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Radio Slaves

A reissue of the 1986 cassette release from Al Margolis.

"These are a bunch of experimental pieces done using the Casio SK1, which is a sampling keyboard. Apparently, this was originally released on Medicinal Tapes (a label from France), and was reissued as a cdr on Generator. The pieces are actually pretty good. They seem very "mucky," sort of like trudging through mud in rubber boots. They all have melody hidden somewhere in there. "The Evocation" is a short, but really good piece that actually got stuck in my head at one point… it's very repetitive. "Jungle Horn" is cool as well, it uses a classical music sample in it (amongst others)! As well, "Dress Me Down" is a cool, spooky piece that sounds pretty neat. Moist of the stuff here is pretty cool, lots of stuff, like "It's Your Funeral," is scary too. There are a few pieces that aren't as good as the others, but those are few and far between. The mood on this album is probably the key element. Lots of the songs are eerie and need to be played in the dark, preferably pitch black in an abandoned church or something. I recommend this cd to people who enjoy a good mix of eerieness, experimentation, humour, and masking tape. Well, the masking tape bit is optional." - Indieville

"Remember those strange things called cassettes? IPod addicts will have a hard time believing that those gatherers of hiss, distortion and lo-fi sounds once were an integral part of the avant-garde world. Through his Sound of Pig imprint, Al Margolis/If, Bwana was one of the greatest agitators of that wave of dirty creativity which used that method to put out bulletins that no level-headed manager would even try to release on a proper "label". "Radio Slaves", originally issued on Medicinal Tapes in 1986, is completely based on the samples of a Casio SK-1 that, coupled with the cheap-as-you-can-get sonic assemblage poetry of the author, makes for fine specimens of highly creative music made with really basic means. Margolis captured just everything on those memory snippets, fragmenting concepts and transcending reality with typically unclassifiable bitterness not deprived of irony. He used pre-existent music as well as actual environmental sources and media blather - lots of TV preaching in there - to interconnect jumbles of sonic material that might imply some sort of disguised meaning but, as a primary result, strikes a nerve. A masterful example is the utilization of a Philip Glass loop (circa Koyaanisqatsi) as the foundation for the vocal cut-up in "Fish tales from the Bible", according to a principle of therapeutic "learn-and-soon-forget" which delivers the listening process from the constrictions of concepts such as "taste" and "expectancy". The whole record is chock full of short items: the samples, the tracks, the events, yet this shortness yields a result that exceeds the sum of the single parts. Those who are acquainted with If, Bwana's vision already know what I'm referring to. Novices, they could be in for some serious bewilderment and maybe a tickle to the desire of knowing more about this unique composer." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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Cat.# :: Composer(s)
:: Enzo Minarelli
:: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
:: Tom Hamilton
:: David First
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: If, Bwana
:: Ulrich Krieger
:: Triple Point
:: Robin Hayward
:: Ron Nagorcka
:: Secluded Bronte
:: David Rosenboom
:: 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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