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- ~J. . I BSIUe your monthly exploration of new music

10 Hurdy-Gurdy Madness

Clive Bell gets a handle on the crankiest medieval instrument of all

12 Bites

812 Techno by numbers Kato Hideki Back to bass Mass Power trio politics Solex Girl with a sampler Fast track: Slapp Happy Label lore: Kitty-Yo lnt

18 Global Ear: Tokyo

Rob Young goes shopping for music in the Japanese capital, and enters a culture-shocking world of customised cassettes, vinyl exotica, and virtual DJs

20 The Secret History of Film Music

In a time when movies are treated as marketing devices for CD compilations, Philip Brophy hails the narrative-enhancing use of records in the films of Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann

22 James Blood Ulmer

Is there still a place in the world for hardcore harmolod ic punk-jazz? This legendary New York guitarist thinks so, and Steve Holtje agrees with him

26 Sonic Youth

The four members of the world's most influential rock group since The Velvet Underground get together in New York City, and give Biba Kopf a lesson in how to grow old disgracefully

34 Robert Moog

When Waiter Carlos released Switched-On Bach in 1969, the sound of music was changed forever. Mark Sinker meets the man who invented the instrument that made it al l possible: the Moog synthesizer

42 Invisible Jukebox: LTJ Bukem

The oceanic Junglist enters our mysterious listening booth, and tries to identify tracks by Leroy Hutson, Pharoah Sanders, Wax Doctor, Double Dee & Steinski and more. Tested by Peter Shapiro

46 Royal Trux

Once they were strung out rock 'n' roll casualties. Today, avant rock's First Couple speculate on the stock market, and espouse the universal music theories of Ornette Coleman. By Louise Gray

• rev1ews 51 Soundcheck May's selected albums and 12"s, including new releases from Boards Of Canada, Luc Ferrari, Ice, Khaled, Joe and Mat Maneri, Merzbow, Jeff Mills, Money Mark, Bernard Parmegiani, Arvo Part, ·Plastikman, Pulp, The Raincoats, Sonic Youth, Soft Machine and more 68 Multimedia Sounding out new CD-ROMs 70 On Location Going live The Fall come apart in NYC; East meets West at London's ICA;

lmprov antics north of the border; El ectronica comes to New Zealand; David Thomas's near- disastrous Disastodrome 74 Print Run New music books: Kodwo Eshun's adventures in sonic fiction; England's green and silent land; The story of soul power; Musicians on the couch

4 Editorial 6 Soundings May's selected live events, festiva ls, happenings, club spaces and radio 8 Letters 50 Charts 80 Back Issues 81 Subscribe and get a FREE Robert Wyatt CD 82 Epiphanies Thurston Moore grows a weird beard

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