Wednesday, 7 March 2012


This instrument is played across the mouth and produces a popping and twanging sound that resonates through the players jaw.
The curved instrument is a rib bone, possibly from a pig, that I found on the beach by Duck Creek. The two in an X shape are strips of kareao or supplejack from the bush behind Hill Homestead.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Environmental improvisation: Little Hellfire Beach: pt1

the tide gave me just over an hour to record in this 12m deep 6m hight cave.

Im playing pūtōrino tutu rakau and kōauau toroa and voice.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Mason Bay December...more instruments and photos


Purerehua rakau rata (made from beach find)

Recording setup in tidal access cave at Little Hellfire Beach

Recording setup at Duck Creek near the Homestead Woolshed

Recording dawn chorus outside Hill Homestead

Koauau rimurimu. This is the result of drying the stipe for 10 months.

Working in the Homestead workshop.

Mason Bay, Rakiura December 2011 - Update

I've completed my time at Mason Bay, Rakiura/Stewart Island and now Im busy editing sound recordings and tidying up loose ends.

Here are some of the instruments I made December 2011.

Putorino tutu rakau (kanohi (faces) based on pendant artifact found on Centre Island Fouveux Strait held in Otago Museum)

Panguru tutu rakau (with rata beater). Inspired by description in Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori : Beattie of southern instrument