Mystified asked artists to volunteer remixing his album "Reduced". A nice group of artists responded, interpreting sounds Thomas associates with living in poverty in South Saint Louis. Thomas of mystified then "remixed the remixes", creating one final piece. Thomas especially wants to thank all who contributed. Thanks also to Sandy Spreitz for the original cover art, which was subsequently altered by Thomas.
Featuring: Mystified, Midnightradio11, les horribles travailleurs, Christopher Alvarado, autonomaton, Mean Flow
Once again, I asked other artists to "visit my apartment", to remix sounds from my old place at Brannon and Chippewa. 5 other artists responded this time with "The Reduced Remix Project". In this case, it was interesting that all remixers borrowed from the first track "Internal Seas". "Internal Seas" uses water, steam and leaky pipe sounds to create a textured but strangely calm piece-- and that summarizes the experience of living this way-- gritty, dirty, textured-- but oddly calm. In my years of poverty I found a strange peace, like being at the center of a tornado. Thank you for following my "Music Of Poverty" posts, and here is "The Reduced Remix Project", in which I personally mixed together all artists remixes that were submitted:
Cutting-edge artist Chris Russell agreed to use sounds selected my Mystified to craft his own works. The result is one of the best uses of Thomas' sounds that he has heard, managing to be both atmospheric and experimental.
The "Sounds For Urban Discourse" sample packs are sounds I processed from a collection that dates back to my years of living at the apartment at Brannon and Chippewa. Utensils, tools, water, metal, porcelain-- recordings were made of various sources in this place. Years later I shared the processed versions of these sounds. BERTHELOT was an artist I wanted to work with, as I enjoy his music and like his submission for the "Particular Streams Remixes 3" compilation. He has done an incredible piece using the "Discourse" samples-- it is about 40 minutes long, and, interestingly, contains many different movements-- each with its own sound set, but each neatly fitting into the whole. I would like to think that my years spent in poverty fit into my life, as a whole, as well in some strange way.