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
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”
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”
John Collie (1834-1893)
Around this time (September
2020) I’d planned to travel to Scotland, on my first visit. There was to be a family gathering for my sister’s wedding in Edinburgh.
The trip’s now postponed indefinitely,
for obvious reasons
The idea was to visit Boyndie, Banffshire, where my great-great-grandfather
John Collie grew up.
1856, in his early 20s he published a book : . ) Poems and Lyrics (in the English and Scotch Dialects
I‘ve started setting some of it to music.
Continue reading “Scotland, postponed”
‘ appears on this new compilation of lockdown sounds from around the world, curated by Solitude … Campbell Kneale
(who I collaborated with in 2018… the full length version of
‘a ton of feathers’ is coming later this year)
Psi-solation has 119 tracks, you can pay what you want, and it wins album of the year by default!
Dearest fellow music-hounds and shut-aways, CELEBRATE PSI PHENOMENON proudly presents…
‘PSI-SOLATION: A GLOBAL COMPILATION OF MUSIC MADE IN LOCKDOWN’
Continue reading “Psi-solation”
, but timely perhaps? 1856
This poem is the first of 44 pieces in the book
Poems & Lyric by John Collie.
It was written by my great-great-grandfather in Scotland.
164 years later, living in 21st century
coronavirus lockdown NZ, we’ve all had to bring back solitude. Creating music’s become a solitary pursuit again (or else a virtual one). Adapting this poem gave the chance for a 12-minute acoustic epic whose time had come (again).
by John Collie, 1856
OH give me near some swelling stream to stray, 0r tread the windings of some pathless wood, For I am wearied of the bustling day, And long to meet thee, gloomy Solitude: That I with thee may climb those shelfy steeps, Which frown majestic o’er the boiling deeps. Continue reading “Solitude”