"I humbly adore the acts of the Most High, Who has given to the synthesizer what is better than a soul, so that, when it plays, the men are silent. And their hands cover their veils to hide their emotions. The troubles of life were pushing me into the tomb, but thanks to the synthesizer, God has given me back my life." Music and Arts Writer / Publicist / Copywriter / Radio Host / DJ http://soundcloud.com/martynpepperell The Hard Deck - Every Second Tuesday, 9-11pm NZL time, www.radioactive.fm martyn dot pepperell at gmail dot com

NOISEY: ANTHEMS FOR A NOT SO SHIT TOMORROW - A SOUNDTRACK TO NEW ZEALAND’S ELECTION

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Noisey asked me to match New Zealand’s main political parties up with satirical theme songs. I obliged. You can read the full story here.

NOISEY POLITICS NZ SONGS MARTYN PEPPERELL

THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES… IDA LUNE

Formed in December 2013, Ida Lune is the melody and harmony-heavy trio project of good humoured and thoughtful Wellington vocalist-instrumentalists Rose Blake, Anna Wooles and Deanne Krieg.

This week on The Audience I profiled emerging Wellington vocal trio Ida Lune. You can read the full story by clicking here.

IDA LUNE INTERVIEW THE AUDIENCE MARTYN PEPPERELL WELLINGTON

HOW DO I DELETE U2 OFF MY PHONE?

HOW DO I DELETE U2 OFF MY PHONE?

THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES GROENI

On ‘The Oak’ Wellington based musician/producer Groeni (Albert Green) creates one of the most intoxicating electronic soundworlds to emerge out of New Zealand in recent times. Leading with lush cloudy pads, he deploys his delicate singing voice over gently plucked guitar, heartbeat kicks and sine pulses, letting it twist into a richly reflective kaleidoscope of sound. Rupturing with post-jungle rhythms and twisted chirping melodies, it concludes in spectacular fashion. As a window into his forthcoming second EP, it suggests some genuine magic is on the horizon. 

This week on The Audience I profiled Groeni. You can read the full story by clicking here.

THE AUDIENCE MARTYN PEPPERELL GROENI INTERVIEW

UNDER THE RADAR: KRAUS | INTERVIEW

The funniest interview I’ve conducted since that time I talked to P-Thug from Chromeo. You can read my full interview with Kraus for Under The Radar over here.

UTR KRAUS NZ MARTYN PEPPERELL NOISE ROCK DIY
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TLAOTLON ALTERED TAPES RASH MAXIMS CASSETTE TAPE
CYBERPUNK CHAIR BATMAN CHAIR FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR BLACK CHAIR

IN STEREO: CONNAN MOCKASIN

This week Boiler Room is hosting an ‘In Stereo’ session from Connan Mockasin. I wrote a short background piece on him for them in advance of it. You can read it by clicking here.

CONNAN MOCKASIN BOILER ROOM IN STEREO NZ MARTYN PEPPERELL

THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES LEVI PATEL

Seven minutes and twenty one seconds long ‘Reflection’ by young Auckland composer Levi Patel is exactly that. Through a humanistic arrangement heavy on filmic strings, ascendant bass notes, sunrise guitar tones and nostalgic piano, Levi creates a work of genuine emotional heft, as expressed over two movements. “The first half is about leaving something behind,” he reflects. “The second half is about accepting that, and remembering that while it’s gone, it was something great.”

This week on The Audience I profiled Levi Patel. You can read the full story by clicking here.

THE AUDIENCE LEVI PATEL MARTYN PEPPERELL INTERVIEW NZ AUCKLAND