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Internationally renowned writer, musician and curator David Toop visits New Zealand for the first time for one public lecture and performance at the Kenneth Myers Centre in Auckland. Also appearing…

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Internationally renowned writer, musician and curator David Toop visits New Zealand for the first time for one public lecture and performance at the Kenneth Myers Centre in Auckland. Also appearing will be Greg Malcolm and Natasha Anderson.

Image: Christchurch multi-guitar wizard
Greg MalcolmInternationally renowned writer, musician and curator David Toop visits New Zealand for the first time for one public lecture and performance at the Kenneth Myers Centre in Auckland. Also appearing will be Greg Malcolm and Natasha Anderson.

Image: Christchurch multi-guitar wizard
Greg MalcolmDavid is author of the acclaimed books Rap Attack, Exotica, Ocean of Sound and Haunted Weather. Ocean of Sound is typical of his wide-ranging sonic interests, jumping effortlessly from Sun Ra to Brian Eno to Lee Scratch Perry to Kraftwerk, interspersed with visits to the sound worlds of Amazon rainforests and David Lynch's Hollywood. His latest book, Haunted Weather, contemplates the implications of making music in a digital age.

In 2000, David curated Sonic Boom, the UK's biggest exhibition of sound art, for London's Hayward Gallery. He also regularly writes for magazines such as The Wire, has compiled numerous compilations and released many albums of his own, starting with his first album New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, which was released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975. His forthcoming album Sound Body will be released by David Sylvian's samadhisound label in 2007.

Melbourne-based Natasha Anderson uses digital processing to coax other-worldly sounds from her contrabass recorder, a remarkable instrument with an exquisite palette of sounds.

Christchurch-based Greg Malcolm makes hypnotically beautiful music on a bizarre range of custom guitars (often played all at once) and has been in hot demand abroad since the release of his Swimming In It album on Belgium label Kraak.

Alt.music is an ongoing series of events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary sound art from around the world to Auckland. Founded by Auckland gallery ARTSPACE and now organised in conjunction with the Audio Foundation, Alt.music began as an international festival of experimental music and sound art in 2001, followed by successive festivals in 2002 and 2004. Previous Alt.Music artists include Keith Fullerton Whitman, Peter Rehberg, Pan Sonic, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jon Rose, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez, Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht, Richard Nunns and the Dead C.

Alt.music is supported by Creative New Zealand, ARTSPACE, Room40 and National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries.

David Toop, Natasha Anderson and Greg Malcolm
When: Sunday December 10, 2006, doors 7pm, starts 8pm
Where: Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland
Cost: $10

Free artist talk by David Toop
When: Sunday December 10, 4pm
Where: Kenneth Myers Centre