Mount Somers is a small town in Canterbury region of the South Island, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Due to its amazing scenery it has had a boom in holiday homes in recent years.
Interestingly Mount Somers is famous amongst the international experimental & undergorund music communities as it is the home of Peter King and his lathe cut record business. Peter hand cuts records onto poly carbonate plastic one at a time using an old BBC lathe and also home made record cutting heads. This technique is different to the traditional pressed vinyl records. The operation began in the late 1980s in the town of Geraldine and as a result King’s records are sometimes referred to as “Geraldine pressings”. Due to the unique production process King worldwide specializes in small-run pressings in editions as low as 20. As I visited Mt Somers briefly over a weekend I did not get the opportunity to visit Peter King’s fascinating business. Definitely one for those who love their music on a turntable!