In 1994, Nik Emch and Laurent Goei formed the Zürich-based artist duo Minimetal. They are musicians and painters as well as sculptural musicians, crosswise. Their “sound sculptures” are a veritable torrent of guitar sounds, drums, vocals – and images. A torrent that has been carrying audiences off into a hypnotic stratosphere for 22 years. Minimetal is punk, rock, art and above all: a lifetime project. At the beginning of the nineties, Emch and Goei composed eleven songs, inspired by the then new musical style of grunge. To this day they’ve stuck to these 11 songs, which have become their mantras, reinterpreted over the years. From the very beginning, the duo steered clear of the usual rock show arenas, rarely, if ever, performing on stage. This denial has given the artists the space to explore new ways of performing and recording, which invariably led to the art scene and then to this artist’s book. MINIMETAL 11 MANTRAS isn't just a journey back across 22 years of Minimetal's multi-media œuvre, but a journey through the history of sound quality as well. This photobook is illustrated with QR codes, “quick response” codes you can scan with a smartphone for direct access to 13 hours of audio and video content on the web, which makes this book a sound and video carrier as well.