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Re: Phaenon - His Master's Voice - new album out on Malignant Records
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2010, 08:58:46 AM »
The distribution gains momentum...
My album is now available at CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/Phaenon
in both physical and digital forms.
Also CDUniverse has it now: www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8244288

Malignant Records informed me that distros like Autarkeia, Soleilmoon, LOKI, Cold Spring, Crucial Blast,
Beast of Prey, Isolation Tank, Zoharum, and Midnight Prod have taken copies to date.
More to come later.


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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2010, 01:44:29 PM »
Another very interesting review:

http://defecationonthedivineradio.blogspot.com/2010/08/phaenon-his-masters-voice-malignant.html

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My first listens to this album were done under heavy prescription sedatives and it was exactly I’d expect from the novel that it’s based off of by Stanislav Lem. An absolute science fiction experience is captured perfectly in these drifting and minimal, yet undeniably expressive tracks, so beware of the power that lies beneath the barren sounding surface of this album. If you are not careful it will abduct you, then again if you are careful it will still capture your mind and render you submissive to its alien prowess.

Okay, maybe it was the sedated and intoxicated mindset that enabled me to drift off to sleep to this and imagine a world of pure machinery, the opening track “Neutrino Radiation” is close to 20 minutes of humming, almost like what I’d imagine floating through space would sound like as everything slowly approaches and recedes from view and the solar winds blow across your skin. The actual coldness of space in most spots away from suns, reaching as low as near 0K or -273.15 °C, is equally manifested in the tone found on here and your skin should tingle a bit during the listening experience. As relaxing and drifting as this may sound as you listen through it, it is as mysterious and sinister as it appears not to be.

For at least the first two tracks His Masters Voice is celestial, minimal, and void of any emotion whatsoever, then with the third of the four tracks, “Interstellar Semantics”, there’s a minor shift to slight melody, although very slight and a hint of labelmate, Phelios, can be heard here as whooshes of analog synth brush your mind like an astral breeze as you are suspended and weightless and the volume increases dramatically as if you are actually approaching to land on a distant planet or star.

This ideal science fiction soundtrack comes to a colossal end with the magnum “Part 2-Ignoramus”, another twenty-some minute trip as was the opening only this time it’s more dramatic. In fact this is the most dramatic piece on the album and serves as the perfect end to this ambient narrative. When I think of space music I definitely envision something like what Phaenon has delivered here. For me I see the math and concepts come to life that describes the quantum world and all of it’s quirky and abstract ideas and it finally starts to make sense to me for a brief moment as it really isn’t supposed to if one truly understands it (?). Some say to get stoned, turn on some trippy space music like Tangerine dream or some trippy obscure prog act (which helps me out) and then try to fathom quantum physics, but perhaps they should just avoid the mind altering substances and turn up the volume on this one instead.

Yet again Malignant releases an incredible celestial experience that is as close as I can get to an out-of-body experience. Next to Phelios, Collapsar, Iszoloscope/AhCamaSotz Camanecroscope, and Oophi, this is will be one of my stand out sci-fi ambient releases and a definite somnium accompaniment. You even feel like you’re in a vacuum as you listen to it, it’s really undeniably awesome and just as thrilling when not under doctors ordered sedatives.

Defintely check this act out and Malignants other essentially mind melting releases to pulse your neurons out of commission, and also the artwork as that is always one of the ebst parts and this album is no exception.
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Re: Phaenon - His Master's Voice - new album out on Malignant Records
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2010, 01:57:05 PM »
a lot of spam on this forum.

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Re: Phaenon - His Master's Voice - new album out on Malignant Records
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2010, 02:49:02 PM »
a lot of spam on this forum.
Spam!?
I'm not trying to sell V**gra here. Or love letters from Russian girls.
Or make a new tread every time I post about HMV.
Many forum members post news about their releases and reviews.
I suppose your posts about  new CD - "Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages" or "Erik Wřllo - Gateway" were not a spam?
If it was an info, this is an info, too.
Once you post info about YOUR music I will read it without complains...

Personally, I am quite happy people post news and updates about their music.
It's very niche genre, so it's hard to get fresh new information.
I think Hypnos forum is a great "hub" for this kind of exchange.

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Re: Phaenon - His Master's Voice - new album out on Malignant Records
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2010, 07:53:16 AM »

Szymon contributes here on the forum, as well as posting about his new album - thats cool in my book.
Others simply promote their own work or their label without taking part in the discussions here - thats not so cool.

For a listener / someone who hasn't released anything, it's perhaps difficult to see how eager an artist can be to promote their new work and if a
number of artists are doing it at the same time (which is usual) it could be seen as overkill. However, I think this here Hypnos forum is one of the
few informed places left to do it.

Yeah, there's a distinction between promoting and spamming - especially if there are 10 new releases a week coming from someone / somewhere.

cheers
Pete

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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2010, 04:32:28 AM »
Great Artwork!  It works really well with the Digipak format. Going to check out the samples. ;)
http://soundcloud.com/phobos-2
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
http://phobos-ambient.moonfruit.com/
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."Leopold Stokowski

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Re: Phaenon - His Master's Voice - new album out on Malignant Records
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2010, 04:43:53 AM »
That's a great review. Nice to read something with some thought and listening in it.

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« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2010, 08:34:52 AM »
That's a great review. Nice to read something with some thought and listening in it.

Thank you guys. Yes, I also like to read those kind of reviews, much better than like "basically, it's 30% Autechre, 50% Steve Roach, and 15% Robert Rich" stuff (BTW, not a real quote). No only of my stuff, but in general. As an author, I'd like to hear impressions, impact on someone's feelings. Don't we all? ;)

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« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2010, 08:44:23 AM »
Speaking of which, let me paste another great review from webzine Tokafi.com.
High quality writing about classical and experimental music, recommended.

http://www.tokafi.com/news/phaenon-his-masters-voice/
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Building better worlds: An acoustic space filled with tiny clues and references.

To anyone who grew up in the 80s, the term „master of the universe“ will hold slightly cheesy connotations. And yet, sonically speaking at least, that, in a nutshell, is Szymon Tankiewicz's  rather unusual profession. Already on his debut album „Submerged“, consisting of a single, over an hour-long track, the accompanying artwork and literary references revealed a fervent fascination for galactic quests and the endless expanses of space. Tankiewicz  wasn't trivially setting them to music. Rather, his interest was directed at the philosophical questions arising from human contact with infinity as well as from the physical and psychological implications of being exposed to the void. The album took a markedly idiosyncratic approach, dripping tiny drops of ink on a vast, yet sparsely populated canvas dimly lit by the distant lights of a million stars. There was no beginning to this journey, nor was there an end. But for exactly sixty six minutes, one was taken to the extremes of sensory deprivation, to a zone where every sound and each note seemed to convey messages of monumental importance. When online magazine Heathen Harvest reviewed the disc at the time, they aptly invented an entirely new category for it: Dark Ambient masterpiece.

Which poses the question of which new label to apply to „His Master's Voice“. Everything that held true for „Submerged“ is exponentially increased here, after all, including an array of paradoxes: The album offers both a stronger sense of composition as well as a more experimental approach. More supernaturally beguiling timbres and longer stretches of near-silence. More structure and more chaos. As a mystical counterpart to Douglas Adams' legendary world-construction-engineer Slartibartfast, Tankiewicz is erecting galaxies of scant harmony, whispering voices drawn from dark holes, entire solar systems filled with nothing but the faint echoes of symphonies played at a million lightyears' distance.  Even though the liner notes make no reference to the kind of equipment used at the sessions at the „Quantum Ontology Studio“, there is a clear analogue feeling to these rich, sonorous pieces revealing meticulous attention to detail and a penchant for awarding his colors distinct visual impressions: The first movement of the two-part title track isn't merely called „Neutrino Radiation“, it astoundingly sounds like it – if one forgets about the fact that scientifically speaking nothing in space can actually produce any sound at all, that is.

As on „Submerged“, there is a programmatic reference to a novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem from the late 60s. An even more depressive swan song to the possibility of meaningful communication with alien life than thematically related „Solaris“ (but perhaps slightly less coloured by the pitch black defeatism that marked Lem's epic late work „Fiasko“), Lem's homonymous book deals with a group of scientists trying – and failing - to make sense of a signal held to be  emanating from an extraterrestrial life form. Rather than translating this sequence of events to sound, Tankiewicz appears to be following the encrypted beacon to its source in an effort of decoding its (as a track title puts it) „Interstellar Semantics“. The score to „His Master's Voice“ can thus be considered an acoustic space filled with tiny clues and references, hints and hidden half-truths, possible links and scattered fragments. While the more tangible passages may, at first, present the most fertile ground for discoveries, the extended stretches of fearful quietude, when the entire orchestra is caught in the short blip between ex- and inhaling, may well yield more answers – if there are any at all.

Even though this implicit conceptual angle may present an additional attraction to the album for some, it never diverts attention from a fact of seminal importance: That „His Master's Voice“ is actually quite an emotionally sweeping experience. By ignoring durational aspects and the recognisable forms they imply, Tankiewicz is capable of culling new shapes from a vacuum: Glowing melodic dots appear against a backdrop of mutely humming nebulas. Rotational rhythms fall apart and dissolve into cosmic background radiation. A single note is repeated on end, hidden from hearing and then re-introduced, chopped up and split at the seams. On paper, this never amounts to much, but once you've floated through a metaphysical haze of pure sound for ten minutes, the genesis of a single short theme can seem like a life-changing event.

This is not an illusion. As befits a true master of the universe, Szymon Tankiewicz isn't just randomly juggling with stars. He's truly building better worlds with music.

By Tobias Fischer

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« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2010, 09:39:12 PM »
Nice review from August 2010 issue of Electroambient Space by Phil Derby
http://www.electroambientspace.com/

Szymon Tankiewicz returns with his dark ambient project Phaenon. His Master’s Voice is four lengthy forays into the depths inspired by St. Lem’s book of the same name. Formless billowing black ambient clouds emanate from part one of the title track, subtitled “Neutrino Radiation.” Unusual rumblings and vaguely industrial churning sounds are surprisingly soothing though certainly not intended for fans of more conventional music. There is no melody, no rhythm, no real structure. This is an album that is full of cool sounds to just trip out and get lost in while lying in a dark room alone. “Dark Energy” lives up to its name, even starker than its predecessor, more eerie and minimal, though with a restlessness as well. “Soul Virus – Interstellar Semantics” features a very cool metallic electronic sound breathing in and out, forming the foundation for the first half of the piece as various sonic textures surround it. A low growling drone serves as the backdrop for the latter half, equally cool. Part two of the title track, subtitled “Ignoramus”, closes the disc out with 24 more minutes of exploring every dark corner and crevice of sound, a bit more experimental and varied than the other three. This album is highly recommended for those who enjoy the dark side of ambient.

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« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2010, 06:43:54 PM »
John Shanahan, aka Hypnagogue, was so kind to review my album, too. Thank you John!
http://hypnagoguereviews.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/phaenon-his-masters-voice/

Many dark ambient CDs look to take their listeners by force, launching a grim, grinding gnash of an assault, tearing open a psychic wound and ripping a response straight out of their chest. On his new release, His Master’s Voice, the artist called Phaenon takes a far more insidious approach. After the first few raspy, sharp-edged minutes of the opening track, “His Master’s Voice, Part 1: Neutrino Radiation,” the heavily layered sounds begin to resonate cautiously, the frequency slowly matching the listener’s own, pulling them in until the two achieve a sort of sonic symbiosis that lasts for the rest of the disc. Having established that resonance, Phaenon takes his sounds and digs into and dredges out the darkest corners of the mind, loosening what’s there and holding it up for the listener to see. It’s as effective as any good dark ambient work, but in this listener’s opinion, the difference and the improved listenability is in the approach, the subtlety of sound involved. It elevates the experience by not fully alienating the listener. It’s an isolationist work, but it’s understandably isolationist.

His Master’s Voice is built around hesitantly shifting greyscale drones, thick, solid and weighty. The majority of sounds rise up from the lowest end of the scale, all the better to resonate you with, and Phaenon easily shifts from wall-of-sound density to well-thought-out sparcity.There are only four tracks here, the shortest clocking in at over 12 minutes, so there is plenty of time to cut yourself adrift and just be in Phaenon’s textures and constructs.

Kudos also have to go out to cover artist Eric Lacombe http://monstror.blogspot.com/. His dark style, which reminds me a lot of artist/comic book illustrator Dave McKean, fits the tone of this disc perfectly. Disturbing, but imbued with a strange beauty from which you can’t look away.

Available from Malignant Records.

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« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2010, 07:07:14 PM »
*bump*


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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2010, 07:57:09 PM »
you should bump this thread little bit more often :)

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« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2010, 08:04:27 PM »
you should bump this thread little bit more often :)

Hehe, I don't have to. You do it just perfectly for me.  ;D
Returning the favor I may bump one of your threads.
How about Steve Roach new album announcement?