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Issue 210

August 2001

Acid Mothers Temple
Beneath the psychedelic gimmickry, Makoto Kawabata's cosmic revellers are sky-kissing troubadours at heart. David Keenan unravels the 23 year trip that transformed teenage noisefreak Kawabata into AMT's high priest of drone

Invisible Jukebox: Laurie Anderson
The multimedia chronicler of American highways and byways attempts to identify tracks by Nam June Paik, William S Burroughs, Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Ryuchi Sakamoto and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Primer: Morton Feldman
The CD's extended length and pristine surface have rescued the intricate, melancholy, gossamer compositions of this New York modernist from relative obscurity. Philip Clark provides a users' guide

Set adrift on memory bliss, this Mego stalwart has exposed the spartan scrubland of glitch electronica to summer breezes and sea air, redrawing the landscape of post-digital austerity in the process. By Chris Sharp

The Ecstatic Society
Coming of age in Sweden's 50s and 60s social democratic utopia, Öyvind Fahlström, Åke Hodell, Rune Lindblad, Folke Rabe and others created one of the European avant garde's most fruitful flowerings. By Magnus Haglund

Prefuse 73
Atlanta-based Scott Herren takes the Hiphop MC under. By Philip Sherburne

Hamid Drake
David Keenan meets the Chicago drummer with a language all his own

Delia Derbyshire
Robin Carmody remembers and undervalued electronic music pioneer

Global Ear
Clive Bell joins the pilgrims at an offshore sacred music festival near Hiroshima

Enoch Light's zany lounge swing persuades Matmos's Drew Daniel there's more to life than speed and volume

Print Run
The Voice Of Music: Coversations With Composers Of Our Time, by Anders Beyer; Lee Perry: Give Me Power, A Complete Discography, by Dave Katz & Jeremy Collingwood; Making Music Modern: New York In The 1920s, by Carol J Oja

Ether Talk
At the Venice Biennale, Lina Dzuverovic-Russell finds video on vinyl, corporate sabotage and a hidden collection of Net art

On Location
Sonic Youth + Glenn Branca Trio, London Royal Festival Hall, UK; Sonar 2001, Barcelona CCCB/ Montjuïc 2, Spain; Techo Animal + Dälek, London Cargo, UK; Femi Kuti, San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium, USA; Batofar Cherche Vienne: Charhizma Night, Paris Batofar, France; Sunny Murray/ Arthur Doyle, Newcastle Bridge Hotel, UK; Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Various Venues, Canada; Three Walks, A Londonese Circus On Dark Lanthorns, London Goldsmiths Great Hall, UK