- Jim O'Rourke (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jim O'Rourke
Img_capt = O'Rourke in
Background = solo_singer
Born = Birth date and age|1969|1|18|mf=y
Experimental rock Chamber pop Indie rock Post-rock
Sonic Youth Gastr del Sol Loose Fur Illusion of Safety Wilco The Red Krayola
Jim O'Rourke (born
January 18, 1969) is an American musician and producer. He was long associated with the Chicagoexperimental and improv scene. Around 2000 he relocated to New York City and currently resides in Tokyo.
Known for his idiosyncratic tastes, and regarded as something of an expert on modern experimental and
avant-garde music, he has released albums of jazz, noise and guitar rock music. O'Rourke has collaborated with the likes of Thurston Moore, Derek Bailey, Mats Gustafsson, Mayo Thompson, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, Fennesz, Organum, Henry Kaiser, Flying Saucer Attack, and most recently mixed Joanna Newsom's album "Ys".
He has produced albums by artists as varied as
Sonic Youth, Wilco, Stereolab, Kahimi Karie, Quruli, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad, The Red Krayola, Bobby Conn, Beth Orton, Joanna Newsomand U.S. Maple. He mixed Wilco's very successful " Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album, which made many reviewers' top ten lists for 2002, and produced their 2004album, " A Ghost Is Born", for which he won a Grammy for "Best Alternative Album". During the recording of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", O'Rourke collaborated with Wilco member Jeff Tweedyand pre-Wilco Glenn Kotche, a veteran of the Chicago scene and O'Rourke's own solo albums, under the name Loose Fur. Their self-titled debut was released in 2003with a follow-up in 2006entitled " Born Again in the USA". He also mixed the unfinished recordings that made up a planned third album by the late American singer-songwriter Judee Sill, recorded in 1974 and mixed by O'Rourke for a 2005 release.
O'Rourke has released a large number of albums and was once a member of
Illusion of Safety, Gastr Del Soland Sonic Youth. From 2000 he played bass guitar, guitarand synthesizerwith Sonic Youth, in addition to recordingand mixingduties with the group. He withdrew as a full member in late 2005 to pursue his interest in filmmaking, but continues to play with them in some of their side projects.
With music director
Takehisa Kosugi, he played for the Merce Cunninghamdance company for 4 years.
Work in film
*He worked as a music consultant for the popular 2003 film, "
School of Rock".
*He scored the 2002 film
Love Lizadirected by Todd Louiso.
*He has also scored films by
Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayas, Shinji Aoyama, Koji Wakamatsuand others.
*His own short films have been part of the 2004 and 2006
Whitney Biennialand the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival.
*His three full-length albums for
Drag Cityare named after three successive films by director Nicolas Roeg: "", "Eureka", and "Insignificance".
Partial solo discography
Corona / Tokyo Realization"( Columbia Music Entertainment2006) Japan only release. Dedicated to Tōru Takemitsu
Mizu No Nai Umi" ( vector7/ HEADZ542005)
I’m Happy and I’m Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4" (Mego 2001)
Drag City Records2001)
*"Halfway to a Threeway EP" (
Drag City Records1999)
Drag City Records1999)
*"Bad Timing" (
Drag City Records1997)
*"Happy Days" (
Terminal Pharmacy" ( Tzadik Records1995)
Rules of Reduction" ( Metamkine1993)
Remove the Need" ( Extreme Records1993)
Scend" ( Divided Records1992)
The Ground Below Above Our Heads" ( Entenpfuhl1991)
Secure on the Loose Rim( Sound of Pig1991)
Some Kind of Pagan" ( Sound of Pig1989)
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Jim+O'Rourke Discogs overview]
* [http://tisue.net/orourke/ Complete discography and filmography]
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* [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/jim-orourkelist/ Discussion group] at Yahoo
* [http://artofthestates.org/cgi-bin/performer.pl?perf=115 Art of the States: Jim O'Rourke]
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