Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies in Philadelphia

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Bowerbird and Blank Forms take a holistic approach to the music and thoughts of US composer and psychoacoustic investigator

Over three days in April various locations in Philadelphia will be dedicating their spaces to the life and work of the late US composer and installation artist Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009). Featuring Supreme Connections, a working group of Amacher's friends, students and collaborators and initiated by Bowerbird and Blank Form, Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies insists on a holistic approach to the composer's work that spans over 40 years. Visitors can experience instrumental and electronic pieces, a large-scale interpretive architectural installation, and an in-depth seminar examining her musical and artistic theories.

Happening on 9, 12 & 13 April, events include Maryanne Amacher: An Introduction by Bill Dietz; presentations of Amacher pieces Adjacencies and Petra, and Ways Of Hearing workshop.

Full information can be found on Blank Forms website.

Tusk reveals first confirmed acts

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Gateshead festival to present Magma’s 50th anniversary gig and Moor Mother x LCO premiere

Tusk festival returns to Sage Gateshead in October for its ninth edition. Its programme of music, film screenings, exhibitions, talks and installations includes Magma celebrating their 50th anniversary with a performance at Sage One, and Moor Mother and London Contemporary Orchestra premiering their new collaboration. Also announced is a performance from the Ceylon Mange trio of Karen Constance, Dylan Nyoukis & Bill Nace, Sunn Trio, Acrid Lactations and Mir8.

Tickets go on sale at midday on 25 February. 50 early bird tickets are available at £60, after which full weekend tickets will cost £70. Day tickets will go on sale later in the year. A single ticket to Magma costs £21.80.

Tusk takes place between 11–13 October at Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays.

Flutter Echo Festival celebrates David Toop's 70th birthday and autobiography

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Celebrants include Thurston Moore, Daniela Cascella, Phil Minton and The Wire’s Tony Herrington

David Toop will host Flutter Echo Festival at London’s Cafe Oto in May. Celebrating the musician and longtime Wire contributor's 70th birthday, the event also marks the publication of his autobiography Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound by Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace Library. As we reported last year, Flutter Echo was first published in Japanese.

The festival line-up includes David himself, Steve Beresford, David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Thurston Moore, Mandhira de Saram, Mark Sanders, Phil Minton, Akio Suzuki, Aki Onda, DT, Elaine Mitchener, John Butcher, Terry Day, Tania Chen, Lucie Stepankova and Daniela Cascella. Plus an afternoon conversation between the birthday boy, The Wire Publisher Tony Herrington and Rozemin Keshvani, and a performance by the Toop-directed LCC student improvisation group Unknown Devices, featuring Yifeat Ziv, Doran Edwards, Kyrin Chen and Joe Johnson.

Flutter Echo Festival takes place between 4 & 6 May at London's Cafe Oto.

Colour Out Of Space is back

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The 2019 edition of the Brighton festival includes an extended six week programme

Brighton's Colour Out Of Space festival has revealed plans for its 2019 edition. Core to the event is the long weekend from 26–28 April featuring Bill Nace & Twig Harper, Chie Mukai, Richard Youngs, Pat Thomas/Adam Bohman/Sami Pekkola/Yoni Silver, Tom White & Stuart Chalmers, Elaine Mitchener & Neil Charles, Ezio Piermattei, Ryoko Akama, Graham Lambkin & Áine O'Dwyer and Tomutonttu. In addition, organiser Dylan Nyoukis tells us, the festival will be also programming a selection of gigs throughout April and May, full details of which are still to be confirmed. There's also talk of a sonic arts trail, events from The Free University of Resonance FM and a film programme.

The full Colour Out Of Space line-up and ticket information will be announced soon.

Laurel Halo heads five day Camp workshop in the Pyrenees

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The electronic musician joins Chris Watson, Annea Lockwood, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Phill Niblock at a remote French resort

Camp, the not-for-profit project run by registered UK charity Fuse Art Space will again be presenting workshops with board and accommodation in the Pyrenees. Just announced is the five day residential workshop run by Laurel Halo from 17 July. The class will focus on electronic composition and production, with attendees studying writing, mixing, production approaches and development. Participants will work towards making a new piece of music by scoring silent films, among various other exercises.

Workshops so far announced are: Why Do Stuff? Approaching Sound & Music From The Outside with Eli Keszler & Rashad Becker (from 3 April); Deep Listening, Improvisation & Spatial Sound with Phill Niblock, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Lea Bertucci, Jorge Boehringer & Tim Shaw (from 10 April); Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars (from 15 May); Let Your Lone Ranger Ride with Bill Drummond (from 10 July); Art & Activism with Adbusters, Brandalism And Center For Political Beauty (from 31 July), and a few sessions on playwriting with John Burgess. Other workshops include Comedy Writing & Performance with Josie Long, Jonny Donahoe And John-Luke Roberts (from 4 September); and Video & Installation Art with Laure Prouvost (from 9 October).

Ecoacoustics with Annea Lockwood & Leah Barclay, as well as two Chris Watson sessions: Environmental Sound Recording and Field Recording: Red Deer Season have already sold out, although those still keen to attend are invited to put their names on a waiting list.

Full list of courses and more information can be found on

Joe Muggs launches deep listening hideaway and announces book about sound system culture

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New book Bass, Mids, Tops includes 25 conversations with the culture’s key players, while a new monthly residency offers a safe space to get deep with ambient

Richard Norris and Wire contributor Joe Muggs have launched Group Mind, a monthly ambient, experimental and deep listening session in London's Kings Cross. The first will take place in the basement cocktail bar Supermax on 24 March, with Norris and Muggs in attendance plus guests. The sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to hear some “mind opening ambience on a quality sound system”.

Also on the cards is the publication of Brian David Stevens and Muggs's new book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History Of Sound System Culture. The book features a series of conversations with artists who have created new crossovers and fusions in UK sound system culture over the past 50 years. It’s illustrated with portraits of the artists interviewed and sound system photography by Stevens, and there is a foreword by former Steel Pulse singer Mykaell Riley, who now heads the Bass Culture course in the Black Music Research Unit at London’s University of Westminster.

Shy One. Photo by Brian David Stevens

“I wanted the voices of the subjects to be what dominates, and the overlaps between their stories to show the outlines of what we think of as cultural movements and moments,” explains Muggs. The people he talked to in Bass, Mids, Tops are Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood, Norman Jay, Youth, Tony Thorpe, Smith & Mighty, George Evelyn, Nicolette, Jumping Jack Frost, Dego, DJ Storm, Noodles, Zed Bias, Sarah Lockhart, Terror Danjah, Kromestar, Skream, Mala, T Williams, Cooly G, Toddla T, Samrai, Barely Legal, and Shy One

Bass, Mids, Tops will be published in early summer by Strange Attractor.

Sustainable festival Terraforma announce first round of artists

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Laurie Anderson, Mica Levi and Caterina Barbieri to perform

Terraforma Festival will be held between 5–7 July this year. Taking place in its usual location at Villa Arconati just outside of Milan, the intimate event will once again feature an international line-up while focusing on sustainable practices.

Artists announced so far are Laurie Anderson, Mica Levi, Caterina Barbieri, DJ Stingray, Daniel Higgs and Bambounou. Terraforma has also been awarded under the category “improvers” by A Greener Festival, a non-profit organisation monitoring and aiding the implementation of green solutions for musical events.

Early bird tickets are now available for €110 including camping. Watch a short documentary about the restoration of the Villa Arconati Labyrinth, a project Terraforma has been involved in since 2014.

The Labyrinth from TERRAFORMA on Vimeo.

Cooly G Fire Fund started by Kode9

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Cooly G's belongings were destroyed by fire in a Croydon self-storage warehouse

Kode9 aka Steve Goodman has launched a fundraising campaign in aid of DJ and producer Cooly G, who lost all her belongings in a fire on 31 December. The Hyperdub veteran had been using a temporary storage lock up in Croydon whilst she waited to move home. Cooly and her two children lost everything in the fire.

“Cooly is a mother of two young children and her family have lost everything they owned. They were in the middle of trying to find a new home after losing their previous house due to a flood. The stress has been so intense she hasn't slept properly since the 1st of January. Cooly was mis-sold insurance which will not come close to covering the value of the items lost and currently the company appears to be refusing any claims of compensation,” says Hyperdub founder Goodman.

Donations can be made via

Brussels' 24 hour festival KRAAK kicks off in March

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Line-up features Sam Kidel, Sculpture, Sofia Jernberg and more

This year Brussels based festival KRAAK will take place over a 24 hour period from 2–3 March, 3pm–3pm. Hosted by Beursschouwburg, the line up features C_C, Christophe Piette, Embassador Dulgoon, Forced Into Femininity, Legion Of Andromeda, Lewsberg, Me Donner, Macromassa, Maika Garnica, New Root Canal, Penus, Peter Michael Hamel, Sam Kidel, Sculpture, Sofia Jernberg, Urge, YOR, and Żywizna.

“Bring your beautiful bodies, open your minds and sharpen your most delicate senses for this intense celebration of the visionary tendencies in today's music universe,” they say.

You can listen to a mix of Kraak 2018 highlights on Mixcloud below. More information can be found on their website.

New podcast Merzcast sets out to listen to the discography of Merzbow

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Greh Holger is joined in first two episodes by Hair Police’s Mike Connelly and William Hutson of Clipping.

A new underground music podcast has set itself a mighty challenge: to listen to and discuss one-by-one the albums of Japanese noise godfather Merzbow. Each episode of Merzcast sees Greh Holger of Chondritic Sound and another musician or noise fan sit down together to absorb a particular album by Masami Akita and reflect on it afterwards.

“Part of the fun of doing this podcast comes from listening and experiencing the record together, and it makes the discussion much easier than doing it over the phone or internet,” emails Holger. “Some of our future guests live across the country, but plans are underway to make those happen in person.”

The podcast episodes are lengthy and detailed, with the contributors breaking down the album track by track, dropping thoughts on equipment, effects, track titles and more. Pictures posted online show sheets of paper with notes on each track written during the listening sessions, which thus far have taken place around the HQ of Holger’s distro Chondritic Sound in Los Angeles.

Since his debut recordings in the early 1980s, Masami Akita has released hundreds of albums of white-hot sound on labels across the world – a catalogue with few comparisons in the noise scene. Information accompanying each album is often limited to identifying a studio and a date. Faced with such an imposing discography, Holger and co elect to bring their own personal perspectives to the wall of sound. “I prefer to bring our own knowledge and ideas about the material to the table, so there's not a lot of research done aside from listening to the record, going over the liner notes, checking out the instrumentation, tracklist, thanks, label, recording data and such,” he reports. “Things such as when and where it was recorded and what elements were used can help relate it to other records. Mystery is in short supply these days, and there's no reason to ruin it with too much fact-finding.

“Once the album is finished, we head straight to the mics and try not to talk before hitting record,” he adds.

The first two episodes are now live online at and at other good podcast outlets. The first edition sees Mike Connelly (of US noise units Hair Police, Failing Lights and Clay Rendering) in the hot seat to discuss 1998’s Tauromachine, and this pair are joined in the follow-up by William Hutson (Rale, Clipping) to check out 1995’s Green Wheels. And what about Masami Akita, the man himself? “He's at the top of the wishlist for guests, of course, so possibly someday.”

Other Merzbow podcasts are also available. While Merzcast was launching, another project Immerzbox was already reaching its fourth episode. Launched by Erik Highter and @metaltxt, Immerzbox started as “sort of a dare” to review every CD of the infamous Merzbox 50 CD career-spanning box set released in 2000. “I knew Erik would be game,” emails metaltxt. “Erik loves dumb ideas.”

Immerzbox started right at the beginning of the Merzbox, and thus currently explores a very different era of Merzbow’s work to Merzcast. “The early Merzbox works we're still discussing are so incredibly different from what people probably think of as Merzbow's work. There's very little harsh noise like he's known for, and some of these tracks even border on the minimal/ambient.

“We're still early in our podcast project,” they continue. “But I'm sure diving so deeply into one artist's work will make us acutely aware of recurring patterns, things that Masami brings up over and over but in slight variations. I'm really looking forward to continuing on this wild journey we've started for ourselves.”

The music that both the two podcasts deal with might be extreme, but the feelings between them are not. “We love what the Merzcast is doing,” enthuses metaltxt, “and hope to collaborate with them on something in the near future.”

DAM announce tour and album release

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The Palestinian hiphop outfit share new single “Emta Njawzak Yamma”

Palestinian hiphop outfit DAM have announced a UK tour ahead of the release of their third album Ben Haana Wa Maana on Cooking Vinyl on 7 June. They've also released the lead single “Emta Njawzak Yamma” from that album, which is available to stream on Spotify.

As noted by Courtney Yusuf in his article on the hiphop in Ramallah for The Wire 421, DAM is Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmood Jrere, and Maysa Daws. The name means blood in Arabic and eternity in Hebrew, and also stands as an acronym for Da Arabian MCs in English. They formed in 1999 in the Palestinian area of Lod in Israel, and released their first single “Meen Erhabi?” (“Who's The Terrorist?”) in 2001. Nafar tells Yusuf that influences have spanned from Tupac Shakur and Public Enemy in the early 2000s to hiphop's Kendrick Lamar today. “Thanks to him and J Cole, conscious hiphop is back in the mainstream and for me, personally, I’m very blessed to pay attention to the details they deliver. I really take them with me everyday.”

DAM will perform at Constellations in Liverpool on 27 February, Band On The Wall in Manchester (28), The Crossing in Birmingham on 01 March and Jazz Cafe in London (2).

Subscribers can read Yusuf's feature on Exact Editions.

Henriksen/Aarset/Bang/French The Height Of The Reeds nominated for Spellemannprisen

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Norwegian Grammy Awards nominate the soundwalk companion for the Tono's Composer Award

Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang and Jez riley French have been nominated for a Tono's Composer Award for The Height Of The Reeds in Norway's Spellemannprisen. Originally commissioned as a piece for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, it set to celebrate the city's longstanding seafaring relationship with Scandinavia. A musical companion to a sound walk along Humber Bridge that would happen throughout April that year, it continued on for three months, selling a total of 15,000 tickets. It was released by Rune Grammofon in August 2018, and recently made it into the Athens based record shop Underflow's Wire chart in issue 417.

Spellemannprisen, sometimes referred to in English as the Norwegian Grammy Awards was established in 1972. This year's award ceremony will take place in Oslo on 31 March.

Actress signs to Decca and completes Stockhausen project

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Actress joins Max Richter, Clark and Will Gregory on Decca

Decca Publishing has announced they've added Darren J Cunningham aka Actress to their books, “signalling” as Executive Vice President Natasha Baldwin says, their “absolute commitment to building long and illustrious careers for the most talented composers out there”.

In other news, he's also completed the Southbank Centre and Holland Festival commission Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II, a new composition for voice, AI and electronics, following on from his AI debut as Young Paint.

Said to be a reimagining of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament (1995), the one-off live performance features recordings of a load of MPs discussing love in the House of Lords during the Brexit negotiations. He'll be joined on stage by Italian pianist and Stockhausen alumna Vanessa Benelli Mosell, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Robert Ames. It will premiere at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 14 May.

According to Cunningham, more projects are on their way, from commissioned work to new technologies he's currently developing.

Grime instrumental London to Addis  released by No Hats No Hoods

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Featuring tracks by Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz, Proc Fiskal and JT The Goon

A new compilation on No Hats No Hoods fuses Grime instrumentals with traditional Ethiopian instruments, scales and time signatures.

Artists on the release include Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz, TC4, JT The Goon, Wize, Shudan, Proc Fiskal and Captain Over. Recorded over a week in Addis Ababa, the four instruments heard across the release are a single-stringed fiddle called the masinko, a five-stringed lyre called the krar, a bamboo flute known as the washint, and a selection of drums. Also featured are traditional vocalists.

“My favourite instrument to work with was the washint, as Ermias Nadew plays with a real freedom” explains Dexplicit. “The challenge for making my track was keeping this vibe and freedom whilst making it fit with a 140bpm Grime track which I really enjoyed”

The release is the first part of No Hats No Hoods Ethiopiyawi Meets Grime collaboration with Ethiopian Records that was awarded a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grant in 2017. Coming up as part of the project is a live performance in Addis Abba, a documentary, freestyles and vocal projects featuring Kenyan, Ethiopian and UK musicians.

From 25 February, parts of the recording sessions will be made available to download for the purpose of making new tracks. Four additional bonus tracks from the project will be made available on the No Hats No Hoods Bandcamp. The release is out on 14 March.

1976 poetry reading by Velvet Underground's Angus MacLise is released on tape

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Counter Culture Chronicles captures a reading at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance in New York City, three years before his death

Unearthed poetry readings by the American occultist, publisher, drummer and founder member of Velvet Underground have been released. A member of La Monte Young's The Theatre Of Eternal Music, Angus MacLise also founded Dead Language Press alongside Piero Heliczer, and co-founded the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu, where he had moved with his wife Hetty McGee and son Ossian in the early 1970s. He would live in Nepal until his death in 1979, aged 41.

In 1976 MacLise travelled to New York City and read poetry to a backdrop of Nepalese music at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance on 17 September, the recordings of which can be heard on this Counter Culture Chronicles cassette.

Angus MacLise's The Kathmandu Cycle features laser printed J-card and insert and is available to order via

Released on his own Dreamweapon Press in 1974, and reissued by Sub Rosa in 2003, listen to “Four Speed Trance” from The Cloud Doctrine, featuring John Cale and Tony Conrad.

Inaugural edition of Gilles Peterson's We Out Here festival launched

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The event brings Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Gary Bartz, Theo Parrish, Sons Of Kemet, Nubya Garcia and Kojey Radical to Cambridgeshire in August

Gilles Peterson, Brownwood and Worldwide FM will be staging We Out Here: A Worldwide Family Gathering at the former home of Secret Garden Party at Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire. It will be the first public festival happening at the site since 2017.

The line-up so far confirmed showcases a mix of electronic and jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Idris Ackamoor, Sons Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming, Kokoroko, Moses Boyd, Kojey Radical, Children Of Zeus, Call Super, Objekt, Josey Rebelle, Skee Mask, Theo Parrish, Adrian Sherwood & Horace Andy, Francois K and Mike Dunn, plus Channel One Soundsystem and Dennis Bovell. Food, drink, wellbeing activities, talks and family activities are scheduled to be announced soon.

Festivalgoers are invited to camp on site or arrange their own accommodation elsewhere. Boutique camping is also available. The festival runs from 15–18 August. Tickets start at £156.

Shelter Press publish first volume of Spectres

2 semaines 2 jours ago

The inaugural edition in new series features contributions from François Bayle, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Eliane Radigue, Chris Watson and others

Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening is the first volume of Spectres, a new annual series about to be launched by Shelter Press. Published in both French and English, the book is conceived as both “a prism and a manual”, featuring essays by musicians, composers, field recordists and sound artists.

“Following the ‘traditional’ arc of electroacoustic composition (listen–record–compose–deploy–feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation,” say Shelter Press, describing the practice as “first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention”.

Contributors include Félicia Atkinson, François Bayle, François J Bonnet, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Eliane Radigue, Régis Renouard Larivière, Espen Sommer Eide, Daniel Teruggi and Chris Watson.

Spectres: Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening was compiled by François J Bonnet of INA GRM and Bartolomé Sanson from Shelter Press. It's printed with a thread-sewn soft cover and comes in a print run of 1200. It's published on 7 March.

Turquazz Festival launches in March

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The new festival brings two weeks of Anatolian jazz and roots culture to London

Aiming to shine a light on Anatolian jazz and roots culture from Turkey and surrounding regions, Turquazz Festival takes place at various venues across London from 13–30 March, with concerts, DJ sets, film screenings and talks, as well as a pop-up dining hall.

The festival's aim isn’t to define Anatolian jazz and roots music, says director Batu Akyol. “It’s the first edition and we really wanted to give London the ABC of Anatolian jazz,” he explains. “The programme is full of personality with a familiar jazz language yet with its own Anatolian twist. Music, food, cinema, dance and talks – there’s really something for everyone.”

The line-up includes Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project, Yarkin Duo, The Origins featuring Baris Demirel & Tolga Zafer Özdemir, and Can Cankaya & Kagan Yildiz. Screenings at East London Dalston’s Rio cinema include Akyol’s Jazz In Turkey, Sercan Sezgin’s Nublu, Nezih Unen’s Lost Songs Of Anatolia and Serdar Kokceoglu’s MIMAROGLU. Featuring Debora Ipekel, the closing party will be held at Brilliant Corners.

The full festival line-up can be found on their website.

Night club flyer book launches crowdfunding campaign

2 semaines 3 jours ago

Mike Pendegast chronicles rave promos in Flying Over England

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund a new book by rave documenter Mike Pendegast. Called Flying Over England, it’s a history of club night flyers and posters from the 1980s and 1990s, a time when Pendegast was travelling to raves up and down the country. The publication is divided into two volumes. The first features more than 150 pages of flyers, and in the second Pendegast gives his account of that era.

“1991–93 was the golden age of rave art with flyers developing from photocopied, black and white scribbles of the late 80s to highly elaborate works of illustration,” declares the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank campaign page, where the book can be pre-ordered with a full refund guarantee if its target is not reached.

At the time of writing 41 per cent of the total has been achieved, with 21 days to go. The book is published in collaboration with Dukes Editions, and you can see a selection of its flyers in The Wire's online gallery.

“Graphic art provides the input and the output will sound literally unheard of,” says Letra / Tone festival

2 semaines 3 jours ago

This March Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, and Schneider TM will present interpretations of works by graphic artists

Between 8 & 10 March, Radialsystem in Berlin will host Letra/Tone Festival for Graphics and Music. The experimental festival will have a host of artists interpreting works provided by a roster of international graphic artists through a set of performances and an accompanying exhibition.

Following in the footsteps of composers like Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, John Cage or Karlheinz Stockhausen, the festival hopes to pick up where they left off, continuing the tradition of experimenting with alternative notational systems.

Artists on the line up include Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, turntablist Dieb 13, JASSS, electro duo Blotter Trax (Magda and TB Arthur), Magda Mayas, Schneider TM and Jimi Tenor & Nefertyti.

Graphic scores will be provided by Anke Fesel, Daniela Burger, Joe Gilmore, Julie Gayard, Katja Gretzinger, Scott Massey, Stefan Gandl, TS Wendelstein and Sulki & Min. There will also be an audio-visual installation by Hanno Leichtmann and Toby Cornish. Baby Vulture, Mieko Suzuki and Judith Crasser will DJ in between shows.

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