Hieroglyphic Being is the musical avatar of Jamal Moss, an experimental composer and environmental sound artist from Chicago, Illinois. He has recorded for a variety of labels, including Sony Europe, Axis/6277, Ghostly/Spectral, Crème, PlayHouse/Klang Elektronik, RVNG Intl., Soul Jazz Records, and Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint, which released his recent album, The Disco’s of Imhotep, (2016), which Pitchfork magazine described as “sweaty and ecstatic, elevated and pure.” Moss has released numerous albums under his own label, Mathematics, a platform he uses to showcase largely unknown artists.
Coming up through the 1980s and ‘90s Chicago club scene as both a promoter/ producer and DJ, Moss’s first creative endeavors were as part of a crew that created industrial soundscapes/art noise for the Liquid Love parties at the famed Powerplant in Chicago. When the Powerplant closed, Moss and his cohorts started Liquid Sex, which became a magnet for many well-known house artists such as Steve Poindexter, who put Moss in touch with future collaborators, the Chicago Bad Boys collective. He was also taken under the wing of house legend Adonis, who became a key mentor figure in Moss’s life and an inspiration for his moniker, Hieroglyphic Being.
Moss performed live at 2004 DEMF'S Underground Stage, was a featured artist in Germany's DE:BUG magazine in 2005, and was voted URB magazine’s Top 100 in 2005. His compositions were featured on Time Out magazine’s The Other Side of Paris DVD guide. He was a featured artist in Xlr8tr's 100th anniversary issue (2006) and did analog composition covers and analog editing for Alexander Robotnick, Miles Davis, and Sun Ra in 2007 and 2008. As the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy at the Music Box, Moss is uniquely qualified to write a new chapter of Chicago's rich musical history.
Artist's website: Hieroglyphic Being