JG Thirlwell has contributed vocals to the new radio opera Neuschwabenland-Symphonie, which was conceived and composed by the award-winning Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit. The opera is a symphony regarding UFOs discovered in the Antarctic, and among its movements explores the conspiracy that aliens helped the Nazis develop technology in World War Two, and had a civilization under the ice, among other things. JG Thirlwell plays the character of Admiral Byrd in the opera. It will be broadcast on WDR3 on Dec 17 2012 at 11.05 pm CET, and on einsLIVE on Dec 18 2012 at 11.00 pm CET.
REVERSE and Aurelio Trinidad Valle present RESONATE and REBUILD, a silent art auction benefit and exhibition at REVERSE space at 28 Frost Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that will open on Friday, December 14 from 7-11 PM with works remaining on view until Friday, December 21. The focus of this benefit is to raise funds for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, an organization dedicated to rebuilding one of the most severely affected communities by Hurricane Sandy.
REVERSE is delighted to include a portfolio of art prints for the silent auction called the “Peace Prints”, originally made in 1972 for the McGovern campaign. These prints will be available for bidding during the benefit exhibition, made possible by Patty Mucha and Julie Martin. Artists who participated in the “Peace Prints” series include: Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Richard Anuskiewicz; Oyvind Fahlström, Marisol, Robert Whitman, and Jack Youngerman.
Artworks that have been donated to the exhibition alongside the Peace Prints include works by JG Thirlwell, Nick Zinner, Sebastian Mlynarski, Gabriel Shuldner, Erik Foss, Ben Brock, Alberto Cortes, Richard Alvarez, Damian Genuardi, a collaborative work by Brandon Friend + Jason Douglas Griffin and many more. All works will remain on view and those that are not sold during the opening event will still be available for bidding at REVERSE until Friday, December 21, 7pm.
For more information about the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, go here
The long unavailable soundtrack album The Venture Bros : The Music Of JG Thirlwell has been repressed on CD and is now exclusively distributed by Thirlwell’s label Ectopic Ents. Thirlwell has been hard at work creating huge amounts of exciting music for the score of the fifth season of the Venture Bros, which will premiere in 2013 on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. The network recently broadcast a season five teaser in the form of the hugely popular Venture Bros Halloween special.
JG Thirlwell has been invited by EMS (Elektronmusikstudion / Electronic Music Studio of Stockholm) to participate in the second annual Swedish Energies festival, presented by Issue Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC. It is a free two-night festival on Nov 30-Dec 1 2012, featuring a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians and artists. Performances include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists, as well as a cross-section of Sweden’s most pre-eminent experimental groups.
JG Thirlwell will collaborate in a performance on Nov 30 with Vinyl Terror and Horror, aka Camilla Sørensen and Greta Christensen. Vinyl Terror and Horror have worked together since 2001 modifying, deconstructing and reconstructing turntables and vinyl records , resulting in amazingly detailed and well executed noise compositions, performances and kinetic installations.
The evening will take place at the Clemente Soto Velez Center at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC and will also will feature performances by Christine Ödlund (S), Mats Lindström (S), Rolf Enström (S) and Aki Onda & Lise-Lotte Norelius (JAP/S), and continue the following evening performances by Anastasia Ax, Hild Sofie Tafjord, The Gagmen and many more.
JG Thirlwell will be making his first ever live appearance in Australia on Mar 4 2013 when he appears with his Manorexia ensemble in a bill with Kronos Quartet (w/special guest Bryce Dessner) at the Adelaide Festival. The concert will take place at the Thebarton theater in Adelaide. For this concert, Thirlwell will travel to Australia with NY Manorexia alumni Peter Wise (percussion) and David Broome (piano), and the ensemble will be augmented by string ensemble Zephyr Quartet. At the moment this will be the only Manorexia date in Australia. Also appearing at the Adelaide festival will be Laurie Anderson, Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Goran Bregović, Calder Quartet with Iva Bittova, Van Dyke Parks, Neil Finn & Paul Kelly plus an Unsound portion of the fest featuring Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Demdike Stare, Lustmord, Emeralds and many more. More news when it becomes available.
A new episode of The Venture Bros will premiere at 11.30 pm on October 28, 2012 on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network, featuring an exciting new score by JG Thirlwell. Though this Halloween-themed episode is part of season five, the rest of season five will not start airing until 2013. According to Jackson Publick : “Basically, when we did the math and figured out that we probably wouldn’t be able to premiere season 5 until the beginning of 2013, I got super-depressed over the prospect of a Venture-less 2012. Doc was already half done writing a spooky sort of episode that he wanted to take place on Halloween, so we made it official.” Entitled “A Very Venture Halloween”, the episode was created and directed by Jackson Publick and written by Publick and Doc Hammer, both of whom also provide voices for the special.
On October 7 2012 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City there will be a rare screening of “Los Ojos Azules” (“The Blue Eyes”) as part of their New Filmmakers series. Shot on location in Mexico, the film was directed by Eva Aridjis with cinematography by Sebastian Mlynarski, and has an original score by JG Thirlwell.
JG Thirlwell has produced a new song by Karen O for the new Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie. Entitled “Strange Love”, the song was written by Karen, who also sings on it, and was recorded and mixed at Vinegar Hill studios. The track features the talents of Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio) and Yusuke Yamamoto (Chin Chin).
Karen says of the track, “Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it’s quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theremin solo it’s a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte’s calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it’s an unbelievable honor to be involved with it.”
The song, which will play over the film’s closing credits, will also appear on the Frankenweenie Unleashed! album, which features songs from and inspired by the film. The album also features songs by Neon Trees, Mark Foster , Passion Pit , Grace Potter feat. the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons , Robert Smith , Winona Ryder and many more. The film’s original score is by Danny Elfman.
JG Thirlwell has been commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary to write a composition for the Morning Line, a public art structure in Vienna created by Matthew Ritchie. At eight meters high and twenty meters long and built of 20 tons of coated aluminum, the sculpture incorporates a 47 channel audio system, making it a platform for contemporary music and composition. So far 27 sound artists have contributed compositions, specially conceived for the pavilion’s architecture, which now fill the sonic landscape of Schwarzenbergplatz. JG was invited by guest curator, composer and head of Laton Records Franz Pomassl.
Thirlwell’s 38 minute piece, entitled “Euthenasia”, will premiere in Vienna on Sep 8 and 9 2012 and will take full advantage of the structure’s multi channel spatial amplification. Thirlwell will be in attendance and will perform along with the piece. The audience will experience the piece from within and outside the sculpture.The composition will be added to the existing archive of music and soundscapes selected by the previous guest curators.
There is also a version of the sculpture in Istanbul. Composers who have already composed pieces for the project include Christian Fennesz, Alexei Borisov, Bryce Dessner with Evan Ziporyn and David Sheppard, Ghostigital, Bruce Gilbert, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Florian Hecker, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Jónsi & Alex, Carsten Nicolai, Mehmet Can Özer, Zsolt Olejnik, Finnbogi Pétursson, Franz Pomassl, Lee Ranaldo, Terre Thaemlitz, Yasunao Tone, Chris Watson, Thom Willems, Jana Winderen, Zavoloka and Peter Zinovieff.
In September 2012 Touch will present a series of events at ISSUE Project Room, Anthology Film Archives and Experimental Intermedia in NYC, celebrating the publisher’s 30th anniversary. Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent music company of its time. The label has presented a wide range of artists from New Order to Thomas Köner, and now has a strong focus on artists such as Fennesz, Chris Watson, Philip Jeck, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, Jacob Kirkegaard, Oren Ambarchi and Biosphere.
On Sunday Sep 16 2012 the so-called “Touch Ensemble” will perform at Phill Niblock‘s space Experimental intermedia in a concert conducted by one of Touch’s head honchos, Mike Harding. The Touch Ensemble for the evening will consist of JG Thirlwell, Philip Jeck, Ken Montgomery, Marcus Davidson, Lary 7, and Dave Knapik.