Muslimgauze was the one-man musical project of Bryn Jones (June 17, 1961–January 14, 1999), a prolific British electronic-music artist, strongly influenced by everything to do with the Middle East and South Asia.
Strongly opposed to the use of computers and samplers in music, Jones always recorded his music with old analog equipment, but never equipment from the United States or Japan. He would record himself playing various Middle Eastern instruments and record voices of Middle Eastern or South Asian people from old tapes. Jones's music was heavily percussive; a review of a rare live performance notes that Jones used a "backing DAT tape with pretty harsh, rhythmic textures, his sort of patented spiralling hypnotic beat, to which he played on two or three different drums with great skill. He never looped his music: it was all recorded live, and edited/mixed afterward. The end result was often loud and laced with lots of static, with sudden changes in volume. Jones was never concerned with how many copies of his record were sold, or even how much listeners enjoyed his music, but rather how original his music was.
The Muslimgauze discography is vast. He released over 90 original albums on 32 different record labels, creating nearly 2,000 original songs. Many of his pieces were inspired by political facts or events. Many of his releases have been re-pressed as, after 1994, most of his albums were released in limited editions of 200–1,000. Including re-pressings, he had 192 releases as of 2008, but the number is rapidly increasing.
Jones disliked live shows and was rarely asked to do them, so Muslimgauze performances were very rare, though he did quite a few for Law & Auder. He always stated that he never had time to listen to other people's music, although in a 1992 interview with Impulse Magazine, he mentioned that he enjoyed traditional music of Japan, the Middle East, and India, as well as the works of artists such as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Wire, and Faust. However, despite a few collaborations, Jones didn't trust anyone when it came to remixing his music. Instead, he would take pieces of music that were sent to him and remix them to his own liking.
|1995-10-08||UK-Yorkshire-Edinburgh||Cafe Mex||Sunday Service|
|1996-02-18||UK-Yorkshire-Leeds||The Duchess||Sunday Service|
|1996-05-26||UK-Yorkshire-Leeds||The Duchess||Sunday Service|
|1996-08-24||Germany-Berlin||Staalplaat Sonderangebot Festival|
|1997-06-22||Germany-Rostock||MS Stubnitz/Rostock Harbor|
|1997-07-XX||Spain||4 am in a Spanish bull ring|
|1997-11-01||UK-Yorkshire-Leeds||The Duchess||Tandoori Space|
|1998-01-27||Japan-Shibuya||Club Shibuya On Air West|
|1998-06-13||Sweden-Stockholm||MS Stubnitz||Nursery Injection Festival|
|1998-09-XX||France-Normandy||The Monastery Of Sound|
|1998-10-28||UK-Yorkshire-Leeds||The Cockpit||Tandoori Space|