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rkss releases Brostep In The Style Of Florian Hecker

An ode to Florian Hecker’s 2009 release Acid In The Style Of David Tudor is out now on Conditonal

rkss aka Robin Buckley has released Brostep In The Style Of Florian Hecker, his ode to Florian Hecker’s 2009 release Acid In The Style Of David Tudor. The release “investigates the similarities of brostep with Hecker’s work such as Sun Pandämonium (2003)”, explains Buckley, who goes on to describe it as “an eight channel electroacoustic composition that challenges ideas of economic and cultural values within sound art and contemporary computer music”.

It will be available digitally as a stereo mixdown of each individual channel, plus four different stereo pairs. There are also some limited edition lanyards to bag and a free video game made for Mac, Linux and Windows, through which the player can experience the piece in a VR university dorm room where the piece was apparently constructed.

rkss’s Brostep In The Style Of Florian Hecker is released by Conditional.

Buzzcocks reissues on Domino mark the 40th anniversary of their first single

Domino Records follow the reissue of Buzzcocks’ first recordings with a boxset in March

Domino Records have reissued the Buzzcocks EP Spiral Scratch, marking 40 years since its original release. In Addition, Time’s Up, the infamous bootleg of the group’s 1976 demos featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, and John Maher, will be released by Domino on 10 March alongside the Buzzcocks MK.1 Box, containing vinyl and CD versions of both releases, plus reprints of rare graphic material including Shy Talk Fanzine No 4, various postcard flyers, posters and more.

Spiral Scratch was initially pressed in a run of 1000 and sold for £1 a pop. It went on to sell 16,000 copies in the six months following its release. It is available now as a limited edition 7".

New modular synth about to hit the market

Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and graphic designer Jack Featherstone have created a new hand held synth

A new hand held synth called Polytik is about to go public. The hybrid analogue/digital device was designed by Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and designer Jack Featherstone in collaboration with Artists & Engineers production and technology studio. It will be available as four separate colour-coded modules: blue (Core) is a sequencer, programmer and mixer; red (VCO) features voltage controlled feedback and voltage controlled oscillator; black (combi) features the same as red and includes filtering; and yellow (noise) has a noise generator, patchable feedback networks as well as VCF.

“Polytik is born out of a DIY ethos and the maker community,” state the manufacturers. “It uses open-source hardware and encourages users to make new modules and hacks, but Polytik has been crafted into something very different – a series of beautifully designed objects in their own right.”

The Core module is loaded with 30 pre-programmed sequences and more modules can be added. Furthermore there is a Golden Chip special edition pack which comes with an additional 20 sequences programmed by John Richards and a further 10 sequences with interviews and comments embedded in the code from musicians and artists including: Simian Mobile Disco, Mark Fell, Frieder Nake and Nik Colk Void & Gabe Gurnsey aka Factory Floor. The first modules will be available to buy this spring and available for pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign set for launch on 31 January. London Modular will also hold workshops with the synths. Details yet to be confirmed.

Butthole Surfers perform first UK gig in five years at Safe As Milk

The new North Wales festival announces the full line-up of its first edition

The new festival Safe As Milk has released the full line-up details for its first weekend event at Pontins, Prestatyn, in April.

Its roll call already includes Shirley Collins, The Residents, This Is Not This Heat, Dopplereffekt, Hieroglyphic Being, Nurse With Wound, Grouper, Actress, Michael Rother, Anna Meredith, Ata Kak, Princess Nokia, Gaika and others. New to the festival bill are Butthole Surfers, whose first UK appearance in five years is their only scheduled gig for 2017. Also added is a collaboration between Tony Allen and Jeff Mills, a performance that had its 2016 debut jam at Paris jazz club New Morning. Another fresh collaboration brings together Craig Leon & Martin Rev; while other artists just confirmed include Forest Swords, Blanck Mass, Richard Dawson, Demdike Stare, Rezzett, Warm Digits, Basic House and The Cosmic Dead. An extensive music documentary film programme will be announced soon with screenings happening throughout the weekend.

On a side note, Safe As Milk is also keen to shout about the selection of food and drinks on offer. “Never ones to neglect food & drink,” boast the organisers, “Safe As Milk have called upon some talented people to feed the masses.” They list Mother May I’s Vegan Kitchen, Scream For Pizza & Claw Hide Grill, 200 Degrees Coffee and Conwy Brewery as the festival’s nourishment providers.

Safe As Milk runs from 21–23 April. The full line-up can be viewed at their website. Tickets are available now for £199 including accommodation.

The headline of this article has been changed for clarity. It originally read: Butthole Surfers perform for the first time in five years at Safe As Milk

Knoxville’s Big Ears festival expands into a four day event

Running from 23–26 March, the 2017 edition features Matthew Shipp, Carla Bley, DJ Rupture, Oliver Coates and more

Coming up in March, Knoxville's Big Ears festival will now be running for four days to accommodate its expanded programme of artists, installations and screenings. The line-up includes Gavin Bryars, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Meredith Monk, Carla Bley, Henry Grimes, Henry Treadgill, Musica Elettonica Viva consisting of Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum, and Norway's Supersilent with Arve Henriksen, Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken. Also in the line-up is Wilco, Matthew Shipp, Xylouris White (a collaboration between George Xylouris and Dirty Three’s Jim White), Matana Roberts, Tortoise and many more. Films include Meredith Monk's Book Of Days, Janie Geiser’s Double Vision and Roger Beebe performing Films For One To Eight Projectors.

The festival takes place in downtown Knoxville,Tennessee, at various theatres, clubs, churches and other performance spaces. Tickets are on sale now at $50 for a film only pass and $165 for general weekend admissions. There are also VIP tickets available.

Terraforma festival makes first 2017 weekender announcement

Gerald Donald and Suzanne Ciani confirmed for Milan's eco-fest

The first four acts have been announced for Terraforma 2017: Andrew Weatherall, Suzanne Ciani, Laaraji and Drexciya's Gerald Donald performing his Arpanet project. Artists in residence this year will be Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi aka Invernomuto, and Francesco Cavaliere, who performed at last year’s festival. Cavaliere also designed this year’s festival artwork, which he's called “Carte Mutaforma”. It will be unveiled on 14 February at Gluck50 in Milan.

Watch a short documentary of Terraforma 2016 by Steven Jønger:

The sustainable music festival will take place on the grounds of Villa Arconati, Milan, between 23–25 June. Camping is available at the event, which will also feature a series of talks and workshops. More acts are still to be announced, but the first round of 70€ tickets have already sold out. Early bird tickets are still available for 80€ which include a weekend festival pass and camping.

Seventh edition of Rewire festival kicks off at the end of March

Newly confirmed artists include a collaboration between Jeff Mills and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen

The seventh edition of Rewire runs from 31 March–2 April in The Hague. Spread across various venues in the Dutch city, the event numbers among its highlights a special live set from Jeff Mills and Tony Allen, marking the second time the pair have collaborated. Other acts now confirmed include This Is Not This Heat, Helena Hauff, Daniel Lanois, Peter Zinovieff & Lucy Railton, Wolf Eyes, Jessy Lanza, Aurora Halal, SHXCXCHCXSH, Virginia Wing and Carla dal Forno. Headlining Saturday will be Swans. Other artists scheduled to appear include Arca & Jesse Kanda, Daniel Wohl, Slagwerk Den Haag & Matangi Quartet presenting Holographic, GAIKA, Moor Mother, Horse Lords, Jameszoo Quartet, Sarathy Korwar and These Hidden Hands. More artists, talks, screenings and workshops are still to be announced. Individual tickets on sale at Rewire's website.

Rewire 2015 was reviewed by Chris Woolfrey in The Wire 377. Subscribers can read that via Exact Editions.

Jaki Liebezeit has died

Can drummer and founder member died on 22 January aged 78

Can drummer and founding member Jaki Liebezeit has died. “It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia,” read the announcement on Can's Facebook page. “He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely.”

Born in Dresden on 26 May 1938, Liebezeit started his career as a free jazz drummer in the early 1960s when he joined The Manfred Schoof Quintet. As Julian Cope explains it in his 1995 publication Krautrocksampler: One Head's Guide To The Great Kosmische Musik – 1968 Onwards, the words of “some kind of freak” had a momentous affect on his drumming style. “The ‘freak’ had slagged Liebezeit for playing free jazz, and said: ‘Why do you play that shit? You must play monotonously.’ Those words stayed with him forever. Liebezeit had never heard the word 'monotonously' used in a positive way before, and the pealing bells of truth shot through him. He changed his drum style immediately, and it was with this concept of monotony that the drummer entered lnner Space. He, in turn, chided Holger Czukay for playing too much bass, and insisted that he try to play bass with ‘only one tone’.”

Inner Space would soon become Can, or The Can, the group so named by their first vocalist proper, Liebezeit’s American friend Malcolm Mooney. Though the Cologne based band went through numerous line-up changes and reincarnations, Liebezeit was always a core member. He was already 30 when he, Irmin Schmidt, Czukay, David C Johnson and Michael Karoli formed the group in 1968. In 1980 Liebezeit became a member of Phantom Band and worked with Jah Wobble (along with Czukay) on the 1981 LP How Much Are They? and the following year’s Full Circle. Liebezeit also collaborated with Philip Jeck, Pierre Bastien and Jac Berrocal, among others, He was set to appear alongside Mooney, Schmidt and Thurston Moore in The Can Project at The Barbican in April.

Diamanda Galás announces two new albums

The vocalist and composer readies her first new material since 2008's Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

Diamanda Galás has announced the release of two new albums on 24 March. All The Way will feature reworks of jazz and traditional compositions including BB King's “The Thrill Is Gone“ and a solo piano interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” while In Concert At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem is a live album taken from her 2016 church performance at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York – a performance that consisted of Galás performing a collection of death songs in Italian, German, French and Greek. The recording also features poems by Cesare Pavese and Ferdinand Freiligrath, and renditions of Jacques Brel’s “Fernand” and “Amsterdam”, and Albert Ayler’s “Angels”.

Listen to “All The Way” and “O Death” from All The Way:

In recent years Galás has been working throughout Europe on projects such as the performance piece Das Fieberspital. She collaborated with filmmaker Davide Pepe on the film work Schrei 27 in 2010 and headlined Rituals For The Blind Dead at Roadburn 2016.

All The Way and In Concert At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem will be released 24 March on Galás’s label Intravenal Sound Operations. Pre-orders are available now.

Sound And Music announce new residency opportunities

This winter's open call for composers and curators launched

Sound And Music have announced their latest initiative for contemporary composers. Claiming it to be their response to feedback from artists who say they desire to “shake up the UK's touring industry”, SAM have launched what they call Composer-Curator, which they describe as “a space for artists to take risks and to curate, organise and run their own grassroots event series”. The scheme is looking for UK based composers to curate and produce a performance series, festival or tour.

In other opportunity news, the new music organisation has teamed up with London Graduate Orchestra to offer two composers the chance to develop new works for them. More details can be found via Sound And Music's website.