Philip Dadson

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Philip Dadson
Napier, New Zealand
Years active1968–present
LabelsAtoll Records, Rattle Records, Flying Nun Records
Associated actsFrom Scratch, Scratch Orchestra, Vitamin S

Philip Dadson ONZM 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.

In 2010 the Wellington Sculpture Trust commissioned Akau Tangi, a wind powered sculpture installed on Cobham Drive, Wellington. The eight poles, some partly submerged in the sea, are each topped with a rotating cone that produce a low level musical note. The rotating cones also have an internal light source powered by the wind driven rotating cones.[4]

In 2015, a feature film documentary titled Sonicsfromscratch (dir. by Simon Ogston and Orlando Stewart), documenting Dadson's career, was premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival.[5]


  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.
  4. ^ "Akau Tangi". Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  5. ^ Reid, Graham. "PHILIP DADSON: SONICS FROM SCRATCH, a doco by SIMON OGSTON and ORLANDO STEWART". Elsewhere by Graham Reid. Retrieved 30 June 2018.


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