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ClubTogether asks for your memories

The people behind Acid House Love Blueprint launch collaborative mapping project

Following on from Dorothy’s Acid House Love Blueprint poster series, the Liverpool based art studio has launched an online memory map project. The web app asks partygoers to share their clubbing memories via an interactive map documenting eras, places and clubs.

“It’s early days but we’re loving the responses we are getting” says company director Ali Johnson. “As well as clubbers, DJs are getting involved too.” Johnson's favourite contribution to date comes from Tim Sinclair who recalls a conversation at Manchester's The Haçienda. “Chatted to Bernard Sumner once in 1983: I asked him what the new single was and he said, cocking his heard to the speakers: ‘this is it!’ ‘What's it called?’ ’Blue Monday.’ ‘Fuck me. It's a bit disco!’ I said, and he disappeared into the darkness.”

Via the app users can explore existing contributions, add their own memories and submit new listings. “No club is too big or too small and no memory is to old or too new to be included” they confirm.

The volume of memories is visually represented by a collection of tags that increase in size to coincide with the amount of entries.

To have a browse or participate go to clubtogether.me.

Performance festival Block Universe starts this month

Ravioli Me Away performs opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa

Performance art festival Block Universe will return to London from 18 May to 2 June featuring a 14 day programme of new work, premieres, talks, screenings and workshops.

This year marks its fifth anniversary and the first time the event will host a sister programme in Germany. Taking place later this year during Berlin Art Week, the line up for the German edition is yet to be announced, but we do know it will take place at a new venue, the former power station E-WERK Luckenwalde.

Block Universe’s 2019 curatorial theme explores the concept of internal and external ‘world-making’, looking at, they explain, “the diverse environments we create for ourselves to exist within, whether those be mental, physical or virtual spaces.”

The London programme will see performances from Ravioli Me Away with a brand new opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis (1 June); an afternoon of poetry readings at Whitechapel Gallery (18 May); Sophie Jung performing an adaption of her installation piece The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) (various dates); and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa, a performance using African cosmology from the Bantu-Kongo (29 & 30 May).

The full line up can be found on the Block Universe website.

Thirty Three Thirty Three reactivates record label

“The label sets out to exist as an extension of the innovative work and reputation of 33-33”

London event promoter Thirty Three Thirty Three have announced new releases on their 33-33 record label, with its official launch coming three years since its debut release – a live recording of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree performing at St John-at-Hackney Church.

Three albums are out next month. The first is London experimental musician Ben Vince’s Don’t Give Your Life on 14 June, followed the next week by Keiji Haino and Charles Hayward’s A Loss Permitted, to open one’s eyes…, and the week after Oren Amabarchi, Mark Fell, Sam Shalabi and Will Guthrie’s Oglon Day.

“I first worked with 33-33 when I performed at an event of theirs in Peckham, which was being live-streamed by Dommune back to Japan,” says Vince. “Having always been attentive to my movements and to nurturing new artists, I was really excited to hear they were creating a label... the diversity and breadth of style in the upcoming releases that is tied together with an experimental focus is really something special that the world deserves to hear.”

Vince's album launch will happen on 27 June at The Victoria in Dalston.

New film seeks funds to realise Marshall Allen's dream

Wizard Of The Sun will document performances at La Tor Poschiavo and interview members of The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra

The music of The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen is the subject of a new feature length film now in the pipeline and projected to begin screening in 2019. With a working title Wizard Of The Sun, the film is a collaboration between Cornelia Mueller and Marshall Allen himself, who has been a member of the group since 1958 and musical director for over two decades.

“The aim is to realise Marshall’s dream, to compose a music film for the cinema on the music of Sun Ra, Marshall Allen and The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra, and thus to set a memorial to their inspiring music,” explains Mueller.

The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra, all 22 musicians and three dancers of it, will be filmed during a set of performances scheduled for early September at La Tor Poschiavo in the mountains of the Swiss Alps. Tickets are on sale for 50 CHF (currently around £38). Local schools and special guests will also get the chance to watch the dress rehearsals for free on 5 and 12 September.

The project is currently raising money through tickets and merchandise to cover its costs, which include recordings of the concerts and interviews, travel expenses, fees, food, accommodation for performers and film crew, etc. You can check out the records, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more that they have on offer at their online store.

Watch a trailer for the film below.

Pat Murano launches new label Daksina

Replacing the prolific Kelippah, the new label reaches out to musical peers

Pat Murano of Decimus/No Neck Blues Band fame has shelved his Kelippah label. Releasing 14 LPs and numerous cassettes over a five year period, all of which were solo of collaborative projects by Murano, the artist decided to take some time out. “I definitely felt like I temporarily lost sight of why I make music in the first place. The grind of all those extra-musical aspects really drained the life out of me”, he explains.

“By the last few releases I was beginning to feel quite burnt out and disillusioned with the whole process. Distribution, promotion etc….nothing about it felt special anymore and so I stopped.”

Back in 2016 Murano released an eerie sounding selection of field recordings titled Morning And Evening Ragas. He explains: “In the time after my label activity ceased I started spending more time in the woods in upstate New York. Instead of worrying about recording records I was playing along with the outdoor sounds every morning and evening. It really helped me reestablish my relationship with music.”

He describes the new label, Daksina, as an “experiment in trying to keep the whole process more personal and direct”. Releases will be limited to 100 copies and housed in folded heavy card stock with art silkscreened by Alan Sherry at SIWA. The first two releases are from Tom Carter and Pat Murano with Ashvin and the 11th instalment in the Decimus Series Decimus 6. Forthcoming releases include two No Neck Blues Band LPs as well as work from a selection of other musicians who “are feeling similarly about the state of things”. Who those artists are is yet to be announced.

Ashvin and Decimus 6 are out now. Listen to an excerpt from the latter below.

Tottenham The Cause celebrates one year and £20,000 raised for charities Calm and Mind

Party featuring 12 secret special guests takes place on 26 May

North London DIY dance space The Cause celebrates one year in action this month and a total of £20,000 raised for its charity partners Calm and Mind in Haringey, nearly hitting its £25,000 target originally set to be reached in three months time,

To mark the event they'll be hosting XXX Block Party from midday–6am, starting on 26 May. 12 acts on the line up will be kept secret, while others include Shay, Kyle Monologue & Fiscal Cliff, Dom Chung, Frank Hawkes, Spokenn, Manalou, Carcosa, Ikävä Pii, Sam Don, Mikey Sibson, Elevator East Residents, Grainger, Tokyo Fantasy, Appetite, Balls Deep, Paddy Galvin, Fat Shit, Medallion Man and Colder Tech Support.

The Cause’s co-founder Eugene Wild explains the reasoning behind not announcing some of the acts. “There’s a whole load of reasons as to why we’ve kept this under wraps. Primarily we’re 100% DIY. We do most things ourselves at the club, with a very small team.

“Keeping headliners under wraps also gives us flexibility. We are a small independent venue and there is no way we can afford to stack the line-up like we have. There's a lot of amazing artists playing within a 50 mile radius of our space, so we can save costs, save logistics and stack the line-up. Flights from Chicago, Romania and Germany aren't cheap.

”We hope this model will keep us financially stable during our final furlong. We’re due to close in January. If in the unlikely event we last longer, we will be running on very minimal notice, unable to book headliners months in advance. We hope this show will lay the foundations for the end of our first chapter, however prolonged this may or may not be.”

Tickets are available from Resident Advisor.

Country specific electronic music series launches

The new charity compilations are set to highlight local producers and raise awareness of social causes

A new compilation series run by Air Texture and in collaboration with Kompakt has been launched. Called Place, it sets to highlight emerging electronic music scenes around the globe with each one curated by a local producer and all proceeds donated to local human rights groups.

Launching the series on 1 June are two releases detailing scenes in Colombia and Georgia. Compiling the Colombian release is Medellin based DJ and activist Juliana Cuervo aka Julianna, while the Georgian edition is put together by local artists Giorgi Iakobidze and Sandro Mezurnishvili.

A locations map is available on the place : music and activism website and you can listen to some snippets of Place: Colombia below.

Si Begg and Sam Underwood release sample library Psychoacoustics

The library features seven sections including Tempo Synced Pulses, Ensembles, Loops, and Pads and Drones and is a fully scripted Kontakt Instrument

Psychoacoustics is a new sample library created in collaboration with sound designer and composer Si Begg and musical instrument designer Sam Underwood.

Underwood created and recorded the raw sound material using a combination of acoustic and electroacoustic sound-making methods, which were then edited and processed into sound files by Begg.

“I first came across Sam Underwood via a shared link on Twitter showing a toy hamster randomly skittering over a large upturned cymbal with a contact microphone attached to it,” explains Begg. ” After listening to that, and browsing many more of his eccentric and frankly bonkers noise-making machines, I knew this was someone it would be fun to collaborate with.”

Underwood confirms: “In many ways this was the outlet I had been waiting for so it wasn’t hard to find stuff to feature on this. I have a pretty good sense of what is more fruitful or intriguing when produced through these means, compared to electronically, so I set about recording.

“I started with some further work on the tuba but I went on to build a lot of contraptions especially for this project.”

With over 200 presets and a selection of filters for customisation, the library is split into seven sections: Sound Design, Tempo Synced Pulses, Ensembles, Loops, Pads and Drones, Percussive Kits and Short Instruments. As well as new sounds is also features snippets from Underwood's archive of recordings. To take one example, these include sounds made inside a grain silo with David Morton. The whole process took about a year to complete.

As for their favourite sounds. Underwood says “I really like the odd percussive sounds. When I create beats I tend to throw loads of sounds into a sampler and then use MIDI randomisations to create stuff that sounds way more complex than the drum programming actually is. In the past I have used sample sets from the likes of Felix’s Machines for this so it was the first thing I tried out. It sounded really unusual and textural with no further processing. Nice!”

For Begg, it's the “tuba parts where Sam used all sorts of different mouthpieces and balloons … also a big fan of the feedback cymbals, which are tracks in their own right when listened to in full!”

“I’ve already used lots of the sounds in pieces, including some trailers for Netflix so I know how useful it’s going to be for composers looking for something that sounds organic and ‘real’ but also totally unique,” enthuses Begg.

Psychoacoustics is developed by Zero G.

Hat Hut Records relaunches with „ezz-thetics“ series

Venerable Swiss improvisation and new music label lines up new releases by Albert Ayler and Jimmy Giuffre

Improvisation and new music institution Hat Hut has relaunched with a new album series, alongside new independent distribution arrangements. The new series is entitled „ezz-thetics“, after George Russell's 1961 album, and its first releases are recordings by Jimmy Giuffre 3, Alex Hendriksen and Fabian Gisler, and a trio of Hildegard Kleeb, Roland Dahinden and Alexandre Babel. It follows a restart which, as longtime label boss Werner X Uehlinger puts it, “was only possible due to support from friends”. Hat Hut, which has longed maintained sublabels such as hat[now]ART and hatOLOGY covering distinct musical zones, remains an independent operation, and is lining up a typically prolific and eclectic slate of new releases.

The Jimmy Giuffre set, a Graz date from 1961, had previously been heard on 1970s and 80s bootleg LPs, but this new release presents a previously undiscovered radio version originally broadcast by ORF Vienna. “The release is for me very important as I have released many years ago from the same tour the concerts of Bremen and Stuttgart,” adds Uehlinger.

The original Ezz-thetics by George Russell is a desert island disc for Uehlinger, and he describes its creator as a “bridge builder of the past to the future”. The new series likewise aims to unite music of different eras, with a focus on contemporary Swiss musicians alongside familiar names that have long been associated with Hat Hut. One of the later is Albert Ayler, whose 1964 quartet recordings Ghosts and Spirits, originally released on Debut, are set to be released by the Hat Hut organisation on a single remastered CD after an agreement with the late saxophonist's estate.

Details of availability and distribution for Hat Hut's new venture can be found here. Hat Hut was originally launched in 1975 to release the music of Joe McPhee, but for the last four decades has ranged widely over new music, improvisation and various other musical avant gardes under the guidance of Uehlinger.

Dominique Lawalrée has died

The Belgian composer, keyboard player and Editions Walrus label owner has died aged 64

Dominique Lawalrée was born near Brussels in 1954. Mostly self-taught as a composer, and from a musical family, he would go on to study music education at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie (IMEP) at Namur in Belgium. In what he described as a conservative education, he would offer fellow students his own lectures on contemporary music, an experience that would lead to him teaching music right up until his death.

It was during this period that Lawalrée co-founded the Editions Walrus imprint in 1976 alongside producer Jean-Pierre Hermand, releasing a string of his solo records that would build into a discography of over 500 releases and 29 albums. Focusing on slow-paced instrumental works, his output was aligned with both the New Simplicity movement and ambient music. His admirers included composers Gavin Bryars, Wim Mertens and Brian Eno.

In 1994 he took a pilgrimage to Medjugorje: “I experienced a profound relation with God,” he told Robert Barry in The Wire 404, “and my life did change after that.” His release schedule slowed down as time focused on music increased. “I think that my compositions since 1994 are the result of more work. What I’m sure of is that I have got other sources of inspiration.” The music would now take the form of religious concert music that he would continue to write until 2016. Apparently Eno once expressed interest in publishing Lawalrée’s recordings on Obscure Records.

In 2017 Catch Wave Ltd released First Meeting, a collection of his self-released titles composed between 1978–1982.

Subscribers can read Robert Barry's interview with Dominique Lawalrée via Exact Editions.