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Hyperdub work with Analogue on special edition Mega Sg console

1 semaine 3 jours ago

Hyperdub’s extended 15th anniversary celebrations see the label team up with Analogue to create Konsolation

The London label Hyperdub has been working with US video game hardware company Analogue on a specially branded version of their Mega Sg, an aftermarket version of the Sega Mega Drive that plays all the old cartridges.

Called Konsolation, this Hyperdub branded version of the console comes with an exclusive compilation album on a cartridge and a little third ear cat mascot. On the album are exclusive tracks by Burial, Scratcha Dva, Ikonika, Jessy Lanza & Jeremy Greenspan, Proc Fiskal, Lee Gamble, Mana, Cooly G, Nazar, DJ Taye and Kode9.

The Hyperdub remake is limited to 1000 units worldwide, 150 of which are available in the UK via the label's store.

Abandon Normal Devices x Somerset House Studios open call

1 semaine 3 jours ago

London's experimental workspace and UK roaming digital festival offer a commission opportunity

Nomadic commissioners Abandon Normal Devices aka AND and Somerset House Studios are working together to commission a new live audiovisual performance. They’ve jointly put out a call for pitches from artists responding to AND's 2020 festival theme, which explores the global trade gateway of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey, and will be on show at its ninth edition in May and at London’s Somerset House Studios as part of a programme exploring image, sound and digital art in June.

AND and Somerset House Studios have joined forces before. In 2017 they co-commissioned Taut Line, a multi-channel sound installation created by Beatrice Dillon.

More information is available on Somerset House’s website. Deadline for pitches is midday on 11 December.

Top 50 countdown on Borderline

1 semaine 5 jours ago

Once again Germany’s Freies Radio Kassel broadcast The Wire's Top 50

In what has become a festive season tradition, a countdown of The Wire’s Top 50 releases of the year for 2019 will be broadcast over the Christmas period during three special editions of the Borderline: Musik Für Grenzgänger show on Germany’s Freies Radio Kassel. The shows will be broadcast at 7pm local time on 13, 20 and 27 December, with each show repeated at 11am the following day. If you live in the North Hesse region of Germany you can tune in on 105.8FM. For everyone else, the shows are streamed live at

Cage demystified by Interactive apps and website

1 semaine 6 jours ago

Fans can explore Cage’s Concert For Piano And Orchestra through texts, images and interactive apps

University of Huddersfield have launched, a new website plus two apps exploring John Cage’s Concert For Piano And Orchestra. The site features interviews, films, performances, text and images that focus on the concert and issues relating to instrumental technique, notation and performance.

Of the apps, Solo For Piano was developed by Dr Christopher Melen and examines Cage’s 63 page graphic score. It allows users to select notations and generate randomised and manual realisations that can be saved and printed. Developed by Stuart Mellor, the Concert Player app allows users to create both randomised and tailored performances of Concert For Piano And Orchestra. Sounds on the app were recorded by Apartment House and can be manipulated by instrument types, silences, durations and sequences. Also included is a download of the full 189 minute performance of Solo For Piano by Philip Thomas.

Funded by AHRC, the project kicked off in 2017 with a recording of CC by Philip Thomas and Apartment House released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records. Forthcoming is a book by Martin Iddon and Philip Thomas to be published by OUP in May 2020.

Rewire announces Hildur Guðnadóttir, The Caretaker and Jon Hopkins for its 2020 edition

1 semaine 6 jours ago

Next year's festival will take place in The Hague from 3–5 April

The Hague’s Rewire festival celebrates its tenth birthday in 2020 with a programme based around the concept of (re)setting: looking into the ways humans and sound relate to changing environments. “In an era defined by man's interaction with nature and advancing technological developments,” declares the festival manifesto, “(Re)setting considers new listening experiences, urbanisation, the changing rural landscape and the ecological crisis.”

Artists so far confirmed include Hildur Guðnadóttir presenting her score to Chernobyl, Jon Hopkins offering the Dutch debut of Polarity, The Caretaker & Weirdcore, Leo Svirsky & The River Without Banks, OOIOO, Ex Eye, James Ferraro, Ami Dang, Anna Meredith, Ben LaMar Gay, Blacks' Myths, Cucina Povera, Dis Fig, Gabber Modus Operandi, Galya Bisengalieva, Hiro Kone, HTRK, Ian William Craig, John T. Gast, Juana Molina, Katie Gately, Loraine James, Lorenzo Senni, Pelada, Rafael Anton Irisarri & Oliver Coates, Rafiq Bhatia, and YATTA.

Happening across more than 15 venues throughout the city, Rewire 2020 will run from 3–5 April. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount of €10.

Partisan and Knitting Factory launch Fela Kuti website

2 semaines 2 jours ago

To coincide with the launch, a reissue of Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70’s Music Of Many Colours hits the stores on 29 November

Partisan and Knitting Factory have launched a new website: Lauded as the first-ever official website and historical resource for the life and music of Fela, it was developed in partnership with the Kuti family, with much of its central text written by Afrobeat historian Chris May. The site includes rare photos, live footage and a detailed discography. It'll be updated with news about reissues, projects and events.

“Bringing together such a gifted team of creators to build this ultimate, all-singing, all-dancing tribute to my friend is a source of immense pride and satisfaction,” says Kuti's former manager Rikki Stein. “As is always the case with any enterprise involving Fela, it goes above and beyond people simply exercising their professions and becomes a labour of love for all involved. 22 years after his passing, this testament illustrates and illuminates the myriad reasons for which Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his works are, ever-increasingly, respected and admired throughout the world. Everybody say: yeah yeah!”

Also on the books is a reissue of Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70's Music Of Many Colours. The album features Roy Ayers who toured Nigeria with the band as an opening act in the early 1980s.

Nature Unwrapped announce Chris Watson as artist-in-residence

2 semaines 6 jours ago

More than 70 Nature Unwrapped concerts to happen at London's Kings Place through 2020

Nature is the theme of the 12th edition of London Kings Place Unwrapped series, which will be exploring human interaction with nature and the sounds of the biosphere at more than 70 concerts through 2020. For the opening event on 10 January, artist-in-residence Chris Watson has created a collection of sound environments from the northern hemisphere. The following evening Nature Unwrapped's associate artist Paul Hillier and his ensemble Theatre Of Voices will be performing music by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arvo Pärt and Michael Gordon. The full year programme includes Riot Ensemble, Laurie Anderson, Mira Calix, Laura Cannell, and many more. Further details can be found on Kings Place's website.

My Life Is A Gunshot

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Joke Lanz documentary unpacks his art as source of meditation

Marcel Derek Ramsay’s documentary My Life Is A Gunshot explores the life and art of Joke Lanz. It reveals that Lanz was 13 when his father shot himself on the roof of their home: a trauma that would shape much of his life. The film explores this trauma, and delves into how Lanz has experienced becoming a father himself, unpacking the ways art can be a personal source of meditation.

As well as Lanz, the documentary features Shelley Hirsch, Christian Weber and other musicians in the artist's experimental and underground circles. Dates for its first screenings are: Zurich Kino Riff Raff (11 December), Bern Kino Rex (12), Winterthur Kino Cameo (13), Aarau Kino Freier Film (14), Berlin Kino Wolf (16 January), and Berlin Kino Brotfabrik (17). Screenings are also being organised for London and Vienna later next year.

Robbie Basho documentary now on DVD plus unheard music released

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Recordings discovered during the making of the film to be released by Tompkins Square

Liam Barker’s 2015 Documentary film Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 13 December. The film documents the guitarist’s short life through interviews with Pete Townshend, Country Joe McDonald and Basho’s contemporaries, religious associates and a few close friends.

During his research process director Barker unearthed a large selection of previously unheard tapes recorded circa 1965–85. He's compiled them into the five CD box set Song Of The Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes, set for release on Tompkins Square. The set includes sleevenotes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as a selection of unseen photographs. The official release date has yet to be announced.

Voice Of The Eagle is available for pre-order now.

Squarepusher and Dan Deacon added to CTM line-up

3 semaines 2 jours ago

Opening on 24 January, the Berlin festival makes its second artists announcement

Afrodeutsche, Antoine Chessex, Astrid Gnosis, Andrea Belfi, Cera Khin, Lokier, Dan Deacon, DJ Firmeza, Jessica Ekomane, Nene H & Ensemble Basiani, Raja Kirik, Rizan Said, Sherelle, Squarepusher, Tomasa del Real, Valesuchi and Y-DRA are among the artists added to CTM 2020.

Already confirmed artists include Deathprod, Dis Fig, Giant Swan, Henry Wu, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jacob Kirkegaard, Kamaal Williams, Robert Henke and Zamilska, as well as the winners of CTM 2020 Radio Lab call, Dani Gal with Ghazi Barakat and NUM.

Running from 24 January–2 February, CTM 2020’s theme is ‘liminal’. Tickets are on sale now.

Glasgow festival Counterflows reveals first batch of artists

3 semaines 2 jours ago

Still House Plants, MC Yallah & Debmaster, I-Jahbar & Bokeh Edwards all confirmed for Counterflows 2020

The next Counterflows will take place between 2–5 April at various spaces in Glasgow. Artists confirmed so far include MC Yallah & Debmaster, I-Jahbar & Bokeh Edwards, Sosena Gebre Eyesus, Gabber Modus Operandi, and Catherine Lamb & Johnny Chang. The festival has also announced Still House Plants as the featured act for 2020, with members Finlay Clark, David Kennedy and Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach performing new music and different sides of their work ahead of their forthcoming 12", to be released by Blank Forms (US) and Bison (UK).

“Over the last few editions we have grappled with the various ways of articulating what Counterflows is,” comment the festival organisers. “Moving beyond the dogmas and hierarchies of experimental music, as well as fighting the creeping isolationist agenda, we have sought to create a space of social cohesion in an increasingly discordant world.”

More festival announcements coming soon.

Morton Feldman music, Ellen Arkbro and Splitter Orchester at klub katarakt

3 semaines 3 jours ago

Hamburg based klub katarakt festival happening between 15–18 January

Klub katarakt was conceived in 1992 by a group of composition students from Hamburg Music Academy who wanted to perform their work in spaces not usually frequented by classical music. In 2005 klub kataract expanded into a festival, and 2020's edition will include the audiovisual installation Passage, featuring musicians Lisa Lammel, Jonathan Shapiro, André Wittmann, Fiona McKenzie, Daria Iossifova, John Hughes, ensemble Nelly Boyd and the Harvestehuder Kammerchor under the direction of Edzard Burchards; a lecture and solo performances from Ellen Arkbro; Splitter Orchester & The Pitch performing Frozen Orchestra; Morton Feldman's Piano And String Quartet for Kronos Quartet and pianist Aki Takahashi (1985) performed by Lammel, Desheng Chen, Lucas Schwengebecher, Michael Heupel and Jan Feddersen; and a selection of new compositions and experimental films from the katarakt network.

Klub katarakt runs from 15–18 January.

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