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inside your monthly eworation of new music

10 Bites

Kid Koala Decks hand The Necks Going for the jugular Ultra-redCornrnie sense Dave Pajo M person

16 Invisible Jukebox:Lemmy

The Motorhead bassist and drinking person's Heavy Metalheadgets no sleep till he identifies tunes by Little Richard, Pink Fairies, High R~se,massacre, Ice T and more. Tested by Peter Shapiro

20 JonathanHarvey

Spectral, sensuous, splrltual three words to dexnbe the uncque computer-aided musicaltranmutations of thls acclaimed UK composer By Andy Hamiton

26 Ryuichi Sakamoto

Reveredfor his continuing presencein the global art rock ellte; reviledfor his recentover ambitious multimedia opera Llfe. Will Japan's leadingomni-musician ever stop causingcontroversy? By Clie Bell

32 The Primer: North India

A user's gu~deto collectingthe transcendental drones, overtones, ragas and sagas of the subcontinent's Hindustaniclass~calmusic, from Ravl Shankar to Gopal Krishnan. By Richard Henderson

38 QuannumProjects

Blackalicious,Latyrx and DJ Shadow are leading the resurgenceof American West Coast HipHop with their freewheeling mixology and colour-coded raps By Peter Shapiro i

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44 Soundcheck February's selected albums and singles, includingnew releasesfrom Beck, Sheila Chandra, Crank, Bill Dixon & T a y Oxley, Dome, Dr Dre, Thomas Fehlmann, Morton Feldman, Peter Hammill, Pierre Henry, I Susie lbarra Trio, Khan, Non, Evan Parker &Ghost In The Machine, Primal Scream, Reynols& PaulineOlieros, lrrnin Schmidt, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Third Eye Foundatron, Julie Tippetts, Scott Walker and more 64 R i n t Run New music books: Valerie Wilmer gets serious about free jazz; why the Devil gets all the best tunes; A Sicko take on Techno; Antonin Artaud's screamingbody 66 Multimedia Edwin Pouncey gets back to the playpen with the outsider art of Mike Kelley 68 On Location Gong live: Talvin Singh's Mercurial Barbicanshow; Tom Verlaine leavesTelevisionfor the big xreen; Van Dyke Parks and The High Llamas' arranged marriage in London; Frances-Marie Uitti and StephenVitiello light up Huddersfield;NoetingerIMarchettiand ButcherlDurrant's electric Improv; Electro-Putas and William Parker go ape in New York; Otomo and friends power up the future in Austria

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S Editor's Idea 6 Letters 12 Bitstream News from music's outer limits 24 Global Ear Robert Heller finds a mutant strain of fundamentalist HipHop in Casablanca 61 Charts 62 Label Directory 14 Out There February's selected festivals, happenings, live events, clubs and radio 80 Back I s sues 81 Subscribe and get FREE CDs or FREE magazines! 82 Epiphanies Julian Cowley loses his rag with a forgotten tablet of UK improvisation

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