Dereck Higgins

Year In ROAM: A Scrumptious Slice of 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 by CoCo Art

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 Family: A Scrapbook of Sonic Snapshots

Posted on April 7, 2014 by CoCo Art

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.




Roam 4 The Holidaze 5

Posted on December 30, 2013 by CoCo Art

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.



HOLIDAY DOWNLOAD: New Dereck Higgins tracks

Posted on December 24, 2013 by CoCo Art



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

Look for his new album in early 2014.


Dereck inside your television!

Posted on June 9, 2013 by CoCo Art


Dereck Higgins is an Omaha legend. Since the late ’70s through the ’80s to today, Dereck has shared the stage with many a band — most notably new wavers Norman and the Rockwells and Disco Ranch, hardcore punk outfit RAF and ambient-pop band Digital Sex. In the last decade he has played/toured with Son, Ambulance, Cleeman, and most recently InDreama. All that said, it’s Higgins’ recent solo work that defines who he is and where he’s going — even at the tender young age of 50. Delve deeper and see for yourself.

Split 7″ w/ Dino Felipe

Available on 7″ for $7

Also at : Public Eyesore Records


Night Music

Dereck jammin’ to Opeth

Dereck with Coyote Bones covering Nirvana

Dereck “Angel Cloud with Voice”

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