N.M.O. is the project between North Sea drummer Morten J. Olsen and Mediterranean synthesis aficionado Rubén Patiño. N.M.O. is an acronym that serves to frame the work of a rolling computerized ceremonial aerobics unit operating in a hybrid territory between club music, performance and inventive forms of sound spatialisation.
What the duo calls “military danceable space music and/or fluxus techno” is a unique blend of repetitive percussive patterns and synthetic sounds that, combined with performative aspects, explodes during their live shows.
From a club night intermezzo concept that begins with a bleep test from the the middle of the dancefloor to a site-specific hybrid lecture that reduces the sound pressure level of a club performance but increases the degree of interactivity with the audience (incorporating the game of musical chairs), to outdoor performances with colored smoke grenades and flares—all permutations attempt to question standardized formats of electronic music and break down the pattern of passive listening.
To follow their two releases on Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed, standout 12", Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling, their latest EP, Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz (for Boomkat's label The Death of Rave), put forward “a visceral, effectively unprecedented sound that's hard to ignore.” N.M.O. has released a proto-techno-tinged concept 12" on Where To Now? and a double 12" for Powell's Diagonal Records. Their LP Nordic Mediterranean Organization/Numerous Miscommunications Occur came out on Diagonal this past October.