Reinhold Friedl, Fushitsusha , Keiji Haino, Madalyn Merkey, Duane Pitre, Ian Rawes, Replikas, André Vida
Nathan Budzinski, Matthew Collin, Alan Cummings, Bill Meyer, Will Montgomery, Joe Muggs, Andrew Nosnitsky, Dave Tompkins, David Toop
Low End Theories
The Wire's 22 page celebration of the booming
culture of Bass, from the Big Bang to the Brown Note. Writers pick their world-shaking bottom-end experiences, plus Joe Muggs meditates on bass weight, David Toop channels deep-end mythologies, Will Montgomery detects infrasound pressure,
and Dave Tompkins hoovers up Miami Bass.
With a fresh line-up and dynamic new album, Keiji Haino's group refuse to lie low. By Alan Cummings.
Bill Meyer meets the US mosher-turned-minimalist who's bringing microtones to the marshes of Louisiana.
Invisible Jukebox Reinhold Friedl
Zeitkratzer's extended-technique maestro sticks his head inside The Wire's mystery record box. Tested by André Vida.
Maia Urstad's floating radios; Punk In Africa documentary; Madalyn Merkey's vocoder visions; SoundFjord's Sound//Space activity zone; plus Unofficial Channels.
Mixtape giveaways on hiphop blogs allow major labels to cherrypick rap talent, claims Andrew Nosnitsky.
Global Ear Istanbul
Matthew Collin turns on to Replikas, the Turkish rockers reanimating the spirit of Anadolu psych.
Cross Platform Ian Rawes
Recording London's neglected spaces reveals the secret patterns of the city. By Nathan Budzinski.
Laetitia Sadier motors through a string of musical revelations, from Blondie and The Sperm Wails to Jorge Ben.
The Inner Sleeve
Islwyn Watkins on a photograph of Jeff Nuttall.
New music books: a life of Futurist Luigi Russolo, and a history of New York's late 1970s new wave and Rio de Janeiro's 1990s carioca scene.
Films & DVDs: Bristol Arnolfini's film/video exhibition Superpower: Africa In Science Fiction; The Grateful Dead on DVD.
Exhibitions, installations, etc: A Survey Is A Process Of Listening in New York; Charlotte Prodger in Glasgow.
Festival and concert reviews: Geoff Mullen, Lil B, Planet Mu and Philip Glass in London; Questlove's Shuffle Culture in New York, :zoviet*france: in Newcastle upon Tyne, and more.
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from Hands EP (A Future Without)
Since releasing his debut Friend (A Future Without) in 2010, multi-instrumentalist/producer Memotone has enjoyed success on other labels such as Black Acre and Raised By Records, as well as collaborations with Leafcutter John and Soosh. Memotone's sound draws from a wide range of sources and instrumentation including field recordings, conversation and textural experiments. The Hands EP acquired its name from Memotone's hands-on approach to making music: everything you hear is performed by himself alone. It comes with a limited edition T-shirt which he designed himself. He's currently working on an album for Black Acre due for release later this year.
"Guardian Weekend Remix" (excerpt)
from Guardian Weekend Remix (Discus)
Juxtavoices is a 36 piece New Music and performance poetry anti-choir of trained and untrained voices under the direction of composer Martin Archer and writer Alan Halsey. Guardian Weekend Remix is a longform sound installation of indeterminate length for eight to 12 voice trios, and is based on an image of the same name by artist Michael Szpakowski. This recording is taken from an unreleased 30 minute demo of the work.
"The Siamese Level" (Wire Tapper edit)
from The Syncopated Elevators Legacy (Discrepant)
Belgian Cédric Stevens began as a DJ and Techno producer in 1993. As Acid Kirk, he produced more than a dozen 12"s and EPs. In 1997 he launched Syncopated Elevators Legacy (SEL), which allowed him to explore a more ambitious sound beyond repetitive beats with homemade modular systems. This solo track is taken from an anthology spanning 1997-2005, which includes previously unreleased material plus remixes from Fennesz, Leyland Kirby, My Cat Is An Alien, Burning Star Core, Sylvain Chauveau and Motion Sickness Of Time Travel.
Heath Common And The Thin Man
"A New Bohemian"
from Bohemia (Platform 54)
Drawn from Manchester's Platform 54 artist collective, this duo consists of Heath Common, a singer-songwriter living in Scarborough, and The Thin Man, a Sheffield based multi-instrumentalist. Common once played in New York with Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines - stepson and close friend, respectively, of legendary blues musician Robert Johnson - and was involved with the New York art rock scene in the 1980s and early 90s. A published poet, he maintains links with surviving figures from the Beat movement. The Thin Man has performed and recorded with everyone from Fatboy Slim to Bill Nelson. "A New Bohemian" also features Steve Priest (keyboards) and Ella Byford (percussion, vocals).
from Plateau Vision (Western Vinyl)
Although Lushlife describes himself as a bedroom composer, the MC/producer has been quietly crafting a body of recordings that belie the dimensions of his small South Philadelphia workspace. His latest, Plateau Vision (featuring Heems of Das Racist, Memphis rapper Cities Aviv, ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark, et al), is a contemplative hiphop LP, balancing hazy cassette fragments with big-room hiphop. "Big Sur" finds Lushlife weaving a weirdo hidden-America-as-Philly-slang vibe, while producer and labelmate Botany splices together a beat that's as indebted to J Dilla as it is to Jandek.
The Fractal Skulls
from Rayleigh Scattering (Subexotic)
The Fractal Skulls' Chris Smith uses the building blocks of analogue-generated loops and minimalist drone to weave subtly evolving patterns of hypnotic sound, producing kosmische music that transcends the sum of its deceptively simple parts. Originally a remix of a track by fellow psych-folk travellers Wildeflower, "Good Girl' developed a life of its own after being warped through Smith's individual sonic prism, and is now included on his group's debut LP, due out in autumn 2012.
"Ode To S"
from The Opening (Gaffer)
LOUP is a French duo consisting of Clement Edouard on saxophone/machines and Sheik Anorak on drums/electronics. Both musicians are dedicated to exploring variegated sonic fields, striving to generate their own personal music. The duo claim that LOUP could be filed under Sonic Art/Jazz... "if that meant something", they add. They have just released The Opening on Gaffer and are set to embark on a tour of Europe.
from Set Your Spirit Freak! (Abandon Building)
K-Conjog is the one-man plunderphonic band project of Fabrizio Somma, an Italian musician based in Naples. Following his 2009 debut on Snowdonia, Il Nuovo È Al Passo Coi Tempi, his latest album Set Your Spirit Freak! melds piano, strings, bells, voices and nature recordings into walls of churning melody, which ride along to real-time and programmed drum beats. Check out K-Conjog's recent remix for Origamibiro's Shakkei, also on Abandon Building.
from Losts (Drahtwald)
Wolfram Wire is a musical departure for voiceover specialist Daniel Werner. Since 2006 he has been involved in collaborations with Broadcast, Roj Stevens (Ghost Box), Cardiff based drum teacher Phil Jenkins and Alisia Casper (Sea Records). His first long player, Strom, combined several tracks recorded for UK internet radio stations. Losts is a collection of scattered, mutilated songs never previously intended for release: Werner calls it "dead-end-street music".
Dead Rat Orchestra
"The Geshin And The Guga"
from Guga Hunters Of Ness (Critical Heights)
Dead Rat Orchestra use violins, harmoniums, logs, axes and pigeon flutes; folly snow-boxes, semi-strung guitars, home-wired glitchers and record player clunks; they use organ pipes like hunting horns, which are overblown like great whales. Their latest album was originally the soundtrack to Intrepid Cinema's acclaimed BBC documentary The Guga Hunters Of Ness, which follows ten men on the Isle of Lewis as they embark on a traditional gannet hunt. The trio of Daniel Merrill, Robin Alderton and Nathaniel Mann have come up with a powerful score, with compositions seeded in hours of study of Hebridean folk song.
Golden Disko Ship
"Electrocuting An Elephant (1902)"
from Prehistoric Ghost Party (Klangbad)
Young multi-instrumentalist and video artist Theresa Stroetges aka Golden Disko Ship's new album was produced by Hans-Joachim Irmler at the legendary Faust studio, home of the Klangbad label. Stroetges is a Berlin based composer and classically trained viola player firmly rooted in the DIY tradition. As a one-woman orchestra, she creates her live shows with various instruments and a mix of electronic and analogue sonic layers in with self-made video projections.
from Lanreath (Apollolaan)
Matthew Shaw is a Dorset based musician, artist and songwriter who has been making and releasing music since the mid-1990s. Recent work has focused on compositions based on single locations, such as Lanreath, Fernworthy, Seatown, Zeist and Barnoldswick. Matthew is also an active member of the groups Fougou, The Blue Tree and 230 Divisadero.
"Colour Field v500" (Wire Tapper edit)
from Fake Fish Distribution (Not Applicable)
from their sampler based deconstructions of drum 'n' bass in the 1990s to the generative and improvised software genre-smashing that has characterised their more recent releases, Icarus have always carved their own distinctive, eclectic path through electronic music, an approach that has seen them release a plethora of records on labels as diverse as The Leaf Label, Output Recordings, Temporary Residence and Not Applicable.
"Portrait 6 (Japan)" (excerpt)
from TransMongolian (Gruenrekorder)
Roland Etzin is a co-founder of Gruenrekorder as well as the Society for the Advancement of Phonography and Experimental Music. His current release TransMongolian is a composition constructed from unprocessed field recordings collected between Russia and Japan and composed in soundscapes which were first presented in an exhibition that took place in Seoul, South Korea.
from Starlings (Exotic Pylon)
Lata is Jacob Burns, a musician who also plays live electronics for Cindytalk. Starlings, due for release on Exotic Pylon, is an album that channels the desperate sentimentality of old Bollywood singers into the resonances of South London by rail.
L A N D
from Night Within (Important)
L A N D is Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters, and their album - a vast collision of sound, from free brass and woodwind to 'geometric' bowed cymbals and metallic percussion - was sculpted in Reykjavik by Ben Frost. Guest contributors include David Sylvian, Daniel O'Sullivan (Miracle, Ulver), Duke Garwood and many others. The duo describe this work as "approaching an apocalyptic noir narrative", and cite the grey paintings of Gerhard Richter, the early postmodern detective stories of Paul Auster and the urban neon dislocation of Taxi Driver as points of inspiration.
Momus & John Henriksson
from Thunderclown (Tona Serenad/American Patchwork)
Veteran Scottish avant pop crooner Momus met Swedish vinyl-wrangler John Henriksson in Paris in 2010. Initially inspired by hiphop turntablism, Henriksson had assembled a collection of samples from obscure vinyl curiosities, then recruited musician friends in Paris and Stockholm to turn them into new compositions. This material was sent on to Osaka, where Momus added his own arrangements and vocals, pressing the 'haunted archive' back into service. The resulting album, Thunderclown,was released in 2011.
"Black Summer Blues vs II"
from Shopping With Violence (Comfortzone)
Chra is the alter ego of Viennese author, DJ, music addict and radio/TV presenter Christina Nemec. After a period experimenting with low frequencies and noise effects, Chra started to work on more club-friendly Minimal beats. Now she plays with sinewaves processed through a tape recorder and analogue and digital tools, sonically alluding to landscapes, territories, silence, extraordinary and extreme situations, challenges and post-industrial sites. As well as being a member of groups like SV DAMENKRAFT, Thermo-Fill and The App, she has made performance works with Lydia Lunch and runs her own label Comfortzone.
Gabriel Prokofiev & Peter Gregson
"Tuff Strum" (Louis D'Heudieres Remix)
from Cello Multitracks (Nonclassical)
Gabriel Prokofiev is a London based composer and producer, whose music is strongly influenced by both contemporary composition and electronic dance music. "Tuff Strum" is taken from his new suite for nine multitracked cellos. All nine parts are performed by Peter Gregson, a 24 year old cellist who has recently premiered pieces by Steve Reich, Daniel Bjarnason and Scott Walker. This remix is by Louis D'Heudieres, an electroacoustic composer who explores intuitively generated forms derived from live electronic processes.
"Born Of Shy Sap"
from The Beautiful Nowhere (Hibernate)
Jason Corder is a producer, video artist and sonic spelunker who grew up in Kentucky and now resides in Denver. For the past decade he has released more than 30 albums on various labels including 12k's term series, Home Normal, Hibernate and Zymogen. He is constantly evolving his many projects: offthesky, Color Cassette, juxta phona and Kinder Scout. Apart from producing, he spends his free time developing interactive installations, performing live audio-visuals, and collaborating with artists from around the globe.