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In Writing


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


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.


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.

The Portal

The Portal: Jamaica's Lyrical Histories

May 2014

Derek Walmsley traces the tracks that give their own spin on the history of not just reggae, but the entire existence of Jamaica, continuing on from his Compiler essay (The Wire 363).


Yan Jun: Which Hell Do You Prefer?

May 2014

"The end of the world has already happened and we are all living in that apocalypse together." Yan Jun takes the temperature of two of China's biggest cities and their music.