Arthur Russell posters and ephemera on sale at ICA art book fair

New York book dealer Arthur Fournier has brought over various items of Arthur Russell ephemera and archival material to the ICA’s Room&Book book fair.

Included in the catalogue are flyers, postcards and posters, among other items. Fournier’s catalogue can be viewed as a PDF here (Russell artefacts are found on page 22 onwards), and a full list of attendees, which also includes North London based publishing house Test Centre, is online here.

Room&Book takes place 22–24 May at ICA London.

Walter Marchetti dies of a heart attack

Composer Walter Marchetti died of a heart attack last week. Marchetti called his work “the arsehole of Western music”, and rejected traditional Western composition, calling it “an acoustic desert”. Inspired by David Tudor and John Cage he formed the Fluxus-like collective ZAJ in Madrid in 1964, with Juan Hildago and Jose Luis Castillejo. The group officially ceased activity in the 90s, although they had wound down long before. Marchetti composed, performed and built installations, including a grand piano made from 3000 toilet rolls (Chamber Music No 211), and another encased in bricks (Chamber Music No 18) and used field recordings such as toilets flushing and pigs squealing in his compositions.

A funeral was held in Milan last weekend.

David Toop’s 1978 Yanomami recordings compiled by Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa are compiling David Toop’s 1978 recordings of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies and rainforest sounds into an album entitled Lost Shadows: In Defence Of The Soul – Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978. Both the double CD and LP include a 40 page booklet with text and pictures that chronicle Toop’s journey through the Amazon jungle to meet and record the last Yanomami shamans.

The double CD edition of Lost Shadows is out now, with the vinyl following in June. More info incoming via Sub Rosa.

The Battle For Texas's Psychedelic Music

Zero Books will publish writer, poet and music journalist Ben Graham's history of Texan psychedelia A Gathering Of Promises: The Battle For Texas's Psychedelic Music, From The 13th Floor Elevators To The Black Angels And Beyond on 26 June. The book's primary focus is the family of groups that emerged from Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi in the 1960s, including The 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Crayola and The Moving Sidewalks (whose line-up included future ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons).

More information here.

Room40's Open Frame festival to include Jim O’Rourke, Grouper and more

Grouper. Photo: Shawn Records

Lawrence English’s Room40 label is celebrating its 15th birthday with a festival at Sydney’s Carriageworks on 30–31 July.

Called Open Frame, the Sydney festival will feature performances by Jim O’Rourke, film maker Makino Takashi, The Necks’ Chris Abrahams with Louise Curham, Grouper and Paul Clipson’s audiovisual piece Hypnosis Display, William Basinski and more. Previous Open Frame festivals have been held in London and Brisbane.

Tickets and details available here

Encoding music into DNA Kickstarter launched

Music Of The Spheres

A Kickstarter has been launched to fund the next stage of the Music Of The Spheres project. Inspired by the possibilities of new bioinformatics technology, the project – a collaboration between scientist Dr Nick Goldman and performance artist Charlotte Jarvis – has encoded an MP3 version of a new composition from the Kreutzer Quartet onto DNA molecules. These molecules have since been suspended in a soap solution that will be used to make bubbles. Already half complete, Music Of The Spheres plans to put money raised into showcasing the new work through a series of live performances and installations created by Jarvis.

Hackney Wicked called off due to soaring production costs

Arts festival Hackney Wicked has been cancelled because of “ever-increasing production costs" which it described as necessary to manage the event, in line with requests from various authorities and so that they are able to host a "safe, professional event". A statement went on to say: "Thousands of pounds have previously been spent on waste disposal, security, street cleaning and the general infrastructure required to manage the 30,000 plus crowds that attend the festival each year.”

The festival will take 2015 off to re-evaluate its activities. It plans to return with a series of smaller scale events showcasing local artists’ work.

[HT: East End Review]

First acts announced for Incubate 2015

Incubate has announced that artists including Cabaret Voltaire, Factory Floor, Sun Araw and Mercury Rev will play at its 11th edition this September. The Tilburg based festival, which this year takes place between 14–20 September, typically programmes a huge lineup over seven days, so this initial announcement of 29 acts will be followed by more names over the next few months.

London label Perc Trax will be celebrating ten years of releases with a special event on 19 September including sets from Perc & Truss and Forward Strategy Group.

Early bird passes are now available online via

Stefan Goldmann publishing book on presets

Stefan Goldmann

Stefan Goldmann has written a book on the history and use of musical presets. Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound sees the DJ and composer interviewing musicians, developers, producers and artists including Robert Henke, Cory Arcangel, Mike Daliot of Native Instruments and Junichi Ikeuchi and Tomoko Itoh, developers of the Korg M1 (whose ‘unrealistic’ piano sound became a staple of house music). In the book’s introduction Goldmann celebrates the potential of preset sounds, remarking that “culture hardly ever plays technology by the operation manual for long.”

Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound is published by The Bookworm, the occasional publishing operation of cassette label The Tapeworm. It is published on 18 May and can be ordered here.

Test Dept book launch and screening in London

Paul Jamrozy and Toby Burdon of Test Dept perform at Ealing Studios, 1985
Photo: Brett Turnbull

Newly founded publishing house PC Press celebrates the launch of its book about the UK industrial group Test Dept with a film and Q&A event in South London.

The book, titled Total State Machine, features archival photos, artworks, tour diaries and interviews, alongside contributions from colleagues and writers, such as Jonathan Moore, Robin Rimbaud, Stephen Mallinder and more.

The Total State Machine book launch will accompany a screening of the Test Dept film DS30. Commissioned by AV Festival in 2014, DS30 was originally performed at Dunston Staiths, on the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike. It features footage of the struggling mining communities along the River Tyne, as well as sound recordings from Test Dept's own archive.

The event will also include a Q&A session with Test Dept founding members Graham Cunnington, Angus Farquhar and Paul Jamrozy, plus DJ sets by Shelley Parker and Scanner.

Test Dept's book launch and DS30 screening will take place on 23 April, at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton. You can find more about the book here and details about the launch here.