Featherston, NZ – early 2022 – spontaneous compositions, two wet weekends in a row.
A sequel to
Spastic Rhythms vol 1 (2021)
– a series of ‘quickfire’ DIY solo albums created in a couple of days each.
This one features interspecies guest collaboration with Oscar the huntaway.
released February 13, 2022
– guitars, bass, banjo (2), clarinet (6), sanshin (10), loop pedal, e-drum Dave Black
Oscar – vocal
Oscar and Dave
Happy new year! Here are some first recordings for 2022, made on 3rd of January,
(my nephew) on accordion, ukulele and vocal: Hans Landon-Lane
‘ The Land of My Youth
Here’s a Health to my Cronies’
The words were written by
our ancestor John Collie in 1856.
Electric guitar improv duo – in collaboration with antonymilton.bandcamp.com
Recorded in Masterton, New Zealand, 26-09-21
New live album!
With New Zealand in lockdown this might be the next best thing to an actual gig..
Track 1 recorded live at the Fringe Bar, Wellington NZ, 27-02-18
Tracks 2-7 recorded live at Escape Velocity, Featherston NZ, 10-03-18
As part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival
– midi, laptop, vocal he Digitator – bass, electric guitar Dave Black
as picked by casual streaming listeners, based on % of tracks played in full minus % of tracks skipped… not necessarily the ones I would have picked – there’s little or no correlation between the “important” works and the parts other people like!).
solo Dave Edwards postpunk spoken word free improv guitar spasms (2002)
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Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at Te Papa, Wellington, 2016
Compilation made in
and New Zealand, Okinawa, Western Australia, Indonesia , Fiji,
with Dave Black and The Winter, The Electricka Zoo, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Nat da Hatt, Campbell Kneale, Gamelan Sekar Puri, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya
“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. – Darryl Baser , muzic.net.nz “
novel for the ear – a double album recorded in Australian Melbourne, Victoria,
Sydney and Gosford New South Wales,
with Dave Black Cylvi M, and Mike Kingston ( 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, – is a pleasing challenge of an album. It lives up to the cliché of presenting something new with each listen,” After Maths & Sciences Simon Sweetman
Solo postpunk live at the old Bar Bodega, Wellington NZ, opening for
“If only I could play guitar like that… bastard” – Chris Knox
solo Dave Black electric guitar improv.
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Continue reading “Top 10 albums*”
A new archival release, of early
postpunk instrumental improv by ex-Taranaki duo the Electricka Zoo
2016, this has nothing to do with Brexit or Trump!
The Electricka Zoo, 2016
These informal recordings are a precursor to our
2017 debut album proper, The Electricka Zoo Continue reading “Streaming Silver (2016)”
A new multilayered
Dave Black electric improv / xenochronous composition.
The track continues the evolution of my Wairarapa one man band
2020s ‘late style’, which began with Glimpses of Utopia (2020) and Spastic Rhythms (2021)
It was originally created for the
– Psi-solation+1 2021 compilation album curated by fellow Featherston resident Campbell Kneale. He’s known for his noise music, paintings of cats, and as proprietor of the Miracle Room. Continue reading “Outono 21”
PSI-SOLATION | a global compilation of music made in lockdown | CELEBRATE PSI PHENOMENON (bandcamp.com)
2021 compilation album curated by Campbell Kneale. He’s known for his noise music, paintings of cats, and as proprietor of the Miracle Room gallery in Featherston.
A sequel to his acclaimed 119-track
Psi-solation compilation of music made in lockdown 2020.
Both albums are pay what you want via Campbell’s label,
Celebrate Psi Phenomenon .
I contributed a new
piece, Dave Black . Outono 21 Continue reading “PSI-SOLATION + 1 (one year on)”
19th century unrequited love ballad – how anachronistic in the 2020s?
John Collie (1834-1893) – lyrics
Dave Edwards – banjo, harmonica, vocal lyrics
FAREWELL to thee , charming deceiver , No more will I crouch at thy gate ; I once was an earnest believer , And my folly I see when too late . Continue reading “Farewell to Thee, Charming Deceiver”
The last track on
is a Spastic Rhythms vol 1 solo rendition of a tune by Dave Black . the Electricka Zoo
It originally appeared on
The Electricka Zoo (2017) , and on the Other Islands: 2012-2018 compilation. It’s based around a (non-diatonic) Cmaj7 – Amaj7 pattern, with a bossa nova rhythm.
The words are in (beginner)
Eu gosto de falar
no meus ancestrais
de as ilhas Atlânticas
Madeiras e Açores
It’s dedicated to my great-great-grandfather
Manuel José Bernard (1847-1928)
He was born in 1847 in Ponta Delgada, Flores Island,
Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe, with its back to it geographically and culturally. It was the edge of the known world for Europeans until the Age of Discovery. The Azores islands are even further west.
As a teenager Manuel Bernard stowed away on a passing American whaling ship.
Continue reading “ilhas Atlânticas”