TNIU on The Progressive Aspect

Timeless in construction and execution, the music presented here is not constrained by time or place, it just is. The finest ambient music never sounds dated, and The Noise Is Unrest will surely fall into that category. Only time will tell, that is, if it doesn’t run out first.

Roger Trenwith, The Progressive Aspect
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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
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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!

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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.