TP Mix #139 – Moon Kyoo

Infiltrating the electronic sphere with his track ‘Between The Suns’ which was released via reputable label Anjunadeep last year, music producer Moon Kyoo explores electronica, house textures and tries to incorporate modular synthesizers wherever possible. He began exploring his fascination with electronic music growing up in Seoul, Korea where he was exposed to a diverse selection that ranged from old school house, liquid bass and trance influences. Picking up a love for the diversity in the mixes of LJ  Bukem and the Anjuna series, Moon Kyoo would focus on finer textures and minimal soundscapes to lose his creativity in. Today, we present an exclusive mix from the emerging producer who has a lot to offer with his electronica fusions. This mix showcases an ethereal blend of synthwave keys, electronica and deep house influences. The result is a peaceful yet mind-bending out of body listening experience.

Enjoy the mix below:

Set the tone for us. Why the arts?

I’ve always been interested in the way we’re perceiving reality. Living in a society that requires us to spend most of our time making a living, it’s easy for us to forget the importance of reality itself and things around our consciousness. I’m trying to make music that can trigger our minds to perceive things in different ways.

Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?

Most of the time I make semi-random texture/tones with my eurorack setup, and build chords/melodies around it.

Does your material feature any collaborations?

I have a remix set to be released this year, and I’m working with some of my favorite artists for the time being.

What’s on your current playlist?

Silence – Dave Thomas Junior is on repeat recently, and Recovery – Jon Hopkins has been on repeat for 3 years.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

Living in Korea, there’s a small group of people who enjoy the type of music I’m pursuing. They’re very respectful and engaged with the music I’m playing, so there’s a very intimate relationship between me and the audience. I curate each set carefully with new selections, and try to push boundaries with them.

What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound?

 My goal in sound designing is to induce organic imperfection, so I use a lot of pitch shiftings and distortions. I also like to add controlled randomness in many parameters to make things evolve continuously.

Take us through a day in the recording studio.

I sit down, try to write down stuff, get stuck, lay on my half-broken couch looking at the ceiling, and repeat. 

Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?

I vividly remember the moment when I decided to make music. During college days I had an emotionally hard time because of the relationships around me. I was skipping classes and walking on the streets while watching the stars and listening to music, which were mostly House/DnB/Downtempo. All of sudden, one song elevated me to an emotional space where I’ve never been, and right after I thought making music is what I wanted to do.

What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set?

A beaded bracelet that a very important person gave to me.

Any emerging artists on your radar?

São Miguel from Anjunadeep.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Geometries underlying in nature, memories of my life.

Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression.

Eurorack modulars are the most important part of my production these days. It’s a great tool to create controlled randomness, as well as unique sound textures. Alongside my eurorack, I often use Minilogue and Prophet 6 to grab melodies and chords. All the processing happens in the box.

Any side projects you’re working on?

Can’t really call them “side projects” but I’m working on a couple of tracks outside of the genre of progressive house.

How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry?

It’s been more about listening than making. I listen to a lot of records from different genres, and it continuously opens up my ear to perceive and make music in different ways.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you this year?

One remix, one original mix at 94bpm, and probably more!

Famous last words? 

 I’m done buying synths.

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