• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Mystified last won the day on March 31

Mystified had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

29 Excellent


About Mystified

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 08/27/1971

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Saint Louis, Missouri USA
  • Interests
    writing, painting, music

Recent Profile Visitors

811 profile views
  1. Remember that Cyberpunk kid Kenji Siratori?

    Here's an album I did with him back in the day:



    Daniel Barbiero sent Mystified some very nice sounds he had recorded with his double bass. Mystified processed these sounds and added his own to create this industrial soundscape. 

    Mystified thought of the title, as this seems to be a current problem, that people are asked to try to sustain systems that are in unsustainable conditions-- fossil fuel consumption, the environment, the economy-- both on micro and macro levels. 

    Sustain is also a musical term that means to hold a note. 

    We are asked to strike a chord and hold it-- and keep holding-- even when this seems unlikely or impossible. 

    Special thanks to Daniel for his participation and inspiration.

  3. Lots of bright, wide-open space and drifting melodies fill the room. Sounds very free, an enjoyable jam-like recording, must have been fun to create. Great cover art, too.
  4. A video written about our cities' troubled North Side. Music and images by Thomas Park/mystified.
  5. Morning City
  6. Saint Louis: An American Topography

    People who live in my home town speak of two cities. References are made to the "Delmar Divide". On the North side of Delmar live many of the entrenched African American families, often in poverty and with decaying infrastructure. On the South side live a predominantly Caucasian community. There is some poverty there, but also much affluence and a broader spectrum of wealth and opportunity.

    All of this was according to plan, my wife tells me. Those who determined years ago how the city would develop made sure that communities that were mostly Caucausian stayed that way, and vise versa for the African Americans. I am not going to go into the history of this, or the various legal acts and otherwise that led to it. But I believe it.

    Once a week I travel from my comfortable South City home and go North on Vandeventer, towards a nearly all-black library, where I spend the day as a technology assistant. Driving along Vandeventer is pleasant enough, potholes aside. I pass through a lovely park, near the Central West End, and then roll West of the museum and theater district.

    Then I cross Page. Something changes. The infrastructure looks old and cracked, in disrepair. The stores along the street seem not to be doing so well. Right at that corner is an old gas station or something similar that has been abandonned and is literally falling to pieces.

    As I travel further North, I see no affluent homes, only brick duplexes and struggling businesses and institutions. Soon I reach Natural Bridge Road, which has been dubbed the "Murder Street" of the nation by one publication. Anywhere past Page, it is rare to spy a white face-- usually if I do, it's someone hauling in scrap or other goods to sell in the North Side.

    Terrifying to see, hard to admit. These American scenes have inspired many pieces of my music. One, "North Side, 3:13 AM", was created for the new minimalist netlabel Musicnumbers. I tried to capture the uneasy feeling I would imagine a person might experience when stranded for whatever reason near Natural Bridge Road late a night, perhaps a bit as I felt when I had no car and was waiting for the cab at the library after sunset. It's a feeling you might recognize, but that no one wants or cares to admit should be.

    Another piece, "Page And Vandeventer", uses urban field recordings to capture the raw industrial ugliness of that intersection, and the sense that one has crossed into a place where there is no time or money for beauty-- brick, metal, asphalt, all are left to crack and decay in the elements.

    I wrote a piece, "Natural Bridge Road", for a compilation coming out soon on Mahorka records, which I cannot share. Listening, I think of the sad procession of outdated cars along the street, the vacant buildings and signage still up from 70 years ago.

    I will also mention "Concrete Expanse", more generally about the city, which captures the huge amounts of space in Saint Louis with nary a tree or shrub-- it's the kind of world that fosters kids who are later amazed to discover what a "cow" and "goat" are, even though we are here in the middle of the MidWest.

    I am a believer in atmospheres and environments, and their power to affect and transform. I am not sure that my works on this subject would make people happy-- but they might be able close their eyes, and see what I saw, and continue to see, with mine that are open-- the ugliness of an unfair world, where men and women who never asked for it are made to live without beauty or adornment.


  7. Objective Media
  8. North Side Three Thirteen AM
  9. Towards a New Industrial Music - Part 2
  10. The field recording is an ideal tool for the study of urban living. There are many devices available, as accessible as the common smart phone. A recording of an urban setting transmits a lot of data. These are not the familiar sine patterns of the analog View full article
  11. You are welcome. Glad memories were rekindled.
  12. Happy New Year! Several dozen vintage, free urban sounds from South Saint Louis:
  13. The world needs a new music, that joins together experiences had by different ethnic groups and peoples. These experiences involve living in or encountering urban environments. Techno may have been a music for some imaginary future Detroit or Tokyo, and R