It’s NZ Music Month! We’re already a full week into it in fact, so I hope you got plans over the next couple of weeks to go see a live show, finally buy that album you’ve been toying over or start that band you’ve been dreaming of. All of this is achievable, each option being a great way to support and add to NZ’s plethora of music scenes.
I finally made my way to the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at Auckland Museum over the weekend, and LOVED it! If you haven’t made your way there yet, it’s not only appropriate to go this month, being NZ Music Month, it is also the final month of the exhibition (closes on the 21st). So get your butts down there!
All the greats are represented, and will get you feeling nostalgic about gigs you were at, or fave summertime tunes of past. The level of interaction and mix of all different media forms and beautiful pieces of music history will keep your eyes wide with wonder the whole way through the exhibition. The flow of the exhibition takes you on a journey backwards through history, all the way back to the 1950’s and the hip-shaking of Johnny Devlin; NZ’s own Elvis.
On your journey you get to collect playlists, and music videos and photos of all different eras and genres of NZ music on a special lanyard, with your personalised collection being emailed through to you at the end of the tour. These extras are the nostalgic icing on the cake with such covetable items as exclusive mini-documentaries and playlists curated by local music superstars.
No matter what music genre you’re into, there is something for everyone in the Volume exhibition, and while you’re there, it’s always fun to find other styles and artists that you never knew you would be into! I was tickled pink by seeing a glass case featuring our country queen Tami Neilson, a wall dedicated to OMC, a band tee with artwork by Martin Emond, a poster with artwork by Otis Frizzell, a mention of my late aunt’s punk band The Idle Idols, and whole sections on Ray ‘The Modfather’ Columbus and the rebel teens of NZ’s 1950’s
I hope you enjoy the photographic recount of my Volume journey-through-time below….
And as an Extra For Experts (and/or if you can’t make it to the exhibition), the Auckland Museum website has put together some behind-the-exhibition stories and more in-depth historical writings on NZ’s music venues and festivals and rebellious music scenes.
If you love listening to and creating music, you’ll love Volume. Get there!