In 2017, Spotted Peccary Music released an electro-acoustic work by mystified called “Morning City”. Morning City was about the use of urban field recordings, together with select instrumental sounds, to explore “The City” in a mythic sense.
For a limited time, “Morning City” is now free (or “name your price”) at Bandcamp.com: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/morning-city
More people are living in urban centers every year. Experiences like standing on a fire escape or driving near a truck on the expressway are common for many people.
“Morning City” is different than many ambient albums, in that it contains a lot of “sound”. This is sound, rather than music. Yet, the sounds in the work are very musical. They are, for the most part, actual recordings of mystified’s home city, which he collected during a pivotal time in his life and career, during the early ‘oughts.
The effect of listening to the work seems somewhat chaotic, at first, but gradually a method appears behind the compositions. The use of recordings, especially the various metallic, concrete and other sound textures has an pronounced “three-dimensional” effect-- the music seems to project towards the listener-- who finds themselves inside the city, sonically.
“Morning City” has its romantic attributes, but mystified feels it more closely resembles a musical realism. It connotes places a person might actually experience. It lifts up that which really is, and in doing so, provides a redemptive listening experience for those who live in cities and for those who love them.
Now that the release is free, mystified urges music fans to stop by Spotted Peccary’s Bandcamp page and pick up a copy. There’s no time like the present!