Purveyors of delightful Ambient-Electronica / Downtempo, Emil Mat'ko and Igor Ilia both originate from Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
As a common ambition of two young people involved in alternative music, one as a fan of Dark Ambient / Noise and former guitar player in a Rock band, the other interested in listening and programming a wide range of Electronica, in year 2000 they decided to get together and produce Ambient tracks with the mindMap project.
After a few meetings they started working on "Faces", their first demo, with the unvaluable support of Peter G. Hawkens. Due to the positive reactions that "Faces" received in the Slovak and Czech electronic scene they had the chance to present their music in a live situation.
One of their first gigs was recorded and later released as a second demo entitled "Live:Subterra" on Emil's own label, Black Orchid. This release showcased in full their approach to the electronic sound and the shape of things to come.
Searching for a way to enrich their live-act, mindMap found precious collaboration in vocalist Dana Mazalová, formerly a folk singer. Her arrival was very important in the economy of mindMap's music, and as the band was getting more and more experienced with new music software and hardware, new stunning tracks were recorded.
Here at Afe we got incredibly impressed by their music and decided to release "Plochy", their first official CD-R album, in March 2003.
a mindMap track was included on a compilation released by EE
Tapes in Belgium. The band
also appearead on many other Chill-Out / Downtempo compilations
including "Megasoft Office 2005".