Album October 13, 2015


Roarke Menzies is a multidisciplinary artist, composer and producer. He 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. His work has appeared in such venues as the New Museum, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Kitchen, the Watermill Center, Abrons Arts Center, Diapason Gallery, Storefront Gallery, the Bushwick Starr, the Center for Performance Research and many others.



Album October 13, 2015

“Sound does not project like an arrow. It radiates, it explodes. And in fact, you already are in an imaginary space, at the heart of a dreamy, utopian activity. Through what you hear, let yourself drift upon an unstable raft, surrendering to shifts in space and time, to plural presences, a multiplicity of ‘listening points.’”
— René Farabet, "From One Head to Another"

After years of composing soundtracks for contemporary dance, performance, games, installation and film, Roarke Menzies offers his debut solo outing, Shapes, on October 13, 2015.

Menzies’ music has been described by The New Yorker as “a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering.” His work has also been described as “striking” (Hyperallergic), “understated” (Performing Arts Journal), “haunting” (Cultural Weekly), “shadowy” (CultureMap Houston), “delicate and supple” (Electric Literature).

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.

Shapes will be available on all major digital retailers, as well as on a limited edition cassette, as the first release on a new imprint called Coup de Glotte (CdG).

All tracks composed, performed, produced, recorded & mixed by Roarke Menzies.  

This album would not have been possible without: Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Paul Rome, Jack Ferver, Drew Shimomura, Michelle Mola, Adam Barruch, Logan Kruger, Adam Weinert, Jenia Gorton, Doree Jarboe, Nikki Fiske, Jeffe Huls, Shaugn O'Donnell, Sue Bernstein, Chris Lane, Trisha Todd, Adam Coccari, Kieron Menzies, Victoria Rawlins, Debra Ann Robinson, Rod Menzies, Christine Menzies, Millicent Pantin, Ann & Mal Menzies and Dena Saxer.