Sep 05 2008
Ain Soph Aur is primarily a systems based improvisational performance duo featuring Carl Off (Hop-Frog Kollectiv, Refrigerator Mothers, URCK Records) and Sander Roscoe Wolff (Poor Old Joe, Blue Dot, Quiverfish).
Instrumentation includes a variety of acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments, recordings of environmental sounds, and a variety of effects. These are used to create gently evolving sonic landscapes. Performances are unrehearsed and unplanned, relying entirely on the abilities of the performers to listen, and connect on a deep level. Another component of the performance aesthetic is an acceptance of additional artists. Many of our performances have included guest artists, including Catastrophic Mermaids on Parade, Niall Morgan (Deer Tear), Jeremy Morelock (Hop-Frog’s Drum Jester Devotional), David Bunoan, David Witham, and Christie Scott (Bavab Bavab).
Ain Soph Aur is also a recording entity, using computer-based studio technology to collaborate on projects. Parts are passed back and forth, processed and reprocessed, placed in a variety of contexts, and eventually compiled.
Ain Soph Aur also embraces collaborative projects with other artists and groups.
The phrase ‘Ain Soph Aur’ was found in Alister Crowley’s Book of Thoth, his tome on Egyptian tarot. It is a Hebrew phrase that means ‘The Limitless Light,’ which happens to be one of the many Hebrew names for god. This association does not imply or suggest a religious component to our music, or ourselves, and none should be inferred.
All is The Limitless Light.