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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.

Algorave festival

A series of live-coding dance parties takes place across the UK and Germany in November

Algoraves - the combination of "algorithms" and "raves" - are electronic dance parties where the music and visuals are created by live coders, in realtime. On 18 November in Sheffield, an international group of algorave producers will join forces with musicians such as Graham Dunning and Ardisson for AlgoMech (the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement) for a night of robotics and mechanical techno. Also on the bill will be artists from UIQ, PC Music, Computer Club, Rephlex and NTS radio.

Sheffield is a centre of the algorave scene, and home to Alex McLean, algorave producer and developer of the live coding language Tidal Cycles. Subscribers can read an interview with him about the movement in The Wire 385.

The Sheffield date will form part of a four-day tour with dates in London, Manchester and Karlsruhe. All feature Renick Bell from Tokyo (UIQ / Halcyon Veil) and Kindohm from Minnesota (Conditional). On 17th November in London, they’ll be joining other leading algorave artists from the UK along with generatively-minded friends for a night at the Amersham Arms, New Cross. This showcase, promoted by Conditional, will feature live coding, modular synths, algorithmic DJ sets, and sets from Renick Bell, Kindohm, Joanne and en creux.

Property from the Estate of Frank and Gail Zappa to be auctioned

Items from Frank and Gail Zappa’s Laurel Canyon home go up for grabs in November

Julien’s auction house is set to sell property from the Estate of Frank and Gail Zappa as part of its Icons & Idols: Rock ’N’ Roll sale in November. The auction opens just over a year after Gail Zappa's death on 7 October 2015.

In 1967, Frank and Gail purchased a home in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, California, which later housed Zappa’s Utility Muffin Research Kitchen studio. Photos of the property reveal it to be a densely filled trinket paradise containing those items now set to be auctioned. They include various white and blue bedroom furnishings, a large colour photograph depicting Larry Flynt as a beggar and signed in black ink "To Frank, can’t help on the project, spent all my money on the sex tapes, Larry", a sheet of Fortaz medication stationery signed in pencil, "To Diva, you give me a rise in my Levy's [sic]! Love, Ron Jeremy”, a scagliola coffee table, water colour paintings, a pair of Southeast Asian tiger masks, items of clothing including a vest that Zappa wore on stage and on the back cover of his 1972 album Waka Jawaka, the ukulele featured on the Thing-Fish album cover, various awards, and much more.

You can check everything in the lot over at Julien's. The auction starts on 4 November, 2016.

Retracing Reggae's Record Covers In London looks for funding

Kickstarter has been set up for a photography book documenting the locations of 42 reggae record covers taken in London between 1967 and 1987

London based photographer Alex Bartsch has spent the last two years cycling across London in search for the exact locations of reggae album sleeve phototgraphy and rephotographing them in situ. The project started back in 2014 when he bought a copy of Brixton Cat by Joe's All Stars (Trojan Records, 1969). “I live in Brixton and took the record down to the market where the cover photo was shot, holding it up and rephotographing it at arms length, matching up the LP to the background,” explains Bartsch. “The second cover was Smiley Culture's Cockney Translation 12", which was photographed in Battersea. From then on, I was hooked.”

To date Bartsch has located more than 40 sleeves that will be the subject of a new book next year, and for which he has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund. Supporters can make pledges to receive anything from a copy of the book to postcards, signed and stamped prints, a limited cloth-bound edition and even a private guided bicycle tour with the photographer visiting various reggae record cover locations around London.

Sleeve: Moodie Early Years (Moodie Music)

“It's been a great adventure, and has painted an interesting map of London's reggae music heritage. To achieve some of these shots I had to hitch a boat ride across Regent's Canal, climb onto a rooftop near Old Street, ask to enter someone's front room in Hampstead, access a back yard in Wembley and venture onto the Westway in west London.”

The book will be 112 pages in length and feature a foreword by Noel Hawks. It will be published through Al Newman's One Love Books, an imprint responsible for other reggae-related titles such as Clarks In Jamaica and the recent art publication In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art Of Wilfred Limonious.

Outernational Days launch crowdfunding campaign

Following this summer’s first edition, the Romanian festival seeks public help to go annual

Romania’s Outernational Days festival has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The organisers of the three day event are seeking funds on the back of their successful first edition in Bucharest at the beginning of July with a view to making it an annual affair. “Your contributions will help Outernational Days become an annual summer event, where everybody is welcome,” reads their campaign pitch. “Your donations will have a massive impact on the festival. Not only are you helping fund the artistic part of the festival for 2017, but also you are helping support live music for this year and years to come. Your donations help the organisers to keep the ticket prices affordable, so that everybody can enjoy live music and have a multicultural experience at affordable costs.”

The second edition of Outernational Days plans to bring to Bucharest musicians from Morocco, Greece, Mali, Asia, Kenya and elsewhere in a programme featuring The Sun Ra Arkestra, Karkhana, Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski, Meridian Brothers, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, and others. They also aim to screen films and host lectures, panels and audiovisual installations.

More information can be found on the campaign page. Pledgers can receive a number of rewards including tickets to future events like the second edition of the festival, specially designed T-shirts and bags, a studio session with professional Romanian producers/musicians, posters, limited edition cassette tapes, percussion and didgeridoo lessons, and more.

Outernational Days 2 will take place between 30 June–2 July 2017. As part of the long run-up to next year’s festival, Jerusalam In My Heart will perform on 28 October at Bucharest's Jazz Pong venue.