The Wire

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Issue #198

August 2000

Bob Cobbing: Duplicator mutilator, Mike Cooper: Pacific statesman, Pinkie Maclure: Remembrance songs, Blectum From Blechdom: Messy Jesses

Throwing 'Intelligent Dance Music' on the funeral pyre, Miami duo Phoenecia rise from its ashes by injecting its carcass with the lifeblood of the city's favourite homegrown dance music - Bass. By Peter Shapiro

Simon H Fell
The English composer, jazz bassist and proprietor of the Bruce's Fingers label throws improvisors and orchestral players into his free flowing collage works, testing the limits of their skill. By Julian Cowley

Masami Akita's astonishing slew of noise has peaked with the 50 CD Merzbox. Edwin Pouncey charts 20 years of non-conformity encompassing Surrealism, Grindcore and bondage art; David Keenan picks Merz essentials

The Primer: Art Ensemble of Chicago
An ancient-to-future guide to the Great Black Music, as shaped by the collective of Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye and more. By Art Lange

Invisible Jukebox: Steven Severin
On severance from Siouxsie and the Banshees, the non-musician attempts to dazzle with his responses to tracks by the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Toru Takemitsu, Swans and more. Tested by Biba Kopf