"The ongo fakafa‘ahikehe (minor sound) of the fangufangu or nose-flute is played by MeleseiniHaitelenisia Fifita ‘O Lakepa Lolohea Fetu‘u Tuai, tā/ifi fangufangu nose-flutist, (recorded Tuesday 27July 2021). The first two kupu verses of a 25-verse long voyaging sung and danced poetry calledMe‘etu‘upaki.The first two kupu verses of the Me‘etu‘upaki are prayers to the gods of peau / ngalu waves (or tahi sea) Lulu, and matangi winds, Lātū for divine protection and favourable voyaging conditions. The remaining verses articulates the knowledge and skills of our ancestors to have traversed the great moana ocean from Kiribati and Tuvalu, through Futuna and ‘Uvea, Sāmoa and Fiji to Tonga where they celebrated their safe voyage with kava, singing, and dancing.'Navigation' pays homage to the daring and brave navigators of the moana. From the recorded sounds of the fangufangu Faletau extracts the audio wave spectrum which gives him a material to create kupesi from. This material ranges from frequencies of high, medium, and low."
An audio recording of Waitemata Harbour is used to generate visual kupesi (Tongan patterns).
A song commemorating survivors of the 1962 Tuaikaepau shipwreck is rendered visually as a vivid kupesi (Tongan patterns).
Visual kupesi (Tongan patterns) are created and move in response to a Tongan choir.
Recorded sound from Auckland's CBD is transformed into kupesi (pattern).
Sound is not static, it moves in waves and into the flickering, morphing kupesi patterns of Sione Faletau's work.