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Gloomily sepulchral, reverberant drone noise scaping by Swiss-German duo, recorded during the 2020 lockdown
“The third and closing chapter of the “Raum” trilogy by an moku and stefan schmidt – “Raum Im Raum” serves finely crafted ambient / soundscapes, and is the most intense and darkest album of the series.
The “Raum”-trilogy (named after and inspired by a sentence from david foster wallace’s unconventional bestseller novel “infinite jest”) is a child of the recent pandemic: when public life more or less came to a hold, dominik grenzler aka an moku, a sound artist and bass player based in zurich, contacted stefan schmidt (guitarist, composer and improviser from baden-baden) with the idea of collaborating. It turned out a fruitful idea and within just a couple of weeks they not only managed to craft “raum” but indeed had so many ideas that it was impossible to put them all in just one album, a trilogy was the logical consequence. This series now sees its 3rd and final part with “Raum Im Raum”, maybe the most intense and darkest chapter of the trilogy that deals with the abstraction of a possible space within a possible space.
grenzler and schmidt continue their adventurous sonic trip into abstract voids, crafted by finely processed sounds of different origins like synthesizer or fretless guitar, field recordings and a vast array of electronic equipment – like they did before, but without simpy re-cooking the approved recipe, instead adding new spices like a saz or kalimba (schmidt being a vituoso on many stringed instruments).
the atmosphere is dark and alien, with references to hauntology and musique concrète, and yet organic, and rich of details.
“..Soon, I loose the ability to distinguish between the two kinds of darkness. I can no longer tell if my eyes are open or closed. But as my eyes became used to the darkness, though, I began to pick out slight differences…” – H. Murakami”