The compositions of Iannis Xenakis are shot through with the sound of warfare, crowds, arcane mathematics and Chaos Theories. Ben Watson meets a composer whose attempts to transform Futurism into sound capsize the cliches of modern classical music. This article originally appeared in The Wire 136 (June 1995).
Caspar Brötzmann doesn't take kindly to being called a guitar player. But his attack on the instrument - explosive, obstreperous, large scale, textural, timbral - asserts the material facts of string-pickup-amplifier more bluntly than anyone else currently involved in rock... The Wire 132 (February 1995).
As elder statesman of P-Funk, George Clinton refused to dim with age. Here, he trades conspiracies with Ben Watson, and tells how he triumphed over the big, bad record industry. This article originally appeared in The Wire 139 (September 1995).