29 minutes and 10 seconds – live in copenhagen

by Mute State



Picturesque downtempo created in the here and now with a guitar, a sampler, and a billion guitar pedals looped and tweaked beyond recognition. With focus on curiosity and playfulness, Mute State aka jazz guitarist Tao Hojgaard creates soundscapes and lush electronic music in real time. Dusty soundscapes, crackling textures, and melodic fragments meets subtle “subby” bass lines in an improvisational expression morphing along as one continuos nonlinear storyline. The instrument is comprised of cleverly interconnected loop machines and guitar pedals which with their advantages and limitations inspire to explore new musical paths.

"My aim is to create nonlinear music, or movement without movement if you will. Imagine you are looking at the surface of a pond, firstly you might look at your own reflection after a while you notice the reflections of the clouds you dwell at their shapes and movement behind you – now you shift your focus to the surface itself with all it´s rippling activity a leaf might come sailing by, eventually your gaze will penetrate the surface, now you might be looking at the bottom, noticing the sandy texture, the movement of plants etc, non of these elements ever seizes but are constantly in effect and in constant relation to each other – were you there experiencing this microcosmos with someone, his or hers experience would be different from yours, not in terms of taste and preference because those will be irrelevant, but in the order and nature of what caught your attention and what you brought into this environment yourself. I have wet dreams about achieving this in my music, and that is what the Mute State project is about." Tao Hojgaard aka Mute State


released August 24, 2016

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Mute State Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen-based Mute State aka guitarist Tao Hojgaard creates soundscapes and subtle electronic music in real time. Equipped with a guitar, a sampler and a wide array of effects pedals Tao sculpts beautiful and subtly complex music with a strong sense of melody and a clear reference to his Scandinavian roots.

A new ”sound” – a sound possibly best defined as dreamy, lyrical fabulating film music.
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