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.

    BACKGROUND

    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 and other initiatives such as the MP3 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 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 , low powered Radio Station on AFM 88.3 and online here, our MP3 and AV 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.

    AIMS

    • 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!

    PEOPLE

    Director
    Jeff Henderson

    Arts Administration Manager
    Chris Cudby

    AF Charitable Trust Board
    Philip Dadson
    Alastair Pettitt
    Andrew Clifford
    Andrew McMillan
    Joeseph Nunweek
    Rachel Shearer
    Zoe Drayton
    Sean Kerr

    PARTNERS & FUNDERS

    Creative New Zealand
    ASB Trust
    Lotteries Heritage and Environment
    Artists Alliance
    The Lions Foundation
    Becks Beer
    Asia NZ
    ARTSPACE
    VIT S
    The New Zealand Film Archive
    St Paul St Gallery, AUT
    The Wine Cellar in St Kevs
    The Physics Room
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    AF LIST

    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