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55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Call For Entries

The 55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has announced a call for entries...

The 55th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has announced a call for entries to participate in its forthcoming 30 April - 5 May 2009 series of screenings. The call is open specifically for music videos with unusual visual conceptions and stories, experimenting with all kinds of visual techniques – no matter what kind of musical genre" (the works should have been produced after January 1, 2008). The deadline for submissions is 2 March 2009. Click here for more information.

C’est com…com…compliqué: Faust Returns

Elusive Krautrock outfit returns with a new studio album...

Hamburg-based Krautrock outfit Faust has returned from a creative kosmische aether, bringing with them a new studio album C’est com…com…compliqué due out April 13 on the Bureau B label. According to group member Jean-Hervé Peron's website, the album was recorded in Hamburg during 2006 by producer Tobias Levin, and joining original members Peron and Werner “Zappi” Diermaier was Amaury Cambuzat of French post-rock group Ulan Bator (who first toured with Faust in 1996 as Collectif Metz/Faust, a project which also produced an eponymous album). Click here for more information.

Chris Forsyth Euro Tour

Guitarist and Peeesseye member Chris Forsyth will be embarking on a European tour throughout this coming January. The lucky countries to be visited are Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium. For more info, click here

Chris Forsyth January 09 Tour:

Fri 09/01 - Gabicce (PU), IT @ Diamond w/ Bob Corn
Sat 10/01 - Verona, IT @ Esposta
Sun 11/01 - Carpi, IT @ Mattatoio
Mon 12/01 - Roma, IT @ Fanfulla 101
Wed 14/01 - Anghiari, IT @ Mearivloutione
Thu 15/01 - Arezzo, IT @ Libreria Leggere
Fri 16/01 - Torino, IT @ tbd w/ My Cat is An Alien + Bob Corn
Sat 17/01 - Casalpusterlengo, IT @ Sala Prove Muzak w/ Bob Corn
Sun 18/01 - Arcore, IT @ Arci Blob w/ Bob Corn
Tue 20/01 - Amsterdam, NL @ VPRO Radio (afternoon)
Tue 20/01 - Amsterdam Noord, NL @ MS Stubnitz (evening)
Thu 22/01 - Antwerpen, BE @ Logement

Wire Cover Stars On Last FM

A new Last FM tag to follow the sounds coming from favourite cover beauties of The Wire...

Wire reader Luka Ivanovic has set up a new Last FM tag to follow the sounds of former cover beauties from past issues of The Wire. As of this article going live, the top artists playing are (in eclectic order): Radiohead: Björk: Sigur Rós: Aphex Twin: Michael Jackson: Cleveland Watkiss: DJ Shadow: Philip Glass: Sonic Youth: Portishead Click here for more info

Form 696

A Petition to scrap the London Met's controversial Form 696...

A Petition to scrap the London Met's controversial Form 696 online at the website of the Prime Minister's Office has attracted over 10'000 signatures. Form 696 requires all club promoters and licensees within London's 21 boroughs to report to police 14 days in advance of their planned event with the names, addresses, aliases and telephone numbers of performers, and along with this applicants are asked to note the "music style to be played/performed (eg Bashment, R'n'B, Garage)". According to the petition creators, the form also requires "most worryingly, the likely ethnicity of their audience" and that "failure to comply could result in fines or imprisonment." at this time the form available from the Met website now simply asks "Who is the target audience? (Include here if Birthday Party)". The petition continues: "The 696 Form can only serve to deter the staging of live musical events - a positive form of activity in London and all cities - stifle free expression and quite possible penalise certain genres of music and ethnic audiences. It is an intrusion too far."

David Toop: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Belgian based label of things arty, Sub Rosa, are set to release a DVD documenting a tour through David Toop's record collection...

Belgian based label of things arty, Sub Rosa, are set to release a DVD documenting a tour through David Toop's record collection. Entitled "I never Promised You A Rose Garden: A Portrait Of David Toop Through His Records Collection" the portrait was filmed this past year at his North London home by the film-makers Guy-Marc Hinant and Dominique Lohlé over the course of three immersive days.

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Music From The Isle Of Dogs

Trinity College Of Music, in association with the residents of the Isle Of Dogs, has recently launched a website which maps the Isle sonically...

The website collects different sonic ephemera from around the East London isle and links them together via an interactive website. The project was realised by the college along with Isle Of Dogs residents as part of an ongoing community music project which attempts to map out both the musical history and contemporary soundscape of the isle. For more information, click here

Zeitkratzer: Feldman V Whitehouse In Marseilles

European soloists ensemble zeitzkratzer have announced a 2009 tandem performance of the work of the late New York Modernist Morton Feldman and William Bennett of power electronics outfit Whitehouse. The juxtaposition of both musician's work is an attempt to highlight the focus upon the sonics of music making found in the work of both artists, or the "total abdication of compositional structures but complete and exact control of the SONIC side." Performed as part of Marseilles' Festival Les Musiques, May 14, 2009

Yes Snow Show: Michael Snow At The BFI

Canadian avant garde artist, experimental film maker and musician Michael Snow will be exhibiting several of his works at the BFI Southbank Gallery in London from 5 December until February 2009. The programme will include a survey of his film works from the 60s until now, presented in the BFI's gallery space. Alongside the exhibition will be a series of film screenings, including his seminal 1967 film "Wavelength"