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Steve Roden Performing At Cafe Oto, Exhibiting In LA

LA based artist Steve Roden is performing at London’s Cafe Oto on Wednesday, and at Cork's Strange Attractor event on 2 April. An exhibition of Roden’s work is also on at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in California until 23 April, titled Stone’s Throw.

The Cafe Oto performance will focus on Roden’s sound experiments - improvisatory performances using objects, field recordings and guitar pedals. The LA exhibition centres around a series of paintings and sculptures which started life as a collection of stones found in the studio of his grandmother after she died.

Roden says: “I’ve titled the show Stone’s Throw not only because of its reference to stones, but also because I like how the phrase is used to describe a short, yet inconsistent, distance from a source. The works in the exhibition exist in their finished forms a ‘stone’s throw’ away from the stones that fuelled their making... obviously, some remain a lot closer to their sources than others”

Ergo Phizmiz Crowdfunds Operatic Version Of The Third Policeman

Ergo Phizmiz is attempting to crowdfund a production of Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman after having funding applications rejected. Phizmiz calls The Third Policeman a ‘neuropera’ - which he says stands for a “new experimental underground radical opera, and also stands for noisy eccentric uber-ropey opera, nasty exceptional uppity rabid opera, and naughty elegant umpty dumpty raging opera. That’s to say that it’s a home made opera produced and performed by thieves and vagabonds like myself.”

For more info, or to donate to the project, head to Phzmiz’s Crowdfunder page.

Atari Teenage Riot Teaser Trailer For 2011 Tour

Atari Teenage Riot have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming tour across Europe and Japan, which kicks off at London Forum on 12 May and wraps up at Mera Luna Festival in August. There's also a free download of single "Blood In My Eyes" from forthcoming album Is This Hyperreal?, available at the Atari Teenage Riot site.

The Wire In Conversation With Matmos: Mutek 2010

Mutek has uploaded the second of four conversations from its 2010 festival in Montreal, Canada. This instalment covers the Q&A with Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt of Matmos, hosted by The Wire's Derek Walmsley, where the Baltimore duo talk about moving from analog sounds to a raft of modern gadgetry, and creating an instrument called 'The Moisturiser'.

New Burial 12” Street Halo

News reaches us of a new three track Burial 12” that will be out on Monday, following the sold out Kieran Hebden/Thom Yorke collaboration. The 12” features one A side called “Street Halo” and two B sides: “NYC” and “Stolen Dog”. It’s up for pre-order on Boomkat, Bleep and Rough Trade, and ships 28 March.

Sudden Infant Japan/Taiwan Tour Cancelled

Sudden Infant (aka Joke Lanz) has cancelled a series of dates in Japan and Taiwan in the wake of the Japan earthquake. Lanz said on his blog: “After thoughtful consideration and consultation with my close friends in Japan and the Swiss and German embassies, I decided to cancel the whole Sudden Infant/Pain Infant tour including the one off show in Taipei and to postpone it for an indefinite period of time...I think with due respect for the victims and their relatives it is not appropriate to tour Japan right now in its worst crisis since 65 years."

For more info head to the Sudden Infant site.

Wiley previews 100% Publishing

Wiley is due to drop his new album 100% Publishing on Big Dada in June. Ahead of that though, eskiboy has let loose a six minute long ‘advert’-cum-listening party on YouTube, giving a seven track showcase of the upcoming 15 track album. Wiley plays various venues across the UK between 4 April until 14 April. For more info head here.

Ken Hollings presents Requiem for the Network on Radio 3

Starting tonight on Radio 3, regular contributor to The Wire Ken Hollings is presenting Requiem For The Network, a series of five 15 minute shows which will run every evening this week. Hollings will be exploring the idea of the network in weaponry systems, commercial enterprises, banking and home entertainment: As these networks draw increasingly on the same operating platforms, the neutrality of the network is called into question.

The first show is “Welcome To The Labyrinth” which asks if “perhaps the hardest labyrinth to get out of is the one you don't even realise you are in?”

Hollings says: “Perhaps the most appropriate model for understanding the enduring nature of the network is the labyrinth: a structure of mystifying complexity where technology, deception and violence all meet. The US military, having been instrumental in developing the internet, has now withdrawn into its own secret labyrinth, which it considers a safe environment for the transmission of classified data.”

The rest of the week continues with “Victorian Search Engines”, “The Network Goes To War”, “I’ll Be Your Orange Juice”, and “Heads In The Clouds”. For more information head over to Radio 3 or Ken Hollings' blog.

Ulver: New album incoming and Koko show confirmed

Big news for black metal sickos: after announcing the imminent arrival of a new studio album earlier this month, Ulver have confirmed a live date at London’s Koko on 22 March 2011 with support from Virus.

Ulver (meaning Wolves in Norwegian) release War of the Roses, a seven track album produced by John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Swans), on 16 May 2011. It will be the first time that Ulver have released anything outside of their own Jester imprint.

Ulver were featured in Edwin Pouncey’s Subterranean Metal Primer in issue #252 of The Wire. For more info head here.

Resonance FM fundraiser

London's community arts radio station Resonance FM will be holding a live on-air auction raising funds to compensate for Arts Council England funding cuts. Categorised under Artwork, Book/magazine, DVD, Experience, Object and Recording, everything up for auction can be seen online at Resonance's Flickr account. Contributions include original work by Bob & Roberta Smith, Anish Kapoor, Alan Moore, Bob Cobbing, Nic Collins, Aura Satz and more. Tune in 19 & 20 March, Resonance 104.4 FM for Londoners, for the rest of the world.