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Columns

Philip Clark: Down With The Hole

October 2014

Philip Clark on Deutsche Grammophon's 1970s forays into free improvisation, and the impact of DG's current boss, former A&R pop picker Max Hole

In Conversation

Transcript: Penny Rimbaud

October 2014

Read a short extract from Phil England's four hour interview with Penny Rimbaud, on the suspicious death of underground figure Wally Hope, the Stonehenge Free festivals and the birth of Crass

Columns

Derek Walmsley: The Field Recordist As Obsessive

August 2014

"Some recordists are like hoarders, bringing home whatever they find outside with little discrimination as to what's worth preserving and what’s not." Derek Walmsley sorts through The Wire's post bag in search of the person behind the mic.

Essay

Psychic Jams

August 2014

Kasper Opstrup cracks open the Third Mind and gets into the vibe with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, Matmos, Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi, Kouhei Matsunaga and more

Columns

Bell Labs: Noise For Your Nose

July 2014

“That musician really gets up my nose”. Like a bloodhound, Mr Bell picks up on the scent of a new musical accompaniment and asks whether it's gesamtkunstwerk or gimmick.

Essay

Ventriloquism: Unheimlich manoeuvres

June 2014

Sarah Angliss traces the vocal-throwing art's continued persistence in the face of obsolescence, and the peculiar relationship between performers and their knee pals.