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Issue 247

September 2004

Derek Bailey
Free improvisation's wittiest and wiliest thinker has been rejuvenated since his move to Barcelona. By David Keenan

Tim Barnes
The world's busiest underground man learns how to suspend time from old Angus Maclise tapes. By Marc Masters

Jac Berrocal
Dan Warburton revisits the rock 'n' roll stations in the life of the French free jazz trumpeter and punk provocateur

Invisible Jukebox: Chris Watson
The sound recordist tries to identify work by Burroughs, Basil Kirchin, Roxy Music and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Kenneth Anger
Richard Henderson and Edwin Pouncey examine the music and magic of the mischievous magus' notorious films

Mira Calix
DJ/ composer Chantal Passamonte on the difference between insects and classical musicians. By Clive Bell

Felix Kubin
The former Wunderkind reveals the impact of German new wave on his tetchy teenage years. By Anne Hilde Neset

Thomas Melchoir
Berlin's Technomeister discovers the meaning of love in minimal tweaks of his basic House plans. By Philip Sherburne

Björn Olsson
The retiring Swede tells Elisabeth Vincentelli why he opted for a quieter life after Union Carbide's rock savagery

Global Ear
Jon Campbell reports on a Sino-French initiative in Rennes, France

Finding a hidden seam of drone in pop makes Geeta Dayal realise her father is the oldest swinger in town

Print Run
Afrobeat! Fela and the Imagined Continent, by Sola Olorunyomi; Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway, edited by Trevor Schoonmaker; Woman: the Incredible Life of Yoko Ono, by Alan Clayson with Jungr & Robb Johnson; Site Specific Sound, by Brandon LaBelle; Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, edited by Christoph Cox & Daniel Warners

Cross Platform
Marc Masters talks to Lee Ranaldo & Alan Licht about their group Text of Light, who play live accompaniments to the experimental films of Stan Brakhage and other masters of underground cinema
Plus: Graem Miller's Linked and reviews of DVDs of Scape's DIN AV 01/04/CN/86.03 and John Cale's Fragments of a Rainy Season and Storm Thorgerson's Inner Sleeve featuring Little Feat's Down on the Farm

On Location
Coil + Githead in London, Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, The Death of Nero in London, the London Placard Headphone Festival 2004, Aki Onda + Dustbreeders & Junko in Paris[page break]