Free with The Wire December 2006 issue 274
Due to licensing restrictions The Wire Tapper 16 is not available for digital download, only as a CD. The CD came with The Wire 274.
01 DRONE SPIDERHEAD (GREEN MAN)
In his home studio in Kidwelly, West Wales, Cassidy Phillips makes his own music using an outdated software sequencer and a variety of instruments. "Spiderhead" is taken from his first album, Colourformoney. Taken from the forthcoming My Kung Fu release Colourformoney.
02 DAVE PHILLIPS JUSTICE IS AN ARTEFACT OF
CUSTOM (WIRE EDIT)
Swiss born Dave Phillips has been a member of the extreme sound/performance collective Schimpfluch- Gruppe since 1991, along with Swiss provocateurs Rudolf Eb.er and Joke Lanz. With the latter he is a member of Sudden Infant. His Collection Of Curses CD documents various released and unreleased highlights from his work with Fearofgod, Psychic Rally and his own solo material using field recordings. Taken from the Blossoming Noise release A Collection Of Curses. www.blossomingnoise.com www.tochnit-aleph.com/dp/
03 ALAN VEGA 13 CROSSES, 16 BLAZIN' SKULLS
Alan Vega achieved notoriety as half of the early electronic group Suicide, formed in 1971 with 'instrument' player Martin Rev in New York. Although routinely facing riotous audience reactions, they remain one of that decade's most confrontational and influential acts. Both musicians have experienced a renaissance since the 1990s; as well as reforming Suicide, Vega has gone on to work with Pansonic as VVV, Alex Chilton, Ric Ocasek and others. Their songs have been covered by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Sonic Youth. "13 Crosses, 16 Blazin' Skulls" is taken from the forthcoming album Station. Taken from the forthcoming Saturn Strip release Station. www.alanvega.com
04 CASINO EATDRINKGAMBLESEX
Phillip Bimstein has been called America's only allnatural politician-composer". After fronting his new wave group Phil 'N' The Blanks during the 80s, he served as environmentally championing mayor of Springdale, Utah. More recently, his unusual sample based compositions have been appearing on the Starkland label. This track is built from sampled sounds of gambling and the voice of Las Vegas dice caller Tom Martinet. Taken from the piece Casino from the Starkland release Larkin Gifford's Harmonica. www.starkland.com
05 CARTER TUTTI SO SLOW THE KNIFE (EXCERPT)
Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti co-founded Throbbing Gristle with Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christropherson in 1975. Since going alone as the duo Chris & Cosey in 1981, they have released a stream of electronic music through independent labels like Rough Trade, Play It Again Sam, Nettwerk and Wax Trax! and their own Conspiracy International imprint. Now trading as Carter Tutti, their The Feral Vapours Of The Silver Ether is due for release in 2007. So Slow The Knife" features Cosey on horn.
Taken from the forthcoming release The Feral Vapours Of The Silver Ether. www.cartertutti.com
06 RADICALFASHION SHOUSETSU
Hailing from Kobe, Japan, Hirohito Ihara siphons inspiration from the emotional power of the sea, but as this track from his debut album Odori displays, he's also taken with the chromatic evocativeness of 20th century piano music, in particular Ravel's piano concertos. Taken from the forthcoming Hefty Records release Odori. www.heftyrecords.com,www.radicalfashion.com
07 WALTER & SABRINA RIMBLE MAN
Composed and produced by Walter Cardew and Stephen Moore, The Dark Album is a concept piece that portrays the Dantean descent of various characers into a 'hell'. Fellow travellers on the record include Oren Marshall, Mette Bille, Dai Pritchard and The Walter & Sabrina Group, featuring Celia Lu, Nima Gousheh, Matthew Dungey, Dave Baby and Walter Cardew. Taken from the Danny Dark Records release Chioma Supernormal. The Dark Album. www.dannydarkrecords.com
08 XELA DRUNK ON SALT WATER
Xela is Walsall born John Twells, a lover of travelling, exotic instruments and Italian horror movies. While still at school, he dabbled in lo-fi guitar rock, but abandoned that approach in favour of an organic take on laptop music, which resulted in the 2003 album For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights (Neo-Ouija). As co-owner of Type Records, Twells has just issued a new album of rusted electronica, The Dead Sea. Taken from the Type Records release The Dead Sea. www.typerecords.com
09 KOTRA & ZAVOLOKA COOL EYES
Kotra (Dmytro Fedorenko) and Zavoloka are both active participants in Ukraine's digital arts and music scene. Kotra, a former video and Net artist, co-runs the Nexsound label and produces the Detali Zvuku festival in Kiev, while Zavoloka's chiselled electronica is enriched by her interest in collecting traditional ethnic song and music from around her homeland. Like the rest of Untitled Live, Cool Eyes" is improvised in real time; the duo are concerned with genuine shoulder to shoulder collaboration rather than distant filesharing exercises.
Taken from the forthcoming Nexsound release Wag The Swing LP. www.my-kung-fu.com, www.zavoloka.com kotra.org.ua
10 PANSONIC MACHINIST
The Finnish duo Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen have been harnessing the force of raw electricity together since teenage experiments in the late 80s in their home town of Turku. Rising to prominence around 1993 with minimalist releases on the Sähkö label, the pair have become figureheads for their generation of electronic producers, specialising in making tracks from the building blocks of raw frequencies and vibrations. They have also worked with the likes of Alan Vega, Björk, Barry Adamson and Peaches. "Machinist" is from their forthcoming album Katodivaihe.
Taken from the forthcoming Blastfirstpetite release Katodivaihe. www.blastfirstpetite.com
11 HUNTSVILLE THE APPEARANCE OF A WISE CHILD
Free improvisors Ivar Grydeland (guitars) and Ingar Zach (percussion) founded their Sofa label in 2000. With bassist Tonny Kluften, they form the core of free music group No Spaghetti Edition. Their Huntsville project provides a different outlet for the trio, in which they utilise grooves, pulses and folk instruments such as banjo, pedal steel guitar, tabla machine and sruti box. Excerpt taken from the Rune Grammofon release For The Middle Class. www.runegrammofon.com www.huntsville.no
12 FLUORESCENT GREY A PERUVIAN SHAMAN SITS DOWN
TO MAKE IDM ON HIS LAPTOP
Record Label Records is run by Robbie Martin, from Northern California. Fluorescent Grey is his musical alter ego - his productions are usually disseminated via an underground network of online sources and CD-R releases. His work, a melting pot of custom made software, surround sound field recording, patchwork video sampling and visual synthesizer art, has previously appeared on labels like RRR and Ovenguard. He is also a notorious sonic prankster, making a fake version of an Autechre album and a rap parody of Coil. Taken from the Isolate Records / Record Label Records release Lying On The Floor Mingling With God In A Tijuana Motel Room Next Door To A Veterinary Supply Store. www.isolaterecords.com, www.recordlabelrecords.org
13 DEREK BAILEY PLAY 4
By the time of his death aged 75 in December 2005, Derek Bailey's status as a grand master of free music was beyond question. As an artist who cherished his many collaborations, one of his last co-operations was recording a series of solo improvisations commissioned by David Sylvian to sing over, three of which appeared on Sylvian's 2004 album Blemish. As a tribute to Bailey, Sylvian's Samadhi Sound label has issued the session as Plays, from which this track is lifted. Taken from the samadhisound release To Play: The Blemish Sessions. www.samadhisound.com
14 TULIPOMANIA SAME OLD SONG
Tulipomania are Cheryl Gelover (keyboards) and Tom Murray (guitar, bass, vocals), joined here by Rob Campbell on drums. Having already released one self-titled album on Sursumcorda Records, they are currently putting the finishing touches to their second. A different version of this track will appear on the as yet untitled album at the beginning of 2007. Taken from a forthcoming Sursumcorda release. www.sursumcorda.com
15 DAVE SWAIN MEDIA MONKEY
Northern Ireland's Dave Swain is a new breed of one man band. He has put out his idiosyncratic home recordings on unusual formats such as 8" records and a one sided mini-LP, and for the past four years has worked in isolation afer quitting his day job to concentrate on music full time. His Istvan Zsolt's Plane Ticket album is an organic blend of found sounds, various instruments and vocal samples. Taken from the Gore Infidel release Istvan Zsolt's Plane Ticket. goreinfidel.tripod.com
16 AMUTE HIT MY COUNTRY (EDIT)
aMute is Jérôme Deuson from Brussels whose debut A Hundred Dry Trees elegantly combined glitches and guitars. Two years on, he has added fellow musicians Stéphane Fedèle (drums), Jean-Paul Dessy (cello) and voice (Jenna Robertson and his own) into the mix to create the textured song collection The Sea Horse Limbo. Taken from the Intr-version release The Seahorse Limbo. www.intr-version.com
17 CALIFONE THE ORCHIDS
Roots And Crowns is the fifth album by Califone, the quartet formed by Tim Rutili and Ben Massarela from the bones of their former group Red Red Meat. The new record arrives after a two year break during which time the group members have worked on a number of film soundtrack and production projects. The Orchids" is a cover of the Psychic TV song of the same name from the 1983 album Dreams Less Sweet.
Taken from the Thrill Jockey release Roots & Crowns. www.thrilljockey.com
18 INCH-TIME TAKE CARE, O PILGRIM! (EDIT)
Currently based in London, Australian musician Stefan Panczak has already issued several releases on his own Lab imprint. Taken from As The Moon Draws Water - his second album for Static Caravan - this track is typical of the gently rapturous tone of his groove based explorations, folding in a trickling drone and some knotty saxophone. Taken from the Static Caravan release As The Moon Draws Water. www.staticcaravan.org
19 WHITE MAGIC THE LIGHT
Singer Mira Billotte - the main pillar of White Magic - played with Quix*o*tic before launching White Magic with the Through The Sun Door EP (2004). Dat Rosa Mel Apibus features a host of underground musicians including Jim White (Dirty Three), Tim Barnes, Tim DeWit (Gang Gang Dance), Samara Lubelski, Dough Shaw and others. The album's Latin title roughly translates as The Rose Gives Honey To The Bees. Taken from the Drag City release Dat Rosa Mel Apibus. www.dragcity.com
20 THE SLITS EARTHBEAT
The original incarnation of The Slits dates from 1976, when Ari-Up formed the group with Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt and Viv Albertine. Their dub-punk album Cut, produced by Dennis Bovell, was one of the most influential of the post-punk era. This track comes from their second album The Return Of The Giant Slits, originally released in 1981 shortly before they disbanded. Following a long lay-off, Ari-Up and Pollitt birthed a new line-up of the group in 2006. Taken from the forthcoming CBS re-release The Return Of The Giant Slits. www.theslits.co.uk
21 ANTHONY KELLY & DAVID STALLING SOMETIMES YOU SEE A TREE Anthony Kelly (Dublin, Ireland) and David Stalling (Bochum, Germany) have been collaborating since 2003, recycling sonic 'found objects' and text from old cassettes and their vast collection of location recordings. Taken from the forthcoming Aphasia Recordings EP Treehouse. www.aphasiarecordings.com