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Jim O'Rourke photographed by Jake Waiters

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Global Ear 18 Jerry Hopkins gets out of Thailand alive

Epiphanies 98 Edwin Pouncey finds poetry in Patti Smith

Editor's Idea 4 Letters 6 Bitstream 16 Charts 48 Out There 82 Label Directory 94 Back Issues 96 Subscribe 97

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Index 49 Soundcheck 50 Avant Rock 65 Critical Beats 66 Dub 67 Electronica 68 HipHop 69 Jazz & lmprov 70 Outer Limits 71 Print Run 72 Ether Talk 74 On Location 76

Kaija Saariaho 24 Now signed to Sony Classical , this Finnish composer distorts the famil iar range of orchestral instruments through a prism of ethereal electronics to conjure up her powerful spectral soundworld s . By Andy Hamilton

The View From Downtown 28 New York's avant epicentre was caught up in the fallout from the 11 September atrocities. Lee Ranaldo, Stephen Vitiello , Simon Reynolds, Alan Licht, Wordsound's Skiz Fernando and others report back from Ground Zero

Jim O'Rourke 34 His recent appointment as Sonic Youth 's fjfth member hasn't cured avant music's most workaholic producer. David Keenan hears about O 'Rourke 's new LPs of Southern fried boogie and Mego electronica, and why Chicago sucks

Invisible Jukebox 20 Lol Coxhill The UK's most mobile saxophonist has played with lmprov titans, ska kings and Canterbury scenesters, but can he identify tracks by Tommy McCook, The Damned, Matching Mole, Derek Bailey and more? Tested by Ben Watson

Tangents 42 Soviet Noise Network After Sergef Kuryokhin swung to the right in the mid-80s, a new generation of Industrial and noise musicians some with disturbing nationalistic sympathies - emerged to annex Russia's avant garde. By Anton Nikkila

Bites Marina Rosenfeld 10 BobbyConn 12 Nagisa Ni te 14 Satoko Fuj ii 16

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