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Pitch Black: Rude Mechanicals (Remote)

Pitch Black: Rude Mechanicals (Remote)

The electronica duo of Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free who are Pitch Black were in the vanguard of New Zealand sound and vision performances in the 90s, so much so that you'd love to see them release a CD/DVD, which would make a good deal of sense. But it is also testament to their sensibilities that their internationalist music has an innate...

Paddy Free: Karekare: Te reo o te whenua (Dub Conspiracy)

Paddy Free: Karekare: Te reo o te whenua (Dub Conspiracy)

Despite being one of the founding fathers of New Zealand electronica -- in the ambitious multi-media outfit Pitch Black with Mike Hodgson -- Paddy Free is perhaps largely unknown to a new generation of musicians.I believe he makes much of his living off-shore these days and has always struck me as preferring to be out of the spotlight if he...

Salmonella Dub with the NZSO: Feel the Seasons Change (Virgin)

Salmonella Dub with the NZSO: Feel the Seasons Change (Virgin)

To be honest, I have always been vaguely suspicious of the rock-meets-orchestra thing. For a kick-off I wonder who such events/albums are made for. But then again I had Deep Purple's terrible Concerto for Group and Orchestra as a formative experience and have since listened to various orchestras attack rock songs, and have found very little...

Farmer Pimp: Sweet Hot Pepper Pop (Family Farm)

Farmer Pimp: Sweet Hot Pepper Pop (Family Farm)

In a recent interview New Zealand singer/songwriter Claire Holmes from Farmer Pimp noted, "Other people worry more about what our genre might be than we do. That's actually why we called the album Sweet Hot Pepper Pop. We decided to make up our own genre". Very smart -- and certainly the odd band name gives no real clue to what...

Pitch Black: Rarities and Remixes (Remote)

Pitch Black: Rarities and Remixes (Remote)

New Zealand's premier electronica act Pitch Black -- Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson -- have also been its most exportable as they have taken their innovative shows (lights, cameras, live action) to a global audience via installations, exclusive parties, fashion shows and the like. Their albums have always been stand alone items however which...

PITCH BLACK INTERVIEWED (2004): Lights, camera, action

PITCH BLACK INTERVIEWED (2004): Lights, camera, action

Fortunately, Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson, who are Pitch Black, get the joke behind the question: why is it so many electronica artists like themselves live in the bush or by the ocean, and are inspired by all that nature out there? Whatever happened to nightclubbing and staying up until dawn? Free, who lives at Piha and calls...

SALMONELLA DUB INTERVIEWED (2003): This touring life

SALMONELLA DUB INTERVIEWED (2003): This touring life

For two guys who have done 27 interviews back-to-back in Sydney, arrived in Auckland at midnight and got up early for a Mike Hosking interview on Breakfast, Tiki Taane and Andrew Penman are surprisingly chipper. Taane is playing a Tony Hawk skateboard game on a laptop, and Penman is looking through a scattering of CDs, vinyl and posters...

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