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Issue 205

March 2001

Talvin Singh
With the release of his second album Ha, the multitasking tabla master has been promoted to the global music elite, hanging with cronies from Bill Laswell and Sakamato to Andrew Lloyd Webber. By Peter Shapiro

Ornette Coleman
Now 70, the great saxophonist outgrew free jazz long ago, yet his later harmolodic work and association with William Burroughs remain neglected. Ben Watson travels to New York to redress the balance

Tangents: The Blank Generation
Cold War fear and loathing pushed 60s artists headfirst into the Void, a tendency visible in the films of Godard and Antonini and the music of the Velvets, Sex Pistols and Richard Hell. By Alan Licht

Invisible Jukebox: Stephen Malkmus
The former Pavement vocalist and guitarist tries not to step on the cracks as he identifies tracks by Sandy Denny, Sebadoh, Television Personalities, Can, Jack Kerouac, Skip Spence and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Phill Niblock
A stalwart of New York's avant garde loft happenings since the late 60s, this shaper of drones and layered noise has expanded his operations throughout Europe via a multitude of labels. By Rahma Khazam

John Wall
He constructs music from samples and glitches, but it's not plunderphonics. He records free improvisors but doesn't play a note. What is the secret of this British composer's burning intensity? By Will Montgomery

Future Pilot AKA
Sushil K Dade brings Glasgow together for cosmic good vibrations. By David Keenan

David Keenan meets the missing link between Julian Cope, Spiritualized, and Coil now debuting solo

Irwin Chusid
25 years at WFMU championing the arcane, bizarre, different and downright weird have made him a "landmark preservationist" and keymaster to the Curious Universe Of Outsider Music. By Mike Barnes

Chas Smith
The LA-based maverick metallurgist composer meets Andy Hamilton

Global Ear
Jason Gross discovers Istanbul's young Turks

Jon Wozencroft follows the light in Joy Division's darkness that led to the UK cassette underground

Print Run
Sampler 2: Art, Pop And Contemporary Music Graphics, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy & Julian House; Give My Regards To Eighth Street: Collected Writings Of Morton Feldman, edited by BH Friedman; The Legendary Joe Meek, by John Repsch; Ways Of Hearing: A User's Guide To The Pop Psyche, From Elvis To Eminem, by Ben Thompson; Music, Electronic Media And Culture, edited by Simon Emmerson; Mondo Exotica: Suoni, Visioni E Manie Della Generazione Cocktail, by Francesco Adinolfi; Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000, edited by Peter Guralnick & Douglas Wolk

Multi Media
Angus Carlyle encounters art walls with mouths and ears at Transcience

On Location
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead + Rocket From The Crypt + The Strokes + Peaches, UK: London Astoria; Robert Wilson's Prometheus, Greece: Athens Megaron Moussikis; Michael Finnissy - The History Of Photography In Sound, UK: London Royal Academy Of Music;