MMMOOOONNNNOOOO is a Lisbon based experimental ambient/noise producer, dwelling in thickly layered noises, low-slung electronics and hypnotic tripping loops, leaving textures of sound to blend together. Originally a visual artist, he began producing as a sideline, releasing his debut “Zorn Gottes” on AVNL Records in 2014. This was followed up by the invitation to join the Red Bull Music Academy 2014 in Tokyo as a participant and play live at the iconic Super Deluxe in Tokyo. Back in Lisbon he played live at the Boiler Room and some other venues of reference as Lux and Music Box.
"The Act in Between is a reflection of it's own name. It dwells on the experience of my trip to Tokyo for Red Bull Music Academy and what changed from the before, when I was making music on my own, with nearly nobody knowing about it, to the after - now - when I'm having some attention and people following my work.
The album was initiated unintentionally a few months before the trip, gathering sounds and ideas that reflected what I imagined about Tokyo / Japan, and the fascination I had for the country and it's culture, both the real history and it's fantasy stories.
And it was finished when I came back, still wandering in my mind about those days in Tokyo, working on material that I gathered and worked while in there and completing it with new material created after and inspired by what I experienced there.
Some tracks like Preliminary Functions, Fade to Existence and Lost Recollections, deal with raw emotions; the anxiety before the trip, the pressure from all the attention from the outside or the amusement to be there. While other tracks try to represent my direct experience with Tokyo, like Excel 1-12-2 or Tokyo One; the first exploring the peacefulness you can find in there, due to their culture and traditions, and the second trying to be a representation of such metropolis in a certain way. Nevertheless, no track was created to define a specific emotion or moment, but rather general feelings of it all, it is also on the listener to find their own sensations and interpretations.
The title itself only came in the end, after the album was finished and I could finally understand what it was, and as the name states, it was a moment of transition, what happened in between my previous work and what I will be doing next, a moment of wonder over a certain period of transition in my life.
Most important to be noticed: this trip and this album only became so intense because of the people I met in there, fellow RBMA Alumini that inspired me to create it, talented young producers with whom I had the pleasure to collaborate and share ideas, and therefore grow. This is album is above all dedicated to them."