The Wire

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Issue 352

June 2013

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Babble On!
In a 20 page special, Wire contributors assess and rethink the relationship between underground music and words, text and language. Including Rob Young on songs about themselves, Ken Hollings on Cage’s pulverised language, Derek Walmsley on dread talk, Alasdair Roberts on verbal jousting, Daniel Spicer on hip semantics, David Toop on Improv words and gestures, Nina Power on female machine voices, Hua Hsu on vocalese, Marcus Boon on profane rappers, Rory Gibb on Footwork’s vocal science, and more

Invisible Jukebox Jaap Blonk
The Dutch vocal improvisor has a glossolalia attack over The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Philip Clark.

Cross Platform Foghorn Requiem
In the North East of England, a trio of artists aim to harness the warning sounds of the maritime industry in an elegiac nautical soundwork. By Jennifer 
Lucy Allan.

Global Ear Newcastle, NSW
The Australian city’s urban blight is spawning a hive 
of underground music activity. By Cooper Bowman.

London Posse’s Gangster Chronicle; Sachiko’s primal songs; Mississippi Records on tour; plus Unofficial Channels.

In Budapest, David Crowley tracks down a long forgotten but still mercurial Hungarian vocal artist.

The Inner Sleeve
James Nice on Savage Republic’s Tragic Figures.

Print Run
New music books: the art of field recording; a reprinted sound art compendium; and a biography of Manu Chao.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Caribbean memories in Soul Jazz’s Mirror To The Soul.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Glam! in Liverpool; Carsten Nicolai in Berlin

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Counterflows and Borealis festivals; Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden opera; plus Jessica Bailiff and Chelsea Light Moving

Soundcheck A–Z

Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald
William Basinski
RP Boo
Nicholas Bullen
Co La
Osvaldo Coluccino
Congo Natty
Greg Davis & Ben Vida
Richard Dawson
The Ex And Brass Unbound
The Fall
Anne Guthrie & Richard Kamerman
Brian Harnetty
Matthew Herbert
Otis G Johnson
Yannis Kyriakides
Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals
Giorgio Moroder
Daphne Oram/Tom Dissevelt
Carl Orff & Gunhild Keetman
Joe Panzner & Greg Stuart
Lee Patterson & Vanessa Rossetto
Mike Pride
Sleaford Mods
Stellar OM Source
Graham Stephenson & Aaron Zarzutzki
Akio Suzuki
These New Puritans
David Tudor
Various Collision/Detection
Various Good God! Apocryphal Hymns
Various King Bullard Version: Songs Of The BOS Label
Various Overdose Of The Holy Ghost: The Sound Of Gospel Through The Disco And Boogie Eras
Various Populista Presents United States Of America Triptych I: 1939 Southern Recording Trip Fieldnotes
Various Populista Presents United States Of America Triptych II: Ten Instrusions
Various Populista Presents United States Of America Triptych III: Vanishing Point: How To Disappear In America Without 
A Trace
Various Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey Of Rural Black Religious Music
Various The Sound Of Geri Reig: The Original Tapes 1979
Mr Vast
Justin Walter
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Wolf Eyes

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