The Wire

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Issue 313

March 2010

Caledonia dreaming
How Glasgow has become the UK's experimental free folk capital, with Alasdair Roberts, Trembling Bells, The Family Elan and more. By Rob Young

Marina Rosenfeld
Working with teenagers, amateurs and professionals, The New York composer and sound artist gives Ligeti the American Idol treatment. By Anne Hilde Neset

The Thirteenth Assembly
Howard Mandel diagnoses the state of downtown jazz with the uncompromising quartet of Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone and Tomas Fujiwara

The Moodies
These British former art students scandalised the early 1970s with their burlesque, postmodern cabaret. By Adrian Whittaker with Michael Bracewell

Invisible Jukebox: Dylan Nyoukis
The Blood Stereo vocal improvisor and Chocolate Monk founder mouths off about The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Daniel Spicer

Joe Muggs meets the Nottingham producer who is equally at ease with dubstep, Grime and UK Funky

Sebastian Lexer
The inventor of the piano+ tells Philip Clark why he has wired his ivories to a computer program

Yabby You RIP
Derek Walmsley pays tribute to a reggae artist, whose spirituals transcended the poverty of their creation

Cross Platform: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
The French sound artist tells Louise Gray why finches are the guitarists of choice for his London installation

Global Ear: Houston

Deep in the heart of Texan weirdness, David Keenan gets chopped and screwed by the legacy of DJ Screw

Going to school next door to the madhouse where 19th century poet John Clare was incarcerated left its mark on writer Alan Moore

The Inner Sleeve
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard on Adam And The Ants' Kings Of The Wild Frontier

Print Run
Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde In The American Vernacular edited by Andrew Perchuk & Rani Singh
Micro-Bionic: Radical Electronic Music And Sound Art In The 21st Century by Thomas Bey William Bailey
Improvised Music From Japan 2009 edited by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

On Screen
Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie DVD
Jack Rose & Glenn Jones The Things That We Used To Do DVD
Grindstone Redux DVD
Leif Elggren Death Travels Backwards DVD

On Site

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Artist, Visionary New York City, USA

On Location
Tuli – Nothing, New York City, USA
Another Timbre Festival, London, UK
CHOPPA Festival, Singapore
Gary War + Bird Names + Dam Mantle, London, UK

Soundcheck A–Z
AMP2 + Tim Hodgkinson
Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz
Edward Barton
Berg-und Tahlfahrt
César Bolaños
Burning Star Core
Dirk Mont Campbell
clifford and calix
Robert Curgenven
Jacques Demierre
Bill Fay
Fenn O'Berg
Terry Fox
Free Jazz Quartet
Matthew Herbert
Dick Higgins
Tim Hodgkinson
Tim Hodgkinson & Milo Fine
Rowland S Howard
Indignant Senility
Tom Johnson
Pekko Käppi
League Of Automatic Music
Led Er Est
Mincemeat Or Tenspeed
Monofonic Orchestra
Jemeel Moondoc
Scout Niblett
L'Ocelle Mare
M Ostermeier
Joanna Newsom
Pit Er Pat
Polar Bear
The Red Krayola
Martin Rev
Claudio Rocchetti
School Of Mesak
Gil Scott-Heron
Wadada Leo Smith
Souljazz Orchestra
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial
To Rococo Rot
Various Advent
Various Good God! Born Again
Various Rinse 11: Oneman
Voice Of The Seven Thunders
Xeno & Oaklander
Yellow Swans
Michael Yonkers