Steamroom 38

“Steamroom 38” by Jim O’Rourke.
Bandcamp Link: Steamroom 38
Another musician (producer, engineer, etc.) who has embraced Bandcamp for their, oh, I’ll say, “non-commercial” work is Jim O’Rourke.

Since August of 2013 he has been sporadically releasing a series of recordings with the name “Steamroom”, I guess named after his home recording studio in Japan. As of this week O’Rourke is up to 39 releases in the series.

Steamroom 38 is a single 34 minute song called, “winter and winter and winter”. It sounds like most of the sound sources were recorded from radios. Or as I like to call it, “shortwave fuckery”. Sound events fade in and fade out. Some recur. But there’s no real direction or pulse beyond a certain amount of reverb. No recognizable sounds, beyond what might be classified as the sounds between the channels.

Yet, somehow it is compelling and I was a little sad when it was over.

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