Philip Dadson

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Philip Dadson
Born 1946
Napier, New Zealand
Years active 1968–present
Labels Atoll Records, Rattle Records, Flying Nun Records
Associated acts From Scratch, Scratch Orchestra, Vitamin S

Philip Dadson is a New Zealand musician and artist, who was in the foundation group for the Scratch Orchestra and founder of From Scratch. He was made an Arts Laureate by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand in 2001, and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005.[1][2][3] He lectured at the Elam School of Fine Arts, part of the University of Auckland from 1977, leaving in 2001 to take up full-time art practice.

He co-authored the 2007 book Slap Tubes and other Plosive Aerophones with fellow instrument inventor Bart Hopkin, whose 1998 CD/book Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones had also featured Dadson's group From Scratch.


  1. ^ "Prestigious Laureate Arts Awards Announced". Scoop. 19 September 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Phil Dadson ONZM". Scoop. 7 June 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 


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