Baron Mordant
Baron Mordant

INTERVIEW: Baron Mordant (Mordant Music)

As our Tod Dockstader project hits two weeks till deadline day, it’s time to share a Q+A we recently had with Ian Baron Mordant of Mordant Music, the individual to thank for reissuing two album of Dockstader’s remarkable electronics. A man with a taste for experimental sounds, Eminem’s initials and (more than) the occasional ellipsis, here’s what the Baron had to say

How did you first encounter Tod Dockstader’s “organised sounds”?

I found a couple of his albums years ago while working for Music & Video Exchange and felt instantly beguiled by the presence and immediacy of his music…

What led to you reissuing two of his albums? 

I’ve been making library production music for Boosey & Hawkes sporadically for quite a few years now and knew about the existence of both albums in their archive… In truth, Mordant Music is not a reissue label but it felt completely right to make music of this gravitas available coMMercially to Tod’s burgeoning audience… I’m a long term fan and the box of master tapes was right under my nose, so to speak, making it an obvious choice to get involved with…

Please can you tell us more about your musical background and Mordant Music?

I can’t lay claim to much of a musical background at all…my mum threw the javelin with gusto and my dad played the ‘game’…there was however plenty of rock ‘n’ roll in the household & I saw Kraftwerk on their Computer World tour in ’81 – this event spiked my interest in electronic music…I ended up making some third rate Industrial music before putting out some records on Orbital’s Internal label as Deadstock…after the project fizzled I released quite a few dance-related records on labels such as Hard Hands before setting up Mordant Music…

Mordant Music has been a very satisfying venture to date…a decade of wilful experimentation with some tremendous artists such as Gary Mills, Shackleton, Vindicatrix, Ekoplekz, Mr. Maxted, The Tower & Cosmic Dennis Greenidge releasing works of art via the label… there is of course a certain aesthetic to musical and design goings-on but it’s mostly grounded in trying to maintain a decent level of musical & personal integrity… sound-wise the label’s output has erred more on the greyscale side of the speakers… longevity is key, cash is scree…

Finally, please can you breakdown your production process/vision for your Tod Dockstader remix? 

The Tod Dockstader reMMix is an amalgam of three tracks, for which there were no separate original parts, only stereo masters… these were blended in the MMoulinex until suitably bleached… I used a combination of software filters coupled with some outboard noise generators to bully and smear the originals with my somewhat sullied scent…

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Two full albums of Tod Dockstader electronics released by Mordant Music are available here

Listen + create on: All the info and samples for our CDR Tod Dockstader Project (Deadline: Feb 11th).

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