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Making soundwaves – Volume opens at Auckland Museum

A new landmark exhibition is set to make sound waves this week, opening on October 28 at Auckland Museum

The Exponents music and other features are also on display at Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa 

A landmark exhibition on New Zealand music, Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa will open on Friday October 28. 

The first major exhibition on New Zealand music ever staged, Volume spans over seven decades of music made on our shores, bringing the music of our nation to life through hundreds of songs, stories, costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics and images generously loaned by some of our best loved musicians.

View musical objects belonging to iconic Kiwi artists such as Lorde, Dave Dobbyn (as seen in the hero image), Shihad, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Split Enz, Sharon O’Neill, Hello Sailor and many more – including Lorde’s 2014 Grammy Award, Split Enz’s memorable stage costumes and Chris Knox’s legendary TEAC 4-Track recorder.

Visitors to the exhibition will experience a hands-on, ears-on journey through the decades from the 1950s to today via interactive experiences – and they can even try their hand at making music themselves.

Produce a song by music legend Che Fu in a recording studio; mix beats to tracks by artists like Ladi6, P-Money, and Scribe in a DJ booth; browse an authentic 1980s record store; learn to play Dragon’s iconic hit ‘Rain’ in a replica of a 1970s pub venue and dance along with go-go girls on the set of 1960s TV showC’mon.

A huge undertaking, Volume has been in development for over two years with exhibition partners the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame Trust (Recorded Music New Zealand and APRA AMCOS).

aucklandmuseum.com/volume

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