The Wire

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Issue 147

May 1996

Photek aquasonic breakbeat science Palace lowdown 'n' dirty Country primitives Carl Stone rock hard sampladelia

Rhys Chatham
The New York composer used to write screaming electric symphonies for 100 guitars. Now he records distorted avant funk for Coldcut's label. By Clive Bell

Jaki Liebezeit
The alternative funky drummer, generator of the marathon lock grooves that fired Can's mantra-rock, is back with a new, trance-expanding project : Club Of Chaos. By Rob Young

Coldcut and the Blunted Generation
Meet the stoned scientists of down-tempo funk: Coldcut, Funki Porcini, The Herbaliser, Red Snapper, Clatterbox, Dr Rockit, Fila Brazilia, and more. By Peter Shapiro and Rachael Philipps

Global Ear: Pakistan
David Toop drifts through the sub-continental sonic debris, and meets the giant of devotional trance music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Ronald Shannon Jackson
From jukejoint-rebellion to future-present freeform psychedelia, Ben Watson gets a history lesson in Great Black Music with The Decoding Society's chief cypher

High in the ether above Northern California, these plunderphonic pranksters are building a surreal world form the raw material of mainstream radio. By Phil England

Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Scanner, Howie B, DJ Spooky and David Toop attempt to answer the $64,000 question: what will music sound like in the future?

Invisible Jukebox: Philip Glass
Mike Barnes plays Aphex Twin, Ravi Shankar, Steve Reich, Velvet Underground, David Bowie and more to the minimalist maestro