Chasing The Shadow Of Bryn Jones 1983-1988

The following appeared on FACT.

Muslimgauze 10-LP boxset on the way from Vinyl-On-Demand

Cult ’80s productions receive vast vinyl reissue.

Vinyl-On-Demand, the German re-issue label that specialises in industrial and avant-garde rarities, has announced a monster 10-LP boxset of material by the late British producer known as Muslimgauze.

With the title 'Chasing The Shadow Of Bryn Jones 1983-1988', the boxset comprises all of Jones’ material from those years and includes a 208-page book, a poster and a CD. It’s due out in April.

Jones died in 1999 but made records in the hundreds in his lifetime, chiefly influenced by conflicts in the Muslim world. Drawing on Eastern and Western styles, his music as Muslimgauze navigates a unique space between ambient, techno, noise and ethnographical field recordings. Last year FACT picked 1987’s 'Coup D’Etat' as one of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s . [via RA]

by FACT (January 17, 2014)

The following appeared on Boomkat.

Of all the incredible releases compiled by Vinyl-on-Demand in the last few years, this one is by some distance their biggest coup.

This epic 10 LP box set compiles the earliest material from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze dating back to 1983 and upto 1988. It includes a whole raft of mindblowing productions that will surprise and inspire anyone with even just a vague notion of what the sound of Muslimgauze was really all about. If you've heard Vinyl-on-Demand's 2006 'Complete Oblique' set you'll no doubt already have an inkling of just how inspired Jones' material from this era is - exploring often brilliantly jarring elements of post-industrial, proto-techno, noise and ambience, as well as early explorations of Middle Eastern rhythms and themes that would go on to typify so much of his later works.

With VoD's typical attention to detail the set includes the entire Muslimgauze discography spanning these formative years, all fully remastered and pressed up at Pallas, housed in a deluxe box that also includes the definitive book about Muslimgauze - the 208 Page "Chasing The Shadow.." written By Ibrahim Khider, as well as a poster and CD.

We don't normally put Vinyl-on-Demand releases up for preorder but seeing as only 500 sets have been made it's unlikely these are going to last very long….

Boomkat (April 8, 2014)

The following appeared on Black online Magazine.

What would Bryn Jones say about the current situation in the Gaza Strip or the now completely out of control conflict between Israel and the Palestinians if he had not died unexpectedly of rare blood fungus poisoning in January 1999? He would probably have further increased his workload in the studio and released 3 or 4 more CDs. In the last years of life (and beyond), a real flood of Muslimgauze releases appeared, which dealt almost exclusively with the Middle East and the cause of the Palestinians. In the early 1980s, the young Bryn Jones, from Manchester, started his project E.g Oblique Graph his first musical attempts in the fairway of the ever increasing industrial movement, which, however, were not quite as thematically defined. A little later, however, the name was changed to Muslimgauze and although he initially also dealt with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian war, the Cuban Missile Crisis or the time of martial law in Poland, the name Muslimgauze ultimately became a symbol for a very specific pro-Arab sound and a certain stubborn political attitude. His archaic-monotonous and bone-dry industrial ragga dub quickly found a worldwide circle of listeners and fans who fanatically collected every release and were ultimately responsible for the hype that took place in the 90s and the inflationary CD flood around Muslimgauze. That they weren't always just musical masterpieces should be more than understandable, but it is all the more exciting to find the pearls or to discover the subtle differences in sound garments somewhere between ambient and aggro beat. Contrary to the level of awareness of the project, the person was behind it, because Bryn Jones was an absolutely shy guy in leather sandals who gave only a few concerts and interviews, but was hardly suitable for legends in his normal nature. After his death, the release mania continued unabated thanks to almost inexhaustible archive recordings, and yet most of his albums are sold out, no longer available. After Vinyl-on-Demand, in 2006, made the complete work of the previous project E.g Oblique Graph available again, as a double LP, the same thing is happening 8 years later with the complete early work of Muslimgauze. The truly monumental black box with a silver (ed. or gold) embossing called "Chasing The Shadow Of Bryn Jones" comprises the tape 'Opaques' on a total of 10 LPs, the 12" 'Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye', the 7" 'Hammer And Sickle' and the albums 'Kabul', 'Buddhist On Fire'. Thus, the years 1983 to 1988 are completely covered and available again in the discography of Muslimgauze, whereby VOD Records subscribers still receive the 10" 'Coup D'etat' as an exclusive bonus. Musically, you can follow the development of Muslimgauze very well on the 10 LPs of the box, such as the initially rough loops from Arabic samples and percussions, which become more and more smooth, or the few synthesizer sounds disappear completely over time. Anders Peterson's mastering deserves a lot of praise, because the sound sounds really bold and clear, which one would not have expected with the starting material, which was more likely to be included in the Lo-Fi process. As always, the Pallas pressing of the 10 LPs is beyond suspicion and these are integrated in a hard-bound book cover, as were the excellent retrospectives of Clock DVA and John Bender on VOD records. There is also a massive slipcase, which also contains a thick book about the history of Muslimgauze + Best Of CD and is also available individually in a print run of 400 editions. This richly illustrated book can already be described as the Bible for Muslimgauze disciples, because it comes up with a lot of previously unknown background information and continues to offer interesting interviews with contemporaries, colleagues and fans of Bryn Jones. A large poster with all Muslimgauze publications and a certificate complete this impressive Opus Magnum!, which is limited to 500 copies. After full enjoyment, I am now ready for the next intifada!

reviewed by Marco Fiebag
Black online Magazine (July 22, 2014)
Translated from German with the assistance of Lingvanex Translator

The following appeared on Goodreads.

For me this is one of the best and most detailed biography’s ever written about a musician. Highest respect for Ibrahim Khider for his dedication for making this book happen. Listening to the 10 LP set released in the vinyl box on Vinyl-on-Demand of the same name made me totally hooked to Bryn Jones and his work.

Luc Jacobs
Goodreads (July 12, 2019)

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