Art Yard Press is set to publish a new and revised edition of Omniverse Sun Ra by Hartmut Geerken and Chris Trent. Originally published in 1994, Omniverse has been described as a "definitive hitch-hiker’s guide to the Sun Ra galaxy”. It is a comprehensive reference book with a pictorial and annotated discography including alphabetical record title, composition and record label indexes, as well as articles by Amiri Baraka, Chris Cutler, Salah Ragab, Sigrid Hauff, and more. The book also features photography from Val Wilmer and Geerken, including pictures documenting encounters with Sun Ra and The Arkestra in Heliopolis, Cairo, in 1971. This new hardback edition has a fully updated discography by Chris Trent.
Art Yard is a record and publishing company that formed in 2004 to reissue rare Sun Ra records. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
The freeform noise unit Nihilist Spasm Band are set to reunite with Joe McPhee for a three day tour marking 50 years of performance. Formed in London, Ontario in 1965, NSB have played nearly every Monday night since at an arts venue in their hometown. They recorded with McPhee in 2000 on their No Borders double CD and performed with him the following year at NSB's fourth No Music festival. McPhee will rejoin the group, now comprised of John Boyle, John Clement, Bill Exley, Murray Favro, Aya Onishi and Art Pratten, for their anniversary tour taking in eBar, Guelph (CA) (16 September), The Garrison, Toronto (17) and Museum London, Ontario (18). More information can be found here.
Ten Speed Press are set to publish a new edition of Eilon Paz's coffee table book Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting. Previously self-published, the 428 page photography book documents Paz's six year journey across 40 cities and 12 countries to meet and photograph more than 130 vinyl record collectors including Questlove, Gilles Peterson, DJ King Britt, Kieran Hebden, Jonny Trunk, The Gaslamp Killer, and more. The book combines photographic essays, anecdotes, quotes and interviews. It also features a foreword by RZA.
Following on from the first edition back in 2013, the second edition of Perspectives festival will take place on 25 September in Berlin. Organised by the artist-run network female:pressure, the festival's objective is to provide a platform for female musicians, raising visibility and examining the challenges women face working in the electronic music scene. The event will start with a panel discussion led by Bianca Ludewig looking at various networks and how they can join together to promote equality. The evening will include performances and DJ sets from Aschka, Borusiade, Clara Moto, Donna Maya, Dorit Chrysler, Kaltès, Kate Miller, Magda El Bayoumi, Monya, Perera Elsewhere, Reka, and more. The festival will take place at ://about blank, Berlin. More information can be found here.
The north of England’s Recon Festival returns this October. The four day event is spread across seven venues in Bradford and Leeds, and confirmed artists include Mumdance, Hookworms performing with Richard Formby, Karen Gwyer, Container, The Space Lady, Helm, Mika Taanila, and more. Founded in 2013, this will be the third edition of the DIY festival which grew out of the 2009 Leeds Expo sound art festival and the subsequent Ways Of Hearing research project in 2011.
Talking about the festival, co-founder Andy Abbot says, "Recon aims to create a space for artists to work in new ways, with new people, in new spaces, and to reach new audiences. In that sense it's aligned with arts festivals and biennials, but we also like the party non-chin-stroking vibe of independent music festivals that grew out of the DIY punk all-dayers and free party scene of the 1990s and 2000s."
Recon Festival takes place between 15–18 October. More information can be found on their website.
London's Whitechapel gallery will run a series of events this autumn which aim to explore the intersection of visual art and experimental music. Starting from the premise that during the 1960s experimental music began to spread its wings beyond the more traditional spaces of concert halls, the series will look at the relationship that formed between music and the museum through a series of live performances, films and audio interventions. On Thursday and Saturday evenings the gallery will present works by avant garde composers and artists from the fluxus and minimalist generations, as well as contemporary compositions, with performances from Rhys Chatham, Mark Fell, Florian Hecker, Thurston Moore, Ryoji Ikeda, Cara Tolmie, and more. A free programme of films looking at the interaction between the moving image and music will feature works from Cory Arcangel, Sonia Boyce & Ain Bailey, Beatrice Gibson,Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Jayne Parker and Elizabeth Price.
Music For Museums runs from 17 September–19 November. More information can be found at the Whitechapel website.
Musician and artist Graham Dunning will take up an artist in residence position at Lime Wharf Machines Room in London this September. He will run an open studio making and exhibiting new automata and sculptural work based around his research into rhythm and drone. At a workshop session on 5 September visitors will be able to build their own soundmaking systems.
The residency will culminate in an evening curated by Dunning featuring performances from Shelley Parker, Tom Richards, Leslie Deere, Tom Mudd and Dunning himself. More information can be found here.
In other artist-in-residency news, musician and Resonance FM radio host Ilia Rogatchevski will be taking up a month long residency at St John On Bethnal Green this September. Inspired by Werner Herzog films such as Bells From The Deep, the project will look into the history of the church and the local area. More information on Bell Culture, artist’s talk and tour can be found here.
The Carroll/Fletcher gallery in London will host a solo exhibition of the Berlin based artist Christine Sun Kim. Originally from California, USA, Kim has been deaf since birth. Questioning what she calls “the ownership of sound”, her performative works combine aspects of graphic score, American Sign Language and body language, working with material and devices such as iPad, transducers, audio speakers and piano wires to explore the materiality of sound.
Following previous shows with artists such as Thomas Benno Mader, Wolfgang Müller and Alison O'Daniel, Christine Sun Kim’s debut solo exhibition will run from 27 November–23 January at Carroll/Fletcher gallery, London. More information can be found here.
Siglio Press will publish the first complete edition of John Cage's Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) in October. Covering the 16 year period between 1965–82, his collection of writings is spread over eight sections containing observations, anecdotes, assessments and stories featuring many friends and colleagues, including Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Marshall McLuhan, David Tudor and others. Cage used many of the texts in lectures, where the layout, word count and type faces were determined using chance operation. In keeping with this spirit, editors Joel Biel and Richard Kraft have applied the same method to create the layout for this edition, which features coloured text and a total of 18 fonts.
These Cage texts were initially published in Clark Coolidge's journal Joglars. Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) will be published on 30 October by Siglio Press.
This October, Manuel Göttsching will stage his solo electronic work E2–E4 at Inkfolk festival in Hebdon Bridge, UK. This will be the producer, guitarist and Ash Ra Tempel founder’s first ever performance of the piece in the UK, though he has played it before in Berlin, Madrid, New York and elsewhere. Recorded by Göttsching in his hometown West Berlin in 1981, the 58 minute piece is often cited as paving the way for minimal electronic music, trance rock and house.
The show will take place at the Hebden Bridge Picture House on 3 October, with support from Rough Fields, Moonboots (on Aficionado Recordings) and DJ CP. More information can be found at the Inkfolk website. You can read Keith Moliné talk to Göttsching about the making of this electronic masterpiece in The Wire 334.