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Hieroglyphic Being photographed by Michael Schmelling

Issue 380

October 2015

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Hieroglyphic Being
Opening a special feature on the stellar legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra, Jamal Moss explains how the cosmic philosophy of the master has informed his approach to house and techno, locating new pathways out of grim reality. By Jacob Arnold

Omniverse Sun Ra
A semi-legendary book on Sun Ra is being republished by longtime admirers Art Yard. Author Hartmut Geerken and Art Yard’s Peter Dennett tell the story behind the tome. By Daniel Spicer

Marshall Allen
Since first working with Sun Ra in the late 1950s, the alto saxophonist has been instrumental in spreading the galactic gospel of The Arkestra. By David Keenan

Gilles Peterson
The DJ and collector talks about his new Sun Ra anthology. By Francis Gooding

Ernest Berk
Following his flight from the Nazis, the DIY musique concrète pioneer drew connections between experimental composition and modern dance. By Ian Helliwell


Christina Vantzou
The composer and video artist adds strings to her bow. By Maya Kalev

Storm Bugs
Tape-damaged DIY veterans go digital. By Neil Kulkarni

B-Movie: Lust And Sound In West Berlin 1979–1989
A new Berlin documentary reveals how Mancunian exile Mark Reeder helped shape its post-punk scene. By Abi Bliss

W Mark Sutherland
The Canadian sound poet rails against cultural amnesia. By Julian Cowley

Collateral Damage
Unsound’s Mat Schulz asks how festivals can stay true to their roots in a curatorial age

Global Ear Budapest
Grassroots arts spaces in the Hungarian capital take a stand against conservative authorities. By Nikolaus Gerszewski

Invisible Jukebox Randall Dunn
The producer, engineer and Master Musician Of Bukkake seeks enlightenment in The Wire’s mystery record selection

The Inner Sleeve
Heatsick on Craig David’s Born To Do It

Kristin Hersh finds connections between sound, silence and stories

On Screen
New films and DVDs: DC punks and The Ex live

Print Run
New music books: writing sound with Daniela Cascella, extreme music subcultures, a history of Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm and more

On Site
Recent exhibitions: Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film

On Location
Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: The Thing In The Spring, Atonal, Supernormal, Olivia Block, Kamasi Washington and more

Soundcheck A–Z

Billy Bao
Theo Burt
Michael Byron
Carter Tutti Void
Andrew Chalk
Andrew Chalk & Tom James Scott
Michael Chapman
Loren Connors
Cooly G
Éloïse Decazes & Delphine Dora
Ricardo Dias Gomes
Peter Garland
German Army
Henryk Górecki
Mary Halvorson
Julia Holter
The Host
Hour House
Darius Jones featuring Emilie Lesbros
Henry Kaiser
Henry Kaiser & Damon Smith
Julia Kent
Eric La Casa & Taku Unami
The Lloyd Pack
George Maciunas
Jake Meginsky
Mdou Moctar
Steve Moore
Ron Morelli
Stephen O’Malley
Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton
Rizan Said
Logan Sama
James Saunders
Chas Smith
Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name
US Girls
Various ¡Salgan Al Sol!: Avant-Rock En La Argentina Del Siglo XXI

The Boomerang

The Advisory Circle
Miles Davis
Arnold Dreyblatt
Arnold Dreyblatt: The Orchestra Of Excited Strings
Little Howlin’ Wolf
Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Mount Vernon Arts Lab
Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry André Stordeur
Various A New Life: Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In Great Britain 1966–1990
Various Bali 1928 Vol II: Tembang Kuna – Songs From An Earlier Time
Various Bali 1928 Vol III: Lotring And The Sources Of Gamelan Tradition
Various Brown Acid: The First Trip Various In A Moment... Ghost Box Various Jamaica Is The Place To Go: An Invitation To Jamaican Mento
Various Out Of Many, One Music! Music That Shaped Jamaica
Various Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics
Various Turtle Records: Pioneering British Jazz 1970–1971

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