Rosy Parlane

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Rosy Parlane
Rosy Parlane, Port Chalmers 2011.jpg
Rosy Parlane 2011, Photograph by Sheridan Dickson.
Background information
Birth name Paul Douglas
Origin New Zealand
Genres Electronic, improv
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Labels Touch Music
Associated acts Thela, Parmentier, Eddie Prévost

Rosy Parlane, also known as Paul Douglas, is an electronic musician from New Zealand who currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.[1][2][3] He was in the New Zealand trio Thela, then went on a solo career, as well as co-founding the Sigma Editions record label. He also played in the bands Empirical, Parmentier, Pit Viper, Plains, Rosenberg, Sakada, Codhaven and Amazing Broccoli.

His solo music has been called "abstract, electronic-based music", "soundscapes of beauty and destruction" and "avant-techno".[4][5]


Parlane co-founded the avant-garde rock trio Thela in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992. They released two LPs over the years. Thela disbanded four years later, after which Parlane burnt his guitar, moved to Melbourne, Australia, and began working on solo material.[6] At that time, he also was part of the duo Parmentier with fellow Thela ex-member Dion Workman.

In 1998, Parlane and Workman founded the Sigma Editions record label, which released music by themselves, David Haines, and Vladislav Delay. The name is a reference to Alexander Trocchi's plan for a utopian artist colony.

Parlane moved to London in 2000 and formed the ensemble Sakada with Mattin and Eddie Prévost.[7]

In 2004 he released Iris, which was described as "extraordinary passages of filigreed and tessellated electronic minutiae and static flutter that evoke the crystalline hissing of ice in white heat".[8]

In 2006 he released Jessamine, which featured Tetuzi Akiyama using a samurai sword to play a resonator guitar.[5] It finished with a piece featuring eight different guitarists, including Michael Morley, Stefan Neville, Lasse Marhaug, Campbell Kneale, Donald McPherson and David Mitchell.[5][9]

In 2008 he collaborated with Fennesz on a track on Black Sea.[10]

In 2009 he exhibited a piece of audio art in the Sonic Museum exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and performed a live score for a film at the New Zealand International Film Festivals.[11][12]


Solo albums[edit]


Parlane has released collaborations with artists such as Mattin, Eddie Prévost, Fennesz, Birchville Cat Motel, Pierre Bastien and Lukas Simonis.[10]


  1. ^ "Rosy Parlane". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vladislav Delay, Tennis and Rosy Parlane video recordings". Tate Modern. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Grady, Spencer (May 2013). "Rosy Parlane: Willow". Record Collector (414): 104. 
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (14 July 2004). "EDDYTOR'S DOZEN". The Village Voice. 49 (28): C77. 
  5. ^ a b c Kara, Scott (21 December 2006). "ROSY PARLANE Jessamine". The New Zealand Herald (21 December 2006). Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Muther, Christopher (3 June 2002). "HELLO, MR. CHIPS". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Heble, Ajay; Caines, Rebecca (2014). The improvisation studies reader : spontaneous acts. Routledge. ISBN 0415638712. 
  8. ^ Smith, Allan (December 2010). "Shining and Vanishing: Seen and Unseen in the Art of Leigh Martin". Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue (13). Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jessamine". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Segal, Dave (4 December 2008). "Black Sea". The Stranger (newspaper). Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sonic Museum". popculturAL. Auckland Libraries. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "sight & sound". The New Zealand Herald. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

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