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First loft jazz book set to hit the shelves in December

Ethnomusicologist Michael C Heller has written the first book-length loft jazz study “tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination”

UCP is about to publish a new book documenting the New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s. Called Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s, it’s by Michael C Heller, an ethnomusicologist, music historian and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. It’s the first full-length publication to examine the loft collective, covering the young avant garde improvisors who chose to abandon the commercial sphere in order to develop alternative venues in the disused factories and warehouses spaces in Lower Manhattan.

Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s will be published in December.

Kickstarter set up for Temple Ov Psychick Youth documentary

Sacred Bones and Dais to produce a documentary about the occultist group founded by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in 1981

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to get the ball rolling on a new documentary about Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth, a fellowship founded in 1981 by Psychic TV’s Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Directed by Jacqueline Castel, A Message From The Temple will be told by those who were involved. Drawing on new interviews and the personal archives of its members, it sets out to document Thee Temple from its inception to its demise. It also plans to examine the legacy that this chaos magic clan left behind.

The project needs cash for travel and production costs, as well as the preservation and restoration of Thee Temple’s archive, licensing rights, and more. Depending on your pledge, you might receive a Psychic cross earing, a message from Thee Temple, a signed copy of the Psychic bible, or even a haircut from Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's original barbers. The film makers are also asking for those who came into contact with the group to share their stories. More information on that can be found on the Kickstarter page.

The project is being overseen by Sacred Bones and Dais, the latter of which recently made the entire Psychic TV back catalogue available digitally.

Bogdan Raczynski digitises his Rephlex catalogue

Polish electronic music producer and Björk remixer reissues his recordings on Aphex's Rephlex label via Bandcamp

IDM’s Bogdan Raczynski has digitised his entire Rephlex back catalogue and put it up on Bandcamp. Currently residing in Canada, Polish electronic musician Raczynski is also a video game soundtrack composer and the self-proclaimed “black belt noodle chef” responsible for remixing Björk’s “Who Is It” from Medulla. He got the rights back when the label closed in 2014. Included in the reissues is 96 Drum n Bass Classixxx, Myloveilove, Renegade Platinum Mega Dance Attack Party Don The Plates and more.

You can check out the full list over at Bandcamp. And you can hear below the untitled second track from Myloveilove, reviewed by John Mulvey in The Wire 212:

Club To Club announce line up for its sixteenth edition

Turin's avant-garde and new pop music festival returns this year with a line-up that includes Arca & Jesse Kanda, Arto Lindsay, Autechre, RP Boo and others.

Club To Club festival will take place this November. The five day programme will feature a range of artists including DJ Shadow, Tim Hecker, Autechre, Laurent Garnier, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jon Hopkins, Arca, Jesse Kanda, Andy Stott, Mura Masa, RP Boo, Lorenzo Senni, Clams Casino, Powell, Elysia Crampton, Lafawndah, Shye Ben Tzur & Jonny Greenwood's Junun project with The Rajasthan Express, and more.

A series of special events will be running alongside the festival including a Warp To Warp block party event, Red Bull Music Academy Stage held in a former Fiat factory, 72 hours of non-stop programming from Alsolute, and an Unsound-curated stage. As well as this, The Wire contributor Aurora Mitchell talks to one of our recent cover stars Gaika about Ghetto Futurism.

#IAMC2C takes place in Turin, from 2–6 November 2016, coinciding with the city's Contemporary Art Week.

Early British electronic music by Malcolm Pointon to be released for the first time

Electromuse compiles homemade recordings from the 1970s onwards

The Public Information label returns after a two year break with a long awaited collection of works by the composer, circuit wizard and Practical Electronics contributor Malcom Pointon. Pointon, who died in 2007, was one of a clutch of early DIY synthesists in the UK discussed by Ian Helliwell in The Wire 362. He worked on producing music programmes for the BBC’s Third Programme for the mid-60s onwards before founding an electronic studio at Homerton College in Cambridge.

The collection's title is taken from a series of articles he wrote for Practical Electronics about electronic music with projects for the amateur enthusiast. Symbiosis, the centrepiece of this new collection, was a piece designed for the homemade Minisonic synthesizer, and a score for the composition was included in the original magazine.

Pointon died in 2007, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of just 51. A 1999 documentary Malcolm And Barbara: A Love Story examined their day to day struggle with the disease. Profits from Electromuse have been promised for Alzheimer's Society.

Subscribers to the magazine can read Ian Helliwell's article about early DIY synthesists via our online archive.

Tusk kicks off today with live stream

The Gateshead based festival will feature the likes of Guttersnipe, Wolfgang Voigt, Usurper and Ashtray Navigations, as well as talks and installations.

Tusk festival kicks off today at 5pm. Running througout the weekend, the festival will take place at Gateshead's Sage venue, and include various performances, talks and film screenings. What's more, Tusk will also be streaming the event online at

The line-up includes Mark Carroll, Skull Mask, Guttersnipe, Wolfgang Voigt, Usurper, Ashtray Navigations, Hen Ogleddd, Silent Servant, Senyawa and more. The Wire's Editor Derek Walmsley will also be returning to the festival this year to host a selection of talks: a Saturday session with Phil Todd and Melanie O’Dubhshlaine of Ashtray Navigations and another on Sunday with Rully Herman and Wukir Suryadi of Senyawa.

A couple of films will be screened including Mark McNeil’s mini-doc on the Los Angeles Free Music Society and Tyler Hubby's Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present. An exhibition of Sir Richard Bishop's Captured In Asia photography and another featuring artwork from Gateshead cassette label Matching Head will also be happening, alongside Sam Grant's Prime Rhythms Installation.

Tusk will take place from 14–16 October. Tickets are available over at the Sage Gateshead website.

London's Tate Modern hosts an evening dedicated to Tony Conrad

Event features UK premiere of Tyler Hubby's docu-film Completely In The Present

This Friday the Tate Modern will host an evening dedicated to the late American artist, musician and film maker Tony Conrad (1940–2016). The evening will begin with the debut UK screening of Tyler Hubby's feature length documentary Completely In The Present, a film that Matt Krefting described in The Wire 390 as "an unpretentious portrait of a singular artist" whose work was "monumental in its impact". The evening continues with Conrad's widow Paige Sarlin playing alongside David Grubbs and Jenny Walshe as Tony Conrad's Amplified Drone Strings, and director Tyler Hubby will be in conversation with senior curator of film Andrea Lissoni.

Conrad died in April this year. Back in 2008 he conceived a performance for the Tate's Turbine Hall entitled Unprojectable: Projection And Perspective. Completely In The Present will be embarking on an international tour throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017. For more on Conrad, you can read tributes from Alan Licht and Mario Diaz de Lion via The Wire website.

Three days until Unsound kicks off with new club

The new venue is based underneath the festival's legendary Hotel Forum venue and will host daytime after parties

Unsound Krakow has announced more surprises for this year's gathering. The festival has, in partnership with Forum Przestrzenie, announced a new club venue situated underneath Hotel Forum. Named 89 – referencing the end of communism in Poland, and the year the club was built – the venue will host two pre-opening parties during next week's activities.

This news follows their recent final line-up announcement which detailed an extensive daytime programme including the usual schedule of talks, presentations and panels, and workshops and an installation by Young Echo's Sam Kidel. The final bill includes Rabih Beaini plays Vincent Moon, Equiknoxx, DJ Marfox back to back with DJ Nervoso, Puce Mary, Resina, Kamixlo and many others to the bill.

The venue, which used to be a strip club and still features its original decor, will host afterparties throughout the day. They kick off at 6.30am with Tin Man on Saturday 22 October, with the following day starting at 7am with Poland's FOQL. Other acts will include Debonair, Lechuga Zafiro b2b Pobvio, Florentino, Kosel, Miles Whittaker and Not Waving.

There are supposedly two rules at 89: no guest list and no photos. But we are told it “looks like something from a David Lynch movie and it's going to be awesome, we promise.”

Unsound will take place from 16–23 October. The Wire's Derek Walmsley will also be there hosting a number of panel talks including Disruptive Rhythms with DJs and producers associated with Mexico's NAAFI collective (1pm, 20 October), Body Sculptures with curator Ilan Volkov and Erik Enocksson and Loke Rahbek of the Danish/Swedish group Body Sculptures (12.15pm, 21 October), and Exit Strategies with Gaika, Felicita and booking agent Katarzyna Stuczyńska (4.15pm, 21 October). Please note that entrance to 89 will cost 25 PLN and cost not included with the festival pass.

Major Yoko Ono reissue project

11 archive Yoko Ono albums dating back to 1968, including her and Lennon's Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, are set to be reissued by Chimera Music and Secretly Canadian

Chimera Music and Secretly Canadian are set to release 11 reissues of Yoko Ono’s music output from 1968–85. It will mark the 50th anniversary of Indica Gallery’s opening, where John met Yoko in 1966. The first selection of reissues will include Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins and Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions (both with John Lennon), and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. They’ll be out on 11 November, with more releases scheduled for 2017. For $75 you can also pick up a Yoko vinyl and T-shirt bundle.

Calling all sound artists

London-based adult education centre has put out an open call for artists to enter its Engine Room sound art competitiion

London’s Morley College is calling all sound artists to enter the Engine Room international sound art competition 2017. This includes audio and audiovisual pieces, interactive works, performances, installations, sound sculptures and graphic scores. The deadline is 31 January 2017 and submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of The Wire publisher Tony Herrington, and sound artists Janek Schaefer and Annie Mahtani. Selected works will be eligible for a number of prizes and will feature in an accompanying exhibition at Morley Gallery, London, and partner venue Iklectik Artlab from 4 May–1 June 2017.