First Time Around: East Asia

This is an album of sound recordings, made in six different countries, edited into sonic short stories and soundscapes –

East Asia

following a year and a half living in

South Korea 대한민국,

we travelled to

Japan 日本

China 中国

Thailand ประเทศไทย

Vietnam Việt Nam

Mongolia Монгол улс

Dave Black – field recordings, laptop, gayageum loops, clarinet, acoustic bass, guay, readings

Cylvi Manthyng – tangso, shakuhachi, golden egg, singing bowl, readings & rubbings

First time around [South Korea]

Numerous musicians – impossible to credit everyone, but thank you for opening our ears & minds to Asian sounds and allowing us to pass safely through your lands. Our world has been much larger ever since.

As (south)westerners living in Asia, we had our minds blown all over again by new and fascinating forms of music.

감사합니다 – ありがとうございました – 谢谢 – ขอขอบคุณคุณ – cảm ơn bạn – Баярлалаа!

dave gayageum

First Time Around was the name of the movie that we premiered at the New Zealand Film Archive in 2011, a reconstruction of two New Zealanders’ crossing of Eurasia in 20072008. We lived in South Korea, teaching English to support ourselves, and travelled from there.

These ethnomusicological pieces have been edited together on & off since 2007, and finally finished in 2013. We hope it inspires you, if you haven’t already, to listen to new & unfamiliar genres of music – whether it be Asian traditional forms or obscure underground sound artists from Aotearoa!

A forthcoming sequel to this album will cover the second half of the journey, across Russia and southern Europe.

(cc) Some Rights Reserved - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SAYou can copy, distribute, advertise and play this album as long as you:

  • Give credit to the artist
  • Don’t use this album for commercial purposes
  • Distribute all derivative works under the same license

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