Issue 150

August 1996

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Bim Sherman's Miracle
Rob Young Visits the On-U Sound label to hear about the music on this month's free cover cover CD

Global Ear: Barcelona
Tracking the currents of digitised sound at Spain's expansive Sonar festival

Basic Channel
Electronic music's most mysterious label takes Biba Kopf on a journey through the circuits connecting Berlin and Detroit Techno

.O.rang
Holed up in their rural studio, the ex-Talk Talk duo take quantum leaps in sound and come up with some novel ideas concerning electricity pylons. By Matt ffytche

Fred Anderson
From behind the bar at Chicago's Velvet Lounge, the fugitive saxophonist blows new life into the roots of astro jazz. By John Corbett

Omni Trio
From post-punk avant funk through Industrial soundscapes to New York minimalism and breakbeat science, Rob Haigh's musical path has been a convoluted one. By Peter Shapiro

Lee Ranaldo's Jajouka Journal
Following in the footsteps of Brian Jones, Ornette Coleman and William Burroughs, the Sonic Youth guitarist enters the volatile realms of North African trance music

Behind The Wire: 150 Objects Of Desire
To celebrate our 150th issue, we offer up an alternative canon of sonic essentials and aural obscurities, an A-Z of all the weird and wonderful music that lies behind The Wire

James Dillon
A Glaswegian counterculture drop-out with a taste for Jimi Hendrix and class-A drugs. Not your average classical music composer. By Ben Watson

Invisible Jukebox: Barry Adamson
Mike Barnes gabs about A Certain Ratio, Henry Mancini, The Beach Boys, Massive Attack, Herbie Hancock, Squarepusher and more with the Mute composer