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RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« on: March 09, 2011, 04:50:08 PM »
Artist: NebulŠ
Title: The Path of White Clouds
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)




Hypnos is pleased to reissue this classic ambient album first released by the Stella Maris label. NebulŠ (previously known as "Nebula") is an European ambient supergroup of sorts, featuring Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Lorenzo Pierobon, Luna, and Mauro Malgrande. This is a beautiful, ethereal and abstract ambient recording, which certainly deserved greater attention than it received prior to the demise of Stella Maris, which existed only long enough to release two Nebula albums. That first release was a limited edition CDR but our reissue is a professionally manufactured CD in a beautiful digipak with new graphics.

The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.

In the years since this album was released, Oophoi has grown from just another new practitioner of ambient music to a recording artist as respected and well-loved as any other. We at Hypnos have released other Oophoi works such as Athlit, and his collaboration with Paul Vnuk Jr. (of Ma Ja Le), Distance to Zero. We also have an upcoming release The Martian Chronicles by Oophoi with Seren Ffordd. Usually we focus on releasing new projects, but sometimes a significant early work becomes completely unavailable. In a case such as this, the material strong enough taht we're sure listeners will feel it compares favorably with anything recorded since. The Path of White Clouds deserves to be heard.

Track list with MP3 samples
1 The Quest 4:00 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-01.mp3
2 Ascension 10:36 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-02.mp3
3 Devotion 13:25 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-03.mp3
4 The Living Mandala 9:15 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-04.mp3
5 Enlightenment 16:20 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-05.mp3
6 The Path of White Clouds 11:16 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-neb-powc-06.mp3

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 05:36:42 PM »
Since the digipak is a new thing for Hypnos, and not everybody has seen our recent Herion release, I made some pictures of the interior and exterior of the package. We also did something different thing time, with a white surface on the CD itself beneath the text, rather than the usual uncoated silver disc.



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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 01:38:29 AM »
Yes, agree with Seren, nice digipak, good job, Mike!!! I think I prefered more uncoated silver disc, but no problem with accepting this one. Maybe the white surface fits better the album title. In any case, I will be ordering it very soon.

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 02:48:50 AM »
Ordered. It's been a long wait.  :)
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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 09:34:28 AM »
Looks great! I like the wrap-around "path" of the clouds.

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 10:07:10 AM »
Thanks for the comments, everyone. I think it turned out great, and I'm further convinced that the switch to digipaks was a good move for us.
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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 10:14:10 PM »
Think I know what I'll be asking for for my birthday this month. Excellent release, Mike, thank you for your work. And since I've pretty much sworn off jewel case purchases, I am very pleased with the new format.

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 08:59:20 PM »
Got my copy a few weeks back, & this is a brilliant release.

It's up there with one of my favourites.

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2011, 10:39:41 AM »
Hi friends, here is my little review on this great reissue:

NebulŠ "The Path Of White Clouds" CD

For longer time in the pipeline, but in March of 2011 dreams of all drone fans came true. This old ambient classic from 2003 (limited CDr release by Stella Maris) is now available thanks to Hypnos as pressed CD in nicely looking digipak. NebulŠ (previously known as Nebula) can be easily described as another ambient supergroup, featuring two drone kings, Oophoi and Mathias Grassow, as well as legendray Klaus Wiese, who unfortunately passed away in January of 2009. Tau Ceti (synths), Lorenzo Pierobon (harmonic chants), Geert Verbeke (himalayan bowls), Luna (vocals) and Mauro Malgrande (shakuhachi) complete the list of gifted musicians on this album. "The Path Of White Clouds" begins with mysteriously hypnotic resonant drones on "The Quest". Deeper, more massive inner journey continues on "Ascension", this time remarkably enriched by expressive harmonic chants, an ecstatic journey that overlaps into the next grandiose composition, "Devotion", on which except Klaus Wiese and Mauro Malgrande all above mentioned appear. Beautifully immense and ethereal, and possibly the most mysterious piece on album, among others featuring also gloomy male and female voices and chants, definitely another highlight!!! Drifting on "The Living Mandala" is slowly evolving into more active level, ocassionally spiced by bells and also by hardly recognized processed shakuhachi. The next composition, "Enlightenment", is based around Mauro Malgrande's shakuhachi and synth washes by Klaus Wiese and Oophoi, peppered by some noises, deep, calm and meditative. Closing ghostly title opus, "The Path Of White Clouds", showcases masterful appearance of Klaus Wiese's zither, Mauro Malgrande's chants and Oophoi's electronics. Absolutely gorgeous and meditative journey from this strong line-up of highly acclaimed and talented artists. And kudos to Hypnos for reissuing this masterpiece, a must have for all die-hard aficionados of deep mysterious drones!!!

Richard GŘrtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 01:40:12 PM »
Thanks very much for the nice review, Richard. I'm glad you enjoyed the CD!
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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2013, 07:34:24 PM »
I just picked this up (thank you Big Hypnos Online Store Sale!). Absolutely amazing! I'm not sure why I didn't grab this when it was first released by Stella Maris; I loved Genesis. But I'm now telling myself that it was worth the 10 year wait so I could get the beautiful Hypnos version. The cover art is truly lovely and complements the music well.




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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 09:36:00 AM »
Glad you're enjoying it, Chris.

It always makes me happy when people discover music beyond the very latest new release!
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Re: RELEASE: NebulŠ - The Path of White Clouds
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2013, 08:55:24 PM »
I love The Path Of White Clouds too. I sadly never had the chance to get Genesis though. I wish somebody would reissue it.
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