The Wire

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Issue 326

April 2011

Richard Skelton
As A Broken Consort, Riftmusic and others, the UK sound artisan enters the wild places to create a ritual music of mourning and rebirth. By Clive Bell

Once Upon A Time In... Harlem

Andy Battaglia revisits the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where the ghosts of Vladimir Ussachevsky, Otto Luening and Milton Babbitt linger

Peter Evans
Philip Clark meets the New York trumpeter whose deconstructions of historic jazz are forging a new, dynamic version of the music’s future

Invisible Jukebox: Green Gartside
The Scritti Politti frontman hears some songs to remember in The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Anne Hilde Neset

The London trio are spreading their dancefloor delirium across the capital. By Lisa Blanning

Jenny Hval
The Norwegian songwriter/novelist sings her lungs and liver out on her visceral new album. By Rob Young

Olivia Block

Field recordings inserted into real-time Improv keeps the element of surprise. By Julian Cowley

Global Ear: Helsinki
New venues like Ptarmigan encourage disorderly musical conduct in Finland’s capital. By Jenna Sutela

Cross Platform: Charlie Nothing
Byron Coley on a forgotten American outsider artist whose work stretched from psychedelic saxophone to inventing metallic Dingulators

Little Annie Bandez penetrates the secret heart of New York via the magic tones of Miles’s Kind Of Blue

The Inner Sleeve
Bill Kouligas on The Germs

Print Run
New music books: Creative License: The Law And Culture Of Digital Sampling edited by Kembrew McLeod & Peter DiCola, Seasons They Change: The Story Of Acid And Psychedelic Folk by Jeanette Leech, Why Jazz? A Concise Guide by Kevin Whitehead, The Rest Is Propaganda by Steve Ignorant with Steve Pottinger, Catch The Beat: The Best Of Soul Underground 1987–91 edited by David Lubich

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould DVD, Luis Felipe Ortega & Israel Martinez Triptych DVD, Günter Brus Bodyanalysis: Actions 1964–1970 DVD, The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye DVD, Boris Live In Japan DVD

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Analog: Trends In Sound And Picture in London

On Location

Festival and concert reviews: Bogong AIR Bogong Village, Australia; Raime + Demdike Stare London, UK; ATP: I’ll Be Your Mirror Tokyo, Japan; Shackleton + Vindicatrix + Ekoplekz London, UK; Sites And Sounds: Pärt In Kelvingrove Glasgow, UK

Soundcheck A - Z

Kaoru Abe
About Group
AGF & Craig Armstrong
Alvarius B
Ron Anderson’s PAK
Area C
Bee Mask
Natalie Beridze Tba
Black Zone Myth Chant
Jon Brooks
Bill Callahan
The Doomed Bird Of Providence
Arnold Dreyblatt
Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe 
Eleh/Ellen Fullman
Evil Madness
John Foxx And The Maths
Friedman & Liebezeit
Full Blast + Friends
Group Ongaku
Emily Hay/Brad Dutz/Motoko Honda/Wayne Peet
Dan Hayward’s New Hawks
Christoph Heemann
Ben Johnston
Jason Kahn
Kode9 & The Spaceape
Steve Mackay
Walter Marchetti
Étienne O’Leary
Panda Bear
Popol Vuh
Sandwell District
The Scene Is Now
Sheik Anorak/Weasel Walter/Mario Rechtern
Sonic Youth
Stellar OM Source
Sun Ra
Sun Ra And His Mythic Science Arkestra
TCM 63
Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer
Various Brazil Bossa Beat: Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records, Brazil
Various Do What Thou Wilt
Various The Endless House Project
Virgo Four
Mike Watt + The Missingmen