A Low Hum is the music journalising and tour production monolith of one Ian ‘Blink’ Jorgensen; who became a big part of the New Zealand independent music scene throughout the 2000’s with a never-ending array of tours, zines, cd releases and events – usually each of impeccible taste and quality, whilst still maintaining a DIY ethic.
Blinks’ zine’s expanded to include original EPs and then CD compilations, and eventually he was distributing full albums for bands as bonus CD’s. However in October 2007 Blink celebrated the arrival of his A Low Hum label complete with the release of Disasteradio‘s excellent Visions and the Enright House‘s A Maze and Amazement – two top-notch releases from artists that have been tied to Blinks’ various endeavours for some time.
picks in bold
- Volume: Wellington Turns Down 
- A Low Hum CD1 [may 2004]
- A Low Hum CD2 [june 2004]
- A Low Hum CD3 [july 2004]
- A Low Hum CD4 [august 2004]
- A Low Hum CD5 [september 2004]
- A Low Hum CD6 [october 2004]
- A Low Hum CD7 [november 2004]
- A Low Hum DVD1 [dec 2004]
- A Low Hum CD8 [march 2005]
- A Low Hum CD9 [march 2005]
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD1 w/ Xanadu‘s self-titled bonus album
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD2 w/ Dead Pan Rangers‘s self-titled bonus albumrn
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD3 w/ Dana Eclair‘s / Ghostplane‘s ‘The National Velvet EP’ and unrelease material bonus cdrn
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD4 w/ Disasteradio‘s ‘Synthtease’ bonus albumrn
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD5 w/ Urban Tramper’s ‘Best Of, So Far’ bonus album
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD6 w/ Looma‘s ‘III’ bonus album
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD7 w/ Ejector’s ‘Two Thousand and Three’ bonus albumrn
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD8 w/ Enright House‘s ‘Broken Hands EP’ bonus albumrn
- A Low Hum Series 3: CD9 w/ Dark Beaks ‘Spill Your Heart’ bonus album
- A Low Hum DVD2
- A Low Hum DVD3
Small Auckland-based independent label that sprung up out of Flying Nun Record’s corporate changes in the late 90’s and run by (former Superette bassist) Ben Howe to release material for his own band Fang, along with associated other musicians (fellow ex-Superette members Dave Mulcahy and Greta Anderson, and Jim Laing’s Lanky).
Characterized by having quirky pop moments (Pine released their debut in 2002 on the label) and a simple / flexible approach to recording, they’re a promising label to look out for.
In June 2004, Arch Hill Recordings announced that Kiwi music legend David Kilgour would be releasing his latest album (tentatively titled Frozen Orange) in September of the year, adding to a band roster that now also includes Ghostplane and Australian outfit Dappled Cities Fly.
Arch Hill Recordings also offer their recording facilities for non-label artists, with reasonable charge out fees. Arch Hill Studios record digitally onto Pro-Tools24, but has a well used selection of off-board analogue pre-amps, EQ, compressors, effects and other equipment.
– Arch Hill Studios
Using a pretty standard Pro-Tools/Focusrite/Genelec monitors setup along with what looks like a pretty good selection of microphones, along with solid-state and valve compressors and effects, they currently (July 2004) offer an NZ$50 per hour engineer-included rate, or NZ$350/$400 per weekday/weekend day, which isn’t bad for an Auckland-based studio.
- Introducing Arch Hill (2001, AHR006)
- The Hill Is Alive – Compilation 2 (2003, AHR009)
- Arch Hill (Official Website)
- Ben Howe (Label-Head / Email Contact)
- +64 9 360-0772 (Phone Number)
- Arch Hill Recordings
- 331 Great North Rd
- Po Box 68-194
- New Zealand (Postal Address)
4-piece wellington melodic pop-rock outfit that spawned out of dana eclair in 2003. created quite a bit of critical interest with their debut ep ‘panther valley country club’ on ben howe’s arch hill label. a very tight live unit with nice touches (guitarist achilles botes showing off some fine licks) formed around dana eclair members botes, mark dryburg (guitar / vox), andrew grayson (drums) along with newcomer ash hammer (bass).
picks in bold
- panther valley country club ep [2004 arch hill AHR010]
- beneath the steel lagoon [2005 arch hill]