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Issue 218

April 2002

Alice Coltrane
In an exclusive interview at her California home, Edwin Pouncey explores the cosmic jazz legend's ongoing quest for universal consciousness, from her part in Coltrane's ecstatic jazz through an illustrious solo career

Steve Beresford
Improv, composition and comedy are all a matter of timing, says English experimentalism's imp of the perverse, who has worked with John Zorn, The Slits, Otomo Yoshihide, Adrian Sherwood and Vic Reeves. By Julian Cowley

Invisible Jukebox: David Grubbs
The former Gastr Del Sol singer, songwriter and instrumentalist tries to identify tracks by Luc Ferrari, Mission of Burma, Pauline Oliveros, Palace Brothers, Mayo Thompson, Tortoise and more. Tested by Dan Warburton

Bootlegs & plagiarhythms
Charting 100 years of break-ins, bootlegs, and plagiarhythms, from pirated wax cylinders through sci-fi novelty collages and the birth of the DJ to Tigerbeat6 and Girls On Top's cloned pop tracks. By Peter Shapiro

Rebuilding Berlin Techno
Parachuted into Berlin for the Transmediale Festival's interface of music, architecture and technology, Ken Hollings explores the role of art media and the city's rejuvenated Techno scene in reviving its East-West deadzones

Marcus Boon meets Taylor Dupree and Richard Chartier, two men bent on taking the sound out of microsound.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
The Yorkshire improv-rockers get drunk on the overtones and take David Keenan along for the ride

Sunn 0)))
They're so heavy they've got their own gravitational pull. By Jim Haynes

Global Ear
Steve Bates celebrates the cool sounds emanating from Winnipeg's splendid isolation

Jerry Hopkins rides tandem with Frank Zappa

In Print
Brutality Garden: Tropicalia And The Emergence Of A Brazilian Counterculture, by Christopher Dunn; The Power Of Okinawa, by John Potter; Percussion Profiles, Michael Bettine & Trevor Taylor

Cross Platform
Installation artist Janet Cardiff walks us through the physical space of sound. By Anthony Huberman

On Location
Gareth Williams Memorial Concert, London 93 Feet East, UK; Akio Suzuki, London School of Oriental and African Studies, UK; Dialogue, London October Gallery, UK; Joan Jeanrenaud, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, UK;