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Peter Hobbs & Horomona Horo | Oro — downloadable MP3 ALBUM

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Peter Hobbs & Horomona Horo | Oro — downloadable MP3 ALBUM

Audio/visual Publication year: 2021



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This album was recorded during a live performance of the collaborative dance work Oro at TAPAC, April 2021

Peter Hobbs | modular synthesiser
Horomona Horo | ngā taonga pūoro

Oro: to resound, echo, resonate

Oro is an intimate art installation performance work, a reflective collaborative exploration into the Maramataka Māori inspired by Tohu Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Moss Te Ururangi Patterson’s discussions with kaumatua about the Maori calendar. Oro aligns knowledge of lunar phases with choreography, architectural staging, visuals and live musical composition. Through this collaborative understanding, Peter and Horomona improvised (and recorded) the music on this album live in performance to create a compelling combination of traditional organic and synthetic instruments in a powerful, quadraphonic experiential setting.

The moon’s influence on us all is represented musically by the theme of tidal ebb and flow and the sounds of waves. Lunar gravity along with the celestial dance of our earth, moon and sun create the rhythmic ebb and flow of tides and also create subtle changes of energy around us - both of which are explored musically. This performance also uses wave recordings to provide subtle tonal changes, manipulating and modulating the modular synthesiser as Peter and Horomona weave their sounds into an emotive otherworldly experience.

Click below to hear audio samples, view scores, and download individual tracks:

  1. Te Aupikinga Maarama (Celestial Rise)
  2. Tiirama Mai Ra (Luminous Frequencies)
  3. Te Maarama Mataaho (Radiant Moon)
  4. Te Tuu Hiihiri (Dynamic Presence)
  5. Te Mata Kaiora (The Majestic Front)

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Rattle Records