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Issue 398

April 2017

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Inside this issue:

The Residents: Beyond the eyeballs, still oddballs: The Residents look back on a decades-long career and present a macabre new album concerning the spectacular train crashes of the last century. By Sam Lefebvre

Seymour Wright: The improvising saxophonist has made London’s Oto Project Space his base for collaboration, experimentation and the transformation of ideas into sound. By Philip Clark

Brother Ah: Formerly an associate of Monk, Coltrane and Sun Ra, the mystic, globe-trotting composer and master French horn player goes deep into the healing properties of the meditative groove. By Phil Freeman

Maja Osojnik: Folk songs, large scale soundtracks and the humble recorder all find a home in the work of the Slovenian composer. By Robert Barry

The Wire Tapper 43: Your track by track guide to this month's free CD

Pan Daijing: From powerful techno to dance, the Chinese producer takes control. By Tristan Bath

Johann Diedrick: The sonic tinkerer’s DIY devices enable his exploration of everyday noises. By Robert Barry

Tactile Paths: Would-be improvisors, choose your own adventure. By Julian Cowley

Georgia: New York producers and NTS hosts concoct fourth world grooves. By Maya Kalev

Global Ear:
Vancouver: DIY spaces and artists’ collectives take on an expanding skyline. By Nick Storring

Invisible Jukebox:
Slimzee: The grime DJ and label boss gets rinsed by The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Rollo Jackson

The Inner Sleeve: Siwa Records’ Alan Sherry on Dirty Three's Sad & Dangerous

Epiphanies: Moor Mother gauges the volume of resistance at a Public Enemy concert

On Screen: Toby Clarkson's Little Tsunamis

On Site: Set And Reset by Kammer Klang

On Location: Shirley Collins, CTM x SET Festival, Sons D'Hiver, Anat Ben-David, and more

Soundcheck: 1982, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Alterations, Jeich Ould Badu & Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla, Blanck Mass, Bohman, Bohman, Ghikas & Thomas, Ronald Bruner Jr, The Bug Vs Earth, Depeche Mode, Divus, Michael J Evans, Fiium Shaarrk, Jonathan Fitoussi, Diamanda Galás, D Glare, The Great Old Ones, Jacques Greene, Keiji Haino/Jozef Dumoulin/Teun Verbruggen, Taylor Haskins, HOLOVR, Jidenna, Eyvind Kang/Tashi Dorji, Bastien Keb, Amadou Binta Konté & Tidiane Thiam, Lo Five, Merzbow, Obituary, On Fillmore, Kelly Lee Owens, Pharmakon, pHarmerz, Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Masami Akita, Réplica, Keith Rowe, Laetitia Sadier & The Source Ensemble, Saltland, Sevendeaths, Sigha, Sleaford Mods, Martin Speake & Faith Brackenbury, Martin Speake/Matthew Forbes/Phelan Burgoyne, Sunlight’s Bane, Craig Taborn, Thundercat, Simon Fisher Turner, Uniform, Vibration Black Finger, Vorhees, Wire, Wolf Eyes, Yeongrak, Zu, Various Agrim Agadez, Various Antologia De Música Atípica Portuguesa Vol 1: O Trabalho, Various Mono No Aware

The Boomerang: Buzzcocks, Tod Dockstader, Frank Dommert, Einstürzende Neubauten, Family Fodder, Laraaji, Ennio Morricone, Byron Morris & Gerald Wise, Conrad Schnitzler, Various Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present: English Weather, Various Highlights Of Vortex, Various New Orleans Funk Vol 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1954–77