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Ni sa bula, and happy new decade from Fiji! I spent part of new year's day making ethnographic field recordings of these children drumming. They used plastic buckets, a paint tin and a beer bottle. Some samples might find their way into the forthcoming (as yet untitled) collaboration with @snakebeings following our recent recording session in Suva. https://fiffdimension.com/2019/11/05/snake-beings-in-fiji/ #ethnomusicology #fijimusic #newyearsday2020 #newzealandmusic #2020music #drumming #DIYmusic #workinprogress
Dr Emit Snake Beings is a travelling artist/musician/filmmaker/shaman/academic who was an early influence on my music.
Most recently we’ve met up in Fiji and recorded a couple of new pieces which you’ll be able to hear soon.
A new sound for 2020 perhaps?
In the meantime have a listen to the ‘Ngumbang‘ album we made together in 2015 – a fusion of several genres and a DIY manifesto – “Pick up the pieces and make them into something new, it’s what we do…”
Poem by John Collie (1834-1893),
from his book Poems and Lyrics in the English and Scotch Dialects, published in Banffshire, Scotland in 1856
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.
The year got off to a good start, with Ascension Band: Evolution
I had my first taste of success (the fame part of Fame & Oblivion 2005-2012)…
…But by this time I was ready to see the world beyond Aotearoa. I shifted across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne – in Australia, the West Island.
For the next few months I lived in Brunswick, and worked in temp jobs around the city and in rural Victoria.
The results became After Maths & Sciences