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Title: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2011, 10:17:13 AM
Artist: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi
Title: The Martian Chronicles
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)


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2011. The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury's story collection of
the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange
science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi.
These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a
drama and emotional  depth absent from much recent ambient music. It's a complex
and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

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

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

We at Hypnos are proud to bring you this collaborative work from two of the most
interesting and talented ambient musicians out there, and we hope you'll enjoy it as
much as we do.
 
Track list with MP3 samples
01 > The Long Years > 14:38 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-01.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-01.mp3)
02 > Dead Cities > 15:03 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-02.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-02.mp3)
03 > Blue Fire > 13:19 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-03.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-03.mp3)
04 > End of a Changeling > 02:49 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-04.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-04.mp3)
05 > Canals > 08:11 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-05.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-05.mp3)
06 > Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm > 10:06 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-06.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-06.mp3)
07 > Unremembered > 09:56 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-07.mp3 (http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-07.mp3)

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Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2011, 10:20:14 AM
One additional note regarding a special deal on this album. With our last release, we experimented with a special low price for the first week of release, and it was a big success so we'll try it again.

Our regular price will continue to be $12.99 for new Hypnos releases but through this coming weekend, Sunday October 9 this CD will be $8.99, only through the Hypnos store.

If we continue to have success with these special deals, not only will our listeners save almost 1/3 the usual price, but they'll encourage us to continue this discount with future releases.

Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Antdude on October 03, 2011, 11:25:12 AM
Yes! Can't wait.

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Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Ein Sophistry on October 03, 2011, 11:48:46 AM
Incredibly stoked for this. And right on the heals of 'Il Silenzio di Dio' too.

Can you say: multiple eargasms?!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: drone on on October 03, 2011, 12:11:57 PM
I think I may have set a record for "fastest ordering of a new product on a website" for this one!  ;D
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 03, 2011, 12:25:29 PM
I'm really pleased to see it out. Thanks to Mike for everything needed to get it there.

Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: phobos on October 03, 2011, 01:04:12 PM
Ordered :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: SequenceC on October 03, 2011, 01:06:14 PM
Samples sound superb! Love the artwork too, been waiting for this release for ages, really looking forward to it!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2011, 01:12:41 PM
This release was delayed longer than most, and I have to thank the artists for their patience, as well as those of you who have been anxious to hear it. I think it's a fantastic album, and due to the above-mentioned delays I've had a chance to listen to this album man, many times!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: richardgurtler on October 04, 2011, 09:39:17 AM
Can't miss it at the first week offer price, a must have!!! My order will follow during the coming days. All the best... :)

Richard
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 05, 2011, 12:19:13 AM
Gigi has asked me to let everyone know that he is very proud of and happy with the release of the album - and he would love to respond to the excitement and positive comments here and elsewhere.

Unfortunately his health is not good at the moment and he is undergoing a course of chemo which he is finding very debilitating - but he said he will do his best to be here as soon as possible.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Ein Sophistry on October 05, 2011, 06:55:45 AM
 :(!
All my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: hdibrell on October 05, 2011, 01:17:16 PM
Yes, all the best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: SequenceC on October 06, 2011, 02:30:59 AM
Best wishes to Gigi for a full recovery,

hope he will be okay.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: drone on on October 07, 2011, 03:13:52 PM
Healing vibes going out to Gigi at this time.  Hope he is OK.

The Martian Chronicles arrived in my mailbox last night and this is an utterly fantastic album.  Fans of (as I am) the Oophoi/Tau Ceti masterpiece "Celestial Geometries" from about 10 years ago will definitely be well pleased for this sonic journey back to the red planet.  My review to follow soon.  The short version: 5 stars out of 5.   
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: richardgurtler on October 08, 2011, 09:58:12 AM
Just ordered!

As always, Gigi, keep on fighting... >:(...!!! Our fingers are crossed for you, our dear friend!!!

Richard
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: 1000snakes on October 08, 2011, 02:46:08 PM
Prayers, positive thoughts and healing vibes coming your way Gigi.
Peace, Kirk
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: hdibrell on October 08, 2011, 04:14:12 PM
I've been listening to The Martian Chronicles for the last two days now. Really a good release! Nice job Andy and Gigi.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Ein Sophistry on October 09, 2011, 10:52:24 AM
Got mine the other day. Absolutely fantastic! Still digesting...
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 09, 2011, 11:26:41 AM
Good to hear you are enjoying the music - 'fantastic' is a brilliant response....

JKN on Relaxed Machinery asked me a question about the album - see my reply at http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-martian-chronicles-release-on-hypnos?xg_source=activity (http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-martian-chronicles-release-on-hypnos?xg_source=activity)

the thread includes some comments on a joke I made on another thread ::).
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 11, 2011, 01:34:40 PM
Thanks for all the comments about the new CD, everyone.

I realized I announced the CD everywhere except on our email list, so I extended the $8.99 special for a few more days to give those people a chance to grab the deal. The new deadline for the $8.99 special on this is October 14.

Thanks again for all the support!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: drone on on October 11, 2011, 03:23:29 PM
I started typing a review for this in the "Reviews" section and ran out of room.  I guess there's a character limit(?)  Please let me know any suggestions for submitting a review that is longer than usual, or if you could use such a review...
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 11, 2011, 03:33:08 PM
Yikes, you're talking long!

I know there's a maximum post length limit here because I've run into it myself. I don't know the exact nature of the limit offhand (words, characters or however it's measured) but I'll investigate and report back.

Worst case, you can split it into two consecutive messages I suppose.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 11, 2011, 03:34:53 PM
The limit was set to 20,000 characters which is about 5,000 words. I doubled the limit which should be more than long enough. If you write more than a 10,000 word review I'm gonna be really impressed (or something).
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: drone on on October 12, 2011, 10:04:14 AM
No, it wasn't that long at all.  I'll try it again soon, maybe some kind of PC glitch on my end. 
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Ein Sophistry on October 13, 2011, 03:16:59 PM
Good to hear you are enjoying the music - 'fantastic' is a brilliant response....

JKN on Relaxed Machinery asked me a question about the album - see my reply at http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-martian-chronicles-release-on-hypnos?xg_source=activity (http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-martian-chronicles-release-on-hypnos?xg_source=activity)

the thread includes some comments on a joke I made on another thread ::).

Very cool. It's always nice to have a peek behind the curtain on awesome projects like this.

I'd actually never been on the Relaxed Machinery forum before. I just have to say: Mad props to jkn for the Tachikoma avatar.

Addendum: the site and label ain't too bad either.  ;)
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: mgriffin on October 14, 2011, 08:14:30 AM
It appears that I mistakenly ended the special $8.99 deal for Seren Ffordd & Oophoi's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES too early. Apparently I misunderstood my own email annoucement!

For those of you who ordered during the brief period yesterday when I re-set the price from $12.99 to $8.99, we're reducing your charge by $4 to adjust for this. The price on the store has been restored to $8.99 through today, when it returns to the long-term price of $12.99 Sorry for the error!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: jonqpr on October 17, 2011, 05:20:07 AM
Hi, Wasnt sure where to put this post but can anyone recommend any highly good space ambient. Enjoying  SRF - NOSTROMO and A.DENT/DEEPER THAN SPACE - DRIFT at mo and want more of the same. Much appreciated. Jonathan.  JONQPR@HOTMAIL.COM   
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 17, 2011, 05:28:07 AM
I think the post would go as a new thread on the 'other ambient' music section of the forum.-

I understand this album is very good - you could buy it...... ;D
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: ffcal on October 23, 2011, 08:52:32 AM
Congrats, Seren (& Gigi),

It's a very nice disc.  A bit complex, and it's a taking a while for me to absorb it all, but I like it, especially the first and last tracks.  Parts of it also sound like those NASA Jupiter recordings form a few years back, or maybe even the monolith scene in Kubrick's 2001.

Forrest
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 23, 2011, 02:06:39 PM
Thanks Forrest, pleased you are enjoying the music.

The reference to 2001 is a huge compliment - I know Gigi will agree. ;D

The book has both it's detractors and fans - the writing is deceptively simple, no space chases or pyrotechnics, descriptions even sparse at some times.

But the story the words create is very complex - the Martians different in each chapter and with a subtle depth to the reflection of humanity both individual and in groups. (of course this might just be a result of my reading it when young and impressionable).

The album evolved and although initially taken aback when Mike used the word complex in the release notes, I take it as a compliment 8)
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on October 30, 2011, 04:28:16 AM
review of TMC by Stephen Palmer at Terrascope - http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_October_11.htm#Paatos (http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_October_11.htm#Paatos) :

"The Martian Chronicles" by Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi is an album of sparse, atmospheric electronic music inspired by the classic SF novel written by Ray Bradbury. The album takes its inspiration from the Martian aspects of the novel in particular, opening with a fifteen minute cut 'The Long Years,' which through a combination of perfectly judged drones, synths and deeply reverberated sounds evokes the coldness and distance of the environment. 'Dead Cities' brings in a different set of textures to the mix, based on a drone that sounds like a long, alien breath, breathing in, out, in... haunting and effective. Half way through, the textures change to bring a more technological feel to the sound. 'Blue Fire,' the third fifteen-minute cut, continues the theme of slow drift drones overlaid with mysterious effects, this time sounding like reverberated voices, though they're probably synths. 'End Of A Changeling' plays with the structure of the book and the album, which is presented in reverse order; the cut is brief, composed of sections from all the other tracks mixed by Seren Ffordd into a pivot, around which the album turns. 'Canals' brings field recordings of water into the mix, while 'Flamebirds Waiting For The Storm' features weirdly mutated bird sounds to create a particularly effective and atmospheric track. Album closer 'Unremembered' features a synth drone like a heavenly choir, completing the experience in suitable style. For those who've read the book, this ambient delight will be an intriguing discovery.
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Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: SequenceC on November 01, 2011, 04:23:42 AM
Great work Andy and Gigi, The Martian Chronicles is an excellent album, very relaxing, full of fantastic sounds, many very alien in nature.

I know 2011 hasn't yet ended, but I'm awarding this my 2011 Album of the Year
Title: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Campus Stellae on November 14, 2011, 09:46:25 AM
Thanks, thanks, thanks. I'm very proud of this collaboration with my friend Andy, and your words give me the strength to explore more in the field of abstract space music.
Thanks also to Mike and Lena for their support, I love this digipack!
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on March 19, 2012, 12:54:43 AM
Review on Amazon:

By JLP (Schaumburg, IL USA) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: The Martian Chronicles (Audio CD)

"The Martian Chronicles" by Seren Fford + Oophoi, apparently inspired by Ray Bradbury's story collection of the same name, is a haunting and deeply immersive sonic voyage to multiple alien worlds. While certainly evocative of the Martian setting, TMC is just as easily placed closer to home, say, in the romantic lost cities of ancient Mesoamerica or the Central Asian Silk Road; or even within the microcosm of our own minds, in the uncharted bottomless regions of our unconscious, peopled by numinous forces and archetypes, beings as foreign from our normal selves as the remotest galaxies.

Since I'm unfamiliar with Bradbury's work, I enjoy the music best with a sort of visualization.

For example, as the music starts, let's imagine ourselves transported to a bleak wind-swept land/mind-scape (Track 1 - The Long Years). In the wind's furious howls, we make out voices: murmurs(?) or incantations(?) in an unknown vanished tongue.

When the wind dies down and the dust settles, we see the crumbling fantastic architecture of great cities, the ruins of a civilization long forgotten (Track 2 - Dead Cities). As we touch the decaying walls, we feel like walking in a dream or witnessing some secret shamanic vision (Track 3 - Blue Fire). The voices are growing louder; the buildings are taking on a newer sheen. The silent cities are coming back to life!

Night falls; the shadows stretch and disappear into the darkness (Track 4 - End of a Changeling). The weird vision continues, bringing back long-gone sounds and memories, the unfamiliar ghosts of the vanished people (Track 5 - Canals).

Suddenly, our trance breaks. It was just an illusion after all. This world is long dead. Its only inhabitants now are grotesque bird-like creatures that watch us threateningly from the collapsing roofs (Track 6 - Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm).

Yet why do the faces of these beasts bear mournful, almost human expressions? Are they perhaps reflecting on life's brief span, on the vanity of existence and power, as if too much fallen glory had softened even their brutish hearts? No, the noxious alien atmosphere is just playing tricks on our sensibilities. This world died long ago (Track 7 - Unremembered). If there had been any mourners, they didn't have long to await their turn.

End of visualization. Well, you get the idea now. 'Mars' is not a planet, it's a state of mind. The setting could really be anywhere strange and special to your imagination. Wherever you find yourself, TMC, this ambient masterpiece, will work invariably well.
Title: Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
Post by: Seren on May 22, 2012, 02:09:43 AM
Bert Strolenberg's review of TMC

"The Martian Chronicles" is a 74-minute longform album inspired by Ray Bradbury's short science fiction story by the same name. It is the first collaborative album between O÷phoi (aka Italian drone expert Gianluigi Gasparetti) and Welch soundscape composer Seren Ffordd (aka Andy Benford).

What we got here is a deep and immersive work of cinematic ambient that took about three years in the making. The seven tracks feature vast, dark and slow morphing drone textures along field recordings and percussion, making up an intense trip into a mysterious and alienating world with psychedelic edges.

"The Martian Chronicles" is a spacious recording meant for deeper and focussed listening, that seems to submerge the listener even more when heard with a good pair of headphones.
If youĺre into dense ambient art works with both subtle changes along fine environmental sounds, this quality album is for you.


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