The Audio Foundation

We believe in independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement, and critical enquiry in sound, music, and related practices. The Audio Foundation is a dedicated and professional space to support, promote, and preserve these practices in Aotearoa/NZ.

    Our priority is to present and support the diversity of NZ practitioners exploring practices relating to sound. These practices span the areas of contemporary art, zine work, performance, video and more.


    The Audio Foundation was founded in 2004 by Zoe Drayton to support, promote and preserve “Sound Art” /“Experimental Music” / “Noise”  / “Outsider Music”  /“Drone Music” etc in NZ.

    Initially a virtual infrastructure, the Audio Foundation quickly became a Charitable Trust and began presenting programs such as Altmusic, publishing the Dirt Beneath the Daydream CD that went out to 9000 subscribers in the Wire magazine, the Erewhon Calling publication, and other initiatives such as the A/V Library.

    In 2011, we were lucky enough to find the space we are in now and began a whole new life as a physical entity. In 2014, Zoe Drayton handed the reins over to the new Director Jeff Henderson after a fantastic 10 year stint building Audio Foundation to where it is today.

    Audio Foundation is situated in the sub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory in Poynton Terrace. We have a performance space, an online Radio Station, our A/V Library showcasing up to 60 days of NZ “avant garde” music and video, the Gallery space, Zine Library, Screening Room and a shop for underground NZ artists to sell their products to the wider public. Since opening as a hub we have presented numerous events including performances by local and international artists, regular exhibitions of art work relating to sound, panel discussions, workshops and film screening evenings.


    • To support and promote the creation, production, and dissemination of innovative New Zealand audio projects.
    • To foster and preserve an identity and history for NZ audio culture, and to promote this to the wider public.
    • To enable research, development and preservation of creative artistic potential primarily concerned with audio culture.
    • To facilitate access, engagement and connection from the audio community to the wider arts community.
    • To maintain and provide a professional integrity through sustained communication, delivery of programs, facilitation and successful initiatives of all kinds.

    The overall administration of Audio Foundation runs thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand and ASB Trust! Thanks guys!


    Jeff Henderson

    Arts Administration Manager
    Samuel Longmore

    AF Charitable Trust Board
    Alastair Pettitt
    Andrew McMillan (chair)
    Annie Bradley
    Rachel Shearer


    Creative New Zealand
    Foundation North
    Lotteries Heritage and Environment
    Artists Alliance
    The Lions Foundation
    Liberty Brewing
    Asia NZ
    VIT S
    Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
    K’ Rd Bussiness Association
    St Paul St Gallery, AUT
    The Wine Cellar in St Kevs
    The Physics Room
    The Auricle
    The Auckland City Council
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery


    The Audio Foundation mailing list has been serving the New Zealand experimental audio community since April 2005.

    For more information and to subscribe, visit the AF List page.

AFM - independent and adventurous music from the Audio Foundation