The Wire

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Issue 182

April 1999

The Wire Tapper 3
Your track by track guide to this month’s free cover mount CD

Captain Beefheart
With the help of former Magic Band members, John Fahey’s Revenant label is about to release a treasure trove of Beefheart rarities. Mike Barnes has the full story

Luc Ferrari
From Schaeffer to Stockhausen, this French electroacoustician has bedded down with most major figures of the post-war avant garde, but has emerged with his sense of humour intact. By Dan Warburton

Genesis P-Orridge
After a lengthy hiatus, the exiled leader of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV finally returns to the UK with a new group. Don Watson meets one of the most notorious and reviled figures of modern music

Invisible Jukebox: Natacha Atlas
The outerworld diva attempts to identify tracks by Sheila Chandra, Fairuz, Muslimgauze, Public Image Limited, Eric B & Rakim, Alice Coltrane and more

Arto Lindsay
Working alongside the great Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária, the former No Wave guitar hero is reinventing bossa nova as a lifestyle soundtrack for rootless cosmopolitans everywhere. By David Toop

Undercurrents #4: Listening Aids
A series of articles uncovering the hidden wiring of 20th century music. This month, Ian Penman reveals how the microphone made phantom presences of voices as far flung as Billie Holiday and Diamanda Galas

Rhys Chatham
Once upon a time, this New York composer was writing symphonies for orchestras of 100 guitars; now living in Paris, he has reappeared at the hard edge of breakbeat driven electric jazz. By Rob Young

Adult Hardcore
Two-step Garage is lover’s rock for the rave generation, a coked-up, hypersexual fusion of New York R&B and London Jungle. Simon Reynolds dissects the UK’s latest breakbeat mutation