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Fractal Meat Cuts label raises money for Ubuntu Women Shelter

1 jour 7 heures ago

Graham Dunning releases new compilation aiding Glaswegian charity

Released by Graham Dunning's Fractal Meat Cuts label, The Stochastic Method is a charity compilation featuring new tracks by Painted In Shadows, Paul Michael Henry, Jenn Kirby, Leslie Deere and Dunning himself, all of whom performed at an event at the CCA Glasgow on 16 December curated by Deere.

All proceeds from this release will be donated to the Ubuntu Women Shelter in Glagow. The charity, which is run and managed by people with lived experience of migration, asylum or destitution, offers 24/7 practical support for women in need of short term emergency accommodation.

The Stochastic Method is out now. People are invited to pay what they want for it.

The Stochastic Method by Various Artists

Wendy Carlos biography announced

2 jours 5 heures ago

Amanda Sewell examines the life and work of the musician who turned a new generation onto Bach and unusual tunings through her pioneering electronic scores

US musician and composer Wendy Carlos, whose pioneering 1968 debut album Switched-On Bach helped popularise Moog synthesizer music, is the subject of a new biography by Amanda Sewell. As a composer Carlos joined the dots between American popular culture, medicine and social trends of the 20th and 21st century. Her identity as a transgender woman shaped much of her life and career, as well as how audiences received her work.

Carlos received her MA in music from Columbia University where she studied with the electronics pioneers Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky. She followed Switched-On Bach with The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, and an electronic score complete with vocodered voices for Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). Her extensive works include further electronic explorations of classical music, soundtracks for Disney’s Tron and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, among others, and more. In 2005 she was presented with the SEAMUS lifetime achievement award by the Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States.

Author Amanda Sewell is music director at Interlochen Public Radio in North Michigan. Her first book Wendy Carlos: A Biography will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2020. It is available to pre-order now.

Moor Mother three day residency at Cafe Oto

2 jours 6 heures ago

Camae Ayewa is joined on stage by ONO, Elaine Mitchener, Brother May and others

Moor Mother aka Camae Ayewa will be at London's Cafe Oto between 14–16 February. The first night the multidisciplinary artist will share a stage with ONO. That'll be followed by Ayewa with Galya Bisengalieva, ONO and Elaine Mitchener on the Saturday, with Ayewa and Brother May rounding up the event on Sunday. A three-day pass will cost £35 for non-members.

Her group Irreversible Entanglements have also announced a new album due out in Spring on International Anthem/Don Giovanni, and they'll be touring Europe this year too. Dates include Novara (7 March), Earth, London (10) Athens (12), Oslo (14), Tampere (16), and Helsinki (17).

Listen to the 23 minute single “Homeless​/​Global”, released December 2019.

Homeless/Global by Irreversible Entanglements

Roger Robinson wins TS Eliot prize

2 jours 7 heures ago

Judges John Burnside, Sarah Howe and Nick Makoha unanimously chose A Portable Paradise for the 2019 award

Writer and performer Roger Robinson has won the 2019 TS Eliot Prize for the publication A Portable Paradise. Rogerson was announced as the winner at an award ceremony in the Wallace Collection on 13 January. The night before at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall all ten shortlisted poets took part in a reading.

Chair John Burnside said, “This ambitious and wide-ranging shortlist speaks to all that poetry can be. The winner, Roger Robinson’s A Portable Paradise, finds in the bitterness of everyday experience continuing evidence of ‘sweet, sweet life’.”

Lead lyricist for King Midas Sound, who last year released Solitude on Cosmo Rhythmatic, Robinson published his first full poetry collection The Butterfly Hotel in 2013. An alumnus of The Complete Works and co-founder of both Spoke Lab and writing collective Malika’s Kitchen, he previously won the People’s Book Prize and the Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize for Suitcase (2004) and Suckle (2009). He's released two solo album on Jahtari, and in 2019 released the single “Stay”, produced by Jabu and Ossia, on No Corner.

A Portable Paradise is published by Peepal Tree Press.

Watch him read “Ghosts” from a series of poems he wrote about the Grenfell Tower victims.

“Black Olive” from A Portable Paradise

Check out his Instagram for more readings.

Wire share new single “Primed & Ready”

1 semaine 1 jour ago

Ahead of new album Mind Hive, post-punk survivors share second single

Wire have shared the second single from the forthcoming Mind Hive. The 17th studio album to come out of more than 40 years of activity, “Primed & Ready” looks backwards to the year they released their last album Silver/Lead.

“The lyric/text for this song could be read as a series of questions, set in 2017,” says Wire's Graham Lewis. “Who could have known the answers would be, in no particular order…Liverpool FC, me, Boris The Spider, 67, Lieutenant Colonel.”

Meanwhile Colin Newman adds: “Primed & Ready” was the easiest song to write on the album, written in less time than it takes to play it. There’s nothing remotely ‘clever’ about the chord sequence/structure and there’s only three chords, two in the verse and one in the chorus. As in all things Wire ‘less is more’”.

Last year saw the reissue of their groundbreaking first three albums, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154. Later this year a new documentary People In A Film is set to be released. Hive Mind is released on 24 January via pinkflag. UK tour dates can be found on The Wire's listings page.

New Merzbow on Room40 raises money for Australian wildlife fund

1 semaine 1 jour ago

All proceeds go to charity WIRES supporting animals affected by bushfires

Room40 head Lawrence English has announced all proceeds from its next release will be donated to charity. Based in Queensland, the label is working with several organisations assisting with fire recovery throughout the season's catastrophic events, with the devastation of vast territories and destruction of untold numbers of animals and habitats. Now, money from its forthcoming Merzbow release are going directly to Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation WIRES.

In June and July 2019 Masami Akita, the man behind Merzbow, had been in Australia for Room40’s Open Frame festival, performing in both Sydney and Melbourne. “Between the concerts, Akita spent his days visiting a variety of forests, spending time with legendary Australia fauna icons like the Australian white ibis, little penguins and various other native species,” English tells us. “As a vegan, his affinity for the natural world is unconditional. With this in mind he has announced all profits from this edition will be donated to assisting wildlife recovery in the wake of the Australia bushfire crisis of the past few months. Room40 will be matching all money raised. Thanks Merzbow!”

StereoAkuma is released on 28 February. Merzbow will play at The Old Museum in Brisbane on 28 February and Arts Centre Melbourne on 26. Listen to “StereoAkuma (Encore)” below.

StereoAkuma by Merzbow

Steve Vibronics launches Life In Dub podcast series

1 semaine 2 jours ago

The series promises interviews with Keety Roots, Macka B, Iration Steppas, and more

Life In Dub is a new podcast series hosted by longtime dub advocate and Leicester roots collective member Steve Vibronics. For the recordings Vibronics plans to travel to where the artists live or work, airing interviews with different dub and reggae producers every two weeks.

“I've always been fascinated by the stories of the people behind the music, their experiences, motives and what we can all learn from each musicians' individual journey,” he says. “Simultaneously I became very interested in podcasts about music and the characters behind the sounds, but noticed there were no high quality dub/reggae/sound system podcasts conducting interviews.”

First to star on the show is Keety Roots who talks about his life in music, growing up in London and the formation of his Black Legacy Recording label.

Future subjects include Macka B, Iration Steppas and Mungos HiFi, among others.

Subscribe via the usual podcast channels, or follow the link on Steve Vibronics's website.

Luminate 2020 invite RVNG Intl and Spitfire Audio

1 semaine 3 jours ago

Third edition of the London Kings Place series with LCO, The Necks, Triad God and Sign Libra starts this January

Luminate Season III gets underway this month. Launching the event on 18 January is a night of performances from Tomaga & Pierre Bastien, and Laetitia Sadier. On 22 February there’s a special showcase from event partners Spitfire Audio featuring LCO, Alev Lenz and some unnamed guests. On 9 May RVNG Intl present a showcase featuring Emily A Sprague and Sign Libra & Dialect ^^.

The season also includes: DM Stith + Harry Burgess (January 31), Rafael Anton Irisarri + Oliver Coates (also on 22 February), Peter Zummo + Military Genius (27), Mira Calix & The Calix Ensemble: Mantis & Bee (6 March), Eliza McCarthy & Jo Wills (19), NYX & Christina Vantzou (27), Triad God (25 April), Goat + Housewives, (1 June), and The Necks (18). Finishing the programme is Modern Ritual XIII featuring Laura Cannell with Stewart Lee (11 July).

Hosted by Kings Place, the series runs from 18 January–11 July. Tickets are on sale now.

New Jan St Werner album features Mark E Smith

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Molecular Meditation was recorded in Manchester in 2014

Mouse On Mars member Jan St Werner’s new album Molecular Meditation features recordings of The Fall’s Mark E Smith. “Smith is heard making observations on mundane objects, events, and a range of meditation techniques basically associating his discontent with an apolitical British upper class,” declares Editions Mego in advance of its release next month. The set was first heard at Manchester Cornerhouse in 2014 and has since been re-edited and remastered.

Molecular Meditation is released on 21 February. Listen to “VS Cancelled” below.

Norient launches new platform

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Norient magazine shuts down and reopens as a more “forward-thinking” virtual space

The Swiss organisation Norient is in the process of reinventing itself as Norient Space: The Now In Sound, a virtual transdisciplinary gallery and community platform presenting texts, podcasts, films, photographs and hypermedia art by hundreds of thinkers and artists from all continents. It's set to be “more political, deep, playful and experimental”, says the Norient team.

Currently seeking donations, it’s selling founding memberships for a fee starting at €100. “Only together as a vital community platform with dedicated membership, can we defy algorithms and filter bubbles,” declares its new manifesto.

Hildur Guðnadóttir wins Golden Globe for Joker soundtrack

1 semaine 4 jours ago

The Icelandic cellist, composer and singer, who has collaborated with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sunn 0))), Eyvind Kang, Jóhann Jóhannsson and others, is the first solo female winner in the Best Original Score category

Hildur Guðnadóttir was awarded the trophy for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes on 5 January, beating other nominees Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, Thomas Newman for 1917 and Daniel Pemberton for Motherless Brooklyn. The first female solo winner in the category, she was awarded the prize for her work on Todd Phillips's Joker. It also made her the first woman to win the award since 2000 when Lisa Gerrard and Han Zimmer took it for their work on Gladiator.

The subject of an Invisible Jukebox in the Rewind 2019 issue of The Wire, Guðnadóttir was a member of the group múm. She went on to study electroacoustic composition and has since worked with a number of musicians including Throbbing Gristle, Jessika Kenney and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. She's produced scores for directors such as Alejandro G Iñárritu and Dennis Villeneuve, as well as for Craig Mazin for his Grammy nominated series Chernobyl.

In her acceptance speech she thanked Phillips for inviting her on a journey of a lifetime.

New documentary Barbara Dane: On My Way calls for donations

2 semaines ago

Now in her nineties, the extraordinary life and politics of the US folk, jazz and blues singer is revealed in a new film

The new documentary film Barbara Dane: On My Way celebrates the life of the US activist and folk, jazz and blues singer who was signed to both Folkways and Capital. Born in Detroit in 1927, Dane still performs today. During her long career she has played or recorded with Lightning Hopkins, The Chambers Brothers, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Clara Ward, Mama Yancey, Little Brother Montgomery, Louis Armstrong and others. The activist side of Dane’s work can be summarised by two LP titles, I Hate The Capitalist System (1973) and the anti-war album FTA: Songs Of The GI Resistance (1970), while her earlier albums Trouble In Mind (1957), Livin’ With The Blues (1959), On My Way and When I Was A Young Girl (both 1962) give some indication of the range of her songs and music. Dane also co-founded Paredon Records with Irwin Silber and opened the Sugar Hill: Home Of The Blues club on San Francisco's Broadway in 1961.

For the documentary, film makers Maureen Gosling (This Ain’t No Mouse Music and Burden Of Dreams) and Jed Riffe (Ishi, The Last Yahi and The Long Shadow) have worked with producer Nina Menéndez – Dane’s daughter. Together they put to screen a story of how she paved her own way through art, social justice, civil rights and peace. They’re also calling for donations to help finish the film.

Ceramic Hobs’s Simon Morris has died

2 semaines ago

Morris was co-founder of the Blackpool based DIY punk collective Ceramic Hobs

Simon Morris has died aged 51. After being reported missing on 7 December, his body was found in the River Wyre on 20 December. Morris was the driving force behind Ceramic Hobs, the Blackpool DIY avant punk band whose ever-changing line-up went through nearly 30 members during their 30 year existence. As their singer and lyricist, he experimented with many vocal styles before developing his “throat nodule-inspiring scream”.

“I have tried falsetto, spoken word, ‘proper singing’ (no fun at all) but keep coming back to that,” he said, “basically screaming my guts out at top volume but trying to keep the notes.”

Simon Morris at Beat-Herder Festival, 2008. Photo by Caroline Fisher

Morris and Ceramic Hobs championed mental health awareness. In 1998 they released Psychiatric Underground, the title track of which called out the failings in institutional mental health care. “Labelling/diagnosis by the mental health system for three of the 80s band originals” had “drastic real life consequences”, he told Phil England in The Wire 408. Morris was closely associated with Mad Pride, the late 1990s movement that set out to destigmatise mental illness in a time when, in Morris’s words “we all felt like the scum at the bottom of society”. Mad Pride offered Ceramic Hobs “a chance to do gigs in London to crowds of enthusiastic and friendly crazy people”. The shows, he said, “felt genuinely empowering”.

Morris was also a writer whose publications included Creepshots and Consumer Guide, and in 2019 Amphetamine Sulphate Press published Sea Of Love and Watching The Wheels. The year before, Harbinger Sound released Black Pool Legacy, a double album retrospective spanning Ceramic Hobs’s career.

Ceramic Hobs featured in The Wire 408. Read the article in full on

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