“This is something that he has to do, that he will do, come fame or oblivion” –Chris Knox
“Experimental and avant-garde…. This will challenge your perceptions of what constitutes music and open the mind to new possibilities of sounds that surround us – muzic.net.nz“
I said goodbye to Wellington, with
“The 50-minute piece of music, broken down into six movements, was performed live over a few nights for the Fringe Festival in 2005; the group taking out the Best Music Award.
“It was stunning. Discordant guitars were choked, drums clattered and crashed, voices mingled with percussion and keyboards – but this form of free-improvisation had a structure to it. It had movement, it had a plan. It was a great beast of a song that writhed and wriggled and often managed to run downhill, away from the players – in the best possible way.
“Here, the show has been recorded onto a CD for posterity – and it begs discovery. It’s an intense listen – but that’s to be expected from a group of players who took their name from one of John Coltrane’s toughest listening albums.” – Simon Sweetman
…but by then I’d had enough of Wellington, and moved across the ditch, to Melbourne, Australia. The result was
After Maths & Sciences (2005/06)
“Dave Black’s debut release (and a re-birth, if you like, for David Edwards) is as much a post-modern piece of Performance Journalism as it is a static batch of “songs” or tracks, After Maths & Sciences is a pleasing challenge of an album. It lives up to the cliché of presenting something new with each listen,”– Simon Sweetman
This was still before social media or music streaming sites, so again I self-released it on CDR… one of the last albums in that format before it became obsolete.
Returning to NZ I spent a year in Nelson, in the South Island , and studied at the Nelson School of Music (finally learning some ‘conventional’ technique).
…by this point I was 26, had played in an award-winning 18-piece punk symphony and as an international artist at the Liquid Architecture festival in Brisbane, yet could barely play a basic tune by ear).
I played in gigs down the West Coast and in Lyttelton, and at the Lines of Flight festival in Dunedin.
I next spent a year in in Busan, South Korea, teaching English as a second language (to fund my travels), and making pieces from field recordings
2007/08 – First Time Around: East Asia
Russia & Eastern Europe
2009 – 2010
I spent the next couple of years back in Wellington. The capital’s experimental music scene revolved around the venue Fred’s (a precursor to the Pyramid Club)
…but i still had itchy feet, so said さよなら to Wellington again and moved to Okinawa, Japan.
to spend a year teaching English on the JET programme.
I lived in Okinawa,
In July I returned to Wellington for a flying visit