The Wire

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Issue 339

May 2012

From Señor Coconut to 19th century Romantic, Uwe Schmidt’s multiple personae spring from a lifelong passion for electronic simulacra, says Dan Barrow.

The Primer Sound poetry
A guide to the artists, writers, composers and performers who declared war on the word with their visceral voices and liberated texts. By Julian Cowley.

Invisible Jukebox Mary Halvorson
The avant-everything guitarist finds some previously unknown pleasures in The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Howard Mandel.

Scott Walker
Ian Penman casts aside received rockist wisdom and asks if the singer’s lost years of MOR covers and TV shows were, in fact, his most musically enchanting.

The great unlearning
What happened when Philip Clark left his compositional comfort zone and ventured into Eddie Prévost’s improvisation workshop?

Collateral Damage
Digital media might have a lower carbon footprint, but they’re not resource-free, argues Phil England.

Global Ear Seoul
The Occupy movement is helping underground music ferment in South Korea. By Peter Meanwell.

Cross Platform Benedict Drew
The artist and musician’s installations unsettle with musique concrète and repurposed apps. By Nick Cain.

Laurel Halo
Adam Harper gets enjoyably lost in the electronic musician’s free-roaming futurescapes.

Sean McCann
David Keenan hears Renaissance choirs, American minimalism and folk in the US composer’s work.

RAI’s radiophonic dramas on Imagination At Play; Jon Wozencroft and Paul Devereux’s Landscape & Perception website; Her Noise Archive; Jo Thomas; plus Unofficial Channels.

The Inner Sleeve
Mark Fell on The Human League’s Boys And Girls and The Sound Of The Crowd.

A 1990 London gig by The Grateful Dead blows Richard King’s tiny mind.

Print Run
New music books: biographies of La Monte Young and Einstüzende Neubauten, a social history of noise, Gunther Schuller on himself and Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Aldo Tambellini, Cathodic Works 1966-1976; Yannis Kyriakides, Narratives 1: Dreams.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Sound Art. Sound As A Medium Of Art in Karlsruhe; Jeremy Deller and Weighted Words in London.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: AV Festival, Faster Than Sound: I Burn For You, Jenny Hval, Olga Neuwirth, Raster-Noton Anniversary.

Soundcheck A–Z
Akke Phallus Duo
Syed Kamran Ali & Pascal Nichols
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Francis Bebey
John Bischoff
Bobby Browser
John Cale
Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti
Death Grips
Le Drapeau Noir
Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band
Nick Hoffman & Aaron Zarzutzki
Anna Homler & Sylvia Hallett
Kev Hopper
Earl Howard
Kelvox 1
Ustad Abdul Karim Khan
Joke Lanz
Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan
Andrea Neumann & Bonnie Jones
Daphne Oram reworked and reinterpreted by Andrea Parker & Daz Quayle
Anthony Pateras
Ashley Paul
Peaking Lights
Public Image Ltd
Radiant Husk
Terry Riley
Ákos Rózmann
Troy Schafer
Conrad Schnitzler
SFV Acid
Iain Sinclair
Wadada Leo Smith
Smith & Mighty
Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Variety Lights
Various Filtered
Various Ike Turner Studio Productions: New Orleans And Los Angeles 1963–
Various The Minimal Wave Tapes 
Volume 2
Various Shangaan Shake
Various Stellate 1
Various Tension: Spanish Experimental Underground 1980–1985
Various Werewolf Songs: Music Inspired By Swedish Folklore
John Wall & Mark Durgan