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Niun Niggung

Mouse On MarsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00003XA9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Download Sofist
2. Yippie
3. Mykologics
4. Gogonal
5. Diskdusk
6. Pinwheel Herman
7. Dispothek
8. Albion Rose
9. Tensual
10. Distroia
11. Booosc
12. Mompou
13. Wald F.X.

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The opening track, "Download Sofist," starts with pretty, meandering acoustic guitars and adds oddly beautiful brass melodies that are gradually overwhelmed by dissonant electronic sounds. The result is so fascinating that it's tempting to listen to it several times in a row. The rest of the CD is not quite that revelatory, but it sustains a consistently high level of interest. Although live instruments are used throughout, the overall sound is very electronic--often, the effect is of machines talking to each other in a highly rhythmic but esoteric language. In this way, Mouse on Mars are reminiscent of Autechre, but the music is sunnier in tone with a lot of herky-jerky upbeat rhythms that, combined with the horns, sometimes sound like synthetic ska. However, the use of slightly humorous elements and unexpected juxtapositions never approaches the level of wackiness for its own sake. Part of the CD's appeal is that you never know when an Indian-film soundtrack string-section sample will pop up or when another surprisingly wistful melody will appear atop a gurgling drainpipe percussion track. --Bob Bannister

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BY FAR THEIR BEST!! February 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely mOUSE oN mAR'S best and most wonderfully playful release to date.
Whereas iaora tahiti was dark and dreamy ambient and autoditacker was cold computer precision, niun nugging is bubbly and poppy, warm and fun. niun nugging does sound like a child's playroom fun of toys gone berserk. Check out the frenetic clambering of steel drums and the fat warped `bouncing ball' snare of diskdusk. I feel like I'm in a weird MoM style Jamaican paradise.
The ska-reggae influence, although present in almost all of MoM's releases, is heavily evident on niun nugging and is used to good effect. This due in part to the brass section that shows up on many tracks. yippie and mykologics are two such tracks mixing the accessible with the experimental. You may find yourself doing that weird two step ska dance move as you listen to these tracks.
dispothek starts with a childishly simple melody that blips and blops its way into a drifty downtempo groove. It takes you along on a wonderful journey that you don't want to end. Press repeat!
pinwheel herman has a wonderfully familar meldoy that pops up a minute into the track, threading its way about for a couple of minutes and then disappearing.
wald fx is a perfect close, crisp, cool and absolutely precise. A laidback oh-so-cool beat and of the course the melody. MoM are the masters of creating the perfect melody. Even the harsh, punk synths of distroia come together in a wonderfully melodic way.
I'm constantly amazed by some of the sounds that pop up throughout this disc. Some sounds are like bubbly puddles of water thickened by mud, others are like squeezing out the last drops of ketchup from a squeeze bottle. Their music seems so familiar that it instantly feels as if you've heard it before.
By far their best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh ideas while maintaining their distinct sound. January 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mouse on Mars still kick out some fresh ideas, but it doesn't take long into this release to realize it could only be the great sounds from Mouse on Mars. They have thrown in some horns on Niun Niggung, but they don't overstay their welcome. The overall sound is less polished, less crisp, and more bassy are slightly muffled. This is not a good thing as they are known for their crisp production. You still get your funky boogie tracks a la 'Gogonal' and the fun 'Yippie', and what you also get for the first time is moody horn-bred instrumentals which are nowhere else in Mouse on Mars' catalog. An interesting release, and deserving of attention (after all it is Mouse on Mars), but they've done better (see Iaora Tahiti) and it's not the place to start for these intelligent music creators.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Masterpiece June 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When this CD was released in Germany, Mouse On Mars said in an interview that their record company was forcing them to release their music. If this weren't the case, they'd work on their music forever and it wouldn't get released. I don't know whether this story is true. Given what Kraftwerk do, who haven't released a proper album in ages, it might be true. Niun Niggung doesn't really sound unfinished, though. It is another great Mouse On Mars album and given their output so far I like it best. It features some great displays of crazy electronica, and I doubt Mouse On Mars could get any better (they might - I have to wait for the next album). I have no idea how they programme all these weird syncopated and broken beats which lie underneath the funny-sounding melodic lines. A friend of mine tried to convince me that I had to buy a synthesizer myself and do some music with him but given what Mouse On Mars do I guess I should just continue working as a programmer...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the really harsh reviews. February 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though this is less accessible than even "Autoditacker" it is BRILLIANT. Think of all those weird abrupt changes of time signature in Aphex Twin used tastefully--things that don't work that sound like they do. The sound is similar to "Autoditacker" only far more interesting with that sliding hi to low fidelity thing that Autechre does on EP7 and the addition of acoustic instruments. The second track even has a hint of ska! This is a fun and innovative record worth your time and money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars liquid filtered funky jazz tekno bliZZ August 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
MOM's Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma. have done it again. This was a little bit of change for the two,..introducing the "jazz" vibe. I was surprised to hear the horns when I first bought this CD..but eventually it really grew on me!! These guys never cease to amaze me, their technical knowledge plus thier free form theory in muzak brings the ultimate combination to anything they do. And they do it well. I really like the mode they were in with Lithops(Uni Umit)and MOM Instrumentals..but this album was a nice addition to their amazing dizKograPhEEE! Check out anything they have something to do with, FX Randomize, Lithops, Oval, Microstaria..youll be amazed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Maturation Of A Sound July 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Getting right to the point, I consider this MoM's best album by miles. I don't understand unfavorable comparisons to Iaora Tahiti, though at the same time I can pretty much understand anything else comparing unfavorably to that particular gem. Niggung, however, seems to me to be precisely *that* sound, after years of evolution. The compositions are denser and hit closer to home. While Iaora Tahiti was earth-shattering for me in 1995, Niun Niggung ends up sounding even smarter in the end. It is so much deeper in its subtlety... and statements by others that it is less polished baffle me. Perhaps the sounds aren't quite as "crisp" as they used to be, but I feel this is the result of more polish, more texture. I can only hope MoM gets back to making this kind of music again after their latest couple of misadventures. For the uninitiated, this is headphone music, which will, for the thoroughly initiated, turn into road trip/majestic sunrise music. Give it a chance. If you like experimental-yet-somehow-harmonious electronica, it'll stick eventually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of 90s electronica
Mouse on Mars' Niun Niggung, released in 1999, stands as one of the central electronic albums of the 1990s and possibly beyond. Read more
Published on March 30, 2008 by M. Markovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Yook, yak, wheez, blippy
Mouse on Mars inspire me. Overall they get the highest ranking in my Award Show. Its called the D.G.A.F. Awards. Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Macho Picchu27
5.0 out of 5 stars HOOKED ON MOUSE ON MARS!!!!
I've gotten so addicted to Mouse on Mars in a short period of time. They have a certain ja nais se quai and allure that I have yet to figure out. Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by D. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars One quarter-tank short of full.
Saw MoM live at the Roxy (3/00). Their performance was riveting more so than this CD. However, whether live or recorded, I fascinate at their technical precision and awe at the... Read more
Published on August 30, 2000 by DeanoG
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE THE VOYAGE! NOW!
Published on June 5, 2000 by "hz23"
4.0 out of 5 stars let's face it--the music, that is...
It's always interesting to see the variety of opinions this experimental outfit manages to provoke with each release in their journey. Read more
Published on March 20, 2000 by MRCoffee
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sign of Great Things to Come?
Mouse on Mars has never had a hard time coming up with a variety of fresh, innovative, and fun electronic music, and Niun Niggung continues that trend. Read more
Published on March 14, 2000 by Amazon Customer
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