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Title: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 10:17:01 AM
I have quite a lot to write on this subject, sort of a general update about what's coming up next, and what's in the works for later in the year.  I'll probably tackle this over several different messages.

A> PROJECTS READY TO GO VERY SOON (NEARLY 100% READY)

B> PROJECTS COMING ALONG BY SPRING (MOSTLY DONE)

C> PROJECTS PLANNED, BUT NOT YET DEVELOPED
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 11:05:42 AM
PART A> PROJECTS READY TO GO VERY SOON (NEARLY 100% READY)

We have quite a few items lined-up that are really close to completion.  The first two were intended for the end of 2007 but didn't quite make it.  A brief comment after each.

Austere | Solyaris (Hypnos, Jan 2008)

This is a creative peak for this much-overlooked ambient duo, their first release on Hypnos, following their Hypnos Secret Sounds album Pulse in 2007.  It will be the next Hypnos release, with the exact date subject to agreement between the label and the artists, relative to their release of a big retrospective box-set.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-au-s.jpg)



M. Griffin | Fabrications (Hypnos, early 2008)

This one is down to the final editing, and would have been done by now if not for all the unexpected flurry of activity surrounding the move of the Hypnos web site to a new server.  Ah well, life intrudes, and this is at the final stages of editing, 99% done and ready for production within a week or so.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-mg-f.jpg)



Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World (Hypnos compilation, early 2008)

This is the "sister project" to the recently-released Hypnos compilation, Sounds of a Universe Overheard, and should meet or exceed the high standard set by that recording.  To compare the second compilation to the first, I'd say the second is perhaps a bit more abstract and deep-space, more mysterious and strange, whereas the first is a bit more musical and structured overall.

Track listing (not in order):

Evan Bartholomew - Sacrosanct
Austere - Crystil
Phaenon - Quantum Silence
Stephen Philips - Down Deep
Jason Sloan - faded.forgotten [trace]
Numina - Nadir Ever Spirals
Relapxych.0 - Distant Radiance
True Color of Blood - Choosing to Remain Blind
Svartsinn - Cold But Strong
Oophoi - Icelight


(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-v-mfsw.jpg)



Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I (Hypnos Secret Sounds, early 2008)

A fairly recent addition to the roster of releases, but when we heard Evan's latest recording, a sharply resonant and multi-layered set of repeating loops that develop into a complex and slowly-musical drone structure, we couldn't resist it.  We'll have more information and sound clips from this one soon, and it should be released in February, but here's a glimpse of the cover for now.  It will be a bit of a departure for the Secret Sounds imprint -- by special agreement with the artist, this album will be released on standard pressed CDs, not CDRs, and the limited edition size will be larger.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-eb-tpom1.jpg)



Sense (Robert Logan) | The Sublime and the Beautiful (2cdr) (Hypnos Secret Sounds, early 2008)

We don't have final approval on the cover art yet, but this too will be a departure for the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint in that it will be a two disc set.  Sense is an alter-ego of Robert Logan, who releases experimental electronic music under his full name, including the truly amazing debut CD Cognessence (see here: http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=30450 (http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=30450)).  This album careens from drone ambient, to churning, confrontational Aphex Twin style rhythms, with perhaps more rich and diverse sound content than any album we've ever released.  Normally we'd have reservations about releasing a double CD by a young, emerging artist but this one justifies its duration without question.  We look forward to sharing samples with everyone very soon, and the release should occur later in January.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-srl-ts.jpg)

(edited... Sense CD cover artwork updated, and title changed)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 11:30:41 AM
PART A> PROJECTS READY TO GO VERY SOON (NEARLY 100% READY)

Here are a couple of things worth mentioning, that I didn't include above because... they're not new albums.

Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)

We're re-pressing the most popular disc we've ever released, Robert Rich's epic sleep concert experience, Somnium, a 7-hour recording on a video DVD (no picture content, just sound) that plays on an ordinary DVD player.  This one has only been out of print for a few months, but both Hypnos and Robert agree that it needs to be put back in print, as demand continues to be significant even after 2,000 copies sold.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-rr-som.jpg)


Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly

This 1998 album sold out 4-5 years ago, and Jeff Pearce felt it would be OK to let it stay out of print for a while, and allow demand to build back up again.  We didn't intend to leave it unavailable for so long, though, and we're going to get some more copies made.  And also... I've created new cover artwork!  We both (Jeff and I) always liked the original Daylight Slowly cover but it didn't seem to fit with the brighter and more luminous images on his other Hypnos CDs.  I was glad to have a chance to re-work it.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-jp-ds2.jpg)

We don't have exact release dates on either of these, as there are small details to be worked-out before the re-pressing can begin, but I would say no later than the end of February we should have copies of both of these ready to sell.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on January 15, 2008, 11:43:35 AM
Our release, "Solyaris", will sadly be delayed again, as we want to give it 2-3 weeks at least between the release of our 10th Anniversary special box set: "Sound of Silence I: An 'Unnatural History' of Rare and Exclusive Tracks (http://austere.org/sos1.shtml)".  So Solyaris will probably come out around 15 Feb 2008.

The name "Sound of Silence (http://austere.org/sos1.shtml)" was and is not in reference at all to the Paul Simon penned and Simon & Garfunkel recorded song "Sounds of Silence" but was released only after (thanks to our pal Chip) and we do think Simon is brilliant, as is that song and that S&G album.  The "Unnatural History" reference is specific in honour to Coil and their CD compilations of rare tracks released throughout their career.

The "Sound of Silence I (http://austere.org/sos1.shtml)" box set will be release on Fri 18 Jan 2008 at 2:13AM, which is our 10th Anniversary since we "officially formed" as a group.  It contains a lot in an 8 x 8 x 1/2" (220 x 220 x 20mm) box: tracks from group projects, the Dark Duck Drone Download Project, compilations, soundtrack projects, etc. as well as one "live" recording and three unreleased tracks that will only be available in this box set.  They are all in 320Kbs CBR MP3 format stored on a SanDisk card, and come with a simple but very functional and usable MP3 player with earbud headphones and a USB cable that uses one AA battery.  You can use the player with other SanDisk cards or pull our musick from this one and load something worth listening to (the player has no built-in memory.)

The box set also contains four random photos (from sixteen total, including one of the current band, and one of when we met before we formed the band), a copy of our annoying, snotty "manifesto" which we signed 10 years ago from the date/time above, and also, unique to each box, a 5" (120mm) 78 RPM recording - the electronic / drone musick on every disc is absolutely unique and was recorded by etching with an Emily Berliner recorder.  There are also other treats, including the checklist to make sure everything is there.

Box set artwork and photography provided by our pal Henk Zweering and is quite beautiful.

Hypnos will be carrying this release at some point and it will be available from us after the date/time above.

Thanks for your patience with "Solyaris" and as always and ever, Thanks for Listening.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on January 15, 2008, 12:41:37 PM
Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I (Hypnos Secret Sounds, early 2008)

A fairly recent addition to the roster of releases[...]

We just wanted to welcome Evan, aka blue:tech, to the Hypnos roster!  We have his first two blue:tech CDs from MP3.com if anyone wants to buy them - we have 2-3 copies of each, back in the MP3.com days, we spent all the $$$ we earned buying CDs from other MP3.com artists.

Congrats Evan!  This will be a great release in a series of them, we're sure!

--
austere@austere.org
http://austere.org
Thanks for Listening.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 03:15:03 PM
PART B> PROJECTS COMING ALONG SOON, BUT NOT THIS MONTH OR NEXT


Nebula | The Path of White Clouds 2008

Some time during 2008, Hypnos will be re-releasing this album, originally released by the Stella Maris label.  "Nebula" is an ambient supergroup of sorts, featuring Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Lorenzo Pierobon, Luna, and Mauro Malgrande.  OK, I'll admit to not having any idea who those last 3 are, but the first 4 are pretty significant!  This is a beautiful, ethereal and abstract ambient recording, which certainly deserved greater attention than it received prior to the demise of Stella Maris (which existed only long enough to release 2 Nebula albums).  For more information about the original release, look here:  http://www.discogs.com/release/740659 (http://www.discogs.com/release/740659)

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-neb-powc.jpg)



Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia

Hypnos manager (and artist) Lena will be curating this specially-themed compilation which gathers an assortment of ambient & atmospheric sound works from around the world.  This project is already partially complete (though some spots on the roster may still be open so if you're a female and you're making cool ambient music, get in touch), and will end up revealing a totally new angle on ambient music.  Ranging from ethereal to dark to pretty to spooky to melodic, we think this album will have solid musical and soundscape content beyond just the curiosity and "I've never seen that before" factor of the theme. 


Various Artists | Nevertime

It's been mentioned here on the Hypnos Forum several times that one of our goals for the coming year is to revitalize the Binary sub-label, and further to redefine it to some degree.  One big step toward this end will be this upcoming various-artists compilation, for which we'll begin accepting submissions starting in February, which will emphasize a more modern and edgy style of electronic music, ranging from minimal, pulsing techno to what some call electronica and some call IDM, to glitch and minimalism.  We hope to get a strong and diverse selection of artists to take part, and this will serve as a sort of announcement to the world that Binary intends to get into the middle of things, and explore the cutting edge of 21st century rhythmic electronic music.



Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album

It has been a long hiatus since the last-released studio album by Viridian Sun. Perihelion came out in 1999, and the more recent Live Paris Theater was, you guessed it, a live recording. In between was a never-released third studio album (which may still subsequently come out, later) but the guys in VS decided the best way forward was to record something entirely new and release it without delay, before revisiting 2001-2 works that remain on the shelf.  The Viridian Sun approach of live-in-studio improvisation continues, and the new tracks have a warm and organic quality, deriving from guitar and bass this time, with synthesizers entirely absent.



M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism

Yet another "first" or new direction for us, Vapors and Magnetism will be a video DVD, combining abstract video experiments with exclusive ambient music tracks.  The idea of combining sound with video art is one we intend to pursue to a greater degree in the future, and we would like to release multiple video DVD releases every year.  We think abstract video and abstract music go great together!

Note: artwork is not final

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/cmp01-vam.jpg)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 06:13:09 PM
PART C> PROJECTS PLANNED BUT NOT YET DEVELOPED

Some of the other things coming in 2008 don't yet have titles or release dates, and some might only be ideas or proposals at this point.  That's how a record label work -- it's a sort of assembly line, and the stuff at the end of the line, near the front door of the factory, is almost finished and looks recognizably like a final product.  Those are the projects in the "part A" posting up at the top.

The stuff earlier on the assembly line may have major parts missing (like a CD with no cover image or no title, or an undetermined track listing).  That's the "part B" posting, projects that aren't quite ready or complete but most of the way there.

Way back toward the beginning of the assembly line, you have pieces and parts, and before that, just sketches and ideas.  That's what I'll talk about here.  Almost all of these things will be worked-on during 2008, many will be released this year, but some will not be finished until 2009 or even later.


MORE VIRIDIAN SUN

First, I mentioned in "part B" regarding the new Viridian Sun album, that VS recorded a full album's worth of material in 2001-2002 or so, and it just ended up never being finished all the way.  It had nothing to do with the quality being poor, or lack of interest in the project by the duo.  It was more about people being busy, and delays happening, and procrastination, and when you leave something up on the shelf for long enough, you forget about it and work on other things.  The good news is, there's another Viridian Sun album that can be polished up out of these materials with relatively little effort, and once these new 2007-2008 tracks are released as a CD, there is a very good chance that this "missing" Viridian Sun album will be released one way or another.... maybe on Hypnos Secret Sounds, maybe as a regular Hypnos album.


M. GRIFFIN AND _____

Second, I personally am planning to undertake two separate collaborations with well-known artists, both of whom have released multiple CDs on the Hypnos label previously.  I won't announce these or talk about them too much (they're totally separate projects) until they have moved forward a little bit, and not a note or a sound has been recorded in either case.  I know from past experience that sometimes (like the newest Viridian Sun efforts), the decision to collaborate results in a nearly-complete album almost immediately, whereas other times the decision to collaborate can stretch out into planning, and tenative efforts, and a bit of give and take and various false starts... and before you know it, a year is gone and there's not much that looks or sounds like an "album" in sight.  So, that's why I'm not talking about these yet, not because I lack faith in the abilities or the artistry of both of my friends and collaborators, but because I don't want to add pressure to the process until there's something more substantial to support it.


BINARY EXPLORER SERIES

Very soon after getting underway the Binary compilation Nevertime (see above, part B), we plan to launch a new series called Binary Explorer Series.  Simply put, Binary Explorer Series is to Binary, as Hypnos Secret Sounds is to Hypnos.  We feel that the HSS imprint has been a great success, has exposed many new artists to Hypnos listeners, and vice versa, allowing us to change the threshold at which we consider something for release on our label.  Binary Explorer Series is intended to do the same thing, to give us a running start toward the regular and frequent releasing of electronica and minimal techno and IDM and rhythmic electronic experimentation... starting where the  Nevertime compilation left off and running off in a few new directions, quickly.  We'll very possibly be releasing full-length or EP-length discs by a participants in the  Nevertime comp, as well as possibly taking on BES releases by people who never took part in the compilation.  After the first 3-6 months we'll shift the emphasis more toward Binary "proper" and slightly away from Binary Explorer Series, but this sub-label will be a good way for us to quickly define what we're trying to do by releasing several recordings in a fairly short time.


BINARY AKA HYPNOS/BINARY

We're very much interested in beginning to strengthen and diversify the Binary sub-label starting this year.  Here at Hypnos HQ, we're every bit as interested in rhythmic & experimental electronic, as we are in ambient & atmospheric sounds.  We'd love to start using Binary (and the just-mentioned Binary Explorer Series sub-label) to explore those forms.  Our goal is that eventually, within a year or two, Binary should be at a level of standing and emphasis equal to Hypnos itself... maybe at some point we'll even create an entirely separate but equal web site for the Binary label.  For now, we'll start out with the compilation, and we'll make major efforts to associate Binary with the right kind of artists so we can release an ever-greater number of interesting and worthwhile recordings.


NEW ONLINE STORE

The Hypnos Online Store has been a very successful and long-lived internet store, and we have no intention of shutting it down until we have something better to offer.  For at least the next year, The Hypnos Online Store will go on exactly as it is now (except with an ever-expanding selection of music to offer).  Some time during 2008, though, we will roll out a new internet music store that will exist in parallel to the Hypnos store, and probably eventually be its replacement.  The new music site will offer downloads of digital music files, in addition to CD sales, and will represent a wider range of genres, and a deeper stock, than the Hypnos store does now.  Right now, the Hypnos store has available something like 500-600 titles, almost entirely focused on the ambient, atmospheric and minimalist genres.  Eventually we would like to broaden out to carry even more sounds, primarily to better serve our existing customers (because we know most of you listen to other styles of music) but also to be able to reach potential new customers.  The goal is to list over 1,000 recordings between the two stores (there will be much overlap at first) by the end of the year, and 2,500 different titles by the end of 2009.  At some point, carrying all this different, diverse music, the imprint of the "Hypnos" name on the store becomes misleading or irrelevant -- if we're selling psy-trance or glitch or minimal modern classical, what does the ambient label Hypnos have to do with that?  And if people come to the Hypnos store to find things that are similar to Hypnos, would they feel misled if the store with the Hypnos name on it, starts selling music that has less and less to do with the Hypnos sound?  We have already purchased the internet domain where this store will be located (it will not be a label web site with a store added on, but a domain entirely dedicated to the online store, the way amazon.com is entirely about amazon's store and nothing else) and will announce the domain and put a placeholder/announcement once we have finalized the logo.

There are more items to be added, but this has been a lot of typing today, and this should be more than enough "2008 plans" for now.  Thanks for reading, if you've made it this far!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 15, 2008, 08:25:40 PM
Just edited some of the above posts, added a few additional images for cover art that isn't definite or final, just for fun.  Obviously these are subject to change.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 16, 2008, 03:55:54 PM
A few additional notes:

Yesterday when I posted the cover images for the Sense and Nebula discs, those were posted as "rough draft" images that had not been approved by the respective artists.  Since that time, both cover images have been approved and are now the final cover artwork for both discs.

Also, the new, upcoming web store mentioned in the last big update, can now be made public -- not that there's a store or anything too compelling there yet.  I just didn't want to mention the new web site and have a bunch of people type in the address out of curiosity, and receive an error message.  There's at least a front page there now, with a "coming soon" message of sorts.  So, the new web store we'll be introducing some time this spring, will be called "SoundSwim."  It'll be located at:

www.soundswim.com (http://www.soundswim.com)

We'll have much, much more on this subject later.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on January 17, 2008, 07:03:48 PM
PART B> PROJECTS COMING ALONG SOON, BUT NOT THIS MONTH OR NEXT
Nebula | The Path of White Clouds 2008

Not to be a kill-joy, but there's been over a dozen bands named "Nebula" since the '60's but it's currently owned by the Sub Pop label signed band, who've sued a couple others, since trademarks must be defended, so you might want to pass on a name change, as if Sub Pop ever sees this CD, their legal dept. which takes up a whole floor now, will have to sue the band and Hypnos.  Really, it's just asking for a headache.

Plus, while we're sure the musick is great, we always wonder about bands who have the same name as a couple others - seems to lack originality which is necessary for art wethinks.  "Metallica" was original and ground-breaking. Sword, Swords, The Swords, Swords Project, Swords of <something>... smacks of laziness or lack of creativity, no?  No offense intended, but serious about Sub Pop suing, we know ppl who work  there and if they see this name used, the lawyers will come like attack dogs.  Just a head's up, yo.  We're sure no one will care but we know of two cases where Sub Pop sued and they have on-staff lawyers....
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Kendall Station on January 24, 2008, 12:22:41 AM

Where can we find more on submission guidelines for the Binary Compilation.  I would certainly be interested.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 24, 2008, 07:24:10 AM
Information about the Binary compilation, such as submission guidelines and limitations, will be posted in February, most likely.  You'll probably be able to find the information here, or on the Hypnos news page, or on the MySpace blogs for Hypnos and Binary.  We're not ready to start taking submissions yet, but thanks for your interest.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 24, 2008, 09:41:45 AM
PART B> PROJECTS COMING ALONG SOON, BUT NOT THIS MONTH OR NEXT
Nebula | The Path of White Clouds 2008

Not to be a kill-joy, but there's been over a dozen bands named "Nebula" since the '60's but it's currently owned by the Sub Pop label signed band, who've sued a couple others, since trademarks must be defended, so you might want to pass on a name change, as if Sub Pop ever sees this CD, their legal dept. which takes up a whole floor now, will have to sue the band and Hypnos.  Really, it's just asking for a headache.

Plus, while we're sure the musick is great, we always wonder about bands who have the same name as a couple others - seems to lack originality which is necessary for art wethinks.  "Metallica" was original and ground-breaking. Sword, Swords, The Swords, Swords Project, Swords of <something>... smacks of laziness or lack of creativity, no?  No offense intended, but serious about Sub Pop suing, we know ppl who work  there and if they see this name used, the lawyers will come like attack dogs.  Just a head's up, yo.  We're sure no one will care but we know of two cases where Sub Pop sued and they have on-staff lawyers....

We're aware of the problem of potential confusion or conflict, when artists select names that are not unique.  This is something we're dealing with on more than one front, right now.

We can't exactly tell Nebula they can't be called "Nebula" since they already released two albums under that name, and it would be weird and confusing to release the Path of White Clouds album under some other name, like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band."  We don't have a definite solution on this one right now, but in the case of one other such conflict, we're releasing the album by the artist "Sense" under the name "Sense (Robert Logan)" to avoid confusion with several other artists known as "Sense."

I feel strongly that people starting a recording project, or a record label, or a magazine or web site, or any other venture that requires the choosing of a name, need to choose carefully so as not to conflict with others using that exact name, or cause confusion with others similarly named.  In the age of Google and Wikipedia and Discogs, it's not too hard to check around.  Even Hypnos was originally named something different, back in 95-96 before we actually got around to releasing CDs, but the name was changed when a conflict was discovered.

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: jkn on January 24, 2008, 10:15:31 AM
I like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band."  Or do the famous Nebula UK (or rather Nebula IT - or Nebula EU would maybe make more sense.)



Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Scott M2 on January 24, 2008, 01:19:00 PM
I hereby give permission for Gigi and Mathias and friends to rename their project Ghost Nebula
after the name of the dreamSTATE track on Sounds Of A Universe Overheard.
There - that's settled!    ;D
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Hypnagogue on January 24, 2008, 01:50:33 PM
"At first we called ourselves The Originals, but there was another group of lads called The Originals, so we changed our name to The New Originals..."
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Joe R on January 24, 2008, 03:22:12 PM
  Even Hypnos was originally named something different, back in 95-96 before we actually got around to releasing CDs, but the name was changed when a conflict was discovered.



Just curious- what was the original name of the Hypnos label?
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 24, 2008, 03:33:09 PM
The original name was going to be Nocturne. 

I had no idea at that time the label would ever be a real label known to people outside my immediate area.  I thought I might sell a few CDs to local stores on consignment, so I gave up the name because I discovered there was a Portland band, sort of a goth/industrial group, called Nocturne.  I had a web site started, and a logo, and an email address (but no web domain yet), but I gave it up due to the conflict and started thinking about other names.

There are tons of artists named Nocturne, and even one record label, in France:  http://www.nocturne.fr/

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: 9dragons on January 24, 2008, 07:37:55 PM
Just out of curiosity, Mike, but did you get inspired to use the name Hypnos by the title of the wonderful H.P. Lovecraft story, or the Greek god of slumber and father of the gods of dreams?

Glad to hear of the Path of White Clouds re-release. Genesis is an epic release...
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Kendall Station on January 25, 2008, 04:14:05 AM
Information about the Binary compilation, such as submission guidelines and limitations, will be posted in February, most likely.  You'll probably be able to find the information here, or on the Hypnos news page, or on the MySpace blogs for Hypnos and Binary.  We're not ready to start taking submissions yet, but thanks for your interest.

Great.  Thx. :::Shuffles toward machines:::
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 25, 2008, 09:54:38 AM
Just out of curiosity, Mike, but did you get inspired to use the name Hypnos by the title of the wonderful H.P. Lovecraft story, or the Greek god of slumber and father of the gods of dreams?

Glad to hear of the Path of White Clouds re-release. Genesis is an epic release...


My inspiration was the Greek god of sleep.

Though the Hypnos label is not meant to be entirely about night-time music or music for relaxation or sleep, that kind of use of sound, for sleep or meditation or that sort of thing, was most important to me at the time I started the label.  I was interested in Buddhist meditation and was trying to practice that every day, back then, and I was very interested in sleep and lucid dreaming, altered states of consciousness, and I felt deep ambient music could be an important component of such efforts.

For a while, in the late 90s, I think the Hypnos web site was coming up high on the list of any internet search for "hypnosis" or "hypnotism" and I was frequently getting emails from kids writing reports about these subjects, asking me for help with their school reports on hypnosis.  Haven't had a request like that in a while now.

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: jkn on January 25, 2008, 09:59:28 AM
Didn't you used to have an FAQ item for people requesting info for school papers?   I seem to remember that (or it was just a forum topic years ago...   wow - the forum's been around quite a while now (2001 I think)... :) )

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 25, 2008, 10:01:04 AM
Didn't you used to have an FAQ item for people requesting info for school papers?   I seem to remember that (or it was just a forum topic years ago...   wow - the forum's been around quite a while now (2001 I think)... :) )




Maybe so... I need to read/update that FAQ.  It's here:

http://www.hypnos.com/info.php

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 25, 2008, 10:10:56 AM
I just realized that the weird hypnosis requests stopped some time around the time I updated the site with that FAQ, which at least explains that this is a web site for a record label, and not an information site about hypnosis.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: g.@.b. on January 26, 2008, 08:34:02 PM
I'm definitely jazzed for Message From a Subatomic World, Mike, as I'm still digging Sounds of a Universe Overheard. Will that be ready for ordering Feb/March? The Austere/Solyaris looks cool, too...@ least form the cover art.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Infraction on January 27, 2008, 05:26:52 AM
2008 release schedule looks great Mike.

As for Nebula's name change...maybe Porn Sword Nebula would work?  Or Nebula Duran Nebula?

Jason
infractionrecords.com

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 27, 2008, 10:50:05 AM
I'm definitely jazzed for Message From a Subatomic World, Mike, as I'm still digging Sounds of a Universe Overheard. Will that be ready for ordering Feb/March? The Austere/Solyaris looks cool, too...@ least form the cover art.

I'd say it (MFSW) should be ready around that timeframe -- possibly the very end of February, more likely early March.  It's mostly ready to go, just needs some fine-tuning to get the tracks to "play nice" with each other.  And then a few weeks for manufacturing, of course.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on January 28, 2008, 04:34:45 PM
We're aware of the problem of potential confusion or conflict, when artists select names that are not unique.  This is something we're dealing with on more than one front, right now.

We can't exactly tell Nebula they can't be called "Nebula" since they already released two albums under that name, and it would be weird and confusing to release the Path of White Clouds album under some other name, like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band."  We don't have a definite solution on this one right now, but in the case of one other such conflict, we're releasing the album by the artist "Sense" under the name "Sense (Robert Logan)" to avoid confusion with several other artists known as "Sense."

We understand, and as said, were not trying to be a kill-joy, we just know that Sub Pop's legal dept. - which takes up a whole floor now, one of us has been well-connected w/Sub Pop since 1988 and knows many people who work there - well, we just wanted to make sure you knew because we know two bands who've been sued by them, and who knows how many others?  The two bands we know went through hell and just bailed and did a name change when lawyers wanted USD $5-10K just to take on the case.

So we hope you understand we were/are just trying to be helpful, is all, yeah?  We agree that name collision is a big problem but usually can be ignored, but in this case, since it's Sub Pop... let's just say that we know from inside sources that their legal department has brought in most of their revenue over the last 10+ years and the label runs even or at a loss.  We would just hate for you and/or the band to have to deal with a lawsuit is all!  We'll say no more, just wanted to warn, OK?  And again, no offense intended, just trying to help as we can.  Sorry if we're just telling you what you already know, but we thought "no harm, no foul."  Cheers!

P.S. Adding the artists' name(s) is a brilliant solution!  Well-done mate!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 28, 2008, 08:37:50 PM
Don't worry, we weren't bothered by your suggestion to the Nebula naming issue.  We're working on a solution right now (that is, I'm discussing it with Oophoi who is sort of in charge of the project) and we have several good ideas that involve very slight changes or additions to the name so it will still be recognizable to those who knew the two Nebula albums in their previous releases..
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 29, 2008, 02:27:07 PM
Here just a quick little update on all the items mentioned in the "2008 outlook" up above, as we get ready to head into February.  I'll follow that with a few items that weren't mentioned when I first posted this topic.

Austere | Solyaris
Originally planned for Jan 2008, we've delayed this one until early February to give the Austere guys time to release their box-set, which I'm sure they'll be plugging here on the Forum soon.


M. Griffin | Fabrications
All recording and editing is done, and just a few fine-tuning tweaks will be done (EQ and volume, mainly) before this one is sent out to be pressed.


Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World
This second compilation is complete in terms of artist selection, track selection, and track sequence.  Some basic mastering is needed to get the tracks to match up, and this will be ready.


Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I
A recent addition to the release list, this long-form ambient piece should be ready to go soon, but we're fine-tuning some very small issues with the master.  We'll be getting CDs manufactured for this one (rather than the usual Hypnos Secret Sounds limited CDR release) so that will take a few extra weeks.


Sense (Robert Logan) | The Sublime (2cdr) 
This release has been in the works for quite a while (though it wasn't announced until the title was decided, though that's been changed twice subsequently). This too is different in that it's a 2 disc release.  Very challenging and exciting sounds... we can't wait to introduce Hypnos listeners to Sense!


Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)
Our initial pressing of 2,000 copies sold out, and we're still selling enough of them that we're pressing another 1,000.  That makes this the best-selling Hypnos release ever (as other discs have had 2,000 made, but none sold out the second thousand before).


Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly
Jeff's first Hypnos disc has been out of print for a while, and we're going to re-press it with different artwork.


Nebula | The Path of White Clouds
This is a re-issue of an out of print album by this Oophoi & Mathias Grassow (and many others) ambient collective.  We're going to slightly change the name from "Nebula" to something just barely different, to avoid conflicting with other artists already using that name.  This is a beautiful recording, one that definitely deserves to be available.


Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia
Hypnos manager Lena is curating this females-only ambient compilation.  We're already received some great submissions, and some very promising artists have tracks on the way to us even now.  Already confirmed to take part: Gydja, Rose Bolton, Margaret Noble, Stellaria Fennica, Clarissa Borba, Kristin Miltner,  Sara Ayres, Floating World, Lena & K. Cornelius.


Various Artists | Nevertime
This Binary label compilation will emphasize a more modern and edgy style of electronic music, ranging from minimal, pulsing techno to what some call electronica and some call IDM, to glitch and minimalism.


Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album
This will be an album of brand new (late 2007, early 2008) sessions, with a hypnotic, deep, organic feel.  More guitar-based, and less electronic, than previous Viridian Sun releases.


M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)
Much work still remains to be done on this, which will be a collection of abstract videos, each with an exclusive music track by one of our favorite ambient recording artists.


MORE VIRIDIAN SUN
After the release of the Viridian Sun album just recorded, we will likely finish and release the unreleased album from 5-6 years earlier.  First things first!  Or actually, last things first.


M. GRIFFIN AND _____
I've undertaken two collaborations for this coming year, figuring that these things usually proceed with delays and lulls, which will allow me to work on them one at a time, simultaneously!  And it already seems that one of them won't start for a few months, so this should be a matter of working quietly, and not announcing anything until some progress is made mid-year.


BINARY AKA HYPNOS/BINARY
For those of you who don't know, Binary is the sublabel for more dynamic electronic sounds.  We're going to put some effort into revving things up on Binary this year, starting with Nevertime (see above), but leading on to some CDs by some new artists.


BINARY EXPLORER SERIES
This will be a limited CDR imprint related to our Binary sub-label.  In other words, Binary Explorer Series is to Binary, as Hypnos Secret Sounds is to Hypnos.  We intend to start running BES full-speed starting this spring, right around the time we're recruiting for the Nevertime comp.


NEW ONLINE STORE
We've reserved the domain for our new dedicated music store (not just an offshoot of the Hypnos site, the way our current Hypnos Online Store works), so before too long there will be an ever-expanding music store at www.soundswim.com -- it will start off selling much of the same stuff as the Hypnos store, but will quickly broaden out.  We'll be selling downloads, too, just Hypnos (and sub-label) tracks at first, but possibly other tracks on other labels at some point, depending on how it goes.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 29, 2008, 03:25:31 PM
Other new stuff added to the "2008 outlook" since the initial posts...

 (http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-jb-aow.jpg)

Jonathan Block | The Anatomy of Waves
This is a set of recordings that we'd been playing around Hypnos HQ for a while, when suddenly it dawned on us, "Jonathan would like us to release these, and we're enjoying listening to them, so why not just do it?"  This went from "planned release" to "CDs ready to sell" in record time, and you can buy this one today.

Matt Borghi coming soon
Details remain to be worked out, but it appears that Hypnos Secret Sounds will be doing a series of reissues of Matt Borghi's out of print back catalog, including some of his more ambient, atmospheric works.  These are some wonderful sounds, and the original releases were all so limited as to have disappeared prematurely.  We're looking forward to helping Hypnos listeners and Matt Borghi fans get their hands onto some of these.  They'll be released one at a time, 2-3 months apart.

Another new (old) Hypnos artist?
We've been in discussions this past couple weeks about Hypnos becoming the exclusive outlet for a recording artist who has released music on Hypnos before, but not recently.  Can't give any details about this quite yet, maybe in a few week, however it represents a major coup for Hypnos in terms of bringing a respected and prolific sound artist back into the fold.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 29, 2008, 03:31:01 PM
Here's an updated gallery of coming-soon CD (and DVD) covers.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-au-s.jpg)

Austere | Solyaris
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-mg-f.jpg)

M. Griffin | Fabrications
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-v-mfsw.jpg)

Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-eb-tpom1.jpg)

Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-sp-ts.jpg)

Sense Project | The Sublime (2cdr)
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-rr-som.jpg)

Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-jp-ds2.jpg)

Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-neb-powc.jpg)

Nebula | The Path of White Clouds


(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-v-eop.jpg)

Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia
 

(artwork coming soon) (http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-v-nt.jpg)

Various Artists | Nevertime
 

(artwork coming soon) (http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-vs-??.jpg)

Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album
 

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/cmp01-vam.jpg)

M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)
 
 
 
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on January 29, 2008, 11:35:37 PM
"At first we called ourselves The Originals, but there was another group of lads called The Originals, so we changed our name to The New Originals..."

Funny, one of us was in a punk band called "The Originals" and we went with "The Original Originals" when we heard the name was taken.... That one is prolly worth looking up on Discogs.com, we know at least two bands with that name who are "famous", or at least well-known in the alt/underground scene....

One of us has a cassette around here somewhere of our sole release... we'll have to find that to include tracks on the next "compilation box set" in 2018.   :D
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 30, 2008, 12:18:05 PM
It appears that the renaming will be subtle, but sufficient to distinguish one from the other.  The plan now is that Nebula should become Nebulæ, though that may still change.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Seren on January 30, 2008, 12:25:16 PM
I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 30, 2008, 12:27:02 PM
I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

That's good to hear -- it's Lena's first effort at CD cover artwork so I'm sure she'll be pleased by your reaction.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: lena on January 30, 2008, 01:00:58 PM
I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.


Wow, thank you very much!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Seren on January 30, 2008, 01:10:30 PM
I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.


Wow, thank you very much!

That's OK, it's a very nice cover, I'm tempted to ask what is it? but that would both be impolite and miss the point of just dreaming with the image - so don't tell me ;)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: lena on January 30, 2008, 01:15:36 PM
You wouldn't believe it & you'd never guess... :)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Seren on January 30, 2008, 01:45:29 PM
You wouldn't believe it & you'd never guess... :)

Even more intriguing. ;D
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: jim brenholts on January 30, 2008, 04:31:22 PM


Another new (old) Hypnos artist?
We've been in discussions this past couple weeks about Hypnos becoming the exclusive outlet for a recording artist who has released music on Hypnos before, but not recently.  Can't give any details about this quite yet, maybe in a few week, however it represents a major coup for Hypnos in terms of bringing a respected and prolific sound artist back into the fold.
my guess is richard bone
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 30, 2008, 06:30:35 PM


Another new (old) Hypnos artist?
We've been in discussions this past couple weeks about Hypnos becoming the exclusive outlet for a recording artist who has released music on Hypnos before, but not recently.  Can't give any details about this quite yet, maybe in a few week, however it represents a major coup for Hypnos in terms of bringing a respected and prolific sound artist back into the fold.

my guess is richard bone

I can't play "no, that's not it" with guesses, because it would be narrowed-down pretty quickly that way.

But, some time in the future, you will find out whether or not your guess is correct! 
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 30, 2008, 11:47:15 PM


Another new (old) Hypnos artist?
We've been in discussions this past couple weeks about Hypnos becoming the exclusive outlet for a recording artist who has released music on Hypnos before, but not recently.  Can't give any details about this quite yet, maybe in a few week, however it represents a major coup for Hypnos in terms of bringing a respected and prolific sound artist back into the fold.

my guess is richard bone

I can't play "no, that's not it" with guesses, because it would be narrowed-down pretty quickly that way.

But, some time in the future, you will find out whether or not your guess is correct! 

A. Produce! No, wait. He's touring with Jimmy Page, thus throwing the whole reunion thing into question. Uh...I hate idle speculation! ;)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: drone on on January 31, 2008, 12:18:11 AM
It's either Stokes, Pearce, Bone, or A Produce...(i get four guesses cuz I'm special!)

I have to say the artwork for all these upcoming releases is absolutely incredible!!!

Good to hear Nebula(e)'s Path of White Clouds getting the royal Hypnos treatment.  I would like to see Suso Saiz' "Hypnotics" (1992, limited to 500 copies) reissued on Hypnos.  This is an absolute lost gem of psychoactive guitar-drones from Suspended Memories/Roach collaborator, right up Hypnos alley...
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Robert Logan on January 31, 2008, 02:43:57 AM
Looking good. Hypnos marches on, tall and strong. Roaaarrr.

I'm watching Planet Earth. Those deep sea creatures would make an amazing cover.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: jeff pearce on January 31, 2008, 05:15:50 AM
It's either Stokes, Pearce, Bone, or A Produce...(i get four guesses cuz I'm special!)

Not to get on Mike's bad side by indulging in guessing games, :) but it's not me.  If you read what Mike wrote, he mentioned this artist is prolific.  Putting out one cd every three years is not prolific; in the ambient world of "prolific=relevant" "more=better", "greed=good" (sorry- watched "Wall Street" the other night), a cd every three years is basically being retired from music.  :) (ironic- musicians making slow and minimal music seem to release a WHOLE LOT of that music REALLY REALLY fast!)

... plus, Mike said "respected", and we all know that's not me (sorry Mike- I know you were getting ready to make that point, and I just stole that insult out from under you!) :)

Jeff
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 31, 2008, 09:15:26 AM
Yeah, Jeff's the opposite of prolific.  He thinks Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry and Boston put out too many albums.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 31, 2008, 09:37:55 AM
He thinks Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry and Boston put out too many albums.

Mind you, he might have a point!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Joe R on January 31, 2008, 03:51:10 PM
He thinks Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry and Boston put out too many albums.

Mind you, he might have a point!

I agree. Boston has put out four too many albums.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 31, 2008, 04:23:50 PM
It's either Stokes, Pearce, Bone, or A Produce...(i get four guesses cuz I'm special!)

I have to say the artwork for all these upcoming releases is absolutely incredible!!!

Good to hear Nebula(e)'s Path of White Clouds getting the royal Hypnos treatment.  I would like to see Suso Saiz' "Hypnotics" (1992, limited to 500 copies) reissued on Hypnos.  This is an absolute lost gem of psychoactive guitar-drones from Suspended Memories/Roach collaborator, right up Hypnos alley...

Thanks for your comments on the artwork -- much appreciated!

The Nebulae / Nebula name issue appears to have been solved & settled.

I've heard of this Suso Saiz album before but have had no opportunity to hear it.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 31, 2008, 06:03:31 PM
He thinks Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry and Boston put out too many albums.

Mind you, he might have a point!

I agree. Boston has put out four too many albums.
I have More Than a Feeling you're right. And Peter Gabriel obviously has No Self Control. As for Ferry...well...it's a Shame, Shame, Shame...particularly about Otis' antics. OK I'll stop now! ;)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Joe R on January 31, 2008, 07:54:02 PM
[ OK I'll stop now! ;)

Aaarrgh! Yes, please!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: drone on on February 01, 2008, 01:59:59 PM
Mike I'll send you a copy of "Hypnotics," I would be interested in your opinion on this album.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: The Sound-O-Mat on March 03, 2008, 02:08:11 PM
It appears that the renaming will be subtle, but sufficient to distinguish one from the other.  The plan now is that Nebula should become Nebulæ, though that may still change.

Brilliant!  :o
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on March 03, 2008, 04:00:16 PM
We're betting Robert Rich... since there's work on the DVD reissue (which we hope will have at least a static graphic while it plays rather than a blank screen, easy to do, Sound-O-Mat guys can tell you how to author it.)  And we bet Mr. Rich is tired of running his own label.  Anyone who's never run a label or known someone who has, well, let's just say it's a wonder that Mike and Lena have any time to do anything...?
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on March 03, 2008, 04:02:24 PM
I forgot about the guessing game here, but coincidentally, it's time to make the announcement about this artist and his upcoming affiliation (re-affiliation, I suppose) with Hypnos.  He and I are talking about the how and when, and the wording, of the announcement but it will happen very soon. 
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on March 03, 2008, 04:38:55 PM
OK, no more secrets.  Here's the announcement, which may be fleshed-out and made more formal before we spread it through other channels.

Hypnos Recordings is pleased to announce a renewed affiliation with an
artist we've worked with before, but who has been involved in his own label
for the past several years.  In 2000 through 2002, James Johnson released
the solo albums Entering Twilight and The Butterfly Chamber, as well
as Seed with Ma Ja Le.  We will follow up with more specific
announcements about individual upcoming projects, but at this time are
happy to announce our partnership.


Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on March 03, 2008, 10:21:07 PM
Hypnos Recordings is pleased to announce a renewed affiliation with an
artist we've worked with before, but who has been involved in his own label
for the past several years.  In 2000 through 2002, James Johnson released
the solo albums Entering Twilight and The Butterfly Chamber

Woo-hoo!  Great news!  AtmoWorks loss, Hypnos' gain!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on April 30, 2008, 03:57:26 PM
Here just a quick little update on all the items mentioned in the "2008 outlook" up above, as we get ready to head into February.  I'll follow that with a few items that weren't mentioned when I first posted this topic.

Austere | Solyaris
Originally planned for Jan 2008, we've delayed this one until early February to give the Austere guys time to release their box-set, which I'm sure they'll be plugging here on the Forum soon.


M. Griffin | Fabrications
All recording and editing is done, and just a few fine-tuning tweaks will be done (EQ and volume, mainly) before this one is sent out to be pressed.


Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World
This second compilation is complete in terms of artist selection, track selection, and track sequence.  Some basic mastering is needed to get the tracks to match up, and this will be ready.


Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I
A recent addition to the release list, this long-form ambient piece should be ready to go soon, but we're fine-tuning some very small issues with the master.  We'll be getting CDs manufactured for this one (rather than the usual Hypnos Secret Sounds limited CDR release) so that will take a few extra weeks.


Sense (Robert Logan) | The Sublime (2cdr) 
This release has been in the works for quite a while (though it wasn't announced until the title was decided, though that's been changed twice subsequently). This too is different in that it's a 2 disc release.  Very challenging and exciting sounds... we can't wait to introduce Hypnos listeners to Sense!


Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)
Our initial pressing of 2,000 copies sold out, and we're still selling enough of them that we're pressing another 1,000.  That makes this the best-selling Hypnos release ever (as other discs have had 2,000 made, but none sold out the second thousand before).


Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly
Jeff's first Hypnos disc has been out of print for a while, and we're going to re-press it with different artwork.


Nebula | The Path of White Clouds
This is a re-issue of an out of print album by this Oophoi & Mathias Grassow (and many others) ambient collective.  We're going to slightly change the name from "Nebula" to something just barely different, to avoid conflicting with other artists already using that name.  This is a beautiful recording, one that definitely deserves to be available.


Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia
Hypnos manager Lena is curating this females-only ambient compilation.  We're already received some great submissions, and some very promising artists have tracks on the way to us even now.  Already confirmed to take part: Gydja, Rose Bolton, Margaret Noble, Stellaria Fennica, Clarissa Borba, Kristin Miltner,  Sara Ayres, Floating World, Lena.


Various Artists | Nevertime
This Binary label compilation will emphasize a more modern and edgy style of electronic music, ranging from minimal, pulsing techno to what some call electronica and some call IDM, to glitch and minimalism.


Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album
This will be an album of brand new (late 2007, early 2008) sessions, with a hypnotic, deep, organic feel.  More guitar-based, and less electronic, than previous Viridian Sun releases.


M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)
Much work still remains to be done on this, which will be a collection of abstract videos, each with an exclusive music track by one of our favorite ambient recording artists.


MORE VIRIDIAN SUN
After the release of the Viridian Sun album just recorded, we will likely finish and release the unreleased album from 5-6 years earlier.  First things first!  Or actually, last things first.


M. GRIFFIN AND _____
I've undertaken two collaborations for this coming year, figuring that these things usually proceed with delays and lulls, which will allow me to work on them one at a time, simultaneously!  And it already seems that one of them won't start for a few months, so this should be a matter of working quietly, and not announcing anything until some progress is made mid-year.


BINARY AKA HYPNOS/BINARY
For those of you who don't know, Binary is the sublabel for more dynamic electronic sounds.  We're going to put some effort into revving things up on Binary this year, starting with Nevertime (see above), but leading on to some CDs by some new artists.


BINARY EXPLORER SERIES
This will be a limited CDR imprint related to our Binary sub-label.  In other words, Binary Explorer Series is to Binary, as Hypnos Secret Sounds is to Hypnos.  We intend to start running BES full-speed starting this spring, right around the time we're recruiting for the Nevertime comp.


NEW ONLINE STORE
We've reserved the domain for our new dedicated music store (not just an offshoot of the Hypnos site, the way our current Hypnos Online Store works), so before too long there will be an ever-expanding music store at www.soundswim.com -- it will start off selling much of the same stuff as the Hypnos store, but will quickly broaden out.  We'll be selling downloads, too, just Hypnos (and sub-label) tracks at first, but possibly other tracks on other labels at some point, depending on how it goes.

I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick note of update to each of these items mentioned a few months back, to let everyone know where we stand on all the stuff that was mentioned.


Austere | Solyaris
Already released, come and get 'em.

M. Griffin | Fabrications
This one is at the manufacturing plant right now and we should have CDs pretty soon. Finally!

Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World
Final track sequence is set, mastering is just about done, and I'd like to get this one wrapped-up and ready to press before Fabrications is done.

Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I
We had a very minor glitch with the audio master, and Even wanted to rework his master, but he's been very busy with live performances and other music work, so it hasn't been completed yet, but this one's still on the horizon.

Sense (Robert Logan) | The Sublime (2cdr) 
Actually released under the name Sense Project, rather than Sense (Robert Logan) or any of the variants we discussed.  This one's getting a very positive response and we're quite proud of it.

Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)
Also released, in case you missed it -- re-released, that is. We've got plenty of these on hand now, in case you missed it the first time around.

Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly
This will be one of the next things we submit to the manufacturing plant, but it's not quite ready yet.

Nebula | The Path of White Clouds
Nebula has changed their name to Nebulae, and this project should come out mid-year.

Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia
The roster is entirely set on this one, and we just need to decide on the track sequence, and master the material, and this should be released mid-year as well.

Various Artists | Nevertime
Haven't yet opened this up to submissions, as a few other priorities have taken over, but we'll make an official announcement about submissions fairly soon.

Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album
The Viridian Sun 4th album (please note that the 3rd album was never released, at least not yet -- we're not talking about the Live Paris Theater album) has been edited down and we've made surprisingly good progress on this.  It has a more raw and organic feel than previous VS releases and we'd like to get it released by the end of the summer if possible.

M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)
This has been affected by other projects sliding back, as much as any.  Not much progress made on this in the last few months.  OK... no progress.

MORE VIRIDIAN SUN
This album is recorded and mostly edited, it just remains to be seen if the mighty VS duo keep up their dedication to the project, and whip these tracks into final, release-ready shape following the completion of the 4th album.  Yes, it could be considered odd to finish your 4th album and then go back and start editing together the tracks for your 3rd album.

M. GRIFFIN AND _____
One of my planned collaborations for this year has fallen through (and I knew it would happen that way, which is why I double-booked) but I am pleased to be at the beginning stages of a collaboration with Oophoi.  We're just getting started, but we'd like to have some idea whether this will yield a Hypnos CD in 2008, or whether it will be a slower-evolving process than that.  The first recordings I've heard sound very promising and I look forward to digging into them and getting my hands dirty.

BINARY AKA HYPNOS/BINARY
Our plans to revive this imprint and set it off in a new direction with renewed energy, pretty much depends on the Nevertime compilation to get us started.  Then again, the return of one of our favorite electronic music artists, one already familiar to Binary listeners -- Saul Stokes -- should help us get Binary moving again pretty soon.  Saul's new album Villa Galaxia will be released on Binary, in cooperation with Saul's own imprint.

BINARY EXPLORER SERIES
Haven't started these yet, and actually the "call for submissions" for the Nevertime compilation will coincide exactly with the "call for submissions" for B.E.S. series projects.  Hope to get moving on this soon, but nothing yet.

NEW ONLINE STORE
We've got dibs on the web domain www.soundswim.com (http://www.soundswim.com) but haven't built anything there yet... other than a cool picture and a couple of words like "coming soon."  We're still testing web store technologies, as we don't want to just use the same store platform that powers the Hypnos store.  This one will include downloads, at least that's the plan!

I'll have more to add to this soon, as there are other things cooking.  This is more of an "update to stuff we had planned months ago," and doesn't include newer projects that have come together just recently, such as the Matt Borghi series and a new one coming from Darkened Soul.  We're also expecting to release something by Steve Brand (also known as Augur) soon but don't know what, or when, or how many, as yet.

Thanks, everybody, for all your support of our various endeavors!

-Mike
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Antdude on May 01, 2008, 03:39:07 PM
Just a comment, that, with these upcoming releases, and looking at all the latest additions to the Hypnos Store (new Aglaia!), Hypnos is becoming a 1-stop place for all the best ambient music now. The outlook for the future really looks great. Is it possible for a label to have 1000 True Fans as well?

Great job, Mike & Lena.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on May 01, 2008, 03:53:42 PM
Just a comment, that, with these upcoming releases, and looking at all the latest additions to the Hypnos Store (new Aglaia!), Hypnos is becoming a 1-stop place for all the best ambient music now. The outlook for the future really looks great. Is it possible for a label to have 1000 True Fans as well?

Great job, Mike & Lena.

Thanks very much, Antdude.  That's the goal (to be, as much as possible, a 1-stop outlet for ambient), though we still have a lot of work to do, and many changes and improvements to implement.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: hdibrell on May 01, 2008, 08:57:39 PM
I have to agree with Antdude. I wish I could get everything ambient from Hypnos. There are other labels that do a good job. but none give the service that I get from Hypnos. Whenever I see something that looks interesting to me, I always do a search at the Hypnos store to see if I can get it there first. Lena and Mike do a great job. [End of advertisement ;) ]     Harry
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on May 02, 2008, 09:54:21 AM
Our thanks to you too, Harry.

Lena has really improved the customer service level of the Hypnos store, and it's great to hear people mentioning that fact.  I suspect there are many people out there who used to patronize the Hypnos store years ago, and probably received slow service during the period when I was having trouble managing it by myself, and haven't realized that those problems are all behind us now.

We've tried to use coupon specials from time to time, to lure people back in so they'll see that the service and selection are both better now, and that's worked to some degree.  We'll keep plugging away at it, adding new things to the store, and trying various ideas to get people back to the Hypnos store again (and eventually our soundswim.com spin-off store). 

Comments like yours, Harry, and Antdude's above, are a great help, and a wonderful & deserved pat on the back for Lena, too.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Seren on May 02, 2008, 12:04:39 PM
Credit where credit is due Mike, you both work bloody hard to make Hypnos a great place for fans and artists - it takes a lot of effort to maintain such a reputation nowadays
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: drone on on May 02, 2008, 07:35:19 PM
I'd like to echo all the praise--the label and the store are now everything I hoped Hypnos would/could be some years back when I had lost hope.  MG and Lena are doing an excellent job, I've had nothing less than excellent service on my orders from the store this year. Thanks!!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Zyp on May 03, 2008, 12:00:42 AM
As a newcomer to the forum,  I'd like, as my first post on here, to echo the above sentiments about the excellent customer service.  My last order took slightly longer than usual to arrive (Hypnos are generally extremely quick) and I found Lena to be extremely courteous, helpful and reassuring when she responded to my email asking if my order had been posted - the order actually turned up the following day and the delay was down to UK customs rather than Hypnos!   It's this friendly personal touch that IMO makes Hypnos an absolute pleasure to order from.

Regarding the music on the Hypnos label,  I am a newcomer to that as well and boy, what a voyage of discovery it has been.  I have managed to track down all of the in print Hypnos releases and I am absolutely staggered as to how a label can maintain such a high level of quality on all it's releases whilst embracing such a diverse range of musical styles.

I've read through the list of forthcoming releases for 2008 and there's so much to look forward to.

Huge respect to Hypnos and all the artists who have released work under its banner!


STEVE
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: lena on May 03, 2008, 04:33:35 PM
Aw shucks, you guys....

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 :) 

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Austere on May 30, 2008, 12:04:35 AM
M. Griffin | Fabrications
All recording and editing is done, and just a few fine-tuning tweaks will be done (EQ and volume, mainly) before this one is sent out to be pressed.

We're just happy this is out, ten years late... makes us feel OK about the stuff collecting much (virtual, digital) dust.

Now we just need to get 1-2 copies!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: g.@.b. on June 15, 2008, 02:21:24 PM
Any updates on Message From a Subatomic World's release?
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on June 17, 2008, 03:07:06 PM
Any updates on Message From a Subatomic World's release?

It's just days away from being sent to the CD manufacturing plant.  I had hoped to get it finished before taking a long weekend out of town, but didn't have a chance to do a last, careful listen, so it'll be this week that things get finished up.

I think this compilation promises to be at least as good as the last one... a little stranger and darker, I'd say.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on August 01, 2008, 03:04:01 PM
There are so many places like this one that seem to ask for some kind of update from time to time, I often feel like I've neglected to keep everyone updated enough.

It actually is fun, but sometimes a bit overwhelming, to run through the list of what we have planned or pending at any given time. I was just firing off an email update to a mail order business that sells Hypnos CDs, letting them know what's coming soon, and I thought I ought to post that here.

Next up we will have:

Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia (in production now, should have CDs by mid-August, maybe earlier, released on Binary)

Ben Fleury-Steiner - Drifts (Hypnos Secret Sounds release, coming in a week or two)

Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia (female-only ambient compilation, coming in September on Hypnos)

Matt Borghi - December Impressions (release on HSS in 3-4 weeks)

Nebulae - Path of White Clouds (Hypnos release in the fall)

Viridian Sun - Infinite in All Directions (Hypnos release in the fall)

Various - Nevertime (Binary compilation, probably late 2008 release)

M. Griffin and others - Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD, delayed to at least late 2008)

Evan Bartholomew - Tidal Phases of the Moon 1 (HSS release, delayed indefinitely but will still be released when Evan's schedule allows)

Matt Borghi - The Phantom Light (HSS release in the the last quarter of the year)

We are also talking to a couple of other artists about working together... one of them (Birds of Tin) seems fairly certain, and with the other (Deepspace, a name you've seen here on the Forum recently) the discussions are fairly early on.

Also I personally am in the process of trying to tune-up a couple of hours of work in my collaboration with Oophoi, and there's a good chance that could see release in 2008, though 2009 may be more likely.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: forestmage on August 07, 2008, 09:12:54 PM
collaboration with Oophoi! Looking good Mike.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on August 14, 2008, 02:39:08 PM
Both the Birds of Tin and Deepspace releases are firm now, and we have cover artwork for both.
 
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Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on August 18, 2008, 02:24:40 PM
Coming right up (before the two mentioned above), the second release in our Matt Borghi reissue series, December Impressions.

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Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on October 02, 2008, 02:18:43 PM
As we enter the last quarter of the year 2008, I wanted to offer a quick update on the state of things here at Hypnos.

We've recently released Villa Galaxia by Saul Stokes on our Binary sub-label, and Message From a Subatomic World, a various artists compilation, on Hypnos.  Both have been extremely well-received and we look forward to getting these CDs into the hands of even more listeners.

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Most recently we released on the Hypnos Secret Sounds a reissue of Ben Fleury-Steiner's early Gears of Sand label release Drifts, in fact we have just activated this on the Hypnos store.

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We have another various artists compilation coming soon on Hypnos, Echoes of Polyhymnia.  This one is a varied collection of sounds by a diverse group artists, all of them female.  This genre is so male-dominated generally that we had a lot of fun gathering interesting ambient sounds, including some works that have one foot in ambient territory and another foot in one of several different, related genres.  This project is finally finished and the CDs are being manufactured right now so we should have the discs ready to sell later in 2008.

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Coming up next from Hypnos Secret Sounds, we will have our first release by Birds of Tin entitled Rinpoche, and after that The Glittering Domain by Deepspace.  We have several other projects in the works for this series, and hope to have more news for you on this front soon.

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Upcoming Hypnos label releases include Infinite In All Directions by Viridian Sun (the first new recording from that super-fabulous duo in almost a decade), and The Path of White Clouds by Nebulæ (including Oophoi).

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Later in 2008 we will have the third installment in our Matt Borghi reissues series, The Phantom Light (cover artwork not yet available).  We also still intend to release Evan Bartholomew's Tidal Phases of the Moon I but Evan still has to do some work on the recording.

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Also, now that we're done with our 3rd various artists compilaton of the past year (for those keeping score, those would be Sounds of a Universe Overheard, Message From a Subatomic World, and Echoes of Polyhymnia) we're about to open up submissions for our first Binary sub-label compilation, Nevertime, which most likely will not see release until 2009.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: judd stephens on October 02, 2008, 05:03:28 PM
Can we get a few of the artists' names for the "Echoes..." compilation?
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2008, 08:49:43 AM
Yes, here's the final track listing:

1. Margaret Noble:   "Nufon," 
2. Stellaria Fennica:   "Hibernia" 
3. Kristin Miltner:    "Slew Wave"
4. Clarissa Borba:   "Floating Tones"
5. Sara Ayres:   "There Was No More Time"
6. Rose Bolton:   "An Unheard Message"
7. Gydja:   "Wave-Particle Duality"
8. The Floating World:   "Kanam" 
9. K. Cornelius:   "Of The Ancients"
10. Lena Griffin:  "She Forgot, She Dreamed" 
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Joe R on October 03, 2008, 01:52:47 PM
I wonder whatever happened to Meg Bowles...
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2008, 02:37:17 PM
I wonder whatever happened to Meg Bowles...

Somebody, I think it was Jeff Pearce (or maybe Bill Binkelman... I get those two confused) said that she had a baby, or maybe more than one, and was keeping busy with that.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: jim brenholts on October 03, 2008, 03:24:36 PM
I wonder whatever happened to Meg Bowles...

Somebody, I think it was Jeff Pearce (or maybe Bill Binkelman... I get those two confused) said that she had a baby, or maybe more than one, and was keeping busy with that.
she did have a baby. last time i communicated with her she and her husband were busy with their producing and engineering work.
(there is no need to get jeff or bill confused. they do that quite well on their own.)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Bill Binkelman on October 14, 2008, 10:27:56 AM
I wonder whatever happened to Meg Bowles...

Somebody, I think it was Jeff Pearce (or maybe Bill Binkelman... I get those two confused) said that she had a baby, or maybe more than one, and was keeping busy with that.
she did have a baby. last time i communicated with her she and her husband were busy with their producing and engineering work.
(there is no need to get jeff or bill confused. they do that quite well on their own.)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D    :o
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Wanterkeelt on January 14, 2009, 09:19:18 AM
Hello,
this is my first post to this forum as I have only discovered the Hypnos website (not the label) quite recently. My name is Mirko, from Luxembourg. I was browsing through this thread and I saw that there were plans to rerelease "Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly" in 2008. Has that happened so far ? On the mailorder it's out of stock, so am I again too late, or is it only coming soon ?

Thanks for the help.
Best greetings to one of my favourite labels for ambient music.

Mirko
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 14, 2009, 09:23:32 AM
Hi Mirko, thanks for your message, and welcome to the Hypnos Forum.

No, you're not too late with Daylight Slowly.  In fact I've just been slow about getting the CD into production so it appears this will be an early 2009 release.  My apologies to those who are waiting on these discs, and to Jeff Pearce as well.

I guess I'd better write a "2009 outlook for Hypnos" topic now!
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Wanterkeelt on January 14, 2009, 02:35:58 PM
Thanks for the fast reply. That's good news for me.
Are all albums repressed regularly if they run out of stock ? I saw that Vidna Obmana "The Surreal ..." is listed as out of print ?

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on January 14, 2009, 02:48:29 PM
We decide each case individually when it comes to repressing Hypnos CDs that run out.  Vidna Obmana has requested that all his CDs be allowed to lapse out of print when they're sold out, so we will not be repressing The Surreal Sanctuary.  The same goes for other Vidna Obmana CDs on Hypnos, when they sell out, though we did repress Landscape in Obscurity when the first pressing sold out fairly quickly because this was before VO's decision to stop releasing music under that name.

Usually when we run our of a CD we intend to get it back into print at some point, though it sometimes makes sense to leave a disc out of print for a while to gauge how interested people are in it.  If there is not much interest, it doesn't make sense to pay for the repressing, if it will take several years before the cost of repressing is recouped.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: michael sandler on January 14, 2009, 07:33:16 PM
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We agree that name collision is a big problem but usually can be ignored, ...

Just out of curiosity, have you guys ever heard of a "Depressive Black Metal" (whatever that is) band called Austere?

Mike S

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Wanterkeelt on April 02, 2009, 12:35:37 PM
Hi Mike,

are the two rereleases of

Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly

and

Nebula | The Path of White clouds

still on the agenda for the next few months ?

Thanks, Mirko
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on April 03, 2009, 02:43:32 PM
Hi Mirko
Yes indeed, these release are still planned, and the delay does not indicate a change in plans to release these items.  We've just been slow to move several projects forward during 2009.  We plan to make some progress on these releases, as well as other planned projects, very soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Mike
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: abasio on April 12, 2009, 08:56:45 AM
I am just getting into the Hypnos catalogue, loved Sense Project - Sublime and I am thinking of a getting between 5 and 10 albums next month. What would you say are the must haves?
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: LNerell on April 13, 2009, 01:46:57 PM
Since the Nebula CD hasn't been released yet, plus their is all the confusion as to which band is which I was thinking its not too late for yet another name change to perhaps Nebulous.  ;D Not only does the term mean "hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused," but it also has a lesser known secondary meaning "of or resembling a nebula."  :)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: judd stephens on April 13, 2009, 05:52:11 PM
I am just getting into the Hypnos catalogue, loved Sense Project - Sublime and I am thinking of a getting between 5 and 10 albums next month. What would you say are the must haves?

I was wondering how many hypnos cd's I have listened to, so I went to the hypnos section of the store and found out it was a whopping 34 releases!  That's a lot for me, for one label, so let me give you my faves.

In the category of more melodic, beautiful ambient/spacemusic, I'd recommend these:

James Johnson- The Butterfly Chamber
Jeff Pearce- Daylight Slowly & To the Shores of Heaven
Ma Ja Le & James Johnson- Seed
Jeff Greinke- Wide View

Of the deeper and/or darker/spacier releases, my favorites are:

Tom Heasley- Where the Earth Meets the Sky
Vidna Obmana- Landscape in Obscurity
Saul Stokes- The Zo Pilots
Viridian Sun- Perihelion
Numina- Sanctuary of Dreams
Oophoi- Athlit

If you go the Hypnos Binary route, which the releases are more rhythmic, Dweller at the Threshold's Ourobouros and Vir Unis/ Saul Stoke's Thermal Transfer are essential listening.

I've tapered off buying lately and haven't heard any of the Secret Sounds releases yet, though a few do look quite appealing.  Even if you randomly select 10 cd's from various years of Hypnos releases, you probably won't go wrong... and of course you'll get a bunch of different recommendations from each individual listener.

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: abasio on April 14, 2009, 10:11:45 AM
Cheers! I'll look into some of them  :)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on April 14, 2009, 10:15:18 AM
Sorry I didn't answer this myself, Abasio -- I figured I'm sort of biased.  I appreciate Judd chiming in and I'd invite other Hypnos forum members to list some of their own favorite releases, as well.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: 9dragons on April 14, 2009, 04:00:38 PM
I would start any Hypnos purchasing spree with Mother Sunrise, the Alio Die and Opium collaboration. Hands down my favorite Hypnos.

The Ma Ja Le / James Johnson collaboration Seed is a classic, as well as Vnuk Jr.'s Silence Speaks in Shadow (this one is a must if you are looking for longform deep ambient).

Shift to the Ghost is a keeper. All the Stokes albums...
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: ffcal on April 14, 2009, 05:42:32 PM
Joseph--I'd have to agree, in Stokes we trust.  Ditto for the Mother Sunrise album, one of my Hypnos favorites, too.  I'd add to that Gigi's Athlit album, and Mike's 1st (?) Fulton collab, The Most Distant Point Known.

Forrest
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: 9dragons on April 14, 2009, 10:09:32 PM
I forgot about a whole raft of other Hypnos output that I love:

Vidna Obmana Surreal Sanctuary and the Contemporary Nocturne are masterpieces. Landscape in Obscurity is a late night absolute favorite by which to chill.

Of course there is all the Robert Rich work, some of his best albums are on Hypnos. Humidity springs to mind first off.

And I would agree that Athlit is a classic, but Distance to Zero is magical, and has been getting more play lately.

Of the 2008 releases I only picked up Villa Galaxia and Tones For Lamonte. Both are big favorites...




Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on April 15, 2009, 01:04:48 PM
My favorite Hypnos CDs:

Robert Rich—Somnium
David Tollefson—New Eyes on the Universe
Sola Translatio—Mother Sunrise
Vidna Obmana—Landscape in Obscurity
Jeff Greinke—Lost Terrain
v/a—Weightless, Effortless
Saul Stokes—Outfolding
Tom Heasley—When the Earth Meets the Sky
Modell/Mantra—Sonic Continuum

Guess I'm more of a classic Hypnos fan, though I'm a little behind in getting some of the new ones.  ;)
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: stuyvesant on April 16, 2009, 12:52:00 PM
I would have to include To the Shores of Heaven by Jeff Pearce in any list of favorite CD's let alone a list of Hypnos discs.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: 9dragons on April 16, 2009, 11:15:02 PM
Just listening to A Produce's Smile on the Void. What an awesome album...
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: Campus Stellae on April 17, 2009, 12:33:15 AM
my favorite Hypnos cds:
David Tollefson New Eyes on the Universe
Viridian Sun Perihelion
Robert Rich Sunyata
Robert Rich Inner Landscapes
Mike Griffin Sudden Dark
Paul Vnuk Silence Speaks in Shadow
Jeff Pearce Daylight Slowly
Vidna Obmana Soundtrack for the Aquarium

Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: mgriffin on April 17, 2009, 08:50:16 AM
Everybody here knows about the better-know Hypnos releases by Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana, plus Pearce's To the Shores of Heaven, and some of the compilations with "big names" on them.

It pleases me to see so many people recommending less-known and slower-selling Hypnos CDs on their lists.  Some of these "second tier" releases (in terms of notoriety, not quality) have grown in reputation over the years, which has been nice to see. 

In a few cases, some of our releases have fizzled in terms of initial sales, only to accumulate word of mouth.  Some Hypnos CDs are selling just as frequently in their sixth or eighth or tenth year of release as in year one.  This is extremely contrary to what normally happens (a huge spike of orders right off, and then a curve down to a slow trickle of sales after the first year) and I think the reason is lists like this.

Paul Vnuk's solo album is a great example, and Modell-Mantra's Sonic Continuum is another.  Tollefson's solo albums haven't yet had the "sales renaissance" of the two just mentioned, but it's nice to see more and more people mentioning them as worthwhile, a decade after they were released. 

Anyway, I just wanted to thank those of you who help spread the word about recordings you've found worthwhile, and mention that it does seem to have a cumulative effect.

I myself have been listening to a lot of earlier Hypnos music lately, including Twilight in the Offing by Chad Hoefler, and many repeated plays of Smile on the Void by A Produce. 

Hypnos HQ has also recently heard The Butterfly Chamber by James Johnson, Somnium by Robert Rich and Lost Terrain by Jeff Greinke. 

Usually my "home grown ambient" listening time is mostly taken up with recent and upcoming releases, and sometimes after I've heard something many, many times during a short period (either my own music played many times during recording/editing, or another artist's work heard again and again during mastering) I'm sick of it and don't play it much for a while.
Title: Re: 2008 outlook for Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Post by: DachDerain on February 21, 2010, 04:13:52 AM
Can you possibly give us an update on Tidal Phases Of The Moon by Evan Bartholomew?