Just Like Us

Robert Hoskins, Dugal McKinnon, Norman Meehan & Allan Thomas


A new guide to a wide and exciting art of New Zealand music for students and interested lay people.

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The book emphasises the pleasures of listening to New Zealand music — introducing and providing follow-up activity material on:

Māori and Pākehā
Waiata Poi Alfred Hill
Arohaina Mai Tuini Ngāwai
Ambush Free improvisation

Popular music
Just Like You TrinityRoots
Envy of Angels The Mutton Birds
Meeting of the Waters Mike Nock

Orchestral works
Drysdale Overture Douglas Lilburn
Taranaki Overture Larry Pruden
From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs Gareth Farr

Electroacoustic works
Soundscape with Lake and River Douglas Lilburn
Horizont im Ohr Dugal McKinnon
Speak Volumes Miriama Young

  • For senior high school students, undergraduates, and interested lay people.
  • Presented in plain language, with illustrations.
  • Emphasis on learning the pleasures of listening to
    New Zealand music.
  • Examines a variety of different pieces.
  • An accompanying CD, featuring ten of the pieces discussed.

About the author

Robert Hoskins devised Massey University’s extramural Bachelor of Arts minor in Music: the programme includes classical, popular and jazz studies. He manages the Massey Music Editions, and a series of concerts held at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Dugal McKinnon is a composer and sound artist whose creative output encompasses acoustic, electronic and text media, and the intersection of these. His work has been performed in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. His recent work includes: the soundtrack to the End of the Road (2012), a film by London Fieldworks for Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans; Nowdrifts (2012), for bass clarinet and multichannel audio, written for and premiered by Richard Haynes, Kings Place, London, 26 March 2012; and the sound installation Cadence (2012) for recombinant audio, metronome, tuning fork – exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery, Jan 24–April 15 2012.

Norman Meehan teaches historical and critical jazz and popular music papers. A jazz pianist and composer, Norman has performed original music at festivals and in concerts around New Zealand and in Europe, and on radio for Radio New Zealand Concert.

Allan Thomas was Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University Wellington’s School of Music (and then the New Zealand School of Music). He taught world music (Japanese taiko, Korean and Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern musics), Pacific Island music and dance, Afro-American music, and New Zealand Music. His courses in Ethnomusicology encouraged colleagues as well as many hundredes of students to consider music from an indigenous perspective.

Additional information

Dimensions 175 × 250 mm