Posts Tagged: Room40

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

What is the sound of the year?  In recent years, it might have been the sound of silence, or that of pots and pans struck in solidarity; it might have been the sound of protest, or of fire.  This year,

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

What is the sound of the year?  In recent years, it might have been the sound of silence, or that of pots and pans struck in solidarity; it might have been the sound of protest, or of fire.  This year,

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Ambient

The best ambient albums of the year include a set of short stories, an ode to a remote island, a celebration of sailing, a score to ice diving and an expression of hope from Ukraine.  Fans of classic ambience will

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Ambient

The best ambient albums of the year include a set of short stories, an ode to a remote island, a celebration of sailing, a score to ice diving and an expression of hope from Ukraine.  Fans of classic ambience will

ACL 2022 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

While many music labels impressed us this year, few had to deal with invasion and war.  Our Label of the Year is Ukraine’s Corridor Audio, a shining example of grace under fire. In retrospect, it seems scary to recall that

ACL 2022 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

While many music labels impressed us this year, few had to deal with invasion and war.  Our Label of the Year is Ukraine’s Corridor Audio, a shining example of grace under fire. In retrospect, it seems scary to recall that

Pierce Warnecke ~ Deafened By The Noise Of Time

The notes accompanying Pierre Warnecke’s new album Deafened by the Noise of Time begin with a quote from the German author, W.G. Sebald.  Taken from his experimental final novel Austerlitz, the quotation ends with a melancholic mediation on sonic absence

Pierce Warnecke ~ Deafened By The Noise Of Time

The notes accompanying Pierre Warnecke’s new album Deafened by the Noise of Time begin with a quote from the German author, W.G. Sebald.  Taken from his experimental final novel Austerlitz, the quotation ends with a melancholic mediation on sonic absence

Alberto Boccardi ~ Petra

There are times when even the most familiar landscape takes on an uncomfortable edge. The hill up the road starts to look alien, the cityscape like a jumble of separate, disconnected parts. Returning home after a long absence, familiar sights

Alberto Boccardi ~ Petra

There are times when even the most familiar landscape takes on an uncomfortable edge. The hill up the road starts to look alien, the cityscape like a jumble of separate, disconnected parts. Returning home after a long absence, familiar sights

Daniel Menche ~ Forlorn

The extensive musical output of Daniel Menche is often described with labels like experimental, abstract, or noise. These labels are accurate but limited, referring to preconceived music ideas that do not apply entirely to his work. Menche’s music can be

Daniel Menche ~ Forlorn

The extensive musical output of Daniel Menche is often described with labels like experimental, abstract, or noise. These labels are accurate but limited, referring to preconceived music ideas that do not apply entirely to his work. Menche’s music can be

Cole Peters ~ A Certain Point of Inertia

In his liner notes, Cole Peters addresses the pandemic feeling of “time and space collapsing,” and brings this personal feeling to bear on his music.  To many, these past two years have been one long blur: an unending winter or Lent, time

Cole Peters ~ A Certain Point of Inertia

In his liner notes, Cole Peters addresses the pandemic feeling of “time and space collapsing,” and brings this personal feeling to bear on his music.  To many, these past two years have been one long blur: an unending winter or Lent, time

Steve Roden ~ stars of ice

A lock for our year-end Winter Music chart, stars of ice is a gorgeous half hour of samples and loops.  The photograph, taken in 1900, suggests that once upon a time, our winters were colder and icier than they are today.  The

Steve Roden ~ stars of ice

A lock for our year-end Winter Music chart, stars of ice is a gorgeous half hour of samples and loops.  The photograph, taken in 1900, suggests that once upon a time, our winters were colder and icier than they are today.  The