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. His music has been described by The New Yorker as "a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering."
Menzies has created scores for contemporary dance, performance and installation, as well as content for games, television and film, with work appearing in the New Museum, the Kitchen, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Tribeca Film Festival, IFC Films, VICE Media, the American Dance Institute, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia, and many others. His music has also been presented on BBC Radio 3 and Bentwave FM.
The debut solo outing from sonic explorer Roarke Menzies, 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.