New names added to Milan's sustainable music festival include Marco Shuttle, Caterina Barbieri and Daniele De Santis
Italy's sustainable music festival has announced the full programme for its 2018 edition. Returning to its regular spot in the woods of Villa Arconati just outside Milan, the Terraforma line-up includes Batu, Byetone, Konrad Sprenger, Paquita Gordon, Valentino Mora, Vladimir Ivkovic, Jeff Mills, Lanark Artefax, PLO Man, Powder, Rabih Beaini, Plaid & Felix’s Machines, Imaginary Softwoods, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Donato Dozzy, Don’t DJ, and Nkisi. Recently added to the bill are Marco Shuttle, Caterina Barbieri, Daniele De Santis, VIPRA and Mino Luchena. Also of note, a temporary onsite planetarium has been installed in collaboration with BUKA – it will house Barbieri's sound installation. Plus the usual mass of workshops, talks and food huts to complete the festival experience.
The audio visual artists release their interpretations of the filmmaker's personal collection
NYC and Berlin based group Soundwalk Collective are set to release two records interpreting the works of French director Jean-Luc Godard. The audio visual collective were invited to aurally explore the archive, drawing on Godard’s personal collection of shot film, reel-to-reels and historical ephemera, documenting stage directions, rehearsals, false starts and outtakes. The outcome of which is one full length titled What We Leave Behind and a remix EP featuring reworks from Ricardo Villalobos, Jan Jelinek and Petre Inspirescu.
“There are boxes filled with sounds, words, chaos, and also silence,” explains Stephan Crasneanscki of the Soundwalk Collective. “For Godard sound is a musical composition and when I began listening to the tapes and heard his voice between takes, it was like little bits of life...each sound has its own value. It has always been part of our working practice to venture into untapped sonic territories, discover the poetics behind them, and explore how we (as humans) relate to it, it is part of a larger discourse.”
The releases, out on 18 and 25 May respectively, arrive 50 years after Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude Lelouche famously closed the Cannes Film Festival 1968 edition in solidarity with workers and students protesting across the country.
The LP features an interview between Crasneanscki and Jean-Luc Godard’s sound engineer François Musy, while both LP and EP include photos taken from the archive. Check out their Bandcamp page, and Facebook to see footage of the corresponding installation that took place at the opening of The Long Now on 24 March at Kraftwerk Berlin.
The Run The Jewels MC/producer will write an original score for the new film by Josh Trank
Producer and rapper El-P aka Jaime Meline will score the soundtrack for Al Capone bio-pic Fonzo. Written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) the film follows the story of the infamous gangster who developed dementia during imprisonment. The cast includes Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Academy Award, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan.
"Since I was fourteen years old, El-P's music has been one of the most important creative influences in my life. There's literally no greater honor for me than to collaborate with him today and bear witness to this next stage of his artistic journey," says Trank.
Charlotte Collin and Jonathan Martin’s video is revealed the day before the release of new album Anticlines
Lucrecia Dalt's forthcoming album Anticlines is out tomorrow on RVNG Intl, and to mark the occasion she's released the video to the track “Edge”. A former geotechnical engineer from Colombia now residing in Berlin, Dalt explains to Emily Bick in The Wire 411 that “in an anticline, you have the old strata on the bottom and the new strata on the top, and when an anticline happens, because of the compression on both sides, the strata that is the oldest is coming to the centre and sometimes it can be revealed. I read somewhere that consciousness is the result of matter that has been folded multiple times until interior becomes exterior. So that’s sort of how these ideas get together for me.”
Released on 4 May, Anticlines is Dalt’s sixth album, and her debut on RVNG Intl. The video is by Charlotte Collin and Jonathan Martin, and you can watch it below.
More Can news is announced, as director Michelle Heighway sets up crowdfunding campaign for new film
A new feature length documentary in on the way about Can frontman Damo Suzuki. Directed by Yorkshire based photographer and film maker Michelle Heighway, who directed a portrait of a British eccentric Mr Somebody? back in 2014, Energy: A Documentary About Damo Suzuki reflects on the singer's life as he confronts cancer. Touring for over 20 years, Suzuki was diagnosed in 2014. As well as Suzuki, it stars his wife and carer Elke Morsbach, and features animations of Suzuki's lucid dream world.
“The themes here are music, creativity, human resilience, the mind and the ability to focus, outsider and new age thinking/art and independence,” says Heighway. “This documentary is a wonderful story of hope and survival. It’s a personal portrait of the life and times of a nomad, poet and enigmatic singer on his very inspiring journey.”
The film is marked for release in 2019, with Heighway setting up a crowdfunding campaign to cover costs of post production. Rewards include T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, badges and prints.
Marking the second release for 2018, this new one comes from Peder Mannerfelt
Berlin based label LazyTapes has come through with another release for 2018. Run by producer and Noods Radio regular Cera Khin, this new release comes from Peder Mannerfelt, and marks the first vinyl issue for the label. Previous releases include an early 2018 split cassette with Cera Khin & Christoph De Babalon (which The Wire streamed early this year), and last year's Guided Meditation, which had the DJ work with Bristol producer Ossia.
The Screws That Hold The World Together is released on 14 May. It features three tracks, “Shining Beacons Of Light”, “The Toad” and “Every Day Had A Number”. It's available in an edition of 300, hand-stamped and with artwork designed by Patch D Keyes.
The free jazz pianist who has played with everyone from King Crimson to Trevor Watts and Peter Brötzmann is unable to work following a heart attack
Keith Tippett has suffered a heart attack, followed by complications from pneumonia. Although the 71 year old pianist has returned home, he is unable to work for the foreseeable future. Now two funds have been set up to help with living costs.
Hazel Miller of Ogun Records is collecting PayPal donations to be sent to the musician directly; and saxophonist and composer Martin Archer, owner of Discus Music, has offered him all the proceeds from Tippett's 2016 release The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon.
“I’ve just come off the phone from speaking to Keith Tippett,” says Archer. "As you have probably seen elsewhere, Keith recently suffered a heart attack followed by some nasty complications. He’s back home and recovering, but it will take time. With Keith’s specific permission I’m adding Discus Music’s support to this initiative.100 percent of any sales will benefit Keith directly and regularly.”
More details on both ways to donate can be found at dgmlive.com.
Jacob Frössén directs a film about the Neu! drummer and his botched relationship with a Swedish girl in the summer of 1971
A new film about Neu! and La Düsseldorf's Klaus Dinger is currently in the making. Called Heartbeat – its working title – the film was inspired by a 1990s interview Dinger made with journalist Michael Dee in Pop magazine.
“At the end of the 90s I read an interview in a Swedish magazine with Klaus Dinger where he talked about his Swedish girlfriend whom he met in 1971 and with whom he went on vacation in Sweden the same summer,” explains director Jacob Frössén. “In the interview he also talked about his relation to drumming, and since I’m a drummer myself I was really intrigued. I believe it was the Swedish connection and the fact that they went to a lake near Södertälje (where I have spent many summers) to record the water sounds for “Lieber Honig” and "Im Glück" [both from 1972 debut album Neu!] that fascinated me, and the interview got stuck in mind.”
Over the last few years Frössén has been travelling, filming and interviewing people inspired by Dinger and his groups, including Iggy Pop, Emma Gaze, Bobby Gillespie, Gudrun Gut and Stephen Morris, among others. Heartbeat features photos, film footage and artwork approved by Miki Yui of the Klaus Dinger Archive and La Düsseldorf member Hans Lampe. The film’s plot is based around the break-up of that 1971 relationship and how it inspired much of his drumming; it also considers where Dinger’s work sits in Germany’s postwar musical landscape and drive for progress.
“I see the film as a dreamy kind of abstract experience and also an attempt to get inside Klaus Dinger’s head for a while,” continues Frössén. “The aim is to make a film about Klaus’s personal history and his view on things. But I guess that in the end it’s a film about life, music and love. Universal themes that most people can relate to.”
Co-produced by Swedish National Television (SVT) and funded by The Malik Bendjelloul Memorial Foundation, the film features Kim Gordon’s voice-overs spoken as its prologue and epilogue. Like its title, its release date is still to be finalised.
Emma Bennett, Laura Cannell and Hanna Tuulikki interpret bird talk for International Dawn Chorus Day
Birds: A Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park SoundCamp will take place on International Dawn Chorus Day, which this year falls on the first Sunday in May. People are invited to wander through the park while Emma Bennett, Laura Cannell and Hanna Tuulikki perform their interpretations of birdsong through speech, song and instrumentation.
This Soundcamp is part of a network of UK and international sites taking part in the Reveil radio broadcast showcasing events exploring places of acoustic and ecological interest through workshops, performances and presentations.
Happening from noon–2pm on 5 May, the SoundCamp is free to attend, although you need to book ahead. Participants are asked to meet at Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, at midday. The event will also be broadcast live by Reveil Radio.
Artists have been invited to perform at its free-to-attend Shorts series
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s 2018 Shorts series will take place on 19 November. The festival has put a callout for emerging artists across the UK to apply to perform at the event. The proposal, say the organisers, should be for a 20 minute performance of experimental and contemporary music. Applications should include the title and concept of the intended piece, along with all other relevant information, be it duration, technical requirements, and so on.
Sukitoa o Namau, who performed during last year’s Shorts series, commented: “It has been such a nice experience to be part of the 40th edition of hcmf//… It has a truly inspiring programme and vision behind it, involving the audience in today’s sound practices and offering unique listening experiences.”
The deadline for proposals is 21 May. More information can be found on HCMF's website.