Additional recent titles donated by Zenith include Urthboy’s The Past Beats Inside Me Like a Second Heartbeat (2016). The album (which began life at the NFSA) is available on vinyl 2LP + MP3 (black or clear vinyl) and CD+MP3, and features the single ‘Long Loud Hours’, voted #33 in triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2015.
Television and film soundtracks also feature strongly in Zenith Records’ output, including the ABC’s hugely successful Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012-present), which was composed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg J Walker, who performs as Machine Translations. Greg’s screen composing CV extends from drama (Stranded, 2007; The Wedding Party, 2010) to documentaries (Girl in a Mirror, 2005; Bombora: The Story of Australian Surfing, 2009).
Zenith Records have been steadily pressing the output of Votary Records, which is a reissue label representing the back catalogue of Australian film composer Sven Libaek. Norwegian-born Sven has had a long career scoring film and TV soundtracks in Australia and the USA, with a long list of credits including Nature Walkabout (1967), Big Country (1968-1991), Boney (1973), Inner Space (1974), The Settlement (1984), Joe Wilson (1988) and The World Around Us (1993-2006). His compositions also featured in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).
On a recent visit to Zenith, Director Paul Rigby took me on a tour around the pressing plant, which included the Neumann record-cutting lathe, and a chance to see plating of the record masters as well as the production of mothers and stampers.