Before my passion for photography really took over, I used to create sounds as opposed to images. At the age of 16 I started an experimental music project called "Romeo Bizarre", which would later be rechristened to "Mondo Golem". Initially the sound of it was anarchic, atonal and aggressive - a sign of the times. Back in the day I just started to get into the shortlived but very influental New York-based musical movement called No Wave. It just made all the sense in the world: I was a mohawk-sporting teen who always had a knack for vintage things. And I had a strong urge to explore, to push the boundaries of music as we know it. The late 1970s and early 1980s were the epitome of experimentation and the DIY-ethos in my humble opinion. That's what attracted me to this particular style and this particular timeframe. At times I would try to recreate the sound of some of my favourite bands at the time (like Sonic Youth for instance, which is not hard to guess considering my username) but failed miserably due to my lack of instruments and adequate recording techniques (and also a lack of talent to be honest). But I wouldn't let this discourage me, I went on and produced more music, gradually becoming better with each completed track. I didn't aim to be accessible, my aim was to be loud and expressive. I wanted to drown my rather unremarkable everyday life with a flood of noise. And in that respect I succeeded. The act of creating something, whether it be a song, a soundscape or just utter noise provided me with the feeling of doing something productive and at times even had a very cathartic character.
So I kept on doing my thing for a few more years and gradually progressed during the course of my musical journey. Over time I would eventually adapt other musical styles. My second demo-cd featured a tad more refined synth-laden sound, that would at times drift into angry Industrial (my aim was still very aggressive at the time). After that I recorded a few soundscapes that were way more accessible and could be described as some sort of weird Ambient/Synthpop-hybrid. Some other works ventured into Dark Ambient and Power Noise. A lot of these later noisy pieces were probably influenced by my growing interest for bands like Einstuerzende Neubauten. Throughout all these years I also harboured a strong love for oldschool Gothic-Rock and Post-Punk (a love that would intensify over time and make me who I am today) but in the beginning I did not try to go into that direction because I felt that I wasn't talented enough to pick up a more restrained sound with a melodic approach. But in 2010 I actually dared to pick up an acoustic guitar and turn my portabe synthesizer into a drum-machine to create at least one track that pays tribute to that particular passion of mine (it's great by any means but I'm still glad I did it). At that time I intended to create a third demo-cd that would only include more restrained Post-Punkish tunes. A year later I had only released two more tracks though and started to show signs of fatigue. I was not satisfied with my execution of the concepts I had in mind and the overall direction of the project in general. At this point I had already pretty much given up on the anarchic, atonal, tongue-in-cheek ethos. I was aching to create some serious, traditionally "good", darkly romantical music but found myself incapable of doing so. On the 3rd of November 2012 I decided to discontinue my project and I haven't produced any music ever since.
Now I decided to collect some of my more representative works and put them onto a compilation. I released it today via youtube. Everyone is invited to listen and maybe download it, I don't mind! I wanted to make some sense of a large, abstract body of work and reduce it to its essentials. A lot of the recordings have a low sound quality, like I said: I didn't have enough adequate recording-techniques. But I like it for what it is: A documentation of my musical evolution that acts as an insightful retrospective. A reminder of all the time and effort I put into an activity that meant a lot to me. Without further ado:
Mondo Golem - Making Sense Of It (Full Album)