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Issue 279

May 2007

The Wire Tapper 17
Your track-by-track guide to this month's free CD

Von Südenfed
Mark E Smith and Mouse On Mars's new project is not so much a collaboration as a shotgun wedding marrying digital mayhem with cantankerous interventions. By David Stubbs

Evan Parker
The saxophonist tells Philip Clark about his enduring search for new forms via his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and Spring Heel Jack, and explains why he and Derek Bailey had to split

Cross Platform Derek Jarman
Watching his Super-8 films, Brian Dillon appraises the British experimental film maker's entrancing soundtracks

Invisible Jukebox Rhys Chatham
The composer, trumpeter and Metal head grapples with The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Dan Warburton

The Primer Dubstep
Derek Walmsley provides a user's guide to the sub-bass pressure of the UK's latest dancefl oor mutation, with Burial, Kode9, Skream, Loefah, Digital Mystikz, DJ Hatcha and more

Community Library label runner Paul Dickow details his sonic smear campaign. By Philip Sherburne

Sylvie Courvoisier
The Swiss pianist discusses improvising with the cream of downtown New York's crop. By Julian Cowley

Carlos Giffoni
The No Fun Festival founder tells Marc Masters about his endless quest for the perfect noise

Global Ear
A Hawk And A Hacksaw's Jeremy Barnes reports from Budapest, deluged with music from Europe's Mississippi Delta

Joseph Stannard finds adolescent stirrings of oceanic bliss in Steve Winwood's Arc Of A Diver

This month's selected CDs and vinyl, including Björk, Sly & The Family Stone, Mute's Audio Documents and more. Plus specialist columns on avant rock, critical beats, dub, electronica, global, hiphop, jazz & Improv, outer limits, reissues, compilations and unusual formats

The Inner Sleeve
Rzzzzz! Jem Finer on Frank Zappa's Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Print Run
New music books, including Simon Reynolds's Bring The Noise, an ECM history, lost Sun Ra artwork and more

On Screen
New music DVDs and film, including a Scott Walker documentary, Gang Gang Dance and Trimix on film

On Site
Gallery and mixed media events, including London's Future Of Sound and Optronica festivals

On Location
Concert and festival reviews, including Borealis in Bergen, Ether in London, Hipersônica in Rio, Gladtree in Massachusetts, Conlon Nancarrow in London and more