Janet Roddick, David Donaldson and Stephen Roche compose, perform, record and produce music collectively under the name Plan 9.
Since 1995 they have created scores for over 30 feature films. They've made music for 9 international co-pro tv series, numerous documentaries, programmes and short films, plus music for dance and theatre as well as installations and exhibition spaces around the world.
Katherine McRae's feature documentary Pacific Mother premiered at the 2023 Doc Edge Festival. It won 4 awards and is now eligible to enter the Oscars. Plan 9 created the score collaborating with musicians from Okinawa Japan, Hawaii, Cook Islands, Tahiti and Aotearoa. Pacific Mother is now playing around NZ and has been screening in Sydney and Melbourne. The film has just played at the Hawai'i International Film Festival.
At the end of October they finished work on a 6 part NZ drama series based on a book by Christchurch author Paul Cleave.
In 2020 and 2021 while The Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power was filming in NZ Plan 9, with David Long, created 8 musical pieces for the show. Their song This Wandering Day, with lyrics by JD Payne plays in episode 5. It's first sung by actor Megan Richards as the Harfoot Poppy Proudfoot and then plays over the end credits sung by Janet arranged by Bear McCreary.
In March 2022 Plan 9 won the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll SOUNZ Contemporary Music Award for The Bewilderness
Plan 9 have 3 times won Best Film Score at the NZ Film Awards for Predicament, Saving Grace and Jack Brown Genius and been finalists 4 times. They were finalists for the 2015 APRA Screen Composing Award for Life Force. They compose music for film and tv, radio, installations and museum experiences, theatre and dance.
In 2019 they were nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards for Best Score for They Shall Not Grow Old. The best score won, and that was Apollo 11.
They wrote the song Misty Mountains with David Long which was sung by Richard Armitage and the dwarves for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This theme was used by Howard Shore as part of the score. They received a Golden Reel Award nomination for their work on The Hobbit. Plan 9 and David Long created additional music for The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and King Kong.