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Some news that might be of interest here on Hypnos over yonder in the land of rM...

the summer solstice festival
new darrell burgan / palancar album - broadcast on tonight
albums from elpa, runningonair, feedback loop, dataobscura

Everything and Nothing / Happy Birthday, Scott M2!
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:52:03 AM »
Happy Birthday, Scott!

If anyone is near the French Riviera...    a big ambient festival is happening:


The festival will take place in the French Riviera between Toulon and Saint Tropez in the Maures’ mountains. A lush and green setting, it’s a wild life sanctuary just a few kilometres behind the sea shore.

Ambiosonic : concept
  Ambiosonic festival is Ambient music's synergy with all art forms : exhibitions, decorations, exaltations of body and soul, and activities stimulating all our five senses. Spiritually guided by ecological practices and in full respect of the environment it is a unique event for both man and nature's well being.

  On the musical side, the worldly diversity of all ambiant types of music (music without an emphasized beat) enables a rich fusion of sounds and rythms, synthetic as well as ethnic; an invitation to a universe full of journeys. Hemispheric octophonic sound diffusion (spatial sound technic) will reinforce this spellbounding atmosphere.

  The stage appearances are limited to small bands playing on stage as well as in the public, interpratations and performances in a surprizing and original evolution.

  Illustrated by varied visual projections, artistic exhibitions, multiple decorative landscapes and craft stalls transporting us way out of the daily world.

  Bodily care and spriritual awakening initiation workshops and demonstrations, diffused evolutive aromatic fragrances throughout the location site contributing to the emotional exaltation of our five senses.

  Ecological associated principle : practical demonstrations of alternative solutions, biodiversity and local implementation, reduced impact environmental activities, biological culture food and drinks unite to create a most unique harmony

I'm very happy to announce Richard Roberts joined Relaxed Machinery and plans to release an album later this summer or fall.   

We also added two other tremondous artists...  Robert Scott Thompson and Lowell Leven-Sims in the last couple months.

Please stop by the rM community and read about them!

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Bennett Robot Works
« on: June 01, 2011, 09:21:08 AM »
[note - if you already read this over on rM.ning - it's a repost - but I wanted to share these awesome sculptures here, too!]

I just stumbled across this site today - these are truly awesome works of art.  I will definitely be mining this site for our rM "birthday robots"!  Well worth looking around - there are pages and pages of the hand built robot scultpures.


Bennett Robot Works

These robot sculpures, created by Gordon Bennett, are made from a mixture of found objects which are both old and new.  The parts are found in various places including garbage dumps, basements, construction sites, and garage sales.

They are insprired by Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy whose visions of the "Modern Age" helped shape industrial design of the 40's and 50's.

The materials are wood, metal, bakelite, glass, plastic, rubber, and paint.  Each robot is a unique, one-of-a-kind scupture and receives it's own numbered metal tag as proof it's an authentic Bennett Robot works robot.

Each robot takes about a month to build. They range in heidght from 14" to 25".  There are no moving or battery operated parts.

They are not meant to be a toy.

New robots are always in the works so pleave visit us again.

Everything and Nothing / A day brightener - slice of life moment.
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:59:15 AM »
(I posted this to rM.ning also)

I'm in line at Subway and a lady in front of me is hem-hawing over what to get. She decides on a turkey sandwich - then at the last minute goes "what's a subway club?" - "ok - I'll get that instead" - she then leans over to me grabs my shoulder and says "I'm so sorry I just can't make up my mind sometimes! You're going to regret getting behind me" in a cute semi-southern voice.

I order.

She's picking out veggies - slowly - she apologizes again - and I say something like "I'm in no rush - take all the time you want" - and she says - "oh sheesh - my sons they would have bolted for the door by now! You know I'd say when you get to be my age of 65 you start forgetting things and can't make up your mind anymore - but I was like this when I was 20! You know my son is 40 and I've had lymphoma for so long - it's amazing..." There must have been some other sentence in there as a transition to the cancer comment - but maybe not - I can't remember... anyway...

And I said - "well, I'm 40 and my mom had lymphoma" - she caught the "had" and said "oh I'm so sorry you lost your mom" -

And I said "it's ok it's been a long, long time" - and she said " I should have been dead many years ago but I seem to have gotten lucky - the form of non-hodgkins lymphoma I have isn't that aggressive" and I told her mom had non-hodgkins lymphoma also and got it in 1986 and passed away in 1992.

It was simply the cutest totally random conversation and brightened my day considerably. I explained how mom worked for Life Flight at St. Francis and helped people newly diagnosed with cancer.

And then we wished each other a good day.

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / The Haunted Stick
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:27:17 AM »
I was just remembering the Haunted Stick thread and years of references to it - wow - what was that 7 or 8 years ago?   Not in the forum anymore obviously due to new forum software and such  - but I have to admit - the haunted stick still cracks me up.


p.s.  It was an ebay ad that someone found - possibly Jesse / Numina - and it just became a regular joke here for a long time.   Stupid stupid joke - but it still makes me smile!

original post includes links, art, music:



[PS024] Cinchel – paginated overflow


[These are simply off the cuff remarks about the album as I listen. I am not a reviewer, simply a fan and fellow musician.]


I'm listening to this album for the second time today - and it's one of those moments where I go, wow, this is a great album.  The music is built up from guitar, pedals, and laptop - and there's such a great feeling to these pieces.  The first track is denser and 'moves' more than the other two...  with layers and layers of drones, texture, saturation, distortion, delays - all used in a very moving and enjoyable way.


Track two settles into a quieter more minimal more focused drone.  Deep tones ease us into the beginning - the distortion and echoes and over saturation making this feel so deep, so alive.  Pushing to the point of feedback and clipping - what might be flaws elsewhere on a different album - are *perfection* here.


The last track of this album is a wonderful ending... it begins not with huge drones, but with echoes in a lovely melody.  With the looping feedback of the echoes swelling up behind the melody... this is a sublime piece.  As the melody dissolves into ever growing drones - it keeps drawing me in until a slow fade...


I can't recommend this album enough if you love guitar based ambient or drones.   This is a free to download release.


Highly recommended.


    INFO from the Public Spaces Lab below:

[PS024] Cinchel – paginated overflowBy
PublicSpaces Lab
Published: March 18, 2011Posted in: ReleasesTags: ambient, cinchel, dense music, guitar, paginated overflow

Release Summary and Player

Artist: Cinchel

 Album: paginated overflow

Album Art: Rita Monteiro @ The Lab
Picture by: JS Pad (via Flickr under a CC License)
Enconding: Jordi Urriaque @ The Lab
PublicSpaces Lab logo by Fernando Mateus


[PS024] Cinchel - paginated overflow by PublicSpacesLab


Flac Edition: Zip file (188.9 MB)
MP3 Edition 320Kbs: Zip file (101.1 MB)

Release Details

And then spring came

And it was Sunday morning

And a feeling of laziness invaded the air

As though a moment in time quiet

With birds singing and waves crashing by

Welcome stillness

Slowly building a stream of glitches and low and high pitches


Cinchel in his “paginated overflow” ep builds a lazy album where each sound being added takes its time to be introduced and then claim is presence with sharpness. Pads, strings and glitches come and go in harmony but if you listen closely a controlled chaotic conversation between the elements can be identified, much like birds dialoguing. Paginated Overflow by Cinchel, is the latest addition to PublicSpaces Lab’s releases. Enjoy the welcoming of spring.

Leonardo Rosado

About Cinchel, in his own words:

“I am a Chicago based musician working with guitar, effects and laptop to create abstract ambient music that is both minimal and dense. My main focus has been the interaction of sounds/notes with themselves. When I began playing guitar at the age of 17 I practiced this idea using solo guitar and a simple delay, influenced by the guitar playing of The Edge (from U2). After a few years I was finally able to afford a simple 4-track and I began exploring the effect of layering guitars and adjusting the tape speed to produce interference and dissonance. It was at this point I started listening to the music of Glen Branca and Rhys Chatham and could hear the beauty that was an ensemble of guitars, where the whole ensemble was a large instrument that stopped sounding like a guitar. With only the use of delay, layering and distortion I attempt to make a lot of guitars no longer sound like guitars. I have avoided the use of MIDI patches/samples and advanced software like Max/MSP mostly because I would rather spend my time playing guitar than learning to program. I like to call this minimal dense music for that reason.”

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[FbL013] Bernadette Erikka - Lie With Care


[These are simply off the cuff remarks about the album as I listen. I am not a reviewer, simply a fan and fellow musician.]


Lie With Care:  Oh my!  Now this is piano!  Interesting.  At times it seems to be one live recording - and then at times I think it's two recordings overtop of each other - although I could see being able to play this live.  Beautiful.   There are two sorts of layers to this track playing against one another - one is seeming relaxing in the lower registers... and then the melody in the upper register is more animated and lends itself to a bit more of racing thoughts... which in my mind seems to work nicely juxtaposing the idea of trying to relax with racing thoughts.  Serious talent here.

Night-Time Journey:  Continuing with piano - quite a nice delay on the piano here.  Wow, Bernadette can play.  This develops so nicely - I have to really recommend this album if you even remotely enjoy piano music!

I'm not sure if I can add much more to this mini review... once again the playing is excellent, with feeling and care.  Beautifully played, beautifully composed.  There are three more tracks - and all are truly worth your time to hear!

Bernadette's playing is exquisite.  This album needs to be heard if you enjoy piano, ambient, or modern classical. Granted, piano is my first musical love so maybe I'm a touch biased... but regardless of that:


Highly recommended.


   INFO from the Feedback Loop label below:


[FbL013] Bernadette Erikka - Lie With Care


When my good friend Leonardo Rosado asked me to write some introduction notes to the new Bernadette Erikka’s EP “Lie with care”, I accepted with pure enthusiasm.
And this for several reasons, beside my friendship with Leonardo: FbL netlabel is continuously improving the quality of its releases and the services they provide to artists is much more than a link from which you can download the albums and of course, the curiosity to listen to Bernadette’s work, a pianist (my field!) as well.
Reading the bio in her website, you may discover that Bernadette interests in arts are not only limited to music: she keeps following different paths, including painting, graphics and writing. So my curiosity grew once I read about this “total” artist, who was about to release “Lie with care” EP on one of my favourite netlabel.

“Lie with care” is far away from being a mere “short EP” as the artist humbly says – the total length of the 5 tracks (more than 30 minutes), entitles it to be considered a full album, with its own, clear and strong personality. This is the first adjective I had while listening to the first track of the EP: personality.

Bernadette’s style, far away from being labeled as “common” or “mainstream”, consists, at a first glimpse, in a restless stream of piano notes, that keep falling like water drops in the ocean, during a heavy rainy day.

Digging into her musical world is not something you may do at the first listen: the musician, I think, wants you to give time to appreciate her music, listening to it again and again in order to discover the underlying beauty of her musical lines.

This is the advice I want to give you: take time to listen to this “Lie with care” EP, possibly without any other distractions, and you’ll find yourself surprised in slowly discovering and recognizing this artist inner musical ideas, that flow through the whole album as rich, fresh and vivid rivers… Just like it happened to me!

Fabrizio Paterlini
Short Biography
Bernadette Erikka is a digital musician & performer who creates original music, soundscapes/sound environments. Following her family's rich artistic traditions she has been active in several artistic fields including painting & graphics, writings and singing/composing. She has extensive educational background in art history, graphics, new media, sound art, piano, flute and singing. She is active as a musician.since 2010. Her recent works include video soundtracks, theme songs, game music and dark ambient chillout music. She does voice-overs and other performances too. Bernadette Erikka works solo and in collaborations too.

For the record: Bernadette was born in 1983, studied at the Moholy N.L. Art Studio and Haifa University, among others, competed in chess won a newspaper title competition and she is also an avid ping-pong player.

mastered by madSavVy Productions
photo by Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen
cover design by Leonardo Rosado
(cc) by nc nd April 2011

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[FbL012] luca nasciuti - temporali

[These are simply off the cuff remarks about the album as I listen. I am not a reviewer, simply a fan and fellow musician.]

Ivory:  Immediately drawn to the processed piano notes.  The screech of what may be violin bowing sounds or similar works perfectly.  Rumbling underneath.  Beautiful in a challenging way.  Feedback, controlled, directed.  Wow - this is well done.  Ok - deep bowing here - cello?  It's so beautiful amidst the background cacophony.

Pan~: Quieter windy airy opening... a bit darker here.  Liking this.  Moody.   I'm losing the mood for this at the moment - I like it - but let's move on for now.   (note to Har - check out this album for airplay on your show... and also to John / Sadayatana.)

Elegy: Ok - this is hitting the spot so far.  A more mellow and melencholy beginning.  Quiet, drone.  Building.  Little bits and pieces peeking above the drone.  Layers of drones now... I think I hear the violin or cello type instrument. Lovely sound mingling in with the tension of the music.

I recommend this album - especially if you like your music a little more challenging and sparse.   I will definitely be listening again when I'm more "in the mood" for this.  It's excellently crafted.


    INFO from the Feedback Loop label below:

[FbL012] luca nasciuti - temporali


Luca Nasciuti’s compositions are musical events, unfolding in time, much like natural phenomena. They conjure a world of glacial motion, of ebb and flow: evolving sound-worlds with their own biotic life span.
Each of these three new tracks deploys a sparing combination of timbres to evoke its unique musical milieu. Pan~ combines surging waves of white noise with occasional tintinnabulations, underpinned by a subliminal, granular murmur. This same sound— a sort of cosmic background radiation—permeates both Ivory and Elegy, each of which features the filigree scrapings and dissonant drones of the cello, Nasciuti’s instrument of choice. These fragments of sound index the musical soul of the instrument, its propensity for crepuscular melancholy. Elegy has an aptly sepulchral atmosphere, wrapped in the cello’s warm string vibrations, and intermittently casting off brief harmonic flutters. The track coalesces into and concludes with a hesitantly bowed cadenza, and this peroration to the tentative musical gesture is taken up by the first track, Ivory, in which sweeping sonar pulses punctuate a dense patchwork of hammered, scraped and legato cello sounds, with mesmerizing results.

There are possible comparisons to be made between Nasciuti’s music and that of other contemporary experimental sound artists, but for anyone wishing to explore this beguiling composer’s work, these are merely signposts that fail to give a real sense of the distinctive nature of his sound world. Tactile and immersive, and with a highly organic sense of duration, Nasciuti’s music enchants and captivates, gradually drawing the listener into its compelling and convincing universe.

Jonathan Gilhooly

Short Biography
Luca Nasciuti is a London based composer trained in electroacoustic composition, classical music, visual and performing arts. His work spans from installation, to video and performance art, focusing on the legacy between acoustic and electroacoustic sound, and the interplay of sonic and visual practices within site-specific contexts. He has been granted residencies for solo and collaborative projects in the UK and he is exhibiting and performing his works throughout Europe.

mastered by madSavVy Productions
photo by Alejandro Herrero Casajús
drawing by Luca Nasciuti
cover design by Leonardo Rosado
(cc) by nc nd April 2011

If you're interested - a longer minimal techno track of mine and a breakdown of the three main tracks that make up the song - and the two smaller samples to pop in now and then:

Doug passes away on Tuesday.  You may know him from his Lily Pond Orchestra releases or in StillStream chat.  For more information -

Ok - I realize I'm posting this to Hypnos - but of course, everyone here is welcome to post over at rM for this.   Here's what I sent to all members of rM this morning.   

Greg / eyes cast down has come up with a wonderful idea - to celebrate Lisa Gerrard's 50th birthday kind of like we did for Steve Roach.  I think it's safe to say a ton of us were Dead Can Dance fans at one point... and her soundtrack and solo work has been exceptional.  I still get goosebumps from side 2 of "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun"... oh my what an album side!
Read more about it and post your message to Lisa!
Her birthday is April 12th - try to post before the 10th as Greg is going to contact Lisa's webmaster at that time.
My sincere thanks to Greg for coming up with this idea and making it happen!

I just finished our latest Feature on the brilliantly talented pop star, Ke$ha. Please check the front page for some information about her life and career. I know she's greatly influenced many of todays finest ambient musicians.

Please stop by and visit:


p.s.  It's also Kati Astraeir, Max Corbacho, and Armin Doerfler birthday today - and Hanne Adam / adamned.age birthday tomorrow!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Redoing my studio
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:24:07 PM »
I'm going through a fairly major (for me at least) redo of my studio.   In order to do my studio - we have to redo several other things first.   Last weekend was my wife's closet  - this weekend was my closet - and next weekend will be a lot of shelving.   Of course a ton of purging, letting go of stuff, rearranging, moving closet organizers that are screwed into walls, cutting closet rods, painting, and all that is all involved. 

Long range goal is for my studio to be more open, efficient, usable, and ultimately - to try to treat the room to be more accurate to monitor audio in.   Due to the small bungalow we live in - there's only so far I can go without building an addition to the house... LOL.

Instead of posting everything twice... 

I've posted everything on my blog over on rM:

If you're a member there - please just post over there.   If you're not a member there - feel free to post over here - just to totally confuse things! 


I realized I haven't spammed you guys in a long time and thought you might be feeling left out.  ;-)

Note - if you go to - all 11 albums are along the left side, each links you to full artwork, description, preview tracks, extras, buy links, etc...  releases are available in download and CDR formats - and coming soon, flac.

.: Relaxed Machinery Artists – sleepMODE [rM_0009]

2+ hours of music from:

Max Corbacho
Steve Brand
åpne sinn
Beta Cloud
Benjamin Dauer
Bob Ohrum
I’ve Lost
Leonardo Rosado
Beed and Fascia
Chris Russell
John Koch-Northrup

.: Bob Ohrum – Subliminal Listening [rM_0014]

This album is my love of my home in audio form.

.: I’ve Lost – Scáth M’anam [rM_0010]

Scáth M’anam is a Gaelic phrase, which can be translated as “Shadow of My Soul”.

.: åpne sinn – espiritista [rM_0015]

By turns drifting and ethereal then beat driven, this debut recording spans many musical types and genres.

Thank you!

John K-N
owner / artist
Relaxed Machinery - organic .: ambient :. techno

relaxed machinery community
a creative community supporting ambient music, art, poetry, photography...

Everything and Nothing / Jim Brenholts birthday today
« on: March 04, 2011, 05:49:46 AM »
It's weird logging into facebook and seeing that it's Jim Brenholts birthday today.   A few people wished him a happy birthday wherever he is... and I thought I'd add my birthday wish here since this is where I knew him most.   

Happy Birthday, Jim - miss ya, buddy.   



[UPDATE! Tange is starting an hour early and expanding to 5 hours!]
Tange has agreed to dedicate his 4 hour show this coming Friday to the 3 new releases on Relaxed Machinery this year.
Please join us in the chat room!  As many of the artist that can make it will be there (rM is a global label and 5 pm central time here in the US is a very non-exciting time in Finland...  grin!)  - jkn

Tange will be playing these three albums in their entirety!  Please go to to read about each and hear previews.

I've Lost - Scáth M'anam

Various Artists - Relaxed Machinery: sleepMODE

åpne sinn - Espiritista

Time: March 4, 2011 from 5pm to 10pm Central US time.
Website or Map:
Event Type: release, party
Organized By: jkn and Tange


Other Ambient (and related) Music / rM Community News - Hypnos Featured!
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:27:29 AM »

Only posting this here because this week we're featuring Hypnos.   I normally send out updates of what's going on in the community about every other day - sometimes more sometimes less.

There's a lot of new community activity! Really well worth skimming all the way down if you have time!

Member of the day is Michael Meara / Somnarium. Working in "cold void space ambience or the warmer currents of classical ambient drift".  Check out the front page!

Feature of the Week is the Hypnos label and store.  Hypnos has been a favorite of mine for over a decade!  Check the front page and scroll down a bit.

James Johnson has proposed a "derivative works" project based from the stems from his original recordings of many of his albums. This is such an exciting community project getting underway!

Feedback Loop is about to release [FbL010] Brave New World Compilation - featuring a who's who list of amazing talent!  Heck, Leonardo even let me be on it even though I'm not a who's who!  (LOL!)   Leonardo (Subterminal) has posted a "making of":

Jennifer H. Allison wrote a poem about the passing of Lucette Bourdin:

I wrote about why the site site is changing and why you temporarily (!) can't change your profile page background and colors:

Aaron Jasinski has posted a hello blog with his album, Humidity to stream:

Mysterybear has released Garage Drone + remixes:

>>> NEW FORUM SECTION: Classifieds / Gear for Sale <<<
James Johnson has a TC M3000 for sale now

Shane Morris has posted live video of Moscovitz, Waltzer, Manganero, Creek, and Morris - check the Video section!

Greg M (Eyes Cast Down) has done an exclusive interview with Steve Roach posted to the rM label website:

I had no idea Greg was working on this!   Great interview.


p.s.  I was going to add this to my "Steve's Birthday" thread but figured there were probably a lot more people interested in an interview with him - so made it a separate post.

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