– 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”
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
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”
solo EP, recorded one summer morning, 24 January Dave Black 2021
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banjo and electric drums to the 2020s Wairarapa DIY solo electric improv style begun in
electric solo improv.
Featherston, New Zealand, 2019-20.
I’m not a trained
jazz musician, but nor do I fit neatly into the ‘ NZ noise‘ genre. Further listening
Continue reading “Glimpses of Utopia”
The difficult third album – recorded during a time of intense introspection in 2002. I locked myself in my room in Wellington for all of November with an analogue 4-track cassette recorder. The results rapidly put an end to my promising New Zealand music career!
Wellington, New Zealand
2002, a year whose digits are an anagram of this one’s, I locked myself in my room for a month of self-isolation.
It had nothing to do with
Kia kaha Aotearoa…
It was just me living in
Wellington and looking for a way to follow up The Marion Flow (part 2) .
I was moving further away from conventional 3min song formats into the
avant-garde. Continue reading “2002: self-isolation before it was cool?”
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]
arrangement of a traditional Fijian folk song was inspired by hearing the song sung there.
In May I visited the
Yasawa Islands, to the northwest of Nadi and the main Fijian island Viti Levu.
Yasawa islands, Fiji
Yasawa islands, Fiji
Yasawa islands, Fiji
The boat ride took 3 hours, and enjoyably scenic. Each of the many small islands we passed was different in some way but all stunning
The marine life included
is the first collaboration A Ton of Feathers
Campbell Kneale (guitar, analogue synthesiser)
Dave Black (bass, electric toothbrush, video).
Made in Featherston,
Wairarapa NZ in 2018.
New Zealand folk music, in the tradition of Birchville Cat Motel, the Dead C, and Len Lye.
This excerpt appears on the compilation
and is part of a longer piece, due for release in Other Islands: 2012-2018, 2020.
Continue reading “Campbell Kneale & Dave Black”