Sonic Encounters: Improvisational soundscapes created by capturing, disassembling, reassembling, and shaping the sounds around us. Show notes are in the description section within each episode on Soundcloud.
“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
For those that are interested in having high-res digital downloads of Season 01 check out the album Sonic Encounters Volume 01. The album contains 2 hours of Cinematic Dark Ambient Soundscapes.