Perry Robinson dies at the age of 80

1 jour 7 heures ago

US clarinettist and composer passed away on 2 December

US free jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson has died aged 80. Born in New York in 1938, Robinson was the son of composer Earl Robinson. During his childhood, regular house guests included Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and Leonard Bernstein. Another was Woody Guthrie, who, as Phillip Clark relays in The Wire 236, would recognise Robinson's creative nature, writing him letters to feed his growing curiosity in music and the arts.

“What my dad, Pete and Leadbelly taught me was to have a free mind,” Robinson told Clark. “They wanted to live in a more inclusive America and when I came across free music, I already had a mind that was open to accept it. That’s why folk and free are the same. I’d take my dad to loft sessions and once he realised he could play what he felt in an intuitive way, he got into out music. ‘Now I understand,’ he told me.”

In the late 1950s, Robinson studied at the Lenox School of Jazz in Massachusetts. Early on in his career he would work with pianist Tete Montoliu, and later go on to work with the likes of Henry Grimes, Bill Dixon, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Gunter Hampel, Badal Roy, John Carter, Anthony Braxton, Pete Seeger, George Clinton and many others. He would work as part of Burton Greene’s Klezmokum and of Lou Grassi’s Po Band, and was also a member of Clarinet Contrast, with Theo Jörgensmann and Bernd Konrad.

Robinson's debut album Funk Dumpling was released in 1962 and featured Kenny Barron, Henry Grimes and Paul Motian. He also appeared with Grimes 1965 recording The Call. In 1967 he appeared on Archie Shepp's Impulse! set Mama Too Tight, and it was around that time that he would record as The Uni Trio with David Izenzon on double bass and Randy Kaye on drums.

“In The Uni Trio,” he told Philip Clark, “we’d try and play time but also no time. We would play compositions and tunes but let the phrasing of the melodies determine the pulse. One note in a melody might seem more prominent, so I’d hold it for longer and the pulse would change – time and no time, you see? I also got into what I call ‘automatic writing’. I’d hold my pencil and let it make dots on the manuscript paper. Strange little melodies would appear, and a whole other melodic thing would flow through my mind. My tune, “Unisphere”, appeared in this way and automatic writing changed the way I think about composition.”

In 1990 he released Call To The Stars with his Perry Robinson Quartet, featuring a composition by Grimes, alongside bassist Ed Schuller, pianist Simon Nabotov and drummer Ernst Bier. His Raga Roni trio with Badal Roy and Ed Schuller released their self-titled debut in 2002 on Geetika Records, a year that also saw him appear with William Parker’s clarinet trio on Bob's Pink Cadillac on the Eremite label, and publish an autobiography The Traveler, co-authored by Florence F Wetzel. You can read Philip Clark's article in The Wire 236 via Exact Editions.

RVNG marks its 15th birthday sharing slices of music selected by Beatrice Dillon

2 jours 5 heures ago

Her limited edition Selects/Dissects mixtape is released on 14 December

“There’s no real reason we decided to acknowledge RVNG’s 15th anniversary and not our fifth, or even our tenth,” remarks the Brooklyn based label. “But here we are, a decade and a half later and honestly, not so far removed from where we started. We’re still listening and learning, and we’re still loving this fabled label life.”

To mark the occasion, RVNG Intl pay homage to their very first release, a mixtape from Julian S Process (later of Pink Skull), by invited label mate Beatrice Dillon to plunge into the label's back catalogue to present a special anniversary mix.

RVNG Intl At 15: Beatrice Dillon Selects/Dissects is a two part mix that features “loads of cut-ups, blends, edits, layered loops, audio manipulation, collaging, etc”, says Dillon, who adds that some tracks “just run ’cos they sounded great to my ears”.

RVNG hasn’t shared a track list, but you can listen to Side A now via the Soundcloud link on this page.

Beatrice Dillon Selects/Dissects is released on 14 December as limited edition of 250 hand-stamped tapes.

Run/Off Editions publish Marina Rosenfeld book

2 jours 6 heures ago

roygbiv&b documents her contribution to MoMA’s Instructions Lab exhibition

Marina Rosenfeld’s roygbiv&b has just been published by Run/Off Editions. Originally a performance piece, roygbiv&b was Rosenfeld's contribution to Instructions Lab, a 2011 exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The book chronicles the performance with an essay by musicologist Benjamin Piekut, gatefold renderings of the score pages and various exhibition photos.

Describing Rosenfeld’s performance, Run/Off writes: “A punning translation on spectral composition, the performance roygbiv&b uses the figure of the rainbow to project sound vertically in an architecture; it requires a custom loudspeaker installation and group of live performers, which have included teenagers, amateur choirs, double basses and brass.”

Following its run at MoMA, roygbiv&b went to the South London Gallery in 2014, and a version called Rainbow Gathering was shown at Serralves Museum & Foundation in Porto, Portugal.

Cafe Oto to host eight day Luc Ferrari celebration

2 jours 8 heures ago

Stereo Spasms Festival will run from 7–14 February

East London venue Cafe Oto has announced the line-up of Stereo Spasms, an eight day festival celebrating what would have been Luc Ferrari’s 90th birthday – he was born on 5 February 1929 and died on 22 August 2005. Featuring performances of Ferrari’s compositions, talks, films, readings, installations and exhibitions, Stereo Spasms is co-presented by his widow, the composer Brunhild Ferrari, Close-Up Cinema, Presque Rien, Maison Ona and Ecstatic Peace Library. The festival also coincides with Ecstatic Peace Library’s English language publication of Luc Ferrari: Complete Works.

The Stereo Spasms programme includes Tania Chen, David Toop, Jon Leidecker, Thurston Moore and others performing Madame De Shanghai (1996); Erikm & Scanner
 (Exploitation Des Concepts N°1, 2000); Erikm & Thurston Moore (Les Protorythmiques, 2004–05); Xenia Pestova (Collection De Petites Pièces); Apartment House (Didascalies, 2004, and Cellule 75, Force Du Rhythme Et Cadence Forcee,1975); Aine O’Dwyer & Graham Lambkin (Unheimlich Schön,1971); Ashley Paul Ensemble (Les Emois D’aphrodite, 1998); David Grubbs & Apartment House (Tautologos III, 1969, Chicago Version, 2001, Et Tournent Les Sons Dans La Garrigue, 1977); a Jim O’Rourke pre-record (Ephemere, 1974); and on 14 February Brunhild Ferrari will be in conversation with David Grubbs. Full listings can be found on the Cafe Oto website.

London Short Film Festival reveals its music programme

1 semaine 1 jour ago

Nkisi, Derek Jarman and Cooly G are among the featured artists

London Short Film Festival 2019 will take place between 11–20 January. Now in its 16th edition, the festival’s core theme this year is alternative 1980s culture, and it will feature a selection of UK and international short films on music, politics, culture, LGBTQ+ and BAME issues.

The programme includes a celebration of the 1980s agitprop Scratch Video movement; live music from Wrangler; a screening of John Lurie’s series Fishing With John; Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist curating a series of performances and films at the inflatable venue Air Draft; the music videos of Derek Jarman; a visual history of underground label Hyperdub with Cooly G; Club des Femmes revisiting Pratibha Parmar’s document of black, queer resistance A Place Of Rage; and New Queer Visions curating a series of LGBTQ+ films and documentaries.

Also showing: a Cosey Fanni Tutti retrospective; a selection of short films from the former German Democratic Republic commemorating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall; Now! That's What I Call 80s Short Film featuring works by directors Clio Barnard, Andrew Kötting and Sally Potter: and the Supakino: Turbans Through Time series’ history of the changing representation of Sikhs in film.

On the closing night LSFF will celebrate black women redefining Afrofuturism through electronic experimentation in No Woman Is An Island, featuring Shannen SP, Xana and Nkisi. The latter will also be performing an exclusive live premiere of her debut album 7 Directions ahead of its mid-January release.

The festival’s new programming partnerships include Africa Is A Country and London Migration Festival, who will focus on the self-authored black British presence on screen, and the Stuart Hall Foundation, who will present a screening and round table discussion about It (still) Ain’t Half Racist Mum!.

For full listings you can visit the LSFF website.

SHAPE announces artist list for 2019

1 semaine 2 jours ago

Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe network announces list of artists on its 2019 roster

The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art has announced its list of participants for 2019. The initiative sets to support, promote, and exchange innovative new musicians and artists with an interest in sound. It is now in its fifth year and projected to run until 2021, as a union of sixteen European festivals. These are Biennale Némo / ARCADI in Paris, CTM Festival / DISK e.V. in Berlin, Cynetart Festival / TMA Hellerau e.V. in Dresden, Festival Maintenant / Association Electroni[K] in Rennes, Insomnia Festival / Association in Tromso, Les siestes électroniques / Association Rotation in Toulouse, MeetFactory in Prague, MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana, musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst / ORF in Graz, RIAM Festival / Technè in Marseilles, Rokolectiv Festival / Association in Bucharest, Schiev Festival in Brussels, Skaņu Mežs Festival / Association in Riga, TodaysArt Festival / The Generator Foundation in The Hague, UH Fest / Ultrasound Foundation in Budapest, and Unsound Festival / Fundacja Tone in Krakow.

This year on the roster are: Arash Azadi, Astrid Sonne, Avsluta, AZF, Balázs Pándi, Bamao Yende, Bear Bones Lay Low, Betty, Chaines, Clara!, Committee, Crystallmess, Erwan Keravec, Hatis Noit, JESSE, Jessica Ekomane, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Katharina Ernst, Kikimore, Lucy Railton, Lutto Lento, Lyra Pramuk, Maria w Horn, Marta SmiLga, Myako, Michela Pelusio, Nina Garcia/Mariachi, Obsequies, Oceanic, Od Bongo, patten, Peach, Perrine en Morceaux, Plug, Resina, rkss, Robert Curgenven, SAD, Sally Golding, Schanell, Schtum, Sentimental Rave, Soho Rezanejad, Tim Shaw, Violet, Volition Immanent/ Parrish Smith, For You Katrina and WIDT & Christoph De Babalon as Teyas.

Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi write new film I Snuck Off The Slave Ship

1 semaine 2 jours ago

Short film accompaniment to the track from 2018 album MITH

A new film I Snuck Off The Slave Ship by Lonnie Holley will premiere as an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival next year. It was created with Cyrus Moussavi, Brittany Nugent and Matt Arnett, and features cameo appearances by gospel singer and pianist Theotis Taylor and the Edeliegba Senior Dance Ensemble.

The film accompaniment of Holley's song of the same name from the 2018 album MITH, it was shot around his hometown in Atlanta, GA, and will mark the first time the artist has directed a film. In it, “temporal talismans” guide Holley through the Black American experience. “But his freedom quest always seems to get trapped in the same point of discontinuum: the 4th of July, birthdate of the self-replicating slave ship, ‘America’,” explains the synopsis.

“Built from the scraps of his life and hard sci-fi alterna-realities, the short film is an assemblage of Holley’s encounters with the slave ship ‘America’ and a testament to imagination as resistance.”

Holley will also tour MITH throughout the end of this year and into 2019. His exhibition “Somewhere In A Dream I Got Lost” opens at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art on 13 December. “Thumbs Up For The Mothership” is exhibited at Mass MoCA until mid-2019.

Heroes Are Gang Leaders pay tribute to Amiri Baraka at Sons d’hiver 2019

1 semaine 4 jours ago

The festival takes place at venues across Val-de-Marne from 1–23 February

French festival Sons d'hiver has announced its programme for the 2019 edition. Heroes Are Gang Leaders open the event on 1 February, making their first time appearance in France with their tribute to the late writer Amiri Baraka. Led by Thomas Sayers Ellis, the group include James Brandon Lewis, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Devin Brahja Waldman, Brandon Moses, Luke Stewart, Jenna Camille, Warren Trae Crudup, Nettie Chickering, Melanie Dyer and Randall Horton. Thomas Sayer Ellis and James Brandon Lewis will also deliver give a pre-show lecture about Baraka's legacy.

Other confirmed artists include Ambrose Akinmusire with Kool AD, Sam Harris, Justin Brown & Mivos Quartet, Shabazz Palaces, Dälek, Evan Parker & Tyshawn Sorey duo, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman play John Zorn, Irreversible Entanglements with Camae Ayawe, Aquiles Navarro, Keir Neuringer, Luke Stewart & Tcheser Holmes, Marc Ribot, The Ex, Das Kapital, Julien Desprez & Rob Mazurek, Anthony Braxton Zim Music, Maâlem Mokhtar Gania with Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph & Jamie Saft, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Steve Coleman, and many others.

More information can be found on the festival's website.

rkss shares DJ Tools Illegal Material

2 semaines 2 jours ago

A collection of free remixes of Daft Punk, Alice Deejay, Vengaboys and Underworld are doing the rounds

A mediafire link of free DJ Tools remixes has been made available. The project is an offshoot of rkss aka Robin Buckley's DJ Tools release on UIQ earlier this year. The artist explains: “Over the last year, as I’ve been performing DJ Tools, I started using these different remixes and edits of familiar dance tracks together with my own original music. For various reasons these remixes aren’t ones I could effectively sample for the original release on UIQ or distribute on platforms like SoundCloud or Spotify or whatever, so someone has leaked them on this nifty website as a free mixtape.”

Buckley continues: “For use with DJ Tools on UIQ or simply enjoyed on their own.”

Tracks remixed are Vengaboys “Up & Down”, The Ones “Flawless (Phunk Investigation Vocal Mix)”, Stardust “Music Sounds Better With You (12" Club Mix)”, Swedish House Mafia featuring Pharrell “One (Your Name) (Vocal Mix)”, Fedde Le Grand “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit”, Alice Deejay “Better Off Alone”, DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do “Heaven”, Daft Punk “One More Time”, and Underworld “Born Slippy (Nuxx)”. You can find the tracks via illegalmaterial.co.nf.

Listen back to The Wire's Rewired show on NTS radio featuring rkss as guest.

Rated SavX scratchbook on sale next year

2 semaines 2 jours ago

Strange Attractor and MIT Press publish a collection of personal documents from The Wire's underground cartoonist Savage Pencil

Artist, writer, musician and amateur magician Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil will publish The Savage Pencil Scratchbook next year. The book gathers drawings, personal photographs, documents and ephemera from the SavX archives, as well as newer material, and an interview with Pouncey by esoteric bibliographer Timothy D'Arch Smith. It's an “access-all-areas trawl” through the life and work of the artist, says MIT.

Of course, Wire readers will know Pouncey as the artist behind The Wire cartoon strip Trip Or Squeek (which ran up till 2017) as well as sketching artwork for The Wire’s regular Primer articles, artwork, and contributing regularly as one of our writers. Since the mid-1970, he's also designed album covers, T-shirts, posters, skateboards and more for bands including Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Fall, Sunn O))), Coil and Earth.

Rated SavX: The Savage Pencil Scratchbook is published by MIT Press and Strange Attractor, and will be on the shelves from May 2019. You can listen to a recent radio show he co-hosted with Stephen O'Malley on NTS, featuring two hours of death and black metal.

Easterndaze kicks off in Berlin today

2 semaines 2 jours ago

Event series repping the scenes of Eastern and Central Europe features collaboration between Christoph de Babalon and WIDT

Eastern and Central Europe specialist Easterndaze commences its Berlin edition today, which aims to foster collaborations between Berlin collectives and those elsewhere across the region. Events are taking place at venues across the city, with individual collectives programming the line-up in each location.

The line-up includes DJ OCCULT, Gigsta, Oil Thief, Ciarra Black, Adam Asnan, ST/NE, and many more. Labels and collectives represented at the event include Berlin’s Care Of Editions and Total Black, EXILES from Budapest, and Muscut out of Ukraine. The festival also includes a collaboration between Polish audiovisual duo WIDT and German former Digital Hardcore star Christoph de Babalon.

Easterndaze (not to be confused with the Belgium concert run by Kraak) kicks off tonight at Panke with free entry. Read more about the festival.

Borderline to broadcast The Wire 's releases of the year

2 semaines 3 jours ago

Over three shows, the German radio show will broadcast a countdown of our Top 50 releases of 2018

In what has become a seasonal tradition, a countdown of The Wire’s Top 50 releases of the year will be broadcast over the Christmas and New Year period during three editions of the Borderline: Musik Für Grenzgänger show on Germany’s Freies Radio Kassel. The shows will be broadcast at 7pm local time on 14, 21 and 28 December, with each show repeated at 11am the following day. If you live in the Northesse region of Germany you can tune in on DAB radio or 105.8FM. For everyone else, the shows are streamed live at borderline-extra.de.

Next year marks Master Musicians Of Joujouka's 12th festival and first release since 2006

2 semaines 4 jours ago

Live In Paris to be released on French label Unlistenable Records

North Morocco's Sufi trance festival hosted by The Master Musicians Of Joujouka will take place next year between 21–23 June. Now in its 12th edition, the festival caps ticket numbers at 50, with guests staying with the master musicians and their families in the village of Joujouka.

Next year will also see the new label Unlistenable Records release Live In Paris by the Master Musicians, making for their first album since 2006. The album was recored at Centre Georges Pompidou Paris as part of the 2016 Beat Generation exhibition and was produced by Frank Rynne. It will also mark their first release recorded outside of Joujouka, and will be released as CD and LP.

Daniel Spicer raises funds for lost jazz albums compendium

2 semaines 4 jours ago

The new book collects 13 years of Jazzwise columns and will be published by Eleusinian Press

Daniel Spicer is compiling a new book on Eleusinian Press. Called Lost In The Vaults – Rare Collectables And Forgotten Gems From The Jazzwise Archives, the collection will gather a series of essays written on a monthly basis by Spicer over the course of 13 years.

“At the end of 2005, Jon Newey, then Editor of Jazzwise, put out a call for proposed contributions to a new column he was launching in the magazine”, explains Spicer. “Called ‘Lost In The Vaults’, the column was to feature, each month, a different jazz recording that was out of print and languishing in the doldrums of unavailability. Around a year into my burgeoning career as a music writer, and keen to write as much as possible, I immediately suggested something from Sun Ra’s legendarily extensive and abstruse back catalogue. Jon went for it. I got the gig, with my first attempt being published in February 2006.”

He continues. “From then on, for almost 13 years, I contributed a column each month – apart from a few occasions when there wasn’t room to run one, and two months fairly early on when fellow scribe Brian Priestley did the honours. It was a pretty simple brief: all I had to provide was 150 words on a recording of my choice, details of how much it was selling for and a thumbnail of the cover art. Piece of cake."

It’s set for release as a paperback coffee table book for mid-2019. However, a Kickstarter has also been launched, where those interested can make a pledge for a limited edition hardback version.

Aki Onda curated TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama confirms dates

3 semaines 1 jour ago

This year the event features a special project to restage three compositions of Filipino composer Jose Maceda

Now in its second decade, Asian performing arts platform TPAM has set the dates for its 2019 edition. It will take place from 9–17 February at venues across Yokohama, and this year once again is directed by Aki Onda who has organised a special project restaging three compositions of Filipino composer Jose Maceda (1917–2004). Those include Cassettes 100 choreographed and directed by Yoko Higashino and Toshio Kajiwara, and Music For Five Pianos and Two Pianos And Four Winds, both featuring pianists Aki Takahashi and Yuji Takahashi, and conductor Josefino Chino Toledo, all three of which previously collaborated with Maceda.

Also on the line up is Kyoto-based three-piece band Kukangendai who are due to release their debut on Ideologic Organ in 2019, plus performances from Lin Chi-Wei, Wang Hong-Kai, Gerard Lebik & Ryoko Akama, and Terre Thaemlitz with Deproduction.

More information can be found on their website.

Two-day anti-fascist festival launches in New York in January

3 semaines 1 jour ago

“It's time to raise the black flag, throw the horns, and take our scene back!” declare the extreme music event organisers

A new two day anti-fascist extreme music festival called Black Flags Over Brooklyn goes live on 25 & 26 January, 2019. Happening at Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint, New York, the event will kick off with an evening show on Friday, followed by a full day of performances on Saturday, along with a market selling merch, records, radical publications, local art, and more.

“This event is for those of us who reject and push back against that poison – who adhere by the mantra that ‘metal is for everyone (except Nazis)’, and who are committed to cleaning up our own backyard,” declare Black Flags Over Brooklyn’s organisers on the festival’s Facebook page. “The artists on the line-up all have different identities and come from different backgrounds, but are all united under the same ethos: FUCK NSBM [National Socialist black metal].”

“Unfortunately,” they continue, there is a “vocal contingent in our midst who care more about gatekeeping and upholding toxic ideologies like white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and bigotry in general than in seeing the genre thrive. The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us – but especially those in marginalized communities – at risk, and metal should not be allowed to remain a breeding ground for right wing extremism.

“Metal is too good for Nazis,” the festival’s declaration concludes.

Musicians so far confirmed include Dawn Ray’d, Ragana, Woe, Vile Creature, Chepang and Whitephosphorous. More acts will be announced soon. Tickets for Friday, Saturday and for the whole weekend are available now.

Sub Rosa reissue Romanian composer Octavian Nemescu's 1984 album Gradeatia/Natural

3 semaines 2 jours ago

The record is a rare example of electronic music released in Romania during the Ceaușescu era

Sub-Rosa is to reissue Romanian electronic composer Octavian Nemescu’s 1984 album Gradeatia/Natural 1973–83 on 14 December.

“For the last couple of years I’ve been researching and planning to release a compilation of Romanian experimental music made prior to the fall of communism,” explains Andrei Tanasescu, who's working on the project with the Belgium based label. Although that compilation isn’t due until the autumn of 2019, he has, in the meantime, worked with Sub Rosa on “issuing a somewhat obscure but equally important album of electronic music” by Nemescu.

Gradeatia-Natural 1973–83 was originally released in 1984 by Electrecord, the one state-run label to serve in communist Romania. “Its A side Gradeatia was recorded at the IPEM institute in Ghent, Belgium, and was conceived as an ode to one of Romania’s oldest monasteries, as a subversive protest against Ceausescu’s nationwide project of demolishing (or relocating) churches,” he continues. “It has also never been released in its entirety on vinyl, as the initial Electrecord release edited the piece without Nemescu’s knowledge. The B side Natural bears a similar avant garde musicality – particularly within the Romanian context – to its flipside.”

There were few electronic composers in Romania pre-1989, adds Tanasescu, concluding that he hopes to shed some light on this period in musical history. Now aged 78, Nemescu is the father of the film director Cristian Nemescu (1979–2006).

Gradeatia/Natural 1973–83 is available for pre-order now.

Smog Veil still working on Peter Laughner box set

3 semaines 2 jours ago

The label ensures fans it “will be worth the wait”

Ohio’s Smog Veil has confirmed that it is still going ahead with Peter Laughner, a five disc set of Pere Ubu co-founder Laughner’s music. Label owner Frank Mauceri said: “I want to be certain that this box set, the definitive statement of the life and work of Peter Laughner, is as perfect as it can be. If it takes a little extra time to get this released, just be assured that it is for the better.

“We spared no expense,” continues Mauceri. “Fans will notice the care we put into this. Test pressings have been approved and final layouts are in process. We appreciate the patience that everyone has shown and want you to know the reward will be worth the wait."

Focusing on the period between 1972–77, the five LP/CD set Peter Laughner will include previously unreleased performances by Laughner’s groups Rocket From The Tombs, Cinderella Backstreet, Cinderella’s Revenge, Fins, Friction and The Original Wolverines, as well as solo and collaborative works. The set is completed by a 100 page book featuring Laughner’s writings, reviews and poetry published in Creem, Exit, Zeppelin and Star.

The Pere Ubu co-founder died in 1977, aged 24.

Soundtrack to Lament From Epirus released as download

3 semaines 2 jours ago

Christopher C King's survey of some of Europe's oldest folk music now available on Bandcamp

Tompkins Square has released a soundtrack to Christopher C King's recent publication Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music, published on Norton this year. The book traces the history of the genre back to its roots, with recordings collected during the author's explorations in North Western Greece, while asking what these songs mean for the history of humanity.

Reviewed in The Wire 415, Frances Gooding explains, “Lament From Epirus is a feverish memoir of the ecstasies and traumas of a music obsessive, and a gonzo account of the deep, transporting meaning of music itself. Our guide through the labyrinth of his own foibles and into the underworld of the musical past is Christopher C King, a sort of grumpy Henri Michaux of shellac.”. In August, King compiled a playlist for The Wire, which featured tracks from the book (the majority of which are featured in the Tompkins Square release), and with explanations as to what each track is.

You can buy Lament from Epirus Soundtrack on Bandcamp.

Resonance FM launches expansion of digital sister channel Resonance EXTRA

3 semaines 3 jours ago

“The more radical alternative to the radical alternative” now broadcasting on DAB in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Norwich

Award winning London arts station Resonance FM has announced a major expansion of its DAB sister station into four new cities in the UK. Resonance EXTRA, which began as a digital station in Brighton, is now broadcasting in city centres in London, Bristol, Cambridge, and Norwich.

Resonance EXTRA, the “more radical alternative to the radical alternative on Resonance FM,” is programmed by Peter Lanceley, and presents a parallel channel of shows, experimental sounds, radio art and sound collage, with regular shows by Dylan Nyoukis, female:pressure, First Terrace records, and many more. You can pick it up on DAB digital radio devices, as well as via the Resonance FM website.

The new reach of the station gives listeners a new way to hear our weekly Resonance broadcast, Adventures In Sound And Music. Each show, which goes out at Thursdays at 9pm, is simulcast on Resonance and Resonance EXTRA, giving you another way to keep track of the hot sounds of your favourite underground music magazine, if you’re out and about, driving around, or next to a DAB radio somewhere in the cities that are part of the new project.

You can read and hear more about Resonance EXTRA on the Resonance website.

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