Auckland Music Update

Tom’s 40th – a Triptonites gig in Whangarei!

Double booked my own exact birthday – my 40th in fact – for a darn Triptonites gig! Here is the info…

Triptonites @ Butter Factory Friday 13 January 2017.

First gig of the year! It is also the exact date of our drummer Tomachi aka Sir Funkalot’s 40th birthday. Man he must be flying with aliens at light speed because he don’t look 40.

– The Triptonites (4 piece psychedelic funk rock)
– Fabrizio Canale (solo singer songwriter harmonica ITALY)
– Tomachi Producer Set (solo electronic soul funk)
– Dixiedoll and Layla Snow (burlesque)

Only $10 on the door!

*The Triptonites*

…are a band that has fun with funk and ridiculousness. Kara Gordon (fly my pretties) fronts the group of genius musicians. King God (Kara James Gordon), Sir Funkalot (Tomachi Nosnikta), Ben11 (Ben Tapene) and Roscoe (Ross Larsen) are always into a good jam and are looking forward to this summer gig back in the Rei! Let’s party.

*Fabrizio Canale*

Don’t miss Fabrizio! Aside from the usual heavy load of blues renting a suite in our soul we got a new disease: the Country Fever! What can I say: come and see us, for great entertainment and great tunes, such as Fabrizio’s Breakdown and Can Bong Rag.

*Tomachi Producer Set*

Tom is gonna attempt a live show of about 20 to 30 minutes of the fully solo Tomachi DJ set. This is a live drums and vocal performance over backing track / SPD-SX drum machine.

Facebook event page 

It’s official: Bandcamp now reports sales to the official NZ Music Charts (RIANZ) and IMNZ!

In case you didn’t know, the musician focussed music store broke the news on 21 December that they are now reported to The Official New Zealand Music Charts and Independent Music NZ. This means they send their (your musics) sales information on a daily basis; meaning sales on Bandcamp can contribute to your music chart rankings – which is super freaking awesome. Bandcamp are to be congratulated for this. I used Bandcamp to host the .tv Tomachi domain:

The Bandcamp email I got gives more detail on how it’s done:

To be chart eligible you must enter UPC (bar code) information for albums and ISRC information for tracks when you set up your release. Enter this info on the edit pages when you’re uploading artwork, adding lyrics, etc.

Official NZ Music Charts and IMNZ do not enforce any particular minimum price, but they do require the album or track be purchased in order to be counted.

You’ll find more info on chart eligibility here:

My regular release schedule current is as follows:

  • Release via Distrokid to a gazillion stores (iTunes, Shazam, Youtube)
  • Also upload to Bandcamp using the ISRC codes from the Distrokid release
  • Also upload to using manual methods:
    • Soundcloud
    • Facebook (band page not personal!)
    • ReverbNation (for what it’s worth!)
    • MySpace (OK I often forget I gotta admit)
  • Ensure the tracks are loaded up on APRA for songwriting royalties

Congrats to Julian, Liz, and Renee

Congratulations to Julian, Liz, and Renee the amazing actor. Sorry Tom the scientist, the other science Tom, you lucked out with your $20 bid on those double passes to…

ॐ Suess NYE

They paid $80, $60, and $20 respectively. Amazing value. And yet again, another fantastic reason, to stay subscribed to this list. -T.

PS coverage at the festival is poor I hear – take cash!!…

4G 700 signal strength at Kariotahi

4G 700 signal strength at Kariotahi

3G signal strength at Kariotahi

3G signal strength at Kariotahi

Win* tickets to “SEUSS” the NYE Festival by ॐ

ॐ Suess NYE

That’s right you heard me – this one is courtesy of ॐ Productions!

If you still haven’t sussed what you are up to this New Years Eve – and want some awesome trance rave event tickets next to free – as in ultra cheap – I have 3 double passes to give-away to Aum Seuss NYE 2017, or indeed sell super cheap, here is how it’s gonna work:

  1. Ensure you have signed up to the Auckland Music Update newsletter (if you haven’t already, if you are reading this in your email then yep, you’re on it just hit reply now)
  2. Reply to this email when you get it; and let me know your peak price in multiples of $20 for the double pass (eg $40, or $80 etc). It should come through within one hour after you signup, so yeah get in there and subscribe no time to waste! You will need to click activation and then wait till that clock strikes the hour.
  3. If you are one of the only three people to reply – you’ll get a double pass for free!
  4. BUT For each extra person who is keen auction them – I’m gonna sell ’em off cheap going up in $20 increments, so let me know your top price, maybe you can have a double pass for $20, $40, or $60 depending on how much interest there is to this insane in the membrane deal!
  5. Get your email reply in by Thursday Dec 29 4:20pm is the deadline!
  6. Pay Tom the final amount of coinage: 12-3019-0149773-00 (will accept Bitcoin) and fingers crossed aye? Buzz me on 0212576422 if you have hassles.
  7. That’s less than 24 hours get on it pronto!

Event details:

ॐ NYE Festival 2016 – SEUSS

* PS I setup the website hosting for AUM so this is like my payment. So that’s why I need that cashola Mmmmkay?

ॐ NYE Festival 2016 – SEUSS


30/12/2016 10:00 a.m. – 2/01/2017 11:00 a.m.
320 Wilson Road, South Head


“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you. Shout aloud, I am glad to be what I am. Thank goodness I’m not a ham, or a clam, or a dusty old jar of gooseberry jam. I am what I am, what a great thing to be. If I say so myself, happy everyday to me!”
~ Dr Seuss
Dearest most beautiful friends and family, after the massively joyful success of NYE 2015, where 1200+ beautiful people descended on to south head; we would like to humbly welcome you all back once more to join us for another epic adventure. An adventure of love, sharing, music, art, colour, technical wizardry, imagination, laughter and joy. An adventure where we will write our own story as we immerse ourselves in the stories of the past, the present and the future. A truly inclusive adventure for everyone, young and old. Please bring your friends, your family and your children and join together as one to celebrate this New Year’s Eve at this specially designed ॐ camping, music and arts festival. 
Enjoy a detailed list of the artists performing on our various stages throughout the event by clicking on the links below:






Transitioning kids from receiving from Santa to becoming a Santa

Rachel Beer – Barfoot & Thompson – Making more problems than we’re solving perhaps?

Short URL: Raven.Funk.NZ   <– (for word of mouth referrals etc)

Come help with the move!

Starting at 11am next Wednesday 21 December, a moving truck (Auckland Movers) is booked, and the plan is to chuck it all into “transitional storage” pending figuring it all out.

Whack it on your Google Calendar now:   

Tom raps to landlord Paul Chen’s answerphone

…after trying for ages to reach him today

As it the tradition with blogs we start at the end and work our way backwards…. So here is why I’m bringing my own private prosecution…

So let’s back this all up some more…

Wednesday 14 December 9am

Early last week my cock sucker property managers from Barfoot & Thompson decided it would be prudent to trespass me from my new office with less than 20 hours notice! The basis for this I have no idea about, most likely the lack of an actual fully signed lease agreement, but I have a case running about that. As in before I had even packed in or down. Apparently they got spooked in some weird intangible way about our plans; failing to actually clarify their issues in the process.

I’m hopeful, but there is a definite chance that my business pals Darryl and Chris didn’t give me 100% of the information they could have – fingers crossed!!! Assuming they were kept as much in the dark about the true reasons for cancellation of the contract, then we have a case.

To understand it, have a read of the private prosecution I am bringing to them today:

So starting at the start. Check out this Stock Options contract that I wrote. Basically 90% of. I stayed up a bit late though you can hear how tired I am:

So we all put a lot of work into the project. I practically built an intranet in a week or two.

The audio interface

The mics

The idea was for all to take up an office at 26 Wyndham st. Then… i still wonder what happened?

Rachel Beer - Barfoot & Thompson

Rachel Beer – Barfoot & Thompson

Rachel Beer from Barfoot can be heard on this audio file apparently giving me extra notice of this baseless eviction via verbal.


My business pals and I created the ultimate creative community…. half signed a lease and fully paid a deposit…. and now just two days after officially moving in they give 20 hours notice to me to move out! I spent 18 years at my previous at in Ponsonby, building a collection of whacky and funky objects – the best of which have come here and to my new home at a top secret location – and since we couldn’t move in right away, actually bounced all this stuff via another location in Waterview via my amazing friend Shane and his moving truck on two totally different days and destinations! The truck did two trips on each day people!!!!! THIS PLACE HAS NO LIFT and it’s on Wyndham St a very steep street in central mid-town Auckland, just a marble-balls roll down the hill from Sky Tower badness my main man.

So the manager Barfoot steps in frustratingly….. and somehow they pulled out with only one signature on the lease.

an-offer-of-resolution – Tom’s offer to solve the issue.

combined-docs-for-26-wyndham-t-atkinson The Lease agreement, the floor plan, the bank statement showing deposits.

Rachel Beer from Barfoot can be heard on this audio file apparently giving me extra notice of eviction via verbal.



Tom’s discussions with the landlords

I hope all have had a chance to read over my offer of resolution (attached).

In the offer I put forward two solutions to this conundrum we face:
1) EITHER we move to sign and place deposit as per normal. My preferred option. Can pay three months deposit every month for three months if agreeable. OR
2) a very short period where I pay full rent in order to find time to move out at a more regular pace. Suggest somewhere between TWO WEEKS and 3 MONTHS.
I would think that it is in everyones bests interests – but mostly yours – to accept some payment from me and allow me an orderly pack down.
  • Consider the following benefits to yourselves by accepting this resolution:
  • I really like the space. Paul first showed it to me on 7 September – a long time ago. It’s very good to have tenants that appreciate the space because they will be very well behaved and look after it and always pay the rent on time. My last tenancy lasted 18 years and I never once missed a rent payment, in total putting through over $390,000 over the 18 year period from 1998.
  • Having a tenant that is often in the office during the evenings is good for security and reduces fire risk
  • The location synergises with my interests
  • Considerable sound pollution already exists in the area such as Ding Dong bar in the basement, but more importantly, the other bar right underneath us at level 1. These are fairly noisy things – with drunken bar goers often sitting on the steps to the office. When I come at night I scare them away and deter burglers.
  • I plan to upgrade security. I have my own fully wireless GSM alarm system + motion sensors + distributed webcam software etc.
  • I run a web consultancy: – this business use is in line with the business use on the lease agreement i have
Failing to do so – such as that course that seems to be going down – would put you at risk of this lawsuit / private prosecution and evidence PDF as I am about to file in the Auckland District Court. The downsides of this for you are:
  • I’ve already contacted fair go and have a massive community of friends and supporters – I am a musician we have friends
  • Artists and Musicians are already at the bottom rung of society even though everybody from the poorest to the richest person loves to listen to it. Music forms such as important part in so many lives. Unless we perform live and sell merchandise though, it is very difficult to make a living just from recorded music. If you are curious, check out my CV at I have over 70 compositions registered with APRA, have 7 albums out, played big day out 5 times and done 4 international tours (Vanuatu, Australia, UK, Ireland). I think you should show some Mana and be kind.
  • I’m planning to contact the body corporate and true owners of the building shortly if you do not comply or if any of my equipment is damaged
  • Your job positions are now at risk since you have not filled the space I know for sure since 7 September. Pitiful work guys.
  • The building is not great – you should cut losses and accept my offer.
  • I have some covert audio recordings featuring Rachel Beer and sample is also attached. I have also placed the sample only at:
  • Today at 12:25pm I called emergency services on 111 and spoke with them for 6 minutes, claiming I had a vigilante landlord trying to break the law, we had a nice chat about what I can and can’t do. Very informative. Maybe will be seeing you and them later in fact.
  • Maybe if I get angry I will launch a bad publicity campaign against Barfoot and co. Send it to the building investors.

Later on Thursday…

Tom got arrested trying to get his gear back, that’s why he doesn’t have the crash stands in this video:


Internet Garage Sale: Hotel Vermont Studios Bargains

Everything is $1 reserve, as-is where-is, buyer must pickup, condition variable to broken generally.

Internet Garage Sale: Hotel Vermont Studios Bargains
I’ve moved house to I need to flick a bunch of dubious items, most will go for dollar reserve but $50 delivery fee, since I need these picked up mostly, and am mad busy.
Items: Couches, tables, altezza hub, computer rack, cd rack, fostex speaker, fiji table top, microwave, fridge, heater, toaster, Snare and DRUM KIT PARTS,
Broken stuff: BBQ, tables, washing machine, old high end pc with nice case, etc. See:

The available times are:
Tuesday 22 Nov: anytime today
Wednesday 23 Nov: either between 11am-1pm or between 4pm-6pm (ish) can also do a late slot pickup if helpful please ask
Thursday 24 Nov: you’d need to arrange with my landlord from this point on sorry!

Reason for urgent sale: I’ve moved house and left it a bit late to do the final push to move everything so hopefully it’s gonna be TradeMe to the rescue! With a short one dollar reserve set of auctions all finishing around 12:30pm on Wednesday 23, I am also going to hold a “Internet Garage Sale” type thing.

27 Vermont St Ponsonby – Tom Atkinson 0212576422 Please call or txt before coming round, the garage sale is only on Wednesday 23 November at the stated times above.

Leather couch:

Wade Shotters old drums: or maybe Keiran Donelley’s?




The Fostex SP11 is clearly a professional speaker. The back panels are no non-sense and get straight to business: this is an 8 ohm speaker, which can really handle it: a continuous power of 100 RMS which is rated using a 1 minute measurement. Anything that carries an RMS measurement like this is almost certain to be a quality piece, but the only way to be sure is to check the brand: Fostex. These guys are synonymous with top notch Japanese recording systems.

No fucking idea what their speakers sound like though sorry. Buyer beware.

I can assume these work but for some tragic reason beyond my comprehension…. considering my considerable studio size… have never even given them a go.

I’ll try to make sure I have some jack-out power source when you come. Actually yes I have one, I’ll ensure it’s on tap for a test.


I get to meet Technyne tonight! PHD Hiphop support slot at Powerstation

My Hiphop group PHD is supporting Technyne at Powerstation tonight!!!!


    Tickets on sale now – AAA Ticketing

Techniciansss! The independent hip hop powerhouse TECH N9NE returns to New Zealand this November after selling out shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch last year.

TECH N9NE is the biggest selling Independent Hip-Hop artist of all time. He has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. Independent to the core, TECH N9NE is free to make music for himself and his fans and no one else. He appeases no masters other than the legions of Strange Music fans across the globe.

TECH N9NE became known as an innovative rapper in the 90s because of his trendsetting ability to rap at breakneck speed, to rap backwards and to also deliver riveting personal songs that examined his own inner demons. In the 2000s, TECH N9NE hit the road relentlessly, becoming one of rap’s premier touring acts. With 2012’s “Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour,” TECH N9NE holds the title of headlining the longest continuous tour in rap history.

No one puts on a show like TECH N9NE. His shows are a non-stop party from beginning to end. The atmosphere and energy at a TECH N9NE show is unlike anything else. His rhymes are immaculate, his flow is transcendent and his interaction and dynamic with the crowd is unparalleled. He raps so fast you think his mic will melt. Without mainstream acceptance, TECH N9NE’s commercial success is entirely down to his dedication to his audience, playing at least over 100 shows a year and making sure every show leaves the crowd on a euphoric high and craving more. Seeing TECH N9NE live will make you understand his t-shirt slogan “Strange Music Saved My Life”.

TECH N9NE’s 2016 New Zealand tour will feature long-time partner in rhyme KRIZZ KALIKO, who will be both performing with TECH N9NEand a feature support set. KRIZZ KALIKO has been working with TECH N9NE since the late 90’s and just put out his latest solo album, “GO” earlier this year. KRIZZ KALIKO’s infectious charisma and dynamic vocal range have made him a fan favourite at TECH N9NE’slive shows for over a decade. In addition to KRIZZ KALIKO, the tour will also feature Strange Music’s STEVIE STONE – this will be his first solo sets in New Zealand.

TECH N9NE sounds as fresh and hungry as he did when he first started more than a decade ago. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” TECH N9NE says. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. That’s why I still rap so hard. I’m always trying to get better and better. I’m not softening it.” If you missed out last time, now is your chance to fix your mistake. If you were lucky enough to catch one of the shows, this is another opportunity to witness one of the greatest live shows in Hip-Hop, period.


Tom on the big screen in Hyde Park London supporting Roger Waters

From The Who. Wow. Maybe that was my best ever gig? Well I guess I hope not and the best is yet to come!

I saw the water that Roger Waters was drinking. Nice. From behind the security fence within the security fence. Fair enough. I did count 28 of these amps under the stage that read something something 4000. Does that mean we played on a 128 K sound system? At least surely. The people also watched football at the gig. On some amazing looking screens. That must have been powered by nuclear power. Seriously. Just realised it might have been his only or first ever UK show. I was playing with Breaks Co-op at the time, us supporting the great man. Highlight for me was when the fat lady sings. Seriously. Also…. I am starting a creative company. Raven Arts Ltd.

At 3:16pm on 1st of July 2006 in Hyde Park London

At 3:16pm on 1st of July 2006 in Hyde Park London

Music Video for “Necessity” by Tomachi

This is a 4D Fractal animation I made in Mandlebulb3D and Premiere.

Music was done in 2005 on Logic 5.5.

My 6 week long render finally completed, then edited, and up on Youtube. The unlimited bandwidth 22 GB file was then crunched by Google and you can really see what Youtube does to your 1080p 60fps video. By the way, 1920 x 1080 is about 2.1 megapixels worth, so sixty of those per second is 124.4 megapixels per second! Since neither this, nor the quote 22 GB is what you are getting at Youtube, I’ve uploaded a special directors cut version at a limited edition 144 megabits of H.264 goodness. Below is a 2560 x 1440 still render:

3.7 megapixel Monte Carlo Render 2560 x 1440 8 MB

3.7 megapixel Monte Carlo Render 2560 x 1440 8 MB

Sheeshka. It takes a while to encode full quality H.264 at 60p using 100% and 144 mbit limit.

Sheeshka. It takes a while to encode full quality H.264 at 60p using 100% and 144 mbit limit.

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