The Wire

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Issue 186

August 1999

New Americana
Peter Shapiro gets down in the dirt with the troubled troubadours of alt. rock

Tony Oxley
From the founding stone of English Improv, Joseph Holbrooke, to heavyweight blowouts with Cecil Taylor this no-nonsense, pan-textural drummer continues to defy and reinvent time’s strict codes. Ben Watson

Undercurrents #8: Sound Art
A series of articles uncovering the hidden wiring of 20th century music. This month, David Toop excavates the history of sound art, automata, mechanical instruments and singing sculptures

The Primer: Japanese Psychedelia
A series of user’s guides to some of the essential music of the age. This month Alan Cummings takes a long, strange trip through three decades of Far East psychedelia, from The Jacks to Keiji Haino and Ghost

Invisible Jukebox: Blixa Bargeld
Einstürzende Neubauten’s ego-getter enters our mystery listening booth and tries to identify tracks by Arvo Pärt, Robert Wyatt, Basic Channel, Laibach, Coil, Alvin Lucier and more. Tested by Louise Gray

For a multimedia mogul such as Robin Rimbaud, music is just another node in a complex web of collaborative activity that defines the democratic processes of the digital world. By Rob Young