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Autechre photographed by Jake Walters

Regulars Bitstream/ Death Row 8 Notes from the underground/ Michael Gira’s last requests

Global Ear 16 Jake Brown reports on Hanoi’s attempts to nurture a homegrown music scene

Epiphanies 106 How a Japanese noise cassette filled a hole in DJ /rupture’s soul

Editor’s Idea 4 Letters 6 Charts 44 Out There 90 Directory 96 Plus Label Lore and Savage Pencil Back Issues 98 Subscribe 100 Reviews Index 45 Soundcheck 46 Avant Rock 66 Critical Beats 67 Dub 68 Electronica 69 HipHop 70 Jazz & Improv 71 Modern Composition 72 Outer Limits 73 Print Run 74 Cross Platform 78 On Location 82

The Magic Band 22 21 years after his last album Ice Cream For Crow, four Beefheart sidemen have reformed The Magic Band to perform the Captain’s complex music, but this time without having to play any mindgames. By Mike Barnes

Autechre 28 With their new album Draft 7.30, Autechre’s Sean Booth and Rob Brown continue pursuing their oblique strategies in electronica, delivering on the decade-old Artificial Intelligence manifesto: never look back. By David Stubbs

Tom Cora 34 Five years after the cellist’s death, David Krasnow examines how Cora extended and reinvented his instrument in his collaborations with Curlew, Fred Frith, John Zorn and others to become a cornerstone of NYC downtown Improv

Invisible Jukebox 18 Colin Newman The Wire guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Swim label gets drilled on tracks by The Beatles, Brian Eno, Owada, Seefeel, Flying Saucer Attack, Cabaret Voltaire and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

The Primer 38 Fluxus music German artist Wolf Vostell declared that everything can be Fluxus music. Julian Cowley sifts the world for the essential ideas and music of Philip Corner, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, Ben Patterson, Nam June Paik and more

Bites Califone 10 John Tilbury 12 Donna Summer 14

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