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Wire magazine on Jahsonic.com "If reading about Mutant Disco leaves you all dressed up with nowhere to boogie, go straight to Metasoul (www.jahsonic.com). A huge site dedicated to genres of 'black music' (soul, disco, house, reggae, funk, hip hop, garage, electro, rare groove, acid Jazz and afrobeat), Metasoul contains descriptions and histories of each genre, complete with choice CDs, links, timelines, pictures and features. Lovingly created by Jan Geerinck - who describes himself as "a Belgian native interested in information gathering" - but also posts a daily Weblog recommending not only CDs but books and films too." --Anne Hilde Neset [Feb 2003]

Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music by the Wire (2002)- Rob Young
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The Wire Magazine first appeared on news stands in 1982 and over the last 20 years it has developed from a quarterly fanzine specializing in avant garde jazz and modern composition into an award-winning and widely influential monthly that covers a vast array of underground, experimental and alternative music and culture.


The Wire is a British avant garde music magazine. It was founded in 1982 by jazz promoter Anthony Wood and journalist Chrissie Murray, and concentrated on contemporary jazz and improvised music. From about 1990 it branched out into covering left-field rock and "post-rock" (a term coined in the pages of The Wire), hip hop, modern classical, free improvisation and various forms of electronic music. It continues to cover all of these and other forms of experimental music. In the early 1990s it was edited by Richard Cook, and from June 1992 to January 1994 it was edited by Mark Sinker; subsequent editors have included Tony Herrington, Rob Young and Biba Kopf (formerly known as Chris Bohn).

A series of new music compilation CDs called The Wire Tapper has been given away with the magazine since 1997. The magazine has used the strapline "Adventures in Modern Music" since 1994. In addition to the Tapper CDs subscribers also receive label, country and festival samplers.

Apart from the hundreds of album reviews every month the magazine is known for features such as The Invisible Jukebox, an interview conducted by way of unknown tracks being played to an artist and The Primer, an indepth article on a genre or act. It also features the avant music scene of a particular city every issue. In addition to its musical focus, the magazine also likes to investigate cover art and mixed media artistic works.

Owned for many years by Naim Attallah's Namara Group, it was bought out by its six full-time members of staff in 2001 and is now published independently.

Since January 2003 The Wire has been presenting a weekly radio programme on the London community radio station Resonance FM which uses the magazine's strapline as its title and is hosted in turns by members of The Wire's staff. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire_%28magazine%29 [Feb 2007]

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Adventures: The Wire - 20 Years, 1982 - 2002 ()- Various Artists

Adventures: The Wire - 20 Years, 1982 - 2002 ()- Various Artists
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1. The Wire - Steve Lacy 2. Seguita - Ennio Morricone (with Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) 3. Wrong Eye - Coil 4. Egress (excerpt) - Hands To 5. Buried Dreams - David Toop & Max Eastley 6. Tubby's Vengeance - Vivian Jackson & King Tubby 7. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - Fennesz 8. M 5 - Derek Bailey 9. Cockfight - Trance In Paksabali And Kesiman - Traditional Musicians, Bali 10. Pygmäen - Einstürzende Neubauten 11. After Rapidly Circling The Plaza (excerpt) - AMM 12. 11,000 Volts - Mars 13. Breathe Deep - Cabaret Voltaire 14. The Death Of The Composer Was In 1962 - Tony Conrad With Faust 15. Vandal - Designer 16. Soaking Bodies In Dub - Torture 17. Shenshema - Fela Kuti Disc: 2 1. Illistrum - Art Ensemble of Chicago 2. Expressway To Yr Skull - Sonic Youth 3. Salt - Spring Heel Jack / The Blue Series Continuum 4. Paper Hats - This Heat 5. Simple Headphone Mind - Stereolab & Nurse With Wound 6. Rock 'N' Roll Station - Jac Berrocal 7. Ancient Ethiopia - Sun Ra & His Solar - Myth Arkestra 8. Jukebox Capriccio - Christian Marclay 9. Williams Mix - John Cage 10. Cathode #4: Soundcheck Version - Yoshihide Otomo 11. Headphones - Björk 12. I (excerpt) - Pauline Oliveros Disc: 3 1. Satan Side - Keith Hudson 2. Music For The Gift Part 1 - Terry Riley 3. Silver Smoke Of Dreams - William S Burroughs (with Ian Sommerville) 4. Rocket USA - Suicide 5. 4.2 - Supersilent 6. Vaihe (Fön) - Pan Sonic 7. Kebabträume - Deutsch - Amerikanische Freundschaft 8. Khalid of Space Part 2 - Welcome - Larry Young 9. Players With Circuits - David Behrman (with Gordon Mumma) 10. The Caution Appears Part 5 - Fushitsusha 11. Living Space - John Coltrane (with Alice Coltrane) 12. Some Summer Day - John Fahey 13. 25 Minutes To Go - Diamanda Galás

This 3 CD box set is the Audio Edition and spans the magazine's 20-year history. Artists include Ennio Morricone, Coil, David Toop & Max Eastley, Fela Kuti, Pan Sonic, AMM, Derek Bailey, John Cage, Diamanda Galas and more. Slipcases housed in a slimline box embossed with the word Adventures. Mute. 2002.

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Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music by the Wire (2002)- Rob Young

In a series of essays by some of the best music writers of our time, Undercurrents identifies the key concepts and underlying themes that have been hardwired into the modern era's most radical musics, ever since Thomas Edison invented the record player. The phonograph, electronics, chance operations, Futurism, Surrealism, the civil rights movement, noise, alternative tuning systems and market forces have all redrawn the map of contemporary sound. Undercurrents tracks these seismic shifts across a wide range of music including modern composition, free jazz, experimental rock and pop, Industrial, ethnic music, Techno and electronica, and looks at the extraordinary innovations and invented instruments that have passed into obscurity.

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