The illustrated scores of jazz trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith go on display in Chicago this month. Mounted by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the exhibition will feature 45 of Smith’s scores, including his first to use non-standard visual directions. Called The Bell, the latter received its debut performance on Anthony Braxton's 1968 recording Three Compositions Of New Jazz. The exhibition, Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores 1967–2015, reveals the systematic musical language developed by Smith over a period of 50 years. He coined the neologism Ankhrasmation by combining the terms Ankh, the Egyptian symbol for life, Ras, the Ethiopian word for leader, and Ma meaning mother. Other events related to the exhibition include a panel discussion with Smith, Anthony Davis, John Corbett, and Hamza Walker, and a concert with The Golden Quartet, featuring Smith, Davis, John Lindberg and Mike Reed, with live visuals by Jesse Gilbert (both on 24 October); and a Smith solo performance (25). Ankhrasmation runs in parallel to MCA Chicago’s ongoing exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments In Art And Music, 1965 To Now, which features one of Smith’s four-panel scores (until 22 November).
Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores 1967–2015 runs between 11–29 October. More information can be found here.
Wadada Leo Smith score - The Dream, a panel from Kosmic Music (2009)
After 17 years of transmitting over the London airwaves, this autumn will see the launch of a new 24/7 broadcast platform in Brighton. Called Resonance Extra, the station will be available to DAB listeners in Brighton and elsewhere via a stream at extra.resonance.fm. Resonance 104.4FM is staying put in its South London home but it will also be broadcasting on DAB digital radio. To celebrate, the community arts station will be hosting a series of events over three Fridays this month. Called DABoriginals, the events will feature Hidden Orchestra, Tokyo’s Group A, RKSS, HOLOVR, Kelly Lee Owens and sound sculptor John Lemke.
This year’s Le Guess Who? festival has announced the full line-up for its 2015 edition. Happening across 15 venues in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the programme consists of a series of specially curated line-ups from artists and labels, including Sunn O))) and Constellation Records. Just added to Sunn O)))’s line-up are the Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, Norwegian metal band Virus and death metal duo Bölzer. They’ll join previously announced acts including Annette Peacock, Magma, Goatsnake and Julia Holter. Other people playing this year’s Le Guess Who? include The Notwist, Islam Chipsy, Prefuse 73, Kamasi Washington, Destroyer, Faust, Huerco S, and more.
Le Guess Who? takes place between 19–22 November. Tickets are still available. More information can be found on the Le Guess Who? website.
Sleaford Mods’ Invisible Britain docu-film will screen for the first time this October in Nottingham and London. Directed by Nathan Hannawin and Paul Sng, the film was shot during the group’s UK tour earlier this year. The documentary combines performance footage of band members Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn, as well as conversations and interviews with Sleaford fans about resistance efforts and campaigns against government austerity measures. Invisible Britain was crowdfunded via Indiegogo. The project exceeded its target back in February, raising 165 percent of their desired funds.
The film will screen 3 October at London Picturehouse as part of the Doc ’N’ Roll Film Fesitival, followed by a live Q&A with the directors. The Nottingham screening, at Broadway Cinema on 10 October, will be followed by a Q&A with Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn. Find more information at the Sleaford Mods facebook page.
Wire contributor Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar's The Otolith Collective will present The Chimurenga Library at London’s The Showroom this autumn. Working with the Cape Town based collective Chimurenga, the first week of the exhibition will host a live broadcast from Chimurenga's online radio station, Pan African Space Station (PASS), with a programme of music, interviews and events. Shabaka Hutchings, Christine Eyene, Hansi Momodu-Gordon & Amanprit Sandhu and Audrey Brown will be among the musicians, journalists, writers, curators and film makers involved in the project. Material from this broadcast will be on display as part of a cartographic installation happening both on and offsite in the weeks following.
Chimurenga (a Shona word that loosely translates as ‘struggle for freedom’) was founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002 as a multidisciplinary project manifesting itself as a print magazine, publisher, broadcaster, workspace and platform for editorial and curatorial activities, as well as an online resource. The Chimurenga Library will take place at The Showroom, London, between 8 October–21 November, with a preview happening on 7 October. More information can be found here.
Simon Fisher Turner has started a guerrilla audio project. Transmitting his work through the Touch website, Fisher Turner will be uploading field recordings and other interesting audio every two weeks. To make way for the latest recording, the post will be archived without the audio every 14 days. Currently on its fourth entry, the project so far includes recordings of a beach in Teignmouth, Devon, a Chinese teacup circling a plate, and a collage of electrical sounds from various films. Previous instalments include Klara Lewis playing three iron poles, a laundrette in France, recordings made in Israel in 1995, and a song Fisher Turner recorded with Judge Dread and Ken Elliot when he left UK Records in 1973.
You can find the website here.
A new exhibition ostensibly about Berlin techno is set to open at Red Gallery in London. Called After The Fall: Berlin 1990–2000, it documents political and cultural changes through the rise of the music in formerly communist East Berlin during the decade after the Wall came down. The now united city’s story is told through the photographs of German artists Ben de Biel and Tilman Brembs, plus films, documentaries and a joint reading by Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen, authors of Der Klang Der Familie: Berlin, Techno And The Fall Of The Wall, an oral history condensed from more than 150 interviews about techno taking hold in the city.
The exhibition launches on 1 October with a screening of Rolf Lambert’s The Sound Of Change, followed by a Q&A with a panel consisting of Dimitri Hegemann, who curated West Berlin’s Atonal festivals in the early 1980s before he went on to found the legendary techno club Tresor, Keith Reilley (founder of Fabric), Danielle De Picciotto, Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen. The night will finish with a DJ set by Monika Dietl.
After The Fall will run from 1–18 October. More information can be found here.
Soul Jazz Records launches its electronic music subsidiary label with two new releases from The Wire 380 cover star Hieroglyphic Being aka Jamal Moss. The first album, The Acid Documents, is a reissue of the homemade CD-R Moss released in an edition of 100 copies exclusively available via the Sounds Of The Universe shop. This new version is a one-off edition of 1000 copies spread across coloured double vinyl, CD and digital formats. It’ll be followed in January 2016 by set from Moss working under his Africans With Mainframes pseudonym.
The Acid Documents will be released in digital and vinyl formats on 30 October and as a CD on 13 November by Soul Jazz Records’ Sounds Of The Universe.
Oneohtrix Point Never aka Daniel Lopatin has buried a series of midi sound files in the mysterious Kaoss Edge Official website for his fans to find and use in their own music. Now Lopatin is asking them to send their tracks back to him so they can be eventually shared in an archive. These files were originally hidden in the depths of his official website to preview his new album Garden Of Delete, which will be released on 13 November by Warp. People can download all the files here and email music made with them to email@example.com
Lopatin has also announced a Oneohtrix Point Never tour of North America, Europe and Japan by a line-up featuring Nate Boyce on guitars and Lopatin on vocals. More information can be found here.
Surprise! is the theme of this year’s Unsound festival in Krakow, kicking off in early October. True to its theme, festival goers will be kept in the dark about many of the acts scheduled to appear right up until they begin playing.
Part of the programme has been made public, however. The line-up so far announced includes Jlin, RP Boo, Optimo, Rob Mazurek, Nidia Minaj, Visionist, Andy Stott, Helena Hauff, Liturgy, Nozinja, Avril Unger, Rabit & Kuedo, Holly Herndon, Laraaji and Matana Roberts, alongside a hefty selection of talks and screenings. In addition Unsound 2015 is currently releasing information about other special projects scheduled throughout the week. These include the multi-sensory sound and scent project Ephemera. In development since 2014, it was presented at Unsound Toronto earlier this year by Tim Hecker, MFO and Geza Schoen. Unsound has also announced that Max Loderbauer will collaborate with Poland’s Jacek Sienkiewicz at a pre-opening event at a 19th century water supply building next to the Wisla River on 10 October; plus Tim Hecker and Rob Mazurek will participate in a special project based on the Hejnał Mariacki trumpet playing tradition in Krakow's main square. They’ll possibly be joined by an as yet unnamed third player – another festival surprise.
In Unsound’s panel discussions and talks programme, The Wire's Chris Bohn will be laughing with Laraaji and discussing his new yoga workshops; plus other talks tbc.
Unsound Krakow officially runs between 11–18 October. More information can be found on the Unsound website.