The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha (HHY) to perform his space-age voodoo-dub constructions, combining a feverish barrage of bone-percussion, sub-bass pressure, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo.
Influenced by electricity, Ballard, Sherwood, Burroughs and Carpenter, using Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum and the rhythms from the mental jungle.
The process: dubbing or doubling to a version, running the memory of a number of musical approaches through a third ear.
Dub: as the echo-driven reduction of structure into memory and reverberating spectre. As an effective, mediunic technique of engaging phantasms. As an operation of summoning and decantation. Instrumentation gives way to memories / prostheses of instruments, encoded into electric ghosts by the mixing desk. An electric archive of sounds fleshed out into skeletons who will later be reanimated, transfigured and recast in space and time through processes of decantation.
Skull-Cave: the immersion tactics of skull-cave oriented Dub, applied to whichever type or style of music sets the deconstructive scene of a negotiation between sonic space and a conscious state of immersion. A grey area scenario of echoes and returns. A scenario for deep charges of bass pressure overload and disorientating echoes, of permanent jumps and shortcuts between present time and present gestures and their direct interaction with their own ghosts.