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The Wire is teaming up with the University of East London to present a series of symposiums on the topic of Critical Beats: Electronic Dance Music, Club Culture & the East London Connection. The series will take the form of six talks and panel discussions involving musicians, producers, critics and writers on the scene and each event will be themed to explore a particular aspect of the culture as it manifests in East London and beyond. The first panel on Sound, Rhythm, Technology & Microgenre takes place at London’s Stratford Circus on 3 November. Full details in next month’s November issue.
PRS For Music Foundation have announced the first 13 recipients of their Women Make Music awards, which aims to address the gender gap in music in the UK. Commissions of up to £5000 each include Bela Emerson’s Falling Up soundtrack for outdoor circus theatre performers Mimbre; Susan Stenger’s six hour composition Full Circle for woodwind, brass, strings and voice; Jennifer Walshe’s ‘catwalk’ performance marking the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund; Bridget Hayden’s Strong Horses collection of six new pieces developed for real-time layering techniques, and many more. prsformusicfoundation.com/women
Odd Future (or Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, to use their full name) has published a book featuring the LA hiphop skate punk collective’s own photography, design and writings. Called Golf Wang, it promises “a glimpse into their experience as they themselves see it”. After the announcement of a multi-million dollar deal to create their own record label, expect acting roles and other such opportunities to be offered to Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats any day now. pictureboxinc.com
Film maker Tyler Hubby is working on a documentary on composer, violinist and film maker Tony Conrad. Titled Completely In The Present, it isn’t set for release until 2013, but it promises to feature the director’s personal footage of Conrad dating back to 1994, plus the latter’s own archive of recordings and films. tonyconradmovie.com
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More documentary action, this time on free jazz saxophonist David S Ware. Ware – who in 2009 underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated from a fan found via a mailing list – is a long-time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. Another notable advocate is David Lynch, founder of DLF.TV, who produced the documentary. One of the stated aims of DLF.TV is the promotion of TM, alongside the celebration of “consciousness, creativity and bliss”. The short film is available to watch now online via dlf.tv.
Peter Brötzmann, another saxophonist subject to a recent documentary, is the winner of this year’s prosaically named biennial German Jazz Award. Brötzmann, who turned 70 this year, will receive a prize of €15,000.
While it might seem that only grizzled veterans scoop up all the plaudits, Jazz Burghausen invites entries for the 2012 European Young Artists’ Award, which promises its own €15,000 prize (split as €5000 in cash and €10,000 in promotion) to young jazz artists not older than 30 years old. Applications closing date is 1 November. b-jazz.com
In another retromaniacal, Mighty Booshstyle ‘taking retro to its logical conclusion’
move, London’s self-described “Victorian anachronistic punk rock” group of double negatives The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have announced their second wax cylinder release. Limited to 50 handmade copies and featuring one new, original track, each costs £25 and comes with instructions on how to build a cylinder player to audition the release. freewebstore. org/blamedfornothing
Robert Ashley’s 1983 television and stage opera Perfect Lives is getting a new treatment. Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room will present Vidas Perfectas from a Spanishlanguage translation of the American composer’s work in its full seven episodes for both the formats it originally appeared in. The first three episodes premiere this December at Irondale Theater in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Issue Project Room will host a benefit art auction featuring photographs, paintings and works on paper by artists such as this month’s cover artist Christian Marclay, Andy Warhol, Lee Ranaldo, Yoko Ono, James Franco, Wayne Coyne, Tony Conrad, Jutta Koether, Cindy Sherman, John Waters and more. Tickets to the event, which will be bookended with performances by Steve Roden and A^ction (Kim Gordon, Tony Conrad and John Miller), cost $125, or $50 for members. The proceeds will go to the organisation’s year-round activities, but
Robert Ashley we can expect more fundraising activities, as IPR proceed with plans for their new theatre construction, having raised $2.3 million towards the $3.7 million necessary for that project. vidasperfectas.org, issueprojectroom.org
The Wire’s Mike Barnes has just published a revised edition of his 2000 book Captain Beefheart: The Biography. Following Don Van Vliet’s death in December last year, the updated version contains new interview material and references reports and eulogies that appeared in the media. omnibuspress.com
Meanwhile, The Wire’s Nick Richardson is working on an essay on Black Metal live performance for a forthcoming book. If you have memories of gigs that you’d like to share, or old gig reviews or opinions/theories on the subject, he’d be glad to hear from you. Please write to him at email@example.com.
London’s gallery of sonic arts SoundFjord is working with Audio Gourmet’s Harry Towell and Bartosz Dziadosz to produce a fundraiser album in aid of those affected by the recent riots and city centre unrest in the UK. The work – which is scheduled for release in October and is tentatively titled A Silent Swaying Breath: A Public Record ley)
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