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Making Contakt DVD release

Documentary of Minus label's series of world enveloping multimedia events...

DJ Richie Hawtin's Minus label is set for a DVD release of their 2008 documentary Making Contakt which followed the series of improvisational multimedia events from Detroit to Tokyo (with other stops along the way). The film captures performances by Hawtin and the Minus crew along with 'backstage' commentary from the artists, event organisers, staff and friends as the globe spanning production progressed.

To coincide with the release of the DVD on 26 February there will be a preview of the final DVD version during Berlin's digital arts festival Transmediale 10 (the music component, Club Transmediale, is sponsored by The Wire) at Babylon Berlin on 3 February. The preview will be open to the public, followed by a Q&A with Hawtin and Ali Demirel (who directed the film together).

The Ex & Brass Unbound tour preview

Check out footage of the Dutch group performing their unreleased track "Double Order" in anticipation of their UK tour, 29 January – 6 February...

Tour supported by The Wire and produced by Qu Junktions featuring the veteran Dutch group, combining their precision-honed punk with the brass weight of Mats Gustafsson, Roy Paci, Ken Vandermark and Wolter Wierbos. Video by Emma Fischer. Full tour info here.

Into The Vortex on Resonance FM

Recordings of the October 2009 festival on air...

Edited highlights of The Wire's Into The Vortex festival will be broadcast on Resonance FM between 10pm-1am GMT on 3 January 2010. The festival took place last October at East London's Vortex venue and featured live sets by Richard Youngs & Heather Leigh, Astral Social Club, Alexander Tucker, Alasdair Roberts & Gordon Ferries, Thomas Ankersmit, Broadcast, The Caretaker, The One Ensemble and The Band Of Holy Joy.

Max Neuhaus: Times Square, Time Piece Beacon

A new book on the late musician and sound artist...

New York's Dia Art Foundation has recently published a book about musician and pioneer sound artist Max Neuhaus, who died in February 2009. Max Neuhaus: Times Square, Time Piece Beacon, focuses on two of his public sound works Times Square and Time Piece Beacon, installations based on a 1977 piece where Neuhaus installed speakers underneath sidewalk grating on a triangle of pedestrian space between 45th and 46th streets in Times Square. The book also includes essays by Lynne Cooke, The Wire's Christoph Cox, Branden W. Joseph, Liz Kotz and Alex Potts, as well as a conversation between Neuhaus's friends Peter Pakesch and Ulrich Loock.

Call for submissions: Analogous Interactions

Call for work to be presented during the International Computer Music Conference, 2010...

Analogous Interactions is inviting artists to submit proposals for presentation at their events for the International Computer Music Conference, taking place at Stony Brook University, in association with New York University, and the Electronic Music Foundation of New York City. They ask that the proposed works explore the intersection of computer music and 'emergent phenomena', including generative sound and video works, performance and installations, live-coding and musical improvisation, reality based games and social experiments, biomedical hacking and new technology, artificial intelligence and 'chaordic' systems. Works should be “nondeterministic”, having an unpredictable and/or live element, and should be appropriate for a performance, an installation, or a social event. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2009. Click here for more details and to submit your work.

Force Field

Ray Lee presents his new performance installation Force Field at London's ICA this month.

Ray Lee, recently featured in The Wire and whose 'Siren' can be viewed on our Web Exclusive > On Camera pages) will present his new performance installation Force Field at London's ICA this month. In Force Fields Lee uses a Theremin as a controller to activate a series of kinetic sound machines, creating movement and sounds as if from the ether. There are only two performances, held on the same day. London ICA, 21 November, 6.30pm and 8pm, prices not available at time of going to press.

My Name Is Albert Ayler

Swedish director Kasper Collin's acclaimed documentary of the star-crossed saxophonist and free jazz pioneer gets its first screenings in the US. New York City Anthology Film Archive (8-14 November), Athens Ciné Cinema (15 & 16 Nov), Cleveland Cinematheque (17 & 18 Nov).

Swedish director Kasper Collin's acclaimed documentary of the star-crossed saxophonist and free jazz pioneer gets its first screenings in the US. New York City Anthology Film Archive (8-14 November), Athens Ciné Cinema (15 & 16 Nov), Cleveland Cinematheque (17 & 18 Nov).

Graphic Design on the Radio...

A selection of The Wire contributor Adrian Shaugnessy's series of one-hour radio shows are now available for streaming

Graphic Design on the Radio, presented by The Wire contributor Adrian Shaugnessy, was a series of one-hour radio shows broadcast in the summer of 2007 on Resonance FM. The programmes featured interviews with leading graphic designers who talked about their work and played music that inspired or influenced them.

You can now check a selection of the broadcasts on the Graphic Design on the Radio website - with more to be added later. The show is also due to return to the airwaves in 2008 in a new format.

Process Festival

Call out for proposals for performances and new media work, to be shown at the 2 day festival in March 2010...

Process Festival, which takes place 19-20 March, 2010 at Berlin's Ausland venue and focuses on work in the field of generative or process music, specifically sound pieces which are inspired by or emulate algorithms, biology, or other 'defined systems' is calling for submissions of work.

As well as traditional forms of generative/process music, the organisers are interested in projects which expand the definition or approach to this field, including hardware based projects like custom instruments, lo-fi systems, web based work and other hybrid forms. Performances should be between 20 and 40 minutes long.

They're unable to offer artists compensation or provide travel costs to the event but encourage applicants from outside of Berlin to partner with local artists to perform works, and will help put individuals in contact. To submit work, email with your name, a short biography, contact details, type of work and a description of your project along with any links to relevant imagery, sound, or documentation (if available). Deadline is 2 January 2010.

Parallel Voices: Carsten Nicolai

Alva Noto curates an event at Siobhan Davies Dance Studio...

Raster Noton label and design studio boss Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) has been invited by the Siobhan Davies Dance studio in London to curate their 2010 edition of Parallel Voices.

The event, with the subtitle "Missing Link" will feature talks, performances and installations, bringing together practitioners from the worlds of visual art, music, poetry, theatre, dance and science and will feature a new, large scale light installation by Nicolai.

Further information will be released closer to the event, which is set to take place 17, 18 & 19 March 2010 at London's Siobhan Davies Studio space.