Edited highlights of The Wire's Into The Vortex festival will be broadcast on Resonance FM between 10pm-1am GMT on 3 January 2010. The festival took place last October at East London's Vortex venue and featured live sets by Richard Youngs & Heather Leigh, Astral Social Club, Alexander Tucker, Alasdair Roberts & Gordon Ferries, Thomas Ankersmit, Broadcast, The Caretaker, The One Ensemble and The Band Of Holy Joy.
Bologna's Netmage festival has posted various film clips online of works by artists appearing at this year's event, including Cluster & Canedicoda, Carlos Casas, Rachida Ziani & Dewi de Vree and André Goncalves. They are worth a look, if yr interested in tracking current trends in AV culture, electronic arts, gallery films, etc.
Subtitled The Most Powerful Review Of The Most Powerful Magazine In Experimental Music, The Wire Review blog doesn't quite do what it says on the tin. Thankfully, what it does do is much funnier and more entertaining than that. We feel unable to comment further, other than noting that we are, of course, flattered once again by such close attention, and urging you to check it out...
A 6 hour Black Metal theory symposium, called "Hideous Gnosis: A gathering dedicated to the mutual blackening of metal and theory", happened 12 December in Brooklyn. Ben Ratliff, who wrote a Primer article on Tropicalia for us – recently reprinted in The Wire Primers book (Verso) – has this summary in New York Times. Meanwhile, Dominic Fox's Cold World, The Aesthetics Of Dejection and The Politics Of Militant Dysphoria, examining, among other things the music of Burzum and Xasthur, has just been released on Zero Books. Burzum's first new release in 11 years will be released in March 2010, called Belus. Varg "The Count" Vikernes, the group's leader, was released from Norwegian jail this summer after serving 16 years for murder. He now lives in rural Telemark, Norway.
Attention New York City crew. To celebrate Sensational's appearance on the cover of The Wire 310, the Wordsound people and Sens himself are throwing a bash in NYC tonight. Expect music, drinks and a bite to eat.
Here's the details:
Please join us as we celebrate Sensational’s December Wire Cover with drinks and
hors d’ oeuvres.
Wednesday, December 16th
6-8 PM (Open Bar)
30 W. 24th St. (near 6th Ave.)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-733-0566
News just in that Raster Noton label boss
Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) has been invited by the Siobhan
Davies Dance studio
in London to curate their 2010 edition of Parallel Voices.
The event, subtitled "Missing Link" will feature talks, performances and installations, bringing together practitioners from the worlds of visual art, music, poetry, theatre, dance and science and will feature a new, large scale light installation by Nicolai.
Further information will be released closer to the event, which is set to take place 17, 18 & 19 March 2010 at London's Siobhan Davies Studio space.
Word reaches me that [Wooden] Wand has just
confirmed a fairly rare performance in London tomorrow. How's about
that for short notice, spur of the moment gig news?
(wooden) WAND (rare uk show)
RICK TOMLINSON (voice of the seven woods solo show)
at THE BETSEY TROTWOOD, FARRINGDON
DOORS 8PM, £5 ADM.