The Punk Rocker, the Long Pig and the Composerwith David Birch
I met Dave when we both started around the same time at Earth Touch in 2008 and, over time, his recording suite became a quiet haven I could go with a cup of coffee and talk work, TV shows we’re watching, or who knows what other off-kilter randomness.
SAMPLE: Dave spoke about first learning 12 Bar Blues.
He tackles challenges head on and when I asked him for advice on the cltrshift podcast production he shared what was relevant, plus – without much podcast experience – eagerly learned things along the way with me, to file in his ever expanding skill-set. His analytical brain breaks everything down into digestible production notes for future productions.
And that’s Dave – supportive, inquisitive, creative.
- The flesh of a man intended for eating.
- Derived from ‘puaa oa’, a phrase originating in the Marquesan language to euphemistically refer to cannibalism.
- The phrase first appeared in Fredrick O’Brien’s 1919 travelogue of French Polynesia, “White Shadows in the South Seas”.
“Upon it once stood the temple and about it were enacted the rites of mystery, when the priests and elders fed on the ‘long pig that speaks,’ when the drums beat till dawn and wild dances maddened the blood.”
- Battery 9 – Strop (1996)
- Springbok Nude Girls – AfterLifeSatisfaction (1996)
- Sugardrive – When I Died I was Elvis (1999)
- Perez – Picture Perfect (2002)
VIDEO: Squeal, performing ‘Long Pig’ live at Rustlers Valley 1995 (not 1996 as the video suggests).
“Killing the Light”, Squeal playing at the James Phillips Benefit concert, 1995
My experience as a film editor and producer, I’ve collaborated with and witnessed him adding layers to a film that I never imagined would bring it even more to life – and when you’ve watched a scene over and over for months and know even frame, you still feel like you’re seeing it for the first time.
LISTEN BELOW: Dave and I talk film composition.
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