Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones is an Anthology of his early musical output and a biography on the late Bryn Jones, a Manchester, England-based musician who produced nearly 200 albums (some were multi-disc sets) between 1982 to 1998 and passed away aged 38 in 1999. Though the majority of his catalog is instrumental, his music is considered controversial by some where some retailers who went so far as to ban selected catalog items. An anti-colonialist at heart, Jones dedicated most of his music to Muslim-world struggles during his lifetime such as Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, the Iran/Iraq war, and the Lebanon civil war, to name a few, with an emphasis on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Jones was pro-Palestinian, often evidenced on album and track titles as well as dedications. It was the albums dedicated to the struggles of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that resulted in the mentioned ban.
Muslimgauze music can be considered a sonic treatise on Muslim-world conflicts in the form of exotic soundscape narratives, driving musical protest and rhythmic assertion. As a side effect of being prolific, Jones worked in a variety of styles and successfully melded traditional ethnic music of places he championed with Western urban stylings such as techno, breakbeat, and dub. Some credit him as being the ‘Godfather of Dubstep’, the current musical rage. Perhaps Jones’ musical brilliance shone brightest as an audio editor who deftly juxtaposed unlikely sounds in ways that now cannot be envisioned otherwise. Others simply consider his music ‘not of this world’ and ‘not of this time’.
THIS INCREDIBLY DELUXE LIMITED EDITION OF 500 BOX SET CONTAINS:
10 LP BOOKLIKE-FOLDER SET (DESIGNED BY SANDRO SCHLEIER OF ITAE EXCLUSIVE DESIGN LAB) COVERING ALL MUSLIMGAUZE RECORDINGS RANGING FROM 1983-1988 (FOR MEMBERS WITH ADDITIONAL BONUS 10″)
PLUS 15-TRACK-CD-COMPILATION COMPILED BY CHARLES POWNE OF SOLEILMOON (RELEASED IN COOPERATION WITH SOLEILMOON)
LARGE A1-SIZED POSTER DESIGNED BY SAMUEL AKA MO
208 PAGE A4-SIZED BOOK ABOUT THE LIFE OF BRYN JONES. WRITTEN BY IBRAHIM KHIDER AND DESIGNED BY ERIC KESSEL / SIMON CRAB
(BOOK WITH CD CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED SEPARATELY IN A LIMITED 400 EDITION)
EXTRA SPECIAL OUTER HOLDER TO HOUSE BOOK/CD AND 10 LP FOLDER
THE CONCEPT AND PRODUCT IDEA OF THIS BOX SET IS A COLLABORATION WORK BETWEEN PRODUCTION GENIUS/MASTERMIND YUEN KIM WAH OF ULTRAMAIL PROD (HK) AND FRANK MAIER OF VOD-RECORDS (GER)
(PREVIOUS RELEASE CONCEPTS LEAD TO RELEASES BY CLOCK DVA, NURSE WITH WOUND, CURRENT 93, AND JOHN BENDER TO NAME A FEW)
THE 10 VINYL LPS ARE REMASTERED BY ANDERS PETERSON OF GHOSTSOUNDSLABEL, PRESSED ON 180 GRAM VINYL AT PALLAS GERMANY,
CUT WITH DIRECT METAL MASTERING AT PAULER ACOUSTICS
AND CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING AUDIO:
LP1 Opaque (Tape) 1983 Product Kinematopgraph
A1 Milena Jesenska 5:41
A2 Cyst 4:20
A3 Anatomy 5:07
A4 Enfilade 4:54
A5 Afrikaner 1:08
A6 Afrikaner 6:12 (from Various – Integration (Cass, Comp, C90) ICR, 1983)
B1 Taoist 18:55
B2 Melena Jesenska 4:42 (from Various – The Elephant Table Album, X Tract, 1983)
LP2 Kabul (Lp) 1983 Product Kinematopgraph
A1 Kaaba 2:04
A2 Icon Screen 4:56
A3 Muslin Gauze Muslim Prayer 6:14
A4 Turkish-Koln 5:29
A5 Melee 3:13
A6 Dissidents 4:01 (from Various – Life At The Top, Third Mind Records, Abstract Magazine, 1984)
B1 Kabul 13:40
B2 Ex 6:59
B3 Metropolis 2:14 (from Various – The Last Supper, Adventures In Reality, 1984)
B4 Trans/Time 3:27 (from Various – The Last Supper, Adventures In Reality, 1984)
LP3) Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye (12″) LIMITED 1 / Hammer and Sickle 7″) 1983 / 84
A1 Under The Hand Of Jaruzelski 6:10
A2 Ensan Entehari 5:25
A3 Empty Quarter (Pt I) 10:19
A4 Dissidents In Exile (as Muslingauze) 3:51 (from Various – Trucchi Senza Volto (Cass, Comp, C40), Megamagomusic, 1984)
B1 Hammer & Sickle 7:06
B2 Fear Of Gadaffi 3:47
B3 Nettle Cloth 1:49
B4 Baize Tents 2:51
B5 The Asphalt Jungle 2:35 (from Various – Film Noir – American Style (2xCass, Comp, Ltd), Ding Dong Records And Tapes, 1984)
B6 Execute The Monkey 7:28 (from Various – Not By Chance (Cass, Comp, Ltd) Frux, 1984)
LP4) Buddhist on Fire (Lp), Recloose, loose 08 1984
A1 Soviet Occupied Territories 5:38
A2 Turkish Falaka 8:20
A3 Priest 6:54
B1 Reuters 6:34
B2 Dissidents In Exile 13:29
B3 Under The Hand Of Jaruzelski 6:03 (from Various – Beyond Step One (Cass, Comp, C60),Sound Of Pig, 1984)
LP5.) Blinded Horses (LP, Album) 1985 LIMITED 2
A1 Byzantine Crucifixion 6:21
A2 Zebra Slaughter 4:57
A3 Palestine 8:38
B1 Death Of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale 8:48
B2 Political Asylum 9:12
B3 Sudanese Amputate The Hands Of Thieves 4:19 (from Various – Terra Incognita I (LP, Comp), Auxilio De Cientos, 1985)
B4 Sakharov 4:27 (from Various – Born Out Of Dreams (LP, Comp, Ltd), Frux, 1985)
LP6.) Flajelata (LP, Album) 1986 LIMITED 3
A1 Sjamboks 5:29
A2 Mujahideen 5:41
A3 Hezbollah 4:27
A4 Flajelata 5:21
B1 Homily To Popieluszko 2:06
B2 Cahcot 6:18
B3 Samizdat 6:15
B4 Émigré 1:48
B5 Iranian Martyrs 6:56 (from Various – Nemesis 1 (Cass, Comp, C60) Nemesis, 1986)
LP7.) Hajj (LP, Album) 1986 LIMITED 4
A1 Charnel 6:02
A2 Under Black Light 6:38
A3 Somnambulists 5:02
A4 New Delhi Flogging 6:29 (from Various – Songs from the New International, Reclooose Organisation, Loose 012, 1986)
B1 X Ajza Of Martyrdome 19:25
B2 Unwelcome Visitors (as Muslim Gauze) 4:56 (from Various – Hits $ Corruption / Skin $ Bone, 1986)
LP8.) Jazirat-Ul-Arab (LP, Album) 1987 LIMITED 5
A1 Arms Of The Koran 6:16
A2 The Divine Cause 5:28
A3 Sabra 5:03
B1 Bourj-El-Barajneh 8:19
B2 Mäiaź 6:07
B3 Chatila 3:02
B4 Green Is The Colour Of The Prophet 5:03 (from Various – Nightlands, Final Image, 1987)
LP9.) Abu Nidal (LP, Album) 1987 LIMITED 6
A1 Gulfwar (Part One) 3:56
A2 Gulfwar (Part Two) 8:39
A3 Gulfwar (Part Three) 6:35
B1 Abu Nidal 7:25
B2 Green Is The Colour Of The Prophet 8:22
B3 Fatwa (Religious Decree Giving Recourse To Terrorism) 6:11
B4 Gulf-War (Remix) 3:49 (from Various – Provoke N° 3 (Cass, Comp, Ltd), Provoke, 1988)
LP10.) The Rape Of Palestine (LP, Album) 1988 LIMITED 7
A1 Shadow Of The West 8:19
A2 The Muslim City 5:45
A3 A Nation 3:51
B1 Ways Of Faith Part 1 5:11
B2 Ways Of Faith Part 2 5:01
B3 The Power Of The Word Part 1 5:23
B4 The Power Of The Word Part 2 4:24
EACH COPY OF THE BOOK INCLUDES A COPY OF A 15-Track COMPILATION CD “A PUTRID OASIS” 1987-2003 (in cooperation with Soleilmoon):
1. Gold Kalpakcilar Dome – Part 1/2 03:41
From “Alms For Iraq”. Recorded in 1995, released in 2003.
2. A Putrid Oasis 02:51
From “Galilee Stone”. Recorded in 1994, previously unreleased.
3. How Rustem, The Thief, Moves Through Fire 05:01
From “Sufiq”. Recorded in 1997, released in 2000.
4. Memsahib of Gub and Ghee 03:57
From “Fakir Sind”. Recorded in 1998, released in 1999.
5. Bilechik Mule 05:33
From “Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass”. Recorded in 1998, released in 1999.
6. Untitled 07:00
From “Re-mixs Vol 2″. Recorded and released in 1997.
7. Suttee 08:10
From “Farouk Enjineer”, recorded and released in 1997.
8. Jawani Zindabad 05:35
From “Vote Hezbollah”, recorded in 1992, released in 1993.
9. Sapere Aude 03:37
From “Abu Nidal”. Recording date unknown. Released in 1987.
10. Saladin Mercy 07:06
From “Gun Aramaic”. Recorded in 1994/1995, released in 1995.
11. Sulaymaniyah 04:12
From “Mazar-i-Sharif”. Recorded in 1997 and released in 1998.
12. Palestine Is Our Izlamic Land – Part 1 06:02
From “Arab Quarter”, Recorded in 1995/1996, and released in 1996.
13. Marseille – Part 2 03:06
From “Lahore & Marseille”. Recorded in 1997, released in 1998.
14. Sadaambush 02:02
From “Arabbox”. Recorded in 1993, released in 2003.
15. Zenana Of Ugly Thoughts 08:25
From “Fakir Sind”. Recorded in 1998, released in 1999.
208 PAGE BOOK BY IBRAHIM KHIDER (ALSO AVAILABLE SEPARATELY IN LIMITED EDITION OF 400 COPIES)
The book is divided into three sections; biography, posthumous narrative, and discography analysis.
The biography of the late Bryn Jones is comprised of a quilt of narratives from friends, family, and collaborators. Letters, articles, and interviews provide further insight into Jones, who was otherwise reclusive and highly secretive. The book also delves into each Muslimgauze musical release and its attendant (text, album and track titles and dedications) sourced. To experience Muslimgauze music is to be educated on Western foreign policy, resource greed and push for regional domination behind much of the conflicts. If Colonialism is a disease, then within this disease is part of the cure.
Section two is a first-person narrative by the author who went to the UK to interview friends, family, and collaborators to see what happened. Years after Jones’ passing, Muslimgauze is as prolific as ever with posthumous yet-to-be released material still in the works as of this writing. This narrative is set on the backdrop of even more Muslim-world conflicts, once distant in the news during Jones life and now cause for concern all over the world as the struggles are brought to our doorsteps. Now more than ever, we must learn about the issues Jones railed against in his lifetime.
Section three attempts to grapple with the staggering catalog of Muslimgauze music and organize it in a comprehensive way. This section may be of special interest to those not completely familiar with the musical oeuvre.