Sound Design and Music Production

Maree Sheehan Composition Showreel 2023

Maree Sheehan composition showreel 2023

BEST DESIGNER AWARDS 2022 – GOLD – Sound design and composition

Toi Tu Toi Ora short film with Chelsea Winstanley, the Oscar nominated producer of Jojo Rabbit and What We Do In The Shadows. Māori Academy Award nominated filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui) launched an immersive video she directed, entirely shot on an iPhone 12 Pro Max. The video, narrated by Taika Waititi with music composed by Maree Sheehan, marks the momentous opening of the Māori contemporary art exhibition.

The piece was released before Winstanley’s feature documentary on Toi Tū Toi Ora, the landmark exhibition of contemporary Māori art that opened this weekend at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s exhibition, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art; the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Māori art to be presented in New Zealand in recent history.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has congratulated Māori filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley on her new work, which she shot entirely using an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

“It’s incredible to see art, creativity and technology come together in celebration of a new exhibit honouring Aotearoa New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people and culture,” Cook tweeted.

Toi Tu Toi Ora video promotion

Maree Sheehan
I recently composing the sound design and music for the Hokioi/Wōhali project with Ōkareka dance company and Exhale Dance Tribe (USA) which premiered at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, New Zealand 2020.

Hōkioi me te Vwōhali – Where Eagle Spirits Land, 2020

Hokioi me wohali

Pluck – BEST New Zealand Short -DocEdge, 2020 – Directed by Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick. Sound design and music by Maree Sheehan

Plucked promo

WestWorld HBO Scoring Competition
Westworld score compeition

This competition was part of the collaboration between Spitfire Audio (UK) and HBO WestWorld. Composers were send only the visuals and some foley and asked to sound design this action sequence. Please watch here.

Other Projects
Aside from this particular work I am collaborating as sound designer with Tatiana Tavares a Brazilian artist on her PhD project and previously worked in sound design with Master’s student Robert Pouwhare.
He iti te manu he nui te kōrero – The bird is small – the story is epic

My focus and passion lies in sound design and music for various media, writing and producing with others and for other artists. Recently, I have collaborated with NIWA (National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research), Temp, AUT and F4 on the Ō Tu Kapua project as sound designer and in the Taipei artist in residence project in 2017. I am currently working on sound design with F4 artist collective for the 2019 International photographic exhibition in association with PAH Homestead, The Wallace Trust and the Auckland Museum.

F4 Art Collective:

I have been writing and composing music and songs for over twenty years. My career as an artist started in the 1990s having had several commercial singles and albums released. Within this time, I was nominated at the New Zealand Music awards for most promising vocalist and best Māori waiata (song). I was also awarded the ‘Whangai’ award for contribution to rangatahi (youth) in music, having mentored Nesian Mystik. My songs have appeared in films such as ‘Once were warriors’ and ‘Broken English’. I also love to write for film, television and other artistic projects. Recently, I have been co-writing and producing with a variety of other women singer/ songwriters such as Raźe, Ella Longname as well as Seth Haapu and Valance Smith. Also, I have been invited by Jason Blume to participate at the Kauaii music festival and the Nashville Songposium in the last few years, which has produced other collaborations. This year in 2018, I am working on writing and collaborating with other singers and songwriters with the intention of recording and pitching to domestic and international publishers.

Maree Sheehan:


Original song ‘Kia tu mahea’ song on ‘Once Were Warriors’ film

Original song ‘You Can’t Hide Love’ on ‘Broken English’ film

Official Westpac Waiata – Composed by Maree Sheehan and Mata Ruki-Sheehan

Co writer and producer for ‘LOVE’ new single ‘Bubblegum’

Composer for Kiwa Media, Te Taura Whiri Maori language commission. Graphic novels, animated comics for ibooks. Papaptuanuku, Mahuika, Hine nui te po, Hine ahu one

Composer for television titles and music ‘Aunty Moves In’ -Topshelf Porductions New Zealand