Jon-Kyle Mohr is a Los Angeles based creative who’s a bit of a jack of all trades. During the day he does design and development at Cargo, but he also moonlights as a musician, as evidenced by his new 3 song collection that’s he’s released under the name Mer-Mer. The tracks are ambient and ear-pleasing, with plinky electronic sounds flowing over one another. I’m not too familiar with digital sound tools, but I love the list he cites of musical instruments used.
The music was recorded with an Apogee Duet 2 , Zoom H4n and Ableton Live. Some of the sound sources include the Sequential Circuits Pro One, Guyatone TD-X, a Kalimba, a set of old Pearl drums with shitty balsa shells and found sounds around Los Angeles.
You also need to be sure to check out the site itself, which is totally hypnotizing to watch. The image above is a preview of what it looks like, but you have to see the images moving to really understand just how cool the effect is.
A grid of 10×10 dots was generated with NodeBox, which was then printed on wax paper. The wax paper was placed on dampened paper, a process known as ink jet transfer. Each relief had it’s own individual characteristics.
The papers were scanned and edited within Photoshop, where the black information within the image was converted to an alpha channel with full transparency. As layers are rotated chaotic interference patterns emerge.
I’ve been listening to these tracks for the last few days now and they’re perfect to sit back and get some work done. Total focus/concentration music.