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2nd Harmonic Generation with DJ_Iterate – Drones Bright And Long [treetrunk 775]

Here are some generatively-mixed drone pieces– the loops were supplied by the 2nd Harmonic Generation. Thanks to him for his sonic donation(s)!

https://archive.org/details/DronesBrightAndLong

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Thomas Park- A Prayer To Summon Rain [treetrunk 774]

This is a mid-form piece of desert ambiance– all sounds were recorded by Thomas Park in a temporary studio on Wyoming Avenue, 11/2022. Instruments include: singing bowls (3), chimes, tuned drums (3), bass flute, recorder, melodica, harmonica, frame drums (2), concertina, voice (male), various industrial sounds (pre-recorded), gong (pre-recorded) and thunderstorm sounds (pre-recorded). In general, “A Prayer To Summon Rain” represents an effort to combine generative and actual, improvised music, where the improvisation is in the foreground.

“A Prayer To Summon Rain”

by Thomas Park, 2022

Things were thought not changeable

No difference, year nor day

But something odd had touched our home

And months would pass– no rain

The rivers, lakes, and ponds we knew

From times before in life

Dried out completely, leaving naught

But bowls of dust and sand

While walking to a place not far

My throat was filled with thirst

I lifted both my hands upwards

And sent the sky a prayer

The prayer was simple, born of need

For clouds to form, raindrops to fall on me

What once I hid in shelters from 

Was needed– so I prayed for rain

https://archive.org/details/aprayertosummonrain

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Thomas Park- Endless Dub Generation 1122022 [treetrunk 773]

Here are some recordings taken in real time of the Endless Dub Generation application– which is a Python-coded generative environment. The code (and music) is by Thomas Park.

https://archive.org/details/ThomasParkEndlessDubGeneration1122022

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Thomas Park- Synthetic Sounds at KOWS (Santa Rosa) [treetrunk 772]

Having hosted a terrestrial radio version of Synthetic Sounds for several years here in Saint Louis, I began to experience a lot of fatigue. I left the show to save my career and well-being– and made a post on social media lamenting that I had to do this. My associate Don Campau, a great helper to the independent music scene, kindly offered me a gig as a remote dj on KOWS-FM, in Santa Rosa, CA, where he was the programming director.

And so began a nice run of radio shows that tended towards the eccentric, mystical, and even magical– as I used Python code and a kind of self-invented “dream logic”, to pull and assemble songs and sounds from my extensive catalog of music over 2 decades deep.

Here are some audio examples of Thomas Park’s Synthetic Sounds at KOWS.¬†

https://archive.org/details/SyntheticSoundsKOWSSantaRosa

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Thomas Park- Synthetic Sounds at BFF 2022 [treetrunk 771]

For several years I was fortunate enough to be a remote dj for San Francisco’s great Community Radio Station, BFF. I curated a Generative Electronic Music show, giving it my traditional moniker, “Synthetic Sounds”. I wanted to share on this page some of my shows from the 2022 season.

Here is the text from my profile page at BFF:

‘Thomas is a dj who is a musician who is a coder who dj’s, writes music, and codes, and often does all three at the same time (if not 2 of the three at the same time frequently). Expect generative electronic music, generative mixes of off-beat cc-licensed music, and downright unusual dream-logic inspired phenomena. Tracks are chosen by processor, but according to code applied to release date. Track are chosen because they were created algorithmically, be that in a Generative sense or a Generative-Iterative sense. Thomas believes that technology is here to take music to the next level, to improve it, rather than destroy it. At it’s worst, generative is yet another option on the dial. At its best, it can be jaw-droppingly cool.’– Thomas Park, 2022

https://archive.org/details/SyntheticSoundsBFF2022

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Thomas Park- Thomas Park Plays His Uncle’s Piano [treetrunk 770]

On 10/23/2022, Thomas Park recorded a session of solo improvisation recorded on his Uncle Tucker’s piano in Baytown, TX. These are recordings made during that session, mastered but otherwise unaltered.

https://archive.org/details/ThomasParkPlaysHisUnclesPiano

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Thomas Park- Dissolving In A Stream Of Time [treetrunk 769]

Here is a nice, home-recorded piece using Zoom Recorder tracks I created with 2 tuned drums, a collection of gongs, bells and chimes, a plastic recorder, a small ocean-environment-simulation device, and an archived recording of water dripping from the turn of the millenium. All sounds and recordings by Thomas Park except for the ocean-environment simulation device.

https://archive.org/details/dissolvinginastreamoftime

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Bruce Wain- Truth And Shadow [treetrunk 768]

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or, “Truth and Shadow: We Seek Justice”

By Thomas Park

outskirts of gotham city

by acting the part of

the murder of

the image of bruce wayne 

our actions define

a superficial playboy

all of the time bruce

supports philanthropic causes

ultimately led him to

prevent future harm and

social issues encouraging crime

bruce wayne believes that our

interpretations vary depending on

activities as batman 

but is more widely known benefits

and for all that our actions define

we seek justice 

https://archive.org/details/BruceWainTruthAndShadow

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Twilight Shopping Mall: Live- Resonant Locations [treetrunk 767]

Chesterfield Mall, like many 1980’s shopping malls, was once a center for culture and commerce. As a teenager I remember going there both to grab a quick bite to eat and to rent a tux for high school prom. I also worked regular hours at the cinema in the mall’s parking lot.

In 2022, I returned to Chesterfield Mall after a 30-year absence, hoping to buy lunch and an espresso machine for my office. What I found was mostly a large, abandoned space. Only a handful of businesses remained, and most people were there either hiking the periphery for excercise or hitting the birdie at the badminton courts now located at the grand center opening.

For reasons both sentimental and acoustic, I asked the Mall manager if a few friends and I could record some live music in the Mall space. They agreed, and on 8/25/2022, Gabe Raines, Rylee Short and I performed a set just shy of 50 minutes of live music in its vast, resonant emptiness.

I found the performance to be spiritual, rendering well the end of the shopping mall and so many other people and phenomenae from the 1980’s– and fortelling the economic and various forms of hardship to follow.

Gabe Raines: Keyboards

Rylee Short: French Horn

Thomas Park: Ambient Loops, Trombone, Valveless Bugle, Acoustic Chimes

Microphone Recordings by Gabe Raines

Zoom Recorder Recordings by Thomas Park

Mastering and Release Logistics By Thomas Park

https://archive.org/details/TwilightShoppingMalILive

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DJ Frankenstone- A Flame Was Behind The Mountain [treetrunk 766]

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or, “A Flame Was Behind The Mountain”

by Thomas Park

everything is all we have

and everywhere seems sand by view

a party descended with her

the eunuch departed

is it not enough

after passing though it all

these awful phenomenae

with an air of

a hundred arbours

placed between these barren yet glittering nights

my wits were not idle

complaining for the want of

red and yellow banners to satiate

to result in early accession

in spite of their love of their sovereign

o commander of our

overthrows

I set forth from such duties

behind the mountain

a volume of flame

danced with burning delight

and was seized by the impious

inflamed with their infernal liquor

https://archive.org/details/AFlameWasBehindTheMountain

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