2012, after leaving Japan, I moved to Australia for the second time – this time to for a couple of years… Western Australia
is a lost album – recorded in Perth WA, 2012-2014 – unreleased at the time. in a wildflower state
The music here is rustic, reflecting the vast ancient arid landscape, overlaid with touches of Nyoongar and bogan sounds. It also includes appearances by
Nat da Hatt, Cylvi M, and Renato Salvador.
Known as the Wildflower State, Western Australia covers an enormous area – the size of India, but with a population of under three million. Metaphorically, to be a ‘wildflower’ can also mean a wandering spirit or traveller (such as a kiwi expat on an OE).
“in a wildflower state (Western Australia, 2013)”
Happy new year – here’s our first new music release of 2023 – available for download or limited-edition cassette, courtesy of
Antony Milton‘s Smalltown Electron label:
The first physical format release from
Masterton trio The Troubled Times (and the debut release for Small Town Electron as a label) is a loud and noisy nocturnal romp through the hills and onto the gravel back roads of one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s least visited regions.
The Troubled Times discography
Continue reading “The Troubled Times: Hill Road in Winter”
fiffdimension vol4, summing up the last few years’ work here:
2022’s been a productive year here… we’ve produced a (mostly)
solo instrumental album;
two albums by
the Troubled Times – collaboration with Antony Milton now a trio with David Heath on drums;
recordings with my nephews Hans and Rhys Landon-Lane towards the
project (words written by our ancestor); Poems & Lyrics by John Collie
a multimedia spoken word + improvised music collaboration with the painter
fiffdimension compilation vol 4
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/gleefully-unknown-1997-2005 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/fame-oblivion-2005-2012 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/other-islands-2012-2018
águas brilhantes (or ‘glistening waters’ in English) is the Portuguese translation of
Wairarapa, the Māori name of the region where I’ve lived the last few years.
My ancestors arrived here in the
19th century – one was a Scottish poet, another a stowaway from the Azores islands.
New and revisited texts and collaborations here include my ancestors and younger relatives, friends in Fiji, a painter in Otago, the curator of PseudoArcana, and the family dog.
Continue reading “águas brilhantes: 2018-2022”
released August 13, 2022
Antony Milton – electric guitar, banjo (6), drums & keyboard (7)
Dave Edwards – electric guitar (1,3,5), acoustic guitar (2,6,7), bass (4), aluminium ladder (7)
David Heath – drums
Masterton, New Zealand
Recorded in Antony’s garage,
17th July + 7th August 2022
Photo by Sara Rogers
Further listening: Antony and Dave also collaborated on
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-sun-2021 and layyourburdensdown.bandcamp.com/album/-
For this EP The Troubled Times is
and Dave Edwards Antony Milton. Raw loud Improvised pluck and drone recorded in the between Covid lockdowns. credits
released June 26,
Recorded on a windy rainy Sunday in Antony’s garage in
Masterton. Guitar/Bass – Dave Edwards Guitar/Keyboard/Vocs – Antony Milton.
For the first full length release from this duo, which pre-dates the name ‘The Troubled Times’ please visit
– drums, percussion Simon Sweetman
– guitars, cello (2-5), clarinet (7,11,14), charango (7,10) Mike Kingston
– guitars, vocal (3), harmonica (4,7,9), banjo (7), ukulele (7,9,11), saxophone (10,14), piano (10), bass (12,13), electronics (6,8,13) Dave Edwards
Wellington, New Zealand, free improv music trio, formed on winter solstice day June 2003.
An archive compilation,
Continue reading “The Winter: 2003-2015”
– words, voice, paintings & drawings, bell drum James Robinson
– electric guitar, bass, loop pedal Dave Black
James Robinson is a mid career contemporary New Zealand mixed media artist, exhibiting widely since 1989 – www.jamesrobinson.nz
fiffdimension is music and multimedia by Dave Edwards (aka Dave Black) and collaborators, since 1998 – www.fiffdimension.com ‐‐——-
James won 2007 paramount prize in the wallace award for
” Taniwaha dragon mother ( spirit bones)” Read more
: w/ James Robinson – Negentropic Diatribes
‘… a great big flatulent belch of fresh air amongst all the tight-sphinctered, deodorised boys and girls of the accepted national art world….. off-kilter and threatening but always sumptuously, gloriously beautiful.’
– Chris Knox. Continue reading “w/ James Robinson – Negentropic Diatribes”
Featherston, NZ – early 2022 – spontaneous compositions, two wet weekends in a row.
A sequel to
Spastic Rhythms vol 1 (2021)
– a series of ‘quickfire’ DIY solo albums created in a couple of days each.
This one features interspecies guest collaboration with Oscar the huntaway.
released February 13, 2022
– guitars, bass, banjo (2), clarinet (6), sanshin (10), loop pedal, e-drum Dave Black
Oscar – vocal
Oscar and Dave