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    DJ Beekeeper makes a rare outing this month:

    Blackest Ever Black will descend upon London’s Corsica Studios in October for a night of alienated sonics from across the stylistic spectrum.

    As already announced, the night will play host to an array of performances from the label’s affiliates and friends: Dominick Fernow will present the UK debut of his “militant religious industrial” project Vatican Shadow, Whitehouse founder William Bennett will appear under his Cut Hands alias, and Young Hunting and Black Rain will both perform.

    The label [full disclosure: independently operated by FACT staff member Kiran Sande] has now made a fresh batch of line-up announcements, confirming the night as an utterly unique fixture in the annual calendar. Foremost among them is a set from Jim Baker, the remaining half of Source Direct, the production outfit responsible for some of jungle’s most future-rushing, mindblowing moments. Of similarly hallowed status is Bruce Gilbert, formerly of Wire, who will be appearing as DJ Beekeeper – an alias he apparently invented “as an excuse to manipulate other people’s music” at techno clubs in the 1990s.

    Elsewhere, Concrete Fence - a new collaborative project from Russell Haswell and an unnamed artist who “looms large in the Blackest cosmos” – will get its first airing, and grime progenitor and possessor of the grittiest, nastiest dubs from the genre’s early years, Slimzee, will DJ – as will PAN records boss Bill Kouligas, whose tastes straddle the boundary between abstract electronics and dancefloor fare with unique flair. Finally, London-based producer Powell, whose releases on Diagonal trade in a BEB friendly hybrid of searing industrial textures and a dystopic techno pulse, will DJ.

    The night takes place on Saturday October 13 at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, and a handful more guest DJs are yet to be announced. Advance tickets can be picked up here.
    Bruce will also be taking part in Touch's 30th anniversary celebrations in Beaconsfield (in Vauxhall), 5 - 6 December. According to The Wire, he will be performing Sliding Off The World, though I can't imagine him doing this onstage. Though maybe The Wire have gotten this wrong. But if he does, the piece is precisley two minutes. Brevity has always been Mr. Gilbert's byeword.
    Could be it'll be only a short appearance. He's not listed as one of the main acts of the event on the Touch site, he's just among a list of other artists doing some "interventions".
    But he will also be at the Touch event in Cologne on the 30th of October / 1st of November, and he's one of the two only acts playing there, so i hope it will be a bit more than 2 minutes in that case :)
    I'll probably be at both events.

    Wednesday 31st October
    Mike Harding interviews Bruce Gilbert

    Soundarchaeology seminar Wednesday 31 October 2012, 6pm, sound lab, seminar guests: Bruce Gilbert, Mike Harding and Achim Mohné. Conversation between Mike Harding and Bruce Gilbert about his solo work and collaborations, later joined by Achim Mohné.

    Thursday: 1 November, 8pm, Aula
    • Mike Harding presents "30 Years of Touch"
    • Bruce Gilbert
    • Achim Mohné
    • Reprise: to improvised collaboration between Bruce Gilbert & Achim Mohné
    Bruce Gilbert live in Cologne - Podcast on Touch Radio.