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Issue 235

September 2003

David Toop tries to keep the peace as Björk confederates Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt recreate the Civil War

Kaffe Matthews
Pushing into new realms following her conversion from violin sampling to live electronics. By Will Montgomery

Invisible Jukebox: David Byrne
No songs about buildings or food, but plenty to tax the ex-Talking Head in our blindfold test. By Christoph Cox

Mike Kelley
Uncovering the avant music career of the acclaimed artist, from Destroy All Monsters to The Poetics. By Edwin Pouncey

Ron Geesin
Mike Barnes enters the eccentric world of the electronic inventor, bohemian performer and spanner collector

Borah Bergman
Catching up with the meditative free jazz pianism of this overlooked 76 year old. By Andy Hamilton

Erase Errata
Marc Masters gets a caffeine rush from the hardworking Bay Area quartet

Leafcutter John
The London post-electronica artist finds the silver lining in agoraphobia. By Rob Young

Eric Glick Rieman
Improvising chops and stop gap measures with the Californian multi-instrumentalist and composer. By Julian Cowley

Global Ear
Tony Herrington goes offshore to Festival MIMI on the Frioul Islands, near Marseille

Robert Wyatt describes a consciousness-raising encounter with Ray Charles

Print Run
Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City, by Paul Morley; Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide, edited by Oliver Wang; Louis Andriessen: The Art of Stealing Time, edited by Mirjam Zegers; Mainlines, Blood Feasts, Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader, edited by John Morthland; Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records, Michael De Koningh & Laurence Kane-Honeysett; Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, by James Gavin

Cross Platform
A rash of online music blogs are opening up a new space for music criticism. By Kodwo Eshun
Plus: Reviews of My Cinema For the Ears: The Musique Concréte of Francis Dhomont and Paul Lansky; Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, New York New Museum of Contemporary Art; David Byrne, Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information; Step Across the Border; Terre Thaemlitz, Love Bomb. And: Alan Licht's Inner Sleeve featuring Wings

On Location
Konfrontationen 2003 Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria; Tony Conrad & Charlemagne Palestine, Naples Castel Sant'elmo, Italy; John Zorn's Electric Masada, Gent Bijlokesite, Belgium; Liquid Architechture/ Bernard Parmegiani, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology/ Australian Centre For the Moving Image, Australia