CDR: Latex Records LTX005 
What The Rest Meant
Park - aka Mystified - is a classically and jazz trained musician. His
first electronic music venture was in the form of Autocad, an experiment
in fractal generated techno. After experiencing some success and recognition
with the project, Park continued to produce techno tracks until recently
when he began experimenting with dark ambient soundscapes with an industrial
influence. Transient comprises of the best tracks from two previous MP3
releases on Dreamland Recordings in 2004 - Transient & Transient 2
- plus a new bonus track and new artwork.
Park describes his music as "industrial ambient" and it soon
becomes clear what he means by that phrase. Although it initially sounds
deceptively simple, Transient possesses hidden depths. On the face of
it, the tracks have warm rhythmic beats sitting over drifting textures
but the realisation soon sets in that there is more to Park's music than
just that. Starting gently with 'Pendulum', Transient soon starts
to expand its scope. The metallic chimes, almost tribal drums and sinister
creeping drones hint at what Park means by "industrial ambient".
Often resembling the hypnotic mechanised rhythm of machinery at work and
adding swathes of low industrial drone in the background, Park creates
an image of heavy industrial toil. 'Sol Invictus', for example,
portrays relentless grinding wheels and the never ending whir and drone
of machinery. Of a more optimistic and urgent tone is 'Silent Swing'
with its train-like hum and clatter over a dark, ominous air of expectancy.
One thing that becomes evident as you listen and digest this album is
that the generally quite bright and upbeat theme hides a dark swirling
maelstrom of a nightmarish influence. This is never more evident than
in the fittingly titled 'Disembody' where spectral voices, an
ominous mechanical throb and soaring industrial drones combine to warn
of a darker more malevolent dimension. Only through Park's own dub reinterpretations
of 'Sliptide' and 'Leakage' does the warm more upbeat
side of his work win through and the sharp rhythmic beats eventually take
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