The Portal

Archive Portal: Ornette Coleman

June 2015

In the third of our series of posts shining a light into the darker recesses of The Wire's back issues archive, Tony Herrington continues our online tribute to Ornette Coleman by selecting seven articles that expand on the theories and music of the late saxophonist and composer

The Portal from Issue 375

Qawwali music portal

June 2015

Chris Hladowski presents a wayward selection of some musical genres, instruments and regional characteristics of Pakistan and neighbouring areas, based largely on late-night YouTube sessions, web searches and the odd foray to the library

Columns

Bell Labs: The Benshi Refuses To Die

May 2015

"In the very early days, when all film came from the US, benshi could explain the projection technology and also mediate strange western customs to the Japanese audience." Clive Bell on the narration of silent cinema in Japan, the Burmese record industry and Ugandan Video Jokers

Columns

Matt Stokes's Cantata Profana

April 2015

"When artists bring underground musical subcultures into seemingly more legitimate spaces, whatever their intentions, those subcultures are easily reduced to the merely symbolic."