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9 Global Ear: New York

Skylab, DJ Krush, DJ Spooky and Amiri Baraka get offbeat in Gotham

10 Bites

New Kingdom low-slung HipHop madness Patrick Pulsinger hypermodern Electro-jazz Stevie Wishart hurdy gurdy heroine Tony Levin ace bass man's world diary HU1 postrockers enter the echo chamber

14 Harrison Birtwistle

Is this the unreconstructed hard man of modern classical music? Nick Kimberley meets the composer who caused panic at the Last Night of the Proms

17 Larry Heard

Still ignored in his home town of Chicago, the one-time pioneer of Acid and Deep House is setting a course for deep space Electronica. By Peter Shapiro ·

18 YokoOno

An intimate and extended interview with the woman who mixed it with the 60s avant garde, met John Lennon and changed the face of rock forever. By Joy Press

26 Low end theories

In Frankfurt, the Mille Plateaux label has become a nexus for both the complex Electronica of Oval and the digital Hardcore of Alec Empire. By Simon Reynolds

32 Mark Stewart

From The Pop Group to On-U Sound and The Maffia, Mark Stewart is still mixing agit-prop lyrics with dubbed-out P-funk. By Biba Kopf

34 Who needs record companies?

Triple Earth's lain Scott provides an anarchist's DIY guide on how to subvert the corporate hustlings of the music industry by going out and starting your own record label

38 Invisible Jukebox: Courtney Pine

Mike Barnes plays Alice Coltrane, Jacob's Optical Stairway, Gang Starr, Tricky, Bootsy Collins and more to the stellar saxophonist

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