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Lionel Marchetti + Cat Hope (Performed by Decibel)
The Last Days Of Reality

Famed avant-garde composers Cat Hope and Lionel Marchetti have some of their work performed by Decibel on this new Room40 (Merzbow, Norman Westberg) release. The Last Days Of Reality sees Hope and Marchetti combine on two tracks while Marchetti also has four solo pieces here. Impressively performed by Decibel, the mix of portentous noise, concrete techniques and precise electroacoustic composition is reminiscent of both Coil and Karlheinz Stockhausen in equal measure.
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Olivia Block
132 Ranks

Personally, I am of the opinion that anything by Olivia Block immediately deserves serious attention, but in case you need convincing… Block is a maestro of blurring the boundaries between acoustic and electronic sound, and on 132 Ranks she achieves this in live performance. This is a recording of a piece for gigantic church organ with accompanying electronics, filling the space with overlapping tones and clusters. Excellent work, on Room40.

M.Geddes Gengras
Light Pipe

Light Pipe is the 10th album from synth maestro M.Geddes Gengras. For him, it's his most ambitious work yet, running at over two and a half hours long and written in response to a number of site specific installations, one disc covering those that were inside, while the other on those out. He reflects these spaces by creating huge, slowly oscillating soundscape, rich with texture.

Scanner
Mass Observation (Expanded)

Originally released in 1994, the Mass Observation LP was Robin Rimbaud's groundbreaking record as Scanner. Part of a wider interest and study in surveillance -- very relevant in today's climate, with a society obsessed with virtual media, Big Brother and Love Island -- this previously unreleased and expanded edition includes longer, uncut mixes laid down onto DAT, live at the time. Beatless sounds -- radio communications disembodied and disconnected from personal context, mixed with dial tone pulses and abstract textures -- captured moments in time using scanners. Found sound and spoken word would continue to be introduced in much experimental music made by many artists that were to follow. CD on Room40.

Merzbow
MONOAkuma

For forty years now Merzbow has been consistently reinventing, questioning and innovating the genre of noise music. To celebrate the one born Masami Akita entering his fifth decade as a recording artist, Room40 (Brandon LaBelle, Luc Ferrari) are releasing MONOAkuma, a recording of a concert Merzbow gave in Brisbane back in 2012. Lawrence English was there and described the performance as one of ‘utter euphoria’ - not words one often associates with Merzbow’s output.

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda
Ke I Te Ki

Sound artists Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, first performed Ke i Te Ki in 2015 in New York. The pair built a series of sounds above field recordings, drones and further sound distortions. In Japanese, Ke i Te Ki is the sound of an alarm warning of a hazard. The name was chosen by the pair to remind themselves to set out of their comfort zone and to push the boundaries of their sound experiments further.  

Erik Griswold
Yokohama Flowers

Room40 (Merzbow, Lawrence English) drop an LP of piano explorations by label favourite Erik Griswold. The phrase ‘prepared piano’ can strike fear into the hearts of even the most adventurous music lover, but you’ll be pleased to hear that Yokohama Flowers manages to maintain a sense of warmth amidst all the dampened strings and heavy keys. Indeed, some of it kind of sounds like Beirut if you squint hard enough.
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Tomasz Bednarczyk
Illustrations For Those Who

Tomasz Bednarczyk returns with his first new album in nearly a decade. In a past decade, Tomasz made a series of ambient recordings that placed antique technologies alongside pastoral tones and timbres and then moved onto more streamlined, techno-centred releases. Adopting a new angle on his more atmospheric works lately, 'Illustrations For Those Who' finds Tomasz utilizing a bare-bones setup featuring single sources with some synthesis and layering. Dense, rich textures await. CD on Room40. 

Tony Buck
Unearth

It's been fifteen long years since we last heard solo work from Tony Buck. Having spent a long time working as the clairvoyant drummer in improvisational noise trio the Necks, it may be a surprise to many that he has strong compositional chops. The appropriately titled Unearth reveals his secret musical language through use of found sound, electronics and even guitars, offering another sporadic slab of Necks-related ambience. Fans of Buck's colleague Chris Abrahams and his recent room40 record would be wise to investigate.

Pinkcourtesyphone
Indelicate Slices

On his newest album, Pinkcourtesyphone, is rehabilitating mood music. Its status as musical self-help means it’s rarely taken seriously, so Richard Chartier’s solution? Negativity. Indefinite Slices comes on a limited edition CD featuring seven tracks which plumb atmospheric depths, abrasive ambiances, and bad moods.

Norman Westberg
13

It’s that bloke, the guitarist from SWANS. Yep, here’s Norman Westberg’s solo work and he has been a prolific contributor to various projects over the years; from film appearances to bands Five Dollar Priest and The Heroine Sheiks. On 13, Westberg manipulates his guitar through a series of effects giving them reverb and delay galore. It’s a minimalist, often unsettling sound which is generated, but always enthralling and transportative. Previously only available in an edition of 75, Room40 release this in a re-mastered edition.  

Norman Westberg
MRI

Long-time Swans man Norman Westberg follows up on last solo reissue 13 with MRI, also for Lawrence English’s Room40 label. These recordings, which feature Westberg pulling his guitar through some deep and heavy processes, were initially self-released: this reissue is freshly mastered, and also features a brand new piece.

Norman Westberg
Jasper Sits Out

As well as beng the guitarist in Swans, Norman Westberg has had a fair few other side projects as well as working on his own, much more minimal pieces. Originally self-released with only 100 copies in 2014 Room40 are bringing Jasper Sits to a larger audience. The precise and conscious manipulation of tonality through repetition is here in full effect, without the big band flavour.

Thembi Soddell
Love Songs

Before we go any further you should know, Thembi Soddell has a dark sense of humour. Love Songs is certainly an album about love, but rather than the highs, it's the toxicity and harm that can lie beneath which Soddell takes as her subject. This is bleak, dense and intense music that is deeply personal and viscerally horrifying. On Room40. 
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Joana Gama | Luís Fernandes
The Still Point Of The Turning World

Gorgeous, deeply atmospheric minimalist-inspired work from Orquestra de Guimarães composed and directed by Joana Gama and Luís Fernandes with arrangements from José Alberto Gomes. This outstanding modern composition was commissioned by Câmara Municipal de Guimarães and A Oficina / Westway Lab Festival in 2017 and has been mixed and produced by Room40 label head Lawrence English.
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Ueno Takashi
Smoke Under The Water

Japanese guitarist Ueno Takashi is a prolific solo artist and a key collaborator, both as part of Tenniscoats and in one-offs with the likes of Keiji Haino. Here on Lawrence English’s Room40 label he presents a richly-detailed solo guitar composition, fantastically titled Smoke Under The Water. Music for inquisitive mind and playful fingers.

Nicola Ratti
The Collection

Bellows band member Nicola Ratti caught our attention with the excellent Pressure Loss release on Where To Now? and now shores up on the ever-essential Room40 with a new suite of refined, rhythmic minimalism. The pitter patter of Ratti’s percussion is austere, but there’s a sense of fun rubbed into the wobbles and creases between all the microscopic details.
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Rafael Toral
Moon Field

Highly skilled and storied Portugese sound artist Rafael Toral makes a welcome appearance on Lawrence English’s Room40 label. The sound field Toral employs on this latest album is stark and clinical, but the tones vibrating within are etched deep with studious character, whether it’s a measured guitar drone or a clipped sax ramble.
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Ross Manning
Reflex In Waves

Based on the south side of Brisbane with a laboratory full of custom-built contraptions, Ross Manning has been patiently exploring waves and their resulting vibrations on a scientific level. Having displayed his findings in an exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Modern Art, he now gathers together the key points in this collection for Room40.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Mirage

Expansive ambient soundscapes based around audio structures and the effect of space and architecture on sound. Japanese musician Chihei Hatakeyama, of Opitope crafts glorious and peaceful walls of reverberated tone that whilst grand is never overbearing. FFO Stars Of The Lid, Dead Texan, Leyland Kirby. Vinyl from Room40.

Mike Cooper
Raft

Guitar lopsider Mike Cooper has been making some of the best improvisations of the last lifetime. At seventy-five years old he's still finding extraordinary new non-shapes to mould his lap steel into, here joining Lawrence English's room40 imprint for a record of discombobulated ambient music that strains and stutters but always sounds gorgeous. Inspired by Pacific music, this record sounds like the calm of a sea when living on its surface. 

Scott Morrison
Ballad(s) For Quiet evenings


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Anthea Caddy/ Thembi Soddell
Host


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Rafael Anton Irisarri
A Fragile Geography

Room40, the Australian experimental label run by Lawrence English, has just ticked over to its fifteenth year of operation. To usher in the new era, here is a new record from Rafael Anton Irisarri. A Fragile Geography is a very Room40 LP, a densely layered mass of sound that forms a gorgeous heavy-ambient wash.

Lawrence English
Cruel Optimism

Room40 bossman Lawrence English shows us why he is where he is with an excellent record of dense electronics. Cruel Optimism has the elemental drones that English is so good at, but also contributions from amazing guest musicians like Mats Gustafsson, Werner Dafeldecker and Tony Buck of The Necks. Quite a set of sounds.

Chris Abrahams
Fluid To The Influence

Chris Abrahams is of course the pianist in essential trio The Necks. His piano playing surfaces here, as does some organ work, but in addition this solo record is teeming with electronic slices and other instruments, assembled with a musique concréte approach. Fluid To The Influence is released by Lawrence English’s Room40 label.

Tim Hecker
Norberg / Apondalifa

Room40, the Australian experimental label run by Lawrence English, has just ticked over to its fifteenth year of operation. To celebrate, they are re-pressing a number of works that have slipped out of print, such as Apondalifa by Tim Hecker. First released as a 7” many years ago, this heavy drone-swarm is now paired with Norberg on a 12” LP.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains

Chihei Hatakeyama, of Tokyo, produces harmonically rich droning ambience, just the kind of thing that floats the Room40 label’s boat. Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains evokes just as much a sense of place as the title suggests: a clear image of a place at once specific and universal. CD on Room40.

Mike Cooper
Fratello Mare

Mike Cooper’s new album Fratello Mare is a rare thing: not only a record produced by a man fifty years into this music game, but also one that is inventive, interesting and fresh. Nice one Mike. This Pacific-themed sonic journey centres around lap-steel, with an array of other flavoursome sounds (percussion, field recordings etc.) adding texture. On Room 40.

Samartzis/ Inada
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Simon James Phillips
Chair


Lawrence English
Wilderness Of Mirrors

Wilderness of Mirrors is the new album from Lawrence English. It is two years in the making and the first album created since the release of his 2011 ode to J.A Baker’s novel, The Peregrine. It is English’s most tectonic auditory offering to date, an unrelenting passage of colliding waves of harmony and dynamic live instrumentation.

Tenniscoats
Temporacha


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Erikm
Transfall


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Chris Abrahams/ Mike Cooper
Oceanic Feeling- Like


Chihei Hatakeyama
Mirror


Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Various
Airport Symphony


Stephen Vitiello, Francisco Lopez, Various
Audible Geography


Chihei Hatakeyama
Saunter


Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner
May


Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English & John Chantler
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Erikm (Luc Ferrari & Thomas Lehn)
Les Protorythmiques


John Chantler/ Function
Split


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Robin Fox & Clayton Thomas
Substation


Chris Abrahams
Thrown