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July issue on sale now

Contents include Moor Mother, a guide to Latin freestyle, The Bohman Brothers' Invisible Jukebox, Stockhausen's lost sea shanty, and more

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Wire Mix: Wave Count

Wire Mix: Wave Count

Hear a 44 minute wave-inspired montage by Wire contributors Wayne Marshall and Stefan Helmreich drawing on 70 pieces of music composed between 1830–2018

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Derek Bailey book news

Lenka Lente publish Jean-Marc Montera’s Derek Bailey and Jin Yufeng and Wei Wei translate the guitarist’s seminal 1980 book Improvisation into Chinese

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Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Derek Walmsley

Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Derek Walmsley

This week’s Adventures In Sound And Music spends 90 minutes in the company of Karlrecords, a Berlin label that has forged close relationships with numerous cutting edge ensembles and composers and is now stretching composition into zones of free rock, collage and noise

Tracks

Office Ambience 424

Office Ambience 424

Stream a selection of tracks from releases we listened to during the making of our June 2019 issue

Tracks

Wire Playlist: NAAFI

Wire Playlist: NAAFI

Label manager Tomás Davó selects 20 tracks showcasing the sound of his Mexican electronic music community

Essay

Davey Williams 1952–2019

Davey Williams 1952–2019

US guitarist Davey Williams died from spinal cancer on 6 April at the age of 66. Writer and friend Lee Shook recalls how their friendship expanded his musical universe

Tracks

Office Ambience 423

Office Ambience 423

Stream a selection of tracks from some of the releases we listened to during the making of our May 2019 issue

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Chris Bohn

Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Chris Bohn

Another edition of The Wire’s weekly show on Resonance FM. Featuring a fistful of global punk from Nairobi’s Crystal Axis, Albuquerque’s Weedrat, the Navaho Nation’s Nizhóní Girls and Poland’s Hańba!, plus music by Katalin Ladik, Mona Mur, and more

Essay

Iris Bearhope Orton 1925–2019

Iris Bearhope Orton 1925–2019

Val Wilmer remembers the cloaked coffee bar performer who took a new approach to poetry reading inspired by skiffle, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and the blues