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Clone to issue previously unreleased James Stinson material

Following on from Warp's The Other People Place reissue, Clone Aqualung will release Jack People’s Laptop Cafe

Clone's Aqualung Series will release some previously lost works by Drexciya’s late founder member James Marcel Stinson. Made under the name Jack Peoples and called Laptop Cafe, it apparently follows his two The Other People Place releases from early 2000. Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café receiving a lot of attention earlier this year in the run-up to its reissue via Warp records.

The story goes that this music originally didn’t see “the light of day due to James Stinson's untimely death”. It has finally “resurfaced on a long lost DAT tape”. Snippets can be heard below, or also download for free.

The EP will ship on 26 June but it's available for preorder now via Clone. This year Clone celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark that occasion Meg Woof spoke to Serge from the label. You can read her interview piece here.

Win tickets to a night of percussion and electronics at Germany’s SYN / CUSSION festival

“Drums meet laptops, percussion meets synthesizers,” declares the Berlin festival focusing on percussive instrument and electronic sound generator combinations

SYN / CUSSION will take place in May at Radialsystem V, Berlin. Named after the 1979 SYNCUSSION SY-1 drum synthesizer, it's based on the concept of combining percussive instruments with electronics, just as its subtitle Festival for Percussion & Electronics says on the tin. Over the course of three nights it will feature nine collaborative duos – the majority of which will be playing together for the first time after being commissioned by festival organiser Hanno Leichtmann.

The line-up consists of Katharina Ernst (drums) & Andrew Pekler (electronics and modular synth); Martin Brandlmayr (drums) & Nicholas Bussmann (automat); Will Guthrie (drums) & Mark Fell (computer); Lê Quan Ninh (percussion) & Thomas Ankersmit (serge modular synth); Ying-Hsueh Chen (percussion) & SØS Gunver Ryberg (electronics & objects); John McEntire (drums) & Sam Prekop (modular synth); Morten J Olsen (percussion) & Marta Zapparoli (electronics); Sven-Åke Johansson (comboschlagzeug) & Jan Jelinek (elektronik); and Paul Lovens (selected drums and cymbals) & Thomas Lehn (synthesizer). Plus DJ sets by Baby Vulture, Annika Henderson and Natalia Escobar.

We've been offered the opportunity to give away two tickets for Saturday 6 May (with Lê Quan Ninh, Thomas Ankersmit and others). To win, please email your answer to the following question (with the subject line: SYN / CUSSION giveaway) via this link

Question: Which artist on the bill started a label named after Bruno Latour’s term for the blurred line between facts and fetishes?

The festival is part of the WIRE 400 celebrations and it runs from 5–7 May. Tickets are available via their website.

David Toop autobiography to be published in Japan

Longrunning Wire contributor's book released in Japanese language edition this June

Writer, sound thinker and Wire contributor David Toop has completed his autobiography, but you’ll need to understand Japanese to read it. Entitled Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound, it will be first published in Japanese translation by the Tokyo imprint Du Books, an associate of the veteran independent music outlet Disk Union. There are no plans as yet for its English language publication.

The title, David writes, “comes from my first memory of listening and noticing a sound. When I was a child in the early 1950s my mother would take me to visit my grandparents in Enfield. On the walk to their house there was a narrow alleyway flanked by two parallel walls. I noticed that the sounds of our footsteps became hard and metallic as we walked through this alley, an experience strong enough to lodge itself in my memory as an emotional marker of childhood. The phenomenon of rapid reflections between two parallel surfaces is known as flutter echo, a phrase which also suggests the fluttering of a heart when revisiting such personal memories and the way that significant experiences can echo throughout a life.”

Flutter Echo spans childhood memories of Edgar Allan Poe and rock ’n’ roll, longrunning sound collaborations with Paul Burwell and Bob Cobbing, a field expedition to observe and record Yanomami shamans in South America, group projects with 49 Americans and Alterations, all the way through to more recent projects including his 2012 opera Star-Shaped Biscuit.

“My books are always personal,” David writes. “Flutter Echo is different for being a way of examining my own evolution as a person who has worked with many different aspects of music, sound and listening for nearly 60 years. It allowed me to be relatively open about the way in which events of life, relationships, collaborations and disasters shape the work itself. For me it’s about change, learning how to be fluid enough to go where your collaborators and the works take you and learning how to be patient enough to wait for your ideas to mature.”

The Japanese translation of David’s autobiography will be published in June. More information (in Japanese) can be found via the Disk Union website.

Steph Kretowicz launches new book with a live rendition

Contributor's new book Somewhere I’ve Never Been will be the subject of launch in London this May

Wire contributor Steph Kretowicz is launching her new book Somewhere I’ve Never Been with a live rendition of the text at an event set to be held at London’s The Yard theatre. The collaborative project was curated by Steph and Kimmo Modig and will feature artists Good Sad Happy Bad aka Micachu And The Shapes, Tirzah, felicita, Aimee Cliff, Coby Sey, Brother May, Imaginary Forces, AKA Pellah, Mica Levi solo and Ulijona Odišarija.

The event draws on a podcast made to accompany the new publication which, according to AQNB (the online cultural platform edited by Kretowicz), contains essays meditating on international soundscapes and networked environments. The podcast will also be broadcast on NTS radio at the end of April, and the launch will take place on 14 May. Somewhere I’ve Never Been is set for publication by TLTRPreß.

Unsound announces Flower Power as this year’s festival theme

In a twist of direction, Krakow’s international festival turns floral to mark the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary

The Krakow based Unsound festival turns to Flower Power to celebrate its 15th birthday in October. The theme, say Unsound’s organisers, is more regenerative than previous festivals, which have floated under such banners as Future Shock, Horror, Interference and The End. The Flower Power tag provides a means to resist “the temptation to spin off in a dystopian musical spiral in response to instability”, maintains Unsound director Mat Schulz. “We feel more than ever that this year’s theme should be multifaceted, reflecting darkness and light, growth and decay, ecological vulnerability and resourceful regeneration.”

Flower Power, say Unsound, will explore a culture in opposition to dominant forces, both marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1967 Summer of Love as a time of aspiration and chaos, and giving a nod towards Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers Of Evil. Looking at ideas of protest and hedonism, oppression and resistance, and utopian and dystopian sensibilities, the subject gives the festival space to explore “what might have preceded us and what might be left to sustain and grow after humans are gone. It is a response to the feeling of living in the shadow of the Doomsday Clock ticking ever more forcefully forward.”

The programme is yet to be announced, but it will include artists and commissioned work connected to the ongoing Unsound Dislocation project, which this year takes place in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

You can also watch a recent mini documentary about Unsound 2016.

Unsound Krakow 2017 will run from 8–15 October.

Mute announces physical and digital Throbbing Gristle reissues

The label is “pleased and proud to announce the re-ignition of its worldwide partnership” with TG, making the group's music available to stream for the first time

Mute has announced it will be working with Throbbing Gristle on both the digital and physical reissues of their back catalogue. The initial phase will make the group's music available to stream for the first time via Spotify.

Over the course of the next three years the label also plans to make the group's catalogue available both physically and digitally. In addition, they'll be reissuing currently out of print works and new box sets of previously unreleased material are also expected.

In other TG-related news, Chris Carter is set to release his first solo album in 18 years this autumn, Cosey Fanni Tutti has just published her autobiography Art Sex Music through Faber (reviewed by Frances Morgan in The Wire 399) and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will reinterpret the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s In The Shadow Of The Sun (originally performed by TG) at Café Oto this May.

Endless Boogie’s Paul Major publishes new book

Feel The Music traces Major's record collecting past

Renowned record collector Paul Major publishes a book of his writings on 1 May. Called Feel The Music: The Psychedelic Worlds Of Paul Major, the book “traces Paul’s singular trajectory from his early days in the Midwest, through his years in the New York punk scene, and headlong into his trailblazing career as a connoisseur of the weirdest records of all time”, state his publishers at Anthology.

The book’s publication coincides with the release of the fourth studio album by his group Endless Boogie. Called Vibe Killer, the six track set was recorded at Gary’s Electric Studio in Brooklyn. It’s released by No Quarter.

Major wrote the Epiphanies column in The Wire 399. Subscribers can read it via Exact Editions.

Mika Vainio has died

Electronic music producer and former member of Pan Sonic has died

Finnish electronic musician and composer Mika Vainio has died. This was initially reported by Finnish news site The Rumba and has since been confirmed by friends.

Vainio was born in Helsinki in 1963, moving to Turku in his teens. It was during this period that he began drumming, and in the 1990s he formed the electronic trio Pan Sonic (originally named Panasonic) alongside Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo, the latter of whom left in 1996. In 1994 the group released a self titled EP on Sähkö Recordings. Around that time they also released the Vakio album on Paul Smith's label Blast First. In 2009 they announced their disbandment and – aside from the 2014 live album Oksastus (taken from a 2009 performance) and last year's film soundtrack Atomin Paluu – the duo's final album was Gravitoni, released by Blast First Petite in May 2010.

Solo, Vainio has released under his own name as well as Ø, Philus and others. Using hardware throughout his artistic career, having expressed a lack of interest in computers, Vainio departed from the industrial noise orientation of Pan Sonic, releasing Ambient works via Touch and performing with improvising groups. Last year he scored the soundtrack to Mika Taanila’s film Mannerlaatta (or Tectonic Plate) and released the Reat LP (both on iDEAL), in 2015 he released a collaborative album Peau Froide, Léger Soleil with Franck Vigroux.

Rye Wax presents a series of dubplates celebrating DIY culture

South London record shop and music venue unveils a list of tracks that have been especially cut at a local lathe for their upcoming event

Rye Wax will swerve from Record Store Day's rock reissues this year, compiling its own list of special dubplate releases that will be available at their one-off event focusing on independent labels: The Runout.

Those involved have pulled together new tracks from imprints such as Hyperdub, Príncipe Discos and Night Slugs to be pressed individually with a maximum of only ten cuts per record. The dubplates will only be available on 22nd April 2017 at The Runout, which takes place at Copeland Park in Peckham. For more details see the event page.

Full details of the track names plus the labels and artists involved:

Hyperdub Jessy Lanza “Means I Love You” (Ezrakh remix)
Rhythm Section LT “Darien Gap” / Mallard “Transparent”
West Friends Medlar & FYI Chris “Favourite Dance”
Night Slugs Bok Bok “On A Journey / Midnight Stop”
On The Corner Magnus PI feat. Penya “Search it Out”
Test Pressing Apiento feat. Claire Huss “Things You Do For Love”
FTD Georgia “EMINEMREMIX / Orchid Construct”
Banoffee Pies Mark Nicholas “Doug Oldham”
Where To Now? Jesse Osborne-Lanthier “909 Problems But The Pitch Ain’t One”
Phantasy U “Ascension Hymn” (video version)
Principe Discos DJ Maboku “DO-PETROLIO”
BMU Simeon “Deep Space”
PAN MESH “Damaged Merc” (Fraxinus remix)

Radio news breaking out in London and New York City

Balamii Radio takes up a nightshift in New York City while North London gets a new station: 199 Radio

Peckham’s Balamii Radio is continuing full steam ahead this year. Following the announcement of its new booking agency, the online station's latest news is that it will be opening up a studio in Lower Manhattan, New York. “Two cities – one stream,” declares Balamii about its new schedule. The day shift runs from 9am–9pm in its birthplace on South London's Rye Lane, switching over to New York City (4pm EST) for a night of live US shows. It'll launch in the summer 2017. More information soon.

In other radio news, North London arts base, education centre and studio space New River Studios have started a new station called 199 Radio. Housed in their Manor House home (formerly, a furniture warehouse), the community station will run 24/7 – running order can be found on their website.