The Wire

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Issue 321

November 2010

Jennifer Walshe
Nothing is real, everything is permitted, says the Irish composer and sonic artist, from within a maze of aliases and false identities. By Philip Clark

Wim Mertens
Clive Bell enjoys a continental breakfast with the prolific, polymathic Belgian composer whose work celebrates repetition and the voice

A two-part special on Gerald Donald and James Stinson’s enigmatic Detroit Techno duo

Cross Platform

Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group explain the motives behind their new Drexciya-inspired film, Hydra Decapita. By Derek Walmsley

The Primer
A user’s guide to the music and mythos of Drexciya, including their myriad solo projects. By Stephen Rennicks

Invisible Jukebox: John Tilbury
The New Music pianist and AMM improvisor plays trick or Treatise with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Philip Clark

Global Ear: Beirut
At Lebanon’s Irtijal festival, Seth Ayyaz hears local musicians transcending Arabic music cliches

Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer
The German policeman and his wife talk transgressive art and outsider noise with Daniel Spicer

Bjørn Torske
The Norwegian’s spacious House is centrally-heated by warm vintage disco sounds. By Philip Sherburne

Terry Riley, Instal festival, Rönnells bookshop,

For a bereft Brian Dillon, Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love stands for comfort

The Inner Sleeve
Laetitia Sadier on Jorge Ben

Print Run
New music books: writings on Alvin Curran, an avant garde history of Buffalo, and James Hamilton’s iconic rock photography

On Screen
John Latham’s films and a Monks documentary on DVD

On Site
Exhibitions and installations: Christian Marclay in New York, a Paul Burwell
tribute in London, and The Real Thing at Tate Britain

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Sotto Voce
in London, Ultima in Oslo, ATP New York and more

Antony And The Johnsons
Borful Tang
Aldo Clementi
Greg Davis
The Dead C
Kevin Drumm
Kevin Drumm & John Wiese
Jean-Claude Eloy
David First
Bjørn Fongaard
Bobby Fuller
Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali
Ike Yard
Ingrid Laubrock
The Raymond MacDonald International Big Band
Barbara Morgenstern
Ninni Morgia & William Parker
Jon Mueller
Coati Mundi
Charlemagne Palestine
Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans
The Plastic People Of The Universe
Sailors With Wax Wings
Hein Schoer
Sole & Ravi Zupa
Starving Weirdos
Sun Circle
Sun City Girls
David Sylvian
Avey Tare
Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley
The Third Eye Foundation
Timeless Pulse Trio
Various Black Hole: California Punk 1977–80
Various Deep Tones For Peace
Various I Never Meta Guitar: Solo Guitar For The 21st Century
Various Twenty Centuries Of 
Stony Sleep
Ben Vida & Greg Davis
Bill Wells & Stefan Schneider
White Moth
Dustin Wong
Neil Young
Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith