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Ri chard Hell photog raphed in New York by Jake Waiters

Regulars Bitstream/ Death Row 10 Notes from the underground/ Lydia Lunch's last requests

Global Ear 18 Chuck Bettis reports from Washington DC, America's hardcore capital

Epiphanies 98 Gary Lucas bids farewell to Popol Vuh 's Florian Fricke

Editor's Idea 4 Letters 6 Charts 46 Out There 80 Back Issues 88 Subscribe 90 Label Directory 92

Reviews Index 47 Soundcheck 48 Avant Rock 63 Critical Beats 64 Dub 65 HipHop 66 Jazz & lmprov 67 Modern Composition 68 Outer Limits 69 Print Run 70 Ether Talk 72 On Location 74

Festival de I'Eau 24 In November, guitarist Keith Rowe and other European improvisors took part in an unprecented jou!ney to perform with the pygmy orchestras of the Central African Republic. Rowe's exclusive diary tells what happened

Gordon Mumma 28 The Sonic Arts Union founder recalls composing electronic works .for the radical happenings of the 60s, inventing cybersonic consoles, detonating megaton blasts for William Burroughs and more. By Richard Henderson

Richard Hell 34 25 years after defining punk's blank generation with Television and The Voidoids, New York City's underworld chief has amassed a significant body of writing and poetry, but the freewheeling instinct remains strong. By Alan Licht

Invisible Jukebox 20 Joelle Leandre The French bassist, improvisor and composer tries to tune into tracks by Giacinto Scelsi, Arthur Doyle, Pierre Boulez, Radu Malfatti , John Cage, George Lewis and more. Tested by Dan Warburton

Tangents 40 Music's lunatic fringe You don 't have to be mad to make music, but it helps. Ben Watson prowls the boundaries between insanity and creative eccentric ity in the activities of Wild Man Fischer, the Klinker Club, the Mad Pride organisation and beyond

Bites AGF12 Fog 14

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