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Hieroglyphic Beingus

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Hieroglyphic Beingus

Hieroglyphic Being is just one of the many aliases of American sound artist and experimental composer Jamal Moss. Born in 1973 in its infamous South Side, Moss had been a part of Chicago’s House and Techno scene as a promoter and DJ for a long time before starting to produce electronic music in 1997, under the pseudonym Hieroglyphic Being. His work has been widely praised for its creativity and audacity. His countless creations, often described as experimental, fuse elements of House, Techno, Free Jazz, Ambient and many other genres. He is also known for his DIY attitude, often using modified music equipment to craft unique sounds. Over the years, Hieroglyphic Being released numerous albums, EPs and singles on various independent labels, namely his own label Mathematics Recordings, but also on Warp, Axis and Ninja Tune, among others. He has also collaborated with a number of notable musicians, namely Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen and saxophonist David Boykin, as well as Steve Pointdexter and House legend Adonis, the latter taking Moss under his wing, becoming a key mentor and source of inspiration. In addition to his musical career, Moss is also known for his commitment to music education, frequently hosting workshops for young people in his community.

L’œuvre de Jamal Moss s'appuie en général sur la lignée résolument afro-futuriste de Chicago ainsi que sur le vaste champ d'expérimentation qui a défini l'univers sonore de la ville au cours des cinquante dernières années, de la naissance de la house à l'héritage du jazz d'avant-garde en passant par la musique industrielle. Toujours en mouvement, ses créations sont une transmission en constante évolution de son esprit à nos corps. Pour son tout premier passage à MUTEK sous le nom de Hieroglyphic Being, Moss promet une improvisation en direct de musique faite à la volée et jamais entendue ailleurs.


Hieroglyphic Being is the stage name of prolific Chicago musician Jamal Moss. His experimental creations blur the boundaries of House, Techno and Free Jazz through a decidedly DIY framework.


Mathematics Recordings, Soul Jazz, Axis, Ninja Tune, RVNGObs


The Shittest Sounds U Don't Ever Want 2 Hear With Spiritual Name Titles 2 Prove How Deep I Am (Mathematics Recordings, 2022)

The Shittest Sounds U Don't Ever Want 2 Hear… Vol. 1-3 (2022)

There Is No Acid In This House (Soul Jazz Records, 2022)

Dance Of The Living Image (Axis, 2021)

An Era Of Spiritual Tenebrae EP (sous Our Souls Are In The Hands Of The Translator.

Modern Obscure Music, 2021)


Moss was part of a team that created Industrial and Art Noise soundscapes for Liquid Love parties at Chicago’s Powerplant in 1989-90. After Powerplant closed its doors, Moss and his mates launched Liquid Sex, which quickly became a magnet for several House artists.