Wednesday, August 30, 2006

a ralph comp from B4

Ralph Before '84: Volume II

for your hopeful amusement here is the second part of a release by Ralph Records from 1984.
Volume 1 was music of The Residents and Volume 2 featured the other bands on the label.
This is the only volume I have in my possession.
I was halfway through cleaning up this rip when I discovered L. Chupacabra of Crap I Found at the Library has posted another more extensive Ralph compilation here.
Some of the tracks are common to both releases, but most are not.

01 Eva's Warning – Snakefinger (4:31)
02 Halloween – MX-80 Sound (3:24)
03 Evolution – Fred Frith (3:21)
04 What Use? – Tuxedomoon (3:59)
05 Mahogany Wood – The Residents / Renaldo & The Loaf (4:10)
06 Same Old Me – Fred Frith (2:58)
07 Tritone – Tuxedomoon (2:47)
08 Melvyn's Repose – Renaldo & The Loaf (2:05)
09 Yeti: What Are You? – Snakefinger (4:03)
10 Nelda Danced At Daybreak – Renaldo & The Loaf (3:52)
11 Norrgarden Nyvla – Fred Frith (3:10)

same old [192kbps stereo vinyl]

Sunday, August 06, 2006


The Rape of Palestine

to the repetitions of History...

"While Muslimgauze's beautiful, frequently Koran-inspired packaging and exacerbating titles smack of pure political agenda, the music itself aspires to timeless, utopian peace... Sculpted from keyboards and electronics, a variety of international drums, and voices and sound effects snagged from Allah knows where, Muslimgauze aural presence is as abstract as its visual imagery is concrete. Diffuse, repetitive, pulsing incessantly..."
Richard Gehr, Rubrics and Tendrils 1994

Muslimgauze was the stage name of Bryn Jones (1961 - 1999), a prolific electronic music artist, strongly influenced by Middle East affairs. He was a staunch supporter of Hamas and the PLO. Born in Manchester, UK, he never visited the Middle East because he believed it was wrong to visit an occupied land. He first began making music in 1982 to protest the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
...Jones always [used] old analog equipment. He would record himself playing various Middle Eastern instruments and record voices of Middle Eastern people from old tapes. Jones's music was heavily percussive; a review of a rare live performance notes that Jones used a "backing DAT tape with pretty harsh, rhythmic textures, his sort of patented spiralling hypnotic beat, to which he played on two or three different drums with great skill." He actually never looped his music; it was all recorded live, and edited/mixed afterwards. The end result was often loud and staticky, with sudden changes in volume. Jones was never concerned with how many copies of his record were sold, or even how much listeners enjoyed his music, but rather how original his music was.
The Muslimgauze discography is vast. He released over 90 original albums on 32 different record labels, creating nearly 2,000 original songs, each inspired by a political fact or event... he has 180 releases at the time of this writing, but the number is rapidly increasing.
Jones disliked live shows and... has always stated that he never had time to listen to other people's music, although in a 1992 interview with Impulse Magazine, he said he enjoyed traditional music of Japan, the Middle East, and India, as well as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Wire, and Faust. However, despite a few collaborations, Jones didn't trust anyone when it came to remixing his music.
On Wednesday, December 30, 1998, Bryn was rushed to the hospital in Manchester with a rare fungal infection. His body eventually shut down, and he died at 22:50 GMT on Thursday, January 14, 1999. last thought definitely goes to the Middle-East, where blood-baths in the name of a dead Christian god, western civilization, financial power and world domination are taking place every day for the past decades and nobody cares... please let's not forget that was the very thing his music was inspired by and was all about... Let's not think for a moment that Muslimgauze is just music - in fact it's so much more than that... Let's hope the madness stops and ALL people learn what respect is, how to use it and act with a little more intelligence to put an end to this useless and bloody conflict.
Review by: Marc Urselli-Schaerer, Chainlink D.L.K. (May 9, 2002)

Read a 1998 interview with Muslimgauze here

01 Shadow of the West
02 The Muslim City
03 A Nation
04 Ways of Faith
05 The Power of the Word
Get it here [192kps 1988]