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Inside The Wire 414 | August 2018

Over 22 pages our writers examine the turning points in music where stripping it down and cutting it back forged new worlds of sound, from composition to funk to punk, including:

30 Black minimalism Taking in fine art, funk, religion, rap, tape loops and more, the story of black minimalism defies an official narrative tainted by prejudice and lies. By David Toop

40 Kurt Munkacsi The recording engineer and collaborator –

with Philip Glass, Richard Landry and David Rosenboom, among others – is one of minimalism’s unsung facilitators. By Tommy McCutchon

Murrell ( Munkacsi )


4 The Wire Tapper 47 A track by track guide to this issue’s free CD

6 Masthead 8 Letters 10 Bitstream News and more from under the radar

19 Unofficial Channels Body music

48 Charts The Office Ambience and other playlists

98 Out There Festivals, concerts, gigs and club listings

104 Subscribe Print, digital, downloads and CDs


12 Neil Luck Drama and ritual fuel the musical theatre of the London based composer. By Abi Bliss

14 Mary Stark The film maker weaves her own path through folk history. By Katrina Dixon

16 Yximalloo The self-described Japanese outsider scavenges for folk fragments. By Nick Currie

18 Louise Landes Levi Drone and poetry versus environmental apocalypse. By Francis Gooding

Global Ear 20 Berlin The electrified saz is charging up Turkish musicians in Germany’s hipster hotbed capital. By Robert Rigney

Invisible Jukebox 22 Edan Will the polymathic rapper and producer remain humble (and magnificent) faced with The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Dave Tompkins

76 The Inner Sleeve Michael A Gonzales on Marvin Gaye’s I Want


106 Epiphanies An encounter with thereminist Lydia Kavina sends Pram’s Harry Dawes into the afterfuture

49 Reviews Index 50 Soundcheck New vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams, plus reissues and specialist columns, including:

51 Black Spirituals Final prayer. By Emily Pothast

55 DJ Sprinkles & Hardrock

Striker In at the deep end. By Louise Gray

61 Khalab Countdown to armageddon. By Neil Kulkarni

73 Lena Platonos Modern Greek. By Emily Bick

77 On Screen New films and DVDs: Stephen Schible’s

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

79 Print Run New music books: Moby Grape, library music,

Samuel Beckett, and more

83 On Location Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Vision

Festival, Godflesh, Anthony Braxton, Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones, and more 87 On Site Exhibitions: Rie Nakajima, Joan Jonas

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