Resound is a project funded by NZ On Air and delivered by SOUNZ in partnership with RNZ Concert. The most recent development of the project allows us to film New Zealand music in concert and make it available for streaming online.
SOUNZ is grateful to the performers, composers and presenters of these works for their co-operation and generosity. This is the first time New Zealand art music has been purposefully documented on film and marks the beginning of an important new resource. The full list is kept updated below.
The Resound Project is managed by Chris Watson, with audio curation by Salina Fisher and is divided into three phases of work:
Phase 1: Relicensing, auditioning and re-broadcast of recordings of works held in the RNZ Concert New Zealand Composer Archive.
This phase is an ongoing initiative to address a large body of recordings with expired broadcast rights.
It started with a digitisation project (an initiative of SOUNZ, RNZ Concert and the Alexander Turnbull Library), pre-dating Resound, which brought the recordings over from various reel-to-reel, VHS cassette, DAT and CD formats to the digital domain.
The process involves an Auditioning Panel, experts assembled by SOUNZ, who audition the recordings and assess suitability for broadcast or streaming via the RNZ Concert and SOUNZ website.
Permissions from composers and performers who feature in the selected recordings are acquired - allowing the pieces to be heard again.
Selected works that passed the auditioning process are re-mastered in-house at RNZ Concert and have been broadcast and entered into rotation.
There are now 528 Resound works streaming online via SOUNZ's media-on-demand platform, click here to access these works.
Phase 2: Re-recording of works considered by the Auditioning Panel (through Phase 1) to be of artistic merit but where existing recordings were found to be unsuitable for broadcast.
- In 2012 the NZTrio (Justine Cormack – violin, Ashley Brown – cello, Sarah Watkins – piano) recorded the following works (recorded and engineered by Tim Dodd):
In 2014 there were three Phase 2 recording sessions, the first a series of works by Ross Harris commissioned over a number of years by former NZSO Principal Horn player Ed Allen (who played in these recordings):
The second session recorded the following chamber music with the musicians Rachel Vernon (clarinet), Andrew Joyce (cello), Peter Barber (viola), Richard Mapp (piano), Edward Allen (horn) and Emma Sayers (piano):
The final session drew on the wonderful Tudor Consort and organist Richard Apperley in the setting of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul:
The 2014 Resound Phase 2 recordings will be released in 2015.
In 2015 we recorded a selection of chamber and choral works at St Andrew's on The Terrace, with the talents of NZSO players Peter Barber (viola), Patrick Barry (clarinet) and Rachel Vernon (clarinet), and Baroque Voices, directed by Pepe Becker:
Phase 2.0: Performances of significant New Zealand works are captured on film using an array of high definition cameras. Multi-camera edits are realised at in-house at SOUNZ and are (in most cases) combined with audio captured and edited by RNZ Concert. The following works have been filmed and are in various stages of editing and release via SOUNZ online Media On Demand:
The following documentaries have also been realised:
Phase 3: The commissioning of new, large scale works by New Zealand composers. A future activity through the Resound project.