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Funky new mural greets visitors to OMAC SoundHouse

Funky new mural greets visitors to OMAC’s SoundHouse

John Biddle and
Greg Whaiapu with new mural at SoundHouse, Otara Music Art
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(L – R) Tutor John Biddle and Greg Whaiapu

New mural at
SoundHouse, Otara Music Art Centre
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John Biddle with
the new mural at SoundHouse, Otara Music Art
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Tutor John Biddle

Media Release
28 July 2006

Funky new mural greets visitors to OMAC’s SoundHouse

A funky music-inspired mural now greets visitors to SoundHouse, Otara Music Art Centre’s music and media technology studio.

Designed by Manukau artist Terry Klavenes, the hand-drawn mural adorns OMAC’s reception, leading up the stairway and through to the SoundHouse suite.

Silhouette images of sound waves, break-out dancers, musicians and inspiring quotes reflecting the power and passion of music, cannot help but inspire Manukau’s budding musicians says OMAC’s Manager Greg Whaiapu.

“Wow, the new mural is a blast. Terry has helped create an inspiring, cool environment which we can’t wait to share with the community.”

Greg invites all Manukau’s students and musicians to check out the mural and state-of-the-art SoundHouse computer suite for themselves.

SoundHouse is a new Manukau City Council facility, located in the heart of Otara Town Centre, offering classes in music and media technologies in a purpose-built computer suite.


Notes to media:

- SoundHouse sessions are offered to groups (minimum 10, maximum of 30 students)

- There are four levels of learning for youth aged 8 years to 17 years of age.- Sessions are also available for adults. Give OMAC a call to register your interest about class fees and times.

- Located in Otara Town Centre, it is one of only two SoundHouse™ facilities in New Zealand, and 60 facilities in operation worldwide

Our SoundHouse™ Tutor - John Biddle

John Biddle (Tainui, Tuhoe) is an experienced computer technician and multi-talented musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and brass. Passionate about music, he has played in various bands in the Waikato.

John is fluent in te reo Maori. His role at SoundHouse™ computer suite allows him to combine his expertise in music and computer technology. Having recently completed a special training programme at the Capital E! SoundHouse™ facility in Wellington, he is looking forward to passing on his skills and knowledge to new students at OMAC.


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