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If, Bwana
Thirty


Please note: This release packaging comes as an 11” x 17” sheet, folded into thirds, ending up as a brochure style booklet, with the CDs in paper sleeves, all inserted into re-sealable plastic sleeves. There is no jewel case, tray card etc. There is a bar code.


Originally released as a 3 CDr set on Inyrdisk to commemorate 30 years of If, Bwana, and now available on manufactured CDs, this triple disc gracefully spans 3 and 1/4 hours of riveting musique concrète and refined experimentation from Al Margolis. These recent recordings come to you re-mastered and repackaged from the self-released tapes sold in a nearly invisible edition during a brief tour, sub-titled within Thirty as Blue Two, Green Three and Yellow Four. Thirty captures If, Bwana championing familiar territory with haunting long-form drone compositions such as Organ Life(less), Massed Roses and Forks, Waves, Bees and forging ahead with new sonic focus into the infinite worlds found within bassoons and voices.

From an Avant Music News review by Dan Barbiero:

“In the course of its three-plus hours, Thirty reveals some of the major tropes and favorite sound sources Margolis has explored over the years. One of these is tropes is the creation of variably dense drone music out of looped, stretched or otherwise manipulated samples of instruments or voices. A good example is 8 Notes, 16 Speakers, x Players, which begins with single stabs of a piano note which gradually multiply and expand in pitch until evolving into cyclical waves of sound that give the impression of a slightly detuned tamboura. Forks Waves Bees is a more conventional, thick drone piece, while Diapason 40 takes what sounds like stretched horn tones and layers them into long, dissonant chords.

“One of the hallmarks of If, Bwana is the enlistment of acoustic orchestral instruments and human voices into the service of electronic experimentation. James (Leuven) Piece constructs a virtual string ensemble from spare samples of string instruments; Al, My Bassoons elongates the notes of a bassoon—an instrument that Margolis returns to again and again—until something resembling an organ dirge results. Ross Bassoon 2 transforms the bassoon into a complex drone, as does Kat Lib Bday Bassoon.  At the other end of the spectrum, Roe Girls 2 is a sparse, space-filled piece in which female voices singing three notes are overlapped in and out of synch. Pushing the exploration of voice into more radical territory, Secular Totems is a collage of fragmented vocalizations that are neither speech nor song, yet somehow seem to convey emotional states in a dramatically direct way.”

Contemporary work at its deepest, and a must for any If, Bwana fan.
Cat.# :: Composer(s)
21088
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
21085
:: Tom Hamilton
21084
:: David First
21083
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
21082
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
21080
:: If, Bwana
21079
:: Ulrich Krieger
21078
:: Triple Point
21077
:: Robin Hayward
21076
:: Ron Nagorcka
21075
:: Secluded Bronte
21074
:: David Rosenboom
21073
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur

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