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Just passing along this free ambient download by 'for the birds' from Forced Nostalgia

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https://forcednostalgia.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-birds

Elmar Hintz is a German musician and sound engineer who began experimenting with synths in the late 1970s. He re-started recording around 1991 after dropping out of medical school. Except for a single appearance on one of the infamous em:t label compilations and a Nonplace Urban Field remix on Source Records, 8m² stereo has mostly operated below the radar. We think he's an overlooked artist with an exceptional skill to produce characteristic ambient music using lo-fi equipment, 2nd hand synthesizers and tape recorders.

Recorded on 2, 4 & 8-track tapes in the early to mid 1990s by Elmar Hintz.
Thanks to everyone who provided shelter, encouragement, or discouragement.
All recordings © & ℗ 8m² stereo.
This compilation © Forced Nostalgia, 2014.

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Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:24:44 AM »
Artist: Subradial
Title: Ice Diving
Label: Hypnos Recordings




Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWoroks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds.



Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.”



Ice Diving, his first release for Hypnos Recordings, is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong.



Ice Diving is an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components. We hope the sound samples offered below will convince you to take the trip. Hypnos Recordings presents Subradial’s Ice Diving.

Track listing w/ MP3 clips (follow link at bottom for MP3 jukebox player):
01 Alpha  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-01.mp3
02 Below  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-02.mp3
03 Ice Diver  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-03.mp3
04 Decompression  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-04.mp3
05 D.A.C. Station  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-05.mp3
06 The Mirror  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-06.mp3
07 Dance of Shadows  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-07.mp3
08 Hydrostatic  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-08.mp3
09 Octopus  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-09.mp3
10 Core Oscillations  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-10.mp3
11 Drifting Downward  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-11.mp3
12 Batiskaf  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-12.mp3
13 Out & Dry  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-13.mp3


Purchase direct for $12.99 ($8.99 intro price until 6-5-2014 only)
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3367

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Hypnos News and Announcements / March Sale Offers
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:07:20 AM »
Here are two new coupon codes, good March 17-31, 2014 on the Hypnos Online Store.

10MAR2014 gives 10% off any order, no minimum

20MAR2014 gives 20% off $100 minimum order

Direct link to the Hypnos Store: http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / True Detective
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:21:14 PM »
I just realized that although everybody I know on Facebook and in "real life" is mad about the new HBO show True Detective, I haven't  seen anyone mention it here yet.

I think it's the best show on television, powerfully acted, superbly directed, and the writing is just out of this world. The season finale (the first season is only 8 episodes) is this Sunday. Anybody here watching?


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The headphone topic has been a popular one, and many times while reading it I've wanted to create a related topic to discuss headphone amplifiers.

I think in many cases, the audiophile community tells prospective enthusiasts that they have to spend huge amounts of money, or don't even bother. This probably leads many people to distrust the advice they receive. Well, in the case of headphone amplifiers, I hope people won't ignore the advice that headphone listening can be significantly enhanced with the use of a dedicated headphone amplifier, as well as the use of a decent DAC (digital audio converter) if you're listening to music output from a computer.

We can get into the discussion of some higher-end headphone amps, but for now I want to discuss the "entry level" headphone amplifiers, the kind that might be purchased by someone who is not completely convinced they will change the way a given set of headphones sound.

Lately, there are some good, high-output headphone amps for not too much money. My latest is the Aune T1, which is a USB DAC as well as an amp, and is really amazing quality for under $200.



Schiit (see http://www.schiit.com ) makes some cheaper models which won't quite stack up to their Lyr or Mjolnir, but at least output sufficient power that even a high impedance headphone will perform pretty well. The new Magni model us just $99!



Also if you have any DIY abilities, you can build one of your own. I have a kit for an O2 (Objective2) headphone amp which has been sitting on my shelf... haven't found the time to build it yet. You can buy them pre-built for not much more than the price of the kit (see http://www.jdslabs.com/products/35/objective2-headphone-amplifier/ ) and the sound quality is supposed to be especially good for the money.

Kit version:



Assembled:



I'm certain some people will look down on the suggestion that headphone amps under $200 could be adequate, but my purpose is not to suggest these are all the amplifier a headphone listener would ever want. This is just to show a few ways it's possible to try outboard headphone amplification for $100-$200, and gain a noticeable improvement in sound quality. I think people are much more likely to try something if they can do it cheaply, with less risk. Personally, I think it's unlikely a serious headphone listener would try one of these amps and fail to agree the difference was a great improvement over using the headphone output of their computer or iPod or stereo receiver. Once the listener is convinced, maybe they will want to step up to a mid-level or high-level amplifier. There are certainly many of those to choose from.

In my own listening experience, you can get excellent sound quality from an amp in the $500-600 range, and unless you're using very exotic headphones indeed, you might not need (or notice improvement from) a headphone amp more expensive than that. I have yet to hear a headphone amp over $1000 that convinced me it was better, though there are plenty of high-end amps I've never heard. I do understand that many people listening to planar or electrostatic headphones especially emphasize the importance of the amplifier, even more than with normal high-impedence headphones.

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Everything and Nothing / Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:43:57 PM »
I enjoy a good hard cider, but it seems the recent boom in popularity of cider has resulted in more "candy" ciders -- light and very sweet, with more in common with a Zima or a Bartles & James wine cooler than the dark, dry cider I enjoy.

Some of the craft breweries are offering cider now, but I'm leery of proceeding without recommendations. I don't want to spend $7 on a bottle of cider only to find it's sweet "alco-pop..."

Any recommendations?

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Everything and Nothing / Christmas wishes from Mike & Lena
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:05:12 AM »
We wish everybody a great Christmas, and hope you all enjoy the rest of your holiday season. We've both been sick a lot lately (like everybody else around here, it seems), but we're fighting back and looking forward to a great 2014.

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Everything and Nothing / MP3 player widget?
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:43:16 PM »
Hey, all my internet-savvy media-aware friends...

A year or two ago, I started working on setting up a little "jukebox" type MP3 player and was planning to switch all our MP3 sample clips over so they were playable in this format rather than just linking to the MP3 files on our server.

I tested several players, and had to eliminate most of the ones that  relied to much on Javascript, because I can't edit the HTML headers in the Hypnos Online Store. I believe I found a player that relied on Flash, rather than Javascript (though HTML5 might work too), and that had several skins available. It looked like a little WinAmp window, with a list of tracks below it, and a play/stop controller, and a scroller so you could skip ahead in the track playing, and a volume slider.

I'm pretty sure it was free, but it might have had a "paid for" premium version.

Does anybody have any idea what I'm talking about? I've been searching all over the place, and can't find the original files I was tweaking, or any reference to this MP3 player/jukebox thing on the internet.

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Antonio Testa & Michel Miglia
Title: Forget the Past
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)




Antonio Testa (http://www.antoniotesta.info) may be best known for his ethno-ambient collaborations with Alio Die, but he has also released a diverse variety of solo ambient music on such labels as Hic Sunt Leones, Faria and Emit. Testa’s collaborator Michel Moglia, credited here with fire organ, flute and drones, will be a new name to most.

Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings.

 


One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.

Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictible and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.

As usual, we're offering a discount for the first week of release, $8.99 until December 17. The price goes back up to $12.99 December 18.

Purchase direct: http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3377



Larger: http://hypnos.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/atmm-ftp-ext.jpg



Larger: http://hypnos.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/atmm-ftp-int.jpg

Purchase direct: http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3377

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Originally posted on the Hypnos blog:
http://hypnos.com/wordpress/2013/12/08/changes-coming-downloads-and-more/

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We’ll have some exciting changes coming soon, primarily related to our first digital download store. As soon as we finish up beta testing, we’ll be opening the door to the public. Though we plan a sort of “soft open” for the store, with just a few products available at first, we plan to steadily ramp up and increase our offerings.

We’ll start out by offering a handful of Hypnos titles for download, then increase the Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds) offerings until most of those are listed.

After that, we look forward to offering digital downloads from other labels, starting with some of the music we already sell on CD in our Hypnos Online Store. Again, we’ll start small and gradually ramp this up.

The next phase after that, perhaps most exciting of all, is when we start selling downloads from other labels and artists not currently represented in our store. We envision our store becoming a hub for ambient, electronic and experimental music, with a mix of CD and download items. While physical space requirements keep us from offering more than 1,000 or so titles on our Hypnos Online Store, digital downloads don’t take up any physical space, so we might end up offering thousands of titles.

Here’s to the future! We’ll have more specific news very soon.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:21:56 AM »
Most of my software, I don't upgrade every time a new version is offered. Usually I'll buy maybe every 2nd or 3rd upgrade, either because the new version offers something special, or because the old version seems not to work so well any more.

I think it's about time for me to upgrade to Ableton Live 9. In the past, I've always bought the "Standard" version of Live, not the "Suite" version with all the extra instruments and samples, but this time I'm thinking of upgrading all the way to Live 9 Suite. The inclusion of Max for Live is interesting to me. I feel like it's something I might use for crafting my own effects and pseudo-instruments.

Anybody out there using a recent enough version of Ableton Live to have an opinion on this? Anyone using Max for Live?

For a few years, I've had an Akai APC20 controller that I almost sold, because it was ridiculously hard to set up with earlier versions of Live. I just tried it with the demo version of 9, and the software recognized it and self-configured the interface, no problem at all. That alone is reason enough for me to want to upgrade. I love the idea of having external hardware with buttons, knobs and sliders to control Live, rather than trying to do everything with a mouse.

This is the thing I'm talking about:



Anyway, at the very least I'll upgrade to Live Standard, and I'm kind of leaning toward getting Studio. Just hoping someone will have some experience with this and let me know whether they think it's worth it.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Next stage in our summer sale.
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:30:16 PM »
We’re still trying to significantly reduce stock before we move over to a new online store. Here’s the next deal… two deals, actually!

First, check our store’s CLOSEOUT area, where we continue to add new items, and further reduce prices: http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=closeout

Next, use our new coupon code 25PCT100 which gives you the largest percentage discount we have EVER offered — TWENTY-FIVE percent off any order over $100. You can use it as many times as you like through Friday, August 16.

Or, if you want to order and want a good deal, but can’t find $100 worth of stuff you want, use this coupon code: 15PERCT — it gives FIFTEEN percent off any order, any size, and is good through the rest of August.

Let your friends know, and help spread the word.

Hypnos Online Store: http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=HOS

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Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Robert Rich - Trances & Drones (2CD)
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:41:12 PM »
Artist: Robert Rich
Title: Trances & Drones
Label: Hypnos/Soundscape (digipak+booklet 2CD)





2013. Hypnos is pleased to collaborate with Robert Rich on this deluxe reissue of Rich's out of print classic ambient drone work.

Originally released on cassette individually three decades ago, Trances and Drones were later released together on double-CD by Extreme (1994) and Release (2000). Our new edition, designed to be the ultimate archival version of an essential ambient/drone classic, includes a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 8-page full-color booklet insert.


link to larger image: http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-rr-td-ext.jpg


link to larger image: http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-rr-td-int.jpg

Track listing (with MP3 sample clips):

TRANCES:
1. Cave Paintings (23:54) MP3 http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-1-01.mp3
2. Hayagriva (25:13)  MP3  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-1-02.mp3
3. Sunyata (Emptiness) (22:50)  MP3<a href="http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-1-03.mp3

 
DRONES: 
1. Seascape (29:59) MP3  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-2-01.mp3
2. Wheel of Earth (27:58) MP3 http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-2-02.mp3
3. Resonance (12:17) MP3  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-rr-td-2-03.mp3

Purchase 2CD for $14.99 on Hypnos Online Store:
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3364


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Hypnos News and Announcements / CD Sale Ongoing
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:32:53 PM »
Price cuts are happening as well, so the coupon deal will get you some
truly ridiculous prices, especially in our CLOSEOUTS section:
http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=HOS&Category_Code=closeout
... to which we add new items every day.

We've just entered a new coupon code, good on our HYPNOS ONLINE STORE...
http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc
The coupon is good through July 4 (that means it expires July 5).

The new  code is JULY4 and gives 15% off any order over $50.

If you want to buy, but not spend $50, we're still honoring the
SUMMER2013 coupon code which gives 10% off any order, no minimum.

Here are some of the latest price reductions, from the Groove NL and
Neu Harmony labels:

*NEU HARMONY ITEMS:*

Various Artists - Beyond ME ($5.99, was $7.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu02
Kubusschnitt - The Cube ($10.99, was $14.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu07
Paul Nagle - Lore ($10.99, was $14.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu09
Paul Nagle - Red Book/Blue Book (2CD) ($13.99, was $19.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu10
Jim Kirkwood - Tower of Darkness ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu12
Otarion - Evolution      ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu13
Paul Ellis - Appears to Vanish ($10.99, was $14.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu14
Kubuschnitt - The Singularity ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu15
Various Artists - Okefenokee Dreams 2001 ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu16
Tomorrow's Tuesday - The Glimmer Room ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu17
Syndromeda - The Alien Abduction Phenomenon      ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu19
Syndromeda - In Touch with the Stars ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu20
Mike Andrews - Time & Science ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu21
Andy Pickford & Paul Nagle: S.T.D.M. - Ramayana  ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu22
Arcane - 33 1/3 RPM     ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu23
AirSculpture - TranceAtlantic (2 CD)    ($11.99, was $16.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu24
Max van Richter - Resurrection ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu25
Javi Canovas - Light Echoes     ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu26
The Omega Syndicate - Phonosphere       ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu27
Otarion - Creator       ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu28
The Omega Syndicate - Apocalypse        ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu29
Syndromeda - Metaphysical Experiences   ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu30
Otarion - Faces of the Night    ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu31
Under the Dome - Bellerophon    ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu32
Under the Dome - Wot No Colin?  ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu33
The Omega Syndicate - Analogue Waves    ($9.99, was $13.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu34
Syndromeda - Creatures from the Inner [2 CD] ($11.99, was $16.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu35
Syndromeda - A Day in the Fields        ($10.99, was $15.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu37
Weird - A Different Kind of Normal      ($10.99, was $15.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu36
Jiannis - Plugged ($10.99, was $15.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=neu38


*GROOVE ITEMS:*

Alpha Wave Movement - Drifted into Deeper Lands (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove07
Ron Boots - Cutting Branches     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove10
Michael Stearns - Plunge         (was $9.99, now $5.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove11
Syndrone - Blind Date    (was $11.99, now $7.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove16
Ron Boots - Close, But Not Touching      (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove22
Ron Boots - Current      (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove26
Ron Boots - Too Many Secrets     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove9
Rudy Adrian - Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3  (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove32
Ron Boots - Backgrounds  (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove33
Ron Boots - Ghost of a Mist      (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove36
Michael Stearns - Sustaining Cylinders   (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove39
Rudy Adrian - Concerts in the USA        (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove40
Ron Boots - Dreamscape   (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove41
Ron Boots - Different Stories and Twisted Tales (was $12.99, now $7.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove46
Hemisphere - Now         (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove50
Various Artists - World Wide Kind        (was $9.99, now $5.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove51
Dom F. Scab - Binary Secrets     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove53
Syndromeda - The Alien Abduction Phenomenon      (was $9.99, now $5.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove54
Syndromeda - In Touch With the Stars             (was $9.99, now $5.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove55
Wavestar - Mind Journey  (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove57
N-Tribe - Tower of Power         (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove61
Paul Ellis - Silent Conversations        (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove62
Ron Boots - Acoustic Shadows     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove63
Create - Biospherical Imagery    (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove64
Hemisphere - Destination Infinity        (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove68
Frank Klare - Moods      (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove69
Nattefrost - Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove71
Frank Van Bogaert - Closer       (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove72
Rudy Adrian - Par Avion, Sequencer Sketches 4 (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove79
Volt - Nucleosynthesis   (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove80
Ron Boots - Mea Culpa    (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove84
Ron Boots - See Beyond Times - Look Beyond Words         (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove85
Kees Aerts - If One Door Closes  (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove86
Paul Ellis - The Last Hiding Place of Beauty     (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove93
Ron Boots - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight    (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove95
Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Harold van der Heijden - Derby! (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove96
Create - Reflections from the Inner Light        (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove97
Create - From Earth to Mars      (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove99
Nattefrost - Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon (was $14.99, now $9.99) http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove101

Here's another link to our CLOSEOUTS section:
http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=HOS&Category_Code=closeout
That's where all the action is. And our new coupon code, once again, is JULY4 and gives 15% off any order over $50.

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Just received this note from Saul Stokes about his performance TONIGHT in San Francisco, CA. Yes, it's short notice, but in case you might be able to make it... Saul says:

Quote
Greetings! A very last minute email about a very last minute concert!
I'll be performing live this Thursday night (6-27) in San Francisco.
Expect a invigorating summer remix of Sleek Nucleus and Villa
Galaxia. More info below:

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BlipDrums/2d007b62dc/4c77313ccd/77b73f6476

F8 LIVE presents: Unnatural Ways, Impuritan, & Saul Stokes
Thursday at 9:00pm
1192 Folsom in San Francisco, California

--------------------------------------------------------------
Also..

For those of you on the East Coast, I will be in Philadelphia this
November for The Gathering Series. More to come...

Saul Stokes w/Delicate Monster - 16 November 2013

FREE ADMISSION

Saul Stokes is recognized as one of the leading voices in modern
Electronic Music. Described as "fresh and inventive", Stokes brings
together elements of Space, Ambient, Industrial and
Intelligent-Techno and forges a sound uniquely his own. The immediacy
of the live setting brings out Stokes' talent for creating floating
spacemusic. Using unique, self-designed and constructed electronic
instruments, he effortlessly conjures up completely improvised
electronic soundscapes. Local innovative music duo Delicate Monster
opens.

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Anybody here going to see Lustmord in Providence? Lena and I will be there. It's an event connected with the NecronomiCon Providence festival, focused on H.P. Lovecraft and related books, movies, games, music, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/events/382965481808935/

http://lupos.com/events/neurosis/




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Hypnos News and Announcements / Six Hypnos CDs running a little low.
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:55:59 PM »
In the middle of all these posts about price reductions in our ongoing effort to get rid of most of the CDs we sell (at least temporarily), here's a different kind of update.

These six Hypnos CDs are starting to run low, and we know how people hate it when they want a CD and discover it's out of print. So here's your warning! If you want any of these -- and they include work by some of our most popular artists -- snap a copy up before it's too late. You can browse through the Hypnos section: http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Hypnos

...or access these items directly via the links below.
 
ITEMS:

Viridian Sun - Solar Noise - $9.99  http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp1702

Viridian Sun - Perihelion - $9.99  http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp1910

James Johnson - Entering Twilight - $9.99  http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp2024

Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond - $11.99  http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp2132

Tom Heasley - Where Earth Meets Sky - $11.99 http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp2135] [url]http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp2135[/url]

Oophoi - Athlit $11.99  http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp2236



Don't forget our two currently-active coupon codes:

SUMMER2013 gives 10% off any purchase, and is valid through the end of July 2013.

15PCT75MIN gives 15% off purchases over $75, but it is only valid through June 28.

The coupon deals can't be stacked or combined.

Please spread the word if you know anyone who might appreciate these deals. It's all happening at the Hypnos Online Store!  http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Plague Recordings has asked us to let Hypnos Forum members know they're offering a couple of Audela albums on a free or "pay what you like" basis on Bandcamp through the end of the month:

http://plaguerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/39-mysterions

http://plaguerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/audela

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I've been hinting for a long time that we wanted to create a Hypnos download store. For a variety of reasons, that hasn't happened. Maybe when I have a little more time,I'll go into some of the reasons why.

These reasons are mainly just a combination of being personally too busy to invest as much time as required, complicated by having selected a couple of software solutions which seemed like the best choice at the time, but included unanticipated hurdles to getting a story fully up and running.

It's been SO CLOSE to happening on several occasions, only to have to regroup, deal with upgrades or software discontinuations, and start over. Once I was just about ready to open the store to beta testing... just waiting to solve ONE more little glitch. I even left the test store "open," and was surprised when a few people found links via Google, even though the store wasn't officially open, and managed to purchase downloads and receive them successfully.

I now believe I have a solution that will work. It's not fully ready to go, but the aspects which seemed most potentially glitchy in other software (payment gateway stuff in particular) seems not to be an issue at all with this new application.

Another consideration is our existing Hypnos Online Store. It's served us well -- we've been using the same Miva Merchant software, though upgrading versions along the way, for almost 15 years! -- but the software is increasingly expensive and the functionality of it simply hasn't stayed with the times. It's perfectly serviceable, and it's allowed us to sell many thousands of orders to our customers, but lacks certain features (or they're available only as extremely expensive add-ons) and it's difficult to modify the store's appearance.

For this reason, not only are we working on a new download store, but the plan also includes gradually moving all our CD sales to the same new storefront. Because we have many hundreds of CDs in our inventory, and we'll have to move all these over to the new store, it's time for the biggest "moving sale" we've ever had. No, we're not physically moving our operation. I guess we're "virtually" moving.

We're going to start a huge sale on the Hypnos store, with the goal of blowing out about 1/3 of our non-Hypnos titles. This will include two kinds of discounts.

1. Price reductions, some of which will be "while they last" closeouts, and some of which will be temporary until the store migration

and

2. Coupon codes applicable to anything and everything, including Hypnos items, new releases, and items already on sale


This sale will be ongoing until we have migrated to the new store, but it will go through several phases. We'll have some coupon codes that are valid as long as the existing Hypnos store is in operation, and other coupon specials that last only for certain durations, or for a certain number of uses (so you'll have to compete against each other to use these codes before someone else does).

When the download store is functional, I'll do a "soft open" with a small number of items for sale, and ask people to help out with test orders with big discounts. Then we'll gradually shift inventory over from the existing Hypnos store, running both stores in parallel, until we're ready to shut down the old Hypnos store.

Eventually, you'll have to visit the new SoundSwim store to purchase Hypnos CDs or downloads. The next phase after this will be the sales of non-Hypnos downloads. It's our hope to make the SoundSwim store as important an ambient music destination in the digital era as the Hypnos Online Store has been in the era of compact discs.

If you're a fan of CDs, don't worry. This remains our primary focus, and we don't expect to stop offering CDs any time soon. You'll find we're producing smaller editions, but there will always be a reasonable number available to avoid issues of artificial scarcity, editions selling out on day 1, that sort of thing.

I welcome questions and suggestions. More than that, we welcome your orders! Coupon codes coming soon. After that, category-by-category price reductions. In case it wasn't clear above, you'll be able to "stack" the coupon code discounts on top of the price reductions, and get some really ridiculous prices.

Thanks, everyone, for all your support of Hypnos over the years. We're still going strong, and expect to be healthier than ever after this evolution.

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Everything and Nothing / Slightly ambient-related writing
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:26:53 AM »
I try not to bug everyone here too much about my fiction writing. I've had a handful of weird stories published in the past year or so, and more coming soon, and while some of my Hypnos-related friends have read and commented on them, I've mostly left that out of the Hypnos Forum... so far.

I think some of you might be interested in my story "The Lure of Devouring Light" which appeared in the April issue of Apex Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with Apex, it's a prominent electronically published magazine which covers the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

"The Lure of Devouring Light" is a dark and strange tale that takes place in the lead-up to a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's classical cycle, Licht. In the course of the story, there's a musical improvisation that may appeal to ambient music performers or listeners.

I realize this sort of thing won't appeal to everyone, but if it sounds interesting, you can read it for free on Apex's web site (they also sell ebook reader versions of each issue for $2.99) and let me know what you think, here or in the comments on the Apex web site.

http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-lure-of-devouring-light/



http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-lure-of-devouring-light/

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