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Issue 208

June 2001

Company Flow and beyond
New York's finest HipHop outfit may have ceased trading, but board members El-P, Bigg Jus and Mr Len have already laid separate plans for anti-corporate action via labels such as Def Jux and Sub Verse. By Mosi Reeves

Now that the CD reissue of the Krautrock duo's early 70s motorik trilogy is official, Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother bury the hatchet to recall when German rock shifted gears and accelerated into the future. By Biba Kopf

Primer: Fire Music
Ignited by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, the torch of 1960s black free jazz has been passed down via Cecil Taylor and Rashied Ali to William Parker, David S Ware and more. David Keenan provides a user's guide

Invisible Jukebox: Fred Frith
The itinerant avant guitarist, composer and improvisor tries to identify tracks by Derek Bailey, John Cage, Ikue Mori, Pole, Terry Riley, The Shadows, Wha Ha Ha and more. Tested by Richard Henderson

John Duncan
Jim Haynes makes a case for the defence of the Industrial artcore veteran whose CV includes mock shootings, subjecting spectators to sensory deprivation, and sonic pulverisation

The Brighton grrls are taking control with their epic avant rock. By Anne Hilde Neset

Caroline Kraabel
Phil England speaks to the London-based American Honkie skronk saxophonist.

Frank Pahl
The American composer lets his self-made automatons make the music for him. By Dave Mandl

Prix Ars Electronica
Tony Herrington reports from the jury room of the world's premier Digital Music competition

Global Ear
Lee Gardner reports from the 'sonic Galapagos' of Maryland's main city, home to a swelling experimental scene

Simon Reynolds swoons to the sound of Scritti Politti's seditious soul music

Print Run
Yes Yoko Ono, by Alexandra Munroe with Jon Hendricks; Here To Go: Brion Gysin, by Terry Wilson & Brion Gysin; Cucamonga, by Rudy Vanderlans; Wild Years: The Music And Myth Of Tom Waits, by Jay S Jacobs; Reggae Explosion - The Story Of Jamaican Music, Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot

Ether Talk
Invisible London, exhibited at the Sonar Festival, goes beyond the A-Z to map the city's hidden creative forces. Words: Rob Young
Plus: Christoph Cox peeks and pokes around Bitstreams at NYC's Whitney Museum

On Location
Current 93 + Antony & The Johnsons + Pantaleimon + Backworld, London Bloomsbury Theatre, UK; Empty Bottle Festival, Chicago Empty Bottle, USA; San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, San Francisco 7Hz/ Cellspace, USA; Company, New York Tonic, USA; Other Minds Festival, San Francisco Cowell Theater, USA; Luc Ferrari & DJ Olive, Paris Théâtre Silvia Monfort, France