Shane Morris / Mystified

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Listen 1. Fire Gathering
Listen 2. Growing Into New Territory
Listen 3. Waiting For The Storm To Pass
Listen 4. Hunting In The Hills
Listen 5. The Trials Of Evolved Man

Through the creative use of sound and composition, sonic storytellers Shane Morris & Mystified have arrived at EVOLUTION, the monumental conclusion of their three-part “Inspired Evolution” soundscape series.  A masterfully crafted follow-up to the series’ first two installments, EVOLUTION continues the artist’s bold effort to create a sonic environment that evokes prehistoric places and atmospheres.  The music, sometimes rhythmic, opaque and mostly amorphous, is much like the swirling of the gene pool forming over a long period of time.

Having taken us through the epoch of dinosaurs and the emergence of mammals on the trilogy’s first two installments, Morris & Mystified now compel us to the age where early humans have evolved. Technological and physiological advances result in the domination of Homo Sapiens. Reptiles and Mammals still populate the Earth, but Mankind, the contemporary end result of their development, makes small changes (soon to be huge) in the Ecosystem and the planet as a whole.

The sound of EVOLUTION is an evolution itself. The trilogy’s first chapter, EPOCH, featured purely acoustic soundworlds, and on part two, EMERGENCE, some electronics were introduced. On EVOLUTION the acoustic sources take a back seat to a mostly synthetic environment where sounds symbolize the innovations created by Homo Sapiens.  An occasional brass drone, tribal drum or acoustic percussion riff appears, but at this point in evolution, the use of man-made tools has changed the reality surrounding it, and therefore its sound.


A review from SonicImmersion.org | Read Full Review
"The intense, the mysterious and the subtle all pass by during the slow morphing ride"

"Evolution" is the closing chapter of the "prehistoric" ambient triptych by Shane Morris & Mystified (aka Thomas Park), sonically seeing a nice blend of acoustic and electro-synthetic sounds.

Within the prehistoric places and atmospheres sketches out by the music, the presence of man is now set into the foreground as he has learned to survive by improving his skills. As on the previous two recordings, many subtle and refined changes in the drones, tones and layering are encountered in the meticulously mixed and mastered outcome in which quite some minimalist sequencer patterns and percussion are featured.

The intense, the mysterious and the subtle all pass by during the slow morphing ride, still carrying an organic, tribal edge. The final track "The Trials of Evolved Man" feels like a release with its contemporary rhythm accompanying the static drone textures.

To get the full scope and immerse in the primordial but always captivating realm of the evolving sonic narrative, make sure you listen attentively and use a pair of quality headphones.

- Bert Strolenberg, SonicImmersion.org

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