darkroom
(with guests simon h. fell and peter chilvers)
freefall

mode of release
This CD is being released as a ‘weed’ - available free of charge, supported by a global network of people willing to distribute it on demand.

the album
Reflecting Darkroom’s continued shift away from the studio and towards more improvisation, ‘Freefall’ consists of three extended improvisations recorded in December 2001, November 2002 and January 2003. It is a natural successor to the ‘Fallout’ live trilogy released on the Burning Shed label.

the band
Darkroom was formed in 1996 to provide a live soundtrack at the Nevers Film Festival, France. Their debut album ‘Daylight’ was released in 1998 on the 3rd Stone label; since then they have released four more albums and made numerous live appearances including at the Glastonbury festival, Omsk, Sprawl and at the Digital-Analogue Cambridge festival.

the music
Darkroom represent a crossing point between avant-free jazz improvisation and Fripp/Eno-style ambient looping. Often by turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, this is a very human music despite the inevitable technology that produces it.

the artists
Andrew Ostler (aka Os) (laptop/keyboard/electronics) and Michael Bearpark (guitar) have played together since 1992. Os also produces eletronica under the moniker Carbon Boy; Michael contributes guitar to several other bands.
Simon H. Fell is best known as a composer/performer in the fields of improvised music, contemporary composition and experimental jazz, where his reputation has grown consistently since 1983; he is described by the Penguin Guide To Jazz as "a very fine instrumentalist (with) a fine technique and a great flow of ideas."
Peter Chilvers is a versatile and talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. His musical projects include the bands Alias Grace, Samuel Smiles and Henry Fool; he also is a founder of successful web-based label burningshed.com