If you've never been to Asia before, don't speak any Asian languages, and have only a day or two available, Singapore would be a great introduction. You can find tropical rainforest and the sea,  traditional and modern architecture, and the cultures of China, India, the Middle East and the West all in one city.Most people speak … Continue reading Singapore

Dave Black & Snake Beings: East to West

East to West brings together for the first time two of New Zealand's more unusual artist/musician/filmmaker/ethnomusicologists, taking the audience on an epic journey from one side of the Eurasian continent to another in the space of an hour. Audio Foundation - 8pm, Saturday 5th of April 2014 4 Poynton Terrace, Auckland $5 entry The … Continue reading Dave Black & Snake Beings: East to West

ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes

Music by Dave Black & Nat da Hatt - two New Zealanders living in Japan.   楽しむことができます!  Like 日本 itself, this music offers a surrealistic fusion of ancient and modern.                 released 31 January 2014 Click here for Nat da Hatt's solo albums Nat da Hatt - electric & acoustic guitars, drum machine, synths, laptop, samples Dave Black - … Continue reading ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes

Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012

"This is something that he has to do, that he will do, come fame or oblivion" -Chris Knox Now available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Deezer etc fiffdimension vol2, 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, and a … Continue reading Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012

First Time Around: East Asia

This is an album of sound recordings, made in six different countries, edited into sonic short stories and soundscapes - East Asia following a year and a half living in South Korea 대한민국, we travelled to Japan 日本 China 中国 Thailand ประเทศไทย Vietnam Việt Nam Mongolia Монгол улс by Dave Black - field recordings, … Continue reading First Time Around: East Asia

Mongolia Монгол улс July 22, 2008 Getting to Mongolia really felt like something new though, starting with the big poster of Chinngis Khan at the airport and the fairly small-town feel of Ulaanbaatar. It looks a bit like Dunedin.Mongolia turns a lot of Asia on its head: it’s not crowded, the houses don’t have Chinese-style roofs, it’s … Continue reading Mongolia Монгол улс

Vietnam Việt Nam 14 Please Mind Your Step [Vietnam/China]* 1:33 * This piece about airports is mostly from China, but the music heard from 0:36 to 0:59 is actually Vietnamese (heard on the radio in Hanoi airport - put together with sounds from Hong Kong and Guangzhou) It was a great pleasure to get to Vietnam. There … Continue reading Vietnam Việt Nam

Cylvi M at Buddha’s foot, Kyoto 京都 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 2011-2012, and travelled further around Kyushu and Honshu.

South Korea 대한민국 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'.