2012 part of Other Islands: 2012-2018 - a compilation of recent highlights, recorded in New Zealand, Western Australia, Fiji, Indonesia and Okinawa In 2012 I was home in New Zealand for a total of seven days, in July/August. Oherwise it was very much a year of two halves. Until the end of June I lived in … Continue reading 2012

Nat da Hatt – Harpsychord

The latest offering from Nat da Hatt, recorded in 2015-2016 in Kawaguchi City, Japan using an array of instruments, devices and machines including: a Zoom digital eight track recorder, A Gretsch Electromatic guitar and a Korg vocoder. Harpsychord follows hot on the heels of 2015's Volume V and Kleptomania and his previous 2012 solo masterpiece, … Continue reading Nat da Hatt – Harpsychord

安里屋ユンタオーバードライブ Asadoya Yunta Overdrive (Okinawa)

Here's a new bonus track we've added to the album ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes - our version of a traditional shima uta (island song) from 沖縄 (Okinawa). Dave Black - sanshin, harmonica, field recordings Nat da Hatt - acoustic & electric guitars, electronics Cylvi Manthyng - shakuhachi As you can hear, the music of Okinawa … Continue reading 安里屋ユンタオーバードライブ Asadoya Yunta Overdrive (Okinawa)

Free mp3s 2014 – 2015

New free downloads 2014-2015 !  Pay koha / what you want for Ngumbang the first collaborative album by New Zealand artist/musician/filmmaker/ethnomusicologists Dave Black & Snake Beings - performed on guitars, bass, banjo, percussion, saxophones, clarinets, harmonicas, synthesisers, Indonesian gamelan, Okinawan sanshin, ukulele, violin, loop pedal, piano, drums and spoken word. and ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes … Continue reading Free mp3s 2014 – 2015

Nat da Hatt: Volume V

Presenting the second new solo album for 2015 from Nat da Hatt! Volume V follows hot on the heels of Kleptomania and his previous 2012 solo masterpiece, Twango Nat da Hatt is a political refugee from New Zealand who has settled in Japan where he spends his days in a cave creating tone paintings on … Continue reading Nat da Hatt: Volume V

Nat da Hatt: Kleptomania

Presenting the new solo album from Nat da Hatt! Nat da Hatt is a political refugee from New Zealand who has settled in Japan where he spends his days in a cave creating tone paintings on an array of devices and instruments including: guitar, thumb piano and a Korg vocoder. He's also collaborated with fiffdimension's … Continue reading Nat da Hatt: Kleptomania

East to West: Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCj6pHh96aA Back in April we performed Dave Black & Snake Beings: East to West at the Audio Foundation in Auckland.  Here's a first excerpt from the show, which took the audience all the way from NZ to Portugal.  This chapter is set in mainland Japan, and takes in Kyoto, Mount Fuji, and 1990s Tokyo.  The … Continue reading East to West: Japan

ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes

Music by Dave Black & Nat da Hatt - two New Zealanders living in Japan.   楽しむことができます!  Like 日本 itself, this music offers a surrealistic fusion of ancient and modern.                 released 31 January 2014 Click here for Nat da Hatt's solo albums Nat da Hatt - electric & acoustic guitars, drum machine, synths, laptop, samples Dave Black - … Continue reading ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes

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

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.