nthposition online magazine

Ian Simmons

Simmons is a science writer and music fanatic.

The labyrinth scored for 11 different cats

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A medieval penitential labyrinth interpreted in purrs. Very high concept.

Skullflower

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Experimental drone metal, apparently.

Victrola favourites

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Misogyny, yodelling and songs about pigs - unmissable

Bits Of Wood/Bouts De Bois

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More aural gorgeousness from the man who plays trees.

Rosemarie

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Break out the patchouli, guys...

Moondog

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At last - a biography of nthposition's favourite composer.

Some things just stick in your mind

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Vashti Bunyan emerges from the shadows of the English Phil Spector manqué

The Rough Guide to yodel

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For fans of sarcastic yodelling everywhere.

Spychips

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A disturbing book about RFID chips.

Grides

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Teeth-grinding tedium or classic jazz-rock, depending on your taste...

Black one

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Whoa, dude - 'Cursed realms (of the winterdemons)'?

London is the place for me

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Calypso, kwela and highlife - what more can life offer?

The Viking of Sixth Avenue

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Fifty years of Moondog's magnificence

Ham, by The Chap & Little Things, by Hanne Huckkelberg

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Individuality wins over template-driven Nordica.

The Golden Morning Breaks, by Colleen

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Too ambient for its own good.

What the bleep do we know?

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"Wet-brained, low-wattage pantheism..." Oh, and the science is rubbish too.

Empire of the stars

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Bad blood and black holes.

The end of a certain world

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This year's physics book.

Catís Cradle, by Pinkie Maclure and John Wills

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Short but sweet.

Smile, by Brian Wilson, and Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate, by Jaap Blonk

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Magnificent.

Real gone, by Tom Waits

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Splendid.

Venice, Text of Light & Grapes from the Estate

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How many different kinds of different are there?

Mommy close the door & Codename: Dustsucker

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Like feeding Yoko Ono through an industrial woodchipper.

Ort, by Fullman and Sprenger

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Improbably infectious fun

Rejoicing in the hands

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A male acid folk Dido. Not really.

Haunted weather: Music, silence and memory

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Unmissable

The time of bells & Rainforest soundwalks; Dreams of Gaia & Days of sound; Forests; Before the war; & D Quin; & Grooved whale

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The bells, the bells...

Political manifest by The Creekdippers

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Portrait of a sick America

Mighty river of song by The Watersons

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The First Family of British folk

Mystic theatre by The Creekdippers & I'm gonna stop killing by Carla Bozulich

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Blissful alt.country

18 monkeys on a dead man's chest by David Thomas & two pale boys & Rocket redux by Rocket from The Tombs

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Akron rides again

Most Most by Most

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Phew! What a scorcher!

Ten by cLOUDDEAD

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Hiphop goes outré

King of infinite space

[ people - april 04 ]

An interview with astrophysicist Metod Saniga. Yes, nthposition grapples with Cremona transformations, near-death experiences, mental disorders and hallucinogenics...

Ultravisitor by Squarepusher

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Stop. It. Now.

The Art Bears Box by The Art Bears

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Berthold Brecht meets the Incredible String Band, apparently.

The Homosexuals

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Crazy name, crazy guys...

Solar flares burn for you

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Archival Wyatt with some gems.

'This day and age' by Lumen

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Restrained theaticality.

'Wood wind & rain songs' and 'Bees in the bathroom' by Will Menter

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Quarry as instrument.

'Weather report' by Chris Watson

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Like nature, only faster.

'Emulatory whoredom' by DJ Wally, 'Bodega' by DJ Olive & 'Extinguished: Outtakes' by Prefuse 73

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Instrumental hip-hop with Krautrock underpinnings

'The sorcerer sessions', 'Scrapbook' & The Blue Series sampler

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Genre-bashing jazz fusion.

Pattern recognition

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William Gibson's best to date.

'Snakes and ladders' by Alan Moore and Tim Perkins

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Another London-inspired masterpiece.

'26 mixes for cash' by Aphex Twin

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Reliably and magnificently inconsistent.

'Field recordings 1995-2002' by Fennesz

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Enjoyable trawl of the archives.

'Fire this time' - Various

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Just buy it.

'Nocturama' by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Good, but not his best.

'Recordings 1963-73' by Erkki Kurenniemi, 'Arctic hysteria' by various early Finnish avant-gardners

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Avant gardning, and lots of it.

'Antipop Consortium vs Matthew Shipp'

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Intriguing face-off.

'Mind control for infants' by Lotus Eaters

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Menacing stillness.

'You win again, gravity' by Vitesse

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Analogue retro noodling.

Not as we know it

[ people - january 03 ]

Professor Michael Russell talks about the origin of life on our own and other planets

'Amassed' by Spring Heel Jack, 'Veggie' by Food

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Jazz-tinged improv.

'Drunken soundtracks' by The Walkabouts

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Alt.country/goth/grunge cross-over. Eeew.

The question of nature

[ people - october 02 ]

Jaron Lanier, dread-locked polymath, talks about... ooh, all sorts of things.

Galaxy quest

[ people - august 02 ]

Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, on the search for extraterrestrial life (a worthwhile gamble) and arms control (a bad bet).

The scientist of Discworld

[ people - august 02 ]

Ian Stewart on cellular automata, biomathematics, aliens, writing 'hard' SF and Terry Pratchett.

'Plays Standards' by Ground Zero

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Japanese noise merchants.

'My way' by Akufen

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Canadian techno-funk.

'Desert winds: six windblown sound pieces and other works' by Scott Smallwood

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Wind.

'A way to find the day' by Mapstation

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Music for a non-existant summer.

Making sense of noise

[ people - july 02 ]

Jacques Attali, author of 'Noise', talks about music as a predictive tool for society.

'Celebrating rain' and 'Above and below ground level' by Will Menter

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Unassuming soundscapes.
Rain.

'Yankee hotel foxtrot' by Wilco

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Difficult to enthuse over.

To boldly go...

[ people - april 02 ]

Paul Davies, physicist and author of 'How to build a time machine' on the vexed topics of wormholes, time travel and the dawn of civilisation.

'Sakuteki' by Arve Henriksen

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Trumpet meets Japanese treatise on garden planning.

'Never trust a hippy' by Adrian Sherwood

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Or anyone over 30.

'The River Nektar' and 'Yuletide' by The Iditarod, 'Slightly West' by Greg Weeks

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By a band named after a sled race...
Giddy-up, l'il doggies...
Tastefully pornographic.

'Angel passage' by Alan Moore and Tim Perkins

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Invokes William Blake, imaginer of London as a shining Jerusalem.

'Your favourite London sounds' by Peter Cusak

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A subtle collage.

'Champagne, cocaine and nicotine stains' by Lydia Lunch

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Still cranking out the noise, bless 'er.

'Optometry' by DJ Spooky

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Turntablism goes jazz.

'Draft 7.30' by Autechre, 'Methodology '74/'78: The attic tapes' by Cabaret Voltaire

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British hip hop electronica.
The old bedroom electronica gurus.

'Freispeil' by Faust, 'Filtered through friends' by Spunk

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The energy got lost in the remix.
'I am not a vacuum cleaner'.

'The disintegration loops' by William Basinski, 'Architectural commentaries' by M Behrens

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The centre cannot hold.
Music from buildings.

'Martes' by Murcof, 'Slim westerns vol ll' by A Small Good Thing

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Soundtrack for a non-existant western.
Classy, self-assured Americana.

'St Arkansas' by Pere Ubu

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Brilliance from the post-punk survivors.

'Secrets of the blue bag' by Anthony Moore

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A long-overdue release.

'Music of the body' by Linda Long

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Music of the smears?

'Peter Cook over at Rainbow's' by Peter Cook

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A post-pub experience.

'Bear bones' by K-Space, 'Build a fort, set that on fire' by Nettle

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Tuvan/Western fusion.
Western/Maghreb fusion.

'The Visitors' by Cyclobe

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Electronic English pastoralism.

'9-15-2000 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels' by Einstrurzende Neubauten

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Two decades of noise.

'Dubometry' by DJ Spooky with Mad Professor, 'Voices of the dead' by Konstantin Raudive and others

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Hip-hop jazz and Electronic Voice Phenomena

'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me' by The No-Neck Blues Band

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Out now, from the masters of the uncommercial.

'Recordings of music for film' by Vincent Gallo, 'Career suicide: The essential Skip Heller, 1994-2001'

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Nice one from the Hollywood polymath.
Edgy cocktail bar cool.

'An evil heat' by Oxbow

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Angry young men. Tsk.

'Touch ringtones', and 'AGF' by Head Slash Bauch

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Yup, ringtones, and computer code and error messages.

'Consolation' by Human Greed

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Entertaining press release.

'Replicant rumba rockers' by Atom

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Entertaining - or irritating - digital latin tropes.

'Naima' by Vladislav Delay, 'Kolner brett' by To Roccoco Rot

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German psychogeographical electronica.
Spare elegant electronica.