sums up the last few years’ here: águas brilhantes: 2018-2022,
2022‘s been a particularly productive year… there’s a (mostly) solo instrumental album (also ft Oscar the dog);
two albums by
the Troubled Times – collaboration with now a trio with David Heath on drums; Antony Milton
recordings with my nephews
Hans and towards Rhys Landon-Lane – with words written by our ancestor; Poems & Lyrics by John Collie (1856)
and a multimedia
spoken word + improvised music collaboration with the award-winning painter ; James Robinson
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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
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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...
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
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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
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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...
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.
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19th century Scottish drinking song, by
John Collie (1834-1893), from his book ‘ Poems and Lyrics‘
Played by his great-great-grandson
Dave Edwards -at Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon on 4th of May 2019. It features on the album. Live 2019
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