The Wire Weekly: 8–14 June + new July issue out now

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The Wire Weekly: 8–14 June + new July issue out now

The Wire 461 on sale now. All Wire 40 event tickets now live. Watch Faust live, Peruvian mid-1980s underground, Shit & Shine guest mix. Dark MoFo, Model Home, Nkisi, Tonalism (In Space), William Basinski, Coolhaven, Grace Jones, TBC Edition, Dinosaur, Brood x Cycles, 25 Years of Ultra Eczema, Gavin Bryars, Yasmin Williams, Dennis Smalley, Yvette Janine Jackson.

Welcome to The Wire Weekly, with news of The Wire 461 which is on sale now, as well as our usual our pick of the next seven days of festivals, tours, online events and exhibitions. Plus the latest features on The Wire website. Now 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; Epiphanies by Pamela Z; 38 pages of reviews and much more.

Read the full contents and buy a copy here

Subscribers to the magazine NB: due to the Jubilee bank holiday, subscriber copies of the July issue were posted yesterday, Tues 7 June.

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, and online via Chicago. Artists appearing include People Like Us, Helena Celle, No Home, Hannah Catherine Jones, Venus Ex Machina, Teresa Winter, :zoviet*france:, FM Einheit, Blectum From Blechdom, Apartment House, Black Top, Sarah Angliss, Kemper Norton, Hamid Drake, Ikue Mori, Aaron Dilloway, 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, Jonny 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 And Voices
London Cafe Oto, 21 July
The Wire 40: Jazz, Improvised Music, Other… Series Pass
London Cafe Oto: 19–21 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 x ESS: Hamid Drake, Ikue Mori, Buh Records, Aaron Dilloway, Sarah Davachi, Nate Wooley, Paige Naylor, Tashi Dorji, Laura Tosswill, C Spencer Yeh, Lakshmi Ramgopal
Livestreamed via Chicago Electronic Sound Studio, 28–29 July, 2pm Chicago CDT & 8pm UK BST, free and un-ticketed

New features on

Listen to tracks from the 1980s Peruvian electronic underground
A new compilation released by Buh Records presents various DIY techno groups and projects that emerged in Lima in the mid-1980s.

Office Ambience 460
Stream a selection of tracks we listened to during the making of our June 2022 issue.

Watch: Faust at Le Guess Who? 2021
The kosmische music veterans perform “Psalter”, “Just A Second” and “Jennifer” at last year’s edition of the festival in Utrecht.

Listen: Shane Woolman presents Adventures In Sound And Music: Shit And Shine special
Listen back to last week’s show which featured a guest mix from Austin based experimental outfit Shit And Shine, plus tracks by Deena Abdelwahed & Basile3, DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess, Ferry Djimmy, Cheri Knight, and more.

7 days of festivals, shows, exhibitions, talks…

Cafe Oto
Events at the Wire-partnered East London venue this week include: Bleyschool featuring Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash and Tony Orrell (8 June), Blurt (9 June), Model Home residency (10–11 June), Ashley Paul + Xu Shaoyang matinee (12, 2pm), Morphogenesis (12), Coolhaven + Lori Lixenberg (13), Lucy Railton residency with Catherine Lamb, Sharon Gal and others plus Morton Feldman’s Patterns In A Chromatic Field (14–15). London Cafe Oto, various times & prices.

Events at the Wire-partnered South London performance space this week include: Kinetic launch of new anthology of visual poetry and performance (9 June), Sound-Space launch with Efe Ce Ele, Simon Grab, Dhangsha and more (10), Titrate label launch with Hems + Merkaba Macabre + Pagan Red (11), Boundary Condition durational sonic immersion with Kink Gong, Il Santo Bevitore album launch, Gyorgy Ono and Howlround (12, 3:30pm). London Iklectik, various times and prices.

Suoni Per Il Popolo
Highlights of the eclectic Montreal new music festival include concerts by Quator Bozzini & Christian Wolff (10 June), Circuit Des Yeux + Laura Ortman (11), Charmaine Lee (12), Malcolm Goldstein (12), Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (13), Sam Shalabi (16), H31R (16), Kee Avil + Jessica Moss (18) and Fire! (28). Montreal various venues, until 29 June.

The Old Hairdressers
Avant happenings at the Glasgow venue, bar and gallery venue include: James Banner & Stephanie Lamprea present new works for voice, double bass and live electronics (8 June), Triple Negative + VIDIV + Soft Tissue (11). Glasgow The Old Hairdressers, various times & prices.

Experimental sound and music performances at a new space in Brooklyn continue with CT::SWaM. New York 411 Kent Ave, 7:30pm, $15–$10.

Dark MoFo
Two weeks of music and live art “influenced and inspired by the Dionysian energies” in Tasmania. With Spiritualized, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kim Gordon, Moses Sumney, Chelsea Wolfe, Lotic, Raja Kirik, Vladislav Delay, Andrea Belfi, Klara Lewis, Nik Void, Claire Rousay, David Watson, Emma Ruth Rundle, Baxter Dury, Tygapaw, Cakes Da Killa, Bill Viola and Chris Watson. Hobart various venues, 8–22 June.

Model Home
The Washington DC duo, featuring the effects-warped vocals of MC NappyNappa and the abstracted beats and synths of Pat Cain, whose debut album Saturn In The Basement was just premiered on The Wire website: Salford The White Hotel (8 June), Bristol Strange Brew (9), London Cafe Oto (10–11).

Organic Music Oslo
Two evenings programmed by Blank Forms linked to their recent Don & Moki Cherry exhibition Organic Music Societies. Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood + Ana Ruiz & Naima Karlsson (8 June) and Exotic Sin featuring Tyson and Neneh Cherry + Anja Lauvdal & Joakim Heibø (9). Oslo Munchmuseet, 8–9 June, 7pm.

International music festival and conference in Slovenia. Line-up includes Siksa, Yves Tumor, Kuunatic, Ursula Sereghy, Zimbru, and a Q&A with The Wire’s Derek Walmsley. Ljubljana various venues, 8–10 June.

Nkisi Residency
Week-long residency for the Congolese born, Belgian raised sound activist and electronic producer culminating in four live events. Conversation with Dr Eleni Ikoniadou (8 June, 7:30pm), Becoming Sound, Tuning With The Electromagnetic (9, 8pm), Iminent live and Nkisi live (10, 8pm) and Nkisi all night ritual with guests (11, 11pm–6am). London Ormside Projects, 8–11 June, various times and prices.

Issue Project Room
New York arts commissioner presents: Che Chen: Whale Creek (8 June), Bergonist: stream of a new video work (10), Bergonist: outdoor work performance and soundscape (11). New York various venues, times and prices.

Cryptic Nights: The Rapture of Cellular Accretion & Take Flight

Two new audiovisual installations. Lucy Duncombe & Al White turn YouTube playlists into virtual quilts and blankets, while experimental musician Toraigh Watson explores home and identity in Northern Ireland. Glasgow CCA, 8–10 June, free.

Live streamed and in person events at the New York performance space: percussion group The Forest with Warren Smith (9 June), Christian Wolff with Joey Baron, Robyn Schulkowsky and Robert Black (18 June) Max Johnson: Charm Factory (20), and Vision Festival (21–25 June). Online & New York Roulette, 8pm ET then archived, $25/free.

Dälek + Holy Scum
Hiphop ’n’ noise duo playing songs from their latest album Precipice (Ipecac) with support from the new group featuring Dälek vocalist and producer Mike Mare with members of Gnod and Action Beat whose new album Strange Desires is forthcoming on Rocket Recordings: Preston Ferret (9 June), London Electrowerkz (10), Birmingham Centrala (11), Salford The White Hotel (12), Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny (13), Bristol The Lanes (14) and Glasgow Bloc+ (16).

Tonalism (In Space)
Quadrophonic outdoor ‘exhibition’ of ambient music featuring works by Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Emile Mosseri, and others. An evening happening features live performances and DJ sets which you are encouraged to lie down to listen to (11 June, 6pm–1am). Los Angeles Descanso Gardens, 9–12 June.

William Basinski
Composer using decaying tapes. London Barbican concert features the composer’s Disintegration Loops in an orchestral arrangement for the London Contemporary Orchestra plus a solo performance by Basinski of 2020’s Lamentations (9 June), Bristol St George’s (11), Annamoe Beyond The Pale Festival (12) and Colchester Colchester Arts Centre.

A rare visitation from the Rotterdam weirdos and Felix Kubin collaborators: Brighton Rose Hill (9 June), Totnes Studio One (11) and London Cafe Oto (13).

Elastic Arts
Online and in-person performances at the Chicago music space: Lou Mallozi’s Five People featuring Ben Lamar Gay and Damon Locks (9 June) and Spectralina (10). Online & Chicago Elastic Arts, various times and prices.

Grace Jones’s Meltdown
Concert series jointly programmed by Southbank Centre and the larger than life Jamaican singer. Line-up includes Jones with an orchestra, Angelique Kidjo, Kasai Allstars & Hot Chip, The Bug & Hatis Noit, Peaches, Baaba Maal, Adrian Sherwood’s Lee Perry tribute, Oumou Sangaré, Meshell Ndegeocello, Big Joanie, and Lee Fields & The Expressions. London Southbank Centre, 10–19 June.

TQ Live: An Evening Of Improvised Sound
TQ zine celebrates its fifth birthday with a new series of events. The first features Mobius, Shunyata Improvisation Group and Hen With Corin. Newcastle Lit & Phil, 10 June, 7pm, £10.

The Modified Toy Orchestra
Free concert by the circuit bending toys trio. Birmingham MAC, 10 June, 10pm–10.45pm, free.

Beyond The Pale
Three days of music, art and food in the valleys of County Wicklow. With Lisa Hannigan, William Basinski, Four Tet, Orbital, The Comet Is Coming, Ben UFO, Mr Scruff, John Francis Flynn, Irvine Welsh, Fulu Miziki, Shygirl, Byron Wallen Jazz Ensemble performs Boards Of Canada and many more. Wicklow Glendalough Estate, 10–12 June, €262.57–€83.31.

TBC Editions: Dan Johnson + Biped + Folly
Intimate launch for the latest two releases by Bristol’s TBC Editions label – a solo recording by improvising drummer Dan Johnson and a musical ode to the Wandlebury figures by Folly. Plus a performance by Avon Terror Corps’ dystopian poet Biped. Bristol The Light Ship Theatre, 10 June, 8pm–midnight, £8.

Wet Sounds
Electronic music by Joel Cahen above and below the surface of a swimming pool. Bring a swimsuit. Whitstable Swimming Pool, 4:30pm & 5:30pm, £12.

Total Refreshment Centre x MM Family Dance
Quadrophonic sounds from this TRC family affair featuring some of their favourite DJs. London Colour Factory, 11 June, 10pm–4am, £10–£6.

London matinee performance for trumpeter Laura Jurd and her jazz compositions for improvising quartet. London Wigmore Hall, 11 June, 1pm, £5.

Trevor Mathison: The Conversation Continues – We Are Still Listening
Newly commissioned audio work reflecting upon the resting place of cultural commentator Stuart Hall in Highgate Cemetery. Accessed via mobile phone while wandering the cemetery. A video version is available for those unable to visit. London Highgate Cemetery, 11–19 June, free/ticket to the cemetery.

Brood X Cycles
Debut outing for the new collaboration between Nik Colk Void and Alexander Tucker to mark the release of their album Sleep Nameless Fear (state51). Support comes from Better Corners: Valentina Magaletti, Matt Simms and Sarah Register. London The state51 Factory, 11 June.

Music in The Constellation
Free concert making use of the over 100 speaker system at National Sawdust known as the Meyer Sound Constellation. Works will include a 360-degree realisation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1955 work Gesang Der Jünglinge and a new stereophonic version of Frank Zappa’s 1985 electronic piece While You Were Art II. New York National Sawdust, 11 June, 2pm, free.

Torino Jazz
Nine days of concerts across the city of Turin including Jimi Tenor, Kae Tempest & Hinako Omori, and Jan Bang/Arve Henriksen/Roberto Cecchetto/Michele Rabbia. Torino various venues, 11–19 June.

Conrad Schnitzler: Sometimes It Gets Out Of Hand And Turns Into Music
Exhibition surveying the audiovisual work of former Tangerine Dream and Kluster electronic musician Schnitzler (1937–2011). Accompanied by interventions from Schnitzler’s associates in the form of talks, installations, performances, screenings and concerts. Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, 11 June–14 August.

One day festival at Margate’s amusement park with Bicep, The Comet Is Coming, Floating Points, Moses Boyd, Elkka and others. Margate Dreamland, 11 June, 3pm–late.

25 Years Of Ultra Eczema
At Dennis Tyfus’s outdoor space with Lightning Bolt, Chris Corsano, Leila Bordreuil and Brorlab. Antwerp De Nor, 11 June.

Gavin Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
A scaled down matinee performance of this classic work by a seven-piece ensemble including the composer himself on keyboards. London Horse Hospital, 12 June, 4pm, £15–£7.

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, 12 June (2pm), 26 June (11am) and 10 July (2pm).

Hundred Years Gallery
Concerts of improvised and other music at this intimate London gallery continue with a matinee show by Sarah Gail Brand/Hannah Marshall/Daniel Thompson/Douglas Benford (12 June, 3:30pm). London Hundred Years Gallery, prices vary.

Yasmin Williams & Gwenifer Raymond
Acoustic guitar tour bringing together the unorthodox fingerpicking of Williams and the Welsh-American primitive stylings of Raymond: Brighton Komedia (13 June), London St Matthias Church (14), Bristol Wardrobe Theatre (15), Birmingham The Kitchen Garden Cafe (17), Tunbridge Wells Black Deer Festival (19), Leeds Brudenell Social Club (20) and Manchester Yes (22).

Dennis Smalley: 75th Birthday Concert
A celebration of the electroacoustic and computer music composer featuring multi-speaker diffusions of works from across his career. London City University, 14 June, 5:30pm–9pm, free.

Yvette Janine Jackson: Underground (Codes)
Two radio operas based on the Middle Passage of the Atlantic slave trade by composer and sound artist Jackson installed as sound installations in the Wave Farm pine forest. New work Underground (Codes) is a companion piece to the earlier Destination Freedom which is also installed here. New York Acra Wave Farm, until 31 December.


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, 9 June

On this week’s show, James Gormley plays new releases by Aaron Turner, Nick Dunston, Afrorack, Christoph De Babalon and many 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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