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ROAM in the Family: A Scrapbook of Sonic Snapshots

Good afternoon extended family and friends,

In this month’s podcast, we asked our ROAMers to explore the theme of family by creating a new audio collage using archived materials or new recordings to engage the concept in all of its literal and figurative manifestations. The individual collages were then stitched together to create what you are hearing now, a candid soundscape that is equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking.

Metaphorically, ‘ROAM in the Family’ walks us through a giant old house, around the tall grass in the backyard, through the portals of time and space. We meet your father, who is coincidentally in the same room as my grandmother and your friend’s step-son. We meet the ghosts of those we have lost. We hear the sounds of those not yet old enough to express their words yet. We hear our collective, timeless family as if it were truly one organism.

This podcast, our most heartfelt transmission yet, reminds us of the gravity each moment holds, the spectrum each moment has the potential to stretch, reminding us of the wonderful people, places, pets and things we meet along time’s winding roads. We are family, roaming together.

A huge thank you to the amazing cast of participants this month who shared their families, their stories and their hearts with us all.

GO TO YOUR ROAM and listen right this minute on your headphones!

This month’s family:

Devin Brown
Stefanie Drootin
Dereck Higgins [ROAM Testimonial]
Julie Hines
Meredith Kooi
Ingrid Magnuson
Jordan Noel
Katie Robertson & family
Wil Wright [ROAM Testimonial]

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Curated by David Matysiak, engineered by Mason Brown, conceptualized by Devin Brown, and designed by Jordan Noel, ROAM is a monthly experimental podcast that marries individual audio collages based on a theme and a new cast of contributors. ROAM is all about sonically scoring moments for our collective digital time capsule. ROAM is for your ears to see.

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Roam 4 The Holidaze 5

CCA 2013 Holidaze Cover 5

On New Year’s Day 2014 Roam–a new monthly podcast series curated by David Matysiak, engineered by Mason Brown, and conceptualized by Devin Brown–will present its annual winter audio compilation Roam 4 the Holidaze. The fifth installment in an ongoing series that began in winter 2009, Roam 4 the Holidaze 5 features recordings by 26 musicians, artists, and everyday field recordists who hail from parts as near as Metro Atlanta and as geographically far afield as Israel and India.

Unlike in years past, Matysiak challenged contributors to isolate “found sounds” captured in 2013 and to use this documentary material to craft their sonic submissions. Matysiak’s intention was to create an aural time capsule of sorts, a document of idiosyncratic and highly personal moments from the past year that listeners can train their attentions to as they look forward to what awaits them in 2014.

But these new criteria for submissions are not the only new additions to this year’s Roam 4 the Holidaze compilation. Instead of presenting the collection as a series of discrete tracks as they have done in the past, Matysiak and Mason Brown have instead carefully sequenced and segued all of the submissions into a single, continuous listening experience.

Clocking in at just under one hour, Roam 4 the Holidaze 5 invites listeners to explore the time-bound environments, moods, and textures that each of its contributors have captured and manipulated while emphasizing also the ways in which these experiences are themselves interconnected as reflections of a tightly-webbed community of artists, musicians, documentarians, and friends.

Roam 4 the Holidaze 5 also inaugurates the new Roam podcast series, which will release a theme-driven audio journey ten times per year on the first Monday of every month. (A summer installment of Roam will be released in July/August and Roam for the Holidaze will return in its sixth iteration in January of 2015.)

Roam’s next podcast, “To Roam with Love,” will tackle the topics of romance, fidelity, and the variably long and short shelf lives of romantic relationships. It will be released here on February 3rd.

 Thank you thank you thank you to all of the amazingly talented and über inspiring collaborators this year:

Cole Alexander
Brandon Betts
Devin Brown
Mason Brown
Frank Broyles
Adam Bruneau
Ian Cone
Nik Fackler
Todd Fink
Dereck Higgins
Jack Hines
Ingrid Magnuson
Heather Kemp
Zopi Kristjanson
David Matysiak
Colin Mee
Andrew Nicholson
Jordan Noel
Lockett Pundt
Katie & Wayne Robertson
Zumi Rosow
Cyrus Shamir
Everett Steele
Thomas Stuart
Dana Swanson
Chelsea Weyler

Read more from Pitchfork and Death and Taxes. 

Roam on.

 

New Holidaze Mix Up!!!


It’s the 2012 HolidaZe Mix. Big holiday love to all and a big big thanks to the artists featured on this comp.

Happy New Year!!

Download and jam it loud!
Xo Coco Art

!!!FREE DOWNLOAD HERE!!!!!!

1. Santana Santa – In the Beginning…
2. Feast of Violet – Vitals
3. Adam Bruneau – Solipsism Rock
4. InDreama – Nobuo’s Song
5. Frank Broyles – Psychic Sarah Christmas
6. Oh Dorian – I’m Dreaming Tonight…
7. Shelved Selves – Uranian Carol #12
8. Elliot (&) Smith – Mr. Grinch
9. Flowers Forever – Restless Moon
10. Social Studies – Toxo (feat. Zopari Kristjanson)
11. Brainworlds – Beyond the Ascent
12. Spacewalker – Launch
13. Daniel Manuel – La Fiesta de Don Juan
14. Tournament of Orchids – I’m Rejoicing Now
15. Old King Cole Younger – Christmas Far Away From Home, Moan
16. Todd Fink – Texas Balances
17. Dereck Higgins – Pancake Blues
18. Whiskey Sue – Christmas Island
19. Decomposer – Pessimystique
20. Dennis Banana – Nude Piano
21. Lazy Monsters – The Christmas That Never Was