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SoundFjord, a new, dedicated sound art gallery space is set to open with a celebration on 31 July, 4-8pm. The night features music from mimosa|moize, Dead Wood and Claire M Singer & Bill Thompson, a screening of Tune In by Esther Johnson, and Felicity Ford's Sonic Tuck Shop. Click here for more information and to RSVP

Following the inaugural event, the gallery kicks off their programme with Stillness.Subtropical/Stillness.Oceanic, an exhibition of work from the LA based sound artist Yann Novak which will run 4–25 August.

Julian Rosefeldt: American Night

Berlin based artist Julian Rosefeldt will be the next artist featured at the BFI Gallery at London's Southbank Centre (currently hosting John Akomfrah's Mnemosyne). Rosefeldt initially trained as an architect but now specialises in large multi-channel films which play with narrative and sonic conventions in cinema. The work to be shown, American Night is a "political Western" about recent US foreign policy and was partly shot on a former Sergio Leone film set in southern Spain. The title refers to a technique in which footage shot in the daytime is filtered to imitate the look of that shot during night, a widely used effect in Cowboy and Western genre films. London BFI Southbank, 10 September–7 November, free.

Laetitia Sadier: The Trip

Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier is to release her first solo record The Trip. The album, which is out 21 September on Drag City, features compositions written by Sadier, along with several cover tracks including Les Rita Mitsouko’s dance-funk-punk "Un Soir Un Chien" which was used in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1987 film, Soigne Ta Droite. The Trip was recorded with musicians Richard Swift and April March along with Julien Gasc and Emmanuel Mario, who previously collaborated on Sadier's post-Stereolab project Monade. Also, Sadier has plans for a European tour during October, click here for more details.

The Pyre

Founding member of the Anticon label and collective, Tim Holland (aka Sole), is releasing a book. The Pyre contains a poem written by Holland with illustrations by artist and film maker Ravi Zupa. According to Holland his poem is about the "story of civilization" drawing on influences such as Keats, Villon, Debord, Byron and the Epic of Gilgamesh. The book is accompanied by an "audiobook/album" containing over 20 tracks recorded using an analog 8-track. The publication of The Pyre follows Holland's departure from Anticon earlier this year. The Pyre is out 7 September, available from

Home Of Metal

Birmingham's Capsule art and music production agency (organisers of the forthcoming Supersonic Festival, supported by The Wire) have recently launched the Home Of Metal digital archive. Home Of Metal aims to collect all types of memorabilia relating to Heavy Metal music from Birmingham and the Black Country, areas which they claim to be the birthplace of Metal.

They're inviting all Metallers around the world to share their passion for the music of West Midlands Metal groups such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh and contribute stories and memorabilia by uploading images, sound files and film footage to their site. They're looking for everything from concert tickets to photographs, badges, album covers, t-shirts, demo tapes, fan letters, fanzines, flyers, lyrics, posters, press articles, set lists and promotional materials to build their online collection, which will be used for a series of exhibitions being developed for 2011.

JG Thirlwell & Fred Bigot: Hydroze Plus

JG Thirlwell has teamed up with Fred Bigot of Electronicat to collaborate on a new EP. Hydroze Plus consists of the songs "Overcoat" and "Calm Calm", as well as a Thirlwell remix of "Overcoat", called "Epi-Dose" and Bigot's remix of "Calm Calm" entitled "Belladonna". The EP is a vinyl only release in a limited edition of 500, available from the French art and music label Optical Sound. Hydroze Plus will be available digitally from Thirwell's own Ectopic Ents label at a later date.

Sound System Scratch

Pressure Sounds label are set to release a new album of Lee 'Scratch' Perry/Upsetter tracks entitled Sound System Scratch. The compilation is made up of remixes of tracks originally recorded at Perry's legendary Black Ark Studios in Kingston, Jamaica during the 1970s which have only ever been heard at sound system dances. Sound System Scratch will be available as CD or double vinyl (which comes with a 7" single, Dub Plate Pressure) directly from Pressure Sounds from 31 July.

Click here for more information and to listen to a couple of tracks.

Richard Youngs: Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits

Prolific vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Richard Youngs is set to release a new album on 20 July. Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits resulted from a challenge by friend and collaborator Andrew "Paz" Paine to make a pop album and was originally released in 2009 as a very limited edition CD-R on Paine's Sonic Oyster label. This reissue has been remastered and is available on Jagjaguwar from 20 July on vinyl and in digital format.

To celebrate the release, Youngs will be performing a special "greatest hits" set along with the entirety of Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits at London's Luminaire, 25 July, with guests Neil Campbell (aka Astral Social Club), Dylan Nyoukis and Spider Stacy (tickets available here)

Listen to a free download "Love In The Great Outdooors" from Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits made available by Youngs and the folks at Jagjaguwar here.

Hallogallo 2010 And Napalm Death At Supersonic

Birmingham's premier festival for Noise, Metal, avant rock, supported by The Wire, has added Michael Rother's Hallogallo 2010 to the bill, joining Godflesh and Swans as headline acts. Hallogallo, which features Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, Benjamin Curtis and Aaron Mullan, will perform the music of Rother's Krautrock outfit Neu! Also, Birmingham's own grindcore pioneers Napalm Death will be making their first ever appearance at Supersonic Festival. Supersonic Festival takes place 22–24 October. Click here for more information.

Adventures In Modern Music

Adventures In Modern Music on Thursday 15 July presents a breakdown of Chicago beats, with Derek Walmsley joined on the line by writer, blogger, photographer and Chi-town resident Dave Quam. His mix will present a history of Chicago styles from old school to new, taking in House, proto-Ghetto House, Juke, Footwork, from the Muzic Box to DJs Nate and Rashad and beyond, and he'll be talking about Chicago's love affair with the beat. Resonance 104.4fm and, 21:00-22:30.