Musician makes song from chocolate factory noise

Last updated 16:47 11/02/2013
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Sweet sounds: Kapiti musician Christine White, left, has composed a sound installation with Jason Wright, to be presented at Nyco Chocolates.

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Kapiti sonic artist Christine White has taken her love of chocolate to another level.

She has teamed with artist Jason Wright and composed a 20 minute work using sounds recorded at Nyco Chocolates in Raumati.

The work will be played at the chocolate factory for visitors to hear from February 23, as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival opening this week.

White was first introduced to the chocolate factory while studying sonic art through the New Zealand School of Music in 2009.

For one project she recorded sounds from the factory's machines and staff to create a composition, and she has used several of the original recordings to create her new work with Wright. "People who eat chocolate and who go into the shop, they don't get to hear what goes into the making of it," she said.

Audiences will get a behind- the-scenes experience as they hear the "whirr" of fridges and stirring blades, White said.

They will also be able to taste the results of the machines' work, with chocolate available to sample and buy.

"The machines kind of have personalities in that they were given names and the workers know them really well and know what they sound like. They're almost like part of the working life of the factory, so I just wanted people to have a chance to hear them as well, and to hear the music that we sort of composed for them."

When Bertha Sings, February 23 to March 3 excluding March 1, 12 till 2pm, Nyco Chocolates, on the corner of State Highway 1 and Raumati Rd, entry by koha.

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- Kapiti Observer


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