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Auckland Sounds

Simple location recordings on a Tascam DR-40 of locations around Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland City.  I started these recordings in 2017 as part of my university study and now record in my spare time.

The purpose of these recordings are to :

  • deepen my connection with my city

  • spotlight hidden gems special spaces for locals

  • to archive a slice of life in Tāmaki right now

Check out @aucklandsounds on Instagram to see all recordings together.

Click 'Audio' on your chosen location to listen. Headphones are recommended.

Series One
Capstone Project Recordings

I studied a Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Music Production at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand from 2015 - 2017. For my capstone project in 2017 I recorded the sounds of various spaces around Auckland and artificially recreated those soundscapes in a 5.1 surround sound set-up. The choice of locations was dictated by a variation of geographical features and sounds, as well as a spread of locations across the city. These are the reference recordings of my project. Recorded in Autumn 2017.

Capstone Project Recordings :

1. Muriwai Beach

2. Auckland Botanic Gardens

3. Downtown Ferry Terminal

4. Cornwall Park

5. Arataki

6. Eastern Beach

7. Waiorea (Western Springs)

8. Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga Re-Claimed Shoreline)

*No Series*

Recordings :

1. Stanmore Bay

2. Waitākere Bush

3. Coxs Bay

From 2017 to 2020 I worked at a recording studio and didn't have much time for other recording in my life. These are some sporadic recordings I did over this time.

Series Two
Waitematā : Behind the Bridge

In 2020 after lockdown I decided to get back into my location recordings. This time coincided with my moving to Grey Lynn, deciding to go freelance in my work, and a blossoming relationship in which we shared a love of exploring new places around the city. My family has lived in west Auckland for 170 years. Some of my ancestors spent their time on the Manukau Harbour and some spent their time around the Waitematā Harbour. I wanted to explore the shoreline of the Waitematā Harbour on the inside of Auckland's Harbour Bridge to deepen my connection with the area, and spotlight the little beaches, in-lets, and recreation areas that are highly valued by locals but otherwise go unnoticed by the wider city population.

Waitematā : Behind the Bridge Recordings :

1. Sentinel Bay

2. Eric Armishaw Reserve

3. Archibald Park

4. Rotary Reserve

5. Orangihina Harbourview Park

6. Taitapu Park

7. Moire Park

8. Hobsonville Point

9. Herald Island

10. Waimarie Beach

11. Riverhead Tavern

12. Manuka Reserve

13. Shepherds Park

14. Charcoal Bay

15. Kauri Point Centennial Park

16. Chelsea Sugar Factory

17. Little Shoal Bay

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