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Issue 209

July 2001

At their Oxford base, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood tell Simon Reynolds about dissent in an apathetic age, the secrets of their studio techniques and how to stay off-message while under corporate manners

Artists such as Vladislav Delay, Thomas Brinkmann and Jan Jelinek, and labels like Perlon, Playhouse and Kompakt, are recharging electronica by reducing Chicago House to a microsystem of clicks 'n' cuts. By Philip Sherburne

Arthur Doyle
A forgotten contemporary of Albert Ayler and Sunny Murray, this itinerant saxophonist has evaded the clutches of the CIA and the French prison system to keep the torch of black free music burning. By Dan Warburton

Invisible Jukebox: Pauline Oliveros
The queen of Deep Listening walks it like she talks it in our blindfold test, attempting to identify drones by Fripp & Eno, John Cage, Thomas Brinkmann, Reynols and more. Tested by Christoph Cox

Tangents: Metropolis and the Man-Machine
Ever since Fritz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece prophesied a robotic age of totalitarianism, willing slaves to the rhythm from Kraftwerk to Giorgio Moroder and Jeff Mills have attempted to soundtrack it. By Ken Hollings

Four Tet
Kieran Hebden speaks to John Mulvey about the forces of folk and jazz seeping through his electronica

John Hudak
Jim Haynes meets the Brooklyn sound artist quietly crafting an extensive catalogue of haikus and minimalist recordings

Oren Ambarchi
The Australian experimental guitarist finds a new place past jazz and Judaism. By Will Montgomery

Fred Lonberg-Holm
The Chicago-based cellist squelches the analytical while in constant demand, finds Jon C Morgan

Global Ear
Andy Hamilton follows the musical signs along the Estonian capital of Tallinn's path to independence

Ian Shrley's ears are repolished by the metallic sci-fi reflections of Chrome

Print Run
America's Musical Life, by Richard Crawford; Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful Of Gitanes, by Sylvie Simmons; Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations Of Miles Davis 1967-1991, by Paul Tingen; Spinning Blues Into Gold: Chess Records, The Label That Launched The Blues, by Nadine Cohodas; Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And Post-War Pop, by Charles Shaar Murray

Ether Talk
At May's Cybersalon Net.Music conference in London, French economist Jacques Attali declared that the Internet allows noise's war on music to continue by other means

On Location
LMC's Tenth Annual Festival Of Experimental Music, London Purcell Room, UK; Mutek, Montreal Ex-Centris/Sat, Canada; Le Weekend, Stirling Cowane Theatre, UK; Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth Pica/ Subiaco Theatre Centre, Australia; Fred Frith + Mandura + Mike Cooper & Viv Corringham, London Blue Camel At The Spitz, UK