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Issue 323

January 2011

2010 Rewind
The Wire’s essential review of the year’s best music, including the Top 50 Records of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and essays on 2010’s key developments

Giuseppe Ielasi
The Italian composer’s work straddles a vast array of practices, from turntable manipulation to sampladelic stunts. By Keith Moliné

Electronic Voice Phenomena
Ken Hollings meets the ghostbusters CM von Hausswolff and Michael Esposito, communing with dead voices via Edison’s wax cylinder technology

The urban flaneur and multitasking sound artist tunes in to The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes

Peter Christopherson
Stephen Thrower pays tribute to the Throbbing Gristle and Coil founder who died in November 2010

Marc Masters hears about sonic evolution and analogue synthesis from Brooklyn’s Robert Lowe

Pat Maherr
Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, Indignant Senility: just two of the sonic pirate’s many aliases. By Matt Wuethrich

Global Ear: Leeds
Fluxus anarchy and perpetual reinvention hallmark the North English city’s avant fringes. By Bruce Davies

Cross Platform: Toshiya Tsunoda
Do we change a place by listening to it, asks the Japanese sound artist whose mics seek out the world’s hidden resonance. By Will Montgomery

Death, Antoine Beuger, Weirdcore, Terje Isungset’s Ice Music

Marcus Boon lets the populist drone of the vuvuzela transport him on a global tour of celebratory people’s dance musics

The Inner Sleeve
Stefan Helmreich on The Voyager Interstellar Record

Print Run
New music books: Atlanta hiphop photographed, a Lee Perry biography, Detroit hardcore chronicled, the revised Penguin Guide To Jazz

On Screen
Mordant Music’s MisinforMation DVD, Mikrokolektyw DVD

On Site
Exhibitions and installations: Theoretical Music and Maryanne Amacher in New
York City

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Supersonic, Cut & Splice, Unsound and Instal 10 festivals, plus a Frank Zappa tribute night

Trip Or Squeek
Cartoon strip by Savage Pencil

Armchair Traveller
Carl Calm
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Michael Chapman
Cyclobe, Dâm-Funk
Dead Meat
Demdike Stare
Dollboy Meets Sone Institute
Ensemble Economique
Extraordinary Popular Delusions
Liu Fang & Malcolm Goldstein
Mark Fell
Jarrod Fowler
Ryan Francesconi
Carlos Giffoni
Goldmann Vs Fennesz
Group Doueh
Mats Gustafsson
Hayvanlar Alemi
Heavy Winged
Ig Henneman
Kassel Jaeger
Basil Kirchin
Felix Kubin & Ensemble Intégrales
Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet
LA Vampires featuring Matrix Metals
Stephan Micus
Minamo & Lawrence English
Alfredo Costa Monteiro
Most, My Cat Is An Alien with Ramona
Ponzini & Lee Ranaldo
Michael Pisaro
Pye Corner Audio
Vanessa Rossetto
Marcus Schmickler
Conrad Schnitzler
Mike Shiflet
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Taku Sugimoto
Pete Swanson
Terror Danjah
VHS Head
Gerritt Wittmer
Various Bangs & Works Volume 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation
Various Night Slugs Allstars Volume 1
Various Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque,
Various Tradi-Mods vs Rockers: Alternative Takes On Congotronics
Various Wallahi Le Zein!! Wezin, Jakwar And Guitar Boogie From The Islamic Republic Of Mauritania
Various Worth The Weight: Bristol Dubstep Classics
The Young Gods