The Wire

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Issue 312

February 2010

Wadada Leo Smith
Phil Freeman meets a free music cosmopolitan who has explored free space with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Spring Heel Jack and more

Mark Ernestus

Celebrating 20 years of pacemaking Europe's electronic heartbeat with the Basic Channel producer and Hard Wax store founder. By Derek Walmsley

Improv, post-punk with Billy Bao and radical dialectics are all fuel to the Basque provocateur's war on Capital. By David Keenan

Invisible Jukebox: Eliane Radigue
The Parisian pioneer of the hypnotic drone meditates over The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Dan Warburton

Raymond Dijkstra
The Dutch Noise maker converts himself into a ‘portal of energy' via automated techniques. By Nick Cain

Moon Wiring Club
Ian Hodgson's imagined village takes in British audio ephemera and hiphop beats. By Joseph Stannard

Cross Platform: David Grubbs
The former Gastr Del Sol member has extended his output into film and installations, plus work with poet Susan Howe. By David Stubbs

Joe Muggs locks on to the Hessle Audio founder's experimental and emotional dubstep sound

Global Ear: Madeira
Tony Herrington reports from the Canary Island's annual DiG festival of digital music and art

Participating in Alvin Lucier's Vespers helped composer Nicolas Collins to find himself

Mika Vainio, Billy Ray Martin, Groupshow, Tapeworm cassettes and more

The Inner Sleeve
Robert Ashley on his album Automatic Writing

Print Run
Galactic Ramble edited by Richard Morton Jack
The Resistible Demise Of Michael Jackson edited by Mark Fisher
In The Blink Of An Ear: Toward A Non-Cochlear Sonic Art by Seth Kim-Cohen
Brian Eno's Another Green World by Geeta Dayal

On Screen

Phill Niblock: Six Films (DVD)
You Weren't There: A History Of Chicago Punk 1977–1984 (DVD + LP)
Privilege (DVD)

On Site
Bob And Roberta Smith Factory Outlet London, UK

On Location
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield, UK
Calling Out Of Context, London, UK
Tortoise & Cluster, London, UK
Alvin Lucier, Berlin, Germany
Yoshi Wada, New York City, USA

Soundcheck A–Z
Afternoon Saints
Tetuzi Akiyama & Toshimaru Nakamura
Tetuzi Akiyama/Erik Carlsson/Toshimaru
Nakamura/Henrik Olsson
Animal Collective
Duck Baker
Paul Baran
Richard Barrett
William Basinski
Bass Clef
Bird Show Band
Lowell Brams
Chris Burn/Philip Thomas/Simon H Fell
Lucio Capece & Lee Patterson
Roberto Carlos Lange
Tony Conrad & Genesis Breyer
Stephen Cornford & Samuel Rodgers
Moniek Darge
Bill Dixon/Aaron Siegel/Ben Hall
Eleh/Nana April Jun
Faux Amis
Lee Gamble
Robin Hayward
High Wolf
Iibiis Rooge
Jaga Jazzist
C Joynes
Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer
Alan Licht & Loren Connors
Lula Côrtes
Magda Mayas
Yuuki Matthews
The Necks
BJ Nilsen
The One Ensemble & Sarah Kenchington
Evan Parker
Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides
Andrew Pekler
Pere Ubu
Josef Anton Riedl
Jack Rose
Irmin Schmidt Inner Space Production
Salvatore Sciarrino
The Sealed Knot
Anthony 'Shake' Shakir
Soft Machine
Sone Institute
Burkhard Stangl & Kai Fagaschinski
The Stooges
Janne Tuomi
John Tilbury & Sebastian Lexer
Various Alan Lomax In Haiti 1936–1937: Recordings For The Library Of Congress
Various Bob Blank: The Blank Generation
Various Black Man's Cry: The Inspiration Of Fela Kuti
Various Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture Part Two
Various Nigeria Special Volume 2: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970–6
Various Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970s Nigeria
Various North/South/East/West
Various Pop Ambient 2010
Various Rough Trade Shops: Counter Culture 09
Various Treader Duos
The Whitefield Brothers
Christian Wolff
Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine