Fire Chorus is a work of “construction”. If, Bwana (alias, or, as
you prefer, “personification”, of Al Margolis), presents a
sound form starting from the concept of “perception”. His
concept of electroacoustic music doesn’t belong to the idea
of “appropriation” (which is behind the gestures of many
people now working with natural, non-musical, or “other”
sound sources). If, Bwana uses his raw materials as animated
objects,letting them appear and disappear in his own sound
structures. He creates an environment for the sounds, mixing
“music” and noise, human voices, landscape voices, machine
voices. The four long tracks on this album are four
explorations and, perhaps, four different sound
“constructions”. Chimes is a long, continuous immersion, from
the inside to the outside. Fire Chorus paints a picture such as
those of Hieronimus Bosch, a kind of imploded soundtrack for
a complicated and distorted world. Day 8: McKenna’s Brain is
a collage with a strong theatrical aspect, joining metallic
sounds to “details” of foreign languages. Accidentally
Angelica, is a long,concluding, nocturnal path, a symbol of
the eternal If, Bwana’s wandering thru the mists of a
panorama of archaic but modern sounds.
If, Bwana (born Al Margolis) is a composer and musician. He
has number of recordings under his own name, and has
collaborated with such artists as David Prescott, Adam
Bohman, and Tom Hamilton. He’s a member of the group The
Styrenes. Lastly, he’s the deus ex machina behind Pogus
Productions, one of the leading labels of the American
1) Chimes 13'09"
2) Fire Chorus 11'39"
3) Day 8: McKenna's Brain 13'39"
4) Accidentally Angelica 21'26"