Pin It
Favorite

TV DJ 

Lounge music for the Robot Chicken generation

click to enlarge art14367.jpg

Mux Mool loves cartoons, so you can imagine his excitement when he got the call last summer to have his music featured on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

“Cartoons are all I watch,” says Mux Mool, aka Brian Lindgren, in a telephone interview with The Inlander.

The late-night animation lineup featured snippets of the Brooklyn mix master’s trance-inducing electronica, interspersed through those between-show-and-commercial segments and on an Adult Swim compilation record, Ghostly Swim.

Mux Mool plays upbeat, melody-driven electronica/ dance music, sampling everything from animated films (like Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) to old Nintendo games (he uses Wizards and Warriors).

He likes diversity in his music, producing tracks with a range of tempos and borrowing from different genres. “[It’s] not all Wu-Tang beats or bass-heavy dub stuff.”

On stage, Mux Mool kicks out jams for the sheer sake of fun, mashing hip-hop a capellas a la Missy Elliott, Ludacris and Method Man with popular drumbeats and his own beats and loops. Generally, they’re concoctions that he wouldn’t necessarily consider releasing on an album — but they make great crowd-pleasers nonetheless. His first full length, Skulltaste, is due out on Ghostly International in February.

Lindgren arrived at the stage name of Mux Mool in 2006 after receiving the suggestion via MySpace. Mux, apparently, is short for multiplexing, sending many types of information through one channel.

Mool comes from a type of Mayan statue known as Chac- Mool, which is a depiction of a reclining fi gure holding a large bowl, the exact purpose of which is unknown.

Since the typical viewer most likely resembles Chac- Mool — reclining, bowl of some sort in lap — while watching Adult Swim, the pairing seems quite fitting.

“This was not actually a drug reference,” Lindgren says. “I didn’t know what [mool] meant, but it sounded… magic.”

But even more so, Mux Mool’s music carries a certain animated quality — a subtle, cartoonish playfulness and humor. Lindgren says that there isn’t a conscious effort to evoke this type of imagery or narrative, but that it makes sense considering the hefty number of cartoons he watches.

“Different parts of the song tell a story in short phrases, but I don’t know what [they] are about until I hear what other people think of it.”

Mux Mool plays with Dark Party at the Blvd on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 9 pm. Tickets: $3. Call: 455-7826.

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Volume is Back!
  • Volume is Back!

    Volume 2015 Inlander Music Festival: Everything you need to know, and suggested lineups for every musical taste
    • May 20, 2015
  • That Was Awesome!
  • That Was Awesome!

    White Mystery hits the stage and screen at Volume
    • May 20, 2015
  • On the Road
  • On the Road

    Touring acts are coming to Volume from all over America, but it's still about the Northwest
    • May 20, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Ava Luna, Cathedral pearls

Ava Luna, Cathedral pearls @ The Big Dipper

Mon., May 25, 7:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Chris Dreyer

Most Commented On

  • Band to Watch 2015: LOOMER

    How two children of the nineties embraced the decade
    • May 20, 2015
  • Desert Rage

    Mad Max: Fury Road will restore your faith in action movies
    • May 13, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation