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Experimental electronic pioneer to present interactive sound installation in four U.S. cities.

Experimental electronic-sound sculptor Oval (born Markus Popp) will present his Skotodesk installation on a four-city U.S. tour, beginning Sept. 15, with a 15-day run at Chicago's World Music Festival. Featuring an interactive sound terminal consisting of a Power Macintosh computer, LCD monitor and the OvalProcess music-generating software Popp invented, the installation will allow users to re-form and reshape the pre-installed sound files he uses to create his own tracks. Following its Chicago run, Skotodesk will move on to other venues: From Oct. 14–28, it will be at L.A.'s Low Gallery; from Nov. 1–7, at San Francisco's Amoeba Music record store; and from Dec. 7–Jan. 15, at the Alleged Gallery in New York. ...

Liquid Todd is slated to DJ at the upcoming Million Mambo March, a protest organized by New York City's Dance Liberation Front, to eradicate local cabaret-license laws that prohibit dancing at unlicensed venues. According to the DLF, a statute that regulates dancing "as if it were pornography" has been in effect in the city since the 1920s. In recent months, the DLF has organized a 600-person conga line on Avenue A, a "Hokey Pokey" around City Hall and a "Twist-a-Thon" in Times Square. The Million Mambo March is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, from Tompkins Square Park to Washington Square Park in lower Manhattan. Liquid Todd currently hosts a nationally syndicated mix show on New York radio station K-Rock and released the 1999 mix-CD Action, which included tracks by the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. ...

Prominent UK electronic-music label Warp Records will present the Incredible Warp Lighthouse Party on Oct. 14 in London at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands. Autechre, Plaid, Boards of Canada and Richard Devine are among the acts scheduled to perform live at the event, while Aphex Twin, Mira Calix, Andrea Parker and members of the U.S. abstract-electronic crew Schematic will all DJ. More information on the show is available at www.warprecords.com. …

The Montreal collective Godspeed You Black Emperor! have completed work on an upcoming double album titled Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, due Oct. 9 on the Chicago indie label Kranky Records. According to the label's Web site, the album's 16 tracks are divided among four sections — "Storm," Static," "Sleep" and "Antennas to Heaven" — and incorporate radio static and bizarre field recordings from recent tours into the group's innovative multi-instrument minimal repetitions. Lift Your ... will be their second full-length. ...

Thirty-year dance-music veteran Danny Tenaglia will mix his second entry in the Global Underground mix-CD series, which is due Sept. 19. Based on a recent set by the DJ, London follows the upcoming series release of UK DJ Danny Howells' Nubreed double mix-CD, which comes out Aug. 29 in the States. Tenaglia also mixed the Global Underground double CD Athens, released earlier this year. ...

Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell will release the eight-song collection Kelly's Locker Sept. 12. The record will feature two new tracks — "Judy, Don't You Worry" and "Sea Shell" — along with six B-sides and rarities. Cracknell, who released her solo debut, Lipslide, in 1997, recently contributed vocals to Paul van Dyk's hit single "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" (RealAudio excerpt). A spokesperson for Saint Etienne said the group will tour the United States in the fall. ...

SoleSides Greatest Bumps, a compilation featuring rare material by DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Latyrx, will be released Oct. 31 on Ninja Tune outside of the United States and Japan as part of a new joint venture between the independent label and Quannum Projects. (SoleSides reincarnated as Quannum last year.) The double album, along with new releases by Poets of Rhythm and Latyrx rapper Lyrics Born, will continue to be released on Quannum through Caroline Distribution in the United States. The roster of 10-year-old Ninja Tune includes Kid Koala, Amon Tobin, Coldcut and the Herbaliser, among others. ...

DJ Dan, Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, DJ Rap and Donald Glaude will play at the third annual Smoke Out concert Oct. 7 in San Bernardino, Calif. The artists will be featured in the Funky Tekno Tribe area of the Stoned Garden outdoor stadium, while Cypress Hill, 311 and other rock and rap acts will perform on the main stage. A local DJ stage also will be set up at the festival, which will be held at the National Orange Show Events Center. ...

The second volume of Detroit techno label Planet E's Geology series, which is due in October, includes unreleased mixes and tracks previously available only on vinyl. The 10-track compilation, which was mixed by Planet E artist Mike "Agent X" Clark, features an unreleased mix of "Steam" (from the classic 1996 album The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich, by Carl Craig, alias Paperclip People), a new track by Chaz Vincent and the Kenny Dixon Jr. (a.k.a. Moodymann) remix of Innerzone Orchestra's cover of "People Make the World Go Round." Geology, Vol. 2 will be available as a mix-CD or as unmixed double vinyl. ...

Underworld will provide daily downloadable music and video to fans via a server that can be accessed only from their upcoming DVD, Everything, Everything, due Oct. 10. "It's called 'Live,' " Underworld's Rick Smith said of the feature. "If you have the DVD in the drive of your computer, you can click on it and access different things each day. It's quite exciting for us. It makes the DVD less finite." The long-awaited live-album portion of Everything, Everything will be released Sept. 12. ...

Leftfield singer/composer/producer Jimi Tenor will perform Sept. 17 at London's renowned Barbican Centre, a progressive art, theater and music venue. Tenor will be joined by the Trinity College Orchestra at the show, which will highlight music from his latest album, Out of Nowhere, for which he used Poland's 60-piece Orchestra of the Great Theatre of Lodz on several tracks. ...

Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills will return to the infamous New York club Limelight for a performance on Aug. 26. Mills, who co-founded the pioneering Detroit collective Underground Resistance and has released a number of seminal techno tracks on his own Axis and Purpose Maker imprints, had a celebrated residency at the Limelight in 1992. This will be his first performance at the club since then. Mills recently released a CD, The Art of Connecting, which compiles 10 of his classic singles but is available in the States only as an import. ...

P.S. 1, a contemporary-art museum in Queens, N.Y., is hosting "Warm Up 2," the second in its series of Saturday-afternoon outdoor summer music events. Upcoming shows include New York abstract hip-hoppers Anti-Pop Consortium with avant-garde guitarist Arto Lindsay and Toronto live-house jam band The New Deal (Aug. 19). Past performances this year have featured Swayzak and Luke Vibert. More information is available at www.ps1.org/cut/press/events.html.

— sonicnet.com staff report