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Issue 403

September 2017

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Inside this issue:

Lichens: The many tendrils of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s artistic career extend from post-rock and avant doom to synthetic drift and black metal cinema. By Marc Masters

Meridian Brothers: Stylistic mayhem, irony and surrealism fuel the music of the freewheeling Colombian ensemble. By Russ Slater

Unsettling scores: The score can be brought to life through the bodies of its performers, according to composers Celeste Oram, Michael Baldwin, Louis d’Heudieres, Claudia Molitor and Luke Nickel. By Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Peter King: Tucked away on New Zealand’s South Island, a three decade, one-man lathe cutting operation etches polycarbonate discs for an eager world of music obsessives. By Noel Meek

Bites:
EMMA: The South London producer steps back in time for her newest work. By Daisy Hyde

David Burraston: The artist also known as NYZ blurs the boundaries between research and recording. By Oli Warwick

Tom Phillips: The Peckham based visual artist prepares the definitive staging of his experimental opera Irma. By Julian Cowley

Gosheven: Nonstandard tunings open up a world of difference for composer Bálint Szabó. By Tristan Bath

Global Ear: Quarteira: For nearly three decades the Portuguese town has provided a meeting point for accordion innovators. By Wendy Scott

Invisible Jukebox: Sparks: The Mael Brothers can beat the clock, but can they beat The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Bick

The Inner Sleeve: Ryoko Akama on Yoko Ono’s Ceiling Piece (Yes Piece)

Epiphanies: A Texan upbringing sent electronic composer Maggi Payne in search of space

Print Run: New music books: a farewell to vinyl, Thurston Moore’s language, aesthetic moralism, grimy millennial masculinity, and more

On Screen: New films and DVDs: Steven Ellison’s Kuso; Psyché Tropes: A Creak In Time at East End Film Festival

On Site: Recent exhibitions and performances: Masaya Nakahara in Tokyo; Benedict Drew in London

On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Gig On A Rig, Jürg Frey, Jeff Mills & Britten Sinfonia, The Shaggs, and more

Soundcheck: Ryoko Akama, Guilio Aldinucci, Anahita, Ariwo, Barreca|Leimer, Bergsonist, Antoine Beuger, Bog Bodies, Caoimhín Breathnach, Broken English Club, John Cage, Richard Craig, Pan Daijing, Rhodri Davies/David Sylvian/Mark Wastell, Dizzee Rascal, The Dream Syndicate, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Gonimoblast, Alexander Hawkins, Hieroglyphic Being/Shabaka Hutchings/Sarathy Korwar, Jandek, Kutmah, Leaf Dog, Lone Taxidermist, Mourning [A] BLKSta, roger mpr, Kemper Norton, Nosaj Thing, NYZ, Aisha Orazbayeva & Naomi Sato, Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, Oval, O Yuki Conjugate, Prophets Of Rage, Public Enemy, Rain Parade, Mike Reed, Reverorum Ib Malacht, Keith Rowe/Michael Pisaro, Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Shackleton (with Anika), Tyshawn Sorey, Sote, Fletcher Tucker, Wolf Eyes, Manuel Zurria, Various Kern Vol 4: Mixed By DJ Stingray, Various There Is No Music From China, Various Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Vols 1 & 2

The Boomerang: B12, John Butcher, Alex Chilton, Merry Clayton, Jocy De Oliviera, Drexciya, Brian Eno, Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Thomas Köner & Jana Winderen, Annea Lockwood, Yuri Morozov, Maggi Payne, Jack Peoples, Psychic TV, Pyramids Of Space, Terry Riley, Saccharine Trust, Umoja, Various Function Underground: The Black And Brown American Rock Sound 1969–1974, Various Silhouettes & Statues, Various Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961–88