“Premonition” (1989) is a dance pop song, incorporating aspects of hip hop and jazz funk. It was recorded late at night in demo fashion, and included on my DIY album Nerve. The lyrics consist mostly of cliched phrases, satirizing the end-times though giving way to an urgent chorus. The instrumental track was created entirely on a keyboard sampler, played live to tape without programming. The beat includes samples by Soul II Soul and James Brown (drummer Clyde Stubblefield). To these I added the sampler’s drum sounds in real time and as well as playing a sampled beat from another song of mine. The beat samples were low resolution 8-bit, sampled from cassette recordings.
Composed and recorded October 1989 Roland S-50 sampler, half-inch 8-track tape
Photo: Jason Schwartz, March 1990 (Excalibur newspaper, York University)
Music and composer’s notes copyright Bruce A. Russell 2022
Bruce A. Russell aka Ibrahim El Mahboob (b. Kingston, ON, 1968) is a composer and self-taught pianist living and working in Toronto (Tkarón:to, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat). He studied at York University with James Tenney and Phillip Werren. He has composed music for the Madawaska String Quartet, Modern Times Stage Company, McMaster Dancers and choreographers Pam Johnson and Tracy Renee Stafford. Interest in his work increased in 2020, with performances by Arraymusic, Prism Percussion, Second Note Duo, San Juan Symphony and Idaho Falls Symphony. He was host of Radio Music Gallery, and has written for Musicworks and I Care if You Listen. His interests are in 20th and 21st century concert music especially postminimalism, and music of the African diaspora including notated and non-notated forms. He is a parent of three and is employed in the financial sector.