in a wildflower state (Western Australia, 2013)

In late 2012, after leaving Japan, I moved to Australia for the second time - this time to Western Australia for a couple of years… in a wildflower state is a lost album - recorded in Perth WA, 2012-2014 - unreleased at the time. The music here is rustic, reflecting the vast ancient arid landscape, overlaid with … Continue reading in a wildflower state (Western Australia, 2013)

Other Islands: 2012-2018

fiffdimension vol3 (see also Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005 and Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012) brings us into the current decade - with further wide-ranging experimentation and exploration sonically, temporally and geographically, in New Zealand, Western Australia, Indonesia, Okinawa (Japan), and Fiji. by Dave Black (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, laptop, bass, tenor saxophone, field recordings, piano, ukulele, sanshin, saron, … Continue reading Other Islands: 2012-2018

Kalbarri, Western Australia Music and video by Dave Black & Cylvi Manthyng from a road trip north from Perth, Western Australia.   Kalbarri is a small town of just over a thousand people, known for its rocky coastline, red landscape, spring flowers, and pounding surf.  

The Road to Bogandoor

Election night 2013 in Australia mix - At the time I lived in Perth, WA. And Australia Day music video from an unfinished Aussie album... enjoy! Music by Nat da Hatt & Dave Black with Snake Beings, video by Dave Black and Cylvi Manthyng See also - our first Australian album, After Maths & … Continue reading The Road to Bogandoor

Dada Songwriting: Rejection dryrot ripple Gombage

Dave and Cylvi contributed to Postmoderncore's first volume of Dada Songwriting Compilation, Rejection dryrot ripple Gombage. Condo Encyclopedia coalseam egg    2:02 by Uneasy Chairs (USA, guitar) / T4x0n0m13s (España, bass + distortion pedal) / Dave Black (NZ, banjo) / Cylvi Manthyng (NZ, shaker) Download entire album / View album at  Each contributor created two … Continue reading Dada Songwriting: Rejection dryrot ripple Gombage

Cylvi M: White Suit Walking A series of performance art pieces conceived & performed by Cylvi Manthyng fFOMPA TRUST.ORG A White Suit Walking: 30 Days a Statue. a series of 60-second Statue-scapes entitled Self | Selfie | Selfless Created to offer hope and support To the family and friends left behind When a loved one goes Missing…… reading Cylvi M: White Suit Walking

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

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 Island Sessions 1861 revisited - my first pakeha (European) Edwards ancestors, Totara Jack and Mary, arrived in the South Island of New Zealand on board the Olympus and settled in Nelson. When I lived nearby a century and a half later, I found the address where they'd lived, just below a spot on a hill that … Continue reading South Island Sessions