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Archive Portal: Steve Mackay

October 2015

The fourth of our series of posts shining a light into the darker recesses of The Wire's online archive of back issues. Derek Walmsley recommends Edwin Pouncey's article from December 2006 on the late saxophonist Steve Mackay.

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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

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Archive Portal: Kodwo Eshun's columns

February 2015

Derek Walmsley picks six columns from our archives by Kodwo Eshun in which the future Turner Prize nominee forged a new style of writing about dance music and club culture

The Portal from Issue 370

The Portal: Dutch bubbling

November 2014

Wayne Marshall, writer of the Dutch bubbling essay in The Wire 370's Freedom Principle feature, shares online links to the hyperkinetic dancehall variant's stalwarts and their sonic collages

The Portal from Issue 361

Ellen Fullman's Portal

February 2014

The inventor of the long string instrument joins forces with her partner and collaborator Theresa Wong in selecting her top websites. Fullman is in The Wire 361 Invisible Jukebox, tested on the sounds of treehoppers, Memphis gongs and the search for resonance.

The Portal from Issue 359

South African Jazz Portal

January 2014

Francis Gooding, reviewer of the recently published book Keeping Time 1964–1974: The Photographs And Cape Town Jazz Recordings Of Ian Bruce Huntley, shares online resources on the South African jazz scene.

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Way Through’s Portal

December 2013

Pastoral punk duo of Claire Titley and Christopher Tipton guide us through online resources of unofficial histories, potent topographies and resonant field recordings.