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Jim O'Rourke

g, *1969 US, Chicago
Musician / Producer of Rock and Electronic
A.k.a. James Henry O'Rourke

Jim O'Rourke (January 18, 1969, Chicago, Illinois) is a Tokyo-based American performer, composer and record producer. O'Rourke collaborated with a long list of musicians including Illusion Of Safety, Christoph Heemann, David Grubbs, Loren Connors, Wilco, Henry Kaiser, K.K. Null, Günter Müller, Voice Crack, Evan Parker, Phill Niblock, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Conrad, Faust, Space Streakings, Loose Fur, Sonic Youth, Fennesz, Diskaholics Anonymous Trio, Carlos Giffoni, Keiji Haino, Masami Akita, Masaya Nakahara, Takehisa Kosugi, FIRE!, Akira Sakata, Oren Ambarchi (among others...) O'Rourke scored several films and ran Moikai & Dexter's Cigar labels.

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Keyboards
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Rock
  • Electronic
  • Alternative
  • Blues
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Now Who Are These Guys? on In Bern by Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke
I Just Want You to Stay 1 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
Viva Forever on Guilt By Association by Various Artists
I Just Want You to Stay 2 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
I Just Want You to Stay 3 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
Wouldn't Wanna Be Swept Away 1 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
I Just Want You to Stay 4 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
I Just Want You to Stay 5 on It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry by Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
Who Is so Cleverly Manipulating the Word "Everything" on I Wonder If You Noticed "I'm Sorry" Is Such a Lovely Sound It Keeps Things from Getting Worse by Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi
Kola Superdeep Borehole on Sakuraza by Jim O'Rourke & Elliott Sharp

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Steamroom 43Jim O'Rourke2019Single
Side A / Side BNot Waving / Jim O'Rourke2019Album
Steamroom 44Jim O'Rourke2019Single
Steamroom 38Jim O'Rourke2018Single
Sleep Like It's WinterJim O'Rourke2018Album
Steamroom 39Jim O'Rourke2018Single
Steamroom 40Jim O'Rourke2018Single
Steamroom 41Jim O'Rourke2018Single
Steamroom 42Jim O'Rourke2018Single
HenceOren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke2018Album
This Dazzling, Genuine “Difference” Now Where Shall It Go?Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino2017Album
Steamroom 35Jim O'Rourke2017Single
The Creeping Garden SoundtrackJim O'Rourke2017Album
Wakes On CeruleanKassel Jaeger, Jim O'Rourke2017Album
Steamroom 36Jim O'Rourke2017Single
Steamroom 34Jim O'Rourke2017Single
Steamroom 37Jim O'Rourke2017Single
Steamroom 33Jim O'Rourke2017Single
Steamroom 32Jim O'Rourke2017Single
Steamroom 31Jim O'Rourke2017Album
Steamroom 26Jim O'Rourke2016Single
Steamroom 24Jim O'Rourke2016Single
Steamroom 25Jim O'Rourke2016Single
Steamroom 29Jim O'Rourke2016Single
君は気がついたかな 「すみません」 という響きがとても美しいことに それ以上悪くしないように = I Wonder If You Noticed ”I’m Sorry” Is Such A Lovely Sound It Keeps Things From Getting WorseKeiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi2016Album
Steamroom 30Jim O'Rourke2016Single
It's Hard For Me To Say I’m SorryFennesz & Jim O'Rourke2016Album
Steamroom 17Jim O'Rourke2015Single
Steamroom 18Jim O'Rourke2015Single
Steamroom 19Jim O'Rourke2015Single
BeholdOren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke2015Album
Two City Blues 1Keiji Haino, Peter Brötzmann, Jim O'Rourke2015Album
Two City Blues 2Keiji Haino, Peter Brötzmann, Jim O'Rourke2015Album
Unidentified AgainPBK / Jim O'Rourke2015Album
ここに 与えられた この身体 全部 使い切てやる という者の お茶の 時間 = Tea Time For Those Determined To Completely Exhaust Every Bit Of This Body They've Been GivenKeiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi2015Album
Simple SongsJim O'Rourke2015Album
Steamroom 22Jim O'Rourke2015Album
Steamroom 20Jim O'Rourke2015Single
Delivery HealthGiovanni Di Domenico, Jim O'Rourke, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto2015Album
Steamroom 21Jim O'Rourke2015Single
Flying Basket = すっ飛び篭Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke With = と Chikamorachi & Merzbow2015Album
Duos With GuitarsGiovanni Di Domenico, Norberto Lobo, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jim O'Rourke2015Album
ArcoGiovanni Di Domenico / Jim O'Rourke2015Album
ただ美しく溶けてしまいたいのに まだまだ満ち足りていないから まだ見えてないはずの ほうが愛おしく 思えてしまう = Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It A Lack Of Contentment That Stirs Affection For Those Things Said To Be As Of Yet UnseenKeiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi2014Album
YeahJohn Duncan / Jim O'Rourke2014Album
Steamroom 10Jim O'Rourke2014Album
Steamroom 12Jim O'Rourke2014Single
Steamroom 11Jim O'Rourke2014Album
Steamroom 15Jim O'Rourke2014Album
Steamroom 13Jim O'Rourke2014Single
Steamroom 16Jim O'Rourke2014Single
Steamroom 14Jim O'Rourke2014Single
Steamroom 3Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Steamroom 4Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Steamroom 2Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Steamroom 1Jim O'Rourke2013Single
まだ 暖かい内に この今に 全ての謎を 注ぎ込んでしまおう = Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The MysteryKeiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi2013Album
Steamroom 5Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Old News No. 9Jim O'Rourke2013Album
Steamroom 6Jim O'Rourke2013Single
EDGE x Jim O'RourkeEDGE x Jim O'Rourke2013Album
The Love RobotsJim O'Rourke, Paal Nilssen-Love, Lasse Marhaug2013Album
Steamroom 7Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Steamroom 8Jim O'Rourke2013Single
Old News No. 7Jim O'Rourke2012Album
いみくずし ImikuzushiKeiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi2012Album
Old News No. 8Jim O'Rourke2012Album
Plastic Palace People Vol.2Jim O'Rourke & Christoph Heemann2011Album
Unreleased?Fire! With Jim O'Rourke2011Album
Old News No. 6Jim O'Rourke2011Album
And That's The Story Of Jazz...Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke With Chikamorachi2011Album
Released!Fire! With Jim O'Rourke2011Album
IndeedOren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke2011Album
Old News No. 5Jim O'Rourke2011Album
Plastic Palace People Vol. 1Jim O'Rourke & Christoph Heemann2011Album
One Bird Two BirdMasami Akita / Mats Gustafsson / Jim O'Rourke2011Album
In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject = 「またたくまに すべてが ひとつに なる だから 主語は いらない」Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi2011Album
Japan Tour 2011 CDJim O'Rourke / Carlos Giffoni2011Album
All Kinds Of People ~ Love Burt BacharachJim O'Rourke2010Album
Tima FormosaOren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke / Keiji Haino2010Album
Electronic MusicJim O'Rourke2010Album
Bloomington, Indiana ... AutumnLee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke, Christoph Heemann2010Album
Shinjuku GrowlThe Thing with Jim O'Rourke2010Album
The VisitorJim O'Rourke2009Album
Two Nice Catholic BoysLoren Mazzacane Connors & Jim O'Rourke2009Album
F-O'RCor Fuhler / Jim O'Rourke2009Album
SensoWhite Out With Jim O'Rourke And Thurston Moore2009Album
Despite The Water SupplyJim O'Rourke2008Single
実録・連合赤軍 あさま山荘への道程 (Original Sound Track)Koji Wakamatsu, Jim O'Rourke2008Album
ハ行 (Hagyou)Jim O'Rourke, Akira Sakata, Yoshimi2008Album
Long NightJim O'Rourke2008Album
Electric DressMerzbow / Carlos Giffoni / Jim O'Rourke2007Album
ExpLosionAkira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke2006Album
6 Oscillators '87 / Guitar '88Jim O'Rourke2006Album
Corona: Tokyo RealizationJim O'Rourke2006Album
Melbourne DirectSteve Shelley, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo2006Album
The VoloptulistThe New Blockaders / Thurston Moore / Jim O'Rourke2006Album
Perfect PartnerKim Gordon, Ikue Mori, Tim Barnes, DJ Olive, Jim O'Rourke2005Album
Mizu No Nai UmiJim O'Rourke2005Album
およばれ (Tetrodotoxin)Akira Sakata, Jim O'Rourke2005Album
Weerzin / Oscillators And GuitarsThomas Ankersmit / Jim O'Rourke2005Album
China Is NearWhite Out W / Jim O'Rourke & William Winant2005Album
From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 4Jim O'Rourke / My Cat Is An Alien2004Album
Angry Eelectric FingerNurse With Wound · Jim O'Rourke · Cyclobe · irr. app.2004Album
North SixCarlos Giffoni / Lee Ranaldo / Jim O'Rourke2004Album
Two OrgansJim O'Rourke2004Album
Tape Monkey Mooch - Angry Eelectric Finger 1Nurse With Wound · Jim O'Rourke2004Album
The Return Of Fenn O'BergFennesz, Jim O'Rourke, Peter Rehberg2002Album
He Who LaughsJim O'Rourke2002Single
2 Of 2Tri-Dim + Jim O'Rourke And Barry Guy2002Album
Therefore I AmJim O'Rourke2002Single
InsignificanceJim O'Rourke2001Album
I'm Happy, And I'm Singing, And A 1, 2, 3, 4Jim O'Rourke2001Album
Alpha Lemur Echo TwoJim O'Rourke / Michael Prime / Eddie Prévost2001Album
jim:computer:hotel (Chicago - Ystad)Jim O'Rourke2000Album
Drunken Little MassWhite Out with Jim O'Rourke2000Album
Tribute To Masayuki TakayanagiWeasel Walter / Fredrick Lonberg-Holm / Jim O'Rourke2000Album
The Magic Sound Of Fenn O'BergFennesz, Jim O'Rourke, Peter Rehberg1999Album
In BernLoren MazzaCane Connors & Lüdin AG1999Album
Xylophonen VirtuosenJim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson1999Album
Halfway To A ThreewayJim O'Rourke1999Album
Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Fennesz / O'Rourke / Drumm / SiewertWerner Dafeldecker / Christof Kurzmann / Fennesz / Jim O'Rourke / Kevin Drumm / Martin Siewert1999Album
EurekaJim O'Rourke1999Album
Invito Al ĈieloSonic Youth / Jim O'Rourke1998Album
Kunstradio 1.10.1998Jim O'Rourke1998Album
Fear No FallJim O'Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Toshinori Kondo, David Shea, DJ Low, Dirk Wachtelaer1998Album
WeightingGünter Müller, Jim O'Rourke1998Album
Please Note Our FailureJim O'Rourke1998Album
Clouds: Victoriaville Concert May 1997Lee Ranaldo / William Hooker / Jim O'Rourke / Gianni Gebbia1997Album
Bad TimingJim O'Rourke1997Album
Table Chair And HatstandGünter Müller, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke1997Album
Happy DaysJim O'Rourke1997Album
Guitar OrganismK.K. Null With Fred Frith, Guy Lohnes, Agata, Jim O'Rourke1996Album
In God We TrustJim O'Rourke, Tony Conrad, Richard Youngs, Faust & Keith Rowe1995Single
Terminal PharmacyJim O'Rourke1995Album
UnentitledZoviet France / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio1995Album
Slow MotionGünter Müller & Jim O'Rourke1994Album
AcousticsHenry Kaiser, Mari Kimura, Jim O'Rourke, John Oswald1994Album
UseJim O'Rourke1994Album
Remove The NeedJim O'Rourke1993Album
Rules Of ReductionJim O'Rourke1993Album
Frontières ?Jim O'Rourke And Syllyk1993Album
Muni / Michel PiccoliJim O'Rourke1993Single
Third Straight Day Made PublicEddie Prévost / Jim O'Rourke1993Album
DisengageJim O'Rourke1992Album
New Kind Of WaterK.K. Null & Jim O'Rourke1992Album
ScendJim O'Rourke1992Album
TamperJim O'Rourke1991Album
The Ground Below Above Our HeadsJim O'Rourke1991Album
Tomorrow Knows Where You LiveHenry Kaiser / Jim O'Rourke1991Album
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