London Short Film Festival reveals its music programme

4 jours 22 heures 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

5 jours 20 heures 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

5 jours 22 heures 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 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

1 semaine 5 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

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

Rated SavX scratchbook on sale next year

1 semaine 5 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

1 semaine 5 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

1 semaine 6 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

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

2 semaines 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 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

2 semaines 4 jours 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

2 semaines 5 jours 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

2 semaines 5 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

2 semaines 5 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

2 semaines 6 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

2 semaines 6 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.

Mumdance's Shared Meanings out today as free download

2 semaines 6 jours ago

32 exclusive tracks make it on to Jack Adams's sixth major project in six years

Mumdance aka Jack Adams has released a major mix project featuring 32 exclusive tracks selected with the idea of a 'shared dance floor experience' in mind, ones that, we're told, transcend both location and language to unite people. The project is an extension of the ideas and inspirations he took from his Radio Mumdance project, that over the course of 40 shows had Adams DJ with Nina Kraviz, DJ Stingray, DJ Storm, Surgeon, Ben UFO, Josey Rebelle and others.

Among those on the release you'll find SØS Gunver Ryberg, Space Afrika, Caterina Barbieri, Chevel, Szare, JK Flesh, Abyss X, Sleeparchive, Peder Mannerfelt, Nkisi, D Carbon, and ZULI. Also included is Mumdance & Logos’s “Teachers”, a riff on the Daft Punk classic that pays tribute to musicians before them.

Shared Meanings is out today as a free digital download. Individual track download, a cassette edition, and a vinyl release (featuring five of the tracks) is released on 23 November.

Time is everything for Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton in new opera

3 semaines ago

A musical and philosophical reflection on the multiple layers of time premieres in February

A new work commissioned by Borealis from composer Jennifer Walshe and philosopher Timothy Morton will make its debut in Norway next year. The opera TIME TIME TIME has Walshe perform onstage with MC Schmidt, Lee Patterson, Áine O'Dwyer, and Norwegian ensembles Streifenjunko and Vilde & Inga. Not much has been revealed about the piece, although festival director Peter Meanwell describes it as a “non-opera art-museum opera about time,” explaining that it's an attempt to “dig into our obsession about time, dying, technology, the anthropocene etc”.

It was commissioned in collaboration with Sonic Acts in the Netherlands, MaerzMuzik in Germany, London Contemporary Music Festival/Serpentine Galleries in the UK and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in Norway. It will premiere in the Netherlands at Sonic Acts on 24 February 2019, followed by a Norwegian premiere on 9 March at Borealis in Bergen, which runs between 6–10 March. Artists on the line-up are yet to be confirmed.

Sunn O))) tour Europe in 2019

3 semaines 3 jours ago

Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will perform with long time collaborator Tos Nieuwenhuizen and selected guests, marking two new albums

Sunn O))) will kick off a tour next year, making for the first one since their 2016 stint. The show will feature their first ever French tour, although it doesn't include Paris. Instead they'll be visiting Lyon, Nancy, Dijon, Rouen, Tours, Nantes, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. They'll also return to Kampnagel in Hamburg, Paradiso in Amsterdam, and will headline Elevate festival in Graz, and Divadlo Archa in Prague.

Although full details are yet to be revealed, the tour marks two recently completed album epics. “Rejoin them in their glorious pursuit of the monumental heaviness,” says the announcement. Support acts include Puce Mary, Golem Mecanique, Lingua Ignota, and Robin Fox presenting Single Origin.

Full dates can be found on Facebook.

Boiler Room continues documentary venture with Palestine Underground

3 semaines 3 jours ago

25 minute documentary follows key members of Palestinian techno and hiphop collectives

Boiler Room has released another documentary on their 4.3 platform, this time on the Palestinian underground music scene. Following a crew of techno and hiphop producers, DJs and rappers, the film was shot in the lead up to a Boiler Room party in Ramallah last June, and sheds light on the constraints placed on Palestinian artists with restricted movement due to Israeli government policies, and a midnight curfew set by the Palestinian authorities.

The documentary follows Jazar Crew, a Palestinian music and arts collective from Haifa in the North of Israel, who have been traveling to the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank to play parties with Saleb Wahad, Bltnm, Oddz and Sama.

Palestine Underground was directed by film maker and journalist Jess Kelly and produced by Boiler Room’s Anaïs Brémond. You can also watch the Boiler Room Palestine set (programmed by Debora Ipekel) on YouTube.

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