MYSTERY SEA 30| hum | [inner navigation]


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-" inner navigation in back flow through the open mouth of darkness to Great Point where primary light becomes seen and where the eternity is found. "

- Chistov Dmitry, December 2005


Russian sound alchemist Chistov Dmitry of the Moscow region, feeds his aural obsessions with his immediate environment as well as the deep psyche...Letting a certain sense of urban deliquescence & the beauty of ambient decay corrode his compositions, but also probably inspired by the founder & essential fluxes animating Nature, he succeeds in sculpting mantric tones with a very own character and dynamics...
These pieces are casted in permeating movements acting like close metaphors of primary pulsions & feelings...
To cover their large palette, Dmitry has so far operated under many names denoting different approaches (SPHOGHA, NIGREDO, MIKOSTERION, SMALL TOWN ZOMBIE, & above all HUM...)...
Passionate & extremely meticulous, he released most of his works in private editions under his own imprints (SPHOGHA, A DATURA LANDSCAPES...)
For Mystery Sea, Dmitry uses his main HUM identity...
Hum is a vehicle for making low continuous vibrating sounds often based on a specific sensation explored in its multiple variations...
So, "inner navigation" is about what blooms under your skin, that unnameable flow which underlies every breath, a search for isolating impulses & conductions...
"inner navigation" is a meandering journey through the layers of Unconsciousness, gradual erosion, stasis, and ultimately loss...
going there beyond, at the heart of a reflection itself where a sheer emotion surges, like a sudden enlightening open sky...
"inner navigation" is following the unknown river of our masked soul, reaching for supreme acuity...


01. depth > listen !
02. desolation seed
03. crystal embrace
04. thousand eyes of night/above the abyss
05. at the waters edge/aurora
06. backwave > listen !
07. chance to disappear
08. rainbow spires




VITAL WEEKLY 521|Frans De Waard
Perhaps I came across Chistov Dmitry before, as he worked under a lot of different names, such as Sphogha, Nigredo, Mikosterion, Small Town Zombie and of course Hum, subject here today, but perhaps I just don't remember - can you forgive me? Many of his works are released by the man himself. For 'Inner Navigation' he points his microphone under water and releases it on Mystery Sea. But sadly it's not the best microphone in town. The ambient music that Hum produces is a bit rawly shaped, it's the ambience of rusty elements collapsing below sea level and the recordings thereof aren't always the best in town. Sometimes things are just a bit too rough made and the delicacy that is found on so many of the Mystery Sea releases is not always found here. It sometimes distorts a little bit, which is a pity, since the deep atmospheric music of Hum deserves a better recording and mastering. When that is done, things will be be more pleasant to hear. That is also the case with some of the pieces here, but as said not always.
The ideas of Hum are quite nice, but the execution lacks a little bit. It's throughout alright, but not brilliant.
vital weekly

One of the duties of the artist has always been to express what is hard to express. Since, even though we know that the truth can only be found within ourselves, we are inexplicably afraid to go there. “Inner Navigation” must therefore be regarded as guided meditation. For it boldly leads us to our centre, to a place where even angels can’t tread.
On the other hand, you will need to do some active listening to enjoy this album and its well-kept secrets won’t reveal themselves exclusively by their own accord. If you like metaphors to express the basic mood and intention of a piece of music, then this record would be a mirror. It merely reflects those parts exposed to it – the more you are willing to bare, the more you are likely to learn. “Inner Navigation” starts off almost like a whisper or a faint breath, like a cloud on a grey 100htz horizon. It then sets out to explore the higher and the lower ends of the sonic spectrum, from the ethereal sphere of lucid dreams to the deep rumblings of the inner heart’s core, only to culminate in the masterful thirteen minutes of “At the Waters Edge/Aurora”: something pulls and twitches under the surface, bubbles of water rise to the surface, a stream builds and grows in intensity and cleaves into a horridly howling torrent. After the storm has passed, the frightened spectator leaves his place of shelter and his eyes wander over the most intense beauty ever seen, a landscape of bright shades covered in mysterious mist. By then, the album has reached a point of no return and an irrestible momentum and follows its course to the apocalypse of the aptly titled “Chance to Diappear”. Certainly, this music resides at the banks of both sinister Drones and Dark Ambient, but its intention is not to scare the listener, but confront him with something unspeakable. One can not help but feel that to the artist, this has been a journey as well, one from which he awoke in amazement. For Chistov Dmitry, who previously released under a plethora of monikers, the album certainly marks a moment of rest and signals a new plateau, from whence to explore new directions.If the aim of the mystery sea label was to release works inviting one to let go and take a dive, then this must be one of their most exemplary efforts. Just don’t expect any miracles – you’ll have to take the final leap yourself.
mouvement nouveau

CHAIN D.L.K.|Eugenio Maggi
Rated : 3.5 stars out of 5
Russian dronemaker Chistov Dmitry is the author of a few self-released cdrs (which I guess you can easily find via Drone Records) and a nice 7", obviously on Drone, which I reviewed some months ago. I recall a vibrant, powerful piece of minimalism on one of its sides; in this Mystery Sea release, however, things are considerably quieter, faithful to the night-ocean theme. There are 8 tracks clocking in at 56 minutes, but while each one has its own peculiar structure and development, it's easy to see them as movements of one longer track. Hum play straight isolationist ambient, the one that slowly lulls you to sleep only to guarantee some genuine bad dream afterwards. Trance-inducing, solipsistic and grey-tinged, Hum's pieces will surely please die-hard fans of Lull or Thomas Koener, and, though they're obviously not breaking any new ground, they have an emotional value that makes them heartily recommended by yours truly.



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