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RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« on: October 03, 2011, 10:17:13 AM »
Artist: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi
Title: The Martian Chronicles
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)




2011. The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury's story collection of
the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange
science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi.
These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a
drama and emotional  depth absent from much recent ambient music. It's a complex
and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

These artists will both likely be familiar to Hypnos listeners. Seren Ffordd has
released several albums on our Hypnos Secret Sound imprint, and also contributed to
the Hypnos compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard. The name Seren Ffordd
(real name Andy Benford) is Welsh for Star Road, Way of Stars or Milky Way.

O÷phoi himself released Athlit in 2002, Distance to Zero (with Paul Vnuk)
in 2006, and his Nebulae group project album Path of White Clouds in 2011, all
on Hypnos. Gianluigi Gasparetti, the man behind O÷phoi, first became known for
creating the excellent Italian music periodical Deep Listenings. His O÷phoi persona
burst onto the ambient music scene in the late 1990s and quickly became one of the most
talented and prolific sound artists around. He founded the now-defunct labels Umbra and
Penumbra, which released the earliest recordings of Seren Ffordd. After working
together in this capacity for several years The Martian Chronicles is their
first collaboration, but not their last; the pair has already completed another full
album worth of material.

We at Hypnos are proud to bring you this collaborative work from two of the most
interesting and talented ambient musicians out there, and we hope you'll enjoy it as
much as we do.
 
Track list with MP3 samples
01 > The Long Years > 14:38 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-01.mp3
02 > Dead Cities > 15:03 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-02.mp3
03 > Blue Fire > 13:19 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-03.mp3
04 > End of a Changeling > 02:49 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-04.mp3
05 > Canals > 08:11 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-05.mp3
06 > Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm > 10:06 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-06.mp3
07 > Unremembered > 09:56 -- MP3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-sfoo-tmc-07.mp3

Purchase direct for $12.99
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3159






Purchase direct for $12.99
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3159

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 10:20:14 AM »
One additional note regarding a special deal on this album. With our last release, we experimented with a special low price for the first week of release, and it was a big success so we'll try it again.

Our regular price will continue to be $12.99 for new Hypnos releases but through this coming weekend, Sunday October 9 this CD will be $8.99, only through the Hypnos store.

If we continue to have success with these special deals, not only will our listeners save almost 1/3 the usual price, but they'll encourage us to continue this discount with future releases.

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 11:25:12 AM »
Yes! Can't wait.

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I was just in my office and I heard a ruckus.

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 11:48:46 AM »
Incredibly stoked for this. And right on the heals of 'Il Silenzio di Dio' too.

Can you say: multiple eargasms?!
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 12:11:57 PM »
I think I may have set a record for "fastest ordering of a new product on a website" for this one!  ;D

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 12:25:29 PM »
I'm really pleased to see it out. Thanks to Mike for everything needed to get it there.


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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2011, 01:04:12 PM »
Ordered :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2011, 01:06:14 PM »
Samples sound superb! Love the artwork too, been waiting for this release for ages, really looking forward to it!

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2011, 01:12:41 PM »
This release was delayed longer than most, and I have to thank the artists for their patience, as well as those of you who have been anxious to hear it. I think it's a fantastic album, and due to the above-mentioned delays I've had a chance to listen to this album man, many times!
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 09:39:17 AM »
Can't miss it at the first week offer price, a must have!!! My order will follow during the coming days. All the best... :)

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2011, 12:19:13 AM »
Gigi has asked me to let everyone know that he is very proud of and happy with the release of the album - and he would love to respond to the excitement and positive comments here and elsewhere.

Unfortunately his health is not good at the moment and he is undergoing a course of chemo which he is finding very debilitating - but he said he will do his best to be here as soon as possible.

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2011, 06:55:45 AM »
 :(!
All my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2011, 01:17:16 PM »
Yes, all the best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2011, 02:30:59 AM »
Best wishes to Gigi for a full recovery,

hope he will be okay.

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2011, 03:13:52 PM »
Healing vibes going out to Gigi at this time.  Hope he is OK.

The Martian Chronicles arrived in my mailbox last night and this is an utterly fantastic album.  Fans of (as I am) the Oophoi/Tau Ceti masterpiece "Celestial Geometries" from about 10 years ago will definitely be well pleased for this sonic journey back to the red planet.  My review to follow soon.  The short version: 5 stars out of 5.   

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2011, 09:58:12 AM »
Just ordered!

As always, Gigi, keep on fighting... >:(...!!! Our fingers are crossed for you, our dear friend!!!

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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2011, 02:46:08 PM »
Prayers, positive thoughts and healing vibes coming your way Gigi.
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2011, 04:14:12 PM »
I've been listening to The Martian Chronicles for the last two days now. Really a good release! Nice job Andy and Gigi.
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2011, 10:52:24 AM »
Got mine the other day. Absolutely fantastic! Still digesting...
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Re: RELEASE: Seren Ffordd and O÷phoi - The Martian Chronicles
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2011, 11:26:41 AM »
Good to hear you are enjoying the music - 'fantastic' is a brilliant response....

JKN on Relaxed Machinery asked me a question about the album - see my reply at http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-martian-chronicles-release-on-hypnos?xg_source=activity

the thread includes some comments on a joke I made on another thread ::).