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Wow, Nunc Stans crossed with Nautic Depths, that sounds more than exciting!!! I stay tuned for this one too, Anthony... :)


Here is one picture of Christopher, taken from the website of Jim Cole/Spectral Voices.

Please note, on Jim Cole's website you can also download for free two albums of Expansion Project, one of them unreleased.


Thank you so much, Jim, for sharing this music with us!!!

Rest in peace and love, Chris!!!



Hi Anthony,

thank you so much for the latest news, I really look forward to "We Leave Everything Behind"!!! Just ordered, no need to listen to samples, I prefer to wait until the album arrives. And also the credibility of The Circular Ruins speaks for itself. The artwork looks very nice, including panoramic insert picture and I am sure the sonics will be as much attractive.

All the best and have a wonderful autumn time in Southern Ontario... :)


Thank you, Gigi, as always it was my great pleasure to write about your soundworlds!!! All the best and I keep my fingers crossed for you!!!


Thank you so much, Scott, for sharing with us these terribly sad news. It looks like shocking news within our ambient community keep on coming. I am in the same age as Chris and it's really sad to see talented people leaving us in this young age. I got in contact with Chris via e-mail through Greg few years ago, when searching for their co-work Thought Guild's "Continuum" album. I was lucky enough to be able to order this masterwork directly from Chris, so I am now a very proud owner of this album featuring even his personalized signature. This album will be always deeply treasured for me, just like their other "Context" album!!! Since then we remained in sporadic pen-pal contact.

My condolences for the family and friends. Thank you, Chris, you will be deeply missed, rest in peace and have a safe journey!!!


Here is my little review on the newest Oophoi CD, released by Databloem:

Oophoi "Il Silenzio Di Dio" CD

After highly treasured "Time Fragments" Box Set on Databloem's Practising Nature, here comes the new album by Oophoi (aka Gianluigi Gasparetti) on this Dutch label, recorded live in the Calabrian village of Archiaro in June of 2008. Gigi unfolds the journey with chasmal drones entitled "Bisbigli Di Angeli Tra Cielo E Terra Part 1" and spiced by distant cavernous voices while later singing bowls sneak into the drifts. Deep, mysterious and immersive, Oophoi droning at its finest! After transfering unnoticed into the next part of "Bisbigli Di Angeli Tra Cielo E Terra", the texture gets slightly more active, deeply transcendent meditative mind journey! "Lux Aeterna" belongs to more peaceful and tranquil compositions. "Le Acque Del Plenilunio" marks the return to abysmal territories, yet sounding quite organic and peppered by heartbeats on the background and rotating lively parts with various sound insertions and emerging ocassional angelic choir-like sounds. Magnificently effective 16-minute opus!!! Oophoi again at the very top of his craft painting mysteriously beautiful sceneries. To me, most likely one of the best pieces Gigi has ever made, grandióso!!! "Sognando La Grande Madre" moves to more driving and industrialized level with assorted echoed metallic sounds, singing bowls, with intense droning buzz and sonics reminiscent of chirping sounds of cicadas. This strange palette of colors easily reaches a kind of transcendental sonic experience! "Il Tempo Della Fine" floates on spatial waves with ethereal romantic piano tunes. Hauntingly warm and silent and quite relieving piece of music creating natural state of harmony. Title composition "Il Silenzio Di Dio" remains on the essential route with spiraling and echoed drifts, a closer filled with serenity and majesty! "Il Silenzio Di Dio" album is magnificently colorful sonic vision of this Italian drone virtuoso, but all pieces seem to bridge masterfully together into one incredible journey. As usual for latest Databloem releases, "Il Silenzio Di Dio" CD comes in nicely designed digi file packaging. Last, but most important, keep on fighting, Gigi!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 11, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

This is absolutely terrible and unexpected news, Barry will be deeply missed by his family, friends and our ambient community. We are losing talented and unique artist. I never met Barry personally, but I will always remember our pen-pal friendship and his music will always live in my heart!!! I own A Produce's complete discography, with some of them featuring Barry's personalized signature and all these CDs will be deeply treasured for me. Goodbye, Barry!!! My condolences to his family and friends.


Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Vidna Obmana - The Surreal Sanctuary
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:39:00 PM »
Yes, totally agree with you, combox!!! Big thanks to all labels who keep alive this physical format packaged in truly beautiful digipaks. Last 4 Hypnos CDs are great examples or the newest from Steve Roach by Projekt, "Quiet Music" 3CD digipak, or Erik Wĝllo "Silent Currents" 2CD. Once again, big thanks to all of you, guys!!!


Hi Tomas,

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


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!!!


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!!!


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... :)


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:

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


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.


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

Looking forward to all of them!!!


Here is the official announcement from Steve's website:

A must have!!!


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!!!


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)

"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... :)


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... :)


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