Kuzniak & Mahmoud
Thomas Mahmoud – rhythm, electronics & voice
Bartłomiej Kuźniak – saxophones, double bass, electric basses & percussive objects
Recorded at Universal Spam Studio, Berlin & Studio333.net, Częstochowa
Music Production by Thomas Mahmoud & Bart Kuzniak
High Definition Mixing & Mastering by Bartłomiej Kuźniak @ Studio333.net
Published by Studio 333 Archives
Cover Art by B333
“Never Never” on Archive.org, Bandcamp and YouTube.
Every week new track will be added to the above playlist.
We played together for the first time in 2014 during the Avant Art festival, where our bands The Nest and 2g performed. As a duo M-F-X + B333 and soloists, we performed in 2017 at the New Horizons film festival. Later we prepared a number of joint recordings, but apart from two video-clips, we never published them, wanting to do so a month before the premiere concert on Avant Art Festival, which will took place13 November 2022 in Berlin.
During the last two years of pandemic we transferred digital musical sketches to each other and developed and created a couple of different tracks. We developed hours of music designed for spatial multi-channel installations. The album “Never Never” was created from these selected tracks. A collage of personal acoustic impressions and spontaneous expressions set as a musical language in a nonlinear analog and digital dramaturgy. It’s a layering of layers in different timbres and chambers.
“Never Never” Album Teaser (Beta Version)
The developed music is accompanied by the films in which the artificial neural network “guesses” the images between the frames, creating a very surreal narrative corresponding to the music we have created. Video was made by Bartłomiej Kuźniak.
Video & Sound by Thomas Mahmoud.
Present work with the music of Kuźniak & Mahmoud duo was presented in October 2021 on Moabit. Video by Eva Pisana.
Born in 1977, Thomas Mahmoud is a Berlin based cross-disciplinary artist – musician, sound designer, performer, author and radioplay producer.
Since stepping down as the singer with Cologne based band Von Spar (L’age d’or, Tomlab), he has pursued his interests in deconstructing sounds, using analogue and digital tools to work with textures and field recordings. His installation and sound design work is renowned, not least his 48-hour opera with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop or his work with choreographer Kat Válastur at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens.
Many musicians erase mistakes – static produced by tangled wires between the instrument and the amplifier painstakingly filtered-out, the random recording mistakes deleted and corrected, until everything is pleasantly plain. Others work with the waste of these procedures, with the dispensable, the sonic trash. This is how Mahmoud works. He listens closely and grabs the hiss and the hum, not the tone, of a thick bass string. He samples the breathing, not the voice, of his favourite singers.
A collaborator by instinct, Mahmoud has worked with the likes of Can Khan Oral, Mouse on Mars, Birds Of Death, Jammin’ Unit, Dr Walker, SFX, Juliana Venter, Black Swan‘s Endcake, Gina D’Orio, Mark Boombastik, Gerd Rische, Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift, Maria de Medeiros, Ives #1, The Nest, Tannhäuser Sterben und das Tod, Triggs, Klaus Lemke, Bartłomiej Kuźniak.
Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin’s Thomas Mahmoud takes a fair leap from the twee pop of Von Spar into proper, abstract sound design with absorbing results for The Tapeworm. RIYL Marcus Schmickler, Cam Deas, Kevin Drumm
Thomas Mahmoud on IMDB.
Bartłomiej Kuźniak aka B333 – composing multi-instrumentalist, studio-man, dreamer.
He recorded over 40 albums with many bands ranging from minimalistic contemporary chamber music, electronic avant-guard, somnambulist bass hypnosis to oniric post-techno designed for futuristic dancefloors – with octophonic high definition deep, spacey and psycho-active sound.
Currently working in parallel on Gallery of the Art of Sound (where discrete 8-channel 3D octophonic ultra high resolution field recordings will be presented), solo party project called B333 and in duo with Thomas Mahmoud.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.