Taking place in a 15000 sq ft industrial storage unit, The RESTRoom event will offer short bursts of what its organisers describe as “sonic extremity” from Container, FCKN BSTRDS and Spectres.
Performances will run for one hour only, with FCKN BSTRDS presenting a piece made especially for the night. Various rules include: no guestlist, no bar, no BYOB, no restroom, no live sound after 10pm. The RESTRoom runs from 10–12 September at 4W24, Bristol. Tickets can be found here.
Following a 12 month hiatus, Wire contributor Joseph Stannard brings The Outer Church back with a special edition in association with the Blue Tapes label. Taking place on 5 August at the East London venue Power Lunches, the night will feature Blue Tapes artists Father Murphy, Benjamin Finger, Map 71, Leedian plus XXJFG DJs.
Blue Tapes will also be appearing at Supernormal festival, with Japanese artist Cherry aka Teruyuki Kurihara performing his new project Check!!!, and Hitoshi Asaumi aka Leedian playing alongside other Blue Tape regulars at the outdoor festival in Brazier Park, Oxfordshire, happening between 7–9 August. To mark this pilgrimage to the UK undertaken by its international roster, Blue Tapes will reissue previous releases by Cherry and Leedian as a limited edition split cassette, available at Supernormal and via the Blue Tapes shop.
New Geographies will be the theme of CTM 2016. It will aim to explore the relationship between local and global practices, regional identities, virtual spaces and the role these extended geographies play in contemporary music.
Now in its 17th year, CTM 2016 will be co-curated by the Lebanese born musician and founder of Morphine Records, Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis. The first wave of musicians and artists will be announced this October.
In the meantime CTM 2016 has put out two calls for works: Radio Lab is requesting submissions for pieces that explore hybrid radio formats; and the European Network For Contemporary Audiovisual Creation is looking for applicants for audiovisual residencies.
CTM 2016 will run from 29 January—7 February next year. More information can be found here.
Guitarist John Russell has announced the line-up for this year’s Fete Quaqua festival. The three day festival is part of Mopomoso, a UK based free improvisation series founded by Russell more than 23 years ago. Over its duration, 14 musicians will appear in different combinations at each concert. They include Chris Burns, Max Eastley, Satoko Fukuda, Audrey Lauro, Hannah Marshall, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Mia Zabelka, and more.
Fete Quaqua 2015 will take place between 16–18 August at Vortex Jazz, London. More information can be found here.
A solo exhibition of works by Japanese composer and artist Takehisa Kosugi is happening at Ikon gallery in Birmingham, UK. Called Spacings, it features three sound installations, one of them made especially for Ikon. A composer, improvisor and violinist, Kosugi has been a key figure in the Japanese avant garde scene since the late 1950s. He formed Japan’s first improv collective Ongaku in 1958, and in the early 1970s he led Taj Mahal Travelers. He has since collaborated with Fluxus, John Cage and Sonic Youth, among others, as well as acting as composer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
The Spacings works include Mano-dharma, Electronic (1967), in which Kosugi draws sounds from inaudible waves, and Interspersion For Light And Sound (2000), which investigates accidental encounters and invisible sound sources.
Spacings is at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, until 27 September. More information can be found here.
Krautrock pioneer and hero of many, Dieter Moebius has died age 71. As a founding member of Cluster and Harmonia, he was a pioneer of electronic music, paving the way for ambient music, and was a central krautrock figure, who was key to the genre’s development and influence.
The Swiss born musician met Hans-Joachim Roedelius at Berlin’ Zodiak Free Arts Lab, where they formed Kluster, along with Conrad Schnitzler. Schnitzler left soon after, and Roedelius and Moebius switched their name to Cluster.
In 1973 Michael Rother quit Neu! and joined Moebius and Roedelius in rural Germany, forming Harmonia, with the aim of creating an accessible, pop friendly form of experimental music, described by Biba Kopf in this magazine in 1999 as “representing a curious reconciliation of a need for stillness and contemplation with motorik’s incurable itch.”
Cluster and Moebius collaborated with many, frequently with Conny Plank both as Cluster and as a solo musician, and also with Eno (on Cluster & Eno, and After The Heat, with Moebius also appearing on Eno’s Before And After Science).
Cluster disbanded in the early 1980s, with both members pursuing solo careers, but the duo reformed in the 1990s and touring widely.
The death of Kyoko, guitarist of the Japanese group OOIOO has been announced by their founder Yoshimi on Instagram. “Kyoko was 183cm tall,” she wrote. “She was on her own pace, optimistic and natural blur. I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us anymore. I love to see her again.”
OOIOO formed “on a whim” in 1995. Their first live shows were supporting Sonic Youth on a 1997 tour of Japan, during which Yoshimi and Kyoko navigated their way around the fretboard with sticker aids. Kyoko left the group after falling ill but remained close, occasionally helping on OOIOO’s merch stands. Kyoko was also a member of 80s goth rock group Kokushoku Elegy. She died on 19 July.
Steve Reich has released a Clapping Music app. It’s based on his 1972 composition Clapping Music, which involves two performers clapping a constantly shifting rhythmic pattern. The app teaches the user to play the piece by tapping along to the composition on screen.
Only available to iOS users, the app also includes educational videos looking at the compositional technique in Clapping Music and Electric Counterpoint. Those users who get really good at it can enter a competition to perform live with London Sinfonietta’s percussionists. More information here.
Strange Attractor Press have announced that a new edition of David Keenan's book England's Hidden Reverse will be published this November. Written over a period of six years by The Wire contributor and co-founder of the mail order and record shop Volcanic Tongue, the book explores the history of the UK's esoteric underground through the works and influences of Coil, Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and more.
First published in 2003, England's Hidden Reverse has been out of print for more than ten years. This new and expanded edition has been completely redesigned, with the addition of some new (and previously unseen) photographs and two new chapters, bringing the book up to speed with 2015. More information can be found on Strange Attractor's website.
A new film about Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo is set to be released this December. Directed by Arnaud Maguet and produced by the French group Hifiklub, In Doubt, Shadow Him! was shot in New York and sees contributions from an assortment of musicians and artists including Dan Graham, Phill Niblock, John Giorno, Don Fleming, Ikue Mori, Nels Cline, Alan Licht and more. The film features an original soundtrack recorded by Ranaldo and Hifiklub at the Sonic Youth studio. For Hifiklub and Maguet, In Doubt, Shadow Him! is a follow-up to their 2012 docufilm collaboration with R Stevie Moore, I Am A Genius (And There's Nothing I Can Do About It).