Sonic Encounters Volume 01 is the first in a series of albums that focus on Mark Mosher's cinematic dark ambient soundscapes and contains 2 hours of music! If you like Krell music - you'll love this release!
The songs are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from pure synthesis from Mark's original sound design work, and Musique concrète using original sounds and field recordings. In other words, great for focused listens on headphones or background ambience as you go about your day.
This project began as a podcast that ran from June 2015 through May 2016 - and was rebooted in May 2018. Season 01 of the podcast had over 10,000 plays and is now available as a Bandcamp exclusive with formats including CD Quality FLAC and high-def MP3-320 allowing you to hear even more sonic detail within these works.
If you buy the full album you'll get two bonus tracks. 1) "Tonalities from Orbit Live from the University of Colorado Atlas Institute Black Box". This previously unreleased track is a 11:31 minute live room recording from the "Boulder Laptop Orchestra BLOrK performs with guest Mark Mosher" concert event. 2) "Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8" - a trippy piece performed on Nord Lead 4 and Octratrack with field recordings from Chicago's Union Station.
“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths…I’m trying to restrain myself in writing this review as it’d be easy to come off sounding a bit hyperbolic… But these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.
The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening (see liner notes for stories markmoshermusic.com/sonic-encounters-volume-01-liner-notes
). Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.
Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill.
favorite story so far is “Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light”. I get chills just thinking about it. My very close second is “And What Do Trees Hear When the Wind Blows”. Read each premise before you listen. [Example notes from Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light”] Or not. No matter, the pieces will creep into your consciousness and take up residence.” – BlindFlyTheater.com