Graham Massey & Umut Çağlar share a ten day residency at Islington Mill

2 mois ago

This is 808 State member Massey’s and Konstrukt founder Çağlar’s second live-in collaboration

Manchester’s Graham Massey (Biting Tongues/808 State) and Istanbul's Umut Çağlar (Konstrukt) will take up a ten day Samarbeta Music residency at Salford’s Islington Mill. Running from 22 August–1 September, this is their second collaboration since 2015, when they also worked with saxophonist David McLean. That meeting resulted in the album Live At Islington Mill, released by the Austin label Astral Spirits.

Samarbeta say they hope the duo’s renewed meeting of minds will create “a mash of past and present, techno and jazz, DJ and producer and Istanbul vs Manchester”. In the same spirit, last year the Mill presented Toolshed Vs Konstrukt, featuring Massey's 28 piece big band and Çağlar's free music group, who since their inception in 2008 have also performed with Peter Brötzmann, Marshall Allen and Evan Parker.

The plan is for the duo to record an album during their residency, which will close with a live performance in Manchester on 1 September. You can keep up to date with developments at Samarbeta's website.

Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum festival opens next month

2 mois ago

Now running over six days, this year's festival pays tribute to Moondog and Julius Eastman

This year's Sacrum Profanum line-up includes Aaron Turner, Aidan Baker, Alvin Lucier, Apartment House, Arditti Quartet, Eliane Radigue, Jennifer Walshe, Lubomyr Melnyk, Oren Ambarchi, Raphael Roginski and more. The six day event also pays tribute to the works of Moondog and Julius Eastman through a series of special concerts scattered throughout the programme.

These include guitarist Roginski, Natalia Przybysz and Širom playing Moondog’s “Maybe”, “Paris” and “All Is Loneliness”, among other works; The SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik and Joseph Kubera on piano performing Eastman’s Macle, Joy Boy, Our Father and John Cage's Song Books I; Quiet Music Ensemble will be presenting Polish premieres of David Toop’s Night Leaves Breathing, Alvin Lucier’s Shadow Lines, Rishin Singh’s Zamówieniem, Jennifer Walshe’s Dordán and An Ghléacht, and Pauline Oliveros’s The Mystery Beyond Matter; and Africa Express will perform Terry Riley's In C.

“This year during Sacrum Profanum, everything is important: from its dense, internally linked, aesthetically diversified programme, through a multitude of venues scattered around Nowa Huta, Kazimierz, Podgórze and Ludwinów, up to its intensified formula,” says the festival’s curator Krzysztof Pietraszewski. “The festival is shorter – it lasts six days, but it offers twice as many concerts compared to the previous year. The opening day and the weekend days abound with four concerts each, and two concerts are planned for every other day. In total, the programme offers 20 concerts for all those who are in for intensity and the festival celebration. If you ever lost track reading a longer column or lost your temper in the third season of Twin Peaks, just take the challenge and go to a few hours-long meditational gig, listen to an hour-long minimalist composition. Test your perception! Do you prefer shorter forms? Do not miss the almost singing opening and a musical tribute to Moondog.”

Tickets cost 250zł. More information can be found at their website.

Black Quantum Futurism at The Serpentine

2 mois ago

This Friday Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips present Project: Time Capsule at Park Nights 2017

Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother and Rasheedah Phillips's interdisciplinary project Black Quantum Futurism Collective will take over Park Night at London Hyde Park’s The Serpentine on 18 August. Exploring the intersection of futurism, creative media, DIY aesthetics and activism in marginalised communities Ayewa and Phillips, of The AfroFuturist Affair and Metropolarity, will perform Project: Time Capsule, a reading and experimental electronics piece that combines “science fiction realities with African diasporic concepts of time and ritual, offering ways to escape oppressive constructs of linear time”.

“Beneath several housing projects and housing estates across America and Europe, several mysterious time capsules have been unearthed,” states The Serpentine gallery. “These time capsules appear to be quantum in nature, displaying the features of retrocausality and entanglement, opening up its contents to influences from both the future(s) and the past(s).”

“Our work,” explain the collective, “focuses on recovery, collection and preservation of communal memories, histories and stories. Through the work of BQF Collective and its collaborators, we are in the process of developing and enacting a new spatio-temporal consciousness.”

The event will take place at 8pm on 18 August. Tickets cost £5.

Confronting environmental crisis through sound at Cafe Oto

2 mois ago

This Sunday at the London-based venue, Amplification / Annihilation: In Sonic Defiance Of Extinction will focus on ways in which music and sound can engage with ecological crisis

Cafe Oto is to host an experimental audio-visual broadcast around current themes of environmental damage. Bringing in a variety of sonic material, including field recordings, data sonification, songs, experimental music, short films and poetry, the evening will run in the style of a radio transmission. It will feature artists Leah Barclay, Robin Buckley, Kate Carr, Minerva Cuevas, Graciela Muñoz Farida, Anja Kanngieser & Polly Stanton, Andrea Polli, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Ziibiwan, with more to be confirmed.

“While 'nature' has been always been a theme and component of music and sound art, it seems that these fields are increasingly engaging with the current ecological crisis in more pointed ways,” explain the organisers behind the event, who are Anja Kanngieser, Paul Rekret and The Wire contributor Rory Gibb. “Given that this is the case, can ecological collapse be sonically represented, or it does it just become the fetishisation of mass extinction?” They ask. “Is there a meaningful place for music and sound in environmental advocacy? Can sound artists and musicians intervene in environmental crises that hit poor communities and communities of colour hardest? We're interested in pulling together work that responds to these questions implicitly or explicitly.”

Amplification / Annihilation will take place on 20 August at 7.30pm. Entry is free. Listen to political geographer and sound artist Anja Kanngieser and composer and sound artist Daniel Jenatsch discuss climate, capitalism and crisis on Paul Rekret's Beholder Halfway show on Resonance FM.

Bishop brothers, Chris Corsano and Michael Flower form new quartet

2 mois ago

Thirty Three Thirty Three present the debut performance of Clandestine Quartet this September with support from Senyawa

Thirty Three Thirty Three will host the premiere performance from Clandestine Quartet on 15 September. The newly formed group includes Alan and Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls – who disbanded in 2007 following the death of drummer Charles Gocher and who now perform as Alvarius B and Rangda respectively – with Chris Corsano and Vibracathedral Orchestra's Mick Flower.

“Together, they’re hiding away for a week in a studio to write a completely new set of material. And what will it sound like? Who knows,” say the promoters. “Perhaps the Bishops have found kindred spirits in the form of Flower-Corsano. Or perhaps they’ve just found two new figures to spar with.”

The evening will also have a performance from Jogjakarta duo Senyawa (Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi).

The event will take place at St John at Hackney church on 15 September, 8pm. It will be streamed by Boiler Room. Tickets are available now.

New sound installation by Richard Skelton on the Isle of Skye

2 mois ago

Installed in a boathouse, his new work opens on 7 September

A new sound installation by Richard Skelton called Eilean Fuinn will open next month at Scorrybreac Boathouse, Portree, on the Isle of Skye. Commissioned by ATLAS Arts, a contemporary arts production and commissioning body based on the Inner Hebrides island, his piece is part of the year-long project A Work for the North Atlantic exploring singing and the sea. So far the project has included Bethan Huws’s film Singing For The Sea (1993) and school workshops run in collaboration with Aldeburgh Music.

A work of long-duration repetition comprised of four audio channels, Skelton’s Eilean Fuinn was inspired by Huws's work. His installation incorporates four musicians performing traditional songs related to the sea. These are “Cumha Na Cloinne” (“Lament For The Children”) played by Decker Forrest on Highland bagpipes; “Oran Manitoba” by Hector MacInnes on accordion; “Em Tog Orm Mo Phìob” (“Bring Me My Pipes”) and “Am Iomramh Eadar Il’ A’s Uist” (“Rowing From Islay To Uist”) by Ronan Martin on fiddle; and “Braes Of Lochiel” by Frances Wilkins on concertina.

The project, says Skelton, gave him “the rare opportunity to immerse myself in the island culture of Skye, to experience something of its spectacular geography, its natural history, and its musical tradition”. He adds that “working with local musicians, and with the landscape itself, has been a memorable experience”.

The title Eilean Fuinn was inspired by the word fonn, which has multiple meanings including ‘land, earth, plain’ and ‘air, tune, music’.

Eilean Fuinn will be on display from 10am–5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, between 7–23 September 2017. Entry is free.

Ten CD box set compiled by Ratskin Records in response to violence in US

2 mois 1 semaine ago

Money raised by the compilation will be divided between Black Lives Matters national chapter bail fund and San Francisco’s St James Infirmary

Oakland, California label Ratskin Records have released a 12 hour benefit compilation designed as a “direct response to the rapidly worsening, violent, political and philosophical conditions in our current state”. Released earlier this month, Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse, is available in digital and physical formats, and all proceeds will be split between Black Lives Matter national chapter bail fund and St James Infirmary in San Francisco.

In its physical format, Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse is a ten CD box set accompanied by a 16-page booklet of sleevenotes and writings, photograph and full colour limited edition print, plus download code. The digital version will include scans of all the media.

Taking part are an international selection of producers, sound artists and bands spanning the fields of noise, electro, trap, electronics, industrial, metal, musique concrete, field recordings and more. Further, the vast majority of tracks were produced specially for the release. On the set’s Bandcamp page, Ratskin Records declare: “This document serves both as a vast (yet obviously incomplete) document of contemporary and modern artists pushing the limits of esoteric, political, radical and lucid strategies of sound, space and resistance, as well as strives to create a dialogue around creating an alternative nexus of artist and musician solidarity through models bridging the gap between artistic documents and radical modes of resistance, fundraising, networking and solidarity.”

Among the artists making up its 184 track listing are Wolf Eyes, Negativland, Moor Mother, Black Spirituals, Clipping, Dj Spooky, Daniel Menche, Sun Araw Trio, Jim Haynes, Headboggle, Gerritt Wittmer, Kid606, Xiu Xiu, Drew Mcdowall, and many more.

Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse is limited to an edition of 300 signed and numbered physical copies. A set of preorder copies were also signed and numbered, and included extra content such as a ‘self defense weapon’, a pin set and five additional prints. The cover art is designed by Los Angeles based artist Lexx Valdez.

Note: this article was edited 14 August 2017. It originally stated that part of the money raised from the compilation would go towards the relief fund for victims of the Ghost Ship arts space fire. However they are no longer accepting donations. Details of a replacement charity are yet to be confirmed

Hyperlocal festival to take place in London and Buenos Aires

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The joint location festival will run on 17 September at Cafe Oto, and on 25 November at Xirgu Espacio Untref, Atom Sound Art Space and Cuarto Apostol

Hyperlocal's 2017 edition will be split between Dalston in London’s East End and
San Telmo in Buenos Aires. It kicks off with performances on 16 September at Cafe Oto and its project space, and the evening will end with an afterparty at a venue yet to be confirmed. The event will then transfer across the Atlantic on 25 November to three venues in Buenos Aires: Xirgu Espacio Untref, Atom Sound Art Space and Cuarto Apostol.

“One headspace for +12 hours conducted in two cities. It is a lasting connection of
opposite hemispheres from local Argentine and South American landcapes
to the UK/EU and beyond, fighting against the impracticality of distance and resources to expose, extend and share,” states the festival.

Artists lined up for London include online performances from Albobabez and Yearning Kru, and live ones from The Bomber Jackers, DJ Save The NHS, Farai, Lolina and others. The Buenos Aires bill includes more online performances from Albobabez and Yearning Kru, plus Aylu, DJ Bli Bli, Ines Navarro, Nicolas Freeman, DJ Bruta, Vluba, Yoto, with more tbc.

Adult Swim to release DOOM's The Missing Notebook Rhymes track by track

2 mois 1 semaine ago

15 DOOM tracks to be released at the rate of one a week

On 7 August Adult Swim received a folder from DOOM. Called The Missing Notebook Rhymes, it contains 15 tracks, each of them “considered a ‘notebook’ from a series consisting of music from his own upcoming albums as well as singles he is featured on”. One artist collaboration that is named is Jay Electronica, while another, the first track from an already released collection, is called "Negus", and it’s from the late Sean Price's then-forthcoming album Imperius Rex, released last week two years after the New York rapper’s death by Duck Down Records.

The track releases will continue over the next 14 weeks. You can hear them via Adult Swim.

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins documentary premieres in London in October

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The special film showing includes a Stewart Lee Q&A with the woman at the heart of England's folk revival during the 1960s and 70s

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins started life as a Kickstarter campaign by Burning Bridges & Fifth Column Films back in 2011. It tells the story of the English folk custodian who in the 1980s had to put her career on hold due to the development of a vocal chord disorder called dysphonia. It also looks at Collins's return to recording three decades later, marked by the release of her comeback album Lodestar in 2016. Directed by Rob Curry and Tim Plester (who released the feature-length documentary about Morris dancing called Way Of The Morris back in 2011), the film features archival footage from Collins's 1959 road trip around America's Deep South alongside her then-lover Alan Lomax, and it includes contributions from Stewart Lee, David Tibet, American folk artist Sam Amidon, the UK based Elle Osborn and Collins herself.

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins will premiere at London's Soho Curzon on 16 October. It will be followed by a post-film Q&A hosted by Stewart Lee, who wrote the sleevenotes for Lodestar.

Shirley Collins was the cover star of The Wire 393. Subscribers can read the article online via Exact Editions. You can also listen to a selection of ‘songs from the soil that speak direct to the heart’ selected by Collins for a Wire portal earlier this year.

Japanese quartet Saicobab to release debut album

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The improv project consisting of YoshimiO, Yoshida Daikiti, Motoyuki Hamamoto and Akita Goldman will release Sab Se Purani Bab in October 2017

This autumn Japanese quartet Saicobab will release their debut album. Formed in 2001 by OOIOO's YoshimiO and sitar player Yoshida Daikiti, the group now features bassist Akita Goldman and Motoyuki “Hama” Hamamoto on percussion and gamelan. Saicobab describe themselves as “spiraling grind core raga music”, taking influence from traditional Indian and Japanese musics, spirituality and ancient numerology, with the majority of recordings on the release recorded live and then manipulated during the editing process.

Sab Se Purani Bab will be released on CD and as a deluxe vinyl edition with 2 x LP in a gatefold jacket and metallic foiling, a free download card and a remix of “AWAWAW” by Cevdet Erek. First pre-orders can also get a limited colour vinyl edition. It will be released on Thrill Jockey 20 October. Pre order via Thrill Jockey's website.

Listen to “Bx Ax Bx” below:

Composer Ana-Maria Avram has died

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The Romanian spectral composer, pianist and conductor was 55

Ana-Maria Avram died on 1 August. The Romanian composer, pianist and conductor affiliated with spectral music was a frequent collaborator with composer Iancu Dumitrescu, with whom she was married. Avram was the co-conductor of The Hyperion Ensemble and artistic director of the Spectrum XXI festival which she founded to showcase innovative Romanian music.

Born in 1961 in Bucharest, Romania, Avram studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest between 1980–85, and in 1992 she studied musical aesthetics at Sorbonne, Paris. In 1988 she joined The Hyperion Ensemble, the Bucharest based group specialising in contemporary composition and spectral music founded in 1976 by Dumitrescu. Avram composed around 130 works, including solo, chamber, orchestral, electronic and computer assisted music, and she released more than 25 collaborative albums with Dumitrescu on their label Edition Modern.

Avram explained the concept of spectralism to Philip Clark in The Wire 308: “Spectralism is not just a trend but a specific attitude towards sound,” she told Philip. “There isn’t one spectral approach, but many different viewpoints. Radulescu’s sound plasma, the music of the French spectralists and our music are often defined as post-spectral or hyperspectral: but above anything it is transformational music.”

In the same article she also expressed a love for the ambiguous nature of the old Moog synthesizer sound, adding that she and Dumitrescu tended to use old software “often abandoned by their creators, sometimes just to exploit one interesting little thing it can do well”.

Avram’s music has also been released by Electrecord, ReR Megacorp and other labels. The musicians she worked with include Kronos Quartet, l’Orchestre National de France, Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian National Orchestra, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Roumanie, Radio-France, CCMIX, Ars Nova Ensemble and Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique Bourges.

Seeds & Bridges return to Hull after a six year hiatus

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Inspired by its status of UK City Of Culture 2017, Jez riley French and Pheobe riley Law’s series sets about putting Hull “back on the explorative sound map of Europe”

Jez riley French and Pheobe riley Law will bring their Seeds & Bridges sound art series back to Hull following a six year hiatus. With eight events planned for 2017’s city of culture starting in October and running until March 2018, the series sets out to “give the new audiences in the city for contemporary art a chance to experience unique sound focused events from both established and emerging artists working with sound in various ways”.

Held at Humber Street Gallery, all events are free. They include an in-depth conversation between Jez riley French and field recordist Chris Watson, a female-only workshop, performance events incorporating sound, noise and technology; installations, and more. Participating artists include Chris Watson, Hanna Tuulikki with Lucy Duncombe & Nerea Bello, Emily Richardson, Rachael Finney, Ryoko Akama, Dawn Scarfe, Katy Bentham, Embla Quickbeam, Collectress, Heather Ross, Holly Jarvis, Andrew Jarvis and Yorkshire Sound Network for Women, and of course Seeds & Bridges hosts Jez riley French and Pheobe riley Law, with more to be confirmed.

Chris Watson in conversation with Jez riley French takes place on 5 October. More details to be announced soon.

Open call for papers and artworks for next year’s Large Objects Moving Air conference

2 mois 2 semaines ago

CRiSAP's Jennifer Lucy Allan and Matt Parker to host the 2018 event exploring “the materiality of air”

London College of Communication’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice centre has put out an open call for papers and new sound or audiovisual works to be presented at a conference early next year. Called Large Objects Moving Air, the 2018 conference is a one day event “exploring the presence, agency and materiality of air from the microscale to macroscale, through both literal and figurative interpretations”, say its two hosts, Wire contributor Jennifer Lucy Allan and Matt Parker, both of CRiSAP. “What comes to mind when one thinks about air?” they continue. “Air is everywhere and nowhere. It is a carrier of frequencies, energies, vibrations, toxins, pollutants and blast waves. It supports life and is a site of communication. It is clouds and The Cloud. Who owns it? Can it be owned? Who or what are the agents in the transmission and circulation of air? How does it circulate and what circulates within it?”

Laura Cannell has been commissioned to write and perform a new work for bass recorder at the event, which will take place on 8 January 2018. Deadline for open call submissions is 15 September. For more information go to CRiSAP’s website.

Object Collection’s opera based on Fugazi's concert recordings to be released in October

2 mois 2 semaines ago

A month earlier, the New York opera collective’s It's All True will receive its UK premiere at London’s Cafe Oto

New York ensemble Object Collection are bringing to London what they describe as their “opera-in-suspension” sourced from the complete live archive of Fugazi. As well as receiving its London premiere, the opera will also be released on record for the first time. Called It's All True, the work uses a series of Fugazi live recordings made between 1987–2002. Object Collection’s composer Travis Just and writer/director Kara Feely constructed their 100 minute opera for four performers, guitars and bass and two drummers from the incidental music, text and sounds found on those Fugazi recordings, be it unplanned feedback, pre-show speeches, audience hecklers or the noise of police breaking up gigs, rather than Fugazi songs and music proper.

“In Fugazi we always thought of our music as like hollering into a valley. Echoes might come back but we could never be sure what form they might take or if they would even be recognisable,” comments Guy Picciotto of Fugazi. “The work Object Collection has done using raw material from our live archive was one of those unexpected echoes. When they contacted us to have permission to use the material, we answered yes.

“When we heard back from Travis and Kara with a video recording of an initial rehearsal of It’s All True I didn’t really know what to expect,” adds Picciotto, “but I shared the link with the rest of the band to check out. Within days the four of us in the band were writing each other with bafflement and awe, ‘Have you watched this thing yet?’ All of us were both blown away and disoriented by the work – it was well beyond anything we had anticipated when agreeing to Travis’s early request.

“As for the text – a stitched quilt composed of our off-the-cuff stage raps (many of which utterly defy my memory and some which are as freshly present in my brain as yesterday) – to hear it delivered by these actors in a novel form of almost distanced hysteria at first really confused me,” he continues. “For us our between-song raps were a way to engage with the crowd as people in a shared space and precise moment, not just as consumers of a cookie-cutter event. Basically it was a way to avoid feeling like a jukebox in the corner. That was one reason we also never used a setlist, so that every night had that element of improvisation and response to that specific room. But of course the banter was sometimes just a way to buy time, to catch our breath, to mask tuning or equipment issues or just to entertain ourselves. Still, those raps were supposed to evaporate into the night air, but by taping them and making them available, we left a trail back. Object Collection took that trail and made it a script which solidified the ephemeral into something more concrete, a distillation of weird social history and politics as a residue that exists in even in the most seemingly random moments once they are boiled down.”

It’s All True was commissioned by the Borealis Festival, Bergen, where it premiered in 2016. It featured singers Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Avi Glickstein, Daniel Allen Nelson and Deborah Wallace, plus Taylor Levine, Josh Lopes, James Moore and Brendon Randall-Myers on guitars, and Shayna Dunkelman and Owen Weaver on drums.

It will be released in vinyl, CD and download formats by Slip in October, complete with photography by Henrik Beck, and a fold-out double-sided A2 newspaper print featuring both performance text and sleevenotes. Slip will also release a 7" in September featuring “What's The Problem” from It's All True plus two extra tracks. Both are available for pre-order.

Meanwhile, the UK premiere of It’s All True will take place at London's Cafe Oto on 21 & 22 September. They will also perform between 2–25 February, 2018 at La Mama, East Village, NYC. Online subscribers can read a review of the Bergen performance of It's All True in Wire 388 and an interview with Object Collection’s Feely and Just in Wire 387.

Unreleased Julius Eastman piece goes on sale on 4 August, with proceeds being donated to the Transgender Law Center

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Bandcamp stand in solidarity with their LGBT+ users and staff, donating the day’s profits to charity. Frozen Reeds mark the occasion by releasing Eastman's Joy Boy via Bandcamp

On 4 August Frozen Reeds issue the previously unreleased Julius Eastman piece Joy Boy via Bandcamp, with all proceeds being donated to the Transgender Law Center. The release coincides with Bandcamp's charity fundraising day, when 100 per cent of the online store’s cut from sales will be given to the TLC.

Joy Boy follows last year’s release of Femenine which spared a renewed interest in the life and works of the late composer, who became celebrated through dedicated concerts, festivals and performances, as well as a new Otolith Group film The Third Part Of The Third Measure. Both pieces were recorded live on 6 November 1974 at Composers Forum in Albany, The Arts Center at the Academy of the Holy Names.

“I have been sitting on this completely unreleased Julius Eastman piece since preparations for the release of Femenine were underway last year,” states Ian Fenton of Frozen Reeds. “The piece was performed immediately before Femenine at the same concert,” he continues. “It's “named Joy Boy and, like Femenine, is performed by The SEM Ensemble. The two pieces together didn't fit on one CD (just a minute or two too much) and so I made vague plans to release the shorter one later, but nothing really happened and I've gone ahead with other new projects since then.

“So, when I heard about this Bandcamp initiative, the idea of making this piece available popped up once again. It seemed a great way to get the music out there, and promote an excellent cause at the same moment.

“It's already available to pre-order and all proceeds it generates on Friday, both for Bandcamp and ourselves, will be sent to Transgender Law Center. For our part, this also includes any proceeds from pre-orders.”

The fundraiser runs for 24 hours on 4 August starting at midnight (PT). In the UK that's 8am on 4 August.

Unconscious Archives Festival launches in London this September

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Event series Unconscious Archives has announced its first festival in London

Unconscious Archives will host its first festival this year. The project, which was founded in 2011 by Sally Golding to explore the dialogue between audiovisual and sound art, will present a ten day event and accompanying exhibition. Run in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum London, it has a special Austrian focus.

The exhibition, called Emotion + Tech(no)body, features Audrey Samson, Benedict Drew, Stephen Cornford, Graham Dunning, Christine Schörkhuber, Ulla Rauter, Reni Hofmüller and others, and it runs from 20 September–17 November; a live event called Compositional Constructs takes place at London’s Cafe Oto on 24 September, featuring Myriam Bleau, Mariska de Groot, Leafcutter John and Dawid Liftinger; Haptic Somatic at Corsica Studio on 28 September features Ziúr, Yaxu, Phantom Chips, Spatial, Laurie Tompkin, Marta Forsberg, Billy Roisz, dieb13 and Chloe Frieda. In addition, Close-Up Film Centre will present Narrativize on 30 September featuring film, digital arts, performances and Q&As including Esperanza Collado, Jörg Piringer, James Holcombe, Secluded Bronte Trio with Jonathan Bohman, Adam Bohman and Richard Thomas, and Hannah Catherine Jones aka Foxy Moron.

“This is the first time Unconscious Archives are operating on such a large scale, growing from single events to three key events,” states festival director-producer Golding. “I founded it when I moved to London from Australia after co-running OtherFilm Festival there. Originally UA was more dedicated to exploring the dialogue between expanded cinema and sound art – through performances by artists working in either programmed on the same night. It's evolved to not be so focussed around expanded cinema/live av – rather to focus on 'liveness' and emphasis performativity in AV and sound art/experimental music.”

Tickets can be found at the Unconscious Archives website.

New music for a unique organ

2 mois 2 semaines ago

London’s Organ Reframed festival will feature newly commissioned works by Tim Hecker, Phill Niblock, Mira Calix, Emily Hall and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

This autumn London Islington’s Union Chapel will host a special three day festival that issues a challenge to musicians and audiences alike to rethink the organ. The festival has commissioned a number of artists to compose new works for the chapel's organ, which was built specifically for the space by Henry Father’ Willis in 1877, and is the only organ in England with its original (and functioning) hydraulic bellows. Their one mandate is to “release the organ from its traditional roots”. Composers include Tim Hecker, Phill Niblock, Mira Calix, Emily Hall and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and the festival will feature performances by Low, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of Stars Of The Lid, Claire M Singer, Gordon Monahan, James McVinnie and London Contemporary Orchestra And Choir.

“To have the opportunity to build on the organ’s rich history and bring it to the attention of a new generation of artists feels important,” says composer and festival curator Claire M Singer. “It may not be the most portable of instruments, but like any other it deserves a life. It deserves that life to be continued and its music to be developed, and that’s what I’m trying to do over three days with Organ Reframed.”

Organ Reframed will run from 13–15 October. You can watch a video of Singer performing at the Chapel, below:

Boiler Room to screen online premiere of Sähkö The Movie

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Rare 1995 VHS film about the Finnish label will be streamed online for the first time

Boiler Room TV has announced it’s going to stream a rare film about Finnish label Sähkö. Shot on 16mm by Jimi Tenor in 1995, the untitled work was dubbed Sähkö The Movie by the label's fans, and it’s a hard to find item only available as a VHS tape originally released by Blast First Petite.

The 44 minute film features footage of Tommi Grönlund – who founded the label in 1993 in Turku – as well as Mono Junk, Hertsi, IFÖ and the late Mika Vainio, while they variously work in the studio, hand-press limited edition vinyl or perform live.

Sähkö The Movie will stream on 10 August. In the meantime you can watch a trailer below:

Fuse Art Space launches a workshop series in the French Pyrenees

2 mois 3 semaines ago

Laraaji, Gavin Bryars and others to act as “intense, artistic catalysts” for new ideas at a 750m high residency school next year

2018 will see the launch of Camp, a residency series based in the thermal spa town of Aulus-les-Bains in the French Pyrenees. Housed in a renovated 19th century hotel, each course in the series will run for five days. Subjects include: Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars; Environmental Sound Recording with Chris Watson (now sold out); Deep Listening, Meditation & Laughter with Laraaji; Composing For Film with Jozef Van Wissem; and Experimental Composition & Performance with Eli Keszler. Each course will cost £1119, not including flights, but James from Fuse Art Space confirms over email that those fees cover “all tuition and activities, accommodation, catering (yes, including booze), and unlimited use of our facilities”. And he confirms that on site facilities include “Pro-Tools studios, digital editing and production suites, an arts library, rehearsal and performance spaces, fine art studios, a cinema, dark room... all free and technician-supported for participants throughout their stay”.

“We've been running Fuse Art Space for nearly four years,” he says, when asked how the project came about. “The level of work coming through is consistently really awesome. We wanted to take this pool of incredibly talented and innovative artists, musicians, writers, thinkers and activists and put them in an environment where they can act as catalysts for new ideas and artistic thought.

“We want to create a place where people can come and feel inspired, have a deeply creative experience, learn new ways of working at the leading edge of their artforms, form new groups and movements, make things happen,” he continues. “We want the work and developments that come out of Camp to pioneer new ways of thinking about music, art, film, etc.”

Some of the courses, such as the one run by Gavin Bryars, require an existing knowledge skill base from participants, while others are open to those with no more than an interest in the subject. All sessions will make use of what the landscape has to offer. Plus there’s a bursary scheme available via Camp’s various partners.

Camp has lined up future courses by the likes of Laure Prouvost, Ann Bean, Jana Winderen & Mike Harding, Christina Kubisch, Paulina Olowska, and others. Camp kicks off in April 2018.

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