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Circuit des Yeux scores soundtrack to Salomé

The 1923 film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play was produced by Alla Nazimova, who also played Salomé, and directed by her partner Charles Bryant

Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux has written a new soundtrack to the cult 1923 silent film Salomé. Based on the Oscar Wilde play of the same name, it retells the story of King Herod's lust for his stepdaughter and subsequent killing of John the Baptist, and was produced by Russian actor Alla Nazimova. Shot in black and white, it matched Aubrey Beardsley’s original illustrations in the printed edition of Wilde's play, and featured costume design by Natacha Rambova.

At the time Nazimova struggled to get the film released due to its controversial storyline and rumors of homosexuality on set. Kenneth Anger later stated that Nazimova had employed an entirely homosexual cast in homage to Wilde. In recent years it has been marked as one of the first art films made and was put to DVD in 2006.

Fohr's score was commissioned by Opera North Projects and will be performed by the musician and her band for the first time at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds on 12 May as part of Leeds International Festival 2018. Previous commissions by the Opera North soundtrack series have included G W Pabst's Pandora’s Box (starring Louise Brooks) by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Philip Jeck, and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, and a Gamelan soundtrack for Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures Of Prince Achmed. Tickets are £13 and available via the box office.

Radio Revolten to publish 30 Days Of Radio Art

The book will document the radio art festival that took place in Halle (Saale) in 2016

The international radio art festival Radio Revolten is to published a book on its October 2016 edition held in Halle (Saale), Germany. Hosted by the community radio station CORAX who transmitted over a dedicated city wide radio art frequency, the event gathered 100 contemporary radio artists and featured installations, live performances, conferences, workshops and public interventions.

Edited by Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington and Ralf Wendt, the book, much like the event itself, sets to “reclaim FM radio as an open access medium for cultural use”, covering some of the festival artworks and events, and featuring articles (written in English) by Anna Friz, Hartmut Geerken, Lucinda Guy, Martin Hartung, Lukas Holfeld, Udo Israel, Tina Klatte, Michael Nicolai, Gregory Whitehead, Florian Wüst, and Elisabeth Zimmermann. It also includes specially commissioned colour photographs.

Radio Revolten. 30 Days Of Radio Art has been finished, however pre-orders are necessary as €6,000 is still needed for printing to go ahead. More information can be found on via the Startnext campaign page. It will be released on Leipzig publishers Spector Books.

Harold Budd performs in London for the first time in 17 years

Union Chapel hosts the minimalist composer on 28 April

US minimalist Harold Budd will perform at London's Union Chapel this April, marking his first London date in 17 years. Budd, one of the first wave of ambient musicians who recorded for Brian Eno's Obscure label back in the 1970s, formed a close association with Robin Guthrie in the 80s, and many of his records in the last decade have been collaborations with the former Cocteau Twin. Following a health scare back in 2005, Budd announced his retirement and a farewell gig at Brighton Dome, which saw him play alongside Guthrie as well as John Foxx, Jah Wobble and Balanescu Quartet.

For this forthcoming performance Budd is said to be performing both old and new material, featuring his signature soft-pedal piano style as well as electronic pieces, and will be joined on stage by Ireland’s Vespertine Quintet. The night will feature support from Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner. “I hope to see some of my old friends again – whomever might drift by” says Budd.

The event will take place on 28 April at Union Chapel. Tickets are on sale for £25.

Deathbomb Arc celebrate 20 year anniversary with new compilation

The Santa Maria, California based label marks two decades with a 13 track “posse comp”

Over two decades Californian independent label Deathbomb Arc has released music by Clipping, Death Grips, JPEGMAFIA, Foot Village, Lana Del Rabies, Yellow Swans, Signor Benedick The Moor, Gang Wizard, True Neutral Crew, and more. The label kicks off its 20th anniversary this year with a compilation consisting of all new material.

Deathbomb Arc boss Brian Miller describes the download only compilation False Positive Crew: Deathbomb Arc 20 Year Anniversary as “a label posse comp over a year in the making, featuring unlikely collaborations between Deathbomb artists, new bands formed for the comp, and even a few solo tracks”. Contributors include Signor Benedick The Moor, Slowcoach, GRYPT, Scrolls, JPEGMAFIA, True Neutral, and SHADI, among others.

Miller hints that the anniversary will be marked in various other ways aside from the compilation. These will be announced when False Positive Crew is released via the label’s Bandcamp on 16 February. “There will be more anniversary celebrations over the course of 2018,” he says. “But this is round one.”

DJ Platurn mixes a selection of unheard Icelandic funk and disco with Breaking The Ice

The new mixtape documenting the Icelandic music scene circa 1960–1980 features photos by the DJ's father Magnus Thordarson

Breaking The Ice is a limited edition double disc mix of rare and previously unheard tracks made in Iceland between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Influenced heavily by funk, soul and disco, the mix was compiled by Icelandic DJ and turntablist DJ Platurn, and includes a 16 page digibook featuring sleevenotes and photos taken by his father Magnus Thordarson, a DJ and promoter who in the 1970s set up his own show on Ríkisútvarpið, or the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

“We pitched an idea to this guy named Ólafur [Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland between 1996–2016] about playing new musical forms and stuff,” explains Thordarson in his notes. “And like a typical politician, he said, ‘Put it down on paper!’ So we gave him a list of music that we thought should be in the library. I have no idea if he figured any of it, he probably only recognised The Beatles.”

Breaking The Ice is released on 23 March by Needle To The Groove. It's available to pre-order now. Listen to part one below:

Experimental film maker Paul Clipson has died

The artist who collaborated with Liz Harris, Sarah Davachi, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, and others died suddenly aged 53

San Fransisco based visual artist Paul Clipson died unexpectedly on 3 February. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Clipson was an experimental film maker who worked with artists including Liz Harris aka Grouper, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, Lawrence English, Sarah Davachi, Felicia Atkinson, Rene Hell, and others. He was also a member of the San Francisco post rock group Tarentel in which he worked alongside Ledesma, Danny Grody, Jim Redd, and Tony Cross, making Super 8 films to run alongside each performance. He was recently featured on John Davis's Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music And Expanded Cinema Art, a four DVD collection of underground non-narrative film.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up by Root Strata's Maxwell August Croy on behalf of Clipson's wife Yelena Soboleva, with funds going directly to Soboleva and daughter Anya Kamenskaya to help with rent, funeral and memorial costs.

“Our dearest friend Paul Clipson passed unexpectedly from this world” reads the campaign page. “Paul is survived and held in loving memory by his family, a large network of friends and colleagues, and many fans of his work. An incredibly bright light and source of truly boundless energy, his generous heart and vivid talents touched the lives of countless people. It is impossible to qualify the depth of this connection.”

Grouper/Paul Clipson “Made Of Air”

Stroboscopic Artefacts reveal details of first true compilation

The label shares Caterina Barbieri's “Virgo Rebellion” from the release titled Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music

Stroboscopic Artefacts are to release a new compilation in April featuring a selection of new music from Italian electronic artists. Back in 2013 the imprint released its Stellate limited edition series featuring four artists per release, but Flowers From The Ashes, Contemporary Italian Electronic Music is said to be its first artist compilation proper.

Artists featured are Stroboscopic Artefacts’ label boss Lucy, Silvia Kastel, Andrea Belfi, Marco Shuttle, Ninos Du Brasil, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel, Lory D, Caterina Barbieri, and Spazio Disponibile’s co-founder Neel.

“There is a sensibility of decadence and corroded grandeur etched within its four album sides, reminding us that historically ‘decadent’ times have nonetheless resulted in some of the boldest acts of individual and collective creativity,” says the label. “Though many of the artists involved have set of residence outside of their native Italy, all contribute here to make a captivating portrait of a shared spirit and cultural memory.”

You can listen to Caterina Barbieri's offering“Virgo Rebellion” below.

Angélique Kidjo sings Talking Heads

Kidjo brings her 2017 New York Carnegie Hall performance of Remain In Light to London

Angélique Kidjo is to perform her latest project, a reinterpretation of the classic Talking Heads album Remain In Light, at London's Southbank Centre in June. Showcasing her new arrangements of songs such as “Crosseyed And Painless”, “Once In A Lifetime” and “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)”, the performance follows her New York Carnegie Hall show last year, in which she appeared on stage with Talking Heads' David Byrne. Byrne has noted that Talking Heads drew inspiration from Kidjo's home country Benin. Produced by Brian Eno and released in 1980, Remain In Light was the group’s fourth studio album

Angélique Kidjo’s Remain In Light show will take place on 8 June, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from £15 up.

Kidjo performed “Crosseyed And Painless” live at the Royal Festival Hall’s opening gala concert of the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival. You can watch this below.

Music network OUTLANDS launched in the UK

Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones collaboration kicks off the series

A national experimental music touring network has been launched in the UK. Called OUTLANDS, it will nurture interdisciplinary music through the support of the musicians and organisations that promote them, while encouraging diversity and building local audiences. In the forthcoming year they plan to commission and tour three new productions. A new live collaboration between Matana Roberts and UK sound artist/improvisor Kelly Jayne Jones kicks off the series with a run of May dates in the UK. Partners include De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea), Capsule (Birmingham), Fuse (Bradford), Qu Junktions and the independent producer Al Cameron (Bristol), Cambridge Junction, Fat Out (Manchester), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes) and Peninsula Arts and Karst (Plymouth).

“All over the country artists and DIY operations are doing amazing and fresh new things around music and live performance,” says Caleb Madden of De La Warr Pavilion. “As economic constraints tighten, these activities are less and less likely to obtain the support they need to develop. I am excited to be part of a network that has the longterm ability to support this work, from the artists right through to the venues and their audiences...

“OUTLANDS offers a unique opportunity to respond to and develop this demand at a strategic level,” continues Madden, “providing risk-taking programmes (through experimental art forms, interesting contexts and community involvement) in Bristol and the wider region, sustaining and generating new audiences through high quality production, attractive artists and national marketing support.”

More information can be found on the OUTLANDS website.

Open call to collaborate with Shiva Feshareki

Residency launched by North of England music project Both Sides Now

An open call has been announced for a musician to spend five days working alongside UK composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki on a project that culminates with a performance at Sounds Like This Festival in Leeds on 12 March. The residency, which falls under the umbrella music initiative Brighter Sound, is part of Both Sides Now, which focuses specifically on supporting women in music.

“We’re looking for openminded artists who are excited by experimentation, leftfield composition, and are curious to explore the interactions between time, space and sound,” reads the call out. “Your method of performance can be any form of instrument or gear, be it acoustic or electronic, conventional or unconventional.”

Applicants are welcome from women over 18 years old, who are based in Leeds and the surrounding area. Deadline is 11 February. More information can be found on the website.