The Wire

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Issue 298

December 2008

Alan Licht uncovers the singer’s interest in paradise and Japanese Butoh dance, and his former dreams of creating a progressive cabaret in New York.

The German sound artist harnesses the power of Xenakis’s UPIC system to amplify psychoacoustic space. By Nick Cain

Rob Young celebrates the 50th birthday of Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger’s experimental radio creations mixing folk and actuality

A user’s guide to the fuzzy, funky sounds of postcolonial West Africa, fuelled by political independence and pop-cultural revolution. By Richard Henderson

Songwriter, bandleader, theatre director and broadcaster Johny Brown mines for gold in The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Biba Kopf

David Keenan meets a Michigan trio warming up the corpse of jazz and chamber music

Joe Muggs on the spaced-out future Groove Chronicles of South Londoner Steven Jude

Val Phoenix meets the ex-Mania D/Malaria! agitator turned Queen of Noise

Daniel Nielson listens in to the overlooked sounds of suicide spots and broadminded churches

‘Tree fellers’ from Manchester construct digitized log instruments. By Anne Hilde Neset

Jonny Trunk on discovering the buried treasures of Library Music

Grimetapes, Reginald Foresythe, Goodiepal

Baron Mordant on 23 Skidoo’s Tearing Up The Plans

Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture by Beth Lesser

Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music In A Sea Of Sound by David Rothenberg

Game Sound: An Introduction To The History, Theory And Practice Of Video Game Music And Sound Design by Karen Collins

Les Stances À Sophie (DVD)

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (DVD)

Wave Field Synthesis: 192 Loudspeakers Surrounding The Audience Conservatorium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Looking At Music Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Open Frame, Brisbane, Australia

Approximately Infinite Universe, London, UK

Juana Molina, London, UK

Wolfgang Voigt presents GAS, Leipzig, Germany

Trevor Watts & Peter Knight, London, UK

Ross Bolleter, Ruined Piano Concert York, Australia

Lotte Anker/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori
Archive Volume 2
Roland Auzet
Kevin Ayers
Bôkan! Musics In The Margin
Brightblack Morning Light
Peter Brötzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm
Eugene Chadbourne & David Sait
Loren Chasse
Loren Chasse & Michael Northam
Anne James Chaton & Andy Moor
Ornette Coleman
Pascal Comelade
Valerio Cosi
Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican
Dancehall Culture
Myra Davies
DJ/rupture & Andy Moor
The Epicureans
Peter Evans/Weasel Walter Group
Peter Evans/James Fei/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter
Paul Flaherty
Ryojiro Furusawa & Kan Mikami
Cem Güney
Ryu Hankil/Choi Joonyong/Hong Chulki
Harry Pussy
Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid
Juaneco Y Su Combo
Allan Kaprow
Hilde Marie Kjersem
Kito-Mizukumi Rouber
Neil Landstrumm
Joe Maneri & Peter Dolger
The James Marshall Human Arts
The Chris McGregor Trio
Louis Moholo-Moholo &
Marilyn Crispell
Moritz von Oswald & Carl Craig
Anthony Pateras
Benoît Pioulard
Joe Preston & Daniel Menche
Eliane Radigue
Alexander von Schlippenbach
Christine Sehnaoui & Michel Waisvisz
J Spaceman & Matthew Shipp
Joel Stern
John Stevens Trio
Sunn O)))
Alexis Taylor
David Thomas & Two Pale Boys
Francesco Tristano
Alex Ward
Way Of The Cross
Jah Wobble & The Chinese Dub
Savina Yannatou &
Primavera En Salonico
Otomo Yoshihide & Xavier Charles
Otomo Yoshihide