AL MARGOLIS / IF, BWANA
An Innocent, Abroad

[Pogus, www.pogus.com]

IF, BWANA
Radio Slaves

[Monochrome Vision, www.monochromevision.ru]

One thing I love the most about looking at a particular composer is seeing the development that has occurred throughout time. Al Margolis is a perfect example for our comparative study.

It's important to note that neither vocalist Lisa Barnard, flautists Jacqueline Martelle nor Jane Rigler heard the entire "An Innocent, Abroad" piece they've worked on. The forty minute piece centers around Barnard's spooky vocals [she's extorting evil spirits]. She's not chanting any words as such and there is no apparent meaning to the text. All the flute parts were improvised by Martelle and Rigler. The mess of flutes and electronic processing done by Al Margolis is surprisingly coherent. Effect is that of a frightened individual walking through a dark, never-ending, echo-chamber cave. "Issue", which is tacked on to the main piece is a fourteen minute sonic exploration of Barnard's vocal track and Margolis' electronic processing. To utter amazement, this piece tends to surpass the main oratorio in intensity and level of terror. Originally published as a limited 150 copy cassette run [on the French Medicinal Tapes imprint], "Radio Slaves" sees a number of Margolis works that were done between 1984 and 1986. At the time, Margolis was excited as he had just acquired the Casio SK-1 sampler. As the liner notes point out, "It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to 4 seconds." These short loops are the meat and bones of this CD re-issue. Listener gets a glimpse of brief vinyl scratches and loops that originated from various radio broadcasts. Taken as a whole, the release is very atmospheric, though highly schizophrenic in nature. What sounds like copper tubes that are struck together is replaced by a radio voice, only to be swallowed up whole by glitchy, industrial clangs. There is a wealth of twisted, highly experimental material on this re-issue, including four bonus tracks, one of which is the diabolically demented "A Condensed History of Religion". Spooky, yet inviting us to revisit it again, "Radio Slaves" serves as an essential reminder of what Margolis was doing very early on in his musical foundation.

Tom Sekowski


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