Room40 has announced a new album from Lionel Marchetti and Cat Hope. It’s entitled The Last Days of Reality and features six tracks that Cat states “exist as live performances, but also as singular concrète works, when heard without the instruments.” The album is performed by the group Decibel, of which Cat Hope is a part of. You can listen to the title track above via the label’s Bandcamp page. A lengthy description of the album is also available there, as well as information for pre-ordering the album. The Last Days of Reality is due to be out on November 23rd.
Room40 are set to release a new album from Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda next week on November 2nd. The album is entitled Ke I Te Ki and features three tracks that were recorded in 2015 at The Emily Harvey Foundation. This marks the duo’s first release since their collaborative album ma ta ta bi in 2014 on Oral. In Japanese, the title of this new album refers to the sound of an alarm and was suggested by Akio Suzuki as a reminder for the two to continue pushing themselves further, questioning norms and exploring new possibilities.
Aki Onda described the album as such:
My role was to set an assortment of “scenes” with field recordings, sustained drones generated by an industrial electric fan, and electronic tones and pulses from radios, et cetera. Akio then built upon these with layers of melodies and rhythmic patterns, while we both engaged in fabricating distinctive texture and timbre. Akio kept changing his instruments—such as the Analapos, the stone flute, discarded objects, et cetera—bringing surprises and sudden changes, creating contrast and powerful tension.
You can stream the first, titular track above via the label’s Bandcamp page. Pre-orders for the digital album and the physical CD are also available on the same page.
Room40 has announced two new albums to be released in September. The first comes from Olivia Block and is entitled 132 Ranks. The piece was composed for the Skinner rgan at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. The piece was performed in April of last year and featured six speakers placed throughout the chapel that played sounds that were meant to interact with the performance space. You can listen to an excerpt of the recording above. Pre-orders can be made on the Bandcamp page here. The album is out September 7th.
The second new release that Room40 has announced comes from M. Geddes Gengras. The two-disc album is called Light Pipe and features ten pieces that interact with the various interior and exterior spaces in which they were performed. You can listen to the third track from the album, "Nave", above. Pre-orders can be made on the Bandcamp page here.