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MA JA LE & JAMES JOHNSON - Live Under a Harvest Moon (cd-r)

 
MAGIC SOUND FABRIC - Uplift Drift (cd)

 
MAGNETRON - Photonic Waves (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MARK MAHONEY - If Dreams were Clouds (cd-r)

 
MAITREYA - .74 (cd)

 
MAITREYA - From the Mothership (cd)

 
MAITREYA - Telluric Waves (cd)

 
MAKO - Forms of Life (cd)

 
MAKO - In Other Regions (lp)

 
MAKO - Meeting with the Sea (lp)

 
MANK - Awen (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Gutta-Percha (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Isbjorn (cd-r)

 
MANK - Solipsism (Digital Download)

 
MANTARAY - Numinous Island (cd)

 
MARA'S TORMENT - MT96061 (cd-r)

 
MARCOMé - Seven Seas (cd/digital download)

 
MARCONI UNION - A Lost Connection (cd-r)

 
JON MARK - A Celtic Story (cd)

 
JON MARK - Alhambra (cd)

 
JON MARK - Land of Merlin (cd)

 
JON MARK - The Standing Stones of Callanish (cd)

 
MARSEN JULES - Nostalgia (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & CHERYL GALLAGHER - Tibet (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & ERIK WøLLO - Between Worlds (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & J. ARIF VERNER - Anno Domini (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Deep Roots, Hidden Water (remastered) (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Eye of the Wizard (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Under the Moon (CD/Digital Download)

 
MARTIN/KLAMT/ROWND - Convergence (cd)

 
MASSERGY - A Novel Sense of Calm (Digital Download)

 
DAVID MICHAEL MATUCH - Before Reality (cd)

 
MAX VAN RICHTER - Portal (Digital Download EP)

 
MAZMONETH - Music by Mirrors (cd)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Abstractus Somnarium: Deep Space Meditations (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Contemplation 1: Void in Form (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Frost (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - The Last Days of Autumn (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Timeworn (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - To Resonate & Glow (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Zymal (Digital Download)

 
MEGABYTE - Powerplay (cd)

 
MEGATONE - Pure Land (cd-r)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Benthos (Digital Download)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Funereal Cavern (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music from the Cycles of Spheres (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music of the Domes (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - The Art of Space (CD)

 
PETER MERGENER & KLAUS HOFFMANN-HOOCK - Visions of Asia (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures 2020 (CD/Digital Download)

 
PETER MERGENER - Passage in Time (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Phonetic Society (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Take Off (cd)

 
CLAUDIO MERLINI - The Colours of Music (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, DASHMESH KHALSA & STEVE ROACH - Dream Tracker (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, MARK SELIG & STEVE ROACH - Nada Terma (cd)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Dance of Ecstasy – Dance Music to free the spirit (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Radio Cosmos - Music From Out of This World (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - The Wasteland -music for an apocalyptic world- (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Zero Point –Music to Disappear in- (cd-r)

 
PETER MILLER - The Violet Flame (CD)

 
RICK MILLER - Starsong (Mc/CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation II (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - On the Wings of the Wind (cd)

 
MINDGLIDE - Down the Light (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Radiance (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Tangent (Digital Download)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Contact Point (cd)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Everlasting Moment (cd)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - A Sense of Wonder Vols 1 & 2 (cd-r/Digital download)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - Heliolatry (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MISTER VAPOR VS ALTUS - Falling Out Of Orbit (cd-r)

 
ARNOLD MITCHEM - Desert Dreams (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Alpa (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Canada (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Monolith (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Monolog (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Multifidus (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Proficisci (cd-r)

 
MONOLAKE - HongKong (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmoclimax (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmologica (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmophonica (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Orbit Number 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 1 (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 2 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Zeitenwende (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Dark Summer (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Earth Gravity (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Low Life (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Missing Time (cd)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sequencer I (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sessions (Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Unendlich Sequenzer, Sequenzer Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Whispers of the Moon (CD-r)

 
STEVE MOORE - Light Echoes (cd/Digital Download)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Days of Delerium & Nocturnal Nightmares (Chapter O (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Garden Gnomes & Goblins (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Tantalizing Thoughts at the Dawn of Dreams (Chapte (cd)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Emergence (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Epoch (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Eyes to the Height (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Where Edges Meet (cd)

 
MYSTICAL SUN - Primordial Atmospheres (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Gallery Concerts (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Grand Prix (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Surround Sound Offensive (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Unabsteigbar! (cd-r)


SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED
Epoch
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Spotted Peccary Music, 2012
From the liner notes on the cd, I learned the four-part "Epoch" is the first installment of a trilogy entitled "Inspired Evolution". The latter is a concept-triptych about prehistoric time and evolution.

To create the four lenghty tracks making up "Epoch", Shane Morris and Mystified (aka Thomas Park) used no electronic sounds such as synths. Instead, these composers of ambient-atmospheric soundscapes applied acoustic sound sources only (lots of brass/trombone drone textures along didj, bass drum, assorted percussion, bowed gong and vibraphone) that were all processed heavily. This all with the purpose to visualize the primeval, mystical environments and the giant prehistoric creatures living in it as best as possible.

The deep and vast organic textures create resonating atmospheres and alienating breathing spaces echoing both the prehistoric sound world and the giants animal life in stereo. It even gets a bit scary on the fourth track "Jurrasic Dawn".

Summerizing: "Epoch" is a different and quite hard piece of cake as it goes back to primitive techniques to capture contemporary sounds. This said, it’s only recommended if you appreciate minimal, longform and strong organic dronescapes with an occasional spooky and forboding impact. Headphones are recommended during this atmospheric trip, meant for deep listening.

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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