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PTP releases benefit album for Puerto Rico, King Vision Ultra shares exclusive non-album track

The 27 track compilation features tracks from the New York label's roster including Bonaventure, Eaves, Celestial Trax, and more

PTP has released a digital compilation titled Shine in aid of Puerto Rico following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria. The album runs to 27 tracks, 11 of which are unreleased, and includes contributions from various members of the PTP crew and extended family plus bonus remixes (previously available only on physical formats) by the likes of Ziúr, Y1640, Endgame, x/o, City, and more.

Shine is available to stream and download via PTP's Bandcamp page. All proceeds will go to Operation Time To Shine: Puerto Rico Relief Effort. This initiative was started by Derrick Cruz in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It has since earned almost $19,000 via Facebook donations and recently garnered the support of other larger rescue and government organisations. The operation also has a donation page on and a Bitcoin wallet.

One of the contributors to the compilation, King Vision Ultra – aka PTP founder Geng – will release their debut album Pain Of Mind via Ascetic House in early 2018. Geng describes the album as "a rugged medley informed both by interlude-filled, classic hiphop albums I grew up with (ie those by Public Enemy, Wu Tang, Gravediggaz, Beastie Boys, Gang Starr, etc) and the emotional heft of doom metal. It kinda plays out like a radio drama". Ahead of the album's release The Wire presents a non-album KVU track and video titled "Grey". Watch and listen here:

The Wire Rewind app

This month, readers of The Wire can download a custom built app to transform the cover of the new January issue into a unique audiovisual experience

The Wire Rewind app uses augmented reality to totally transform the cover of The Wire's January issue. Readers just have to download the free app, then point their phone’s camera at the cover to experience extra dimensions of sound and graphic design – and the more they explore the more they will discover multiple different combinations of 3D images and multichannel audio.

The Wire's Rewind 2017 cover was designed by Ben Weaver Studio, with sound by artist Patrick Ward. The Wire Rewind app has been developed specially for the issue by Tibor Udvari and Philippe Karrer of Spheres Studio.

Readers can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play by searching for “Wire Rewind”. They can also use the app to record and share their journeys through this combined experiment in graphic design and sound art.

More details and information on the project here.

The January issue of The Wire contains Rewind 2017, the magazine's review of the last 12 months in underground sound and music. From the releases of the year to the reflections and analyses of a host of musicians and critics, it is the essential guide to the audio culture highs and lows of the year.

The January issue of The Wire is on sale from 7 December. Subscribers can read it online from 5 December.

See the cover and preorder.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge leukemia fund set up

The Psychic TV founder and ex-Throbbing Gristle member, who was diagnosed with cancer in October, requires money for medical equipment and rent

Following a recent diagnosis of leukemia, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with financial difficulties.

“Having cancelled their upcoming tour with PTV3, they are flat broke, three months behind on rent, and undergoing chemo and constant testing,” says the fundraising page. “Gen is on oxygen, and unable to do much beyond getting to the hospital.

“The money they say will go toward the rental of medical equipment such as a portable oxygen condenser as well as “herbs and nutrients that aren't covered under Medicaid””.

At the time of writing the fund has raised $33,276. Donation can be made via

Charlemagne Palestine pays tribute to Tony Conrad

The veteran minimalist records a new release on what would have been Conrad's 77th birthday

In memory of the late Tony Conrad, friend and collaborator Charlemagne Palestine has returned to the site of their first meeting, Saint Thomas Church in New York, to pay tribute to the composer and avant garde film maker on what would have been his 77th birthday.

The pair met at the church at 53rd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, where Palestine worked as a carillonneur from 1963–1970. As well as operating the 26 bell carillon for the church's daily hymns, Palestine would also perform improvised sessions which attracted many visitors, one of which was Conrad, who at that point lived in Times Square. It was at the church that they would start recording together.

On 7 March 2017, Palestine returned to the bell tower and recorded STTT THOMASSS ‘’’’”’”DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY’’’’’’’’ which will be released on cassette on 8 December by Blank Forms Editions.

Mumdance collaborates on MUM M8 modular synth filter

London producer collaborates with Matthew Allum on a new Eurorack filter with “intentionally aggressive self oscillating resonance”

Boutique electronics company ALM/Busy Circuits have collaborated with London grime/dubstep head Mumdance on a new Eurorack low pass filter for use in modular synthesizers. Based on the filter design found in the Akai S950, the 12-bit sampler famed for its use in early jungle and hardcore, it has been christened the MUM M8.

“The low pass filter gives the recognisable super-smooth vacuum-like tone sucking sound which works magic on complex sources,” explains Matthew Allum of Busy Circuits. “The addition of clipped overdrive and intentionally aggressive self oscillating resonance complement the smooth filter core by juxtaposing it into more wasp like territory with acidic squeals and a more gritty sound.” In other words, it has some of the same character of the S950, whose brutal filtering of Amen breaks can be heard across many drum ’n’ bass classics.

The motivation for the module came from discussing filters in classic samplers with Mumdance, aka Jack Adams. “Jack provided inspiration, help and feedback in the development of the filter,” says Allum. “Big up Mumdance.”

It’s on sale now for £179 via Rubadub in Glasgow, Control in NYC, and Perfect Circuit in LA.

Lena Platonos documentary Lambda Pi raises money for post-production

Film about Platonos and her impact on Greek electronic music scene needs funding to complete project

Lambda Pi is a new film about the pioneering Greek electronic musician Lena Platonos. Directed by Cristo Petrou, the film looks back at Platonos's works from the mid-1980s including Sun Masks, Gallop and Lepidoptera, the latter two of which were recently reissued by US label Dark Entries, and features interviews with the composer, who is still active today. Music by Platonos makes up the soundtrack alongside remixes by Red Axes and Lena Willikens and unreleased music by Natureboy Flako, Coti K and others. It also features a previously lost demo for Platonos track “Mistaken Love”, discovered while the film makers were researching for the film.

“I've know Lena since my childhood through her participation in Lilipoupoli, a children’s radio show of the 80s,” explains the film's producer Giorgos Karnavas. “Her music was almost in every Greek house by then. I met her again in my twenties when her electronic albums were like the holy grail of the alternative listeners in Greece.” Karnavas previously themed the 2006 edition of the Athens festival Synch on around Platonos and her work. “Two years ago Cristo Petrou, a good friend, came to me with the idea of making a film about Lena and her music and we embarked immediately... Step by step things evolved, we found all her past collaborators back in the 80s and I think we managed to make an 80s visual styled film which is very Greek but also very international and which of course has some great music.”

The team behind the production are now looking to crowdfund the final stages with money going towards clearing music rights and post-production. Donors can bid for items such as T-shirts, reissue LPs, a copy of the documentary and collectables such as the film’s soundtrack with previously unreleased tracks or a copy of the test pressing vinyl. The campaign ends on 20 December. More information can be found at

The film premieres at the Onassis Foundation Cultural Center in Athens on 18 December which will also feature Lena Platonos performing on stage with Philip Jeck, plus DJ support from Josh Cheon of Dark Entries.

You can watch a preview of the film below.

British Library asks how and why people archive sound

To celebrate 140 years of recording, the archive looks at who gets to select the sounds we keep

As part of Season of Sound, the British Library presents Selector Responder: Sounding Out The Archives on 8 December. The evening will look at some of the ethical issues involved in archiving sound, says the event’s curator Ella Finer. “Who gets to respond to sounds in the archive: the politics of access to collections housed in institutions, and how strangely sound is a subject in this,” she continues. Ella is the daughter of Jem Finer, and is the trustee to his work Longplayer, recently archived at Goldsmiths Univeristy. The process, Ella says, “was the provocation for the event at the British Library, considering the near impossible methods of archiving the continuous, the longplaying, the ephemeral”.

Sounding Out The Archives will feature audio alongside responses from Noah Angell on Connie B Steadman’s collection of The Badgett Sisters; Larry Achiampong on West African recordings from the archive; James Bulley on the Daphne Oram Archive; Ben Elliott on wildlife and environmental sounds; Marysia Lewandowska on the Women's Audio Archive; Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski on Lambeth Women’s Project Archive; Flora Pitrolo on the New Spectacularity Sound Archive; Holly Pester on the audio poetry of Henri Chopin; plus The Wire contributors Nina Power on the Her Noise Archive and David Toop on the BBC Sound Archive of the early 1970s.

Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives will take place on 8 December, starting at 7pm. Listen to the Badgett Sisters below

Wolfgang Müller compiles book Die Tödliche Doris – Performance

The publication features essays, reviews, two DVDs and more

To celebrate his 60th birthday, Wolfgang Müller has edited a series of essays and reviews about his 1980s West Berlin group Die Tödliche Doris. Called Die Tödliche Doris – Performance, the bilingual book surveys the performative output of the group he formed with Nikolaus Utermöhlen in 1980 up until their final break-up in 1990. The volume also contains two DVDs featuring 31 films Die Tödliche Doris made in their lifetime, freshly edited by Ming Won and Müller himself under the supervision of An Paenhuysen in Ulf Wrede’s studio. These include rare Die Tödliche Doris footage such as their performance Homage To Allan Jones at The Kitchen, New York.

Also included is the video to Chöre Und Soli (1984) in which the faces of Die Tödliche Doris members were projected onto the group in super-8 film format. “Not only the performance visible on the tapes,” remarks Müller, “but also the process of the editing of the videos itself is a performative procedure, and thus a performance [...] For Die Tödliche Doris, the concept performance contains various processes of materialisation, of metamorphose, and of interactions between individuals, media, and different time frames.”

The book is published by Hybriden-Verlag in an edition of 100 copies and includes a signed original drawing by Müller. It costs €99 and can by ordered by email: It is also available via Tochnit Aleph.

Scott Walker edits book of lyrics

Published by Faber, pre-orders go on sale from 15 December

Faber has announced the publication of a book of Scott Walker lyrics. Called Sundog: Selected Lyrics, it’s overseen by Walker himself and it includes an introduction by writer Eimear McBride. “Walker’s work, as Joyce’s before it, is a complex synaesthesia of thought, feeling, the doings of the physical world and the weight of foreign objects slowly ground together down into diamond,” writes McBride. “This is not art for the passive. It does not impart comfort or ease. Tempests will not be reconciled by the final bars and no one is going home any more.”

This first ever collection of Walker’s words is divided into six sections: “The 60s”, “Tilt”, “The Drift”, “Bish Bosch”, “Soused” and “New Songs”. It will be published on 11 January in three editions: deluxe (limited to 100 copies), limited (300 copies) and standard. Pre-orders go on sale from 15 December. More details about the contents of the various editions can be found at Scott Walker's website.

Akio Suzuki's Space In The Sun has been demolished

Built in Kyotango city in Japan, the work was victim to disputes with cattle farm employees

Akio Suzuki's self built listening point Hinatabokko No Kukan or Space In The Sun (1988 – 2017) was demolished on 8 November. Built just under 30 years ago on a hilltop in Kyotango city in the Tango region outside of Kyoto, the piece comprised a brick floor and two brick walls, creating a space in which to listen to the area it inhabited. It took 18 months to complete the structure with Suzuki working alongside his then-wife Junko Wada and others, and consisted of 10,000 handmade earthen bricks. He has envisioned the work to deteriorate naturally over time, however recent disputes with the local cattle farm and it's employees had questioned the safety of the construction due to recent deterioration and typhoon damage. However, a collaborator of Suzuki, Aki Onda, tells us there had been no clear evidence that the structure was dangerous and that it has been demolished in less than 24 hours of the decision being made.

Space in the Sun, September, 1988. Photo by Junko Wada

Space In The Sun, Suzuki says, was inspired by Debussy’s La Mer. “I thought Debussy was sitting in front of the sea for a day,” he explains, “but I had never done such things before. I never used time like that before.”

On completion, Suzuki spent the best part of 23 September 1988 making use of Space In The Sun. He recalls, “I acquired through this bodily experience, the skill to become one with nature, like the trees that surrounded me.”

“Although in recent years Space In The Sun has been in disrepair, the piece existed for sonic pilgrims who wanted a space for their own listening”, explains writer Chris Kennedy. “While the end product was fascinating—the idea of sitting for a day in one place to listen to the world—the amount of labour that it took to build it was of equal importance in Suzuki’s work. Suzuki’s art is also about the work that he does to get to this place of listening.”

Space In The Sun, 8 November, 2017​. Photo by Hiromi Miyakita