Digital composer Yasunao Tone's paramedia assault on old paradigms has led him from Tokyo to New York, via Japanese Fluxus pranks, work with Merce Cunningham and Yoko Ono, and destabilising CDs with Scotch tape. This article originally appeared in The Wire 223 (September 2002).
The dark heart of Edgar Allan Poe has inspired The Raven, the most sprawling work by Lou Reed since 1975's Metal Machine Music. In his hometown New York, the great naysayer explains how his 38 year career has been "one long idea" about offsetting balances and fighting compression and complacency. This article originally appeared in The Wire 228 (February 2003).
Unedited Transcript of his Invisible Jukebox tested by Alan Licht in September 2006