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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: http://www.bacterialorchestra.com

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.

Raquel Castro's Soundwalkers

Video director and sound researcher Raquel Castro has released a documentary about sound ecology and the 'sonic life' of people, featuring interviews with artists, musicians, physicians, musicologists, architects and theorists including Peter Cusack, Rafael Toral, Max Dixon, Carlos Alberto Augusto, Janek Schaefer, Christoph Cox, Allen S. Weiss amongst others. Castro, whose previous work includes Pro Memória, a documentary series in which she collected oral histories of different Portuguese communities, produced Soundwalkers to be presented at the recent Miami Subtropics 20, Chicago's Listening to Our Planet and the World Forum For Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) conference in Mexico City, and now can be seen (and heard) for free here.

Raster Noton: The Shop

The Chemnitz-based electronic music and design label opens a temporary record shop installation in NYC...

Taking the form of a record shop, electronic music and design label Raster Noton have produced an installation which will present an archive of their publications, music albums, and other work over the past 10 years of their operations for the public to peruse (though not to buy). Installed in the e-flux art network exhibition space, The Shop will be lit up with White Line Light, an installation designed by Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender made of handmade, neon gas-filled tubes that react to Raster Noton compositions being played in the space. The opening will feature a performance by Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Bender (Byetone) 26 May 7-9PM, NYC e-flux, 41 Essex Street, lower level. The Shop will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6PM until late July. Tel: +1 212 619 3356 or click upon here for more information.

Masters Of Music Programming

The ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem, Netherlands will be offering a new Masters Degree in Music Programming...

Beginning in the 2009/2010 academic year, the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem, Netherlands is offering a new Masters Degree in Music Programming. Over the duration of two years the part-time course will train students in the complex curatorial decision making needed in today's polyphony of new musics along with the less glamorous (though essential) aspects of fundraising, finance and budget management, as well as consensus-building and high-performing teamwork. Click here for more information.

Pere Ubu Podcasts

Beginning 16 June, and then every two weeks finishing 22 September, an episode from Pere Ubu's project Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi will be podcast at www.hearpen.com. The series of 8 podcasts covers the first half of a radio play adapted by David Thomas from the playwright and pataphysicist Alfred Jarry's 1896 absurdist stage play Ubu Roi. Embedded in the podcasts are songs from Pere Ubu's forthcoming Cooking Vinyl CD Long Live Père Ubu! (out September 14), as well as dialog and electronic ambience. Sarah Jane Morris (ex-Communards, Happy End) performs the role of Mère Ubu, partnering Thomas who performs as Père Ubu. Members of the group supply the voices of other characters.