Author Archives: mdbrown2013

Finding language

Apologies, it’s been another long gap between posts. But things have been productive in the meantime in other ways. One project that has just come to fruition is a new book: the edited volume Finding Language: The Massey Composer Addresses, … Continue reading

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NZ music books of 2016

It’s been another great year for New Zealand music books, with at least eight new tomes published over the last twelve months. This total roughly matches the averages for the last few years (see 2013 and 2014), while being somewhat … Continue reading

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Lost Nock

Working with the music collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, it’s often hard not to feel lost in time. The 10,000s of recordings held in the archive — including both commercial releases and unpublished recordings — date back a century or … Continue reading

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The last year has been extremely busy for moi, largely the result of taking up the position of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Music Curator and also publishing The Heading Dog Who Split in Half. Exciting undoubtedly, but there’s also been … Continue reading

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NZ music theses of 2015

Last year saw postgraduate research into New Zealand music progress steadily. According to my searches of local university library catalogues, at least six doctoral and masters theses were completed in 2015. This number doubles my previous estimate of 2014 completions, … Continue reading

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Arapuni, Arapuni

Next time you drive past the Arapuni Power Station on the Waikato River, spare a thought for the workers who constructed New Zealand’s first government-built hydroelectric scheme. Starting in 1924, the scheme took five years to complete then several more … Continue reading

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NZ music books of 2015

[Update 20 January 2016: added The right note: an insight into Tauranga’s historic music scene to the list.] That was quick… Another year gone, another swag of New Zealand music books published and it seems that 2015 produced a bumper … Continue reading

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Lilburn Lecture 3 audio

For those who missed the third Lilburn Lecture, delivered by Chris Bourke on 4 November 2015 at the National Library of New Zealand, or would like to listen again, Radio New Zealand have recently posted the audio online here. Chris … Continue reading

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Come and see

As readers of this website will know, my friend Mat Tait and I have been working for some years on a graphic novel, The Heading Dog Who Split in Half: Legends and Tall Tales from New Zealand, due for release … Continue reading

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Posters can throw a unique sidelight on the musical past. As well as conjuring up events, performers and venues long vanished, their pictorial elements and graphic design often convey a strong sense of the values of a particular music scene. … Continue reading

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