Thomas Park has been involved with music for his entire life. He was trained in classical and jazz music as a teenager, and played the trombone and piano. His listening habits changed in the late 1980’s, and Thomas became interested in electronic music. After several years of writing techno as the band AutoCad, Thomas was fortunate enough to collaborate with Robin Storey of Rapoon. This project helped Thomas to evolve into the ambient / drone band Mystified. Mystified has found considerable success, both through online and physical releases, and is known for being proficient, creative and prolific.
The music of Mystified is mainly of an atmospheric nature. Sometimes for Thomas less is more, making his music ideal for listening while working, sleeping or doing other things. The music of Mystified especially explores texture, consistency, and a type of variety that could be called subtle. This is not the utopian ambient of the typical soundscape artist. It is serious music for serious people.
Mystified music has found many purposes, including scores for films, online and terrestrial radio shows, festivals of aesthetic, political, and other varieties, informational cd-roms, spots on many scores of compilations, and quite a few independent releases.
Interview with Mystified
1. Give us a brief history of the project
Mystified proper began with a collaboration with Robin Storey of Rapoon in the early oughts. The project has focused mainly on minimal drone works, but sometimes there have been surprises– beats, strange sound sources, extremely long pieces, the voices of dead Presidents– and so forth.
2. What are your influences?
Rapoon, for sure, and Nocturnal Emissions. Those are the main two.
3. What does your studio or recording space look like?
I basically work through a PC with a really nice sound card. I have a collection of instruments I use sometimes– like a blue plastic trombone, a kazoo, slide whistle, djembe and others.
4. What do you feel as you record music?
I try to shake of the lassitude. I use music to punctuate my life, and to give it more energy. I think it works best when it disturbs the peace a bit.
5. If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Ludwig Van Beethoven
6. If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Meeting Warhol would have been interesting. What an unusual person, and a collector of ideas and personalities.
7. What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?
I also do video, writing and acrylic painting. I really have been getting into the painting, and I wish I could share that with more people.
8. Any last words for us?
Cheers! Enjoy life, and never give up.