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Night club flyer book launches crowdfunding campaign

Mike Pendegast chronicles rave promos in Flying Over England

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund a new book by rave documenter Mike Pendegast. Called Flying Over England, it’s a history of club night flyers and posters from the 1980s and 1990s, a time when Pendegast was travelling to raves up and down the country. The publication is divided into two volumes. The first features more than 150 pages of flyers, and in the second Pendegast gives his account of that era.

“1991–93 was the golden age of rave art with flyers developing from photocopied, black and white scribbles of the late 80s to highly elaborate works of illustration,” declares the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank campaign page, where the book can be pre-ordered with a full refund guarantee if its target is not reached.

At the time of writing 41 per cent of the total has been achieved, with 21 days to go. The book is published in collaboration with Dukes Editions, and you can see a selection of its flyers in The Wire's online gallery.

“Graphic art provides the input and the output will sound literally unheard of,” says Letra / Tone festival

This March Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, and Schneider TM will present interpretations of works by graphic artists

Between 8 & 10 March, Radialsystem in Berlin will host Letra/Tone Festival for Graphics and Music. The experimental festival will have a host of artists interpreting works provided by a roster of international graphic artists through a set of performances and an accompanying exhibition.

Following in the footsteps of composers like Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, John Cage or Karlheinz Stockhausen, the festival hopes to pick up where they left off, continuing the tradition of experimenting with alternative notational systems.

Artists on the line up include Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, turntablist Dieb 13, JASSS, electro duo Blotter Trax (Magda and TB Arthur), Magda Mayas, Schneider TM and Jimi Tenor & Nefertyti.

Graphic scores will be provided by Anke Fesel, Daniela Burger, Joe Gilmore, Julie Gayard, Katja Gretzinger, Scott Massey, Stefan Gandl, TS Wendelstein and Sulki & Min. There will also be an audio-visual installation by Hanno Leichtmann and Toby Cornish. Baby Vulture, Mieko Suzuki and Judith Crasser will DJ in between shows.

22a's Tenderlonious releases new Ruby Rushton LP and shares single

The quartet release Ironside on 5 April and announce tour dates

22a founder, flautust and producer Ed Cawthorne aka Tenderlonious has announced a fourth LP for his quartet Ruby Rushton. Ironside follows on from the 2018 Tenderlonious release The Shakedown. Also coming up on 22 February is a limited edition release of the album single “Eleven Grapes”.

Ironside is said to take its title from an old English name given to “one who is courageous, possessing great physical and mental strength” and also references the famous US TV series soundtracked by Quincy Jones.

“This record is more disciplined and thought-out,” says Cawthorne. “The Shakedown was a free, unplanned jam, but this has detailed arrangements with lots of changes.

“The tracks are shorter too – they’re more concise, as is the whole thing, which makes it more accessible. I like the idea that people can play the album quickly, then play it all over again.”

It has the group go from a six to four piece, with drummer Tim Carnegie replacing Yussef Dayes, who'll be joining Aidan Shepherd on keys and Nick Walters on trumpet and percussion. Cawthone leads on flute, soprano sax, synths and percussion.

Also announced is a host of tour dates throughout March and April, and the reissue of Trudi's Songbook Volume One & Two.

Ironside is released by 22a. Listen to “Eleven Grapes” from the forthcoming single.

I Am Damo Suzuki biography to be published by Omnibus Press

Can singer announces new biography co-written by Paul Woods

A biography of Damo Suzuki is set to be published on 28 March. Co-written by Suzuki and Paul Woods, I Am Damo Suzuki tells the story of the Japanese musician who left home for Europe as a teen, eventually settling in Cologne where he would meet the members of Can and become their lead singer. The publication is complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators, and spans six decades.

“The main point of this whole book is my philosophy and dreams,” explains Suzuki. “My time here is becoming less and less. In a way I am strong. I survived major surgery, I’ve lived as a young adult in a foreign country (where) many times I wasn’t supported by any kind of institution, but I survived. I have found the strongest way to seek truth now.”

Co-author Paul Woods previously wrote The Curious Life And Work Of Scott Walker. Suzuki will be in conversation at London's Rough Trade East (25 March) and Rough Trade branches in Bristol (26) and Nottingham (28). He'll also be performing at London The Lexington (17 March), Birmingham The Hare & Hounds (19), Oxford Jericho (21), London St Mary’s Music Hall (23), London The Windmill (24), Dewsbury The Socialist Club (29), and Preston The Continental (30). Finally, he'll be in Wales on 5 April at The Laugharne Weekend.

I Am Damo Suzuki is published by Omnibus Press. Pre-order available now.

Remastered recordings on For Example: Workshop Freie Musik 1969–1978

Triple LP set documents the first ten years of the annual Free Music Workshops in West Berlin

More material has been culled from the vaults of FMP Records for the third release from the BeJazz reissue series. Limited to edition of 200 copies, Workshop Freie Musik 1969-1978 is presented in restored original packaging and comes freshly remastered. It also includes an 140 page booklet with contributions from Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg and Peter Brötzmann.

Over three LPs the release documents the first ten years of the free music workshops in West Berlin, chronicling the evolution of European free improvisation. Note however, that there weren't any recordings made at the inaugural event in 1969, with first recordings coming from the 1972 workshop with the Schlippenbach Trio, Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink with Mangelsdorff, Frank Wright Unit, and Willem Breuker Orchestra. Also included is a 1975 session featuring Vinko Globokar’s Brass Group, a group with 11 trombones, a French horn, and tuba. The other 1975 recording is a trombone solo from Paul Rutherford.

You can buy all this for €100 from Sound Ohm.

Resonance Fundraiser 2019 starts 1 February

Special events and auction intend to raise £100,000 for the broadcaster to relocate

London community station Resonance celebrates its 17th anniversary this year, and as usual February has them launch their annual fundraiser. As with 2018's effort, the station has set a target of £100,000 to fund an urgent relocation of the station due to redevelopment of the London Bridge area. They also plan to expand their programme to facilitate growth and sustainability.

Fundraising efforts include on-air fundraising, special events and an online auction, where listeners can bid on a selection of paraphernalia and experiences via their eBay auction house. Up for grabs is a Ghanaian meal for two with Sonny Decker, a ten issue bundle of compilations featuring artists working with field recordings, one Baba Yaga's Hut VIP pass, piano tuning by Art Terry, a COUM Transmissions 1973 Cease To Exist poster, Colombian lunch and a tour of Brixton Market with financial journalist Neil Wilson, and a consultation with psychotherapist Mark Dunn.

Special events include Club Integral & Is Black Music's event on 7 February with The Apathy Band, Rita Braga, Eugene Coyne, Flameproof Moth, The Department Of Internal Affairs, and Art Terry & The Sex Madness Orchestra. Also, a Resonance All-Star Avant-Gala takes place at Iklectik on 8 February. That line-up includes Alabama 3, Bird Radio, Angharad Davies, Marjolaine Charbin, Ute Kanngiesser & Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Benedict Drew and Milo Thesiger-Meacham.

Resonance’s online auction starts on 31 January at 9pm (GMT) and runs until 10 February at 9pm. More information can be found on Resonance’s fundraising page.

King Midas Sound share single from forthcoming album

Now-duo release Solitude on Valentine's Day on Cosmo Rhythmatic

King Midas Sound have announced their return in the form of the original line up of Roger Robinson and Kevin Martin, minus Kiki Hitomi. Solitude is a meditation on loss; a spoken word tale written by Robinson about the sudden departure of a partner from a relationship, and features sound and production by Martin. Artwork for the album is by Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota. It's out on 14 February via Cosmo Rhythmatic and marks the group's first release since the Fennesz collaboration Edition 1 was released on Ninja Tune in 2015.

Listen to the lead track “You Disappear”.



Spencer Clark premieres new album Avatar Blue

His new Star Searchers release beats Hollywood to it in a speculative take on the long-awaited Avatar 2 film

Spencer Clark will take over Antwerp’s Het Bos Gallery in March to premiere his new Star Searchers album Avatar Blue. Acting as a speculative sequel to James Cameron's 2009 Avatar film (Avatar 2 has a US release date of 18 December 2020), the artist hopes to inject some positivity into the world of Hollywood via his statement and gesture to the personal power of what he calls the “Imagineers”.

The event will take the form of an installation highlighting some of Hollywood's most infamous special effects pursuits, as seen in films such as TC 2000, Hologram Man, Robocop 2, The Abyss and more. The final evening will feature interpretations of Avatar Blue's world by James Ferraro, Francesco Cavaliere and Lieven Martens Moana, along with a performance from Clark himself.

Avatar Blue will run from 20–23 March at Het Bos in Antwerp.

Nkisi in residence at Cafe Oto

Her Ngbaduma series will explore the psycho-acoustic properties of rhythm

Between 1–3 March Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi will take up a three day residency in East London’s Cafe Oto to present Ngbaduma, a series exploring “trance inducing body, acoustic and optical rhythms through collaborative works, invited sonic performances and my own solo sonic presentation”, she comments. “I am interested in how we communicate through rhythm and the importance of also looking at traditional rhythm in their purposes.

“The trance-inducing power obtained by pulsating frequencies has an effect on the brain wave patterns of humans,” she adds. Participants include Nkisi performing solo and in collaboration with John T Gast as Coldwar, Paul Maheke, Aniche Buanda collaborating with CC Tedika, Astrid Gnosis, Primitive Art and a DJ set from Lyzza.

Nkisi’s three day residency is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Stephen Malkmus announces release date for Groove Denied

The ex-Pavement guitarist shares new track from his forthcoming electronic album

Stephen Malkmus will release his new album in March. Called Groove Denied, it showcases the former Pavement frontman delving into electronic music for the first time, even as it’s “not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica”, says his record label Domino. On the contrary, his first solo album since 2001 is full of songs and bleak vocals. “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to,” remarks Malkmus.

He has already shared the video to the lead single “Viktor Borgia”, which features a forlorn looking Stephen singing alone in a club. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien”, The Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Malkmus, adding “and also about how in the New Wave 80s, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Time spent in Berlin perhaps inspired the album – Malkmus speaks favourably of his experience of the German capital's club and techno scene. “You can zone out, dance and focus on music,” he says, “or just get wasted!”

Groove Denied is released by Domino on 15 March. Malkmus’s forthcoming tour dates can be found on his website.