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Phil, thanks for all your work on the webzine.  It's much appreciated always!

And thanks specifically for the review of Lena's CD-single, too.

Hypnos Label Releases / CD release: Jonathan Block - The Anatomy of Waves
« on: January 22, 2008, 04:26:09 PM »
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.

We'll have much more information here soon, but here's  the CD cover, and a track listing with audio clips:

Track listing with MP3 clips:
Diffract -
Diffuse -
Dissolve -
Disperse -

Thanks to Jonathan for bringing this work to us.  We look forward to sharing these with everyone else. 

If you've seen Jonathan's occasional posts elsewhere here in the Forum about his electronic wind instrument experiments, these pieces derive from the same explorations.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:51:05 AM »
Anybody (especially Brian) know anything about Altered Carbon and the rest of that series by Richard Morgan?  It sounds interesting to me, and while it's filed in "science fiction" it sounds almost like a suspense/thriller story with sci-fi elements.

Right now I'm about halfway through another go at Lord of the Rings and enjoying it enormously, more than ever. This is my first time reading the books since seeing the movies.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:48:22 AM »
My new exploration of the magical world of vinyl will have to wait a while.  The turntable I swiped from my uncle is in a worse state of repair than it looked like.  Needs a new needle at least and I'll probably just replace the cartridge entirely since it's a piece of crap. 

I got out a few Duran Duran 12" singles, some old Toy Dolls albums (so much fun, such cool album covers), Arcadia's So Red the Rose (man, what a great album), a few others.  Somehow my small remaining record collection now seems to include my brother's old Spyro Gyra and David Sanborn albums.  Not sure what I'm gonna do with those.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Rune Grammofon label
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:25:45 AM »
Rune Grammofon was brought up in the ECM topic (as another example of a great label with a strong identifying aesthetic) and it's a label I've always meant to investigate further, but I could use some recommendations.

I did find this really cool slideshow of Rune Grammofon cover artwork by Kim Hiorthy.


Guidance, favorites and other thoughts appreciated.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:12:22 AM »
Ah, thanks for the reminder about Rune Grammofon, a label I've been meaning to investigate.  But maybe we should start another topic for that one. 

Welcome back to the Forum, Darren.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 21, 2008, 07:24:05 PM »

David Darling - Dark Wood
David Darling - Cello
David Torn - Cloud About Mercury
Keith Jarrett - The Kln Concert
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
Ketil Bjornstad - Water Stories
Ketil Bjornstad & David Darling - The River

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:02:08 PM »
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)
Could send you a few of them when i release them.
As well as a few of the True Colour of Blood and the Taiga Remains.
Just if you want.

I can tell with every single heartbeat of myself, that all 3 are
breathtaking in every single sense. Especially the Taiga Remains
and the Jason Sloan.

Taiga Remains - Descend from Ivory Cliffs

Yes, we will want to sell all of these, so send me an email just before you're ready to release them and I'll place another wholesale order.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 20, 2008, 03:27:40 PM »
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:45:45 AM »
One of the worst offenders of the 'free' album giveaway is the person or persons running the 'deleted scenes, forgotten dreams' blog.  I know several of our releases are up there, and we didn't authorize it.  A review and a pic is fine, and even clips from the album are o.k., but this person is blatant about putting links to entire recordings up on this blog.   I've seen everything from boots to a 12k promo sampler, LP only and cassette releases up there.


Yeah, that site gives me a stomach-ache.  Definitely more of a "fill out your collection for free" vibe than any kind of promotional intent.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:43:09 AM »
I love Suspended Feathers too, and it was one of my earliest ambient purchases, but my favorite thing by Alio Die is Fissures, his collaboration with Robert Rich.

Brian, welcome to the Forum  This new Install label looks quite interesting and promising.  Feel free to keep us posted here about all your releases.

This is the last day of the specials mentioned above, and I see no reason to take mercy upon poor Lena, whose eyes are strained and hands are weary from packaging up so many CDs for mailing... so feel free to get in an order under the wire of the coupon's expiration.

Thanks, everyone.  If you missed this promotion, I'm sure we'll have others in the future.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 18, 2008, 06:43:16 PM »
Glad you've been enjoying Mother Sunrise lately!

Alio Die is definitely one of those artists, like Oophoi as you mentioned, or Steve Roach, with whose work listeners tend to familiarize themselves slowly or gradually at first, and at some point "get it" and start to buy every CD in sight.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 18, 2008, 03:04:47 PM »
Glad you guys are enjoying it.  I'm a big supporter of this artist and we're discussing the possibility of future releases (in addition to his appearance on Sounds of the Universe Overheard already released, and Vapors and Magnetism upcoming).

If you proper English blokes (hey check that out, I said "blokes!") think we Murikans are speaking some kind of wrong-headed non-English, you should hear the way most-of-'em talk over in Philadelphia!  As William Shakespeare is to England, so is Chuck VanZyl to Phillytown.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:30:06 AM »
I'm setting up a rather crappy Mitsubishi turntable grabbed up from my late great-uncle's home this weekend... nobody else wanted it.  So the quality is probably poor, but no poorer than the mostly worn quality of most of the vinyl I own.

I wonder whether the process of setting this up and listening here and there to my collection, will inspire me to buy new, expensive vinyl releases, or maybe upgrade to a better turntable, or if I'll just spin a few of my old Devo and Blancmange and Duran Duran 12" singles before letting the turntable start to gather dust.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:31:06 AM »
Welcome back to the Forum, Mr. Pearce!

Anyways Mike, look at Ableton Live, comes in Windows or Mac flavor ;-) and at least two of us here are using it.

I know... take a look at the 2nd post in this topic, on page 1.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 04:42:51 PM »
I'd ask anyone who wants to vote for "vinyl really does sound better, you CD guys don't know what you're talking about," to speak up.

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