clajs-FOM (Face of Monotony) is a sub-project of clajs and has now released 4 albums FOM I & II, Cerebral Dislodging and Orbital Eccentricity. Inspired by some brilliant photographs, taken by my dear friend Ken Kajoranta, the idea from the start, was a two-part installment of collections of sonic associations, each illustrated by images. What I found was a track that I've continued. Mixing textures, samplings, voices and rhythms the goal is to produce a sense of dissociation or the opposite depending on the outset.

Dec 2012:

And it’s out! The third album in the FOM-series “Cerebral Dislodging - (FOM-drums)”. As usual the brilliant Ken Kajoranta is responsible for the cover. And verbally produced by Droolmachine!

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June 2013:

On the latest release, Orbital Eccentricity, clajs-FOM is now just Face of Monotony, but the sound keeps true to the previous "Cerebral Dislodging"-album. Introducing rhythm to the FOM-series has unleashed a new level of monotony, driving towards a mantra-like repetitive meditative relaxation worthy of of the phenomenal cover-photo by Ken Kajoranta. For letting me use his imagery, I'm deeply thankful. Voices and sonic texture, hopefully brings you one step closer to total monotony.  Again a huge thank you to Drool Machine (aka Pelle Blomgren) for invaluable feedback during the process of the this journey.

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July 2014:

This new installment (the fifth album) of Face of Monotony (clajs-FOM), focuses on patterns that we see/hear and the conclusions, right or wrong, that we arrive at after analyzing them. "Pattern Recognition" encompass the same mix of ambient structures, together with bass arps and voices that the previous installments, adding some sharpness to the mix of sounds and also a few other aspects of emotions.

As before, expect that Face of Monotony will live up to it's name...meditative, down-tempo tunes, with a careful use of harmonies and melodies. Hopefully, some of you will actually interpret the patterns you hear as music. Pads, beat, some voices and bass arps...melting together to form what can be perceived as electronic ambient monotonous music...it's all down to what patterns you construct...

There are patterns, there always are, please keep an open mind and try to avoid simple and superstitious interpretations. Work that grey muscle, it's fun! Have a good one!