Making music with household items

Last updated 14:06 08/01/2013
Christine White

Sonic sampler: Christine White promises an evening of ''sonic wonder'' in Paekakariki next week.

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Oven trays, wine racks and a bucket of water act as instruments during Kapiti musician Christine White's live performances.

In an upcoming concert in Paekakariki the solo artist will add an array of unusual sounds to the more traditional guitar, drums and vocals, creating a crossover between  melodic songs and improvised sound art.

Among her homemade instruments, White uses a Black and Decker workbench with a contact microphone attached to amplify small sounds and vibrations, so anything metal can be played on top of it using a cello bow.

''These amplified sounds are then warped, composed and arranged with a variety of pedals and software,'' she said, adding ''the results can be anything from haunting and ethereal to roaring and industrial.''

White also uses a cello bow on oven racks, and creates water sounds by placing a hydrophone in a bucket of water.

A looping station allows her to play tracks over the top of each other, creating the whole sound herself, which involves her jumping around the stage, she said.

A laptop of pre-recorded sounds adds to the performance, which White describes as ''kind of fun and kind of like jumping out of an aeroplane''.

Her shows involve audience participation, with people making up lyrics as part of the improvisation.

White has performed extensively nationwide, and as support to international acts such as Ani di Franco and Suzanne Vega. She also teamed up with Kapiti poet/musician Hinemoana Baker in duo Taniwha for WOMAD in 2009.

Originally from Auckland, White is now based in Kapiti, where she composes and works as a mobile music teacher.

In 2010, she studied sonic art at the New Zealand School of Music, moving from a singer-songwriter style towards experimenting with new sounds and junk instruments.

White will perform at St Peter's Hall in Paekakariki on Friday, January 18, at 7pm, a gig she says will be ''a bungy jump in sound.''

- Tickets, $10, from Paekakariki fruit and vegetable shop or email Door sales $15, children koha.


Sonic sampler: Christine White promises an evening of ''sonic wonder'' in Paekakariki next week.
By Sadie Beckman

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