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Jim O'Rourke

Shutting Down Here

GRM / Mego

Released: 18th August 2020

Photo by Eiko Ishibashi // Sleeve design by Stephen O’Malley, Cut by Andreas Kauffelt at Schnittstelle, Berlin, February 2020.

Here's someone who doesn't make enough records and when he does they're usually pretty special. Shutting Down Here covers a period of 30 years, spanning O'Rourke's first visit to the GRM to the present. Jim O' Rourke's ongoing fascination with the label makes for compellingly beautiful music. The label says the single-track full-length—which features Eiko Ishibashi on piano, Atsuko Hatano on violin and viola and Elvind Lonning on trumpet—covers wide dynamic levels and that listeners should adjust their volume accordingly.

Since 2012, Peter Rehberg's label has issued archival works from the pioneering Paris studio, Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), under under its Recollections GRM sub-label. Portraits GRM—a collaboration with the Paris institution—attempts to bring the exploratory ethos of Pierre Schaeffer's sound lab into the future.