Edition 1

As to Darkroom, truth be told our favourite of the quartet, ‘holding on to the sun’ is one of those special moments you’d have expected to ghost flight into the spectral stillness of the night time airwaves of Radio 3’s ‘Mixing It’ broadcast and in to the bargain causing a fevered debate as to its merits by hosts Sandall and Russell.

Review for Edition 1 (compilation by Champion Version Editions) - full article here.

Eppyfest 2016

A complete left-turn with the next artists, Darkroom. Ostensibly a duo comprising guitarist/looper Michael Bearpark and bass clarinettist/synth man/sound whizz Andrew Ostler, for this show they were joined by Turkish guitarist and musical sculptor Hazal Elif Yalvaç. The ambient improvisational soundscapes created by the trio, across two lengthy pieces currently known as Side A and Side B (although the latter was referred to as Hospital Guy), were quite captivating from my seat in the centre of the hall and it was fascinating to watch their creative process at close hand, the music produced often bearing little resemblance to the instruments being wielded. Textural and unhurried, the pieces evolve with fragments of melody appearing, developing and then evaporating. A cleansing and thought provoking performance which I am glad to have had the opportunity to witness.

Jez Rowden, The Progressive Aspect
Original review here

WSTSSD on Something For The Weekend

no man guitarist Michael Bearpark and reeds player and computer wizard Andrew Ostler, together form Darkroom, a collision of atmospheric ambience and industrial noise, creating evolving and intense soundscapes using Michael's guitar and Andrew's flute and all the sonic manipulation software and synthesiser trickery one could wish for. Their previous album contained 11 tracks coming in at four hours long, but I'll be kind to you with this one - a mere two tracks totalling just under 50 minutes of deeply thoughtful and occasionally coruscating sound. And it's a "Name Your Price", too!

Something For The Weekend 107
Original article
here

Innerviews

Darkroom is an act that lives in the moment. The intrepid British duo featuring Michael Bearpark on guitars and loops, and Andrew “Os” Ostler on synthesizers, processing and woodwinds, has established itself as one of the world’s preeminent improvising outfits.

Anil Prasad (Innerviews) interviews Darkroom - full article here.

TRIN on Rockerilla

Da Aprile ad Ottobre dello scorso anno, gli amanti londinesi dell'espressione ambient legata all'improvvisazione potevano contare in un appuntamento itinerante che si chiamava “Tuesday Post: Live Progressive Ambient” (www.tuesdayspost.com). Una notevole line up al seguito tra cui i mai dimenticati Minni Pops e l'inossidabile Mixmaster Morris, oltre ad una nutrita serie di artisti famosi per le loro peculiarietà sonore. Tra questi i Darkroom, duo formato da Michael Bearpark chitarrista dei No-Man e Andrew Ostle, esperto nell'arte dell'integrazione tra scienza del computer e strumentazione analogica. The Rest Is Noise registra 4 ore dei loro svariati Tuesday Post live-set che possiamo gustarci a pieno downlodandoli free dalla loro pagina Bandcamp. Sono undici lunghi episodi nei quali si racconta di suoni adulti, in cui l'esperienza ambient assume contorni legati all'improvvisazione nell'uso di stumenti come chitarra elettrica, basso, pedaliere, clarinetto filtrati attraverso l'uso di synth e laptop. Un lavoro prezioso che mantiene in primo piano la presenza analogica esaltandola attraverso le infinite possibilità offerte dall'elettronica. Sul piano delle emozioni il risultato è decisamente lisergico, ipnotico. Il lato progressive riaffiora in più parti, riletto con un'attualità che lo rende innovativo, visceralmente vivo, quasi un supporto indispensabile per la rivisitazione di un genere musicale che trova nella ricerca la sua ragione d'essere. INNOVATIVE CLASSIC AMBIENT.

ROCKERILLA N°419/420 - LUGLIO/AGOSTO 2015
via Mirco Salvadori