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Issue 245

July 2004

Alvin Lucier
Sitting in a room on the eve of his UK tour, the Connecticut composer talks to Christoph Cox about a life in feedback

Damo Suzuki
Taking a break from his gobal Never Ending Tour, the ex-Can singer explains instant composition to Mike Barnes

Ellen Fullman
Memphis' Long String Instrument inventor adds electronics to her bow on a new song album. By Julian Cowley

Devendra Banhart
Weird tales from the folk prodigy's Venezuelan past and the new San Francisco boho scene. By Marc Masters

Invisible Jukebox: Sunn 0)))
Stephen O'Malley tries to identify music by Abruptum, Albert Ayler, Earth, Swans and more. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

Bark Psychosis
Things are not always what they seem around this East London resurrection. By David Stubbs

Dengue Fever
Finding Cambodian flavour in the midst of LA, Richard Henderson gets infected.

Steve Lehman
A young saxophonist sprouts wings from a healthy diet Braxton, McLean, and Sartre. By Brian Morton.

Global Ear
Rob Young goes underground, literally, in Istanbul

Neil Cooper waxes philosophical about 1980s Liverpool new wave club Plato's Ballroom

Print Run
Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation, by Ben Watson; Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers andTheir Maverick Recordings, by David N Howard; Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture, by Yvonne Bynoe; Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't, by Scott Saul; Sonata For Jukebox: Pop Music, Memory and the Imagined Life, by Geoffrey O'Brien; The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt, edited by Stephen Perles

Cross Platform
Lina Dzuverovic-Russell talks to Brit artist Mark Leckey about taking his sound raids on everyday life into high art spaces, and the SoundSystem he once set up in conversation with a Jacob Epstein statue
Plus: reviews of The Black Rider, The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art, Made in Sheffield: The Birth of Electronic Pop DVD, Shadowtime, and Treble. And David Toop's Inner Sleeve featuring Han Bennink

On Location
Throbbing Gristle, London Astoria; Amplify 2004 Festival, Cologne Stadtgarten; Lydia Lunch, Birmingham Custard Factory; Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Québec