“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“
A period when I travelled, took up the banjo, and branched out further, into video-making and ethnomusicology. From 2005 to 2014 I mostly lived overseas, first in Melbourne, Australia, then Busan, South Korea, then Okinawa, Japan, and reinvented myself once again as Dave Black.
I use my alter ego Dave Black (my mother’s maiden name) for my harder-to-categorise non-linear outward-focussed projects since 2005. These incorporate field recordings and world music influences, and include albums such as After Maths & Sciences, South Island Sessions, First Time Around: East Asia, ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes, and Ngumbang.
It started in 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
& then I moved to Melbourne, Australia
“There are New Zealand artists working in this medium (Montano, Seht, Audible 3) combining concrete poetry, field recordings, found-sounds and electro-acoustic manipulations to sit as aural wallpaper, but Dave Black’s debut release (and a re-birth, if you like, for David Edwards) is an actual document – 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
2009 – 2010
Said さよなら to Wellington again and moved to Okinawa, Japan
Returned home for a flying visit
& then moved to Australia for a second time, this time to Western Australia