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L i g h t n i n g B o l t p h o t o g r a p h e d b y J a s o n E v a n s

Regulars The Masthead 6 Letters 8 Bitstream 10 Trawling for gossip with The Wire’s news net

Global Ear 18 Jon Dale discovers that anything goes in the Sydney underground

Charts 50 Out There 92 The pick of the month’s festivals, concerts, club spaces, radio and more; plus Trip Or Squeek

Subscribe 96 Back Issues 98 Epiphanies 106 Andy Hamilton learns the true meaning of improvisation from saxophonist Lee Konitz

Reviews Index 51 Soundcheck 52 This month’s records reviewed

Print Run 76 New music books digested

Cross Platform 78 Music and New Media, including Rodney Graham’s adventures in rock, Paris’s Nuit Blanche, Woyzeck in London, Einstürzende Neubauten on DVD, plus Phill Niblock’s Inner Sleeve

On Location 84 Live reviews including Instal 05 in Glasgow, Karlheinz Stockhausen in London and Erstquake in New York

The Wire Tapper 14 4 A track by track breakdown of this month’s free 16 track CD

Tujiko Noriko 12 The Japanese electronic musician and film maker’s naive charm belies a touch of steel, discovers David Stubbs

Kang Tae Hwan 14 The pioneering Korean sax improvisor recalls the tribulations of blowing free under martial law. By Alan Cummings

Susanne Brokesch 16 Since moving to Brooklyn, the Austrian artist matches her electronica to the paintings of Paula Brook. By Louise Gray

Invisible Jukebox 20 Ray Russell The veteran rock Improv guitarist tussles with tracks by 801, Slim Harpo, Hendrix and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Vashti Bunyan 26 Rob Young meets the forgotten 60s pop star turned singer-songwriter now championed by the free folk generation

Ken Hyder 28 Will Montgomery follows the Scottish percussionist’s quest for the link between Improv and shamanic trance

Lightning Bolt 34 Alan Licht visits the Rhode Island duo who are reconfiguring US Hardcore with their breakneck drum and bass thrash

The Primer 42 Jamaican deejays Brian Marley toasts the titans of talkover, including I-Roy, U-Roy, Big Youth, Dr Alimantado, Dillinger, Trinity and more

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