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Issue 281

July 2007

Throbbing Gristle

The four "wreckers of civilisation" return with their first new material since breaking up in 1981. David Stubbs finds out how their uncompromising stance has matured


The veteran Finnish artesan retrieves inspiration for his holistic improvisations from a Borgesian parallel universe. By Mat Wuehtrich

Robin Williamson

A rare interview with the onetime Incredible String Band member, keeping the fluid Celtic tradition alive with a visionary series for the ECM label. By Brian Morton

Invisible Jukebox: Peter Rehberg

Mego founder Pita gets his pixels in a twist over The Wire’s brutal mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes

Daniel AIU Higgs

The ex-Lungfish man embroiders his shamanistic drones with folk, blues and Norse legends. By Lisa Blanning

Skull Disco

Dave Stelfox tunes into the supple dubstep riddims of Shackleton and Appleblim

Cross Platform: Mathieu Briand

The inclusive ethos of 90s rave informs the public access installations of this French artist. By Louise Gray

Global Ear

Mat Schulz finds music avoiding security clampdowns in Minsk, Belarus


Sukhdev Sandhu says hurrah! for 80s zine Are You Scared To Get Happy


Air Conditioning, Andersens, Art Fleury, Atavist/Nadja, Burkhard Beins, Han Bennink, Sean Bergin's Song Mob, Black Carrot, Blues Control, Earle Brown, Burning Star Core, Candelsnuffer, Pedro Carneiro, Cornelius, John Coxon & Wadada Leo Smith, Crescent, Matthew Dear, Death Ambient, Vladislav Delay, David Dunn, Fennesz Sakamoto, Chris Forsyth & Nate Wooley, Ellen Fullman + Sean Meehan, The Fun Years, Fabian Gisler, Growing, Andrew Hill, Noah Howard, Incredible String Band, Kemialliset Ystävät, Kinoro Shel Rothschild, Adam Lane, Machinefabriek, MC Maguire, Moderne Nordeuropäische Dorfmusik, Nico Muhly, Steve Noble/John Edwards/Alan Wilkinson, One More Grain, Ontayso, Laurence Rassel & Terre Thaemlitz, Redman, Jessica Rylan, Sten Sandell Trio/John Butcher, James Saunders, 16 Bitch Pile Up, Soft Mountain, Sonmi1, Son Of Rose, Strandberg/Thorman/Olsson, Sun Ra, Keith Tippett/Julie Tippetts/Louis Moholo-Moholo/Canto Generál, Trim, The Tuss, Various Leo Records 25th Anniversary: Loft, Köln, Various Lestari: The Hood Collection, Walter & Sabrina, John Wiese, Wiley, XXL, Yamaoka, Justice Yeldham, Ylid and more...

Print Run

Marooned: The Next Generation Of Desert Island Discs, edited by Phil Freeman; Faking It: The Quest For Authenticity In Popular Music, by Hugh Barker & Yuval Taylor; Lennie Tristano: His Life In Music, by Eunmi Shim; The Acid Archives: A Guide To Underground Sounds 1965-1982, by Patrick Lundborg with Aaron Milenski & Ron Moore

On Screen

Brand Upon The Brain! (Live soundtrack), Geoff Smith Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (Live soundtrack); Otomo Yoshihide: The Multiple Otomo Project (DVD)

On Site

Radioworks: New Directions In Sound Art, London, UK; If Everybody Had An Ocean: Brian Wilson, An Art Exhibition, St Ives, UK

On Location

Music Lovers' Field Companion, Gateshead, UK; Dissonanze 07, Rome, Italy; Ghost, London, UK; Venn Festival, Bristol, UK; The Long Weekend, London, UK; Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul, New York, USA

The Inner Sleeve

Composer and visual artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff on Edgar Broughton Band