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Dan Deacon readies Rat Film soundtrack on Domino

The soundtrack is Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. He shares the single “Redlining”

Dan Deacon will release the soundtrack to the new essay film Rat Film on 13 October via Domino. Directed by Theo Anthony, Rat Film uses rat infestation in his and Deacon's hometown of Baltimore to interrogate issues of race and class in the city. Deacon's soundtrack to the film demonstrates his own style of contemporary composition, which he developed while studying at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, New York. In addition to his four albums, his previous works include the ballet The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck and commissions including pieces with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Centre and So Percussion at the Barbican.

You can watch footage of how Deacon incorporated the rats into the film’s score, and you can listen to the single “Redlining” below.

Tenth edition of Avant Art Festival breaking out across two Polish cities

Festival events in Wrocław and Warsaw run until 13 October

Poland's Avant Art Festival is currently underway, occupying the twin centres of Wrocław and Warsaw. Having focused on music from Japan last year, the tenth edition has gone for a broader range of experimental and avant garde music and art.

This is the first time the Wrocław festival has branched out to Warsaw. Running until 11 October, the Warsaw programme includes Dean Blunt's Babyfather project, Justin Broadrick, Powell, Regis, Actress, MC Flowdan, Oren Ambarchi, Łoskot, Black Dice, Piernikowski, Lutto Lento, BNNT featuring Mats Gustafsson and others. There will also be screenings of music documentaries at the Muranów Cinema.

Running until 13 October, the Wrocław line-up also includes Radian, Regis, Baby Meelo, Powell, Melt Banana, Porter Ricks, Oren Ambarchi and others.

Full line-up details for Wrocław and Warsaw are available via the Avant Art website, and you can grab a ticket here.

Unsound goes solo in Adelaide

After a four year partnership with Adelaide Festival, Unsound returns to Australia as a standalone event

The Kraków based Unsound festival returns to Australia for a four day event in Adelaide running from 16–19 November. This will be the first year that the event stands on its own, outside of its usual partnership with Adelaide Festival. Artists confirmed include Robin Fox, Euclidean Drone, Pharmakon, Wolf Eyes, Amnesia Scanner, Errorsmith, Aurora Halal, Bill Kouligas, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Holly Herndon, Porter Ricks, Varg, Ambarchi, Abrahams & Avenaimand, more. There will also be a talks programme presented with The Hawke Centre at UniSA and a sound art exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

You can sign up for more news on their website.

New sound systems exhibition Let's Play Vinyl hits the road

Launched to coincide with Black History Month, portraiture and interviews will shine a light on the new generation of operators with a special focus on female run systems

Let's Go Yorkshire – the organisation behind the arts and heritage project Sound System Culture in Huddersfield dedicated to documenting the history of some of the scene’s original pioneers – has curated a new exhibition focusing on a new generation of operators. Let's Play Vinyl aims to highlight an expanding scene that's become increasingly ethnically diverse, bringing a new voice of female authority to the fore and pushing the boundaries of traditional reggae and vinyl cultures.

“The emergence of more female sound system operators is one of the defining characteristics of the new generation,” says the exhibition press, quoting April ‘Rusty Rebel’ Grant, the operator of Birmingham’s Rebel Rock sound in saying: “At dances, men often say: ‘What are you doing with those records?’ It feels fabulous to shock them,” she says. “When I hold a piece of vinyl I think about all the work that has gone into it – especially if it’s an artist that’s no longer here – and I think about how amazing it is that it’s all on this piece of plastic, and the technical process of getting it on there.”

Photographer Elliot Baxter was specially commissioned to take portraits of the sound system operators featured in the exhibitions, “saluting them as productive entrepreneurs creating their own arts ecology in today’s Britain” says Martyn Haigh, Director of Let’s Go Yorkshire.

The first stop for the event will be at the Attenborough Arts Centre at the University of Leicester from 14 October – 24 November. Following that, dates are: Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London from 10 January 2018 – 12 February; Parkside Building at Birmingham City University from 21 March – 5 April; and Creative Arts Building at the University of Huddersfield from Thursday 10 May – Friday 29.

Rabih Beaini produces event series Raung Raya

Morphine Records prepares a showcase of Indonesian music at Berghain and record by one of the acts

Over the next four months, Morphine Records, the label run by Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, will host five events showcasing music from Indonesia to be held at Berlin’s famous Berghain club. The series is an extension of Belgium's Europalia Festival, who, as reported last month, have also set up a selection of events in London.

For the Berghain series titled Raung Raya, Beaini has organised a line-up consisting of Otto Sidharta, Karinding Attack, Ata Ratu, Iwan Gunawan Ensemble, Al Suwardi’s Planet Harmonik Ensemble, Senyawa and others. More information on individual events is available via Facebook.

In addition, the label has also announced a new album from Tarawangsawelas, a musical duo from Bandung who perform contemporary Tarawangsa, a form of sacred music from West Java. Called Wanci, it's set to be released tomorrow on 5 October. They'll be performing at Raung Raya on 5 November. Tickets for Raung Raya are available via Resident Advisor, including a five event bundle for 60 Euros.

You can listen to the opening track from Wanci below.

Auto Italia presents Terre Thaemlitz Interstices

New solo presentation at the Bethnal Green project space uses music and film to explore the spaces between gender, sexuality and identity

A new project by Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles has opened at Auto Italia's Bethnal Green art space in London. The electroacoustic, audiovisual installation Interstices combines film and music in order to explore the areas between gender, identity construction, intersexuality and more. The music featured in the project comes from the Thaemlitz album of the same name, released in 2000 on Mille Plateaux, and will be repurposed as a soundtrack incorporating white noise, country music, TV show samples and more.

To run alongside the project, Thaemlitz will be taking up a two-day residency at Cafe Oto on 11–12 October. Other venues across Europe are also booked, including Corsica studios on 6 October, Unsound in Kraków (8), and Wire Club in Leeds (13). “It’s such an urgent and relevant piece of work to be showing in London at a time when trans visibility is so important, specifically within dance music,“ says Will Rigby of the grassroots collective Auto-Italia. “Artists and DJ’s like Anohni, Laura Jane Grace and Juliana Huxtable are reshaping a usually cis, male dominated scene.”

Interstices recently appeared as part of the recent Documenta 14 programme in Athens. It will run at Auto Italia until 3 December.

Dennis Tyfus celebrates 20 years of Ultra Eczema

Two events will take place in Rotterdam and Antwerp

Dennis Tyfus has announced a twin city festival celebrating 20 years of his label Ultra Eczema. It will take place on 24–25 November in Rotterdam and Antwerp. “I don’t want it to be a dwelling in the past kind of festival, though I am booking people I want to see perform live, some have links to the label [and] others I simply like and want to see perform,” says Tyfus.

On 24 November the celebration will happen at De Player in Rotterdam and will feature Stilluppsteypa, Gabi Losoncy, Thomas Geiger, Vaast Colson, David Sherry, Evelin Brosi and Af Ursin, and on the 25 they'll move to Antwerp Het Bos with all of the above, minus Af Ursin, but with Elko B, Mette Rasmussen, Still House Plants, Daniel De Wereldvermaarde Botanicus and Nico Vegas & Benny Bang added to the line up.

Camp radio takes to the air from the French Pyrenees

The online station will feature shows by The Wire’s Shane Woolman, Upset The Rhythm, Touch, Ashtray Navigations and others

Fuse Art and Camp have launched an online radio station featuring a wide range of shows from contributors including The Wire’s Shane Woolman, Upset The Rhythm, Wanda Group, Ashtray Navigations, Night School, Norman Records and more. The station is broadcast direct from the studios of Camp in the French Pyrenees, where, as reported earlier this year, a new residential arts school in the mountains features workshops taught by artists including Gavin Bryars, Chris Watson, Eli Keszler and Christina Kubisch.

The station took to the airwaves for the first time on 30 September with a guest mix from Touch label boss Mike Harding. Shane Woolman's show will air on 27 October.

You can listen here.

Charles Cohen dies aged 71

The American synth player had only recently been released from prison

Buchla synthesizer improvisor and Philadelphia art underground collaborator Charles Cohen has died at the age of 71. Cohen released few recordings in his lifetime, and much of his music was confined to theatre or dance projects. But a series of 12"s and albums on Morphine Records in the 2010s raised his profile and led to a new burst of touring and collaboration across Europe and beyond.

Cohen had just been released from jail: he was arrested for unlawful contact with a minor in a 2015 sting operation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and tried and convicted in early 2017.

Two rare Mary Jane Leach works rediscovered

Blume have released two overlooked compositions rooted in 1980s New York minimalism

Two neglected archival works by the American composer Mary Jane Leach have just been released on an album called Pipe Dreams. The LP’s title track was recorded on St Peter’s church organ in Cologne in 1989; the other track is a 1984 composition for four bass clarinets called 4BC.

Mary Jane Leach arrived in New York in the 1970s, where her peers included Julius Eastman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Arthur Russell, Ellen Fullman, Peter Zummo, Philip Corner and others. In 1983 she joined The Downtown Ensemble. Following Eastman’s death in May 1990 she became a key player in protecting his legacy.

Pipe Dreams is released in a limited edition of 300 copies by Blume.