Darkroom’s new album The Noise Is Unrest - over 3 hours and 20 minutes of fractured ambiences and expansive sonic abstractions - is released to coincide with their performance at the Extreme Chill festival in Iceland in September 2019.
An album collects music that belongs together and which develops a narrative. The nine pieces included here do both: it’s just that they're mostly 20 minutes long or more; each having their own stories that develop inside.
As with 2015’s predecessor album The Rest Is Noise, much of the music presented here was recorded as part of the Tuesdays Post concert series that Darkroom co-organised with singer / composer Georgina Brett between 2013 and 2016. The Noise Is Unrest is based on the later pieces, in the order they were originally recorded, following a post-production process of subtracting and shaping without adding anything more, for repeated later listening.
Throughout The Noise Is Unrest, sounds evolve and reappear across the different pieces as characters with a life of their own. There’s cathedral-like echoey beauty, unsettling volcanic noise, slow transformations and dramatic contrasts; all fitting for the Iceland launch location chosen, though this couldn’t have been guessed when these recordings were originally made.
The Noise Is Unrest is an album about not settling and moving ever onward. During the drive back from the last concert documented here, it became clear that this part of a musical journey was coming to an end. Much more was to follow: festival performances (including Y2K15 in Santa Cruz, released as We See The Same Stars Differently); collaboration with the Wellcome Trust (released as The Axe Forgets But The Tree Remembers); unexpectedly special connections, studio moves, illnesses, and more… stories that now frame this work, the first full Darkroom album release since 2016. Intended to be timeless, The Noise Is Unrest was nevertheless created in a very specific time and place.
Who’s going to listen to an album that’s more than 3 hours long? This is the time it takes to fly from London to Istanbul. Create your own reasons…
* Once Proud Eyes / Oumuamua
Recorded at Tuesdays Post at Dot To Dot, Letchworth Garden City, 1st November 2014.
* Once Proud Eyes / Haumea
Recorded at Tuesdays Post at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, 2nd November 2014.
Recorded at Tuesdays Post at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, 7th December 2014.
* Science Is All About Staring
* Losing Our Precision
Recorded at Sonic Imperfections at The Montague Arms, London SE15, 9th December 2014.
* Scorzonera / Maid Of Stone
Recorded at Tuesdays Post at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, 1st March 2015.
* Serene / Never The Same Way Once
Recorded at Serene at The Gunners, London N5, 21st March 2015.
* Runway Excursion Incident
Recorded at Tuesdays Post at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, 7th June 2015.
Recorded at Listening Club at The Peckham Pelican, London SE15, 14th June 2015.
released September 13, 2019
Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Mixed, produced and mastered by Darkroom
Michael Bearpark - guitar, pedals
Andrew Ostler - modular synthesiser, laptop, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Special thanks: Georgina Brett, Alice Néant, Simon @ The Others, Karin Shook, Wally van Middendorp, Ian Faragher, Nigel Bryant, Jude Bassil, Oliver Sanders, Elif Yalvaç, MAM 1585, Israel Denadai, Jason Arber, iZotope
Dedicated to the memory of Björn Gugu: scientist and musician
Guitar but not guitar; synthesizers but not keyboards – Darkroom’s music starts with improvisation and a distinctive
approach to sound design, followed by disciplined editing and stop-motion studio craft. By turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, theirs is a very human music that always sounds ‘played’ not ‘programmed’, despite the essential technology....more
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