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Issue 240

February 2004

Einstüzende Neubauten
David Keenan meets the perpetually mobile German wrecking crew in their Berlin hometown

Sun City Girls
The Seattle shamans apply trance ceremonies learned on Third World journeys to their 'out' sound. By Erik Davis

Joe Boyd
How the producer discovered Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, and more. By Adrian Shaughnessy

Primer: Charles Mingus
A guide to the recordings of the master jazz bassist and composer who died 25 years ago. By Brian Morton

Invisible Jukebox: Greg Tate
The writer and Burnt Sugar leader tries to dig tracks by Funkadelic, Hendrix, Sun Ra and more. Tested by Alan Licht.

Anthony Pateras
The Austrialian pianist, composer and improvisor offers Andy Hamilton his opinions on composition versus improvisation, sound versus music and bridging the divide.

Alan Abrahams digitises his African roots to revitalise Techno. By Philip Sherburne

Davis Redford Triad
Steven Wray Lobdell takes his psych rock straight. By Marc Masters

Global Ear
Chris Moss reportson new electronic fusions in São Paulo, Brazil's most vibed up city

Bananafish zine opened a portal to a strange new world. Marc Masters stepped through

Print Run
Love Saves the Day: A History of american Dance Music Culture, by Tim Lawrence; Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo:The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World, by Bart Plantenga; Vampire Vultures, by John Fahey; Painting With Sound: The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, by Stephen Iliffe

Cross Platform
Brian Dillon discovers the beauty of decomposition in Bill Morrison's film Decasia: The State of Decay, and talks to Bang On a Can founder Michael Gordon about its haunting soundtrack.
Plus: Reviews of Money Will Ruin Everything and DVDs of Amandala! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony; Middle of the Moment; Vienam: Hmong. And Richard Henderson's Inner Sleeve, featuring Kensington Market

On Location
Avanto: Helsinki Media Art Festival, Helsinki various venues; Anthony Braxton: Ghost Trance Music, San Francisco Victoria Theatre; Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere Old Customs Hall, Finland; Children On the Corner, New York Joe's Pub