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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.

 
"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

MERZBOW - MONOAKUMA (CD)

"MONOAkuma is a live recording made in Brisbane in 2012 at the Institute Of Modern Art. This was the second time I had the pleasure to present Masami Akita live in Australia. To me, this performance epitomises the physiology of Merzbow's sound work. He creates in ...
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"There were three performers and one witness. I can remember this day so well, even though it was some twenty-four years ago. Standing up before a mixing desk in a dark room in an apartment in South London, Jim O'Rourke, Robert Hampson and myself, literally all hands-on ...
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"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

"The music of Australian artist Thembi Soddell resides in a zone of unrelenting darkness and physical affect. Working at the nexus of raw emotion, sound design and musique concrete, she creates sound worlds that are effortlessly dense and abyss-like. In her ...
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RM491 | ROOM40

"Joana Gama and Luis Fernandes' new offering At The Still Point Of The Turning World, borrows its title from T. S. Eliot's poem Burnt Norton. It is a record of restless motion, lilting and pulsing with a sense of gentle determination. Born out of a period of mutual ...
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RM492 | ROOM40

"Seven excellent examples of negative mood music. Pinkcourtesyphone's artistry is all lustrous sounds. new meaning and beauty for.oh, you don't even want to know. The answer is buried under centuries of suffocatingly sweet tonalities we created. Just like romance, the ...
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RM490 | ROOM40

"I confess to being in a state of ceaseless awe when it comes to Tokyo guitarist, Ueno Takashi. I have had the pleasure to know Ueno now for well over 10 years. In that time he has remained a source of constant curiosity and surprise. Just when I think I have the man ...
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RM487 | ROOM40

"On Moon Field, Rafael Toral breaks new ground, it is his first edition that moves outward, beyond the Space Program series. This collection of three extended and interlocking works, marks the beginning of a transitional period into a new phase. Building on the ...
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RM480 | ROOM40

"These recordings were made during a relatively long period of time, not continuously, over several months in my studio. Nothing was been planned in advance, not any idea of album or approach. Nevertheless I easily recognise myself in this material, moreover I recognise ...
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RM489 | ROOM40

"In August this year, Ross Manning opened his first major survey exhibition, Dissonant Rhythms, at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art. As part of the exhibition a monograph and LP edition, titled Reflex in Waves, were prepared to celebrate this milestone. Reflex in ...
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RM486 | ROOM40

"Unearth is the first solo recording from Australian born, Berlin based composer and drummer Tony Buck in 15 years. Many would recognise Buck from his work with the iconic Australia avant trio The Necks. His history as a player however reaches much further than this ...
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RM488 | ROOM40

"The relation of sound and architecture has been a recurring theme across the centuries. The earliest examples of sound design stem from the interaction of human voice and various architectural spaces used for worship and ritual. It is these sonic reflections on ritual ...
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RM483 | ROOM40

COOPER, MIKE - RAFT (LP)

"Mike Cooper's output of the past half century has been described as 'post-everything'. It's a fitting phrase really when you consider he has been at the beating heart of so many critical musical moments. From the development of the blues touring circuit in the UK, ...
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RM484 | ROOM40

"Glitter in my tears marks the 20th anniversary of Janek Schaefer's career as a recording artist, having now released 30 albums. His music is best comprehended through examining his time as an architect, and how that forged his innate sense for constructing tactile ...
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RM485 | ROOM40

"The first solo work I heard from Norman was this recording, Jasper Sits Out. I was instantly struck by the textural sensitivity he managed to create with nothing more than a guitar and some modest pedals. He managed to find a depth in what was a very limited palette ...
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RM473 | ROOM40

"Cruel Optimism is a record that considers power (present and absent). It meditates on how power consumes, augments and ultimately shapes two subsequent human conditions: obsession and fragility. This pyramid is an affective ecology of the (ever)present moment. This ...
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RM470V | ROOM40

MIRKO - LP1 (CD)

"LP1 is the debut edition from London based artist Mirko Vogel. Recorded across almost three years, the record is a sprawling mass of ambient texture, remote harmony and uneasy pulse. Initially born out of extended periods of intense touring with Cut Copy, the earliest ...
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RM482 | ROOM40

listen at bandcamp***"In 2015, Brisbane's Gallery Of Modern Art presented David Lynch: Between Two Worlds, a major retrospective of Lynch's works across painting, sculpture, installation and photography. To celebrate the retrospective curator, Jose Da Silva, with David ...
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