Issue 207

May 2001

+ The Wire Tapper 07

ON THE COVER: Generative Music - Oval, Brian Eno, Autechre, Evan Parker and Michael Prime are only a handful of contemporary artists whose approach to systems, evolutionary processes and technology are advancing the musical zeitgeist. By David Toop

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Current 93, Tangents: Apocalypse poetry, Keith Tippett, Bardo Pond, 20 years of Touch, Artistic Heritage Ensemble, All Tomorrow's Parties, Håkan Lidbo, Cannibal Ox, Khan, Plastic People Of The Universe

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Issue 211

September 2001


ON THE COVER: Björk - Flitting between London, Reykjavik and Manhattan, Iceland's queen of the night has been singing round the digital campfire with Matmos, Matthew Herbert and others on her new Vespertine album. By David Toop

FEATURES: Q-Bert, Pandit Pran Nath, Stereolab, Mike Patton, Lester Bangs, Stephan Mathieu, Gregg Bendian, Radu Malfatti, Lightning Bolt, Patti Smith, Crass

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Issue 212

October 2001


ON THE COVER: Kid 606 - Oakland's hyperactive electronica whizz Miguel Depedro is a one man tiger economy, pumping out words almost as fast as he cranks out his giddy laptop beatnoise. Just don't call it ephemeral, he tells Peter Shapiro

FEATURES: Primer: Wu-Tang Clan, Christina Kubisch, Invisible Jukebox: Richie Hawtin, Techno Animal, Henry Flynt, Oneness of Juju, William Winant, Henry Cow, Aphex Twin, Coltrane's last date

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Issue 215

January 2002

+ The Wire Tapper 08

ON THE COVER: Le Tigre - With roots in Riot Grrl but advancing into electropunk, IDM, and interventionist art, Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and JD Sampson's trio are agitating at ground zero of a female music explosion. By Joy Press

STUCK TO THE COVER: The Wire Tapper 8 - Our series of free new music compilations continues with new work from artists including Fog, Set Fire To Flames, Noxagt, 23 Skidoo, Cornelius, Xinlisupreme and many more

FEATURES: Cabaret Voltaire, Don Letts, 2001 Rewind, Badawi, Zeitkratzer, Sand, No-Neck Blues Band, Coil, Cornelius, Uri Caine, Evan Parker, Nobukazu Takemura, John Cale, Australian post-punk

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Issue 218

April 2002


ON THE COVER: Alice Coltrane - In an exclusive interview at her California home, Edwin Pouncey explores the cosmic jazz legend's ongoing quest for universal consciousness, from her part in Coltrane's ecstatic jazz through an illustrious solo career

FEATURES: Steve Beresford, Invisible Jukebox: David Grubbs, Bootlegs & plagiarhythms, Rebuilding Berlin Techno, Taylor Dupree, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunn 0))), Boards of Canada, Antipop Consortium, Reynols, Vinko Globokar, Frank Zappa

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Issue 222

August 2002


ON THE COVER: Tom Waits - Barfly, beatnik, hobo, hipster, Weimar cabaret singer, Stallone co-star, Harry Partch fan: the chronicler of the American underbelly has been playing confidence games with his identity and music since the 70s. By Phil Freeman

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Arthur Lee, William Parker, Lou Harrison, Leif Elggren & CM Von Hausswolff, To Live & Shave In LA, Boom Bip, Tchad Blake, Kevin Drumm, Peter Hammill, Sonic Process

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Issue 230

April 2003


ON THE COVER: Autechre - With their new album Draft 7.30, Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown continue pursuing their oblique strategies in electronica, delivering on the decade-old Artificial Intelligence manifesto: never look back. By David Stubbs

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Colin Newman, The Magic Band, Primer: Fluxus music, Tom Cora, Donna Summer, Califone, John Tilbury

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Issue 231

May 2003


ON THE COVER: Matthew Herbert - Electronica's self-styled mechanic of destruction has matured from sampling the sounds of domestic bliss to programming critiques of capitalism and social injustice. But where does the brass band fit in? By Rob Young

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: The Cramps, Eddie Prévost, The rise of Mego, Nonesuch Explorer Series, Jaga Jazzist, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Sarah Peebles, Akio Suzuki

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Issue 233

July 2003


ON THE COVER: Michael Gira - From public sex god to Angel Of Light: Gira outlines how far he's come since flying away from Swans. By Alan Licht

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Daevid Allen, Stereo and the Space Age, Off Site: Japanese whispers, Arne Nordheim, Borbetomagus, Animal Collective, Sam Shalabi, MF Doom, Lydia Lunch's epiphany

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Issue 237

November 2003


ON THE COVER: Aphex Twin - David Stubbs meets Richard James and his Rephlex partners on the eve of the label's 12th birthday tour

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Christian Marclay, Taku Sugimoto, Primer: Spectral Music (from Varèse to Saariaho), Gloria Coates, Earth, Erik Friedlander, Tim Hecker, Burning Man, Will Menter

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Issue 244

June 2004

+ The Wire Tapper 11

ON THE COVER: Fennesz - Rob Young's rendezvous with Vienna's laptop prince finds an artist immersed in the beauty of disintegration

FEATURES: Eric Dolphy, Philip Corner, Invisible Jukebox: Vinicius Cantuária, Primer: Oriental woodwinds, Susan Philipsz, PG Six, Henrik Rylander, Sixtoo

PLUS: The Wire Tapper 11 - free CD featuring previously unheard gems by Arthur Russell, Albert Ayler, and more

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Issue 263

January 2006


ON THE COVER: Rewind 2005: Eyes down for The Wire's annual selection of the year's best music, plus critics' and musicians' reflections

FEATURES: Noah Howard, Invisible Jukebox: Nurse With Wound, Volcano The Bear, Tetuzi Akiyama, Burning Star Core, Dan Wilson, Yannis Kyriakides

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Issue 269

July 2006


ON THE COVER: Current 93 - David Tibet explains how his music is shaped
by his apocalyptic religious visions and nightmares of black ships. By
Keith Moliné

FEATURES: Die Tödliche Doris, Invisible Jukebox: Kode9, Cross Platform:
Annea Lockwood, Boxcutter, FM3

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Issue 320

October 2010

+ The Wire Tapper 24

On The Cover: Knut Aufermann surveys a decade-long boom in creative broadcasting, including subversive stations, sound art, wireless festivals, flash mobbing and more. Stuck To The Cover: Wire Tapper 24 - free 20-track CD featuring Callers, Yann Novak & Robert Crouch, Gentleforce, Gerritt Wittmer, Macaw and more. Plus: Mike Watt's Invisible Jukebox, the Los Angeles Free Music Society, Catherine Christer Hennix, Matt Stokes, Anne-James Chaton, entr'acte and more

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Issue 323

January 2011


On The Cover: The Wire’s essential review of the year’s best music, including the Top 50 Records of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and essays on 2010’s key developments. Plus: Giuseppe Ielasi, Electronic Voice Phenomena, Scanner's Invisible Jukebox, Peter Christopherson, Lichens, Pat Maherr and much more

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Issue 333

November 2011

+ The Wire Tapper 27

On the cover: DJ /Rupture - Peter Shapiro meets prolific producer Jace Clayton to hear about post-colonial Bass music, The Shining remade in Dubai and Sufi Plug-Ins. Stuck to the cover: The Wire Tapper 27 (plus a subscriber-only CD Estonian Music Now 2011). Plus: David Lynch, Radu Malfatti, Gang Gang Dance, Christoph Heemann, Matmos's Drew Daniel on queer sound and more.

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Essay from Issue 333

Collateral Damage: Marcus Boon

November 2011

The culture of copying is intrinsic to all music, argues Marcus Boon. So get over it – copyright buccaneers are roadtesting creative alternatives to obsolete capitalist models.

Issue 357

November 2013

+ The Wire Tapper 33

On the cover: Laurel Halo: The Michigan born producer talks to Jennifer Lucy Allan about Techno utopias, digital identity and making electronic music in the surveillance age. Marcus Boon meets the Montreal improvisor Sam Shalabi, Archie Shepp's Invisible Jukebox, the sound ecologist David Dunn, Jar Moff, David Medalla, Magik Markers and much more. Plus: over 150 albums, films, books and exhibitions reviewed. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.

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Issue 352

June 2013


On The Cover: Babble On! – In a 20 page special, Wire contributors assess and rethink the relationship between underground music and words, text and language. Including Rob Young on songs about themselves, Ken Hollings on Cage’s pulverised language, Derek Walmsley on dread talk, Alasdair Roberts on verbal jousting, Daniel Spicer on hip semantics, David Toop on Improv words and gestures, Nina Power on female machine voices, Hua Hsu on vocalese, Marcus Boon on profane rappers, Rory Gibb on Footwork’s vocal science, and more.

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