The Wire

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Issue 409

March 2018

Inside this issue:

Milford Graves: The percussionist, herbalist and educator has cut a titanic figure in free music for almost 60 years. By Alan Licht.

Julian Cowley on Graves’s essential recordings

Robert Haigh: From industrial music via drum ’n’ bass to minimal piano, the former Omni Trio operative has carved out a unique career thanks to his deeply interrogative approach to rhythm and melody. By Simon Reynolds.

Psyphonics: The esoteric practice of channelling ideas and information via sound has an extensive secret history, taking in TC Lethbridge, Daphne Oram, Chris Watson, Led Zeppelin and Aphex Twin. By Dan Wilson


Neutral: The Swedish duo repeat and recollect. By Ilia Rogatchevski

Kate Carr: The London based field recordist and label founder makes and unmakes her world of sound. By Clive Bell

Todd Barton & Ursula K Le Guin: A 1985 cassette of future folk by the composer and the late author has just resurfaced. By Emily Pothast

Stroom: Ziggy Devriendt’s label and radio hub uncovers Belgium’s hidden reverse. By Tristan Bath

Global Ear: Belfast: The city’s LGBTQ and feminist communities step up to provide a safe space for self expression. By Tara McEvoy

Invisible Jukebox: Young Echo: Will the Bristol collective fall prey to the killing sound of The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Daisy Hyde

The Inner Sleeve: SIREN on Maren Karlson’s City Of Destroying Angels

Epiphanies: Veronica Vasicka looks back on a misspent youth in the record stores of New York City

On Screen: Phil Cox’s Betty: They Say I’m Different

Print Run: Jamaican music, sound in experimental film, Scott Walker’s lyrics, Turkish psych, and more

On Site: From Ear To Ear To Eye: Sounds And Stories From Across The Arab World, Super Field

On Location: The Electric Lucifer, We Breathe Binary, Bastard Assignments, and more

Soundcheck: Darren Almond, Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, Anenon, Erlend Apneseth Trio, Lea Bertucci, Broken Skies, Tom Chant, Cleric, Dabrye, Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, Dedekind Cut, East Man, Javier Diez Ena, Favourite Animals, David First, Foreign Beggars, From, Paul Giallorenzo Trio, Jari Haapalainen Trio, Keiji Haino & Sumac, Anna von Hausswolff, Howling Sycamore, Anton Hunter, Insect Ark, JPEGMAFIA, K2, King Vision Ultra, Lords Of Thyme, Mast, John McCowen, McPhee/Niggenkemper/Solberg, The Men, Efrim Manuel Menuck, Miracle, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nils Økland, Paper Dollhouse, Theo Parrish, Persuasion, Pink Lunch, Profligate, Jason Sharp, Skull, Sloth Racket, Astrid Sonne, Spykes-Parashi, Sunwatchers, Susanna, Tal National, The Transcendence Orchestra, Ty, US Girls, VMS Elit, Gary War, Bonnie Whiting & Allen Otte, YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Various The Harvest Of A Quiet Eye, Various In Death’s Dream Kingdom, Various The Originators, Various Shine, and Various Silk To Dry The Tears

The Boomerang: Camizole, Julius Eastman, Flying Saucer Attack, Heldon, High Rise, George Khan, King Crimson, Aksak Maboul, Svitlana Nianio, Nocturnal Emissions, Jamaiel Shabaka, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sweet Slag, Okay Temiz & Johnny Dyani, Mark Van Hoen, World’s Experience Orchestra, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, and Various Pantsula! The Rise Of Electronic Dance Music In South Africa, 1988–90