John Cousins & University of the Waves


Manfred Waffender | Germany | 2018 | 76:00
German with English Subtitles


Portrait of a musician: sonic artist John Cousins, born in 1944 in Wellington, New Zealand. His credo he takes from a poem by Pablo Neruda: I need the sea because it teaches me. I don’t know if I learn music or awareness…The fact is that until I fall asleep, in some magnetic way I move in the University of the waves. John Cousins presents his multi channel works exclusively in his own studio in Christchurch – to a single listener at a time. As source material for his compositions, he uses field recordings, interviews, and his own voice. The film was shot in different locations in New Zealand, chiefly around the Paturau River Mouth on the Northwest coast of the South Island. It is presented in a 5.1 surround sound mix.

John Cousins
Colleen Anstey

Manfred Waffender

Manfred Waffender