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Water Like Mbira

by Darkroom

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Recorded at Ambience Chasers #16 at The Social, London on 26th June 2018

Originally released by Whitelabrecs:


released September 1, 2023

Michael Bearpark - guitar, pedals, field recordings
Andrew Ostler - bass clarinet, modular synthesizer, laptop

Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Edited, mixed and produced by Darkroom

Mastering: James Edward Armstrong

Photography: Michael Bearpark, Rob Blackham

Special thanks: the Ambience Chasers - Ulrich Schnauss & Nathaniel Cramp (Sonic Cathedral); that secret South Devon summer stream; Elif Yalvaç for her song on the Galata bridge; Colin Edwin; our supportive audience; Philip Larkin; Harry Towell.

Dedicated to Jeff Beck (1944-2023) and remembering Doreen Ellen (1930-2009)

“It’s on the path you don’t fear that the wild beast catches you.”


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Darkroom UK

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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