The Wire

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Issue 322

December 2010

The Skull Disco co-founder has survived his Soundboy’s Suicide Note and moved to Berlin to craft his apocalyptic beat visions. By Derek Walmsley

The expat Jamaican dub master distills four decades of sonic science into the data packets he chops into his dubstep collaborations. By Joe Muggs

Nam June Paik
On the eve of a major retrospective in Liverpool, Brian Morton draws on his unpublished interviews to portray the Korean video/TV artist as dada composer

William Bennett's Invisible Jukebox
The Whitehouse founder comes under fire from The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by David Keenan

Jon Mueller
Inspired by the Shakers, the Milwaukee percussionist makes a virtue of simplicity. By Nick Cain

Shabazz Palaces
Lisa Blanning talks to the artist formerly known as Butterfly, of Digable Planets, about his new project

Romain Perrot builds Harsh Noise Walls to protect himself from worldly temptations. By Nick Richardson

Global Ear: Budapest & Pécs
Nathan Budzinski observes a festival’s attempts to forge links with Hungary’s outsider communities

Cross Platform: Charlie Morrow
The chemist turned musician and sound artist’s large-scale city works address the damage mankind has done to the planet. By Julian Cowley

Bruce McClure, Sculpture, EVOL, Free Software Series

John Szwed discovers a different kind of harmolodics at an Ornette Coleman week in Hartford, Connecticut

The Inner Sleeve
Bruce Russell on Kevin Drumm

Print Run
New music books: a history of Elektra Records, a John Cage biography, a volume on Absolute Music, Van Dyke Parks’s Song Cycle analysed, and more

On Screen
Pauline Oliveros, Leah Singer & Lee Ranaldo and a Don Letts documentary 
on DVD

On Site
Exhibitions and installations: Field Studies 2010, Susan Philipsz in the City of London, Non-Cochlear Sound in New York City

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: the Lowest Form Of Music in London, Chromatologies in Rotherham, High Zero in Baltimore, and more

Trip Or Squeek
Cartoon strip by Savage Pencil

L’Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Était Due À L’Autopsie
Derek Bailey
Call Back The Giants
Cornelius Cardew
Cinéma Invisible
Joe Colley
Lol Coxhill & Roger Turner
Brian Eno
The Ex
Exploding Star Orchestra
Expo 70
Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting
Christoph Gallio
Robert Haigh
Lou Harrison
Hisato Higuchi
Spider John Koerner
Sharon Kraus
Martin Küchen
Suzanne Langille & Neel Murgai
Lil B
Francisco Meirino & Dave Phillips
MF Doom
Ben Miller
Joe Morris
No Joy
Our Love Will Destroy The World
Richard Pinhas
Robert Poss
Sam Prekop
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly
Rotate The Completor
Scanner with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet
Ghédalia Tazartès
Henry Threadgill
Various Artefacts Of Australian Experimental Music Vol 2 1974–1983
Various Future Bass
Various The NYFA Collection: 25 Years Of New York New Music
Various The Ruptured Sessions Vol 1&2
Alan Vega & Marc Hurtado