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Mystified – Bone Drones 3

Thomas Jackson Park, aka Mystified, goes on pioneering the virgin depths of ambient experimental music, setting a nice example through his devotion to the genre and his prolific releases; and today we shall discuss his new album, released on Webbed Hand Records, which is called “Bone Drones 3”. This four-track album is represented by thoughtfully and fancifully processed sounds, initially generated on trombone. Even though the sound was processed, it preserved its naturalness and the warmth of life, breathed by the artist himself in its direct and figurative sense, because aerophones are silent without human exhalations. The first track, “Bone Drone 11” turns out to be the airy and pleasant cushion of sound, which firstly seemed to me the work of an orchestra, as well as the other tracks.  However, getting some information from the official release page I learnt, that all these enveloping and monumental substances are the result of Mystified’s keenness of wit, who has the sharp feeling of space, time, music and mood; he knows how to turn the sonic fluction into the right way. So, let’s sink in the atmosphere of Mystified’s “Bone Drones 3”.

Official release page
Mystified’s official site

Mystified – Ophir

Now let’s have some new portion of bizarre and pensive music from Thomas Park’s project Mystified and his 2008 Dark Winter release “Ophir”. First, let’s discuss the title: Ophir is a biblical region, location of which is unknown till present days – it is the place, closely related to King Solomon’s treasures. Also, a martial canyon was named in the name of this region. What was the initial and exact source of inspiration for Mystified remains a mystery; strictly speaking Mystified justifies his name. The main feature of this drone ambient album is minimalism and straightforwardness, though if going deep into this creation, if feeling it keenly, you are sure to enjoy the implied solid textures and unfathomable moods, resorted by Thomas Park. You hear some low-tone ringings, wide and thick strata of soft noise, hummings and slightly eroded distant melodies. The album is crowned by more than half an hour long track “Constant”, which again justifies its name – permanent drone in the aggregate with noise, builds this long, monotonous composition, but it doesn’t make you worn out, in spite of its structure, it isn’t boring – it is some kind of a field recording from another, parallel world. So, join Mystified’s revelations with his album “Ophir”.

Mystified’s official site

Official release page on Dark Winter label

Mister Vapor – It Came From Vapor

Mister Vapor is another project of prolific ambient artist Thomas Park, and one of his albums, “It Came From Vapor”, released on Dark Winter label, is now under discussion. The opening track “Psychic Residue”, a misty, mantra-like drone, may narrate about some parapsychological phenomenon, if thinking over the title – some remains of a consciousness, a ghost or a phantom of previously existed breather. The next “Sad Jungle”, a piece, combining field recordings, extended humming and ethnic drums, stands out against a background of the other tracks, by its rhythmic nature. Then comes ringing and enveloping “Mystical Fire”, probably made of some bell sounds. “Cold Vapor” is a set of gentle, thick drones, the atmosphere of which tends to be comfort and pleasant, whereas the previous track is mainly of worried mood. “Thought Tones Volume One-Part Four” is a remix, made by Thomas Park, or, maybe, a collaboration with Kit Watkins, again representing a drone nature of the album. “Incident 9” seemed to me a complex of processed field recordings and crackling layer of sound, producing some kind of ominous impression. As
for the concluding “One Resolution”, it embodies the “happy end” of the album, with positive, major chords and streamlined music forms. So, find out, what came from Vapor with Thomas Park’s ambiences.

“It Came From Vapor” on Dark Winter label

Mystified’s official site

Mystified – SphereSlowChime

Bizarre and immensely slow, Mystified’s (Thomas Park; see also this review) album “SphereSlowChime”, released on Webbed Hands Records, with its hour-long duration, is sure to captivate your mind. In fact, fractal generation methods with the use of the sphere geometry was implied in the process of creation of this piece. Wind chimes, reverberation, and a talent of the artist are the fundamental constituents of this sonic environment. Indeed, while listening to it, some impression of rolling motion or rotation is occuring, as if it is the acoustic waves from the huge metal cylinder, or ball, revolving in different planes, thought later, in the process of listening, you can hear more sources of this sound. I must say, that this simple and understandable track give rise to great variety of associations and inner pictures. So, rotate the magic sphere with Mystified.

Mystified’s official site

SphereSlowChime at Webbed Hand Records

Mystified – Altered Signals

“Altered Signals” is an album of Thomas Park, an American musician, mostly known under the name Mystified. The album, released on Dark Winter label, starts with the same-named track, built up by some kind of intrauterine sonic flashes, resembling a cash-register, furiously spitting out endless checks. It is more an experimental/soft noise piece, against a background of minor low-toned drone. Irregular and buzzing, it is passing the baton to “Bell Cloud”, which comprises something like an aircraft-drone. Listening to it, you are sure to get a feeling of a processing of a takeoff.  Eating more deeply into the structure of this track, you can detect some distant ghostly sounds of unknown nature, that brighten the whole track’s system. If considering “Altered Signals” to be a prelude, “Bell Cloud” is a submergence into the depths of the author’s music concept. Then comes “Vocal Tremors”; again some alteration of signals (here – voice signals) can be discovered.  When I reached “Octavepus”, I realized the twin nature of this initial part of the album. The first pair is “Altered Signals” and “Vocal Tremors”, common feature of which is alteration, and the second is “Bell Cloud” and “Octavepus” – two taking off compositions, that have a ascendant guideline in their both skeletons. These four tracks represent the first part of the album. The second is a 30 minutes long “Science of change”; in it you can hear some unhurried and measured succession of fade-ins and fade-outs of tenderly ringing drones. There are no repetitions – the name of the track speaks for itself, there are only changes, but not fast – these ones evidently resemble changes in nature, which sometimes are omitted by the human eye. In the whole, the album of Mystified creates positive impressions, leaving a pleasant afterimage in the inner screen of a listener. So, become a receiver of Mystified’s “Altered Signals”.

“Altered Signals” om Dark Winter label: http://darkwinter.com/dw046.html
Mystified’s official site: http://www.mystifiedmusic.com/