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Australian experimental label, founded in the early 2000s by Lawrence English. The huge catalogue includes releases by Chris Abrahams, David Toop, Norman Westberg, Chihei Hatakeyama, Janek Schaefer, John Chantler, David Shea, Ross Manning, Tim Hecker any many others.

 
"Playing With Water is a novel written by James Hamilton-Paterson. I was introduced to his writing by the Australian poet Peter Bakowski who gave me a copy of his book 'Seven Tenths - The Sea And Its Thresholds'; a book that influenced my record Globe Notes and ...
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RM4117 | ROOM40

"Los Angeles based artist Geneva Skeen returns to Room40 with her second full-length edition. Born out of the ashes of 2020's cascade of heartbreak and uncertainty, Skeen unpacks the chaotic and unruly events with agency, heaping the distorted eruptions of her day to ...
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RM4113 | ROOM40

"I first met Chris Abrahams sometime in the early part of the 00s. In 2003, I had the pleasure of spending a very late night glued to his sofa, lights diminished, being introduced to his solo work. That listening experience became known as Thrown, a record that to this ...
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RM4132 | ROOM40

"On "Zeitstudie von A.S." I used an ANALAPOS, the echo instrument I invented in 1970, and the Suzuki-type glass harmonica that I created in 1975. The ANALAPOS resembles the tin-can telephone that children used to play with: two metal cans, open at one end and connected ...
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RM4119 | ROOM40

"Don't ask me about genre or consistency. Who cares? Half the world is drowning; the other half is in flames. Each story is an animal, a plant, something you drink, a surface you touch, a faint line, some memory emanating from a cardboard box... Apparition painting is ...
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RM4116 | ROOM40

"Harbors is a collaboration of composers Ellen Fullman (Long String Instrument) and Theresa Wong (cello), which draws inspiration from the soundscapes, stories and atmospheres that manifest around bodies of water that propagate exchange. Structured around the extended ...
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RM4123 | ROOM40

"Being a bad liar in actual life, I've always inclined to transparent creative processes as experienced in the work of artists like Roman Signer, Pierre Berthet and Tetsuya Umeda. In a similar manner, I see this record as nothing more than a sonic imprint of a series of ...
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RM4124 | ROOM40

"And now you can sit down. The follow up to Pinkcourtesyphone's previous collection of negative mood music 'Indelicate Slices' has arrived and it is even more of a sonic banquet than its predecessor.'Leaving Everything To Be Desired' is a sumptuous serenade revealing ...
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RM4127 | ROOM40

"This album is a distillation of the many long-term relationships I've had with Australian composers. The music forms a body of work, spanning fifteen years, that provides a glimpse into my percussive language and a twenty-first century Australian percussion sound. In ...
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RM4126 | ROOM40

"In 2019, Niblock can no longer host his annual 6 hour-long solstice concert at the Experimental lntermedia loft; not only did the neighbors complain, the landlord sued. But the validity of his prescription is undiminished, for it takes sonic volume and spatial ...
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RM4122 | ROOM40

all covers bend from rough transport "I'm not really sure when I first heard Beatriz Ferreyra's music. My best guess would be in the early to mid 2000s when I was working alongside the curatorial team at Liquid Architecture. Given the focus of the festival at that time, ...
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RM4114 | ROOM40

"What are the bounded limits of sense? How is it we come to know the world and moreover how is it that we share that experience collectively? Where are the points of mutual understanding and how can we approach the spectral aspects of our sensing of the world? It's ...
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RM447 | ROOM40

"In June 2019, Masami Akita, better known as Merzbow travelled to Australia to take part in Room40's Open Frame festival. Across a week he delivered a series of performances to sold out audiences in Sydney and Melbourne. The performances were viscerally explosive, a ...
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EDRM428 | ROOM40

"Everything we do sends a message, and that message is embedded in a story. The music i recorded between 1987 and 2003 somehow sends its message and there's a story behind it. By 2006, with "Space", i radically changed both the message and the story. I have always found ...
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RM4115 | ROOM40

"With Slowly Dismantling, Los Angeles based artist Yann Novak problematises understandings of ambience as homogenous and static. Slowly Dismantling deconstructs ambient, pulling it way from the blank and the atmospheric, refusing the perceived luxury of sound within ...
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RM4112 | ROOM40

"Australian born, Sweden based artist John Chantler returns to Room40 with his fifth solo edition. Tomorrow Is Too Late was commissioned by INA GRM for their Presences Electronique festival in 2018 and sees Chantler significantly expand the horizons of his acoustic ...
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RM4107 | ROOM40

"A few years ago I went on a trip to the Asuka region. This album, 'Forgotten Hill', draws all of its inspiration from this trip. The experiences I had on this journey were used as compositional guides to compile the sonic impressions I experienced during this time. ...
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RM4111 | ROOM40

"Every recording project explores a gap that exists between uncertainty and realisation. It can be a treacherous zone of investigation, one that can frustrate as easily as it can reward. In this expanse of possibility, artists and musicians traverse a particular set of ...
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RM4110 | ROOM40

"For well over a decade, Erkki Veltheim has been involved in some of the most critical contemporary sound works performed in Australia. Celebrated widely for his performance approach, that orbits outward from his extended violin practice, Erkki Veltheim's recorded works ...
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RM4106 | ROOM40

"For the first solo record under his own name, Luís Fernandes chose an on-point title that echoes in one word a constant feeling throughout Demora. Demora means 'delay' in Portuguese. Depending on the way you use it on a sentence, it can also mean that something is ...
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RM4109 | ROOM40

"Crushingly dark and ominous avant-classical nocturnal scapes from Tehran-based Siavash Amini, marking his debut with Lawrence English's Room 40. Amini's work in 'Serus' is often scowlingly serious, but not without its moments of spacious, harmonic relief that bring the ...
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RM497 | ROOM40

When I was 22 I managed to acquire Techno Animal's Demonoid 12 at a local record store, Rocking Horse Records. I can still recall the intensities of sound that marked the first moments of listening to it. The sense of bass as a tactile surface, that rolling groove and ...
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RM4103 | ROOM40

"Norman Westberg is perhaps best recognised for his truly individual approach to guitar with the band SWANS. His playing with SWANS has influenced a generation of musicians across genres. His particular approaches to that instrument, in creating both harmony and brute ...
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RM481 | ROOM40

"Re-Verbed (No-Input Mixing Board 9) is the latest edition from Tokyo based artist Toshimaru Nakamura. The No-Input Mixing Board is a unique instrument pioneered by Nakamura. As its name suggests, it is a mixing console within which external no input exists. The ...
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RM494 | ROOM40