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Issue 200 October 2000 f 3 1018725 ISSN 0952-0686 (USPS006231)

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Words Steve Barker, Mike Barnes, Clive Bell, C M s Blackford, Ben Borthwick, Byron Coley, Julian Cowley, CMstoph Cox, Alan Cummings, Brian Dugnid, David Elliott, Phi1England, Kodwo Eshun, Matt ffytche, Sasha Frere-Jones,Louise Gray, Andy Hamilton, Richard Hendenon, Ken Hollings, Dam Howell, Hua Hsu, David Keenan, Monica Eendrick, RahmaKhazam,Nick Kimberley, Blba Kopf, M Lange,Alan Licht, Howard Mandel, Peter McIntyre, Andy Medhunt, Will Montgomery, JonC Morgan, Ian Penman, Edwin Ponncey, SimonReynoldm, Tom Ridge, C M s Sharp, Philip Sherburne,Mark Sinker, Dave Tompkins, David Toop, Dan Warburton, Ben Watson, DonWatson, Val Wilmer, Bany Witherden Images Amy 81Tanner, Frank Bauer, Dean Belcher, Nigel Bennett, Xarl Bielik, Vince Dolman, Melanie GrLzel, OUy Bevritt, T h Kent, SimonLeigh, Joe Miles. S a m e Pencil. Nik Stranaelmre.Michele . - Tuniani,Eva Vermandel, J Cover photo T hK e n t Thanks fh,smue to Ph11England

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o I'm on the phone t o contributor M ~ k eBarnes, plott~ng("Mwah-hah-hah-haaah!") the fiendish select~onof tunes t o drop on Jlml Tenor In this month's lnv~s~bleJukebox feature. "I've heard about t h ~ s Flnnish Shout~ngMen's Cho~r,"says M~ke."A bunch of Scand~nav~anblokes, who, well, shout a lot. But I've no idea where you'd get t he~rrecords from."

Bellow~ngF~nns?Sounds too good t o be true. And since I've finally managed t o download and Install a free copy of Macster, the Apple verslon of the Infamous Napster software (much In the news right now because certaln artlstes, completely underest~mat~ngthe behav~ourof fans, belleve ~tw ~ l ldepr~vethem of certaln revenues), I find myself ~d l ytapping the words "Shouting Men" lnto Macster's 'Search' w~ndow.A second or two later, and the table of results lists the words "M~eskuoroHuutajat" next t o a couple of MP3 flles In the space of the same phone call, while one half of my b r a~ntalks away, the other is downloading a file and double c l ~ck~ng~tto start. Hush~ngMike, I clamp the phone's mouthp~ecelnto the foam muff of my headphones, and the Finns' extraord~naryfull-lunged wh~ckeringsand thunderous cach~nnat~onsmainl~nelnto M~ke'slughole W~thoutspend~ngany cash, nor burnlng any of the fuel that suddenly seems t o have become a fervently contested commodity, the Net has just turned what t o both of us seemed the most obscure muslc we could lmaglne lnto an aud~blerealty, w~thlnthe scant durat~on of a phone conversatlon For even the most longtoothed and red-eyed Net surfer, such experiences retaln a quality of wonder

As you'll see, we d~dn' tactually play the muslc t o Tenor, slnce neither of us had the fac~lttiesto transport MP3 f~les.But In a small way, the Incident confirmed everyth~ngI feel about The Wlre's Indebtedness t o t he lnternet - which I had never even heard of when I started work~ngfor t h ~ s magazlne Don't panic We're not about t o turn lnto V~rtualP I ~Breeder, or whatever latest popular Web rags are sell~ngin a supermarket near you. Neither are we about t o abandon the K~ngdomof Paper for the Hard D r ~ v eRepublic The t ime simply feels rlght, in an e d ~ t ~ o n that marks our second tonne of issues, t o offer 2 0 0 reasons why we probably wouldn't still be here w~thoutthe World Wide Web.

As ~thappens, Issue 2 0 0 does indeed feel like the beglnn~ngof a new phase In the magaz~ne'sl~ f eAs well as welcom~ngour new design and product~on team - a three-man unlt comprising Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss of Namara Des~gn,together w ~ t hSlim Smith, whose background includes artwork for the Blast First and Mute labels - October sees the first In a monthly serles titled The W~reSess~ons,a sequence of (hopefully) groundbreaklng llve events curated by thls magazlne and wh~chw ~ l ltake place place at no less a venue than the Queen El~zabethHall on London's South Bank (full deta~lson page 102) . On top of all that, we also present the biggest and best volume of our free Wlre Tapper CD serles so far - a double whammy of cruc~alnew music, much of ~texclus~ve and unreleased (and once again available t o UK news stand buyers and all subscribers In and outs~dethe UK, but unfortunately not In overseas shops). Even though t h ~ sissue, compared w ~ t hthe 199 others that have preceded ~ t ,will probably paradox~callydate the fastest as the Net changes its structure and links expire, the musical universe encapsulated on The Wlre Tapper will surely endure. ROB YOUNG

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