Poems & Lyrics by John Collie, 1856

In 1856, my great-great-grandfather John Collie (1834-1893), of Boyndie, Scotland, published a book : Poems and Lyrics (in the Englishand Scotch Dialects). I've been setting some of it to music over the past few years - along with some of his other descendants: my nephews Hans and Rhys Landon-Lane, my niece Celeste Rochery, and my … Continue reading Poems & Lyrics by John Collie, 1856

águas brilhantes: 2018​-​2022

fiffdimension vol 4 made in Featherston, Masterton, and Suva - ft Antony Milton, James Robinson, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Campbell Kneale, and lyrics by John Collie (1834-1893) - the title is 'Wairarapa' in Portuguese. Collaborations with my ancestors and younger relatives, friends in Fiji, a painter in Otago, the curator of PseudoArcana, and the family dog. … Continue reading águas brilhantes: 2018​-​2022

Glimpses of Utopia

Palette cleansing electric solo improv. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPRYDfrxkr0&list=PLtbrBpNjlOHOIGTzm50OvAF3JBFpmEk-t Recorded in Featherston, New Zealand, 2019-20. I'm not a trained jazz musician, but nor do I fit neatly into the 'NZ noise' genre. Further listening A Ton of Feathers by Campbell Kneale & Dave Black noise duo in Featherston, NZ: [send us your review] The Electricka Zoo The duo … Continue reading Glimpses of Utopia

Campbell Kneale & Dave Black: A Ton of Feathers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvu-zTZesqc&w=320&h=182 releases October 17, 2020 Campbell Kneale - electric guitar, analogue synthDave Black - bass, electric toothbrush, key ring Campbell KnealeDave Black Featherston, New Zealand,27-Nov-18(one continuous take, unabridged, no overdubs - the first time we'd played together) A 3min excerpt appeared on Other Islands: 2012-2018 - but you need to hear the full length version … Continue reading Campbell Kneale & Dave Black: A Ton of Feathers

Scotland, postponed

Around September 2020 I'd planned to travel to Scotland, on my first visit. There was to be a family gathering for my sister's wedding in Edinburgh. The trip's now postponed indefinitely, for obvious reasons I'd planned to visit Boyndie, Banffshire, where my great-great-grandfather John Collie grew up. In 1856, in his early 20s he published … Continue reading Scotland, postponed


Out now - the new album by Dave Black & Dr Emit Snake-Beings Made in Fiji "So easy to get totally lost in this music, recommend for helping with your inner peace" - Andi Verse Indo-Fijian inspired tropical devotional avant-garde instrumentals for keyboards, ukulele, dholak, duduk, harmonicas, DIY kitchen gamelan, and video.   Snake Beings … Continue reading Ruasagavulu

Gar mar par da nee sa

the opening track from Ruasagavulu by Dave Black & Snake-Beings recorded in Suva, Fiji, 2nd November 2019 This short warmup improv is based on an Indian scale, inspired by Dr Emit Snake-Beings' travels to Kerala in India, and harmonium lessons in Suva. There's an Indian influence throughout the album, as several sections are based on … Continue reading Gar mar par da nee sa


'Solitude' appears on this new compilation of lockdown sounds from around the world, curated by Campbell Kneale ... (who I collaborated with in 2018... the full length version of 'a ton of feathers' is coming later this year) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvu-zTZesqc&w=320&h=182 Psi-solation has 119 tracks, you can pay what you want, and it wins album of the … Continue reading Psi-solation


'SOLITUDE' by John Collie, 1856 OH give me near some swelling stream to stray, 0r tread the windings of some pathless wood, For I am wearied of the bustling day, And long to meet thee, gloomy Solitude: That I with thee may climb those shelfy steeps, Which frown majestic o’er the boiling deeps. What are … Continue reading Solitude

Sonnet on Summer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x5ouwy9bDY&t=4s A duo with my nephew, Hans Landon-Lane, from Poems & Lyrics by John Collie (1856) Clever Hansel - ukulele vocal Dave Edwards - guitar, harmonica, vocal This was the last in-person collaboration before the COVID-19 shutdown, recorded in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, March 2020. THE sweet breath of summer blows fresh o’er each plain, … Continue reading Sonnet on Summer