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Time is everything for Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton in new opera

A musical and philosophical reflection on the multiple layers of time premieres in February

A new work commissioned by Borealis from composer Jennifer Walshe and philosopher Timothy Morton will make its debut in Norway next year. The opera TIME TIME TIME has Walshe perform onstage with MC Schmidt, Lee Patterson, Áine O'Dwyer, and Norwegian ensembles Streifenjunko and Vilde & Inga. Not much has been revealed about the piece, although festival director Peter Meanwell describes it as a “non-opera art-museum opera about time,” explaining that it's an attempt to “dig into our obsession about time, dying, technology, the anthropocene etc”.

It was commissioned in collaboration with Sonic Acts in the Netherlands, MaerzMuzik in Germany, London Contemporary Music Festival/Serpentine Galleries in the UK and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in Norway. It will premiere in the Netherlands at Sonic Acts on 24 February 2019, followed by a Norwegian premiere on 9 March at Borealis in Bergen, which runs between 6–10 March. Artists on the line-up are yet to be confirmed.

Sunn O))) tour Europe in 2019

Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will perform with long time collaborator Tos Nieuwenhuizen and selected guests, marking two new albums

Sunn O))) will kick off a tour next year, making for the first one since their 2016 stint. The show will feature their first ever French tour, although it doesn't include Paris. Instead they'll be visiting Lyon, Nancy, Dijon, Rouen, Tours, Nantes, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. They'll also return to Kampnagel in Hamburg, Paradiso in Amsterdam, and will headline Elevate festival in Graz, and Divadlo Archa in Prague.

Although full details are yet to be revealed, the tour marks two recently completed album epics. “Rejoin them in their glorious pursuit of the monumental heaviness,” says the announcement. Support acts include Puce Mary, Golem Mecanique, Lingua Ignota, and Robin Fox presenting Single Origin.

Full dates can be found on Facebook.

Boiler Room continues documentary venture with Palestine Underground

25 minute documentary follows key members of Palestinian techno and hiphop collectives

Boiler Room has released another documentary on their 4.3 platform, this time on the Palestinian underground music scene. Following a crew of techno and hiphop producers, DJs and rappers, the film was shot in the lead up to a Boiler Room party in Ramallah last June, and sheds light on the constraints placed on Palestinian artists with restricted movement due to Israeli government policies, and a midnight curfew set by the Palestinian authorities.

The documentary follows Jazar Crew, a Palestinian music and arts collective from Haifa in the North of Israel, who have been traveling to the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank to play parties with Saleb Wahad, Bltnm, Oddz and Sama.

Palestine Underground was directed by film maker and journalist Jess Kelly and produced by Boiler Room’s Anaïs Brémond. You can also watch the Boiler Room Palestine set (programmed by Debora Ipekel) on YouTube.

Glasgow's Counterflows 2019 announced

Four days of “myriad radical and exploratory music” taking place in April

“We’ve spent the last year investigating and challenging what Counterflows is and should be” says the festival in its announcement for the 2019 edition. “Fighting the creeping isolationist agenda and loom of age-old hierarchies, our desire to work locally and internationally – to hold onto and mutually nurture everyone’s capacity to be deeply human, deeply connected and deeply alive – is stronger than ever.”

Taking place at various venues in Glasgow from 4–7 April 2019, Counterflows will feature live performances, club nights, discussions, film screenings and general hang-outs. So far announced are Dakim, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Ailie Ormston & Tim Fraser, MC Carol, Katz Mulk, Myriam Van Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke, and Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Alexander Hawkins. More acts are still to be announced. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Rewire shares first acts to appear at 2019 edition

Line-up includes Low, Jlin & Company Wayne McGregor, Tim Hecker and Yves Tumor

The Hague's Rewire festival has made its first announcement. Happening between 29–31 March, this ninth edition of the festival for adventurous music will feature new projects and collaborations, and explore emerging technologies such as AI. As usual, it will feature concerts, interdisciplinary performances, talks, workshops and screenings.

Artist announced are Andrea Belfi & Valerio Tricoli, Astrid Sonne, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, CURL, Diamanda Dramm, Eli Keszler, Flohio, Gazelle Twin, Giant Swan, Haron, Henry Vega & Jan-Willem Troost, Ipek Gorgun, Jessica Sligter, Jlin & Company Wayne McGregor present Autobiography Edits, John Bence, Kampire, Kelly Moran, Kit Downes & Ensemble Klang, Lafawndah, Lotic: Endless Power, Low, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Nicolás Jaar, Otim Alpha, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, Tashi Wada Group, Tim Hecker, William Basinski & Lawrence English, YEK: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi & Burnt Friedman, and Yves Tumor

Festival passes are on sale with €20 discount until 16 November.

Rustin Man debuts on Domino

Drift Code is released on 1 February 2019

Former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb has announced his return under the solo alias Rustin Man. He's previously worked under the name once before, for the 2002 album Out Of Season which featured Portishead's Beth Gibbons on vocals, but now, 17 years later, he will make his Rustin Man debut for Domino and release Drift Code.

“Through the necessity of recording over a long period of time, the album has a kind of unfixed or uprooted quality. As if the songs belong nowhere so hopefully belong everywhere” says Webb.

Recorded at his home in a converted barn in Essex, three miles from the nearest village, the release features Webb on vocals. We're told that demos were written on a dictaphone and drums were played by Webb's former Talk Talk bandmate Lee Harris. Each instrument for each arrangement was recorded in a linear fashion. So once all the guitars for each song had been recorded, he would return to track one to record the bass for each track, then the keyboards, and so on.

Watch the video for “Vanishing Heart” below.

Pre-orders are being taken now.

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet 5LP box set announced

Jazzman reissue Lansdowne recording sessions after 20 year licensing struggle

Following what it describes as an “epic 20 year licensing odyssey”, the Jazzman label has announced it will release a 5LP box set of all five Lansdowne recording sessions by UK jazz outfit the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet. Alongside saxophonist Rendell and trumpeter Carr, the group featured pianist/composer Michael Garrick and percussionist Guy Warren. Later Carr would go on to form the fusion group Nucleus.

Marked as the sessions' first official reissue, the release includes the albums Shades Of Blues (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969). They'll come remastered with replicated artwork and a booklet of photographs and interviews. The label reckons the total value of the originals comes to £6000 on the secondhand market.

The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 is released on 30 November via Jazzman. While you wait, listen to “Mirage” from the original version of Change Is.

Christoph De Babalon music added to In Death's Dream Kingdom compilation

The vinyl version of the Houndstooth project released next month includes new bonus track

Fabric’s artist led label Houndstooth will release its TS Eliot inspired compilation on vinyl in December. As noted at the time of its digital release back in January, it was inspired by the phrase “in death's dream kingdom” from the 1925 poem The Hollow Men, and it features 25 tracks of new music from Otto Lindholm, Pan Daijing, Lanark Artefax, Petit Singe, Peder Mannerfelt, Tomoko Sauvage, Pye Corner Audio, Sophia Loizou, Abul Mogard, Par Grindvik, Koenraad Ecker, Roly Porter, Hodge, Gazelle Twin, Shapednoise, ASC, Batu, We Will Fail, Peter Van Hoesen, Spatial, Yves De Mey, Mindspan, Kangding Ray, Zov Zov and Ian William Craig. The four LP box set will include a new work by electronic producer Christoph De Babalon.

Earlier this year De Babalon remastered and released his 1997 album If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It, on his own Cross Fade Enter Tainment label. It was originally released by Digital Hardcore Records. He has also made a split release with Cera Khin on her Lazy Tapes label.

In Death's Dream Kingdom is released on 7 December – pre-orders are already nearly sold out. Listen to De Babalon's bonus track “Broken Land” below.

Unsound Adelaide bill adds Nicolas Jaar, Bliss Signal, DJ Lag and Mun Sing

The Polish festival’s Australian offshoot runs from 14–16 December

More names have been added to Unsound Adelaide's line-up. The expanded programme now features Australian premiere performances of Nicolas Jaar’s live AV set and Jack Adams aka Mumdance and James Kelly aka Wife’s duo Bliss Signal (they first aired their power electronics show at Unsound Krakow 2017). Gqom producer DJ Lag will also be there, along with Mun Sing aka Harry Wright of Giant Swan (the latter are also performing).

Already confirmed acts include Ben Frost and MFO, Matmos, Yves Tumor, Eartheater, Lanark Artefax, Resina, Lucas Abela, Tzusing, Ciel, ptwiggs and Emily Glass. There will also be a daytime programme featuring talks, and a closing party at Ancient World on 16 December.

Full festival passes have sold out, but tickets to individual events are still available via the Unsound Adelaide website.

Online record shop Bleep opens doors to physical shop in East London

“We knew it was the right time to open a real brick and mortar shop, if even only for a 3 month period,” says Warp affiliate has opened up a physical store on London's Kingsland Road in Dalston. Taking up the space of a former hair salon, the Warp affiliated shop took only two weeks to transform into a fully-functioning record store. It's called Bleep X and currently plans to open for a period of three months. “It is something Bleep have been wanting to do for a while and have been looking at spaces and exploring avenues for a while now” says music programmer Raj Chaudhuri. “However, the space itself and who we do this with is very important to us. When we stumbled across this Dalston space – we knew it was perfect.”

“We work with so many different artists and labels closely, selling and promoting their music on the Bleep [online] store," confirms Chaudhuri. “This shop is an opportunity to bring a new angle to a lot of these relationships.” He continues: “We are starting to explore things we have never been able to do with this physical space. It is 1200 square foot and going to allow us to explore live music, DJ sets, talks, Q&As, screenings and most importantly a real life interaction with both the artists, labels but also the customers that have been a part of Bleep's 14 year history. We've had so many positive and supportive responses when news started spreading that we was doing this.”

But why now? “Who doesn't love a good record or musical item just before Christmas? Also, we think this is an interesting time for music retail and we wanted to try something out in a shop setting.

“We are keen to see what this experiment brings and let the next three months guide where this goes...”

The shop will run in partnership with NTS Radio, Brainfeeder, Resident Advisor, Black Focus, and us at The Wire. The shop will be open from 10 November with its first instore happening the following day with the label Melodies International. Aside from Melodies, other in-store events and weeklong takeovers including album launches, DJ sets, talks, demonstrations include Bleep × Magicwire (15 November), Bleep × NTS Radio (1 December), Bleep × Black Focus (7), Bleep × Brainfeeder (14), Bleep × The Wire (12 January), and Bleep × Resident Advisor (19).

Bleep X can be found at 529 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AR. Opening hours are Monday–Thursday 10am–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–6pm.