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Sounding Nudgee (2008)
Clocked Out Duo with Richard Nunns


Richard Nunns is a living authority on nga taonga puoro (Maori traditional musical instruments). He has been described as one of New Zealand's most remarkable musicians. His thorough and sensitive research has provided a wealth of information around the sounds, history and stories of these taonga, ensuring their preservation for future generations.

For one week in July 2008, Richard Nunns and Clocked Out Duo collaborated on a series of site-specific recordings in and around Brisbane. Using traditional Maori instruments, toys, and natural materials, the trio responded to the soundscapes of Mt. Nebo forest, Nudgee Beach estuary, and a marsh at Coombabah in Gold Coast, striving to blend their improvisations with the sounds of the natural environment. During Nunns' residency the group also performed at Liquid Architecture Festival and recorded at Queensland Conservatorium, combining the traditional instruments with prepared piano and percussion.

"Richard Nunns' assortment of Maori instrumentation ranges from the urgently percussive to fluidly lyrical, while the prepared piano of Erik Griswold flows through an unquantifiable range of timbres and textures throughout the performance. Combined with versatile percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, the trio provide a clattering, egalitarian cacophony that is as adventurous and whimsical as it is quietly ominous." - Matt O'Neill, Time Off, 9 July 2008

Who:Musicians Richard Nunns, Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson Photos Sharka Bosakova.
What: Collaboration & site-specific recordings with Richard Nunns
When & Where:
5 July 2008 @ Liquid Architecture 9 (Brisbane Powerhouse)
7-11 July 2008 site-specific recordings
@ Mt. Nebo, Nudgee Beach, and Coombabah.

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Go to Richard Nunns' Website

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