Tuesday, July 12, 2011



Over 1000 photos of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand









We just spent two lovely months on Aotea, or Great Barrier Island as the “pakeha” call her, which is located approximately 90 kms east of Auckland, New Zealand. Thanks in large part to our great friends John and Peggy-anne Garlick, we have been able to spend some very high quality time there in recent years, being able to live very close to the edge of the sea, in close contact with nature, in an environment that is relatively undisrupted by development and the intrusion of commerce and industry. For a while now we’ve been wanting to make a film about Great Barrier, and we wanted to make the film there; we weren’t able to access our library of mini-dv tapes while we were there, so we came up with the idea of making a “slide-show” of our still photos, on a dvd that could be viewed as a movie.

On our films we’ve always used original music I did with friends, but for this project we compiled a sound-track consisting of selected tracks from artists whose music we like and that fit with the spirit of what this project is all about: loving Mother Earth, appreciating her beauty and the fragility of life as we know her. The name “Gaiotea” is a synthesis of Gaia, the ancient Greek name for the Earth, and Aotea, the ancient Maori name for Great Barrier, meaning “white cloud.” We chose over 1000 still photos, both film and digital, for this presentation. We hope you enjoy the awesome beauty of this magical place, truly a gem in the crown of New Zealand’s real “clean and green” natural heritage. Many thanks to the various musical artists whose songs we’ve included in our sound-track; we are in the process of contacting each of these people, not only to request their permission for using their material, but mainly to share a copy of the project with them.



“Four Pillars” Tuu Mesh

“Wilderness Lost” Dan Gibson's Solitudes Harmony

“Freedom at Sea” Dan Gibson's Solitudes Harmony

“Tree Spirit” Dean Evenson &Tom Barabas Wind Dancer

“Day Sky, Night Sky” R. Carlos Nakai & Peter Kater Water

“Clouds” Dean Evenson & Tom Barabas Wind Dancer

“Laughing Waters” Deuter Mystery of Light

“Between Worlds” Erik Wøllo & Deborah Martin Between Worlds

“Brazilian Love” Deuter Ecstasy

“Silent Nostalgia” Erik Wøllo Blue Sky, Red Guitars

“Coyita” Gustavo Santaolalla Ronroco

“Cumbres Andinas” Inkuyo Window to The Andes

“Desert Wind” Alice Gomez with Madalyn Blanchett & Marilyn Rife
While The Eagle Sleeps

“Raven Dance” Scott August Lost Canyons

“River On” Dean Evenson & Soundlings Ensemble Eagle River

“Grandfather's Song” Bamboo Cedar Oak Song of Our Grandfathers

“East Wind Awaken” David & Steve Gordon Shaman's Vision Journey

“Last Wild River” R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman
Feather, Stone & Light

“Afternoon at Uluru”
R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman,
Feather, Stone & Light

R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman,
Dancing into Silence

“A Breath of Peace”
R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman,
Dancing into Silence

“Memory's Children”
R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman,
Dancing into Silence

“Rain” Burning Sky Creation

“Calling the Sun” Scott August Lost Canyons

“White” Deuter Earth Blue

“Drifting Petals” Ralph Towner SolsticeNOTE: As time and conditions permit, we will re-release this slide-show with all-original music; for now, each of these musical artists has some very nice music to check out. Also, we can supply high-resolution prints of any of these Great Barrier Island photos, on paper or canvas...just contact us on email.

JULY 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011




Greetings! It's been about six months since we finished our third film. We've given away and posted hundreds of dvd's so far, and after a lot of good work by our friend Douglas Webster and the guys at Photon.net, "Te Waiwaia" is now up for viewing from our www.dolphinmatrix.com/Jeff site; if you go to the main page, the link is right below the title.

Douglas went to extra effort to make it look and sound really good, much better than it would on youtube. As well, it's all in one piece. The audio is full .AIFF, which sounds fantastic.

I'll offer a note of explanation on the surprise "tourist attack" sequence in the middle of the film. We thought it was pretty clear what was happening and why we put this in there, but some people don't get it. To get to that water-fall at Lily Ponds in Nitmiluk, we had walked about 15 kms in extremely hot weather. It was fairly gruelling. We'd just had about an hour of silence and solitude alone there, and we were putting our clothes back on after a nice swim, when all of a sudden the crows started making a sound as if they were very annoyed. Then out of nowhere dozens...but it seemed like hundreds...of tourists came marching in on us, just like a herd of cows that had been let out. The truly weird thing was that it literally seemed as if we were invisible to them. They almost stepped on us! This one fat lady came and stood right with her ass in my face as if I weren't even there. I stood up and pointed my video camera at her. In the film you can hear her slowed-down moan "You right?" We were astonished not to mention disturbed by all this.

We saw that they had come off of two tourist tour boats that had landed a hundred meters or so behind us. They'd struggled to walk 100 meters and we'd walked 15 kilometers.

These people all had gray auras and seemed quite zombie-like and spiritually alseep or even dead. They also seemed extremely bovine as they just followed the tour leader to their "pasture", grazed a bit on a view or two, then returned to their stock vessel.

We left immediately upon their invasion, to get back into the dream-time vibration from which we'd been rudely disrupted.

The helicopter footage was shot literally from sitting in front of our tent at the caravan park in Litchfield National Park. They were that close to us. Two choppers landed, let out a family or so of "Americans", and they drove off in 4wd vehicles. About two hours later, they all returned, took off, and disappeared over the horizon.

This sequence in the film is our commentary on "industrial tourism" and the extremely negative effect it's having on the possibility of having a positive wilderness experience in many areas throughout Australia and New Zealand.

We will continue to make documentary films about our travels and about real-world issues, but this film is more in the direction that we'd like to go in terms of being purely artistic and conceptual.

Thanks again to Peter Cholmondeley for giving us a place to work, to Ian McAllister for musical wizardry, to David Daly for electronic wizardry, and to Mother Earth and the Great Spirit for a beautiful...and fragile...planet.

Jeff Phillips
Christchurch NZ