Category Research

New Zealand closed at 5

Except that it didn’t… It’s a frequent plaint among wannabe historians that until the late twentieth century that ‘New Zealand closed at 5’. I even heard this recently on a local architectural programme as a reason for why New Zealand housing in the early and mid-twentieth century was not ‘architecturally significant’. The propagation of this […]

Very Important Announcement

I’m very pleased to announce that I am the Auckland Libraries Sir George Grey Researcher in Residence for 2016/2017. For my residency I’ll be researching the Jazz Age in Auckland. This project is part of a longer on-going project on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, which I’m hoping that will be published as a […]

The Listening Project- week ending 10 July

This week I was preparing for a talk at Auckland University’s Centre for Continuing Education’s Winter Week. My talk was on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, so to get myself in the preparation mood, I listened to a ton of 1920s music       I deliberately avoided classic 1920s American jazz because that […]

The problem of ‘reviewer 2’

If you’ve ever written a scholarly article that’s been peer reviewed, you’ll know all the jokes about ‘reviewer 2’ and their dissatisfaction with your writing. But surely there’s a better way? I’m thinking about this because I’ve just had an experience of the exact opposite. I’m working on revisions for an article soon to be […]

Listening to history

I’ve been thinking recently about the importance of knowing about technological developments and how they affect how we listen. This came up first in a conversation with colleagues about early electro-acoustic music (Stockhausen, Lilburn, etc) and how it sounds to us know in the 21st century, and then a few days later I was listening […]

Shameless Self Promotion: NZ Music Month

As part of the NZ Music Month celebrations I will be doing talk about Dave Brubeck’s tours to New Zealand in the 1960s and the inspirations behind his piece Maori Blues at the Auckland Central Library on May 12 at 6pm. If you’re in Auckland please come along (and share this with your friends, colleagues, family…anyone!!).