On the cover: The Compiler: A 22 page survey of paradigm-busting compilations, anthologies, mail order lists, mixtapes and other collections. Plus: Val Wilmer reveals the true story of the Sun Ra Arkestra leader’s formative years in the Paris interzone; Okkyung Lee's Invisible Jukebox; Inga Copeland; Officer!; Nat Birchall; Jack Ruby and more
On the cover: The Ex: Daniel Spicer travels to Amsterdam to talk DIY survival strategies with the Dutch ethno-improv-punk collective. James Hadfield on Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata's four decade career, Ian Helliwell on early DIY synthesists, guitarist Marissa Nadler gets tested by Damon Krukowski in this month's Invisible Jukebox, Nathan Budzinski on Turkish artist Cevdet Erek. Plus: Tel Aviv improvisor Maya Dunietz, Russia's Club Of Friends, composer Laurence Crane, The Colundi Sequence, Tashi Dorji, and hundreds of albums, downloads, videos and books reviewed. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
On the cover: Darren Cunningham’s soundworld filters South London angst and atmos into abstract private dance music. By Derek Walmsley. Plus: Jandek redux with David Keenan, a Steve Lacy Primer, Ellen Fullman gets the Invisible Jukebox treatment, Gnod, Specter, David Blamey, Beatriz Ferreyra, reviews and much more.
On the cover: Jandek: In a world exclusive, the fabled representative of Corwood Industries talks face to face for the first time. By David Keenan. Plus: Edwin Pouncey on the extreme sonics of the former Skullflower guitarist Stefan Jaworzyn, UK noise maker and computer composer Russell Haswell takes The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test, London producer Visionist, Multiple Tap's new Japanese sounds, and over 100 album, gig, film and book reviews.
2013 Rewind: The Wire’s crucial review of the last 12 months in underground sound and music, including the releases of the year, opinions and reflections from a host of musicians and critics, and analyses of some of 2013’s most notable audio culture trends. Plus Richard Skelton's Invisible Jukebox, Blue Daisy, Kathy Alberici, Copenhagen's underground music venue Mayhem, a whopping 200-plus reviews, and much more.
On the cover: Demdike Stare: The Manchester duo mine music, machines and myths from the past to create uncanny club tracks and imaginary film soundtracks. By Joseph Stannard. Inside: Greg Tate clears the new age fog around the zither master and Eno collaborator Laraaji, Louis Pattison on Heatsick + Helm, turntablist Maria Chavez's Invisible Jukebox, a documentary on the modular synth resurgence, Dot Wiggin of The Shaggs, Esmerine, Diskotopia, the music underground in Western Russia, and much more. Plus: over 150 albums, films, books and exhibitions reviewed.
On the cover: Laurel Halo: The Michigan born producer talks to Jennifer Lucy Allan about Techno utopias, digital identity and making electronic music in the surveillance age. Marcus Boon meets the Montreal improvisor Sam Shalabi, Archie Shepp's Invisible Jukebox, the sound ecologist David Dunn, Jar Moff, David Medalla, Magik Markers and much more. Plus: over 150 albums, films, books and exhibitions reviewed. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
On the cover: Matana Roberts: Daniel Spicer meets the saxophonist, vocalist and composer whose Coin Coin song cycle is quilting a panoramic tale of black America’s radical history. Plus: Australian Improv trio The Necks, Buchla Box virtuoso Charles Cohen, South African Shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja, the White Material label, Malcy Duff, Cave, Olimpia Splendid and more. Plus: over 150 albums, films, books and exhibitions reviewed.
On the cover: Young Echo + Livity Sound: Bristol’s new collectives are redefining the city’s bass culture, placing post-dubstep sounds, labels and radio broadcasts on the map. By Rory Gibb. Plus: Marginal Consort founder Kazuo Imai, a Cabaret Voltaire Primer, Christina Carter gets the Invisible Jukebox treatment, Silkie, BiS-Kaidan, El Mahdy Jr, Hacker Farm, Global Ear St Louis, Bridport YouTube artist Oblivian Substanshall, reviews and more.
On the cover: Rob Mazurek: The Chicago Underground musician and visual artist spins cosmic connections between free jazz, science fiction and the music of Brazil. By Bill Meyer. Plus: Denmark’s first electronic composer, Else Marie Pade; Meredith Monk; Jussi Lehtisalo's Invisible Jukebox; Helena Hauff; Marisa Anderson; Terminal Cheesecake; Emma Hart; Global Ear Istanbul and more. Attached to the cover: our free 20 track CD The Wire Tapper 32, available to all readers.
On the cover: The Dead C – The New Zealand underground rock trio have been making music at the outer limits for 25 years. On the road in Europe, they tell David Keenan why Bruce Russell’s amp sound is better than sex. Plus: Rashad Becker, a Primer on Don Cherry, Pangaea's Invisible Jukebox, Arturas Bumšteinas, Paul Metzger, The Durian Brothers and more.
On The Cover: Babble On! – In a 20 page special, Wire contributors assess and rethink the relationship between underground music and words, text and language. Including Rob Young on songs about themselves, Ken Hollings on Cage’s pulverised language, Derek Walmsley on dread talk, Alasdair Roberts on verbal jousting, Daniel Spicer on hip semantics, David Toop on Improv words and gestures, Nina Power on female machine voices, Hua Hsu on vocalese, Marcus Boon on profane rappers, Rory Gibb on Footwork’s vocal science, and more.