CTM 2016 announce Radio Lab winners: Deena Abdelwahed & Marija Bozinovska Jones

The two winning projects for Radio Lab’s open call for the CTM 2016 Festival in Berlin have been announced. The winners are Tunisian musician Deena Abdelwahed and Macedonia born artist Marija Bozinovska Jones. The Radio Lab’s call “sought unusual ideas for pairing the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation, that also explore the CTM 2016 Festival theme: New Geographies”. The callout brought in a total of 145 submissions from 34 countries. The two winning proposals both look at “collective and decentralised futures”, working with ideas of utopia and dystopia in an increasingly networked society. Called All Hail Mother Internet, electronic artist Deena Abdelwahed’s proposal ponders how life might have been different had she not had access to the internet as a teenager. Marija Bozinovska Jones aka MBJ Wetware proposes a collaboration with Lithuanian producer JG Biberkopf (whose recent Ecologies EP was released in June by Kuedo’s Knives label). The judging panel consisted of Marcus Gammel, Elisabeth Zimmerman, Jan Rohlf, Antye Greie-Ripatti and The Wire contributor Richard Thomas. You can read the full announcement on the CTM website.

Hatsune Miku event in London

Hatsune Kaidan

This October London's Rich Mix cinema will host a day dedicated to the virtual vocalist Hatsune Miku. The singing synthesizer – which was launched in 2007 by Crypton Future Media – has been used by the noise group Hijokaidan, whose offshoot Hatsune Kaidan features Hatsune Miku materialised in human form singing alongside Japanese noise veterans Jojo Hiroshige and T Mikawa. The vocaloid was also subject/star of an opera called The End, composed by Keiichiro Shibuya. It is estimated that the programme has been used in over 500,000 songs across the globe.

The day includes a lecture by the Hatsune Miku creator, Hiroyuki Itoh, and a Hatsune Miku performance. There will also be a Hatsune Miku workshop, although note that the description of this seems to imply a four hour session of origami and colouring in. The programme takes place at Rich Mix, London, on 24 October, and you need to book your place for both the concert and the lecture.

Audioscope Festival 15 year anniversary

Next month will mark the 15th anniversary of Oxford’s Audioscope festival. Founded in 2001, the festival was set up to raise money for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. So far it has donated £29,000, with this year’s event aiming to round that total up to £30,000.

Plaid, Gazelle Twin and Part Chimp are among those playing at the one day event this November. Talking about Audioscope, Gazelle Twin says, “Shelter's work is especially vital today – with the cut throat economics of the current government and with homelessness on the rise in every corner of the UK. No one should have to face sleeping rough in this country [...] I genuinely hope this gig raises awareness further and a lot of cash for this amazing charity as we approach winter.”

Other artists in the line-up include Arbouretum, Guapo, Marconi Union, Kogumaza, Taman Shud, Demian Castellanos (The Oscillation) and Kone. The festival will take place on 21 November at The Bullingdon in Oxford.

Boris and Merzbow collaborate on new album


Japanese avant rock outfit Boris have collaborated with Masami Akita aka Merzbow on a new collaborative album called Gensho (Japanese for phenomenon). Gensho features over 150 minutes of new music spread across two discs. The Boris tracks are re-recordings of their own favourites, while Merzbow’s are new compositions. Boris’s and Merzbow’s contributions are of equal duration, so the two discs can be played at the same time at varying volumes.

Gensho is slated for February 2016 release by Relapse Records. Boris and Merzbow have also announced a one-off show in support of the album at Shindaita Fever, Tokyo, on 27 November.

David Sylvian announces new book

Photo by Donald Milne

David Sylvian has announced the publication of a new book, Hypergraphia: The Writings Of David Sylvian 1980–2014, which brings together lyrics and poetry spanning his 35 year career, along with interviews and artwork either created or chosen by Sylvian, who is also the art director of the book. Published by his imprint Samadhisound in a limited edition of 3000, the full-colour hardback will also be available in a signed edition. Sylvian has also just released a new CD, Playing The Schoolhouse, on Mark Wastell’s Confront label. Recorded in Norway, it consists of an EP-length composition by Sylvian and Jan Bang, with contributions from Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura. More information on the book and EP can be found on Sylvian's website.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise documentary reissued

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is to be reissued on DVD and Blu-ray via MVD Entertainment. Robert Mugge’s 1980 documentary on Sun Ra and his Arkestra was the result of two years spent shooting the ensemble and their leader. He filmed live performances at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom, Danny’s Hollywood Palace in Philadelphia, and on the roof of Philadelphia’s International House. Sun Ra’s poetry and mythological pronouncements were filmed in the Egyptian Room of the University of Pennsylvania’s anthropology museum, in a sculpture garden in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, in front of the White House in Washington, DC, and in and around the house he shared with band members in Germantown, Philadelphia. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film, songs performed include “Astro Black”, “Mister Mystery”, “We Travel The Spaceways”, “Along Came Ra/The Living Myth”, “Spaceship Earth (Destination Unknown)”, among others. Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise will be released on 11 December by MVD Entertainment.

Otomo Yoshihide made guest director for SIAF 2017

The Creative City Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee has appointed Otomo Yoshihide as guest director for SIAF 2017. Talking of the appointment, Otomo said, “Maybe everyone was a little surprised by the news, but no one was more surprised than me. But I’ve decided to take this on faith, as I believe this is a strong message from Sapporo that I should help to realise the art festival to become something that exceeds the imagination.” The Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) is a triennial international art festival held in the capital city of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island. SIAF 2017 will take place in the summer of 2017.

Otomo’s full statement can be read online at the Sapporo International Festival website.

SUNN O))) announce new album Kannon

SUNN O))) have announced details of their new album Kannon, to be released by Southern Lord on 4 December. Kannon follows the group’s collaborations with Scott Walker on Soused and Ulver on Terrestrials (both 2014), but it’s their first standalone studio release since 2009’s Monoliths & Dimensions. The album was recorded and mixed with Randall Dunn in Seattle and includes contributions from Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter and Steve Moore, among others. Critical theorist Aliza Shvartz contributes sleevenotes while Swiss designer/artist Angela LaFont Bollinger created the cover artwork and French photographer Estelle Hanania shot the core trio – Csihar, Anderson and O’Malley – for the package.

Kannon will be available in gatefold LP, CD and digital formats. A limited number of clear vinyl LPs will be released for Black Friday Record Store Day on 27 November. More information can be found at SUNN O)))’s website.

Peggy Jones aka Lady Bo has died aged 75

Lady Bo. Photo by John Sievert

Bo Diddley’s rhythm guitarist Peggy Jones (aka Lady Bo) has died aged 75. Jones was born in Harlem, New York, and grew up on Sugar Hill. By the time she was ten, she was studying opera and playing the ukulele. Jones attended the High School for the Performing Arts as a teenager, specialising in tap, ballet, drama, music theory and several instruments. Two years after buying her first guitar at the age of 15, she joined local group The Bop-Chords. As a member of that group she met Bo Diddley, which led to her becoming the first female guitarist to be hired by a major rock artist. She formed her own side-group The Jewels, later known as Lady Bo And The Family Jewel, while still in Diddley’s band. Her group, which stayed active into the 1990s, recorded the northern soul classic “We Got Togetherness” for MGM Records in 1966. Lady Bo also worked as a session performer on hits including Les Cooper’s “Wiggle Wibble” (featuring her guitar work) and Eric Burdon And The Animals’ “San Francisco Nights” (to which she contributed percussion). Later, Jones performed as Lady Bo And The DC Horns.

Her husband Wally Malone announced his wife’s passing via Facebook, saying, “Today is one of the saddest days of my life. My wife and partner of 47 years has been called up to that great rock & roll band in the heavens to be reunited with Bo Diddley, Jerome Green and Clifton James. The last hour and a quarter I spent by her side and the last thing I said to her was the quote above regarding Diddley and band. The other thing I added at the end of it is that band doesn’t have a bass player and for them to please hold that seat until it is my time to join them. The incredible part of this is immediately after saying this to her there was a quick sound that came from her and right then her heart stopped beating. Many of you know about the Bo Diddley connection but in case not my wife’s professional stage name is Lady Bo.”

Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces form supergroup

Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison. Photo by Jake Walters

Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces have formed a new collaborative project named WOKE. Their debut single “The Lavishments Of Light Looking” features Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton and it’s available to download for free from the Adult Swim website as part of the animation channel’s 2015 singles series. The project has its origins in an unproduced FlyLo film script called The Lavishments Of Light Looking. You can download the the single, and all the rest in the series, here.