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Dennis Tyfus launches outdoor music pavilion in Antwerp

De Nor is set to host gigs this summer with Eiko Ishibashi & Joe Talia, Richard Youngs, Helm and many more

Lowlands underground music linchpin Dennis Tyfus has created a brand new outdoor music venue in a sculpture garden in the centre of Antwerp. De Nor is a pavilion conceived in collaboration with FVWW architects which is set to host weekly gigs over the summer.

“I basically made the pavilion next to the main entrance of Middelheim Museum with a fence around it so I can open it also when the musuem is closed,” the artist and musician emails. “I’m planning a weekly mixtape this summer for it too and a zine to anounce the acts.”

The pavilion is set to play host to Eiko Ishibashi & Joe Talia for its first gig on 23 May, and then will be open each Friday for performances with a schedule that includes Hanne De Backer, Chris Corsano/Richard Youngs/David Maranha, Drew McDowall, Miaux, Kuunatic, Lieven Martens Moana, Celine Gillain, Helm, Cuntst, Mark Harwood, Dave Bixby, Cylène (duo of Stephen O’Malley and Kassel Jaeger), and more.

De Nor is located in Nachtegalenpark in Central Antwerp, a space whose Middelheim Museum sculpture area includes works by numerous renowned artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Dan Graham and Alexander Calder. The museum is currently showing the first solo art show by Tyfus himself, an exhibition titled My Niece’s Pierced Knees which runs until 17 March.

You can read more about De Nor on its Facebook page.

Craig Leon releases first new music in 40 years and shares video

Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol 2: The Canon is released in May on RVNG Intl

Craig Leon will release his first album of brand new material in nearly four decades this May. Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol 2: The Canon has the American composer and one-time Blondie and Suicide producer return to New York label RVNG.

The Canon continues on from the concepts found in Nommos (Takoma, 1981) and Visiting (Arbitor, 1982), acting as “building blocks for morality and philosophy intended as means for inner exploration,” as Leon puts it. The music of those albums was previously compiled as the RVNG collection Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol 1 back in 2014. On the following year Leon released the electronic classical album Bach To Moog for Sony Classical.

On the new album he's joined once again by Nommos/Visiting collaborator and partner Cassell Webb on vocals and album production.

Watch the video for “Standing Crosswise In The Square”.

They’ll be touring throughout 2019 and 2020 with an expanded ensemble featuring musicians who work with Dogon and Mediterranean musical traditions.

Craig Leon’s Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol 2: The Canon is released on May 10 in LP, CD, and digital formats.

Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies in Philadelphia

Bowerbird and Blank Forms take a holistic approach to the music and thoughts of US composer and psychoacoustic investigator

Over three days in April various locations in Philadelphia will be dedicating their spaces to the life and work of the late US composer and installation artist Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009). Featuring Supreme Connections, a working group of Amacher's friends, students and collaborators and initiated by Bowerbird and Blank Form, Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies insists on a holistic approach to the composer's work that spans over 40 years. Visitors can experience instrumental and electronic pieces, a large-scale interpretive architectural installation, and an in-depth seminar examining her musical and artistic theories.

Happening on 9, 12 & 13 April, events include Maryanne Amacher: An Introduction by Bill Dietz; presentations of Amacher pieces Adjacencies and Petra, and Ways Of Hearing workshop.

Full information can be found on Blank Forms website.

Tusk reveals first confirmed acts

Gateshead festival to present Magma’s 50th anniversary gig and Moor Mother x LCO premiere

Tusk festival returns to Sage Gateshead in October for its ninth edition. Its programme of music, film screenings, exhibitions, talks and installations includes Magma celebrating their 50th anniversary with a performance at Sage One, and Moor Mother and London Contemporary Orchestra premiering their new collaboration. Also announced is a performance from the Ceylon Mange trio of Karen Constance, Dylan Nyoukis & Bill Nace, Sunn Trio, Acrid Lactations and Mir8.

Tickets go on sale at midday on 25 February. 50 early bird tickets are available at £60, after which full weekend tickets will cost £70. Day tickets will go on sale later in the year. A single ticket to Magma costs £21.80.

Tusk takes place between 11–13 October at Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays.

Flutter Echo Festival celebrates David Toop's 70th birthday and autobiography

Celebrants include Thurston Moore, Daniela Cascella, Phil Minton and The Wire’s Tony Herrington

David Toop will host Flutter Echo Festival at London’s Cafe Oto in May. Celebrating the musician and longtime Wire contributor's 70th birthday, the event also marks the publication of his autobiography Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound by Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace Library. As we reported last year, Flutter Echo was first published in Japanese.

The festival line-up includes David himself, Steve Beresford, David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Thurston Moore, Mandhira de Saram, Mark Sanders, Phil Minton, Akio Suzuki, Aki Onda, DT, Elaine Mitchener, John Butcher, Terry Day, Tania Chen, Lucie Stepankova and Daniela Cascella. Plus an afternoon conversation between the birthday boy, The Wire Publisher Tony Herrington and Rozemin Keshvani, and a performance by the Toop-directed LCC student improvisation group Unknown Devices, featuring Yifeat Ziv, Doran Edwards, Kyrin Chen and Joe Johnson.

Flutter Echo Festival takes place between 4 & 6 May at London's Cafe Oto.

Colour Out Of Space is back

The 2019 edition of the Brighton festival includes an extended six week programme

Brighton's Colour Out Of Space festival has revealed plans for its 2019 edition. Core to the event is the long weekend from 26–28 April featuring Bill Nace & Twig Harper, Chie Mukai, Richard Youngs, Pat Thomas/Adam Bohman/Sami Pekkola/Yoni Silver, Tom White & Stuart Chalmers, Elaine Mitchener & Neil Charles, Ezio Piermattei, Ryoko Akama, Graham Lambkin & Áine O'Dwyer and Tomutonttu. In addition, organiser Dylan Nyoukis tells us, the festival will be also programming a selection of gigs throughout April and May, full details of which are still to be confirmed. There's also talk of a sonic arts trail, events from The Free University of Resonance FM and a film programme.

The full Colour Out Of Space line-up and ticket information will be announced soon.

Laurel Halo heads five day Camp workshop in the Pyrenees

The electronic musician joins Chris Watson, Annea Lockwood, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Phill Niblock at a remote French resort

Camp, the not-for-profit project run by registered UK charity Fuse Art Space will again be presenting workshops with board and accommodation in the Pyrenees. Just announced is the five day residential workshop run by Laurel Halo from 17 July. The class will focus on electronic composition and production, with attendees studying writing, mixing, production approaches and development. Participants will work towards making a new piece of music by scoring silent films, among various other exercises.

Workshops so far announced are: Why Do Stuff? Approaching Sound & Music From The Outside with Eli Keszler & Rashad Becker (from 3 April); Deep Listening, Improvisation & Spatial Sound with Phill Niblock, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Lea Bertucci, Jorge Boehringer & Tim Shaw (from 10 April); Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars (from 15 May); Let Your Lone Ranger Ride with Bill Drummond (from 10 July); Art & Activism with Adbusters, Brandalism And Center For Political Beauty (from 31 July), and a few sessions on playwriting with John Burgess. Other workshops include Comedy Writing & Performance with Josie Long, Jonny Donahoe And John-Luke Roberts (from 4 September); and Video & Installation Art with Laure Prouvost (from 9 October).

Ecoacoustics with Annea Lockwood & Leah Barclay, as well as two Chris Watson sessions: Environmental Sound Recording and Field Recording: Red Deer Season have already sold out, although those still keen to attend are invited to put their names on a waiting list.

Full list of courses and more information can be found on

Joe Muggs launches deep listening hideaway and announces book about sound system culture

New book Bass, Mids, Tops includes 25 conversations with the culture’s key players, while a new monthly residency offers a safe space to get deep with ambient

Richard Norris and Wire contributor Joe Muggs have launched Group Mind, a monthly ambient, experimental and deep listening session in London's Kings Cross. The first will take place in the basement cocktail bar Supermax on 24 March, with Norris and Muggs in attendance plus guests. The sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to hear some “mind opening ambience on a quality sound system”.

Also on the cards is the publication of Brian David Stevens and Muggs's new book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History Of Sound System Culture. The book features a series of conversations with artists who have created new crossovers and fusions in UK sound system culture over the past 50 years. It’s illustrated with portraits of the artists interviewed and sound system photography by Stevens, and there is a foreword by former Steel Pulse singer Mykaell Riley, who now heads the Bass Culture course in the Black Music Research Unit at London’s University of Westminster.

Shy One. Photo by Brian David Stevens

“I wanted the voices of the subjects to be what dominates, and the overlaps between their stories to show the outlines of what we think of as cultural movements and moments,” explains Muggs. The people he talked to in Bass, Mids, Tops are Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood, Norman Jay, Youth, Tony Thorpe, Smith & Mighty, George Evelyn, Nicolette, Jumping Jack Frost, Dego, DJ Storm, Noodles, Zed Bias, Sarah Lockhart, Terror Danjah, Kromestar, Skream, Mala, T Williams, Cooly G, Toddla T, Samrai, Barely Legal, and Shy One

Bass, Mids, Tops will be published in early summer by Strange Attractor.

Sustainable festival Terraforma announce first round of artists

Laurie Anderson, Mica Levi and Caterina Barbieri to perform

Terraforma Festival will be held between 5–7 July this year. Taking place in its usual location at Villa Arconati just outside of Milan, the intimate event will once again feature an international line-up while focusing on sustainable practices.

Artists announced so far are Laurie Anderson, Mica Levi, Caterina Barbieri, DJ Stingray, Daniel Higgs and Bambounou. Terraforma has also been awarded under the category “improvers” by A Greener Festival, a non-profit organisation monitoring and aiding the implementation of green solutions for musical events.

Early bird tickets are now available for €110 including camping. Watch a short documentary about the restoration of the Villa Arconati Labyrinth, a project Terraforma has been involved in since 2014.

Cooly G Fire Fund started by Kode9

Cooly G's belongings were destroyed by fire in a Croydon self-storage warehouse

Kode9 aka Steve Goodman has launched a fundraising campaign in aid of DJ and producer Cooly G, who lost all her belongings in a fire on 31 December. The Hyperdub veteran had been using a temporary storage lock up in Croydon whilst she waited to move home. Cooly and her two children lost everything in the fire.

“Cooly is a mother of two young children and her family have lost everything they owned. They were in the middle of trying to find a new home after losing their previous house due to a flood. The stress has been so intense she hasn't slept properly since the 1st of January. Cooly was mis-sold insurance which will not come close to covering the value of the items lost and currently the company appears to be refusing any claims of compensation,” says Hyperdub founder Goodman.

Donations can be made via