The Wire

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Issue 230

April 2003

With their new album Draft 7.30, Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown continue pursuing their oblique strategies in electronica, delivering on the decade-old Artificial Intelligence manifesto: never look back. By David Stubbs

Invisible Jukebox: Colin Newman
The Wire guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Swim label gets drilled on tracks by The Beatles, Brian Eno, Owada, Seefeel, Flying Saucer Attack, Cabaret Voltaire and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

The Magic Band
21 years after his last album Ice Cream For Crow, four Beefheart sidemen have reformed The Magic Band to perform the Captain's complex music, but this time without having to play any mindgames. By Mike Barnes

Primer: Fluxus music
German artist Wolf Vostell declared that everything can be Fluxus music. Julian Cowley sifts the world for the essential ideas and music of Phhilip Corner, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, Ben Patterson, Nam June Paik and more

Tom Cora
Five years after the cellist's death, David Krasnow examines how Cora extended and reinvented his instrument in his collaborations with Curlew, Fred Frith, John Zorn and others to become a cornerstone of NYC downtown Improv

Donna Summer
Philip Sherburne catches up with the cut 'n' paste rocker and plunderphonic (im)poster boy

The late-night backwoods American retro-futurists draw David Keenan into their truckstop games

John Tilbury
Brian Olewnick talks politics with the peacemongering pianist and member of of Improv group AMM

Global Ear
Jake Brown reports on Hanoi's attempts to nurture a homegrown music scene

How a Japanese noise cassette filled a hole in DJ/rupture's soul

Print Run
Jiyu No Ishi/ Free Will, by Yuji Itsumi; Steve Reich: Writings On Music 1965-2000, edited by Paul Hillier; Hit Me, Fred: Recollections Of A Sideman, by Fred Wesley Jr; We're Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of SF/LA 78-80, by Jim Jocoy; Sonic Cool: The Life and Death of Rock 'n' Roll, by Joe S Harrington; The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia, by Lise A Waxer; Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hiphop's First Decade, by Jim Fricke & Charlie Ahearn; Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of Frank Zappa, by Kevin Courrier

Cross Platform
Marcus Boon talks to Michael Snow, experimental film pioneer, about the tension between sound and image
Plus: Reviews of: Mixtapes; Richter 858; Soundwalk

On Location
Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera, London Barbican; Warp Works & 20th Century Masters, London Royal Festival Hall; Geoff Smith: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Newcastle Tyneside Cinema, UK; Amplify03: Elemental, New York Tonic; Rova Saxophone Quartet, San Francisco Yerba Buena Centre, USA