Longform Editions acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land upon which we operate.

Longform Editions
A gallery for listening

I was born on the 13th of May in 1987 and grew up in a small town in Switzerland. After leaving school, I worked in a record store for about five years. Since then I worked all kinds of jobs, without ever settling on one. I don’t remember when I got my first guitar, but I started to play very frequently some time in 2008. My first true meeting with the guitar was in 2013, after somewhat of a nervous breakdown. It was during a session of practice, which I also happened to record, which ended up being my first album, Evening Prayer. That’s when all things fell into place for me, whatever that means. Ruven Nunez

Artist notes:

When I play the guitar, I always want to get to the source of all things as close as I possibly can. Playing the guitar the conventional way didn’t give me the space and foundation to be able to do that anymore. I needed to find a new way in musical expression. I figured only the most basic, imminent and pure form of approach would give me that liberty. So I had to restrict myself in regards to technique. This I did by playing only single notes—fading them in and out with the volume knob, layering note after note on top of each other and listening how it all takes form.

I call it Mental Music because it sounds very fluid and entwined, like thoughts or mental images. I feel that for the first time in my life I am truly able to connect with the cosmic mentality through sound.

My new approach to playing the guitar is all about presence in the moment and no-braining, and that’s exactly what deep listening would be about. To forget oneself and to not let the slightest thing come between music and listener—to achieve absolute fusion.