On The Cover: Grinderman (Nick Cave's revitalized cowboy outfit draws its rock power from improvisation, Warren Ellis' violin loops and the spirit of ecstatic jazz); Features: Paul Burwell (David Toop celebrates the life of the Bow Gamelan founder, percussionist and instrument builder, who died last month); Polly Shang Kuan Band (Karen Constance tells Keith Moliné how her female noise unit sits beside her work in Blood Stereo, Ceylon Mange and more); Robert Horton (The San Francisco underground veteran has just unleashed a deluge of discs and collaborations); Cross Platform: Ray Lee; Invisible Jukebox: Rachid Taha; Once Upon a Time in Cairo (In 1944, the world's first piece of electronic music was composed in the Egyptian capital. Rob Young tells the amazing story of its creator); Peter Hammill (Since 1969, Britain's most singular songwriter has been unflinchingly addressing the Seven Ages of Man, both with and without Van Der Graaf Generator). Epiphanies: Peter Rehberg on Cabaret Voltaire.
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