Thomas of mystified has a few copies of his and Shane Morris' recent release on Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike for sale: "Epoch". These copies will go for a nice sale price.
If you are interested, contact Thomas at mystifiedthomas (at) gmail (dot) com.
"When I saw Shane Morris and Mystified were coming together for a CD release. I had to check it out. "Epoch" delivers on what I had hoped for from this duo, the unexpected. Moving in the opposite direction many ambient artists have set for the future. This album takes you back to a time forgotten when the Earth was wet with the beginnings of organic life.
What's quite interesting is there are no synthesizers on this album. Only real sounds from nature have been used throughout. Expertly processed and presented in four different sonic essays. These works are void of synchronous rhythms or human signatures. Instead, Morris has sculpted deeply layered compositions that weave many delicate sounds into a complex sonic humidity that fills the room. Sounds of light percussion and field recordings merge with low guttural frequencies propelled by Mystified's drones. This combination of evolving textures creates a sense of moving through time.
Most notable, Cambrian Explosion is like an imaginary soundtrack from the past. The population of organic habitats across the planets' barren expanses begins here. Life begins with a distant thud followed by the sound of the water giving life. Drones unwind from the mist like elegant ferns as life springs forth in all directions.
Triassic Extinction is another wonderful sonic excursion. Ringing and howling, a chorus of growling didgeridoos breathes in and out of long drone washes and subterranean sounds. The dark emptiness evokes a vast stillness in the absence of great creatures that previously roamed the Earth.
You will have to pick up the CD to make the rest of the journey. Shane Morris and Mystified are just getting started on what is listed as the first in a series of releases. While this is dark music, it has a bright vision. Fans of ambient music of all kinds should check out "Epoch" for its unique style. The journey is indeed the reward." -- Jack Hurwitz, 2012
Morris/Mystified's dinosaur drone cd from Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike placed number one in the charts for WVKR-FM's ambient radio show, "Secret Music", hosted by DJ Scott Raymond. Here are the charts:
WVKR-FM "Secret Music" Top 20 PLaylist
1. Shane Morris and Mystified - Epoch - Lotuspike - Spotted Peccary Music
2. Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder - Level Four - Manikin
3. Caul - Let The Stars Assume The Whole Of Night - Hypnos
4. Northern Valentine - Ribbons - self released
5. Brian Parnham - See None, Hear None, Speak None - Floating Point Records
6. Wes Willenbring - Weapons Reference Manual - Hidden Shoal
7. Craig Padilla - The Heart Of The Soul - Spotted Peccary Music
8. Don Ross - Upright & Locked Position - Candyrat
9. Northern Valentine - Fin De Siecle - Silber
10. Kelly Valleau - Vol.2 - Candy Rat
11. Wall Matthews - The Dreaming Light - Zen Gardens Music
12. Biosphere - N Plants - Touch
13. Robert Schroeder - DMO Vol.3 - Spheric
14. Paul Nagle - Twilight - Bogus Focus
15. Xan Alexander - Into The Unknown - self released
16. MWVM - Had Yr Pash - Silber
17. Daren Kerk - Quiet Hillside - Wayfarer
18. Stefano Barone - danzealtalenanze - Candy Rat
19. Jack Hertz - Green Mist - Earth Mantra
20. Jack Hertz - Time - self released
"One of the best things about the electronic music scene today is the propensity of artists to collaborate and create fusions of styles that have never existed before. The thought of such diverse talents as Dan Miñoza and Thomas Park coming together to make music was enough to seriously pique my interest, and the results were beyond what I even imagined. This is world class ambient music, certainly with a nod or two to the masters of the genre, but with a sensibility and perspective all its own. Deep, majestic sound design combines with serie drones and what I can only describe as esoteric melodies, forming a moody yet beautiful sonic melange. As I listen I imagine a cauldron boiling over with strange vapors filling the space, spirits floating through the haze at the corner of of my eye a sense that another world is right around the corner if only I could stretch my vision a tiny bit further. Truly the kind of ambient music I love to listen to, with just a tinge of spookiness but nevertheless a soothing and fulfilling ride from end to end. Delightful work by two masters of the genre." --Darrel Burgan