New Music from New Zealand


New Zealand-based Jack Body has written electroacoustic compositions using field recordings from Indonesia (and has also written for the Kronos Quartet.)  We’ll hear his collage of street sounds and toys that ends with pigeons taking off, each with different sized whistles attached.  Also, there’s music from New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, who incorporates the sounds of Indonesian gamelan music into his writing.

Plus, composer/performer Phil Dadson coaxes and explores weird sounds (PVC pipes, tubes & water glasses) into a ritual event with his performance troupe From Scratch (a percussive and occasionally sax-y precursor to drum/dance shows like 'Stomp' and Blue Man.)  Listen to a few of those drones and beatings on this New Sounds.  And much more.

PROGRAM #3187, New Music from New Zealand (First aired on 3-29-11)                     





John Psathas  / Michael Houstoun

Rhythm Spike

Waiting for the Aeroplane [7:06]


Kenneth Young, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Farr: From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs


Gareth Farr :Te Papa [9:46]

Morrison Music Trust  MMT 2021/26

Gareth Farr

Farr: From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs

Te Papa (urenui mix) [4:17]

See above.

Graeme Revell  

Frank Herbert's DUNE Soundtrack

Seduction Part 1 [1:53]
Seduction Part 2 [4:12]

GNP Crescendo Records
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From Scratch

Songs For Heroes

Philip Dadson: Songs For Heroes, Part 2 [11:16]

Rattle Records RAT –D002

Jack Body

Suara: Environmental Music From Java

Suara, Environmental Music of Java, excerpts (Music Anak-Anak (Children's Music)) [9:00]

Ode Record Company, Ltd.
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