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
On the cover: Julia Holter: the US songwriter-musician abandons the home studio and heads into the great wide open for her latest and most accomplished avant pop adventure. By Frances Morgan. Blurt: Ted Milton's jazz-punk renegades have remained discordant and defiant for four decades, as a new album and book of the ex-puppeteer's collected lyrics attest. By Daniel Spicer. Music With My Insane Friend: Melbourne duo James Wilson and Simon Bereux kick through the boundaries of rock, improv and electronic music. By Ben Watson. Plus: Arnold Dreyblatt's Invisible Jukebox, Canadian producer Ramzi, experimental composer Iain Chambers, Kink Gong aka field recordist Laurent Jeanneau, oud player Khyam Allami, the rhythmic engine of house and techno is celebrated in a new film 808, hundreds of albums, book and gigs reviewed, and much more.
On the cover: Ashtray Navigations: Phil Todd’s slime-surfing DIY outfit have been reverberating for 21 years, a constant presence in Yorkshire’s ever-bubbling psych underground. By Alex Neilson. Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack and members of Movietone, Crescent and Third Eye Foundation tell Joseph Stannard the story of the West Country’s cosmic reverse. Frances Morgan takes a trip through Yorkshire Psychedelia. Plus: Mark Perry's Invisible Jukebox, Brooklyn rapper Ka, Ethiopian producer Mikael Seifu, artist Charlotte Prodger, confrontational music in Łódź, hundreds of albums, book and gigs reviewed, and much more. And don't forget our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
On the cover: Mark Fell: The South Yorkshire producer injects ideology into dance music by narrowing house’s margins. By Dan Barrow. Plus: A user’s guide to the vast discography of Japan’s black clad mystery man Keiji Haino, The Norwegian jazz vocalist Karin Krog looks back on a 50 year career poised between tradition and innovation, Canadian sound artist crys cole, Insect Ark, the scene in Shenzhen, hundreds of albums, book and gigs reviewed, and much more
On the cover: Deep Cover The Wire’s contributors blow the cover on the musicians who work under alter egos, pseudonyms and secret identities, including reggae gunslingers, psychedelic cultists, punk miscreants, Mayan metalheads and more. Plus: Invisible Jukebox with Eugene Chadbourne, Finnish CD-R label Erikoisdance, Montreal composer Kara-Lis Coverdale, Nduduzo Makhathini and Tumi Mogorosi, hundreds of albums and books reviewed, and more
On the cover: Roscoe Mitchell: 50 years after the foundation of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago founder is still forging ahead. By Howard Mandel. Plus: The late US sculptor, designer and sound artist Harry Bertoia, Legowelt, RP Boo's Invisible Jukebox, Chris Hladowski, Brood Ma, hundreds of reviews and much more
On the cover: Holly Herndon – the US sound artist and laptop auteur spreads the faith of the liberating potential of technology. A Primer on the maverick composer Moondog, Daniel Spicer on Brighton's outsider poets and musicians, Lightning Bolt take The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test, Isnaj Dui, Radiophrenia, Jlin and much more. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
On the cover: Carter Tutti: Throbbing Gristle’s most enduring partnership is retrofitting its earliest recordings for the post-Industrial era. By David Keenan. Plus: Cecil McBee, Steve Coleman, Sleaford Mods Invisible Jukebox, Global Ear Mexico City, Mumdance, Sacred Tapes, Gil Evans's lost scores and WFMU film Sex And Broadcasting
On the cover: Mica Levi – From underground pop star to acclaimed film composer, the artist also known as Micachu is a modern polymath. By Frances Morgan. Plus: Derek Walmsley investigates the utopian ideals of the Red Bull Music Academy; Jack Law's Primer on Hiphop mixtapes; Novelist; Senyawa; Heather Phillipson, hundreds of reviews and much more
On the cover: 2014 Rewind: The Wire’s review of the last 12 months in underground music and audio culture, with 30 pages of charts, essays and reflections from critics and musicians guiding you through the releases, trends and debates of 2014. Plus: Japanese sound artist Rie Nakajima; Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen; rapper and producer Divine Styler; a Global Ear report from Bratislava; Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, hundreds of albums and tracks, books, films and more reviewed.
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: The Newcastle singer and guitarist Richard Dawson weaves his songs from the landscapes and social histories of North East England. By Abi Bliss; the multi-instrumentalist and artist Alfred 23 Harth; Cooly G takes the Invisible Jukebox test; a Primer on Autechre remixes; composer Moniek Darge; Kenny Wheeler remembered; Katie Gately; Ascetic House; Selvhenter and more. Plus hundreds of releases, gigs, books and films reviewed. AND our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire