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Longform Editions deepen listening habits

The label’s releases include new albums by Kate Carr, Lau Nau, Lieven Martens and Robert Cox

Launched in Sydney last year, the Australian deep listening project Longform Editions has just released its second collection for 2019. Sticking to a bi-monthly schedule, it includes an hour long psychedelic guitar piece from Robert Cox’s Rimarimba, vintage Buchla 200 synth minimalism from Lau Nau, a choral work by Lieven Martens, and a piece composed by Kate Carr during her time in Saskatoon, Canada.

The imprint has previously released music by Caterina Barbieri, Matthewdavid’s Mindflight, Midori Hirano and Cruel Diagonals, among many others.

All releases are available on Bandcamp.

Ruf Dug teams up with Rhythm Section Int’l on new record

Released on 26 April, it features label boss Bradley Zero on vocals

Ruf Dug Presents: The Committee is released this week. A collaboration between Ruf Dug and Rhythm Section Int’l, the record is the product of a chance encounter back in 2012. Calling themselves a fictional band, the project features DJ and producer Ruf Dug and has vocals from label founder Bradley Zero, Chris Watson, Natalie Wildgoose, Sienna Mustafa and Nadina. Produced by Mali Baden ­Powell, it was recorded over a two week residency, making it the first record to be created entirely in the South East London label’s studio.

“Authorship is a strange concept at the best of times but this genuinely is a group effort and I very much enjoyed feeling like just one piece of a larger entity ­– the complete opposite to my usual production experience of being all alone in my room for days at a time,” says Ruf Dug. “I had been joking with Bradley that he needed to be on the record somehow and he did appear, playing an egg shaker at one point, but his singing wasn’t in the least bit planned... I got back from lunch, and the next thing you know he just starts singing... So I dragged him reluctantly down the corridor [to the studio] and that’s it, now he’s a pop star!”

Ruf Dug Presents: The Committee is released on 26 April. Check out the video for “Down 2 It” below.

Vision festival celebrates Andrew Cyrille's lifetime of achievement

The 24th edition also features William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Peter Brötzmann, and more

Arts For Art presents Vision Festival 24 from 11–16 June at Roulette in Brooklyn. Running since 1996, the annual festival showcases free jazz, improvised music, dance, poetry and art. This year the opening night is devoted to Andrew Cyrille in celebration of his lifetime of achievement, and on 13 June the festival celebrates the work of sculptor Alain Kirili.

The line-up also includes Alto Gladness, Alvin Fielder Tribute Band, Darius Jones Quintet, Dianne McIntyre, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Jason Kao Hwang Human Rites Trio, Kidd Jordan, Lebroba Trio, Matthew Shipp & William Parker, Milford Graves, Patricia Nicholson, Val Jeanty & Cooper-Moore, Peter Brötzmann and others.

Meanwhile, on 9 June Vision Film will be screening Big Fire and Kinetic Colors by Stefan Roloff, and Milford Graves Full Mantis by Jake Meginsky and Neil Young.

More information and tickets can be found online.

Luminate x Oram Awards happening in June

Featuring performances from last year’s winner Klein and a DJ set from Beatrice Dillon

London venue Kings Place has added NYX Electronic Drone Choir and a Beatrice Dillon DJ set to the programme of this year's Luminate contemporary music season. Luminate, so called, because it shines “light into the crucible of new music creation today”, assert the organisers.

Beginning in June and running until 29 November, the series has a special focus on women in music. Highlights include The Oram Awards night on 15 June. Set up in honour of Daphne Oram, the awards recognise “emerging female and non-binary artists in the fields of music, sound and related technologies”. The last two years’ winners, Klein and Loraine James, will perform at this year's ceremony, alongside a DJ set from Beatrice Dillon.

The rest of the season includes Galya Bisengalieva & Katherine Tinker performing works by Pauline Oliveros, Shiva Feshareki and Ipek Gorgun (22 June); NYX Electronic Drone Choir (7 July); Suzanne Ciani playing the Buchla 200e (26 October); and Lore Lixenberg presenting her new work Nancarrow Karaoke (25 November).

Full details can be found on the Luminate website. Listeners under 30 can buy tickets at a discounted rate.

Park Jiha announces new album Philos

In advance of its 14 June release date, Park Jiha shares a video of opening track “Arrival”

Following on from her 2018 debut album Communion, the Korean multi-instrumentalist and composer Park Jiha returns with a new set on tak:til/ Glitterbeat.

Called Philos – plural for philo and translated in this instance as love or liking – the album’s an evocation of her “love for time, space and sound”, says Jiha.

“When I am working on music, I put a lot focus on what I am doing,” she continues. “I think in the end that is love. Philos is about the process of intense repetition. That is a very powerful love, especially on this album, where I worked on all the tracks by myself.”

On Philos Jiha plays the Korean piri, saenghwang and yanggeum. instruments. “When making Communion I focused on harmony with the different musicians,” explains Jiha. “But this time, I wanted to get back to putting the focus on what I do. I played all of the instruments myself. This way I could make the tracks more solid, and I could focus on one thing at a time.”

Philos is released on 14 June. Watch the video for “Arrival”.

1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia reissued

Sacred Bones repress some warm earth music for plants and the people who love them

Mort Garson's Mother Earth's Plantasia will be reissued for the first time by Sacred Bones on 21 June. Originally released in 1976, the record is an early example of music produced with the Moog synthesizer. Yet Garson made Plantasia with the sensitivities of house plants in mind, a project driven by his wife's keen interest in gardening. “My mom had a lot of plants,” says their daughter Day Darmet. “She didn’t believe in organised religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world.”

The album reflected Garson’s readings of the book The Secret Life Of Plants by occultist and former OSS agent Peter Tompkins and former CIA agent Christopher Bird, which claimed that plants were telepathic, able to predict natural disasters and receive signals from distant galaxies. Amid the farming advice given to its readers, the book also declared that plants liked music.

Garson started out as a session musician working with the likes of Doris Day and Glen Campbell. Among other things, he co-wrote the 1961 Cliff Richard single "Theme For A Dream". But after discovering the Moog synthesizer, Garson moved away from pop to make the wholly different kind of earth music of Plantasia. Some claim that a version of the album track “Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos” can be heard on the Nintendo game The Legend Of Zelda, though Garson was never credited for it.

You can hear the full album on YouTube and pre-order it via Bandcamp.

Major archive campaign for Carsten Nicolai

Noton release his full digital back catalogue featuring early Alva Noto material

Carsten Nicolai's label Noton was resurrected in 2017 when the founders of the Raster-Noton imprint decided to part company. Launched in 1994 as noton.archiv für ton und nichtton, Noton have now embarked on a reissue and redesign phase, converting Nicolai’s early Noto and Alva Noto releases into digital format. Described as “sonic material, not musical”, many of these early works were originally included in art catalogues and often connected to Nicolai's installation work.

However, the Loop records won't be included in the digital archive as they were made specifically as lock groove vinyl, and the 1997 Noton collaboration between Nicolai and Mika Vainio Mikro Makro has been available in digital format for some time.

A full list can be found on the Noton website, and you can listen to a playlist of the 205 tracks on Spotify.

London festival celebrates diaspora punk

Big Joanie, Screaming Toenail, Best Praxis and Cecilia are confirmed for the third edition of Decolonise Fest, and a fundraiser has been launched to bring Crystal Axis and Weedrat to the UK

Decolonise Fest will take place over two days in June. Happening in South London, the DIY punk festival is collectively organised by and for people of colour and features art shows, craft workshops, panel discussions, vegan food and music.

“We want to celebrate the diaspora punx that are creating right now,” say the organisers, “acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, and make room for more DIY diaspora punx to take centre stage and make noise.”

The line-up so far includes Best Praxis, Th’Sheridans, Electric Fire, Handle, Screaming Toenail, Whitelands, Anatomy, Cecilia, Power Balance and Big Joanie.

In addition, a JustGiving page has been set up to raise money for fees and travel costs to ensure two more bands are able to perform at the festival: US band Weedrat from Albuquerque, and Kenya’s Crystal Axis from Nairobi.

They're also calling out for more punks of colour who want to get involved in the event. Email for more information:

Decolonise Fest runs from 29–30 June at DIY Space For London. Early bird tickets are on sale now. In the meantime you can check out Crystal Axis's track “Leopold”.

Update 6 June 219: Due to funding issues Crystal Axis will no longer be performing at the event. The crowdfunding campaign to help pay for Weedrat's travel expenses continues.

Heart Of Noise happening in Innsbruck in June

“Don't stop the dance,” declares Austrian festival

Heart Of Noise 2019 runs from 7–9 June at various venues in Innsbruck, Austria. Following on from last year’s theme of Decocooning Society, this year’s festival declares: “Don't stop the dance.” The opening night features a Para Noise Garden constructed by columbosnext and ./studio3 according to the motto “Disco Volante/a con-fused space”.

This year's line-up includes Aja, Andrea Belfi, Ben Vince, Christoph de Babalon, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Dj Raph, Hiedelem featuring Attila Csihar & Balasz Pandi, Philip Jeck, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Lucy Railton, Maja Osojnik, a two-part Nyege Nyege Tapes Showcase featuring Jay Mitta, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, Phill Niblock, Thomas Ankersmit and more. Participating venues are Eagle's Rooftop and House Of Music. In addition Vo Ezn and zanshin will perform on one of the city's trams.

Tickets are on sale now.

Chapter two of Jeff Mills's Director's Cut project out this week

Mill's label delves into the archives to continue its reissue series throughout 2019

Following on from its four track compilation The Director's Cut Chapter 1, Jeff Mills’s Axis label releases Chapter 2 on 19 April. This second edition anthologises five more archive tracks: “As Soon As” (from 2008's Time Mechanic 02 Eternity), “G-Star” (from Alpha Centauri), “If (we)” (from 1999's If/Tango), a Jeff Mills commentary on “If (we)”, and “Cycle 30 – Loop 4” (from 1994’s Cycle 30).

“Looking back in hindsight to the activity and accomplishments of Axis is with much pride – to witness the relationship between the music and listener evolving to this point,” says Mills. “The Director’s Cut reissue project is about manicuring detail. It’s about a rare opportunity to enhance what we’ve done so that the relationship strengthens for the long term.”

The Director's Cut Chapter 2 is released on 19 April.