by Dave Edwards (aka Dave Black) and collaborators,

from 1850s1990s2000s2010s2020s.


Poems & Lyrics by John Collie (1856),

John Collie (1834-1893)

a 19th century epic acoustic work-in-progress

adapted from the book, written in Scotland in 1856, by my great-great-grandfather,

and set to music along with some of his other descendants.

“If aught can claim a spirit’s admiration, Sure it must be this beautiful creation.” John Collie (1834-1893)

(& meanwhile in electric mode):

Spastic Rhythms vol1

A quickfire Dave Black solo EP, recorded one summer morning, 24 January 2021

[send us your review] 



by Dave Black & Snake Beings

Made in Fiji, with Dr Emit Snake-Beings tropical avant-garde instrumentals for keyboards, ukulele, dholak, duduk, harmonicas, DIY kitchen gamelan, and video.

“So easy to get totally lost in this music, recommend for helping with your inner peace” – Andi Verse

Glimpses of Utopia

Palette-cleansing Dave Black solo electric guitar improv.

[send us your review]

John Collie‘s poem ‘Solitude‘ also features on

Psi-solation: a global compilation of music made in lockdown

From Featherston NZ and around the world, capturing the moment the world as we knew it ended, curated by Campbell Kneale.

“Something about this global pandemic is inspiring people to create and/or curate art on a massive scale…. and this compilation, being offered for free/name-yr-price, is indeed M A S S I V E.” – Howard Seltzer


Live 2019

Solo acoustic set plus an interview, live streamed from Wairarapa TV

“Great skills and a refreshing rebirth of a beatnik sensibility, this is folk the way folk should be” – Andi Verse

fiffdimension projects may include acoustic songs, spoken word, distorted postpunk, free jazz, noise, lo fi electronica, Eurasian folk music, Indonesian gamelan, 19th century ballads, video installations, or all or none of the above,

(Sometimes I like to play electric)

(& I’ve picked up influences from living and travelling

in other Asia-Pacific countries)


Other Islands: 2012-2018

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at Te Papa, Wellington, 2016

Compilation made in New Zealand, Okinawa, Western AustraliaIndonesia and Fiji,, by Dave Black with The Winter, The Electricka Zoo, Snake Beings, Nat da Hatt, Campbell Kneale, Gamelan Sekar Puri, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

“The 20 song album covers traditional Javanese and Balinese gamelan, AsiaPacific folk music, free jazz, and free noise…. If you have an open inquiring mind and love hearing a variety of sound, this is excellent. – Darryl Baser,

A Ton of Feathers

by Campbell Kneale & Dave Black

Noise duo in Featherston, NZ, in collaboration with the master of the genre (2018):

“Dave does all this rattly stuff and I lay down a big comfy cloud for it all to balance on” – Campbell Kneale

The Electricka Zoo

The duo of live electronica by the Digitator, and Dave Black on bass and electric guitar (2017)

The Electricka Zoo, 2017

“A totally original, mind warping album that smacks you across the face with big sound…. I salute anyone that makes a whole album out of EDM post-punk avant-garde rock / jazz, reggae, Balkan, [and] Portuguese music” – Corrinne Rutherford,

Streaming Silver

2021 archive release of instrumental jams from the Electricka Zoo, predating the debut album proper (2016).

[send us your review]


Our first collaboration with the even more legendary & underground artist Dr Emit Snake Beings (2015)

Dave Black & Snake Beings

[send us your review]

The Winter: Exit Points

The Winter @ Pyramid Club, Wellington, 2015

Free improvisations that swerve from acoustic folk/blues with hints of Asian, Celtic, and Balkan influences, to electro-acoustic soundscapes, abstract dissonance, and pots & pans percussion. By Dave Edwards, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2015).

[send us your review]

in the non-idiomatic idiom in Norway (part 2)

Confluence Quintet, 2014

Free (in both senses) jazz from Wellington, Aotearoa, by Dave Edwards and Simon O’Rorke with Blair Latham, Chris Prosser, Julie Bevan, and Michael Hall (2014)

[send us your review]

ネオン列車の風景 (Neon Train Landscapes)

Made in Japan – psychedelic rock, by kiwi expats Dave Black & Nat da Hatt (2010-2014)

[send us your review]

Dave Black & Nat da Hatt climb Mt Yakushidake, Japan, 2012

The Winter: Flying Visit

Acoustic trio improvisations on ukulele, charango, sanshin, saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar and percussion by Dave Edwards, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2012)

[send us your review]


Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012

Taking a Korean gayageum lesson, 2007

vol2 – made in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, and Japan, by Dave Black with Ascension Band, The Winter, Nat da Hatt, Wellington’s Most Famous Orchestra, and Cylvi M

“Experimental and avant-garde…. There is a clear passion, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries… This will challenge your perceptions of what constitutes music and open the mind to new possibilities of sounds that surround us –

The Winter: 2011

Acoustic trio improvisations on banjo, ukulele, clarinet, piano, guitar, harmonica and percussion by Dave Edwards, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2011)

[send us your review]

First Time Around: East Asia (2007-2008)

First Time Around: East Asia

Field recordings, sketches, soundscapes and stories from, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Mongolia, by Dave Black and Cylvi M (20072008)

[send us your review]

First Time Around: South Korea

Field recordings, electro-acoustic ethnography, Asian industrial soundscapes made in South Korea, by Dave Black and Cylvi M (20072008)

[send us your review]


South Island Sessions

Steampunk folktronica from an alternate 19th century, made in Nelson by Dave Black with Cylvi M, Hayden Gifkins, Matthew Thornicroft and Frey (2006)

[send us your review]

Sydney, NSW, Australia

After Maths & Sciences

An Australian novel for the ear – a double album recorded in Melbourne VIC,

and Sydney and Gosford NSW,

by Dave Black with Cylvi M, Mike Kingston and Francesca Mountfort (2005-2006)

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

Ascension Band: Evolution

Ascension Band, 2005

Award-winning electric symphony for post-punk big-band – by Nigel Patterson (hammond organ, grand piano, conductor/arranger), guitarist & organiser Dave Edwards (fiffdimension, The Winter), and over a dozen musicians including Ryan Prebble, Bell Campanita, Warwick Donald and more on guitars, basses, drums, electronics, keyboards, trumpets and vocals (2005)

“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.” – Simon Sweetman


Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005

vol1 – songs, spoken word and instrumental improvisations from the early phase of my gloriously unsuccessful career, by Dave Edwards with The Winter, Ascension Band, plus Chris O’Connor, Paul Winstanley, Simon O’Rorke, Chris Palmer, Sam Prebble, Francesca Mountfort and more

Rough outsider folk-blues mysteries, dissonant rock textures, electric and acoustic improvisations… Edwards strikes me as one of the most overlooked musicians from the fertile lands of New Zealand and if you need a fresh start this might very well be the place.” The Broken Face

The Winter: Swansong (for the Huia)

Electro-acoustic trio improvisation in tribute to extinction by Dave Edwards, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2004)

[send us your review]

Articulation Incommunicate

Previously unreleased – spoken word salad & improvised guitar.  A journey down a road not taken for NZ music, by Dave Edwards with Simon O’Rorke, Youjae Lee, and Simon Sweetman, (2004)

[send us your review]

Loose Autumn Moans

Sam Prebble & Mike Kingston, 2003

Acoustic ensemble tracks with string section, recorded on all-analogue equipment, by Dave Edwards, with Sam Prebble, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2003)

“Here Wellington, NZ composer Dave Edwards mostly goes it solo with some able assistance from duo or trio the Winter. .. Guitars, violin, cello, and percussion all stack up… He’s got a persona that’s all his own.”– George Parsons, Dream Magazine #5

The Winter: Parataxes

The Winter live at Photospace Gallery, July 2003 (photo by James Gilberd)

The Winter‘s debut: electric and acoustic trio improvisations for guitars, cello and percussion, by Dave Edwards, Mike Kingston, and Simon Sweetman (2003)

“A strange sonic brew that includes dissonant rock textures, rough outsider folk-blues mysteries, electric and acoustic improvisations and a considerable part of tasty feedback. Imagine equal parts Derek Bailey, New Zealand’s Pumice and classic ’60s blues/folk and you’re in the right ballpark.”The Broken Face

After the Filmshoot

Dave Edwards solo postpunk spoken word free improv guitar spasms (2002)

[send us your review]

Mantis Shaped & Worrying (2002)

Mantis Shaped & Worrying

The difficult third album! An idiosyncratic spoken word + instrumental voyage into inner space, by Dave Edwards with Simon O’Rorke (2002)

“Four tracks over 45 minutes allow the artist suitable space for his forum of spoken word and instrumental colour, with the latter lurching from acoustic strums to occasional cacophony. On the final track, ‘Revenge of the Smur‘ Edwards uses a primarily percussive accompaniment whose impact is as dramatic as his wordplay”Real Groove

The Marion Flow (part 2, Wellington)

Electric and acoustic songs, spoken word and instrumentals – an almost-recognised New Zealand classic, by Dave Edwards with Chris O’Connor, Paul Winstanley, Simon O’Rorke, Chris Palmer, Joe Callwood, and Dean Brown (2001)

Edwards’ music is often a sculpture rather than a melodic composition. Within this chosen form, amongst all the writings rantings & poetry there’s much difficult pleasure to be had for the musically adventurous.” – Brent Cardy, Real Groove, July 2002

in the non-idiomatic idiom in Norway (part 1)

Free (in both senses) jazz from Wellington, by Dave Edwards and Simon O’Rorke with Paul Winstanley, Jeff Henderson, Blair Latham, Daniel Beban, Bridget Kelly (1999)

[send us your review]

Live 1999

Solo postpunk live at the old Bar Bodega, Wellington NZ, opening for Chris Knox

“If only I could play guitar like that… bastard” – Chris Knox

Mt Taranaki, NZ

dAdApApA: Waiting for the Drummer

Taranaki improvised rock/noise deconstruction with sputtering synth, air-sucking turntables, didgeridoo and sundry toys providing layers of surreal abstraction, by Paul Winstanley with Dave Edwards, the Digitator, Paul Winther, and Brian Wafer (1999)

“after recording tracks for The Marion Flow at Wafer HQ in New Plymouth, an ad hoc group of associated locals assembled to record… the only rock references here come from the guitars… throw in some spoken word and a special guest appearance by N.P. record mogul Brian Wafer on vacuum cleaner and the dAdApApA nova had blazed and fizzled in the blink of an eye” – Eden Gully

Dave Edwards at Patuha Acoustic Music Festival, Taranaki, 1998

The Marion Flow (part 1, Taranaki).

Electric and acoustic songs, spoken word and instrumentals – an almost-recognised New Zealand classic, by Dave Edwards with Paul Winstanley, the Digitator, Steve Duffels, and Brian Wafer (1999)

It’s lo-fi, organic and about as eclectic as one could manage. Kind of reminds me of Nick Cave if he had grown up in Timaru. No pretentious American accents or catch phrase choruses, just a bunch of people making music. A little beauty!” – NZ Musician, August/September 2002

Scratched Surface, 1998

Scratched Surface

The debut album – a genuine 1990s no-budget lo-fi postpunk singer/songwriter artifact from New Plymouth, by Dave Edwards with Tim McVicar (1997-1998)

“Worth searching out coz this lo-fi singer/songwriter oddball has a unique take on the genre. He’s pissed off, a tad fucked up (as usual), but not full of lugubrious self-pity (as unusual) and is happy to get raucous & obnoxious in just the right kinda way.”Chris Knox

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