On Tuesday the 27th of February 2018 two masked terrorists committed a heinous act of vandalism.
My first exposure to Stef Animal was when she opened for The Ruby Suns in early 2017.
It was a small set, but a powerful one. Using a midi keyboard and pad controller, she built glorious synthscapes from the weird musical gear she’d sampled. But what stuck with me the most was the fact that she introduced each song by naming the equipment used to make it.
I thought that was awesome since I know from experience that when working with old electronic equipment, often its character has a huge impact on the product. It’s almost collaborative. Plus as a gearhead it gave me stuff to Google when I got home.
And then just as soon as she entered my radar she disappeared.
…until now. Her first album Top Gear dropped on Fishrider Records a couple of weeks ago and it’s just as lovely as I had hoped.
mf/mp are a hot new semi-local label who’ve already made waves with their lathe cut “Sundrian Editions” which feature pairings of experimental electronic musicians from across the country. I talked with Karl Leisky, one of the label’s founders and artists, about their upcoming release event at Toitū and more.
In June this year an internationally recognized local sound artist grew tired of asking money for his works and decided to give them away for free.
Vogel Street Party happened again this year for the third time. Families, students alike (but mostly families) all flocked to the old warehouse precinct to experience music, art, food and more.
A sudden thunderstorm hit at around 6:30pm and scared away the weak, but the true Vogel Street Partiers didn’t mind hanging out under cover until the weather subsided, or had anticipated meteorological upset and brought umbrellas.
Prolific post-punkers Die! Die! Die! have released another album, and are returning to Dunedin on Friday for a blistering show at None Gallery. I caught up with Andrew Wilson who’s handled lead vocals and guitar since he formed the band in 2003.
Finally some good news for local fans of war, filth, corruption, torture, scum, obliteration and death.
William Henry Meung recently released his latest of many musical projects. A long time member of the Dunedin “experimental” music scene, he spoke to me about how he defines his music, how he ended up where he is artistically, and the role of public art.
Local artist Cath Cocker recently organized the Nocturnal Projections and Other Small Happenings art event. I spoke to her about why she values public art and some of the challenges she faced along the way.
Recently I caught up with Millie from Astro Children to discuss their new album, One Direction, and general feelings on the Dunedin music scene.
On the 16th of June, late on a Friday afternoon, central Dunedin was cordoned off and closed down for what was described as a bomb scare. The police flew down the Bomb Disposal Squad to blow up what turned out to be an audio cassette containing StreetNOISE the latest album by Dunedin musician L$D Fundraiser. After detonating the cassette and discovering it was not in fact a bomb, local police raided the musician’s house, and have since charged him with threatening to destroy property. He’ll appear in court this Friday.
This has been a big story internationally, covered in the NME and Spin as well as NZ media, but almost none of the reportage seems to have any awareness of L$D Fundraiser or the nature of his work. There’s been a lot of assumptions made, some of them ridiculous, some of them just lazy or wrong-headed.
For those of you, especially in other cities, not aware of his work as a musician and multimedia artist, I wanted to post a good example - shot by me at the Atonal Eclipse of the Charts festival at None Gallery in 2012 - and talk a little bit about how I see it, and about some of the misconceptions I’ve seen and heard about his work, and what happened.
Saturday the 24th of June was the shortest day of the year and to celebrate a group of dedicated volunteers supported by the Dunedin City Council turned the octagon into a midwinter themed carnival.
This isn’t the sort of thing I usually document but it was a beautiful experience and I wanted to share it for anyone who didn’t get a chance to go.
The Panasonic G6 was the first camera I ever bought back in 2013 and it’s been my primary camera ever since. A few weeks ago I bought a G85 to replace it.
Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds cameras are often considered “hybrid cameras” which are designed for both video and stills. This holds true for the most part, and compared to other similarly priced cameras they tend to offer more video focused features. Alongside full manual controls in video the G6 for example has a microphone input.
It served me well for a number of years and I only really had a few complaints:
So why upgrade to the G85? I see the G85 as the first major update to Panasonic’s budget line since the G6. The G7 was more of an incremental upgrade, improving the handling slightly and adding 4k video. The G85 adds in-body stabilisation which is a game changer, and enough to motivate me into buying one.
The question is whether I can really justify my purchase to myself…
So I decided to add a blog and I’m looking for content.