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Year In ROAM: A Scrumptious Slice of 2014

ROAM had a big 2014: 10 uniquely themed audiozines crafted by 70 sound artists.

And now for your ear-smacking pleasure the aural chefs at Café ROAM have simmered, flash-fried, slow-cooked, and blanched the very choicest of last year’s cuts into one everlasting gobstopper of a listening experience: Year in ROAM. Clocking in at just over 25 delectable minutes, this meal is for your ears to feast on.

The auricular sommeliers at ROAM selected these submissions from the smorgasbord of 2014’s offerings: Sounds of love and dreaming, travel and nature, family, comedy, spirituality, fear and the end times. Year in ROAM is an All-You-Can-Hear buffet, so mind the sneeze guards, strap on a feedbag, and get ready to gorge your ears on these scrumptious sonic slices. Mmm, mmm!

INGREDIENTS: Dereck Higgins, Meredith Kooi, Wil Wright, Daniel Clay, Madeline Adams, Graham Patrick Ulicny & Sarah Bohling, Chris White, Joe Dames, A. E. Paterra, Jim Schroeder, Alexis Pope, Mike Young, Devin Brown, Ben Coleman, John Hannah, Meta Gary, Will Fussell, Orenda Fink, Ross Politi, Tim Kasher, DJ & Ice, Ian Cone, Thomas Stuart & Laraaji

THANK YOU to each and every amazingly talented ROAMer. THANK YOU for sharing your big beautiful ears and exploring sound so deeply with us.  If you would like to learn more about the ROAM process, check out the testimonials.

RELISTEN to all of 2014’s ROAM audiozines in one 10-course meal here.


ROAM in the Ruins: An Earpocalytpic Audio Bomb for Bunker-Dwellers

Fellow Survivors:

When the grid goes dark and the End Times finally come what will it sound like?

The 6 radioactively-charged contributors to this latest installment of the ROAM audiozine, who were hand-selected by Editor and Chief at Vouched Books Laura Relyea, each tackle this question in a different way by harnessing the twin powers of Sound and the Written Word.

ROAM in the Ruins is a genetically mutated take on the traditional literary reading or audiobook. Part post-apocalyptic radio drama and part avant garde audio experiment, these aural dispatches from imaginary disaster zones explore what life might sound like during the apocalypse and how humanity might reconstitute civilization in the wake of such a catastrophe.

Those familiar with Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road will know exactly what we’re going for.

ROAM in the Ruins premiered as a live broadcast + communal listening experience at The Big House on Ponce on Day Zero, i.e. Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Many thanks to all of our atom-splitting contributors for making this episode of ROAM such an explosive experience. Catch y’all under the mushroom cloud.

Devin Brown
Tyler Gobble
Brian Oliu
Alexis Pope
Laura Relyea
Mike Young

Are You Afraid of the ROAM?: Terrifying Tales to Chill Your Listening Bone

Greetings, my little succubi and incubi.

It’s time again we turn our ashen faces away from the sources of lightness and from all that is wholesome and good in this world so that we might better behold the mysterious horrors that lurk unseen in the dank eternal darkness.

In this 13th episode of our spookcast, which is skin-crawlingly titled Are You Afraid of the ROAM?, 8 sonic poltergeist hunters from around the globe took solemn oaths to ghastly ghouls and quaffed the pureed eyeballs of several newts in order to retrieve for your listening terror the most awful sounds they could conjure.

Follow our hapless heroine, one Emily Lynch, on this limb-lopping, tooth-chattering horroride. Through its tortuous turns we descend into the blackest nether regions of Hell, leaving no smoldering, brimstone-belching boulder unturned in our quest to discover the most truly gasp-inducing of aural atrocities. Yes, my little ectoplasmic slimeballs, come eavesdrop with me as Emily pitifully attempts to navigate through the blood-steeped and Escher-esque labyrinth that, spiderlike, our submitters have woven for her.

Just one listen and we promise your blood will curdle in your veins.
Headphones and darkness are highly encouraged.


Many thanks to all of our chainsaw massacre-ers who made this episode of ROAM such a bloodsucking experience. Catch y’all on the Event Horizon.

Daniel Bellury
Julie Hines & Jen Kornder
Colin Mee
A. E. Paterra
Jim Schroeder
Grace Thornton
Nick White

ROAM is for your ears to see.


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]

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.



Sick Birds Die Easy coming to Atlanta


*One Night Only!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Following the screening Nik Fackler, director of Sick Birds Die Easy, will be in appearance for a special Q&A. Limited ticket availability.

Sick Birds Die Easy: A New American Film by Nik Fackler

Exploring the worlds of white privilege, magical realism and the apocalypse, Director Nik Fackler takes a drug addled conspiracy theorist, an entitled love drunk musician, and an American film crew deep into the jungles of Western Africa, searching for Iboga, an extremely potent psychedelic plant said to have the ability to heal drug addiction. What initially begins as a trip towards enlightenment, becomes a desperate attempt at maintaining sanity.

With a mad mix of compellingly hilarious characters, experimental drug use and an array of expertly wielded lo-fi and hi-fi cameras. Fackler capably explodes the fiction / non-fiction divide with an alarming self consciousness and ever more surprising degree of sincerity. Delving into mysticism, politics, colonialism and human nature, Sick Birds Die Easy is a mind bending, fantastical social experiment that will leave you laughing and questioning your own understanding of reality.
Winner of the New Horizon Polish Film Festival and one of the most controversial, unique and drug filled films of the year.



Roam 4 The Holidaze 5

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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.


HOLIDAY DOWNLOAD: New Dereck Higgins tracks



2 brand new songs for your ears to sip on, a Holiday present from Dereck Higgins.

Look for his new album in early 2014.

NEW Coyote Bones ‘Ruby Shines’


Hollow Stars to play Deerhunter’s ATP in London

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It’s official! Hollow Stars is headed over the pond!


Follow their journey on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

And don’t forget to download the ATP mixtape by Bradford Cox HERE

Dereck inside your television!