The Wire

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Issue 320

October 2010

Radio Art
Knut Aufermann surveys a decade-long boom in creative broadcasting, including subversive stations, sound art, wireless festivals, flash mobbing and more.

Catherine Christer Hennix
The Swedish electronic composer’s shapeshifting trance music is a fusion of deep mathematics and alternative tuning systems. By Marcus Boon.

Los Angeles Free Music Society
The legendary collective galvanised 1970s LA with anarchic Improv, noise and Beefheart-style free rock, and now they’re doing it again. By David Keenan.

Invisible Jukebox: Mike Watt
The Minutemen, fIREHOSE and current Stooges bassist tangles with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Jessica Hopper.

Global Ear: Belém
Andy Cumming on the shanty-town sound of Tecnobrega coming from this Brazilian outpost.

Cross Platform: Matt Stokes
Musical subcultures and folk customs come under the microscope in this London artist’s elaborate video reconstructions. By Nathan Budzinski.

Anne-James Chaton
The French sound poet folds everyday ephemera into work with Andy Moor and alva noto. By Brian Morton.

Derek Walmsley celebrates the London label’s vacuum packed, pristine Improv and electronica catalogue.

Tom Zé on film, Unsound festival, Toy Music on tour, Alan Lomax archived

Russell Mills on the art of collage with Jack Jackson and Kurt Schwitters

The Inner Sleeve
Antony Hegarty on Marc And The Mambas

Print Run
New music books: histories of Factory Records and Rough Trade, new studies of Bob Dylan and La Monte Young, a retrospective of Touch & Go fanzine plus a compendium of homemade record sleeves

On Screen
Ricky Powell, Harappian Night Recordings plus documentaries about Techno and Klangbad on DVD

On Site
Exhibitions and installations spanning Brion Gysin, Lee Patterson, John Cage and Yann Novak

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Unwhitstable, Irmin Schmidt, Albert Ayler Festival and more

Joshua Abrams
Altar Eagle
Andrea Belfi/David Grubbs/Stefano Pilia
Belbury Poly
Jacques Beloeil
The Black Twig Pickers
Olivia Block & Kyle Bruckmann
John Carter & Bobby Bradford
Jerome Cooper
Core Of The Coalman
Chris Cutler/Thomas Dimuzio/Fred Frith
DD Denham
Dracula Lewis
Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band
GOL & Charles Hayward
GOL & Brunhild Ferrari
Mary Halvorson Quintet
Twig Harper & Daniel Higgs
Catherine Christer Hennix
The Hunter Gracchus/Kommissar
Hjuler Und Frau
Michael Hurley
Ahmad Jamal
Philip Jeck
Ernst Karel
Eli Keszler
Mark McGuire
New York Art Quartet
Pascal Nichols & Simon Rose
Pascal Nichols
Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides & CDKH/Fria Konstellationen
The North Sea
Bill Orcutt
Outer Limits Recordings
Ashley Paul
Larry Polansky
DJ Rashad
Marc Ribot
Rinato Rinaldi
DJ Roc
Laetitia Sadier
Pete Swanson
Cath & Phil Tyler
Various The History Of Indian Film Music
Various Ninja Tune XX
Various Proximity One: Narrative Of A City
Various Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks
Various Salsa Explosion
Various Interpretations Of Seconds By Solo Improvisers
Various Rick Wilhite presents Vibes: New & Rare Music
Simon Whetham
Simon Whetham & mise_en_scene
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Trevor Wishart
Wyatt, Atzmon & Stephen
Tom Zé