About

 

How to toast a snow flake, Dominik?


Dominik Grenzler is a restaurateur, sound artist and bass guitar player with a spot for experimental and ambient soundscapes. The literal translation of the Japanese word «Anmoku» is «tacit, unsaid, implicit» conveying that an idea or thought cannot be put into words but is subconsciously understood. Inspired and animated, with this approach, Dominik’s abstract, cinematic music gives the listener room for imagination and interpretation. His approach is highly personal, as he manages to generate tension with a hidden musicality, drowned in a miasma of organic, yet manipulated, sounds. Dominik’s primary interests lie in simplicity, repetition and the relationship between sound and space. He describes An Moku often as experimental, dark ambientish, glitchy, lo-fi music with a slice of hauntology and atonal madness or if you like: simply something beautiful. «It is up to you. Art itself shouldn’t explain, art should tell.»

Born in 1977 in Gdynia. Raised on a soundtrack of bubbly 80’s synth pop and early 90’s guitar music. Playing e-bass in several bands in Germany’s former coal-mining hub, the Ruhr district, from 1993 to 1995, he gained experiences in a wide variety of musical genres. This is followed by numerous performances with supporting acts for Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Marla Glen as a hired bass-guitar player by the singer and songwriter Daniel Denecke amongst others from 1998 through to 2001. After a long break, inspired by many experiences during travels, encounters and further training Dominik started to explore sound in different and less commercial ways and founded in 2008 the music project: An Moku.

He is working with: Adriano Orrù (Musician), Arovane (Musician, Sound Designer), Benfay (Sound Engineer), Danique Wiesli (Scenographer), Emre Sargöl (Musician), Ivan Engler (Film Maker, Musician), Jan Knüsel (Film Maker), Joel Gilardini (Musician), Marcus Beuter (Sound Artist), Micah Frank (Musician, Sound Designer), Nàresh Ran (Sound Artist), Silo Portem (Sound Artist), Stan Pete (Installation Artist, Instrument Maker), Stefan Schmid (Musician), Stijn Hüwels (Musician), Tilman Ehrhorn (Sound Designer), Virlyn (Musician), Weldroid (Sound Engineer).

One of his favourite projects from the past is the collaboration with Sonos Schweiz under the name: «How to catch Stille?» in 2013. This project for the hearing loss people founded and curated by Dominik included more than 30 musicians worldwide.

Privately, Dominik Grenzler is living and working in his adopted hometown of Zurich, where he co-owns a café with an artisan cake bakery section since 2010 known as Miyuko. Since 2015 he is the founder and curator of the micro label EndTitles and EndTitles.Kitchen.Lab concerts. In 2016-2018 he co-opened a pop-up-café in Reykjavik called Kumiko.

EndTitles is a music label from Zurich focused on exploring fusions of genres of contemporary music.
 

 

Works


2021 – Coming next: «Dingeklang Vol​.​2 – Sound pack of other fancy obsolete electro acoustic devices»
2021 – «MNEMOSYNE #25» Podcast 
2021 – «Dingeklang Vol​.​1 – Sound pack of obsolete electro acoustic devices»
2021 – MICROPOLIS a photo exhibition by Claudio Colotti, Das Provisorium, Zürich
2021 – «Raum» (Collaboration with Stefan Schmidt) @Karlrecords [GER]
2021 – «Less» @Puremagnetik [USA]
2021 – «Safety in Solitude» Sessions (Backstage Subscription Exclusively)
2020 – «Where We Meet» (Collaboration with Stijn Hüwels) @Slowcraft Records [UK]
2020 – «Maya Deren» (Collaboration with Joel Gilardini) @bullflat 3.8, [Japan]
2020 – «Co-Being», «Phimola» (Backstage Subscription Exclusively)
2020 – Bandcamp Subscription: Backstage
2020 – «Of Mirrors» (Collaboration with Virlyn) @Audiobulb Records [UK], EndTitles [Switzerland]
2020 – «Her Dark Materials» EP @EndTitles
2019 – 10th IOIC Stummfilm-Festival, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich
2019 – EndTitles.Kitchen.Lab #2-4 (Universalfilter, Steinbrüchel, Stan Pete, Joel Gilardini, Feyz & Snoopy over the Hills)
2019 – Weldroid: Comatosed Disruption (Remix)
2019 – «Live in Cairo 2018» @EndTitles [Switzerland]
2018 – EndTitles.Kitchen.Lab #1 (Joel Gilardini & Chihei Hatakeyama)
2018 – Mapping Possibilities VI, Live in Cairo, Egypt (in Cooperation with Pro Helvetia)
2018 – Mapping Possibilities VI Live-Show Preparation in Reykjavik, Iceland
Comeback after a six-year break.
Before that: releases, collaborations and performances, label foundation

 

Press


NEOBLOG Swiss Contemporary Music: An Moku – Klangkünstler und Soundtüflter

 

 

Sound


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