Jan 102015

I often think about Fitzcaraldo. It’s a film about obsession and struggle, and lets face it, insanity. The reason I think about it most though is because of Fitzgerald’s dogged determination to realise something born of pure desire. When Room40 started in 2000, I’ll admit I shared much of the vigour for the unthinkable that Fitzgerald did. Incrementally over the past 15 years Room40, with wonderful efforts from amazing artists, compatriots and collaborators, has grown from a single voice calling from the deep south, into a chorus of voices echoing across the globe. To hear these voices, singing in a polyphonic unison, brings me great pride.

In 2015, Room40 is celebrating 15 years with a series of special editions, releases and events. We start this month in Europe with a series of dates featuring artists Lawrence English, Rafael Anton Irisarri, John Chantler and Heinz Riegler:

Room40 : 15 (EU)

22 January 2015 | Spectaculare Festival, Prague (CZ) LPE, JC, HR
22 January 2015 | Feed, Kunstwerke, Berlin (DE) RAI
23 January 2015 | Cafe OTO, London (UK) LPE, RAI, JC
24 January 2015 | Netwerk, Aalst (BE) LPE, RAI, JC
25 January 2015 | Fluister, Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht (NL) AFTERNOON SHOW? LPE, RAI, JC
28 January 2015 | Berghain, Berlin, As Part Of CTM Un Tune (DE) - LPE
29 January 2015 | Jazzhouse, Copenhagen (DK) LPE, RAI, JC
30 January 2015 | Blå, Oslo (NO)  LPE, RAI, JC
31 January 2015 | HEK, Basel (CH)  LPE, RAI, JC
1 February 2015 | Cave12, Geneva (CH)  LPE, JC

Nov 202014

I think I can see the sun setting on this year already.

Hard to believe time can vanish so quickly! But, before we snuff out the light, two releases are here to accent the dusk! The first comes care of our long time associate Ueno Takashi (Mr Tenniscoats). He is a guitar master few can compare to, an experimentalist of the highest order and with Variations Of Weeds, he matches harmony and melody against raw invention! The Spaces Contained In Each is our other new edition to close the year. Recorded as part of a collaborative work between Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello, it’s an elegant exploration of temporal texture. Deep and rich, like the colours of our metaphoric setting sun.

A Guide To Saints, Room40′s brother magnetic tape label, is very pleased to announce the release of three new editions this month. The first comes care of Daniel Rejmer, who can proudly attest to making Ben Frost’s live concerts almost certainly cause internal haemorrhaging for the audience. His edition Smedje charts a wave of arcing distortion the likes of which is best enjoyed at high volume. Localities from Sydney’s Tom Smith and Marcus Whale follows up on their stellar performance at Imaginary Landscapes in 2013. It’s a throbbing pulsation, a rhythmic reflection of place unknown, but imagined. The final edition is from Brisbane electronic deconstructionist Pale Earth, who revives pop through a lens of disjointed electronic experiments on Sun Tribes. The results are hypnotic and elegantly discordant in equal doses.

Nov 192014

Lawrence English heads to Portugal this december for a series of lectures and concerts including a performance as part of this year’s MadeiraDig festival. He presents a lecture The Radical Listener at Aula Magna and a concert at Passos Manuel in Porto.