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Other Ambient (and related) Music / RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:44:26 AM »
I was very surprised this morning to see the announcement of the passing of Peter Kuhlmann AKA Pete Namlook, best known as the founder of the FAX label.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=18224

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:05:54 PM »
We've talked over the years about why nobody's been able to come up with a decent Mac alternative to Sound Forge... finally, today Sony announced Sound Forge 1.0 for Mac.  I'm excited... anyone else?


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / 808 documentary
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:30:41 PM »
Many here may be interested in this, and I haven't seen it mentioned... it's a document about the mighty 808, Roland's TR-808 drum machine.

http://www.808tales.com/

"Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808" - Teaser 1 on Vimeo

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Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Numina - The Deception of Reality
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:36:18 PM »
Numina
Title: The Deception of Reality
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)




2012. The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007's Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina's trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more "up front" accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five "tracks" for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they're listening to a single unbroken piece.

Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

Here are images of the digipak and disc. Skip down for audio samples. 

Track list with MP3 samples 
1. The Illusion Transmission > 17:17  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-n-dor-01.mp3
2. Our Elegant Experience > 16:59  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-n-dor-02.mp3
3. In Cerulean Haze > 9:32  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-n-dor-03.mp3
4. Empire of Nothing > 19:23 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-n-dor-04.mp3
5. Translunary Return > 11:55 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-n-dor-05.mp3

In addition to the usual MP3 clips for individual tracks below, here's a blended sampler on Soundcloud:




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Others have raised the alert previously when NI's having one of their big sales. After skipping the last couple of rounds of upgrades to Komplete, I went ahead today... upgraded Komplete 5 to Komplete 8 for $114.50 including shipping!

Holy wow, what a deal. Lots of new stuff included that wasn't in the package last time. Now I just need to do some recording again soon.

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We're closing out the last few copies of AtmoWorks CDRs we created in advance of the end of our CDR-making arrangement with that label last year. No more copies will ever be produced, and these prices are dirt cheap! When they're gone, they're gone. Here's the full announcement:

http://hypnos.com/wordpress/2012/06/05/final-atmoworks-cdr-closeout/

A couple of weeks ago we announce a small price reduction in the last few remaining CDR copies of AtmoWorks discs. Please note these disc have been discontinued by the label and we will not create any more — this is your last chance to get these from us on CDR, and the prices are insanely low… $1.99 and $2.99, with the triple-CDR release $7.99.

Included are albums by artists like Paul Vnuk Jr., Vir Unis, Disturbed Earth, Chris Russell and more.

Most of these are down to just 1-2 copies available and we’ll delete them from our store as we sell the last copies. We’re not kidding when we say we aren’t making any more of these, so hurry over there and order if you want one of these albums in physical format. We’re just covering our production costs, getting rid of those last few copies we produced before our arrangement with AtmoWorks ended. We’re not trying to make a buck, but you can take advantage and grab some cheap CDs!

Or you can just stampede directly over to the AtmoWorks section on the Hypnos store. Anything you don't see listed has already been sold out and deleted from our listings. No point asking -- if you don't see it, we don't have any left, and can't/won't make any more.

http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=aw

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Nomad plugins "British Bundle"
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:33:11 PM »
I saw a similar deal on this pair of plugins (a compressor/limiter and an EQ) a year or so ago, but not this cheap even then... and they usually got for more like $150. Now both for just $20. Deal ends 5/31.



http://www.audiomidi.com/Nomad-British-Bundle-v1-2-No-Brainer/dp/B0085PTCDS

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Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:54:27 PM »
Artist: Bruno Sanfilippo
Title: Urbs
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)




Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer, resident of
Barcelona, Spain, and cofounder of the ad21 label. He has collaborated with
such notable artists as Mathias Grassow, Byron Metcalf, Max Corbacho and
Alio Die.

Sanfilippo's work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient
drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs,
Sanfilippo's first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the
middle ground among the artist's previous work. It's an intriguing
combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the
lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra)
and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban
or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound
environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train
stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries
between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the
nature of composed sound art such as music. These "real world" sound
textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and
samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and "intentional" nature of
these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something
we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.

Track list with MP3 samples 
1 – Urban Flow – 14:41  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-bs-u-01.mp3
2 – The City Reflected – 20:20  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-bs-u-02.mp3
3 – Chaotic Order – 25:29  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-bs-u-03.mp3
4 – The Gray Umbrella – 06:58  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-bs-u-04.mp3


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Artist: Caul
Title: Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)




We’re very pleased to announce the latest CD release from Hypnos, Let the Stars Assume
the Whole of Night
. It’s the first release on Hypnos by Caul. As with our last few new
releases, we’re going to offer a special reduced price for the first week of release. This CD will
end up selling for our usual $12.99, but we’re offering a special “week one” deal through
Friday April 6, only through the Hypnos Online Store.

Follow the links below to get Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night by Caul for $8.99.

Caul has released an array of incredible dark, cinematic ambient music, but much of it has
been self-released in small quantities, so many listeners who might potentially enjoy his work
might be unfamiliar with it. His collaboration with Numina, Inside the Hollow Realm,
did receive a fair bit of attention five or six years ago, but Caul has mostly flown under the
radar. As I mentioned, most of his work has been self-released, often in elegant, artisanal
hand-made packaging. See his Discogs Page for more information about his work, or his own
site at caul.org/.

Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres:
dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to
ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient
music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the
score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.
Listen to the sound clips below and decide for yourself.
 
Track list with MP3 samples
01 > A clear eye loves the shadows as well  > 3.32  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-01.mp3
02 > Radiance falls  > 4.45  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-02.mp3
03 > The sparkling snow is full of roses  > 3.28  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-03.mp3
04 > The silent road to your pillars  > 4.32   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-04.mp3
05 > Upon the vines  > 4.30  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-05.mp3
06 > Just one autumn for ripe songs  > 3.59   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-06.mp3
07 > We are like heartless shadows  > 6.01   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-07.mp3
08 > Words of praise arise, like flowers  > 4.26  -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-08.mp3
09 > Oblivion and holy drunkenness  > 3.22   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-09.mp3
10 > She is holy to those who are lost or dead  > 2.10   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-10.mp3
11 > Bells ring softly in the twilight air  > 6.05   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-11.mp3
12 > The kindness of exalted night  > 5.00   -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/c-ltsatwon-12.mp3

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Presonus Studio One
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:12:02 PM »
Has anybody here tried out Presonus Studio One, which is a new recording, mixing and mastering application created by a company previously known only for hardware (particularly audio interfaces)?

I've been taking a look at the demo and I'm very pleasantly surprised. Not only can I see using this as a multitrack recording or mixer, but the mastering tools are pretty easy to use.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Latest Akai MPC
« on: January 06, 2012, 07:01:51 AM »
I know I don't really need one of these... but for some reason I want it! Remember back in the 90s when every cool electronica artist used some version of Akai MPC or other?

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/06/akai-debuts-mpc-renaissance-video/


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Hypnos News and Announcements / Hypnos Updates on Twitter
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:54:22 PM »
Some of you may not have Twitter, or maybe don't check it very often, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a "ticker" with our latest Twitter updates here on the forum. This is an ever-changing scroll of the latest postings, so if this topic does not update, new Twitter postings will appear in this "widget."

Those of you who are Twitter members are welcome to follow Hypnos @hypnosrec, or in other words, here: http://www.twitter.com/hypnosrec


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Computers, Internet and Technology / The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:58:56 AM »
I know I'm not the only one anxious to see this game, right?

There's a nice preview here: http://www.oxm.co.uk/34965/previewselder-scrolls-5-hands-on-how-to-be-a-complete-bastard-in-skyrim

Plenty of spoilers can be found online, but this video preview is pretty good:

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" E3 Gameplay Demo


Want!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Moving eye-candy
« on: October 13, 2011, 04:02:50 PM »
The recent discussion of the upcoming Baraka sequel got me thinking about one of my favorite categories of online videos. Not jokes, not movie clips or trailers, but this kind of "wow, would you look at that!" eye candy. Similar to Baraka and Chronos and Koyanisqatsi, there's all kinds of this thing on the internet.

What about this? Best in full-screen HD.

Landscapes: Volume Two

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Movie trailers worth a look
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:08:54 PM »
Everyone likes a big, long never-ending perpetual forum topic, right? Now that we have the ability to embed YouTube videos, how about one for new movie trailers that seem worth a look?

Please create separate topics for other videos (jokes, cute kittens, Bollywood dance freakouts) and save this one for on-topic stuff, OK?

I bring you... the first trailer for The Avengers.

The Avengers - Official Trailer


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Computers, Internet and Technology / Steve Jobs 1955-2011
« on: October 05, 2011, 05:00:05 PM »
I knew Steve Job had to be struggling if he stepped down from Apple but I'm still shocked that he's gone.

From apple.com


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Independent Music Reviews / A place for reviews
« on: October 03, 2011, 01:32:32 PM »
We'd like to give music reviewers a little more focus by putting them in their own area, as we did last year with podcasts.

If you're a reviewer and would like us to consider creating a "sticky" topic for your review postings (even if the reviews are cross-posts from your own blog or another magazine), speak up. Preference will be given to reviewers who:

A. focus primarily on the kind of music of greatest interest to those who read this forum

B. will post reviews on a consistent ongoing basis

C. write reviews that lean toward the substantive and detailed

We're not interested at all in trying to set up Hypnos "house reviewers" and there's no expectation that Hypnos releases will necessarily be among those reviewed, or if they are that such reviews will be positive. This has more to do with the Hypnos Forum as a community than with Hypnos Recordings as a label.

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




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 Oöphoi.
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.

Oöphoi 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 Oöphoi, first became known for
creating the excellent Italian music periodical Deep Listenings. His Oöphoi 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
02 > Dead Cities > 15:03 -- MP3 clip 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
04 > End of a Changeling > 02:49 -- MP3 clip 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
06 > Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm > 10:06 -- MP3 clip 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

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 01, 2011, 09:38:08 AM »
As I said, this kind of topic is one I'd really love to see more active on the forum. I've received some really good recommendations for authors and books from people here.

At the very least, I'll start cross-posting here the mini-reviews I post to Amazon or Goodreads.

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