photos by Adam Binns.

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Music In Parks in Northcote: Wakakura, Lisa Wright & Iva Lankum

On February 6, Music In Parks based itself in Northcote for the day. On stage: Iva Lamkum, Wakakura and Lisa Wright. Photographer Trevor Villers was in the audience with his camera.

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