rove is apart of derek muro’s debut album, ‘cues’ his spectacular debut as a solo musician, connecting the dots between ambient, jazz, and more.
“The video for ‘rove’ uses a combination of textural footage displaying the weathering and corrosion of discarded industrial relics, and more prominently, found footage from antidepressant television commercials spanning the last decade. Of particular interest to me in these ads is how there isn’t much physical “product” to display but merely an abstract sense of “ease” or “happiness.” The actors’ intentionally broad emotional reactions (as well as the filler footage needed to cover the discussion of side effects) were fascinating when isolated, repeated, slowed down and layered. While the music evokes distinctly ancient “spiritual” associations (sampling a few Medieval compositions), I found a weird kind of transcendence pairing that with the mundane disposable commercial surface of everyday people feeling fulfilled over and over again.” -derek muro
derek muro is a creator of music that embraces concepts of emotion, memory, and perception. Beginning his career from an art space in Bushwick while working weekend shifts as a church organist, he is now an award-winning composer for film and interactive media, having a diverse career that has wound through the studios of Hans Zimmer, performances at BAM and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.
Raised in a wholly musical family (his mother a church music director, his father pioneering electronic musician Don Muro) a world of disparate genres existed all under the same roof, ultimately setting him on a journey through the Juilliard Pre-College program and a composition degree at Manhattan School of Music. Following school, leading his way through various DIY circles in Brooklyn (including the band Love Like Deloreans), a trip to Los Angeles for several years honing the craft of scoring to picture ultimately brought him back to New York as partner and creative director at YouTooCanWoo.
Recent work has developed from a fluid blend of composition and improvisation integrating saxophone, keyboard instruments and found sound with live electronics – combining strains of ambient, new classical, drone & balearic music with lo-fi minimalism.