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NON founding member Nkisi curates Wysing festival

Opaque Poetics will take place on 2 September and promises “immersive and intense soundscapes”.

Wysing Arts Centre has announced the line-up for their 2017 art and music festival Opaque Poetics, which has been curated by NON founding member Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi.

Artists playing are Angel-Ho, Abyss X, clubcouture with special guests, Felix Lee, John T Gast, Kamixlo, Klein, Naee Roberts, Nídia, patten, terribilis, Tribe of Colin and Nkisi herself. Each act has been invited to “create immersive and intense soundscapes that will take the audience on a journey across twelve hours”.

Opaque Poetics will take place 2 September. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Warp reissues B12's Electro-Soma

Warp to rerelease B12's Electro-Soma this August

B12 are getting the reissue treatment this August, with the rerelease of Electro-Soma on Warp. It was first put out in 1993 in the form of a compilation of Warp founder Rob Mitchell’s favourite B12 12"s, which also included some new tracks. One of Warp’s original signees, the duo were involved in the Artificial Intelligence series alongside Aphex Twin (as Polygon Window), The Black Dog and Autechre.

Electro-Soma has been remastered and includes a new essay by Ben Murphy as well as archival photos, flyers and other memorabilia from the period. There's also a launch party at The Yard in Hackney on 15 September. Tickets are available via Resident Advisor.

Dommune TV to stream PSF special

Ahead of the memorial concert in Tokyo, Japan's online TV channel streams talks and performances to mark the passing of PSF Records founder Hideo Ikeezumi

On Saturday 24 June, Japan's TV streaming website Dommune will host a night dedicated to the PSF Records founder Hideo Ikeezumi, who died earlier this year.

The broadcast will take place the night before a major memorial concert at Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe, which has been organised by The Silence’s Masaki Batoh, formerly of Ghost, with all proceeds going to Ikeezumi's family.

The broadcast will run from 7pm–midnight JST (11am–4pm in the UK) and feature a rebroadcast of the 2014 film PSF Records Presents Underground Reality, which featured Ikeezumi talking about the history of the label; a talk looking at the history and significance of PSF with guests Kazuo Imai (Marginal Consort), writer Takeo Udagawa, Munehiro Narita (High Rise, Green Flames), The Wire’s Alan Cummings, Masaki Batoh, Naohiro Ukawa (Dommune); and performances from Imai, Narita and Batoh.

You can stream it live via Dommune.

Primary Information release postcards inspired by resistance to the Trump administration

Card series includes designs by C Spencer Yeh and Christine Sun Kim

Ten new postcards have been released by Primary Information as part of their ongoing series inspired by resistance to the current Trump Administration. The last batch came from Tauba Auerbach, Kevin Beasley, AK Burns, Oto Gillen, Christine Sun Kim, Sara Magenheimer, Marilyn Minter, Jeanette Mundt, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Trevor Shimizu, Jason Simon, Joshua Smith, and Dena Yago. The second round has just been launched with participating artists Lutz Bacher, Sharon Hayes, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Kayode Ojo, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Aïda Ruilova, Aram Saroyan, Stewart Uoo and C Spencer Yeh.

“Primary Information has been producing artists' books for ten years and part of our mission has been to continue the tradition begun in the 1960s of creating a space and form for art to be distributed into the world beyond our cultural capitals,” reads a statement from the publisher. “Postcards have long been a part of that tradition, with artists engaging with the form for well over 50 years now. While we see this project as a continuation of that very important tradition, we also see the need to double down on this form as a political space embedded with the urgency, diversity and complexity of voices that are the hallmark of our times. Who better to do this than artists?”

All postcards are priced at $1.00 and measure four by six inches, with the next batch available in mid-July. They will then continue on monthly, for an unspecified time.

Kodwo Eshun's More Brilliant Than The Sun to be republished 20 years after its first release

The groundbreaking text has long been out of print, with copies selling online for anything up to £100 and beyond

Music writer, theorist and film maker Kodwo Eshun's More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction is set to be republished some 20 years since first appeared in 1998. Covering the music of artists such as Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Lee Perry, Dr Octagon, Parliament and Underground Resistance, the book was revolutionary for the way Kodwo decoded the messages in jazz, dub, techno, funk, hiphop, jungle and much more in order to create new sonic possibilities and fictions. As Peter Shapiro said in The Wire 171, “This is the work of a writer who is desperately trying to break past language barriers to grasp at the ineffable qualities of music. It may not live up to the title, but it comes very close.”

This new edition will include a new introduction by Eshun as well as texts by film maker John Akomfrah and producer Steve Goodman aka kode9. It will be published by Verso in October 2018, priced £12.99

Five year anniversary of Berlin's jazz and experimental festival A L‘arme!

This August will mark the fifth edition of A L‘arme! festival in Berlin

“4 days of powerful sounds and unexpected beauty in contemporary jazz and and experimental music” are promised for the fifth anniversary of the Berlin based A L‘arme festival. Taking place from 2–5 August at Radialsystem V and Berghain, the event will feature over 65 artists.

Included in the line up are Elephant, Thurston Moore, Caspar Brötzmann, Frank Bretschneider, Johannes Brecht, Ole Mofjell, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Okkyung Lee, Christine Abdelnour, Magda Mayas, Ada Rave, The Ex, Grischa Lichtenberger, Byetone and many more.

Tickets are available from €20 for a day pass. More information can be found on their website.

UK Journal Of Hip Hop Studies calls for submissions

Academic journal of hip hop is asking for submissions of new essays. Deadline is mid-September

The UK Journal Of Hip-Hop Studies has put out an open call for essays and articles. It says, “Essays of between 4,000-5,000 words in lengths will be accepted, with a few spaces for longer essays of 6,000-8,000 words available. Essays should be formatted with MHRA referencing, and footnotes.”

Deadline for submissions is 14 September and you can find contact and submission details here.

The new student-led journal of hip hop sets to look at the genre from an interdisciplinary approach, with editors from Universities in Liverpool, Durham, Leeds, Oxford, and Royal Holloway, London. More information can be found on their blog.

Klein to perform a new musical at London's New Music Biennial

The South London musician has penned a musical as her response to a request to open up for Darkstar

Klein has written what has been described as a musical for her set for this year's New Music Biennial in London. Happening on 7 July, the piece is a brand new work and will take place as an opener to production duo Darkstar's piece. It will be performed in The Ballroom space at the South Bank Centre, a space which Klein said inspired her to do something special for the show.

“Essentially I have always wanted to do a musical. Most of my stuff, the music I make stems from that kind of element,” explains the producer who has worked with the likes of Howling Owl, NON and film maker Crackstevens.

“I have actually been working on it for a month and a bit, like fully fully, and then the songs [featured in the musical] I have been working on for 3–4 months. I got in a few of my friends who work in music and friends I have that are also still in college or university and probably haven't had the opportunity to do something like this before and kind of take them out of their comfort zone as well.”

"The musical is going to pretty cool...” she continues. “We reference a scene from You Got Served which is like an amazing movie and there's elements of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet but thrown into 21st century, High School vibes! So it is essentially a coming-of-age,” she confirms.

Klein is the only person to be singing during the performance, also referring to it as a “one-woman show with my friends as accompanying dancers.”

The performance will come before a special piece composed by Darkstar and performed by organist James Mcvinnie. Called Dance Unity, it is inspired by the Dance Unity raves that took place during the 1990s in the UK city of Hull.

Watch Klein's single Marks Of Worship. Film by Crackstevens aka Akinola Davies Jr

London New Music Biennial will take place at the South Bank Centre from 7–9 July.

Watch Matthew Herbert’s interview for Manchester's Music For A Busy City project

Artists will create site-specific sound pieces as part of Manchester Festival

This June will see the launch of Manchester International Festival's Music For A Busy City project, which commissions six composers to respond to various spaces in the city. The pieces are up to ten minutes long and will play on rotation in locations across Manchester from Victoria Station to Canal Street, allowing for visitors to hear each one in succession as they travel around.

Artists working on the project include Mohammed Fairouz with support from the Manchester Camerata orchestra, Philip Venables with both Manchester Camerata and performance artist David Hoyle, Matthew Herbert in collaboration with sound engineer Pete Cobbin, Huang Ruo alongside Manchester Camerata and Chinese sheng soloist Wu Wei, plus Anna Meredith, and finally Olga Neuwirth.

A series of short videos have been released to coincide with the event, one of which, featuring Matthew Herbert, we've got an exclusive look at. The video has Herbert discuss his project which incorporates the sounds of industrial revolution and machinery.

Music For A Busy City will run between 30 June–16 July. More information about where you can hear the pieces can be found on Manchester International Festival's website.

Wolf Eyes to perform at this year's Supernormal festival

Taking place in a field in Oxfordshire, the 3-day event will also feature a live edition of Invisible Jukebox with Zoviet*France

Wolf Eyes and Matana Roberts are among some of the highlights taking place at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire this August for the 2017 edition of Supernormal. Other recently announced acts also include Ed Askew, Mary Ocher, Plague Dogs, Not Sorry, R Elizabeth, Rat Salad, Sacred Paws and others. They will join a bill that already includes COUM Flakes, Dead Rat Orchestra, John Bence, King Ayisoba, Paper Dollhouse, Steve Beresford, Yeah You and Howlround.

Also taking place will be the The Wire's Derek Walmsley hosting a live Invisible Jukebox with Zoviet*France, a kids' kino, workshops, talks and art performances.

Supernormal will take place from 4–6 August with tickets priced at £85, including somewhere to pitch your tent. Full line up and information can be found on their website.