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Issue 331

September 2011

My Cat Is An Alien
Ken Hollings visits the Italian duo’s Alien Studios in Turin to hear how they harness the music of the spheres with rayguns and cosmic drones.

Invisible Jukebox Alan Howarth
The Hollywood composer and sound designer struggles for total recall with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Dave Tompkins.

Power electronics ideologue Dominick Fernow has written Noise’s first breakup album – with Mom’s help. By Phil Freeman.

Fela Kuti in London
The untold story of the Nigerian bandleader’s early London years, soaking up the city’s jazz, R&B and rock ’n’ roll subcultures. By Val Wilmer.

Collateral Damage
Not Not Fun’s Amanda Brown on the damaging effects of Filesharing on an underground culture already haemorrhaging artists to the mainstream.

Global Ear Cork
Daniel Spicer witnesses a miraculous sound art boom in the midst of Ireland’s bust economy.

Cross Platform Jana Winderen
Underwater recordings play a part in understanding Earth’s changing climate, says this Norwegian artist. By Julian Cowley.

Herb Diamante
From Cumbria to Seattle, the itinerant Brit crooner brings a touch of Vegas schmaltz to the global underground. By Clive Bell.

Andy Stott
Robin Howells meets the Mancunian producer who’s dragging Techno through a hedge backwards.

Peter Brötzmann documentary, Invisible Architecture in Newcastle upon Tyne, psychedelic cinema in Solar Flares Burn For You, Source: Music Of The Avant Garde, plus Unofficial Channels.

The Inner Sleeve
Moon Wiring Club’s Ian Hodgson on Accordion Evergreens.

Hua Hsu remembers the mundane writing task that got him through 11 September 2001 ten years ago.

Print Run
New music books: Elliott Carter by James Wierzbicki; Adorno For Revolutionaries by Ben Watson; Echtzeitmusik Berlin: Self-Defining A Scene edited by Burkhard Beins/Christian Kesten/Gisela Nauck/Andrea Neumann; New Atlantis: Musicians Battle For The Survival Of New Orleans by John Swenson; Special Sound: The Creation And Legacy Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop by Louise Niebur.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Here’s A Health To The Barley Mow: A Century Of Folk Customs And Ancient Rural Games 2xDVD; Staring Into The Sun DVD+CD+Pbk.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Semiconductor Liverpool, UK; Gone With The Wind London, UK; Elizabeth Price London, UK.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Third Ear Experimental Scene Warsaw, Poland; Shangaan Electro London, UK; Christoph Heemann + Cage Apotheek Montreuil, France; Dancity Foligno, Italy; Solid Sound North Adams, USA.

Soundcheck A–Z
This month’s selected CDs, vinyl and downloads, including Heatsick, Ectoplasm Girls and Christian Wolff. Plus specialist columns, unusual formats and reissues.

The Advisory Circle
Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke
Barn Owl
Jon Brooks
Call Back The Giants
Loren Connors
Philip Corner
Diskaholics Anonymous Trio
Ectoplasm Girls
Simon Fisher Turner
Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Keiji Haino
Susan Howe & David Grubbs
Kid Creole And The Coconuts
Okkyung Lee & Phil Minton
Anthony Levin-Decanini
Meredith Monk
Martin Neukom
Jim O’Rourke
Ras G
Roll The Dice
Keith Rowe
Richard Skelton
Social Climbers
The Thing with Jim O’Rourke
The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide
Katharina Tunicata
Mika Vainio
Various Bazzerk: African Digital 
Werewolf Jerusalem
Christian Wolff
Wolves In The Throne Room
Zun Zun Egui