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Sunburned Hand Of The Man photographed by Chris Buck

Regulars Editor’s Idea 4 Letters 6 Bitstream/ Death Row 8 Notes from the underground/ Neil Michael Hagerty’s last requests

Global Ear 16 Andy Hamilton hears a multitude of voices in Bastia, Corsica

Charts 50 Out There 90 Event listings: what’s happening in the world

Directory 96 Plus Label Lore and Savage Pencil

Back Issues 98 Subscribe 100 Epiphanies 106 Jerome Maunsell has a mind-altering close encounter with rave collective Spiral Tribe

Reviews Index 51 Soundcheck 52 This month’s record reviews

Print Run 76 New music books digested

Cross Platform 78 Italian omni-musicians Tu m’, plus multimedia reviews and Stanley Donwood’s Inner Sleeve

On Location 82 Live reviews including Sonar 2003, Meltdown and Faust’s last stand

Phew 22 The Japanese singer who found her own voice in encounters with punk, Can, Otomo and Boredoms. By Biba Kopf

Robert Ashley 26 Meet the electronic pioneer who took opera into the multimedia age. By Thom Holmes

New Weird America 32 Sunburned Hand Of The Man are spearheading the groundswell of the US free folk revolution. By David Keenan

Invisible Jukebox 18 Mike Paradinas We let the man behind µ-Ziq out of his lunatic harness to endure our blindfold challenge. Tested by Mike Barnes

The Primer 42 Fela Kuti Peter Shapiro is your guide through the controversial Nigerian bandleader’s enormous recorded output

Bites The Pastels 10 Niobe 12 Cedric Im Brooks 14

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