Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic sound works. His music has been described by The New Yorker as “a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering.”
Menzies's work has been presented at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City, the Spring Break Art Show in New York City, the Untitled Art Fair in Miami, VOLUME in Los Angeles, the Wayward Music Series in Seattle, Quiet City in Vancouver, Land and Sea in Oakland, Indexical in Santa Cruz, Beacon Sound in Portland, CHANNEL in Toronto, Five Car Garage in Santa Monica, and many others. His music has also been presented on WNYU's Bentwave FM, KFFP Freeform Portland, KCHUNG Radio, and BBC Radio 3 as part of the series “New Year New Music: exploring iconic masterpieces, avant-garde experiments and the next generation of talent.”
Menzies has released four solo recordings to date on his own Coup de Glotte label. In a recent profile, Musicworks Magazine described his recorded output as “a consistently compelling collection... Menzies has developed his own take on this rich sonic stream, emphasizing his own voice as the primary signal for processing.”
In addition to performing and recording, 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, Danspace Project, the Watermill Center, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and many others.