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Issue 270

August 2006

Three decades of free rock mayhem hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of the LA freakout troupe who have worked with Wild Man Fischer, Richard Meltzer, Merzbow and Wolf Eyes. By David Keenan

Michigan producer Tadd Mullinix's spectral, shapeshifting take on Hiphop has made him new friends, including Beans, MF Doom and Vast Aire. By Peter Shapiro

Invisible Jukebox: Biosphere
Norway's Techno veteran bleeps his way through tracks by Derrick May, Aphex Twin, Mari Boine and more. Tested by Anne Hilde Neset

Akio Suzuki & John Butcher
On a recent odyssey round the resonant spaces and sacred stones of Orkney, the Japanese sound artist and the UK improvisor were affected by the spirit of the place. Biba Kopf kept the tour diary

Die Trip Computer Die
Guerilla sampling duo Lepke B and Xentos 'Fray' Bentos have been electrocuting the UK post-punk underground since the late 70s. By David Stubbs

Cross Platform: Brian Eno
The Ambient maestro introduces his latest venture into generative video: a painting cycle that would take hundreds of lifetimes to watch. By Louise Gray

Philip Samartzis
Andy Hamilton meets the electronic spatializer who has become a figurehead for Australian New Music

Leopard Leg
How this Brighton based female shamanic free rock collective went wild in the country. By Mia Clarke

John Wiese
The prolific Californian noise generator is on a mission to find the frequencies that will blow your mind. By Bruce Russell

Global Ear
Paul O'Reilly observes the reconstruction of Belfast's contemporary music scene

From Bob Marley's Exodus to Chicks On Speed's electro pulse, Vivien Goldman is radicalised by the beat of a drum

Print Run
The Dark Tree: Jazz And The Community Arts In Los Angeles, by Steven L Isoardi; Composing A World: Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer, by Leta E Miller & Fredric Lieberman; Blowin' Hot And Cool: Jazz And Its Critics, by John Gennari; Jesus Dub: Theology, Music And Social Change, by Robert Beckford

On Screen
Irène Schweizer: A Film By Gitta Gsell; Steve Heimbecker: Songs Of Place; Slomo Video; High Tech Soul: The Creation Of Techno Music

On Site
Banks Violette/Sunn O))), London, UK; Nam June Paik: Magnetic Memory, London, UK

On Location
Sónar 2006, Barcelona, Spain; Venn Festival, Bristol, UK; Michael Gordon/Max De Wardener, London, UK; Nattjazz, Bergen, Norway; Ryoji Ikeda/alva noto/Monolake, London, UK; John Zorn: A Tribute To Derek Bailey, London, UK; Alex Bradley & Charles Poulet: Whiteplane_2, Glasgow, UK