Sonic Encounters is a Series of Electro-Acoustic Soundscapes
The songs in this series are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from pure synthesis and Musique concrète using original sounds and field recordings.
Sonic Encounters is Changing from a Podcast to an Album Series
About the Original Podcast
Sonic Encounters began as a podcast that ran from June 2016 through May 2016 and contained 13 episodes with over an hour and 45 minutes of original music racking up over 10,000 plays on just this series along.
Each show had a companion post which contained original artwork made by Mark along with behind-the-scenes artist notes and photos.
About the New Album Series
I am currently working on project to re-release the original 13 episodes plus a bonus track as Sonic Encounters Vol. 1. To be notified of this release, contact Mark or subscribe to updates via email. While you are waiting for the album, I’ve included an MP3 of one of the tracks below.
“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths…I’m trying to restrain myself in writing this review as it’d be easy to come off sounding a bit hyperbolic… But these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.
The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.
Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill.
My favorite story so far is “Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light”. I get chills just thinking about it.
My very close second is “And What Do Trees Hear When the Wind Blows”. Read each premise before you listen. [Example notes from Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light”] Or not. No matter, the pieces will creep into your consciousness and take up residence.” – BlindFlyTheater.com