Te Whaiao: Te Hu Te Whe Remixed
The work of Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne has been crucial for New Zealanders, a way of understanding the traditional Maori instruments (Taonga Puoro). Te Hu Te Whe was recorded in two days in 1994 – but in 2006 the pieces were remixed by an impressive cast of composers, producers and performers.
Rhian Sheehan, Warren Maxwell, Lee Prebble, Pitch Black, The Nomad, SJD, Salmonella Dub, Victoria Kelly, James Duncan and Sola Rosa are among those featured, all charged with the task of reworking, embellishing, the original pieces.
The treatments and textures elongate the soundscapes and atmospheres; stretching the pulse without ever being disrespectful to the intentions of the original works; to this day Nunns and Melbourne’s original album and this set of remixes are classic Kiwi albums.