Microdemystification

Dear Listener, Musician, Fan!

My new album «Microdemystification» is out. This is my third and last release in 2021.
3rd release on a cassette as well. Crazy! Microdemystification is a collaboration album with Blakmoth.

“My initial recording session started in May. I recorded 14 tracks in total and sent them to Blakmoth. After receiving his contribution, I started figuring out which tracks go best in terms of a release. Knowing that during the recording process Blakmoth bought a Strega (synth by Make Noise) I decided to stay with his new Strega-tique tone. This felt right for the project and I liked what I heard very much. Finally, I made up my mind and finished the album during my stay in mystical Ireland. Microdemystification was born. What I hear out of our work is a beautiful synergy. Melted sounds. Intense texture. A microdemystification. On behalf of us both: A big thank you to the cover designer, mastering engineer and the label. And of cause to you dear listener for taking your time. Do not be in a hurry!“ – An Moku 

“When it comes to ambient music I often think about it as a destination. A sacred space filled with texture, emotion and atmosphere. All of these things I found while listening to the music by An Moku, a collaborative album was a must. Our approach to creativity was a perfect amalgamation of styles that ebbed and flowed masterfully. I felt Microdemystification should be synergetic. I did not want to overpower the beautiful work An Moku sent over that I felt could stand alone as it’s own release. So the goal was to ensure a balance of both our sounds could be heard and felt. In my eyes Microdemystification is a beautiful masterpiece that I hope you enjoy.” – Blakmoth  

credits:

DIODRONE 089 
Thanks to Nàresh Ran 

Music by An Moku & Blakmoth 
Concept by An Moku 
Album Cover by Juan TRakO 
Design by Sara Hochuli 
Mastering by Benfay 

Recorded in May, finished in August of 2021 

You can support the label, Dio Drone and buy the cassette directly here: 
diodrone.bandcamp.com/album/microdemystification

Or buy me a piece of a cheesecake! The digital version of Microdemystification is «Name your price». Thank you for your support and enjoy this dark album for dark November days ;-)

->  anmoku.bandcamp.com/album/microdemystification

MNEMOSYNE #025 – AN MOKU

April 2020, Patrizio Maranza asked me about creating an episode for his Podcast series «MNEMOSYNE». I said yes, and (due to other projects and hard discs issues) 24 episodes later I made it finally. For experimental reasons, the episode is glued with a mint VHS tape. (Around minute 9 there is a dropout for a few secs. I have no clue what happened, but this happens when you work with an old hardware such as my VHS recorder. I kept all of the digital artifacts and artefacts as part of the performance.) My episode is dedicated to nostalgic mood swings, old fashioned mixtapes and precious coffee time. Thank you for listening, An Moku.

Coffee time with friends:

Intro

«Nearer» by An Moku (Less, Puremagnetik)

«Mirror» by An Moku & Virlyn (Off Mirrors, Audiobulb/EndTitles)

«modul 1» by Arovane (modul 2 EP, Bandcamp)

«Align» by Bird Barks (Gift, EndTitles)

«GoldFx» by Colin Muir Dorward (forstexDubs TWO, EndTitles)

«Lotus Flower» by Pablo Ortega (Still Waters Run Deep EP, Inhabitant Records)

«Where We Meet» by An Moku & Stijn Hüwels (Where We Meet, Slowcraft Records)

«Medium» by An Moku & Stefan Schmidt (Raum, Karlrecords)

«Room» by An Moku & Virlyn (Off Mirrors, Audiobulb/EndTitles) as Transition

«10» by An Moku & Joel Gilardini (Maya Deren, bullflat 3.8)

«Hell HathNo Fury» by Silo Portem (LC-20, Bandcamp)

«Restive» by Cult Minit (Particle Difference, EndTitles)

«Welcome Slicer» by Weldroid (Silicate Recursions, 670860 Records)

«Every Sound Is A Mystery» by Grzegorz Bojanek (Live in May, etalabel) as Transition

«Ankoku Dub» by longmo (Bandcamp)

«Melancholia» by An Moku (Less, Puremagnetik)

At the end of all, Patrizio asked me: «What was a crucial sound experience in your life? Well, there have been some and happen nowadays but I never told about these significant two experiences: Back in 2007 – Falling asleep with Jean Michele Jarre‘s „Waiting for Cousteau“ and discovering the nature in Vals (Switzerland) with Fritz Hauser‘s „Sounding Stones“ in 2008.»

56

Darren Dyke aka Pancycle is a Musician and Craftsman from Belgium. His track called «56» is (what he says on Bandcamp) inspired by and created with sounds from my sound pack «Dingeklang Vol.1». His cover is a painting he did recently. This is what he wrote via email: «I also managed to give it a proper name and cover – after a little watercolor painting of a house number I photographed recently. I like finding, photographing and painting interesting house numbers here in Brussels – often art deco/nouveau. I am not sure where the idea came from I just find them interesting. Here then is “56”.» Simply Beautiful :-)



Support his calm music: https://pancycle.bandcamp.com/track/56

Full soundpack available here: https://anmoku.bandcamp.com/album/dingeklang-vol-1-sound-pack-of-obsolete-electro-acoustic-devices

MICROPOLIS a photo exhibition by CLAUDIO COLOTTI

Eine Ausstellung im Provisorium, Zürich mit Fotos des italienischen «Street Art» Fotografen Claudio Colotti. Seine Fotos konzentrieren sich auf auf einen Blickwinkel, der den Ort des ursprünglich aufgenommenen Fotos verwischt. Man meint die Aufnahme sei in NYC oder Rom oder sonst in irgendeiner anderen Grossstadt entstanden. Dabei ist es Zürich oder Civitanova Marche. «So habe ich Zürich persönlich noch nicht gesehen!», sagte ich am Samstag zu Taro, dem Aussteller. Claudios Fotos sind schwarz-weiss mit hohem Kontrast. Der Fotograf ist stets nah bei den Aufnahmeobjekten, sei es Mensch oder Gegenstand. Er fotografiert, überrascht und spricht erst dann an…
Für die musikalische Untermalung sorgen An Moku (also ich) und der italienische Jazz Musiker Federico Missio.

Die Ausstellung läuft von 17.-22. Juli.

Ort: Hosoecaffe, Provisorium, Zürich
Fotograf: Claudio Colotti
Unten findet ihr meine kurierte Spotify-Playlist zur Ausstellung.

Best of 2020… Thank you.

Das letzte Jahr war für mich sehr produktiv. Ich freue mich sehr über die Kollaborationen samt den vollendeten Werken. Für mich zählt der intensive Austausch, der stets zu vorerst steht. Somit kam auch einiges zusammen an interessanten Begegnungen, die so belassen wurden. Wenn ich jetzt zurückblicke, denke ich mir, wow, wo habe ich die Energie und Zeit hergenommen und vergesse, wie aussergewöhnlich 2020 gewesen ist. Ich nutzte die Zeit für Musik und Weiterbildung, wenn ich nicht gerade in meinem Café für den Take Away an zu treffen war und weiterhin bin. So nun auch in 2021. Das Jahr beginnt spannend mit weiteren interessanten Begegnungen aus dem letzten Jahr. Mal sehen, was hier entstehen wird. Zu erwähnen ist eine wichtige Kollaboration für mich, die ich gleich im ersten Lockdown 2020 nach dem Album «Where We Meet» mit dem spannenden Musiker Stefan Schmidt angegangen bin. «RAUM» erscheint im Mai auf Karlrecords als Special Edition CD. Stefan und ich arbeiten bereits am Nachfolger. So auch geplant der Nachfolger für «Where We Meet» mit Stijn Hüwels auf Slowcraft Records :-)

2020 war generell weltweit sehr produktiv. Um so mehr freue ich mich, dass meine Arbeiten Beachtung gefunden haben. Neben Airplays und Reviews freue ich mich besonders über die Best of Listen, die Redakteure in nächtlicher Kleinstarbeit mühsam zusammenstellen. Diese sind mir besonders sympathisch. Danke für die Erwähnungen allerseits und auf ein neues spannendes Jahr. Hier eine kleine Zusammenstellung…

«Where We Meet» Auswahl auf Headphone Commute: https://headphonecommute.com/best-of-lists/headphone-commutes-best-of-2020/music-for-being-together-alone/

«Where We Meet» #17 auf pimpod, Quiet Space Top 100: https://www.pimpod.com/2021/01/10/quiet-space-top-100-countdown-best-of-2020-part-5-162/

«Of Mirrors» #53 auf Shumamb Hatena Blog: https://shumamb.hatenablog.jp/entry/2020/12/19/175120

«Maya Deren» #68 auf Post Post Lux: https://postambientlux.tumblr.com/post/637962663954137088/best-ambient-of-2020?fbclid=IwAR0XrFPTaG4PcyXPe5KVclk2mukgQWfLKSZHHUS03uuY9Ei6fh_xt8rTqQs

«Of Mirrors» wird im April unter anderem von Mary Anne Hobbs auf BBC6 gespielt

«An Moku – Klangkünstler und Soundtüftler» Beitrag von Gabrielle Weber: https://neoblog.mx3.ch/index.php/2020/12/30/deutsch-dominik-grenzler-aka-an-moku-klangkuenstler-und-soundtueftler/?fbclid=IwAR1MWr7Y-2ZVHH5Wkkmp98GyDfF9IWCut73EZDWS5184-v-fMhhntOUWHaw&lang=de

Review: Maya Deren

Un vapore crepuscolare che si espande gradualmente saturando l’ambiente di inquieto mistero. Evidenti e perfettamente introiettate sono le premesse da cui nasce la collaborazione tra Dominik Grenzler aka An Moku e Joel Gilardini, primo incrocio tra due musicisti che utilizzando mezzi diversi perseguono una visione artistica affine.

Concretizzatosi in seguito all’invito a partecipare ad un festival dedicato alla sonorizzazione di film muti ricevuto da Grenzler, il connubio tra i due si sviluppa come rapido percorso improvvisativo rivolto alla ricerca di un comune denominatore espressivo. Senza essere al corrente della materia visiva assegnata, i due iniziano un fertile dialogo sonoro che li porterà a stretto giro a realizzare le musiche di accompagnamento di tre cortometraggi girati negli anni quaranta dello scorso secolo da Maya Deren, commento di cui le tracce di questo album rappresentano soltanto una premessa.

Cogliendo lo spiccato simbolismo di matrice surrealista e l’attitudine introspettiva profonda e convulsa che distingue la produzione della regista americana, il suono plasmato dal duo si irradia oscuro e penetrante, strutturato in percorsi enigmatici che fondono in modo inscindibile le nebbiose frequenze sintetiche di An Moku e le trame taglienti della chitarra baritona di Gilardini. Una commistione densa e viscerale che assume la forma di dilatate elucubrazioni droniche intarsiate da risonanze spigolose (“5”), a tratti percorse da delicate linee melodiche (“2”), o di algide derive nutrite da modulazioni ruvide e correnti elettriche disturbanti (“13”).

Una prima prova convincente che sancisce un legame artistico certamente destinato a produrre ulteriori condivisi capitoli.

https://sowhatmusica.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/an-moku-joel-gilardini-maya-deren/

#3: Iteration 

This is the 3rd picture of the talented photographer from Spain, Juan TRakO and my 3rd «Safety in Solitude» track which is a lovely sketch from last summer. I am working on it now with my dear collaboteur Pablo Ortega from Germany. Folks, be aware, you will never hear it like this ever again. 13mins full of beautiful iterations (Backstage exclusively).

As you already know, Safety in Solitude is kind of a diary. For a few weeks I am posting a piece of my music. Weekly.

Enjoy Iteration!
(Headphones recommended)

James Murray Radio Show

Every episode of Slowcraft has so far featured exclusive content and this evening’s show is no exception. Not one but two first listens coming up in this hour – gorgeous work forthcoming on the Lifelines series from An Moku & Stijn Hüwels, and an as yet unheard piece from Murray’s upcoming collaboration with Mike Lazarev on Home Normal. Also featured is new work from Tukico, Rothko and Mathieu Karsenti along with aural treasure from Alva Noto, Phasenmensch, Field Rotation and Tomáš Šenkyřík. That’s today, Saturday 17th October at 6pm GMT / 7pm CEST.Tread slow, craft with care.

http://www.listen.camp/

Maya Deren

A few days ago ( 15th of October) my new collab album has been released. Bullflat 3.8 from Japan made a CD with beautiful artwork by Ryo Fujimoto out of it. Big thanks to Michiru Aoyama for releasing this project album.

So, Joel Gilardini know and I each other for quite a long time. We are sharing the same fascination for sounds and musical devices. At some point we started to think: “Why not collaborate together?” 

This opportunity arose when I received an invitation to play at the 10th and very last “Marathon Des Zelluloids”, a silent-movie festival with live performed soundtracks, which took place in December 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland (Pablo Assandri, thanks for the invitation) and invited Joel Gilardini to participate. 

At the beginning of Autumn 2019 Joel and I started to meet on a regular basis for sessions to improvise together. By then we still didn’t know which film we got to set to music, and since we never played together before, the main goal was to develop a feeling for each other. In only a short time together we developed a wonderful flow and during our sessions we collected many ideas and clues how to work together for the festival. 
One month before the festival we were given the actual films we had to create the soundtrack for. We received three short movies by Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), At Land (1944), and Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946). Due to An Moku‘s sketches the composing process flew by really fast and after three sessions we finalized the music for each film. 

“Maya Deren” is a concept album based around the music composed for the three short-films with selected extracts from the former rehearsal sessions in Autumn. Big thanks to Michiru Aoyama for releasing this project album @bullflat 3.8 

The final movie soundtrack “Scoring Maya Deren” will be released in 2021… Stay tuned!   

Electronics, Modified Coffee Grinder, Electromagnetic Mics by An Moku 
Baritone Guitar, Pedalboard by Joel Gilardini (joelgilardini.wordpress.com)
Mastering by Chihei Hatakeyama (chihei.org)
Photography & Design by Ryo Fujimoto (ryofujimoto.net
Released by bullflat 3.8, Japan (bullflat38.com)


My release date will be 15th of November 2020.