Aug 182017
 

Some of the most provocative performative installation work I have ever experienced came care of Osaka’s Tetsuya Umeda. I once had the pleasure of wandering the streets of Tennoji with Ytamo and Oorutaichi, where Umeda had created a series of staggering sonic (and other) interventions that bent time and space. To pair Umeda with Brisbane’s master of curved light (and sound) Ross Manning is a true delight.
It brings me great pleasure then, to announce MONO25 at the IMA on Thursday Sept 7. The event is free and you can reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

May 212017
 

The better part of a decade ago, Janek Schaefer sent through a wonderful recording ‘In The Last Hour‘, a highpoint for the label that year.

Over the years we’ve chatted about other projects and made available some special tidbits, then a few months back Janek passed on a collection on vignettes. I was struck by the fragility of the works, they were elegantly hopeful, but longing, layered with a cloaked narrative of love and despair. I invite you to listen, late in the evening if you can (when this music was made), to this fine collection of collected ambient moments.

Apr 242017
 

There’s times where I have listened to the music of Chihei Hatakeyama for hours on end. He creates, without question, some of the finest ambient work that you’re likely to encounter. On Mirage, he returns with his first LP edition published by us here at Room40.

Drawing on his travels and recordings made in Turkey some years back, this recording is a meditation of sound, space and timbre. You can listen to an excerpt below…the colour LP is presented in grey marble.

Apr 242017
 

In May we are very pleased to welcome some fine folk from the Northern Hemisphere here in the south.

John Chantler, one of the original Room40 clan is headed down for a special concert before heading home to his ancestral home some hours north of Brisbane. John has been quietly cultivating, in my humble opinion, some of the finest modular synth work this side of the 20th century. He will play at The Milk Factory Wednesday March 10.

The following week one of my favourite Organists Aine O’Dwyer is here thanks to the fine folks from Liquid Architecture and Altmusic. We’ve teamed up with Liquid Architecture to host a special offsite show as part of the MONO series. This concert will happen at The Old Museum Tuesday May 16th from 7.45 sharp. Kusum Normoyle is also in town ready to cultivate a hellish noise of beauty.

Mar 232017
 

Norman Westberg is presently touring with SWANS around Europe. Between tours, he fills his time with many things, including making some of the most elegant solo guitar work you might care to come across. We’ve had the pleasure to reissue a swag of the handmade editions Norman has been making over the past half decade.

To celebrate the most recent reissue of Jasper Sits Out, we commissioned film maker Paul W. Rankin to create a video accompaniment to one of the pieces from the edition. Watch it HERE

Mar 232017
 

I’m excited to be visiting y’all in the Northern Hemisphere in the coming weeks. These will be the first Cruel Optimism presentations. I also have the great pleasure to host two field recording workshops at the Knockdown Centre and in conjunction with the Pasadena Arts Council (sold out, sorry). Dates are as follows:

MAR 25 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER
MAR 26 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER
PRESENTING THE RADICAL LISTENER: MASTERCLASS
MAR 28 CHICAGO, IL @ THE EMPTY BOTTLE
MAR 29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THE LAB
MAR 31 LOS ANGELES, CA @ ZEBULON
APRIL 2 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ SUNRAY CINEMA
PRESENTING HEXA:FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS
APRIL 4 IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL
PRESENTING HEXA:FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS
APRIL 5 IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL