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Wire 400 Archive Portal: Andy Hamilton

May 2017

Andy Hamilton picks five articles from The Wire archive that cast some light on the art of improvisation – pieces which, he says, have helped him “develop a view of improvisation that involves an 'aesthetics of imperfection', in dynamic opposition to composition but, as Rohan de Saram comments, ‘making its own laws’.”

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Shirley Collins's Portal

February 2017

On the eve of her London Barbican concert on 18 February, with more UK dates to follow, singer and folk custodian Shirley Collins selects songs of the soil that speak direct to the heart

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Archive Portal: Mark Fisher

January 2017

Following the death of contributor Mark Fisher on 13 January 2017, we present a selection of his articles for the magazine from the past ten years. Introductions by Derek Walmsley

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Archive Portal: Steve Mackay

October 2015

The fourth of our series of posts shining a light into the darker recesses of The Wire's online archive of back issues. Derek Walmsley recommends Edwin Pouncey's article from December 2006 on the late saxophonist Steve Mackay.

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Archive Portal: Ornette Coleman

June 2015

In the third of our series of posts shining a light into the darker recesses of The Wire's back issues archive, Tony Herrington continues our online tribute to Ornette Coleman by selecting seven articles that expand on the theories and music of the late saxophonist and composer

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Qawwali music portal

June 2015

Chris Hladowski presents a wayward selection of some musical genres, instruments and regional characteristics of Pakistan and neighbouring areas, based largely on late-night YouTube sessions, web searches and the odd foray to the library