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 2012’s most significant audio culture trends.
Global Ear Christchurch
In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the New Zealand city’s experimental musicians are rebuilding the local soundscape. By Jo Burzynska.
Invisible Jukebox Bryan Ferry
The Roxy Music crooner does the Strand with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Michael Bracewell.
Cross Platform Madge Gill
The complex legacy of the East London artist and medium is inspiring new work by David Tibet and others. By Frances Morgan.
Broadcast’s James Cargill on soundtracking Berberian Sound Studio; Ilan Volkov on conducting John Zorn; Ruff Sqwad’s Grime encrusted white labels; the return of ICP Orchestra; plus Unofficial Channels.
Charles Hayward on how the Brussels Expo, alarm clocks and The Ipcress File introduced his young self to an interzone of sound.
The Inner Sleeve
Alasdair Roberts on Pan-Ra’s Music From Atlantis.
New music books: a cultural biography of reggae legend Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee; Joe Morris’s handbook for improvising musicians; a new anthology of verbal notation.
Films & DVDs: W+B Hein’s structuralist films; the story of Rodriguez in Searching For Sugar Man.
Exhibitions, installations, etc: People Like Us in Bristol; Mark Peter Wright in London.
Festival and concert reviews: Supersonic, Tusk, Death Grips plus Lee Gamble + Hieroglyphic Being.
James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk
Jeb Bishop & Jorrit Dijkstra
Éloïse Decazes & Eric Chenaux
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Barry Guy/Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
Radu Malfatti & Taku Unami
Monopoly Child Star Searchers
Alasdair Roberts & Friends
The Sonic Catering Band
Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson
Various Lithuanian Sound Art
Various Man Chest Hair
Various Touch. 30 Years And Counting