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Issue 343

September 2012

Josephine Foster
After tracing a path through opera, lieder, folk and psych, the nomadic US singer finds her musical home in the charged landscape of Cádiz, Spain. By Clive Bell.

Penny Rimbaud & Gee Vaucher
Almost 30 years after Crass disbanded, Phil England visits Dial House and finds the polymath duo still on the frontline of the counterculture wars.

Robert Hood
The new album by the Detroit Techno pioneer and former member of Underground Resistance is an elegy for a city in ruins. By Mike Shallcross.

Invisible Jukebox Terror Danjah
The Grime producer cocks his ear and locks into The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Joe Muggs.

Terence Dwyer
Their 90 year old creator might disagree, but the early electronic works of this unsung UK composer shouldn’t be forgotten, argues Ian Helliwell.

Lol Coxhill
Steve Beresford remembers the late saxophonist and pays tribute to an advanced and democratic musician.

Global Ear Montreal
Ryan Alexander Diduck taps into new synth and drone transmissions from Quebec’s cassette underground.

Cross Platform Peter Strickland
Italian gorefests and Luciano Berio are the inspiration behind the UK director’s new film. By Daniel Spicer.

William Burroughs & Brion Gysin’s lost tapes unearthed; inside David Toop’s new improvised opera; Ex-Easter Island Head’s DIY minimalism; the return of The Boyle Family’s psychedelic light shows; plus Unofficial Channels.

On an academic placement in Paris, Nick Richardson gets his musical education at record libraries and noise shows.

The Inner Sleeve
Eli Keszler on Xenakis’s studies and preparatory sketches.

Print Run
New music books: The New Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs revisited; the first published biography of AL Lloyd; Alvin Lucier’s Notes On Experimental Music; Beethoven’s place in US culture; and new essays on Black Metal.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Eliane Radigue in Virtuoso Listening; live Japanese lo-fi pop in Tonofon Festival & Solo 2011.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Lucas Abela in Frankfurt; Sarah Harvey in London.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: New Opera Days Ostrava, Eddie Prévost’s 70th birthday concert, Khyam Allami’s Alif Ensmble, and the aftermath of Bloc 2012.

Soundcheck A–Z
Animal Collective
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Ned Collette & Wirewalker
Gareth Dickson
Dusk & Blackdown
The Eccentronic Research Council
Mark Feehan
Mark Fell
Chris Forsyth
Josephine Foster
Matthew Friedberger
Stefan Goldmann
Hapsburg Braganza
Robert Hood
JJ Doom
Land Observations
Samara Lubelski
Magda Mayas & Christine Abdelnour
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends
Yoko Ono/Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore
Mike Patton/Ictus Ensemble
Ergo Phizmiz
Jean-Louis Costes
Tom Recchion
Sabbath Assembly
Pharoah Sanders
Philip Sanderson
Savage Republic
Sone Institute
Sun Araw
Harry Taussig
Thought Broadcast
Various Acción Y Percepción Sonora
Various Electric Eden
Various John Cage Shock Volumes 1–3
Various RWD: The Legacy
Gary War
Stian Westerhus