The Wire Weekly: 22–28 June + free archive access

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The Wire Weekly: 22–28 June + free archive access

Exclusive Nexcyia mix, Cornelius Cardew’s democratic rites, Monheim Triennale, 40 Years Of Touch, Roscoe Mitchell, Einstürzende Neubauten, Morton Subotnik, VCS4, Sun & Sea, Phil Minton & Steve Noble, Sonic Topologies, La Monte Young, Five Years Of Chinabot, 21 Years Of The Spirity Of Gravity,

Welcome to The Wire Weekly.

To mark The Wire’s 40th birthday this summer, we are making access to our online library FREE for one week. Browse every issue of the magazine free from now until midnight UK time on Mon 27 June. Use this link: (NB link works in browsers only, not the Wire app.)

For our regular pick of the week’s events and the latest features on The Wire website, scroll on…

The new issue of the magazine

The Wire 461 is out now!

On the cover: AMM – for 50 years, Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe and John Tilbury have had their sights set firmly on sonic freedom, changing the landscape of music in the process. Clive Bell interviews them. Plus a user’s guide to the group’s recent recordings by Seymour Wright. Inside the magazine: Angharad Davies – the hardworking violinist and improvisor finds inspiration for her time dissolving recordings and performances through interpersonal connections. By Abi Bliss. UnicaZürn – veteran industrialists Dave Knight and Stephen Thrower pour two lifetimes of experience into their dystopian stew. By Rob Turner. Invisible Jukebox: Hannah Catherine Jones – will the UK composer be reduced to a Foxy Moron by The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Meg Woof. Also in the issue: Opal X; Nexcyia; Teresa Winter; K Of Arc; Unlimited Editions: Nhạc Gãy; Unofficial Channels: Tape Archives; Global Ear: Washington, DC; The Inner Sleeve by Sarah Davachi; and Epiphanies by Pamela Z. Plus in the 38 page review section: Ensemble Nist-Nah, Astral Spirits, Helena Celle, Brachliegen Tapes, Lining Time, Nucleus, Neptune Frost, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Sound Within Sound, Tectonics and much more. 

Read the full contents and buy a copy here

Browse recent back issues here

The Wire 40

The Wire 40
To mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Wire’s first issue in summer 1982, in July the magazine is hosting a series of special live events.

The events will take place at venues in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Chicago, and online. Artists appearing include People Like Us, Helena Celle, No Home, Hannah Catherine Jones, Venus Ex Machina, Anthony Joseph, Julia Eckhardt, Albert Bisaso Ssempeke, Teresa Winter, :zoviet*france:, FM Einheit, Blectum From Blechdom, Apartment House, Black Top, Sarah Angliss, Kemper Norton, Ergo Phizmiz, Gwilly Edmondez, Hamid Drake, Ikue Mori, Aaron Dilloway, Sarah Davachi, Pamela Z, and Tashi Dorji, plus screenings of Neptune Frost by Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman, films on Éliane Radigue and William Burroughs, and concerts exploring the legacies of The Scratch Orchestra, AMM and Spontaneous Music Ensemble.

Tickets are now on sale for:

The Wire 40 @ The Cube: Weekend Ticket
Bristol The Cube, 1–3 July
The Wire 40 @ The Cube: An Evening With People Like Us
Bristol The Cube, 1 July
The Wire 40 @ The Cube: Buganda Royal Music Matinee
Bristol The Cube, 2 July
The Wire 40 @ The Cube: Neptune Frost + Anthony Joseph & Andrew John
Bristol The Cube, 2 July
The Wire 40 @ The Cube: Éliane Radigue Matinee
Bristol The Cube, 3 July
The Wire 40 @ The Cube: Scratch Orchestra Revisited
Bristol The Cube, 3 July

The Wire 40 × The 13th Note: Helena Celle, Isobel McKenna, Ruaridh Law
Glasgow The 13th Note, 7 July

The Wire 40: Below The Radar: No Home, Komare, Hannah Catherine Jones
London Spanners, 8 July
The Wire 40: Below The Radar: Malvern Brume, Nexcyia, Venus Ex Machina
London Spanners, 9 July

The Wire 40 × Gated Canal Community: Teresa Winter, Futurist Bags (Neil Campbell & Adam Davenport of Vibracathedral Orchestra), K Of Arc, Gate Canal Community DJs
Manchester Soup, 14 July

The Wire 40: Round Up The Usual Suspects: :zoviet*france:, UnicaZürn, Biba Kopf DJ set
London Iklectik, 15 July
The Wire 40: Round Up The Usual Suspects: FM Einheit, Blectum From Blechdom, Language Is A Virus From Outer Space, Richard Strange, Johny Brown
London Iklectik, 16 July

The Wire 40: The Tao Of AMM × The Essence Of SME
London Cafe Oto, 19 July
The Wire 40: Apartment House Play And Music
London Cafe Oto, 20 July
The Wire 40 × Black Top 10: Strings, Horns & Voices
London Cafe Oto, 21 July

The Wire 40 × The Outer Church: Sarah Angliss, Microcorps, Opal X, Kemper Norton, Nad Spiro
Brighton The Rose Hill, 23 July

The Wire 40 × ESS: Sarah Davachi, Aaron Dilloway, Pamela Z, Hamid Drake, Ikue Mori, Buh Records, Lykanthea, C Spencer Yeh, Tashi Dorji, Paige Naylor, Lauren Tosswil, and more
Online, 28 & 29 July

New features on

Listen: Wire mix: Nexcyia
The London based producer and installation artist pieces together an exclusive mix of tracks by ambient affiliates, inspired by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

Read: Starting from Scratch: Cornelius Cardew’s democratic rites
Former Scratch Orchestra member Stefan Szczelkun discusses the potential for mass music making contained in Cornelius Cardew’s Nature Study Notes and the Scratch Music book.

Watch: What Is Man And What Is Guitar?: Keith Rowe
To mark The Wire‘s AMM cover story in issue 461, we stream a documentary exploring co-founding member Keith Rowe’s relationship with sound through the guitar.

Listen: Chris Bohn presents Adventures In Sound And Music
Listen back to last week’s show which featured tracks by Blectum From Blechdom, Natalie Beridze, Lila Bazooka, Laura Ortman, Savage Republic and more.

7 days of festivals, shows, exhibitions, talks…

Cafe Oto
Events at the Wire-partnered East London venue this week include: Pat Thomas & XT (22 June), Anthony Joseph Sonnets For Albert (23), Steve Noble residency with Pat Thomas, Maggie Nicols, Sam Andreae, Otto Wilberg, Alex Ward, Alex Bonney and Oren Marshall (24–26), Stream & live show: Phil Minton & Steve Noble + Noble/Kanngiesser/Paxton/Silver (26, 8pm), Jonnie + A Method To Exist (27), Sophia Seita & Naomi Woo: Beethoven Was A Lesbian & Other Pieces (28 June). London Cafe Oto, various times & prices.

Events at the Wire-partnered South London performance space this week include: Chris Speed + igliensoni + oh!t (23), Touch40 with Gavin Bryars, Anthony Moore, Simon Fisher Turner, Fennesz, Claire M Singer, katt newton & Franz Kirmann, Bruce Gilbert, CM von Hausswolff, Jay Glass Dubs and more (24–25 June), Sonic Garden presents nine hours of experimental electronic music in the garden with Primal Code, Luca and more (26), Iklectik Talks: Making Music With Quantum Computing (28, 4:30pm). London Iklectik, various times and prices.

Monheim Triennale
International music festival mixing artist residencies and performance returns after 2021’s Prequel edition with special projects from Ava Mendoza, Colin Stetson, Farida Amadou, Greg Fox, Ingrid Laubrock, Jennifer Walshe, Kris Davis, Marcus Schmickler, Park Jiha, Shahzad Ismaily, Sofia Jernberg, Stian Westerhus, Terre Thaemlitz and more. Monheim am Rhein various venues, 22–26 June.

Vision Festival
New York’s long-running improvised music and arts festival is both in-person and live streamed and celebrates the lifetime achievements of Oliver Lake and Wadada Leo Smith. Performers include Nicole Mitchell Ensemble, Matthew Shipp Quartet, Natural Information Society, Red Lily Quartet, Ahmed Abdullah & Francisco Mora Catlett: Diaspora Meets AfroHORN, Angelica Sanchez Trio, Rothenberg/Courvoisier/Drake, Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFunk, Jason Kao Hwang: Myths Of Origin For 30 Strings, World Saxophone Quartet, C’est Trois and many more. Online, New York Roulette & The Clemente, until 25 June, various times, $750–$15.

Radio Art Zone
100 day radio art station broadcasting from Luxembourg and streaming worldwide. Among the 100 artists that will each produce a day’s worth of work are: People Like Us, Billy Roisz & dieb13, Haco & Tarnovski, David Buckland, Mark Vernon, AGF, Chris Cutler, Anna Friz, Chris Weaver & Adam Bohman, Otomo Yoshihide, Felix Kubin, Lepke B, Xentos Fray Bentos, Ed Baxter, Caroline Kraabel & John Edwards and Julia Lee Barclay-Morton & Viv Corringham. Online and on air, until 25 September, free.

Experimental songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who topped The Wire‘s critics’ poll in 2021. The UK leg of her tour wraps up at Dublin Vicar Street (22), London Kings Place (23) and Margate Dreamland (24).

The Rose Hill
Brighton’s adventurous music venue: live improvised score to The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (22 June), 21 Years Of The Spirit Of Gravity with Meemo Comma aka Lara Rix-Martin, Dhangsha and many more (25). Brighton The Rose Hill, various times and prices.

SUNN O))) x Savage Pencil
The masters of the heavy drone SUNN O))) play a one-off live Shoshin (初心) Duo show with Kali Malone in support performing a live electronics set. London Fabric, 22 June, 7pm, £41.25. The show ties in with an exhibition of Savage Pencil’s artwork for the band. London Atlantis Bookshop, 1 June –2 July.

La Monte Young: Birthday Blues
The minimalist composer and a seven piece version of his Theatre Of Eternal Music ensemble play two concerts within a lighting design by Marian Zazeela. New York MELA Foundation, 7pm, $63–$56.

Einstürzende Neubauten
Rescheduled date for German proto-industrialists. London O2 Forum, 23 June, 7pm, £38.

Morton Subotnick & Lillevan: As I Live And Breathe
Performance by the pioneering analog electronic musician in a duet with the live visual animation artist. Plus a teaser of the forthcoming Subotnik: Portrait Of An Electronic Music Pioneer documentary. San Francisco Gray Area, 23 June, 7pm, $30–$20.

A day of talks and discussion about, and performances with, the unique EMS VCS4 Live Performance Module. Available to watch on Goldsmiths Music YouTube channel. Performers and panellists include Frances Morgan, Lawrence Casserley, Simon Desorgher, Alina Kalancea, Olivir Haylett and Ingrid Plum. Online, 23 June, 2pm–8pm, free.

Cobalt Studios
Newcastle DIY space’s music events include: Wojciech Rusin + Emergence Collective + Tim Shaw (23 June). Newcastle Cobalt Studios, various times and prices.

Sun & Sea
UK premiere of the opera-performance-installation that takes place on an indoor beach. Created by composer Lina Lapelyte, librettist Vaiva Grainyté and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė. London The Albany, 23 June–10 July, £25–£15.

Elastic Arts
Online and in-person performances at the Chicago music space: Dr Thokozani Mhlambi + Angel Bat Dawid (24 June). Online & Chicago Elastic Arts, various times and prices.

Sonic Topologies
Festival of site-specific sound art, acoustic ecology and sonic architecture. Artists, scientists and architects present site-specific concerts, talks and workshops on overlooked and speculative sounds in the urban landscape. Participating artists and researchers include Salomé Voegelin, Tomoko Sauvage, Joel Cahen and many more. Zurich various venues, 24–26 June.

Five Years Of Chinabot
The Asian subcultures and experimental music label celebrates its anniversary with Sabiwa, Jaeho Hwang, Neo Geodesia, Chooc Ly, Ayankoko and Nanzhen Yang. London Space 289, 24 June, 8:30pm–1:30am, £15–£10.

Hundred Years Gallery
Concerts of improvised and other music at this intimate London gallery continue with Royal Academy Of Music Improvisers Ensemble play Braxton, Oliveros and Cardew (24 June), Andrew Lisle, Alex Ward & Tom Challenger (25) and matinee: CRUSH !!! with Mark Browne, Sonic Pleasure, Paul Twine and Nini Sakhri (26, 3:30pm). London Hundred Years Gallery, 7:30pm unless stated otherwise, prices vary.

The Cube
Music events at Bristol’s independent cinema and arts space: Qwak Club presents odd songs with MIDI instruments and field records from Ailie Ormston & Tim Fraser, cello and guitar from Teresa Cos & Lia Mazzari, and cosmic noisenik from Shit Creek. Bristol The Cube, 25 June, 8pm, £12–£6.

The Jazz Cafe
Upcoming concerts include: Coops (25 June) and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (26). London Jazz Cafe, various times and prices.

Christian Marclay & Steve Beresford: Call And Response
Launch event for Marclay and Beresford’s collaborative book of photography and musical scores made during lockdown. Featuring a piano recital by Pat Thomas and a discussion between Marclay, Beresford and the book’s publisher Lisa Pearson. London Vortex, 26 June, 6–7pm, free.

South Wales Improvisers
Fortnightly open afternoon sessions on Sundays. South Wales Improvisers welcome players of all levels who are interested in exploring new paths to music. Shift Cardiff, 26 June (11am) and 10 July (2pm).

Monthly matinee improvised music session with Alan Wilkinson & Daniel Thompson + Hannah Marshall/Veryan Weston/Pei Ann Yeoh + Terry Day & Charlotte Keefe. London Vortex, 26 June, 2pm, £12–£8.

NO Moore and Dominic Lash feature their guitar duo alongside Ripsaw Catfish, the duo of Cath Roberts and Anton Hunter. Cambridge Thrive, 26 June, 7pm.

Roscoe Mitchell
Two more London dates for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago saxophonist and composer after his recent appearance at LCMF. Mitchell performs with percussionist Dudù Kouate and multi-instrumentalist Simon Seiger. Kouate at Serpentine Gallery (24 June) and Wigmore Hall where the trio is joined by a second percussionist, Kikanju Baku (28).

Birmingham promoters of jazz and improvised musics: Black Top featuring Pat Thomas & Orphy Robinson with Xhosa Cole (28 June). Birmingham various venues, times and prices.

L’experience Du Terrain
Seminar-meeting for those working at the intersections of phonography, field recording, soundscape, audio-naturalism, sound art, electroacoustic music, documentary, radiophony, art, sociology, history and the environment. With Clara de Asis, Pôm Bouvier B, Eric La Casa, Benoit Bories, Myriam Van Imschoot, Pali Meursault. Sylvanès Abbey, 28–30 June, free.


For more festivals, gigs, exhibitions, online events, film screenings, talks and workshops coming up on the sound and music underground, browse the Events section of The Wire website.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music, 23 June

On this week’s show, Meg Woof plays new music by Thandi Ntuli, Maral & Lara Sarkissian, Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker, Loretta Aberdeen x jak3, Abadir, St Agnis, and more.

Adventures In Sound And Music airs on Thursdays between 9–10:30pm on Resonance FM and Resonance Extra. Shows are repeated on Sundays at 1am. Explore the archive of previous shows here.

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