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Dr John Egenes

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Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music
DMA Studio Production (Otago), MMus (Otago), PGDipMus (Otago), BA (CSF)
Joined the staff in 2007

Tel +64 3 479 8434
Email john.egenes@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Music Technology
  • Digital humanities
  • Music in social networks
  • Remix culture and the Folk Process
  • Performer as Multi-Instrumentalist
  • Loop based Folk music
  • Folk, Country and Honkytonk Music
  • Songwriting
  • Digital Culture
  • Studio Production

Original Compositions

  • (producer) “Father & Son” CD, Anthony and John Ritchie (2015)
  • (producer) “Hinterland” CD, Bill Morris (2015) (NZ Music Awards finalist)
  • (producer) “The Old Oak” CD, Jenny Mitchell (2015)
  • (producer) “Revival” CD, “King Leo” LaDell (2015)
  • (producer) “Rosebud” CD, Donna Dean (2015)
  • (co-producer) “Harps Make Fine Companions” documentary film (2014)
  • (producer) “Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts” CD, Donna Dean (2012) (Tui Awards finalist)
  • (producer) “Pluck” CD, Helen Webby (2012) (Tui Awards finalist)
  • (producer) “Don’t Worry About Your Age” CD, The Chaps (2011) (Tui Awards finalist)
  • (artist, producer, composer) “The Stone Soup Sessions” CD, John Egenes (2011)
  • (artist, producer, composer) “Up For Air” CD, John Egenes (2009)
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Activities and Memberships

I am an active musician and songwriter, performing both as a soloist and as a sideman (collaborative accompanist). As a multi-instrumentalist, I play acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, banjo, ukelele, pedal steel guitar, Dobro, Weissenborn lap guitar, lap steel, fiddle, autoharp, keyboards, acoustic and electric bass, harmonica, accordion, Theremin, and musical saw. My main musical interests are folk and Americana, bluegrass, blues, honkytonk and country music, swing jazz, and contemporary singer-songwriters. I enjoy playing a wide variety of music. I host a weekly radio show called “The Jukebox Highway”, which features non-mainstream music that I happen to love.

I am a master saddlemaker, and still enjoy making things out of leather. Personal interests include horses, cowboy & ranch history, astronomy, computer programming, and writing. I read science fiction, historical novels, and non-fiction on topics such as Digital Culture, Economics, Philosophy, and Music Production. Participation and memberships include:

  • Memberships in Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), Folk Alliance International, Association for the Study of the Art of Studio Production (ASARP), Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Alliance of Digital Humanties Organizations (ADHO), Internet Research Group of Otago (IRGO), Internet2 (I2)
  • Assessor: Creative New Zealand, Arts Grant applications
  • Member/Advisor: New Edinburgh Folk Club
  • Judge: Mataura Licensing Trust, New Zealand Songwriting Awards
  • Clinician: MLT New Zealand Songwriting Seminars
  • Judge: Southland Music Awards, Album of the Year
  • Judge: SongStar, Queenstown NZ
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Live Performances

  • Petersen, T. (violin), Roberts, M. (video), & Egenes, J. (musical saw) (2015) “653 Days: A restrospective of Music by Jeremy Mayall”, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago
  • Dean, D. (vocal, guitar), Egenes, J. (guitar, banjo, Weissenborn lap guitar, mandolin), (2014)“Rosebud Tour” with Donna Dean, South Island, New Zealand
  • Dodd, J. (bass), Hudson, S. (drums), Davy, J. (guitar), Egenes, J. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, musical saw, dobro) (2015) Featured performer, Whare Flat Folk Festival, NZ
  • Featured performer (guitar, banjo) Ahiaruhe House Concert Series(2015) Gladstone
  • Featured performer (guitar, banjo) Resonator House Concert Series(2015) Wellington
  • Mayall, J. (composer, electronics), Petersen, T. (violin), Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar), Burns, R. (bass) “Flutter” world premier, Otago Museum Tropical Forest (2014)
  • Featured performer, “New Zealand Music Month” concert series, Dunedin (2014)
  • Dean, D. (vocal, guitar, mandolin), Dodd, J. (bass, vocal), Clark, J. (fiddle, vocal), Egenes, J (guitar, mandolin, banjo, Weissenborn lap guitar, vocal), “Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts Tour” (2013) USA
  • Davidson, D. (guitar, vocal), Williams, M. (guitar, vocal), Wooley, B. (bass), Khan, D. (drums), Egenes, J. (pedal steel, guitar) “Sad But True Tour” with Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams (2012) New Zealand & Australia
  • Featured performer, New Zealand “Solo Blast Tour” (2012) Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin
  • Collaborative accompaniment at Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, Texas (USA) with various featured artists: Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Amilia K. Spicer, Michael Hearne (2011)
  • Featured performer, TAIX Songwriter Series (2011) Los Angeles
  • Featured performer, Waterloo Ice House (2011) Austin, Texas
  • Collaborative accompaniment at Hokonui Festival (2011) with Tui Award winners Tami Neilson and Lauren Thomsen
  • Hudson, R. (guitar, dobro, vocal), Dodd, J. (bass, vocal), Ballard, H. (guitar, vocal), Egenes, J. (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocal) (2011) The Saddle Hillbillies at Tui Folk Fest
  • Featured performer, Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, Australia (2010)
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Recording Performances

  • Terry “Buffalo” Ware, “Man With Guitar and Amp” (2016) USA
    • pedal steel
  • Jaime Michaels, “Once Upon A Different Time” (2016) USA (NM Music Awards winner)
    • pedal steel, dobro, mandolin, mandocello, Weissenborn
  • “The Sound of Her Guitar” documentary film by Bill Morris (2016) NZ
    • composition “Lonesome Town”, and performance
  • The Gang, “Blood and Ashes” (2015) Italy
    • mandolin, mandocello, Weissenborn
  • Jenny Mitchell, “The Old Oak” (2015) NZ
    • acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, Weissenborn, Dobro, bass
  • Helen Webby & Davy Stuart, “One Beautiful Day” (2015) NZ, Egenes: engineer
  • Bill Morris “Hinterland” (2015) NZ (Tui finalist)
    • acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, Weissenborn, Dobro, bass, accordion, vocals
  • Eliza Gilkyson, “The Nocturne Diaries” (2014) USA [Grammy finalist]
    • mandolin, autoharp, pedal steel, Weissenborn, musical saw
  • The Tiny Lies “The Oaks They Will Bow” (2014) NZ
    • musical saw, Dobro, mandolin
  • Daniel Boling “Sleeping Dogs” (2014) USA [NM Music Awards winner]
    • mandolin, Dobro, mandocello, pedal steel, guitar
  • Jason Miller Band “One More High, One More Low” (2014) USA
    • pedal steel guitar
  • The Sunley Band “The Sunley Band” (2014) NZ
    • pedal steel guitar
  • Crystal Bowersox “Promises” (2014) USA
    • mandolin, Weissenborn
  • Alessandro Battistini “Cosmic Sessions” (2014) Italy
  • Stefano Barotti “Pensieri Verticali” (2014) Italy
  • "Harps Make Fine Companions" documentary film (2014) NZ
    • guitar & composition: “The Mule Colt”
  • Eryn Bent “Firefly” (2014) USA
    • pedal steel, mandolin, Dobro
  • T.Z. Wright “Don't Let Go” (2014) USA
    • pedal steel guitar
  • Donna Dean “Rosebud” (2014) NZ
    • guitar, banjo, Weissenborn, mandolin
  • Jono Manson “Angels on the Other Side” (2014) USA [NM Music Awards winner]
    • mandolin, mandocello, Weissenborn, pedal steel
  • Paolo Bonfanti “Exile on Backstreets” (2013) Italy
    • pedal steel guitar
  • Donna Dean “Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts” (2013) NZ [Tui Award finalist]
    • acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, accordion, vocals
  • Eb & Sparrow “Eb & Sparrow” (2013)
    • mandolin, musical saw
  • Jaime Michaels “Unknown Blessings” (2013) USA [NM Music Awards finalist]
    • mandolin, Weissenborn, pedal steel guitar
  • Bill Morris “Mud” (2012)
    • mandolin
  • The Bats “Free All The Monsters” (2011)
    • mandolin

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Publications

Egenes, J. (producer, mixer, performer) (2017). With a spade by the Pipi Pickers. Pipi Pickers. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer) (2016). Long ride home by Catgut & Steel. Dunedin, New Zealand: Catgut & Steel. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (steel pedal guitar) (2016). Man with guitar and amp by Terry Buffalo Ware. Norman, OK: Okiemotion Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2016). These houses by C. Daniel Boling. Houston, TX: Berkalin Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (2016). The record producer's evolving role: A study of three recording projects (DMA). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6303

Performance

Chapman, I. (composer, performer), Adams, P. (clarinet, recorder), Egenes, J. (steel guitar, saw), & Hollamby, N. (keys, backing vocals) (2015, 9 September). Mr Glad and the Skeleton Family, with original songs written by Ian Chapman, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), Roberts, M. (video), & Egenes, J. (musical saw) (2015, 15 November). 653 Days: A Retrospective of Music by Jeremy Mayall, presented by the University of Otago Music Department, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2015, 15 October). Austin Night: Día de las Mandolinas, presented by the Classical Mandolin Society of America including the world premiere of Texas Three Step (Yellow Eyed Grass), Austin, TX, Holiday Inn. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 15 May). NZ Music Month, Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014-2015, 31 December-2 January). Whare Flat Folk Festival, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 17 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Fairfield House, Nelson, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 16 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Dharma Bums Club, Wairau Valley, New Zealand. [Performance].

Mayall, J. (composer, electronics), Petersen, T. (violin), Egenes, J. (pedal steel), & Burns, R. (bass) (2014, 29 November). Flutter (world première), presented by the University of Otago Mozart Fellow and the Otago Museum, Otago Museum Tropical Forest, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 14 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Taste Merchants, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 19 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Fairfield House, Westport, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 27 June). Beatles 50th Anniversary Performance, Taste Merchants, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 20 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Legends Cafe, Pleasant Point, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (mandolin) (2014, 14 August). Live radio performance with Donna Dean, on the Oarsome Morning Show, Otago Access Radio, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 15 August). Donna Dean South Island Tour: Cover Up One Eye, Penguin Club, Oamaru, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2014, 18 July). Bill Morris and the Hinterland Band, Taste Merchants, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Egenes, J. (guitar) (2011, 31 December). Whare Flat Folk Festival, performance and workshop, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Egenes, J. (musical saw, dobro, guitar, Weissenborn, mandolin, loop pedal) (2010, 14-17 January). Illawarra Folk Festival, performances and workshops, Wollongong, Australia.

Egenes, J. (performer) (2009, 24 April). Hannah Howes: Candy, NZ Release Tour, Dux de Lux, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Egenes, J. (performer) (2009, 23 April). Hannah Howes: Candy, NZ Release Tour, The Loon's, Lyttleton, New Zealand.

Egenes, J. (performer) (2009, 17 April). Hannah Howes: Candy, NZ Release Tour, Sammy's, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Composition / Musical Score

Egenes, J. (2007). Tuna Wranglers Soundtrack. Soundtrack and theme for Tuna Wranglers documentary produced by Natural History New Zealand.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

Egenes, J. (producer, mixer, performer) (2017). With a spade by the Pipi Pickers. Pipi Pickers. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer) (2016). Long ride home by Catgut & Steel. Dunedin, New Zealand: Catgut & Steel. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (performer) (2016). These houses by C. Daniel Boling. Houston, TX: Berkalin Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (steel pedal guitar) (2016). Man with guitar and amp by Terry Buffalo Ware. Norman, OK: Okiemotion Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer, mixer) (2015). Revival by King Leo. Dunedin, New Zealand: King Leo. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer, banjo, steel pedal guitar) (2015). The old oak by Jenny Mitchell. New Zealand: Jenny Mitchell. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer, recorder, dobro) (2015). Hinterland by Bill Morris. Dunedin, New Zealand: Bill Morris. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar) (2015). Dead oceans by Marlon Williams. Melbourne, Australia: Caroline Australia. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Ritchie, A. (composer), Egenes, J. (producer), & Holland, M. (engineer) (2015). Father & son: Music by John and Anthony Ritchie. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Petersen, T. (violin), Van Buskirk, J. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), Cranefield, S. (clarinet), & Egenes, J. (producer) (2015). Father & Son: Music by John and Anthony Ritchie. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar) (2014). Firefly by Eryn Bent [CD-ROM]. Eryn Bent Music. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (mandolin, pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro) (2014). Angels on the Other Side by Jono Manson [CD-ROM]. Santa Fe, NM: Con Artisti Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (mandolin, banjo, pedal steel guitar) (2014). Cosmic Sessions by Alessandro Battistini [CD-ROM]. Courmayeur, Italy: Club de Musique Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (mandolin, musical saw, pedal steel guitar) (2014). Eb & Sparrow by Eb & Sparrow [CD-ROM]. Wellington, New Zealand: Home Alone Music. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (Weissenborn guitar, banjo, parlour guitar, mandolin, voice) (2014). Rosebud by Donna Dean [CD-ROM]. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (producer, recording/mixing engineer) (2014). Rosebud by Donna Dean [CD-ROM]. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar, Weissenborn guitar, musical saw, autoharp) (2014). The Nocturne Diaries by Eliza Gilkyson [CD-ROM]. Red House. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar) (2013). I'll never get out of this world alive, on the album Exile on the Backstreets by Paolo Bonfanti [CD-ROM]. Courmayeur, Italy: Club de Musique Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (mandolin, dobro) (2013). Unknown Blessings by Jaime Michaels [CD-ROM]. Frumdahart Productions. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (mandolin, dobro, Weissenborn guitar) (2013). Sleeping Dogs by C. Daniel Boling [CD-ROM]. Berkalin Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (pedal steel guitar) (2013). The Oaks They Will Bow by The Tiny Lies [CD-ROM]. Christchurch, New Zealand: Lyttelton Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Egenes, J. (musician, producer, mixer) (2012). Tyre tracks & broken hearts by Donna Dean. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

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Chapter in Book - Research

Egenes, J. (2011). Remix culture and the new folk process. In D. Bendrups & G. Downes (Eds.), Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. (pp. 80-88). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Egenes, J. (2010). Remix culture: The folk process in the 21st century. PRism, 7(3). Retrieved from http://www.prismjournal.org/social/homepage.html

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Egenes, J. (2009). Music and the digital diaspora. Proceedings of the eResearch@Otago Bi-annual Conference. Retrieved from http://extreme.otago.ac.nz/ocs/index.php/eResearch/er09/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Egenes, J. (2010, September). Remix culture: The folk process in the 21st century. Verbal presentation at the Creative Communities: Culture, Identity, Inclusion Conference, Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Egenes, J. (2009, June). Remix this: The folk process in the 21st century. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Egenes, J. (2009, November). Remix culture: The folk process in the 21st century. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music: Australia & New Zealand Branch (IASPM-ANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Egenes, J. (2009, February). Remix culture: The folk process in the 21st century. Verbal presentation at the Performance as Research: Department of Music Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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