The Wire

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Issue 329

July 2011

Roy Harper
Still in the crease in his 70th year, English music's old cricketer looks back over five decades of singing into the storm. By Rob Young.

John Maus
Joseph Stannard meets the Minnesota pop savant and punk theoriser who's fracking the last resources out of 1980s electro synth sounds.

John Wall
How the London sampling composer is raising his game with Improv input and truculent avant garde poetry. By Richard Pinnell.

Invisible Jukebox People Like Us
Vicki Bennett, playful sound deconstructionist, welcome aboard The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Phil England.

The Berlin instrument designer plays ghost in the machine with his beat programming. By Derek Walmsley.

Nils Økland
The Norwegian Hardanger fiddler and improvisor talks Ole Bull with Julian Cowley.

Collateral Damage
David Keenan makes the case for music beginning at home.

Global Ear Beijing
Josh Feola fishes for Noise in Beijing's newest alternative music venue.

Cross Platform Adolf Wölfli
Brian Morton analyses the musical dimensions of the Swiss outsider's dense, troubled artwork.

Novelist Luke Williams enters the anechoic chamber with memories of John Cage.

The Inner Sleeve
Jace Clayton on Nass El Ghiwane's "Oh, Human"/"The Past Is Gone" 7".

Print Run
New music books: Carla Bley by Amy C Beal
The Legend Of Sugar Minott And Youth Promotion by Beth Lesser
Volcano Revisited: Kingston Dancehall Scene 1983 by Tero Kaski & Pekka Vuorinen
Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde And Its Limits by Benjamin Piekut

On Screen
Films & DVDs: The Miners' Hymns DVD
KINO: Russian Film Pioneers 1909–57 Film series

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Dreamweapon: The Art And Life Of Angus MacLise in New York City

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative New York, USA
Trevor Wishart Gateshead, UK
i and e Festival Dublin, Ireland
Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Canada
Haco/Ytamo/Reiko Imanishi/Saori Kojima Osaka, Japan
Nurse With Wound + Bruce Gilbert & Mika Vainio + Radian London, UK
Surface Area Dance Theatre/Mico & David Nuss Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Staff Benda Bilili London, UK

Soundcheck A–Z
Beastie Boys
Blut Aus Nord
Cornelius Cardew
The Caretaker
Michael Chapman
Lol Coxhill & Alex Ward
Don Dietrich & Ben Hall
William D Drake
Brian Eno & Rick Holland
Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw
Father’s Children
Hacker Farm
Hisato Higuchi
Hype Williams
Junior Boys
Felix Kubin
Anne La Berge
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano
Mark McGuire
Master Musicians Of Bukkake
My Cat Is An Alien
Aaron Siegel
Andy Stott
David Sylvian
Tyler, The Creator
Various A History Of Background
Various Messthetics #108: South Coast DIY 77–81
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer
David S Ware/Cooper-Moore/William Parker/Muhammad Ali
Richard Youngs