Writing and journalism

I’ve been a freelance writer and journalist since 2008, mostly writing about sound, electronic and experimental music, but increasingly also about ecology and the environment. I’m especially interested in where those subjects intersect: what sound and listening can reveal about life (both human and nonhuman) in a warming world. Right now I’m a regular contributor to The Wire and The Quietus.

In 2015 I was commissioned by Mike Paradinas (µ-Ziq) to research and write a 20-year history of Planet Mu, which was published in paperback as part of the label’s excellent µ20 3CD boxset (and I also appeared as a talking head in an accompanying short film). My bigger recent publications have also included an extended profile of London artist Gaika for the May 2016 cover of The Wire. Links to these and other recent work are here.

Formerly I was New Music Editor for online music and culture magazine The Quietus (2011-2014), and in-house writer for London radio station Rinse FM (2011-2016). Alongside editorial work, until recently I also wrote a regular Quietus column on emerging electronic and dance music, called Hyperspecific.

I’ve hosted talks and panel discussions at UK and international venues and festivals including The British Library (UK), Unsound (PL) and Incubate (NL) (list below). I’ve also had the privilege to contribute a tiny fragment to Rinse FM’s amazing broadcast history by co-hosting a few radio shows of tripped-out and noisy music in 2013-2014 with Casper Clark (Volte-Face/BleeD).

Alongside journalism I’ve worked as a copy writer since 2009. Alongside ongoing writing for Rinse FM (promotional, journalistic and web copy) I’ve worked with labels including Mute, PIAS, Honest Jon’s, O Genesis, Leaf and Hessle Audio, alongside several other non-music-related organisations.

Get in touch at rory.j.gibb [at] gmail [dot] com.