Another sporadic post in a blog that I’m not sure anyone reads anymore given the lack of posts.
But, damn, I’ve been busy. Busier than at any time in my life. I’ve written more words than I’ve ever written — school and uni included — and yet I’ve more or less ignored these pages, where I’ve done much of my writing in recent years because time is something I’ve really not had options on squandering on the frivolity of taking time to relax by blogging.
And no, I’m not trying to be a martyr or elicit sympathy. It’s voluntary.
What it is is this, which was announced a month back. And rather than expecting anyone to read through a press release issued by a government related entity I’ll post the first few paragraphs:
NZ On Air today announced funding for a new website telling the story of popular New Zealand music. Made by the people who were there, AudioCulture will map the NZ music landscape, connecting people, recordings, places, scenes and record labels from the early twentieth century until today.
Until now there has been no single place to go to find out about NZ music. Information, recordings and histories are being lost. Led by site Creative Director and music doyen Simon Grigg, AudioCulture will work with artists, historians and music industry people to tell the stories of our music over the last hundred years from the first recording in the 1920s.
AudioCulture will contain reviews, discographies, interviews, biographical information, background articles, images, recordings and music videos, discussion and commentary from fans and artists.
So, yes that’s me and apparently I’m a ‘doyen’ — I didn’t write it but the Free Dictionary tells me it means ‘A man who is the eldest or senior member of a group’, which I take to mean someone who is about to put out to pasture — soon — and they need to find something handy for him to do in the interim.
Yup, me, a ‘doyen’ (as defined) with time on his hands. For some reason, I hadn’t mentioned this project in detail here before, the reason mostly being the massive workload I’ve happily invented for myself and several other ‘doyens’ — not least Murray Cammick who’s the editor — and younger aspiring ‘doyens’ (it’s not just old men telling stories I promise).
I talked about it all with Trevor Reekie here (linking to it as I’ve not done it here to date but I thought it was a good interview and I do rather enjoy talking to Trevor about most anything).