Emerald Green

emerald green is mel smith, the formerly christchurch, now auckland-based vocalist and producer who sprung up in a solo capacity after leaving the very first line-up of the shocking pinks in late 2003. mels’ approach is closer to a new-wave electro-pop sound, with home-made beats built upon synths and computer gadgetry that alludes to the sound of early new order or (perhaps more accurately) ladytron.
though smith uses a simple, no-frills approach to recording her songs (so far, they’ve all been home recordings) the songs have a poppy gloss, highlighted by strong, affected vocals – that saw her excellent debut single ‘why wait then’ rise to the top of the new zealand alternative radio charts.
picks in bold

  • why wait then cd single [2004 self-released]
  • in limbo cd single [2004 self-released]


marcel bears project exploring the sonic world embodied in his (amplified) handmade shimsaws (intricate constructions of steel and wire that are bowed and plucked)rn- taken from the pseudoarcana catalog

some of bears work as emperical was included on

The Economic Wizards

two eps on the home-brew eelman label.
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  • starve the lizards ep [1984 eelman EELMAN003]
  • second coming ep [1986 eelman EELMAN009]

Empty Mirror

duo prod and poke at guitars, bells, reed organ, violin, and household stuff; loop and sample various sounds; add efx via baby monitor and dictaphone. 13 mostly short-ish pieces of inspired sound exploration.rn- slippy town

features ben spiers and karl willis.
picks in bold

  • extricate/misnomer cd-r [2002 transient TR001]

Ed Muzik

Ed Muzik is James Dann; one of the strangest and most comical music acts to have emerged from Christchurch’s live electronic revival circa 2006. Over minimal keyboard beats (and even the occasional Enya sample) Ed Muzik sing-talks in the most droll fashion with some very silly, but creative lyrics (‘I’ve got an Ipod / My Music’s BETTER’).
Ed Muzik has been playing shows with the likes of the Tiger Tones and Pig Out, the Mixtape Connection events organized by Dr Hitchcock, and has self-produced and released his own debut ep in mid 2006 – spreading the word via myspace.
picks in bold

  • Microarray cd-r ep [2006 self-released]


emu is darcy gladwin, an auckland-based electronic artist with a focus on live performing, and combining a variety of approaches.rn

the vibes of dub/ hiphop / electro / rock / dNb to get what he wants – music that grooves in a unique way. The objective : to challenge and have funrn- darcy gladwin

gladwin has released an ep and a couple singles, along with appearing on a couple of compilation releases.
picks in bold

  • ‘hdub’ cd single [2004 self-released]
  • ‘cusp redux’ cd single [2004 self-released]
  • emu:one cd ep [2004 self-released]

David Edwards

wellington-based lo-fi homebrew musician releasing material under his own name (on his own fiffdimension mail order label, as well as

David Eggleton

versifier is the umbrella title of performance poet david eggleton’s new album of words and music. musical contributions are from jay clarkson, martin phillipps, joost langeveld, jordan reyne, michael morley, trevor coleman, david downes, matthew robertson and others. tracks range from new zealand soundscapes to country-tinged evangelical numbers to gothic anthems and electronicarn- yellow-eye

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forming in 1996 but taking (an appropriate) 8 years to get their debut out, eight none the less have been courting major-label interest for a couple of years, since the release of the shift ep back in 2003 (which included a remix by che fu). they’re a pretty standard rock outfit (with emo-ish leanings) led by bruce conlon (vocals), chris cope (guitar), paul russell (drums), hamish jackson (percussion) and alistair rogers (bass).
picks in bold

  • shift ep [2003 self-released]
  • moving [2004 bmg]