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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.