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Issue 207

May 2001

Generative Music
Oval, Brian Eno, Autechre, Evan Parker and Michael Prime are only a handful of contemporary artists whose approach to systems, evolutionary processes and technology are advancing the musical zeitgeist. By David Toop

Invisible Jukebox: Current 93
Apocalyptic folkie and connoisseur of outsider culture David Tibet tries to identify tracks by Kevin Ayers, Whitehouse, William Lawes, Jack Smith, Charley Patton, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Tangents: Sound Poetry
The onset of the industrial age and the shattering effects of two World Wars precipitated an atomisation of the alphabet reflected in work by the Dadaists, Lettrists, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing and others. By Julian Cowley

Keith Tippett
From the highs of his big band Centipede and freewheeling jazz rock outbursts in the 70s to his revitalised Improv and compositions in Mujician, this veteran pianist is a rare breed. By Julian Cowley

20 years of Touch
The no-compromise audio-visual label that brought you The Hafler Trio, Fennesz and Ryoji Ikeda celebrate 20 years of refusing to toe the line. Rob Young meets founders Mike Harding and Jon Wozencroft

Bardo Pond
David Keenan finds that the electric guitar is the conduit to ecstatic orgasm in the altered states of the Philadelphia rock outfit

Phil Cohran
In 1960s Chicago, this multi-instrumentalist's Artistic Heritage Ensemble joined the dots between the AACM, Sun Ra and galactic funk. Peter Shapiro reveals the untold story of a forgotten jazz hero

Håkan Lidbo
The Swedeish electronica producer speaks with Philip Sherburne abut his non-stick style

Jens Brand
Rhama Khazam meets the German musician and visual artist exploring the outer reaches of acoustic sound

Scott Rosenberg
The young multi-instrumentalist makes body-music of improvisation. By Jon C Morgan

Global Ear
In Dharamsala in the foothills of the Tibetan Himalayas, Marcus Boon discovers electrified rock in opposition in the Dalai Lama's hideaway

At a benefit gig featuring Charlie Watts, Ben Watson becomes convinced that Trad is rad

Print Run
The Book Of Music & Nature, edited by David Rothenberg & Marta Ulvaeus; Dialogues With Boulez, by Rocco Di Pietro; Harry Smith: Fragments Of A Northwest Life, by Darrin Daniel; Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, And An Early Cry For Civil Rights, by David Margolick; The Rough Guide To Hip-Hop, by Peter Shapiro; The Oxford Companion To Jazz, edited by Bill Kirchner; Riffs And Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology, edited by Andrew Clark; Sun Ra Book 2001, edited by John & Peter Hinds

Ether Talk
Sheffield's Lovebytes Festival demonstrated how intimately physical digital music can be. Words: David Fox

On Location
All Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands Holiday Centre, UK; Company Flow, New York Bowery Ballroom, USA; Zeitkratzer, Berlin Podewil, Germany; Anti-Pop Consortium, London Elektrowerkz, UK; Tecnogeist 2001, Mexico City Various Venues, Mexico