Category Archives: Abul Mogard

Connor’s trip

Featuring : Abul Mogard

We sit in a park one Saturday afternoon at the onset of the Spring and we play Abul Mogard in our personal stereo. Somewhere in the noosphere, he gets to work and grinds the wheels of time to a stop.

We sit in this park like figurines in a diorama of nirvana bullet time, shifting our attention between the various objects and presences around us. People and animals, buildings, trees that are fractals that are trees. The only thing moving is our cone of attention and its zoom, they glide through the scene with diminutive grace, slow-motion surfers riding the colossal ketamine wave of Abul Mogard’s drone.

Above All Dreams is included in a release with that same name, out in Ecstatic Recordings.

A Howling Blankness

Featuring : Abul Mogard

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image: Marja de Sanctis

Mysterious Serbian Synth wizard Abul Mogard returns to the pages of 20JFG this week.   Ecstatic Recordings are putting out a collection of his music that has been previously released by themselves and VCO Recordings.  Except this time on vinyl.

Dooping Off was released in 2010 on the aforementioned VCO, yet it’s one of those pieces of music that pay little heed to the petty temporal anchors of release dates.  You know what we’re talking about dear readers.  If not, come closer and we’ll speak conspiratorially…

Drooping Off is Drone.  Drooping Off is repetition, repetition, repetition.  Drooping Off is great hulking beings shaped from the keys of Farfisa organ’s and given life by samplers.  Drooping Off is the prosaically named invocation of oblivion.  Oblivion as a bell curve, rising steadily, remorselessly towards a howling blankness.  The sound is the sound of wind-blasted moors, full of beauty and dread.  Home of death and the sublime.

Abul Mogard – Drooping Off

Drooping Off was originally taken from the self titled album Abul Mogard which came out on tape on VCO (and is now sold out).  It’s now available on vinyl thanks to Ecstatic Records which you can pick up here.  Finally it’s also available digitally on Abul Mogard’s Bandcamp here.

Synthetic Womb

Featuring : Abul Mogard

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artwork by Marja de Sanctis

We encourage you to read Joseph Stannard’s rather touching interview with Abul Mogard.  It covers the main talking points regarding the self-taught, Serbian former steel worker turned synth composer, far better than we could in this introductory paragraph.

Instead we will talk about Bound Universe, the second track from his new LP, Circular Forms.  And we will do this because it’s beautiful and faintly terrifying in a way only synthesised music can be.

The arpeggios help, forming that warm cocoon that walks the line between womb-like and smothering — one smiling doctor in a blank modernist room away from insanity.  It’s the washes of noise, gently placed in each ear that seals it.  Hiding in the periphery of the soundscape, erupting distantly, an unwelcome memory of the messy world outside the synthetic womb.  A reminder of the artificiality of the world that Abul’s constructed for us, with his synthesisers and fear.

Abul Mogard – Bound Universe

Abul Mogard’s LP, Circular Forms, is out on Ecstatic Recordings on September 7th.  Pre-order here.