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Friday 1 November 2013 10:43am

Place and Performance

Edited by Dan Bendrups and Graeme Downes

dunedin_soundingsThe book

The 'Dunedin Sound' of the 1980s is a phenomenon known throughout the world. But what does Dunedin music-making sound like in the 21st century? Dunedin Soundings features writing from musicians, composers and scholar/practitioners. They discuss genres as diverse as brass band, opera, classical, Indonesian gamelan, jazz, rock and more, the intricacies of the composition and lyric-writing processes, digital remixing, and scoring for film and TV. Together, they reveal the ways in which these supposedly separate music fields have the potential to inform and stimulate each other.

The theoretical idea behind the book is that performance and composition practices constitute a process of research. The writers are practitioners who are recognised nationally and internationally for their contributions to New Zealand music across genres, including composer Anthony Ritchie, the Verlaines' Graeme Downes, Emmy-award nominee Trevor Coleman, and Refuel and founder Scott Muir.

This book is for everyone with a serious passion and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity for music, and anyone wanting an insider's glimpse into music-making in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The editors

DAN BENDRUPS is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane. He plays the trombone and has performed in a wide range of contexts internationally.

GRAEME DOWNES is a freelance musicologist, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago and a member of acclaimed rock band the Verlaines.


Suzanne Little, John Drummond, Shelley D. Brunt, Henry Johnson, Robert G.H. Burns, John Egenes, Trevor Coleman, Anthony Ritchie, Peter Adams, Judy Bellingham, Scott Muir

Publication details

Paperback, 210 x 148 mm, 176 pages, b&w illustrations, ISBN 978 1 877578 22 9, $40.00 / £27.50 UK


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