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Kia ora and welcome to 2024! I hope you’re finding some calm in the chaos.

I’m keeping up my full moon ‘soft releases’ (streaming only here for now) with this short one – currently called Earth (a companion piece to Unearth). 

It’s another piano & strings piece, this time with clarinet, flute and oboe. Thanks for listening!

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Btw the photo is from an early morning near the Huka-Aratiatia Dam, Taupō – with altered hues possibly influenced by the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci (coz I’m currently reading his biography!).

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Avant-folk artist Seth Frightening is back with his first single in over six years, titled Hetero-Blud (Doom from the Womb). Listen here, read on & support the artist if you can!

“Wrote it in bed and recorded it underneath the bed in Aotearoa.. Eventually glued it together again with a piano by a mattress on the floor in Berlin.. Finally finished it watching the pigs trot by my house on horses in South London.”

Stay tuned for more in 2024!

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Go Along With It is the third single from Kirikiriroa-based Nicholas Joseph, the last to be released from an EP out in 2024.

Showcasing a different side of his music than previous singles ‘Not Yours’ and ‘Sleigh Bells’, Go Along With It sees Joseph flirt with RnB vocal stylings over dark jazzy piano chords and a syncopated beat.

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Dream Chambers with Chatterbird Ensemble

Photo by Nathan Zucker.

Jess aka Dream Chambers is currently in Nashville, USA, where she recently collaborated with the Chatterbird ensemble to perform orchestral augmentations of her synth-led songs – with clarinet, harp, viola, cello, flute and violin arranged by Sonya Waters.

Jess and Sonya spoke with Music City Review about their creative process here:

And you can read more on the Nashville Scene site.

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The months are flying by! Another full moon, another piece of music into the world (or at least into this lil corner of cyberspace).

It’s rare for me to write music just for traditional instruments these days, but here’s one for piano and string quintet.

The sounds heard here are ‘virtual’ instruments, however – programmed on a computer. It was largely an exercise in music production and orchestration. I tried to get it to sound half-way human but there’s only so much one can do…

This one's called Unearth:


Thanks for listening! Talk soon xo

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My life has lined up pretty well with the lunar cycle this year – I just got back from my trip to Europe with the MAU company which began and ended with rākaunui (the full moon), as did The Haka Party Incident tour earlier in the year. I meant to do weekly updates here but of course I was too busy working and wandering! 

I'm back in Wellington now and have added another new track to this 'EP in progress' playlist. This one's called Machine Birth – a mix of electronic and organic elements that represents pretty well the musical direction I'm heading in:


Thanks for listening! Talk soon xo

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Thomas Arbor: New music and travel

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Luna (edit):

It’s been far too long since I let anyone hear my new music so I’m using this full moon as impetus to share this track, Luna (edit). You can only listen to it here for now:

I plan on adding a few more tracks to this playlist in the coming month. They’re quite a departure from my previous works (very short pieces, often based around piano and strings) but hopefully I don’t alienate my four ‘monthly listeners’ : )

Europe travel with MAU Company:

I'm very lucky to have scored some work doing sound for Lemi Ponifasio/ MAU's Jerusalem in Luxembourg and Rome this October! All going well, I aim to post a weekly tour-diary of sorts here alongside the previews of my new music (as above). Stay tuned! 

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