Elaine Mitchener presents a Cagean happening this June

3 jours 20 heures ago

London's Kings Place will host a night celebrating John Cage's Song Books

This June, Elaine Mitchener Projects and King's Place will present a night dedicated to the lyricism of John Cage's Song Books. Published in 1970, it took form as a commission from Cathy Berberian and Simone Rist, and was constructed by consulting the I Ching ancient divination text. It formed three volumes - the first two consisting of solos for voice and he third being an instruction manual.

For this event the work will be presented as a happening “where we will wander and explore the Song Books, take our own path, ask our own questions and join the adventure,” says the programme.

Possessing Nothing: John Cage Song Books will take place on 10 June at 6.30pm, as part of King's Place's Poetry & Lyrics Festival.

Second edition of Amsterdam's Online Radio Festival takes place this weekend

4 jours 1 heure ago

Latest installment includes live broadcasts, panels and performances at Muziekgebouw concert hall with streaming online

The second edition of the Online Radio Festival is due to take place in Amsterdam this weekend, presenting a mix of live radio, discussions and performances featuring broadcasters and DJs from across the world.

Following the inaugural 2015 edition, this year's festival returns to the Muziekgebouw concert hall complex with a day of events on Friday 19 May to explore and celebrate the continuing rise of online broadcasting. There will be radio shows hosted on site, streamed live across the world via the Muziekgebouw website, followed by a series of talks with innovators in online broadcasting, with two panels moderated by The Wire’s Derek Walmsley. The evening concludes with live and DJs sets at Muziekgebouw by I-F, Klein, Bear Bones Lay Low, and more.

Among the broadcasters in attendance and on air during the day will be Amsterdam’s own station Red Light Radio, London’s NTS and Boiler Room, Berlin Community Radio, Stroom from Gent, Radio Quantica out of Lisbon, and for the first time, South Africa’s Pan African Space Station. Panels on local versus global audiences and the place of politics in online radio will be moderated by The Wire Editor Derek Walmsley. It all takes place this Friday 19 May, and more details are available at their website.

Incus catalogue set for digital reissue via Cafe Oto

5 jours ago

Recordings from the foundational UK improvisation label now available for download via London venue’s OTOroku label

London's Cafe Oto has announced major plans to digitise and sell downloads of the catalogue of foundational UK improvisation label Incus.

The label, originally set up by Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters, released its first record The Topography Of The Lungs in 1970. It was accompanied by a manifesto: "The bulk of the revenue from any Incus recording will go directly to the musicians. Once the basic cost of each record is recovered, thus providing the finance for the next, the vast bulk of all income will be paid in royalties to the artists. Incus has no intention of making profits in the conventional sense."

Incus went on to release over 100 albums spanning the leading players of the free improvisation community in the UK and beyond, and continued to be run by Bailey and Parker until the two parted ways in the mid-1980s. Karen Brookman-Bailey has tended the label after Bailey’s death in 2005.

Cafe Oto’s OTOroku label has been in dialogue with Brookman-Bailey for several years about making its extensive archive of recordings, many of which are out of print, available once again. Work is already ongoing to offer downloads of the CD catalogue, with the two Derek Bailey and Han Bennink Post Improvisation albums from 1999 available now. Further albums in the pipeline include Eugene Chadbourne & John Zorn’s In Memory Of Nikki Arane, Alex Ward & Steve Noble’s Ya Boo, Reel And Rumble, and Derek Bailey’s solo disc Takes, Fakes And Dead She Dances. OTOroku have future plans for LP transfers from the Incus catalogue.

Recordings will be released over the coming few months over on the Café OTO shop, and are available in both MP3 and Flac format.

Thirty Three Thirty Three, NON and the ICA collaborate on new project confronting the legacy of colonialism

5 jours 3 heures ago

The multidisciplinary event series will create a “borderless network for understanding, exchange and collaboration” across the UK, Germany and South Africa

Thirty Three Thirty Three has announced a new events series, Non Xchange. Building on the international connections already established by NON Worldwide projects and its artistic affiliations, the two-day event will feature performance, discussion and exhibitions that aim to confront “spatial violence and systemic exclusion, [while] forming cultural dissent against the structural legacy of colonialism.” Artists featured include Angel Ho, Chino Amobi, Faka and Farai Bukowski-Bouquet.

The first event on 2 June will be a panel discussion titled Language, Symbolism And Power, held at the ICA and chaired by Osei Bonsu, it will feature Juliana Huxtable​, Professor Akwugo Emejulu​ and Kodwo Eshun​ who will discuss, among other things, how artists can create social spaces that disrupt power. The evening will incorporate a screening of experimental film Practise by Grace Wales Bonner​, Harley Weir ​and Dev Hynes about a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Pretoria, South Africa.​ That will be followed by an installation, and performances from Angel Ho​, Chino Amobi​, Faka​, Farai​, Orethea​ and Juliana Huxtable.

The following day Power Structures will be held at Ace Hotel, where NON citizens Chino Amobi, FAKA and Farai Bukowski-Bouquet will discuss the “damaging power structures present in experimental music, and the artists that confront, challenge and decohere the whiteness of noise and industrial genres” while referencing questions raised by Kodwo Eshun in his lecture Non Negation: Blackness Out Of Space: Noise Out Of Time.

On the 4 June, Radar Radio will host an 11am-4pm NON Exchange Takeover with Curtly Ghallywood/Nollywood Radio, Juliana Huxtable Poetry Show, FAKA, Angel-Ho, Chino Amobi and Embaci & Klein.

Full details and times can be found via the events page.

Engine Room International Sound Art Competition winner announced

6 jours ago

Held at London's Morley Gallery, the competition was judged by The Wire's Publisher Tony Herrington alongside sound artist/composers Annie Mahtani and Janek Schaefer

The winners of this year’s Engine Room International Sound Art Competition have been announced. Set up as an initiative of Morley College, and held at their gallery space, the competition was judged at the beginning of May by The Wire Publisher Tony Herrington, as well as sound artists Dr Annie Mahtani and Janek Schaefer.

First prize was awarded to UK artist Laura Daly's “Shadowland”, which, inspired by the destruction of Cambodia’s Sbek Thom shadow puppet theatre at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, focuses on the strength of human spirit in the face of adversity. Second prize was given to George Cloke for “Year In Review”, which uses sound samples of radio news bulletins in order to “confront listeners with the normalisation of atrocities”. Third prize went to Nolan Lem for “Autonomous Sense Object” which explores the condition of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) to look at our relationship to sound, power and control.

Daly, one of the college’s alumni to have previously studied Sound Art at its adult education centre, said: “The breadth and scope of The Engine Room’s finalists represent an exciting picture of what is happening in sound art. Situating new works on an international platform, it’s a great opportunity for emerging sound artists to raise their profile and engage with practitioners from different parts of the world. To be selected as a finalist among such strong contenders and then given first prize for “Shadowland” is a great honour.”

The 20 shortlisted pieces, whittled down from 177 entries, are now on display at Morley gallery until 1 June. Entry is free.

Saturnalia festival sets a firm principle of inclusivity

6 jours 19 heures ago

Held at the artist run MACAO centre in Milan, the festival hopes to counter institutionalised art

DIY music festival Saturnalia returns this June at Milan's self-organised art space MACAO, a former slaughterhouse with a strict anti-art institution philosophy. Now in its fourth edition, the event serves as a season closure for MACAO and its sound collective Tavolo Suono, celebrating experimentation and inclusiveness.

“We're offering this whole line up at a price of 5€ per day and those who can't afford this price are still let being part of the celebration - this is one of the means through which we realise one of the principles we believe in, ie inclusivity," explains festival promoter Arcangelo Leone de Castris. “Our main aim,” he continues, is to “make people discover the alternative practices and production processes we put in place and why they can be valuable compared to the ones we're all used to in institutional contexts.”

Artists on this year's line up are RP Boo, Copeland & Gast, Camusi (Stefano Giust & Patrizia Oliva), HHY & The Macumbas, Bernardino Femminielli, Valerio Tricoli/Giulio Nocera/KNN/Sec_, Evan Parker & Walter Prati, Kilbourne, O$VMV$M, Rider Shafique & Manonmars, Beneath, Madam X, TSVI, Voronoi, Jack Roland, and others.

Saturnalia will take place 16 & 17 June.

Ergo Phizmiz is raising money for The United Kingdom Of Earth: A Brexit Opera

1 semaine ago

Previously called The Happy Breed, this new opera sets to “poke fun at ourselves, our values, and our history”

Dominic Robertson aka Ergo Phizmiz has written an opera about Brexit. Originally titled The Happy Breed, the now called The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera, plans to make its UK premiere this July. A Crowdfunder campaign has been set up to help with costs of travel, accommodation, production and marketing.

“Around five years after departing the European Union, Britain finds itself alone in a world otherwise scorched by some massive nuclear misunderstanding,” reads the synopsis. “The United Kingdom Of Earth uses song, speech and music to paint a picture of a completely isolated Britain, what lies therein, and what lurks beneath."

“The aim of That Happy Breed [sic],” says Robertson, “is not to please anyone on either side of the Brexit argument, but rather to question and poke fun at ourselves, our values, and our history. At times like this, provocative art has the capacity to unite people!”

The opera will be performed by a rotating cast, sourced from the local community of the area where the performance will take place.

Originally a production of the Worm Avant Garde Institute in Rotterdam, the show was premiered at their Ubik Theatre last November. In light of the performance at Glasgow's CCA being postponed due to funding difficulties, the London performance will be the first UK show. It will happen on 26 July at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

At the time of writing, Robertson is looking for people to fill some of the remaining roles. Information can be found via the Crowdfunder page.

Raster-Noton company to split in two

1 semaine 1 jour ago

The partnership between Raster-Music and Noton will cease to exist as the label is restructured this month

Following recent 20th anniversary celebrations including last year's White Circle installation and the publication of visual catalogue-cum-compilation Source Book 1, the Raster-Noton label is set to be rebranded. Olaf Bender will run Raster-Media, with labels Raster-Music, Raster-Index and Raster-Archive continuing the catalog of Raster-Music/Raster-Noton, while Noton will be administrated by Carsten Nicolai, representing all past and future projects of Alva Noto. The name Raster-Noton will persist for the sole purpose of collaborative projects and activities.

“The idea to restructure Raster-Noton has been in the air for some time already,” explain the pair. “We absolutely wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2016 together without changing anything and tried to conclude this process, which means the years between 1999 and 2016, with the publication of our Raster-Noton: Source Book 1.

“Now in 2017, we want to go separate ways,” they continue, confirming, “we think that in the end, this reorganisation is to our mutual benefit as it has become harder and harder in recent years to meet and actually work together, not just because we are based in different cities now, but also because of our busy schedules, which made it all very complex. In this sense, we think it's more efficient for both of us to continue as separately.”

This September will see the 10th anniversary of the Raster-Noton's festival Electric Campfire which will take place at Villa Massimo Rome, Italy. White Circle will also be presented that month at the Ruhrtriennale in Duisburg, Germany.

Adventures In Sound And Music: Wire 400 specials start today

1 semaine 4 jours ago

The first in our nine part series of 400th issue radio shows will feature Tony Herrington and Chris Bohn talking to Ilia Rogatchevski about their combined 45 years on The Wire staff

For the next 2 months The Wire will be hosting a series of special radio shows marking the publication's 400th issue. Aired on London's arts radio station Resonance FM, they'll happen during the weekly Adventures In Sound And Music slot, and feature ten staffers covering a period of nine weeks.

The first show will take place this evening, with Publisher Tony Herrington and Editor-in-Chief Chris Bohn talking to Ilia Rogatchevski about their combined 45 years on The Wire staff. Other shows include Gustave Evrard playing some of his favourite Wire-featured artists from the year he was born (1986), Joseph Stannard will be looking back to issue #127 (September 1994) and the first issue he ever purchased, and Derek Walmsley will welcome to the studio trailblazing musicians and thinkers David Toop and Kirk Degiorgio to discuss black music and its overlooked and underappreciated innovators. For news of further Wire 400 specials watch this space.

Adventures In Sound And Music takes place every Thursday 9–10:30pm (GMT), 104.4FM for Londoners, or stream elsewhere.

Fat Out's Burrow announce one last party

1 semaine 5 jours ago

The Burrow's residency at Manchester's Islington Mill ends in June, opening up space for newcomers

After a two year residency at Islington Mill, The Burrow has decided to part ways. “Islington Mill offered for us to continue our residency,” state the organisers, “and it wasn’t an easy decision for us not to carry on (one we toyed with for the best part of a year). We have decided to hang up our hats and close The Burrow chapter at the Mill, but not without one fucking massive final party.”

Fat Out still plan to host shows however, with energy focused on their Fat Out Fest, which they’ll be continuing. In the meantime Islington Mill are looking for new candidates to fill the space, alongside others that have recently become available. An open night will be held on 22 June (email for more details).

The Burrow's Final Smoke will take place on 19 August.

Wiley autobiography to be published in November

1 semaine 5 jours ago

Eskiboy will look at the veteran grime artist's life and career

William Heinemann will publish Grime artist Wiley's autobiography. Called Eskiboy, the book will follow the Eskibeat creator and Roll Deep founder member’s life and career “from white label releases and illegal broadcasting to lifetime achievement awards and beyond”, declare the publishers. Over the course of 96 short chapters, Eskiboy will cover his “early years and influences, his friendships and rivalries, and the tragedies and triumphs of two decades in music, as well as explore the history and future of grime and the eskimo sound”.

The news of Wiley’s forthcoming autobiography follows the release of his 11th studio album Godfather earlier this year. Eskiboy will feature lyrics, notes and previously unseen photographs. It’s set for publication in hardback and ebook editions on 2 November 2017. Windmill will publish a paperback version in 2018.

Composer, playwright and author Joanna Brouk has died

1 semaine 6 jours ago

She developed her work as a sound poet and performer during her studies with Terry Riley and Robert Ashley

American composer Joanna Brouk has died. Her death on 28 April followed a diagnosis of cancer, announced Blank Form on behalf of her family.

Brouk was a pioneer of electronic and new age music who explored the underlying sounds of words and their effects on the emotions and health. She also wrote extensively for theatre, television and radio. At Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, she studied under Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and in the 1980s she released a series of cassettes on her Hummingbird Productions label. Brouk was producer and programme director at San Francisco Bay Area's KPFA radio.

Last year the Numero label released the first major collection of Brouk’s work. Called Hearing Music, it reached number 31 in The Wire's 2016 Archive Releases Of The Year, featured in issue #395.

The New York based Blank Form had planned to present a Brouk concert in June as a follow-up to her first performance in 30 years, which took place in France last month.

New compilation released in memory of Amanda Moss

2 semaines 6 jours ago

A compilation to raise money for the late Corsica Studios co-founder's medical treatment is now available with all proceeds going to charity

Record label Candela Rising and promoters Individual Collective have released Elephant Road in memory of Amanda Moss and in aid of her partner's chosen charity Target Ovarian Cancer.

“Originally, we had started to curate the compilation prior to Amanda's passing, but of course we were too late sadly. We've decided to release the compilation (as we were 80% there with it) and donate all proceedings” explains Matt Tharp of Individual Collective, a club event that was held at Corsica. “It's a compilation of exclusive material from the likes of SOS Gunver Rydberg, Rrose, Kangding Ray, Peder Mannerfelt, and more amazing artists, all mastered by mastering supremo Matt Colton (who also donated his time for free).”

Elephant Road is released by Candela Rising

Elephant Road by Various


Peder Mannerfelt “Lift Me Up”
Eomac “Perversas”
Kangding Ray “Dotted”
JK Flesh “Being”
Arad “Phase Gills”
Headless Horseman “For All Eternity”
Manni Dee “Leadon Idols”
Whirling Hall Of Knives “Vooidtexx”
SØS Gunver Ryberg “Voyager”
Rrose “Netting”
Nuances “Blakenhall”

Finnish electronic music pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi has died

3 semaines ago

The instrument builder of Finland's early electronic music scene has died aged 75

Finland’s early electronic music pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi has died. He was 75. The film maker, artist and composer was also an instrument designer who invented one of the world's first digital synthesizers. In 1973 he designed the first commercially manufactured micro-computer, the DIS-System. As noted by Harri Uusitorppa in The Wire 225, the then relatively unknown musician entered the limelight at Helsinki's multimedia Avanto Festival in 2002, when Pan Sonic performed on some of his original electronic instruments. That year also saw the Love Records release of a collection of rare recordings compiled by film maker Mika Taanila, who also made a documentary about Kurenniemi called The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.

Born on 10 July 1941 in Hämeenlinna, Finland, Kurenniemi set up his first electronic music studio during the mid-1950s in his school loft. Between 1962–74 he worked as a volunteer assistant at the University of Helsinki's Department of Musicology where he built an electronic music studio starting with a Telefunken tape recorder. Kurenniemi also worked as as an assistant and a designer at Department of Theoretical Physics from 1962–73, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968.

One of Kurenniemi’s earliest recorded works was 1963's On/Off, which was inspired by a power station. He designed and built the Sähkökvartetti (Electric Quartet) as an instrument for simultaneous group composition, which can be heard in Finnish artist M A Numminen's "Kaukana Väijyy Ystäviä". Inspired by the notion of bio-music and human interaction, Kurenniemi invented the DIMI synthesizer series.

Kurenniemi made 14 experimental 16 mm films about nature, sex and technology. As Jennifer Lucy Allan notes in an article on the exhibition Erkki Kurenniemi: Towards 2048 in Helsinki, “Kurenniemi anticipated a time where bodies would integrate with machines. In 1982 he wrote in his diary: ‘I have owned a PC for 20 months now. In those 20 months the machine has become part of me (or I of it).’ His self-built instruments bear this out: Dimi-T translates brain waves into sound; Dimi-S (aka the sexophone) uses human touch to complete the circuit to make sound.” She also noted the way he called the body an “organic slime machine”.

Following periods writing about mathematical theories of music, articles on science and the potential of computer technology, and working in jobs such as a designer of industrial automation and robotic systems at Nokia, Kurenniemi returned to music in the mid-2000s, when he collaborated with Thomas Carlsson on a new version of the Dimi instrument. Designed to create sound based on space, it featured two cameras connected to a computer and display unit.

Erkki Kurenniemi’s archives are available at the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery. He received the Finland Prize of the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2003.

Kurenniemi died in hospital in Helsinki on 1 May following a long illness.

Canadian psychedelic trio Syrinx have reformed

3 semaines 4 jours ago

The outfit who opened for Miles Davis and Ravi Shankar in the 1970s are the subject of a new documentary to be premiered in advance of their first performance in 45 years

Rooted in Toronto's creative scene, Canadian trio Syrinx are comprised of composer and keyboardist John Mills-Cockell, saxophonist Doug Pringle and percussionist Alan Wells. A cocktail of LSD and Mills-Cockell’s studies at the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music served as the inspirations for the music of their self-titled 1970 LP and its 1971 sequel Long Lost Relatives. They also composed music for television, film and dance, notably the theme tune for Here Come The Seventies, scoring a hit with their single “Tillicum”, which rose to 38 in Canada’s RPM charts. Syrinx slipped into obscurity thereafter.

Last year RVNG Intl reissued their entire back catalogue plus a few previously unreleased tracks as Tumblers From The Vault (reviewed by Emily Bick in The Wire 395). Now the label has released a documentary about the group made by visual artist Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, a Vancouver native and neighbour to Mills-Cockell. You can check out her film below.

Syrinx will perform for the first time in 45 years at Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, on 20 May.

Jlin to soundtrack choreographer Wayne McGregor’s new show

3 semaines 5 jours ago

The footwork producer provides the music for McGregor’s forthcoming Autobiography

Footwork producer Jerrilynn Patton aka Jlin is collaborating with British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor on the score for his new work Autobiography. In keeping with its title, McGregor will also be working on the piece with geneticists to sequence his entire genome.

“His personal biological archaeology laid bare will dramatically alter McGregor’s viewpoint on his own life story, tracing patterns back into the ancestral past of our species and illuminating what creates our individuality,” explains the project’s press release. “Combining memoir, documentary and a re-processing of nature’s code through an act of human imagination, this new work charts McGregor’s adventure into his autobiography.”

For her part, Jlin, from Gary, Indiana, has previously cited choreographer Alvin Ailey and his company American Dance Theater as an influence (as noted in an article in The Wire 374). Her second album Black Origami will be released by Planet Mu on 19 May.

Autobiography will have its world premiere at London's Sadler’s Wells, where it will run from 4–7 October, followed by a UK and world tour.

Kraftwerk to release major project 3-D The Catalogue

3 semaines 5 jours ago

The release will feature 8 Kraftwerk albums filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 on the band’s 3-D World Tour

Parlophone has announced the release of a major Kraftwerk box set 3-D The Catalogue. Released in various formats, the audio/video documentary is taken from Kraftwerk 3-D multimedia performances filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 whilst the group were on tour. The eight albums are: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour De France (2003). Locations include New York's MoMA, London's Tate Modern, Tokyo's Akasaka Blitz, Sydney Opera House and others, with the films developed using high definition 3-D with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

Available formats include Blu-ray plus a 236-page hardback book containing computer generated images from the performances alongside a selection of unseen photos; a vinyl box set; CD box set; or digital download box set. The release is out 26 May to coincide with another a UK and Ireland tour this June.

Clone to issue previously unreleased James Stinson material

3 semaines 6 jours ago

Following on from Warp's The Other People Place reissue, Clone Aqualung will release Jack People’s Laptop Cafe

Clone's Aqualung Series will release some previously lost works by Drexciya’s late founder member James Marcel Stinson. Made under the name Jack Peoples and called Laptop Cafe, it apparently follows his two The Other People Place releases from early 2000. Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café receiving a lot of attention earlier this year in the run-up to its reissue via Warp records.

The story goes that this music originally didn’t see “the light of day due to James Stinson's untimely death”. It has finally “resurfaced on a long lost DAT tape”. Snippets can be heard below, or also download for free.

The EP will ship on 26 June but it's available for preorder now via Clone. This year Clone celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark that occasion Meg Woof spoke to Serge from the label. You can read her interview piece here.

Win tickets to a night of percussion and electronics at Germany’s SYN / CUSSION festival

3 semaines 6 jours ago

“Drums meet laptops, percussion meets synthesizers,” declares the Berlin festival focusing on percussive instrument and electronic sound generator combinations

SYN / CUSSION will take place in May at Radialsystem V, Berlin. Named after the 1979 SYNCUSSION SY-1 drum synthesizer, it's based on the concept of combining percussive instruments with electronics, just as its subtitle Festival for Percussion & Electronics says on the tin. Over the course of three nights it will feature nine collaborative duos – the majority of which will be playing together for the first time after being commissioned by festival organiser Hanno Leichtmann.

The line-up consists of Katharina Ernst (drums) & Andrew Pekler (electronics and modular synth); Martin Brandlmayr (drums) & Nicholas Bussmann (automat); Will Guthrie (drums) & Mark Fell (computer); Lê Quan Ninh (percussion) & Thomas Ankersmit (serge modular synth); Ying-Hsueh Chen (percussion) & SØS Gunver Ryberg (electronics & objects); John McEntire (drums) & Sam Prekop (modular synth); Morten J Olsen (percussion) & Marta Zapparoli (electronics); Sven-Åke Johansson (comboschlagzeug) & Jan Jelinek (elektronik); and Paul Lovens (selected drums and cymbals) & Thomas Lehn (synthesizer). Plus DJ sets by Baby Vulture, Annika Henderson and Natalia Escobar.

We've been offered the opportunity to give away two tickets for Saturday 6 May (with Lê Quan Ninh, Thomas Ankersmit and others). To win, please email your answer to the following question (with the subject line: SYN / CUSSION giveaway) via this link

Question: Which artist on the bill started a label named after Bruno Latour’s term for the blurred line between facts and fetishes?

The festival is part of the WIRE 400 celebrations and it runs from 5–7 May. Tickets are available via their website.

David Toop autobiography to be published in Japan

4 semaines ago

Longrunning Wire contributor's book released in Japanese language edition this June

Writer, sound thinker and Wire contributor David Toop has completed his autobiography, but you’ll need to understand Japanese to read it. Entitled Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound, it will be first published in Japanese translation by the Tokyo imprint Du Books, an associate of the veteran independent music outlet Disk Union. There are no plans as yet for its English language publication.

The title, David writes, “comes from my first memory of listening and noticing a sound. When I was a child in the early 1950s my mother would take me to visit my grandparents in Enfield. On the walk to their house there was a narrow alleyway flanked by two parallel walls. I noticed that the sounds of our footsteps became hard and metallic as we walked through this alley, an experience strong enough to lodge itself in my memory as an emotional marker of childhood. The phenomenon of rapid reflections between two parallel surfaces is known as flutter echo, a phrase which also suggests the fluttering of a heart when revisiting such personal memories and the way that significant experiences can echo throughout a life.”

Flutter Echo spans childhood memories of Edgar Allan Poe and rock ’n’ roll, longrunning sound collaborations with Paul Burwell and Bob Cobbing, a field expedition to observe and record Yanomami shamans in South America, group projects with 49 Americans and Alterations, all the way through to more recent projects including his 2012 opera Star-Shaped Biscuit.

“My books are always personal,” David writes. “Flutter Echo is different for being a way of examining my own evolution as a person who has worked with many different aspects of music, sound and listening for nearly 60 years. It allowed me to be relatively open about the way in which events of life, relationships, collaborations and disasters shape the work itself. For me it’s about change, learning how to be fluid enough to go where your collaborators and the works take you and learning how to be patient enough to wait for your ideas to mature.”

The Japanese translation of David’s autobiography will be published in June. More information (in Japanese) can be found via the Disk Union website.

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