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Fear Anger Love at CTM's 2017 edition

CTM will take place from 27 January–5 February at various venues in Berlin

Next year Berlin's CTM festival promises to focus on emotions as expressed through sound. Titled Fear Anger Love, the event will include special projects and commissions and performances, with "an outlook that continues to search the fringes of current music geographies [and] examine the unhinging and emancipatory potential of resonant (musical) emotion to recurrently question and challenge the status quo," as the organisers put it.

Artists on the first announcement include Actress, Behrou Pashaei & Tarik Barri, Siavash Amini, Gazelle Twin, Genesis P Orridge with Aaron Dilloway, NON Worldwide in collaboration with Ligia Lewis and featuring Chino Amobi and Nkisi, Moor Mother, Princess Nokia, Rima Najdi with Kathy Alberici and Ana Nieves Moya, Tanya Tagaq, Thomas Ankersmit and many more. Also at the festival will be a weeklong collaborative laboratory with MusicMakers Hacklab (who are currently calling for participants) doing an "emotional intervention", an installation titled Sol by Kurt Hentschlaeger and an exhibition on the history and current state of electronic music and sound art in Mexico titled Critical Constellations Of The Audio-Machine In Mexico. Also there will be the annual Research Networking Day conference (also calling for submissions). Premieres include Rima Najdi and Julian Bonequi, winners of the radiolab open call which was announced in September this year.

More information on what is happening can be found on CTM's website.

Japan's Asian Meeting Festival moves to Singapore for this year's edition

AMF have joined forces with Playfreely for a new festival Closer To The Edge

Singaporean group The Observatory’s experimental music festival Playfreely returns this year in collaboration with Japan’s Asian Meeting Festival (AMF) – an event put on as part of Otomo Yoshihide, Yuen Chee Wai and Takuro Mizuta Lippit's Asian Music Network and Ensemble Asia. With 15 musicians, this fourth edition of AMF will be held over two nights and feature a collection of duo and ensemble performances with the aim that it ”ignites fresh conversations from all quarters of music-making, particularly from Japan and South East Asia”. It will be the first time that AMF has put on a festival outside of Japan.

Playfreely, originally inspired by the New York experimental music venue The Stone, began life as a fortnightly free music initiative. This new collaborative project, titled Closer To The Edge, will take place at The Projector in Singapore. The line-up will feature Atsusi Arakawa
, Junji Hirose
, Jojo Hiroshige
, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Takashi Makino, An Murazato, Otomo Yoshihide, Senyawa, Dharma Shan, DJ Sniff
, Tara Transitory, Vivian Wang
, C Spencer Yeh and Yuen Chee Wai.

Closer To The Edge will happen between 8–9 December. Plus, running alonside the festival Otomo Yoshihide will host Black Axis sessions featuring performances by Yoshihide, Leslie Low and Yuen Chee Wai which will take place from 13–14 December.

Soul Jazz presents screening of In The Heat Of The Night

Proto-Blaxploitation classic will be accompanied by Soul Jazz DJs and talk

The archive experts at Soul Jazz will present a screening of the classic civil rights-era film In The Heat Of The Night in London on Friday 18 November. Directed by Norman Jewison, the movie stars Sidney Poitier in the role of an African-American policeman from Philadelphia who investigates a killing in a racist small town in the Deep South, and was an important precursor to the later era of Blaxploitation films.

The film, which was made just four years after the notorious bombing of an African-American church in Alabama and one year before the assassination of Martin Luther King, played an important role in raising awareness of racism, bigotry and violence at a crucial juncture of US history.

In The Heat Of The Night also boasts a classic Quincy Jones soundtrack, and the evening will feature Soul Jazz DJs spinning after the film, as well as an introduction by label head Stuart Baker.

The screening is part of Soul Jazz’s ongoing Black Action Films series at the Regent Street Cinema.

Only Connect festival in Oslo to happen in May 2017

Music confirmed for next year's edition includes work by Julius Eastman, Jennifer Walshe, Arditti Quartet and Paal Nilssen-Love’s Extra Large Unit

Norway's Only Connect Festival Of Sound has announced the dates of its 2017 edition. The three day event will take place from 18–20 May, and the highlights so far confirmed include a performance of Julius Eastman's composition Evil Nigger on three grand pianos played by Heloisa Amaral, Elisa Medinilla and Frederik Croen, and a new Jennifer Walshe piece composed for The Arditti Quartet. Titled Everything Is Important, Walshe's offering will focus on topics such as natural disasters, economic crises, the Bitcoin, drones and plastic. There’s also Øyvind Torvund’s sequel to Sweet Pieces, his Only Connect 2016 commission for The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.Called The Exotica Album, he composed it for the Bergen based BIT20 Ensemble. And Paal Nilssen-Love will make an appearance with his big band Lage Unit.

The festival takes place in Oslo from 18–20 May at various venues. More information will be coming soon via nymusikk's website.

Cello Unwrapped announces the UK premiere of Arthur Russell's Tower Of Meaning

The series will take place at King's Place in January

Arthur Russell’s composition Tower Of Meaning will receive its UK premiere in 2017. Russell affiliates Peter Zummo and Bill Ruyle, who performed on the piece’s original recording, will participate in the event, which is part of King’s Place’s Cello Unwrapped series. Also in attendance will be London based cello virtuoso Oliver Coates, the author of The Wire 394's The Inner Sleeve column, and The London Contemporary Orchestra. The concert, which takes place on 14 January 2017, continues the ongoing collaboration between Ruyle, Zummo and Coates, which was set up to explore Russell’s music.

Subscribers to The Wire can read Oliver Coates on Mike Nelson's 2004 installation Triple Bluff Canyon via Exact Editions.

Norton reissue The Iguanas and Coba Seas records

Iggy Pop's early band The Iguanas and James Williamson’s Coba Seas get the reissue treatment

Rock ’n’ roll archive specialists Norton Records are set to reissue early works by two punk and glam rock institutions. The first is an Iggy Pop related compilation of old recordings with his pre-Stooges band The Iguanas, its release coinciding with the arrival of Jim Jarmusch’s Stooges documentary Gimme Danger. The Iguanas’ 1965 tracks “Again & Again”, “Mona” and “I Don’t Know Why” are compiled on a 7" single and The Iguanas LP. The latter includes 1963–64 Iguanas demo tracks and it’s available in vinyl, CD and download formats. Other Norton reissues include a 7" single by later Stooges member James Williamson’s band Coba Seas from 1966, and A Hard Night’s Day, a New York Dolls compilation of 21 1973 studio demos of their early tracks originally released in 2000.

Adrian Shaughnessy celebrates punk sleeve art with a new book

Action Time Vision features “the ones with a disquieting look about them”, says Lucy Bourton at It's Nice That

Wire contributor Adrian Shaughnessy’s Unit Editions has just published Action Time Vision: Punk & Post-Punk 7" Record Sleeves, a design book celebrating record cover art selected from the collection of Unit Editions’ co-publisher Tony Brook and punk scholar Russ Bestley. It features designs from Wire, Bauhaus and Penetration sleeves as well as interviews with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller and Sniffin’ Glue fanzine editor Mark Perry, also of Alternative TV, whose 1978 single “Action Time Vision” lends this book its title. It comes as a limited edition of 2000 and will cost you £35. Order can be made via the publisher United Editions' website.

Death is not the end

East European art group AutopsiA bring it on home to the city of punk with their first London exhibition

The first ever London exhibition of the Eastern European art group AutopsiA is set to open at The Horse Hospital. Called AutopsiA Thanatopolis, it documents 35 years of the group’s work, which they’ve been transmitting through various media, from cassettes through posters and large scale installations to concerts staged in monumental settings.

Inspired by punk’s impact on London in the late 1970s, AutopsiA began operations in a small provincial town in the former Yugoslavia. As the group’s name implies, AutopsiA’s art “intensively examines death as a cultural force that is increasingly repressed”. With the outbreak of war in the former Yugoslavia, AutopsiA relocated to Prague, which has been their home base ever since.

Their first London exhibition is accompanied by the publication of the monograph AutopsiA Thanatopolis by Alexei Monroe, author of The Interrogation Machine about Laibach and Neue Slowenische Kunst, and co-editor of the Test Dept book Total State Machine. Monroe will be giving an introductory lecture at the book/exhibition’s launch at 7pm on 18 November. The exhibition itself runs until 26 November.

The Loft founder David Mancuso has died

Legendary New York disco party host and DJ has died aged 72

David Mancuso died on 14 November, announced Kid Recordings founder Craig Shifty on Facebook. “It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART I report that pioneering DJ and legendary founder of The Loft, David Mancuso, has sadly passed away. He was 72 years old,” reads his post. “David was more than just a seminal, influential and elusive figure in the development of DJing and NYC underground club culture, he was FAMILY – a friend and mentor – to both me and Jon [Craig's husband].”

David Mancuso was born on 20 October 1944. He was responsible for starting New York City's legendary invitation-only Loft parties. The first, Love Saves The Day, happened on 14 February 1970 at Mancuso’s own home at 647 Broadway. Though this non-commercial setting meant that no food or drinks could be sold, Mancuso effectively established a haven for marginalised groups, such as the gay community, by creating a safe, hassle-free space to party. “Don’t forget, you had the civil rights movement going on, you had gay liberation going on. You had all these movements going on,” Mancuso said to Alex Markman in an interview at Red Bull earlier this year. “All this music that was coming from all different directions, it was all over the place. As long as you had a neutral place where people could come and just enjoy themselves, there was such incredibly good music.”

Mancuso was also known for a DJ style that did not adhere to the usual beatmatching methods; instead he’d play tracks at full length without meddling with their bpm and without a mixer. His preferences for playing music were audiofile quality sound systems. In his book Love Saves the Day: A History Of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–1979, Tim Lawrence declares that Mancuso and his Loft parties were a central force and key influence on New York's dance scene.

David Toop concurs in his feature about Arthur Russell in The Wire 329. “Despite its importance in popular music history, nostalgia, neglect and misinformation have distorted the disco story beyond recognition,” writes David. “Turn to Tim Lawrence’s forthcoming book, Love Saves The Day, however, and the origins of disco supply an opening through which a reserved, complex and idealistic musician like Arthur could enter [...] Mancuso treated members of his club, The Loft, as house guests, offering them free food and juice, an inclusive, egalitarian door policy, the best possible sound system and a musical trajectory that was uplifting and unpredictable.”

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.