"People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results."
Albert Einstein

Who we are

MODWHEEL is Stephen Roche and David Donaldson and Janet Roddick.


Together we also have a composing partnership and recording studio, Plan 9, creating music for over 25 years.

Plan 9 was awarded the 2021 SOUNZ Contemporary Award Te Tohu Auaha for their album The Bewilderness.


Some of our recent scores include

  • Portraits Of Us (2022)

  • The Tender Trap (2020)

  • They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson's 2018 WW1 doco that has taken old footage and colorized, converted and transformed it to show the soldiers' experience in amazing detail. 


Plan 9  has scored 30 feature films in addition to working on the last 10 of Jacksons’s movies in varying capacities.


Our work for Peter includes full scoring as well as musical sound design, and in collaboration with long term friend and colleague David Long, for the LOTR and Hobbit films, the writing and performing of “cultural” music.


Plan 9 have been nominated for and won numerous film and tv awards both in New Zealand and internationally. They were nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards for Best Score 2019 for They Shall Not Grow Old. Apollo 11 won. Great score.

This is the toy

David and Steve also release their own music under the name Thrashing Marlin

having released 4 albums to date.

Buy or listen to their work at thrashingmarlin.bandcamp.com


Making distinctive Virtual Instruments (often from their large musical instrument collection) has always been part of Plan 9’s work. 

MODWHEEL was set up to develop this and to make these instruments available

to other composers and musicians.


After 30 years of experience as musicians, composers, sound designers and recording engineers we feel confident we can put together distinctive, useful

and very usable virtual musical instruments for the modern music producer,

whether for soundtrack, instrumental or song composition.