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Emergence

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Part of the Inspired Evolution trilogy and a natural sequel to Epoch, which portrayed a world populated with giant reptiles, Emergence continues the ancient soundscape by exploring the appearance and spread of mammals on planet Earth. As Epoch used all acoustic sounds to create an ancient soundscape, Emergence reflects the shifting evolution from giant reptiles to mammals by incorporating an amalgam of electronic and acoustic sounds. Emergence utilizes digital synthesizers, acoustic percussion, and a variety of acoustic winds to illustrate the story. The three albums of the Inspired Evolution trilogy (Epoch, Emergence, and the forthcoming Evolution) were inspired by the idea of telling the story of ancient history in atmospheric and musical forms.
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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spotted Peccary
  • ASIN: B00CM9JL2A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Lee on June 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Emergence for about a week. This is a follow up to the same duo's earlier release, Epoch, on the same label. The five tracks here are atmospheric tone poems in the ambient genre. However, what is of interest here is in part what is absent. No empty New-Ageisms, keyboard presets, or magic crystals. Also absent are overly obvious references to biological sounds.

Instruments, synthesizers, and percussion are mixed together with considerable expertise. With the exception of the percussion sounds, most instruments are difficult to recognize. Most of the sounds contain rich, natural sounding overtones like the sound of wind in a tunnel or the tonic drone of moving bodies of water.

I would say that this CD is great for listening to in an interesting space or context. I think it would be a great treat to have a CD like this playing in a cafe or restaurant. It rewards repeated listening, and though is ambient in nature, the tracks have a discursive but compelling structure of slowly changing tone clusters and textures. There is a consistent language to the compositional methods; jarring transitions are avoided, dissonance is tolerated but remains atmospheric, individual sounds are presented carefully and reward close listening.

My associations with this music included Vangelis's classic tone poem "The Creation of the World" and some pieces of Edgar Varese. The use of the long form of the CD makes one think of Thursday Afternoon by Eno.

The theme of ancient times is pursued in a nicely philosophical fashion. The feelings evoked are not biological sludge, but at least to me, the projection of the mind into spaces and times before humans existed. And while the progression of the two CDs through time is ostensibly about the natural world, there is also a psychological progression occuring, as evidenced by the subtle changes in compositional method.
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The rich, textured layer upon layer of exotic and alien sounds denote the vibrancy of life crawling out of the muck onto dry land where the seeds of Epoch--the prequel of this release--were planted. As all creation begins in darkness and makes the gradual progression into light and motion, so goes the tone of each piece as one builds on the other. Great for a different kind of mental stimulation, I enjoyed simply sitting still and closing my eyes and let the complexity of the compositions direct my imagination.
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Emergence picks up where Epoch ends. Acoustic sounds minlging with electronics and synths in depicting the story of the evolution of mammals on Earth. Great atmospheres for late night or rainy day.
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"Emergence", released during June 2013 on Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike, is the second chapter of "Inspired Evolution" trilogy and follow-up to adventurous "Epoch". While on "Epoch" Shane Morris & Thomas Park (aka Mystified) have focused on giant dinosaurs colonizing the land, "Emergence" maps the appearance of mammals. Just the same as with "Epoch", also "Emergence" immediately catches my attention with stunning artwork (original photography by Jourdan Laik, layout and design by Daniel Pipitone).

Over ten minutes long opener, "From The Primordial Night", takes the listener directly into nocturnally frightening wooded swamp territory. Mysterious drone on the back, synthesized drops, frog-like calls, buzzing noises of insects, emerging percussive dissonances, ear-tickling click-clack, ominous breaths..., I could call this as a cacophony, but somehow it sounds quite intricate and it precisely evokes deep moist forest. Wear your headphones and you will take a spectacularly transporting prehistoric journey with many aural rewards, a grandiose opening!!! The next piece, "A Struggling New Form Of Life", starts quietly, but soon tensive circles invade along with dramatic percussive rumbles. After culminating, sonic dissonances again switch into mesmerizingly mindscaping waves. Then reappear once more in richly cavernous organic form. Awesome!!! This track is nothing short of riveting immersion provided by its predecessor. "Weathering Storm And Tide" unfolds with rain and thunder on-site recordings and mysterious ghostlike drone emanations, which intermingle throughout with sinisterly repetitive percussive clicks.
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