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DJ Shadow photographed by Jo Ann Toy

Regulars Bitstream/ Death Row 8 Notes from the underground/ Mike Patton's last requests

Global Ear 16 In Blantyre, John Fenn meets Malawi 's answer to The Wu -Tang Clan

Epiphanies 106 Philip Clark discovers something fishy about Dave Brubeck

Editor's Idea 4 Letters 6 Charts 48 Out There 90 Label Directory 96 Plus Label Lore and Savage Pencil

Back Issues 98 Subscribe 100 Reviews Index 49 Soundcheck 50 Avant Rock 66 Critical Beats 67 Dub 68 Electronica 69 HipHop 70 Jazz & lmprov 71 Modern Composition 72 Outer Limits 73 Print Run 74 Ether Talk 78 On Location 80

Susie lbarra 22 Although a late musical developer, this drumming powerhouse has helped transform downtown New York's avant jazz scene via her feisty collaborations with lkue Mori , Milford Graves, David S Ware and more. By Dave Mandl

Bernhard Giinter 26 Rustling at the threshold of audibility, the microscopic soundworlds of this German artist celebrate Buddhist tranquillity, Japanese notions of transience and decay, and the physicality of listen ing itself. By Christoph Cox

Frederic Rzewski 30 From the mid-60s riot lmprov of MEV via encounters with Stockhausen and Cardew to his new piano works, the radical American expat c omposer has been twisting new forms of protest music for four decades. By Philip Clark

DJ Shadow 36 In pursuance of the pure HipHop strain on his new Private Press LP, the retiring Californian beatmaster has stood back from the brink of superstardom to keep his melancholy variant on instrumental cut -ups keen. By Hua Hsu

The People Band 42 Plucking sounds out of the air, this altruistic English lmprov collective, which included film director Mike Figgis, Terry Day, Davey Payne and others, has been forgotten since their freewheeling late 60s gatherings. By Julian Cowley

Invisible Jukebox 18 Super_ColiiderBrightonfunkmastersCristianVogelandJamieLidellflextheirwitstrying to identify tracks by Prince, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sly & The Family Stone, Kraftwerk, Oval and more. Tested by Peter Shapiro

Bites Murcof 10 Kjetil D Brandsdal 12 T e ealed Knot 14

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