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Documentary on The Chills set for release in 2019

The film will document the New Zealand group's story through its ever changing line-up and founder Martin Phillipps’s battle with depression and addiction

A documentary on Martin Phillipps's long running project The Chills is in the early stages of production. Due for release in 2019, the film will document Phillipps's life and the project which he formed in Dunedin in 1980. Phillipps is the only member to have stayed with the group throughout its career. Other members have included Peter Gutteridge, Jane Dodd, Rachel Phillipps, Alan Haig, Justin Harwood, Caroline Easther, Jimmy James Stephenson and others. Placing itself at the forefront of the Dunedin sound, The Chills were one of the highest profiling acts on the country's famous Flying Nun label.

Currently in the early stages of production by Notable Pictures NZ and in association with Fire Films UK, the documentary still needs to raise NZD 60,000 and the film makers have set up a Kickstarter to do so. Rewards include exclusive artwork by Phillipps, memorabilia and limited edition music.

Phillipps says “While I have been through some very dark times I have never stopped believing in and fighting for my music. But now I also have to fight for my recovery and my very life. Bad decisions and bad luck really have taken their toll. I've been forced to take better control of my health and make the best possible use of whatever remaining time I have.

“I must organise my legacy, as I am the only person who can accurately do that. And I must try to make the best and most honest music I have ever made - especially since the band is in the perfect state for this to happen. In some ways, the future is looking brighter, but there are still some darker possibilities. Whatever happens, I want to share it all with the documentary and make some damn fine cinema.”

You can support the project via Kickstater.

Outernational Days calls for support

Following its second edition, the Romanian experimental music festival asks for retrospective financial help as they call for donations to fund their third edition

Online music magazine The Attic has called for support in the aftermath of Outernational Days festival this summer. Having suffered financial loss from its second edition, the project, which came “out of a cultural need [to explore] a very wide musical spectrum, to which the Romanian audience lacked access until now,” in the words of the promoters, is now unable to settle bills for artists' flights.

Their plan is to host an Outernational Days 3, and they're attempting to source the money in advance via an Indiegogo campaign. “We defined Outernational as a place positioned outside of history; as a shapeless world that has been developing at the periphery of the International sphere.” explains the crowdfunding page.

“When we drew the line after the second edition of the festival, we realised that despite its massive success, the festival was a financial failure. There is a risk that the organising company (Sounds in The Attic LTD) will face foreclosure due to the inability to pay some of the invoices. What hurts the most is that the festival risks to go bankrupt and thus will be unable to continue.

“As we did not have a cash flow that would have allowed us to purchase the plane tickets for all the artists attending the festival (54 artists and 2 journalists) early enough, we used the services of a travel agency that helped us to purchase a part of the tickets (around 80%) with a due date payment (after the festival),” they explain. “This is a call for solidarity.”

“You will receive (apart from all our gratitude, gifts and free entries at the future Outernational Nights) that unique feeling that you donated for something that’s good, that you did a good thing, that you helped a festival that can bring something new for the music, but who is currently stuck in an impasse out of which it can’t get out, that you made a difference, no matter how small, as small as you could from your small square.”

You can bid for tote bags, cassette tapes, T-shirts and full passes for Outernational Days 3, though details of this event are yet to be confirmed. At the time of writing, there is a month left on the campaign and 13% of its $5000 goal has been reached.

Outernational Days was reviewed in The Wire 403 by Claire Sawers. Subscribers can read that via Exact Editions.

The Wire Salon at Waterstones

The next edition of The Wire Salon will feature David Keenan, Helm, Ian Rawes, and Elaine Mitchener

Following its return, after a four year lay off, to East London's Cafe Oto in July, The
Wire’s peripatetic Salon event next decamps to the Gower Street branch of
Waterstones in central London on 7 October for a special night of music and

The night, which is one of a series of events hosted at the branch by a variety of UK magazines over the weekend of 6–8 October, will feature David Keenan reading from his acclaimed post-punk novel This Is Memorial Device accompanied by Luke Younger aka Helm on electronics; vocalist Elaine Mitchener and double bassist Neil Charles improvising on Ben Okri’s Grenfell Tower poem; and Ian Rawes of London Sound Survey discussing and demonstrating some of the archaic soundwords collected in his book Honk, Conk And Squacket.

The Wire Salon happens at Waterstones Gower Street branch in central London on 7 October, 7–9pm, tickets £5.

Radiophrenia are back with an open call for sound and radio works

Annual Glaswegian FM and online broadcast Radiophrenia makes an open call for radio works, with its deadline coming up on 24 September

Month long Glasgow-based online and FM station Radiophrenia has made an open call for new sound and transmission artworks to be broadcast in November. The station will take up home at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts with its broadcast schedule including live shows, pre-recorded features and a series of live-to-air performances.

“We are seeking soundscapes, spoken word pieces, radio experiments, found sound, innovative approaches to drama and documentary, and radical and challenging new programme ideas,” says the call. “We want to hear from radio makers who are seeking a platform for their work to reach new audiences. The call is open to artists, musicians and producers at any career stage. It is intended primarily for existing works. Local artists may also propose live shows or performances that will take place in the studio.”

There are four categories for submissions: pre-recorded radio programmes
including documentaries, radio plays, soundscapes and crafted features; shorter radio or sound works; experimental, long-form radio pieces; and live shows. Works have to be self-funded.

More information can be found on their website. Deadline is 24 September 2017. And you can listen to a selection of last year's shows below:

Funkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters out next month

The series on Westbound Records features remixes by Underground Resistance, Moodymann, Amp Fiddler, Marcellus Pittman, Ectomorph and others

A compilation of Funkadelic tracks reimagined and reinterpreted by a collection of Detroit producers is set to be released on Westbound Records next month. The reworks come from the likes of Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann, Gay Marvine, Underground Resistance, Amp Fiddler, Kenny Dixon Jr and others, with the release featuring tracks such as “Sexy Ways”, “Get Off Your Ass And Jam”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Let's Take It To The Stage”, “Maggot Brain” and many more.

“Funkadelic have created an enduring legacy, and the power of their impact is visceral in Detroit.” says Brendan M Gillen, the compilation's curator. “The music itself is beyond stereotype, but equally huge is that they were a black band not allowing themselves to be limited by anyone else’s notions of who they could be, having a massive impact on the next generation of Detroit music, Detroit techno. But more than just techno, it is a freedom of thinking that extends beyond boxes, so we included all sorts of today's generation of Detroit musicians and producers to show the wide range of music that was Funkadelic and how these ideas are still contemporary, they endure and inspire.”

He continues, “We are overwhelmed with how serious the remixers took this project, turning in some of their best work. “Sloppy Cosmic” by Moodymann came about because of this compilation, and that is simply one of the finest odes to the Funkateer generation ever seen, and one of his finest works, here in its purest form.”

Listen to Moodyman mix of Funkadelic's “Cosmic Slop”

Funkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters will be released on 27 October. Plus, on 22 September a 12" of “Cosmic Slop”/”Let's Make It Last”, featuring Moodymann/KDJ reworks will also be release. Pre-orders available via Ace Records.

Collection of works by Pauline Anna Strom to be released this November

RVNG Intl compile hallucinatory synthesizer works composed by the Bay Area musician between 1982–1988

This November RVNG Intl is set to publish a collection of otherworldly synthesizer works by Pauline Anna Strom. Titled Trans-Millenia Music the compilation brings together over 80 minutes of music made between 1982–1988 and is described by the label as “a collection of transportive synthesizer music providing listeners a vessel to break beyond temporal limits into a world of pulsing, mercurial tonalities and charged, embryonic waveforms.”

Raised in Louisiana and Kentucky, Strom was born blind. She would later move to the Bay Area where a childhood interest in the piano would be reignited by the synthesizer, as she developed her work at the beginning of San Francisco’s new age and ambient scenes. Inspired by the likes of Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, she purchased a Tascam four-track recorder and synthesizers including the Yamaha DX7, TX816 and the CS-10 and in 1982 would release Trans-Millenia Consort on Ether Ship Records.

For this release, RVNG has selected works from three LPs and four self-released cassette tapes. It features sleevenotes by The Wire contributor Britt Brown and will be released on 10 November. It can be ordered via Bandcamp.

Listen to the theatrical “Energies”. Video directed by Georgia.

Grant Hart has died

The former Hüsker Dü vocalist/drummer and Nova Mob frontman was 56

Drummer, vocalist and founding member of hardcore band Hüsker Dü Grant Hart has died aged 56, it was reported by Variety this morning. He had been diagnosed with cancer in recent months. Vocalist, guitarist and fellow songwriter Bob Mould, who founded the Minnesota rock outfit with Hart and bassist Greg Norton in 1979, paid tribute on his Facebook page: “It was the Fall of 1978. I was attending Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota. One block from my dormitory was a tiny store called Cheapo Records. There was a PA system set up near the front door blaring punk rock. I went inside and ended up hanging out with the only person in the shop. His name was Grant Hart.

“The next nine years of my life was spent side-by-side with Grant. We made amazing music together,” he continues. “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember... Godspeed, Grant. I miss you. Be with the angels.”

Born Grantzberg Vernon Hart in St Paul, Minnesota in 1961, he started playing drums as a child. It was during his time as a student that he formed Hüsker Dü (meaning "Do You Remember" in Danish and Norwegian, and taken from a 1970s board game) with Mould and Norton. They released their first single "Statues" on their own Reflex label in 1981. Their debut album Land Speed Record, recorded live on 15 August 1981 at Minneapolis venue 7th Street Entry, was released in 1982 by New Alliance.

Distinct from Mould’s astringent style of songwriting, Hart’s songs tended towards a highly melodic, almost power-pop sound, albeit often with acerbic lyrics. On the 1983 EP Metal Circus Hart sang lead on his compositions “Diane” and “It's Not Funny Anymore”, both of which became Dü live staples. After releasing a series of records – including Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig and New Day Rising – which saw the group evolving from their hardcore roots while establishing a blueprint for much of the college/alternative rock of the 80s and 90s, they signed to Warner Bros, who released Candy Apple Grey (1986) and the band's final studio album Warehouse: Songs & Stories (1987).

Hüsker Dü disbanded in 1988 amid cancelled gigs and Hart’s struggle with drug addiction. Hart followed the split by issuing his solo EP 2541 and within a year he had assembled new band Nova Mob, with Michael Crego on drums and Tom Merkl on bass (Hart took on vocal and guitar duties). Named after William Burroughs’s novel Nova Express, Nova Mob released The Last Days Of Pompeii on Rough Trade in 1991 and Nova Mob on Restless in 1994.

After Nova Mob disbanded, Hart resumed his solo career, releasing Good News For Modern Man on Pachyderm Records in 1999 and, a decade later, Hotwax on Con d'Or. His most recent album was The Argument, released via Domino in 2013. A major set of unreleased early Husker Dü recordings Savage Young Dü was recently announced by Numero Group.

Le Guess Who? 2017 announces full line-up

Taking place in the city of Utrecht this November, new additions to the line-up include Dälek, Steven Warwick, and the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers performing the Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

As announced earlier this year, Utrecht festival Le Guess Who? is set to take place in November, with a host of curators including Perfume Genius, Han Bennink, James Holden, Jerusalem In My Heart, Grouper and Shabazz Palaces. Performances by William Basinski, GAS, Keiji Haino, Pharoah Sanders, Natasha Kmeto, Linda Sharrock, Moor Mother and Matana Roberts have already been confirmed.

To complete the programme (aside from a couple of film screenings that are still to be confirmed) the following artists have been newly added to the line-up: Sai Anantam Ashram Singers performing the Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Thurston Moore Group, Sevdaliza, John Maus, Black Lips, Sudan Archives, Avey Tare, Dälek, Juana Molina, Luka Productions, Farai, Brian Case, Steven Warwick, among others. In addition, the 12 hour drone will return with Surajit Das, Lea Bertucci, Ellen Arkbro, Ben Bertrand, Roy Montgomery and Ashtoreth confirmed as participants.

The Wire’s Deputy Editor Joseph Stannard will be in attendance, hosting two Q&As on 12 November. He will speak to Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Dylan Carlson (Earth) at 2.30pm followed by Jerusalem In My Heart at 3.45pm. In addition, The Biggest Record Fair In The World – featuring over 500 labels – will once again make an appearance.

Le Guess Who? takes place between 9–12 November. Tickets are on sale now with four-day passes available at €130. Single day tickets are also available.

Copenhagen club night calls for new music made at 10 bpm

An open call has been announced for new music made at a really slow tempo

Composer and founding member of the percussive ensemble G-Bop Orchestra (featured in The Wire 390 for subscribers), Greta Eacott has put out an open call for music that plays at 10 bpm. “If I make a dance club with music at 10 bpm will anybody come? What will it sound like? Can I dance to it? Will it be enjoyable?” asks Eacott, who aims to play all the submissions at a nightclub in Copenhagen soon.

The call out reads: “We are looking for dance music producers / interested persons to make some music at 10 bpm for out inaugural 10 bpm dance club happening at the end of September 2017 in Copenhagen. Tracks don’t need to be ‘finished’, or of any particular length. Everything is welcome & will be put to the dance-floor. Only restriction is please keep to our strict 10 bpm policy. The night will last for as long as we have music for ; )”

Submission deadline is 25 September. For more information you can email Eacott or visit the Tumblr. And to get you in the mood, this is what 10 bpm sounds like:

British Library celebrates 140 years of recorded sound

A free exhibition kicks off next month looking at sound since the invention of the phonograph in 1877

Running for just over five months, a new exhibition titled Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound will kick off on 6 October at the British Library. “Just how important have the sounds of the past 140 years been to our lives?” asks the event, which sets to tell a story of sound recording and explore the importance of sound in capturing history. It will also look at radio and new technologies. Featured items are said to include rare and unpublished recordings, various sound players and recorders, as well as access to the British Library sound archive. There will also be a specially commissioned audio installation by Aleks Kolkowski and a selection of extra events such as Late at the Library: The Radiophonic Workshop and Guests; Super Sonic: A Day of Audio Adventures; writers Bella Bathurst and Erling Kagge exploring their emotional relationship to sound, and more.

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound will run from 6 October – 11 March 2018. More information can be found on the British Library website.