Unfamiliar & Curiously Alien – PHONO16 Special Edition

by Mute State



As a celebration of the PHONO spirit Mute State and PHONO Festival are releasing a special PHONO16 edition of the Mute State album "Unfamiliar and Curiously Alien"

www.mutestate.com www.phonofestival.dk

Track list:
1. Monotonous Echo of Pulse
2. Unfamiliar And Curiously Alien
3. Music For Trains Moving Slowly
4. Somewhere Else
5. Tabula Rasa
6. Barbarians Are What We Become
7. Metsuke
8. The Wonderfully Fabulating Miss T.W.
9. A Pool of Vibrance

Bonus track: Danger Drone (previously unreleased)

Behind the electronic and downtempo jazzy notes of Mute State is the Copenhagen-based jazz guitarist Tao Højgaard. Tao, who is influenced by some of the high profile jazz musicians such as Jim Hall and Miles Davis as well as a wealth of electronic composers, has been involved in the European jazz scene since the 90’s, and plays alongside some of Scandinavia’s foremost jazz musicians.

Through looping guitar and speech samples with a wide array of guitar pedals and loop machines, Tao creates the music of Mute State in the here and now. By focusing on curiosity and playfulness, the lush and textured soundscapes are created in real time, morphing the improvisational expression into a nonlinear storyline.

Mute State’s music is, by its own right, poetry. The dreamy and melodic sounds have the ability to take the listener on a picturesque journey; a journey we here at PHONO are thrilled to embark upon!

PHONO is a non-compromising audio/visual electronic music festival held in Odense, Denmark. The festival is, and has always been, exclusively driven by volunteers. PHONO focuses on creating experimental, challenging and artistic music experiences, spectacular light-installations and an always great, intimate and intense atmosphere.

The aim is for the festival-guests to leave the festival with a broadened horizon of electronic music, entailing specific genres such as ambient, techno, leftfield, lo-fi, house, footwork, industrial etc. – in short: there’s no boundaries as to which genres are to be experienced at PHONO. Our mission is to challenge people’s perception of what electronic music is and how a concert can be experienced.


released October 3, 2016

All tracks written, produced and performed by Mute State
Cover art: Peter Jensen
Photo: Tom Ysbæk-Nielsen


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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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