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Venn Demo Derby

Bristol's Venn festival is hosting an informal debate as a way of launching their 2008 season

To herald the launch of the fifth edition of Venn (5-8 June, Bristol) the organisers are putting on a live debate. The informal event will feature a panel of music insiders who will listen to and discuss excerpts of previously unheard music demos before a live studio audience, throwing in DIY, professional and leftfield advice along the way. The panel represents a broad range of experience and includes journalists, A & R officers, promoters, label managers, agents and "gobby" music enthusiasts. Send a demo in advance or bring sound on the night. More info on their website here: www.vennfestival.com

Animal Art

Daniel Higgs, Tara Jane O'Neil and Savage Pencil feature in an exhibition on animal art which opens this week

Daniel Higgs, Tara Jane O’Neil and The Wire’s Savage Pencil are among the artists included in a new group exhibition at London’s 96 Gillespie gallery titled Mythical, Domestic, Working and Loved: Animals In Contemporary Art. The exhibition features works in which animals are used to illustrate spiritual, political or social aspects of human life and encompasses printmaking, photography, painting drawing & sculpture. Comic and mystical, figurative and occult: the styles represented are as diverse as our relationships with the creatures themselves. London 96 Gillespie, 25 January – 17 February. More info here

Expo Brighton: Call for submissions

Sonic Arts Network is after submissions and commission proposals for their annual travelling fest Expo which hits Brighton this Summer

Expo, Sonic Arts Network's annual travelling festival of sonic art and experimental music, is looking for submissions of all kinds for their upcoming festival taking place in Brighton, 4-6 July 2008. The event will take place across a variety of public spaces and venues in the seaside town and on the airwaves with Expo partner Radio Reverb. The call for submissions and commissions proposals is open, and they are also offering a £4k commission for a UK based artist. Deadline for submissions is 14 March.
Visit www.sonicartsnetwork.org for more info

Gæoudjiparl Lecture

Take a trip through Gæoudjiparl's mind via his extraordinary lecture on Danish television

Learn music Gæoudjiparl style. After his recent appearance on the Danish television show den 11. time (the 11th hour) where he provided a suitably unhinged music lecture on computer music, bamboozling his audience with a number of his intricate creations and awing them with a barrage of interlinked theories, facts, stories and music knowledge, Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen has put together an enhanced version of the entire show with an additional specially created soundtrack. Go to VVM for the double file link & more info.

Chris Watson commission

Field recordist Chris Watson has been commissioned to produce a sound installation for the AV Festival in Newcastle

Field recordist Chris Watson has been commissioned to produce a sound installation for the AV Festival, to be held from 29 February–9 March in Newcastle, UK. Entitled Whispering In The Leaves, the installation will seek to recreate the sonic environment of the South American rainforest, using multiple surround sound speakers and recordings taken from Watson’s archive. The installation will be held at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

MV & EE UK Tour

Freak folkies MV & EE have announced a UK tour for this month, with 13 dates planned across the country.

Freak folkies MV & EE have announced a UK tour for this month, with 13 dates planned across the country. Playing as MV & EE And The Golden Road, the tour starts in Cambridge on 4 February, and bassist/violinist Samara Lubelski will appear with the group on the first three dates. An album documenting a date on a previous European tour, Meet Snake Pass And Other Human Conditions, has just been released on the Singing Knives label, and is reviewed in this month's (#287) Soundcheck.

Call for entries at Oberhausen

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has announced a call for entries of music videos

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has announced a call for entries of music videos as part of its MuVi Award strand. The emphasis is on visual conceptions, stories and techniques, regardless of musical genre. The works should be produced after 1 January 2007, and the deadline for entries is 1 March 2008. More information can be found at www.kurzfilmtage.de

Laibach star in cult comic

Laibach have been feted in the cult comic Absolute Kingdom Come.

Laibach have been feted in the cult comic Absolute Kingdom Come. In its new edition, Laibach's frontman Milan Fras appears as a new superhero in the story. Dressed in Laibach-style uniform, he wears the groups’s trademark on his chest, and is featured alongside Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel. See www.nskstate.com/laibach/ for more details.

Jem Finer wins award

Jem Finer has won the PRS Foundation for New Music’s British Composer Award

Jem Finer has won the PRS Foundation for New Music’s British Composer Award in the New Media category for his Score For A Hole In The Ground. Using the power of the weather, Jem Finer's piece combined principles of acoustics with sculptural design, using gravity and water as elements in the composition.

Iain & Jane direct Cave video

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard have directed the promo video for the new single by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who feature in this month's Cross Platform piece (#287) have directed the promo video for a new single by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The track, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!" is released on 18th February, and is taken from the album of the same name released by Mute on 3rd March.

The video was filmed in a single take at Pinewood Studios, with rear projections filmed in New York, London and Melbourne. It can be seen now on the official band web site and on YouTube.