"It moves away from the pure abstract ambient and leaves in all of these musical elements,

a bit of rhythm, a hint of melody, the well-placed field recording..." - Vital Weekly (review MorphoGenesis cassette)

The Mun Astronauts

Ambient duo with Barry Schuwirth (a.k.a. Jaxxrain), released several albums and singles, including appearances on compilations. 

Barry: electronics

Randolf: piano Roland RD700-GX, Handsonic

All tracks written, performed and produced by Barry and Randolf, except Fallen Glass written by Philip Glass, Dream by John Cage (both on debut album Into the Ocean), Gnossienne 1 by Erik Satie. 

 

Desert Island

November 19, 2020

After 6 years finally a new album. The result of jam sessions at our homes in Heerlen, The Netherlands (where we lived as neighbours until 2012). The approach to most of the tracks is different from our previous work. Because we would jam and improvise on the spot instead of swapping files back and forth. Some tracks come from composed piano works where the electronic sounds add atmosphere. This album has more beats/noises, less piano and sounds more electronic, like our previous single Poy. Sometimes we would only use a set-up with laptop and Handsonic 10 (electronic drum) and even a mobile phone. Although our typical sound with piano and subtle electronic sounds is also present.

 

Available on most digital platforms.  

Poy

February 08, 2017

Single with 2 versions of POY, a studio and "live" recording. This track is a step away from our usual ambient stuff, and has some jazzy elements and is beat orientated.  

Satie: Gnossienne 1

October 31, 2015

Our variation of Erik Satie's Gnossienne part 1, which the piano part is played with a slow pace and has offcourse electronic additions. 

Twirly

April 30, 2014

second album, more piano & electronics

Jaxxrain: electronics 
The Phlod-Nar: piano, Handsonic 10

 

Into the Ocean

June 09, 2011

First album of this duo, including are 2 adaptions of works by John Cage and Philip Glass.

 

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(c) 2016 and so on, Randolf Smeets. Some artworks by Ilja Kleinjans and Barry Schuwirth.