Now, please give a warm welcome to London based New Zealander Matt Oliver with ‘In the woods’.
Except for the tui all the bird song came from the DOC website. Everything else is composed or sampled by Shane. There is a track of cicadas and wood hammering noises heard and recorded from his mum and dad’s place in Auckland – the definitive sounds of New Zealand perhaps?!
Joey (aka Absalom) drew inspiration from the sound of desperation in the kakapo call. He gives us some pretty heavy, low key dubstep using bird song from the DOC website. So, without further ado, let’s get into ‘King Kakapo and the Waipoua Posse’!
“Well, hellfire, save matches, love a kakapo and see what hatches!”
And all the way from sunny Nelson, please put your hands together for Liiiiiiaaaaaam Rryaaaan with ‘Moimoia’, remixing the sweet, sweet sounds of New Zealand’s only surviving native owl, the morepork/ruru.
“Love when you break into your morepork/ruru what-it-is-ness.”
“From my melodic sensibility, it was really delicious.”
Finally, to finish off this perfect page of performances, let’s hear it for another Liam. Heeeere’s Liam White, with ‘Sirocco’s theme’. And, with a title like that, there is nothing, nothing, more to say. Take it away Liam!
“It’s a work of art, a thing of beauty… and I will finish that off with a double helping of ooh-yeah.”
“You slammed it.”
The unique melodies of the tui proved to be popular with our remix artists
So, there you have it folks. Your top five!
Both Simon Owl and my good kakapo self were completely blown away by all the entries. People have done amazing things in a very short time. And we weren’t only impressed because so many people featured the morepork and kakapo!
We’ve got something special here folks. Our birds, our music, our identity – be proud.
You’ll be able to check out all 14 entries after the winner is announced on Monday 20 June but, right now, you need to vote for your favourite!