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Uganda's Nyege Nyege festival announces full line-up

Rophnan, Queen Sheeba, Santi, WZN, Infrapa, Slikback, Duke & MCZO, Sisso, Jay Mitta, MC Yallah all performing at the fifth edition

Nyege Nyege has announced its fifth edition will run between 5 & 8 September at Nile Discovery Beach in Jinja, Uganda. Founded by the people behind the Kampala based party collective, Nyege Nyege was initially set up to support the East African music community offering residencies and studio time. New works made by the artists-in-residence are both showcased at the event and released on one of two of the festival's labels: Nyege Nyege Tapes and Hakuna Kulala.

Artist on the line up will include Fulu Muziki performing for the first time outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian EDM producer Rophnan, Ugandan Dancehall artist Queen Sheeba and Nigerian producer central to Lagos's Alté scene, Santi. Also on the bill are Dj Diaki, Menzi, Phelimuncasi, Yugen Blakrock, WZN, Infrapa, Slikback, Duke & MCZO, Sisso, Jay Mitta, MC Yallah, Rey Sapienz and Jako Maron.

This year there will also be a focus on Asia and the African diaspora. Chinese label Genome 6.66MBP will be represented by label boss Kilo Vee and producers Hyph11e, Gooooose and 33EMYBW are also billed. Elsewhere punters will find sets from DJ Scotch Egg, DJ Die Soon, Juan Atkins, EQ Why, DJ Shyboi, Suzi Analogue, Moesha13, Bonaventure (who is conducting a two month residency at Boutiq Studios with local artist Rey Sapienz), Josey Rebelle, DTM Funk and DJ Marcelle.

In the months leading up to the main event, Kampala's new performance space ONE 54 will host performances from the artists-in-residence.

Black Quantum Futurism take over London’s ICA for two weeks

Programme of music, performance, spoken word, talks, workshops and an installation curated by Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips

London venue ICA presents a fortnight of Black Quantum Futurism in August. Called Temporal Deprogramming, the two week programme consists of music, performance, spoken word, talks, workshops and an installation.

The Philadelphia based interdisciplinary unit Black Quantum Futurism consists of activist and poet Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother and artist, attorney and writer Rasheedah Phillips. Their work looks at concepts of Afrofuturism, Afro diaspora engagements with space and time, and quantum physics, with a community focus centred around the empowerment of marginalised communities.

Running between 13–25 August, Temporal Deprogramming also features work and performances by Barby Asante, The Otolith Group, Nkisi, Elaine Mitchener and feminist activists Sisters Uncut East End; plus an onsite installation comprising recent works including zines, aural and visual pieces and a large-scale Black Quantum Futurism event map.

FAKA, Brood Ma and Flora Yin-Wong confirmed for Wysing Polyphonic in September

Cambridge arts centre teams up with London’s Somerset House for its tenth annual music festival

Wysing Arts Centre's Wysing Polyphonic festival presents its tenth edition on 7 September. Following on from past guest curators Nkisi, Paul Purgas and Moor Mother, this year’s programmers are London’s Somerset House Studio.

2019’s theme establishes the Cambridgeshire site as a place of connection, featuring artists-in-residence, Johannesburg's queer art collective FAKA aka Fela Gucci and Desire Marea and Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI. FAKA will be exploring memory and the colonised body through new film Sihlangene Emoyeni directed by Akinola Davies and a live performance; ZULI's project, yet to be announced, will be developed during his August stay.

Other participating artists include Brood Ma, hmurd, Jacob Samuel, Loraine James, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Mun Sing, Sonic Cyberfeminisms, AMRA aka Purgas and Imran Perretta, Emma Smith, Erica Scourti, Flora Yin-Wong, Jennifer Walshe, Jesse Darling, Mun Sing, Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura with Beatrice Dillon, Valentina Magaletti and Ziúr.

Wysing Polyphonic 2019 coincides with the arts centre’s 30th anniversary. Tickets are on sale now.

Tomaga & Pierre Bastien share the title track from their debut LP

Called Bandiera Di Carta, it’ll be released in September by Nicolás Jaar’s Other People label

The collaboration between composer/instrument builder Pierre Bastien and the duo of Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen aka Tomaga arose out of recent commissions from Dunkirk’s Fructose festival and Birmingham’s Supersonic.

The resulting album Bandiera Di Carta features Magaletti on percussion, Relleen on synthesizers and organ, and Bastien on prepared trumpet, rubber band, tin foil and bass ocarina. It will be released by Nicolás Jaar’s Other People label on 20 September. Founded in 2013, the label has also released music by Vtgnike, Darkside, Lucrecia Dalt, Lydia Lunch, DJ Slugo, and more.

Bastien was tested by Richard Foster in the August issue’s Invisible Jukebox (The Wire 426). Subscribers can read that on Exact Editions. Listen to the title track from Bandiera Di Carta below.

STEIM celebrates its 50th anniversary

Programme includes performances from Jan St Werner, Atau Tanaka and Mazen Kerbaj

Amsterdam’s studio for experimental and improvised electronic music STEIM will mark its 50th anniversary with a three day festival held at four locations between 13–15 September. For the event STEIM has collaborated with guest festival director Rebekah Wilson on a programme of workshops, symposiums, lightning talks and performances.

On 15 September Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ will host the concluding birthday party with performances from Jan St Werner, Nic Collins, Atau Tanaka, Takuro Mizuta Lippit, Mazen Kerbaj, Tina Blaine, Joel Ryan and Daniel Schorno.

Full details can be found on their website. Will Montgomery spoke to some of STEIM's alumni in The Wire 348. Subscribers can read that article via Exact Editions.

Alan Licht revisits sound art

New edition of Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories offers a more concise history of his subject

The Wire contributor Alan Licht has revised and updated his Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories. Originally published in 2007 by Rizzoli and out of print for five years, this second edition will be published by Bloomsbury Academic under the title Sound Art Revisited.

It might be somewhat modestly sized in comparison with the first edition, ditching the original’s artist bios and accompanying CD compilation and now including only 25 black and white images, says Licht, but it significantly expands on the subject to cover artists and their works overlooked elsewhere.

Sound Art Revisited will be published on 22 August, followed by an autumn book launch in New York City. More details can be found on Bloomsbury's website.

Rob Mazurek shares track from his forthcoming Marfa Trilogy

Released in August, the three albums are available for pre-order now

Rob Mazurek’s new trilogy of albums will be released in August by Astral Spirits. Called Marfa Trilogy, the records will be available individually or as a bundle. The set includes a two part suite exploring the Texan Marfa desert with his new ensemble featuring Kris Davis on piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass and Chad Taylor on Drums. Called Desert Encrypts Vol 1, the suite was recorded live at Marfa's Crowley Theater during the first edition of Mazurek's Desert Encrypts Festival in August 2018. Another part, Love Waves Ecstatic Charge, features Mazurek using a modular synthesizer and computer to construct sounds from 106 images taken on a broken digital camera; Psychotropic Electric Eel Dreams IV is a four channel composition for the ESS Florasonic sound installation series at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory, made in conjunction with Mazurek's solo exhibition The Shaping Light.

Meanwhile, Mazurek will premiere Desert Encrypts Vol 2 at the second Desert Encrypts festival happening in Marfa, Texas between 26–28 July. And the city's Wrong Gallery will present an exhibition of his visual works from 19 July–19 August.

Listen to “Encrypt IV Bird Encrypt Morning Song” below. Physical copies are available for pre-order via Astral Spirits. Digital versions can be accessed via Bandcamp.

Matana Roberts, Gazelle Twin and Jones/Bulley perform in Waltham Forest

Year-long arts programme explores Waltham Forest's relationship to Epping Forest

A selection of events are taking place in Epping Forest and surroundings in North East London as part of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and its connected series The People's Forest.

Between 20–28 July art duo Jones/Bulley will present Living Symphonies. Situated in a clearing near Chingford Plain in Epping Forest, a musical composition will develop in line with the forest ecosystem itself, as different sounds respond to varying flora and fauna events, played via a networks of hidden speakers.

Other concerts and performances include Gazelle Twin performing recent album Pastoral on 13 September with support from Helm, and Matana Roberts performing at St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow on 4 October, in which she responds to Ursula Le Guin's The Word For World Is Forest, 90 years since Le Guin's birth. Plus from 31 October– 2 November Una Hamilton-Helle will install a sound installation at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.

Morton Feldman box set forthcoming

Five discs comprise piano compositions performed by long time interpreter Philip Thomas

Another Timbre are releasing a five CD box set of Morton Feldman’s piano music. Performed by Philip Thomas, the collection marks 20 years since the release of the last major multi-piece Feldman collection, John Tilbury’s four CD collection All Piano on LondonHALL.

Morton Feldman Piano is the culmination of a 25 year exploration by Thomas into Feldman's work and was recorded over the last 12 months at the University of Huddersfield, where Thomas teaches. In 2014 he collaborated on another Feldman release with John Tilbury Two Pianos, also released by Another Timbre.

“The approach taken with this set of recordings has been to try to capture the experience of the pianist as closely as possible, or, better still, to record such that the resultant audio is as if the listener is somehow snuggled inside the body of the instrument, ears almost touching the strings, feeling the vibrations as the hammer strikes,” says Thomas. “The aim in recording was for intimacy of private experience, distinct from the shared experience of listening to Feldman’s music in the concert hall.”

Released in September, Morton Feldman Piano includes three pieces never before put to disc, and comes with a book of writings about Feldman by Thomas. A launch event will happen in Sheffield on 2 October with the pianist performing For Bunita Marcus alongside shorter pieces. Two films scored by Feldman with also be screened on the night. Following dates include a performance in November at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and in December at Cafe Oto.



Cities And Memory mark 50 years since moon landings

A collection of the sounds of space remixed and presented in an online interactive exhibition

To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the online sound project Cities And Memory have launched an interactive map featuring remixed interpretations of sounds from space. Space Is The Place combines 80 artists’ treatments of recordings from NASA and the European Space Agency, all of them working to the brief: “What does space travel sound like?”

Sounds featured include: the Apollo 11 radio transmissions; space walks and alarm calls from the International Space Station; interstellar plasma and deep space tsunami waves recorded by Voyager; radio emissions from Jupiter, Saturn and Ganymede, rocket tests, shuttle flights and much more. The title of the project, say Cities And Memory, is a tribute to the 1973 Sun Ra album.

Full details are available on their website.

Other Cities And Memory projects tackle sound photography and London Underground.