MULO MUTO is a two-headed monster created and (un)directed by Joel Gilardini (treated guitars, loops, synths, noises) and Attila Folklor (synths, noises, loops, percussions).
MULO MUTO is a ritual trip inside your worst nightmares and an unpredictable mix of doomed noises.
Beware the monsters, beware yourself!
Mulo Muto (MM) was created by two passioned music makers who originally met in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2012. Both originally come from the Italian speaking part of the country but followed very different musical paths and only met after leaving their home region.
Joel Gilardini is a guitar player and a sound researcher. Before starting MM he created The Land Of The Snow (avantgarde metal), played with Lunatic Fringe (fusion crossover) and started to open as a solo‐performer for Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin (ECM) on regular basis at Exil (a well-known Zurich’s club).
Attila Folklor followed other paths starting with punk and death metal bands until he founded Insomnia Isterica (grindcore), which is his most active band, and MeVdA (experimental drone noise). He also runs L’è Tütt Folklor Records since 2003, a DIY label mainly focused on grindcore and noise.
The need to experiment with sounds and noises is what bounded the two members; they just sat down in a squat’s rehearsal room in Zurich and started to play together.
In their first year of activity (May 2013 - May 2014) MM used the basic approach of drums + guitars to create the base of their sound which took a lot of inspiration from doom metal. Everything was enriched by the use of sounds and noises created by analogue synths and loop layers and occasionally by the use of treated vocals. With this set-up MM played four gigs with bands like Mombu (IT), Zolle (IT), Free Nelson Mandoomjazz (UK) and others and released their first tape “Distorted Rituals” on Attila’s label.
After this first year of activity, MM decided to leave the metal-driven base of their sound to concentrate on an electronic research and released another C90 tape using their alter egos MeVdA and Joel Gilardini to explore the transition.
At the end of 2014 the promo CD-r “Gutting Pieces” was self-released as a free give-away to friends and fellow music makers. Old Bicycle Records later released a split tape with B E T A (Italy). At the same time, MM started to play live with the new set-up. 2015 saw the release of “Eclipse And Equinox” (C60) and “Live VIII & V” (C90) on L’è Tütt Folklor Records. “Eterna Caduta” (C60) was the first release of 2016 and was followed by a split tape with Italian legend Sshe Retina Stimulants released by Luce Sia.
MM has one and only goal: sonic exploration. It may sound naïve and pretentious, but even Attila and Joel have sometimes issues describing and tagging their sound in two or three words. To put it simply, MM is a sort of chimera that speaks the languages of noise, ambient and drone mixed with some heavy riffs and ritual elements.
-Split tape with Sshe Retina Stimulants, “Tutti I Colori Del Buio”, C60 tape, Luce Sia, 2016
-"Eterna Caduta", C60 tape, L’è Tütt Folklor Records, 2016
-“Live VIII & V”, C90 tape, L’è Tütt Folklor Records, 2015
-“Eclipse & Equinox”, C60 tape, L’è Tütt Folklor Records, 2015
-Split C60 tape with B E T A (Italy), "The Examination", C60 tape, Old Bicycle Records, 2014
-"Gutting Pieces", promo CD-r, self released, 2014
-MeVdA vs. Joel Gilardini, “Mulo vs. Muto”, C90 tape, L’è Tütt Folklor Records, 2014
-"Distorted Rituals", C90 tape, L'è Tütt Folklor Records, 2013
-Splits and collaborations (to be revealed)
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