The Wire

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Issue 261

November 2005

Remake Remodel
Often read as a sign of creative bankruptcy, cover versions are also the site of some of music’s most radical experiments with existing songforms. In a 12 page special, The Wire’s crack writing squad picks 60 cover versions that rattle the state of song. Plus: writer/musician Alan Licht goes undercover to explore his motivations for versioning Moondog, Minutemen, Captain Beefheart and more

Invisible Jukebox: Steve Reich
The minimalist maestro tussles with tracks by Charlie Parker, Charlemagne Palestine and more. By Mike Barnes

The missing links between La Monte Young and Black Sabbath extend their drone into Country. By Edwin Pouncey

Once Upon A Time In Shinjuku
In the second in our new series revisiting significant musical sites, Alan Cummings travels back to Tokyo’s sleaziest district in the late 1960s, where Masayuki Takayanagi and Kaoru Abe laid the foundations of Japanese free music

Oren Marshall
The London tuba player extends his instrument’s reach with a range of astonishing devices. By Phil England

Mazen Kerbaj
The Beirut trumpeter explains to Julian Cowley how his music deals with the legacy of Lebanon’s civil war

Jackson And His Computer Band
Warp artist Jackson Fourgeaud explains the egomaniacal forces behind his disintegrated Techno. By David Stubbs

Global Ear
Andy Hamilton follows the ethnomusicological trail to hear authentic Balinese gamelan

David Toop discovers new waysof listening in Korean music and Minoru Miki's koto pieces

Print Run
Lost Sounds: Blacks And The Birth Of The Recording Industry, 1890-1919 by Tim Brooks;¡Cocinando!: 50 Years Of Latin Album Cover Art by Pablo Yglesias; Other Planets: The Music Of Karlheinz Stockhausen by Robin Maconie; The Trouble With Music by Mat Callahan;

Cross Platform
Rolf Julius: Rahma Khazam meets the German sound sculptor.
Plus: We Jam Econo: The Story Of The Minutemen, Supersilent on DVD, Steve Roden + Paul Panhuysen in London's Hyde Park. Plus, The Inner Sleeve: Jonny Trunk on Intermezzi

On Location
Emotional Orchestra, London, UK; Yamataka Eye And Blind Beast, Osaka, Japan; Paul Dunmall Trio, London, UK; Arthurfest, Los Angeles, USA; Wooden Octopus Skull Experimental Musick (P)Festival, Seattle, USA; Numusic Festival, Stavanger, Norway