Explore the nation's distinct sound— from the Dunedin Sound to barbecue reggae.

We've already got a month dedicated to the artistry of Nu Zilland music but what about the soundtrack of time gone by? And the other eleven months? In partnership with the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, Auckland Museum is set to tell the story of popular music in Aotearoa with a new 'hands on, ears on' exhibition.

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa is the Museum's first major exhibition on the creative discipline and will allow visitors to explore the nation's distinct sound from the 1950s to present day; from 'Pokarekare ana' to 'Royals', the Dunedin Sound to barbecue reggae.

Music lovers will get to roll up their sleeves and experience how music has been made, heard, and performed over the past 60 years. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to step into a recording studio behind a mixing desk, blend music and video like a DJ, browse records in a 1980s record store, learn how to play the opening riff of an iconic Kiwi song in a makeshift pub, step on to the set of '60s music show C'mon, and find out what happened to the taxpayer funded video game, Indie Music Manager.

Drawn from the personal collections of some of the country's best known musicians, Volume will also feature costumes, awards, hand-written lyrics, instruments, memorabilia, and hundreds of images that showcase New Zealand music.

Volume opens Friday 28 October and is open until Monday 22 May, 2017 in the Special Exhibitions Hall.

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Published on October 24, 2016 by Stephen Heard

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