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Issue 406

December 2017

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Inside this issue:

Quantum Natives: Scattered across the globe but digitally connected, Brood Ma, Yearning Kru, recsund, Rosen and other QN operatives are forging parallel futures for electronic sound and vision. By Rory Gibb.

Hedley Jones: The Jamaican audio engineer died in September having altered the course of 20th century music with his sound system innovations. David Katz visited Montego Bay to conduct his final interview.

Li Jianhong & Wei Wei: Blending horror and sci-fi obsessions with DIY experimentation, the musical initiatives of Li Jianhong and Wei Wei have placed them at the cutting edge of the Beijing scene. By Josh Feola.

Once Upon A Time In São Paolo: The collision of pop and avant garde music in the late 1970s gave rise to the fiercely independent and still influential vanguarda paulista movement. By Russ Slater.

Li Jianhong & Wei Wei: From Pipe Dreams to the search for the lost chord. By Geeta Dayal


L’Ocelle Mare: Multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bonvalet’s new project locates meaning in the microcosmic. By Claire Sawers

Raven Chacon: The Albuquerque based composer combines diverse musical strategies with Navajo knowledge. By Julian Cowley

Kapiw & Apappo: The Ainu sisters unlock the age-old secrets of song. By Clive Bell

Off World: A new life awaits Sandro Perri and company. By Emily Bick

Global Ear: Port-au-Prince: Rara and vodou collide with contemporary forms in the Haitian capital. By Thomas Rees

Invisible Jukebox: Tyshawn Sorey: Will the US jazz wunderkind master the inner spectrum of variables that is The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Phil Freeman

The Inner Sleeve: James Jackson Toth: on Leo Kottke’s Dreams And All That Stuff

Epiphanies: Turntablist dj sniff reminisces on his reciprocal relationship with vinyl

On Screen: New films and DVDs: James Lathos’s Finding Joseph I

Print Run: New music books: gallery sounds, new perspectives on musical misogyny, audio culture explored, and more

On Site: Recent exhibitions and performances: Hannah Black, nitroBEAT Pit Party, and more

On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: M Sayyid, Newcastle Festival Of Jazz And Improvised Music, Ponderosa Stomp, Lee Gamble, and more

Soundcheck: Alvarius B, Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole, Oren Ambarchi, Angel-Ho, Apartment House, Ash Ra Tempel Experience, The Band Of Holy Joy, The Belbury Circle, Björk, The Body & Full Of Hell, John Butcher/John Edwards/Mark Sanders, John Butcher/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter, Buy Muy Drugs, Call Super, Conflux Coldwell, DJ Manny, DJ Seinfeld, Giovanni Di Domenico, Harris Eisenstadt, Electric Wizard, Errorsmith, Fabio Frizzi & Andrew Leman, Gamardah Fungus, Glice, Golden Teacher, Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Hackedepicciotto, Robert Haigh, Keiji Haino & John Butcher, Charles Hayward & Thurston Moore, Heliosonic Tone-Tette, Holophonor, Irreversible Entanglements, Lost Harbours, L-Vis 1990, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, MESH, Thurston Moore & Umut Caglar, Sacha Mullin, Nazoranai, Mary Ocher, oxhy, Michael Parsons/Apartment House, Phew, Prurient, Rabit, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Renart, Bruce Russell, Wadada Leo Smith, Sully, Akio Suzuki & John Butcher, Traxman, Tuluum Shimmering, Judith Wegmann

Boomerang: Franco Battiato, Celtic Frost, Bill Evans, Hüsker Dü, Roland Kayn, Mary Jane Leach, Macintosh Plus, Metallica, Hermeto Pascoal, People Like Us, C-Schulz, Pauline Anna Strom, Various Diggin’ In The Carts: A Collection Of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music, Various Naši Hostia: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 3, Various Tokyo Flashback, Workshop De Lyon