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At most live gigs, all eyes are on the band while the mixing desk is tucked out of sight with some guy in a T-shirt standing behind it simply making sure each instrument comes out at the right level.

But indicating how far our perception of music has changed in recent years, the focus of British producer Adrian Sherwood’s forthcoming four-date tour of Japan with Jamaican dub master Lee “Scratch” Perry will not be a group of musicians in the traditional sense, but rather the mixing desk, and how Sherwood and Perry mix and morph the sounds into new shapes.

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