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Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2013

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“This is something that he has to do, that he will do, come fame or oblivion” –Chris Knox

The second volume of fiffdimension’s best-of compilations, a sequel to Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005 , sees increasingly wide-ranging experimentation and exploration both sonically and geographically, from New Zealand and beyond to Australia and East Asia.

Featuring tracks from the albums

Ascension Band: Evolution (2005)

After Maths & Sciences (2006)

South Island Sessions (2006)

First Time Around: East Asia (2008)

The Winter: 2011 (2011)

The Winter: Flying Visit (2012)

Dave Black & Nat da Hatt: 日本の山 (2013)

+ previously unreleased tracks

First Time Around: East Asia

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

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

South Korea 대한민국

Japan 日本

China 中国

Thailand ประเทศไทย

Vietnam Việt Nam

Mongolia Монгол улс

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Cylvi M at Buddha’s foot, Kyoto 京都

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These recordings were made on my first visit to Japan in 2007, on a side-trip while living in South Korea.

I subsequently lived in Okinawa in 20112012, and travelled further around Kyushu and Honshu.
first time around east asia 5(1)

Thailand ประเทศไทย

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From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, with Thai images and sounds.

first time around east asia 5(1)

South Korea 대한민국

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Music and videos by Dave Black & Cylvi Manthyng, two New Zealanders living in South Korea.

The pieces here are made from remixed field recordings of traditional Korean musicians and instruments such as the gayageum, taepyongso, buddhist chants and samulnori drumming, plus our live version of the folk song ‘Arirang’.