The Sound of Identity Interpreting the Multi-dimensionality of Wāhine Māori Through Audio Portraiture
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This PhD study interpreted and represented the multidimensionality of wāhine Māori (Māori women) through audio-portraiture. In so doing, it demonstrated how the physically accountable (recollection, opinion, environmental sound and music) might be merged with the esoteric [wairua (spirit) and mauri (life-force)], to create resonant, communicable, sonic depictions of identity. The three portraits in the study disrupted a largely visual concept of portraiture that was imported into Aotearoa/New Zealand during the process of colonisation. The work demonstrated how a sound designer can utilise emerging, 360-immersive and binaural sound-capture technologies in the creation of portraits that communicate unique renegotiations of space and time.