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There are eight artists sharing the name Mono;
The name is used by a Japanese post-rock band, a British trip-hop band, a Dutch post-rock band, a female Austrian reggae artist, a Swedish trance artist, a Korean pop ballad trio, a Polish hip-hop band and a new Dutch indie rock band.
Japanese: Mono are a post-rock group from Tokyo, Japan formed in 1999. The band consists of Takaakira Goto (electric guitar), Yoda (electric guitar), Tamaki Kunishi (bass guitar, guitar, piano, glockenspiel), and Yasunori Takada (drum kit, glockenspiel, synthesiser).
Mono have released five studio albums in their ten years of activity. They spent their early years, from 1999 to 2003, touring Asia, Europe, and America relentlessly, and released two studio albums, Under the Pipal Tree (2001) and One Step More and You Die (2002) on on Tzadik and Music Mine Inc. respectively. From 2004 to 2007, Mono signed to Temporary Residence Limited, released two more studio albums, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined (2004) and You Are There (2006), and toured worldwide in their support. In 2008, the band took a break, and later returned the following year with a new studio album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009).
The band's style of instrumental rock music is influenced by the genres of experimental rock and shoegazing, as well as by both the classical and contemporary classical periods of classical music, and also by noise and minimalism. Mono's sound is characterized by the lead and rhythm guitars of Goto and Yoda respectively, both of whom make use of reverb, distortion and delay. The band's live performances are noted for their intensity, both in their playing and in their dynamics.
Although Mono's musical style has developed throughout their career, it has primarily been characterized by dynamic, guitar-based instrumental soundscapes, the majority of which are composed by lead guitarist Takaakira Goto, in an attempt to express the emotions of joy and sorrow. The band's music originally featured elements of minimalism and noise, but later developed and integrated more complex, orchestral arrangements and instrumentation. Mono's music has sometimes been categorized as "post-rock", although the band has expressed discomfort with the term, identifying more with contemporary classical music.
Mono are primarily a live band, and have toured worldwide several times. Their live show tends to feature intense and emotional playing by the band members, as well as using extreme dynamics (crescendos as well as diminuendos) in their attempt to create an "unforgettable" live performance. When recording their music, the band has always played live in the studio and, since 2004's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, worked with Chicagoan recording engineer Steve Albini, who they feel accurately captures a live band's "raw emotion to tape."
Italian: Mono was an italian post punk band.
British: Mono were a British pop duo which became a one-hit wonder in the late 1990s with their song "Life in Mono" featured on album Formica Blues. The group is considered electronica or more specifically "trip hop" and Mono's music shares some similarities with other such acts including Sneaker Pimps and Portishead.
Austrian: Mono is a female Austrian Reggae / Dancehall artist who now mostly collaborates with the German artist Nikitaman forming the band Mono & Nikitaman. Both have recently moved from Düsseldorf, Germany to Linz, Austria.
Korean: Mono (모노) was a Korean ballad trio active in the first half of the 90s. They released two albums in 1993 & 1994, and resurfaced for a new album in 2000.
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