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Issue 287

January 2008

Stefan Németh
With his new Film project, the Viennese Radian founder is reinventing the guitar for the digital age. By David Stubbs

Tobias Freund & Max Loderbauer’s Non Standard Institute is open for new electronica business. By Philip Sherburne

Cross Platform: Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Louise Gray hears about the duo’s forensic re-enactments of signifi cant rock gigs and scientific Victorian entertainments

Invisible Jukebox: Keith Rowe
The former AMM improvising guitarist gets to grips with The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by Dan Warburton

Steve Jansen
The ex-Japan drummer and David Sylvian collaborator talks about the global networking that fed into his solo album Slope. By Rob Young

Six Organs Of Admittance
Keith Moliné hears about the latest apocalyptic folk-blues and drone rock epic from Comets On Fire/Badgerlore/Current 93 member Ben Chasny

Once upon a time in... Sweden
The enlightened Sweden of the late 60s produced the free rock and psychedelic folk of Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Träd, Gräs Och Stenar. By Jim Weir

2007 Rewind
The Wire’s review of the year’s best music, including Top 50 Records of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ refl ections, and surveys of the state of sonic art in 2007

Global Ear
Maria Bakkalapulo hears ancient ‘rock music’ in the caves of Pacitan, Indonesia

A Crass single opens up a new world for Napalm Death/Scorn’s Nicholas Bullen

Soundcheck A–Z
Sophie Agnel & Phil Minton
Robert Ashley/Walter Marchetti
Mariska Baars/Wouter van Veldhoven/
Rutger Zuydervelt
Martyn Bates
Martyn Bates & Max Eastley
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Borbetomagus & Hijokaidan
Gavin Bryars with Alter Ego & Philip Jeck
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Andrew Chalk
John Clyde-Evans
Loren Connors
The Contest Of Pleasures
Alistair Crosbie & Alec Cheer
Alistair Crosbie & Brian Lavelle
Robin Crutchfield
Rhodri Davies/Matt Davis/
Samantha Rebello/Bechir Saade
Dimension X
The Dissolving Orchestra
Marcel Duchamp
Ensemble 0
Yair Etziony
Joe Fiedler
Ghostface Killah
Group Inerane
Franz Hautzinger
His Name Is Alive
Nathan Hubbard
Insect Factory
Teiji Ito
Jackie-O Motherfucker
Christina Kubisch
The Legendary Pink Dots
Machinefabriek & Leo Fabriek
Al Margolis/If, Bwana
John Maus
Thomas Melchior
Paul Metzger
Gordon Monahan
Sunny Murray Trio
Oh Astro
Pain Jerk/Incapacitants
Tomas Phillips
Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story
David Rosenboom
Ignaz Schick & Dawid Szczesny
Shit And Shine
Steven R Smith
Mathias Spahlinger
Hild Sofie Tafjord
Martin Tétreault & Kid Koala
Various 1%
Various Plum
Various Ten Tons Heavy
Various 200
Frances White

The Inner Sleeve
The Wire’s Dave Tompkins on Missionaries Moving by the Gettovetts

Print Run
Coltrane: The Story Of A Sound by Ben Ratliff
No Wave by Marc Masters
New York Noise: Art And Music From The New York Underground 1987–88 by Paula Court
Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories by Alan Licht
Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now! edited by Nadine Monem
Eye Mind: The Saga Of Roky Erickson And The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers Of Psychedelic Sound by Paul Drummond

On Screen
The Ex Building - A Broken Mousetrap DVD
Tom Verlaine & Jimmy Rip - Music For Experimental Film DVD
Pierre Henry - The Art Of Sounds DVD

On Site
PERFORMA 07 , New York, USA
From Spark To Pixel: Art + New Media , Berlin, Germany
Die Tödliche Doris + Pil & Galia Kollectiv , Bristol, UK

On Location
Thrill Jockey: 15th Anniversary
London, UK
Howlin’ Rain + Damon & Naomi + Sunburned Hand Of The Man
London, UK
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Huddersfield, UK
Keiji Haino plays Gamelan
Osaka, Japan
Pauline Oliveros
London, UK
Learning To Fail: Dick Raaijmakers Tribute
Berlin, Germany