The Wire

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Issue 180

February 1999

Green Velvet Greening Techno Martin Tetreault Avant turntablism Eliane Radigue Analogue Elegist Volcano The Bear East midlands uprising Supersilent Noisy Norsemen

Terre Thaemlitz
When the self-described Trans(gendered) Am(erican) femme machine says "Let's get physical", he means crosswiring Electronica with body politics to create new queer zones and tones. Rob Young

Global Ear: Buenos Aires
Riley Reinhold hears how the Argentine capital's youthful Electronica scene might never have happened if it wasn't for the Falklands War ban on British music

Michael Finnissy
Unpicking the complicated myths of the New Complexity with one of England's most important composers, who makes his advances through traditional instruments, not the latest hardware. By Ben Watson

Undercurrents 2
A series of articles uncovering the hidden wiring of contemporary music. This month, Mark Sinker sifts the rubble of history to access the impact of the Futurists' Art of Noises on the shape of music to come

David S Ware
On a journey into the heart and soul of post-Coltrane ecstatic jazz , David Keenan discovers that New Jersey's quicksilver saxophone messenger drives as fast as his quartet plays

Invisible Jukebox: Autechre
The Sheffield Electronica duo apply their warped intelligence to selections by Just Ice, Bernard Parmegiani, Coil, Unique 3, David Tudor, Dick Raaijmakers, Cluster and LFO

Will Oldham
Changing his alias with every release, the former Palace brother now trades as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. But his Appalachian influenced lo-fi spirituals still haunt new Americana. By Louise Gray