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Hypnos News Archive, 2005


2005.12.09

Just as I was caught up from the DSL outage in late November, I was subsequently set-back by a personal injury that has worsened, and has required multiple medical exams and an MRI, and likely, around Christmas time, knee surgery. So, I apologize for any orders that have been somewhat delayed. Progress has been made in the last few days, and everything will be caught up completely Sunday at the latest. Thanks for your continued support of Hypnos.

In other, more cheerful news, the 3rd installment of Vidna Obmana's An Opera for Four Fusion Works is ready to go to the pressing plant next week and we'll have CDs ready to release a few weeks after that. Here's a reminder of the cover artwork:



2005.11.29

Here's another live performance announcement for Dweller at the Threshold, now featuring Dave Fulton and John Duval, a pair of names you may recognize from their Hypnos & Binary releases. For those of you in or near the Portland area, here's another free performance at a local venue, a very cool place called Ground Kontrol down in the area between the Pearl District and Old Town. Primarily a "retro arcade" (filled with coin-op arcade machines of the Galaga / Tempest / Asteroids era), they're also host to some interesting music events of late. They have a web site you can check out here, and their news page has a bit more info on the Dweller event.



Here's the email announcement sent out by Dave Fulton of Dweller at the Threshold:

Hello All,
The ever more elusive Dweller at the Threshold is ready to try new material on an unsuspecting crowd. John Duval and I will be playing outside the Dweller box but close enough to offend everyone. What works will stay and become part of the next Dweller CD and what does not will be dumped only upon you!

Hows that for a build up?

It's Free.
It's at Ground Kontrol (Video Games and Beer!)
It's on a First Thursday. (Live the art baby.)

More build? Sorry, that's about it.

1st Thursday December 1st. 9:30 PM
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
511 NW Couch St. 503-796-9364

Hope to see you there.
Bring beer money and quarters for Burgertime!

dave

I'll be there... you should too! The last Ground Kontrol show by Fulton solo was a lot of fun.



2005.11.22

Just a quick note... the Hypnos HQ internet connection has been down for nearly a week. I'm trying to get by on "borrowed" connections for a few minutes per day, and I'm told by Qwest that it will be fixed this evening (after having been told previously it would be fixed Friday or Monday).

Anybody waiting to hear from me, I'll get caught up tonight and tomorrow. Big batch of orders going out tomorrow as well.

This does seem to happen once a year or so. Maybe it's time to switch to Comcast cable internet?



2005.11.03

Here's a review of the latest from Hypnos, which is "I am breathing dreams out of the air" by M. Griffin. The review is by Phil Derby, from his ElectroAmbient Space web site:

"First, the short version of this review - if you loved Mike Griffin's last disc, Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects, stop reading, go to www.hypnos.com, and buy I am breathing dreams out of the air. There is virtually no chance that you won't like this if you liked that one, as I did. Mike does the most amazing things with non-musical noise to make it as relaxing as a soothing melody. This is white noise with class. Long drones and washes of abstract sound transport you into an alien world. As there is "regular" sci-fi and "hard" sci-fi, this is hard ambient. It is not for everyone, but for those that are prepared for it, even long for it, this is the real deal, the rarified air. Bleak winds blow across the 20-minute opening track; the second track is a tad brighter, relatively speaking, more white noise and less low drones than the first. The third track is restless, undulating, with a little more grit in the formless textures. About this point one had to wonder, how does he create these extraordinary sounds? On the one hand, it sounds like what one would create by accident, by doing something horribly wrong such that nature never intended the synth or sampler to create it. On the other, there is a purity to the thematic elements that you know the effect is clearly intentional. Describing each long form piece here could take pages, touching on the subtle details and unusual sound sculptures. Better that you get it and hear it for yourself. Recommended."



M. Griffin - "I am breathing dreams out of the air" is available for sale here:
M. Griffin - "I am breathing dreams out of the air"



2005.11.02

More Jeff Pearce news here... this time, a note from Echoes radio stating that they're doing another "Living Room Concert" with Jeff (this must be his third or fourth of these), this time featuring his new, self-released CD LINGERING LIGHT.

Monday 11/21*, Saturday 11/26**
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH JEFF PEARCE
Jeff Pearce is an avatar of ambient guitar. For the last twelve years he's been releasing dreamscapes awash in reverb, loops and delays, attaining an orchestral expanse from just his guitar. Now Pearce has become enamored with the Chapman Stick, an instrument that's like a double-wide guitar fretboard with ten strings and no body. Tapping the strings with both hands gives a guitarist a pianistic range on the instrument. Pearce's new CD, LINGERING LIGHT (Jeff Pearce Music) explores this instrument. Pearce comes into the Echoes Living Room where he plays solo Chapman Stick live.



You can purchase Jeff Pearce's Hypnos CD releases from these links -- please note that we do have Lingering Light now available for sale:
Jeff Pearce - To the Shores of Heaven
Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond
Jeff Pearce - Bleed
Jeff Pearce - Lingering Light



2005.11.01

For a long time, I posted a lot of "radio airplay" announcements on this page, for example "Station KUGN played the new Saul Stokes album, thanks for the support guys" and that sort of thing. Gradually I stopped because I didn't think it was useful information for anyone except the artist, the label, the DJ, and maybe the listeners to that show. Maybe I'll throw one of those up here from time to time... in this case, here's a recent "monthly top 20" list from WDBX radio. Stations create these ranked lists of their most-played tracks, to submit to entitites such as trade magazines, who track this kind of airplay. In this case, Robert Scott Thompson's Hypnos CD At the Still Point of the Turning World was their most played item this past month.

Music from Beyond the Lakes - WDBX, 91.1 FM, Carbondale, IL
Top 20 Report Submittal for October, 2005

1. Robert Scott Thompson - At the Still Point of the Turning World - Hypnos
2. Darshan Ambient (Michael Allison) - Re: Karma - Lotuspike
3. Dwight Ashley & Tim Story - Standing+ Falling - Nepenthe Music and Publishing
4. Davol - A Day Like No Other - GIRA Sound
5. Erik Wollo - Blue Sky, Red Guitars - Spotted Peccary Music
6. Jon Jenkins - Beyond City Light - Spotted Peccary Music
7. Jia Peng-Fang - Rainbow - Pacific Moon Records
8. Mingo - The Once And Future World - Helmet Room Records
9. Terry Oldfield - A Time for Peace - New Earth Records
10. Nigel Holton - This Journey - Hundred Hands Music
11. Various Artists - Tandava - Sounds True
12. Nana - Daughters of the Sun - NA Records
13. Ozone Player - Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas - Visual Power
14. John Polito - Crossing the Line - Green Note Music - 2001
15. Chris Bocast - Through the Airlock - Divergent Arts
16. Kevin Keller - Gathering Leaves - Alula
17. Jesse Cook - Nomad - Narada
18. Falling You - Touch - Fossil Dungeon
19. Soulfood - Serenity - Soulfood
20. Harp 46 - Passage - Self Released

Music from Beyond the Lakes
Produced by Jerry Nelms and Namdar Mogharreban
Sundays, 8-10 pm Central Time, USA
WDBX, 91.1 FM, Carbondale, Illinois
Streamed live at wdbx.scientistsuperstar.com



Robert Scott Thompson - At the Still Point of the Turning World is available for sale here:
Robert Scott Thompson - At the Still Point of the Turning World



2005.10.31

Following up on the Jeff Pearce "Gatherings" series performance in Philadelphia.... here's a review of Jeff's performance by "Soma611" from the Space Music mailing list:

Seated to my right was the Chapman Stick connoisseur, though, to be honest, he only semi-expertly handled his chopsticks. DJ Kel sat to my left, graciously ignoring my prodding elbow and just-as-graciously recognizing my constant pleadings of "Pass the duck, please." Six, in total, dined at a Jeff Towne-recommended University City restaurant. The Pod is a most-unique fine eatery which encourages the ogling of and partaking in of one-another's delicious entrees. Chuck van Zyl, having not slept (again) for several days, had graciously invited us all to a weekend-ending celebratory sort of thing -- another fine Gatherings concert featuring solo performances by Mr. van Zyl himself and Chop-not, but Chap-yes Jeff Pearce having taken place the evening before along with a just-as-fine private-event (for WXPN donors) concert held the following evening. Rounding out this Sunday night dining crew was sound-engineer/chopstick-handling-expert Art Cohen.

I'm can't say for sure, but I think I was invited along to dinner as a result of having provided sugarcoated donuts at the private concert. Whatever the reason, I was most appreciative for having been able to take a seat at the table and share the wrapping up of a lovely weekend (in style!) with such fine company.

A restaurant note: Never have I ever seen such weirdly constructed desserts; or, for that, such odd "pod"-like restrooms. A walk in search the latter resulted in eventual success, then a quick 180, and a mumbled, "Hmmm ... I think I'll wait until I get home."

Jeff Pearce's first Gatherings concert-series appearance occurred way back in the 20th Century; still, vivid personal memories remain of that night. Pearce was then entrenched in creative processes which would result with the landmark releasing of "To the Shores of Heaven." That coming-out night, the Pearce premiere, soared upon the revealing of its powerful material. Who could ever forget the artist's rendition of "Rain as a Metaphor" serendipitous mixing with the arrival of a thundershower ...

This past Saturday night's appearance would represent Pearce's fourth Gatherings appearance; all but one, I believe, have required hydroplaning over flooded roads in order to access. He's still got the power. But bring along fine company, share the rain, share the umbrella, walk through shimmering streets, continue up Locust Way toward silhouetted spires, enter the sanctuary, shelter yourselves in stone, enjoy the smiles of recognition, the warm friends, the community; the rain won't matter.

To the stage: Jeff Pearce would again carry with him his latest passions, spin wonderful yarns, display such graciousness, this time successfully selling us all on his compassion for the Chapman Stick, and, through this lovely instrument, languidly provide his receptive listeners with over an hour's worth of beautiful music. Mixing shorter pieces from his lovely recent release, "Lingering Light," with a half-hour long improvised string-caressed ambient set (which, in my opinion, ranks as heavenly as any the concert series has offered), Pearce again both charmed and seduced his audience. Throughout, projected animations created by Michael DuBois (of Pearce-collaboration "Luminous Dimensions" fame) drifted through spacious evolutions. To know the music is to know the artist. To experience the music of Jeff Pearce is to span a range of emotions. As part of the live experience, one smiles; one laughs; one cries. Performance winding to a close -- the evening would conclude with a rendition of the final piece from "Lingering Light"-- Pearce elaborated expressively on his appreciation of the Gatherings community, of his wondrous repeat ve ntures to experience its powers, of its positive personal effect, of the unparalleled connection he feels to it; to us.

Right back at you, Mr. Pearce.

The final piece of the evening was entitled "In the Silent Years to Come."

Talking about having your cake and eating it too -- when the announcement was made that Chuck van Zyl would be providing an opening set at St. Mary's, I rejoiced. I've witnessed dozens of live performances in which van Zyl has participated (many of recent being his wonderful Ministry of Inside Things collaboration with Art Cohen), but, as Chuck himself has noted, solo appearances on his part have been extremely rare. A spacemusic fan can only ask for more. Van Zyl offered a gorgeous half-hour set. Upon personal discovery of the spacemusic genre, one of my initial spacemusic investments was van Zyl's, "The Relic," an admirable release (it's on my desert-isle-collection list) disclosing both beautiful themes and energetic sequences. His Saturday night performance would remind me of this CD. Yet another lavishing screen projection, this one produced by Terry Furber, mirrored van Zyl's sonic offerings.

The following day's performance given by Jeff Pearce, held in a live-concert studio at public-radio station WXPN, was in fact an event sponsored by gracious donors whom support public radio and, in particular, of STAR'S END. About two dozen donors were in attendance and each was graced in return with an equal amount of appreciation. Pearce, between songs, invited questions and feedback; much discussion ensued concerning performance technique and concert experiences. Chuck van Zyl hosted this event; after the performance he also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the group, for without listener support the finest radio show on the planet would not be. Chuck's words led to a free-flowing discussion concerning what public radio represented to each in attendance, and finally, of ambient/spacemusic expression.

My role then kicked in, the official handing out of donuts. Soon after came my invitation to The Pod.



You can purchase Jeff Pearce's Hypnos CD releases from these links:
Jeff Pearce - To the Shores of Heaven
Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond
Jeff Pearce - Bleed
Jeff Pearce - Lingering Light



2005.10.20

Yet another "Hypnos artist concert announcement" today, this time it's Jeff Pearce playing another concert in the "Gatherings" series in Philadelphia. This is a fantastic concert series, certainly the best thing going in the space music, ambient & electronic genres over the years.

Soundscape Guitarist Jeff Pearce returns to the reverberant church sanctuary setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village and The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 22 October 2005. Also appearing will be EM artist Chuck van Zyl.

Jeff Pearce is well known to the Spacemusic community for his unique approach to the guitar. Pearce produces tones that rarely betray their origin as they are processed, delayed, distorted and looped to create complex harmonies and timbres. His music is compelling and moody, traversing the Space, Ambient, Experimental and New Age genres.

With seven full length CDs and tracks on several prestigious anthologies, Pearce "mines the terrain where Ambient, Space and Minimalism converge". His music ranges from deep, dark soundworlds to bright, elegant, melodic compositions.

Pearce's recent work includes music created on the "Chapman Stick" and the two-handed tapping technique associated with touch guitar, a radical departure from standard guitar practice. His new album is entitled LINGERING LIGHT and features music made using this process.

Pearce's 10/22 concert at The Gatherings will include new music played on the Chapman Stick as well as re-workings of earlier pieces for electric guitar from his known repertoire.

Energized by the classic cosmic music of the 1970s, Chuck van Zyl has been producing his own electronic realizations since 1986. Present within his music are the syncopated electronic rhythms, haunting melodic lead lines and unearthly morphing atmospheres which are the hallmarks of classic Spacemusic.

Chuck van Zyl will provide an opening solo set for Jeff Pearce at The Gatherings.

Jeff Pearce plus Chuck van Zyl at The Gatherings Concert Series
8:00pm on Saturday 22 October 2005 at 8:00pm in
The church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk (east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia

For more on Jeff Pearce at The Gatherings Concert Series, access: http://www.thegatherings.org

-Ashley/Story 19 November 2005
-TBA Workshop December 2005


-Saul Stokes March 2006
-Robert Rich April 2006
-The Ministry of Inside Things May 2006



You can purchase Jeff Pearce's Hypnos CD releases from these links:
Jeff Pearce - To the Shores of Heaven
Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond
Jeff Pearce - Bleed
Jeff Pearce - Lingering Light



2005.10.19

Here's a new announcement from Vidna Obmana regarding his upcoming concerts in the persona of Fear Falls Burning. It also mentions a radio broadcast from The Netherlands (available via online stream for those of us NOT in The Netherlands) of a previously-recorded live performance

Fear Falls Burning on The Netherlands' VPRO radio station :

This June 8th Fear Falls Burning did a VPRO session for the Dutch radio station in their famous "Zeldzaam Dwars" radioconcert series. The complete radio session is schedule for release in 2006 on the legendary Staalplaat label in their infamous "Mort Aux Vaches" series.

But tomorrow on October the 20th 2005 this concert session in the studios of VPRO will broadcasted on 747 am for those who're living in The Netherlands and as a live stream at http://www.vpro.nl/radio/

The broadcast is scheduled between 23pm and midnight (West-European time).

Fear Falls Burning on tour :
October 19th - 2005 : TAC (Temporary Art Center) Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
October 22nd - 2005 : Catharina chapel - private concert (The Netherlands)
October 29th - 2005 : Theater Luchtbal, Antwerpen (Belgium, w/The Hafler Trio, Freiband plays Wander)

www.vidnaobmana.be
info@vidnaobmana.be / vidnaobmana@skynet.be


www.fearfallsburning.be / vintage guitar drones



Obviously the concert info is only useful to those of us in that part of the world, but the online radio show tomorrow is worth checking out too.

The third chapter in Vidna Obmana's An Opera for Four Fusion Works will be forthcoming from Hypnos very soon, and the first two chapters are available for purchase now, from these links:
vidnaObmana - An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 1, Echoes of Steel)
vidnaObmana - An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 2, Phrasing the Air)



2005.10.18

When it rains, it pours -- here's another live performance announcement for Dave Fulton. This upcoming show is November 5th at a relatively new coffee shop & cafe called Tiny's. It's on NE M.L.K. Blvd, just a couple blocks from where Hypnos HQ was located until last year. Here's the info on the venue, first: Tiny's on Citysearch.com.

And here's the poster for the event (click on the medium-sized image to see a larger version):



If the recent Ground Kontrol performance by Fulton is any indication, this should be a lot of fun, and quite a feast for those who love the whole analog modular synths thing.



2005.10.14

The almost-good news is that I've been investigating "spam resistant" features of the MediaWiki software that runs the Hypnos Wiki. I have a few more technical hurdles to solve, but in the mean time, the HypnosWiki is back up, here:

HypnosWiki

I"ve done a bit of troubleshooting of the scripting errors preventing the anti-spam measures from working, so in the mean time I'll just have to keep a really close eye on the spam vandalism while I work out these last remaining kinks.



2005.10.11

The Dave Fulton show (see last week's news update) was a lot of fun, and pretty well-attended.... but because it took place in a big retro-arcade (see Ground Kontrol) it's not entirely clear how many people were there to see Dave play, and how many were there to play Tempest or Galaga or Tetris. Many stopped by to watch and listen and even ask questions of those of us near the stage who seemed to know what was going on. All in all, a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to introduce the music to some new listeners. And rumor has it that Dave will be playing again, this time with John Duval, on the event of "First Thursday" in December.



2005.10.03

For those of you in or near the Portland area, there's a great opportunity to attend a free performance by Hypnos/Binary artist Dave Fulton, this week. The event is part of Portland's "First Thursday," in which a bunch of art galleries and performance venues downtown set up special events, and open their new art shows. Dave is performing at a place called Ground Kontrol, which is an especially unique and cool place downtown. Primarily a "retro arcade" (filled with coin-op arcade machines of the Galaga / Tempest / Asteroids era), they're also host to some interesting music events of late. They have a web site you can check out here, and their news page has a bit more info on the Fulton event.



Should be a lot of fun, and of course it's not often Fulton performs alone. He'll have his big, wicked stack of modular synths, and will undoubtedly be making some crazy sounds. I'll be there, and you should too. So then, Ground Kontrol, 9:30PM on First Thursday (10/6/2005).



2005.10.01

Fear Falls Burning, the "secret identity" of Vidna Obmana, is apparently not so secret any longer, since Fear Falls Burning concert announcements are now being sent out by Vidna Obmana himself. Oh well, so much for the secret identity and all the mystery surrounding it. I guess for our fix of mystery we'll have to turn to watching Lost (what's in the hatch?) and re-runs of The X-Files.

Fear Falls Burning - he spoke in dead tongues 2005/2006 tour

"This is - as they say - a very non-commercial album. There's no catchy
songs, there's no lyrics, heck! There aren't even song titles. Yet this
album grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. It's aggressive in the
right spots and subtle and rippling in others - it definitely is more "rock"
than "ambient" -- it definitely isn't mellow and soothing. I had the
pleasure of seeing Fear Falls Burning live, when I was in Leipzig earlier
this year, now you can immerse yourself in this amazing soundworld. Each
listen is a completely new experience,and a completely powerful, mind-
blowing one!" - Sam Rosenthal/Projekt (USA)

Fear Falls Burning - he spoke in dead tongues (2CD, Projekt/Ikon) - OUT NOW !

October 2nd - 2005 : Lagerhaus, Bremen (Germany)
October 9th - 2005 : X-rated on Kink FM radio (The Netherlands)
October 11th - 2005 : Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt (Germany)
October 12th - 2005 : AZ Conni, Dresden (Germany)
October 13th - 2005 : Kulturbunker Müllheim, Köln (Germany)
October 15th - 2005 : E-live festival - TU Auditorium, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
October 19th - 2005 : TAC (Temporary Art Center), Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
October 22nd - 2005 : Catharina chapel - private concert (The Netherlands)
October 29th - 2005 : Theater Luchtbal, Antwerpen (Belgium)

Check the Fear Falls Burning website for all updated information on the
forthcoming releases and newly added concerts at www.fearfallsburning.be

We wish Vidna Obmana good luck and success with his tour, and encourage all those listeners in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium to attend his shows.



2005.09.19

Here are some of the latest additions to the Hypnos Online Store:

Stephen Philips - Placid Repose
Oophoi - Signals From the Great Beyond
Orion's Belt - The Truth Within
Amon - Foundation (2cd)
Alio Die - Suspended Feathers
Maurizio Bianchi - M.I. Nheem Alysm

Also, don't forget the latest drone minimalist work from M Griffin, I am breathing dreams out of the air, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label.



Here's a direct link to purchase I am breathing dreams... for $11.99 today: M Griffin - I am breathing dreams out of the air



2005.08.31

Now available, the newest release of minimal/drone ambient from M Griffin, I am breathing dreams out of the air.



M Griffin - I am breathing dreams out of the air - track listing with MP3 sample clips:

1. "I breathe as the water flows over me"
2. "I dream the same girl in every dream"
3. "I must go to the place I have never seen"
4. "I visit a future without identity and forget myself"
5. "I condense the universe into a thought and memorize it"

In a very real sense, this is a "sequel" to this year's previous M Griffin release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, which has been our best-seller so far on the Secret Sounds imprint. The style is pure, atmospheric minimal drone, very deep and evocative and mysterious, complex enough that it is neither truly dark nor light.

Here's a direct link to purchase the CD for $11.99 today: M Griffin - I am breathing dreams...



2005.08.23

The latest Hypnos Secret Sounds release, I Am Breathing Dreams Out of the Air by Hypnos founder M. Griffin, is a bit closer to seeing release. Here's the cover artwork:



Stay tuned for a release announcement and MP3 sample clips very soon.



2005.08.16

In last night's news update, I mentioned a brief trip out of town. When I return, I will be announcing a new release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, by Hypnos founder M Griffin. It's called I Am Breathing Dreams Out of the Air and it is very much in the style of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects sound-wise (and I suppose also right down to the lengthy title). In fact, some of this material was created at the same time as the first Hypnos Secret Sounds release, and the rest of it was created later using the same methods and tools, so think of it as S.A.H.I.O. Part 2 if you like. It's super-minimal, textural ambience.

In the name of giving people things to look at (hey, I love web pages with pictures too), here's a very early layout & artwork plan for this disc, created before the Hypnos Secret Sounds "look" fell into place. So in other words, this isn't what the discs will look like, and really only serve to give you something to gaze upon, and possibly also to give some idea into the way designs evolve. I always enjoy seeing, for example, foreign editions of my favorite novels, with completely different artwork and designs. This is the original "booklet spread," in other words the front and rear covers of the booklet. Click on the medium-sized graphic below to open the actual-size version.



The original plan was for Hypnos Secret Sounds to have an overall "look" that had a greater distance in terms of style from the rest of the Hypnos label. As it turned out, the HSS imprint is fairly similar to the look & feel of regular Hypnos CDs, with the main difference being the white background versus the black background, and also a different font treatment, but it's interesting to imagine what would have happened if Hypnos Secret Sounds had proceeded from the above design template.

Stay tuned for MP3 sample clips and a release announcement next week!



2005.08.15

Here's another installment of "catching up with reviews of Hypnos CDs." Today we have reviews of several discs, both new and older. First, Viridian Sun's Live, Paris Theater reviewed by Jim Brenholts.

"Mike Griffin is one busy (wink, wink) gentleman. He runs the Hypnos label, website, store and forum, has a full-time job and still finds time to create music and perform on stage. However, since, 19XX, his releases have been limited to collaborations with Dave Fulton and A Produce. He has also performed live with Dave Tollefson as Viridian Sun.

Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects is only his third solo. It is 70 minutes of deep experimental ambience with organic textures and dark timbres. While there are four compositions with distinct separations, the set plays as one massive soundscape with four movements. The music is continuous and contiguous as it collapses into itself in endless waves of vivid grays, dark blues and blacks.

This CD, the first on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label, is a limited edition CDR. It is also essential listening and a welcome and overdue set from Griff!"
--Reviewed by Jim Brenholts on the Hypnos Forum

Next, NAPRA Magazine's review of Richard Bone's Etherdome.

"A versatile electronic musician who's worked in various styles over the years. Bone's been exploring serene, dreamlike sound textures on disc since 1994. Thematic inspiration on this electronic space album was a visit to the actual "ether dome" operating room at the Boston hospital where ether was introduced 150 years ago. The resulting songs reflect the powerful subconscious pull of going under anesthesia, drifting deeply in a dream state, then gradually reawakening to the real world. there's a simple but attractive minimalism reminiscent of a synthesized Harold Budd here. the sound could not possibly be more peaceful, yet the musical development is never boring. The entire 11-cut CD floats soothingly along with impressive warmth. It's the audio equivalent of lying on your back in the grass for an hour and watching a menagerie of fluffy clouds billowing above."
--Nat Friedland, NAPRA Review

And Etherdome again, this time reviewed by JC Smith in Outburn.

":SPARSE CLOUDS OF MELODIC AMBIENCE:

Richard Bone's musical history includes dalliances in electropop, mamba, vintage jazz, Bossa Nova, and more. With Ether Dome, he delves into cosmic ambience, though it is an ambience laced with minimal, melodic foundation. The eleven tracks profess to "reflect moods that occur as consciousness slips away." I find myself drawn to the more experimental tracks, as well as the tracks that communicate a delicate, fragile beauty. From the former: the primal aural ascension of "The Letheon Men," a synth in observance, peering into a frozen, (Island of Dr.) Moreau-esque abyss, crystals resonating in response to the moody synth; and "Plateau To Level 30," odd sounds flitting through the background, as the synths raise the listener to the plateau in question, an undercurrent of breathing present throughout. From the latter: "Unawakened" with its sad, frail piano line, synth slivers gently sliding into the smooth ivory crevices; and "Calenture," despondent synths in reticent resignation, occasional piano filling the crevices here, slipping off into realms of mental mist. The tracks are slow to build, the minimal synth/piano interplay lingering unobtrusively. Reminiscent of the calm (though sometimes lightly jostled) onset of dusk, or the disintegrating dream at dawn."
--JC Smith, Outburn Magazine

And now, an excellent exercise for anyone fluent in German (please email an English version to mg -at- hypnos -dot- com if you're in the mood for a translation exercise), a review of the 2nd Act of Vidna Obmana's An Opera for Four Fusion Works. Moderne Klangkunst is a magazine, I guess.

"Er lässt sich Zeit. Viel Zeit. Endlos Zeit. Vidna Obmana lässt sich treiben. Im zweiten Akt seiner „Opera for Four Fusion Works“ erfasst er die Schwingungen des zuvor von Bill Fox in Nazareth (Pennsylvania, USA)) auf DAT und in Belgien auf Pro-Tools eingespielten Sopransaxofons und baut daraus und darauf einen endlos weiten elektronischen, sphärischen Klangteppich, der sich nur allmählich minimal verändert. Eine handwerklich und produktionstechnisch einwandfreie CD, bei dessen Hörgenuss man sich spielend fallen lassen und vor sich hin träumen kann."
--Moderne Klangkunst (Germany)

And now, another review of Opera Act II, this time in English by Brian Bieniowski on his Ambient Review web site.

"Ambient master VidnaObmana continues his ambitious four-part An Opera for Four Fusion Works with Act Two, "Phrasing the Air," featuring the saxophone playing of EMusic DJ Bill Fox. The first part of the Opera, 2002's "Echoes of Steel" was one of my favorite albums of the year; an autumnal, melancholy ambient work featuring the gothic-folk guitar of Dreams in Exile. "Echoes" was delightfully listenable, and would make a fine introduction to listeners (especially fans of the quieter goth styles) not familiar with VidnaObmana's oeuvre, or ambient in general. Act Two, though sharing the same recycling processes as its predecessor, is a completely different work in tone, containing unusual sonorities and textures--it is also one of the most interesting and difficult albums of VidnaObmana's recent work.

Like "Echoes of Steel," the tracks on "Phrasing the Air" are labeled only by Roman numerals (often out of numerical order). The general mood is meditative and haunting, a longstanding VidnaObmana trademark dating back to his early "breathing" synth works. "I" reminds me of no less than Jon Hassell's resonant trumpet playing; an exotic hooning, calling infinitely over a desolate landscape. Fox's saxophone is processed and layered, sounding like a chorus of strange Eastern instruments, sounds trumpeting from the mountain above. "II" is reminiscent, at first, of VidnaObmana's early work on Revealed by Composed Nature and The Trilogy of albums. The repeated melodic pattern forms a mandala of deep colors; blues and greys. Fox's saxophone is deep and resonant here, often reminding of Tom Heasley or Stuart Dempster, boiling up from the depths. Obmana's ebow adds tension, a dissonant chorus screaming above the soft landscape of recycled sax. The unusual tones carry the track forward, resembling circling birds, as the underlying ambience remains fairly static. It's a difficult track--with screechy textures taking the driver's seat--though the disparate elements, uncomfortable sounding they may be, meld quite perfectly. "VI" is next, sounding strongly like Terry Riley's "Poppy Nogood," due in part to Fox's sax, looped and ever-shifting. The track even seems to pan through the speakers like Riley's classic piece. If this reminds me of "Poppy Nogood," then it is certainly a "Poppy Nogood" played in a giant area, as the sonic undercurrents are vast and bassy. The roiling, post- industrial soundscapes and the sounds reminiscent of early minimalist experimentation truly represent an expression of past and present forms of meditative music. Quite a stunner, and my favorite track on the album. "V," the longest track at just over nineteen minutes, returns to ambient stillness. Here Fox's sax is processed down to long, almost vocal, tones. Those who appreciate the harmonic singing of David Hykes, or Ambient Review favorite Jim Cole, will find much to enjoy here, though the sound sources do not originate from the human voice. This is deep and gorgeous, more than a little gothic in tone. Obmana's guitar textures from recent works like Innerzone appear at the halfway mark. The track is creepy, resonant, and extremely memorable, though perhaps not for those who prefer their ambience free of sharp edges. "IV" ends the album on a surprisingly musical note, with Fox's sax playing instantly recognizable as the instrument it is. I have to admit even this track is a little "out there" for me, with an uncomfortably off-kilter melody repeating over nine minutes. The strange drones beneath the sax are quite intriguing, but, as a whole, the track didn't gel for me.

"Phrasing the Air" is a surprising departure for VidnaObmana, and continues the Opera in a most auspicious way. While no track could be considered "easy" listening (or "fusion," or "opera," for that matter), I find this to be one of Obmana's most impressive works of the last five years. "Echoes of Steel" was surprisingly underrated, considering its high quality, and "Phrasing the Air" proves to be a more than worthy follow-up. I hesitate to recommend this to those who enjoy VidnaObmana's lighter, airier works like The River of Appearance or Landscape in Obscurity. Regardless, this is sure to be a favorite to those who follow VidnaObmana, whether he is performing post- industrial soundscapes, translucent ambience, or bizarre (and sometimes frightening) experimental works. A fine, original, effort from one of the genre's best artists."
--Brian Bieniowski, Ambient Review

Here's Mystic Music DJ Eric Mystic (aka Eric Meece) reviewing Numina's Eye of the Nautilus.

"Another great album from Jesse Sola. This one is perhaps even more emotionally-moving than his others; almost like Robert Carty. And his sounds are superply crafted, to my ears."
--Eric Mystic, KKUP Radio's Mystic Music

And Eric Mystic again, this time reviewing Robert Scott Thompson's At the Still Point of the Turning World.

"This one is subtle, quiet and modestly scored. It is a gem of originality from what I can hear so far. It should be a good one for those seeking to find a still point within."
--Eric Mystic, KKUP Radio's Mystic Music

Here's Jeff Greinke's Wide VIew reviewed by Godsend Ezine.

"Veteran Seattle-based composer Greinke here returns with his first truly ambient recording in some time, and it's a soundscaping masterpiece. Still reminiscent of classic ENO and BUDD in spots, 'Wide View' is a timeless and gorgeous blending of natural landscapes and electronic brushstrokes. Greinke's keen sense of nearly classical structure and warm, atmospheric sound carries a distinctly filmic disposition, equally as effective as an engrossing deep listening journey or background mood. This is a stunningly beautiful album that summons the amber hues of a lazy autumn day as the sun glares brightly down, obscuring the wintry chill of the air."
-Review by Godsend

Electronic Musician Magazine had this little blurb on The Most Distant Point Known by M Griffin & D Fulton.

"Slowly evolving soundscapes created with Synthesis Technology MOTM and Doepfer analog modular synthesizers."
--Electronic Musician Magazine

And now, Godsend again, and M Griffin & D Fulton again... this time the review is of Imprint.

"Pooling the talents of 2 ambient sound architects, 'Imprint' glides along effortlessly in a sea of blissful mystery, combining space, texture, and melody. Whereas other ambient releases can consist of little more than pleasant background sounds, 'Imprint' has a distinctly human element present that at times can actually be quite touching. With the composers coming from two distinctly different 'schools' of electronic sound (Griffin's tendency is towards digital abstraction and software-based systems while Fulton generally gears towards the analogue sequencer/prog/Berlin style of composition), this collaboration is surprisingly cohesive. 'Imprint' glides from the darkly mysterious 'Please Identify' to the cosmic free-flight of 'Neuralnet', and touches on a number of electronic genres and vibes--both retro and modern. 'Imprint' is a truly effective soundtrack that rings with complexity and depth."
-Review by Godsend

Progressive Soundscapes did this review of Numina's Eye of the Nautilus.

"Jesse Sola has been writing some of the finest atmospheric cds in the last few years. Recording under the name Numina, this Denver based space-music-ambient artist has been working steady at crafting his sound-art since the mid 90's. His earlier releases mapped his progression with promise and demonstrated a real talent for original sound design. On 2004's Sanctuary of Dreams, his penchant for creating serene yet contrasting cloud-like textural landscapes matured and came into focus on this beautiful release appealing to many pure space-music listeners while making a host of "Best of 2004" music lists. Now Jesse takes his skills one step further with the release of Eye of the Nautilus. Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.

It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from "new name you should watch" to the status of "established artist." This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.

Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track, "Secrets from the Flame," and as with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos founder M. Griffin is responsible for mastering and layout. This is the fourth new release this year so far from the Hypnos label, and it is sure to be one of the highlights of the year, not only for Numina and Hypnos, but for the entire space & ambient music world. If this is any indication of the quality of products we can expect from Hypnos this year, the space-music community is sure to be in for a great year."
--Progressive Soundscapes

Another quickie, this time a little comment on M Griffin's Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects by Frank Sylvis.

"Mike, "Sounds Hidden Inside Objects" is awesome! Thanks for your contribution to the genre."
--Frank Sylvis

Matt Howarth of Sonic Curiosity reviewed Chad Hoefler's Hypnos debut, Twilight in the Offing.

"This release from 2004 offers 60 minutes of haunting ethereal compositions.

There’s a surprising edginess going on in this music, a tension that reaches beyond the imminent twilight, a tension that is achieved by the utilization of sharp needles lurking amid the gathering gloom. The nocturnal verge is spooky enough with arid tonalities and sepulchral airs swarming like miasmic spirits, but it’s the scratchy impacts and chittering peripherals that truly scatter hazardous barbs throughout these soundscapes. Hoefler has a way of making the shadows bubble with ominous poise. Not that the music is murky or hostile; there’s a calm prowling just beneath the dire austerity, a peaceful cloud that is rich with soporific qualities if one can overlook the eerie veneer of first impressions. They are friendly ghosts who seek to sedate you more than alarm you.

This misty climate of stoic resonance is sneakily infectious, seeping into the brain through the flesh as easily as it penetrates the auditory canals. These elongated sonic textures alter time, transforming instants into hours with their expansive dimensions, compressing days of contemplation into a frozen second.

The presence of languid percussion in one track stands in striking contrast to the rest of the rhythmic deprivation, and even the minimal soundscape rouses into a mysterious melody for the occasion.

Hoefler is to be commended for producing a release that stretches the boundaries of ambience into a void of lush properties.

The music on this release was mastered by Robert Rich."
--Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

Here's another relatively old one: Bleed by Jeff Pearce, reviewed in Godsend.

"An absolutely beautiful and shimmering collection of gentle soundscapes that blend acoustic guitars with the usual electronic sources. 'Bleed' evokes a calm, peaceful serenity, with a slight touch of mystery, as Pearce's distant rumblings and atmospheric reverberations are warmed up considerably by the addition of soft, melodic guitar on most of these 13 tracks. Prior to this CD, I was not familiar with Pearce's work, but upon spinning this one numerous times, I'm convinced he's walking alongside the genre's heavyweights. Really, you're not likely to hear a more gorgeous album this year. My full recommendation, and kudos to Mr. Pearce for creating such a lovely and enveloping listening experience. A+!"
-Review by Godsend

Lastly, an informal review of the Hypnos/Binary solo debut of John Duval (member of Dweller at the Threshold, the same group that spawned such artists as Dave Fulton and Paul Ellis), Hell's Canyon.

"This disc arrived today (along with some other neat stuff). i was expecting some excellent berlin school and analog sounds (i got some) but i was amazed and pleasantly surprised to hear a great ambient opening track. and another! this is an exceptional cd, john! congratulations!"
--Jim Brenholts

Well, that's a pretty big list! it's good to be caught up, now, as I'm about to take a brief trip out of town for just a few days. In case you wish to purchase any of those CDs, here are direct links to the CDs reviewed above:

Viridian Sun - Live Paris Theater
M Griffin - Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects
Richard Bone - Etherdome
Vidna Obmana - An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 2
M Griffin & D Fulton - The Most Distant Point Known
M Griffin & D Fulton - Imprint
Jeff Pearce - Bleed
Chad Hoefler - Twilight in the Offing
Robert Scott Thompson - At the Still Point of the Turning World
Numina - Eye of the Nautilus
John Duval - Hell's Canyon

I think that's all of 'em. If you're looking for something you don't see linked above, just go to the main page of the Hypnos Online Store and do a search. Thanks to all the reviewers for their support of Hypnos CDs and Hypnos artists!



2005.08.09

Today we have a few new items for the Hypnos Online Store, some of which should be of great interest to Hypnos listeners:

Fennesz - Endless Summer
Oophoi - Hymns to a Silent Sky
Vidna Obmana - Noise/Drone Anthology
A Produce - Black Sands (3cd ltd. edition, special pkg) $24.99 special price

Also, a couple other A Produce albums are back in stock, including Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo and A Smooth Surface (Special Edition). Those are available in the A Produce section of the store, here.



2005.08.05

Just restocked a bunch of items on the Hypnos Online Store, including:

vidna08 Fear Falls Burning (Vidna Obmana) - First By a Whisper Then By a Storm
misc15 Lustmord - Carbon/Core
amp38 Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter
amp40 Rod Modell - Electromagnetic-Etheric Systems Approach (ltd. edition cdr)
amp36 Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton - Illuminati Audio Science
umbra07 Oophoi - Mare Imbrium
umbra24 Oophoi - Mare Tranquillitatis
umbra06 Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea
hos1 Robert Rich - Seven Veils
hos16 Robert Rich - Rainforest
hos02 Robert Rich - A Troubled Resting Place
rich06 Robert Rich - Bestiary
rel15 Robert Rich - Trances/Drones (2cd)
roach10 Steve Roach ­ World's Edge (2cd)
roach14 Steve Roach ­ Texture Maps
projekt27 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome
projekt28 Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman - Trance Spirits
projekt29 Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf - Mantram
man14 Sleep Research Facility - Dead Weather Machine
man15 Sleep Research Facility - DWM Re:Heat
vidna06 Vidna Obmana - Anthology 1984-2004
vidna09 Vidna Obmana & David Lee Wells - Tracers
amp30 Klaus Weise - Ming Noir

On second though, if you'd like to purchase those CDs, or just read more information, here are the direct links:
Fear Falls Burning (Vidna Obmana) - First By a Whisper Then By a Storm
Lustmord - Carbon/Core
Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter
Rod Modell - Electromagnetic-Etheric Systems Approach (ltd. edition cdr)
Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton - Illuminati Audio Science
Oophoi - Mare Imbrium
Oophoi - Mare Tranquillitatis
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea
Robert Rich - Seven Veils
Robert Rich - Rainforest
Robert Rich - A Troubled Resting Place
Robert Rich - Bestiary
Robert Rich - Trances/Drones (2cd)
Steve Roach ­ World's Edge (2cd)
Steve Roach ­ Texture Maps
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome
Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman - Trance Spirits
Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf - Mantram
Sleep Research Facility - Dead Weather Machine
Sleep Research Facility - DWM Re:Heat
Vidna Obmana - Anthology 1984-2004
Vidna Obmana & David Lee Wells - Tracers
Klaus Weise - Ming Noir

Some of these are in fairly small quantities, so move on over there and take a look if you're interested!



2005.07.28

The nifty new site Morpheus Music (see morpheus.co.uk) has posted a very brief interview with Hypnos artist Chad Hoefler on their site. The "micro-interview" is available here.



2005.07.27

Jenn is back at Hypnos HQ after a brief trip out of town, and will be getting out any and all Hypnos Online Store orders that have been received in the last few days. Many thanks for your patience.

Several new items should be listed in the store tomorrow... stay tuned.



2005.07.26

Just a minor update today to the "Hypnos Recommends" section of the Hypnos Online Store, removing some no-longer-current items, as well as some items that were out of stock (since the store just gives you a nasty "database error" if you click on a recommended item that has been temporarily removed while we're out of copies to sell).



2005.07.25

One of our favorite things here at Hypnos is airplay on the hard-to-crack Hearts of Space radio show... this time, it's Jeff Greinke's Wide View. Here's their playlist:

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PGM 736 : "HYDROLOGY"
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PGM NOTE : a journey on the water planet
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FEED DATE : 7-22-05
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VANGELIS
"Fields of Choral" < 0:00->7:45 >
"Aquatic Dance" < 7:45->11:36 >
: OCEANIC; Atlantic 82953-2; 1996
: Info: www.elsew.com (fan site)

LISA WALKER
"Backwards Unfolding" (part) < 11:36->17:35 >
: GROOVED WHALE; Earthworm WRM13; Canada 1999
Reissued by EarthEar Records in 2001
: Info: www.groovedwhale.com; www.earthear.com
--segue--
JEFF GREINKE
"Submerge" < 17:35->24:38 >
: WIDE VIEW; Hypnos hyp2240; 2002
: Info: www.jeffgreinke.com

ROBERT RICH
"Circle Unwound" (part) < 24:38->31:21 >
: ECHO OF SMALL THINGS; Soundscape Productions SP 008; 2005
: Info: www.robertrich.com

TIM GERWING
"Effect05 (Water)" < 31:21->37:36 >
: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT; self-published [no catalog #]; Canada 2004
: Info: www.lascaux21.com/be

RUSTY CRUTCHER
"Totality" (part) < 37:36->41:09 >
: OCEAN ECLIPSE; Emerald Green EG8407; 1992
: Info: www.emeraldgreensound.com

DAVID PARSONS
"Pahla Loka" < 41:09->51:29 >
: INNER PLACES; Celestial Harmonies 13245-2; 2005
: Info: www.harmonies.com/releases/13245.htm

KIT WATKINS
"The Metamorphosis of Truth" (part) < 51:29->58:20 >
: THE GATHERING: SET TWO; KitWatkins.com [no catalog #]; 2001
: Info: www.kitwatkins.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
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(c) 2005 Hearts of Space
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Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the ongoing support and of course more congrats to Jeff. The CD can be purchased at the Hypnos store, here.



2005.07.21

Did a minor update today to the Hypnos CD Releases page, adding Dagboken by Stephen Philips as an available release rather than a "coming soon," along with a few other housecleaning type changes. Have a great weekend, everybody, and send Lance Armstrong your encouraging thoughts for Saturday morning's time trial!



2005.07.20

Here's a new review of Chad Hoefler's Hypnos debut CD, Twilight In The Offing, reviewed by Morpheus Music (www.morpheusmusic.co.uk):

Review of Chad Hoefler "Twilight In The Offing," (Hypnos, 2005)
"STYLE
Colourful, moody ambient music with some rhythmic and percussive features. Twilight In The Offing is built around gradually unfolding tonal layers and shadowy planes of sound - where beats are present they are gentle, within the mix, not dominating. Hints of melody lie in places deeply embedded in the dense sound base where the heaviest of shades thicken and subside being overlaid with eddying currents and swirls above. Gurgling effects at times ripple and murmur across the surface as the weighty lower frequencies rise and fall. The drones on this album are tenebrous, doleful in some places - celestial, ethereal in others.

MOOD
In keeping with the title, Twilight In The Offing suggests something dimly lit, ponderous and shifting. There is a pleasing organic feel to this strongly electronic sound, emerging periodically into brightness, luxuriating under a luminous sheen, or shrouded in gloom with dense colourful entities turning somewhere within, at times even desolate even cold. Chad has said that the CD represents his attempt to sonically capture the concept of inevitability - darkness follows dusk, fall and winter follow summer, expiration of life being the ultimate certainty.

ARTWORK
Grassy blades against a darkening sky catch the passing light on the front cover - within a generous black border ... lettering minimal, simple, white. On the rear - the jutting blades are further abstracted, the background light almost lost; here track titles and timings are listed. Inside the cover booklet variations of the same imagery recur and once more in a plain white font credits, sample sources, thanks and contact details are presented.

OVERALL
Released on the Hypnos label - Twilight In The Offings consists of seven lengthy pieces all between five and ten minutes long. This is Chad's debut release and has been mastered by none other than Robert Rich. Track titles reflect the idea of inevitability with some beautifully poetic terms 'Crimson Lost', 'Enveloping Shadow', 'On The Eve Of Plum Frost'. This is an ambient album that can hold the attention - from the beautiful 'In A Marooned Moment' to the disquieting 'Enveloping Shadow' the considerable variety of sound from one track to the next pulls you along, caught one moment by a percussive line throbbing way below the surface, swept up the next by cinematic undulations or uneasy in the presence of looming apparitions."
--Morpheus Music

And here, a review of the same CD by Phil Derby of Electroambient Space:

Review of Chad Hoefler "Twilight In The Offing," (Hypnos, 2005)
"Hailed as a great new talent before his debut CD came out, Chad Hoefler lives up to the advance billing on Twilight in the Offing. "Crimson Lost" flows smoothly from silky synth pads to crisp percussion that is equal parts modern and primitive. It compares favorably to Patrick O'Hearn's Trust CD. After a strongly tribal first half, this piece changes significantly, downshifting completely into a formless silky slab of ambience, more like Robert Scott Thompson from The Silent Shore. The title "Enveloping Shadow" is evocative of its nature, dark spirals of sound radiating outward and downward into the caverns. Steve Roach's disc two from Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces comes to mind. Despite the many comparisons already made, this is not derivative music. Hoefler's music has strong reference points to these and other worthy ambient artists, but he builds upon the foundation laid before him and offers his own worthy contribution to the genre. "Substrata" has a steady, unsettling pace with very dark underpinnings. The sound that provides the rhythm here is otherworldly, like something knocking on wood but defying easy description. Nicely juxtaposed is the markedly brighter "Refugia," a more ethereal gossamer piece with touches of Jeff Pearce or Jonn Serrie. Still, no one is going to mistake this for new age, it is serious ambient. "In a Marooned Moment" again uses a simple steady beat to effectively create a sense of unrest. The last two tracks continue to mine the depths, although "Orchard of Stone" brightens some at the end as a relaxed beat carries it along in a unique ambient-meets-easy-listening mode, a surprising but perfect finish."
--© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

To buy the CD referenced above, or just read more information, here is the direct link:
Chad Hoefler - Twilight In The Offing


Also, this week we emailed out the big announcement of the release of Dagboken by Stephen Philips (the third release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label), and we've been selling them like crazy! People really seem to be responding to the Hypnos Secret Sounds project, so we have every reason to keep releasing things that way, in addition of course to the regular, non-limited manufactured CD releases that Hypnos does. Purchase Dagboken here:
Stephen Philips - Dagboken (ltd. cdr)



2005.07.13

Did a big fat update today to the Hypnos Online Store, with the biggest new "featured item" being Dagboken by Stephen Philips, for $11.99 (though that's already been mentioned on this page, last week).

Click on over to the store and take a look at all the new recommended items.



2005.07.08

We're pleased to announce the release of the latest Hypnos Secret Sounds issue, this time Dagboken from Stephen Philips. It's available to purchase right now, on the Hypnos Online Store, for $11.99.





Dagboken, which by the way means "diary" in Swedish, is the first release by Stephen Philips and Hypnos, though we will also be releasing his Into the Dark later in 2005. As you'll hear in the MP3 sample audio clips (below), Dagboken is an imaginative and varied piece of ambient drone, one we've had on frequent "repeat" in Hypnos HQ for quite some time now. It's a long piece (about 72 minutes), and one that covers quite a bit of ground during that time, collaging together elements of "found sound," location recordings, synthesizer textures, and sample treatments.

Sample MP3 audio clips:
Dagboken, clip 1
Dagboken, clip 2
Dagboken, clip 3
Dagboken, clip 4

We'll have a bit more information on this release in the coming few days, but now that it's complete, we wanted to announce it and make it available for those of you who are chomping at the bit for new ambience! Have a great weekend, everybody, and we'll follow up with more next week. Thanks as always for your ongoing support of Hypnos.



2005.07.07

As we prepare to make an exciting new addition to the Hypnos Online Store in the next day or two, I wanted to post some CD reviews for current and recent Hypnos (and Hypnos Secret Sounds) releases. Many listeners seem persuaded by a positive review, just as others use sample audio clips to make their decisions, so here we go...

Review of M Griffin "Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects," 4 tracks, 69.57 mins (Hypnos, 2005)
"Mike Griffin kicks off his Hypnos Secret Sounds sublabel, featuring limited CDR pressings of 200 or 300 copies, with his own release. Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects features four lengthy dark textural pieces of first-rate drones and other atmospherics. Though it has been years since his last solo release Sudden Dark, Griffin seems to pick up very much where he left off. This stark ambient music conjures up images of wind-swept desolate planets or a lonely sojourn into the outer reaches of space. "Iyon Aaz" is filled with metallic resonant drones and deep swirling echoes of sound. Melody is neither implied nor intended. "Ido Ereme" delves deeper still into hazy sonic reverberations. Low rumbles are ideal for testing your stereo system, experiencing the music by vibration instead of by ear. "Ixe Om" combines the metallic quality of the first track with the deep expansiveness of the second. The result is a not so distant cousin to Steve Roach's The Magnificent Void. Last up is "Inye Adieme," easily the brightest of the bunch. Ethereal soothing tones fade in, and although restless underpinnings remain, the mood is just a touch more relaxed throughout. It is safe to say, however, that the new age label will never apply here. And that is a very good thing."
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Viridian Sun "Live, Paris Theater," 1 track, 78.33 mins (Hypnos, 2005)
"The exciting thing about live recordings is how they capture raw and often special moments that otherwise would not happen. This spontaneous long-form work is brimming with intensity, even in the nearly silent opening moments. The undulating, pulsating quality of Viridian Sun's earlier releases is still there, but laid bare, stripped of any studio trickery or enhancements. The result is minimal but also daring. Occasionally the music seems to be taking on a more solid form, as in the drifting layers approaching the 20-minute mark, but the emphasis is clearly on unstructured experimentation, largely consisting of drones of various timbres and colors. Many an ambient track can be described as building slowly, but I can scarcely recall one as effective as this, taking full advantage of the 68-plus minutes to ever so gradually ascend, with occasional peaks such as between 35 and 40 minutes, leveling off to quieter passages as we head toward the 50-minute mark. Incredibly haunting sounds mark the time just past 60 minutes, something like a strangely distorted alien female choir. The music then slowly disintegrates into a dark blizzard of white noise, seeming to consume matter like a black hole in the frenzy that is the stunning conclusion. The audience must have been stunned into silence from awe, fright, appreciation, bewilderment, or all of the above."
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Numina "Eye of the Nautilus," 9 tracks, 73.55 mins (Hypnos, 2005)
"Numina (Jesse Sola) is back with a strong follow up to his well received Hypnos debut Sanctuary of Dreams. Once again, he creates beautiful paintings, using sounds as color, using synths, samplers, and guitars as his brushes. "Drift Catalyst" is a rich textural piece that combines its layers into a wall of sound that ebbs and flows. Though Numina often reminds me of Steve Roach, this piece has a smooth silky quality and a somewhat brighter tone that is more reminiscent of Robert Carty's space music. "Secrets from the Flame" features Rudy Adrian as a guest, and though Jesse doesn't tip his hand as to what Rudy contributes, there is a bright shimmering quality that I associate with his work. Tribal drumming picks up the pace a bit midway through, blending into the synth textures extremely well. The intensity builds and crests before a long slow fade. "The Thirteenth Moon" is full of bright choirs and silky pads. It sounds like heaven. Drums return on "New Lands Approach," adding vibrancy and vitality. "The Nautilus Chamber" swooshes by like the wind. After a lot of velvety smooth sounds, "Sundrown" takes a more abstract turn with clanging bells, eerie strings, and things that go bump and thump in the night. Something like Japanese koto or hammered dulcimer appears for contrast, and works to great effect here and in the closing track, "Return to the Crystal Temple." In between are a couple other ambient morsels for you to sample on your own. There is a nice balance between pure ambient tracks and those with more rhythmic elements. Put it all together, and it's another Numina winner."
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Robert Scott Thompson "At the Still Point of the Turning World," 12 tracks, 69.06 mins (Hypnos, 2005)
"Robert's latest disc features lots of shorter quiet tracks, often with intricate layers to explore. Starting in a most understated fashion, "Of Mirrored Air" is barely audible for the first minute. It is like listening to small ripples on an otherwise still pond. "Causal Connecting Principle" is both brooding and sad, and will send unsettling shivers down your spine. "Airport for Shadows and Dust" (great name) is smooth as glass, but dark as obsidian at times. "Presences" is a dissonant, richly complex work, even though it lasts less than two minutes. "Water out of Sunlight" is somewhat brighter as the name implies, but tinges of shadow remain. Distant flutes begin "When Dreams Collide," the disc's most delicate floater. Traces of classical influences creep in on a few numbers including this one. The title track plinks out sparse notes as rumbling drones and odd strings ring out, like plucking the inside of a piano. All twelve tracks are compelling in their own way, but my favorite may be "Tinted In Temporal Hue," particularly the midsection with its rich layers of dark synth textures. After so much darkness, Thompson brings us into the light on the closing track, "Figured in the Drift of Stars," a beautiful piece with piano and slow washes of synths. It reminds me of Brian Eno's classic Apollo, and makes a serene finish to another great piece of Thompson's artistry."
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Of course, since all four reviews were from Phil Derby's excellent online resource, Electroambient Space, this would be a great place to recommend that everyone take a trip to the Electroambient Space web site and check out all the reviews and features, including the recent July 2005 update. Thanks to Phil for the reviews, and for sustaining this great online resource.

Lastly, to purchase those four CDs, or just read more information, here are the direct links:
Robert Scott Thompson - At the Still Point of the Turning World
Numina - Eye of the Nautilus
M. Griffin - Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects (ltd. cdr)
Viridian Sun - Live Paris Theater (ltd. cdr)



2005.07.05

I hope everyone had a safe & sane holiday weekend. There are a couple of important new items in stock on the Hypnos Online Store:

Paul Ellis - Silent Conversations

This is the latest work from Paul Ellis (formerly of Dweller at the Threshold, and whose solo debut was released on Hypnos/Binary), out on the Groove label.

Austere vs. Stephen Philips - Faded

Here's a noteworthy new "remix" project of sorts... it's really not so much a "remix" as it is a complete reworking and reimaging of Austere's album Fade, with as much Philips in the mix as Austere.

Speaking of Philips, don't forget this, coming very soon:



2005.06.27

More reviews are coming in for latest Hypnos promo CDs sent out, this time At the Still Point of the Turning World by Robert Scott Thompson (available for purchase here):

"STYLE
Ambient soundscapes with subtle brooding shades and gentle pianos. Still Point feels almost orchestral at times, empty and drifting at others. Melodic pads, dissonant ripples and dense currents of sound mingle with plucked tones and deep, deep drones. Processed pianos and chimes present a simple harmonic foreground bringing light to clouds that occasionally harbour ethereal voices hidden somewhere within; metallic clangs and bell trees along with noises that resemble huge plucked springs stir the mix bringing variation to an album that constantly changes and alters its path.

MOOD
Serene, drifting sonic densities that are mostly shadowy and overcast - yet often backlit or silvered at the edges. Still Point often has a plaintive tone, becoming increasingly poignant toward the final tracks. Robert Scott Thompson takes us from low, fog-thick banks of mist high into the sky and into clarity - panoramic and angelic. The shifts of mood across this album are quite dramatic - allow yourself to be immersed and you'll find moments of that aching beauty that pulls at the heart and passages of moody ambience, folding in on themselves, heaving, breathing.

ARTWORK
A latticed cloudscape adorns the front cover, heavy and luminous at the same time, against blue sky. The faintest crescent of a moon gleams through the brightest section of the cloudbank, enlarged and presented again on the back cover as a backdrop for a tracklisting. The sleeve booklet is backed by a cloud image of a dramatically different hue - the deepest of oranges, brighter and more saturated still within. Here inside are publishing details and contact information - simple and white, making the eye tend to keep drifting across the mass of colour filling two whole panels.

OVERALL
This is a strong album of slow drifting melodies and washes, well captured in track titles - Water Out of Sunlight, Tinted in a Temporal Hue, Figured in the Drift of Stars. The longest piece on the CD is ten minutes fifty nine seconds long - the shortest one minute forty seven, this great spread mirroring the variety of sound within the individual pieces. Robert Scott Thompson is no newcomer to the ambient scene having a large number of releases under his belt as you can see from the website at Aucourant Records.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
Ambient fans who enjoy music without a beat - quite melodic in structure, not really minimal and with plenty of shifts in atmosphere. Moody music with passages of melancholy and intense beauty."
--Morpheus.co.uk Review

This is a beautiful CD, and we'll keep pushing it until everyone hears it! For more info, visit this CD's page on the Hypnos Store and listen to the MP3 sample clips.



2005.06.23

More airply for Hypnos music on the Hearts of Space radio show... this time, it's Jeff Pearce's release, Bleed Here's their playlist:

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This week on Hearts of Space...
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PGM 733 : "SPACE GUITARS 6"
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PGM NOTE : dreamy, twangy, timeless and deep
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FEED DATE : 6-17-05
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INTRO: Dreamy, twangy, timeless, and deep. Yes, spacefans, it's
another installment of our long running love affair with the
expanded, dematerialized version of the electric guitar. On this
transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, a journey in the infinite echoes
of SPACE GUITARS 6.
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JEFF PEARCE
"Written in Water" < 0:00->3:58 >
"In Weaker Moments" < 3:58->8:13 >
: BLEED; Hypnos hyp2241; 2002
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00007F8KC/heartsofspace
: Info: www.hypnos.com/pearce

HAMMOCK
"The Silence" < 8:13->13:34 >
: KENOTIC; Hammock Music HMK-001CD; 2004/2005
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0008G2IIS/heartsofspace
: Info: www.hammockmusic.com

ADHAM SHAIKH and TIM FLOYD
"Warm Fuzzys" < 13:34->21:53 >
: DRIFT; Instinct Ambient AMB.6006-2; 1996
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001UXB/heartsofspace
: Info: www.sonicturtle.com

FRIPP and ENO
"Ankaa" < 21:53->28:49 >
: THE EQUATORIAL STARS; Opal Ltd./Discipline Global Mobile
DGM0402; England 2004
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007UT5LS/heartsofspace
: Info: www.enoshop.co.uk; www.disciplineglobalmobile.com

BARRY CLEVELAND
"Indigo Runes" < 28:49->34:39 >
: MEMORY AND IMAGINATION; Supersaturated RBR001-03; 2003
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000ZQTHS/heartsofspace
: Info: www.barrycleveland.com

GURUMANDER SINGH
"Stonehenge" < 34:39->40:03 >
: BLUE STAR; Invincible Music CDINV118; 2003
original cassette release (GRD Recordings): 1982
: Info: www.invinciblemusic.com

DARIN SCHAFFER
"Clearing the Field" < 40:03->45:29 >
: DARIN SCHAFFER; Clickpop/Rebel Alliance ra010; 2004
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007VDF54/heartsofspace
: Info: www.littlebeast.com/darin

JEFF PEARCE
"Heatherscar" < 45:29->49:18 >
: BLEED; Hypnos hyp2241; 2002
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00007F8KC/heartsofspace
: Info: www.hypnos.com/pearce

HAMMOCK
"Miles to Go Before Sleep" (part) < 49:18->53:14 >
: KENOTIC; Hammock Music HMK-001CD; 2004/2005
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0008G2IIS/heartsofspace
: Info: www.hammockmusic.com

ADHAM SHAIKH and TIM FLOYD
"Embers" < 53:14->58:20 >
: DRIFT; Instinct Ambient AMB.6006-2; 1996
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001UXB/heartsofspace
: Info: www.sonicturtle.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
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BAY AREA WEATHER : seasonally challenged
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(c) 2005 Hearts of Space



Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the ongoing support and of course more congrats to Jeff. The CD can be purchased at the Hypnos store, here.



2005.06.17

New in stock from Ian Boddy's DiN label on the Hypnos Online Store:

Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy - Pure, $13.99

Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich - Moire, $13.99

ARC - Arcturus, $13.99



2005.06.16

Early reviews are starting to come in for the latest Hypnos CD, Eye of the Nautilus by Numina (available for purchase here), and so far, the reaction looks very positive:

"STYLE
Liquid soft, shadowy ambience with a scattering of murmured percussion. Drifting, rolling sheets of tone unfold like slow-motion waves as Numina paints onto an infinite ocean of darkness with tidal washes of coloured light. On the few tracks where a beat swells up, the percussion is gentle, deep, reverberating, almost tribal in places with shakers and low booms - agitating yet never breaking the surface. Chordal patterns on Eye of the Nautilus are quite harmonious but the pace always falls far short of breaking out of floating ambience and into clear melody. In places clock-like bells and metallic chimes, as if of all sizes, swung by the wind are interspersed with plucked notes all spiralling in meandering eddies with a common direction.

MOOD
Lustrous layers and beds of ambience, elegant and graceful in perpetual motion where nothing is hurried and submersion is absolute. This sort of subtle music always creates beautiful visions of nature for me - suspended, unfolding, revolving. Vaporous pads suggest the heavenly, ethereal where darkness is a welcome feature, a backdrop for colour and texture. At times Eye of the Nautilus sounds plaintive, wistful, almost solemn - but never depressive, the shadows are evocative and expansive not a path into obscurity.

ARTWORK
Monochrome and classy - nestled within a generous black border the spiral of a nautilus shell twists inward onto a human eye. The greys of the front cover photomontage are rich with texture that reveals fresh depths at each viewing distance. A larger version of the same image fills the back cover overlaid with a track-listing and times for each piece. Inside the monochrome approach is maintained with images enlarged into increasing abstraction. The inner booklet spreads the nautilus eye across both panels, with one side featuring credits, thanks and contact details.

OVERALL
Numina (Jesse Sola) cites Steve Roach, Robert Rich and vidnaObmana among his influences and this can be heard in the consistently smooth shadowy clouds of synthetic sound on Eye of the Nautilus. If anything Numina has a sleeker feel - where sonic sheets and veils come in diaphanous layers, moving like the transparent, soft-edged shadows of clouds among lush drones and dense synthetic mists.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
Ambience for those happy to have a beat in a few places - restful and flowing. If you enjoy Thom Brennan's style of writing, Numina will likely suit your tastes. If you like shadows and darkness that is at the same time welcoming and absorbing - give Eye of the Nautilus a good listen."
--www.Morpheusmusic.co.uk

We're very proud of this release, and think it will really catch on once people listen. If you need another nudge, visit this CD's page on the Hypnos Store and listen to the MP3 sample clips.



2005.06.15

For those of you who are electronic musicians, or aspire to be, there are a dozen pieces of gear from the ChromaStatic studio (personal recording studio of Hypnos founder Mike Griffin, aka Hypnos artist M. Griffin) listed for sale on the Hypnos Forum -- direct link to that sale listing is here.

These listings will be available to Hypnos listeners and Hypnos Forum readers for a couple of days, before remaining items are moved to E-Bay for quick sale.



2005.06.13

Several new items and re-stocks on the Hypnos Online Store today:



New items:
Austere - Eco
  (Brand new work from this up-and-coming experimental/ambient duo)
FearFallsBurning (Vidna Obmana) - First By a Whisper Then By a Storm
  (Experimental guitar drones from this Vidna Obmana "secret alter ego" project)
Vidna Obmana & David Lee Meyers - Tracers
  (Challenging and fascinating work allying familiar name Vidna Obmana with David Lee Meyers, who is better known as Arcane Device)
Hafler Trio - Where Are You?   (Their latest obscure, limited, soon-to-be-impossible-to-find recording)

Re-stocked items:
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea
  (As always with Oophoi imports, grab 'em while you can -- this one's on the Czech label, Nextera)
Oophoi - Mare Imbrium
  (More Oophoi reissues from the Nextera label, this one part of his "moon trilogy")
Vidna Obmana - The River of Appearance
  (One of the all-time undisputed classics of the genre. If you don't have it yet, you need to get it!)
Klaus Wiese - Ming Noir
  (Fascinatingly different-sounding ambient recording -- meditative and beautiful)



2005.06.07 (later)

Those anti-vandalism measures for the Hypnos Wiki have been instituted, and I've removed as much of the vandalism & spam links as I've been able to find. Feel free to browse the Wiki, add/edit content if you've created an account and logged-in, and let's start building it into a useful & informative resource again!



2005.06.07

Here's a new $8.99 special on the Hypnos Online Store: to go directly to the $8.99 special page click here.



2005.06.06

Just a bit of tidying-up to this page... I removed all the news updates from October-December 2004 and from January-March 2005 and archived them here:

Jan-Mar 2005
Oct-Dec 2004

This will shorten the loading time of this main News page substantially. See the bottom of this page for all previous-period news archives, going back to 1999.



2005.06.05

I've had to temporarily take the Hypnos Wiki offline, pending institution of some better anti-spam and anti-vandalism measures. Unfortunately, the Wiki was falling victim to an increasing onslaught of malicious mischief. Hope to get this back up & running soon, though it will only be do-able through password protection... which means only registered and logged-in users will be able to post and edit, similar to the Hypnos Forum.



2005.06.03

Of course, the big news is that Numina's Eye of the Nautilus is now available for purchase here.

In the category of "slightly lesser news but still the kind of hot stuff you'll definitely want to buy immediately," here are some new items on the Hypnos Online Store:

New from Robert Rich:
Robert Rich - Echo of Small Things Price: $13.99

New from Groove Unlimited, NL:
Hemisphere - Rambling Voyage Price: $13.99
John Lakveet - Force of Reason Price: $13.99
N-Tribe - Tower of Power Price: $13.99

There are several other items back in stock from Groove as well, such as: Dom F. Scab - Analogical Confessions, Rudy Adrian - Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3, Rudy Adrian - Iridescence: sequencer sketches v. 2, Free System Project & Dave Brewer - Okefenokee Dreams, Dom F. Scab - About a Tree, and Paul Ellis - The Sacred Ordinary. To check out our full list of Groove titles, visit here.

Lastly, we have just price reduced the 2CD version of Steve Roach's Early Man, since we have so many copies. This fantastic double CD set was released on the Projekt label, and includes all the music from the "encased in stone" version (which we've almost sold out now, by the way), plus another disc of added material. Diret link to that item here

Oh, and did I mention... buy the new Numina album, please?

Next week, a bit of news-update-stuff on the other projects cooking here at Hypnos. Have a great weekend, everybody!



2005.06.01

The fine folks at Hearts of Space radio have given a spin to Chad Hoefler's Hypnos CD release, Twilight in the Offing Here's their playlist:

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: HEARTS of SPACE
: ATTN: Radio
: 454 Las Gallinas #333
: San Rafael, CA 94903-6812
: USA

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PGM 731 : "MAGIC REALISM"
=---------------------------------------------------------------=
PGM NOTE : on the Fourth-World night train to Babylon
=---------------------------------------------------------------=
FEED DATE : 5-27-05
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JON HASSELL
"Maarifa Street" < 0:00->7:08 >
"Darbari Bridge" < 7:08->18:37 >
"Open Secret (Milano)" < 18:37->30:21 >
: MAARIFA STREET: MAGIC REALISM 2; Nyen 2201; 2005
: Info: www.maarifastreet.com

STEVE ROACH
"Holding the Space" (part) < 30:21->39:19 >
: HOLDING THE SPACE: FEVER DREAMS II; Timeroom Editions TM13; 2004
: Info: www.steveroach.com

CHAD HOEFLER
"Orchard of Stone" (part) < 39:19->43:59 >
: TWILIGHT IN THE OFFING; Hypnos hyp2446; 2004
: Info: www.hypnos.com/releases-ch-tito.htm

MNO (MICHAEL EMENAU)
"Waterphone" (edited) < 43:59->48:52 >
: MNO SLEEPS...MARIMBA SESSIONS; MNO Music [no catalog #]; 2003
: Info: www.mnomusic.com

MO BOMA
"The Crystal World" < 48:52->52:45 >
: MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE Part 3; Extreme XCD 035; Australia 1996
: Info: www.xtr.com/detail.php?cat=XCD-035

JON HASSELL
"Open Secret (Paris)" (edited) < 52:45->58:20 >
: MAARIFA STREET: MAGIC REALISM 2; Nyen 2201; 2005
: Info: www.maarifastreet.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
=---------------------------------------------------------------=
(c) 2005 Hearts of Space
=---------------------------------------------------------------=



Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the support and exposure, and congrats to Chad as well. You can purchase this disc at the Hypnos store, of course. Find it here



2005.05.27

OK then... Eye of the Nautilus, the latest by Numina, is finally back from the factory and ready for purchase at the Hypnos Online Store. Here again are the MP3 sample clips:

Numina - Eye of the Nautilus track list with MP3 samples:
1 Drift Catalyst
2 Secrets from the Flame
3 The Thirteenth Moon
4 New Lands Approach
5 The Nautilus Chamber
6 Sundrown
7 Frozen Halo
8 Hypnotic Shores
9 Return to the Crystal Temple




The direct link to this item's page on the Hypnos store is here. More information on this release will be posted soon... just wanted to get the CD up on the store before the holiday weekend so those eager to purchase can get their order placed in time for shipment Tuesday.



2005.05.23

It's coming soon... it's Eye of the Nautilus, it's Numina, and here are the MP3 sample clips:

Numina - Eye of the Nautilus track list with MP3 samples:
1 Drift Catalyst
2 Secrets from the Flame
3 The Thirteenth Moon
4 New Lands Approach
5 The Nautilus Chamber
6 Sundrown
7 Frozen Halo
8 Hypnotic Shores
9 Return to the Crystal Temple




Should be available this week. We'll keep you posted.



2005.05.20

A similar update to yesterday's.... several re-stocked items are available once again at the Hypnos Online Store, this time items from Groove and Lotuspike:

Groove:
Dom F. Scab - Analogical Confessions
Free System Project & Dave Brewer - Okefenokee Dreams
Dom F. Scab - About a Tree
Paul Ellis - The Sacred Ordinary
Rudy Adrian - Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3
Rudy Adrian - Iridescence: sequencer sketches v. 2
Rudy Adrian - Kinetic Flow (Seq. Sketches 1)

Lotuspike:
Darshan Ambient - Autumn's Apple
Ben Cox - On Water
Terra Ambient - The Gate
Terra Ambient - The Darker Space

Oh, and by the way... go see the new Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith! Have a great weekend, everybody.



2005.05.19

Today we have a bunch of new stuff in stock on the Hypnos Online Store, particularly the biggest box of Oophoi & Umbra label stuff we've ever received, including the following titles:

Liquid Ghosts - Camera Obscura (ltd. cdr)

Netherworld - Hermetic Thoughts
Netherworld - Firmament in Obscurity

Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity
Oophoi - Mare Imbrium
Oophoi - Three Lights at the End of the World (ltd.cdr)
Oophoi - Night Currents (ltd.cdr)
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea

Sostrah Tinnitus- Favo di Fiele

Tau Ceti - Todahnlich
Tau Ceti- Frozen Planet
Tau Ceti - Somnium
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung

Various Artists - Lightnoise (double cdr)
Various - World of Shadows (Umbra artists)

This remains some of the most popular stuff we sell, and we have the most copies in stock we've ever had before, so now's the time to pick up some of those discs you've been waiting for.



2005.05.17

Now back in stock from Robert Rich, Open Window, his solo piano album. Coming soon, his latest, Echo of Small Things.





Purchase Open Window on the Hypnos Online Store here:
Robert Rich - Open Window, $12.99



2005.05.15

Kind of a cool bit of promotion from Progressive Soundscapes, featuring several recent Hypnos CD releases.

WWW.PROGRESSIVESOUNDSCAPES.COM

This weekend on Progressive Soundscapes, we'll be featuring new cds from Hypnos recording artists Robert Scott Thompson, Viridian Sun, and Mike Griffin, as well as a new cd from Brian Parnham.

Robert Scott Thompson is a musical artist working in the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, pop and avant-garde genres and is recognized as one the leading artists in the ambient/electronic music scene. His newest cd, At the Still Point of the Turning World, is a spacious and meditative work, yet filled with a delicate musicality.

Viridian Sun is an "abstract improvisation" project featuring Hypnos founder Mike Griffin on synthesizers and David Tollefson on treated guitar. Their new cd, named simply Live, Paris Theater, is a mesmerizing and haunting performance recorded live at the Paris Theater in Portland Oregon.

Mike Griffin's newest cd, Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects, is the first release of the Hypnos Secret Sounds Limited Edition project. This is Mike's first solo release since 1996's Sudden Dark. The deep and smooth drone minimalism of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects will please those listeners who enjoy the glacial, psychoactive drift ambient and space music of Oophoi, Steve Roach, or Lustmord. Perhaps the closest comparison to previous Hypnos releases would be Oophoi's Athlit or Griffin's collaboration with A Produce, Altara.

These four long tracks are designed to relax the listener while altering the mental state -- sort of like a sensory deprivation tank without all that salt water! This release, like all on the Hypnos Secret sounds sub-label, is a hand-made CDR release strictly limited to 200 copies.

For more information on Hypnos recording artists, and how to order cds, go to WWW.HYPNOS.COM

Brian Parnham's new cd, Between Here & There, was recorded between 2001 and 2003 with pre-mastering done at Steve Roach's Timeroom in Tucson Arizona. Steve Roach also makes a guest appearance on the track "Here and Gone". From the expansive atmospherics and rich textures to drones, didgeridoos and ethno-ambient inspired grooves, Brian Parnham creates a deep listening space to immerse the self and remove the awareness from the chaotic lifestyle that has become America. Utilizing a variety of synthesizers, didgeridoos, percussion, programming and processing, Brian Parnham is an emerging contributor from the next generation of electronic composers, following in the footsteps of the pioneers of ambient electronic soundscapes. Brian Parnham records on the Floating Point Record label. For more information on how to order go to WWW.FLOATINGPOINTRECORDS.COM, or visit Steve Roach's website for more information and a chance to download music from Brian's new cd.

Thanks to everyone at Progressive Soundscape for this bit of help spreading the word. We at Hypnos will be stepping up our efforts during 2005 to start getting people aware of our increased activities here. We used to spend a huge amount of time and money getting out promotional materials, and scaled that back drastically recently, but we're well aware we need to focus on getting CDs out to the right people. You should start seeing more magazine & web-zine reviews of Hypnos CDs, and hearing more radio airplay, very soon.



2005.05.11

Now we await the release of the next Hypnos CD, Numina's Eye of the Nautilus. In fact, here's yet another preview of the cover artwork:



We're pretty excited for this one to be released soon, and when we put up sample MP3 clips, we're sure others will start to be excited as well!

In keeping with the idea of "showing people pictures of things so they'll want to buy then," here are thumbnail pictures of some of those newest items on the Hypnos Online Store:


Ben Cox - On Water, $13.99


Hafler Trio - Where Are You (limited edition) $32.99


Hafler Trio - Exactly As I Say (limited edition) $33.99


Hafler Trio - I Never Knew That's Who You Thought You Were (CDEP, Ltd.) $11.99


Hecate vs. Lustmord - Law of the Battle of Conquest (CDEP) $10.99


Lustmord - A Document of Early Acoustic and Tactical Experiments $15.99


Lustmord vs. Metal Beast - Lustmord vs. Metal Beast $11.99


Oophoi - Mare Tranquillitatis $14.99


Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome $15.99


Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman - Trance Spirits $15.99


Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf - Mantram $15.99


Various Artists - Infernal Proteus (4CDs with book) $41.99

Cool, lots of big pictures... hope you've got broadband!



2005.05.09 (later)

Every once in a while, the Hypnos Store seems to lose some of its formatting settings, and those have been fixed now.

Also, I just noticed we hadn't updated the "Hypnos $8.99 weekly special" in several weeks, so I'm not only updating that with a new title this week , but I'm also creating a new, fantastic price reduction on one of the truly great titles on Hypnos Recordings. This special is available through the Hypnos Online Store only. Basically we have way too many copies of Tom Heasley's Where the Earth Meets the Sky on hand, having re-pressed it recently, and we're going to make an incredible $7.99 special on this title for a while until we've thinned-out a few boxes. It's one of the best-received "pleasant surprise" recording debuts by any artist we can recall, so we hope if you don't already have a copy, you'll check it out.



Some other people said:

"For those who imagine landscapes while listening to music, Tom Heasley's work will surely conjure up visions of Sunset Beach at dusk or Haleakala Crater just before dawn. His album, WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY, is a study of the stillness in moments between states. The tuba, wondrous in its corpulence, is the sound source from which this album stems. Harmonic, slow and full, Heasley's pieces are the light of live studio improvisations. Using electronic processing and the physics of sound, his current of sustained notes transforms into a confluence of layered tones. Cavernous reverberations set a soft glow to the waves of sound and the listener is lulled by the sonic scenery of this smooth ambient soundscape. In his homage to the horn, Heasley, an artist in pure sound, attempts to realize that twilight colour between the purple and the grey, all from the full course of a deep breath."
--Chuck van Zyl, Star's End Radio host

"Tom Heasley's Where the Earth Meets the Sky, a new Hypnos release mastered by Robert Rich, is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING short of fantastic. I've been too overwhelmed to review this in the twenty three hours since I've received it, but this is quite possibly on the best Ambient/ Space/ Atmospheric discs by a newcomer that I've heard EVER! You must check this out Tuba ambience never sounded good, actually I never knew what it sounded like anyway till now!!! :-)

Five Stars!
Fantastic!
A must purchase!!!"
--Matt Borghi, on the Space-Music internet mailing list

"Many thanks for sending me the CD. In a rare pattern, I have actually listened to the CD three times! That may not mean much to you, but for me now that is a big deal - when I often barely listen one time through. So that tells me that your CD defintitely has lots to offer.

I particularly like Track 1, Ground Zero. Compositionally I think that is your best, and I have responded to that track particularly. Track 2, Western Sky, also interests me. Certainly the other tracks have a lots of great sounds, and some great phrases...."
--Stuart Dempster, recording artist

"Tuba master explores the infinite drones & minimalist possibilities of his chosen instrument . Recorded and mixed by Robert Rich this is a gem of an album. One for those who find inspiration and joy in the works of Deep Listening Band or Stuart Dempster. One of the highlights of last year and a fantastic release for Hypnos."
--Hans Stoeve, Powerspot Radio, NSW Australia

OK, so in case you're interested in purchasing that Heasley CD, or checking out the new Hypnos $8.99 special, here are the links:

New "Hypnos $8.99 weekly special" here.

Tom Heasley Where the Earth Meets the Sky $7.99 special here.



2005.05.09

Just noticed a strange glitch on the Hypnos Online Store and am fixing it now.



2005.05.06

Note: edited the last two days' updates to create links to each item directly on the Hypnos Online Store.



2005.05.04

Here are some new items for the Hypnos Online Store:

Ben Cox - On Water, $13.99
Hafler Trio - Where Are You (limited edition) $32.99
Hafler Trio - Exactly As I Say (limited edition) $33.99
Hafler Trio - I Never Knew That's Who You Thought You Were (CDEP, Ltd.) $11.99
Hecate vs. Lustmord - Law of the Battle of Conquest (CDEP) $10.99
Lustmord - A Document of Early Acoustic and Tactical Experiments $15.99
Lustmord vs. Metal Beast - Lustmord vs. Metal Beast $11.99
Oophoi - Mare Tranquillitatis $14.99
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome $15.99
Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman - Trance Spirits $15.99
Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf - Mantram $15.99
Various Artists - Infernal Proteus (4CDs with book) $41.99
Note: edited this update 5/6/2005 to create links to each item directly on the Hypnos Online Store.



2005.04.30

This weekend we have a bunch of price reductions to a handful of items on the Hypnos Online Store:

AIRSCULPTURE - Quark Soup **LAST COPY WAS $19.99 NOW 17.99
CSERO (aka Ian Stokes) - Pikoliftor (ARCHIPELAGO) **LAST COPY WAS 9.99 NOW 8.99
AUGUR - Tree Sap For The Heart NOW $6.99
AMIR BAGHIRI - Bluebox Collection (4CD) WAS 34.99 NOW 29.99
AMIR BAGHIRI - Rooms (3CD) WAS 37.99 NOW 24.99 **ONLY 2 LEFT
AMIR BAGHIRI - Time WAS 9.99 NOW 8.99
IAN BODDY - The Deep WAS 12.99 NOW 9.99
IAN BODDY - Jade WAS 12.99 NOW 9.99
IAN BODDY - Phoenix WAS 12.99 NOW 9.99
IAN BODDY - Rare Elements **2CD WAS 16.99 NOW 14.99
IAN BODDY - The Uncertainty Principle **LAST COPY NOW 9.99
IAN BODDY AND RON BOOTS - Phase 3 WAS 11.99 NOW 8.99
MATT BORGHI//BRANNAN LANE/JASON SLOAN - Moving Through (ltd cdr) WAS 18.99 NOW 15.99
CENTROZOON - The Cult of Bibbioo NOW $3.99 while they last
VARIOUS - E-LIVE 2000 was 9.99 now 5.99
ILLUSION OF SAFETY/HANDS TO/BEEQUEEN - Guru Means Slayer of Darkness NOW 9.99
ILLUSION OF SAFETY/LIFE GARDEN/VOICE OF EYE - Nature of Sand NOW 9.99
MAEROR TRI - Meditamentum II WAS 12.99 NOW 9.99
MOVE D AND PETE NAMLOOK - Live in Heidelberg 2001 WAS 15.99 NOW 12.99
Paul Schutze/Voice of Eye/Robert Rich - Narratives: Music for Fiction WAS 10.99 NOW 8.99
NECROPHORUS - Gathering Composed Thoughts WAS 11.99 NOW 9.99
NULL - Terminal Beach WAS 6.99 NOW 5.99
SYNDROMEDA - the alien abduction phenomenon WAS 14.99 NOW 8.99
SYNDROMEDA - in touch with the stars WAS 14.99 NOW 8.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS - beyond ME WAS 10.99 NOW 7.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS - economi$ed WAS 7.99 NOW 6.99
VIR UNIS - pulse n atmo WAS 14.99 NOW 9.99

Note: edited this update 5/6/2005 to create links to each item directly on the Hypnos Online Store, and at that time removed two listed items which had subsequently sold out.



2005.04.29

We're all caught up from the Vegas trip, all the orders are out, and we're back to the business of making and selling CDs. The next Numina album Eye of the Nautilus is being pressed, and we're bringing in a bunch of new mail order items to the Hypnos Online Store this week.

The first store additions include some new titles and re-stocks from the Databloem and dataObscura labels:

Off the Sky - Gently Down the Stream (new)
Subradial - Bioloophorm (restock)
Off the Sky - Cold Distances (restock)
Subradial - Bioloophorm 2 (restock)

The Databloem label and its CDR sub-label dataObscura are doing some very interesting things, and I think the activities of this label and its artists will increasingly be "on the radar" of readers of this page, and listeners to the Hypnos label. Check it out!



2005.04.26

Jenn and I just returned from a long weekend in Las Vegas, and we're getting caught up on the orders placed on the Hypnos Store in the past few days. All pending orders from the past 4 days or so will go out today via US Priority Mail.

In other news, it seems that a small number of copies (maybe a half dozen or so) of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, the first Hypnos Secret Sounds release by M. Griffin, were sent out blank (in other words, no music was recorded on the CDR)! Very sorry for this, though it seems to be a problem fairly limited in scope, and of course if you have such a copy, please let us know and we'll get you a replacement disc, with actual sounds encoded on it this time, as soon as possible!



2005.04.20

A quick update to the "Hypnos Recommends" section of the Hypnos Online Store, featuring, the Michael Garrison trible album To the Stars and Beyond the Stars mentioned in the last update. You may link directly to that CD's listing on the store here.



More news soon...



2005.04.15

Ah, tax time... been busy the past week or so on all things end-of-year related, but work continues on the new Numina release Eye of the Nautilus which we hope to send to the manufacturing plant next week, for release by mid-May.

Also a reminder that on the Hypnos Online Store we have a new, very impressive compilation, the 2CD Michael Garrison trible album To the Stars and Beyond the Stars. It includes work by an amazing roster of artists, including Redshift , Rudy Adrian, Numina, Dom F. Scab, Craig Padilla, Erik Wollo, Jonn Serrie, Paul Lawler and a bunch more.

More news next week. Thanks as always for your interest in Hypnos Recordings!



2005.04.10

Just received a new box of Hypnos Online Store items -- another re-stocking shpment from Oophoi & Umbra:

NEW ITEMS
Solyaris - Western Detunes (ltd.cdr)
Perceptual Defence - Wishstone (ltd.cdr)
Various Artists: Lightnoise (double cdr) (ltd.cdr)


RE-STOCKED ITEMS
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity
Netherworld - Firmament in Obscurity
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)
Netherworld - Hermetic Thoughts
Oophoi: Three lights at the end of the world (ltd.cdr)
Oophoi - Night Currents (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti - Todahnlich (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung(ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti - Somnium (ltd.cdr)
Netherworld- Eternal Frost (ltd.cdr)


As we've said before, these items sell as fast lately as any other category we carry, so get 'em fast!

We're also looking at the possibility of future Oophoi releases on Hypnos.



2005.03.26

A new batch of items have been added to the Hypnos Online Store. First an foremost, we finally obtained copies of the 2CD Michael Garrison trible album, a "various artists" compilation called To the Stars and Beyond the Stars. This fantastic collection of artists from around the world includes: Redshift (UK)/ Axxess (D)/ Thought Guild (USA)/ Paul Nagle (UK)/ Venj@ (B)/ Sayer (USA)/ Fred Becker (USA)/ Wave World (NL)/ Rudy Adrian (NZ)/ Jeffrey Koepper (USA)/ Numina (USA)/ Akikaze (NL)/ Dom F. Scab (ES)/ Remy (NL)/ Callisto (UK)/ Craig Padilla (USA)/ Rogue Element (UK)/ Gert Emmens (NL)/ Stephen Parsick (D)/ Rein v.d. Oever (NL)/ Erik Wollo (N)/ Klaus Hoffmann Hoock (D)/ Something Completely Different (NL)/ Schonwalder/Keller/Broekhuis (D/NL)/ Jonn Serrie (USA)/ Paul Lawler (UK).

Another dozen or so titles have been added to the "one copy" and used section (no photos or descriptions yet, but some of these items will probably be snapped-up quickly), including the following:
Gastr Del Sol - Mirror Repair (used CD) Price: $8.99
Art of Noise - The Seduction of Claude Debussy (advance promo CD) Price: $7.99
Plaid - Music for Threes (used CD) Price: $9.99
Kees Aerts - Slice of Time (used CD) Price: $6.99
Pablo's Eye - You Love Chinese Food (used CD) Price: $8.99
Microstoria - Init Ding (used CD) Price: $8.99
Charlemagne Palestine - Four Manifestations on Six Elements (used CD) Price: $9.99
Bernd Friedmann - Leisure Zones (used CD) Price: $9.99
Various Artists - Miaow! Cats What I call Music (used CD) Price: $6.99
Various Artists - Slumberland (used CD) Price: $7.99



2005.03.24

Here are a couple of reviews of the first two Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label releases, reviews by Phil Derby of Electro-Ambient Space:

M Griffin "Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects"
(Hypnos, 2005)
4 tracks, 69.57 mins


"Mike Griffin kicks off his Hypnos Secret Sounds sublabel, featuring limited CDR pressings of 200 or 300 copies, with his own release. Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects features four lengthy dark textural pieces of first-rate drones and other atmospherics. Though it has been years since his last solo release Sudden Dark, Griffin seems to pick up very much where he left off. This stark ambient music conjures up images of wind-swept desolate planets or a lonely sojourn into the outer reaches of space. "Iyon Aaz" is filled with metallic resonant drones and deep swirling echoes of sound. Melody is neither implied nor intended. "Ido Ereme" delves deeper still into hazy sonic reverberations. Low rumbles are ideal for testing your stereo system, experiencing the music by vibration instead of by ear. "Ixe Om" combines the metallic quality of the first track with the deep expansiveness of the second. The result is a not so distant cousin to Steve Roach's The Magnificent Void. Last up is "Inye Adieme," easily the brightest of the bunch. Ethereal soothing tones fade in, and although restless underpinnings remain, the mood is just a touch more relaxed throughout. It is safe to say, however, that the new age label will never apply here. And that is a very good thing."
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Viridian Sun "Live, Paris Theater"
(Hypnos, 2005)
1 track, 68.33 mins


"The exciting thing about live recordings is how they capture raw and often special moments that otherwise would not happen. This spontaneous long-form work is brimming with intensity, even in the nearly silent opening moments. The undulating, pulsating quality of Viridian Sun's earlier releases is still there, but laid bare, stripped of any studio trickery or enhancements. The result is minimal but also daring. Occasionally the music seems to be taking on a more solid form, as in the drifting layers approaching the 20-minute mark, but the emphasis is clearly on unstructured experimentation, largely consisting of drones of various timbres and colors. Many an ambient track can be described as building slowly, but I can scarcely recall one as effective as this, taking full advantage of the 68-plus minutes to ever so gradually ascend, with occasional peaks such as between 35 and 40 minutes, leveling off to quieter passages as we head toward the 50-minute mark. Incredibly haunting sounds mark the time just past 60 minutes, something like a strangely distorted alien female choir. The music then slowly disintegrates into a dark blizzard of white noise, seeming to consume matter like a black hole in the frenzy that is the stunning conclusion. The audience must have been stunned into silence from awe, fright, appreciation, bewilderment, or all of the above. "
© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Remember that Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects and Live, Paris Theater are available on the Hypnos Online Store for just $11.99, and both are limited and selling fast.



2005.03.22

You may have noticed a slight change to the directory menu up in the left corner of the screen... a new item that says HypnosWiki NEW.

In case you're not familiar with what a "wiki" is, visit the Intro Page of the HypnosWiki, or else visit the web's most famous example of a wiki, the WikiPedia.

A quick explanation is that a wiki is a online document (usually a reference work, like an encyclopedia) that is open to anybody not only to read, but also to edit or add onto. The benefit of these documents is that a community of people with similar interests and collaborate on a reference document that benefits everybody. If one person had to take it upon themselves to create a huge list of artists, labels, recordings, links, images, interviews, reviews and essays on a given subject, it would probably never happen, or at least it would be very incomplete. With a wiki, many individuals can add content, and so it gets fleshed-out much more quickly and completely. I created this wiki, and though I may be a kind of expert on many artists and recordings, there are many others that I don't know much about, but somebody else who knows all about a certain subject can lend their expertise and accumulated knowledge to this public repository.

Like any encyclopedia or reference document, this wiki works better if individual users keep their biases and preferences out of it as much as possible. The document will be most useful to everyone if it uses a "neutral point of view" and remains focused on data rather than opinion.

So, click on over to the HypnosWiki and look around, and if you see a page that looks like nothing more than a blank template and you have the information needed to fill it in (say, you're the world's biggest expert on Ron Boots or Steve Roach, help everybody out by clicking the "edit" button and adding some info.

The wiki has been seeing major updates almost every day since it was created a week or so ago, and it's finally getting to the point where it might actually be useful in some sense as a reference document.



2005.03.21

Here's a quick update on everything going on here:

The first two Hypnos Secret Sounds releases are out there in the world. M. Griffin's Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects came out in February, then Viridian Sun's Live, Paris Theater in March. Listener response so far has been very positive, and we're all quite encouraged that the Hypnos Secret Sounds project will continue as a very positive and interesting enhancement to everything else in the world of Hypnos. Next up is Stephen Philips' Dagboken in a couple of months. Dagboken looks like this:



The next Hypnos CD will be released in April,and it will be Eye of the Nautilus by Numina, whose Hypnos debut Sanctuary of Dreams was very well received last year. Here's a look at the cover artwork for that one (please note that this artwork shows the title "The Eye of the Nautilus" and that the correct title lacks a leading "The"):



Plans are in the works to start putting together a new "various artists" compilation, the first on Hypnos since Weightless, Effortless in 1998. Participation in this project will be by "invitation only" this time (in other words, I won't be considering unsolicited submissions), though I'd like to get back into the pattern of doing compilations much more often, and will consider taking an "all comers" approach to future compilations. This compilation was actually planned a few years ago and just languished on the schedule until I dropped it, but now's the time to bring it back to life. More information on this planned project in the next week or so.

Coming this summer (probably June), the third installment in Vidna Obmana's Opera for Four Fusion Works project. We should have more info (cover photo, title, etc.) soon.

Also due later in 2005, another M. Griffin project, Fabrications. You've probably read about this one a few times on this page, so I won't say anything more about it until it's actually done. Here's a look at the cover:



Stephen Philips also has a release coming on the Hypnos label (in addition to the Secret Sounds release) later in the year. The title of this one is Into the Dark.

Lastly, Hypnos founder Griffin has a release coming on the "Music for Seances" project, a short piece (under 5 minutes) called "Enclosed in Wide Open Spaces." More on this odd and interesting project soon.



2005.03.15

Many new items added last night to the Hypnos Online Store. There are another 15 titles in the "one copy" and used section (no photos or descriptions yet, but some of these items will probably be snapped-up quickly), as well as a half-dozen new items from Amplexus and related labels here and some re-stocked titles:
Sleep Research Facility - Dead Weather Machine
Sleep Research Facility - DWM Re: Heat



2005.03.14

Now available, audio clips for VIridian Sun's Live, Paris Theater, the latest release from Hypnos Secret Sounds:



Track Listing: 1 - Live, Paris Theater - 1:08:33
excerpt 1 | excerpt 2 | excerpt 3

Live, Paris Theater is now available on the Hypnos Online Store for $11.99, and it's limited to 300 copies. For a direct link to purchase that item click here.



2005.03.07

The first release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects by M. Griffin, has been a great success so far. We're now pleased to announce the next Secret Sound:



It's Live, Paris Theater by Viridian Sun, and it's now available on the Hypnos Online Store for $11.99, and it's limited to 300 copies. For a direct link to purchase that item click here. We'll have MP3 sample audio clips available later today.



2005.03.04

A few early reviews of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, the debut release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label:

"An awesome sound... very deep and very sensitive."
--Jim Brenholts on the Hypnos Forum

"Very dark-themed drones and minimal. One of the first things that came to mind when listening to this was deep dark void of space. Hollow, and lonely... good dark room nighttime mood music. I likey!"
--Numina on the Hypnos Forum

"I like it! It's got great atmospherics, and the little jangle of melody that arises from the mix (hidden inside objects, as it were) really works. Good job. Triumphant return. Highly recommended for those who have not gotten one yet."
--Gurdonark on the Hypnos Forum

Remember that Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects is available on the Hypnos Online Store for the super-economical price of $11.99. It's limited to 200 copies and they're going fast.



2005.03.03

Here's the next batch of new Hypnos Online Store items, this time it's a big Oophoi & Umbra festival:

NEW ITEMS
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands
Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity
Netherworld - Firmament in Obscurity
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)
Netherworld - Hermetic Thoughts


RE-STOCKED ITEMS
Oophoi - Night Currents (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti - Todahnlich (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung(ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti - Somnium (ltd.cdr)
Netherworld- Eternal Frost (ltd.cdr)


This Oophoi & Umbra stuff is very popular, selling as fast as any other category we carry, so snap 'em up while you can. The same goes for Oophoi, who has been popular here since before Athlit came out, and newer, less familiar artists like Netherworld and Tau Ceti.



2005.03.02

Another "added to the Hypnos Online Store" list:

Mathias Grassow/Klaus Wiese - Holy Domain
Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton - Illuminati Audio Science
Rod Modell - Vibrasound
Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter
Seele (Amir Baghiri & Stefano Gentile) - Berlin


Numina - The Haunting Silence (cdr)
Numina - Sanctum Sanctorum, 2005 edition (cdr)
Numina - Transcension (2005 version, vol.1)
Numina - Transcension (2005 version, vol.2)
Numina & Caul - Inside the Hollow Realm


More soon...



2005.03.01

Wow, what a week. The first 50+ copies of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects have been sent out, and we haven't even started selling it wholesale to re-sellers yet. That along with a bunch of other new stuff, continues to keep the Hypnos Online Store churning.

This week I'll post an update on some other upcoming Hypnos releases, including the next Hypnos Secret Sounds release, Viridan Sun's Live, Paris Theater, and Eye of the Nautilus, Numina's follow-up to Sanctuary of Dreams.

If I've been gushing "Thanks so much for your support!" a little too often, you'll have to forgive me, but honestly, it's great to see everybody picking up on the fact that Hypnos is "back," and joining in the fun.



2005.02.27

Very nice -- Numina gets airplay again on the hard-to-crack Hearts of Space radio show!

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

: HEARTS of SPACE
: ATTN: Radio
: 454 Las Gallinas #333
: San Rafael, CA 94903
: U.S.A.

: Website: www.hos.com

=--------------------------------------------------------=
PGM 722 : "TELHARMONIA"
=--------------------------------------------------------=
PGM NOTE : floating and flying on electronic waves
=--------------------------------------------------------=

STEVE ROACH
"Living the Dream" (part) < 0:00->14:01 >
: LIFE SEQUENCE; Timeroom Editions 12; 2003
: Info: www.steveroach.com
--segue--
STEVE ROACH
"Distant Signals" (part) < 14:01->18:09 >
: PLACES BEYOND: THE LOST PIECES 4; Timeroom Editions 14; 2004
: Info: www.steveroach.com

NUMINA
"Elements of Time" < 18:09->23:55 >
: SANCTUARY OF DREAMS; Hypnos hyp2445; 2003/2004
: Info: www.hypnos.com/n-sod.htm; www.numinamusic.com

BRIAN ENO
"Fields of Ice" (part) < 23:55->29:09 >
: CURIOSITIES VOLUME II; Opal Music OPALCD04; England 2004
: Info: www.enoshop.co.uk

LIGHTWAVE
"Porphyra" < 29:09->33:10 >
: BLEUE COMME UNE ORANGE; Signature SIG 11030; France 2004
: Info: www.lightwave-musique.com

JOHN BROADDUS
"One" (part) < 33:10->39:15 >
: 4 AT 18; Parnassus Nump PNR 40002-2; 2003
: Info: www.parnassusnump.com

STEVE ROACH
"Slow Rapture" (part) < 39:15->44:14 >
: PLACES BEYOND: THE LOST PIECES 4; Timeroom Editions 14; 2004
: Info: www.steveroach.com

NUMINA
"Lucid Ascension" < 44:14->52:47 >
"Dream Recognition (Silhouette of the Past)" < 52:47->58:20 >
: SANCTUARY OF DREAMS; Hypnos hyp2445; 2003/2004
: Info: www.hypnos.com/n-sod.htm; www.numinamusic.com

=--------------------------------------------------------=
PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
=--------------------------------------------------------=
(c) 2005 Hearts of Space
=--------------------------------------------------------=

Congrats, Jesse, and thanks to Steve and Stephen and all the rest at HOS radio for their support!

We have several "new" (back in print) items of the Numina variety ready to add to the Hypnos Online Store early this week.



2005.02.23

Though I've been busy working on you-know-what for the last several days, today I added a bunch of new and re-stocked titles to the Hypnos Online Store:



Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton - Illumanti Audio Science amp36
Rod Modell - Vibrasound amp37
Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter amp38
Seele - Berlin amp39
Klaus Wiese - Ming Noir amp30
Richard Chartier - Two Locations 12k23
Controlled Bleeding - Between Tides sol62
Hafler Trio - A Eg Ad, Halda Afram? sol63
Robert Rich - Bestiary rich06
Robert Rich - Trances/Drones (2cd) rel15
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow - Yearning hos12
Robert Rich - Below Zero rich02
Rapoon - Errant Angels soleil02
Squaremeter - 14id1610s micro17



2005.02.22

I'm just about ready to take a break from talking about the fact that everybody's buying Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, but first... I'll mention that although it's been not much more than 24 hours since the release was announced, it's already our best-selling item for the month of February. I'm starting to wonder whether future limited editions ought to be more than 200 copies.

I'm already getting tired of putting these discs together, but don't let that dissuade you from ordering a copy on the Hypnos Online Store, if you're so inclined. It's $11.99.

Oh, and also... the dozens of orders that have been coming in are very often orders for not just the newest releases like Sounds are Hidden and Robert Scott Thompson's latest, At the Still Point of the Turning World, but also the many specials, closeouts, price reductions, used and collectible items. Those are being gobbled-up quickly, so remember to check the other sections of the store before you miss out on some great merchandise-gathering opportunities!.

More seriously, it's a very proud and exciting time for me, seeing such a response to my own solo work. It's been a long time, and we should have at least one more dose of M. Griffin solo later this year. Thanks again for the wonderful support of our efforts here at Hypnos!

Once I catch my breath a little with all this CD-making, I'll post a news update to give everyone a better idea what new releases are coming next.



2005.02.21

This latest Hypnos CD release, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, has brought in an unexpected quantity of orders, probably more orders in a single day (today) than we've seen on one day in the past several years. Ah, I remember the old days... adding Robert Rich's Humidity: Three Concerts to the Hypnos store, then going out for pizza and returning to find fifty new orders had arrived via the online store in the 90 minutes I was gone to dinner. Well, this wasn't quite on that scale, but pretty good, still. And since we're making each of these by hand (remember, a limited edition of 200 copies, which won't last long at this rate), I expect I'll be up late tonight getting discs put together. Here again, the CD cover artwork and MP3 sample clips:



Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
01 iyon aaz
02 ido ereme
03 ixe om
04 inye adieme

If you wish to order a copy, and add to our already-considerable CD printing and order fulfillment burden, please do. It's available on the Hypnos Online Store now for $11.99.

Yes, this is pretty much the same news update as yesterday, other than the fairly pointless bragging about how well the new CD is selling today -- surprisingly well, really... did we mention that already?



2005.02.20

Finally, we are pleased to announce a new CD release, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects. It's the first release on the new Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, and the first solo music released by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin since Sudden Dark which was recorded in 1996.

The deep and smooth drone minimalism of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects will please those listeners who enjoy the glacial, psychoactive drift ambient and space music of Oophoi, Steve Roach, or Lustmord. Perhaps the closest comparison to previous Hypnos releases would be Oophoi's Athlit or Griffin's collaboration with A Produce, Altara. These four long tracks are designed to relax the listener while altering the mental state -- sort of like a sensory deprivation tank without all that salt water!

This release, like all on the Hypnos Secret sounds sub-label, is a hand-made CDR release strictly limited to 200 copies.



Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
01 iyon aaz
02 ido ereme
03 ixe om
04 inye adieme

It's available on the Hypnos Online Store today for $11.99.



2005.02.19

Latest items added to the Hypnos Online Store, once again in the One copy & collectibles:
Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue - 2350 Broadway (2cd)
Larry Kucharz - Digichoral Blue Portraits (used CD)
Spacecraft - Hummel (used CD)
Kevin Keller - Pendulum (used CD)

And here are a few more from that category, not yet featured on this news page:
Various - OR Some Computer Music
Mike Vainio - Kajo
Pole - 2 (used CD)
Mark Rownd - Painting Twilight (used CD)
Michael Nyman - The Cold Room Soundtrack (used CD)
Aube - Metal de Metal (used CD, metal case)



2005.02.18

Continuing to add stuff to the Hypnos Online Store. Several titles back in stock again, and a whole new "Hypnos Recommends" section on the front page. I've also streamlined the list of categories -- several stagnant categories (defunct labels or artists whose work we aren't selling any more) were removed and "assimilated" into the miscellaneous sections. Also we're trying to go through and find CDs that didn't have cover art scans, or descriptions, and add that stuff.

And we're just days away from this:



Everyone have a great weekend, and we'll have more news soon!



2005.02.16

Slightly less significant updates to the Hypnos Online Store today... first, a visual re-design, and also, a couple new featured items:

The Hafler Trio - The Sea Org
The Hafler Trio - Mastery of Money


Jenn's cranking out CD orders rapidly, as well as a flood of items we've sold on E-Bay recently, while I'm focusing on getting ready to release the first Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label release:



More news on this last bit, very soon!



2005.02.14

Onward... more items back in stock on the Hypnos Online Store:

From Oophoi and his Umbra label (most Umbra titles now available, including good quantities of the very limited Dust in the Wind):
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung
Tau Ceti- Frozen Planet
Sostrah Tinnitus- Favo di Fiele
Liquid Ghosts - Camera Obscura (ltd. cdr)


From Austere (all in-print Austere titles now available in good quantities):
Austere & Abstract Audio Systems - Evergone
Austere - Fade
Austere - Monodia


Also, our One copy & collectibles section continues to generate quite a bit of interest. Each day, a handful of items are sold out of this section, never to return!

Here are a few of those remaining items:
A Small Good Thing - Block
Temps Perdu? - Earth Story
Kevin Keller - Intermezzo
Kaleida (DVD) featuring Spacecraft & Giles Reaves



2005.02.11

We're seeing quite a flurry of new activity on the Hypnos Online Store, which we certainly appreciate.

More new and re-stocked items:

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Cavern of Sirens
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls (2cd)
Steve Roach - Lost Pieces 4
Steve Roach - Dreaming Now, Then... A Retrospective (2cd)


Also in our "one only" section, many of those items are vanishing -- the last copy of Saul Stokes Edge of the Forest, one of the two copies of Garista by ZF, and several more. At this rate, I'll probably keep adding items to that section roughly as fast as items are selling, so there will be 40-50 items at any given time, but the key thing to keep in mind is that it will always be different stuff being added than what disappeared, and the stuff that disappeared likely will not be available again. If you're interested in bargains, out of print oddities, collectibles, or just good deals on used CDs in good shape, remember to take a regular look at our One copy & collectibles section.



2005.02.10

This past couple of weeks has been a period of unprecedented activity in adding new items to the Hypnos Online Store. If you've been reading previous news updates on this page you've seen many of the items mentioned here, but there are dozens more that have been added without being specifically linked here.

Here's a quick summary of some of the updates and changes:

Several A Produce titles (and others on his Trance Port Special Editions label, such as Ruben Garcia) back in stock today.

Quite a few Amplexus and Soleilmoon label items (Lustmord Heresy for example), a few Steve Roach items such as Core and Darkest Before Dawn, stuff from Vidna Obmana, Robert Rich, Hafler Trio and Klaus Wiese, all back in stock.

Also, several new items:


Alio Die & Mathias Grassow - Expanding Horizon
Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese - Holy Domain
Hafler Trio - No Man Put Asunder
Hafler Trio - How to Reform Mankind
Hafler Trio - The Mastery of Money
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome
Vidna Obmana - Legacy


Lastly, over 40 items total have been added to the One copy & collectibles section alone. Lots of used CDs, and interesting items that will not be re-stocked. A handful have already been snapped-up. More coming soon!



2005.02.07

Tonight, updated the "Hypnos Recommends" section of the Hypnos Online Store. One thing I discovered (and which you may have noticed too if you've been shopping there recently) is that there were several recommended items which returned error messages if you clicked on them. Jenn has been very good about temporarily "disabling" items when they're out of stock, so people don't end up ordering things we don't have on the shelf at that time. The problem has been, if items are out of stock and "disabled" on the store, but still listed in that "Hypnos Recommends" section, the store's program won't recognize the item number you've clicked on, and you'll get an error message.

Jenn and I will do a better job co-ordinating between the two of us, since she's the one who updates the store inventory and processes all your orders, and I'm the one who updates the web site (including the "Hypnos Recommends" feature on the online store).

The good news is, if you haven't checked out the Hypnos Online Store in a while, you'll find dozens of new listings and changes, from price reductions on existing items, to a whole new section of used and collectible discs. Our move to a new Hypnos HQ across town a few months back helped us discover quite a number of items we had believed to be out of stock, for example:

Steve Roach Early Man "slate package" limited editions, available here , discounted from the original $24.99 price, down to $16.99.

Saul Stokes Edge of the Forest hand made "wood box" limited edition, available here (one copy only).

Used CDs from my personal collection, like this, this, this, and this.

Some of this stuff is different from what you're used to from Hypnos -- available while it lasts, no multi-copy inventory, no re-ordering. But this will allow us to offer you some new things you haven't seen from Hypnos before, and it should also allow us to ge to the point of taking CD trade-ins in exchange for CDs (though at first, while we're transitioning to the used CD and "collectible" markets, we'll just be selling our own items). We hope you'll take a look at what we have to offer (almost foru dozen new items have been added to the store in the past week!), and we thank you for your continued support.



2005.02.06

This past week has been a period of major changes to the Hypnos Online Store, many of them not immediately obvious from a quick look at the storefront page. Here's a road map to all the recent changes and additions:

1. A few new items are in stock, and several hot-selling items that had been out of stock (Oophoi, other Umbra label artists, Austere, A Produce and others) are back in stock. If you're ever looking for the newest items added to the store, regardless of category, check the Newest Additions to the Store section here.

2. Of course, it's been announced on this page already, but for those of you who don't check this News page every day, and don't always scroll down to read previous day news announcements (especially at times like this, where news updates have been appearing frequently), there's a new Hypnos CD release! It's At the Still Point of the Turning World, and it's the Hypnos debut of established ambient/experimental sound artist Robert Scott Thompson. For more information on this CD, including some early reviews, and a full set of MP3 sound clips, visit that CD's page on the Hypnos store here. This CD is a great one, and we're confident this will be one of those Hypnos CDs that people listen to, talk about and enjoy for years.

3. Another section of the Hypnos store that's newly updated is the Best Sellers section, which is not ranked in order, but does include the two dozen or so (the number fluctuates) best sellilng items on the store in the past month or so. You can visit that section of the store directly, here. A lot of the best-selling items are fairly predictable (the last couple of Hypnos CDs, and the latest CDs by a few of the "hot" artists we sell) but you can also find some things that might surprise you, sleeper artists or up-and-coming labels that some people are starting to enjoy, but who haven't built up a "big name" yet. This is a great place to look to see what other people are listening to, and if you enjoy most of the stuff in that section, chances are pretty good that if you try out some of the unfamiliar items in that section, you'll end up pleasantly surprised.

4. Lowered all the prices in the closeout section of the store. This section includes a bunch of good stuff -- a handful of "various artists" compilations, a couple of Lull albums, some Rapoon, some Amoeba (Robert Rich project), a Hafler Trio disc, and more. The prices here are great, certainly the lowest prices you'll find new copies of any of these CDs, anywhere.

5. Perhaps the biggest change is the creation of a new section of the store, which is called "One copy" items and used CDs. This section includes any item that isn't an ongoing, inventoried CD on the store. This could mean collectible CDs of which we have only one copy, or special odd items that we don't normally carry, as well as a selection of used CDs (which may include not only items from the Hypnos HQ personal collection, but also possibly items we've obtained for the express purpose of re-selling here). The item descriptions will always explain what you're looking at (used, collectible, opened item, or just an odd item not normally stocked), but the thing to remember with these is that when they're gone, they're gone. If you want that copy of Zoviet France Garista and don't grab it right away, we won't be able to obtain more, and you'll be back to scouring E-Bay for those titles. Same goes for used items... we might come across another copy of the same thing later, but I wouldn't count on it. Anyway, there's a direct link to that section here.



2005.02.04

Still more efforts to update and streamline the Hypnos Online Store today... this time, every item in the "Closeouts" section has been marked down, and these prices will be in effect until all these items are sold out. There are CDs here from $3.99 to $9.99, so take a look and you may find a bargain price on a disc you've been thinking about buying.



For a directly link to that section of the store, visit here.



2005.02.03

There's a new category on the Hypnos Online Store today, and that category is "One-copy and used CDs." Just like it sounds, this is a category for used items, for odds and ends, and for collectable CDs of which we only own a single copy. Some of these are new and never played, some are used items from my own collections, and some are odd items that were removed from the Hypnos store at some point in the past, and then one last copy turned up. There are even a few "E-Bay-worthy" collectors items and out-of-print titles, so check back regularly.

For a directly link to that section of the store, click here.



2005.02.02

A few news bits today:

First off, reactions to the new Hypnos CD from Robert Scott Thompson, At the Still Point of the Turning World, are starting to come in. On the Hypnos Forum, Jim Brenholts said:

"This is easily robert's best work yet! amazing textures and timbres - gentle atmospheres with just the right touches of gray. It might also be the best hypnos disc ever - or one of the top 5, at least.". We're pretty certain this will be a popular CD, and a "grower" whose reputation builds through word of mouth, so check out the audio clips (see the news update of a few days ago) if you're interested."



Next item: I've had a big box of stuff I've been planning to put up on E-Bay for a while, and Jenn's been adding items like crazy for me. Nothing like moving into a new house after 4 years in the old one, to reveal a whole ton of stuff you don't need any more. So far it's mostly videos (DVD, VHS and Laserdisc) but we'll be adding books, CDs, and electronics soon too. If you're in the market for any of this stuff (most auctions have very low starting prices), check it out:
List of "HypnosRec" E-Bay auctions.

Lastly, there's a new $8.99 weekly special on the Hypnos Online Store today, Jeff Greinke's Places of Motility. Save $3 by buying now!



2005.02.01

A few new items (re-stocks, not actually new titles) on the Hypnos Online Store. Some are "while supplies last" and quantities are limited:



Paul Schutze/Voice of Eye/Robert Rich - Narratives: Music for Fiction
Necrophorus - Gathering Composed Thoughts
Steve Roach - Atmospheric Conditions
Steve Roach / Vidna Obmana - InnerZone
Steve Roach / Vir Unis - Body Electric
Scorn - Greetings from Birmingham
Michael Stearns - The Lost World
Michael Stearns - Lyra
A Produce - White Sands
Vir Unis - Pulse N Atmo
Alio Die - La Stanze della Transcendenza
Richard Bone/John Orsi - A Survey of Remembered Things



2005.01.30

Greetings from Hypnos HQ. We moved across town a few months ago, and promised to post images of the new studio, but in lieu of that (since the studio still isn't quite right yet), here are some views of our surroundings (some during the recent ice storm, and some demonstrating the view of Mount Hood from the back yard). It's also a great excuse to test out my new digital camera. I took three of these and Jenn took two. Enjoy!













2005.01.29

One new addition to the Hypnos Online Store today -- Darshan Ambient's new release on the Lotuspike label, Autumn's Apple. To go directly to that item's page on the store, click here.



2005.01.27

If you're still mulling over whether to buy the latest from Hypnos and from Robert Scott Thompson, At the Still Point of the Turning World, take another look at that CD's listing page on the Hypnos Online Store, where you'll find MP3 sample clips for all 12 tracks, and a great review from Bill Binkelman of windandwire.com.

On second thought, for those of you who are super lazy, and don't want to be bothered following the link(s) above, here are the clips:

Track list (with MP3 sample clips):
Of Mirrored Air
Causal Connecting Principle
Airports for Shadows and Dust
A Theory of Place
Presences
Water Out of Sunlight
When Dreams Collide
At the Still Point of the Turning World
Tinted in Temporal Hue
After... Aforethought
Melting Through Inches of Mercury
Figured in the Drift of Stars



2005.01.26

Jenn is busily cranking out order for the new Hypnos CD, At the Still Point of the Turning World by Robert Scott Thompson. In case you haven't been paying attention, that CD is now available at the Hypnos Online Store, where you will also find a number of newly-listed items. Some of these are limited quantities (mostly 1-3 copies), and most will not be re-stocked once these copies are gone, so if you want one of these, place your order right away:

Richard Bone - Talkes From The Incantina
Richard Bone / John Orsi - A Survey Of Remembered Things
Dreams In Exile - Since Long Before
John Duncan & Francisco Lopez - Nav (2CD)
Hafler Trio - Seven Hours Sleep
Hemisphere - Liquid Mirror
Hemisphere - Now
Various Artists (Groove label) - World Wide Kind

While we're dealing with the increased order volume related to this new release, Jenn will be making trips to the Post Office at least once a day, so you'll get your orders faster than ever now.



2005.01.25

Here it is, then... the new Hypnos CD from Robert Scott Thompson, At the Still Point of the Turning World.



It's just in, and ready to purchase at the Hypnos Online Store for $12.99. MP3 sample clips will be added in the next day or two, and it will be added into the "Hypnos Recommends" section on the front page of the store... but in the mean time, it's readily available by visiting the Hypnos Recordings section of the store, or doing a search for Robert Scott Thompson. This is a great recording, combining elements of placid ambience, sonic experimentalism, and a pleasing musicality. We're pleased to bring this to you, and we feel absolutely certain you'll enjoy it.



2005.01.24

Things are getting back to normal now... weather's no longer a problem, Mike's no longer sick, Jenn's back in Portland and cranking out Hypnos Online Store orders.

Within the next couple of days, we should have some good news regarding the availability of the next Hypnos label release, Robert Scott Thompson's At the Still Point of the Turning World.



This will be Robert's Hypnos debut, and the first Hypnos CD release since the very well-received CD debut of Chad Hoefler, Twilight in the Offing, which was released last October.

Last bit of news: the Hypnos Online Store $8.99 special has been udpated... check it out, bargain shoppers!



2005.01.15

Wow, what a couple of weeks here. First, Jenn and I spent a week in the sub-Arctic chill of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Then I return to Portland and Hypnos HQ (Jenn's still in Wisconsin), only to be knocked flat for several days by sinusitis and a simultaneous case of the flu. Finally, my various ailments coming under the control of prescription medicines (thank you, big evil pharmaceutical companies!), this last couple of days in Portland we've been experiencing an ice storm here in Portland. You know, water falls as rain and freezes on the ground into a clear, centimeter-thick layer of glass-like ice. Oh, and Hypnos HQ (which is also home) is located at the top of a steep hill, and to exit the neighborhood requires going down that steep hill and coming to a sudden stop at the bottom, without sliding into the front of the house at the bottom of the street. The ice is melting now, and lots and lots of Hypnos Online Store orders are ready to go as soon as there's a reasonably safe path down to the outside world, and the post office.



2005.01.08

Still on the road, and not returning until Monday night, but took a moment to reduce prices on a handful of items at the Hypnos Online Store. Prices are as low as $4.99 and subject to change at any time. Some are "while supplies last" and some are permanent reductions:
Augur - Tree Sap for a Heart (cdr)
Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze - Dark Side of the Moog VII
Centrozoon - The Cult of Bibbiboo
Beefcake - Polycontrale Contrapunkte
Immedia - 2|1
Ocosi -Guided (cdr)
Various Artists - Beyond ME
Amir Baghiri - Blue Box (4CD)



2005.01.07

Mike and Jenn are away from Hypnos HQ, visiting a relative who had elective surgery. Mike will be back in a few days, so any orders placed at the Hypnos Online Store in the last couple of days will be processed Monday and shipped Tuesday. After that, everything should be back to normal. Thanks for your continued support of Hypnos!



2005.01.05

Today, I've updated the "Hypnos $8.99 weekly special" feature on the Hypnos Online Store. It's now Zo Pilots by Saul Stokes.



Here's what some reviewers said about this CD:

"Somehow I missed out on Stokes' debut CD and now I regret that. Building his own electronics and still being able to create a sonically fascinating world is something not many people can do. Yes, listeners... if the word 'world' comes around, it's ambient time again and I stated it before and here again: Hypnos are a strong label to release this music. Stokes is no different: a great talent of creating outerworld, outerlimit sounds that is dark. In comparision to the other recent Hypnos CD's, Stokes uses rhythms, not in a techno fashion, but much more in a machine like humming way. Spacey, yet down to earth. Highlights for me are the cosmic 'First Jump' and the laid back 'Fast Creatures.' But the other five are top too!"
--Frans DeWaard, Vital E-Zine, Staalplaat, The Netherlands

"The one that hypnotizes. Here, space music shimmers, cascades and swarms, with a more upfront set of sounds that are altogether louder than the normal drifting music [on the Hypnos label], still spacey and cosmic, and joined by the occasional deep, slow percussive rhythms. The majority of the music features the sort of phased synth-meets-mellotron style sweeps, similar to a cross between the orchestral part of side one of Schulze's "Irrlicht" album, Tangerine Dream's Zeit" and Cluster's "Fur Die Katz." The music constantly flows and evolves, yet it's so completely mesmerising, wiht a strange, eerie beauty and inner depths. A late-night listening gem."
--CD Services newsletter (Scotland)

You can't beat $8.99 , so access this deal directly on the Hypnos Store here.



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