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In Rotation: Multi-instrumentalist Boris Hauf says Last.fm saved his ass 

Plus: Reader music editor Philip Montoro on Witch Mountain and El-P, and Cheer-Accident keyboardist Dudley Bayne on the composer of Shredded Paranoid Cheese

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Dudley Bayne, keyboardist for Cheer-­Accident, jazz pianist, composer, what he's obsessed with. His answers are. . .

Fred Frith, Traffic Continues This remarkably varied, fresh, and often delightfully surprising album, released by Winter & Winter in 2000, is the product of a collaboration between Fred Frith and venerable German new-music group Ensemble Modern. Frith combines improvisation and game and chance operations in two series of pieces titled Traffic Continues and Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora). The performances reveal an ensemble willing to sweat and grapple with challenging instructions, and Frith's whimsical sense of humor makes the group's efforts all the more worthwhile.

Marc Mellits Composer Marc Mellits recently moved to Chicago to teach composition and music theory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originally from Baltimore, Mellits has studied at the Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Cornell University, and Tanglewood. After one look at the titles he gives his works—Shredded Paranoid Cheese, Desperate Miniature Humans, Tight Sweater Remix—you won't be surprised to learn that they're far from staid or academic. Mellits writes with intensity and verve, tapping a pop-­culture sensibility akin to Steve Reich's but with more of a rock edge and an unassuming wit.

St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic was founded in 2002 by Chicago's own Jeffery Meyer, who grew up in nearby Western Springs and currently serves as director of orchestras at Ithaca College School of Music. It's impressive enough to start an orchestra halfway across the world, but even more so to keep it running for a decade. The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic has brought new music and musicians to Russian audiences and Russian musicians to America. The group made its U.S. debut as part of Symphony Space's 2010 Wall to Wall Behind the Wall festival in New York City.

He asks. . .

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