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Issue 330

August 2011

A rare in-person interview with UK Bass’s mystery man who has dedicated himself to redefining the nation’s club music. By Lisa Blanning

The Primer Jim O’Rourke
A guide to the multi-talents of the Chicago born guitarist/improvisor/producer, whose prodigious output covers electronic drones, tape music, uneasy pop, soundtracks and more. By Yusef Sayed

Daphne Oram
From founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to designing new instruments for a new age, the British composer/inventor was a true pioneer. By Dan Wilson

Collateral Damage
Bob Ostertag comes to terms with the ‘professional suicide’ of giving music away for free

Luo Chao Yun
The Taiwanese pipa virtuoso is plucking her way to the heart of the UK Improv community. By Julian Cowley

Forest Swords
Mark Fisher hears post-punk echoes in the new Mersey home recordings of Matt Barnes

Global Ear
DakhaBrakha’s ‘ethno-chaos’ reconnects Ukrainian music to its pagan roots. By Alexander Shagivaleyev

Cross Platform Seb Patane
The Italian artist stays faithful to the line despite irruptions of frontier-pushing music. By Rob Young

The Inner Sleeve
Geoff Manaugh on Stunned cassettes

Dagmar Krause’s war cries trigger Fatima Mansions singer Cathal Coughlan’s passion for art songs

Print Run
New music books: ... I Listen To The Wind That Obliterates My Traces: Music In Vernacular Photographs 1880–1955 by Steve Roden
Buena Vista In The Club: Rap, Reggaetón, And Revolution In Havana by Geoffrey Baker
C’est La Guerre: Early Writings 1978–1983 by Byron Coley
Strange Attractor Journal Four edited by Mark Pilkington

On Screen
Films & DVDs: On-Off: Mark Stewart: From The Pop Group To The Maffia DVD
The Reach Of Resonance Film

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Imogen Stidworthy London, UK
54th Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
Radical Jewish Culture Berlin, Germany

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Make Music New York, New York City, USA
The Heatwave presents Showtime!: The Bashment Stageshow, London, UK
Khaira Arby + Prince Rama, London, UK
Ducktails + Julian Lynch + Big Troubles, Glasgow, UK
Neon Marshmallow, Chicago, USA
Triptych: The Music Of Eliane Radigue, London, UK

Balam Acab
Bass Clef
Alessandro Brivio
John Chantler
John Coltrane
Gus Coma
Anders Dahl/Patrick Farmer/Christian Munthe
DJ Diamond
Doom Ribbons
Lawrence Dunn
Peter Evans & Nate Wooley
FIRE! with Jim O’Rourke
John Foxx & Theo Travis
John Foxx & Harold Budd
Reinhold Friedl
Ellen Fullman
Ron Geesin
Laurel Halo
Jack Harris
Xander Harris
Hey Colossus
Seth Horvitz
Human Eye
Jean Michel Jarre
Coseph Jonrad
La Ligne Claire
John Maus
Memorize The Sky
The Men
Charlie Morrow
North Sea Radio Orchestra
Cian Nugent
Bob Ostertag
Popol Vuh
Sam Rivers & The Rivbea Orchestra
Some Truths
Various The Black Caribs Of Belize: Garifuna: Ancestral Travellers Of The Afro-Caribbean
Various Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds In 3-D
Various Lukk Opp Kirkens Dører: A Selection Of Norwegian Christian Jazz, Psych, Funk & Folk 1970–1980
Various Play That Beat, Mr Raja: Selected Oddities From The Tamil Film Industry 1984–1991
Various To What Strange Place: The Music Of The Ottoman–American Diaspora, 1916–29
Wolfgang Voigt
Weyes Blood
Wooden Shjips
Kourosh Yaghmaei
Manuel Zurria