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May 2018

Issue 411

May 2018

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Inside this issue:

Larry Heard:The Chicago house of Mr Fingers altered the shape and sound of club and electronic music, and a new album proves the producer is still looking to the future. By Jacob Arnold

Doris Norton: Spanning Italian occult prog, computer music and consultancy work for IBM, the reissued back catalogue of Doris Norton takes us deep into the machine. By Emily Pothast

Pekka Airaksinen: After the 1960s performance provocations of The Sperm, the Finnish polymath went travelling the spaceways in search of zen inspiration. By Matt Wuethrich

Aïsha Devi: The vibrational rave of the Swiss born Nepalese-Tibetan vocalist and producer is designed to move bodies at both subatomic and social levels. By Daniel Neofetou


Ben LaMar Gay: Chicago’s creative currents meet in the work of the cornettist and singer. By Neil Kulkarni

Lana Del Rabies: The Phoenix, Arizona artist fends off darkness with cathartic noise. By Joseph Stannard

Experimental Sonic Machines: Peter K Rollings invests DIY electronics with oddball humour. By Dan Wilson

Lucrecia Dalt: The Colombian composer considers space and time in her newest work. By Emily Bick

Collateral Damage: Dance music and orchestras don’t mix. By Chal Ravens

Global Ear: Istanbul: Tradition and noise collide in the Turkish capital’s Roma community. By Heather Trost

Invisible Jukebox: Phew: Will the Japanese vocalist breathe a sigh of relief at The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by James Hadfield

The Inner Sleeve: Claire M Singer on De Groene Kathedraal

Epiphanies: Kelly Jayne Jones finds her DIY stride

Print Run: Val Wilmer back in print, Viv Albertine remembers, mystic metal, and more

On Screen: William E Badgley’s Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits; Jake Meginsky & Neil Young’s Milford Graves Full Mantis

On Site: Dronechoir Miracle

On Location: Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam, Ingrid Plum, Masami Kawaguchi, Lonnie Holley, and more

Soundcheck: Maurizio Abate, Jochen Arbeit & Paolo Spaccamonti, Joe Armon-Jones, Bine/BFTT, Brood Ma, Gregory W Brown, Dylan Carlson, Kate Carr, Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp, Charlie Cawood, Tania Chen, Elysia Crampton, CV&JAB, Detroit Rising, C Diab, Kyle Bobby Dunn/Wayne Robert Thomas, Eagle Twin, Eigenlicht, Esoctrilihum, Sandy Ewen & Weasel Walter, Father Murphy, Flame 1, Retep Folo, Bill Frisell, Sharon Gal, Gosheven, Grouper, Mary Halvorson, Twig Harper/Bill Nace, The Heat Death, Rui Ho, Eva-Maria Houben, I Hold The Lion’s Paw, Inhumankind, Yuzo Iwata, Matt Karmil, Kemialliset Ystävät, Kepla & Nathan Jones, Tori Kudo, lojii, Lolina, Samara Lubelski/Bill Nace, Mårble, Toshio Matsuura Group, Mount Eerie, Mouse On Mars, DJ Nigga Fox, Hatis Noit, Ashley Paul, Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp, Ergo Phizmiz PLC, Plan B, DJ Plead, Potter Natalizia Zen, Miss Red, Alasdair Roberts/Amble Skuse/David McGuinness, Saint Abdullah, Scientist, Severed+Said, Matthew Shipp, Matthew Shipp Quartet, Richard Skelton, The Skull Eclipses, Sonae, Spirit Fingers, Terlu, Terribilis, Yikii, Territoire, Weasel Walter, Wei Zhongle, Jenny Wilson, Various Dângrêk Mountains, Various Mental Maps, Various Phantom Force, Various Physically Sick 2

Boomerang: François Bayle, Christoph De Babalon, Robert Görl, Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom, Intense Molecular Activity, Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble, Laraaji, Cindy Lee, Mix-O-Rap, Saluki, Captain Maurice Seddon, Ben Vaughn, Iannis Xenakis, Various Salm: Gaelic Psalms From The Hebrides Of Scotland Vol 1