This special edition of Sound Spaces coincides with the official opening of Life inside an Image.

Using modern loop technology and traditional Maori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell and wood, Rob Thorne creates a transcendent aural experience that touches the soul with timeless beauty.

Rob Thorne (of Ngati Tumutumu) is a Māori musician and anthropologist from Palmerston North, New Zealand, with nearly thirty years’ experience in alternative rock, free noise, experimental bands and improvisational sound art. Since 2001, he has brought his diverse experience to working with traditional Māori musical instruments (taonga pūoro). His debut album ‘Whäia te Märamatanga’ (Rattle Records, 2014) is a deeply felt and highly concentrated conversation between the past and the present – a musical passage of identity and connection.


Monash University Museum of Art

Presented by MUMA and Liquid Architecture

Sound Spaces

Organised by Francis E. Parker

Sound Spaces is a performance series of experimental and improvised music that embraces the growing overlap between visual art and sound art. Sound Spaces opens up MUMA’s artistic program to ephemeral presentations by Australian and international artists and musicians, encompassing both acoustic performance and electronics.

IMAGE | Jo Loughrey-Berry