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Hi Tomas,

thank you so much for all the great news!!! Can't miss Metal Box option, just ordered... :)

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday - Bill Binkelman!
« on: August 18, 2011, 10:17:17 AM »
All the best and Happy Birthday, Bill!!! Time to raise a glass of good beer for you, my friend!!!

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mathias Grassow - Sky
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:08:09 AM »
Ordered mine today too  :)
Yes, agree, it definitely would be great to have more re-issues of Mathias Grassow's vast CDr discography. Let's hope to see them in the future on gterma, Practising Nature, el culto, Hypnos... Let's see how much attention will bring "Sky" CD for this young and potential Swedish label. Big thanks, all the best and good luck to them!!!

Richard

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Truly magnificent piece of music, Jeff!!! It left me breathless, I hope one day this amazing release will be available also as a physical CD, I think it would be greatly deserved. And a really nice cover image too. For example it would fit nicely into Hic Sunt Leones roster even if Stefano releases mostly his own Alio Die project plus Aglaia, but from time to time also some other lesser known artists/bands are released. Anyway, thank you so much for this beautiful listening experience even if, as a really big collector of physical CDs, I don't download any music. All the best from Slovakia... :)

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mathias Grassow - Sky
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:58:27 AM »
Hi Wanterkeelt,

I exchanged yesterday some messages with the guy from Sweden, Johan aka grantcorp, who made the contribution of "Sky" CD for Discogs. According to his words, "Sky" CD is just off the press and will be ready for distribution shortly. There only have to be done some improvements in artwork by the manufacturer. He will get back to me as soon the CD is ready for ordering, so I will make sure to post these news on Hypnos as soon the CD is ready. In the meantime you can find more info on gterma here:

http://soundcloud.com/the-lost-gterma
http://gterma.blogspot.com/

I stay tuned, all the best and keep on enjoying the drones.

Richard



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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2011 outlook
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:41:06 AM »
Thank you for your updates, Mike!!! I really look forward to this newest beauty, my order will follow as soon "The Martian Chronicles" will be out.

Richard

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Brand new updates from Steve Roach's website regarding "Quiet Music" and many other upcoming projects, including mid-summer sale:

http://steveroach.com/news/newsletter/newsletter.php?id=20110710000000

Looking forward to all of them!!!

Richard

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Here is the official announcement from Steve's website:

http://steveroach.com/store/store.php?item=462

A must have!!!

Richard

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No other news on Projekt regarding the cover artwork, but it would be nice to use the original pictures from cassette editions. Can't wait for this 3 CD digipak beauty!!!

Richard

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Hi friends, here is my little review on this great album:

A Produce & Loren Nerell "Intangible" CD

A Produce and Loren Nerell, two highly respected, in California based, sound explorers in the genre, remained quiet for the last few years. But since summer of 2007 they were sporadically working on new project that firstly ended up as a soundtrack to Bart Santello's short film "Intangible". Now, few years later, they are striking with long time awaited collaborative effort "Intangible" on Hypnos. Stunning digipak artwork (art and design by Hypnos' Mike Griffin) catched immediately my attention, shortly followed by truly exciting sonic landscapes. Yes, Barry Craig and Loren Nerell deliver amazing blend of gentle atmospherics and crispy tribal rhythms, all made in a very distinguished manner showing enormous potential of like-minded musicians who are uniting their talents and styles. The title track "Intangible" opens this show with its delicately crafted warm atmosonics, tranquilly and graciously floating around my ears just like the cover image, wonderful intro!!! "Planet Atmo" fits exactly its title, another beautifully evocative aerial ambience with occasionally raising and falling texture, a true intergalactic voyage at its most captivating level! Earthy and galvanizing power of tribal drumming, tinkling bells, suggestive flutes and strange sounds enrich exotic perfumed "String Theory". The next cut, "Area 51.1" merges gently deep space drifts with slowed down trance-like rhythm, a very smooth and mesmerizing, crystal clear listening experience, totally magnificent!!! "Lost In Transformation" is slightly more experimental, ghostly and meditative, flavored with singing bowls, voice samples, bells, assorted metallic sounds. A very impressive exploration of deep and mysterious realms! "Meadow Dusk" incorporates again tender tribal drumming blended with peaceful and melancholic floaters, another strongly visualizing composition. The CD ends with hypnotic "Pot Covers At Dawn", the most naturally sounding piece with occasionally emerging tribal beats. Every piece on "Intangible" is masterful, A Produce and Loren Nerell delivered the best of their masteries. This is one of the best albums so far for 2011, so if you like a truly sophisticated mixture of immersive sound painting with sensitive tribal elements, you can't go wrong with "Intangible", it's highly recommended!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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"Intangible" CD just arrived safely and being deeply explored now, absolutely magnificent and mesmerizing so far, musically, sonically and visually!!! My review will follow during the coming days, can't miss this masterwork. Big thanks to Barry and Loren and also to Mike for the artwork, you made my day, guys, with this album!!! All the best... :)

Richard

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Just got the bundle. Right now I am exploring "Ornaments", absolutely magnificent and tranquil, kings of drones are back!!! Can't wait to taste the rest. Thank you so much, Tomas & Mathias!!! All the best... :)

Richard

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Ordered. Really looking forward to explore co-work of Barry and Loren. I didn't listen to any samples, but I am sure it will sound as much exciting as it looks like. And big thanks to Mike & Lena for the nice discount, much appreciated!!! I hope there will be enough feedback to repeat it again with future Hypnos releases.

Richard

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Thank you for the great news!!!

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: June 18, 2011, 11:38:52 AM »
Yes, collector reflex, just the same with me, I have both editions of "Early Man" in my collection... :)

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday, Scott M2!
« on: June 15, 2011, 09:04:35 AM »
Hi Scott,

time to raise a glass of beer for you, all the best and Happy Birthday!!! Cheers and have an enjoyable party in Toronto... :)

Richard

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Steve Brand - Avatara
« on: June 13, 2011, 03:11:38 AM »
Hi friends, here is my little review on this great album:

Steve Brand "Avatara" CD

Steve Brand has already collaborated with Hypnos before when releasing his "Bridge To Nowhere" and "Children Of Alcyone" albums on Hypnos Secret Sounds during 2008 and 2009. This time he landed on the main Hypnos imprint. I was very curious about this one since the very beginning, when the album was announced on Hypnos. Now finally in my hands, with gorgeously looking cover artwork (by Kati Astraeir) and ready to be fully exoplored and enjoyed. "Avatara" opens with mysteriously beautiful and unique title track, amazing echoed intro I must say! The next one, "The Far Shore", is more slow-breathing ambience later unfolding into slighly more monumental, but tranquil mood, at times more gloomy or meditative. "Morning Glory" is by far more active piece nicely crossed with silent interruptions and aerial ethereal washes, another huge one, a real masterpiece! "Still Here (Breathing Space)" takes us to exciting outer space voyage, later on enriched by crispy bell sounds. Credited for additional sounds on this masterfully absorbing composition are Matt Hillier/Ishq and Charity Masters/Holon, carefully executed! "Act Of Creation" with its longing feel is the most organic and resonant piece, colored by environmental recordings. "Avatara (Deathless)" is even more mysterious than the intro part of this title track and also perfectly fitting closer for this album. "Avatara" is certainly one of the best and most polished, if not the strongest, works of Steve Brand. Last but not least, it's well deserved for this highly creative sound artist to have his album finally released as pressed CD and packaged in nicely looking digipak, so extra points go also to Mike & Lena of Hypnos. "Avatara" is without any doubt absolutely breathtaking listening experience!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday, Mike!
« on: June 11, 2011, 11:42:35 AM »
All the best and Happy Birthday, Mike!!! Have a great weekend... :)

Richard

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Can't wait to receive my copies of "Road Eternal" and "Live at SoundQuest Fest". Your comments, Chad and DeepR, make me even more excited as I didn't listen to any samples before. So I keep an eye on my mailbox. All the best and keep on enjoying the music... :)

Richard

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Hi friends, here is my little review on this great reissue:

Nebulĉ "The Path Of White Clouds" CD

For longer time in the pipeline, but in March of 2011 dreams of all drone fans came true. This old ambient classic from 2003 (limited CDr release by Stella Maris) is now available thanks to Hypnos as pressed CD in nicely looking digipak. Nebulĉ (previously known as Nebula) can be easily described as another ambient supergroup, featuring two drone kings, Oophoi and Mathias Grassow, as well as legendray Klaus Wiese, who unfortunately passed away in January of 2009. Tau Ceti (synths), Lorenzo Pierobon (harmonic chants), Geert Verbeke (himalayan bowls), Luna (vocals) and Mauro Malgrande (shakuhachi) complete the list of gifted musicians on this album. "The Path Of White Clouds" begins with mysteriously hypnotic resonant drones on "The Quest". Deeper, more massive inner journey continues on "Ascension", this time remarkably enriched by expressive harmonic chants, an ecstatic journey that overlaps into the next grandiose composition, "Devotion", on which except Klaus Wiese and Mauro Malgrande all above mentioned appear. Beautifully immense and ethereal, and possibly the most mysterious piece on album, among others featuring also gloomy male and female voices and chants, definitely another highlight!!! Drifting on "The Living Mandala" is slowly evolving into more active level, ocassionally spiced by bells and also by hardly recognized processed shakuhachi. The next composition, "Enlightenment", is based around Mauro Malgrande's shakuhachi and synth washes by Klaus Wiese and Oophoi, peppered by some noises, deep, calm and meditative. Closing ghostly title opus, "The Path Of White Clouds", showcases masterful appearance of Klaus Wiese's zither, Mauro Malgrande's chants and Oophoi's electronics. Absolutely gorgeous and meditative journey from this strong line-up of highly acclaimed and talented artists. And kudos to Hypnos for reissuing this masterpiece, a must have for all die-hard aficionados of deep mysterious drones!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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