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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 09, 2011, 09:40:25 AM »
Yes, I agree with Julio, it's always very exciting to receive some nicely looking (and sounding too... :)) digipak by AirMail. To me, it's a piece of art, many times featuring personalized signature of the artist, I have to feel it in my hands, open it, load it into my CD player and taking the journey. I simply need this kind of ritual. This can't be beaten by any downloads, no matter how they sound like and how nice they look on my screen. Just hitting some buttons on my keyboard or mouse to select music from thousands of titles, no, thanks, this is nothing for me. Maybe I am too old (but not that old... :)) to accept all these new technologies, but this is how I feel about the music. But of course I will always respect the choice of all those who are taking the download route.

Richard

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I hope you guys are enjoying it, can't wait for it too. I have to be more patient since I live in Europe, but I keep an eye on my mailbox...

Richard

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Herion - Out and About
« on: January 09, 2011, 03:03:30 AM »
The end of the year could not have bring more beautiful album than Herion's "Out and About". Paul has already expressed his feelings on this CD, so I hope I won't bother you too much with my feelings even if I am not a reviewer nor musician, just a big fan and collector... :)

Herion "Out And About" CD

For me, this is like "dreams came true" project, because it features Enrico Coniglio and Emanuele Errante who are resoponsible for some remarkable ambient solo albums released during the last few years, with some guest appearances of Elisa Marzorati, highly respected pianist. Now these three extremely talented musicians are teamed up in Herion project and landing on Hypnos. You can't go wrong with that, but I think this collaboration was as much exciting and challenging also for Hypnos as it marks new direction for this label thanks to Herion's ambient strongly influenced by classical music with the use of many acoustic instruments. Even if quite new territory to Hypnos, it fits more than perfectly to them. Thanks to virtuosity of all three members plus highly notable performance on viola by Piergabriele Mancuso, "Out And About" is absolutely beautiful, evocative, intimate and warm collection of compositions masterfully bridging filigree acoustics with gentle amount of electronics and field recordings. Perfectly crafted in every detail and even if quite minimalistic at times, always very expressive and effective in keeping the attention of each listener during the each of 46 minutes. The opening "Oxg" immediately elevates the album into untouchable heights and will never step down during the next 9 compositions. Absolutely splending mix of piano, viola, harmonica, melodica, rainstick with some synthesized sounds. Angelic beauty is not measurable, but it's certainly called "Oxg". Just the same could be said on melancholic "Lindos". Dreamy "Cab", "One Minute After The Sunset" and "The Earth" recall all your hidden memories while "Moske Orgulje" and "The Hanging Glacier" get more darker and tense. Cheerful "Two Minutes To Sunrise" and moody "Risvegli" and "Solo" close the album with all their tranquillity. I already used a lot of superlatives, but I still don't get enough when listening to this sonic pleasure, Herion can be easily described after Suspended Memories as another "Ambient Supergroup" and Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati are the rising stars of ambient genre and bringing some new fresh wind to it. A pure masterwork!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2011 outlook
« on: January 08, 2011, 02:38:20 AM »
Thank you, Mike, for all updates and cover art versions. I am ready too!!! Personally, I prefer more old version of "Intangible", as 9dragons said, it fits better the title. About "Avatara" I am not decided which one to prefer... Nebulae's cover art is perfect. Anyway, I hope the new releases will be as much beautiful as Herion's "Out and About".

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 08, 2011, 02:10:42 AM »
As one of the Hypnos customers and big collectors I am in the 200-300 range mentioned by Mike, so I really hope the CDs will be around for ages to come even if the labels or artists can make only a smaller profit. Therefore the otions 1 and 3 are much more prefered by myself, but it's also depended on the prices with option 3. If the prices will go to some extremes, then this product might be available only to some rich collectors. Most likely in this case I will be forced to make decision what to buy and what to leave. Hopefully this won't happen and I will be able to afford this product or most of them as a serious fan and collector. Regarding the option 2, I agree with Mike/Altus, but I hope I won't be forced to deal with this option in the future. In any case, I am very thankful to Hypnos and to all other labels and artists who keep on releasing music on CD format and trying to find the best possible way in this situation. Thank you so much for all your passion and belief, and please keep on going!!!

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best Releases of 2010
« on: January 07, 2011, 10:24:02 AM »
Hi friends,

greetings from Slovakia!!! Here is my "Best of 2010" list in alphabetical order, can't make it shorter... :(

Alio Die "Tripudium Naturae" CD
Alio Die & Zeit "Il Giardino Ermeneutico" CD
Alpha Wave Movement "Cosmic Mandala" CDr EP
Andrew Lahiff "Cosmic Archeology" CDr
Brian Parnham "The Broken Silence" CD (remastered)
Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow "Cromo" CD
Byron Metcalf, Dashmesh Khalsa & Steve Roach "Dream Tracker" CD
Chad Kettering "Voices Of The Ancients" CD
Cymphonic & Vintage H "Post Mortem Investigations" CD
David Helpling • Jon Jenkins "The Crossing" CD
David Parsons "Akash" CD
Enrico Coniglio "Salicornie: Topofonie Vol. 2" CD
Enrico Coniglio Feat. Manuel P. Cecchinato / Massimo Liverani "Sea Cathedrals" CD
False Mirror "Derelict World" CD
Herion "Out And About" CD
Mathias Grassow & Tomas Weiss "Electric Angels" CD
Mathias Grassow & Tomas Weiss "Farewell - In Hommage To Klaus Wiese" CD + CDr
Robert Rich "Ylang" CD
Rudy Adrian "Distant Stars" CD
Steve Brand "Circular Scriptures" CDr
Steve Roach "Live At Grace Cathedral" 2CD
Steve Roach & Mark Seelig "Nightbloom" CD
The Circular Ruins "Invisible Cities" CDr
The Winterhouse "Sanctuary" CDr

Have a wonderful 2011!!!

Richard


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Nice cover artwork, Anthony!!! I can't wait to explore the sonics, so I just did my pre-order with Tomas. All the best... :)

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Christmas and New Year wishes
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:13:54 PM »
Dear friends,

I am wishing to everyone at Hypnos Forum a wonderful Christmas time and a New Year full of peace, joy and happiness. And lots of great ambient music too :)!!!

Richard

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:10:56 PM »
Hi Mike,

thanks for the great news with confirmation of 4 new Hypnos CDs for early 2011!!! Just in time under the Christmas tree even if news only... :) The line-up and the new packaging, together it sounds exciting, I will keep my ears ready. All the best to you & Lena, have an enjoyable and peaceful holiday season!!!

Richard

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Nice work, Tobias!!! A really enjoyable journey during these winter days.

Richard

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Hi Stan !!!

Thank you so much for your announcement, excerpts on Databloem sound absolutely exciting, it looks like another masterwork from Cymphonic, great work from you and your father!!! I am looking forward to ordering it from Dennis. Friendly greetings from Slovakia!!!

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New Dog Story
« on: December 10, 2010, 04:01:49 PM »
It's a really great to be a part of this community that includes such wonderful persons like you, Wayne!!! After you will finish your beers with Bill, come over to Europe, Slovakia and we will raise a glass together too... :)

Richard

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Herion - Out and About
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:20:37 AM »
Mike, thank you for the podcast and shame on me that I have been overlooking this release until now. I only have to agree with yours and Paul's words, a really beautiful, tranquil and quite unique piece of music during these days within ambient genre (nice digipak too!!!). A very peaceful and graceful sonic journey to calm the mind. Definitely on my upcoming Hypnos shopping list!!!

Yes, also Enrico's co-work with Oophoi, Aqua Dorsa was really exceptional piece of music. Mike, maybe you should think about bringing into Hypnos store few other Enrico's releases, most of them dedicated and influenced by the magical city of Venice and its lagoon. Much more eclectic than "Out and About" or "Cloudlands" for example, but worth of attention.

In any case, thank you so much for releasing this wonderful album!!!

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sans Serif (Forrest Fang) update
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:42:29 PM »
Yes, I am looking forward to your future releases too, thank you for the updates, Forrest!!!

Richard

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Finally, it was necessary, thanks, Mike!!!

Richard

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 05, 2010, 06:46:33 AM »
Yes, nicely looking studio, Julio! Thanks for the pictures and informations. Can't wait for your future projects and releases, keep on going and ciao!!!

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jonn Serrie = FOX News reporter?
« on: December 05, 2010, 06:39:21 AM »
No, this can't be the same guy. Only if Jonn underwent some aesthetic plastic surgery... :)

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Peter Challoner
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:55:59 AM »
Hi Darren,

thank you very much for spreading the word on Peter Challoner. Extracts on Soundcloud sound very interesting, Peter's work deserves to be explored. Please keep on investigating and informing!!!

Richard

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Amongst Myselves - Fragments
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:59:02 PM »
Hi Steve,

nice to see you on this forum and thank you for updates on your newest "Fragments" CD. I really look forward to receive my order and explore your soundworlds!!! In the meantime I am enjoying your interview with Bert, nice work guys!!! All the best and have a nice summer time Down Under.

Richard

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Yes, I can only agree with Vlad, "Derelict World" is a true piece of art, both musically and visually, collector's dream!!! Tobias, thank you so much for this journey and my best congratulations to you as well as to all others involved in making this exciting release. Easily gets to my Best of 2010 list too. And I hope to solve the quest one day...

Richard

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