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Concert Wed Nov 12 2008

The Walls are Whispering


It's hard to try to explain Damion Romero's awesomeness without first starting by saying that he built his own automobile -- a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner -- from scratch. Said automobile can be heard on his self-released 2003 3" CD titled Idle. It's just that -- an unprocessed recording of 20 minutes in the driveway with the Roadrunner. Idling. It happens to be one of the 2000s' finest experimental/noise documents, a constantly engaging series of rumbles and clatterings, more persnickety in tone than any car you've heard. Despite its unconventional name, his '90s project, Speculum Fight, redefined elegant, monolithic audio (the low-end theory, mostly) at a time when deliberate filthiness in avant garde sound was the law of the land.

But that's Damion. He's a builder, a tinkerer. He approaches sound with a with a scientist's intuition and love of play. He builds his own musical equipment, and has a comprehensive knowledge of acoustic properties, like Alvin Lucier without the resultant academic stodginess. As such, his live performances often have a strong art installation quality to them, but a sound that tends to be fuller, more emotional than most installation fare. Witness the Feedback in a Lover's Telegraph CD, which utilized a long wire stretched in a room, a bucket with some piezo mics, and a series of reverberant objects to induce wave upon wave of self-perpetuating deep-string excitations.

This Saturday (November 15) at 9 p.m., Romero turns Lampo (216 W. Chicago Avenue, 2nd Floor) into a highly reverberant space with a new performance created especially for the location. Using tone generators and a devices known as geophones, which are used to pick up vibrations in the ground. Using these devices with other equipment meant to generate internal feedback, Romero will essentially play the space itself, drawing out the vibrations of the walls and floors while sending the resultant sounds back into themselves, building a perpetual feedback loop that will surround the listener with all manner of physically and emotionally-charged low end sonics. If you haven't been to the new Lampo space yet, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the new location, as every square inch of it will be put to the test.

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Alonzo McBride / November 14, 2008 10:14 PM

As a music writer, I have seen superb shows and seen pathetic attempts. But the LAMPO space, as well as its awesome work, will be made even better with the arrival of Damion Romero. I check YES in the box next to: "Go to LAMPO and see Damion Romero." All Hails LAMPO.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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