A Remembrance of Bryn Jones
Jones was born and lived his life in Manchester, England. He was the driving
force behind the musical project known as Muslimgauze. Bryn became ill
in late December/early January 1999, having contracted a rare blood fungus
that eventually took its toll on his immune system. He was admitted to
the Royal Northern Hospital and eventually developed pneumonia and had
to be moved to Hope Hospital Intensive care in Manchester. The kidney
machine that was stabilizing him had to be switched off and he passed
His discography dwarfs nearly every other musician in the world of electronic music. Each album was like a region in his Emirate, each track, a vignette captured on a postcard or an evening newscast telling the troubled story of his people. Though born in the UK and certainly of English blood, his people were of course, the Arabs, the Palestinians, and the oppressed. Bryn fought for them with each album, drawing more and more people to an awareness and a better understanding of their situation.
Bryn boldly told the story of the Middle East, as much with words as with sounds and concepts. Bryn single-handedly brought the Middle East to us forcefully; sometimes it was unpleasant, violent and uncompromising, other times marvelous, beautiful, exotic, and noble. His rhythmic brushes painted endless portraits of mothers sobbing, markets bustling, old men pleading, young maidens singing, and too many men tragically dying. Bryn brought the realities of the Middle East to our ears, eyes, minds and hearts.
We have lost so much, an entire genre is missing from the world with Bryn gone. Consider how many people you know who have at least one Muslimgauze release in their collection. People from all corners of the music world, ambient, techno, idm, gothic, dub, trip-hop, ethno-tribal, industrial, ethereal everyone has at least heard of him. The ramification of his death will leave a deep chasm of silence where once was beautiful sound.
Bryn; you will forever live on in your music.
from the Islamaphonia
(Muslimgauze mailing list, now replaced by the Islamaphonia2 forum)
New York Times obituary