The Ankh of Sun Ra: Hieroglyphic Being: Opening a special feature on the stellar legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra, Jamal Moss explains how the cosmic philosophy of the master has informed his approach to house and techno, locating new pathways out of grim reality; Marshall Allen meets David Keenan; Omniverse Sun Ra the semi-legendary book on Sun Ra republished, and more. Plus: DIY musique concrète pioneer Ernest Berk, composer and video artist Christina Vantzou, tape-damaged DIY veterans Storm Bugs, Unsound’s Mat Schulz on festivals in a curatorial age. Hundreds of albums reviewed, and much more
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On the cover: Freedom Principles – The Wire’s contributors survey ideas of freedom in music and liberation in sound with 16 pages of essays on resistance songs, nonsense rhymes, trap rap, improv, karaoke and more. Plus: Eiko Ishibashi, Amarass records India’s folk legends, Laura Cannell, Bob Cobbing, Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan, hundreds of records, books and films reviewed, and more
On the cover: Dean Blunt: David Keenan talks black metal, free jazz and life after Hype Williams with East London’s shapeshifting samplist. David Rosenboom: From brainwaves to stellar oscillations, the US composer finds sonic inspiration in all possible worlds. Phil Freeman's Primer on the career of the freewheeling saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders. Plus: Justin Broadrick's Invisible Jukebox, Jad Fair's Inner Sleeve, London grime producer Slackk, Brooklyn's Sound And Chaos studio, Drew Mulholland, Catherine Lamb, heaps of reviews, news and more.
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: 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
Fetishising female pioneers of electronic music risks banishing
them to glass cases, away from the main exhibits in the museum of
musical history, says Abi Bliss.
Abi Bliss takes a look at the recent plethora of live
soundtracking and the Sturm und Drang that kicks off when musician
On The Cover: Gudrun Gut - From Malaria!, Mania D
and Neubauten to Ocean Club radio and Monika Enterprise, this
'dilettante' has genially hosted Berlin's new music scene for 30
years. By Philip Sherburne.
Stuck To The Cover: The Wire Tapper 19: the latest volume in our
series of free new music compilations.
Plus: Dave Stelfox's tribute to hip hop producer J
Dilla, Michael Rother of Neu!'s Invisible Jukebox, the return of
free jazz bassist Henry Grimes, Philip Clark's Henry Cow primer and