Clark wanted to experiment with materials and shapes to create fun, light-hearted objects. To make the drums, he carefully cut a chimney flue to exploit the differences in diameter, length and shape. This resulted in a
variety of tones. These drums keep the memory of the house alive and create something new: music.
The cajón is a six-sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originating from Peru. It’s played by slapping the front or rear faces with hands, fingers or drumsticks. This cajón was constructed entirely from cedar plywood and features a tap motif in reference to the practical value of the reused material.
Tim was inspired by a teacher who fashioned musical instruments from discarded sections of PVC pipe. This
experimental trombone incorporates a variety of unique materials, including rimu ply which forms the basic
instrument. It is accentuated with copper piping, copper wiring and PVC pipe.
The pōrutu is a flute from the family of Raukatauri (who is the goddess of music) and is similar to a kōauau (a small flute), only longer. The flute can be overblown, lifting its pitch and
giving it a second register. The three finger holes are represented as Māui Mua (Māui the Firstborn), Māui Roto
(Māui of the Inside) and Māui Taha (Māui of the Side).
Porotiti are played by alternately pulling and relaxing the two cords. By blowing gently on its vanes, the instrument sings its own songs. New rhythms can be created by
varying your breath. Traditional uses included clearing sinuses and using vibrations to ease the pain of arthritis.