London's Resonance FM fundraising drive

London community arts radio station, Resonance 104.4 FM is launching its annual fundraising drive starting 9 February. Lasting through the week, their campaign will include live events, an online auction, as well as (naturally) special broadcasts.

The station, which is now entering its 13th year of service to Londoners (and online listeners around the world) with an ear for eclectic and more challenging on air fare, is looking to raise £50,000 to replace equipment, extend its broadcast footprint, and renew its OFCOM licence this year.

Resonance FM's CEO Ed Baxter explains: “Radio here [in the UK] is free to its listeners and Resonance doesn't sell anything except for its t-shirts – this year we have a special fundraising design by Peter Blake. We would really like to keep our schedule advert-free and this campaign is partly about that. But we also urgently need funds to replace equipment and to expand our facilities.”

There's further information on how to help here

Also check out The Wire's On Air archive to listen to previous instalments of Adventures In Sound And Music, The Wire's long running weekly programme (previously known as Adventures In Modern Music) on Resonance FM.

Yoko Ono to release two 10” LPs with Antony and John Zorn for her 82nd birthday

Yoko Ono is turning 82 this year, and to celebrate she is releasing two 10" record collaborations with New York scene stalwarts Antony and John Zorn. The Antony release features The Johnsons vocalist duetting with Ono on her "I Love You Earth” and "I'm Going Away Smiling”, with Thomas Bartlett on piano. The other 10", Blink, was recorded with Zorn during the 25th anniversary broadcast of David Garland's Spinning On Air programme on New York's WNYC radio station in 2012. Both records are released on 18 February by Chimera Music.

The money raised from sales of the records will go to the Rain Forest Trust and John Zorn's non-profit New York performance space, The Stone.

More information here

Negativland's Ian Allen dies

Former Negativland member Ian Allen has died from complications during heart valve replacement surgery at the age of 56. Allen was a part of the outfit from 1981 for around six years, when health problems forced him to slow down activities, although he remained a close friend and collaborator of the group, helping to articulate their idea of "culture jamming”.

Allen contributed to points (1981) and A Big 10-8 Place (1983), the group's first concept LP. A full statement from the collective has been posted on Facebook.

Joke Lanz 50th birthday party in Berlin

Photo: Martin Baumgartner

Joke Lanz is celebrating his 50th birthday with a party at Berlin’s Roter Salon on 5 April, including a programme of live performances and DJ sets. On the bill are Lanz with his group Sudden Infant (playing as a three piece), Shelley Hirsch, Roger Rotor, Petra Flurr, Parabelles, Warc Meiser playing Loke Janz, plus DJ sets from Andrew Fearn of Sleaford Mods, Bill Kouligas, Rashad Becker and Harbinger Sound label head Steve Underwood.

Sudden Infant also continue their tour with Sleaford Mods, with the next batch of dates in June. More details on Joke’s planned festivities here, and a full listing for the ongoing Sleaford Mods tour here.

SHAPE launches at Berlin’s CTM 2015

Member festivals of the the International Cities Of Advanced Sound (ICAS) network are launching a new, three year project at Berlin’s CTM 2015 festival. Sound Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe (SHAPE) brings together 16 European organisations to present an ongoing showcase of performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops at each festival, and to give support to aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.

The member organisations are: Paris’s Arcadi, Berlin’s CTM, Dresden’s Cynetart, Rennes’s Festival Maintenant, Tromsø’s Insomnia, Toulouse’s Les Siestes Électroniques, Prague’s Meet Factory, Ljubljana’s Museum For Transitory Art, Graz’s Musikprotokoll, Marseilles’s RIAM, Bucharest’s Rokolectiv, Brussels’s Schiev, Riga’s Skaņu Mežs, The Hague’s TodaysArt, Budapest’s UH Festival and Kraków’s Unsound.

SHAPE officially launches during CTM 2015 with a “meet and greet” at 4pm on 29 January in the Projektraum of Kunstquartier Bethanien. The event includes presentations by several SHAPE members, and two of their participating artists, Berlin producer Yair Elazar Glotman aka Ketev and Romanian DJ/producer Borusiade. The free event is open to the public.

Eight SHAPE artists perform or exhibit their work at CTM, including Marco Donnarumma, Matthijs Munnik, Zamilska, Paul Régimbeau aka Mondkopf, Gábor Lázár, Lorenzo Senni, RSS Boys and Ketev.

In total, SHAPE will present 48 artists through 2015, and the next member festivals will be Rokolectiv in Bucharest and Cynetart in Dresden. More details on the SHAPE website and on the CTM site.

Roy Harper's trial begins

Roy Harper’s trial has begun at Worcester Crown Court. Harper, now aged 73, has been charged with four counts of indecent assault, four of indecency with a child, and two of having sexual intercourse with an underage girl. He denies all charges.

Harper was originally interviewed by police in 2013, and later that year was issued with a summons to appear in court. Reports suggest the trial will last around a fortnight. Full story on the BBC here.

Prix Ars Electronica 2015 submissions open

Prix Ars electronica has begun accepting entries for its 2015 award. This year it's the turn of digital music and sound art in the Austrian organisation's rotating sequence of biennial categories, and the theme for the under 19 category is Create Your World. As well as the Golden Nica trophy, winners will receive prize money of up to €10,000 per category, and an opportunity to play at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. Deadline for submissions is 6 March.

Past winners of the digital music and sound art category include Jo Thomas, Jana Winderen, Ryoichi Kurokawa and others. More details on how to enter here.

The Fall's Brix Start-Smith's memoir to be published by Faber

Faber will be publishing the memoirs of ex-Fall member Brix Start-Smith next year. The book, titled The Rise, The Fall & The Rise, is due to be published in early 2016. It will trace Start-Smith’s time in The Fall and with Mark E Smith from the early 80s and also her subsequent relationship with violinist Nigel Kennedy, along with her day spent in Hole, through to her marriage to Philip Start, with whom she runs a string of fashion boutiques, and more.

More details on the book here.

Oliveros, Monk, Radigue at new festival on Deep Minimalism

An early announcement just in for a new festival at London’s Southbank Centre taking place next year, with a focus on the work of female composers. In June 2016, the festival, titled Deep Minimalism will include performances of works by Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Éliane Radigue, Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya. The Southbank is currently hosting both Oliver Coates and Mica Levi (The Wire 372) as artists in residence, with Coates programming the festival and a performance by Levi taking place.

More details on the Deep Minimalism festival will be announced via the Southbank site in the coming months.

Major pan-Asian experimental music project launched

DJ Sniff

Ensembles Asia is an ambitious new initiative launched by Tokyo’s Otomo Yoshihide and Hong Kong’s Takuro Mizuta Lippit aka DJ Sniff. According to Sniff, “This is a large scale project with which we aim to connect independent music communities throughout Asia during the next seven years.”

The project has three components: the Asian Music Network, which will link experimental and underground musicians across the Pacific Rim region; Asian Sounds Research, which will film and record the region’s experimental music and whose project director is Otomo’s regular collaborator Sachiko M; and The Ensembles Asia Orchestra.

The project’s first public outing is the Asian Meeting Festival which takes place in Tokyo on 6 and 7 February and will feature performances by The Ensembles Asia Orchestra, which is made up of underground and experimental musicians from Hong Kong, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo and Osaka. This will be followed on 8 February by a concert by the same musicians in Kyoto, and on 11 February by a symposium on the subject of experimental music in Asia as well as a concert by Otomo, Sniff, Sachiko M and others at Tokyo’s NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), which is currently hosting the exhibition Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music And Art (reviewed in The Wire 372).

The Asian Meeting Festival will also host a screening of Adythia Utama’s documentary Bising: Noise And Experimental Music In Indonesia and will be preceded on 5 February by a debriefing session hosted by Tokyo’s Japan Foundation that will present the results of the Ensembles Asia project’s 2014 research trips to the Philippines and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, DJ Sniff has just posted a mixtape online featuring most of the festival’s participating musicians.

More information here