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East London venue Cafe Oto has announced the line-up of Stereo Spasms, an eight day festival running from 7–14 February celebrating what would have been the 90th birthday of Luc Ferrari. Featuring performances of the late composer’s work, plus talks, films, readings, installations and exhibitions, Stereo Spasms is co-presented by his widow, the composer and author of this month’s Epiphanies feature Brunhild Ferrari, alongside Close-Up Cinema, Presque Rien, Maison Ona and Ecstatic Peace Library. The festival also coincides with Ecstatic Peace Library’s English language publication of the monograph Luc Ferrari: Complete Works.

Artist, musician, amateur magician and Wire contributor Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil will publish Rated SavX: The Savage Pencil Scratchbook this year. The book gathers drawings, personal photographs, documents and ephemera from the SavX archives, as well as newer material, and an interview with Pouncey by esoteric bibliographer Timothy D’Arch Smith. It’s an “access-all-areas trawl” through the life and work of the artist, says MIT. Of course, Wire readers will know Pouncey as the artist behind our cartoon strip Trip Or Squeek (which ran up till 2017) as well as sketching artwork for The Wire’s regular Primer articles, contributing reviews and features, and conceiving artworks for The Wire office. Since the mid-1970s, he’s also designed album covers, T-shirts, posters, skateboards and more for bands including Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Fall, Sunn O))), Coil and Earth, and most recently he illustrated A Hidden Landscape Once A Week, former Wire Editor Mark Sinker’s chronicle of the weekly UK music press of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rated SavX: The Savage Pencil Scratchbook will be published by Strange Attractor and MIT Press., mitpress.

Glasgow’s artist led pop-up radio station Radiophrenia has published its 2019 open call for sound works and other transmission art. “We are seeking soundscapes, spoken word pieces, radio experiments, found sound, innovative approaches to drama and documentary, and radical and challenging new programme ideas,” the station says. “The call is open to artists, musicians and producers at any career stage.” The station will take up residence in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts in May; the deadline for submissions is 17 February.

Netherlands festival Sonic Acts have announced the first selection of artists for their 2019 event, which marks their 25th edition. The event is organised around the theme of Hereafter which, they hope, will reflect the changes in our relationship with technology. Confirmed so far are Ramon Amaro, Thomas Ankersmit, Rosi Braidotti, Filipa César, Jodi Dean, Christina Kubisch, Okkyung Lee, Yantan Ministry, Jin Mustafa, DJ Nervoso, BJ Nilsen, Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, Jennifer Walshe and many more. It will run between 21–24 February across various locations in Amsterdam. 2019.

A year after Geri Allen died of cancer aged 60, Washington, DC’s Howard University Jazz Ensemble have released a tribute album to the pianist. Titled A Tribute To Geri Allen, it includes three late 1970s archival recordings of Allen, then an undergraduate, performing her compositions with the large ensemble. The CD also includes tracks of the present-day group under the direction of Professor Fred Irby III. You can obtain copies via the professor at here we are, a decade and a half later… we’re still listening and learning, and we’re still loving this fabled label life.” To mark the occasion, the label pay homage to their very first release, a mixtape from Julian S Process (later of Pink Skull), by inviting British composer, producer and DJ Beatrice Dillon to plunge into the label’s back catalogue and create a special anniversary mix. You can check half of it out at, with the other half only available via the limited edition cassette.

Marina Rosenfeld’s roygbiv&b has been published by Run/Off Editions. The original performance piece was Rosenfeld’s contribution to Instructions Lab, a 2011 exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The book chronicles the performance with an essay by musicologist Benjamin Piekut, gatefold renderings of the score pages and various exhibition photos.

French festival Sons D’Hiver has announced its programme for the 2019 edition. The event is opened on 1 February by Heroes Are Gang Leaders, presenting a tribute to the late writer Amiri Baraka, with a group including Thomas Sayers Ellis, James Brandon Lewis, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Devin Brahja Waldman, Brandon Moses and Luke Stewart. Thomas Sayer Ellis and James Brandon Lewis will also give a pre-show lecture about Baraka’s legacy. Other confirmed artists include Ambrose Akinmusire with Kool AD, Sam Harris, Justin Brown & Mivos Quartet, Shabazz Palaces, Dälek, Evan Parker & Tyshawn Sorey duo, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman play John Zorn, Irreversible Entanglements with Camae Ayawe, Julien Desprez & Rob Mazurek, Anthony Braxton Zim Music, and many more. which was made made entirely from the sample pack EDM Kicks Vol 1. “Someone has leaked them on this nifty website as a free mixtape,” Buckley muses. “For use with DJ Tools on UIQ or simply enjoyed on their own.”

North Morocco’s Sufi trance festival hosted by The Master Musicians Of Joujouka has organised two dates this year. One event will take place between 21–23 June (now sold out) and the other is set for 5-7 July. Only 50 tickets are available per event, with guests staying with the master musicians and their families in the village of Joujouka. This year this incarnation of the Master Musicians – an altogether different group to The Master Musicians Of Jajouka led by Bachir Attir – will also release Live In Paris. The album, widely available for the first time, was recorded at Centre Georges Pompidou Paris as part of the 2016 Beat Generation exhibition and was produced by Frank Rynne. Their first album recorded outside of Joujouka, it will be released as CD and LP.

The European SHAPE platform supporting innovative music and audiovisual art has announced its list of participants for 2019. The initiative seeks to promote musicians and artists with an interest in sound. Now in its fifth year, it’s projected to run until 2021, as a union of 16 European festivals, and this year’s roster includes Astrid Sonne, AZF, Balázs Pándi, Bear Bones Lay Low, Betty, JESSE, Jessica Ekomane, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Katharina Ernst, Kikimore, Lucy Railton, Myako, Michela Pelusio, Nina Garcia/Mariachi, patten, Peach, Resina, rkss, Robert Curgenven, Sally Golding, Sentimental Rave, and more.

“There’s no real reason we decided to acknowledge RVNG’s 15th anniversary and not our fifth, or even our tenth,” remarks the Brooklyn based label. “But

A mediafire link of free DJ Tools remixes is now doing the rounds. The project is an offshoot of rkss aka Robin Buckley’s DJ Tools release on UIQ earlier this year,

The new Lonnie Holley film I Snuck Off The Slave Ship will premiere as an official selection at Sundance Film Festival next year. Created with Cyrus Moussavi,

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