Farm Music

The sounds of rural Taranaki were brought to life playfully in 2020 by a collaboration of participants in Farm​ Music.

Renowned drummer, composer and educator Chris O’Connor paired with sound installation artist Dr Bridget Johnson, and worked in partnership with the Taranaki Retreat, Access Radio Taranaki and the Rural Support Trust to bring together a unique community arts collaboration focused on creativity, mental health and well being support for male participants.

The men worked with O’Connor (who has performed with musicians including Don McGlashan, Trinity Roots, Neil Finn, and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra) and Johnson, Senior Lecturer at the Massey School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington, to make and create music and sound using common objects found in rural environments.

This innovative installation work was showcased on Sunday November 8 at Reset 2020, presented by the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust.

Farm Music was funded by Creative New Zealand.

Farm Music in the NZ Herald

Farm Music on stuff.co.nz

Interview with Farm Music Producer Sally Barnett on Access Radio Taranaki

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