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“Once in a memorable dream I felt that I was in Siberia – or a sort of dreamlike Siberia. Later, when I searched for films of the region, I found it was much like my dream; flat, sparsely green, with some slowly sloping hills. Very beautiful in its own way, I found it to be a bit like the American Wild West, but cooler, and even less populated. The Yenisei is a huge river that moves through this landscape. It divides Siberia in half, carrying time forward, and water to the sea.”
– Thomas Park (Mystified)
On Yenisei Crossing sound adventurer Mystified (aka Thomas Park) presents a fearless and striking collection of sonic collages that explore the random yet cyclic nature of recorded looping sounds overlapping at different durations and tempos. The soundscapes, inspired by the Yenisei river that winds its way through the stark landscapes of Siberia, provide a constantly moving soundtrack generated from a surreal and haunting blend of pulsing acoustic percussion, real world events, and etherial atmospherics.
Known for creating numerous works of abstract sonic art from field recordings, industrial drones, found sounds, and electronics, Mystified’s Thomas Park has always searched for meaning in chaos, combining seemingly random sound sources into sonic environments that challenge the sensibilities and redefine the experience of listening. On Yenisei Crossing, Park has taken this concept a step further, pioneering a new form of computer generated composition – one where the musician establishes possibilities before the computer is free to explore them endlessly. “For the first time, I am using a form of Generative/Iterative composing, which I have developed with original Python programming code,” Park explains. “This has enabled me to work with my computer in search of sound and rhythm combinations that would have been next to impossible for me to have found myself.”
The process began with Park curating a large pool of sound sources that he transformed into elements ideal for iterating and mixing. Then the computer took over, layering the loops in different ways to create countless combinations which Park recorded in real time before he assembled the most interesting results into a collection that best fit the dreamlike feeling of his Yenisei Crossing vision.
By using the computer as a generative compositional tool for the first time, Mystified’s Thomas Park has broken ground on a new creative process, exploring fresh artistic possibilities where soundscapes are no longer constrained by the direct choices of the artist. The resulting sonic tapestries of Yenisei Crossing are otherworldly and intense, propelling emotions forward on a relentless journey through the illusory landscapes of the mind.