This summer the Barbican is hosting artist Doug Aitken’s 30-day happening Station To Station. Over 100 artists will take over the Barbican’s outdoor and indoor spaces between 27 June–26 July. Included in the schedule is a Suicide concert hall show; an 88-cymbal player performance led by Boredoms; a five day residency from Terry Riley, plus residencies by Nozinja, LoneLady and Haroon Mirza with Factory Floor. Also participating are Marcus Coates, Martin Creed, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Olafur Eliasson, Savages, Mike Figgis and many others. More info here.
A triple CD set of Evan Parker’s three night residency at London’s Cafe Oto in May 2013 is being released by Eddie Prévost’s Matchless label. The compilation also comes with an 80 minute DVD. Parker played with Prévost and John Edwards across all three nights. They were joined by Alexander von Schlippenbach on the second night, and Christof Thewes on the third.
More details on the release, which is expected around the end of March, online here.
All Tomorrow’s Parties has announced its return to the holiday park festival format with a three dayer, curated by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, at Prestatyn Pontin's in North Wales, between 27–29 November. The line up includes The Notwist, Holly Herndon, Iceage, Sculpture and Max Richter, among others.
Last year the festival cancelled its London weekender Jabberwocky three days before the event. In 2012 the festival’s directors put the firm into liquidation. They have since emerged with a new company, Willwall Ltd.
More details on the festival at the ATP site.
Funded by Let’s Go Yorkshire, the Sound System Culture In Huddersfield project documented the lives and experiences of those involved in the sound system and dance hall scenes that came out of this small town in West Yorkshire. The heritage project culminated in a collection of oral histories, a photographic exhibition, a book, a documentary film and an interactive sound installation. A second exhibition, featuring the custom-built sound system Heritage Hifi (originally built for Huddersfield), will follow in Bristol. Two further exhibitions are planned documenting sound system cultures in Birmingham and London. Sound System Culture: Bristol runs between 8 June–17 July at Bristol’s Colston Hall, coinciding with the city’s longstanding St Paul’s Carnival on 4 July.
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay receives its film premiere at London’s BFI cinema on 8 May, followed by a further screening at London's ICA.
Documenting the emergence of industrial music in response to the political climate of the 1970s, it includes interviews with Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, and Test Dept’s Paul Jamrozy and Graham Cunningham, plus members of Hula, The Klink and In The Nursery, among others. The film goes on official theatrical release in May. Watch the trailer below. More details online here.
Jamie Stewart’s Xiu Xiu and Japanese noise stalwart Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) have recorded an album together as Merzxiu. The two 20-minute long tracks will be pressed to vinyl and released for Record Store Day next month (18 April).
Akita and Stewart have collaborated live before in 2010 at a show in New York's Le Poisson Rouge, but this recording was made remotely, passing files between Merzbow in Japan and Xiu Xiu in Los Angeles, with an intermediary translating emails. Stewart describes the pieces as "death drone/extinction meditations... very slow, sonically violent and loud". Listen below.
Gong founder and Soft Machine member Daevid Allen has died aged 77. Allen was given six months to live when his cancer returned after a period of remission.
Born in Melbourne in 1938, he moved to Europe in 1960 and spent time collaborating with William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Crossing the channel, he played in various incarnations of his Daevid Allen Trio, and ended up renting a room in Robert Wyatt’s parent’s house in Canterbury. In 1966, he formed Soft Machine with Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Miek Ratledge, but his time in the group was short lived after being denied re-entry to the UK for overstaying his original visa. He returned to Paris and settled there, and and in the late 60s travelled to Mallorca and began work on the first Gong album, Magick Brother, Mystick Sister. In the mid-70s the extended Gong family lived in rural France. He went on to record in other groups and Gong guises, returning to Australia in 1981.
Earlier this year guitarist Seth Josel performed Morton Feldman’s "The Possibility Of A New Work For Electric Guitar" at a concert at Pittsburgh's The Andy Warhol Museum. The concert was recorded and the new recital of the piece has been released digitally via iTunes.
The piece was written in 1966 for the musician and composer Christian Wolff. Feldman described it as an attempt to write a piece for electric guitar which could "overcome" the instrument, using trial and error to produce sounds which didn’t sound like an electric guitar. The piece was thought to be lost when the score was stolen along with Wolff’s guitar case a year later in 1967, but a recording of Wolff playing the piece was unearthed from the archives of the KPFA radio station in Berkeley in 2007. Read more on the rediscovery of the piece in an account published by Chris Villars here.
Seth Josel’s performance of Feldman’s “The Possibility Of A New Work For Electric Guitar” is available on iTunes for 79p.
[Hat tip: Frozen Reeds]
Following the cancellation of three shows last month, Juan Atkins has detailed the extent of his current health problems via a Facebook post. Atkins has been travelling with all the necessary equipment to perform dialysis since experiencing kidney failure. However, at the end of last month, he was forced to cancel a string of three shows after the dialysis treatment he had prepared failed.
A post stated that “During the flight from Detroit to Frankfurt Juan began to feel bad and his condition was so grave that he required emergency medical assistance immediately after the aircraft was landed in Frankfurt due to his life-threatening medical condition.” Atkins received treatment and decided to head for his Berlin show, but soon relapsed. He also travelled to Thessaloniki and Milan but was not well enough to perform. Since returning to Detroit, Atkins is reported to have recovered, but must adjust treatment before touring internationally.
Norway’s Borealis festival will live stream the premiere of Lucy Railton and Russell Haswell’s latest collaboration, titled Unknown, this Saturday at 10:30pm (9:30pm UK time). The stream will feature Railton and Haswell performing material made while they were on a residency in the northerly environs of the Barents Region.
The work was created in collaboration with Landmark at Bergen Kunsthall and Dark Ecology – a three year art and research project organised by Holland’s Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi focusing on the border zone between northern Norway and Russia.
Borealis takes place 11–15 March at various venues in Bergen, Norway