Posts Tagged ‘Audio Foundation’


Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Hanno Leichtman

Hanno Leichtmann is a Romanian-born German sound-artist currently in Aotearoa as the Artist in Residence at the Goethe Institute. His sound is “emblematic of a wave of minimalist, cerebral electronic music” echoing the work of seminal composers such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

If that’s your thang have a listen below & catch it live at one of the following shows if you can!

AUCKLAND – 6th April
@ Audio Foundation w/ Sam Longmore ( get tickets )

WELLINGTON – 14th April
@ Pyramid Club w/ Droszkhi


Monday, September 21st, 2015


Art by Georgette Brown
Poster art by Georgette Brown


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Paperghost has an amazing new album coming out next week or so, but until then check out his also amazing new soundtrack work released last week under his casual human name, Zach Webber:

An action packed weekend at the Audio Foundation‘s Nowhere Festival meant I didn’t quite get to the light show at Auckland Art Gallery this time around, but dang it looks sweet!!

Wellington’s post-punk stalwarts Captain Sergeant Major are playing their second show of the year this Saturday!


Monday, June 9th, 2014

A video for i.ryoko’s ‘Future Window II’ by Tristan Brooks, featuring footage and field recordings taken in Guiyang and Shanghai, China in 2013.

+ A ten-minute programme on the making of the recently released album ‘Opening‘ for Emma Smith’s Music 101 show on Radio New Zealand:

And some more photos from the i.ryoko Audio Foundation residency. These ones are from February 28th, taken at the Acoustics Centre at the University of Auckland. Many thanks to the acoustics technician, Gian Schmid, for facilitating my visit.

Sounds geeks marvel at this impressive two-level reverb chamber with rotating diffusers!

The anechoic chamber is designed to have no sound reflections at all. The room itself is isolated on rubber from the rest of the building on all six sides to stop sounds travelling through the walls from outside, and the large foam spikes are designed for maximum internal sound absorption, making this the closest to silence one can get, right in the centre of Auckland city! I had the luxury of being left in here alone and didn’t want to leave, such was the profound and calming effect of silence that is sadly absent from our noisy world!

You can hear a recording of this silence at the end of the album >


Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

This album was created predominantly in early 2014 when I was the Artist in Residence at the Audio Foundation in Myers Park, Auckland. Further arrangement and recording done at SCHQ, Newtown, Wellington. Available now to listen/ download and pay what you like. Limited edition cassettes will be available at live performances.

Review thanks to Alex Mitcalfe Wilson ( :
“I.Ryoko is Thomas Lambert’s longest-running musical project, a musical identity that has evolved through his deep involvement with independent music and sonic art over many years. Imbued with thought and care, I.Ryoko’s latest album, Opening, is a polished suite of nine recordings that showcase Lambert’s signature juxtaposition of synthetic and recorded sound with his own nuanced voice. The overall mood is both energetic and insistent, its assemblage of sounds challenging the listener and demanding their full attention.

Each of the album’s parts is arranged with a keen attention to rhythm, narrative and flow that is rare in abstract music; their striking sonic contrasts arranged with a singular dedication to the construction of an emergent, collective whole. The tracks oscillate between swollen, overlapping tonal peaks and rigorous, stripped-back arrangements that resonate in empty time.

Throughout Opening, Lambert’s control of soundscape is elegant and light-handed. Mixing each of its tracks for the maximum of sonic richness and emotional impact, he created an album that follows in the strongest traditions of exploratory electronic music while taking stock of the latest possibilities of digital sound. Opening is, at all of its diverse moments, an immersive listening experience that demands attention, constantly reminding the listener of its composer’s expertise and his drive to tell the stories of our world.”


Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


The Musical Electronics Library (MEL) is a lending library of homemade electronic musical devices to be housed at the Audio Foundation in Auckland’s Myers Park. It is currently in development, and will be open to the public in the spring of 2014.

The idea is to encourage DIY electronics activities and they will even provide free tutoring, parts, tools and workshop space! If anyone would like to help out by building something for the library, they are encouraged to get in touch. No prior experience with electronics is necessary.

Light-controlled oscillators

The curator behind the project, Pat Kraus, will playing in Wellington this weekend:


***AND DON’T MISS OUT on a rare treat in the form of DEAN ROBERTS, SETH FRIGHTENING, CHARLOTTE FORRESTER (of Athuzela Brown) & DICK WHYTE playing @ Pyramid Club in Wellington on Sunday!***


Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Thanks again to Altmusic for another great round of shows, this time from Germany’s Peter Brötzmann. These photos are from the Wellington show at Old St Pauls church on 7th May, with support from Simon O’Rourke.

Peter Brötzmann
Peter Brötzmann

Simon O'Rourke
Simon O’Rourke w/ visuals by Erica Sklenars

Old St Pauls roof



Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Here are the photos from the last two shows I saw in Auckland after Easter.

Aldous Harding @ The Wine Cellar

This wild-eyed woman from Lyttelton going by the name Aldous Harding wields a powerful and impressively chameleonic voice with beautiful folk songs and an endearing persona that will no doubt carry her into a promising musical future.

Hear her story in brief with some musical clips here:

Balamohan Shingade & musicians @ the Audio Foundation

Balamohan Shingade is a vocalist in the practise of Hindustani classical music, and a designer, based in Auckland who had a recent design exhibition and musical performance at the Audio Foundation.

“A raga is a tonal framework for composition and improvisation in Hindustani classical music. Each raga is associated with a particular time of day, and with an atmosphere to which that time corresponds. They form a continuous cycle, reflecting the course of the sun from dawn to dusk; dusk to dawn.” (see diagram above)


Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

These photos were taken in Piha on February 20th during the i.ryoko Audio Foundation residency. Many thanks to the lovely Rosa Kim for hosting the beautiful adventure!

Rosa & Matt on Lion Rock

Looking down from Lion Rock

Kite Kite Falls




Remains of a great felled behemoth

Cyborg bus-rider


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

If you have a spare 18 minutes, here’s a new track made while I was in residence at the Audio Foundation. It is a bit of an epic, combining violin, synth, voice and drums with some sounds that were bouncing around in my head at the time – the Auckland motorway, the factory above my studio, the kids playing at the school next door, ocean waves and news of unchecked state terrorism. More to come!


Plus, here’s some photos from the Chinese Lantern festival in Albert Park, Auckland on 16th Feb:





In other news, Womad is happening in Taranaki this weekend and I just checked the weather forecast to see a tropical storm is gonna be visiting at the same time!! How fun.