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In Writing


Bell Labs: Flutes In Crisis

September 2013

Who gives a toot about the flute anymore? A panegyric by Clive Bell on the once potent pipes of Pan, and some green shoots of hope for this currently degraded wind instrument.


Abi Bliss: Invisible Women

April 2013

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.


Philip Clark: Composers Anonymous

March 2013

In his first column for The Wire online, Philip Clark looks at unhinged egos, unanswered emails and other occupational hazards of life as a working composer – and musicians who don't want to be noticed.


Bell Labs: Other Folks' Business

January 2013

In the first of a new series of columns written for, Clive Bell pitches an imaginary book about Westerners who rewired World Music as if they were saving the whale.