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Rodgers, Samuel / Richard Scott: Oxygen Room (Inexhaustible Editions)

An album of dark acoustic improvisation from Birmingham pianist Samuel Rodgers (Consumer Waste label) and violist & mandolin player Richard Scott (Physical Correlate label), at times affecting his strings with an eBow allowing continuous sustain, their interactions patient, unorthodox and understated, creating a consistent mood of eerie evolution.

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6-panel digipack with transparent tray.

Label: Inexhaustible Editions
Catalog ID: ie-037
Squidco Product Code: 31969

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Slovenia
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded by Samuel Rodgers in Birmingham, UK in June 2018 and December 2019


Samuel Rodgers-piano

Richard Scott-viola, mandolin, e bow

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"Samuel Rodgers is a British musician and sound artist working across improvisation, sound recording, performance and installation. He co-curates the Consumer Waste record label with Stephen Cornford, with whom he has also performed in a piano/feedback-duo (Stephen Cornford & Samuel Rodgers). He also has an ongoing duo project with Jack Harris (Jack Harris & Samuel Rodgers)."

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"Dr. Richard Scott is a UK-born Berlin-based composer and free improvising musician working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as his own self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM, the Buchla Thunder and Buchla Lightning. He has been composing and performing improvised music for over 25 years, recently performing and recording with artists such as Evan Parker, Shelley Hirsch, Sidsel Endreson, Twinkle³, Richard Barrett, Axel Doerner, Jon Rose, Clive Bell, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Emilio Gordoa, Thomas Lehn, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Vorfeld, Ute Wassermann, Phil Marks, David Birchall, David Ross, Bark! and Grutronic amongst many others.

He studied improvisation with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, Action Theater improvisation with Sten Rudstrom and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent.

His work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4, International Computer Music Conference (Athens and Huddersfield) London Jazz Festival, BEAM, Bratislava NEXT Festival of Advanced Music, Konfrontationen, Austria, SARC Sonorities Belfast, International Festival for Artistic Innovation, Leeds, Berlin Interaktion Improvised Music Festival and MANTIS Electroacoustic Music Festival, Manchester. He was a long term artistic resident at STEIM in Amsterdam, sometimes a Lecturer and visiting professor at various Universities and co-curator of two important long-running "underground" concert series in Berlin: AUXXX Berlin and Basic Electricity.

In 1993 he was awarded a PhD from London University for his thesis on free improvisation. In 2010 he completed a MusM (distinction) in Electroacoustic Music Composition at NOVARS, Manchester University. He wrote extensively for Wire magazine, was administrator at the LMC (London Musician's Collective) and has been an active member of the improvising and electroacoustic communities in London, Manchester and Berlin."

-Richard Scott Website (

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track listing:

1. Untitled 9:08

2. Untitled 7:25

3. Untitled 20:53

4. Untitled 17:23
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"Here we have a very refined and restrained piece of minimal improvisation from the team of Samuel Rodgers and Richard Scott...their Oxygen Room (ie-037) was recorded in Birmingham and is released on the fine Slovenian label Inexhaustible Editions.

Richard Scott is a Midlands fine art painter who moved to Newcastle recently (he's not the same Richard Scott who runs the Sound Anatomy label), and there are two of his meticulous pattern paintings reproduced on the cover of this release. He has played with numerous contemporary improvisers such as Phil Durrant, and co-manages the small label Physical Correlate. Samuel Rodgers also has a record label Consumer Waste and is a member of the Set Ensemble, and has a wide remit in his work - sound art, installations, performance, recording, all in the furtherance of creating and developing "spatial relationships" in sound. Today's item though is all about intimate, small sounds, carefully explored, mostly acoustic...Rodgers is credited with piano and objects, Scott plays stringed instruments (viola and mandolin) and sometimes treats the sound with e-bows. Patiently, methodically, the players weave their delicate sonic webs with the patience of the cellar spider, seeming to move in slow motion, as if intent to sustain the mood and not disrupt the smooth procedures of the experiment. This seems to serve them best when given a lengthy canvas to inhabit, as on the third track which stretches out into 20:53 minutes of brittle tracery and stained-glass perfections, and the musical evolutions are gradual, tentative, hard-won.

It's worth examining the circular artworks on this release as there is some overlap with the music, particularly from Scott's point of view - he specifically wanted to explore similar concerns as his music when he began making abstract art, and expresses an interest in "perceptual phenomena, feedback systems, interference patterns" and other intangibles. I feel this corresponds with the interests of Samuel Rodgers also, with his interest in space and "haptic relations", and between the two of them these musicians might well be on the periphery of making an exciting discovery in sound. I mention this as Oxygen Room doesn't fit neatly into the schema of music already laid out in the fields of EAI, minimal improvisation or Wandelweiser-styled compositions, and instead the musicians seem to be following their own counsel. Very good!"-Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector

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