2008. Having not released any various-artists compilations in the past decade, Hypnos released in 2007
a new compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard featuring a diverse array of ambient
soundscape artists from around the world. We are proud to follow last year's release with its "mirror
image" compilation, which we believe meets or exceeds that high standard.
Here are another
10 exclusive tracks by 10 artists who have not appeared on Hypnos compilations before, though some
of these artists will certainly be familiar to followers of our label. Message From a Subatomic World in
comparison to its predecessor is perhaps a bit more abstract and deep-space, more mysterious and strange,
whereas Sounds of a Universe Overheard is a bit more musical and structured overall.
Austere - This elusive duo has released two albums with Hypnos in the past year, Solyaris on Hypnos
and Pulse on Hypnos Secret Sounds. They've also ranged over a wide sonic territory with previous
self-released projects during the past decade.
Evan Bartholomew - Perhaps best known for the rhythmic electronica he records as Bluetech, Evan has just recently
started releasing ambient work under his own name, and recently launched his own Somnia label.
Relapxych.0 - is Anders Peterson from Sweden, experimenting with combining field recordings with musical instruments
and approaches, creating musical ambience rather than ambient music. Visit www.ghostsounds.net
Numina - Certainly familiar to Hypnos listeners, Numina has released 3 great CDs on our label, and he has been
one of the great new names in the ambient music world this past 5 years.
Jason Sloan - A partner in the Slo.Bor label with Matt Borghi, Jason creates uncompromising sound art using tools
as diverse as electric guitars, synthesizers, and self-designed software algorithms.
Phaenon - Real name Szymon Tankiewicz, his debut album was released on the Malignant label, and he has relocated
from his native Poland to Maryland, USA.
Stephen Philips - Also familiar to Hypnos listeners, Stephen runs the Dark Duck Records label on which he has many
releases under several identities, in addition to his two releases on our label.
True Color of Blood - Alter ego of Eric Kesner, who uses treated and layered electric guitars to craft unique and
challenging ambient drone works, which he has released on labels like Gears of Sand, Eibon and Afe.
Svartsinn - This Norwegian dark ambient artist has several prior releases, mostly on the Cyclic Law label, and is a
frequent live performer around the world.
Oophoi - No other name has gone from obscurity to such high regard among ambient listeners in such a short time, and
this Italian master of the atmospheric drone has been greatly prolific, counting among his releases two projects on Hypnos,
Athlit as a solo artist, and Distance to Zero with Paul Vnuk Jr. of Ma Ja Le.
THE TRACKS, with mp3 samples:
Austere - Crystil mp3
Evan Bartholomew - Sacrosanct mp3
Relapxych.0 - Distant Radiance mp3
Numina - Nadir Ever Spirals mp3
Jason Sloan - faded.forgotten [trace] mp3
Phaenon - Quantum Silence mp3
Stephen Philips - Down Deep mp3
True Color of Blood - Choosing to Remain Blind mp3
Svartsinn - Cold But Strong mp3
Oophoi - Icelight mp3