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R emake R emode l b y J ames Gogg i n

Regulars The Masthead 4 Letters 8 Bitstream 10 Trawling for gossip with The Wire’s news net

Global Ear 18 Andy Hamilton follows the ethnomusicological trail to hear authentic Balinese gamelan

Charts 50 Out There 100 The pick of the month’s festivals, concerts, club spaces, radio and more; plus Trip Or Squeek

Subscribe 104 Back Issues 106 Epiphanies 114 David Toop discovers new ways of listening in Korean music and Minoru Miki’s koto pieces

Reviews Index 51 Soundcheck 52 This month’s selected records reviewed

Print Run 80 New music books digested

Cross Platform 82 Music and New Media, including Rolf Julius’s sound sculpture, Supersilent on DVD, Steve Roden + Paul Panhuysen in London, Jonny Trunk’s Inner Sleeve and more

On Location 86 Live reviews including the Numusic Festival in Norway, The Emotional Orchestra in the UK and Yamataka Eye and Blind Beast in Japan

Jackson And His Computer Band 12 Warp artist Jackson Fourgeaud explains the egomaniacal forces behind his disintegrated Techno. By David Stubbs

Mazen Kerbaj 14 The Beirut trumpeter explains to Julian Cowley how his music deals with the legacy of Lebanon’s civil war

Oren Marshall 16 The London tuba player extends his instrument’s reach with a range of astonishing devices. By Phil England

Invisible Jukebox 20 Steve Reich The minimalist maestro tussles with tracks by Charlie Parker, Charlemagne Palestine and more. By Mike Barnes

Earth 26 The missing links between La Monte Young and Black Sabbath extend their drone into Country. By Edwin Pouncey

Once Upon A Time In Shinjuku 30 In the second in our new series revisiting significant musical sites, Alan Cummings travels back to Tokyo’s sleaziest district in the late 1960s, where Masayuki Takayanagi and Kaoru Abe laid the foundations of Japanese free music

Remake Remodel 38 Often read as a sign of creative bankruptcy, cover versions are also the site of some of music’s most radical experiments with existing songforms. In a 12 page special, The Wire’s crack writing squad picks 60 cover versions that rattle the state of song. Plus: writer/musician Alan Licht goes undercover to explore his motivations for versioning Moondog, Minutemen, Captain Beefheart and more

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