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Mr.Jason | Man with a Cut-Out Shadow

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Man with a Cut-Out Shadow

by Mr.Jason

Scandinavian electronic music with beat and variety. This music is relaxation and healing music that gives you power and comfort in daily life.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Quidabodadoo
1:56 $0.99
2. 35000 miles
5:38 $0.99
3. Wedding
2:49 $0.99
4. Cut-Out
6:42 $0.99
5. Catching Dream
1:31 $0.99
6. Gravity Fields
6:21 $0.99
7. Highland
4:23 $0.99
8. Iceberg
3:01 $0.99
9. Loneliness
0:59 $0.99
10. Neo-Ichi 2060
6:14 $0.99
11. On Tracks
5:45 $0.99
12. Swamp
2:54 $0.99
13. Source
4:11 $0.99
14. Second Awakening
0:32 $0.99
15. Skyfall
2:36 $0.99
16. Hotaru
1:26 $0.99
17. Wind of Autumn
0:42 $0.99
18. Memoir
3:15 $0.99
19. Lonely Escape (Over Northern Wall)
6:01 $0.99
20. New Life
8:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
The idea of the CD was to arrange music into a journey - an imaginary escape from a prison somewhere in cold tundra, over a northern wall. This idea I got from a song of Mike Oldfield, North Point (Islands). The hero travels through the cold tundra, sometimes catching a train, sometimes floating on iceberg.

The reason why I liked the idea of travel was that I continue to seek for a new ways to re-invent myself all the time. And I notice that now, after I have finished this album I'm no longer the same man I was before. I'm a different man, so to speak. In this life, we have nowhere to run. Therefore only way to do so is to become a anti-person - get over the boundary of existence. Cut out yourself from the context. Become free.

My favorite hobby is to have a long walks in Japanese suburbs. They have this certain sleepy atmosphere, especially in afternoon. Few dogs barking, just before five a clock tune starts to blast away around the corner. I wanted to express this with track 16, Hotaru. Hotaru means a firefly.

The turning point on composing this album was fall 2004, when I composed track "Source". I had some cheerfull vigor in my body when I was sequencing the song - and maybe some of that vigor got materialized into the music. After that track was made, I decided to make this CD a more cheerfull and more rhythmic than my earlier discs.

I got inspiration to track "Wedding" from movie called Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. In that movie there is a scene of weddings of foxes. The foxes have festal, secret weddings in forest, and it's said that if humans ever see the weddings, foxes will get very angry. The scene was left in my mind, not only because it was such great portrait of young Akira Kurosawa's mind. But it also included so wonderful symbolism. As its been said, life is a metaphor.

I hope this album will bring you the same wonderful feeling I had when I was working with this music.



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Victus Aeternus

One man ... in search for a new life ...
In his second album, Mr.Jason tries to tell you a story about a man who has to go through a series of adventures to reach his ultimate goal to start a new life.
And I think this composer did a very well job.

In comparison with his first album 'East End', this one has a little bit more rhythm.
Gravity Fields, which I think is the best song on this album, even has a beat in it. And reminds me a bit of my adventures I got in Half Life 2 ;)
It's actually this song that really brings in the mood into the adventure of the man with a cut-out shadow.

The continuing song 'Highland' makes you realize that the road to a new life isn't as safe as you first thought. With soft and slow but dark pulses the composer tries to create these feelings, and succeeds too.

As in the first album the songs are composed with a set of synthesizers. So the style remains the same.
Preferably I listen to this cd while cleaning up my house, it makes annoying things a bit more agreeable.

An applause for this composer on his great job well done!
And may he continue his fine work in the future ...

Urban Nomad

Interesting mix of fragments and landscapes
When I bought this CD, I didn't know exactly what to expect: Man with a Cut-Out Shadow, what can this riddle possibly mean? What my ears found was visual kind of music with strong minimalistic flavour. Rich poetic material moving from mood to another: ominous, mysterious, delightful.

The texture of sounds associates and made visible to my mind the Tokyo map and an emphatic stranger trying to find his way with help of it through the maze of various quarters of metropol. Witnessing along the way strange rituals, restless crowds and traffic jam and founding by chance solace in secret Zen garden in the middle of skyscrapers. Full picture of life, from hectic neon light life of the night to the soothing sounds of the mother sea. Being without shadow might mean, that when leaving the old behind, you can see (hear) the world fresh.

Thank you Mr. Jason for this interesting mix of fragments and landscapes.