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Second edition of Amsterdam's Online Radio Festival takes place this weekend

Latest installment includes live broadcasts, panels and performances at Muziekgebouw concert hall with streaming online

The second edition of the Online Radio Festival is due to take place in Amsterdam this weekend, presenting a mix of live radio, discussions and performances featuring broadcasters and DJs from across the world.

Following the inaugural 2015 edition, this year's festival returns to the Muziekgebouw concert hall complex with a day of events on Friday 19 May to explore and celebrate the continuing rise of online broadcasting. There will be radio shows hosted on site, streamed live across the world via the Muziekgebouw website, followed by a series of talks with innovators in online broadcasting, with two panels moderated by The Wire’s Derek Walmsley. The evening concludes with live and DJs sets at Muziekgebouw by I-F, Klein, Bear Bones Lay Low, and more.

Among the broadcasters in attendance and on air during the day will be Amsterdam’s own station Red Light Radio, London’s NTS and Boiler Room, Berlin Community Radio, Stroom from Gent, Radio Quantica out of Lisbon, and for the first time, South Africa’s Pan African Space Station. Panels on local versus global audiences and the place of politics in online radio will be moderated by The Wire Editor Derek Walmsley. It all takes place this Friday 19 May, and more details are available at their website.

Elaine Mitchener presents a Cagean happening this June

London's Kings Place will host a night celebrating John Cage's Song Books

This June, Elaine Mitchener Projects and King's Place will present a night dedicated to the lyricism of John Cage's Song Books. Published in 1970, it took form as a commission from Cathy Berberian and Simone Rist, and was constructed by consulting the I Ching ancient divination text. It formed three volumes - the first two consisting of solos for voice and he third being an instruction manual.

For this event the work will be presented as a happening “where we will wander and explore the Song Books, take our own path, ask our own questions and join the adventure,” says the programme.

Possessing Nothing: John Cage Song Books will take place on 10 June at 6.30pm, as part of King's Place's Poetry & Lyrics Festival.

Thirty Three Thirty Three, NON and the ICA collaborate on new project confronting the legacy of colonialism

The multidisciplinary event series will create a “borderless network for understanding, exchange and collaboration” across the UK, Germany and South Africa

Thirty Three Thirty Three has announced a new events series, Non Xchange. Building on the international connections already established by NON Worldwide projects and its artistic affiliations, the two-day event will feature performance, discussion and exhibitions that aim to confront “spatial violence and systemic exclusion, [while] forming cultural dissent against the structural legacy of colonialism.” Artists featured include Angel Ho, Chino Amobi, Faka and Farai Bukowski-Bouquet.

The first event on 2 June will be a panel discussion titled Language, Symbolism And Power, held at the ICA and chaired by Osei Bonsu, it will feature Juliana Huxtable​, Professor Akwugo Emejulu​ and Kodwo Eshun​ who will discuss, among other things, how artists can create social spaces that disrupt power. The evening will incorporate a screening of experimental film Practise by Grace Wales Bonner​, Harley Weir ​and Dev Hynes about a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Pretoria, South Africa.​ That will be followed by an installation, and performances from Angel Ho​, Chino Amobi​, Faka​, Farai​, Orethea​ and Juliana Huxtable.

The following day Power Structures will be held at Ace Hotel, where NON citizens Chino Amobi, FAKA and Farai Bukowski-Bouquet will discuss the “damaging power structures present in experimental music, and the artists that confront, challenge and decohere the whiteness of noise and industrial genres” while referencing questions raised by Kodwo Eshun in his lecture Non Negation: Blackness Out Of Space: Noise Out Of Time.

On the 4 June, Radar Radio will host an 11am-4pm NON Exchange Takeover with Curtly Ghallywood/Nollywood Radio, Juliana Huxtable Poetry Show, FAKA, Angel-Ho, Chino Amobi and Embaci & Klein.

Full details and times can be found via the events page.

Incus catalogue set for digital reissue via Cafe Oto

Recordings from the foundational UK improvisation label now available for download via London venue’s OTOroku label

London's Cafe Oto has announced major plans to digitise and sell downloads of the catalogue of foundational UK improvisation label Incus.

The label, originally set up by Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters, released its first record The Topography Of The Lungs in 1970. It was accompanied by a manifesto: "The bulk of the revenue from any Incus recording will go directly to the musicians. Once the basic cost of each record is recovered, thus providing the finance for the next, the vast bulk of all income will be paid in royalties to the artists. Incus has no intention of making profits in the conventional sense."

Incus went on to release over 100 albums spanning the leading players of the free improvisation community in the UK and beyond, and continued to be run by Bailey and Parker until the two parted ways in the mid-1980s. Karen Brookman-Bailey has tended the label after Bailey’s death in 2005.

Cafe Oto’s OTOroku label has been in dialogue with Brookman-Bailey for several years about making its extensive archive of recordings, many of which are out of print, available once again. Work is already ongoing to offer downloads of the CD catalogue, with the two Derek Bailey and Han Bennink Post Improvisation albums from 1999 available now. Further albums in the pipeline include Eugene Chadbourne & John Zorn’s In Memory Of Nikki Arane, Alex Ward & Steve Noble’s Ya Boo, Reel And Rumble, and Derek Bailey’s solo disc Takes, Fakes And Dead She Dances. OTOroku have future plans for LP transfers from the Incus catalogue.

Recordings will be released over the coming few months over on the Café OTO shop, and are available in both MP3 and Flac format.

Engine Room International Sound Art Competition winner announced

Held at London's Morley Gallery, the competition was judged by The Wire's Publisher Tony Herrington alongside sound artist/composers Annie Mahtani and Janek Schaefer

The winners of this year’s Engine Room International Sound Art Competition have been announced. Set up as an initiative of Morley College, and held at their gallery space, the competition was judged at the beginning of May by The Wire Publisher Tony Herrington, as well as sound artists Dr Annie Mahtani and Janek Schaefer.

First prize was awarded to UK artist Laura Daly's “Shadowland”, which, inspired by the destruction of Cambodia’s Sbek Thom shadow puppet theatre at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, focuses on the strength of human spirit in the face of adversity. Second prize was given to George Cloke for “Year In Review”, which uses sound samples of radio news bulletins in order to “confront listeners with the normalisation of atrocities”. Third prize went to Nolan Lem for “Autonomous Sense Object” which explores the condition of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) to look at our relationship to sound, power and control.

Daly, one of the college’s alumni to have previously studied Sound Art at its adult education centre, said: “The breadth and scope of The Engine Room’s finalists represent an exciting picture of what is happening in sound art. Situating new works on an international platform, it’s a great opportunity for emerging sound artists to raise their profile and engage with practitioners from different parts of the world. To be selected as a finalist among such strong contenders and then given first prize for “Shadowland” is a great honour.”

The 20 shortlisted pieces, whittled down from 177 entries, are now on display at Morley gallery until 1 June. Entry is free.

Ergo Phizmiz is raising money for The United Kingdom Of Earth: A Brexit Opera

Previously called The Happy Breed, this new opera sets to “poke fun at ourselves, our values, and our history”

Dominic Robertson aka Ergo Phizmiz has written an opera about Brexit. Originally titled The Happy Breed, the now called The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera, plans to make its UK premiere this July. A Crowdfunder campaign has been set up to help with costs of travel, accommodation, production and marketing.

“Around five years after departing the European Union, Britain finds itself alone in a world otherwise scorched by some massive nuclear misunderstanding,” reads the synopsis. “The United Kingdom Of Earth uses song, speech and music to paint a picture of a completely isolated Britain, what lies therein, and what lurks beneath."

“The aim of That Happy Breed [sic],” says Robertson, “is not to please anyone on either side of the Brexit argument, but rather to question and poke fun at ourselves, our values, and our history. At times like this, provocative art has the capacity to unite people!”

The opera will be performed by a rotating cast, sourced from the local community of the area where the performance will take place.

Originally a production of the Worm Avant Garde Institute in Rotterdam, the show was premiered at their Ubik Theatre last November. In light of the performance at Glasgow's CCA being postponed due to funding difficulties, the London performance will be the first UK show. It will happen on 26 July at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

At the time of writing, Robertson is looking for people to fill some of the remaining roles. Information can be found via the Crowdfunder page.

Saturnalia festival sets a firm principle of inclusivity

Held at the artist run MACAO centre in Milan, the festival hopes to counter institutionalised art

DIY music festival Saturnalia returns this June at Milan's self-organised art space MACAO, a former slaughterhouse with a strict anti-art institution philosophy. Now in its fourth edition, the event serves as a season closure for MACAO and its sound collective Tavolo Suono, celebrating experimentation and inclusiveness.

“We're offering this whole line up at a price of 5€ per day and those who can't afford this price are still let being part of the celebration - this is one of the means through which we realise one of the principles we believe in, ie inclusivity," explains festival promoter Arcangelo Leone de Castris. “Our main aim,” he continues, is to “make people discover the alternative practices and production processes we put in place and why they can be valuable compared to the ones we're all used to in institutional contexts.”

Artists on this year's line up are RP Boo, Copeland & Gast, Camusi (Stefano Giust & Patrizia Oliva), HHY & The Macumbas, Bernardino Femminielli, Valerio Tricoli/Giulio Nocera/KNN/Sec_, Evan Parker & Walter Prati, Kilbourne, O$VMV$M, Rider Shafique & Manonmars, Beneath, Madam X, TSVI, Voronoi, Jack Roland, and others.

Saturnalia will take place 16 & 17 June.

Raster-Noton company to split in two

The partnership between Raster-Music and Noton will cease to exist as the label is restructured this month

Following recent 20th anniversary celebrations including last year's White Circle installation and the publication of visual catalogue-cum-compilation Source Book 1, the Raster-Noton label is set to be rebranded. Olaf Bender will run Raster-Media, with labels Raster-Music, Raster-Index and Raster-Archive continuing the catalog of Raster-Music/Raster-Noton, while Noton will be administrated by Carsten Nicolai, representing all past and future projects of Alva Noto. The name Raster-Noton will persist for the sole purpose of collaborative projects and activities.

“The idea to restructure Raster-Noton has been in the air for some time already,” explain the pair. “We absolutely wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2016 together without changing anything and tried to conclude this process, which means the years between 1999 and 2016, with the publication of our Raster-Noton: Source Book 1.

“Now in 2017, we want to go separate ways,” they continue, confirming, “we think that in the end, this reorganisation is to our mutual benefit as it has become harder and harder in recent years to meet and actually work together, not just because we are based in different cities now, but also because of our busy schedules, which made it all very complex. In this sense, we think it's more efficient for both of us to continue as separately.”

This September will see the 10th anniversary of the Raster-Noton's festival Electric Campfire which will take place at Villa Massimo Rome, Italy. White Circle will also be presented that month at the Ruhrtriennale in Duisburg, Germany.

Wiley autobiography to be published in November

Eskiboy will look at the veteran grime artist's life and career

William Heinemann will publish Grime artist Wiley's autobiography. Called Eskiboy, the book will follow the Eskibeat creator and Roll Deep founder member’s life and career “from white label releases and illegal broadcasting to lifetime achievement awards and beyond”, declare the publishers. Over the course of 96 short chapters, Eskiboy will cover his “early years and influences, his friendships and rivalries, and the tragedies and triumphs of two decades in music, as well as explore the history and future of grime and the eskimo sound”.

The news of Wiley’s forthcoming autobiography follows the release of his 11th studio album Godfather earlier this year. Eskiboy will feature lyrics, notes and previously unseen photographs. It’s set for publication in hardback and ebook editions on 2 November 2017. Windmill will publish a paperback version in 2018.

Fat Out's Burrow announce one last party

The Burrow's residency at Manchester's Islington Mill ends in June, opening up space for newcomers

After a two year residency at Islington Mill, The Burrow has decided to part ways. “Islington Mill offered for us to continue our residency,” state the organisers, “and it wasn’t an easy decision for us not to carry on (one we toyed with for the best part of a year). We have decided to hang up our hats and close The Burrow chapter at the Mill, but not without one fucking massive final party.”

Fat Out still plan to host shows however, with energy focused on their Fat Out Fest, which they’ll be continuing. In the meantime Islington Mill are looking for new candidates to fill the space, alongside others that have recently become available. An open night will be held on 22 June (email for more details).

The Burrow's Final Smoke will take place on 19 August.