– 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”
Featherston, NZ – early 2022 – spontaneous compositions, two wet weekends in a row.
A sequel to
Spastic Rhythms vol 1 (2021)
– a series of ‘quickfire’ DIY solo albums created in a couple of days each.
This one features interspecies guest collaboration with Oscar the huntaway.
released February 13, 2022
– guitars, bass, banjo (2), clarinet (6), sanshin (10), loop pedal, e-drum Dave Black
Oscar – vocal
Oscar and Dave
Electric guitar improv duo – in collaboration with antonymilton.bandcamp.com
Recorded in Masterton, New Zealand, 26-09-21
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
as picked by casual streaming listeners, based on % of tracks played in full minus % of tracks skipped… not necessarily the ones I would have picked – there’s little or no correlation between the “important” works and the parts other people like!).
solo Dave Edwards postpunk spoken word free improv guitar spasms (2002)
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Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at Te Papa, Wellington, 2016
Compilation made in
and New Zealand, Okinawa, Western Australia, Indonesia , Fiji,
with Dave Black and The Winter, The Electricka Zoo, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Nat da Hatt, Campbell Kneale, Gamelan Sekar Puri, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya
“The 20 song album covers traditional Javanese and Balinese gamelan , Asia – Pacific folk music, free jazz , and free noise …. If you have an open inquiring mind and love hearing a variety of sound, this is excellent. – Darryl Baser , muzic.net.nz “
novel for the ear – a double album recorded in Australian Melbourne, Victoria,
Sydney and Gosford New South Wales,
with Dave Black Cylvi M, and Mike Kingston ( Francesca Mountfort 2005-2006)
“ Dave Black ’s debut release (and a re-birth, if you like, for David Edwards ) is as much a post-modern piece of Performance Journalism as it is a static batch of “songs” or tracks, – is a pleasing challenge of an album. It lives up to the cliché of presenting something new with each listen,” After Maths & Sciences Simon Sweetman
Solo postpunk live at the old Bar Bodega, Wellington NZ, opening for
“If only I could play guitar like that… bastard” – Chris Knox
solo Dave Black electric guitar improv.
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Continue reading “Top 10 albums*”
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)”
The last track on
is a Spastic Rhythms vol 1 solo rendition of a tune by Dave Black . the Electricka Zoo
It originally appeared on
The Electricka Zoo (2017) , and on the Other Islands: 2012-2018 compilation. It’s based around a (non-diatonic) Cmaj7 – Amaj7 pattern, with a bossa nova rhythm.
The words are in (beginner)
Eu gosto de falar
no meus ancestrais
de as ilhas Atlânticas
Madeiras e Açores
It’s dedicated to my great-great-grandfather
Manuel José Bernard (1847-1928)
He was born in 1847 in Ponta Delgada, Flores Island,
Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe, with its back to it geographically and culturally. It was the edge of the known world for Europeans until the Age of Discovery. The Azores islands are even further west.
As a teenager Manuel Bernard stowed away on a passing American whaling ship.
Continue reading “ilhas Atlânticas”
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”
releases October 17,
– electric guitar, analogue synth Campbell Kneale – bass, electric toothbrush, key ring Dave Black
Campbell Kneale Dave Black
Featherston, New Zealand,
(one continuous take, unabridged, no overdubs – the first time we’d played together)
A 3min excerpt appeared on
– Other Islands: 2012-2018
but you need to hear the full length version to truly enter Campbell’s world.
Continue reading “Campbell Kneale & Dave Black: A Ton of Feathers”