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The music of sound, the magic of place

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10 December 2013

The music of sound, the magic of place

Artist Tim Prebble has been on a mission over the last six weeks. The Auckland Council’s regional parks artist in residence has been out in the Waitakere wilds at all hours of the day and night, capturing the calls of the kokako, tui and morepork.

These recordings have been central to the ‘Bird Song Preludes’, one of his residency projects, a suite of new compositions to distil and embellish beautiful natural sounds into music.

Although primarily working as a sound recordist and designer, Tim is also a musician and composer and a talented photographer and film-maker. During his residency Tim has taken over 25,000 photos and, with the help of time lapse technology, has revealed the spectacle of the tide emptying and re-filling Huia Bay.

To see and hear a collection of Tim’s residency work (in progress) come to a free screening at historic Huia Lodge (1334 Huia Road) on Sunday 15 December at 5pm.

The regional parks residency encourages artists to share the new work they generate. This event is an opportunity for Aucklanders to see and hear what Tim has been working on while living in the Waitakere Ranges.

Being park based and working deep in the forest has necessitated some adaptions to Tim’s usual recording kit. He has lightened his load and adapted to the rainforest conditions with some ingenious weather proofing devices for his precious equipment.

Based in a cottage on the shores of the Manukau Harbour has also motivated Tim to do a series of park-inspired blog posts at www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog.

This year’s other artist in residence, photographer and film maker Denise Bachelor, has also been venturing beyond her normal neighbourhood. Denise is based in the Anawhata area of the Waitakere Ranges and has captured some mesmerising moments of Waitakere wildlife on film. Her work will be displayed in the park in the new year.

The Auckland regional parks residency enables selected artists a chance to live and work in a park for eight weeks. The artists create new park-related work and share back their residency preoccupations and perspectives with park visitors and the public.

Applications for the 2014 Auckland regional parks Artist in Residence programme are open until 15 February 2014. For more information phone Auckland Council on 09 365 3189 or go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/arts.


Tim Prebble residency event
• Sunday 15 December 2013, 5pm
• Huia Lodge, 1334 Huia Road, Little Huia
• Free public screening of 10 short films – a distillation of thousands of photographs and hundreds of hours of field recordings taken during his residency.
• Work in progress presentation of ‘Bird Song Preludes’ – compositions ‘threaded’ by the calls of the kokako, tui and morepork.

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