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Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 10:46:04 AM »
The signal to noise ratio on myspace is extremely poor -- lots of people without talent, lots of people being dishonest and misrepresenting themselves, plenty of fakes and liars, much superficiality.  I'm very cautious about myspace, and I've met people through there who turned out to be completely different from how they represented themselves.  For that reason, I have a lot of skepticism about everything and everyone I see on there, and proceed slowly when getting to know people.

If you can be careful, and filter out all the nonsense and crap, it's an amazing place to find people you could never have found otherwise. 

For example, among participants in the recent and upcoming Hypnos compilations, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, and Message from a Subatomic World respectively, I would say that roughly half the artists are people I came across through myspace.  For the compilation Lena is working on, Echoes of Polyhymnia, nearly all the "discoveries" were via myspace.

2702
Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:40:31 PM »
The friends we were staying with during our mini-vacation are big fans of House and were singing its praises.  I haven't see it, but it looks interesting.

2703
Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:18:22 PM »
Speaking of campy fun and banter, that reminds me... a week or two ago we watched the original The Thin Man film and it was fantastic, definitely a classic with good reason!  I hope to move on through the rest of the Thin Man series box-set soon.

2704
Here's an updated gallery of coming-soon CD (and DVD) covers.



Austere | Solyaris
 



M. Griffin | Fabrications
 



Various Artists | Message From a Subatomic World
 



Evan Bartholomew | Tidal Phases of the Moon I
 



Sense Project | The Sublime (2cdr)
 



Robert Rich | Somnium (dvd)
 



Jeff Pearce | Daylight Slowly
 



Nebula | The Path of White Clouds




Various Artists | Echoes of Polyhymnia
 

(artwork coming soon)

Various Artists | Nevertime
 

(artwork coming soon)

Viridian Sun | As-Yet-Untitled album
 



M. Griffin & Various Artists | Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)
 
 
 

2705
Other new stuff added to the "2008 outlook" since the initial posts...

 

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.

2706
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.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:59:09 PM »
I hated to see this active topic buried under a bunch of "MOVED" topic notices, so I'm bumping this one up to the first page.  If there's no interest in posting here further, I'll just let it drop off again.

2708
Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:58:04 PM »
I know what you mean, 9dragons, about the "spiritual" component to the show -- I feel that or sense it too, but it's hard to put your finger on.  I guess to me, it's the sense that the island is a metaphor for one's chance at a new beginning in life, or a chance to remake one's life by design.

2709
Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:44:14 PM »
bumped for APK, who started a new Lost topic

2710
Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:53:07 AM »
I agree that very long releases have their place too, but I also think that the 74 (and then 80) minute limit of the CD medium made people go a little crazy with compulsively filling up the whole duration of every audio CD released.  This has especially been a problem in the ambient community, and I've been guilty of it too.

As others have said here, I sometimes find myself enjoying a more concise and focused recording, and thinking it would be diminished if the artist had stretched it out to 80 minutes just because the disc holds that much.

Just recently, I made the decision to edit down my Fabrications album from the 72-73 minutes it had been running for the past few months, to almost exactly 60 minutes.  I think the experience of listening to the album straight through is improved by the reduction.

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Artist: Jonathan Block
Title: The Anatomy of Waves
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds hss17, limited cdr edition of 300



2008. Hypnos is very pleased to announce a new release by Jonathan Block on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. Jonathan has previously worked with Hypnos, when his album Sonic Approach (under his alter-ego Synthetic Block) was released on our Binary sub-label. Also his track 'The Language of Rocks' heads off the most recent Hypnos compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard. The new album, The Anatomy of Waves, is a series of four long tracks featuring improvisations using an electronic "wind instrument" device, an Akai EWI4000s wind synthesizer.

Surface waves. Standing waves. Sound waves. Waves are disturbances that travel through space and time transferring energy from one point to another; often the physical manifestation of an underlying cycle. The Anatomy of Waves is a study of these cycles through evolving waves of sound — representations of our attachment to the crests and troughs that are characteristics of living in this world.

The music on this CD was created using a wind synthesizer processed through an effects pedal board and looped using long delay times that fade slowly, enabling new sounds and loops to be added and subtracted. All the tracks have a compositional foundation but this structure is fluid enough to allow the music to move in any number of directions, often simultaneously. From melodic to abstract, musical elements emerge and coalesce by design and hazard as phrases interact with one another and sounds are added that never become part of a repeating loop. Jonathan Block has been releasing electronic music for over 20 years, often under the name Synthetic Block. Block’s music has been released by Hypnos, Binary and Gears of Sand. In addition to his solo works, Block has performed and recorded with Dave Fulton, The Circular Ruins (APK) and Ben Fleury-Steiner.

The Anatomy Of Waves was recorded using an Akai EWI4000s wind synthesizer with a Vox Tonelab LE for sound processing and a Boss DD-20 digital delay for looping.

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
Diffract - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-jb-aow-01.mp3
Diffuse - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-jb-aow-02.mp3
Dissolve - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-jb-aow-03.mp3
Disperse - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-jb-aow-04.mp3

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $11.99 here:
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hss17

2712
Thanks for your comments, guys.

This CD has been made available on the Hypnos store today!  I'll follow this note with the regular announcement.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Warm Greetings - I'm Back in Town. :)
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:29:19 AM »
Welcome back, Jim/Gemini.  Lots of people here from the Philly area!

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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..

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda----Worth the Effort???
« on: January 27, 2008, 10:52:27 AM »
I haven't played with one myself, but I know that was Dave Fulton's primary instrument around the time of our Imprint album, and it sounded very good.  Of course, it was a $3000 instrument back then.

And I think Jesse/Numina is very fond of his.

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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.

2717
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.

2718
Jamie, this was not a printed book.  I think Jim planned it to be a book for a while but there was some kind of publishing problem, and it ended up being an electronic book on CDR, which came along with 3 audio CDRs.  We used to sell the set through the Hypnos store but it's been a LONG time, like maybe pre-2000 even, since we had any copies of that.

Jim comes along here regularly, so he'll be able to tell you whether you can get a copy of the book anywhere.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 25, 2008, 10:03:49 AM »
I figure all the gear-related stuff is very interesting to some people, and not at all interesting to others, so it makes sense to move it.

When I get back from our current travels (we're in Sacramento right now, about to drive to Lake Tahoe in a few hours), I'll be posting a bunch of stuff in that new gear area myself!

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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


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