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Tinnitus 25:05
Deaf 24:03
« On ne peut rien contre l’incandescence des noyades » Manuel Bourget
Used 04:56
Funérailles 13:20
Ménière 10:41


Shimmering drones and angular melody lines dance and collapse against hazy ambiance and fractured glass surfaces; ecstatic meditations give way to deep noir melancholy and fiery avant expressionism.


Édition originale, magenta cover :
78 mins // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Sticker-sealed fold-out sleeve //
Numbered edition of 50 - SOLD OUT

Second printing, indigo cover :
78 mins // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Sticker-sealed fold-out sleeve //
Numbered edition of 25 - SOLD OUT


en Mad/Mod gravite de l'improvisation, de la réécriture de musiques improvisées, des cartographies sonores, de l’acousmatique organique, des sons résultants;
des (in)flux, des interférences, des images et des figures :
des neurinomes (pour voir l’oreille)
Mad/Mod revolves around improvisation, rewriting of improvised sounds, resonant mappings, organic acousmatic, combination tones;
(in)flux, interference, images and figures :
neurinomas (to see the ear)


1- Tinnitus
I – Incipit (the shape of drone to come)
II – Labyrinthe (soundscapes from ear drum to cortex — Tartini tones vibrate in the air) : oscilloscopes / hammer on anvil / 14 : 14 time is out of joint / decaying electric impulse
Mad : saxophones, flutes
Mod : ebow and slide guitars, pianos

2- Deaf
permanent threshold shifts / solo
Mod : guitares

3- Used – light/Darko
live duo
Mad : alto saxophone
Mod : guitare

4- Funérailles
guylis / la complainte du vieillard (l’emphysème et la mort) / limbes multiphoniques / endless grief
Mad : neck, trumpet and full saxophones, grumble flutes, oven door
Mod : ebow and arco guitars, piano, verres

5- Ménière
le vertige de grand-mère / kollapse / zoom out (dead eye spiral)
Mad : saxophones, flutes
Mod : guitares, piano

all timbers were produced solely by miking acoustic sources. with the exception of a wine glass slowed down to a low drone, these soundscapes remain faithful to original acoustic production.



released May 30, 2013

prise de son et mixage par Etienne Tremblay au Studio CME (Montréal, Qc) février-août 2012
piano enregistré à l’UdeM par Devin Ashton-Beaucage
incipit/verres/piano tape enregistrés par Mod

mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market

produit par Mad/Mod

Arachnidiscs Recordings — AD090

Mad/Mod appear courtesy of Marc-Antoine Dagenais et Dominic Marion

merci à (grand-)mères et (grands-)pères; Jakob/Arachnidiscs; Etienne Tremblay, Jonathan Cabot, PA et JS Goyette au Studio CME; Devin Ashton-Beaucage et Olivier Gosselin pour le détournement de propriété universitaire; Charles Côté pour la paternité spirituelle du Projet Muet; l’Envers; Philippe Hode-Keyser; Lionel Garcin pour la foi en la musique improvisée; Jean-François Guay et Mathieu Gaulin pour l’amour des colonnes d’air; Nic Delisle/Island Instrument Manufacture; Lutherie Steven Balogh; Rick Onslow for twin reverb health care; ZOG strings black comedy

contact/booking/noise complaints : madmodduo@gmail.com, madmod.bandcamp.com


"Nocturnal bedroom drones that demand serious thought. Even though it clocks in at over an hour, time seems to disappear when I listen to this" (James Lindsay, hippiecult.tumblr.com/post/72554248083/favorite-music-from-2013-40-new-10-old-reissues).

"Montreal drone duo Mad/Mod make music with a massive vista on their latest beautifully packaged release on Arachnidiscs. Touching on a wide variety of influences, from free-jazz to 20th century minimalism to electric folk, and clocking in at 78 minutes, Mad/Mod embrace ambition with the kind of confidence reserved for serious people who know they are making serious music. Similar to some sounds found in their city’s orchestral post-rock scene, but lacking the crescendo-bravado and personnnel often found in those collectives, these compositions work on a softer level with moods more difficult to articulate. Neurinomes is not made to heard in the cavernous cathedral, but in the confines of an apartment, where the nocturnal tones can feel intimate and safe sharing their subtle secrets"

"A marvellous ambient chamber music that I happily spaced out to earlier this evening." (Warren Ellis, May 30, 2013, www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4281073-night-music-neurinomes)


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Mad/Mod Montréal, Québec

Mad/Mod est un duo qui réunit le saxophoniste Marc-Antoine Dagenais (Mad) et le guitariste Dominic Marion (Mod).

Mad/Mod is duo of Montreal-based reed player Marc-Antoine Dagenais (Mad) and guitarist Dominic Marion (Mod).
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