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Al Margolis // Iceless, Faceless CD

Al Margolis // Iceless, Faceless CD

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Al Margolis, head of the American/NY experimental label Sound Of Pig/Pugus, which has been active since the 1980s, has now reissued the rare sound source released in the 1990s on CD.

Includes 6 Lo-Fi Concrete tracks.Digipak, shrink specification.

Tribe Tapes Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tribe Tapes releases available at Tobira. 

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Professionally-manufactured CD in full-color, 4-panel digipak.
Originally released via Hal Tapes, 90s.

 

Artist statement by Al Margolis, July 2022:

"'Iceless, Faceless' has always felt like a 'lost' release to me.
was originally released on Hal McGee's Haltapes label, just as he was
suspending the labels activity. So I'm very pleased that Max/Tribe
Tapes is reissuing this (as a CD!!!) and rescuing it from 'the void'.
I hope it is still worth a listen."

Review by Review by  Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly 1356 :

"Decades of experience by now; that is Al Margolis. Long ago, he worked as If, Bwana and had a cassette label, Sound Of Pig. He has used his real name in recent years and ran another label, Pogus Productions. changed over the years. From the more or less randomized tape experiments of the early years to minimalism (the excellent 'R.ISMV.1' CD springs to mind) and improvisation. As with many of the releases on Tribe Tapes, especially regarding people , we can call 'veterans'; this is a historical release. 'Iceless, Faceless' was intended for release on Hal McGee's Hal Tapes, but that didn't happen as he was about to stop his label activities. 90s. On the six pieces on this release, there is sound input from others, and two pieces are solo. The improvisational aspect of the music is there, especially in the collaborative pieces, but in all six, there are elements of that. Margolis plays tapes, electronics, piano, processing and an ARP 2600. Usually, n ot all at the same time. Yet, the music isn't all that improvised sounding perse. Maybe Margolis' tape processing adds a different shape and texture to the music. In 'Jamming', for instance, he plays vibe samples, while Danielle Reddick adds percussion and Paul Richard drums. It sounds as if the piece never starts and keeps stumbling around. This piece has a lo-fi quality, making me like it even more. There is also something similar with 'Prelude To An Ongoing Conversation' , with a four-piece line-up, same percussionists but adding Brian Charles on didjeridu and Margolis on vocals, whistler and percussion. A curious, minimalist rockist agenda approach. -instrument approach to reshape improvisations lingers through all of these pieces. It's music that isn't easily captured as one thing or another (musique concrète, new music, improvisation), and indeed not easy to digest, but one that slowly unfolds its beauty ."

Artist: Al Margolis

Label: Tribe Tapes

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Al Margolis, head of the American/NY experimental label Sound Of Pig/Pugus, which has been active since the 1980s, has now reissued the rare sound source released in the 1990s on CD.

Includes 6 Lo-Fi Concrete tracks.Digipak, shrink specification.

Tribe Tapes Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tribe Tapes releases available at Tobira. 

--------------------------

Professionally-manufactured CD in full-color, 4-panel digipak.
Originally released via Hal Tapes, 90s.

 

Artist statement by Al Margolis, July 2022:

"'Iceless, Faceless' has always felt like a 'lost' release to me.
was originally released on Hal McGee's Haltapes label, just as he was
suspending the labels activity. So I'm very pleased that Max/Tribe
Tapes is reissuing this (as a CD!!!) and rescuing it from 'the void'.
I hope it is still worth a listen."

Review by Review by  Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly 1356 :

"Decades of experience by now; that is Al Margolis. Long ago, he worked as If, Bwana and had a cassette label, Sound Of Pig. He has used his real name in recent years and ran another label, Pogus Productions. changed over the years. From the more or less randomized tape experiments of the early years to minimalism (the excellent 'R.ISMV.1' CD springs to mind) and improvisation. As with many of the releases on Tribe Tapes, especially regarding people , we can call 'veterans'; this is a historical release. 'Iceless, Faceless' was intended for release on Hal McGee's Hal Tapes, but that didn't happen as he was about to stop his label activities. 90s. On the six pieces on this release, there is sound input from others, and two pieces are solo. The improvisational aspect of the music is there, especially in the collaborative pieces, but in all six, there are elements of that. Margolis plays tapes, electronics, piano, processing and an ARP 2600. Usually, n ot all at the same time. Yet, the music isn't all that improvised sounding perse. Maybe Margolis' tape processing adds a different shape and texture to the music. In 'Jamming', for instance, he plays vibe samples, while Danielle Reddick adds percussion and Paul Richard drums. It sounds as if the piece never starts and keeps stumbling around. This piece has a lo-fi quality, making me like it even more. There is also something similar with 'Prelude To An Ongoing Conversation' , with a four-piece line-up, same percussionists but adding Brian Charles on didjeridu and Margolis on vocals, whistler and percussion. A curious, minimalist rockist agenda approach. -instrument approach to reshape improvisations lingers through all of these pieces. It's music that isn't easily captured as one thing or another (musique concrète, new music, improvisation), and indeed not easy to digest, but one that slowly unfolds its beauty ."

Artist: Al Margolis

Label: Tribe Tapes