ROOM40 LONDON OPENFRAME: 9 & 10 DECEMBER 2009
CAFE OTO. 18-22 ASHWIN STREET E8 3DL.
A festival of esoteric sound and media, presented annually by Australian label ROOM40. This is the inaugural London edition and starts the label's 10 year anniversary celebrations.
DAY #1 - Wednesday 9 December 2009
Mike Cooper & Guests
DAY #2 - Thursday 10 December 2009
Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English, John Chantler (trio)
Dolphins into the Future
Makino Takashi film screenings
TICKETS: £7 Wednesday / £10 Thursday / £15 for a 2-day pass: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/1212
Mike Cooper + Guests
A British guitarist, now-resident in Rome - Mike Cooper has had a hand in a whole slew of modern music adventures in the last 30+years - from pure blues to free jazz, weirdly affective lapsteel/electronics hybrids and post-everything songforms that turn the whole new weird america thing on its ass. Mike recorded a fantastic duo record with Chris Abrahams of the Necks on Piano for ROOM40 and we'll shortly be re-issuing his stellar tribute to the hawaiian shirt - Rayon Hula.
Ralph Steinbrüchel's musical work deals mainly with the texture and atmosphere of sound. In the studio he works relentlessly creating new sounds that are then collected and arranged for live performance. The sounds you hear in his music form both intricate patterns and spacious landscapes, revealing his acute awareness for beauty. Steinbrüchel has released two discs for ROOM40 - Basis and Opaque - and has made plenty more for 12k, LINE, NonVisualObjects and his own label Synchron. This set will be played via a 4-speaker configuration. Nice!
The organ octet is a loose assemblage of musicians kicking life and form into the humble reed organs of the 70s taking them out of the living room corner and onto the stage, sharing wave space with their fellows to create a shimmering, glowing halo of overtones. Transcendent stuff. An Octet LP will be out on ROOM40 in early 2010. Octet members include Dale Berning, Dominic Garwood, Carina Thoren, Luke Garwood, Matthew Nicholson, Alexander Tucker, John Chantler, Jodi Cave and Pascal Babare. Lawrence English will also join the Octet for this set at Oto.
A sound artist living in Paris, since 2003, Roux has recorded for the experimental electronic labels 12k, ROOM40 and Apestaartje. His music is a mix of work for radio, stunning musique concrete and sublime musical electronics. His main collaborative projects includes Heller (with Eddie Ladoire, published by French labels n-rec and optical sound), works with 12k artist Sogar, and with Greg Davis (the duo cd called “paquet surprise” was released on carpark in October 2005). Look forward to him making good use of the multiple speaker array!
Tujiko Noriko / Lawrence English / John Chantler (trio)
After a sold-out show at Cafe Oto last year, Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English and John Chantler reconvene for a set of analog electronics, laptop interjections and brushed rhythms, ushering in the rare and exotic reality Tujiko Noriko evokes through her curiously dream-like songs. The trio released 'U' on ROOM40 in 2008. Following on from the acclaimed ‘Blurred In My Mirror (ROOM40, 2005), ‘U’ is a record of phases and exchanges between Paris and Brisbane over a three year period It is also by far one of Noriko’s most affecting records. It’s also one of her most eclectic, littered with songs that tell of moments of absolute loss and unrelenting ecstasy.
Dolphins into the Future
Amazing, new-age-no-fi ocean jams and odd echolations, Dolphins into the future is a one-man tape-loop blue-age ambient project executed by Belgian Cetacean Nation ambassador Lieven Martens. We've had trouble taking his stuff off the stereo. In someway aligned to the skaters/hypnagogic pop axis, Dolphins have an LP on Not Not Fun and a bunch of CDr/tape murk that is only generally available from sites with 4 kazillion pop-up ads. Come and catch it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jeQ1Gj2OQQ
Tomasz Bednarczyk is a young artist from Wroclaw, Poland. His music is a fragile, considered exploration in minimalism. Bednarczyk relishes the intimacy of his sound world, taking the most restrained compositional actions and allowing them to unfold with a hazy stillness that blurs time.
MAKINO Takashi belongs to the new generation of Japanese experimental film makers. While studying at the Nippon University he made several Super-8 films. In 2001 he served his apprenticeship with the Quay Brothers. In Japan in 2007 he had his breakthrough with his film No is E, which received the Tereyama Shuji award at the Image Forum Festival.
We'll be screening 'Elements of Nothing' with music by Jim O'Rourke and 'The Low Storm', soundtracked by Lawrence English.