MMOB
DROME 19 – SUPERNATURAL

On the sacred mountain

 

There is a music that slithers on the axis mundi, and that echoes in the most ancestral collective unconscious. One of the least orthodox ways to access it is to let you get ferried by the Master Musicians of Bukkake

Like the coil of the frankincense smoke, the music of Master Musicians of Bukkake solemnly rises, with tribal rhythms, psychedelic whispers and hypnotic synths, in an experimental melodic grammar that is both primordial and avant-guardist. In 2002 they form in Seattle, where they compose the first album Visible Sign of The Invisible Order (2005) under Abduction Records; this outstanding debut is followed by the Totem trilogy that concludes this year with the release of the instrumental pandemonium Totem 3. The propitiatory exhalations of MMOB come from the musical tradition of North America, of the medieval catholic Europe, of Turkey and Tibet. We had an interesting chat with Randall Dunn.

DROME: Who are the Master Musicians? 
RANDALL DUNN: James Davis (The Spoils), Randall Dunn, B.R.A.D (Asva, The Accused), Don McGreevy (Earth), Milky (Asva, Earth), Timb Harris (Secret Chiefs 3), Dave Abramson (Diminished Men).

D: Where does MMOB’s music come from? 
RD: The music of MMOB comes from the cell phone tower gangster god superhighway. From the caustic death of the last visible signs of the natural world being veiled as the kali yuga enters its deepest and darkest void. This is a no-age echo to western atrophy.

D: What is experimental music nowadays?
RD: Classical music made by people who know how to play their instruments and write properly for an orchestra. It’s getting so rare. These will be the only people left making mind blowing music when H.A.A.R.P makes all the light go out.

D: What is that you discovered in Turkey (that you couldn’t find in Seattle)?
RD: Great and well prepared lamb. Also an old approach that only a deep commitment to the ney (Persian flute, EN) could bring; it was meant to go with our music to echo and create a sense of loss and longing. It is an amazing place filled with a great musical history.
It was an honor to be able to work there and with such amazing musicians.

D: Your shows are characterized by a strong magical component. Do MMOB exist outside natural law?
RD: Music at its best is magic. Vibrations’ sound, even when meant to just entertain, takes a certain magic. MMOB is fully engaged in lex naturalis: we exist as nature and in nature, and even when we are opposing nature we are still dealing with nature. The music grows, we don’t write it or even control it. It grows like flowers and weeds, some choking other plants and some to smell and behold!

Sada Ranis

Published on DROME 19 – the SUPERNATURAL issue