Happy new year – here’s our first new music release of
available for download or limited-edition cassette, courtesy of 2023 – Antony Milton‘s Smalltown Electron label:
The first physical format release from
Masterton trio The Troubled Times (and the debut release for Small Town Electron as a label) is a loud and noisy nocturnal romp through the hills and onto the gravel back roads of one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s least visited regions.
The Troubled Times discography
Continue reading “The Troubled Times: Hill Road in Winter” →
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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.
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/gleefully-unknown-1997-2005 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/fame-oblivion-2005-2012 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/other-islands-2012-2018 águas brilhantes (or ‘glistening waters’ in English) is the Portuguese translation of
Wairarapa, the Māori name of the region where I’ve lived the last few years.
My ancestors arrived here in the
19th century – one was a Scottish poet, another a stowaway from the Azores islands.
a followup to
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/gleefully-unknown-1997-2005 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/fame-oblivion-2005-2012 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/other-islands-2012-2018
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águas brilhantes (or ‘glistening waters’ in English) is the Portuguese translation of Wairarapa, the Māori name of the region where I live. Several of my pākeha ancestors arrived here in the 19th century.
Much of the music is inspired by two of my great-great-grandfathers – John Collie (1834-1893), a Scottish poet, who helped build the Remutaka incline railway; and Manuel Bernard (1847-1928), who left the Azores islands, as a teenaged stowaway on a whaling ship and ended up in Masterton. It’s also a torch-passing to the next generation – recorded with nephews Hans and Rhys, and niece Celeste.
Also ft literal garage rock with Antony Milton and David Heath (the Troubled Times); duos with James Robinson, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Campbell Kneale, and Nat da Hatt; side trips to Fiji; an interspecies duet with Oscar (a huntaway); and solo instrumentals and live reinterpretations of oldies.
Includes previously unreleased recordings, download-only bonus tracks, and excerpts from the albums fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/escape-velocity-live-2018 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-ton-of-feathers-2018 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/live-2019 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/glimpses-of-utopia-2020 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/ruasagavulu-2020 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/spastic-rhythms-vol-1-2021 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-sun-2021 layyourburdensdown.bandcamp.com/album/- fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/state-highway-2-2022 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-second-sun-2022 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-english-dialect-1856 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-scotch-dialect-1856 fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/long-live-the-miracle-room-live-2022
Continue reading “águas brilhantes: 2018-2022” →
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For this EP The Troubled Times is
and Dave Edwards Antony Milton. Raw loud Improvised pluck and drone recorded in the between Covid lockdowns. credits
released June 26,
Recorded on a windy rainy Sunday in Antony’s garage in
Masterton. Guitar/Bass – Dave Edwards Guitar/Keyboard/Vocs – Antony Milton.
For the first full length release from this duo, which pre-dates the name ‘The Troubled Times’ please visit
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– words, voice, paintings & drawings, bell drum James Robinson
– electric guitar, bass, loop pedal Dave Black
James Robinson is a mid career contemporary New Zealand mixed media artist, exhibiting widely since 1989 – www.jamesrobinson.nz
fiffdimension is music and multimedia by Dave Edwards (aka Dave Black) and collaborators, since 1998 – www.fiffdimension.com ‐‐——-
James won 2007 paramount prize in the wallace award for
” Taniwaha dragon mother ( spirit bones)” Read more
: w/ James Robinson – Negentropic Diatribes
‘… a great big flatulent belch of fresh air amongst all the tight-sphinctered, deodorised boys and girls of the accepted national art world….. off-kilter and threatening but always sumptuously, gloriously beautiful.’
– Chris Knox. Continue reading “w/ James Robinson – Negentropic Diatribes” → Like this: Like Loading...
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’ Continue reading “w/ Hans Landon-Lane, 3 January 2022” → Like this: Like Loading...
Electric guitar improv duo – in collaboration with antonymilton.bandcamp.com
Recorded in Masterton, New Zealand, 26-09-21
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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” → Like this: Like Loading...
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)” → Like this: Like Loading...
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” → Like this: Like Loading...