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Biography

Sven Pügge and Philipp Münch met in a self-governing underground club in 1989, and with the addition of a guitar player and the occasional help of Philipp’s younger brother started the rather productive underground band Ars Moriendi - which now enjoys cult status posthumously. They were young lads with lots of time and creative energy, so music was happening all the time, also apart from Ars Moriendi: Sven explored the noise avant-garde as M.O.A.T.A. Omen, and Philipp pursued The Rorschach Garden as an outlet for all things odd (before it metamorphosed into the trademark analogue electro pop unit it is today). Scarce equipment made it necessary to help out each other all the time, and MOM/TRG became a regular collaborative outfit, not shying away from styles as diverse as ambient, pop, techno, noise and all things obscure and experimental. Via the underground, a few cassette tapes were released (on Fich-Art and Cat Killer), and the later caught Ant-Zen’s attention. The fantasy-themed rhythm noise track 'Ash Nazg' was licensed for a vinyl compilation and became a club hit (which in some areas is still going strong today); followed by three more well-received recordings for another Ant-Zen compilation. It was during the production of the due debut album that Philipp and Sven lost track of each other (except for the two Ars Moriendi revival shows at the 2002 and 2008 Maschinenfests), and only recently the collaboration was revived - and Frantic Sessions album finally finished two decades after it was originally meant to be.

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