Nic McGowan is a sound recordist, sound designer and composer. Recording and design credits include Taika Waititi’s Academy Award nominated short film Two Cars, One Night, and Michael Bennett’s 2005 festival favorite Kerosene Creek. Nic recorded, assistant-directed, and composed for RNZ radio drama The Outsiders which won best NZ Radio Drama 2004. Recording credits include Map Production’s controversial For Good and Kahukura’s award winning Maurice Gee adaptation ‘Fracture’, Waititi’s ‘Eagle Vs Shark’, and Wellington releases ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’, ‘The Devil’s Rock’ and ‘Existence’.
Nic composed the soundtracks for contemporary dance works ‘When Love Comes Calling’ and ‘White’ by choreographer Raewyn Hill. His music also features in the BBC radio epic ‘Fatherland’ cult splatter short films ‘A&E’ and ‘Zombie Movie’, and the dark comedies ‘Sunshine Man’ and ‘Bus Baggage’. Television music credits include numerous TVC’s and theme score. He has been a tutor/mentor for sound design in the Young and Hungry theatre program, and the Wellington Film school. Sound design credits include documentaries ‘the Dragg-kings’ and ‘The Man in the Hat’ 2010 International film Festival and ‘The Song of the Kauri’2012 International film Festival.
Recent public work includes ‘The Synth Birds of Dawn’ (featuring theremins being played from hilltops) which premiered in Wellington February’06 and was commissioned again by the Dunedin Museaum in 2010. Recent collaborations include designing native bird soundtrack for landscape designer Dan Rutherford’s award winning installation at the ’09 Ellesley Garden Show. And a musical theater project co-written with writer/performer Duncan Sarkies called ‘Instructions for Modern Living’ which has toured the festival circuit in New Zealand, and journeyed to Canada (Vancouver and Victoria), Australia (Opera house), and London (Barbican).
Nic recently played theremin with the Wellington Vector orchestra in a live soundtrack presentation of classic horror flick ‘the Cat and the Canary’ (Wellington international Film Festival) and completed the sound design for Jo Randerson’s well-received play ‘Goodnight – The End’ which premiered at Downstage Theater (Wellington).
Current work includes design for short films ‘UFO’ and ‘Feeder’, and preproduction for upcoming feature “The Maiden’s Blush’