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WFMU's Begathon Art Benefit

New York freeform radio station WFMU will be holding an art sale in an attempt to raise money for a new booster antenna in Manhattan. Participating artists include Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair amongst others. 6 December at Printed Matter, 195 10th Ave, between 21st and 22nd St, Manhattan, 5-7pm.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology are holding a competition for the design of new musical instruments. According to the submission guidelines "Instruments may generate sound acoustically or electronically, they may exist in physical or virtual manifestations, and they may be played by humans, robots, or computers." Deadline for online submission is Monday, January 5, 2009. For more information go here

Pharoah Sanders Performs

Interstellar saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will be headlining 2009's Big Chill festival, Eastnor Castle Deer Park in the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire, August 7th-9th. Click here for more details

Shortlist 2009

The Shortlist 2009, a competition for young composers and sonic artists has put out it's annual call for submissions. Up to thirty artists will be selected to receive professional development, promotional and performance opportunities for three years. Works submitted may be "acoustic or electroacoustic, installations or pieces for live performance, and for western or non-western instruments." The deadline for submissions is Friday 27th February 2009. For full information
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The Wire & Ghostbox's Top Mixology

As the season of annual roundups, whimsical flashbacks and other top ten lists warms up, a mix created by Ghostbox's Jim Jupp for Adventures In Modern Music (The Wire's weekly Resonance FM radio show) has recently been included in Fact magazine's top 20 mixes of 2008. Why not Download the entire show here and then have a read of the entire list here?

Tom Waits, Kool Keith & NASA

A project by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon under the moniker N.A.S.A. (North America South America) has recently produced a collaboration between Tom Waits and Kool Keith. The song, entitled "Spacious Thoughts", will be released sometime in 2009 and will also feature collaborations with Kanye West, Chuck D, David Byrne, M.I.A., KRS One, Karen O, Wu-Tang, Santogold, Lykie Li, Jurassic 5, Cee-Lo, Cool Kids, Fat Lip, Sizzla, Q-Bert, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, George Clinton and Spank Rock amongst others. Until then, you can listen to it on their MySpace page

John Zorn & Richard Foreman: Astronome - A Night At The Opera

John Zorn has teamed up with director Richard Foreman to produce Astronome: A Night at the Opera which will be opening next year at Manhattan's Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Until then, the interested may watch the rehearsals live via video feed through every Wednesday from 10am to 4:30pm (-5 GMT) Nov. 26, 2008-Jan. 21, 2009

Resonance Projects Presents An Evening With Otomo Yoshihide.

Resonance Projects present a rare performance by the influential Japanese musician at Cafe Oto in Dalston, North East London. Yoshihide will be appearing with luminaries Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Eddie Prevost, Benedict Drew, Louisa Martin, Tomas Korber, Xentos "Fray" Bentos, and DJ Sniff. Monday November 24, 7PM at Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL, Tickets: £10, £5 concessions

Sound Mapping Montréal

Concordia University's Electroacoustic Studies Student Association (CESSA) has recently launched a website in an attempt to initiate the ongoing sonic mapping of Montréal. Unprocessed sound files can be uploaded to the site by the public, and then organised into a browsable tagging system according to date, location, equipment, sound sources, and several other aspects.


Electrosound performances Saturday 15 November

Electrosound is a combination of live electronics and audio-visual performance curated by the artist Jo Thomas. This concert explores the diversity and untamed nature of today's Electronic music culture. It draws upon artists that use Micro-sound, Audio Visuals, Electro Minimalism, Dub, live electronics and improvisation as an expression of their individual voices. London The Warehouse, 15 November, 7pm, more info: