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 https://maps.app.goo.gl/UZm5kgceqFjuoNf76 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEwJRnkTpeg 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

Cylvi M at Buddha’s foot, Kyoto 京都

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s41EqM9pEng 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vIraMru4vU&list=PL26D01AF2105C675D 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'.

Okinawa, Japan 沖縄日本

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_Bw6mHWSs&list=PLB7B9A1E503D846D8 ハイサイ! イチャリバ チョデ!  よろしく おねがいします。 きょ-ねん 那覇市に すんでいました と にほんご ちょっと べんきょしました。 In 2011-2012 I lived in Naha (那覇市), the main city of Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県) in Japan (日本). The soundtracks to these videos are snippets of live Okinawan music I recorded there, such as eisa drum dancing and shima uta island songs.  Spot me on … Continue reading Okinawa, Japan 沖縄日本

Kyushu, Japan 九州日本

Videos from a solo trip across Kyushu (in March 2012, on holiday from work in Okinawa).  Accompanied by Japanese music such as koto, shakuhachi, yokagura and hip-hop, recorded live. Four videos - 1) from sugi (Japanese cedar) forest with 3000-year-old trees on Yakushima Island, 2) heading north via Kumamoto and its castle, to 3) a … Continue reading Kyushu, Japan 九州日本

Crossing the Japan Alps 飛騨山脈日本

Music, video and hiking by Dave Black and Nat da Hatt - two New Zealanders living in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Rhslag1Vs&list=PLtbrBpNjlOHPJYIAfcpFt9VwphQnj_dQ_ We crossed the Hida mountains in six days, losing a few kg along the way, and passed through 長野県(Nagano), 岐阜県 (Gifu), and 富山県 (Toyama) prefectures.