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NTS goes live in Los Angeles with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Silent Servant and Henry Rollins among its hosts

London's internet radio station to stream live from its Los Angeles studio every Thursday and Friday

East London's internet radio station NTS has set up a base in Los Angeles, where it will share a space with Warp Records US and Mount Analog record shop. Crowning NTS’s fifth anniversary year, its new US West Coast broadcasting outlet will stream via its channel. “NTS now has permanent studios in London, Manchester and Los Angeles. We also run regular live broadcasts from Shanghai, New York, Berlin, Glasgow, and over 20 other cities worldwide,” says Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura, one of the station's senior staffers and host of its popular TTB show. “The LA studio has been a work in progress for about 12 months. Loads of incredible artists from the US have reached out to us over the last five years wanting to do shows on NTS. Rather than waiting for them to come to London, we decided to pack some sunscreen and go to them. We're very excited about all of the shows, and all the events we're planning stateside...”

NTS’s Los Angeles hosts include Alessandro Cortini, Ashtrejinkins, Astral Plane, Dina J, Peaking Lights, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Negativland, Silent Servant, Henry Rollins, Harriet Brown, Imran Ahmed, P Morris and many more. London will continue to broadcast 24/7 on, with the LA branch going out live every Thursday and Friday on The rest of the week will continuue broadcasting from other cities around the world, as well as running a selection of curated repeats.

MUTEK 2017 send out call for proposals

It's that time again. Mutek call for artists from Quebec and Canada to submit their project proposals

MUTEK 2017 has officially launched their call for project proposals for the festival’s 18th edition, which takes place in Montreal from 23–27 August, 2017. Artists from Quebec and Canada are invited to submit their bids. “As our next edition falls during the 150th Anniversary of Canada, we are also placing special emphasis on artists from Toronto and Vancouver,” says the festival brief. “The kinds of work we're especially interested in are: live, predominantly electronic music performances; live audiovisual performances featuring innovative use of digital imagery and sound where the audio and visual are considered a singular entity; multimedia projects involving interactive urban installations and architectural mapping creations; interactive and audiovisual installations that could be imagined existing in social space or as encounters on sites and in venues occupied by the festival; any projects that push boundaries and challenge conventions in the digital creation sphere.” Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016.

The Irresistible rise Of Norwegian Dance Culture

A new documentary celebrating Norwegian dance culture will hit the screens in spring 2017

A new feature length documentary film celebrating Norwegian dance culture goes on general release in spring 2017. Called Northern Disco Lights: The Rise And Rise Of Norwegian Dance Music, it took three years to make, filming and interviewing artists including Bjørn Torske, DJ Strangefuit, Mental Overdrive, Lindstrøm, Annie, Idjut Boys, Prins Thomas, Smalltown Supersound’s Joakim Haugland, Matt Anniss, Magnus International and Blackbelt Andersen, among others. The film is co-directed by Ben Davis and Pete Jenkinson. Watch the trailor below:

The Jazz Cafe announce Milestones album series

The North London venue launches a concert programme dedicated to key albums in the history of jazz

London’s Jazz Cafe has announced a new live series called Milestones starting in January 2017. 12 albums will be performed (that's one each week) by a group of contemporary players drawn from a rotating line-up including Ashley Henry (of Ashley Henry Trio), Nubya Garcia (of Theon Cross Trio) and Nick Walters (of Ruby Rushton and Riot Jazz), plus special guests TBC. Albums scheduled to be performed include Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie’s Bird And Diz, Sonny Rollins's Saxophone Colossus, Ornette Coleman’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Miles Davis’s Kind Of Blue and Madlib’s Shades Of Blue.

The series will kick off with an Ahmad Jamal special on 9 January.

Eugeniusz Rudnik has died

The Polish engineer and electronic composer was 83 years old

Veteran Polish engineer and composer Eugeniusz Rudnik died on 24 October. He was 83 years old. Rudnik was closely affiliated to the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) in Warsaw. He became one of the first Polish musicians to experiment with electronics, producing scores of pieces in studios across Europe. His PRES work has been the subject of extensive rediscovery in recent years through compilations on Poland’s Bôłt Records, and albums such as last year's Homo Ludens with Krzysztof Penderecki and 2014's Maja SK Ratkje In Dialogue With Eugeniusz Rudnik. That year also saw the release of 15 Corners Of The World, Zuzanna Solakiewicz’s docu-film about the composer.

Brighton’s Public Information label returns with a Malcolm Pointon record

Electronic music researcher Ian Helliwell has compiled previously unreleased Malcolm Pointon works, with proceeds going to charity

Brighton vintage electronic music specialist label Public Information returns after a two year break with a long awaited collection of works by Malcolm Pointon. Called Electromuse, it was compiled by writer, researcher and Wire contributor Ian Helliwell from master tapes of Pointon’s home-recorded electronic material, previously unreleased, with the blessing of Pointon's widow Barbara.

The composer, circuit wizard and Practical Electronics contributor, who died in 2007, produced music programmes for the BBC’s Third Programme from the mid-1960s onwards. He was also the founder of an electronic studio at Homerton College in Cambridge. But at the age of 51 Pointon was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and became unable to work there.

Public Information will be donating all profits from the record to The Alzheimer’s Society, which supports people with dementia and their carers. In addition, the label has planned a series of fundraising events for the charity – the next being the Memory Dance on 23 November at London Rough Trade.

Ian Helliwell's essay on early DIY synthesists including Pointon was published in The Wire 362. Subscribers can read the article via Exact Editions.

Mark Fell intervention in Moscow

Sheffield's political raver has curated a site-specific intervention-cum-festival happening in February 2017

Mark Fell has put together a major new event to be held in a former power station in Moscow. Geometry Of Now is a site-specific intervention running from 20–27 February with a line-up including Ryoko Akama, Oren Ambarchi, RP Boo, Inga Copeland, Thomas Brinkmann, Equiknoxx, Errorsmith, Luke Fowler, Russell Haswell, Jlin, Okkyung Lee, Stephen O’Malley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Dmitry Mazurov, Stephen O’Malley, DJ Sprinkles, Laurie Spiegel, and more.

Taking place inside GES-2, a former power station that used to supply electricity to Moscow, the event will include a series of site-specific installations, a lecture and workshop programme, and more. Information can be found on their website.

Off The Page moves to Bergen

The Wire's literary festival is set to return this January with appearances from Maia Urstad, Rob Young, Tyler Hubby’s docu-film and more

The Wire’s literary festival Off The Page will happen Bergen next year. Taking place over two days, this latest edition will feature Wire Contributing Editor Rob Young on sleeve art; Maia Urstad giving a performance lecture titled Elegy To FM; a screening of Tyler Hubby’s docu-film Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present; a conversation between film producer Paul Williams and Peter Meanwell; and a Thora Dolven Balke performance lecture on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, with other talks and screenings still TBC. It takes place between 27–28 January 2017 with more information coming soon via Ny Musikk's website.

Hull 2017: a packed series of events for UK City Of Culture

Basil Kirchin, COUM Transmissions and Peter Cusack just some of the artists in the limelight for UK City Of Culture next year

A series of sound and music events have been lined up for Hull 2017: UK City Of Culture. They include Peter Cusack's Favourite Sounds Of Hull online archive; a major retrospective of Hull born composer Basil Kirchin (17–19 February); an exhibition of material from COUM Transmissions’ archive (3 February–27 March); and David Bowie’s former band The Spiders From Mars will be returning home with a line-up of Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti and Glenn Gregory to perform the first live rendition of Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in its entirety (25–26 March). More information can be found on the Hull City Of Culture website.

Fabric & Houndstooth to release 111 track appeal record

#savefabric digital compilation ratchets up protests against the London club's recent closure. Listen to an exclusive playlist of tracks from the release, featuring Untold, Fis, Abul Mogard, Akkord and Vatican Shadow & Telefon Tel Avivv

Fabric Records and its artist led Houndstooth label are about to release an 111 track #savefabric compilation, raising the volume of protests in the lead-up to the appeal against against the club’s recent closure by local authorities. The shutdown caused an outcry across the electronic music scene, with 150,000 supporters signing a petition campaigning for its reopening. Meanwhile £300,000 has been raised in donations to help with legal fees in the battle to get the venue up and running again.

“Fabric Records and our artist led label Houndstooth decided a release that embodies this spirit would be a further powerful way to demonstrate the collective power of our community,” declares the club. “We asked artists associated with both labels to donate a track to the cause. Needing to act fast we gave a deadline of just three weeks in total, from inception to final master. The brief was simple, we asked for a previously unreleased track, either brand new or an alternative version of an old classic.”

The mammoth compilation includes tracks by μ-Ziq, Abul Mogard, Appleblim, Broken English Club, Clams Casino, Clark, Dusk & Blackdown, Ikonika, Kangding Ray, Kuedo, Machinedrum, Om Unit, Pinch, Planetary Assault Systems, Radioactive Man, Shackleton, Skream, and many more.

“Due to touring and time constraints many more artists could and would have liked to have been involved, and we can’t give enough thanks to all the labels that have generously allowed their artists to contribute. Ahead of the court date which will determine the longterm future of fabric nightclub we’d like to present this compilation as a document of this moment in time but also as the perfect embodiment of everything fabric is and stands for.”

Houndstooth has compiled an exclusive playlist for The Wire. It features Untold, Fis, Abul Mogard, Akkord and Vatican Shadow & Telefon Tel Avivv

Fabric closed on 7 September after the London Borough of Islington Council revoked its licence following its suspension at the beginning of August due to two drug-related deaths at the venue. However The independent reported that council documents revealed the closure was actually part of its wider longterm plan. An appeal against the council’s decision will take place at Highbury Magistrates Court on 28 November. #savefabric will be released on 4 November.