AudioCulture is a brand new website documenting the rich history of pop music and wider pop culture in New Zealand. If you’re a fan of NZ music you’ll know about it already – unless, of course, you’re locked up in a padded cell somewhere, sans computer and have no contact with the outside world. Or live in Whakarongo, which is pretty much the same thing.The website is the brainchild of longtime NZ music industry identity Simon Grigg, and it brings together a quality set of knowledgeable writers to document the good and the great of this thing we often refer to by the catch-all “Kiwi music”.
We’ve had some great books on the subject over the years – John Dix’s bible ‘Stranded In Paradise’, Chris Bourke’s ‘Blue Smoke’, Grant Smithies’ excellent ‘Soundtrack’, and most recently Simon Sweetman’s thoroughly enjoyable ‘On Song’. But apart from a few key individuals keeping the flame burning online with independent blogs (such as the sadly now defunct Mysterex), we’ve never before had a website that digs as deep and covers as much territory as AudioCulture.Congratulations and a big thank you to all involved in AudioCulture (aka “the noisy library of New Zealand music”), it looks terrific, it’s a wonderful resource for history boffins, and the best thing about it is that it will only continue to get better ... if any everythingsgonegreen reader hasn’t already done so, I strongly recommend you take a squizz: