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Midweek Mantra Mix 031: Mumukshu attains liberation at Coalesce 2019

Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’Midweek Mantra Mix (M3). We’ve been scouring the web’s most enlightening bass music mixes that align with our vision, to provide “a conscious way to consume dance music.” M3 spotlights both veteran and up-and-coming bass music artists whose music seeks to raise the vibrations of their collective listener base.

The world of bass music grows infinitely more complex with each passing year. As technology deepens the possibilities for sound design and composition, scores of young producers are finding their voice with a widely available array of design tools and digital audio programs. As our society enters another golden age of music production, there are champions of that cause who are rising up to boldly lead forward with experimental tunes and tools.

Mumukshu is one such figure. Jacob Penn by day, he works at music software and gear company Output as a software developer, while producing forward-thinking bass music as Mumukshu at night. A big contributor to the new and celebrated Arcade plugin from the company, he continues to help develop tools and processes for music makers every day. Simply listening to his music paints a picture of where innovation in music production is headed, and it’s no surprise that Output is seeing a good deal of success in a competitive market thanks to experts like Mumukshu.

mumukshu djing.jpgFrom a Sanskrit word meaning “one who is focused on liberation, and seeking knowledge and truth,” Mumukshu is an excellent moniker for one who is so involved with discovering new paths into musical knowledge and the truths within. It’s an ancient concept with roots in the yogic and karmic traditions, and helps practitioners move their way towards self-realization. His music is often hard to define, but fits solidly somewhere in the family of half-time, neuro, or experimental bass music.

At the yearly New Year’s Eve Coalesce celebration for the 2019 ball drop, Mumukshu unleashed an hour-long set for the event’s attendees. Graced by the likes of Tipper, Detox Unit, Jade Cicada, Liquid Stranger, Two Fingers and Spoonbill, it was a weekend full of the best in bass music. Mumukshu brought his unique blend of raspy bass-heavy bangers and amazingly detailed sound design to an enthusiastic crowd, many of whom are still talking about this set almost a year later.

Jacob Penn and his alter ego Mumukshu are clearly committed to pushing sound design tools and tactics forward. He has also developed concrete ways to improve songwriting and music production for the greater good, making this mix an easy choice for this week’s Midweek Mantra. It’s an exciting time to be a music producer or listener, and the people who make broader access to this realm possible deserve to be celebrated.