Dave Edwards, recording ‘Scratched Surface’ circa 1997

fiffdimension*, from Aotearoa / New Zealand, is an umbrella name for music and video projects

by Dave Edwards (aka Dave Black) and collaborators, from 1850s1990s2000s2010spresent



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

Dave Edwards, 2004

vol1 – Taranaki and Wellington DIY acoustic and electric postpunk – songs, spoken word and instrumental improvisations from the early phase of my gloriously unsuccessful career.

This was outsider music as in self taught – I’d never studied music at school, never played in a band, refused to play cover songs, didn’t know any scales etc – but began composing anyway. I thought conceptually more than melodically, used unconventional chord patterns, and had free jazz and avant-garde influences.


“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 – muzic.net.nz

Korean gayageum, 2007

vol2 – made in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, and Japan

I left New Zealand for a big OE of living and working in other Asia-Pacific countries, and my music took on new sounds and influences as a result.


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

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, 2016

vol3 – made in New Zealand, Western Australia, Fiji, Indonesia and Okinawa

The return journey, an island-hopping Odyssey back via other parts of Asia and the Pacific and Indian oceans.


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


Ruasagavulu by Dave Black & Snake Beings

Made in Suva: Indo-Fijian tropical devotional instrumentals for keyboards, ukulele, dholak, duduk, harmonicas, DIY kitchen gamelan, and video. This was one of the last in-person international collaborations from before the world ended.

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


Poems & Lyrics by John Collie (1856),

words written in Scotland in 1856, by my great-great-grandfather and played with his other descendants.

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

John Collie (1834-1893)

John Collie’s poem ‘Solitude‘ also features on

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

“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

Thanks to

My various collaborators including (in no particular order)


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Mike Kingston (cello, acoustic guitar, charango), Dr Emit Snake-Beings (vocal, percussion, flute, electronics), Paul Winstanley (fretless bass, turntables), Simon Sweetman (percussion), Nigel Patterson (hammond organ), Cylvi M (shakuhachi, percussion), Simon O’Rorke (percussion, synthesiser), Francesca Mountfort (cello), Jeff Henderson (clarinet), Blair Latham (alto sax), Sam Prebble (violin, percussion), Chris Palmer (electric guitar), Chris O’Connor (drums), Antony Milton (violin, keyboards), Campbell Kneale (electric guitar, synth), Frey (laptop), Dean Brown (drums), Nat da Hatt (electric guitar, keyboards), Hayden Gifkins (electric guitar), Ryan Prebble (tone generator), Matthew Thornicroft (electric guitar), Cylvi M (vocal, field recordings, percussion, shakuhachi), Blair Latham (bass clarinet), Chris Prosser (violin), Julie Bevan (acoustic guitar), the Digitator (electric drums, keyboards & loops), and more…

Thank you all!


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  1. hello,
    found the name of Totara Jack claimed as you ancestor, curious ” who are you, how are you related to him????
    My name is Andrew McEwen, farming in the Manawatu, Totara Jack belongs to my Mums’s family tree, he was my 2nd Great Grandfather, he had a son Thomas Edwards, who also had a son Leonard Edward Edwards, who was my granddad on my mum’s side, her dad.
    Just curious, because seen you got some old photos in your collage, of Totara jack, his son Thomas Edward and his wife Philadelphia Benge, who are some of the others in the photos?? Cheers Andrew

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