Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body as sound sources, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic works.
Menzies' music has been described by The New Yorker as "a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering."
He has created scores for contemporary dance, performance and installation, as well as content for games, television and film, with work appearing in such venues as the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Kitchen, Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia, and many others.
Shapes is a collection of audio works that reflect on the materiality, or rather the potent immateriality of sound: an ethereal, non-substance that seems at times to both create space, and fill it up, while simultaneously doing neither.
In these works, vaporous, disembodied vocal tones and shifting sound masses drift in and out of audibility, perhaps evoking dreams, memories, fictional settings or spectral presences that gather and disperse. These sonorous movements emanate out toward unknown ears to confront one's sense of space, place, mood, presence and time.