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Music At The City Lit

For the aspiring contemporary musician: London's City Lit are running two courses beginning January 2009: 'New Music - Composition and Performance' will be taught by Phil Wachsmann, violinist and improviser, 16 January to 20 March. The second course 'An introduction to Max/MSP' will run from 15 January through 20 March. For more details or to enrol either check out the attached links or ring the City Lit Music Department on 020 7492 2630

Sonic Attack: Trensmat Releases Hawkwind

Trensmat Records are to release a series of Hawkwind covers on 7". Tracks covered include Bardo Pond "Lords Of Light" Kinski "Masters Of The Universe" and Mudhoney "Urban Guerilla"

For more info go to: Trensmat Records

Sound:Space Sound Art Symposium

On Saturday 1 November the second Sound:space symposium on sound art will take place in South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK. Speakers this year are Jana Winderen, Ray Lee, with Mike Harding of Touch moderating a panel discussion with Tony Myatt, Peter Cusack and Jana Winderen. Along with the talks, a variety of sound works will be installed throughout South Hill Park Mansion including a surround sound piece by Chris Watson and a closing performance by Peter Cusack and Max Eastley inside Eastley's installation.

Jelinek's Faitiche

Jan Jelinek's new label releases a first album, "Ursula Bogner: Recordings 1969 - 1988"

Jan Jelinek's new label Faitiche has just released its first album. The release Recordings 1969 - 1988 is a compilation of work by Ursula Bogner (1946 - 1994) until now an unknown German musician and artist. Bogner developed her interest in avant garde music - apparently an avid follower of the Cologne based Studio für elektronische Musik and Musique Concrète - along with an enthusiasm for synthesiser's for which she built a home studio. Bogner (a pharmacist) was also interested in the work of psychoanalyst and sexuality researcher Wilhem Reich: according to the website even building an Orgonakkumulator which she kept in the back garden.


Future Sound Of London are to be one of the headlining acts at next year's BLOC weekend (13 to 15 March 2009) in their first live show in ten years. This follows news of the imminent release A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind a mix album under the moniker Amorphous Androgynous. Other headliners at the weekend include Jamie Lidell and the Super Ape himself, Lee Scratch Perry.

Vancouver New Music Presents Sonic Playground

NOW Orchestra, Vancouver New Music and Western Front are presenting a Sonic Playground workshop on circuit bending

NOW Orchestra, Vancouver New Music and Western Front are presenting a Sonic Playground workshop on circuit bending open to both adults and children. Workshop attendees should bring a cheap battery powered electronic sound toy with them to fiddle with. Admission is free but interested parties should email by November 1.

John Sinclair Speaks

A London listening to the MC5 manager and White Panther Party man.

Former MC5 manager and White Panther Party leader, John Sinclair, will be giving a talk in anticipation of his two new books "Headpress 28: The Gospel According to Unpopular Culture: An Anthology", which Sinclair has edited, and "It's All Good: A John Sinclair Reader" which is a collection of interviews, reviews and other work from the last forty years - set to be released April 2009 by Headpress. Free admission but book in advance by ringing +44(0)207 636 1577. The talk and signing begins at 6:30pm on the 12th November at Waterstone's,
82 Gower Street. London WC1E 6EQ.

Writers Speak

The BBC and the British Library release two new albums of writers speaking.

The BBC and British Library Sound Archive have released two new albums American Writers and British Writers in which can be found authors expounding upon a variety of different subjects, such as Joe Orton on the brevity of a playwright's career; the only recordings made of Virginia Woolf and spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle; Graham Greene on his childhood games of Russian roulette and Raymond Chandler interviewed by Ian Fleming amongst others.

Poetry please

Winner of poetry prize namechecks The Wire in winning ode

The winner of Britain’s prestigious Forward Prize for the best single poem of 2008 (Seamus Heaney was among the contenders) is an ode to the Georgian electronica musician Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze, who is married to Cologne’s minimal Techno pioneer Thomas Brinkmann, by the Scottish poet Don Paterson. “Love Poem For Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze” even finds room to name check The Wire in the course of its effusive tribute to Beridze’s sound processing talents.

Sample passage:

"O Natalie, how can I pay tribute to your infinitely versatile
blend of Nancarrow, Mille Plateaux, Venetian Snares, Xenakis,
Boards of Canada and Nobukazu Takemura"

A Tribute to Bert

All day event to celebrate centenary birth year of English singer, folklorist, journalist and writer AL (Bert) Lloyd

In November, the English Folk Dance & Song Society hosts an all day event celebrating the centenary birth year of the renowned English singer, folklorist, journalist and writer AL (Bert) Lloyd.

The event will include live performances, talks and discussions. Taking part are Alistair Anderson, Frankie Armstrong, Martin Carthy, Bob Davenport with Roger Digby, Will Duke, Dan Quinn and Alex West, Louis Killen, Maddy Prior, Dessislava Stefanova, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson, Martyn Wyndham-Read with Iris Bishop, Lisa Knapp and Sam Lee.

London Cecil Sharp House, 15 November, noon-11pm, £20/£15 concessions, 020 7485 2206,