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2011.12.29

Effective today, this page (hypnos.com/news.php) will not be updated. Please visit hypnos.com/wordpress/ to see Hypnos news and updates. Also, see yesterday's post if you're interested in following us on Twitter and Facebook (both of which will automatically show any posts to the blog). Thanks!

2011.12.28

I've finished moving across the old news posts from the Hypnos News page to the new blog. I realize most people aren't visiting to read "old news" but I didn't want to shut down the old news page (which included archives going back to when I first started posting news online in 1999) until this was done. Some of the formatting is weird, but it's good enough for searching and reference.

News posts will commence on this page in 2012, and we'll have this blog set up for RSS feed and auto-announcing through Twitter and Facebook. If you haven't already found Hypnos on these social networks, you can find us here:

http://www.twitter.com/hypnosrec
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hypnos-Recordings/111355895595604

2011.12.27

Today I'm starting the move of all past entries (one at a time, editing each) from hypnos.com/news.php to hypnos.com/wordpress/. So far, I'm only as far back as mid-2011. Soon, the new Wordpress news blog will replace this news page.

2011.12.15

Just received a wonderful big box of CDs from the Italian label Silentes, and added these to the Hypnos Store. Not just the new items above, but many re-stocks as well.

Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum - Mene Teqel Farsin (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Storms of cosmic energy, boiling and gurgling electronic fluxes, sonic masses made of monolithic and impenetrable drones, visions of smoky afterdeath landscapes, scorching and infernal… A neverending tunnel with no way out, a sense of deep anguish, of desolation and resigned impotence that lead the dark journey from the beginning to the end of this hallucinatory path... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton - PU 94 (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Extremely dark atmospheres, restless and dramatic. Sharp masses of metallic noises cleave pulsating substrates of low frequencies, mixed with magmatic agglomerates of more processed sounds of an unrecognizable nature. Moments of stasis and apparent quietness. Handfuls of minutes of an unutterable, hanging and distressing tension. Sudden showers of vibrant frequencies that emerge from nowhere and bury everything under an heavy and devastating sonic mantle. A real masterpiece of incredibly dark and subterranean music.... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen - Rekviem MB-JMI (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A classic minimal ambient album; just one long track, a bit obscure, of a static nature but unarrestable as a matter of fact and slowly developing, built with layers of soft and round sounds, heavily processed and effected, whose origin seems to be an organ.... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi - Ludium (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A long and almost solemn track built with reverberated piano notes, a slow and rhythmical flow leaned on a background made of clashing hisses and vague, distant, rustling ambient noises. A brief interval based on obscure drones moving in circles, inexorably entangled on themselves. Another long piano-based track, this time more dilated, confused, ethereal and prim, so much that it takes the distinguishing features of an indecipherable sonic mass, abstract and booming, estranging, deep and psychedelic... (more/buy)
Nimh - Travel Diary (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Finally collected on a single CD and released in a completely re-edited and re-mastered version enriched with new sounds and parts, Silentes presents all the music created by Giuseppe Verticchio/Nimh during 2001/2002 using ethnic instruments only and in a totally unconventional way, with the addition of treated/processed field recordings. A real challenge beyond every stylistic and geographical border; an original and evocative dark-shaded ethnic-electronic-ritual music, born from the voice of ancient and often unknown traditional ethnic instruments mostly collected in the Far East, without using synthesizers and any other electronic/synthetic source at all. An absolute original, unpredictable and unrepeatable.... (more/buy)
Nimh - Krungthep Archives (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) returns as a solo artist in his newest release, rediscovering the sounds of his oriental ethnic instruments, collected in he Far-East, mainly in Thailand. The recordings are often submerged with electronic sounds, drones, voices, urban noises, field-recordings, loops, rhythmic fragments, lively and dynamically reached sound waves. Otherwise, sometimes the traditional instruments own natural sounds emerge, giving life to suggestive and catching semi-acoustic soundscapes. All the contrasts of a geographical universe perpetually suspended between ancient cultures and an out of control modernism, perfectly translated in in music by a careful and sensible expert of those places and cultures.... (more/buy)
Under the Snow - Delta (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Extended sonic fluxes of synthetic nature mixed with delicate acoustic and electric guitars chords and riffs, crowd noises, indefinite and fading melodic spots of unknown origin, feedbacks, echoes, pulsations, vibrations, cracklings, rustling waves in continuous movement... But also sudden pauses, unpredictable and improbable inserts of folk blues radio transmissions, crystal clear water sounds, static, wrapping and dramatic electronic weaves, metallic tickings. An extraordinary range of sounds and atmospheres for this new, challenging and really particular experimental-explorative project by Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron... (more/buy)
Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow - Dialogue One (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) - not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom - built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments... A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.... (more/buy)
Le Masque - Fu Languore (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $11.99)
After several years of silence, LE MASQUE are back with a brand new mini album (23 minutes) of unreleased music... and there are simply no words to describe their poetry. Musically speaking, it is a return to some of the atmospheres we heard on albums like Il Signor Gustavo Coscienza or La Memoria di Venere, showcasing an acoustic approach and their usual poems that are simply stunning.... (more/buy)
Opium/Sostrah Tinnitus - Stain (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Warm, involving, deep and penetrating... Flowing sound patterns, vibrating drones permeated by a discreet sense of tension, evolving in dark, obscure, foggy, nocturnal atmospheres, violated by raven voices, mysterious noises and sounds of metal objects in motion... And then concrete noises, confused and elusive melodies, feeble light flashes, buried echoes of human voices, distant whispers, sudden passages of rough sounds, undefined nuisances, subliminal and hypnotic sequences... (more/buy)
Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko - Quiet Songs from Misty Places (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Frail and delicate ambient atmospheres, clusters of rarefied piano notes lying on discreet drones, soft and evanescent clarinet riffs, suggesting and catching natural sounds... Light and ethereal pastel-colored musical plots... Eight tracks, one hour of suspended and quiet sonic passages.... (more/buy)
Gianluca Becuzzi [In]visible Fields (2CD) (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $19.99)
Invisible Fields is collection of tracks created in order to non-compositional works: sound and video installations, theatre performances, live set. The first CD includes five tracks from various installations and theatre pieces: FOR E.A.P. is a reworked audio section for a theatre piece based on Edgar Allen Poe novel, The Pit and the Pendulum. The Cage is a performance made for the art exhibition Strade Bianche. Gianluca Becuzzi played into an etruscan barrel, a big empty aviary, scraping and beating it. Radio Trans It was composed for an installation by Pietro Riparbelli / K11 entitled Camera Sonora for 4 Radiodramas presented at eXperimenta 02. Water Memories is the title of a site specific work presented at eXperimenta 03. Breaths is the soundtrack of a series of video portraits by Francesco Arena. The second CD includes the long title track (In)visibility, a semi-improv electroacoustic live set. The performance was created with a laptop playing a backing track (field-recordings, processed frequencies, concrete sounds) and objects (paper and stones of different form and size.)... (more/buy)
Z\'EV - The Deep Path (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A monumental album, three impressive tracks in which Stefan Joel Weisser, a.k.a Z\'EV, legendary avantgarde experimental artist, master of percussions and live performer of worldwide fame, collects and exhibits all his bravest and incredible sonic solutions, mixing and alternating enormous, deep and sometimes exploding and devastating sound masses based on low frequencies, noisy metallic sounds, gong and cymbal stratifications... All channeled in resonant time tunnels, where every sonic element has infinite decay, entangled through suggestive cyclic echoes and reverberations mixing and completing with the other sonic weaves, for an absolutely unique listening experience... (more/buy)
Lullabier - Verita rivestite d\'ombra (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Delicate and fragile dreaming atmospheres, melodic and hypnotic ambient light sparks, sonic landscapes both semi-acoustic and then close to shoegaze, introspective lyrics almost whispered by a simple and gentle voice, mainly based on evocative and shiny, delicate, and dilated electric guitar riffs laid on discreet rhythmic backgrounds, sometimes simply backed by acoustic guitar chords, in a singer-songwriter mood.... (more/buy)
Claudio Rocchetti - Every Live is Problem Solving (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A suggestive gallery of abstract images, confused fragments of life and real living experiences, sights of urban landscapes... Noisy and electronic interferences, mechanical machines movements, concrete noises, low frequences fluxes, hissing sounds, interferences, but also melodic acoustic guitar pieces, human voices and other field recordings... A brave, uncompromising and heterogeneous decomposed mosaic of avantgarde sound art beyond time, beyond any point of view and any geometric coordinates... (more/buy)
Sacher Pelz / Amun Cell - Hibakusha (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Cyclic loops agglomerates resting on static drones intertwined by flashes of electronic frequencies; algorithmic manipulations of undefined sound materials moved by bouncing delays and recurring panoramic space variations; a sequence of metallic waves in continuous tonal variation, heavy dissonances and sonic stratifications in progressive and pseudo-randomic composition/decomposition; desolate silences corrupted by resounding echoes of entangled electric rhythmic impulses... (more/buy)


2011.12.09

Many of you have already ordered this from the Hypnos Store, but we missed promoting this important new release from one of our favorite artists Steve Brand and the Relaxed Machinery label.

Steve Brand - Subtle Movements Inside (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Steve Brand's latest on Relaxed Machinery. Steve says:
"Subtle Movements Inside," was inspired after re-visiting a group of old poems and by recent events in my life. Increasingly, I'm convinced that our lives are changed not so much by outer events, or profound revelations, but if we're sensitive and attuned to it, by the subtle migration of thought and feelingsubtle movements inside. The final track on this group of songs includes a contribution of treated guitar from Bobby Jones/i've lost which takes the emotional top. Thanks to Bobby for agreeing to be a part of this release. Sounds include keyboard, thumb piano, shakers, voice, overtone flute, bass flute, guitar and field recordings.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Holding the Light 19:00
2. Lit from the Original Flame 8:00
3. A Certain Restlessness of Soul 23:02
4. Subtle Movements Inside 8:16
5. Our Wilderness of Heart (w i've lost) 19:16

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Steve Brand_Subtle Movements Inside_Collage by Relaxed Machinery...
(more/buy)


2011.10.26

It's been a while since we've brought in a big batch of new stuff from the Groove label to the Hypnos Store. Not only do we have these new items listed below, but we also have a lot of re-stocks on the Groove label page.

Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Harold van der Heijden - Derby! (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
"This album offers the listener the wonderful chance of listening to a powerful live performance by these three musicians, with a recital including some specially hot versions from themes of well-known albums. Perfectly identified with one another and providing the music with a musical complexity typical of a studio recording, they play nine themes with a powerful strength, ranging from Space Sequencer Music to Synth-Pop to Symphonic Rock. The memorable concert the music in the CD comes from was held on September 5th, 2009 in the British city of Derby. Most of the music here is dynamic, with the sequencers developing fast rhythms or average-speed ones, and the support of a very well chosen percussion. The melodies evoke the sense of adventure in several passages, as well as epic airs, romantic atmospheres and blades of melancholy. In short, this is an album with a high rating which will be really appreciated by the followers of these musical trends."
-Edgar Kogler... (more/buy)
Create - Reflections from the Inner Light (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
"In Reflections from the Inner Light, we find an artist who has a great skill in the musical technique as well as the necessary technology. By means of a very successfully achieved orchestra of virtual analogue synthesizers, Create weaves a collection of melodic pieces, fresh, lively. The style, bold and avantgarde as it is, is situated on the border between Space Music and the most strong areas of Synth-Pop."
-Eduardo Fontana... (more/buy)
Create - We Live by the Machines (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
"A slow building structure is utilized to generate moody harmonics that gradually introduce melodic content as the music accrues additional riffs and achieves a delightful density. The electronics are generally cyclic patterns that run for periods, establishing a mounting tension, until lead riffs slide into play, their twinkling notes providing an engaging focal thread as the tunes unfurl. The foundational harmonics constantly evolve, too, attaining their own penetrating charisma. Percussion is unnecessary for this music. The pulsating nature of the structure supplies adequate propulsion as things surge along to dazzling climaxes. (Okay, one track features rhythmic, but it is little more than a ticking beat immersed in a very mechanical murkiness.) These compositions pursue the concept of mankind living in tandem with machinery, not in some clash of polarized cultures, but the comfortable coexistence we all experience everyday. The electronic nature of the instruments tends to exemplify this union, but the tunes possess a further expression of the point in their sinuous balance of artificiality and humanization. The melodies are highly organic, very fluid. Very satisfying."
-Matt Howarth/Sonic Curiosity... (more/buy)
Create - From Earth to Mars (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
From Earth To Mars is an oasis of sequences, fat analogue synth solos and pads, effects, space-atmospheres and gentle electronic rhythms. The music is long-stretched with a lot of emphasis on details... (more/buy)
Gert Emmens - The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 3 (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
"The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 3 is the last part of this cosmic trilogy that the Dutch synthesist began in 2008. Once again, Gert Emmens covers his sound galaxy by a pleiad of synth lines with his unique tones equal to his gears conception, where plentiful strata wrap of their foggy cosmic intertwine sequences lines. Sequences, sometimes hesitating sometimes biting but always constant, which cross a cosmic tale under foggy steam synth lines and pleasant weeping solos. A musical universe signed Gert Emmens with a beautiful complicity between analogue and digital. A sound universe where the borders of imagination belong as much to the listener as its designer."
-Sylvain Lupari... (more/buy)
Nattefrost - Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
"The fine electronics Bjorn Jeppesen aka Nattefrost presents on Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon album are of a groovy but also spatial nature. The album offers a nice assemblage of attractive sequencer patterns, contemporary sounds and textures, all glued together into catchy instrumental compositions which set things in motion from the first tracks on."
-Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion... (more/buy)


2011.10.24

Here are a couple of new reviews by Bert Strolenberg of recent Hypnos releases.



"If youre looking for a contemplative ambient release with a minimal framework, Steve Brand's "Avatara" (inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures) could be an appropriate choice. I for one would classify it as high-quality contemplative music, due to its ongoing gentle flow of textural pads with occasional mystic undercurrents and nature sounds. The six meandering tracks feature spacious music for slow, silent times and meditation, smoothly opening the gate to a world of splendour and wonder.

"Avatara's" longform soundcape music, devoid of any rhythm, is great to escape from the rat race of modern life, as it makes the busy mind settle down bit by bit along the way."



"Intangible is the outcome of a collaboration between Barry Craig (aka A Produce) and Loren Nerell, both known as skilled ambient composers for many years. Composed between 2007 and 2010, the seven moody tracks on their debut album are a journey into warm textural drone paintings and smooth sequencer patterns with both an adventurous as high-tech touch. Imaginary spheres with timeless vistas are very nicely displayed on the title track and the fascinating "Planet Atmo." "String Area" though is a short percussive outing where Mr Nerell displays his expertise on mysterious Balinese sounds, followed by the cosmic scenery and slow rhythm of "Area 51.1." Deep morphing and alienating atmospheres immerse the listener on the hypnotizing waves of "Lost in Transformation" while exotic and tribal elements are never far away. Tasty percussion and more accessible and lush textures make up the spacious "Meadow Dusk." A veil of sonic magic returns on the immersive drift making the final piece "Pot Covers at Dawn,"

Those having an eye for explorations in ambient sound shouldn't miss out on the beautifully crafted ambiences of "Intangible," a vibrant sonic vista where the exotic meets the tribal and the cosmic."

Our thanks to Bert Strolenberg for the support. Those CDs are available from the Hypnos store for $12.99 each:
Steve Brand - Avatara
A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible

2011.10.14

It appears that I mistakenly ended the special $8.99 deal for Seren Ffordd & Oophoi's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES too early. Apparently I misunderstood my own email annoucement!

For those of you who ordered during the brief period yesterday when I re-set the price from $12.99 to $8.99, we're reducing your charge by $4 to adjust for this. The price on the store has been restored to $8.99 through today, when it returns to the long-term price of $12.99 Sorry for the error!

2011.10.13

Thanks for all your support of our $8.99 introductory special on The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi. We're very encouraged by the initial response, and want to remind everyone that this kind of strong support is the perfect way to convince a small independent label to keep on releasing a certain kind of music. We'll continue our "week one special" for our future Hypnos releases for the foreseeable future.

In other news, we have a few new items from the Relaxed Machinery label just added today to the Hypnos Store.

Zero Ohms Worlds, Afterworlds (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
"We constantly stand on a precipice of the unknown without the possibility of reversing. This seemingly unknowable void looms, beckoning. And flight is the only, albeit inadequate, response."
- Zero Ohms, 22 Dec 2010

Streaming samples including track listing:
1. Translation 28:12
2. This Beautiful Now 17:33
3. Peace of the Pi 10:11
4. Mournful Light of a Gibbous Moon 7:36
5. I Become the Emptiness Through Which the Axle Turns 7:15
...
(more/buy)
Chris Russell - Home (2cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $19.99 2-cdr)
Track List:
Disc 1
1. Welcome 7:32
2. Comfort 7:04 streaming sample
3. Solace 9:58
4. Repose 8:53
5. Glimmer 4:24
6. Thursday 5:15
7. Lull 7:12
8. February 5:34

Disc 2
1. Ethereal 9:25
2. Horizon 7:15
3. Dusk 7:09
4. Gloaming 5:12
5. Monday 6:30
6. Eventide 8:27
7. Specter 6:30
8. Together Again 7:16 streaming sample...
(more/buy)
Lowell Levene-Sims - A thing of Beauty (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
"A Thing of Beauty to an Object of Regret" is the follow up to the 2005 solo bass release "...from the bitter winter"... a critical and independent success. From being a front page feature on CD Baby.com - winning acclaim as a superlatively inventive minimalist basswork and selling over 10,000 copies through touring and minimal online outlets.

Track List:
1. Aerial Momentum 3:53
2. This is Not a Warning 6:39
3. Fear Creates Danger,Courage Dispels It 5:19
4. Transmigration 17:21
5. Perseverance 3:15
6. Coil 5:04
7. So Good to Have Known You 4:08
8. At Rest Beneath the Sand 10:39
9. Disengage 5:19...
(more/buy)


2011.10.03

Our latest Hypnos CD is available today, and we're going to repeat the special offer we tried last time with the release of Intangible. Although this new CD The Martian Chronicles will be priced at our usual $12.99, we're offering a very special deal. Now through Sunday Oct 9, only through the Hypnos Online Store, get The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi for just $8.99. The links below say $12.99 because that's the long-term price, but click through and you'll find the deal available on the store.

Artist: Seren Ffordd and Ophoi
Title: The Martian Chronicles
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi - The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury's story collection of the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and Ophoi. These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a drama and emotional depth absent from much recent ambient music. It's a complex and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

These artists will both likely be familiar to Hypnos listeners. Seren Ffordd has released several albums on our Hypnos Secret Sound imprint, and also contributed to the Hypnos compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard. The name Seren Ffordd (real name Andy Benford) is Welsh for Star Road, Way of Stars or Milky Way.

Ophoi himself released Athlit in 2002, Distance to Zero (with Paul Vnuk) in 2006, and his Nebulae group project album Path of White Clouds in 2011, all on Hypnos. Gianluigi Gasparetti, the man behind Ophoi, first became known for creating the excellent Italian music periodical Deep Listenings. His Ophoi persona burst onto the ambient music scene in the late 1990s and quickly became one of the most talented and prolific sound artists around. He founded the now-defunct labels Umbra and Penumbra, which released the earliest recordings of Seren Ffordd. After working together in this capacity for several years The Martian Chronicles is their first collaboration, but not their last; the pair has already completed another full album worth of material.

We at Hypnos are proud to bring you this collaborative work from two of the most interesting and talented ambient musicians out there, and we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 > The Long Years > 14:38 MP3 clip
02 > Dead Cities > 15:03 MP3 clip
03 > Blue Fire > 13:19 MP3 clip
04 > End of a Changeling > 02:49 MP3 clip
05 > Canals > 08:11 MP3 clip
06 > Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm > 10:06 MP3 clip
07 > Unremembered > 09:56 MP3 clip


Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

Martian Chronicles digipak exterior

Martian Chronicles digipak interior

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2011.09.12

The latest from Numina have just arrived at the Hypnos Store.

Numina - Subterranean Landscapes (Numina category)
(Price: $12.99)
Brand new 2011 Numina release with guest appearances by Nathan Youngblood and Biff Johnson.

Numina says:
"Subterranean Landscapes is a dark-desert ambience style album which is a culmination of material over the past few years inspired by the alien landscapes of the desert southwest and includes guest appearances from the amazing Nathan Youngblood and the classic-artist Biff Johnson."... (more/buy)
Numina - Dawn of Obscurity (Numina category)
(Price: $12.99)
Released summer of 2011.

Track listing:
1 The Shadow of a Day 11:22
2 Cold Shine 10:06
3 Faces Remain 17:28
4 Moment from the Past 8:11
5 We Will Always Be 8:29
6 Withdrawn 23:07... (more/buy)


2011.09.09

Several items new to the Hypnos Store from Ian Boddy's DiN label, as well as a bunch of re-stocks not listed below.

ARC - Fracture (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Fracture is ARC's fifth album release and their fourth on the DiN label. It features their fabled retro style sequencing, courtesy of Shreeve's giant Moog modular system, coupled with a heady mix of quirky melodic lines and spacy atmospheres. The album is wholly instrumental and the first four tracks constantly morph and evolve with a set of chilled out grooves and sublime melodic themes. The fifth track, Rapture, is an epic in every sense. Nearly 23 minutes in length it features a central, pounding sequencer riff section cocooned within truly awe inspiring deep space ambiences for a truly memorable track.... (more/buy)
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and DiN label boss Ian Boddy. This is a record of their first ever live performance at the Star's End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia in June 2007.

The music ebbs and flows from abstract soundscapes through gentle reveries to up tempo sections that combine thunderous analogue bass and glitchy percussion overlain with a mesmerizing mix of keyboards, flutes and gliss guitar. A truly unique concert performance by two of the most accomplished musicians in modern ambient electronica.... (more/buy)
Ian Boddy - Slide (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
Slide is the studio album follow-up to Elemental and is the sixteenth full solo CD release by DiN label boss Ian Boddy. Musically it is split between three beautifully expressive legato pieces and six up-tempo tracks which employ Boddy's trademark inventive rhythms with soaring, expressive synth voices. Although Boddy has a well known love of vintage analogue synths he's never made a big deal of whatever gear he's used on a particular project as it's always been the music on each release that has governed what audio tools he's employed. However Slide is dominated by the sound and playing techniques Boddy has coaxed from a new musical instrument he aquired in 2008. This is a modern analogue version of the keyboard employed by the Ondes Martenot (invented in the 1920's) which utilises a wire and ring pulley system sitting in front of a keyboard via which the player can smoothly glide between notes and create natural vibrato.... (more/buy)
Parallel Worlds - Shade (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
Parallel Worlds employ a vast arsenal of both vintage and modern analogue modular synthesisers with extensive use of classic sequencing techniques to produce a sonic world that combines modern electronica and ambient music styles with the feel of retro electronic music. His attention to detail is astonishing and his careful sculpting of sounds and textures produce an organic, ever evolving atmosphere full of half glimpsed meanings and subdued emotions. With Shade Parallel Worlds show a musical maturity and command of sonic atmospherics that takes the music on a journey, moving through dreams and shades, aiming for the light... (more/buy)
Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy - Dervish (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
Recorded in England and Austria, the album contains a guest appearance by King Crimson's drumming and electronics wizard, Pat Mastelotto. Dervish's sound-world is constantly evolving and always in motion. Atmospheric loops, cross-picking arpeggios, unresolved sequences that hang in the air, and some metallic-edged soloing that carves its own unique space. All add extra layers of momentum and tension to a music already brimming with invention and mystery.... (more/buy)
Erik Wollo & Bernhard Wostheinrich - Arcadia Borealis (DIN category)
(Price: $13.99)
The basic premise for the music on Arcadia Borealis was to look at the 18th Century when Arctic explorers were like the Apollo astronauts of their time. Venturing into the great unknown with the real possibility of never returning home. A time when the books of Jules Verne & H.G.Wells were setting the tone for the scientific advances that were still to come. Thus the album takes the listener on a journey into new and unexplored lands inspired by the landscapes and weather prevalent in Wollo's Norwegian homeland. The 12 tracks cover a range of atmospheres with many environmental sounds providing an aural backdrop over which Wostheinrich creates his characteristic organic, evolving rhythms. Wollo is well known for the melodic element of his work and he weaves beautiful, beguiling melodies that rise and fall like the seas those early explorers would have sailed upon... (more/buy)


2011.09.07

Soon after we received the news of the passing of Barry Craig, also known as A Produce, we also received this very nice review of Barry's latest CD Intangible, a collaboration between A Produce and Loren Nerell.

NOTE: This review was written on Monday, September 5, 2011 the day we learned that Barry Craig (A Produce) died unexpectedly at the age of 59. This review is dedicated to Barry and to the musical legacy he leaves behind.

Though A Produce and Loren Nerell have been composing ambient music for years, Intangible is their first collaborative effort. A gentle, bubbly sequence lightly introduces the title track, a superb number that pulls us right in with its silky blend of soothing sounds. It is deceptively simple and eminently listenable. "Planet Atmo" is a more free-floating affair, lighter than air with a gently pulsating undercurrent. Light and dark elements play off each other perfectly. It has distinctly organic and synthetic components to it, a subtle, sublime piece of music. "String Theory" takes things in another direction, with a strong rhythmic, world music feel it, a well-placed change of pace. "Area 51.1" pulls us back firmly into the ambient realm, though a few soft beats remain. The lead sound here is captivating, perhaps a processed sample from a didgeridoo or a drum of some type. "Lost in Transformation" is the darkest, most adventurous piece, churning and gurgling from otherworldly primordial origins. Soft rhythm returns on "Meadow Dust," courtesy of a djembe or bongo drum, imbued with warm pads and gentle drones. "Pot Covers at Dawn" brings the album to a dreamy, atmospheric close. Each track excels at defining a theme then subtly exploring its nuances without pomp or circumstance. Intangible is a highly cohesive and satisfying listen; a worthy addition to Loren Nerell's canon, and a fitting finale to the work of A Produce.

Review 2011 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

We thank Phil and everyone else who embraced and supported Barry's music. As I mentioned in the tributes on the Hypnos Forum, Barry was very pleased and excited at the positive reception to the new album.

2011.09.06

We try to use this page for important announcements, but an event this weekend took us by such surprise we ended up posting about it extensively on the Hypnos Forum and failed to post it here.

The sad, unexpected news is that our friend Barry Craig, better known as Hypnos artist A Produce, passed away on Sunday the 4th. Many A Produce fans and listeners, as well as fellow artists and friends of Barry, have posted memories, impressions, recollections and tributes here on the Hypnos Forum.



The importance of A Produce to the ambient music scene should not be underestimated. Newer genre listeners who may have been less familiar should read a bit about what made Barry and A Produce special, ranging from his early musical activities before most of us knew him, through his thriving period from the mid-90s to just after the turn of the millennium, up to his most recent reappearance with this year's collaboration with Loren Nerell, Intangible. We've said it elsewhere but we'll say it again: Barry was one of a kind, and will be terribly missed.

2011.08.24

More new additions to the Hypnos Store, this time from the Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike labels. Lots of good new stuff flowing in the door here!

Between Interval - The Edge of a Fairytale (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
The Edge of a Fairytale, the first new music from Between Interval since 2006's Autumn Continent, delivers eleven deep and powerful soundscapes characrtarized by mystery and wonder, and inspired by questions that have obsessed humans throughout the ages.

Stefan Strand, Between Interval's sole creative force, explains:
Curiosity about the origin of life, the history of mankind and our universe is a classic theme, and I felt that I had finally reached a point where I needed to let it strongly influence my music. Strand elaborates, There are many religions and beliefs in this world. There are stories and tales that are thousands of years old about mythological characters, creatures and places. To me, letting these tellings influence our lives, without knowing the truthfulness behind them, means that we're living on the edge of a fairytale - between the known and unknown... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo - Subliminal Pulse (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
Veteran Electronic/Ambient composer and recording artist Bruno Sanfilippo has been creating and releasing impressive soundscapes since 1991. Now the internationally established instrumentalist delivers his first official US release, Subliminal Pulse, a tranquil and hypnotic ambient musical tapestry comprised of delicate melodies, layered electronics and synth textures that seem to come from deep within a dream.... (more/buy)
Paul Ellis - From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
A purely electronic expression of five long-form pieces that blend ambient sound design with rhythmic electronics, recalling the classic works of genre masters like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Vangelis; but with a restrained modern air. With a mixture of synthesized sonics, both melodic and cerebral, the music brings to mind the unfolding expanse of the cosmos, stated with a graceful patience that propels the steadily evolving, constantly moving synthscapes to a highly personal level... (more/buy)
Terraambient - Wanderlust (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
Following his widely acclaimed 2004 Lotuspike release, The Gate, Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient) now delves deeply into his most personal space, sculpting a sonic cathartic experience for all to hear. It's a journal, says Kowal. What started out as an expected sequel to my previous release, turned into an emotional sketchbook of some major changes in my life, including a move to the American Southwest.

Wanderlust does in fact range from the subtle to the grandiose: epic, sweeping and luscious, Wanderlust plays more like a movie soundtrack than an ambient CD. Delicately balanced between tribal, ethno-acoustic earthiness and searing electronic pads and leads, Wanderlust takes the listener on a journey. Aside from synthesizers, Kowal brings many other acoustic and electric instruments into the mix, including frame drums and percussion, didgeridoo, electric guitars, bass, bansuri and PVC flutes, and a modular analog system... (more/buy)
Time Being - A Dimension Reflected (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
On their first collaborative release, A Dimension Reflected, Jourdan Laik and Phillip Wilkerson present eight thought-bending, deep drifting tracks of pure ambient spaces, where electronic yet organic, expansive washes of sound, drifting chords and swirling synthesizer textures communicate the resonant beauty of time and timelessness.

"In appreciation of the expression of the human perception of time. Being present in each moment. Valuing the timelessness of each second." -Time Being... (more/buy)
Jeff Greinke - Virga (Spotted Peccary category)
(Price: $13.99)
The music on Virga takes shape as strata of slow moving melodies stream their way through expansive atmospherics and pastoral passages of ambient chamber music, highlighted by cello, trumpet and piano on many selections; all drifting together to construct complex harmonic musical skyscapes. The cumulative result is a collection of vast, textural, cinematic, and melodic compositions with a strong sense of mood and place that gently evolve and drift -- like the clouds themselves... (more/buy)


2011.08.23

We're very pleased to stock the first three releases from the new Periphery Label (founded by longtime critic and founder of the One Thousand Pulses concert series, Darren Bergstein) on the Hypnos Online Store.

Richard Lainhart - Polychromatic Integers (Periphery category)
(Price: $13.99)
Archival, unreleased gems culled from Richard Lainhart's prototypical late 80s phase, a continuation and summation of the varied modes of digital expression first actualized on his remarkable debut These Last Days, veering between wayward guitar mesmerics and drone existentialism to offworld tribal process music... (more/buy)
The Electric Golem - Sky Snails (Periphery category)
(Price: $13.99)
Sophomore effort by the duo of James Spitznagel (visual and audio artist, owner of the Level Green imprint) and Trevor Pinch (Analog Days author, professor, and Moog devoteé), incorporeal soundsculpting arising from the collision of knob and touchscreen... (more/buy)
Home Patterning - A One Thousand Pulses Compendium (Periphery category)
(Price: $13.99)
OTP's first compilation, Home Patterning, highlights some of the series' finest moments, extracted from a year-and-a-half of unique and special performances. Includes tracks by Robert Rich, Malcolm Cecil & The Electric Golem, Rapoon, Eraldo Bernocchi, Chuck Van Zyl, Tim Motzer, Kevin Kissinger, and more... (more/buy)


2011.08.22

Finally added to the Hypnos Online Store, two new ones from Steve Roach.

Steve Roach - Live at SoundQuest Fest (roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
Steve's pinnacle performance from 2010's SoundQuest Fest proved to be a real moment in time, and fortunately it was documented with a high resolution recording that places the listener front and center on that special night. Presented as a single CD, the first 74 minutes of the concert are experienced as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of DESTINATION BEYOND, created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo players Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnham, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of Thunder Walk from the recent release DREAM TRACKER. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone. This evocative space, which premiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening of IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS... (more/buy)
Steve Roach/Erik Wollo - The Road Eternal (projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Following their collaboration STREAM OF THOUGHT, Roach and Wollo reunite to travel THE ROAD ETERNAL, an electronic/ambient path filled with passion and beauty. Six engaging and expansive rhythmic sequencer-based tracks intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures highlighting sparse, arching thematic lines... (more/buy)


2011.08.05

In order to help expose people to INTANGIBLE, the new album by A Produce & Loren Nerell, Loren has created a mix/collage of a variety of tracks from the album, along with sample tracks from each of the two artists' solo work. That mix or podcast, roughly 80 minutes long, can be streamed free of charge at Soundcloud: A Produce/Loren Nerell podcast

A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible

Intangible seems to be one of our more popular releases of the past several years. If you'd like to pick up a copy you can find it at Amazon.com or buy it direct from Hypnos for $12.99

2011.07.29

Steve Brand's Hypnos release AVATARA has been getting some nice radio airplay, and we also have some reviews to share. Congratulations to Steve on the great response to his first Hypnos release, following two albums on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. We'd also like to thank Chuck VanZyl of Star's End Radio, and Frans DeWaard of Vital Weekly, for helping us spread the word.

"To state that AVATARA (61'16") is "Experimental" is only half the story. While it is an album of sonic experiments, it is not just a random organization of sound. Ambient artist Steve Brand tells a story - although AVATARA does bring more questions than answers. As it wanders the terrain of the possible this work asks you to adjust your sensitivity to music and its possible variations. Some of the pieces are controlled collisions of carefully rendered tones, while others breathe and expand beautifully across a brain-churning expanse of space. Opening with a curious metallic clamor Brand sets an unusual atmosphere. By continually introducing new timbres and captivating designs, across six tracks he sustains a striking sense of wonder. Moods range from dark and questioning to luminous and hopeful. Born of digital, this experience gets better with each pass. The mind seeks patterns, in the world and in music and art. Works like AVATARA at first seem formless. But one must tolerate being lost to appreciate this music. Through active listening we find this work's structure and then its meaning - grasping the whole from the sum of its parts."
--Reviewed by Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio

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"Following the abundance of the name Augur, Steve Brand now works under his own name. I must admit I didn't hear a lot of his solo music, which was released solo as well as in collaboration with Ishq and Disturbed Earth, and hearing Augur is a long time ago, but there have been some changes in his music too. Augur was more on the experimental edge of ambient music, whereas his current direction is more along the lines of what Hypnos is in general about: long sustaining patterns of sounds, based on synthesizers or perhaps any type of sound processing which goes on for quite some time (maybe field recordings?) and on top there is the rattle of percussive sounds. 'Avatara' means 'descent' in Sanskrit, 'in the sense of a deity's descent from heaven to earth' and this the main idea behind the album, the descent of avatars in various cultures. Now that sounds all a bit too new agey for my liking, but its easy, I guess, to see the music by itself. On a somewhat grey and cloudy day, like today happens to be, this ambient music in which the element of percussion is kept to a minimum, compared to his previous 'Children Of Alcyone' (see Vital Weekly 712), in favor of more drone like music, makes perfect sense. Majestically it unfolds itself. Great one."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

Purchase for $12.99

2011.07.25

We're pleased to have acquired several CD offerings from the AD21 label for sale on the Hypnos Online Store. We assume our customers will eat these up, and we'll make every effort to stock more of this great label's releases.

Bruno Sanfilippo - Auralspace (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
The CD is presented in a deluxe digipack 6 panel, 71 min. on 7 pieces that are in a practically continuous flow. The gentle whistles flow effortlessly on a soft carpet of electronics textures, slow spiraling in increases-decreases, creating a recording not to be missed by those who are curious and by those who love to fly far away on the wings of surreal environment.... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo - InTRO (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
Bruno Sanfilippo is an artist who is quickly developing a well-respected name for himself in ambient circles. With this in mind, the aptly titled InTRO is a great place to acquaint oneself with Bruno's talents. Made up of seven distinct pieces, InTRO presents a variety of styles and sounds that all showcase Sanfilippo's skills.... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
The sequentially titled pieces in Piano Textures, by the Argentine contemporary composer, Bruno Sanfilippo, are nothing short of a gorgeous composition. Period. Simple and elegant, mesmerizing and haunting. In his evenly paced recording, Sanfilippo gently strokes the hammered strings with a touch of reverse reverb, Armenian duduk and a pinch of synthesized sound.... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 2 (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
"As implied by the release's title, the principle instrument here is a grand piano (a model 1923 Steinway D, to be exact). The latter has been sampled, and the notes are accompanied by electronically generated atmospheres. The result, as one might expect, is ambience seasoned by classical influences. Sanfilippo plays gentle Steinway chords that linger with a congenial sovereignty. The melodies pursue an extremely relaxed temperament with each expression isolated by reverent pauses (which are suitably filled with languidly drifting texturals). The electronics are primarily tenuous, establishing vaporous environs not unlike the mists that cloak a beach in the dawn hours. These tonalities engulf the music in translucence, a luster delicately penetrated by the piano notes. Some of the atmospherics exhibit a suppressed grittiness reminiscent of distant electrical currents crackling in an open field." -Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow - Ambessence [Piano and Drones] (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
"While Sanfilippo plays a sampled and processed grand piano, Grassow contributes synth drones, glass harp and bow chime. A distinct combination of tradition and modernism. As one might expect, the music generally consists of piano laced with textural flows. The keys are stroked with tenderness, evoking cerebral melodies steeped in a soft serenity. The notes are far from repetitive, utilizing a classical recital touch that comfortably generates lush tunes of gentle beauty." -Matt Howarth, soniccuriosity.com... (more/buy)
Bruno Sanfilippo + Mathias Grassow - CROMO [Piano & Drones] (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Delicate piano melodies blend with controlled drones to produce tuneage of a highly relaxing nature. Sanfilippo settles down and lets his fingers caress the ivories, coaxing forth languid chords that sinuously undulate into soothing melodies. The music is soft and personal, drawing the listener into a realm of crisp piano expressions which incite pleasant moods. The songs are restrained and consist mainly of gentle notes that glisten as they drift on the air. Meanwhile Grassow applies crafted drones to the melodies, generating layers of atmospheric moodiness which hangs shimmering in the background. These texturals enhance the traditional piano melodies with their ethereal embellishment, flavoring the recital medium with the modern touch of tenuous electronics." -Matt Howarth, soniccuriosity.com... (more/buy)
BreathStream - Max Corbacho (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
BreathStream is a new series of seven atmospheric spaces built with synthetic textures and floating harmonies. A smooth journey through deep interior spaces, as if we were floating deeply immersed in a long, quiet, spacious breathing.... (more/buy)
Max Corbacho - The Talisman (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
Eleven compositions created between 2004 and 2006, based on new, on the edge, harmonic and textural explorations. Intense, light, dark and purely atmospheric, most of these songs were composed during various, long, deep meditative improvisation sessions.... (more/buy)
Max Corbacho - The Resonant Memory of Earth (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
A slow landscape of organic, waving, and mysterious atmospheres. Soft coiling and morphing textures, heavy atmospheric textural music for a deep drift into the dimensions of space, time and place.... (more/buy)
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis (AD21 category)
(Price: $13.99)
Light and harmony could set this purely atmospheric new work by Max Corbacho. Not the blinding light from outside but light filtered through high windows of colored glass, broken and transformed into multi-colored gems, transferring that which is material to That which is immaterial. Like a weightless dream, the main theme is exposed in Light-Matrix Portal, where a gentle swirl of chords leads us, as in a Gothic doorway, in a magnificent space. The main theme remains on all the pieces in a subtle way, spreading mystical, delicate scents through labyrinthine passages ascending and spiraling to the vaults. Max presents the album's flow through different sonic zones sequentially, as if we proceeded on walking meditation in a 13th century cathedral.... (more/buy)


2011.07.20

New arrivals, along with some restocks, from Canada's Blue Oasis/DataObscura, just added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood - The Vivid Unmapped (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Description by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood:
"Fresh, free-flowing immersive dreamscapes in a minimal contemporary style. Rich with details, textures and treatments, The Vivid Unmapped also exhibits a rare delicacy throughout its various moods and sonic excursions. If you enjoy music like Entia Non and offthesky you are in for a real treat.

What started out as a collaborative experiment quickly transformed into something much larger. As we continued to work together we became more and more comfortable with the project, allowing the album to take on a beautiful lush environment filled with non-conflicting sounds even with the presence of multiple tracks of field recordings, guitars, synths, piano, effects, and more. The idea of sleep, dreaming, and hypnagogic states soon became a focus and direction for the project, with the songs representing many of our oneiric feelings."... (more/buy)
Robert Davies - Pond (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Another deep pastoral exploration from Robert Davies. This time consisting of four longer, 15 minute pieces. A work inspired by lines from Thoreau's Walden. Possibly the most meditative and serene of Robert's albums to date. A work of subtle changes and consistent moods that functions well as both background ambiance and immersive mental landscapes... (more/buy)
Robert Davies - Whispering Grove (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Possibly his most perfect pastoral album to date. Music that brings romantic visions of languishing within secluded bowers of intoxicating scents and lush humid overgrowth. Crafted with an unassuming simplicity and deftness, this is an album guaranteed to transport you... (more/buy)


2011.07.18

Our latest Hypnos release, INTANGIBLE by A Produce & Loren Nerell, has been very well received. It's getting a lot of radio play, including the tough-to-crack Hearts of Space radio show, and we're starting to receive reviews for this album which indicate the rest of you think it's fantastic, just like we do. Below, I've included both "official" reviews and casual remarks from ordinary listeners on the Hypnos Forum. If you don't like reading long, in-depth reviews, just skip to the end of this post for some succinct, casual endorsements.

"Part of the pleasure of the collaboration is hearing the unexpected results. Such is the case on Intangible (54'48"), the wonderful CD by A Produce & Loren Nerell. As each track spins out we feel their thrill of discovery. From open empty space into which the hearer will project their own imagination to vivid soundscapes of primeval atmosphere, Intangible manipulates our sense of time and space. There is really quite a bit going on within the seven sound designs of this album. Barry Craig and Loren Nerell manage to capture the mysterious vibe of the electric jungle - a mystical place where synthesizers, samplers and signal processors coexist beautifully with native flutes, ethnic drums and ringing gamelan solos. Each piece offers a distinctive mood - either built on the seeming stillness of shifting drones, lush currents of detailed sound and environmental recordings or the rhythmic energy and repetitive structure of traditional percussion runs. Intangible delivers realizations of deep-thought ambiance alongside rousing compositions of diverse beats. Exotic more than it is alien, harmonically rich and introspective without being dull, Intangible hopes to transport the listener to an imaginary untouched place between our early history and these technology driven times. Central is the interplay between these two musicians - who complement each other perfectly. This duo has the talent to match their ambitions."
--Review by Chuck VanZyl, WXPN Stars End radio

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"Some more musicians who have been around for some time, are Loren Nerell, who had some fine albums of Soleilmoon and Side Effects and A Produce on Hypnos and Trance Port. If Nebulae and Steve Brand are downright ambient with a small tendency towards new age, this collaboration is the one that drifts slightly towards the realms of ambient house. Not as 'pumping' or 'driving' as some others, but the plinky plonky rhythm elements are surely present, along with small melodies, as opposed to endlessly sustaining material. It reminded of the earlier solowork by these two, but also a fine reminder of the Silent Records catalogue, especially the work of The Heavenly Music Corporation, or the pseudo/quasi ethnic percussion of O Yuki Conjugate in 'String Theory'. This is where ambient house was at its most ambient and least house related. Great atmospherics going on here, the perfect chill out music, in case anyone knows what that was all about. Great late night music, or very early morning."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

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"A Produce and Loren Nerell, two highly respected, in California based, sound explorers in the genre, remained quiet for the last few years. But since summer of 2007 they were sporadically working on new project that firstly ended up as a soundtrack to Bart Santello's short film "Intangible". Now, few years later, they are striking with long time awaited collaborative effort "Intangible" on Hypnos. Stunning digipak artwork (art and design by Hypnos' Mike Griffin) catched immediately my attention, shortly followed by truly exciting sonic landscapes. Yes, Barry Craig and Loren Nerell deliver amazing blend of gentle atmospherics and crispy tribal rhythms, all made in a very distinguished manner showing enormous potential of like-minded musicians who are uniting their talents and styles. The title track "Intangible" opens this show with its delicately crafted warm atmosonics, tranquilly and graciously floating around my ears just like the cover image, wonderful intro!!! "Planet Atmo" fits exactly its title, another beautifully evocative aerial ambience with occasionally raising and falling texture, a true intergalactic voyage at its most captivating level! Earthy and galvanizing power of tribal drumming, tinkling bells, suggestive flutes and strange sounds enrich exotic perfumed "String Theory". The next cut, "Area 51.1" merges gently deep space drifts with slowed down trance-like rhythm, a very smooth and mesmerizing, crystal clear listening experience, totally magnificent!!! "Lost In Transformation" is slightly more experimental, ghostly and meditative, flavored with singing bowls, voice samples, bells, assorted metallic sounds. A very impressive exploration of deep and mysterious realms! "Meadow Dusk" incorporates again tender tribal drumming blended with peaceful and melancholic floaters, another strongly visualizing composition. The CD ends with hypnotic "Pot Covers At Dawn", the most naturally sounding piece with occasionally emerging tribal beats. Every piece on "Intangible" is masterful, A Produce and Loren Nerell delivered the best of their masteries. This is one of the best albums so far for 2011, so if you like a truly sophisticated mixture of immersive sound painting with sensitive tribal elements, you can't go wrong with "Intangible", it's highly recommended!"
--Reviewed by Richard Grtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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"I love this recording! I agree with Forrest, my fav cuts are Lost In Transformation and Pot Covers At Dawn. Excellent release all around."
--David Michuda on the Hypnos Forum

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"Really nice! One of the highlights of 2011 so far."
--Eric719 on the Hypnos Forum

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"Great album. An "instant classic" in the Hypnos catalog, and probably the best thing I've heard this year."
--Drone On, on the Hypnos Forum

A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible

Our thanks to everyone who has purchased and listened to Intangible, whether they've reviewed it or not. Remember, if you listen to a CD and enjoy it, you should spread the word to others who may enjoy it as well!

Purchase for $12.99

2011.07.13

Two new CDRs now ready to go from Relaxed Machinery, for sale through the Hypnos Online Store.

Max Corbacho - Lost Links (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
First release by Max Corbacho, co-founder of the AD21 label and well-established European ambient music practitioner. Deleted, unreleased and forgotten tracks.

All these pieces were created to appear on previously published albums. For various reasons, they were not included, and remained in my archives. I usually do not delete any of my pieces; I know that, at some point, simply because of the passing of time, they acquire a special character, and their time to be revealed appears.

Track List: (mp3 sample medley)
1. Earthflow Trance 7:19
2. Sky Resonance 6:07
3. Third Exposure 5:41
4. One True Light 16:12
5. Mandala 12:33
6. After Dream 5:54
7. Slow Thunder 13:15
Total Time: 67:01...
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Disturbed Earth / Steve Brand - What is Memory? (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
69 minute extended track -- mp3 sample clip collage

Notes by Steve Brand:
What Is Memory? is a 69-minute aural exploration by Dean Richards/Disturbed Earth (Australia) and myself, Steve Brand (U.S.) of the nature of memory and time, utilizing keyboard atmospheres, flutes and voice. The impetus for this piece was born out of personal phone conversations between Dean and myself. We both have experienced how time can transform memory, how memories can become distorted, built-up into almost legendary proportions, clouded with sentiment. We also know that looking back into memories, with a clearer mind in the present, can transmute once-painful memories into those which empower and propel us into a new future.

Review by Eyes Cast Down:
"What is Memory? is the fifth collaboration between Disturbed Earth (Dean Richards) and Steve Brand, following a trilogy (Broken Gold, Busy With Dreams and The Rest of Time) and followup album (The First Day Unnamed) on AtmoWorks in 2008-09. For reviewing purposes, I listened closely, but Im sure this will make an awesome background soundworld as well (though good luck keeping it in the background). It is a delightful, magical journey. An important aspect, well worth pointing out, is that the pacing is masterfully managed throughout. Our guide is thoroughly experienced, inspiring our full confidence, keeping our impatience in check.

As is usual when trying to convey the magic of music by either of these artists, words are sadly inadequate. One can only encourage listeners, trusting that when they hear the music, all will be understood, words notwithstanding. I simply love this album, and if youre even a casual listener of ambient music, I believe you will too... Highly recommended!"
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2011.06.24 (later)

Our $8.99 introductory special for INTANGIBLE by A Produce & Loren Nerell ends soon. The offer has been very popular, but tomorrow the price goes back to $12.99.

For a full description, audio clips, or to purchase, follow the link below the image.


A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible

Purchase for $8.99 through June 24 ($12.99 thereafter)

2011.06.24

The main action going on at the Hypnos Online Store involves Intangible, released earlier this week but we have other good stuff... the new one from Saul Stokes!

Saul Stokes - Sleek Nucleus (Stokes category)
(Price: $12.99)
Saul Stokes is definitely one of the most popular artists associated with Hypnos (though he has also released a lot of music for other labels as well). This is Saul's first self-released CD, in a distinctive folder-type package, but the music still has that recognizable "Stokes sound."

Saul says: Stokes is pleased to announce the release of Sleek Nucleus. Eight effervescent songscapes that simply redefine electronic music. Each song is a crafted fusion of contemporary rhythm and melody sculpted from Stokes' hand-made electronic instruments. A lasting and unforgettable electronic album, Sleek Nucleus continues Stokes' 17 year history of merging sonic innovation with soulful song composition.

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1 every voyage
2 a two sun summer
3 spun into static
4 pocket universe
5 we. are. signals
6 colonies
7 trace the edge
8 electric moment - with variant impact... (more/buy)


2011.06.21

We don't release new music on Hypnos unless it's something we really feel proud of and think our listeners will enjoy. Even measured against our usual standard, we think this release is special. It's the first collaboration between two of our favorite recording artists, A Produce and Loren Nerell.

Of special note here is that although this CD will be priced at our usual $12.99, we're offering a very special deal. Now through Friday, only through the Hypnos Online Store, get Intangible for just $8.99.

Artist: A Produce & Loren Nerell
Title: Intangible
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)

A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible

2011. The first collaboration between two artists well-known to Hypnos listeners and fans of ambient & experimental music in general.

While Intangible has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.

Though it's the duo's first collaboration together, both of them have been releasing music for about a quarter century. These guys are responsible for some of our "Desert Island Disc" listening material here at Hypnos HQ (A Smooth Surface and Lilin Dewa are both long-time favorites). Often at Hypnos we try to introduce new, fresh talent to our listeners, but this is a case of two music-makers who know all the tricks, and yet continue to create work as vibrant and inspired as anything on the cutting edge.

A Produce has released ten albums, including two on Hypnos (Smile on the Void solo, and Altara in collaboration with Hypnos founder M. Griffin). Loren Nerell has released solo work on Amplexus, Soleilmoon, and Side Effects, and collaborated with ambient music giant Steve Roach on Terraform in 2006.

Track listing with MP3 clips:
01 - Intangible - 08:14 - MP3 clip
02 - Planet Atmo - 13:09 - MP3 clip
03 - String Theory - 03:54 - MP3 clip
04 - Area 51.1 - 07:02 - MP3 clip
05 - Lost in Transformation - 09:26 - MP3 clip
06 - Meadow Dusk - 06:11 - MP3 clip
07 - Pot Covers at Dawn - 06:39 - MP3 clip

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store





Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2011.06.01

Some cool new Lustmord stuff, just added to our store.

Lustmord - [OTHER DUB] (Lustmord category)
(Price: $13.99)
Dub Remix EP of the LUSTMORD album [ O T H E R ] Featuring Adam Jones of Tool. Total Length: 40:12... (more/buy)
Lustmord - Songs of Gods and Demons (Lustmord category)
(Price: $17.99)
A Collection of previously unreleased material recorded between 1994 and 2007. Includes works recorded for film and video games. Can be considered as 'Purifying Fire part 2'... (more/buy)
Isolrubin BK - Crash Injury Trauma (Lustmord category)
(Price: $9.99)
Crash Injury Trauma is a shocking and disturbing album, unflinching and relentless in its fascination with violent car accidents. Tires skid and horns blare, followed by the sickening sounds of crashing metal and shattering glass, screams, sirens and heart-pounding bass. It’s a cruel, sadistic and horrifying tour de force in the ambient and power electronics genre. B. Lustmord released Crash Injury Trauma in 1993, as a side project, under the pseudonym Isolrubin BK. Following Heresy and The Monstrous Soul, and preceding The Place Where The Black Stars Hang, the album was recorded during what is now considered a pivotal period in the British artist’s career. Out of print for nearly a decade, this new 2009 edition has been remastered from the ground up, and is presented in completely redesigned packaging... (more/buy)


2011.05.31

A new item from Italy just added to the Hypnos store. Don't judge a book by the cover, or a CD either.

Alison Wait - Dove Esistono Solo I Ricordi (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
The name and the cover art bring to mind something soft and feminine, yet this is a recording by two male ambient artists from Italy, and is quite moody and even dark in tone. Packaged in a beautiful, glossy full-color fold-out sleeve similar to a digipak.

"Alison Wait is the gift of the past. Remembrances of long gone days. Childhood memories amplified through the glass of melancholy. A journey hand in hand with what has been and will never return. Dark ambiences melt with guitars & lush synths - come with us to the place where Alison Waits"... (more/buy)


2011.05.23

Here's the next release in our Hypnos Secret Sounds reissue series of out-of-print Seren Ffordd releases. This time, it's Floating.

Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Floating
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds hss32, limited cdr edition of 300

Seren Ffordd - Floating

Floating is the third release in our reissue series of the out of print recordings by Seren Ffordd, an ambient artist residing in Wales. Originally released in 2006 on the Italian label Umbra (operated by the great Italian genius of ambient soundscapes, Oophoi) and now out of print, Floating has been reworked slightly by Seren Ffordd for enhanced sound quality.

We have previously released Arythmia and Stellar Nurseries in this reissue series, and previously released Seren Ffordd's album Veils, Shadows on Hypnos Secret Sounds a few years earlier.

Track listing with mp3 sample clips:
1 Floating 70:30 early mp3, middle mp3, late mp3

This limited CDR release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint is available for purchase for $9.99 here

2011.05.13

A few new items featuring Mark Spybey (Download, ex-Zoviet France) in his various incarnations and collaborations, added to the Hypnos store.

Dead Voices on Air - From Afar all Stars Spark and Glee (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
Digipak Release from Dead Voices on Air, side project of Mark Spybey.

"The 14th album from this fruitful solo project by in-demand collaborator Mark Spybey (Download, ex-Zoviet-France), From Afar is fixated on space and distance. Spybey utilises them well, setting cryptic layers of sound at seemingly different points ever towards the horizon."
-cyclicdefrost.com... (more/buy)
Dead Voices on Air - Fast Falls the Eventide (2 CD) (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $16.99 2CD)
"Blink twice, listen carelessly and you\'ll fail to discern the minutiae Spybey meticulously works into every one of the pieces sprawling across this 2-CD set's eminent domain. Spybey works hard at his art so you don't have to: rather, as the listener, the participant, the absorber, it\'s more important to ignore categorical tags such as industrial, ambient, soundscape, et al, and instead gorge deeply on a wriggling, sometimes confrontational puzzlebox of sounds erupting from a bevy of mysterious sources." -Lens Records... (more/buy)
Gnome & Spybey - Beyond Willie's Place (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $15.99)
Digipak Release. "Mark Spybey's been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he's ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he's plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It's as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it's up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency." -Tourette Records... (more/buy)


2011.05.12

A couple of new ones from Rapoon, of of the most popular artists on our Hypnos store. This Dream Circle reissue is beautiful -- a very special package.

Rapoon - Media Studies (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $21.99)
Digipak Release. These recordings include the voice of David Icke. They reflect on the role of the media in shaping and informing opinions (the war in Iraq for example showed the shameless use of the media by a government intent on war whatever the real facts were) and in furthering prejudices and persecution of those who have differing views and dare to express them . In 1991 Icke was interviewed on a well known prime time chat show with the sole purpose of public humiliation for entertainment value. There are many instances of the use of media for manipulation and propaganda and many have succumbed to the pressures when the media has been directed against them by malevolent forces (Dr David Kelly, UN weapons inspector in Iraq) The words of David Icke are used here in a benign and impartial way. Whatever your views about the thoughts of the man you have to admire his tenacity against the odds... (more/buy)
Rapoon - Dream Circle (Special edition reissue 2010) (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $21.99 limited)
Beautifully produced re-issue of the very first RAPOON album from 1992, released shortly after the split from ZOVIET FRANCE; a classic of ethno-ambient industrialism. Dark, esoteric and dense, with a lot of haunting loops, frightening whispers and subtle trance-inducing rhythms. Though it’s nearly 20 years old, it sounds fresh and actual, as now the spiral of time made its turn bringing us closer to this point of eternal dream circle, just one level higher (or lower, who knows?) The release limited to 500 copies comes in a mini LP-like embossed cover with inner sleeve, both printed gold-on-black... (more/buy)


2011.04.29

We were sorry to see the Foundry label cease operations a few years back, but we've just obtained copies of their last 3 releases for sale through the Hypnos store, including items from some of our favorite artists.

Saul Stokes - Vast (Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
Saul Stokes returns to the music scene with Vast, a showcase for his unique brand of electronica. With Vast Stokes explores new territory utilizing a highly developed lyrical sense built, as ever, on the idiosyncratic sound of his hand-forged equipment. These tracks are truly multi-faceted, and the many detailed sonic embellishments, as well as the fluid structures, set Vast apart.... (more/buy)
Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Invisibility (Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
Invisibility emerges from a collaboration between Forrest Fang and Carl Weingarten, built on the strong and distinct musical personalities of these two artists. Carl Weingarten displays his assured guitar playing, a unique style that exploits a variety of sounds and a penetrating melodic sensibility. Forrest Fang builds well-balanced arrangements and develops intricate textural tapestries with a sonic palette drawn largely, but not exclusively, from Weingarten's guitar work. The result is a series of enthralling landscapes and tableaus, subtly, but definitively, coloured by the musical insight of Fang and Weingarten. And while the integration of guitar, synthesis and processing may suggest a kind of invisibility in terms of seamlessness, the music is anything but invisible. On first hearing Invisibility is beautifully simple, but repeated listenings will reveal the strong underlying texture and structure that makes this release special... (more/buy)
M. Bentley - This World (Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
This World gracefully integrates M. Bentley's various approaches to sound design and composition. Created with a combination of DSP tools, field recordings and more conventional synthesis, the suites Chronos & Kairos and Import are related thematically and conceptually. These pieces are extended audio snapshots, sonic gestures towards narrative and story-telling. In one sense this is programme music for the 21st century, or perhaps a soundtrack for memoirs never written.... (more/buy)


2011.04.26

Yet another new batch of additions to the Hypnos store, this time from the Projekt label. Included are a new one from Forrest Fang's Sans Serif Project (whose first release came out on Hypnos Secret Sounds) and a classic Vidna Obmana album I can't believe we never carried until now.

Jeff Greinke - Cities in Fog 2 (Projekt category)
(Price: $11.99)
Sequel to the classic "Cities in Fog" album by Greinke.

Jeff writes:
After arriving in Seattle, I settled in an apartment on a hill overlooking a warehouse district. I became fond of taking late-night walks and listening to the activity in the valley. At that hour most of the everyday buzz of the city was hushed, so the distant clankings of the industrial area were more audible. I found the resultant soundworld mesmerizing. Experiences like these come home with me and find their way into the studio, inevitably working their way into my music. Cities in Fog 2 represents my ongoing interest in everyday sounds and in working with such sounds to construct surrealistic late-night urban musical landscapes.... (more/buy)
Vidna Obmana - Ending Mirage (Projekt category)
(Price: $11.99)
I can't believe we never listed Ending Mirage for sale here before now, but it's true. Here's a great classic ambient album from before the birth of Hypnos! Recorded January-June 1992. Originally released in a limited edition on the ND label, then released as part of The Trilogy set.

Tracks:
1. Siren
2. Mellow at heart
3. Luxurious fragment (in two parts)
4. Ending mirage
5. Monumental dreaming
6. Mellow at heart (vocal reprose).... (more/buy)
Forrest Fang - Phantoms (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Phantoms is Forrest Fang's 9th solo album and the follow-up to his Projekt release, Gongland. Nearly eight years in the making, Phantoms builds on the gamelan-influenced soundscapes of its predecessor by weaving organic sounds of non-Western stringed and percussion instruments and filtering those sounds through a rich melodic tapestry of warm and vaporous atmospheres. Fang's subtly layered and continually evolving textures combine his Asian influences with his love of fractal algorithms that reflect the chaotic beauty of nature. The ambiences of Phantoms evoke a state of contemplation within a world in flux. The centerpiece of the album is a 23-minute ambient suite "The Hallucinations of Hung Tung" inspired by the otherworldly paintings of a Taiwanese fisherman and outsider artist... (more/buy)
Forrest Fang's Sans Serif: Unbound (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Unbound is veteran ambient musician Forrest Fang exploring lush and abstract terrain under the Sans Serif moniker. Using very small - at times microscopic - sounds as source material, Fang utilizes a vocabulary of long shimmering tones that gradually warp, mutate and transform over the course of a piece.... (more/buy)


2011.04.25

New stuff flowing like a river into the Hypnos store! We bring 'em in, you buy 'em! This one's a nice looking and great sounding indie release by a new artist named Hollan Holmes. It has a bit of a Steve Roach flavor, because it was mastered by Roach, but aside from any influence it's very nice work in its own right. We love discovering new names like this, and hope to hear more from Hollan in the future.

Hollan Holmes - A Distant Light (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
Hollan says:
A Distant Light, my debut CD, is the result of a dream that started as a young man, to create music that would capture people's imaginations. While my music is always a deeply personal journey, I derive great joy from sharing it with others. My love of synthesizers and the creative process have inspired me to compose music that transforms my consciousness and feeds my spirit. It is a form of expression, of prayer and meditation, and reflection. The music on A Distant Light was composed between 2007 and 2010 and was mastered by Steve Roach at the Time Room in Arizona. It is with great honor that I share my work and I thank you for listening... (more/buy)


2011.04.21

We're picking up steam with our new CD releases, and it's only been a little more than a month between our last and our new one, Avatara by Steve Brand. It's yet another digipak format CD release (similar to recent releases by Herion and Nebul), and our first Steve Brand release on the Hypnos label proper after two releases on our Secret Sounds imprint.

Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Avatara
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)


Steve Brand - Avatara

Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name "Augur," and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He's quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we're very excited to follow up with Steve Brand's new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint. This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand's recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for "descent" in the sense of a deity's descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures...Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. Im fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming "ascended masters," or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they've realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 - Avatara - 5:09 MP3 clip
02 - The Far Shore - 8:45 MP3 clip
03 - Morning Glory - 12:09 MP3 clip
04 - Still Here (breathing space) - 13:38 MP3 clip
05 - Act of Creation - 14:26 MP3 clip
06 - Avatara (deathless) - 7:10 MP3 clip


Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

Avatara digipak exterior

Avatara digipak interior

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2011.04.20

Another new item in the Hypnos store, this time from Resonant Drift. It's mastered and with additional "enhancements" by Steve Roach so you know it sounds good!

Resonant Drift - Passages (Resonant Drift category)
(Price: $12.99)
This release has the feel of being made from the moment while at the same time woven with layers of subtle innerplay and amorphous, shifting spaces. The 10 pieces or passages find inspiration in part from the challenges faced when traversing a path to enlightenment. Mastered and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach... (more/buy)


2011.04.19

For a lot of you, all I'm going to need to say is "new from Steve Roach," and you're going to high-tail it over to the Hypnos store to buy.

Steve Roach - Immersion Five: Circadian Rhythms (2CD) (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $20.99 2CD)
The Immersion series takes a compelling turn, moving towards a new perspective on Steve\'s Immersion experience. Disc one, Circadian Rhythms explores a sensual flow of harmonic suspension and sparse melodic mantra-like patterns hovering over rhythmic spaces and mercurial zones. Opening up within an organic analog modular garden of sound, a pulsing undulating groove spiral emerges, creating a suspended sensation of constant flow while hovering in the now. Circadian Rhythms moves through a continuous 73-minute flow in three phases.

Disc two, Shroud of Night was created from a blend of Steve\'s unique textural electric guitar and harmonic synth alchemy. The strands of emotion contained within this long-form atmosphere take on a feeling of clouds illuminated by full moonlight wafting into the deep hours of the night. This is a place of pure immersion and sonic warmth. Tested on infinite-repeat mode for over a year throughout all times of the day, into the night and beyond. Immerse thyself, once again... (more/buy)
Steve Roach/Brian Parnham - The Desert Inbetween (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Steve Roach's unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On The Desert Inbetween, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of Suspended Memories and Origins-era tribalism as well as The Serpent\'s Lair-styled electronics... (more/buy)


2011.03.31



Someone recently pointed out that one of our "classic" releases, Sonic Continuum by Rod Modell and Michael Mantra, lacked mp3 sample clips for those users who want to listen before they buy. I've added some nice, long sample clips to that product page, but if you just want to hear 'em, here are the direct links:

Sonic Continuum tracks listing (with extended MP3 sample clips):
Vitamin M - MP3 sample
Vitamin K - MP3 sample

You can purchase the CD for just $8.99 HERE

2011.03.28

We have two new CDR releases from Relaxed Machinery just added to our store.

Bob Ohrum - Subliminal Listening (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
New one from Bob Ohrum and Relaxed Machinery.

Track List:
1. Day of the Locust 8:04
2. Overpass Symphony #1 3:46
3. Nightwalk 8:05
4. Subliminal Listening parts 1 and 2 15:26 MP3 sample clip
5. Rain 2:05
6. Borderlands 8:09
7. Super Secret Bonus Track with Crickets 9:47


Review by "eyes cast down"
"...plays like an urban version of the Solitudes nature series, built on unprocessed field recordings and mechanical drones, embellished with darklit synth chords whose tone and texture sometimes recall Pink Floyd. The effect is that of a city-noir soundscape at 3am, with your back window open just before (or after) the rain. The sense of urban location is uncanny and unaccountably mesmerizing. It doesnt make sense, it just is.

Subliminal means beneath the threshold of consciousness; you can listen to this album as quiet background, let it get under your skin and color your space. If youre in the city especially if youre alone, on a rainy night these urban atmospherics can be your soundtrack, bringing the citys slow, nocturnal pulse right into your listening space."
...
(more/buy)
Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth - The Approaching Armada (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
New collaboration from Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth on the Relaxed Machinery label.

Track List:
1. Watching As Pools Form 9:27 MP3 sample
2. Clutching at the Strands 8:09
3. Leaves on Trees 8:51 MP3 sample
4. Cold Night 6:08
5. Neon Light 6:58
6. The Approaching Armada 7:32
7. To the East of Evening 18:38

Reviewed by "eyes cast down":
"The music of Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth (Dean Richards)... fully lives up to any expectations created by such a compelling and dramatic title. This album is beatless, atmospheric and mesmerizing. Wonderfully-woven textures and bedrock drones irresistibly draw you in...This is ambient music in a very classic sense except for one point: Good luck listening to it as background if you turn it down very quiet you might have a chance. Otherwise, prepare to be held rapt for the duration. Highly recommended!...
(more/buy)


2011.03.24

New listings on the Hypnos Store from the Russian label, Monochrome Vision.

Arcane Device: Devices 1987-2007 (2CD) (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $19.99)
Arcane Device is the unique project of American graphic designer and musician David Myers. An anthology of rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded over the past 20 years... (more/buy)
Francisco Lopez - Untitled (2006-2007) (2CD) (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $19.99)
Francisco Lopez is musician from Madrid, active since 1980. His music is usually made from field recordings, using the environmental sound as the source for composition. These compositions can be absolutely different in both sonic and dynamic approach, atmospheric and fast paced fragments can be associated with real soundscapes and more abstract images. Sometimes it takes much attention, but finally tells us about art of listening, whether it is to noise or silence... (more/buy)
If, Bwana - Radio Slaves (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Originally issued as a limited edition cassette Radio Slaves on the Medicinal Tapes (France) in 1986, then re-issued on CDr by the Generator Sound Art (USA) in 2003, this album finally released on CD with some bonus tracks. Loopy and sampledelic, it will return the spirit of 80s into your ears. Great collage music from the pioneering American experimental sound project. Radio Slaves album was recorded in 1986, when Al Margolis had just gotten the Casio sampler SK-1. It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to four seconds. Almost the entire recording uses that technology, loops completely populating the pieces. These works in particular make use of samples from the radio and vinyl as the main sound sources - the LP scratches heard on some of the tracks are meant to be there, as they are an integral part of this work.... (more/buy)
Jason Kahn & Richard Francis (self-titled) (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Recorded live during collaborative performances in various locations, consisting of four long tracks presenting the unique interaction between technology and intuition.... (more/buy)
Asmus Tietchens/Kouhei Matsunaga/Y-Ton-G - YAK (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Concrete sounds and abstract constructions, endlessly recycled and digitally treated - the new album by Asmus Tietchens, Kouhei Matsunaga and Y-Ton-G is bearing the idea of total remix work. Following the great tradition of mail-collaborations, the German-Japanese trio recorded this new series of experimental music studies... (more/buy)
PBK/Telepherique - Noise- Ambient Connection (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Synthetic sound sources and sequences create unsettling atmosphere from the structured electronic patterns ranging from intense rhythmic work to creepy ambient out-of-body soundscapes.... (more/buy)
Tomas Phillips + Dean King - Les Mailles (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
The duo of Dean King and Tomas Phillips came together in 2000 with the mere intention of exploring a shared aesthetic. Their aim was the achievement of a balance between digital and non-digital sound and a functional recognition of their differences in terms of utility and signification. Whilst computer technology remains central to their work, they make an effort to locate composition within a space of physicality. Hence the use of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gathered on the periphery of laptops, they seek to foreground the act of listening in the slowly evolving tradition of microsound, without precluding the possibility of active and engaged harmony.... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi/Siegmar Fricke - Stroma~Konkret (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Extra heavy fusion of industrial noise and musique concrete, this exclusive collaboration unites the forces of two legendary musicians who witnessed the roots of the industrial music movement. This album consists of three long tracks of mechanical aggression, clinical obsession and uncompromising psychic attack... (more/buy)
Bernard Donzel-Gargand - Still to be a Storyteller (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
20-year anthology of creative work from the french composer, consisting of only previously unreleased material. Fantastic soundscapes, drawing images without any visual similarities and presenting the best ever sense of acousmatic music... (more/buy)
Nikita Golyshev - Solaris (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Combining the deep layers of machine-like hum and minimal melodic keys, Nikita creates a highly emotional and dramatic journey to the netherworld.... (more/buy)


2011.03.18

Several of our customer have been eagerly hoping we'd get the new stuff from Hic Sunt Leones (the Italian label run by Alio Die) along with several re-stocks. Well, we've just added a big box of stuff to the Hypnos Store.

Alio Die - Horas Tibi Serenas (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
"HORAS TIBI SERENAS is the third chapter of Castles Sonorisation\'s Series, after Aura Seminalis and Tempus Rei." 3-sided Digipack in a limited edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
ALIO DIE - Tripudium Naturae (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. After 20 years of activity, Alio Die presents his 15th solo album. Tripudium Naturae displays ten new tracks with a celebratory feeling which leads into intimate, illuminating and deep atmospheres.... (more/buy)
Alio Die & Mathias Grassow - Praha Meditations (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. After the concert in Prague last year in may, we followed the proposal of friends to play some acoustic instruments spontaneously on top of the hill, in Troja, into a circle of stones installations. Zithers, Tubes, Bells, Rattle and Shells, Flutes..the sessions were inspired from the special place and the spring\'s vibes in the wind. The recordings that are a blueprint of the spirit of that day, were edited in studio by Alio Die, then Mathias Grassow added his electronic drones to expand the point of view and enrich the flow and layers of the compositions. The result in eight tracks, show how mostly static and repetitive balanced sounds can interact with our perception during the listening time, bringing us into an active and intimate quiet mood, softly absorbing us into some dream-like and time-opening experiences... (more/buy)
Alio Die & Zeit - Il Giardino Ermeneutico (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. This third collaboration with Zeit displays a wonderful and unique combination between acoustic sounds, field recordings and airy gentle electronic sounds. The sonic result maintains the natural atmospheres of the original acoustic recordings, done at the time of the Raag drone theory\'s sessions in Lunigiana, Italy at Chiostro dell’Annunziata and the Wood Sanctuary in August 2006. Here the treatments enrich the mixture with a new sensible touch that subtly transports the listener towards an enchanted and multi-dimensional place for relaxation... (more/buy)
Alio Die & Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak relaease. This is the first collaboration by ambient master Alio Die with soundscape creator Parallel Worlds. the unique sound achieved could be described as a hybrid sonic world, made out of bouncing electrons and air vibrations. the modular machines of Parallel Worlds are merged with the acoustic instrumentation and drones of Alio Die, joined by the ethereal voice of the Polish vocalist/composer India Czajkowska, resulting in a surreal, yet down to earth, listening experience. The compositions, being, at times, minimal and calm and, at other times, full of mystical darkness and microsound elements, take the listener into a place were mental and physical boundaries have no need to exist... (more/buy)
Alio Die & Mariolina Zitta - La Sala dei Cristalli (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. Using selected sound materials from Sonorous stones, Stalactites, Bat calls, Flutes, Field recordings collected by Mariolina Zitta in different caves in Liguria a Sardinia, Italy, processed and edited by Alio Die. In Lithos the drones are played by the authors on a set of long stones that goes in resonance, caressed by a bathed hand, by the same principle of the crystal\'s glasses. A very immersive and obscure traveling, an underground meditation with a ritual touch, in accord with the natural sound, despite the sampling and multieffect techniques used here. A deep listening experience... (more/buy)
Zeit - Waves from the sky (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
The first solo CD by Zeit is a true revelation… After two albums in collaboration with Alio Die having a more acoustic quality, in Waves fron the sky Tommaso Cimò undertakes electronic orchestrations with inserts of guitars and bass perfectly integrated. You can find attachments with the best mystic and cosmic music of the seventies translated with a subtle sensibility into new territories of ambient music with a very fine touch. Packaged in an elegant three-sided digipak... (more/buy)


2011.03.09

Time flies, and already several months have passed since our last release, Out and About by Herion. Today we're very pleased to announce our newest Hypnos release, yet again in the digipak format, and the first work by Italian trio Herion.

Artist: Nebul
Title: The Path of White Clouds
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)


Nebul - The Path of White Clouds

Hypnos is pleased to reissue this classic ambient album first released by the Stella Maris label. Nebul (previously known as "Nebula") is an European ambient supergroup of sorts, featuring Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Lorenzo Pierobon, Luna, and Mauro Malgrande. This is a beautiful, ethereal and abstract ambient recording, which certainly deserved greater attention than it received prior to the demise of Stella Maris, which existed only long enough to release two Nebula albums. That first release was a limited edition CDR but our reissue is a professionally manufactured CD in a beautiful digipak with new graphics.

The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.

In the years since this album was released, Oophoi has grown from just another new practitioner of ambient music to a recording artist as respected and well-loved as any other. We at Hypnos have released other Oophoi works such as Athlit, and his collaboration with Paul Vnuk Jr. (of Ma Ja Le), Distance to Zero. We also have an upcoming release The Martian Chronicles by Oophoi with Seren Ffordd. Usually we focus on releasing new projects, but sometimes a significant early work becomes completely unavailable. In a case such as this, the material strong enough taht we're sure listeners will feel it compares favorably with anything recorded since. The Path of White Clouds deserves to be heard.

Track list with MP3 samples
1 The Quest 4:00 MP3 clip
2 Ascension 10:36 MP3 clip
3 Devotion 13:25 MP3 clip
4 The Living Mandala 9:15 MP3 clip
5 Enlightenment 16:20 MP3 clip
6 The Path of White Clouds 11:16 MP3 clip

Track listing with full credits

1 The Quest 4.00
Tau Ceti: synths
Oophoi: synths, singing bowls

2 Ascension 10.36
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Oophoi: synths, electronics, processing

3 Devotion 13.25
Geert Verbeke: himalayan bowls
Mathias Grassow: synths
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Tau Ceti: synths
Luna: vocals
Oophoi: synths, gong, electronics, processing

4 The Living Mandala 9.15
Mauro Malgrande: shakuhachi
Mathias Grassow: synths
Oophoi: synths, bells, processing

5 Enlightenment 16.20
Klaus Wiese: synths
Mauro Malgrande: shakuhachi
Oophoi: synths, electronics, noises, processing

6 The Path of White Clouds 11.16
Klaus Wiese: zither
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Oophoi: synths, voice, electronics, processing

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oophoi in The Kiva, october 2003

Music concept by Oophoi, inspired by the reading of "The Way of the White Clouds - A Buddhist Pilgrim in Tibet", by Lama Anagarika Govinda

Purchase direct for $12.99

2011.03.04

Just added the latest Relaxed Machinery release to the Hypnos Store. RM had already made available the download version but this is the CDR version available exclusively through Hypnos

I've Lost - Scth M'anam (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Scth Manam is the first album by Ive Lost to be released on Relaxed Machinery. Scth Manam is a Gaelic phrase, which can be translated as Shadow of My Soul. The artist, aka Bobby Jones, chose this title by looking to his Irish roots. He explains the project's motive:

"As a reaction to the unstoppable machine of technological advancements, I composed this album as a means to desperately hold on to, and express, my humanity. The works are the result of an emotional, and subsequently human, response to the world. They are fragile, intimate, personal and genuine."

In keeping with the artist's historical role, Bobby offers the listener an intimate glimpse into his humanity - bringing to light those elements which may be lost, or considered unimportant in the wake of social, economic and political changes resulting from technological progress.

Track listing:
1. i wish i could fly (sections 1-8) 71:23 mp3 sample
2. ghosts on the wind 7:44 mp3 sample
... (more/buy)


2011.03.03

More new stuff on the Hypnos Store today, this time from another great Italian ambient label: Glacial Movement. Again, several items restocked as well.

Netherworld - Over the Summit (Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
Three years after his first full length CD, Netherworld comes back with this new work titled Over the Summit, in which enclosed memories, feelings, and past experiences, deeply lived during the years and surrounded by an almost deafening silence, can be heard and felt circling vast mountains’ snowy peaks. The underlined aspect is the sensation of peacefulness or contemplation of an uncontaminated and silent nature, wrapped in the winter’s white blanket. For the six tracks composing Over the Summit, the sound emanated by the Aurora Borealis has been embraced and manipulated for a work of art, melting it with ethers of orchestral fragments escaped by the perennial layers of Permafrost.... (more/buy)
SKARE - Solstice City (Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
An interpretation of a journey through a shifting landscape where the city meets nature. Departing from a distant and foreign shore, the traveler embarks a ship, uncertain of his destination. This prelude, introduced vividly in To the other shore, releases this pilgrim to further explore yet uncharted territories. Leaving all man-made conventions, the second track, Through Wind and Broken Ice takes us where the city imitates nature. Finally, a factory appears in the whiteout; a place where angels are manufactured as presented in the final track, The Snow Angel Factory. The vehicles used by Skare on this journey are field recordings, found sounds and treated and manipulated instruments.... (more/buy)
Francisco Lopez - Amarok (Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
For Amarok, two years of hard work have been employed using sounds and processed field recordings. After a few seconds from the track beginning we are dipped into an arctic trip which lasts more than an hour and in which tangled weavings in a masterly fashion handled by the Spanish artist appear, develop and dissolve. Gusts of arctic wind, the Amarok’s wheezing breath (Amarok is the name of a gigantic wolf in Inuit mythology) and the sense of loss in the polar night are only some of the sensations that this cryogenic hallucinatory acoustic is able to evoke.... (more/buy)


2011.03.02

New Silentes label arrivals on the Hypnos Store! In addition to these new titles, we also have many re-stocks on Silentes items.

Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter / Deepchord Remix (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
This is a new re-working of the classic ambient masterpiece by Michael Mantra. For this version, Rod Modell (Deepchord records in Detroit) added rhythmic elements and further processing. Many brain-hemisphere synchronization techniques / frequencies are employed.With headphones, this cd has a stunning drug-like effect. An updated classic... (more/buy)
Michael Mantra - Amanita Lake (2 CD + DVD) (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $24.99, 2CD+DVD)
Two hours and a half of music collected on a double CD set that also contain a DVD video. Two long tracks of sublime and evocative pseudo-abstract and multicoloured ambient textures, built with discreet and repetitive background microstructures layered with continuous and infinite variations worked out from clusters of sounds and sketches of melodic sequences made of light sonorities, delicate and quiet as well, but also hypnotic and warm… Fragile harmonies and mild dissonances in a timeless sonic continuum that enfolds and rocks the listener, among infinite spirals and floating waves in an everlasting movement. Another new, mind-boggling masterpiece, absolutely unmissable for all the lovers of Michael Mantra's music.... (more/buy)
Muridae - Under the Fable of Meaning (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios… A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions... (more/buy)
Michael Mantra - A.L.B.E. (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Soft and dilated ambient atmospheres, minimal sonorities, floating electronic carpets… A new, “classic” and fascinating album in the typical and unmistakable Michael Mantra style... Four long and suggestive tracks, to be listened at low volume relaxing in the half-light, just like a discreet and refined sonic background, or at an higher volume for a “full immersion” into warm and wrapping electronic soundwaves, to the discovery of intriguing and evocative sonic landscapes... (more/buy)
Enrico Conglio - Sea Cathedrals (Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Five superb tracks of deep and evocative ambient music, enriched with echoes of ancient ritual suggestions. The immense spaces and the abyssal deepness of the sea, but also the sound of the bowels of the Earth, the color of the sand of the desert, the energy of the wind, the strength of all the Elements, the infinite cycle of day and night, of life and death… A long circular journey through interchanging atmospheres that shake and capture, dragging with energy, then leave room for more quiet and soothing introspective stasis, and again become dramatic and overwhelming, A great, unmissable album of classic ritual ambient music.... (more/buy)


2011.02.21

I posted last week about some recent reviews for the latest Hypnos CD, Out and About by Herion. Turns out I missed two important reviews, one of which I'd seen and somehow managed to miss posting to this site, and the other which was new to me. Here they are, one from Hypnagogue and the other from Vital Weekly, both of these review sites worth checking out.

"What we have in Herion's Out and About is a work that is ambient chamber music in every sense of the term: spatial, intimate, classically based. Strip away the subtle wash of electronics that Emanuele Errante and Enrico Coniglio whisper beneath piano from Elisa Marzorati and viola by Piergabriela Mancuso, and what's left is a rich bed of beautiful compositions for traditional acoustic instruments. (Besides their laptop work, Errante and Coniglio also add strings, guitars and more.) One of the best compliments I can pay Herion is to say that I'd listen just to those elements, sans electronics, and still firmly enjoy the disc. With the opening track, "Oxg," Herion establish their acoustic-drone base, the metallic rasp of the strings adding not just a texture to the sound, but an equal sense of emotional warmth and humanity. It's part of the real beauty of Out and About -- the way in which we're intermittently reminded, as the disc goes along, that the sounds aren't all circuit-born. It's a good reminder, since it's easy to lose sight of that as Herion quietly wrap you in smooth sound- ribbons. There's a lot to like here, and much of begins with Marzaorati's piano work. Her playing is sweet, graceful and impeccable, whether it's thoughtfully wandering through Errante and Coniglio's misty landscapes ("One Minute Before the Sunrise"), holding a polite dialogue with a sighing harmonica ("Cab"), dropping like forgotten tears ("Lindos"), or giving itself over to electronic treatment to capture a sound-image ("The Hanging Glacier"). The disc closes with her playing alone on the appropriately titled "Solo," and it's a standout moment on an excellent disc. And while her playing is central to Out and About, it's the atmospheres that Errante and Coniglio craft around her and Mancuso that give the whole thing an amazing depth and a touch of the ethereal. The worlds are perfectly blended on the dramatic "Moske Orgulje," with all elements adding their voices in balance. From start to finish, Out and About moves from moments of soulful serenity to breathtaking beauty. Its organic roots run deep to ground the listener in the moment and the experience. Out and About is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD."
--Reviewed by John Shanahan for Hypnagogue

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"Probably there aren't many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica, bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality, breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work."
--Reviewed in Vital Weekly #756

Thanks for both reviewers for the support. The CD is available for purchase here.

2011.02.18

Just received some sad news today. Ambient musicin and artist Lucette Bourdin has passed away. From her web site, this statement:

Lucette Bourdin

February 25, 1954 - February 17, 2011

After a long transformational and creative journey with breast cancer Lucette made her transition into the Light at 10:40 p.m. on February 17th 2011. She will be remembered for her kindness, her art and her music. Her music was especially the product of her transformation through cancer. When diagnosed she said of her desire to create music, "if not now, when?".

This is discussed on the Hypnos Forum

2010.02.17

This great new review on Furthernoise.org is yet another very positive response to the best-reviewed album we have released in several years: Out and About by Herion. A link to the Furthernoise review is here, and this is what they said:

"Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi once claimed that a sound played for a long time "becomes so big that you start to hear many more harmonies, and it becomes bigger inside...[and] envelops you." And there are times during Out and About when Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, Elisa Marzorati and accomplices seem to be exploring their more celebrated compatriot's notion, albeit in a smaller scale setting. The trio known as Herion's instruments float and flit around a single tonal centre in a semi-structured post-chamber music, an occidental raga, each track seeming to seep into the next creating a whole flow, accruing effect from its predecessor.

Out and About may strike as slightly unfamiliar territory for long-established ambient and space music curators, Hypnos, but at heart there is congruence in this affiliation, and head Hypno-tist Mike Griffin has done well to refresh the imprint's in-house stylesheet without compromising its musical mission. Neither 'Ambient' nor 'Space' at first sight, the recording's refined blend of live instrumentation with subdued digital manipulations reveals itself a kindred spirit, as Herion's melding of post-classical sonorities with an expansive remit issues in a kind of spatial chamber music with shifting cadences which might be designated 'post-ambient'. Marzorati's piano motifs, mixed with Coniglio's melodica, harmonica, and treated guitar, all commingle sonorously in Errante's settings, seen to good effect on the keynote "One Minute After the Sunset." The classical influence is never felt in any turgid or grandiose gestures, the music's movements graceful and lilting, shifting subtly between blithe and melancholy. "Risvegli" finds glistening strings and piano peregrinations in incantatory communion. In "Two Minutes to Sunrise" tension comes from an ebb-flow motion that builds coalescing as if to climax but remaining teetering teasingly on the edge of resolution.

Evident in all this is Errante's sleight of hand in choreographing these delicately interwoven soundscapes, his facility in harnessing production methodologies to synthesize acoustic and electronic to optimal effect; it's as if it's his pleasure to leave instruments free to frolic self-consciously before gently dissolving them, or washing them lightly in a mercury of digitalia. While piano, viola and guitar all play cameo roles on Out and About, it's the spirit of the ensemble, and the skilled design of its assembling that are the stars of Herion's quiet drama."
--Review by Alan Lockett for Furthernoise

Thanks very much to Alan Lockett (longtime visitors to the Hypnos Forum will remember Alan aka Undershadow, though he seems not to frequent the forum lately) for the attention.

As I mentioned, this is one of our better-reviewed albums of recent years, so if you'd like to read more of what people are saying about it, you'll find all the reviews in full at the bottom of the product page here.

2011.02.15

Another new batch of Databloem label stuff on the Hypnos Store. This batch entirely features one of our most popular artists, Oophoi. Many of these have been out of print for a while, and while these are still CDR format, they're high-quality professionally-pressed CDRs through Databloem.

Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 1: Lost Memories (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Lost pieces, waves and drones.Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1995 and 1997. Oophoi - synths, drones, loops, flutes, voice, whirl tubes, frame drums, stones and crystals. 7 tracks, 65minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 2: Hidden Visions (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost pieces, waves and drones from the archives of Oophoi. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1998 and 1999. synths, drones, loops, flutes, voice, whirl tubes, percussions, gongs, tibetan singing bowls and tamboura. 7 tracks, 70 minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 3: Tales from Mythological Lands (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost pieces, waves and drones from the archives of Oophoi. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1999 and 2000. Synths, flutes, percussions, tibetan singing bowls, gongs, virtual cellos, bells, monochord, voice and whirl tubes. 6 tracks, 62 minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 4: Garden of Earthly Delights (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost and forgotten tracks. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 2002 and 2004. Synths, voice, woodchimes, metalchimes, percussions, glasses, theremin, nature sounds. 6 tracks, 66 minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 5: Wastelands (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Synthesizer, Vocoder, Voice, Flute, Performer [Shells, Stones], Guitar, Percussion. 5 Tracks, 63:12 minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Time Fragments Vol. 6: Between Nothingness and Eternity (2011 Remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Synthesizer, Vocoder, Voice, Flute, Performer [Shells, Stones], Guitar, Percussion. 5 Tracks, 62:24 minutes... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Behind the Wall of Sleep (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Music inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Synths, samples. 6 tracks, 67 minutes... (more/buy)


2011.02.04

Several very nice new ones on our Hypnos Store from the Dutch label, Databloem.

Mathias Grassow & Tomas Weiss - Electric Angels (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Grassow & Weiss join up for another spacious adventure, showcasing an hour of high quality Ambient with an amazing array of subtle and intricate detail. Although the music evolves slowly and deliberately, it\'s probably one of their most varied albums up to date. Ranging from dynamic and engaging dronescapes to razor-sharp produced textures, flavored with a touch of early Space Music. Electric angels is a fusion of heart and mind. Leaving the industrial age of the 19th century and the information age of the 20th century behind, the 21st century opens the door to the age of consciousness. Electric angels is a musical representation of this passage from the old era into a new one." Limited CD in special two panel digi file... (more/buy)
Faryus - Silence Spells (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Dark synth washes, subtle noises, nature sounds and distant voices create a trance-like soundscape which asks for a careful listening to uncover its secrets.... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Mare Vaporum (2010 remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi\'s classic album, third part of the Moon trilogy after Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Imbrium. The music leads through different levels of space ambient music, from vast and resonant alien soundscapes to mystic and solitary drones.... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Signals from the Great Beyond (2010 remaster) (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi\'s classic album. Oophoi plays synthesizer, gong, singing bowls, percussion, (bass) flute and electronics... (more/buy)


2011.02.03

A new item on the Hypnos Store from Ray Carl Daye, a nice new self-released disc from an emerging artist.

Ray Carl Daye - Echoes from the Aether (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
Like the Earth's upper atmosphere, the music is pure, floating, weightless, frictionless - both static and slowly evolving.

Track listing
1. Echoes From the Aether 6:58 preview: MP3 clip
2. A Fragile Shift 13:24 preview: MP3 clip
3. Meridian Wave 11:20
4. The Light Between 12:42

"I really enjoy discovering new music, finding something that I've never heard before that connects with me in a new and interesting way. One of my favorite finds so far this year has been "Echoes from the Aether" by Ray Carl Daye, an impressive release featuring four sublimely beautiful drifting ambient tracks that have stayed in pretty much constant rotation in my player over the last few weeks. Beginning with the title track a warm and soothing mood is set, music perfect for Sunday morning listening before the day begins. High end melodies paired with lower tones play atop slowly drifting pads, while vaguely watery sounds and occasional snippets of melody float by. It's a really relaxing track, ideal for closing one's eyes and drifting. "A Fragile Shift" follows, equally beautiful and engaging with light tones bending and stretching through a bed of subtle sounds. The track ebbs and flows in slowly drifting waves, with every sound delicate and nuanced, beautifully minimal. "Meridian Wave" is up next pairing bright tones with low bass drones. It's a quiet piece where things happen slowly but purposefully and sounds slowly rotate around a centre of stillness, a very nice example of the beauty of simplicity. "The Light Between" closes the disc with a bright and warm pad-based track that flows with rich textures and layers, drifting from space to space, bringing to mind images of comfort and safety. A slight melody is there if you look for it but if you'd rather you can just let the tones flow around you and be enveloped by the soundscape created over the course of its length. To say that I enjoy "Echoes from the Aether" is a bit of an understatement. I'm moved by it's beauty, and as I continue to listen to it I find myself discovering more and more depth and sophistication in the music. Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I'm quite moved by and I look forward to seeing where his work takes me in the future."
Reviewed by rik - ping things... (more/buy)


2010.12.21

One new addition to the Hypnos Store from Maurizio Bianchi, getting into noisier territory here.

M.B/M.D.T - Genologic Technocide (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Latest work by the master of industrial and noise music, Maurizio Bianchi.
With the help of Davide Femia of M.D.T. (Museo della Tortura), these recordings show the most extreme side of M.B., not very much ambient oriented, but a strong industrial noise opera." -Noiseguide.com... (more/buy)


2010.12.20

Everyone loves new CDs, right? Good, because we've just added more CDs to the Hypnos Store. This time it's a batch of items from a label new to our store, Greytone.

Phragments & Korinth - Mysteries of the Greylands (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "On this album, Phragments and Korinth have united into one monolithic entity, to produce a common opus. Orchestral choirs, dark ambient and ritual passages create a perfect cinematic journey over the mysterious Greylands, an archetypal and symbolic travel through the hidden side of the world. All songs are the result of collaboration of the two projects, resulting in a unique narrative experience. After three years of work, Phragments and Korinth deliver a ripe album -- a great journey for the listener." From Greytone Records... (more/buy)
SantAAgostino - Operazione Paura (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "Operazione Paura is a total turning not just for the band but for dark, ambient music and noise, generally speaking. That's because santAAgostino is like a meteor crashed onto the Earth disarranging all the balances, rhythmes and cycles. After the crash the planet seems to be perished but, in the inner part, the new fire of life is burning. A brand new energy developed in a new way of living, of thinking and being. Operazine Paura speaks of the filmic and horrorific fear, mind trap to kill atavistic thoughts and all those mental factors that trapped the man into a selfmade cage in his own mind, through the mind itself. Operazione Paura is an awl that, slowly but inexorably, drives the listener to a dimension where there is no thought, no images, no more conceptualizing, nothing still exhists: there is just a huge solitary desert now, where sounds spontaneously flow creating new monster beyond space and time. It's a place where new divine dynasties born, spreading their seed, in order to bear a brand new reign far from the borders that we can't even imagine." From Greytone Records... (more/buy)
Trama afonA - Trama afonA (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "Trama afonA is gathering suggestions from the contemporary quotidian theatre and at the same time from the past, namely the 19th and early 20th centuries. Paying particular attention to the individual and specific human stories, rather than to History… Focusing on what happens behind the scenes, aside, beneath. Subjects and dynamics less showy, blurred, but not consequently less interesting or worth caring. Opening doors and drawers using the sole curiosity as tool, walking backwards the traces of memory, wandering amid shades and details given by mystery, decadence, abandon, romanticism. Carefully delving into psychological dynamics. Openly denouncing the social plagues, but often humbly providing just visual and sound suggestions." From Greytone Records... (more/buy)
Topografia - Genius Loci (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "Genius Loci uses deep drones, acoustic instruments, sounds and field recordings registered near the author's place of living (Jaworzno). The project was inspired by the author's personal fascination with the diversity of nature and the philosophy of Schopenhauer, who considered nature to be one of the most primaeval manifestations of a blind and aimless will, a will which we too are a part of."... (more/buy)
Taphephobia - Access to a World of Pain (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "The music Taphephobia makes is mostly based on manipulated guitars (except house of memories that is mostly based on sounds). Taphephobia try to get out the feelings he has at the moment when Ketil compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, and sometimes beautiful, like for example a good thriller drama movie. Taphephobia is very skilled to create a cinematic atmosphere combined with personal feelings like fear, hope, hate, regrets etc… The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music." -From Greytone Records... (more/buy)
Larva 108 - 99.09 | Inside the Stones (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "A soundtrack for walking alone through a winter snowstorm or between the trees during a gray day of November. Experimental, electronica, drones creates organic gloomy atmospheres." From Greytone Records... (more/buy)
Moljebka Pvlse - Zojo (Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. "The Moljebka Pvlse album Zojo was recorded during the Mathias studies at the Royal Institute of Art. He was inspired by the longest night of the year in Stockholm, the day when there is almost no daylight. His ambition was to make an acoustic album of minimal music without any musical instruments. Moljebka Pvlse setup long nylon strings across his entire studio at school, which he then plucked and bowed and recorded with his favorite contact microphones on that very night. These recordings became the fundament of the album and set the tone for the rest of the work." From Greytone Records... (more/buy)


2010.12.15

A couple of new Infraction label items added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Celer - Salvaged Violets (2CD) (Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
New Celer -- always popular around here!

Statement by Will of Celer: "In February of 2008, Dani and I recorded, mixed, and completed the music for 'Salvaged Violets'. The words came as the subject line of a short poem, sent to me over email, included with an unrelated question. During these weekdays, our working schedules were almost the opposite, but we spoke over email constantly. Until recently, I did not notice how similar this was to our beginnings, sending letters as we were on different sides of the country. With no conceptual idea in mind, and since we were apart for so much time during the weekdays, we decided to begin 'Salvaged Violets', and see what came of it. Every night when I returned home, before sleeping, I would spend time working on the music that Dani had worked on through the afternoon, and had left on the desk. Every afternoon, she would find a different version to work on that I had left, and this continued for some time. When together, we would sip our tea, laugh at silly jokes, cook, watch television, and so on. There was no need for longing while we were together. There was always laughing, pots and pans clanging, or a muttering television. In forming 'Salvaged Violets', we did not mix it in a particular arranged order. It was mixed simply by the order it was first played, compiling many miniature sections rolled into one. In this case, they were rolled into two. Nothing was discarded, nothing was rearranged. As the sound changed over time, the original form did not. When it was finally complete, we listened together, for the first time. I remember how familiar it seemed, yet I also felt that so much of it was unknown, and undefined. More than a year later, in September of 2009, I revisited the recordings for the first time since 2008. At this time, it was being mastered by our good friend Corey Fuller, so I was still listening to the original. Riding my bike through the endless suburban subdivisions, through the busy downtown streets, I listened repeatedly, for days, over and over. Something was familiar, but so much I was unable to recall, and yet I was able to relate. I returned home, put my bike against the door, and took my headphones off. There, in the still silence, I think I understood finally what it was about." ... (more/buy)
Capricornus - Halation (Infraction category)
(Price: $11.99)
Some nice new minimalist stuff from Infraction. Reviewed by Alan Lockett for furthernoise.org:
"Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect - transient morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred."
Issued in a 4 panel digipak, limited to 500 copies.... (more/buy)


2010.12.09

More Herion "Out and About" here. Today I posted the latest Hypnos podcast, which is entirely devoted to a feature of this very fine album.

Herion - Out and About

Link to the podcast.

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider buying the CD here for $12.99.

2010.12.08

Following on from yesterday's posting of reviews for the new Herion CD, Out and About, I wanted to include two less formal evaluations from people who loved the album.

"'I wanted to make sure I gave this album a number of spins before commenting, plus its always a strange balancing act to review a CD on label, when you yourself are on the label as well, but anyway...in simple terms, I freaking love this cd. It is one of the few new ambient albums in the past 3 or 4 years to truly grab my attention and excite me.

When I hear discs like this I start feeling like ambient/space/electronic music is actually vital again.

OK so why?

Well for me this disc combines 3 key elements that I find essential for me as both a musician and a music fan.

1. The music acknowledges tradition

In other words, this CD moves back to and hints at the paradigms set up by early EM pioneers like Eno. It also hints at older minimalist classical works like the old school electronic music practice of not creating electronic music with synthesizers, but instead using electronics and effects to make acoustic instruments sound electronic.

It moves nicely beyond the stereotypical drone and reverb drenched "same old same old" that has been dominating our genre for the better part of the decade.

All of this to say that this CD has a healthy dose of retro coolness to it without being copy catish, and that is what makes it sound fresh and modern.

2. It's real

Again, I love the fact that these are real acoustic instruments for the most part.

This also means that microphones and "air" where involved. This was a recording project, not simply an in the box capture and render project. For me this adds a vibe and space to this album that would not be possible with soft synths, loops and or samples. Not that those types of records cant be done well, it just allows this one to be set apart into a different sonic landscape.

Also, these are real players/musicians and as such this album has a language to it that would have been harder to achieve with programing, again another one of its unique points for me.

3. Tradition be damned

Similar to part 1, but this is just a good cd of (capital M) Music that happens to be ambient and spacious with twinges of processing and treatments, rather than being an ambient or space music album.

Ok, so is it perfect? I am not saying this is the greatest album of all time or anything like that, but man is this a breath of fresh air and nice new avenue for Hypnos and our genre in general.

I know nothing about the musicians on this recording, but Nice Job guys!!!"
--Comments by Paul Vnuk Jr. on the Hypnos Forum

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"Loving this CD! Really great piano work."
--Chris Zainea via Facebook

Thanks to Paul and Chris for their comments. We like to pass along reactions from listeners, not just reviewers, some of the time.
Order Out and About for $12.99

2010.12.07

We're starting to see reviews and radio airplay for our new release by Italian trio Herion. If you're persuaded to order that very fine CD, go here.


Herion - Out and About

"'Out and About' is the debut release of the Italian trio Herion, and at the same time also marks the first release in digipak format on the Hypnos label. The members of the ambient-glitch project Herion are Emanuele Errante (composer of the peculiar album 'Humus on Evan Bartholomew's Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album 'Cloudlands,' he also released 'Sea Cathedrals' solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati. Next to synthesized sounds and patches, the musicians also implement field recordings, guitars, harmonica, melodica, bells, gong, rainstick and piano on 'Out and About.' These versatile elements make the sonic outcome venture in more acoustic territory while remaining comfortable, highly moody and atmospheric. It's an introspective and rather melancholic affair though, as the instrumental music slowly progresses in a classical, minimal but also blissful manner. The sensitive undercurrents within the ambient compositions make it even more intimate, evocative and reflective. This is music for the silent hours deserving close listening. The beautiful art of ambient music already has many expressions, 'Out and About' adds another dimension to it.
Recommended."
--Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg, www.sonicimmersion.org

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"Probably there aren't many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica, bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality, breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital E-zine

2010.11.11

Newly landed upon the Hypnos Online Store, a new recording from Swedish ambient recording artist Relapxych.0 -- a name some may recognize from his recent participation in the Hypnos compilation Message From a Subatomic World, with the track Distant Radiance.

Relapxych.0 - City Nightlights (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
City Nightlights was built upon field recordings from areas around Stockholm central station, Stadshuskajen, Riddarholmen, Tegelbacken and some abandoned and architecturally left-behind areas under and beneath the main central station, imbuing the six tracks with a tangible spectral presence and greatly enhances their organically drifting nature.... (more/buy)


2010.11.08

We have two new items featured in the Hypnos Online Store. The artist, Igneous Flame, may be familiar to Hypnos listeners, but the release is an unusual format: a data DVD-Rom holding long-form audio (both WAV and MP3 formats) along with digital artwork for viewing or printout.

Igneous Flame - Ion (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99, Data DVD-ROM)
'ION' and 'Orcus' have been released concurrently (October 2010), as expressions of the polar opposites of Igneous Flames' work. "ION was created from synthesizer sound sources exclusively. Unlike other Igneous Flame albums which are predominantly constructed from guitars / environmental recordings, ION works with a different sound-palette. A longform work (130 minutes), ION is intended as music for relaxation / dreaming. Musical themes repeat throughout, seamlessly and subtley shifting tonal hue. Significant attention has been taken to ensure a sonorous and balanced sonic consistency throughout the work.

DVD-ROM data disc containing audio files in WAV and MP3 formats, along with digital artwork. Disc is enclosed in a snapper vinyl case without booklet or printed artwork, except full-color printing on the disc itself... (more/buy)
Igneous Flame - Orcus (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99, Data DVD-ROM)
ION and Orcus have been released concurrently (October 2010), as expressions of the polar opposites of Igneous Flames' work. Raw, potent and at times unerringly chthonic, Orcus is a relentless collage of outer-stellar dronage, refined industrial noise(s) and processed binaural recordings. It continues to explore the holophonics of Igneous Flames' earlier Intox and Hydra albums. Powerful sounds and energies have been fused together in this release, which is intended as a statement on the current corrosive energies unleashed into the world. Best listened to on headphones (loud !) - due to the use of binaural recordings and spatial processes employed.

DVD-ROM data disc containing audio files in WAV and MP3 formats, along with digital artwork. Disc is enclosed in a snapper vinyl case without booklet or printed artwork, except full-color printing on the disc itself... (more/buy)


2010.11.04

Not only new additions to the Hypnos Store today, but a whole new category featuring the Cold Spring label.

Nordvarger - Pyrrhula (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Partly based on an old Swedish folktale, Pyrrhula (doomlord) is a pitch black journey into utter darkness. This is a tale of foreboding doom... a portent of dark times to come... a blight on the face of this earth. These eight Black Ambient / Doom / Droneworks were brought forth from the abyss of Villa Bohult exclusively for Cold Spring and contain the malevolent vocals of Lord Nordvargr himself! Beware the small creatures of light, they only bring misery and death upon the enlightened ones. For they will paint their breast with blood and reap your unborn angels.... (more/buy)
Machinefabriek - Daas (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
The tracks on Daas have been carefully picked to form a provoking, haunting journey. What the tracks have in common is a sense of nostalgic graininess. As with the music of Philip Jeck, The Caretaker or William Basinski, these tracks are full of degrading melodies and dusty ambience. \'Daas\' is the previously unreleased opening track of the album, and features contributions by the great Richard Skelton. Flotter, Koploop and Grom were previously available on small run self released EPs, while Onkruid was a track previously released on A Room Forever, as an expensive and extremely limited 12\" boxset. All are now brought to a wider audience. Presented in a laminate digipak... (more/buy)
Alex Tiuniaev - I Knew Her (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
I knew Her is a 40-minute long journey of heart-melting, melancholic and neo-symphonic splendour - full of choirs, strings and neoclassical orchestration. This solitary track builds to a haunting and breathtaking crescendo... then brings the listener gently back down to the warm earth. A monumental release, with influences ranging from Sigur Ros to Philip Glass and Stars Of The Lid... (more/buy)
Inade - Aldebaran (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Debut CD from the masters of Black Ambient, available again after 6 years! Aldebaran is the black sun of the secret knowledge. This work focuses on the German Vril society myths of Aldebaran, from which universal spirituality is said to originate. One hour of immense walls of dark, brooding atmospherics, pulsating anthems of the universal power, mixed with themes of heritage and history. The ultimate document of deep and cavernous dark ambient... (more/buy)
Z'EV - Sum Things (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
These six pieces endeavor to transport the listener deep into their long forgotten memories of the primal forces at the dawn of creation. Each piece is based on a single sound source. Absolutely no effects of any kind, not even equalization, were applied to the source recordings. Instead, Z'EV relied solely on the stretching of the duration and pitch of the samples and then edited and mixed the results down into the heart of space... (more/buy)
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ultra deep, glacial Dark Ambient, based around Antarctic co-ordinates. The polar regions are awe-inspiring environments of inhospitable minimalism, and at the same time there\'s a beautiful serenity to be found in their uncharted bleakness. There's a powerful purity and a timelessness to be found there; snow which has lain un-trampled for millennia and ice which formed eons ago; mountain ranges and deserts and rivers to be found if you look. Deep Frieze is SRF\'s second album for Cold Spring and here deep, resonant, abyss-like drones shine forth from icy chasms below.
Jewelcase with foldout map booklet... (more/buy)
Sleep Research Facility - Nostromo (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ultra deep ambience, based on the first 8 minutes of the movie Alien, which depicts the deep space haulage vessel slowly moving through the void. The disc takes you through a slow trip into the ship via tracks DECK A - E, deeper and deeper into the bowels of the Nostromo. Colossal dark ambience from the abyss, with beautiful artwork that evokes the sinister atmosphere of the ship. Reissue with bonus track Narcissus.... (more/buy)
Tor Lundvall - Ghost Years (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Ghost Years is my first retrospective CD featuring tracks from various compilations, vinyl-only releases plus some unreleased material. The focus is more on my vocal work, however there are a few instrumental pieces included as well. Although the music spans about a decade, I was surprised at how well the tracks flow together to make a coherent ensemble, evolving from my earlier song-oriented compositions to the more ambient nature of my recent recordings."
-Tor Lundvall... (more/buy)
All Hail the Transcending Ghost - All Hail the Transcending Ghost (Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
The debut album from AHTTG - a joint collaboration between Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The Swedish duo have created arguably one of the most haunting drone-dark-ambient-industrial works in recent years, invoking the spirits of old Nordvargr, meets the sludge-doom vibe of Tim\'s hellish guitar. ...truly the most scary music I have recorded, (Nordvargr.) An icy chill down your spine... a cold hand on your shoulder... you are never alone in the darkness... (more/buy)


2010.11.03

More new stuff flowing into the Hypnos Store this week. The first is a strange, experimental side project by Hypnos artist Seren Ffordd, in collaboration with Gliese 614, under the name Llunstorcarnay."

Llunstorcarnay (Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614) - Lament of a Forgotten God (CDR) (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Debut album from "Llunstorcarnay," a collaboration between Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614. "Lament of a Forgotten God is inspired by the ancient poems such as the Song of Taliesyn and was recorded between August 2008 - March 2010. The album developed a life of its own, not quite going where we had intended but drawing us into its own sounds and direction - we are pleased at having given it a voice.... (more/buy)


2010.10.22

We're very excited about our new Hypnos release, which is our first digipak format CD, and the first work by Italian trio Herion.

Artist: Herion
Title: Out and About
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)


Herion - Out and About

2010. Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew's Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They've created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with "glitch" components and strange, experimental little samples. Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy, this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.

Pre-release review:
"Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, and Elisa Marzorati have created a wonderful album that moves right to the soul of the listener. While I was familiar with Emanuele Errante, who released the excellent Humus album on Somnia in 2008, the other performers were a mystery to me. Marzoratis piano motifs, mixed with Coniglios multi-faceted contributions involving melodica, harmonica, and treated guitar, all meld beautifully with Errantes orchestral arrangements."
-Review by Michael Vitrano for Fluid Radio

Hypnos is very pleased to release the first album this this trio. Out and About is not only a departure in terms of sound, but is also the Hypnos label's first release in digipak format. Here are pictures to give a sense of the package (click on images to see super-big version). See below for sample audio clips in mp3 format.

Herion - Out and About - Digipak Exterior

Herion - Out and About - Digipak Interior

Out and About tracks, including mp3 sample clips:
01. Oxg MP3
02. Lindos MP3
03. Cab MP3
04. One Minute After the Sunset MP3
05. Moske Orgulje MP3
06. The Earth MP3
07. The Hanging Glacier MP3
08. Two Minutes To Sunrise MP3
09. Risvegli MP3
10. Solo MP3


Purchase direct for $12.99

2010.10.15

Wednesday we announced sale prices on CDs from our Binary sub-label, but someone pointed out to me that the mp3 audio clips for the first two, Dweller at the Threshold - Ouroborus and Paul Ellis - Into the Liquid Unknown were broken. I've fixed those clips now, so if you'd like to check out those mp3 clips, follow those CD-listing links above, or these direct links to the mp3 clips below.

Ouroborus track list with MP3 samples:
1 Circular Logic 03:38 -mp3 excerpt-
2 After Logic Fails 10:41 -mp3 excerpt-
3 Ouroborus Part 1 13:04 -mp3 excerpt-
4 Ouroborus Part 2 08:01 -mp3 excerpt-
5 Worlds Without End 08:00 -mp3 excerpt-
6 Resolution 17:54 -mp3 excerpt-
7 Automatic Writing 08:57-mp3 excerpt-

Into the Liquid Unknown track list with MP3 samples:
1 Bend in the River 06:52 -mp3 excerpt-
2 Into the Liquid Unknown 13:35 -mp3 excerpt-
3 Moonlit Stream at the Mouth of a Cavern 00:58 -mp3-
4 Under the Waves, a Sky of Water 05:15 -mp3 excerpt-
5 Slowly Rowing Through Ghost Melodies 05:49 -mp3 excerpt-
6 Undines 03:38 -mp3 excerpt-
7 A Roaring Player Piano Left Burning on the Beach 06:04 -mp3 excerpt-
8 Glistening 09:11 -mp3 excerpt-
9 Drifting Shards from an Ice Floe 03:22 -mp3 excerpt-
10 Luminous Depths in a Sapphire Sea 04:53 -mp3 excerpt-
11 Suspended 03:48 -mp3 excerpt-
12 The Underground River 02:55 -mp3 excerpt-
13 Dissolve 02:47 -mp3 excerpt-
14 Alexandria 03:14 -mp3 excerpt-
15 Drop Becomes Ocean 02:03 -mp3 excerpt-

Browse the rest of the Binary sale items, if you like.

We appreciate your support of Hypnos and our sub-labels, as well as our general mail order business! Your patronage helps support our release of more interesting music in the future.

2010.10.13

We're having a Binary sale!

The Binary sub-label of Hypnos releases more dynamic, percussive or energetic sounds than the usual low-key style of the Hypnos label proper. Right now we're making available all the Binary releases at temporary price reductions.

You can browse our Binary category or proceed to direct links to individual Binary releases (prices from $7.99 to $10.99) below.

Dweller at the Threshold - Ouroborus
Paul Ellis - Into the Liquid Unknown
Vir Unis & Saul Stokes - Thermal Transfer
Synthetic Block - Sonic Approach
Saul Stokes - Fields
John Duval - Hell's Canyon
Dave Fulton & Giles Reaves - The Range
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia

2010.10.12

Back to the new Hypnos Store additions, this time from Nextera and Alio Die. We also have some other Nextera restocks as well.

Alio Die - Music Infinity meets Virtues, Live in Prague 23th May 2009 (Nextera category)
(Price: $13.99)
Performed live at Church of St. Simon and Juda, Prague , Old Town, May 23, 2009 and presented as part of the concert series Music Infinity in association with the Italian cultural institute in Prague
Track listing
01 Axis Mundi II 6:19
02 Brace di Trasformazione 6:35
03 Sine Tempore 11:26
04 Innamorato 4:57
05 Password for Entheogenic Experience 10:56
06 Duello con l'Incommensurabile 8:18
07 Raag Drone Theory 25:28
Total Time: 74:02.... (more/buy)


2010.10.07

Another batch of recent Hypnos release reviews, for Viridian Sun's album Infinite in all Directions. I've abbreviated these reveiws, because there are quite a few but you can read the full reviews on the CD page or on the Hypnos store listing.



"The relative wild card of the four, Viridian Sun's Infinite In All Directions is a different animal altogether. The group itself is a joint venture into abstract improvisation involving Hypnos founder Mike Griffin and Hypnos solo artist David Tollefson, whose last Viridian Sun album, Perihelion, appeared a decade ago. Eschewing synthesizers, Griffin and Tollefson build the album's seven tracks from electronically treated and looped guitars, basses, and percussion. On the surface, there's not a radical degree of difference between Viridian Sun and the other artists in terms of sound -- tones stretch out as extensively on Infinite In All Directions as they do on the other recording ... The rawness of Viridian Sun's attack may give Infinite In All Directions a visceral edge over the three other recordings, but again it's all quality stuff that more than enhances Hypnos's reputation for distinguished soundscaping."
--Reviewed by Textura.org

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"Recorded live using just guitars, voice, percussion and looping and processing tools, Viridian Sun's Infinite in All Directions is a nicely varied wash of drones and textures, a disc that can challenge the ear one moment and deeply engage the mind the nextoften in the same track.

Mike Griffin, head of Hypnos Records, and collaborator David Tollefson coax an array of noises from their instruments as they go, building moments and movements in dependent, largely minimalistic layers, always with the sense that they are waiting for the next correct place to assail and mutate the sound. Vaporous guitar washes discover sudden-but-fleeting moments of solidity, the actual, recognizable sound of a guitar, unfiltered, coming in like a beacon in the sonic mist. And this mist is dense, often quite deep and, across the breadth of the disc, dark. There is an intensity to Viridian Sun, an edginess of feeling, which is where the more challenging aspect of it comes from. As you're being wrapped in sounds that can range from feedback to static in points, if they can be defined at all, there is a sense of this piece, this moment, being inescapable -- an understanding that no, this is not easy and yes, you are expected to see your own way through to the other side and then keep going.

Infinite in All Directions will set better with listeners who like their stuff dense, abstract and droning, with heavy doses of darkness and experimentation. Griffin and Tollefson have crafted a constantly moving, beatless and expressive space that welcomes only the committed listener. But the rewards are worth the time and effort it takes to fully dive into this disc."
--Reviewed by Hypnagogue

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"Roughly ten years ago, the Hypnos ambient label was a 'magical' discovery for me: I had progressed from the obligatory, lyric ridden rock-n-roll of my generation into the obscure & somewhat marginalized musical world of King Crimson, Robert Fripp, David Bowie & Brian Eno.

... The album's seven tracks, clocking in at just around sixty-three minutes, are a gritty, grainy collection of electronic ambience & drone-scaped, ethereal goodness -- playing off morphed/processed bass &electric guitar as well as percussion & voice (not that you'd recognize any of the preceding in their final state), the listener is at once transported into a systemic sound world, leaving one looking for said world's limitations or edges... and finding them not."
--Reviewed by G.A.B. on ambient_landscape@yahoogroups.com

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"Although Hypnos may not seem to appear as prolific as they used to be, its always good to see their releases. M. Griffin, responsible for the label, doesn't set out to innovate the world of music, but has carved out a niche of his own, which he likes to explore, either through his own music or that of others. Together with David Tollefson he plays music as Viridian Sun. They both take credit for playing guitars, bass, percussion, looping, procession and Griffin also for voice. ... Seven tracks, clearly apart, perhaps that's the extent of these things that make them time based. According to the cover, this was all recorded live in the studio, which made me think that these boys should be on the road and play all night concerts, endlessly improvising and exploring the depths of the synthesized ambient music. Warm music in cold days."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard for Vital Ezine

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"Infinite In All Directions is another fantastic cosmic space trip into the dark and unexplored regions--true "space music" in every sense of the phrase. Without synths this time, the sound is much more dense than the duo's debut Solar Noise (still one of the best Hypnos releases ever), but no less atmospheric. You gotta love guitars (which I do) and all the magical new sounds that can be coaxed out of them with delays and other processing goodies, to appreciate this music. I imagine this release is what may have resulted had Slowdive dropped the girl and the drummer, and decided not to make pop music anymore, but rather sit around their own bedrooms and make trippy soundscapes for their own personal enjoyment. There is that intimate vibe present on this recording. Music not for the casual listen, but immersive music that demands your full attention to appreciate every nuance of the sounscapes. One of the very best of 2009, and worth the 10-year wait."
--Reviewed on the Hypnos Forum by Drone On

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"I am listening to the new Viridian Sun cd, "Infinite In All Directions", and I now think guitars in ambient music are cool! If a listener expects country twangs or shredding solos or similar sounds, these may not always be found on the cd, but what you can find are deep, meditative, immersive waves of sound that shimmer, pulse, and move about. I suppose some comparisons might be drawn-- the duo floats synchronously like Roach and Obmana, but it is more mobile and hopeful music than the aformentioned duo often made. An occasional guitar note sounds a little like the famous "singing" guitar of Robert Rich, but not enough to be an imitation. Sometimes I feel a little like I am listening to an early Zoviet France composition, but it's nice because the sound is better. And I like Zoviet France.

... Loops are used, and in a very active way. They shift, grow and move around. They are not just loops of stone, they are loops of cloth or light, flexible and intriguing. ... A comparison that somes to mind is with Rapoon's excellent "Fires Of The Borderlands". Melodic, inspired, with lots of movement, but also a little dark and edgey.

I would say that "Infinite In All Directions" is a really cool album and definitely worth picking up. I recommend it highly."
--Reviewed by ambient recording artist Mystified, on the Hypnos Forum

This CD in special vellum paper sleeve with heavy booklet, is available for $10.99 here

2010.10.06

Next installment of recent reviews for Hypnos releases features several for Primal Mystification by Mystified.

Mystified - Primal Mystification

"Brand-new list member Thomas Park has a very fine new album out on Hypnos' CDR sub-label "Secret Sounds", combining rather than merely contrasting light and dark, often ushered along with discreet, quasi-ethno beats."
--Stephen Fruitman on the ambient@hyperreal.org mailing list

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"The fifty-minute Primal Mystification is the first release by Mystified (aka US ambient-electronic musician Thomas Park) to appear on Hypnos Secret Sounds. Park is no novice, as he's collaborated with artists such as Nunc Stans (One Thousand Dreams, Dataobscura), Robin Storey (Rapoon), and Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions). The four tracks on Primal Mystification are restrained in character and induce a state of calm in the listener -- which isn't to suggest they're uneventful, as there's lots of activity and detail on display. Likening the mercurial drone sounds to the emergence of human beings from the 'primordial ooze,' Park shapes minimal elements (some of it created from field recordings) into ten-minute-plus settings of placid design using ringing ambient washes, willowy synthetics, elemental percussive patterns, and simple melodic phrases voiced by piano. In "Massive Turning," elegant piano playing drapes itself across long-form droning tones anchored by a gently swinging rhythm track made up of acoustic-sounding percussive elements (hand drums, bells). "Departing Certainty" exudes a ghostly, even tribal quality in its crystalline swirls and cavernous rumble, while both "Not Knowing Where," its nocturnal whistling tones animated by a midtempo rhythm track, and "Back to the Primal," its ethereal shimmer augmented by Eastern-sounding percussive pulsations, are energized by comparison."
--Reviewed by Textura.org

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"The idea behind this 2009 release from Mystified is simple: foggy drones glide slowly past, shifting and rolling as they go, while light touches of percussion lend a faint tribal air. While I stand by that as an accurate description of how it's done, I'll also tell you that it sorely downplays what Mystified (aka Thomas Park) is able to do and convey on this disc with that formula as his starting point. Primal Mystification is one of those ambient CDs that innocuously burrows its way into your subconscious mind, persistently but patiently setting up its space in your head -- and by the time you realize it's there you're really quite okay with it. Park's drones are warm, grey things that move in otherworldly waves. He varies his approach, track to track, to keep each of the four long pieces here fresh. The opener, "Massive Turning," takes its percussive sense from a gently played tabla, a sharp, solid and rhythmic snap over the wash. An echoing piano, played two simple notes at a time, wanders through. At first I found this an odd choice for a disc that's so drone-based, but in Park's hands it quickly becomes an integral element in the piece's definition. "Departing Certainty" is abstract, shadowy, beatless and a bit foreboding. It's the dream you can't wake up from. I'm intrigued by Park's choices of percussion in the last two tracks, "Not Knowing Where" and "Back to the Primal." The first has a hand-drummed feel, a fire's-edge rhythm with a strong tribal sense. I like the way he puts it up against a throbbing bass swell that, in its tone, is as unwavering as the drumming. (I'll get back to this in a moment.) The percussive element in "Back to the Primal" is two-pronged: a flangey and metallic electronic beat squares off with more hand drumming. It is the sound of the computer-age tribe calling back to its ancestors, perhaps -- and getting a distinct answer in kind.

Park drives home his musical intent in the form of repetitive motifs that change only slightly across time. Between the often-mellowing touch of the drones and the insistent metronomic pulse of the drumming, in any form, the listener doesn't have much choice but to follow his or her brain as it slides and sluices down into Parks' umbral constructs to touch the primal memory in all of us.

I enjoy this disc more with every listen, and the deeper I go, the more I like it. Primal Mystification is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD."
--Reviewed by Hypnagogue

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"Primal Mystification alternately conjures thoughts of settling in for the sleep of machines in the sub- rumble of a boiler room; the aurora borealis toying with the audible spectrum; alien conquerors come to claim their stake -- our echoing fear; finally cracking the door to the secret spirit realm; the day that machines gain sentience and blink up at their gobsmacked creators; and a group of motherless children beating out a post-apocalyptic drum circle in desperate hope. Truly, a sonic headphone journey that removes one far from the physical. Perfect for the Hearts of Space radio program, too."
--Byron Kerman, freelance reviewer

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"The unbelievably prolific Thomas Park returns to us once again with a rather lovely full-length offering (as Mystified) on Hypnos Secret Sounds--'Primal Mystification'. Mr. Park's more free-form (or perhaps it is more appropriate to refer to it as "formless"? I refrain from using the genre terms "ambient" or "drone" as they have been over-referenced for decades) work often touches on something powerfully inexplicable and nebulous--magickal. This particular release would be no exception.

The album starts out with a piece entitled 'Massive Turning'. It's a bit deceptive if one thinks they have the Mystified sound pegged--as one expects gassy, shimmering atmospheres. It delivers just that... only it is coupled with an organic percussion that is unheard to me in the work of Mystified! An instrument such a tabla would have been too obvious, so what sounds like bongo is appropriate and more enthralling. Layered along with these sounds are also piano chords. 'Massive Turning' seems to be literal--a massive turning POINT in the direction stylistically. And it works like a charm.

Next is 'Departing Certainty'. And that it certainly is--a departure from the banalities of life into an almost hallucinatory, emotional transcendence. The piece feels like walking in someone else's shoes of their past , blurred and fading melancholia.

'Not Knowing Where' is the apex for this gem of a disc. This is the most potent track of all--and the one I am the most familiar with (seeing that I produced the video for it). Every time I hear it I get the sense of being lost BLISSFULLY in the cosmos... but full of wonder. Music for lysergic inner-space travel.

Concluding this release is 'Back to the Primal'. Despite an almost "electronic feel" at times, it is re-entry music for returning to the mundane tribe/masses perpetuated by consensus reality--the primal of the flesh prison we are born into. Or is it vice-versa? Either way, it is a trip beyond this world (and beyond genre traps) you wish would NEVER end! But until we leave this mortal coil and its restraints of the physical body, it is only possible to touch on these realms with the aide of such ART as that of Mystified..."
--Reviewed by Allan Zane, musician and video artist, Jan 5, 2010

This limited CDR is available for $9.99 here

2010.10.05

OK, trying to catch up on posting some recent reviews of Hypnos releases. For starters, two reviews of Children of Alcyone by Steve Brand.

Steve Brand - Children of Alcyone

"A supra-terrestrial theme also runs through Children of Alcyone, the second release by Steve Brand (who's also issued recordings under the Augur name) to appear on Hypnos Secret Sounds. The inspiration for the work came from the writings of Barbara Marciniak whose books supposedly channel information from the Pleiadians, distant ancestors of ours from the Pleiades constellation (Alcyone, incidentally, the name of the constellation's 'central sun'). Initial sound sketches for the recording were produced in September 2007 during a master class taught by Steve Roach and were refined subsequent to it at Brand's studio. The material on Children of Alcyone is minimal, even simple, by design but is alluring nonetheless. Lonely tones whistle to one another across immense expanses, and a melancholy spirit shadows the four calming meditations. A brooding epic of long tones and ringing percussive flourishes, "Outside the Grid of Time" forcefully draws the listener into its murky depths, but the recording's coup de grace is the stirring "Light Age" where minimal synthetic tones unfurl gracefully for an entrancing twenty-three minutes. Showing a deft and pitch-perfect touch, Brand skilfully weaves the elements into hypnotic form, never hurrying the material along nor slowing it down too much either. The result is that rare thing: ambient music that's both artful and moving."
--Reviewed by Textura.org

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"I have drifted my way through the four pieces in Steve Brand's new release, Children of Alcyone, four times nowand by that I mean the recent now, in the past few hours, letting the thing loop quietly through my space, shaping the air, and quite content to have it do so. Children is a straightforward ambient disc, designed for this sort of quiet, repeated and almost inattentive listeningbut, as can be said for most good ambient discs, offering a lot of depth and interest to the focused listener. The content here is crafted in familiar, deep-sigh synth pads rolling in slow waveforms toward the horizon. Shifts in tone rise up infrequently to pull attention back to the music. (Again, as good ambient music does.) Brand shows equal strength in developing calming flows, as in the first two tracks, "Golden Cloud" and lush, 22-minute "Light Age," and tenser, more dramatic musical scenes, evidenced by "Outside the Grid of Time," which can at times be almost discomforting in its edginess. With the fourth track, "Into the Central Sun," Brand folds in sparse percussion for a low-level, unobtrusive tribal feel. In handling all these sides of his ambient self, Brand effectively creates a sense of narrative, movement and completion of thought. Outside of the opener, which comes in just under nine minutes, these are long, patient tracks. There is movement within each, with Brand exploring and developing their distinct personalities and themes with a certain hand. This is my second exposure to Brand's music, and my appreciation for the quality of his work grows, not just with each new CD, but with each listen."
Children of Alcyone is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.
--Review by Hypnagogue

This limited CDR is available for $9.99 here

2010.10.04

It's been a while since the last CD release on our own label(s), but here's the next installment in the Seren Ffordd reissue series.

Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Arhythmia
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds hss31, limited cdr edition of 300

Seren Ffordd - Arhythmia

Reissue of out of print 2005 recording by Seren Ffordd, an ambient artist residing in Wales. This is the second in our series of reissues by this artist, following Stellar Nurseries, and we previously released his album Veils, Shadows on Hypnos Secret Sounds a few years earlier. Arhythmia is hypnotic and at times restful, yet often has an "edge" or a discordant quality. It's more "active" than most other Seren Ffordd music

Cycles, patterns and rhythms, the world is full of them. Not the steady beats prevalent in most music, but subtle interlocking rhythms that dance and move through each other. The flow between the monthly phases of the moon and the daily tides. Stellar precession and the turning of galaxies. The pulsations of our blodd, neurons and breathing. In five parts, Arhythmia is an exploration of such shifting patterns that can be heard and felt but not danced to. Rhythms and movements of sound that draw the mind and spirit into other places of dreaming. Arhythmia is a mixture of light and dark textures that contain both flowing and hypnotic elements. All the sound sources on the CD are acoustic in origin. They include field recordings of Thunder, rain and other things. The rest of the music is created on singing bowls, voice, gourds and chimes. All the effects and sound manipulations are performed on a Korg D16 digital portastudio. Recorded in June and July 2005.

"Interestingly with a title like Arhythmia, the artwork on the front of this one looks much like the inside of a heart valve, albeit softened in both texture and color. As for the music, hopefully it won't give you any cardiac trouble. Darker and more experimental than his other discs, here Benford takes us into what he calls 'an exploration of rhythms that can be heard and felt but not danced to.' Rumbling and churning sounds are joined by a steady rain in the background. Benford notes that the music is divided into five parts, although it plays as a single track... Arhythmia is daring adventurous fun."
--Review by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
Part I - 10:15 mp3 clip
Part II - 14:45 mp3 clip
Part III - 17:00 mp3 clip
Part IV - 14:00 mp3 clip
Part V - 14:50 mp3 clip


This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $9.99 here

2010.10.01

New additions to the Hypnos Store from First Fallen Star, a relatively new label.

Mystified - Passing through the Outer Gates, Eulogy Series Volume 1 (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Ambient and dark ambient soundscapes alike are deftly populated by neo-classical elements, occasionally with an experimental twist. There are no comparisons to other musicians or albums, as this album and the journey within are distinctly those of Mystified! Dare you join Thomas on his spiritual journey? Or do you fear to leave this world behind? Mystified's Passing Through the Outer Gates is presented in an A5 digipak with silver foil-embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hint of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret`s Burning Souls painting, with additional graphics and layout by Eclipse Media. Limited to 500 copies... (more/buy)
Secret Druid Society - Restless (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Long after we are all dead and gone, the planet will continue to go about its business. The duo of musicians that form Secret Druid Society carefully carved, molded, and eroded drones and minimal dark ambient soundscapes, finally recording what had evolved from the process, in order to tell a story not of human misery, not of an apocalypse, but of what Earth has always done and will continue to do for periods of time wholly unfathomable by the human mind. Limited to 500 copies, Secret Druid Society's Restless is presented in digipak format with an 8-page booklet, featuring short poems penned by the hands of the project's musicians.... (more/buy)


2010.09.24

New releases and re-stocks from the always excellent Infraction label, just added to the Hypnos Store inventory.

Concert Silence (Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
Concert Silence is a collaboration between Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper, currently both residing in Portland, Oregon. An ongoing conversation between the two began in 2004 when they met over a shared interest in live sound manipulation. 09.22.07 was the first major outcome of discussions regarding symbiotic cultures and their implications to music. A live performance set up was designed, allowing each player to have equal input and manipulation control, (which can be seen in a diagram within the artwork of the album).... (more/buy)
Concert Silence - Rain Furniture (Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
With Rain Furniture, Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper wanted to explore a new and different musical territory than previously traveled, while still using the audio set up from 09.22.07. As a companion piece to the full length, Rain Furniture engages a more raw energy.... (more/buy)
Ben Fleury-Steiner - Keep a Weather Eye Open (Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
From the inset,Tender is the opaque morning the scene has been set on Keep a Weather Eye Open into a Bryars-esque dip into the sunken Titanic. Gently clattering china on a slow drop to the bed of the ocean, faint light filtering through. The band plays on, the notes become submerged & eventually a hymnal drone emerges repeating over and over in slow cycles. This is not the end however, as unlike the ill-fated Vessel of Sleep, this work re-emerges to the surface and into hazy light. Roughly 2 years in the making, KAWEO is presented in a digipak with a 12 page color booklet in an edition of 900 copies. KAWEO was mastered by Robert Rich... (more/buy)


2010.09.22

Just got a cool new item, an Ambient Temple of Imagination release on the Plague label, added to the Hypnos Store today.

ATOI - Ambient Temple Of Imagination (Plague category)
(Price: $13.99)
Limited edition, housed in A5-jacket. Over 70 minutes of ritual kabbalistic trance. ATOI member Seofon says: It's the ATOI disc that I've always wanted to see released. Featuring Johannes Ayres (IAO Core), Joshua Maremont (Thermal), Stephen Kent, Roy Robinson (23 Degrees), vidnaObmana and Mark Wayne (E.A.R.)... (more/buy)


2010.09.01

We just received a bit box of restocks from the Dataobscure and Blue Oasis labels, as well as one new item, now available on the Hypnos Store today.

Nunc Stans - We Leave Without Speaking (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
We Leave Without Speaking is a single, 72 minute piece of expansive and deeply involving atmospheric ambience that wanders an enigmatic world of its own making, seamlessly flowing through a variety of rich sonic palettes and absorbing soundworlds. A work of considerable beauty, with an underlying sense of forlorn isolation and longing. A mature and sophisticated continuation of the Nunc Stans legacy. Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby, spring 2010, using various synthesisers, guitar, treated piano, field recordings, and digital processing... (more/buy)


2010.08.31

We're now selling the latest from Relaxed Machinery and Steve Brand on the Hypnos Online Store.

Steve Brand - Coniunctio (2CDR) (Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $19.99 2CDR)
Coniunctio is the joining of two longform ambient works. "Pale Blue Orb" is very celestial, spacious, glowing in the warmth of enveloping light and consciousness while "The Beginning of Days" is more terrestrial, Earthy.

Track listing:
Disc 01 Pale Blue Orb - 61:06
Disc 02 The Beggining of Days - 72:45
Audio clips available here.... (more/buy)


2010.08.20

Lots of new Hypnos Store listings just arrived from Dark Duck, the label run by Stephen Philips.

Stephen Philips - A Distinct Line on the Horizon (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This time using an electric piano, an organ, synths, and a few other things, Stephen crafts an exploration as unique as life itself.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - Eternal Recurrence (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
With Eternal Recurrence, Stephen Philips returns to classic ambient drone form with this fresh blend of new tunes. The music on this release ebbs and flows through a variety of alien landscapes, machine drones, glacier bells, and dark dream worlds. Another cold, stark statement from Stephen Philips.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - Fugue States Volume 1 (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This musical exploration revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - Fugue States Volume 2 (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The first exploration revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music.\" This release represents Volume 2 of these explorations and picks up right where Volume 1 left off... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips and Peter Bolander - Lost Nightmares (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Stephen Philips and Peter Bolander team up for the first time in what is essentially a exotic nightmare of sorts. Lots of experimental textures and disjointed sounds blend with micro ambiances to create these lost nightmares.... (more/buy)
Drone Forest / Stephen Philips - Blurring the Edges (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
More than two years in the making, this first collaboration brings together five monarchs in drone. Drone meister Stephen Philips and fellow drone masters, Drone Forest, aka Ian Stewart, Mike Bowman, C. Reider, and Davie Blint. These talents seamlessly blend to create an ooze of textural goodness previously unheard on any level.... (more/buy)
Deep Chill Network - Antarctica (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to the same frozen tundra themes that began with the series of CDs including Heart of the Tundra, Deep Freeze, and Yukon CDs. This time, they venture south of the equator and bring you the first of a set of CDs simply titled Antarctica. Deep (and we mean deep) minimal drones predominate throughout with icy textures and deeply chilled ambient.... (more/buy)
Deep Chill Network - Cyber Sleep 4 (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The long-awaited re-issue of the 1997 classic drone CD, Cyber Sleep 4. The music here varies from the deep drone of volumes 1-3 and features textures and arrangements that vary significantly from the first three.... (more/buy)
Deep Chill Network - Cyber Sleep 6 (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to their sleep roots with all new music done in the similar slow and chilled out trademark sound they pioneered almost 15 years ago. Deep atmospheric dream themes is the tone.... (more/buy)
Deep Chill Network - Cyber Sleep 7 (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to their sleep roots with all new music done in the similar slow and chilled out trademark sound they pioneered almost 15 years ago. Deep atmospheric dream themes is the tone.... (more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin - A Thousand Voices (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This CD is Lucette\'s seventh release on Dark Duck Records, and with each subsequent release her musical craft gets more and more focused. This release again features her trademark ambient style, and once again, she throws in some gentle beats and rhythms. A variety of vocal samples and \"voices\" help fill out the sound.... (more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin - Drum-atic Atmospheres (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This release again features Lucette Bourdin\'s trademark ambient style, and once again, she throws in some gentle beats and rhythms to help fill out the sound. This is a companion piece of sorts, and if you liked what you heard on Drums and Repercussions, you will find this album just as warm and welcoming.... (more/buy)
Rigel Orionis - Creative Sociopathy (A Journey into the Mind of the Distant Future) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis returns for another CD full of tasty drones and exquisite minimal beauty. Deep, somber drones predominate and otherworldly textures ebb and flow throughout. (originally recorded in 2007). Additional mixing and mastering in 2010 by Stephen Philips.... (more/buy)
Rigel Orionis - The Drone Tone (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis returns for another CD full of tasty drones and exquisite minimal beauty. Deep, somber drones predominate and otherworldly textures ebb and flow throughout. (originally recorded in 2007).... (more/buy)
Perimeter - Beyond the Perimiter (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This debut album from Perimeter explores gloomy soundscapes filled with exotic samples and atmospheric noises. This is an album for people who like their ambient dark and highly textured. Perimeter is 31 year old Andre Buter. After long time exposure to all kinds of electronic music and specifically ambient, all the way back in the earliest Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre periods, Andre decided to create his own music. With a preference for all things dark and gloomy, he formed Perimeter to explore the boundaries of dark perception as he calls it.... (more/buy)
Bolander - First Things Last (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Composed and performed by Peter Bolander. This is Peter\'s second full-length CD on Dark Duck Records. Hot on the heels of his recent collaboration with Stephen Philips, titled: Lost Nightmares, Peter returns with another stellar set of ambient drone. This CD is another set of sublime minimal drone ambience with some beats thrown in for flavor... (more/buy)
Palancar - Enlightenment (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Darrell Burgan is a prolific artist hailing from Texas who releases electronic ambient music under the project name Palancar. He is also the founder and owner of internet radio station StillStream, commercial record label Blue Water Records, electronic soundware vendor Spirit Canyon Audio, and is a member of ambient groups Copal River and Cluster Balm. Finally, he is also the founder and owner of Earth Mantra Netlabel. Several years in the making, this CD showcases the vast skill that Darrell possesses behind the keyboard. There is a fair amount of soul-searching going on here, and Darrell really lets his guard down with this deeply personal statement.... (more/buy)
Frore - The Nameless Place (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Frore is music that evokes a dark thoughtful, primitive, atmosphere for reflection and /or dreaming.... (more/buy)
L:|t - Falling Apart (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
L:|t is about that bug smear streak thingy on your windshield, the thumb prints left on the back of the iPod that won\'t go away no matter what, that little rattle your DVD player keeps making, the flickering street lamps and that weird, shiny gravel that accumulates at the edge of the interstate. Tiny things that don\'t matter at all. . . or matter quite a bit? Surrounded by a world that never seems to work out quite right, L:|t is a mix of melancholy melodies swaying to and fro and stuttering beats on the edge of breaking down. It\'s all falling apart around us. . . But it sure is fun to watch.... (more/buy)
Orion\'s Belt - Ecumenicals: The Mysteries of Time (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Orion's Belt (aka Jim Brenholts and Darren Rogers) teams up again for another stellar set of ambient, drone, and spacemusic blended in seamless fashion. This set of new music, recorded during the spring and summer of 2009 and completed just 1 month before the untimely death of Jim Brenholts, firmly grasps the concept of time and the urgency of life. This CD is dedicated to the memory of Jim Brenholts and his love and passion for music and the music makers in the ambient and spacemusic communities... (more/buy)


2010.08.06

Here are some more recent additions to the Hypnos Store that we forgot to feature here at the time we added them. This time, they're from the Relaxed Machinery label.

Chris Russell - Frozen (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Frozen recalls the stillness and silence of a winter snowfall transitioning into spring, celebrating the rebirth and renewal of life.
Track listing: 01 aurora / 02 thaw / 03 time lost / 04 tundra / 05 numb / 06 frozen / 07 otzi / 08 slowly drifting... (more/buy)
Bob Ohrum - Elevated (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Elevated is a journey through heartbreaking loss and the celebration of a spirit set free from a broken body.
Track listing: 01 song for you (i’ll never forget) / 02 while they slept / 03 everytime i close my eyes / 04 elevated / 05 diwedd / 06 the wasteland... (more/buy)


2010.08.01

We have two new featured items on the Hypnos Store from Steve Roach.

Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Emotions quietly stir and resonate in this deeply self-reflective album exploring the terrain between melodic electronic/ambient and modern minimalism. These six pieces utilize gentle melody, harmony and sonic tonality to poignantly reflect upon the passage of time, life lived, lives passed and a time of renewal: a sigh of the ages expressed in sound... (more/buy)
Byron Metcalf/ Dashmesh Khalsa/ Steve Roach - Dream Tracker (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
A full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence... (more/buy)


2010.07.25

Very nice -- Steve Brand's Bridge to Nowhere just received airplay on the always-difficult-to-crack Hearts of Space playlist. Thanks to HOS for the attention!

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PGM 918 : "HEATWAVES"
PGM NOTE : a cooling draft of ambient electronica for summer
FEED DATE : 7-23-10
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PAUL ELLIS
"The Unveiling Ravenous Evening" (part) < 0:00->5:46 >
: THE LAST HIDING PLACE OF BEAUTY; Groove Unlimited GR-158;
The Netherlands 2009
: Info: www.groove.nl/cd/g/gr-158.html;
www.myspace.com/paulellismusic

NATURAL FREQUENCIES (aka ANDREAS LEIFELD)
"Taking Shape" (edited) < 5:46->10:17 >
: TRANQUILITY IN MOTION; Ozella Lounge OZL 22008 CD; Germany 2007
: Info: www.ozellamusic.com; www.andreas-leifeld.de
--segue--
DAN POUND
"Shadow Screen" (part) < 10:17->15:48 >
: INTERLACE; Pound Sounds PS08; 2010
: Info: www.danpound.com
--segue--
AGITATION FREE
"177 Spectacular Sunrises" (part) < 15:48->23:34 >
: RIVER OF RETURN; Revisited SPV 42832 CD; Germany 2009
originally released by Prudence Cosmopolitan Music
(BSC 4552); Germany 1999
: Info: www.agitationfree.com

PALANCAR
"Reiner Gamma" < 23:34->35:05 >
: SERENITATIS; Earth Mantra Netlabel earman121; 2010
: Downloads: http://earthmantra.com/release-detail.php?id=121
: Info: www.earthmantra.com; www.myspace.com/palancar

DAN BARRIO
"Warmth and Pause" < 35:05->41:51 >
: THIS PHYSICAL WORLD; Praxis Mundi TPW2400; 2006
: Info: www.danbarrio.com

STEVE ROACH
"Quelling Place" < 41:51->49:58 >
: SIGH OF AGES; Projekt PRO246; 2010
: Info: www.projekt.com; www.steveroach.com
--segue--
STEVE BRAND
"Breathing Light" (part) < 49:58->58:59 >
: BRIDGE TO NOWHERE; Hypnos Secret Sounds .20; 2008
: Info: www.hypnos.com/releases-sbr-btn.php;
www.myspace.com/stevebrand1111

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
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(c) 2010 Hearts of Space
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2010.06.21

Many fans of ambient & experimental music are already aware that Robert Rich tours the country most years, and that 2010 tour has just about wrapped up. The last few shows will happen in Portland and Seattle, though the previously-planned Portland "sleep concert" for June 25th has been cancelled. We hope everybody in the NW will have a chance to see one of these shows. Any of you going out to the Portland show at Clinton Street Theater, we'll see you there!

By the way, whether you're going to one of these shows or not, please spread the word to everybody you know who might be interested. Robert always puts on a great show. We want to give him incentive to return to our area whenever he tours, and the best way to do that is with a good turnout. Information about the specific shows comes from Robert's own announcement as follows:

Robert Rich will be performing in Portland and Seattle, next week and the following week. We hope we can see some of you there. Here are the dates and locations:

Wednesday June 23
Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Live in-store performance, free admission
Music Millennium
3158 East Burnside Street, Portland OR 97214-1995
Info: 503-231-8926

Thursday June 24
Portland, OR
The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR 97202
Events Phone: 503.238.8899
Message/Contact Phone: 503.238.5588
Doors at 8:00, concert at 9:00 PM
$15 advance, $20 at door
(Buy advanced tickets from us at https://dxc.securesites.com/sj2010.htm)

Thursday July 1
Seattle, WA
8:00 PM
The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (SW corner of 50th)
Part of the Wayward Music Series (http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com)
$5-$15 sliding scale, door only
Info: gscchapel (at) gmail (dot) com
tel: 206-789-1939

Friday July 2
Renton WA
7:00 PM Free Lecture (not a concert)
"Using Modular Synthesizers In Live Performances"
Renton Technical College
Blencoe Auditorium, Building C
3000 NE 4th St
Renton, WA 98056
Info email: wa7bsr (at) gmail (dot) com

2010.04.08

Just a quick price revision to Steve Roach's Live at Grace Cathedral 2-cd set on the Hypnos Store. We misunderstood the wholesale price, so we've dropped our selling price a whopping $8 from $21.99 to $13.99 on this one!

Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\'s live performance history. An extended set of sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\'s Grace Cathedral.... (more/buy)


2010.04.07

The latest batch of fancy new Italian imported CDs for the Hypnos Store comes from the Hic Sunt Leones label.

Alio Die - Tempus Rei (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

"An epic and intense album with two long tracks, where the usual drones and loops, zither and field recordings go deeply into an old-time surrealism." -equilibriummusic.com... (more/buy)
Alio Die - Sit Tibi Terra Levis / Introspective (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.

"Beautiful ambient sounds and textures which provide a thought provoking atmosphere. Very mysterious moods shift throughout the different tracks presented on this CD. A subtle power, and features some excellent aural work."
-Daniel Plunkett... (more/buy)
Alio Die - The Hidden Spring (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
A collection of new and previously released compositions from this interesting ambient soundscape artist. Many of the tracks seem to suggest watery landscapes, with thick, murky, wave-like movement. Droning low tones, eerie chimes, as well as slightly musical synths, samples, etc. all have their place here.... Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.... (more/buy)
Alio Die & Zeit - Sunja (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Total, lush, organic soundworlds with some live instruments. Birds, water flowing, very relaxing. Perfect for background droning."
-ultra171 / www.discogs.com... (more/buy)
Stefano Scala - Impermanence (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
The magic of the cult and traditions of the country with highest peaks in the world accompany us in this journey,on a mountain pass, walking along the pathways of the rarefied Himalayan atmosphere,escorted by a convoy of mules or yaks. Sounds can be heard of the wind and rain, voices,songs and steps of nomads of Impermanence. An album that displays different acoustic instruments,harmonic chant,percussions,flutes,rattles and bells,and field recordings.... (more/buy)
Aglaia - Reverberant Skies (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Reverberant Skies follow eleven steps to the cosmic horizon. A meditative sound-flux, to connect with the interior skies, or to the sky we can see from the earth, in a brilliant night full of stars.... (more/buy)
Aglaia - Naked Movements (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Twelve essential tracks, direct and minimal. Ascetic and natural. The places that are described here should be like a nocturnal snowfall, or a sultry and hot summer afternoon, the rolling of air on a lake\'s shore… or a simple movement of leaves. It is the artist\'s sensibility that translate the reflective and subtle emotions into the fragile poetry of sounds.... (more/buy)
Aglaia - White Maps (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
White Maps is a flowing sonic-flux in 5 tracks. It displays a beautiful spectrum of circular wave-sounds with a rich range of dynamic frequencies.... (more/buy)
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis (Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

"Gregorian style chants are successfully incorporated into Musso\'s customary drones comprised of field recordings, acoustic instruments, and electronic processing, giving this disc a particularly reverent ambience."
- Pauldient / Discogs.com... (more/buy)


2010.04.06

A single new Hypnos Store arrival from Steve Roach today, along with a number of other re-stocks.

Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\'s live performance history. An extended set of sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\'s Grace Cathedral.... (more/buy)


2010.04.05

Last week we added a bunch of new stuff from the Databloem label to the Hypnos Store and today, it's the Dataobscura label. The two labels were formerly partners, and now they operate independently and just have similar names. Databloem is the one from The Netherlands, and Dataobscura is the one from Canada.

Pleq - Our Words are Frozen (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A moody infusion of grainy ambient, subtle glitch, and minimal industrial soundscapes.... (more/buy)
The Winterhouse - Sanctuary (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Sanctuary, the third Winterhouse collaboration, will entrance with its deep, flowing textures and rich expressive details. The five long pieces seem to engage cinematically, drawing sonic vistas and sending the listener drifting on excursions of discovery. Rich drone bases overlaid with strings, grainy pads, subtle melodies, and sonic gems of many kinds.... (more/buy)
Robert Davies - Terrestre (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Terrestre (of the Earth) is an interpretation of the myriad details of a dappled and intimate earthly landscape ... an understated set of pastoral meditations that reveal a very mature and consistent artistry.... (more/buy)
The Circular Ruins - Invisible Cities (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A lush and addictive collection of ambient journeys and landscapes inspired by the incomparable novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. These works exhibit the rich organic complexity, occasional curious rhythms, and deft developments we have come to expect from The Circular Ruins. This is music for sonic immersion ... and for the imagination... (more/buy)


2010.03.28

Great big box of new stuff ready to sell in the Hypnos Store today, from the Databloem label.

Beta Two Agonist - Autumn Perdue (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
A consistently brilliant set of rhythmic and melodic glitch ambient. If you like contemporary glitch ambient ala Off The Sky, Murcof or Shuttle 358 you shouldn’t miss this one... (more/buy)
Mathias Grassow - Calibration (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Mathias Grassow strikes again with over an hour of a great atmospheric drone ambient, with an incredible deep mood... (more/buy)
Mathias Grassow - Dissolution (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Reissue of long sold out, classic album from 1999. Re-mastered and re-designed.

Mathias Grassow about this album : Dissolution is the ground, a below zero, where everything stands still for a while and the wheel of life stops for a moment. This work is my personal musical realization of the deepest night of the soul. It was made with electronic equipment and some streams of Bow-Chime, Up-Right, Glass-Harp... (more/buy)
Mathias Grassow & Siegmar Fricke - Aurora (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
A spacious adventure in 4 parts. Originally released as part of the Master of Ambience box set Basics by Mathias Grassow treated by Siegmar Fricke. Additional soundscapes, samples and organic analogue fields were added by Siegmar Fricke... (more/buy)
Spielerei & Mantacoup - Wichman and Other Pieces (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
The Wichman Concert recorded live on March 13 2004 at Theatre Graff Wichman in Huizen, Holland, as part of the Alfa Centauri EM Festival series. Last 4 tracks are studio works... (more/buy)
Spielerei - Publix (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Spielerei has a major flair, which thankfully he shares with those who choose to listen to this truly exquisite music. You likely won\'t find a better pure synth-music album... (more/buy)
SGNL_FLTR - Exhalo (Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Exhalo is packed with deep grooves, dense atmospheres and refined effects. This time around, the amount of genres mixed together is staggering, with warm ambient, cold techno, abstract electronica and gritty soundscapes seamlessly flowing together during the course of the album... (more/buy)


2010.03.27

New items in the Hypnos Store this weekend, this time a great new one from Robert Rich, and an interesting bit of experimental ambient from Sweden's Relapxych.0.

Robert Rich - Ylang (Robert Rich category)
(Price: $13.99)
Organic, lush and sensual, Robert Rich\'s first solo studio album in three years seductively blends languid polyrhythms with influences as diverse as South Indian Karnatic music, post-rock, jazz, and minimalism. Pushing the boundaries of Robert\'s melodic world-fusion vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation, Ylang blends Rich's expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark Psychosis... (more/buy)
relapxych.O - Ripples on the Surface of Time & Space / Last Industrial Estate Vol. 1 (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
You might recall Relapxych.0 (aka Anders Petersen from Sweden) on 2008's Hypnos compilation, Message From a Subatomic World. Here's a nwe split album on his own label, Ghosts Sounds.
Pt. 1 relapxych.O - Ripples on the Surface of Time and Space.
Pt. 2 Last Industrial Estate - Last Industrial Estates Vol. 1... (more/buy)


2010.02.26

Here are four new reviews of Hypnos and Hypnos Secret Sounds discs, by Textura. The text of the reviews appears below, with cover graphics inserted because people like cover graphics!

Four new releases from the Hypnos camp, three of them very much ‘in the tradition' and the fourth a surprisingly noisier recording. Regardless of individual differences, they're all quality releases, much as we've come to expect from the label.



Let's start with the earliest of the four, Seren Ffordd's Stellar Nurseries, which is actually a reissue of a 2004 release (the first in a planned series of recordings previously issued on Umbra and Penumbra, Italy-based labels managed by Oophoi) he created using a Korg 016 and a Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard. It's an hour-long, single-movement work that the Wales-based Ffordd splits into four figurative sections: 'Out of the Void,' 'Storm Movement,' 'Spiral Dance,' and 'Floating, Dreaming.' By way of context, the artist's notes describe huge, drifting clouds of molecular gases that turn star-like, then gradually increase in heat and movement until ignition occurs, after which lighter and heavier elements are pushed and pulled by gravitational forces until planets form. There's a suspended and drifting quality to the material, with cloud-like washes and tones extending for minutes at a time like massive exhalations taking place thousands of kilometres above the earth or perhaps nebulae coming into focus in slow-motion. Shifts in emphasis alternate between the rumbling lower to ascendent higher tones, and wave-like surges in intensity occur too, lending the material an industrial character in the process. An undercurrent of controlled aggression and pressure dominates the first half, until an abrupt termination strips the material down to a sole, organ-like nucleus around which synthetic tones languorously congregate as the sound mass thickens. In contrast to the first, the mood of the second half is lambent, serene, and melancholy, rather requiem-like in spirit as if in mourning for the death of a star. Ultimately, the programmatic connections between the section titles and the work itself are easily drawn in Ffordd's beautifully sustained meditation.



A supra-terrestrial theme also runs through Children of Alcyone, the second release by Steve Brand (who's also issued recordings under the Augur name) to appear on Hypnos Secret Sounds. The inspiration for the work came from the writings of Barbara Marciniak whose books supposedly channel information from the Pleiadians, distant ancestors of ours from the Pleiades constellation (Alcyone, incidentally, the name of the constellation's 'central sun'). Initial sound sketches for the recording were produced in September 2007 during a master class taught by Steve Roach and were refined subsequent to it at Brand's studio. The material on Children of Alcyone is minimal, even simple, by design but is alluring nonetheless. Lonely tones whistle to one another across immense expanses, and a melancholy spirit shadows the four calming meditations. A brooding epic of long tones and ringing percussive flourishes, 'Outside the Grid of Time' forcefully draws the listener into its murky depths, but the recording's coup de grace is the stirring 'Light Age' where minimal synthetic tones unfurl gracefully for an entrancing twenty-three minutes. Showing a deft and pitch-perfect touch, Brand skilfully weaves the elements into hypnotic form, never hurrying the material along nor slowing it down too much either. The result is that rare thing: ambient music that's both artful and moving.



The fifty-minute Primal Mystification is the first release by Mystified (aka US ambient-electronic musician Thomas Park) to appear on Hypnos Secret Sounds. Park is no novice, as he's collaborated with artists such as Nunc Stans (One Thousand Dreams, Dataobscura), Robin Storey (Rapoon), and Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions). The four tracks on Primal Mystification are restrained in character and induce a state of calm in the listener"which isn't to suggest they're uneventful, as there's lots of activity and detail on display. Likening the mercurial drone sounds to the emergence of human beings from the ‘primordial ooze,' Park shapes minimal elements (some of it created from field recordings) into ten-minute-plus settings of placid design using ringing ambient washes, willowy synthetics, elemental percussive patterns, and simple melodic phrases voiced by piano. In 'Massive Turning,' elegant piano playing drapes itself across long-form droning tones anchored by a gently swinging rhythm track made up of acoustic-sounding percussive elements (hand drums, bells). 'Departing Certainty' exudes a ghostly, even tribal quality in its crystalline swirls and cavernous rumble, while both 'Not Knowing Where,' its nocturnal whistling tones animated by a midtempo rhythm track, and 'Back to the Primal,' its ethereal shimmer augmented by Eastern-sounding percussive pulsations, are energized by comparison.



The relative wild card of the four, Viridian Sun's Infinite In All Directions is a different animal altogether. The group itself is a joint venture into abstract improvisation involving Hypnos founder Mike Griffin and Hypnos solo artist David Tollefson, whose last Viridian Sun album, Perihelion, appeared a decade ago. Eschewing synthesizers, Griffin and Tollefson build the album's seven tracks from electronically treated and looped guitars, basses, and percussion. On the surface, there's not a radical degree of difference between Viridian Sun and the other artists in terms of sound-tones stretch out as extensively on Infinite In All Directions as they do on the other recordings, and Griffin and Tollefson also shape their base elements into sustained drones but in a number of pieces the elements themselves are often harder-edged and swell to more extreme levels of intensity and aggression (check out the industrial guitar squalls that blow through '40 Hz Emergence' as an example in a way that's a tad reminiscent of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint too). The material also often exudes a trippy character that verges on psychedelic or phantasmagoric. At certain moments, for example, 'Four Times I Slept For A Year' becomes an almost kosmische musik-like exercise when cycling elements pulsate to psychotropic effect. Elsewhere, sheets of metallic sound surge during 'Magnetars Cast No Shadow,' and phantom guitar drones spiral through 'Light Years From Here.' The rawness of Viridian Sun's attack may give Infinite In All Directions a visceral edge over the three other recordings, but again it's all quality stuff that more than enhances Hypnos's reputation for distinguished soundscaping.

February 2010

Our thanks to Textura for the quad-review!

2010.02.25

Latest batch of imported CDs from Oophoi (and some associated Italian ambient artists) just added to the Hypnos Store today.

Aqua Dorsa - Cloudlands (Glacial Movememnts category)
(Price: $12.99)
Aqua Dorsa is a new musical Italian ambient project formed by Enrico Coniglio and Oophoi.Their first work Cloudlands is a perfect mix of glitch,classical and orchestral glacial ambient soundscape.... (more/buy)
Oophoi - Whispers from the Noisy Void (Databloem category)
(Price: $12.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi's classic album. Compilation with tracks from Cryosphere, Lightnoise and World of Shadows Oophoi plays synths, samples, sampled voices, percussion, lap steel guitar, electronics.... (more/buy)
Oophoi - The Dreaming of Shells (Databloem category)
(Price: $12.99)
Considered by many as one of Oophoi\'s best albums. Oophoi\'s The Dreaming of Shells is a breathtaking descent straight to an unknown chasm where small clouds of fine luminescent dust drift away, splitting obscure cold waters, swaying to the sound of cavernous tones... This is a submarine hidden chorus, an ode of sirens\'voices singing ageless chants... a rain of fragmented glittering particles brushing submerged walls, while golden refractions sleep buried in the fissures... The dreams of shells is a meeting with a resonating radiant world of its own, a long dive in apnea scattered with amazements. Oophoi plays synthesizer, electronics, flute (bamboo), percussion, performer (monochord, crystals), voice, singing bowls.... (more/buy)
Zaum Vol. 1 (various artists) (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
A selection of Italian ambient works, specifically composed for this release. Compiled by Enrico Coniglio & Emanuele Errante, this is a stunning mix of beat & non-beat pure ambient tunes that shift between isolationist & glacial atmospheres.... (more/buy)


2010.02.15

We've wanted to put one of our favorite Jeff Pearce albums back in print for a long time, and it's finally here!

Artist: Jeff Pearce
Title: Daylight Slowly (2010 reissue)
Label: Hypnos CD

Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly

2010 reissue of Pearce's first Hypnos album, out of print since 2002. Many Jeff Pearce listeners missed this original release, and may have wanted to catch up on this wonderful collection of early Jeff Pearce guitar ambience. Pearce has moved on to a more direct and musical (as opposed to ethereal and absctract) direction in recent years, and uses a Chapman Stick now rather than an electric guitar, so if you miss the earlier work in this style, give this a listen. We even replaced the old-fashioned Real Audio samples with ultra-modern new MP3 sample clips!

Examples of praise for the first release:
"Best of the year list."
--Eric Meece, KKUP Radio
--Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia
--Scott Raymond (#1 ranking for the year), WVKR radio
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

"Daylight Slowly, his latest solo album, is another deliciously slow, shimmeringly serene album of processed electric guitar. "
--John Dilberto, Echoes Radio

"The most "romantic" cd of Hypnos Label. Has a strange light and a sensation of time slow-down..."
--Massimo Pavan, Italy

Daylight Slowly tracks include:
01. Inner Light MP3 sample
02. Spirals MP3 sample
03. Cloud Water Rising MP3 sample
04. Labyrinth MP3 sample
05. Quiet and Clear MP3 sample
06. The Broken Places MP3 sample
07. Known Presence MP3 sample
08. Delta MP3 sample
09. Through Darkened Halls MP3 sample
10. 11/11 MP3 sample
11. Inner Storms MP3 sample
12. Daylight Slowly MP3 sample
13. Passage to Home MP3 sample

Purchase direct for $10.99

2010.02.12

We just received a bunch of extra copies of the Saul Stokes album Abstraction... so VERY many copies that we're going to drop the price (with Saul's approval). It was $14.99 originally, $12.99 when the Green House label shut down, and we're offering these last copies on the Hypnos Store at the very attractive new price. Here's the direct link to buy Abstraction for $9.99.



2010.02.11

Just received the discs for our long-awaited reissue of Jeff Pearce's out of print first Hypnos release Daylight Slowly. We'll be assembling copies and making the CD available on our Hypnos Store very soon.



2010.01.31

Streaming ambient radio station Stillstreams has made Hypnos their featured label for the coming month. Links here: Stillstreams and Stillstreams label feature.

We thank Stillstreams for the support and hope listenres will check it out.

2010.01.29

More imports added to the Hypnos Store, this time the First Fallen Star label.

Aspectee - Morben (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Influenced by the human condition and the human experience, by humanity's fortune and misfortune, the soundscapes of Aspectee's Morben are varied, ranging from ambient to dark ambient to experimental, though the sounds remain forever blackened, and the moods heavy. Presented to you in digipak format, limited to 500 copies.... (more/buy)
Innfallen - Three Days of Darkness (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Intended to capture in sound the immense fear, but also the great hope, of those hiding indoors during this time, Innfallen offers their vision of the Catholic prophecy of Three Days of Darkness. Consisting of veteran Doyle Finley (of Invercauld) and talented newcomer Kevin Scala, Innfallen has composed a rich, illustrative tapestry of multi-layered soundscapes that is undeniably the soundtrack to this frightening prophecy.... (more/buy)
Karsten Hamre - Through the Eyes of a Stranger (CD + DVD) (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Karsten crafts desolate dark ambient sound structures, ornamented by sampled sounds and experimental textures. The end result of this process is an experience categorized perhaps too simply as dark ambient, though it more closely resembles a dark soundtrack to a movie, or to a life - as seen through the eyes of a stranger... Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2-disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Through the Eyes of a Stranger, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances.... (more/buy)
Dense Vision Shrine - Time Lost in Oblivion (CD + DVD) (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Building upon a solid foundation of dark ambient, Dense Vision Shrine also employs sampled sounds and sparse rhythm to carefully design the listening experience of a realm where time itself has stopped, of a blackened voyage into oblivion. Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2 disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Time Lost in Oblivion, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances.... (more/buy)


2010.01.28

Here are some new ones in the Hypnos Store from Eternal Pride, a relatively new Russian label.

Atomine Elektrine - Archimetrical Universe (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Archimetrical Universe showcases Peter Andersson's dissection of the sky, a caeserean section that births massive, geometrically perfect sonic diversions, all spheres and angles, burnished metal dreams and pristine sonic caresses that reconfigure sound into smooth surfaces. To counterbalance the exactness of the sonic development, light rhythms emerge and huge slabs of disrupting tones puncture. Quite possibly Peter\'s finest release yet!... (more/buy)
A Challenge of Honour - Ashigaru Revealed (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Dedicated to warrior’s traditions of medieval Japan. Graceful and epic cocktail of atmospheric neoclassical passages, Japanese drums and rhythms.... (more/buy)
Desiderii Marginis - Years Lend a Golden Charm (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
To gain a deeper understanding of what is, it is necessary to examine what was – to go to the sources and the origins. With the emergence of this brand new offering by Desiderii Marginis, Years Lend a Golden Charm, we are invited to experience the very birth of what is now a well established and worldwide recognized project within the dark-ambient industrial scene. The contents of the new album is made up of some 73 minutes of material from the first three tape releases from 1993. Highly sought after by collectors but only available in a mere dozen of handmade copies, these songs are now finally made available to a greater audience. When you listen to the music with the knowledge that hindsight brings - it is obvious that these are the roots and the foundations, not only of the first full length album Songs Over Ruins, but of every successive release up to the latest Seven Sorrows. In 1993 there was no set course, no long term plan – and still, maybe it couldn’t have turned out any other way?... (more/buy)
Aghast - Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis is dark and gloomy ambience, played in a classical dark wave vein. Minimalism in musical content, compensated by spooky and ice-cold vocals that will haunt you. Macabre enchantresses in lovely disguise will seduce you to end your life and take you to their ghastly realm from which you will never rise. Hear gods cry and angels fall. Listen to the horror and beauty. Let Aghast bewitch you!... (more/buy)


2010.01.12

Our friend John Koch-Northrup (jkn for those of you on the Hypnos Forum) recently started his new label Relaxed Machinery which just put out its first release, which is available for download elsewhere... but if you want a CDR copy, it's available exclusively through the Hypnos Store. Not only is Relaxed Machinery a label to watch, but the first release is by the always-strong Steve Brand, whose work we've released twice on our own Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Steve Brand " Circular Scripture (cdr) (Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
The first release by the new Relaxed Machinery label, available on CDR only through the Hypnos store. Steve Brand is an artist who has come on strong in a hurry, releasing a lot of great work on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label, AtmoWorks, and now Relaxed Machinery... (more/buy)


2010.01.06

Just received a couple of nice reviews of the new Viridian Sun album Infinite In All Directions and thought I'd post 'em together here.

"Roughly ten years ago, the Hypnos ambient label was a 'magical' discovery for me: I had progressed from the obligatory, lyric ridden rock-n-roll of my generation into the obscure & somewhat marginalized musical world of King Crimson, Robert Fripp, David Bowie & Brian Eno.

I knew who the Who were, as well as Led Zeppelin, the Stones and the plethora of New Wave & Punk bands (B-52's, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, the Police, the Human League, etc) that dotted the Club landscape & drove my frenetic, female pursuing college lifestyle.

And then I happened upon that magical Hypnos link purchasing A Produce's Smile on the Void.

Getting a small cardboard parcel from this ambient focused Oregon label is always a thrill for me because of what I know awaits me inside: yummy treats for my bud-plugged ears And, nearly ten years later, one of my 'stocking stuffers" this Christmas was "Infinite in all Directions" the third studio album by Viridian Sun, a band consisting of Hypnos founder Mike Griffin & partner in sound David Tollefson.

The album's seven tracks, clocking in at just around sixty-three minutes, are a gritty, grainy collection of electronic ambience & drone-scaped, ethereal goodness -- playing off morphed/processed bass &electric guitar as well as percussion & voice (not that you'd recognize any of the preceding in their final state), the listener is at once transported into a systemic sound world, leaving one looking for said world's limitations or edges... and finding them not.

I've already earmarked 4 of the 7 tracks for upcoming mixes."
--Reviewed by G.A.B. on ambient_landscape@yahoogroups.com

"Although Hypnos may not seem to appear as prolific as they used to be, its always good to see their releases. M. Griffin, responsible for the label, doesn't set out to innovate the world of music, but has carved out a niche of his own, which he likes to explore, either through his own music or that of others. Together with David Tollefson he plays music as Viridian Sun. They both take credit for playing guitars, bass, percussion, looping, procession and Griffin also for voice. Not that I detected many voice on here, but no doubt one could say that for guitar, save for some obvious point here and there. Everything they play is transformed into lengthy washes of ambient sound. Like the title suggests about the universe, it can also be said of the music. It expands in all directions, moving slowly, elegantly forward - or backward, or downward, side ways, up, down - and perhaps all of it in the same time. Time? Another relative thing - although I am not educated to say such things that deal with nature, or in any philosophical ways. Seven tracks, clearly apart, perhaps that's the extent of these things that make them time based. According to the cover, this was all recorded live in the studio, which made me think that these boys should be on the road and play all night concerts, endlessly improvising and exploring the depths of the synthesized ambient music. Warm music in cold days."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard for Vital Ezine



Our thanks to both reviewers for their time and attention. The new album is starting to receive more positive feedback and radio airplay, and can still be obtained from the Hypnos store for the super-low price of $10.99 -- which means if you haven't already purchased a copy you should follow this link.

2010.01.05

We just received the newest album from Resonant Drift, and restocked two of the older albums which were out of stock on the Hypnos Store.

Resonant Drift - The Call (Resonant Drift category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. This new one has a beautiful Steve Roach-like flavor, likely due to the duo's recent study with Roach, as well as his tweaks and mastering of the final recording. Definitely recommended.

"The Call is the new release from the duo of Bill Olien and Gary Johnson, known collectively as Resonant Drift. Combining synthesizers, guitars, percussion, ethnic instruments and field recordings, this deep and organic release explores ambient and atmospheric territory, and boasts expert mastering and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach at his world famous Timeroom studio."
-Morpheus Music... (more/buy)


2010.01.04

Items still coming in to the Hypnos Store, this time a few new ones from one of our favorite labels, Infraction.

Parks - Hidden (Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
Parks is Russian ambient/electronic artist Igor Bystrov who has been working on his craft for nearly 15 years. Hidden may be his most accomplished and varied work to date. Sitting somewhere in the midst of the great 90\'s ambient artists, the (rather) new wave of Russian electronic artists all the while admiring from a distance the Kompakt pop-ambient of this decade - Parks seamless blend of it all has culminated in a brilliant finish. Presented in a 6 panel digipak... (more/buy)
Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue (Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
"The careful choreography of retreat and remotion is what Patrick Benolkin is about, so you won't be surprised when walls within and without come down, dissolved by the drift inside The Most Beautiful Blue. Eluder offers here a sonic solution in which thoughts, mirroring the music's mood movements, may dissolve, float free, and finally submerge, without fear of being taken down."
-Alan Lockett... (more/buy)
Loren Dent - Anthropology Vol. 1 (Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
"This album is like a soundtrack to life itself- one of joy, love, fear, pain, loss, grieving, euphoria and one which transcends time. Wondrous layers of sound are rich and constantly evolving, always emotional and hypnotic. Loren\'s tools are both analogue and digital, and his use of both is a joy to behold."
-Norman Records... (more/buy)


2010.01.01

Happy New Year, everybody, from Hypnos!

2009.12.22

One more new item for the Hypnos Store, our first listing from Atheus.

> Atheus - Soundscapes and Drones (miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
"Stunning full-length album from Atheus, I have been looking forward to this release ever since the first tentative audio samples appeared via myspace what must be more than twelve months ago now. So here it is, arrived only today and I have played this album through from start to finish three times already, it really is that good. Mysterious, intrusive, threatening ambience, almost drone-like in parts, and sounds totally amazing when adjusted correctly and played very, very loud. Thoroughly mesmerising, I can whole-heartedly say this is one of the most outstanding albums of year and certainly in my top three! Breathtaking."
--interstellarsounds.com

"Unique all Ambient & Drones release from one of the best Minimal Dub project around."
--Cycliclaw.com

Track listing:
The Sound of Dark Matter
Stella Mortis
Laudanum Nacht
Soundscape One
Terra Incognita
The Magic Mountain
Vox Obscura
Drone 37Hz
Adagio for Drone... (more/buy)


2009.12.21

Continuing the ongoing flood of new items into the Hypnos Online Store... this time, some Steve Roach items.

Steve Roach - Afterlight (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
This long-form piece delivers the listener deep inside a multi-dimensional realm of forming clouds, an endless expanse with no boundaries or sense of temporal limits. Amorphous strands of harmonic lumina emerge and recede in a constant unfolding and reconfiguring state for the duration of this pure atmospheric suspension.... (more/buy)
Steve Roach - Immersion: Four (Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
No beginning, no end, designed for infinite playback mode, IMMERSION: FOUR is a steady state zone created specifically as a tone meditation, enhancing the living space as sonic incense. Gently immersive and especially effective at low volume, the non-dynamic nature of this space supports focused day and night activities. The Immersion series is perfect for creative states, sleeping, reading, long hours at the computer and other functions where traditional music could be considered invasive.... (more/buy)


2009.12.18

We've just reduced the price of almost all Umbra & Penumbra label discs , mostly $2-3 less, some as much as $5 lower. For those who don't know, Umbra was the label of Italian ambient artist Oophoi, and Umbra gradually branched out to release the work of other artists such as Tau Ceti, Seren Ffordd, Busso de la Lune and several more. Later he started the Penumbra imprint for shorter, EP-length releases in the same nice packaging as the Umbra releases (which come in a roughly 5x8 inch plastic folder with a color-printed folio or card). When Umbra was running at its peak, some of the hottest-selling items our store has ever carried were coming out of this little label, and we're sorry to see it cease operations. Virtually everything in this part of the store is now out of print, though Oophoi's own albums will continue to be sold for now.

Here's the link:
Umbra/Penumbra section on the Hypnos Online Store.

2009.12.17

Another new box just arrived from Soleilmoon for the Hypnos Store.

Bass Communion - Bass Communion II/III (2CD) (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $20.99)
Steve Wilson's (Porcupine Tree, No-Man) second release as Bass Communion creating a distinctive and emotionally resonant electro-organic fusion of ambient loop music from the roots of Brian Eno, Terry Riley and Paul Schutze... (more/buy)
O Yuki Conjugate - OYC25 (CD + DVD) (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $20.99)
\ Lovingly remixed by producer Rob Jenkins – is OYC25, five tracks of post-industrial, fourth world-ish, dirty ambience. OYC25 finds the band in fine form, with an abundance of dub-like bass, micro processed rhythms and plangent pads. The package includes a full length DVD of live recordings and rare footage that offer a unique insight into the band’s history, together with a complete alternate mix of the album. The whole thing comes in a gatefold sleeve beautifully designed by Fitzroy&Finn and includes a specially commissioned essay on the band by Dr Philip Shaw, Senior Lecturer in English at Leicester University. NOTE: The DVD is a region-free double-sided disc with NTSC on one side and PAL on the other. It is compatible with all DVD players worldwide.... (more/buy)
Lustmord - [Beyond] (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $15.99)
The second (and last) album of extended remixes from the Lustmord album [Other]. Limited to 1000 copies. Total length 60 minutes... (more/buy)
Arecibo (Lustmord) - Trans Plutonian Transmissions (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $12.99)
Finally reissued, a cool, space side project from Lustmord. People clamored for this one to be reissued for a long time and it's finally here!

This new 2009 edition has been remastered from the ground up, and is presented in completely redesigned packaging. Interviewed by AmbiEntrance, B. Lustmord described Arecibo as a side project of sorts, where I indulge myself in music that doesn\'t fit into the Lustmord concept. Using audio recordings of quasars, pulsars and other deep space sources, B. Lustmord weaves a deeply haunting and atmospheric album.... (more/buy)
Rapoon - Melancholic Songs of the Desert (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
A retreat into the one place that no government has yet found a way into, the free and open spaces of the mind. Spontaneous and mediative reflections looking for an inner peace in a world made ugly by hatred and war.... (more/buy)
Alio Die - Under An Holy Ritual (Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
Reissue of this classic, early Alio Die album.

"Multi-layered sonic densities that can evoke the air of ancient storms one minute, then ebb like an immense black ocean the next. This knows how to alter moods with both thick electronic pulses and prehistoric scrapes of mysterious percussions. Cerebral, spooky, and thought provoking meditative/ambient music that harkens from a ritualistic viewpoint." -E/I Magazine... (more/buy)

2009.12.16

Just arrived, a big box of new stuff from the and/OAR label, newly added to the Hypnos Store.

Richard Garet - Four Malleable (2CD) (and/OAR category)
(Price: $15.99)
Four Malleable is comprised of what are among Richard\'s best compositions from four different years: Imaginative Elements (2004), From Modified Tapes (2005), Sceneries (2006), and Nocturne (2009). Four previously unreleased works that place the mind\'s eye inside malleable forms and blurred locations.... (more/buy)
Various Artists/ Yasujiro Ozu - Hitokomakura (2CD) (and/OAR category)
(Price: $15.99)
Cool new 2 CD compilation from and/OAR featuring artists: ALEJANDRA & AERON, AONO JIKKEN ENSEMBLE, ASUNA, MARC BEHRENS, KEITH BERRY, LAWRENCE ENGLISH, BERNHARD GUNTER, HACO, JOHN HUDAK, JASON KAHN, HITOSHI KOJO, KOURA, DALE LLOYD, YOSHIO MACHIDA, ROEL MEELKOP, KIYOSHI MIZUTANI, DEAN MOORE (with Michael Shannon), STEVE RODEN, SAWAKO, MICHAEL SHANNON, STEINBRÃ"CHEL, TAKU SUGIMOTO, SUKORA, TOSHIYA TSUNODA.... (more/buy)
Seth Nehil & Matt Marble - Ecllipses (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
A dynamic whirlwind tour through states of ellipsis and eclipses, abrupt ruptures, reuniting and igniting. Where nothing is static for too long. Through an invigorating admixture of instruments, field recordings and various found matter, a compelling and mysterious world comes alive to spark the imagination... (more/buy)
Jason Kahn & Asher - Vista (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
The work on Vista began in the summer of 2006 with recordings made by Asher in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Walking through the alleys and side streets he recorded the various mechanical rooms, generators, ventilation systems and idling motors which were to be found there. These recordings were processed and sent to Kahn. Later that fall, Kahn sent Asher several pre-dawn recordings he had made on the shores of Zurich Lake. Asher processed these in keeping with the methods he had used with his own location recordings so as to create continuity among the amassing material. Unprocessed wind recordings made by Kahn in the Swiss Alps in the summer of 2007 comprised the final batch of material used on Vista. Asher and Kahn spent the remainder of that year working on a final mix. Addressing the idea of hearing and seeing out and beyond spatial planes, title Vista references both the aural expanses of Asher's home on a hill in the town of Somerville and Kahn\'s trips to the Alps and Zürich Lake. In processing and mixing the discrete details of a landscape, we hear them from a real physical distance. Through the incidental combinations of processed local sounds and sound materials which are entirely foreign to us, an imaginative aural view is created which obscures any relationship to a documentary account of the original locations recorded for Vista... (more/buy)
Isobel Clouter & Rob Mullender - Myths Of Origin, Sonic Ephemera From East Asia (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
The recordings came about as a result of a project instigated in late 1999, which bears witness to a long held fascination with how the environment generates and shapes culture, memory and myth. There was no desire to conduct any scientific or anthropological field work, but to collect a set of recordings which would serve to illustrate how precious the sonic environment can be, and to act as founding materials for a soundscape collection at the British Library Sound Archive. The audio CD also features a PDF of extra photos pertaining to the recordings that can be accessed on a computer, and comes packaged in a four color digipak and a 12 page booklet.... (more/buy)
Sone - Passerelle (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Documented on this CD is a site-specific sound installation / performance given by Sone (pronounced osone), a project of Yannick Dauby, Christophe Havard & Hughes Germain. The only sounds used were from within the walls of the building where the event took place, channeled and recorded using large transducers and then mixed and broadcast back into the main space of the building.... (more/buy)
Tomoko Sauvage - Ombrophilia (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Tomoko Sauvage: water, porcelain bowls, hydrophones, condenser mics, metal wire and wood spoons. Sauvage, a Paris-based Japanese musician, uses water-filled porcelain bowls for her electro-acoustic performances and compositions. The use of hydrophones (underwater microphones) allows her to capture the subtle sound of water waves and drops resonating in porcelain bowls. The serene, contemplative aquatic soundscape is woven from these fragile materials... (more/buy)
Francisco Lopez - Wind [Patagonia] (and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Wind [Patagonia] is the third part of Spanish sound artist Francisco Lopez's already classic Trilogy of the Americas, which started with La Selva, followed by Buildings [New York] (both released by V2 Archief, Netherlands). An immersion into the sonic matter from micro- and macro- environments dominated by wind in Patagonia. A vast barren space shaped and inhabited by the ever-changing forces of unmuted plants, rocks, sand, snow, and ice. An irregular broad-band environment of relentless strength and richness. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening.... (more/buy)

2009.12.08

We're catching up quickly on our release schedule... getting everything done all at the end of the year. Here's our latest release on Hypnos Secret Sounds by a newcomer to our group, Mystified.

Artist: Mystified
Title: Primal Mystification
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Mystified - Primal Mystification

2009. Mystified is a pseudonym for Thomas Park, an ambient/electronic musician who lives in the midwestern USA. He's been prolific under the Mystified name as well as the Mister Vapor project, but this is his first release with Hypnos Secret Sounds. Most recently, Mystified has collaborated with Nunc Stans on a release "One Thousand Dreams" on the Dataobscura label, and he has previously collaborated with Robin Storey (Rapoon) and Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions).

One of the things we enjoy at Hypnos is helping expose listeners to artists they may not have heard before, and that includes even artists whose work has been released widely on a variety of labels. The work of Mystified, while elsewhere working with more pronounced electronic rhythms, here emphasizes deep, slow-moving textures. Primal Mystification includes subtle and restrained percussive elements but is definitely geared toward the listener who loves deep, thick drone work.

Mystified himself says of this recording:
"Primal Mystification emerged from drone sounds, similar to the way we humans emerged from the primordial ooze. Oscillating ambient bell washes were created using field recordings and mystical effect processes, and then simple rhythmic and melodic phrases evolved from the primal material. Sometimes there is a change or development in the rhythmic material, and always there are changes in the drones, behind, as they shift and flow. Primal Mystification is a musical union of form and formlessness."

Hypnos Secret Sounds brings you Primal Mystification, our first release by Mystified.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 > massive turning > 14:58 > mp3
02 > departing certainty > 13:26 > mp3
03 > not knowing where > 10:30 > mp3
04 > back to the primal > 11:22 > mp3

Purchase for $9.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2009.12.01

We just brought in the new Birds of Tin album on the Diophantine label, and soon after we obtained a selection of other recent CDs releases from that label. They're now available on the Hypnos Store.

Kirchenkampf - Babel (2CD) (diophantine category)
(Price: $15.99, 2CD)
An extremely dynamic and dense work that could generally be classified as experimental dark ambient. The theme here is the Tower of Babel and each disc takes a somewhat different yet complimentary approach: the first (Red Babylon) is generally a rather heavy and intense recording, while the second (Citadel of the Nevermind) is more droney and dream-like. A profound and monumental journey lasting well over two hours. This double-CD release comes packaged in a stunningly printed gatefold sleeve in an edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
Sil Muir - Sil Muir (diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
A beautiful, yet melancholy, hour-long recording carrying us along that sleepless journey from dusk 'til dawn. Powerful and gentle drones shudder and shimmer through these four dense and amazing tracks. Sil Muir is the collaboration between Andrea Marutti (Amon, Never Known, Afe Records) and Andrea Ics Ferraris (Ur, Airchamber3, Ulna). Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
Moth Electret - Tocasen (diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
An engaging and intense hour-long work of experimental ambient music. Landscapes of mysterious worlds are forged from a variety of drones, processed sounds, and other recordings. Within these seven tracks the sounds pulse and flutter through a beautiful and complex metamorphosis. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
The Oratory of Divine Love - Meditatio (diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
A fifty-plus minute track of ambient electronic drone that, with gradual progression, features melodies and voices filtering in and out throughout the sound. Though a generally contemplative recording, the piece is quite engaging and will elicit the attention of all who enjoy experimental and drone musics. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
The Infant Cycle - The Sand Rays (diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
The Sand Rays is to be played from the outside to the center, from whichever edge you choose. The Sand Rays is pinball rhythm reverberations from sliced vinyl record playout grooves, gravelly surface vibrations. The Sand Rays is exploiting broken cords, near-empty batteries, half-broken equipment. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)
Brian Lavelle - Fallen are the Domes of Green Amber (diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
At over 70 minutes, the album consists of two lengthy and picturesque tracks. Both are extremely focused, complex, and dynamic -- they evolve, gradually and intricately. Beautiful (yet also melancholy) and abstract, the two pieces are quite distinct from each other in their own respects, yet fit together to form a seamless and monumental overall work. The CD comes in a beautiful green printed wallet in an edition of 500 copies... (more/buy)

2009.11.30

Last week's podcast update mentioned the new Viridian Sun album coming soon, and it's finally ready, just ten years since the last Viridian Sun studio album!

Artist: Viridian Sun
Title: Infinite In All Directions
Label: Hypnos Recordings






2009. Viridian Sun is a duo focusing on abstract improvisation, featuring Hypnos founder Mike Griffin, and Hypnos solo artist David Tollefson. Their last studio album Perihelion was released a full decade ago on Hypnos, though VS continued to record together and occasionally perform live. The new album Infinite In All Directions moves into slightly different sonic material, downplaying synthesizer electronics in favor of guitar and bass guitar, electronically treated and looped. The result combines sustained, blissful drones, along with occasionally strange, complex overlapping loops.

For a retrospective of the sound of Viridian Sun, including two tracks from the new album, as well as rarities and unreleased tracks, listen to the first Hypnos Podcast: Hypnos Podcast 01.

Those interested may also check out a bit of background on the Hypnos Forum, along with photographs of the recording sessions, for the new album over the past eighteen months here.

This is the first release on Hypnos featuring our new, simplified packaging. Click here to see a photograph of the assembled package, which includes CD and booklet inside a translucent envelope. It should be clarified that despite the new packaging, Hypnos releases are still proper, manufactured CDs, and not CDRs. The envelopes are heavy, translucent recyclable paper, not true vellum (in other words, these are not made from animal skin).

Many Hypnos listeners have asked over the years when we'll release something new by Viridian Sun, and we now present an album that may be their best yet: Infinite In All Directions.

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1 > infinite in all directions > 13:31 mp3 clip
2 > parallax drift > 07:13 mp3 clip
3 > four times I slept for a year > 09:46 mp3 clip
4 > travel at absolute zero > 05:03 mp3 clip
5 > 40 Hz emergence > 05:41 mp3 clip
6 > magnetars cast no shadow > 12:52 mp3 clip
7 > light years from here > 08:58 mp3 clip


Hypnos Online Store listing, special price $10.99

2009.11.23

We've been talking about doing a Hypnos podcast for over a year and finally made some progress. Here's a roughly 75 minute free download, featuring album tracks, compilation tracks, rarities, and a never-before-released unedited studio session.

MP3 download here



Above, Viridian Sun live in studio (David Tollefson background, Mike Griffin foreground), recording their upcoming album Infinite In All Directions, which is previewed in the podcast.

You can also read a bit of follow-up commentary and suggestions (and please leave your own comments, if you're so inclined) on the Hypnos Forum, here.

2009.11.16

Sometimes even for those CDs that are months or years old, we stumble across reviews that we missed when they first appeared. The CD Fabrications by M. Griffin was reviewed in Cyclic Defrost magazine, cyclicdefrost.com.

"It took eleven years for Fabrications to appear, having originally been slated for a 1998 release following Hypnos founder Mike Griffin's debut Sudden Dark in 1997. In that period the entire work was reshaped and reworked several times, being tantalisingly close to appearing yet never actually emerging.

Griffin's output of ambient and minimalist compositions on Fabrications takes sounds captured from field recordings and mixes them all together across six long length works. Though Griffin takes pride in the fact that no synthesized or non-acoustic sounds were used in the recording, it takes only a brief look at the title " Fabrications " to see that this ethos is somewhat problematic in examining the merits of the album. By taking all these sounds, be they of running water or late- night walks, capturing them on record somehow renders them as imitations of themselves. The sounds are real in that they have inevitably occurred, but they are copies in the true Walter Benjamin sense; copies that somehow lose the aura of the original.

Listening to 'Air Sense Space' brings this to mind, particularly due to the mixture of sounds. With the help of the liner notes acting as a rudimentary guide, lapping waves from the Pacific Ocean in Kona can be heard, along with the dull and constant ebb of an electrical transformer. The sounds exist and they feel as if they are completely believable, but they will always be one step removed from actual experience. It’s an eerie effect that makes the journey somewhat uncomfortable, despite the swathes of near-hypnotic ambience that permeate the recording.

Though the aural space is generally quite sparse, individual segments throughout the album are very dense. 'Devise' certainly feels like one of these pockets, with its layered, distorted voices gradually building upon themselves. These "collages," as Griffin puts it, highlight the intensity of sensation that he is able to pull out of what would normally be commonplace sounds. Fabrications manages to create complex experiences out of copies and triggers sensation from replicas, which is a commendable achievement."
--Reviewed by Alexandra Savvides for cyclicdefrost.com

Fabrications is available for purchase here.

2009.11.13

A very simple announcement today: All single-disc Hypnos Secret Sounds releases are now available for purchase for $9.99. Double-discs are more, and CD-singles are less. For a view of all releases on our limited-edition CDR imprint, visit here.

2009.11.12

Here's the first release in our Seren Ffordd reissue series, Stellar Nurseries.

Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Stellar Nurseries
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds hss28, limited cdr edition of 300

Seren Ffordd - Stellar Nurseries

Stellar Nurseries is the first in a series of Seren Ffordd reissues planned to continue over the coming year or so. These recordings, by an artist whose work is always mysterious and sometimes ominous, were previously released on the Umbra and Penumbra labels operated (by Hypnos artist Oophoi) out of Italy, though the artist himself resides in Wales. He first connected with Hypnos on the compilation CD Sounds of a Universe Overheard, to which he contributed a track, and Hypnos Secret Sounds released his album Veils, Shadows.

This recording exhibits a pleasing serenity, a great example of the artist's characteristic combination of dark and light elements into a balanced, deep contrast.

Original sleeve notes, December 2004:
Floating in the depths of space are vast clouds of molecular gases. They drift until disturbed by the dance of gravity. Then, folding in on themselves they spiral in towards the centre, to the forming Starseed. As the disc gets denser and hotter the gases spiral faster and faster, an awesome storm of movement. Faster, denser, hotter until the star ignites, flaming into being. A wave of light and heat flares out into space, pushing the lighter elements before it. The heavier materials left are once more pulled by the bonding of movement and gravity. Held by the dream of the star the planets begin to form in their orbits. Once born the planets spiral round and round creating new notes chords and harmonies.

Stellar Nurseries is a continuous track 1:01:02 in duration, with the following figurative "sections" (with mp3 sample clips):
1. Out of the Void mp3
2. Storm Movement mp3
3. Spiral Dance mp3
4. Floating, Dreaming mp3

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $9.99 here

2009.11.11

A new Celer release was just received and added to the Hypnos Store.

Celer - Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-all (Celer category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. New Celer release on the SRA label, packaged in a beautiful 8-panel digipak. Follow the link for more information, images, and mp3 samples... (more/buy)

2009.11.10

Here are a few recent AtmoWorks label releases on our very own Hypnos Store not yet featured until now, but new, recommended and very worthwhile!

Vir Unis - The Winter Ghost (CDR-EP) (AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $11.99 cdr-EP)
2009. 38 minute EP-length release.

From the darkest depths of a winter yet to come, AtmoWorks presents the latest release from owner and founder Vir Unis, "The Winter Ghost".

Created in the vein of 2007's "Return of the Locust Queen", "The Winter Ghost" is a single 38 minute track made up of several distinct parts. From the frozen drones of the opening bars, to angelic voices and detuned piped organs - each individual section blends seamlessly into the next creating an ever-shifting, ever-changing wall of sound.

John describes this piece as a self-reflective journey into the long thoughts that haunt the self in this darkest of seasons. It is an expose into the depth of winter, and the isolation that often accompanies it. Listening, it is easy to imagine St. John of the Cross' Dark Night of the Soul, where spiritual loneliness and desolation take hold.

Track Listing (click for mp3 sample clips):
Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3.... (more/buy)
Steve Brand - She Covers the Sky (CDR) (AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. New release from Atmoworks, of which they say:

Once again, Steve Brand emerges from his Mac-based musical cocoon to bring us more of his singular art! AtmoWorks is thrilled to bring you "She Covers the Sky", Steve's 5th solo release since the rebirth of the label, and his 9th overall release with us since mid-2008. Steve had this to say about his latest work.

"Early in 2009, I had a recurring idea to make music that was dedicated to honoring the return to Earth of the divine feminine, or goddess energy. Female energy. When I have ideas that keep coming up over and over, as this one did, I never over-analyze them, as they find a way to come to life one way or another.

Central to the idea of the return of the divine feminine, is the idea that about 10,000 years ago there was a shift from matriarchal societies to patriarchal societies. Some say that this shift of emphasis was due to abuses of power during the more matriarchal period, but now the sacred feminine is returning to Earth"not to seize power once again, but to restore balance between the two energies.

This album, whose title refers to the Egyptian sky goddess Nuit or Nut, is characterized by subdued melodies, drifting dreamworld keyboard textures, bells, gongs, voice, and sounds from Mother Earth Herself."

Hands down, Steve Brand is putting out some of the most consistently excellent ambient and atmospheric music on the market today, and "She Covers the Sky" is a spectacular addition to an already outstanding legacy.

Track Listing (click title to hear sample mp3 of first 3 tracks):
Beginning of a New Phase, Restoration
The Eternal She
Creation: Enveloping, Always Moving, Multiverses
Coverer of the Sky.... (more/buy)
Various Artists - AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled (cdr) (AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Here was have the first AtmoWorks compilation. AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.
"We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of "AtmoWorks Presents:" albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists."

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled' is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads.

Track Listing
Gydja - Noaide
Bunk_Data - Bytecode_Escape
Interstitial - Iterative
dreamSTATE - To Wound the Autumnal City
Igneous Flame - Lyke Wake Dirge
åpne sinn - twinewheel
Galactic Anthems - System Sentinels
The Elf Machine - The Citizen
Dr. Victor - Opening Mantra (DiAnMa)
MjDawn - Numerical Alchemy
Steve Brand - Lost in the Call (Here Comes a Sea)
Vir Unis - The Magic Mountain.... (more/buy)
The Elf Machine - In Living Stereo & Citizens of the Anthropocene (3 cdr) (AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $22.99 3-cdr)
2009. Two new "separate but together" releases by The Elf Machine.

CITIZENS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE (1cdr)
Taking nearly three years to complete their follow up to the much critically acclaimed album "I/O", the elves finally emerged from the studio with "Citizens of the Anthropocene", the first release in this dual set. This new album takes a journey through the synthetic and over-medicated lives of the current epoch in which we live, the anthropocene. What does it mean to be human and living in this age? All ideologies are political and religion-based and the experience we have in communicating with our political systems is mediated by an entity which was once called journalism and is now a hyper vigilant 24/7 global brain which spews forth bit streams and memes into the collective consciousness which is then consumed and regurgitated as new archetypal forms. What does it mean to live an organic or synthetic life? What is the difference ultimately since all originated from the earth or were produced by organic forms? These were all questions raised by the elves as the explored their inner systems in the dark recesses of their basement studio....

IN LIVING STEREO (2cdrs)
The second release (two discs in itself), which is packaged with "Citizens of the Anthropocene", is "In Living Stereo". This album is a collection of three long excerpts from two different live events by The Elf Machine. The first show was in 2004 and was a live internet event hosted by Vir Unis on AtmoStreams. The second show was in 2008 at Illinois Northwestern University's radio station, 89.3FM WNUR. The set was performed on Phonaut's late Friday night program. The elves delivered some heavy duty glitch/freeform beatscapes late into the night and the show was captured by Phonaut recording directly to CD, so expect high fidelity recordings on "In Living Stereo".

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 1
Shadow Response Manifestation
re-uptake
Spanning Structural Units
extracellular loop_5
L-DOPA
The Citizen

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 2
WNUR edit - Volume 1

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 3
WNUR edit - Volume 2
AtmoStreams edit - Volume 3.... (more/buy)
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth - The First Day Unnamed(cdr) (AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. The fourth installment of collaborative works between two of our most prolific and creative artists - Dean Richards (aka Disturbed Earth) and Steve Brand. On "The First Day Unnamed", Dean and Steve have created a brooding and many-layered longform masterpiece. Steve had this to say about the release.

"This album literally grew out of the parts and pieces of my trilogy collaboration with Dean/Disturbed Earth that came out in late 2008 and early 2009. That said, this is not a continuation or regurgitation of those works. In the previous trilogy, Dean took my sounds and twisted, bent and re-sculpted them with his own sensibilities and processes, adding his own sounds into the mix. With "First Day...," I have re-cycled and re-processed some pieces that Dean created that didn't make it into the original series, ran them through my own processes and internal filters, adding my own sounds (once again) along the way. The title was inspired by the idea that we strive to encage and cordon off the world by being able to label and define nearly everything without and within us. In doing so, we create the "known," when in reality, much remains unknown, because in truth, we have only investigated that which is most comfortable to us. This disk is characterized by deep terrestrial drones and textures, hints of melody, churning subterranean machinery, the occasional calls of weird animals, distant flute, gongs, and voices."

Track listing:
1. The First Day Unnamed - 1:11:27 - mp3 excerpt.... (more/buy)

2009.11.09

One more Experimedia label release added to the Hypnos Online Store, delayed beyond the others due to a release date this week.

Ryonkt - Small Conversations (Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. "Ryonkt's Small Conversations is a modern classical ambient masterpiece in four lengthy movements. Soft spoken and gentle Small Conversations embodies all that ambient music is meant to be through perfectly crafted works of delicate beauty".... (more/buy)

2009.11.06

We have the new Viridian Sun album Infinite In All Directions here and almost ready to go, but due to the new packaging setup here, we're not quite ready to sell the discs yet. So close, though!



To see a bit of discussion of the new Hypnos CD package "look," click here.

And you can read more about this release here.

Lastly, when it's ready to order, you'll find something here.

2009.11.02

Here we have a new set of Hypnos Online Store additions from the Experimedia label.

Sylvie Walder - Moments (Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. Experimedia presents the first public release of French sound artist Sylvie Walder. Sylvie's Moments pulls one into delicate and intimate moments in time. Drawing from a palette of introversion, nostalgia, absence, longing, and la presence du sacre Sylvie creates a uniquely evocative sound through the intimate tones of her piano as the driving force behind her emotive sonic constructs. Moments is packaged in Experimedia's signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies.... (more/buy)
Ian Hagwood - The Great Allure (Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. A very personal and heartfelt album, The Great Allure amasses six passionate movements into a tribute to the memories of traveling by train. Inverted pianos wrapped in a blanket of distant fog seen peering through a train window dripping with wiped away condensation. Forehead against glass with a melancholy gaze towards the passing landscape. Broken voice and hand claps layer subtle nods to Reich. The Great Allure is packaged in Experimedia's signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies... (more/buy)
Shinobu Nemoto - Improvisations #1 (Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. An epic album by Japanese artist Shinobu Nemoto, Improvisations #1 showcases Shinobu's ability to create beautiful and interesting sonic textures using minimal means. Using only an electric guitar, stomp boxes, and recording to a 4-track with no overdubs Improvisations #1 delivers 5 massive pieces. Recorded in January of 2009 each piece initially soft and subtle build and layer gradually into powerful and intense guitar noise drones. Improvsations #1 is packaged in Experimedia's signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies... (more/buy)
Billy Gomberg + Offthesky - Flyover Sound (Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. Flyover Sound is the collaborative effort of Billy Gomberg and offthesky. The pair bring together their individually unique sounds to create a rich and beautiful album. Complex drone and glitch arrangements play alongside acoustic guitar and subtle field recordings. Flyover Sound is packaged in Experimedia's signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack is limited to 250 copies, and features artwork/photography by Jason Corder (offthesky).... (more/buy)

2009.11.01

Here are two new miscellaneous items in the Hypnos Online Store, the reference-point being Swedish ambient artist Relapxych.0 -- whose minimal track "Distant Radiance" appeared on the recent Hypnos compilation Message From a Subatomic World -- as his work appears on on both. Also the name Quantec is probably known to many ambient listeners.

Relapxych.O/Quantec/Deer - Shapes and Phases of Ambience (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Tracklist:
1 Quantec - Absent-mindedness 7:01
2 Relapxych.0 - City Nightlights 13:20
3 Deer (2) - Live In Manchester (Relapxych.0 Remix) 4:51 4 Deer (2) - The Reflective Place 5:38
5 Quantec - Endless Sacrifice 8:53
6 Deer (2) - Breakhunting 5:42
7 Relapxych.00* - Hallucinogenitaliencryption (Edit) 8:17
8 Quantec - Kry 10:36
9 Deer (2) - Intertwined 4:10
10 Relapxych.0 - Ripples On The Surface Of Time And Space (Edit)... (more/buy)
Bai Tian/Relapxych.O/The Loop Orchestra/Shizi - Ya Ji 1 (Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Ya: Elegant, gentle, refined. Ji: Meeting, party, gathering. Ya Ji: A gentle meeting of music, art and intellect. CD comes in an envelope sleeve, with a 4-part foldout paper insert inside with information about all tracks and participants, written in both English and Chinese. Tracklist:
1 Bai Tian / Anders Peterson / Loop Orchestra, The / Shiz - Ya Ji Mixed By - Anders Peterson
2 Bai Tian - In
3 Relapxych.0 - Insomniactivity 0-3 Edit Acoustic Guitar [12-stringed], Guitar [6-string Electric] - Anders Peterson
4 Loop Orchestra, The - Vibraloops Performer - Emmanuel Gasparinatos , Hamish MacKenzie , John Blades , Patrick Gibson , Richard Fielding , Sheriff Lindo
5 Loop Orchestra, The / Objekt4 - Background Shadows
6 Shiz - EXP... (more/buy)

2009.10.22

We recently discovered a new (to us) label called Diophantine Discs, as they released an album by Birds of Tin, a project that also released a disc recently on Hypnos Secret Sounds. For starters, we have that BoT album Altarwise now available on the Hypnos Online Store, and we'll soon have other items to offer in the Diophantine area in our store.

Birds of Tin - Altarwise (New - Diophantine Label category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. This is the latest release on the interesting (new to us) label discovery, Diophantine Discs, from which we'll soon have other items available. The two lengthy tracks of Altarwise were recorded in late 2004 and remastered earlier this year. The first track is a 30-minute experimental work that gradually moves through a wide range of sounds (echoing chimes, mysterious noises, subdued clanking, drones). The second piece is an epic 46-minute composition of deep ambient/drone music that manages to float freely through the listener\'s imagination while keeping his attention. While many modern day experimental artists have moved on into the computer realm, Birds of Tin has remained true to the experimental sound of tape loops, lo-fi samplers, and collections of unique toy instruments running through small fx boxes. The sound of the work may have become more cohesive and seamless over the years, but the methods have largely remained the same.... (more/buy)

2009.10.21

More new stuff for the Hypnos Online Store, this time by the Blue Oasis & Dataobscura label (these are the same entity, by the way -- Dataobscura for cdr releases and Blue Oasis for "pressed" CDs) just arrived.

The Circular Ruins - Before the Colors Deepened (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
The music of Before The Colors Deepened drifts between a deep, expansive, and sometimes ominous-sounding, experimental spacemusic, and a more tender, often melancholic, classical style of slowly developing melodic structures and subtle layering. The result is a complex and imaginative series of immersive soundworlds that reward attentive listening, and that will take you on a journey only hinted at in the individual track titles.... (more/buy)
Nunc Stans - Meridian (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Nunc Stans has always been inspired by far northern landscapes and the subjective states that accompany or are induced by them. Much of this collection is a sonic analog of those landscapes ... drawn in sound across the silence. A sublime journey through expansive soundworlds, rich with detail, immersive atmospheres, and an underlying grandeur. \"... (more/buy)
Robert Davies - Gallery Of Spirits (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ethereal dreamscapes and flowing apparitions. These drone-based pieces are like wandering the shadowy gardens of a mythic underworld.\" The striking cover images are based on Robert\'s own collage and paint artworks. CD edition contains special bonus artwork photograph... (more/buy)
Lammergeyer - Beginning To End (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Beginning To End is a work of subtlety and considerable beauty. The album flows in a very visual, cinematic, and sometimes orchestral vein. If you like musical, expressive, ambient explorations that do not shy away from melody or from sonic invention then be sure to give this fine release a listen.... (more/buy)
Nunc Stans - The Unnamable (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
The Unnamable is a broad, sweeping work of often immense vistas and beatless atmospheres. These dynamic and engaging dronescapes reveal a darker and more intense Nunc Stans, one aimed more at transcendence than description. Immersive and sonically rich, this release will appeal to listeners of Steve Roach and related deep ambient drone works.\" Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby using a variety of synthesisers, acoustic guitar, and studio processing.... (more/buy)
Nunc Stans and Mystified - One Thousand Dreams (Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
An immersive set of richly detailed dreamscapes that flow and shift with a sophisticated ease and engaging lyric beauty. Expect a haunting mix of grainy drone, sonic curiosities, and occasional treated field recording, all bound together by exquisite drawn-out melodic lines.... (more/buy)

2009.10.20

More new CDs for sale on the Hypnos Online Store, one by Celer (we've previously only carried the two Celer releases on the Infraction label), and one by Chubby Wolf, which was the solo side project of the late Dani Long (half of Celer, a duo comprised of married couple Will and Dani Long). We'll have more Celer items coming in soon, to flesh out the new Celer area in our store.

Celer - Capri (Celer category)
(Price: $12.99)
"Capri by Celer is a beautiful 78-minute work, containing 29 tracks full of piano, strings, horns, acoustic guitar, field recordings and the warm breeze of the Mediterranean sea.\"
-Humming Conch Records... (more/buy)
Chubby Wolf - L'Histoire (Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. "Across eleven meticulously sculpted, wind-chapped, albeit sometimes chilly, pieces, adorned with titles such as Anti-body Library, Inverted Windows, and You, My Luminary, Chubby Wolf demand you close the windows, turn the lights down to a faint dim, and let these potent miasmatic toneshifts waft between the four walls as they insinuate themselves in your subconscious. Like the work of Pauline Oliveros, L'Histoire is an exercise in deep listening, one that makes that demand implicit on its participant. Though all attendant sounds were created with a seeming paucity of means (toy piano, a heart monitor, and the obligatory electronic processing), the ends are justifiably vivid and contemplative, even downright lustrous. The poetic lilt the artist lends to a piece such as Lay the Voice to Rest, Fear Mist is pure sensation, literally and figuratively, supple, if shrill, wisps of sound tendering a bleak landscape. That the artist can render such poignancy out of the barest of electronic materiél speaks volumes about how the softest approaches can often yield the most concrete results. Oh, and Chubby Wolf is Dani Baquet-Long, half of drone avatars Celer, which goes some way to explain how these tattered sonic pages uncurl to reveal the argot residing deep within its mysterious L'Histoire."
-Darren Bergstein... (more/buy)

2009.10.19

We're sorry to report the passing of long-time Hypnos friend, listener, music reviewer, and supporter, Jim Brenholts. Jim's brother Tom posted the information to the Hypnos Forum on Saturday night. I assume Tom will not mind if I quote his original message here.

This is Jim Brenholts's brother Tom; I have some sad news.

Our Jim (Rigel Orionis) passed away this evening. I saw that there was an earlier post about his health; thank you all for caring so much.

I don't have any details yet, the news is less than an hour old. It is hard now; everyone's cyber life is just as large and just as real as their personal life, and you were his friends, too, whether you met him or only "met" him. If you knew him, know that Jim was very passionate about you. Jim cared. Jim's wife Linda and I have no idea how large Jim's reach is on the internet. I'm hoping that this is a start in letting everyone know the sad news.

Music was a huge part of Jim's life, since we were little kids sharing the same room. His discovery of and subsequent immersion in the world of electronic and ambient music was truly part of who Jim was, and will forever be part of him as long as he is in our hearts and minds. This wasn't something he did; it is something he was.

Check the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website for obituary news; we are still in shock, and that is the best way to find out any details about services.

(Edited to add, If there is anywhere else that people need to know, please share the news. It is unfamiliar ground, how to communicate with a loved one's online life.)

Tom Brenholts

Following Tom's message, members of our community posted their remembrances to a lengthy and growing discussion here. Though Jim was primarily known to most as a fan and enthusiast for ambient music, and as a reviewer, he had more recently begun experimenting with his own recordings, and recently had release music of his own under the name Rigel Orionis (including Night Heat on our Hypnos Secret Sound label) as well as collaborations with Stephen Philips, and the ongoing duo with Darren Rogers called Orion's Belt.

Here's a picture of Jim Brenholts in Philadelphia (in 2002, second from right), meeting a number of recording artists who may be familiar to visitors of this site. Here from left to right: Stephen Philips (Dark Duck Records), Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient), Dave Fulton, Mike Griffin (Hypnos), Jim Brenholts, Jeff Pearce



Here is the text of Jim's obituary from his local newspaper.

BRENHOLTS JAMES L.
On Sunday, October 18, 2009, James L. Brenholts, 53, of North Versailles. Jim was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission. Loving son of Walter Brenholts and the late Jeanne Axton Brenholts; beloved husband of Linda Madden Brenholts; stepfather of David and Michael Madden. He is survived by sisters, Cathy, Barbara, Mary and Amy and brother, Tom. Jim's greatest joy in life were grandsons, Rigel, Willie and Sammy Madden. Jim was a long-time friend of Bill W. Friends received Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8pm at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Hwy, Route 30, East McKeesport, PA 15035. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 11am, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. In lieu of flowers, family wishes contributions be made to the Carlow Fund. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb

We here at Hypnos, and other members of the Hypnos Forum community, will certainly miss Jim. If you knew Jim and would like to write something about him, some members of his family are reading the postings to the above-linked topic on the Hypnos Forum.

2009.10.16

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, a box of CDs from a label new to our store, Malignant.

Collapsar - Beyond the Event Horizon (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
With their debut CD, Beyond The Event Horizon Collapsar transports the listener on an epic journey deep into the cosmos, forging a path across a vast, inky void, and steering a course around a roiling galactic core of hyper-dense stars and black holes. The sound is epic, expansive, and most of all, HEAVY. There is beauty and tranquility within these realms, but there is no light " just massive, pulsating textures coalescing into shimmering drones, rippling sound waves, and billowing, multi-dimensional layers of powerful dark energy... (more/buy)
Wolfskin O Ajuntar das Sombras (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
A masterpiece of shadowy atmospheres and drifting currents, featuring multiple layers of archaic sounds, foggy, nebulous textures, and ritual invocations, perfectly combined to form a release of intense depth and complexity... (more/buy)
Phragments - Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Equipped with an enriched sonic palate, Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood mixes forceful brass and dark orchestral strings with rolls of powerful tribal percussion, somber wind instrumentation, ominous atmospheres, industrial clangor, and a strong and commanding vocal presence... (more/buy)
Phaenon - Submerged (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Visually and sonically enveloping, this is an album of space and texture, slowly revealing a psychoactive soundscape of majestic, arcing timbres, circadian buzzes, and expansive drones. Heavy, and cosmically weighty in the beginning, Submerged evolves into something more minimalist and serene, radiating a celestial beauty, yet becoming even more bleak and suffocating as it progresses over it‘s 66 minute time frame. Experienced from start to finished, there’s a palpable sense of drifting and drowning, of being carried away into an endless, interstellar vacuum... (more/buy)
Hyios - Consuetudines (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
7 lengthy compositions of cold ritual drones, arching trajectories, and visceral descents into subterranean caverns, where rich, kinetic textures and deep resonant tones move and morph in a fluid, serpentine fashion, sprinkled with the debris of an ancient culture and something more otherworldly and primordial... (more/buy)
Terra Sancta - Disintegration (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Disintegration pushes the levels of intensity to new heights, featuring four long and texturally turbulent emissions of formidable power and depth. With it’s enormous washes of stormy drones and billowing, multi-layered atmospheres, these are tracks that grow and build to such a degree they seem to collapse and erode under their own weight, strewing particles into a vast horizon and creating a broad panorama of ever changing desert colored hues.... (more/buy)
Caul & Kirchenkampf - Sleep - Night - Death (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
A soundscape for late night reflections, full of quiet, whispering drones, cosmic flutterings, arching climatic tones and textures that ascend and descend in a delicate interplay between beauty and bleak desolation.... (more/buy)
Eidvlon - Idolatriae (malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
7 tracks of ultra bleak, abstract atmospheres, with sounds and textures that seem to seep from catacomb walls and come slithering out of subterranean chambers. Certainly, this can be classified as a dark ambient record, but at it’s core, it’s more than just that simple classification. There’s a gritty, more jagged edge here, with tetonic shifts, deep rumblings, and crackling, climatic squalls buried under a bed of ghostly reverb and haunting tonal resonance... (more/buy)

2009.09.30

Galactic Travels radio show on WDIY, hosted by Bill Fox, is doing a month-long focus on Vidna Obmana, and four of the weekly shows will focus specifically on Hypnos releases. Here's the link:
WDIY October 2009 focus



Those interested in Vidna Obmana's An Opera For Four Fusion Works series of releases should know we've reduced the package price on all 4 discs purchased together on the Hypnos Online Store. Purchased separately they're $41 but if you buy all four together here they're $33.99. Also you can follow that link to listen to mp3 sample clips for all 4 "acts" on one page. Act IV of An Opera For Four Fusion Works was the final recording project by Dirk Serries under the name Vidna Obmana.

2009.09.09

Here's a live performance announcement from Hypnos artist, Matt Borghi.

Hello:

I'll be doing a live re-interpretation of Huronic Minor, Images and The Phantom Light featuring saxophonist Michael Teager, Friday September 11th from 6-9:30 pm at SCENE Metrospace in East Lansing, as part of the 3 Cities in 3D opening - Flyer is here. SCENE Metrospace is located at 110 Charles Street in East Lansing, Michigan. There's a map here.

Hope to see some of you there!

Matt Borghi
Music and Sound Design
http://www.mattborghi.com

2009.09.02

Just received from Italy, a huge box of Silentes label items, added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Michael Mantra - Mobius Logic (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the ink color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings... Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music.... (more/buy)
Michael Mantra - A/B Illuminated Music (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A/B Illuminated Music DVD-R provides a visual gradient to the audio-CD (of A/B). Beautiful video art... with a higher purpose. The visuals here provide a true change in state-of-consciousness, and conversion of negative yin emotions into a more positive yang emotion. For maximum meditative state, watch this DVD while listening with stereo headphones. This DVD is dedicated to world peace for all sentient beings.... (more/buy)
Aube - Metal on Metal (2CD) (silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
Alchemical secrets and the magic of metallic materials, of their acoustic characters, and the possible technological manipulations on the sounds that are possible to pull out... Resonances, mantric vibrations, hypnotics bell rings, sounds of cymbals, plates, rings... Tubular elements are used or more ordinary and simple metallic objects of common use are bowed or scraped. Aube acquires the sounds of transforming essence... decomposing and recomposing the shape... Fragmenting, expanding, stratifying and elaborating the sonorous matter, constructs complex wafts, resounding weaves carpets, interlaces thin threads of metallic tensions, crumbles and agglomerates acoustic particles, leaves to flowing, reverberating, harmonic drones.... (more/buy)
Aube - Le Syndrome Aquatique (2CD) (silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
\ This is the long awaited reissue of one of the best Aube works originally titled AQUA SYNDROME, published about 10 years ago by MANIFOLD records. The new reissue includes the original album with a bonus track and a bonus live CD. LE SYNDROME AQUATIQUE is an impressive job of deconstruction and resetting of sonorous material to the work of Aube, this particularly extended in the duration, treaty and expanded time, much to be proposed in a rich edition in double CD. Aube puts molding on and models fragments of concrete sounds of aquatic derivation transforming them in unknown drones, noises, pads, loops, rhythms and mechanics, constructing a fantastic sonorous tapestry of valuable invoice and incredible impact... (more/buy)
Aube - Reworks Nimh Vol. 1 (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ethnic-electronic sound sources transfigured and remodeled into completely new sonic lifeforms with state-of-the-art audio processing algorithms. Residual fragments of the original sound-sources occasionally appear in the mix like aquatic fauna swimming to the surface for a brief second. A magnum opus in four movements. Intensely fascinating work by the unparalleled master of experimental sound design. AUBE is peerless. A minimal mosaic of sound that takes the listener on a slow-motion expedition into the very fabric of tone. A ocean of sound-grains for the listened to swim in. Spoken language doesn\'t (yet) contain words that properly describe these sounds... an absolute must have for the experimental music devotee... (more/buy)
Nimh - The Unkept Secrets (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ After few months of distance from the escape of The Missing Tapes and the relative Rework by Aube, Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) sets aside the ethnic-lysergic visions that have characterized the previous album and continues along the distance of sonorous search and fascinating experimentation electronic, already undertaken with works such as The Impossible Days and Subterranean Thoughts. Nimh expands the range of sounds and instruments, revealing his own secrets through a new, dark but stylistically unclassifiable CD, in which he arranges with extraordinary originality and in an absolutely personal way elements of drone music, dark ambient, electronics, ritual, ethnic, field recordings, enriching every track with the recurrent presence of evocative sounds of electric guitar in varied filtered and elaborated way... (more/buy)
Nimh - Subterranean Thoughts (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
This album showcases a kaleidoscope of many different sounds, from the lysergic visions of Rewind to the cinematic suggestions of Recovered Memories, from the tight and dark atmospheres of Back to Laudomia to the ritual elements of Perpetual Cycles, from the rhythmic distortions of Subterranean Thoughts to the hypnotic stasis of The Liquid Dream and the lyrism of the title-track reprise at the end of the disc... (more/buy)
Nimh - The Missing Tapes (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Stratospheric sounds from another dimension, where multi-cultural sound-worlds collide. Processed electronic emulations of traditional Thai (and other indigenous) instruments, esoteric percussion, breathing, drones, feedback, shortwave radio, disembodied voices floating in air, and hazy field recordings all combine is a most intoxicating manner. With THE MISSING TAPES, NIMH returns to a more adventurous style, pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation past anything that we\'ve heard before. An amazing 50+ minute sonic-travelogue of electroacoustic experiments.... (more/buy)
Nimh / Nefelheim - Whispers from the Ashes (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ideally inspired by the Inquisition era, like some titles of the tracks may suggest, Whispers from the Ashes presents Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) and Nefelheim joined together for the production of a dark oriented CD that alternates obscure and haunting atmospheres with more gloomy and sometimes dramatic and highly evocative episodes... In a blend of low frequencies, metallic sounds, echoes of distant voices and human screams, whispers, concrete noises, ritual processions, suddenly an acoustic guitar chord, some reverberate piano notes, the sound of falling rain, bits of thundering percussions emerge... Like in a disquieting voyage to a far away past, in a stakes and witches age, featuring persecutions of heretics and superstition..... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi - Dead Colours (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"incredibly dark, melancholic and tough, in the vein of David Lynch\'s atmospheres... Fantastic!... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi - Menstruum Regles (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ Continuous loops, raw unexpected cuts, noise alternated to musical parts, single sounds, drones, notes of piano, buzzes, soft pads, electric current workers... Two long traces, 75 minutes, a listening experience over any edge and reliable definition.... (more/buy)
Maurizio Bianchi - The Self-Portrait of M.B. (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay... Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark, the not to be defined and the mystery.... (more/buy)
Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Binachi / M.B. - Der Abgrund (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ Music of the great dynamics and great dramatic mood, powerful, aggressive sounds, drones, sour electronic rumors, but also deep sounds underground, more static parts, dark and expanded atmospheres, dark and buried rhythmic mechanics movements, echoes of reverberating metals.... (more/buy)
Rod Modell - Plays Michael Mantra (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay... Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark, the not to be defined and the mystery.... (more/buy)
Spielerei & Mantacoup - Cold War (silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An enthralling cosmic excursion, utilizing a universe of electronic tones, binary codes, digital trances, visionary software, and microchip meditations... utilizing sequencer riffs, electronic swells, tight rhythmic programming, and pulsing analog arpeggios to pull listeners throughout the frontiers of space and time. Melodic, soft sounds expand and gently caress the listener while submerging them into vast digital panoramas. Propulsion through the science of sound. Seven fantastic tracks realized during a collaboration between Dennis Knopper (of SPIELEREI) and Jeroen Vermeent (of MANTACOUP)... (more/buy)
Wintersilence - Transmission Fields (2 CD) (silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
Review by Auralpressure.com:
"a heady blend of music so full of love and the lust for life that the joy it brings is unsurpassable. The drifting sweeping passages brings forth a message of hope and joy in these darkened times of unrest and uncertainty. A simple drum beat is forged through the layers of iridescent patterns of electronic waves creating the ultimate dreamscapes in which to lose oneself. Journeying onward you encounter subtle drones and shaman chants that take you into another dimension freeing the burdened soul. Every one of the nineteen tracks are so varied and different in their execution and yet they meld together seamlessly into one complete portion of music that eludes description."... (more/buy)

2009.08.17

We're catching up a bit on our backlog of pending releases, and are proud to announce The Phantom Light by Matt Borghi.

Artist: Matt Borghi
Title: The Phantom Light
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Matt Borghi - The Phantom Light

2009. The Phantom Light is the third release in our Matt Borghi reissue series. Originally issued in an edition of only 30 copies in 2006, this Hypnos Secret Sounds reissue will be the first opportunity for this recording to be heard by most Borghi listeners. The four long pieces exhibit Borghi's characteristic simplicity and restraint.

Matt says: The Phantom Light is a work that?s comprised four compositions with titles derived from some of the most remote lighthouses on the northern Great Lakes.

The works are inspired by sailor?s tales of being adrift on The Great Lakes during storms, and catastrophic weather. Sailors, looking out on the horizon for a sign of life, a light of hope, aimed their ships towards the safety of these phantom lighthouses hoping to get to a safe harbor. Often times these phantom lighthouses just lead to a rocky shoal and a watery death. These ?phantom? lights have been a thing of myth for as long as The Great Lakes freshwater seas have been sailed.

In many ways, The Phantom Light is a sequel to Huronic Minor, as Great Lakes lore, and Matt Borghi?s own experiences on The Great Lakes were the creative impetus for this work.

Track list:
1. Ile Aux Gales (17.54) mp3
2. Manistee North Pierhead (16.33) mp3
3. Seul Choix Point (21.01) mp3
4. North Manitou Island Shoal (20.28) mp3



Available on the Hypnos Online Store for $11.99

2009.08.14

In the process of combing through various CD reviews I've saved, but just now started to post to this page, I also found an interesting online feature that mentions Hypnos, and may be of interest to those who follow ambient & related music styles. It's on the textura.org web site and it's their list of ten favorite record labels for 2008 (yes, I've had this sitting here for more than half a year), with a bit of info on each. Learn more about some of your favorite labels, or perhaps discover some new music outlets to explore.

Ten Favourite Labels of 2008 feature on textura.org

They're in alphabetical order, so Hypnos is about halfway down, though I'd like to think Hypnos was meant to be number one! Seriously, thanks to textura.org for this honor.

2009.08.13

Another installment catching up with reviews of Hypnos and HSS and (as in this case) Binary sub-label releases. Today it's Saul Stokes with Villa Galaxia and there are quite a few of them (a few of which may have been posted before).

Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia

"With Villa Galaxia, Saul Stokes has realized the most playful recording of his career: springy in step and lactating purple, it even mischievously tugs at the fringes of (god help us) ?electropop?. But don?t get too alarmed: this is a marvelously vibrant, engaging work of contemporary electronica that finds Stokes charting unexplored territory with his usual idiosyncratic gusto. Outerspace music, rendering the covers of antiquarian sci-fi mags Astounding and Fantastic in glorious harmonicolor, Stokes?s sonic bric-a-brac would find favor from those whose collections sport Bill Nelson as well as early Morr sides and magic fealties long ago forged by IDMistic platterpusses Aphex Twin or Bochum Welt. But Stokes is a true original, a savvy composer who refuses to merely tweak paradigms, boost plug-in ratios or jump to Warp nine with his controls locked to the heart of the sun. The sheer joviality of this recording is impossible to shake?like the spaceage art nouveau so relished by his colleague, Stokes goes back to the future encumbered in a cozy full Nelson. Other folks subconsciously flavor the stew as well: ?Hello Radar? works Mouse on Mars rubberband rhythm-snaps into a gaseous Stokes configuration that pops and bubbles like the most exotic Stereolab experiments. ?Vapor Trails? revels wholeheartedly in its old-school moog refrains and bleep coagulant. ?Eta Car Is a Massive Star? (Stokes' gift for titular designation improves on each successive recording like a fine vintage) explodes in a frenzy of jocular snares, boiling beaker beeps and candystriped synths. And the beat/tone clusters perambulating through ?Interrupted by Time? mandates tripping to the moon on (synthetic) gossamer wings, the artist smitten by his digital crushes, noises that fizz, fuzz, and fan out in equal measure, charged by headspinning rhythms agog in zero gravity. Quark strangeness and charm, Stoked by stardust."
--Reviewed by Darren Bergstein, eimagonline.com

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"Saul Stokes makes a welcome return to Hypnos on their Binary sublabel with Villa Galaxia. First, mention must be made of the exceptional cover art, simple but effective in its use of colors, shapes, lines, and texture. Come to think of it, that?s exactly what Stokes is able to do with sound. He shapes and colors it to his liking, creating tracks like concise complex sonic puzzles. ?Hello Radar? is irresistibly catchy, from the electronic sounds to the complex rhythms to the hints of static and distortion that give it just the right edge to avoid being just a bit too cute. If there were musical justice in the world, either this or ?Vapor Trails? would be a hit single, it they have all the makings of one except that the public at large seems unable to handle instrumentals. The shuffling bass and beat of the latter number are very cool. ?Blaze? takes me back to older Stokes classics like ?First Jump? on Zo Pilots with its quirky beat and hip synthesizer sensibility. Trademark punchy percussion gets ?Night Painting? started, and it builds from there. The most fun, both in name and in sound, is the playful ?Eta Car is a Massive Star,? although it makes an abrupt surprising turn midway through. The emphasis throughout Villa Galaxia is on bright tones and colors, carefully put together into neat little packages. No need to put a calling card on each one indicating who they are from; they are thoroughly, unabashedly Stokes."
--Reviewed by Phil Derby, www.electroambientspace.com

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"Top 10 Echoes CDs of 2008."
--Echoes radio host John Diliberto

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"Can't get enough of this one. Does something weird to time. There are so many sonic surprises tucked away in this. Each listen is like a festival between the ears..."
--9dragons on the Hypnos Forum

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"Saul Stokes makes a welcome return to Hypnos on their Binary sublabel with Villa Galaxia. First, mention must be made of the exceptional cover art, simple but effective in its use of colors, shapes, lines, and texture. Come to think of it, that?s exactly what Stokes is able to do with sound. He shapes and colors it to his liking, creating tracks like concise complex sonic puzzles. ?Hello Radar? is irresistibly catchy, from the electronic sounds to the complex rhythms to the hints of static and distortion that give it just the right edge to avoid being just a bit too cute. If there were musical justice in the world, either this or ?Vapor Trails? would be a hit single, it they have all the makings of one except that the public at large seems unable to handle instrumentals. The shuffling bass and beat of the latter number are very cool. ?Blaze? takes me back to older Stokes classics like ?First Jump? on Zo Pilots with its quirky beat and hip synthesizer sensibility. Trademark punchy percussion gets ?Night Painting? started, and it builds from there. The most fun, both in name and in sound, is the playful ?Eta Car is a Massive Star,? although it makes an abrupt surprising turn midway through. The emphasis throughout Villa Galaxia is on bright tones and colors, carefully put together into neat little packages. No need to put a calling card on each one indicating who they are from; they are thoroughly, unabashedly Stokes."
--Reviewed by Phil Derby / Electroambient Space www.electroambientspace.com

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"This CD 2008 offers 56 minutes of bouncy electronic music.

Haunting electronics combine with percussion to generate tuneage of a relaxing nature tinged with an edge of peppy vitality. Stokes? style of using unconventional sound is in high fashion with this release, offering the listener a wide variety of strangeness harnessed to produce songs that reach beyond that weirdness to deliver pleasantly bouncy melodies.

Diversely squeaky sounds are delivered in rapid-fire succession and then molded into melodies of strikingly peaceful disposition. This contrast holds much appeal: generating appealing tuneage from a selection of quirky sounds. Using keyboards and looping techniques, Stokes produces sinuous riffs that glisten like alien honey.

The electronics are utilized more as frontal threads with minimal textural foundations, relying on layering these lead tracks to accomplish fluid cohesion. Generally guided by keyboards, the notes are conventionally delivered in a melodic structure.

The percussion used on this album exhibits a strange organic quality despite its obvious artificial generation. The beats are often muted as if swaddled in an electrified gauze. Again, Stokes? self-made gear produces source sounds that are highly different, resulting in the tempos defying normal classification--again, a major reason for their esoteric allure.

The presence of processed guitar adds a delightful edge to a few tracks, their buzzy chords settling nicely into the mix.

A bevy of odd sounds propel the music, but their application repudiates their oddness. These compositions achieve a remarkable accessibility with their dreamy intentions and lively execution."
--Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

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"In another time, say the 1950s or 60s, Saul Stokes might have been considered an experimental composer, constructing his own instruments, creating random events, bypassing conventional musical form. But rarely has an experimental composer made music as haunting and soulful as that heard on his new CD, Villa Galaxia.

Saul Stokes has certainly recorded his share of abstract electronic music. He even has an album called Abstraction. But on albums like his new CD, Villa Galaxia, he reins in his sonic experiments, welding them together with his controllers and computers, building structure out of chaos, and resolving it all in music that shares a Mobyesque sense of melancholy.

Along with Brian Eno, Saul Stokes composed music for the video game Spore. As you listen to Villa Galaxia you might feel like you?re inside one of those games in a kinetic ride of pings and zings, surging chords and exploding timbres that carry you through each scene. It?s a sound that expands beyond the confines of the computer screen into a cinema of the mind.

Fans of William Orbit, Ulrich Schnauss and Boards of Canada should find resonance in the music of Saul Stokes. His latest album is Villa Galaxia. This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music."
--The Echoes Blog, by John Diliberto

"Villa Galaxia" by Saul Stokes is available directly from Hypnos for only $12.99

2009.08.12

Time to catch up again on recent reviews of Hypnos and HSS releases. Today it's The Glittering Domain by Deepspace

Deepspace - The Glittering Domain

"What you are about to hear on this "exclusive(!)" disc is simply amazing!. All eight pieces here are very well structured and has all the elements that a true Ambient/Space CD should have. You will be immersed by mesmerizing sounds that will take you to places you never thought existed, until now. The music itself is very similar to the previous albums by *"Deepspace"* and will continue to evoke very abstract, minimalistic and isolated moments through all the tracks, but there is alo a strong sense of pure space music if you study/listen carefully, sometimes it sounds a bit like *'Between Interval'*. I quote someone else on the following line ---> "It's Lush, exquisite, flawless, refined, striking, & beautiful". I couldn't have said it better myself in the case of this CD. It really is a journey through space & time that has to be experienced. So far, this is definetely the CD of the year/month, and also my all time favourite space music CD in Electronic music. This is a masterpiece, and also a must have disc for fans of *Vidna Obmana, Numina & Robert Rich*. Very well done, Mirko Ruckels!"
--Reviewed by Kristian Persson, Sweden, on the groove.nl web site

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"Darkened Soul is a project of Mike Soucy, and Bathys is his second solo album of dark ambient music after a release on Umbra, the Italian ambient artist O?phoi's label. Soucy presents six tracks with Greek titles, all amorphous drones with an emphasis on low frequencies, drenched in reverb. The album title means "deep" in Greek, and it is an appropriate image for the music. Between the low frequencies and the vast distances implied by the echoes, the album conjures up subterranean and sub aquatic images, deep underground caverns of indeterminate proportions. While most of the album contains sounds with a wide harmonic spectrum, almost approaching white noise, Soucy also occasionally and discreetly mixes in sharp and precise sounds. On the title track he adds a metallic arhythmic hammering sound that adds to the infernal atmospheres, and on Ateleiotos Agkareia (Endless Labor) there are sounds like a large metal object dragged across a stone floor. Apart from a couple of insignificant and infrequent loops, melodies are hard to spot on this album, where the primary focus is on changes in texture, with rumbles and sudden sonic blasts providing variation. The individual pieces have their own characteristics, but the listener joins them for a time as works in progress, little snapshots of the eternal sounds.
--Reviewed by Caleb Deupree, furthernoise.org

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"The Glittering Domain" by Deepspace - very satisfying ummm... deep space music - very good to work within."
--Scott M2 on the Hypnos Forum

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" Top 100 Albums of 2008 (#2)"
--Reviewed by Omega Switch

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"This album is very highly recommended by me for anyone who likes any kind of ambient music. Deepspace displays a slowly spacious, evocative and beautifully poised sound encompassing everything from deep, dreamlike pads to bright bubbling synths- everything is perfectly placed as you'd expect from an artist of this quality. Really excellent stuff."
-Reviewed by Northcape (UK Electronic Artist)

"The Glittering Domain" by Deepspace is available directly from Hypnos for only $11.99

2009.08.11

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, new stuff from the always-popular Steve Roach.

Steve Roach - Dynamic Stillness (2CD) (Projekt category)
(Price: $16.99, 2CD)
2009. Great new 2CD release by Steve Roach.

"Dynamic Stillness presents ambient-electronic pioneer Steve Roach in the deep end of the pure atmospheric, rhythmless soundscape genre. Across the 2-CD release, amorphous shifting sonics glide in a phenomenal flow, highly cohesive and yet ever-changing. Dynamic stillness indeed! These eight long-form tracks (140 minutes in all) undulate softly and slowly, radiating light even as darkness hovers along the edges. It’s an album of subtle pieces, more often than not with emphasis on the stillness as opposed to the dynamics. Disc two’s closing Canyon Stillness plays like a dark inversion of Structures From Silence. A cold breeze blows through it all like a black mist. After so much softness it makes for a surprisingly chilling, engaging finish."
-Phil Derby, Electroambient Space\"... (more/buy)
Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach - Nada Terma (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as: discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork... (more/buy)
Steve Roach / Erik Wollo - Stream Of Thought (Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Stream of Thought explores the nuance of shifts within our perception. Segments of illumination juxtaposed with amorphous interludes and moving, flowing rhythm culminate in an unforgettable, shifting, dynamic experience. Relax and float downstream. Tranquil drifts, passionate rapids, midnight star gazing and blazing sunsets await. This is a vivid soundtrack for the senses designed to take the listener to the outer reaches of the imagination... (more/buy)

2009.08.10

Here are two recent Vidna Obmana releases (well not too recent, as Vidna Obmana isn't releasing music under that name any longer, having moved on to become Fear Falls Burning instead) added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Klinik 7 / Vidna Obmana - Greed (Vidna Obmana category)
(Price: $15.99)
Klinik and Vidna Obmana continue their collaboration started with the excellent Gluttony album two years ago. This time the result is a sonic adventure between dark hypnotic Klinik rhythms and Vidna Obmana’s atmospherical soundworks. Their latest effort melts into a unique sound of floating beats, sequences and soundscapes. Compared to Gluttony, Greed could be considered as a darker and more electronic companion piece. Presented in Deluxe Hands Paper... (more/buy)
Klinik 7 / Vidna Obmana - Gluttony (Vidna Obmana category)
(Price: $15.99)
After a friendship of more than 10 years and a few guest appearances on each other albums, Marc Verhaeghen of KLINIK and vidna Obmana finally team up for a series of collaborative albums. The first album brings together two individual styles in electronic music resulting in a powerful melange of rhythm and abstract soundscapes. 3 longform rhythmical pieces quite different from anything that vidnaObmana or Klinik produced in collaboration or solo. A unique and bold new collaboration.... (more/buy)

2009.08.08

The next batch of recent AtmoWorks CDR releases have now been added.

Steve Brand/Ishq - Spiritual Science / The Voice from Home (double-cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $19.99, double-cdr)
2009. A great new 2-disc collaboration between the recently-prolific Steve Brand, and Ishq (aka Matt Hillier).

AtmoWorks says:
AtmoWorks is thrilled to offer a two disc collaboration between AW veteran Steve Brand and electronic music mainstay Matt Hiller (aka Ishq). Steve had this to say about the releases, and how they found their way into reality.

'I've been an Ishq fan for about 3-4 years now, as well as all the other mutations, Elve, and Colourform. I found his work as part of my complete indulgence in the Ultimae label, when Ishq kept showing up in the "If you like this, you'll like this" area. I bought "Orchid" and was hooked. I immediately loved his delicate atmospheres and unique beats, his intuitive and spiritual approach to music, which really felt like home to me. We share a common belief in the healing nature of sound, which we both weave into our work. At the time, Matt offered several free downloads of loops, so I used a few in a longform piece I was/am working on called, "Pale Blue Orb." I sent Matt a copy and he responded with a very nice email. I decided at that moment, just to ask if we was interested in a collaboration. A few weeks later I was thrilled to receive an entire DVD of unique material in the mail from Cornwall England, and here we are. Effortless and organic.

I considered releasing these as two separate albums, but I really feel that they are companion pieces that augment one another, almost needing to be heard together. These disks are a very nice co-mingling of the Ishq sound and mine own. Probably a bit murkier and darker than Ishq, but you can still very much hear the Ishq-ness within the sounds, along with my own treatments and personal aesthetics. Disk 1, "Spiritual Science" consists of 3 long tracks of vaporous atmospheres and spaces. Disk 2, "The Voice From Home" is longform drifting, lilting, diaphanous soundscape that times in at just over 50 minutes, meant for low-volume repeated play.'

From our perspective, this is simply a brilliant combination of styles and textures - taking the very best of each of these accomplished artists' talents and blending them together into something wholly new and wonderful.

Track Listing - Disc 1
Soft Temples
Flame of Nuit
Nature is Sung

Track Listing - Disc 2
The Voice from Home... (more/buy)

AtmoWorks Presents - Compiled (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Here was have the first AtmoWorks compilation. AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.
"We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of "AtmoWorks Presents:" albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists."

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled' is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads.

Track Listing
Gydja - Noaide
Bunk_Data - Bytecode_Escape
Interstitial - Iterative
dreamSTATE - To Wound the Autumnal City
Igneous Flame - Lyke Wake Dirge
?pne sinn - twinewheel
Galactic Anthems - System Sentinels
The Elf Machine - The Citizen
Dr. Victor - Opening Mantra (DiAnMa)
MjDawn - Numerical Alchemy
Steve Brand - Lost in the Call (Here Comes a Sea)
Vir Unis - The Magic Mountain ... (more/buy)

2009.08.07

We've fallen a bit behind in updating our store with some of the most recent AtmoWorks releases, and here's our first catch-up surge, featuring all four releases by new artist, Pixyblink!

Pixyblink - Withered Leaves (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. AtmoWorks is proud to present "Withered Leaves", the debut release from our newest recording artist Pixyblink. With her first AtmoWorks release, Pixyblink (aka Kyra) has produced a deep experimental journey through field recordings, stark synthetic landscapes and spoken word performance. The result is a new and exciting blend of many different musical styles and artistic influences; a fusion of the old into something wholly new. Kyra takes her listeners on a 43-minute ride through the twisting levels of the human psyche, making sure to point out all the interesting sights along the way... (more/buy)
Pixyblink - Peridot (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Left coast multi-format artist Kyra returns with her second Pixyblink release on AtmoWorks, "Peridot". With her unique blend of atmospheric drones, synthesized vocals and random beats, Pixyblink carves out new territory with each release and explores the possibilities of sound with an almost child-like enthusiasm. From the artist herself:

"On pixyblink?s sophomore album, we take a deeper look into her psyche as it is translated into music. The elements found there can range from enchanting to disturbing to blissful. At times, all three of these elements can be present in one song. Her latest effort features 10 selections of dark ambience, but their creator would tell you that each of them is more like a dream in itself." ... (more/buy)
Pixyblink - Cinder (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Just when you thought it was safe to go back through the looking glass... AtmoWorks resident blend-artist Kyra is back with her third Pixyblink release entitled "Cinder", and this one picks up right where "Peridot" left off. Processed vocals, spoken word and deep, organic atmospherics meld together on a 43 minutes train ride through some of the less traveled levels of Wonderland. Kyra had this to say about "Cinder".

'"cinder" is the 3rd release from pixyblink, offering another dose of dark ambient and eldritch-like vocalizations. she'll take you into journeys that are completely foreign to everyone, and even to herself on some of the selections. transporting you elsewhere is the key, from deep into catacombs, flowing with the tranquil ocean and shooting past vibrant stars. there's also a flirtation with a bit of light-heartedness on a few of the tracks, but handled with pixyblink's own distinct approach. there are 10 tracks for the listener to get lost in, as miss pixy guides you through a wholly unique listening experience' ... (more/buy)
Pixyblink - Flameless Lantern (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Kyra is back once more with her fourth Pixyblink release on AtmoWorks in 2009. This latest body of work, entitled "Flameless Lantern" picks up where "Cinder" left off, and carries you along deeper paths of mystery and mayhem. Kyra had this to say about the new album.

"on 'flameless lantern', ms. pixy once again whisks her listeners away from things that are normal, to a plane of unknowns. the album begins with a sugar-laced dip into a honey pot with a thick dose of shoegazer. from there, it's a shift into curious dark deeds, unnatural tales of delight and highly magnified introspection. the tones roll softly into the mind, but one must be aware that some of them are sweetly poisoned. as the artist would tell you herself, she doesn't consider this an album, but rather dreams and forgotten thoughts translated into sound"

Fans of Kyra's earlier works will find plenty to love in this new set, and first timers...well, let's just say that this is as good an intro to the weird and wonderful world of Pixyblink you're likely to find... (more/buy)

2009.08.06

We're pleased to now offer CDs from the Stellar Auditorium label in our Hypnos Online Store. It's a relatively new label, so they don't have a large number of releases yet, but this label -- based in Greece - bears watching.

Underjordiska / Spectral Lore (Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\"This split is a collaboration far different from your typical let\'s throw some left-outs from our previous records, make a intro or two and off to the printing plant mentality, instead being a concept split album which should be heard as one, rather than two albums on the same cd. It is a journey from the surface of the sea to the very depths of the ocean, and then back towards the surface again. Each musician undertakes one part of the journey; two compositions over 30 minutes, featuring actual underwater recordings, aquatic drones, unique instruments (from a mandolin to a duduk) and even melodic post rockish moments. There is a continual flow of movement to the music, as the listener, embodied within this audial environment, descents and ascends through the ocean, towards a deepest point that seems to bear a particular significance: but is it the goal, or the journey itself that matters more? \" -Databloem... (more/buy)
Procer Veneficus - Saltwater & Glassmoon (Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\"Mr. Derek Schultz aka Night of Procer Veneficus has been composing hallucinogenic odes to otherwordly entities, foggy swamps, far away constellations and ash covered mountains since 2004, having unleashed a large catalogue of recordings featuring his unique brand of either black metal, acoustic or organic ambience. Saltwater and Glassmoon is about the depths of the sea, and its sounds illustrate a drowned orchestra performing large, adagio movements from within the deep, dark ocean. According to the words of the man himself, Deep and slow December ambience; kelp forest orchestral reveries filled to the brim with rich Pacific longing. Midnight moonlight music for crystalline blue air and silver oceanic melodies waning into sleep, slipping softly over the continental shelf into the enveloping refuge of abyssal silence.\" -Databloem... (more/buy)
Sempervirens - Dirge of the Dying Year (Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\"Dirge Of The Dying Year uncovers eight realms filled with unfettered beauty and pure thought, eight worlds stretching out as the eight fatal directions of the compass, all engulfed under an insatiable fog. Somewhere between Biosphere\'s Substrata, Northaunt\'s Barren Land and the early recordings of Brian Eno, Dirge... is the last and most mature recording of the Sempervirens catalogue, and a promise to far greater things in the future. Few individuals have mastered the art of soundscaping to a similar degree to the Estonian ambient artist Margus Mets, aka Sempervirens. His, largely unreleased, output of 6 full length albums and numerous other uncompiled material has been an exemplary effort to create soundworlds where boundaries are only set by the imagination of the artist, and where field recordings, deep drones, distant transmissions of some classical music broadcast, or even acoustic guitar breakdowns are found under precise multi-layering , flowing seamlessly as if they were never separate in the first place.\" -Databloem... (more/buy)

2009.08.05

A certain subset of our customer always jump all over the music of the Dutch label, Groove Unlimited, and we just received another big box of CDs this week.

Gert Emmens - The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 1 (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"This album consists of basic material prepared by Gert for his live performance at the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany. The tracks are named simply Part 1 through 7 which is a tradition of sorts for EM records. In many ways a typical Emmens album, The Nearest Faraway Place Vol.1 is significantly darker than most other recent works by Gert. There are some new tasty sounds and the addition of a guitar player was a welcome extra as well.\" -Groove Unlimited... (more/buy)
Gert Emmens - The Nearest Faraway Place, Vol. 2 (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 2 is the second in a series of three albums. Gert Emmens has borrowed the title from one of his favorite bands the Beach Boys. The album was premiered and played in it’s entirety during a concert at the E-Day-Festival. This is one of the biggest festivals of electronic music in the world, organized by Kees Aerts and Ron Boots of Groove Unlimited.\" -Groove Unlimited... (more/buy)
Create - In the Blink of an Eye (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"Peaceful electronics are laced with gutsier enhancements. Fundamental drones serve as an ethereal substructure for more demonstrative melodics. Surging loops emerge to season the flow with vigorous locomotion. An astral density is achieved and then bolstered by additional layers of nimble-fingered keyboard patterns. Fanciful diversions appear with regularity, keeping the music entertaining and lively. The electronics resound with deep intonations, delivering an oomph that is never murky. Meanwhile, this heaviness is countered by the resolute presence of more fanciful pitches that provide a pleasant propulsion. The union of these elements establishes a rich panorama that is flavored with glittering cosmic augmentations. While most of the tracks feature no percussion, the cyclic application of strident sounds provides a suitable rhythmic presence. In one piece, the faux rhythms achieve a startling vitality; while in another song, softly chugging beats establish an amiable tempo. These compositions employ a slow-building structure, starting out as tenuous harmonics which steadily evolve into pastiches of zealous vitality. A sense of growth is accomplished through the constant expansion of melodies, yet the music rarely has any urgency, with each escalation flowing naturally and unhurried. A strong air of expectancy is generated as the intertwining riffs compound into thrilling configurations that shimmer with puissance and optimism.\" -Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity... (more/buy)
Create - Lost on an Island of Adventure (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"The seven pieces included in this album are pure Space Music, with the philosophy of exploring new sonic continents nonetheless without abandoning melody and rhythm. The melodies are very impressive, with mysterious and also romantic traits, yet without falling into an excessive sweetness. Also there are interesting electronic textures and even meditative sonic passages. In a few words, this is a work that will enthusiasm the aficionados to Space Music and Ambient in general.\" -Edgar Kogler... (more/buy)
Paul Ellis - The Last Hiding Place of Beauty (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"Those who love rather complex and dynamic sequencer music with an acoustic edge and an occasional high-tech feel should check out the music Paul Ellis\' has put down on his amazing album Last Hiding Place of Beauty. The cd contains four long tracks, all making a powerful, straightforward statement, keenly melting vibrating sequencer patterns, fx\'s, and a wide range of vintage flavored synthesizer textures such as Mellotron flute. As said previously, the overall structure is rather complex, although lots of space is found within the core of every piece of music. The great interplay between bass grooves, drums, electronic and acoustic instruments is quite mind blowing, especially on the 16-minute title track. The overall outcome is simply breathing the joy of honest electronics more than once.\" -Bert Strolenberg / Sonicimmersion... (more/buy)
Craig Padilla / Skip Murphy - Analog Destination (groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"Craig Padilla and Skip Murphy have made in this work a kind of space electronic music which turns out to be emotional and enigmatic. Inspired by the analogic sonority, they have composed a series of themes that will no doubt attract the lovers of the purest line of Space Music. The structure of Analog Destination consists of diffused melodies that come and go, floating environments that surround these melodies, powerful sequencers, and sound effects that in some passages are an important part of the ambiance. There also are moments of experimentation, yet always keeping to the most melodic aspects of the music.\" -Edgar Kogler... (more/buy)
Ron Boots - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight (Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\"Musician Ron Boots did several planetarium concerts in the past seven years or so, but it never came to a cd-release. Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight, released at Ron’s Planetarium concert in Bochum, Germany on May 24, fills this gap, offering 71 minutes of both atmospheric and dynamic but always captivating music. The background of the conceptual music is told by Ron on the second piece The Story. Although almost all music on the album is made by Ron, the encompassing music at times is complimented by some great guitar parts by Frank Dorittke (aka F.D. Project).\" -Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion... (more/buy)

2009.07.08

We love the music of Loren Nerell and here's a release of Loren's we've just added to the store for the first time.

Loren Nerell - Indonesian Soundscapes (soleilmoon category)
(Price: $8.99)
"Ethnomusicologist Loren Nerell has spent time abroad studying gamelan music of Bali and Java, and relives the visit with this recorded account. A definite documentary feel accompanies Indonesian Soundscapes, though it can certainly be listened to ambiently, effectively bringing another world into your home environs. Actual field recordings document musical ceremonies, natural sounds and locational atmospheres, making for an enveloping sonic travelogue.\" -spiderbytes.com... (more/buy)

2009.07.07

Another new one... the latest from Lustmord

Lustmord - [The Dark Places of the Earth] (lustmord category)
(Price: $16.99)
2009. Latest from Lustmord, which will probably have greater appeal to his traditional fans than some of his "different direction" releases of recent years.

"New and limited edition CD by Lustmord, who, compared to the recent Other and Metavoid, goes back to his uber atmospheric roots and purely soundscapish tracks. No guitars or epic build ups at all this time, but a come back to the very deep and bassy long ambiances of The Place where the Black Stars Hang or Heresy (minus the voices). As usual, the production is flawless, the tracks are amazingly profound, and this is extremely recommended." -adnoiseam.net... (more/buy)

2009.06.25

Here's a special new item just arrived at the Hypnos store, a limited edition, hand-assembled disc in a wood case featuring the music of one of our favorite artists, Saul Stokes. Previously this disc has been available for sale only at Saul's recent performance in Philadelphia, or directly from Saul himself, and we are pleased to offer this to Hypnos customers.

Saul Stokes - Metacollage (Saul Stokes category)
(Price: $24.99)
2009. Stokes's latest creation Metacollage forges an original path of new era electronic composition. Fluttering organic forms of electronics create the backdrop to carefully composed, beautifully arranged music. Darren Bergstein of E/I online magazine writes: He more or less provides the reasons why electronic music probably fascinates most of us: unheard-of sounds rendered flesh and set within new contexts that refuse to simply tow idm/ambient/what-have-you lines. Metacollage is packaged in a collector\'s edition wood case designed by Stokes. The Metacollage logo is stamped using a special Japanese archival ink. Each CD comes with a signed satin finished interior info card. The interior of the CD case is felt lined and protects the cd from scratches... (more/buy)

2009.06.22

Next up in the "newly added to the Hypnos store" updates list, a selection of new items from Faria, a relatively new but very prolific label out of Russia.

c.j. mind & man ufo (eXperiment) - Source (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. If you like music of Steve Roach - you will like this too! The natural beginning of all life on the Earth intertwines with estrangement pressing on the person the incomprehensible power of an external world (space). Too extraneous and severe really to be a monastery of each of us, as if a mourning bed-sheet swallowed light. In this contradiction, someone finds something attractive for search of the external forms not similar to ours, but probably forgets that its house, a family and surrounding close friends as anybody another is important to him. And being behind an understanding side, and remains not untangled ball drawing to only when on it is unique a question exciting you to you by all means (here and now) it is necessary to receive it is unique a right answer. Stay in a womb, a birth, individual search of sense of existence, leaving in the other world. Spring (awakening) before fading in a cold twilight of mature autumn (death). All is marvelously simple. After all the, Nature does not suffer intervention in its nature. When it exists without our presence ? flows and sounds absolutely other light. But the Creator comes and by a wave of an invisible conductor's baton twists a surprising pattern on beauty, in which the voice of a far-far star is audible. The teamwork purpose (the present album) consisted, first of all, in desire to grope some integrity of a universe and attempt to find room for this perception in presented on seventy five minutes of a music material. Limited edition of 500 pieces, FAR-24... (more/buy)
Vadim Bondarenko - Sentimental (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Sentimental is an album of sensitive feeling melodies played by the composer himself on the piano. The album contains different pieces, but all they are united by one unique inner mood. Like the brilliant melodies of Ryuichi Sakamoto, this music will be remembered by everyone who likes romantic genre...... (more/buy)
Bad Sector - Dolmen Factory (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Harmonic, noisy, emotional electronic tracks set the trademark sound of the one-man project from Tuscany. It includes an unreleased track.... (more/buy)
Faryus - Night Forest Reality (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Night Forest Reality describes a world which does not exist in daylight, arising when the last dying beam of sunshine fades from dark shaggy branches of old trees, when air becomes damp and hearing sharpens. A constant feeling of someone\'s presence borders the periphery. From the impenetrable darkness in the heart of the wood, a cool wind forces leaves to tremble, hardly distinguishable in the twilight. It only imparts its vibration and a touch of cold air to the face, a suggestion of swaying branches, sparkling streams and the rustle of revived grass. Dew drops barely sparkle in the gloom, reflecting the stars blinking in bottomless moonless depth. The night wood, frightening and attracting, living an invisible life, populated by unfamiliar ancient beings. Almost nothing visible in the impenetrable darkness, but exposing its mysteries via sounds of the unseen, of that which should not be seen.... (more/buy)
Robert Rich / Faryus - Zerkalo (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret.... (more/buy)
Mac Mavis - Report from the Lake (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. This album is based on real life experience. Melodic and warm ambient music, created totally with hardware synthesizers and sequencer. With some actual on location field recordings as reference... (more/buy)
Martin Franklin & Michael Northam - An Opening of the Earth (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Reissue of strange and experimental out of print recording, this time on the Faria label.

"Excavating the sonic crust with heavy synthesised drones, trebly buzzes and popping bursts of sound--eerie as hell."
-Darren Bergstein, I/E (from review of original release)... (more/buy)
Faryus & Vadim Bondarenko - 8 Atmospheres (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. This album is the successful combination between two different worlds: bewitched electronics from Faryus and meditative parts of piano and clarinet from Vadim Bondarenko. In addition, this CD contains poetic video clip created by Alexander Sveshnikov... (more/buy)
Temple Music - Incompleteness (faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. TEMPLE MUSIC'S Alan Trench and Stephen Robinson have used both the implications of G?del\'s theorem and the doctrine of anamorphosis to compose and fashion an album of 4 interconnected and complementary tracks that somehow look both forward and back; that juxtapose the old and the new into an organic whole of both sacred and temporal instruments - Indian harmonium and shruti box, plucked and hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, mosenos, various flageolets, synthesisers and keyboards, guitars, bass, Tibetan bells and singing bowls - 4 drifting shards of ethereal and sometimes frightening beauty, rose petals on the snow that are finally revealed to be tiny, perfect drops of crystalline blood.... (more/buy)

2009.06.19

Lots of new items in the Hypnos store, and we'll feature them here a few at a time until we're all caught up. First, a new one from the always excellent Infraction label.

Alio Die & Aglaia - Private History of the Clouds (Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2009. Latest from the Infraction label. They say: "This has been in the works for almost 1.5 years. Is there finer ambience (save Oophoi perhaps) coming from Italy outside of these two acts? And a collaboration to boot. Nice. 900 copies in the Japanese style mini-lp matte gatefold sleeve. Beautiful layout courtesy of the ever-impressive designwork of Pyhai.... (more/buy)

2009.05.20

We're doing some adjustments and upgrades to our Hypnos Online Store so it may be unavailable for a day or so, but should be better than ever once the work is finished. Sorry for the inconvenience!

2009.05.04

We're proud to announce our first new release of the year, our second-ever release by Steve Brand.

Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Children of Alcyone
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Steve Brand - Children of Alcyone

2009. The second release by Steve Brand on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, Children of Alcyone demonstrates the characteristic otherworldly quality of the artist's best work. Generally quite simple, at times singlemindedly minimal, this work is nonetheless possessed of a depth and complexity that are revealed upon repeated listening. Stretched-out drone structures combine with subtle tribal/ethnic elements to create very effective atmospheres for almost hypnotic relaxation.

Though we're tempted to call Brand one of our favorite "new" artists, in fact he has been active as a recording artist for quite some time, having released many recordings under the name Augur, along with a handful of solo and collaborative works under his own name this past year.

Steve Brand says:
"The inspiring energy for Children of Alcyone was/is the books of Barbara Marciniak. Marciniak's books are said to be channeled information from the Pleiadians, our distant multi-dimensional ancestors from the Pleiades constellation. (Alcyone is the name of the "central sun" of this constellation.) Upon being introduced to these books, I was immediately taken by their wit and irreverence, the nearly unfathomable timeline of events, and their uncanny relevance to things that are currently taking place here on Earth (the first of these books were channeled in the early 90's).

The initial sound sketches for "Children" were begun in September of 2007 in the tidal wave of energy that was Steve Roach's "Into the SoundCurrent" masters' class, and elaborated upon, refined, and re-energized over the intervening 3 years in my own studio. The result is a sometimes murky, sometimes soothing, sometimes phantasmagorical series of excursions through multiple timelines, and myriad possible half lit universes that other versions of ourselves inhabit.

My friend, and frequent collaborator, Jonathan Benham, not only created the art for this disk, but contributed energy and sounds to a couple of tracks with his array of homemade instruments during a series of improvisations between he and myself captured at my studio."


Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Golden Cloud - (08:17) - mp3 clip
2. Light Age - (22:51) - mp3 clip
3. Outside the Grid of Time - (17:15) - mp3 clip
4. Into the Central Sun - (12:30) - mp3 clip


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2009.04.16

We just received a giant shipment of Dark Duck label releases, most of which are new to our catalog. Here we go!

Stephen Philips - From the Vaults Volume 1 (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Stephen has begun digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings. Distant memories, and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing sound worlds long forgotten. Once again being inspired by this material, he has started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults which will be coming out periodically. Offered up here is the first in the series, aptly named, Volume 1. If features some material originally recorded in 1995, 1996, and 1998 along with new mastering techniques, and some newly recorded material, Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was in 1995/1996 when it was originally recorded.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - From the Vaults Volume 2 (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults. Offered up here is the second in the series, aptly named, Volume 2. If features some material originally recorded in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - From the Vaults Volume 3 (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults. Offered up here is the thirds in the series, aptly named, Volume 3. If features some material originally recorded in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - Mile High Chill 1 (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This album is the long-awaited follow-up in Stephen Philips's Timezones series and this one features the Mountain timezone. This CD was recorded live in Denver, Colorado, May 1997 and features some outstanding deep chill material. This is a must have. Not to be missed are the tracks Global Rebound and Space Worms. Originally released June 1997. 10th anniversary edition remastered and re-released December 2007.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips - Avalon Chill (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Originally released in 1998 and part of the Timezones series, this release was revisited in 2007/2008, remixed and remastered using updated techniques. The results are astounding and present this classic music in an all new light... (more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin - Ancient Memories (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Lucette Bourdin is an extremely talented musician who creates stunningly beautiful music, floating melodies, and wonderful textural ambience. This is her 3rd release on Dark Duck Records and continues in her beautiful floating drones style that can also be heard on all of her Dark Duck Records releases.... (more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin - Drums and Repercussions (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This CD is Lucette's 5th release on Dark Duck Records and with each subsequent release, her musical craft gets more and more focused, as well as introduces us to a whole new side of her sound. This release features her trademark ambient sounds, along with gentle beats and rhythms that fill the sound out and bring a whole new flavor to her palate of sound... (more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin - Under Currents (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Lucette Bourdin is an extremely talented musician who creates stunningly beautiful music, floating melodies, and wonderful textural ambience. This is her 2nd release on Dark Duck Records and continues in her beautiful floating drones style that can also be heard on all of her Dark Duck Records releases.... (more/buy)
SunDummy - Final Thaw (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
omposed and performed by SunDummy with nothing but guitars and processors...ambient themes, experimental textures, and much much more. This CD manages to capture the essence of winter through the use of stark drones and thematic textures. -Dissonance Records... (more/buy)
Isomorph - The Black Chasm (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
In 2001, Isomorph released an amazing CD of deep drone in the blackest sense. The CD was pressed on a pure black disc which just made the blackness even blacker. Some time later, the CD went out of print and was no longer being offered for sale. We here at Dark Duck Records thought that was just a crime, so we set out to re-release the CD. While we were at it, we decided to do a little remastering on the thing. Not much, just enough to give it that little extra something. So after 8 years, we are proud to bring you, once again, this drone classic from 2001 ... (more/buy)
Soul In Limbo - Driven By Thanatos (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
From Australia comes the 2nd release from the very talented Soul In Limbo. This time around, Soul In Limbo explores some very dark territory. Thanatos, or the death instinct, drives this music through a vast array of soul searching.... (more/buy)
Aidan Baker - Loop Studies 2 (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Composed and performed by Aidan Baker with nothing but guitars, loopers, and processors. This cd features a perfect blend of looped ambience and melodic themes that seem to drift and fade, ebb and flow.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Numina - Descent of the Falcon (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
On 10 May 2008, Stephen Philips went to Denver Colorado, entered the Mysterium, and embarked on yet another massive improvised jam with friend and talented ambient artist Numina (Jesse Sola). The approximately 6 hour jam revealed a variety of interesting things as these artists began to musically mind-meld. They ran the gamut of sounds and styles over these 6 hours and explored some new territory at the same time.... (more/buy)
Drone Forest/Stephen Philips - Blurring the Edges (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
More then 2 years in the making, this first collaboration brings together 5 monarchs in drone. Drone meister Stephen Philips and fellow drone masters, Drone Forest, aka, Ian Stewart, Mike Bowman, C. Reider, and Davie Blint. These talents seemlessly blend to create an ooze of textural goodness previously unheard on any level. These godfathers of drone then went to work sculpting and shaping additional sounds and samples, then mixing and blurring the lines so many times, the focus was totally lost. The edges here truely have been blurred beyond recognition.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Ben Summers - Behind the Mirror (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
From behind the mirror, dark worlds are revealed through the use of slightly experimental deep chill ambiences. Dark melodies, spacey ambiences, sinister themes, and haunting textures, float and shimmer through the black void and out to the other side of the mirror.... (more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Rigel Orionis - Complexities (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis and Stephen Philips get together for the first of what promisses to be several fascinating collaborations. This 60 minute long-form offering features minimal ambient drone, elaborate environmental field recordings, and finely textured ambiences. This ever-shifting potpourri of sounds is sure to delight on many levels... (more/buy)
Rigel Orionis - The Anatomy of Zen (Part 1) (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
\ The Anatomy of Zen Parts 1 and 2 are really 2 sides of the same coin. Both different, but sonically similar, they are considered to be companion pieces and should be listened to side by side. We think these 2 CDs represent the best work Jim has ever done and are optimistic that he will continue to hone his craft and perfect his art.... (more/buy)
Rigel Orionis - The Anatomy of Zen (Part 2) (cdr) (Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The Anatomy of Zen Parts 1 and 2 are really 2 sides of the same coin. Both different, but sonically similar, they are considered to be companion pieces and should be listened to side by side. We think these 2 CDs represent the best work Jim has ever done and are optimistic that he will continue to hone his craft and perfect his art... (more/buy)

2009.04.15

It's been a very long time since we've seen new work from Ruben Garcia, and it's our pleasure to offer his latest release on the TrancePort Special Editions label:

Ruben Garcia - Through the Looking Glass (cdr) (A Produce category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Through the Looking Glass is he first album of new material from pianist/ synthesist/minimalist Ruben Garcia in nine years. Here Garcia's gift for melody and seductive rhythms shines through, as well as a gift for extended space/ambient excursions that in some cases exceed 15 minutes in length. Sometimes unexpected, but always a pleasant surprise, Ruben Garcia's latest opus continues to show the evolution of an always interesting artist.... (more/buy)

2009.04.14

We recently received some re-stocks from the Nextera label, as well this new item, a collaborative release from Mathias Grassow:

Mathias Grassow & Jiri Mazanek - Inner Path (nextera category)
(Price: $13.99)
"Inner Path -- the idea of combining pure handplayed acoustic instruments with modern electronics, samples and nature-sounds. With a spiritual sight behind, Inner path is open for free direction and interpretation nevertheless with a strong focus inside ourselves by considering the existence here on earth as ONE of many journeys back into the inner light. This work is a remembrance..." -soleilmoon.com... (more/buy)

2009.04.13

It was always our intention to lower the price of Vidna Obmana's An Opera for Four Fusion Works series once the final act was released. Not only have we cut the price on the "Acts 1-4" package from $41.99 to $34.99, we've also slightly reduced the individual disc prices, for those of you who have purchased part of the series, but not all.

For those unfamiliar with this Vidna Obmana "series" release, each "Act" involved a collaboration between Vidna Obmana and a different recording artist, and was released separately. "Act 1" was a single-disc release, but packaged in a 4-CD case designed to hold all four Acts together. Acts 2, 3 and 4 were released in a paper sleeve with a booklet, to be inserted in the Act 1 case (or, of course, they fit into a standard CD case if you prefer not to buy Act 1)



Act 1 featuring Dreams in Exile, $10.99 (more/buy)



Act 2 featuring Bill Fox, $9.99 (more/buy)



Act 3 featuring Kenneth Kirschner, $9.99 (more/buy)



Act 4 featuring Steven Wilson, $9.99 (more/buy)



Acts 1-4 combined, $34.99 (more/buy)

2009.03.19

For a while now, Hypnos has been involved with helping the Atmoworks label create CDR versions of their previously download-only releases, and we'd like to draw attention to some of the more recent releases:

miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1 (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. The latest from AtmoWorks is by miKroNaught, the brainchild of AW owners and electronic music heavyweights Vir Unis and MjDawn. Months of collaborative composition and file swapping compounded by a lifelong friendship and the collected experience of their individual careers have come together in a mind-blowing percussive journey.... (more/buy)
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Steve Brand and Dean Richards (aka Disturbed Earth) return with the second installment in a trilogy of albums that began with "Broken Gold" in late 2008. This newest release, entitled "Busy With Dreams" exemplifies the remarkable ability of these two talented musicians to blend their disparate styles to create something new and wondrous.... (more/buy)
SAVO & Disturbed Earth - Flight of Fancy (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. "Flight of Fancy" is the second of two simultaneous-release collaborations between long-time AtmoWorks recording artist Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth) and relative newcomer Salvatore Fanara (SAVO). Working together despite being seperated by thousands of miles, these two remarkable artists have delivered some breath-taking new music for AtmoWorks.... (more/buy)
SAVO & Disturbed Earth - So Far (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. "So Far" is the first of two simultaneous-release collaborations between long-time AtmoWorks recording artist Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth) and relative newcomer Salvatore Fanara (SAVO). Working together despite being seperated by thousands of miles, these two remarkable artists have delivered some breath-taking new music for AtmoWorks.... (more/buy)
Holon - Dream Awake (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Holon creates exceedingly beautiful music blending ambient soundscapes and rhythms. Charity writes about her album:
"Dream awake was a vision of mine to create a journey through sound. All the tracks are inspired by journeys of all sorts. This album is a sound healing ambient endeavor. I create music with the belief that sound is a carrier wave of consciousness, and that it is the intent or the purpose behind the sound that matters. Sound healing is the root of all my creations. My soul purpose with this album is to take you on an unforgettable journey within yourself and out into the realm of the unknown.".... (more/buy)
Vir Unis - Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. New work from AtmoWorks artist and founder Vir Unis. In ways it is aligned with earlier work that Vir Unis did with Steve Roach or Saul Stokes and solo work like Mercury and Plastic as well as Book of Mutations. There are deep and ultraviolet colored aural landscapes to explore while geometrical images of rhythms and electro-acoustical hybrid grooves forge new paths..... (more/buy)
Steve Brand - LightTools (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. LightTools is Steve Brand's first long form piece, taking over a year to complete. Constructed of keyboard textures, bells and voice, this 63 minute piece takes the listener on a journey through brightly lit zones of intoning celestial choirs, only to submerge into volcanic, rumbling clouds of mercurial darkness, returning again to skscapes that are at once familiar, yet alien.... (more/buy)
Steve Brand/Disturbed Earth - Broken Gold (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. Broken Gold is a longform track composed by two very talented and prolific AtmoWorks' artists, Disturbed Earth & Steve Brand. Broken Gold seethes and undulates with a variety of very stereophonic and swirling atmospheric sounds that have been crafted by these two artists from their respective studios... (more/buy)
Steve Brand - Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. Steve Brand returns with his second AtmoWorks release, following up on the success of "SoulSpiral". His new release, "Because We Were Once Covered In Gold", is a 5-part journey through some of the most moving and subtly-textured ambient to date. Steve had this to say about the new release:
"'Because We Were Once Covered In Gold' was created about the same time as my album, "Bridge to Nowhere," and both were inspired by channeled material I was reading at the time. The gyst of that material is that our natural state is that of masters of a unimaginable number of realms and selves, and that we are in fact, limitless and empowered multidimensional beings, only temporarily encased in flesh and bone. Through the channels, these beings recalled long forgotten civilizations, planets and cultures far grander and creatively rich than ancient Greece or Egypt. I began to get a real sense of the depth of time, of place and of feeling that I wanted to convey and recreate in music. There were times when working on 'Because We Were Once Covered In Gold' that I sat back and listened to what I had done (or what came through me) and thought, 'When did I do that? WHO did that?' Created almost entirely of keyboard textures, only occasionally punctuated with bells and natural sounds, this album is meant to be a key for journeying, rediscovering and connection."
... (more/buy)
Peter James - Is (cdr) (AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. In Peter James words: The original idea behind the recording of 'is' was to create an album using only very limited instrumentation, mainly bass guitar, and electric guitar -- no synthesisers were used to make this album, only samples and loops made from bass and guitar work I had recorded in my studio. Often I would record an hours worth of stuff, only to come out of the session with maybe a minutes worth, or less, of useful sounds. It was recorded between june 2007 and july 2008. It wasn't an easy journey. And that's reflected in the overall tone and feel of the album. it?s also designed to be listened to loud, but it works well quiet, too. I?m not sure if it's 'dark ambient', or 'ambient' at all. I guess that's not for me to decide. For me - It just 'is'.... (more/buy)

2009.03.18

For a while now, Hypnos has been involved with helping the Atmoworks label create CDR versions of their previously download-only releases.. For now, here's a list of all such releases available on CDR at this time. Later this week, we'll more specifically feature some of the most recent discs.

aw2022 Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex (cdr)
aw2009 Vir Unis / Disturbed Earth - Drawn From the Well (cdr)
aw2010 Steve Brand - Soul Spiral (cdr)
aw2027 Exuviae - Response (cdr)
aw2028 Exuviae - Settling Density (cdr)
aw2016 Mark Tamea - Buried Traktora (cdr)
aw2026 Igneous Flame / Achromus - Halo (cdr)
aw2020 Exuviae - The White Underneath (cdr)
aw2029 Razzlog - Dark Side of the Mood (cdr-EP)
aw2017 Disturbed Earth - Butterfly (cdr)
aw2030 Peter James - Is (cdr)
aw2024 Mark Tamea - Tessellation (cdr)
aw2021 Steve Brand - Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (cdr)
aw2025 MjDawn Frequency Response (cdr EP)
aw2023 Steve Brand/Disturbed Earth - Broken Gold (cdr)
aw2014 stillEarth - Silver Attracts (cdr)
aw2038 Steve Brand - LightTools (cdr)
aw2001 Vir Unis - Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (cdr)
aw2031 Exuviae - Starting to See (cdr EP)
aw2039 Holon - Dream Awake (cdr)
aw2033 SAVO & Disturbed Earth - So Far (cdr)
aw2034 SAVO & Disturbed Earth - Flight of Fancy (cdr)
aw2035 Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams (cdr)
aw2050 miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1 (cdr)

2009.02.25

Here we have a long list of new and new-ish items in the Hypnos store, from the Gears of Sand label.

Gydja - Machina Mundi (Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Amorphous ambient time worlds; ever shifting and altogether mesmeric. Full-length release by Gydja, who participated in the Hypnos release Echoes of Polyhymnia... (more/buy)
Northern Valentine & P.D. Wilder (Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
Sprawling canvases of electric-guitar recast in a curtain of textured sonorities... (more/buy)
Saito Koji - Guitar (Gears of Sand category)
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2009. Light as a feather guitarscapes that float in chords made of cloud vapor... (more/buy)
Zac Keiller - Unrefined (Gears of Sand category)
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2009. Pure beautiful guitar drone in all its noisy glory... (more/buy)
Asher - Simple Machines (Gears of Sand category)
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2009. 5 delicate and stirring meditations for looped acoustic guitar and fm radio... (more/buy)
Stephen Bishop - Cllpss (Gears of Sand category)
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2009. Two long compositions of delicate field recorded manipulations and submersible drones... (more/buy)
True Colour Of Blood - All of the True Things I\'m About to Tell You Are Lies (Gears Of Sand category)
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2009. Guitar drone with a decidedly subversive edge... (more/buy)
P.D. Wilder F/M (Gears Of Sand category)
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2009. Electric guitar performed from the snowy backwater of Fargo, North Dakota: A gorgeous weave of icy drones and warm, melodic highs.... (more/buy)
Mathieu Ruhlmann - Fourteen Worms for Victor Hugo (Gears Of Sand category)
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Fascinating weaving of field recordings into an utterly sublime paeon to the absurdist genius, Victor Hugo. A truly epic release from the well known sound sculptor, Mathieu Ruhlmann.... (more/buy)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry - Vryashn (Gears Of Sand category)
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2009. This two track opus is a truly epic immersion into the vast imaginations of Bible and Henry. The confident, effortless development of broken piano treatment at Vryashn's epicenter bring to mind the sublime energy of Harold Budd and Brian Eno... (more/buy)

2009.02.18

And now, another batch of new additions, this time from the Canadian Dataobscura label and its new offshoot, Blue Oasis.

Description Without a Place - Filaments (Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
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2008. Filaments brings together, for the first time, the field-recording & sample manipulations of James McDougall (Entia Non) with the more synth-based skills of Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans). The result is a remarkable and unified flow of creativity that is ripe with juicy sonic details and moody atmospheres, and that is woven through with subtle melodic threads. Contemporary, glitchy, detailed, and musically absorbing, this is a work to come back to again and again. Filaments was composed via long-distance collaboration - Australia to Canada. Final compositions and mixing by APK.... (more/buy)
The Winterhouse - Lost (Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
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Follow-up to the acclaimed debut album on Blue Oasis, Slow Promises, by the combined talents of Robert Davies and Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans). The drone mastery of Davies is overlaid with Kerby\'s melodic subtlety and sonic creativity in an organic, addictive, and flowing musical narrative. Much of the music has a brooding vastness and grainy density, with scatterings of embedded field recordings and curious sound baubles. These are melancholic stories of loss and isolation, but told with an artist\'s eye for the beauty of it all. Lost stands as another testament to the power and depth of contemporary ambient music and its ability to open remarkable sonic vistas and meaningful moving landscapes... (more/buy)
Entia Non - Updrafts (Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
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On Updrafts, Australian sound artist James McDougall serves up another gorgeous helping of scrambled field recordings, reconstructions, brittle textures, warm mechanisms, environmental rumblings, and a host of minute sonic abstractions and abrasions. The aural canvas is a rich shimmering, and sometimes skittering, collage of our human sound-world. Ripe with details, subtle developments, and underlying ambience, but flowing down unforseen channels like a stream-of-consciousness narrative. Microtonal and minimal, yet often lush and so very human, Updrafts is a welling up of the sonic world surrounding us every day. It is a testament to a world heard ... but not heard. An admirable follow-up release to the earlier Fold.... (more/buy)
Robert Davies - Geography of Memory (Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
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There is a thread running through all of Davies\' work, it can perhaps best be named phantasy. Song titles signify these very visual, phantastic worlds, and the music moves us through them as in a dream. We drift, transfixed, within uncertain landscapes suffused with evolving visions, shadows, and apparitions. The land of faerie, of phantoms, and of the unconscious. Robert\'s music is founded in this subterranean, subconscious realm, and is grounded with deep drones that gently weave a sombre and mysterious web of enveloping sound through which we return to something more primal, but also to something more magical.... (more/buy)

2009.02.17

Here we have some recent additions from the Dutch label, Groove Unlimited, whose CDs are always very popular here.

Ron Boots - Mea Culpa (groove category)
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"Familiar sequences and soloing, but also some great unexpected tracks."... (more/buy)
Ron Boots - See Beyond Times - Look Beyond Words (groove category)
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"Obscure loops minimalisms are stumbling pitch in the misty corridors of a dreamlike hypnosis. Immerged cosmic waves, these circles become more aerated rambling under a single pulsation which wanders among consistent synth layers borrowing the perfume of a soft vocal breeze." -Sylvain Lupari, Guts Of Darkness... (more/buy)
Kees Aerts - If One Door Closes (groove category)
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Second solo cd. 12 rhythmic, sequencer tracks, ranging from 1990 to 2008. ... (more/buy)
SYNTH.NL - AtmoSphere (groove category)
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The inspiration for this album came from the atmosphere around the Earth. The songs are inspired by the different layers of air around our world, the different cloud formations that are encountered in these layers and the sounds of different weather phenomena. While listening to this album you will travel through these layers of air starting on the surface of the Earth and ending up in space... (more/buy)

2009.02.16

More review-age, and today it's Drifts by Ben Fleury-Steiner.

Ben Fleury-Steiner-Drifts

"Hypnos has made something of a habit of resurrecting out-of-print releases, with the latest an engrossing hour-long set by Ben Fleury-Steiner previously issued in 2005 on his own Gears of Sand label. Mastered by Robert Rich, the oft-mercurial material evidences a greater-than-normal level of activity and tension than the ambient listener might be accustomed to but there's no shortage of becalmed moments too. The album's stylistic character is immediately established in the opening piece ?Sundial? when tones gracefully arc against a contrastingly bold backdrop of carousel-like organ percolations. In many of the subsequent ten pieces, a similar tension between hyperactivity and restfulness appears, with a few well-placed meditative excursions offering occasional bouts of relief: for every ?Descriptives? and its Eno-like percussive flurries, in other words, there's a beatific setting of ambient calm such as ?Heal.? Sometimes the two tendencies fuse into one, as happens during ?Flicker? when shimmering floodlights rapidly cross paths until the pace slows to a state of frozen stillness, allowing the synthetic tones and washes to gently illuminate one another. ?Cicada? similarly perpetuates the album's predilection for merging gently flowing melodies with nimble percussive patterning which, naturally, calls to mind the whirring chirp of the titular insects. There's even a four-part suite titled ?Dreams? but don't be put off by the New Age taint of the title as the music proves amply rewarding. In the opening section (?Somnium Scipionis?), the restless churn of a machine rhythm underpins the constant flutter of congealing synth tones, and in the third (?The Dust That Lies Between?), frog-like croaks burble below the track's shimmering surfaces. In one of the album's most beautiful settings, the suite's second part, ?Veritatis Splendor,? entrances with a yearning and unabashedly emotive character that emerges as fragile crystalline tones swell while the long-form fourth, ?Absense In Remota,? impresses just as much when its soft, tranquil exhalations lend it an uplifting, even celestial quality."
--Reviewed by textura.org

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"On the sub division Secret Sounds we find Ben Fleury-Steiner, an active musician in the field of atmospheric and electronic music, as well as being a label boss himself, for Gears Of Sand. His 'Drifts' release is a bit long and seems to working around the similar idea: rhythms are used, light weight instead of heavy bouncing dance pieces. Rhythms almost without bass end that guide the tapestries laid out on the bed of synthesizers (analogue or digital. I don't know but I think the latter). It's not always an easy marriage of the two ends, but at least, and that I think is the great thing about this release, he tries to move out the closed circle of ambient music. The rhythms don't add up to being ambient house, since they are not smooth enough, but have a wider sense of experimentalism, which at least tries to shed new lights on the subject of ambient music. That alone is worth your attention, me thinks."
--Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital E-Zine

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2009.02.15

More reviews of recent Hypnos & HSS & Binary CDs, this time Birds of Tin's Rinpoche.

Birds of Tin - Rinpoche

"An animal of altogether different character is Birds of Tin, the pseudonym under which experimental sound artist Brooke Oates records. His Hypnos Secret Sounds debut Rinpoche features two long untitled improvisations, the first forty minutes and the second thirty-five, recorded in 2002 and with no post-recording editing performed. On the evidence of Rinpoche, the Birds of Tin style might be characterized as ?aquatic? as episodes swim through the dense mix, each one slowly supplanting the other; ?phantasmagoric? might be an even better descriptor, given the heady manner with which sounds and samples continually intermingle and change shape in these ultra-dense collages. Oates seems to have an encyclopedic library at his fingertips: the opening piece includes episodes of soft chanting, faint industrial rhythms grinding in the distance while bright synth glissandi flit rapidly about in the foreground, the deep moan of a choir, percussive rattles, child-like whispers, the elegant playing of a string orchestra, the bright waver of an alto saxophone, techno-styled thrums of lapping clicks, and so on. The ?heavier? track two opens with an extended drone passage of intense flurries that evokes the relentless churn at a cyclone's center but the track eventually settles into a more even-tempered, neo-psychedelic state with vinyl crackle, electrical resonance, percussive noise, and aggressive swirls taking turns in the spotlight. If anything, the second piece moves Oates' music away from ambient territory completely and pushes it in the direction of Philip Jeck's woozy vinyl-based constructions (a few inexplicable seconds of singing even surfaces at the half-hour mark)."
--Reviewed by textura.org

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
1 mp3
2 mp3

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2009.02.14

Here we are playing catch-up again, posting recent reviews for several Hypnos releases this next few days... first up, Echoes of Polyhymnia, our "various artists" compilation featuring ambient and atmospheric music by female artists. Our thanks, again, to the reviewers for their attention.

"Women artists as a group are seriously under-represented in the Ambient Music genre. The Hypnos label rectifies this situation somewhat with the release of Echoes From Polyhymnia (67'55"), an anthology presenting ten works by ten innovative and imaginative female sound designers. Although each track seems drawn from a different background, this CD sparkles with a common tender energy. Among those contributing to this effort is Sara Ayers and her piece "There Was No More Time". Within its sustaining space are heard layers of voices and synthesizer pads, all rising, shifting and receding in dramatic confluence. Kristin Miltner realizes a restless extended soundscape full of distinctive vocal textures and curious metallic tinged drones. Her "Slew Wave" is a rare work that is as sophisticated as it is lovely. "Wave-Particle Duality" by Gydja creates an odd quietude. Its breathing synth chords conjure up a magical atmosphere as intermittent spacey drips, beeps and chirps keep the listener from drifting away. On "She Forgot, She Dreamed" Lena Griffin continues her foray into the dark and reverberant tones she elicits from a viola and digital signal processing. The remaining tracks provide equally wonderful experiences. From sound collage and tone poem to pulsing sequencer rides and breathy celestial choirs, Echoes From Polyhymnia moves easily from the experimental and academic, to the sentimental and spiritual - while keeping a cohesive vision and common destination. Hopefully more women will venture into this genre - bringing with them their inherent qualities and distinctive abilities. Ambient Music can only benefit from more diversity among its artists."
--Reviewed by Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

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"Currently listening to Echoes From Polyhymnia. I haven't listened to this in awhile. It is an excellent release. I've stated before that I'm not a big fan of compilations. Some of the recent Hypnos comps have made me rethink my stance."
--Harry Dibrell on the Hypnos Forum

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"Hypnos manager and composer Lena Griffin curated this superb specially-themed compilation which features ambient sound works composed and recorded exclusively by women (in Greek mythology, Polyhymnia was the Muse of sacred hymn, hence the choice of recording title). Though the ?female composers? angle provides an imaginative hook, it's ultimately of secondary import (if not altogether irrelevant) once the music starts. What's more notable is the recording's stylistic diversity, with the artists exploring multiple genres (ambient naturally but also drone and electro-acoustic) and moods (everything from pretty to portentous) in the seventy-minute set's ten compositions.

The collection begins promisingly with ?Nufon,? a reverie-inducing overture by Margaret Noble wherein glimmering and chiming tones dance lightly, but the skies darken immediately thereafter when Stellaria Fennica's (real name Mari Aho) ? Hibernia ? arrives with dramatic, piano-based tribal atmospheres and Niklas Adrian's hypnotic vocal chants. Kristin Miltner follows with the release's longest piece, ?Slew Wave,? a thirteen-minute celestial setting created using computers, bells, birds, and wordless angelic voice that resembles a flower blossoming in slow motion. Elsewhere, Torontonian Rose Bolton contributes ?An Unheard Message,? a pensive meditation for piano, cello, and percussive textures that is as much an exploration of silence and reverberation, while Clarissa Borba layers vibes and chimes over a medium-pitched string drone in the melancholy rumination ?Floating Tones.? Also present are Sara Ayers' gently flowing streams of choir-like tones (?There Was No More Time?), Gydja's humid oasis of awakening organisms (?Wave- Particle Duality?), and The Floating World's softly piercing flute tones and phantom whooshes (?Kanam?). In Griffin 's own haunting closer ?She Forgot, She Dreamed,? choir-like moans well up from deep, echo-laden caverns and ethereal viola tones stretch across vast spaces. Echoes of Polyhymnia ultimately proves to be a fine addition to the Hypnos catalogue, regardless of whatever gender-related conceptualizing entered into its creation."
--Reviewed by textura.org

Echoes of Polyhymnia is available for $12.99 directly from Hypnos here.

2009.01.11

It's been busy around here through the holiday season, with weather emergencies here in Portland, out of town guests, holiday obligations, that whole "changing the calendar" thing, and more. Anyway, we failed to post a news update about a new Hypnos Secret Sounds release that we actually made available right at the end of 2008, so here it is... The Glittering Domain by Deepspace

Artist: Deepspace
Title: The Glittering Domain
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Deepspace - The Glittering Domain

2008. Deepspace is a pseudonym for Mirko Ruckels, a German-born ambient/electronic musician who now resides in Brisbane, Australia. His previous releases have been self-released, and The Glittering Domain is his debut on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

We at Hypnos view Deepspace as one of the top up-and-coming ambient music talents of the past few years, and electroambientspace.com agrees, naming him New Artist of the Year for 2007 and saying:
"Mirko Ruckels is a great new talent, a cross between Steve Roach and Stars of the Lid, with a dash of Budd and Eno."

Abstract and definitely "ambient" in nature, The Glittering Domain simultaneously exhibits a strong musical sensibility, with a sound and structure reminiscent of artists such as Vidna Obmana and Numina. Though Hypnos may be best known for unstructured "drone" style recordings, we really enjoy a recording like this one that has more of a tonal basis.

Deepspace described by stillstream.com:
"Lush, exquisite, flawless, refined, striking, beautiful... we could go on and on with adjectives to describe the music of Deepspace. One of our favorite discoveries in the past year, this is an artist to keep a close eye on - and one we encourage all our listeners to visit right away."

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
Introduction- The Chord of the Abyss MP3 clip
Encountering Giants MP3 clip
The Colossals MP3 clip
Crushed by the Weight of Angels MP3 clip
Elevenward MP3 clip
Lacrimosa's Visitation MP3 clip
The Glittering Domain MP3 clip
The Sleeper (Close) MP3 clip

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