Video Premiere: “Arrangements VII” by Asher

Based in East Somerville, Massachusetts, Asher is an artist & composer who has worked for over 15 years with location recordings, electronic synthesis, and found sounds to create a varied body of work. This includes appearances on the venerable Room40 label (curated by Lawrence English) where he will soon be releasing his latest album entitled…

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A Sense of Place: Solastalgia by Rafael Anton Irisarri

“The homesickness you have when you are still at home.” That is how Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht pithily explains the meaning of solastalgia, a word he coined as a way of conveying the “feeling of chronic distress caused by negatively perceived changes to a home and its landscape”. Others have referred to this feeling…

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Chiehei Hatakeyama – Mirage [Room40]

The inspiration for Chihei Hatakeyama’s Mirage came during a trip to Turkey taken by the artist about five years ago. The diverse & exotic architectures, streets, bazaars, and waterways were no doubt a feast for the eyes, but it was what Hatakeyama heard with his keen musical ear that spurred the creation of the new album.…

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Rafael Anton Irisarri – A Fragile Geography [Room 40]

A Fragile Geography is Rafael Anton Irisarri’s first full length album since switching coasts and recovering from the theft of his personal and professional possessions that occurred in the process. In a way only the most genuine of artists can, he went beyond simple catharsis and transmuted the experience into creative expression based on a strong conceptual…

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