The Wire

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The Wire Rewind app

This month, readers of The Wire can download a custom built app to transform the cover of the new January issue into a unique audiovisual experience

The Wire Rewind app uses augmented reality to totally transform the cover of The Wire's January issue. Readers just have to download the free app, then point their phone’s camera at the cover to experience extra dimensions of sound and graphic design – and the more they explore the more they will discover multiple different combinations of 3D images and multichannel audio.

The Wire's Rewind 2017 cover was designed by Ben Weaver Studio, with sound by artist Patrick Ward. The Wire Rewind app has been developed specially for the issue by Tibor Udvari and Philippe Karrer of Spheres Studio.

Readers can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play by searching for “Wire Rewind”. They can also use the app to record and share their journeys through this combined experiment in graphic design and sound art.

More details and information on the project here.

The January issue of The Wire contains Rewind 2017, the magazine's review of the last 12 months in underground sound and music. From the releases of the year to the reflections and analyses of a host of musicians and critics, it is the essential guide to the audio culture highs and lows of the year.

The January issue of The Wire is on sale from 7 December. Subscribers can read it online from 5 December.

See the cover and preorder.