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"MAO Inhibitor creates these atmospheric new textures. These textures are incredible - they are so extreme, so over the edge and so exiting to work with. He's spent many years studying trance music of indigenous cultures from around the world and we're finding ways to incorporate modern technology with these ancient teachings of making sounds. The idea of Culture of One is to introduce new sounds and music to the world, and I'm very fortunate to be able to collaborate with MAO on this.

I guess you'll have to listen to it and let me know what you think.  One thing I know for sure is that we're staying true to our ideals and we're trying to define the term "progressive music" and what it stands for today."

  -- Igor Khoroshev, Yes

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Album: In addition to the soon to be released MAO Inhibitor album, A Culture of One, I am currently working with Jon Anderson and Igor Khoroshev of Yes on an album of Global Tribal music. I also recently recorded, mixed and mastered Igor's PianoWorks album, a tour-de-force of compositional and technical mastery. My track "Stoned O" recently appeared on the Mary Jane Nation compilation album from Indecent Music.

SoundsLike: Material, The Orb, Peter Gabriel's Passion, Union Jack, William Orbit, Shamen, Banco de Gaia, Orbital

Comments from MAO Inhibitor:

My music is an extension of my philosophical and spiritual beliefs. I create sonic landscapes, new sounds, and audio experiences with the aim to evoke subtle emotions and sensations in my listeners.

I have some interesting ideas about why the brain is affected by music and have spent a significant amount of time studying brainwave states and music's effects on them. Both brainwaves and music cycle in Hertz. Specific tones or combinations of tones and rhythms if repeated for a prolonged period of time will alter the brainwave state of the listener. This is most evident in the trance music of various cultures (e.g. Voodoo, The Pipes of Pan of Jajouka), and also in some modern day Techno.

Another related area of interest and study has been Harmonic Rhythms. A tone is a cycle of air pressure modulation over time. Rhythm is a series of pulses over time. If you take a tone and continue to slow down the modulation, you will eventually come to a point where the tone loses it's integrity as an individual tone and it becomes a series of discernable pulses. My hypothesis is that there are specific musical keys that are harmonically related to specific tempos and rhythms. These Harmonic Rhythms are a frequent characteristic that I try to incorporate into my music.

I have been told by listeners that my music elicits strong visual stimulation and meditative states, especially if combined with various nootropic or psychoactive substances. Maybe it's just the drugs, but I'd like to think some of the brainwave techniques I incorporate might be inducing synesthetic experiences in these people.

If you're interested in discussing any of this, send me an email, I'll be happy to go in depth.

MAO Inhibitor's Influences:

I find myself influenced by the work of philosophers and artists in other mediums more so than musicians or composers. I have been deeply inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Alexander Calder, and Georgia Okeefe.

I have found the writings of Sufi poets and mystics such as Hasrat Inayat Kahn and Rumi to be a continual source of inspiration.

John Coltrane's continual pursuit of personal, spiritual, and musical self-improvement has also been a source of inspiration.

Two composers who have had particular influence on me, both philosophicaly and musically are John Luther Adams and John Cage.

From an early age the music of Ravi Shankar and Phillip Glass were both sources of amazement and joy. I have a distinct memory from age seven of standing between two cranked speakers with the repetitive analog synthesizers of Glassworks swirling around the room. That was it for me, I had never heard anything like it. It completely changed my perspective of what music could be. From that point I was driven to continually find new sounds.

I suppose my desire to hear new sounds and unique audio events were the reasons why I started playing music in the first place.