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Touch Label Artists On BBC's "The Fallen"

BBC TVs new series on servicemen and woman who have died while in Iraq and Afghanistan will feature music by artists from the Touch Music label including Oren Ambarchi, Biosphere, Fennesz, Ryoji Ikeda, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJ Nilsen, Rosy Parlane and others. The documentary by director Morgan Matthews - which according to the BBC records every single death over the past 7 years - will air on Saturday 15 November 9pm (GMT) BBC 2.

Roulette TV New DVD Release

New York City's Roulette have recently released their television series about new music onto DVD format. This years episodes feature interviews and performances with Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Lois V Vierk, Joan La Barbara, Blue Gene Tyranny, Kathleen Supove, Phoebe Legere, Margaret Leng Tan, and David Behrman. You can purchase the films at Roulette's website or you can watch them (along with older episodes) on UbuWeb for free.

Scope it out

Don't forget, The Wire present The Scope at London's South Bank tonight

This Friday night (7 November) The Wire will present The Scope, a free, late-night event as part of Klang (see UK Festivals) programmed by The Wire with performance by a crew of laptop technicians led by John Wall plus an Improv session with Pat Thomas, Mark Sanders and John Coxon bookending a rare screening of The Brothers Quay’s In Absentia (which visualises Stockhausen’s music), as well as the sounds of Radio Cologne in the lobby.

Come along to The Purcell Room at The South Bank Centre on 7 November at 9.30pm onwards - and it's free. More info here

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.