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Warp20 announced

A deluxe box-set announced to commemorate 20 years of the Warp label

A limited edition box set featuring exclusive music and art commemorating the 20th anniversary of Warp is now on pre-sale at Warp's online store The comprehensive package features new songs, covers and re-edits, older previously unreleased material from Warp artists, tracks selected as some of his personal favourites by co-founder Steve Beckett and the top ten pieces voted for by Warp fans (twenty thousand personal stories and messages about Warp songs were left by the public, the best of which will appear in the artwork). It will also include a book showcasing the label’s design history, along with an exclusive hour-long mix and a locked-groove vinyl set. More info on the box set and how to obtain it here

This week on Adventures In Modern Music

Rob Young in discussion with Comus's Roger Wootton in this Thursday's installment along with a special Saturday episode hosted by Anne Hilde Neset and joined by the sound art collective Ultra-red later in the week on The Wire's AIMM on Resonance FM... read more

Adventures In Modern Music, 11 June with Rob Young: Comus are one of the great forgotten English progressive folk groups. Their 1971 album First Utterance was a blast of savage pagan energy directed against hippy complacency. Amazingly, the group have reformed and will play First Utterance in full at this week's Equinox Festival. Rob will be joined by the group's main singer and songwriter, Roger Wootton, to discuss Comus's history and influences, and play a selection of music by Comus and their contemporaries. Resonance 104.4 FM or online, 11 June, 9PM BST

On Saturday Anne Hilde Neset will be hosting a special extra edition of AIMM where she'll be joined by the international art/music collective Ultra-red members Dont Rhine and Robert Sember to discuss their various projects. Resonance 104.4 FM or online, 13 June, 3:30PM BST

As Long As It Takes Open Call: Sound Poetry

An open call for for submissions of sound poetry, scores for sound poetry and essays on sound poetry...

The Atlanta Poets Group magazine As Long As It Takes is calling for submissions of sound poetry, scores for sound poetry and essays on sound poetry in/of/against the tradition(s) of Ball, Schwitters, Henri Chopin, Jandl, Cobbing, The Four Horsemen and the Fylkingen Group. All work that has been selected will appear in the magazine and be available for download from the magazine's site under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license. Click upon here for more information.

zeitkratzer's Volksmusic

zeitkratzer to perform Volksmusic at Taktlos Festival, Zürich

Reinhold Friedl’s co-operation with zeitkratzer-drummer Maurice de Martin, "Volksmusik", will be performed at the Taktlos festival in Zürich, Switzerland, tomorrow night (6 June) at Rote Fabrik, Aktionshalle.

Join Vortex Jazz

Vortex membership scheme

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of its move to new premises in Dalston, East London, the much feted Vortex club is launching a new membership scheme. The scheme aims to help punters access the Vortex's nightly programme of new jazz and contemporary music for less and to help the venue develop fresh and radical musical projects. Standard membership costs £50/year and provides two complimentary tickets, 50% discount on subsequent member's tickets and discounts at other Dalston businesses.

Bacterial Orchestra

Hundreds of iPhones to join to create a musical organism in Uppsala, Sweden

It started off as a sound installation in 2006 but has now developed into a self-organising system of intelligent neural music. Olle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke are behind the Bacterial Orchestra which is due to perform this Saturday at the Volt Festival, Uppsala, Sweden. The original installation consisted of several audio cells. Every cell would 'listen' to its surroundings and picks up sounds, trying to play together in a musical way. The musical material came from the background noise, people talking or sounds played by other cells. Public Epidemic No 1 (2009) is a generation of the installation where each cell lives on an Apple iPhone and interacts with cells on other iPhones. Be part of a world wide sound pandemic. More info about the projects:

Corrupted play London

The Japanese doom metallers come to London...

Reclusive doom metallers Corrupted will be playing two rare UK shows this coming July. First up will be an appearance at Birmingham's Supersonic Festival on 25 July followed by a performance at London's Scala on 26 July with Sunn O))) duo Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson's Thorrs Hammer and The Accused. Check out the Capsule website for full details on Supersonic and the Scala performance.

Karneval im Land der Cetacean

A three day festival celebrating intelligence and consciousness in Graz, Austria...

Karneval im Land der Cetacean (as part of the Absolutely Free Festival in Graz, Austria) taking place over three days and celebrating "the intelligence and consciousness" (of Dolphins and Whales, we can only suppose) will feature perormances by Ignatz, James Ferraro, Brew Abuse, Partkdolg, Cotopaxi, Mik Quantius, P.A.R.A. and Dolphins Into The Future. Graz Landesmuseum Joanneum, Neutorgasse 45, 8010 Graz Klubraum 26-28 June €8/€6

England's Dreaming Tapes

Jon Savage in conversation with The Wire contributor Michael Bracewell

Jon Savage, author of the punk history England's Dreaming, will be interviewed by The Wire contributor Michael Bracewell at Waterstone's, Gower Street in London on 10 June. The evening coincides with the release of The England's Dreaming Tapes, a collection of outtakes from Savage's book and interviews with major players from the early days of punk.

Ornette Coleman's Meltdown: New Guests Announced

London's Southbank Centre announces further shows for the forthcoming Meltdown...

New shows announced include Mike Patton appearing with Fred Frith (18 June) guitarist Marc Ribot will team up with Evan Parker on sax and Han Bennink on drums for an improv session (16 June) Kieron Hebden (Four Tet) will appear with drummer Steve Reid and Mats Gustafsson on sax (20 June) Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons) will be appearing with the Yoko Ono Plastic Band (14 June) James Blood Ulmer (16 June) Patti Smith appears with and The Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra (18 June) and the Master Musicians Of Jajouka will perform free shows throughout the festival on the Riverside Terrace. Also, Southbank will be hosting The School Of Harmolodics an intensive week-long course (14-20 June) in the Royal Festival Hall's Spirit Level for musicians, dancers and other artists interested in exploring ideas of making art inspired by Ornette Coleman's philosophy of 'Harmolodics', visiting tutors include Patti Smith, David Murray and Fred Frith. Click here for more information on Meltdown 2009.