“…Rooney empathises and charms us into feeling the subjectivity of his protagonists. Who else but him could achieve such deep pathos with such down-to-earth subjects, methods and materials?” Robert Clark (The Guardian).
“…sound art at its least routine, imagination performing a ventriloquist’s act, speaking out of the haunted past in a borrowed voice.” Julian Cowley (The Wire magazine).
Spring 2022. Sound installation for Lindisfarne Castle and The National Trust.
‘Seal laments’ and other natural sounds of the Holy Island landscape – recorded by legendary sound recordist Chris Watson – will be ‘translated’ into a richly layered cello composition created with renowned cellist Gyda Valtysdottir. This immersive sound piece will be installed within the Lindisfarne Castle music room and throughout the building, with accompanying objects and text.
Autumn 2021. Sound installation for a historical 1840s kitchen at Colne Valley Museum.
A voice based sound piece inspired by the domestic kitchen as a site of meaning, will be installed in a weaver’s cottage kitchen space. The work will engage with kitchens as historically neglected spaces, mirroring the overlooked status of the (mostly female) labour that shaped them.
Winter 2021. Voice Surfaces. New album out on Owd Scrat Records.
The first of two albums of electronic, piano and voice led pieces themed around service industry jobs, and the transient relationships that customer facing jobs (and their associated communication technologies) generate. This collection focusses on the distanced and fragile interactions of a taxi company phone operator, call centre advisors, and archived internet chat room logs, all using interviews or texts from the workers or users themselves.