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An Moku // Less TAPE

An Moku // Less TAPE

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A cassette released by the Swiss Zurich ambient writer An Moku, who has been released by Already Dead and kalle in the past, on the ambient / experimental label Puremagnetik in New York, USA in April 2021.

Contains 8 songs from metal sound drones to warm ambient drones. DL code included.

Labels and other worksClick here to register: /// Click here to see more Puremagnetik releases available at Tobira. 

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Text by Puremagnetik:

"Less was my most difficult album to make, ”says Dominik Grenzler (aka An Moku). Frustrated by his lack of progress on a concurrent project, he turned to his bass guitar and his effects boxes, and over two sessions produced a kind of music that was a departure for him: “Less is an approach to Hauntology and drone like I've never done those before.

“Most of my recordings are only with the bass guitar and effects,” he points out. “I have used field recordings on“ A better tomorrow ”and“ Blur ”and have treated vinyl crackles a bit at the end of“ Melancholia ” so that they generated an electronic vibe. All in all you might be surprised how the bass guitar is able to sound and fool you being a synthesizer. "Less is a textured, sensual audio fabric of electricity, the sound of voltage flowing through equipment, pushing against impedance, expanding into a sonic architecture of places: the sound of still life, objects, haunted spaces.

During the pandemic lockdown, he listened to hauntology recordings and wanted to direct his efforts at the genre, “somehow, with my own ideas. I wanted Less to be abstract. I wanted to limit myself and had to rethink. My limitation on this release was bass, a bunch of pedals on two pedalboards, some dusty vinyl crackles and a few of my field recordings. "

This is something of a hardware album, a duet between Grenzler and his boxes, especially the Zoia modular effects synthesizer. He created a patch in the device “named'Melancholia,' that loops, chops, and pitches down,” looking for a darker and more industrial bottom than in his other music. Out of that came the track “Melancholia.” The central “location” of the album, it's a place into which the music directs the ear, a churning soundscape of uneasy memories and dramatic stabs of sensation. From here, An Moku guides the listener back out through the final track, “Absent.”

“I knew I wanted to let the bass sound differently,” he explains. “You hear walls of sound full of movement and voltage, but less of the bass. All in all it is less of everything.”

But less of everything, on Less, produces more. Like the natura morta paintings of artists like Giorgio Morandi, tracks like “A Better Tomorrow” and “Forgetting” seem to just turn on, there before our ears in the way Sounds hum and expand with the tactility of the vibrating strings of Grenzler's bass guitar, the loops of voltage that run through his effects.
 

Artist: An Moku

Label: Label: Puremagnetik

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A cassette released by the Swiss Zurich ambient writer An Moku, who has been released by Already Dead and kalle in the past, on the ambient / experimental label Puremagnetik in New York, USA in April 2021.

Contains 8 songs from metal sound drones to warm ambient drones. DL code included.

Labels and other worksClick here to register: /// Click here to see more Puremagnetik releases available at Tobira. 

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Text by Puremagnetik:

"Less was my most difficult album to make, ”says Dominik Grenzler (aka An Moku). Frustrated by his lack of progress on a concurrent project, he turned to his bass guitar and his effects boxes, and over two sessions produced a kind of music that was a departure for him: “Less is an approach to Hauntology and drone like I've never done those before.

“Most of my recordings are only with the bass guitar and effects,” he points out. “I have used field recordings on“ A better tomorrow ”and“ Blur ”and have treated vinyl crackles a bit at the end of“ Melancholia ” so that they generated an electronic vibe. All in all you might be surprised how the bass guitar is able to sound and fool you being a synthesizer. "Less is a textured, sensual audio fabric of electricity, the sound of voltage flowing through equipment, pushing against impedance, expanding into a sonic architecture of places: the sound of still life, objects, haunted spaces.

During the pandemic lockdown, he listened to hauntology recordings and wanted to direct his efforts at the genre, “somehow, with my own ideas. I wanted Less to be abstract. I wanted to limit myself and had to rethink. My limitation on this release was bass, a bunch of pedals on two pedalboards, some dusty vinyl crackles and a few of my field recordings. "

This is something of a hardware album, a duet between Grenzler and his boxes, especially the Zoia modular effects synthesizer. He created a patch in the device “named'Melancholia,' that loops, chops, and pitches down,” looking for a darker and more industrial bottom than in his other music. Out of that came the track “Melancholia.” The central “location” of the album, it's a place into which the music directs the ear, a churning soundscape of uneasy memories and dramatic stabs of sensation. From here, An Moku guides the listener back out through the final track, “Absent.”

“I knew I wanted to let the bass sound differently,” he explains. “You hear walls of sound full of movement and voltage, but less of the bass. All in all it is less of everything.”

But less of everything, on Less, produces more. Like the natura morta paintings of artists like Giorgio Morandi, tracks like “A Better Tomorrow” and “Forgetting” seem to just turn on, there before our ears in the way Sounds hum and expand with the tactility of the vibrating strings of Grenzler's bass guitar, the loops of voltage that run through his effects.
 

Artist: An Moku

Label: Label: Puremagnetik