Possible possibilities, maybe, for 2010
A few other things to throw out there, just to tantalize people who like to hear about stuff like this, or maybe to garner some feedback of the "you MUST release that one" or maybe "no, the world does NOT need another M. Griffin CD!"
So, then. One possible release is the first in my own planned series of minimal/drone "sound environment" recordings, Aetherspace 1. This recording is mostly done, but as these things sometimes go, I feel pretty unmotivated to work on long-form minimalism at the moment, and may set this aside while pursuing some different ideas I've planned out as far as written notes, but not recorded yet. On the other hand (why does it always come down to one hand or the other?) I may just plow through and polish up this first one, release it on CD and then allow a bit of time to pass before starting on Aetherspace 2. Also, this was originally announced as a Hypnos Secret Sounds release, but if it does happen, it will be released on the main Hypnos label.
A few other possibilities out there, ranging from cool demos I've heard but haven't really talked to the artist yet about what they want to do with it, to interesting and promising collaborations between names well-known to Hypnos and those who read this Forum (but haven't heard the music yet), to partially-completed recordings that would need work before they'll be ready to release and it remains to be seen when that will happen. A few of these include:
An entire album was recorded and never edited, and just sat on the shelf, back around 2002 or so. The material is just as interesting as anything else we've released, but due to whatever was going on at the time in the lives of those involved, it just never finished cooking. We would like to put in a little surge of effort on editing and mastering this and release it, and we think people would enjoy it. It's not quite as entirely guitar as the new album Infinite In All Directions, but not quite as electronic-sounding as the first two studio albums.
Sense Project, aka Robert Logan
Just received a very nice demo from Robert whose Sense Project debut was released on Hypnos Secret Sounds not too long ago. We haven't discussed it much yet, but something may come of this. It's a bit more ambient, and less dynamic, than the prior 2-CD Sense Project debut.
Oophoi and Seren Ffordd
These two have a nearly-completed collaborative recording which I look forward to hearing, and I understand that Hypnos will at least be given a chance to hear it, though I don't know if there may be other labels interested in it as well. The album title is Martian Chronicles, obviously inspired by the Ray Bradbury book.
Oophoi and Paul Vnuk Jr.
Same thing applies here as to the Oophoi & Seren Ffordd above -- new project, nearly completed, and I've been told I'll get to hear it soon. It's called Zero Distance: The Dreamfields so obviously it has some relation to their prior collaboration, Distance To Zero, which was released on Hypnos.
Griffin and Oophoi
Lastly, a collaboration between myself and Oophoi has been in the works for a long while and it's up to me to make a go at editing down 2.5 hours worth of stuff into single CD length, then sharing with Oophoi (who initiated the project, providing sound clips which I looped and added to) what I've done, after which we'll decide if we need to add more material before this is finished. Most likely this would not be given precedence over the two Oophoi collaborations listed above, and I don't think it would make good sense to release three Oophoi collaborations within a short time, but if one or both of the above fell through for Hypnos, we might finish this one up and release it. This is probably the single least likely 2010 release of anything in this entry, though it definitely will be released at some point.
There may be other items out there on the "maybe horizon" but, as much as I'd love to get a new Jeff Pearce ambient album, or a new disc from Numina, or the previously-discussed Griffin & Numina collaboration, the items already listed are about as far as I'm willing to delve into speculation at this point. At least this gives a fairly good idea what we're looking forward to for the coming year.