Animated visuals, with electric guitar loops, one-stringed bass, and drums – the opening track from the ‘ ‘ album (get the free download) – w/ Ngumbang Emit Snake-beings & Nat da Hatt
The title ‘Huia Vortex’ refers to the location where the track was recorded, in
Huia, a small village on the outskirts of west Auckland.
Dave Black & Emit Snake-Beings
It’s not necessarily related to ‘
Swansong (for the Huia) ‘ ( 2004), the second album by The Winter , an electro-acoustic trio improvisation in tribute to the extinct New Zealand bird the huia by , Dave Edwards , and Mike Kingston . Its 19-minute final track remains an underrated fiffdimension epic. Simon Sweetman [send us your review]
Here’s a pair of new (late
2019) tracks from The Electricka Zoo
Keyboards & electronica by
Dave Black on electric guitar
in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, November 2019
the Electricka Zoo, 2017
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Poem by (1834-1893), John Collie
from his book
, published in Banffshire, Scotland in 1856 Poems and Lyrics in the English and Scotch Dialects
Performed by his great-great-grandson
Dave Edwards on banjo at Wairarapa TV in Masterton, New Zealand, 4 May 2019.
John Collie emigrated to New Zealand in 1858. This poem seems to anticipate his leaving Scotland forever, to start a new life in a new country on the opposite side of the world.
Continue reading “The Land of My Youth (by John Collie, 1856)”
electric guitar and video by
One in a series of quickfire improvisations with video effects. Rather than finish an album before releasing anything in 2019, I’m opening a curtain on some of my demo ideas in progress.
11th July 2019
acoustic guitar and video effects by , Dave Black
Continue reading “11 through the viewer 7”
I spent the longest night of the year at home and improvised this:
As I’d been doing mainly solo
acoustic songs recently this was a palette cleansing electric improvisation from the other side of my coin.
I think of acoustic as yin and electric as yang forces.
Continue reading “Solstice Shards 19”
2019 at Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon
I wrote this in
1999, after moving to Wellington. I was at an open mic night, at an upstairs bar in Cuba Mall that no longer exists, waiting for my turn to play. I had to wait a while – hence a lot of lyrics.
It was my attempt at a beat poet vibe, reflecting my move to the capital city and discovery of a
local jazz scene. Continue reading “Cafes in Conversation”
Live 4th May
2019 at Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon –
Banjo rendition of a folk tune Korean 아리랑 (“Arirang”). The banjo is not typically found in Korean music – this would normally be played on a gayageum.
Busan, South Korea
Korean gayageum, 2007
Busan, South Korea
Continue reading “아리랑”
4th May 2019 at
Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon
Solo guitar version of a tune by
, from our 2017 debut album: the Electricka Zoo
It’s based on the hijaz scale and a 7/8 rhythm.
Continue reading “Eastern”