Signal to Noise: the Journal of Improvised and Experimental Music
is celebrating its fifth anniversary with its twenty-seventh issue and the launch of a newly redesigned web site, http://www.signaltonoisemagazine.org. The quarterly magazine's new Fall 2002 issue, available now, features an extensive cover story on the re-emergence of the seminal rap group, Public Enemy. Its new site offers greatly expanded content, including ten of the most popular features from the journal's first five years, and hundreds of new links to further information about creative musicians and related labels, distributors, and festivals.
"It's very satisfying to have opened up a new space for this writing to happen," says founder, editor and publisher, Pete Gershon. "I try to approach our subject matter like we're a scientific journal for music, with a real sense of scholarship and objectivity. But, I also look for writing that's relevant to all readers, regardless of what their previous experience with the music might be." Signal to Noise
was founded in September 1997 to document the confluence of free jazz, electro-acoustics and modern rock, with a special emphasis on independent production and grassroots promotion. Each quarterly issue features exclusive in-depth articles, original photography, and over one hundred reviews of key new music releases and reissues.
"If you look at some of our recent cover stories, Public Enemy, DJ Spooky and Matthew Shipp and The Master Musicians of Jajouka suggest different styles of music," Gershon explains, "but the essence of the magazine really lies in what these various artists have in common. They're spanning genres, dissolving boundaries, and pushing the music forward." STN is distributed internationally through a variety of large and small distributors, specialty retail outlets, and by mail order subscription via the web site. SIGNAL to NOISE RADIO is broadcast every Tuesday from noon to 3pm at www.uvm.edu/wruv and locally in Burlington, Vermont on WRUV 90.1 FM.