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Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Dreaming in the Well of Slow Shadows
Label: Hypnos (CD)




We at Hypnos are very excited to bring you our first new CD release after an extended hiatus!

Dreaming in the Well of Slow Shadows is a new longform piece from one of our favorite Ambient music artists. Based in Wales, Seren Ffordd has previously released many albums on the the Umbra label, several of which were later reissued on our own Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. He also collaborated with the late ambient master O÷phoi on their album The Martian Chronicles, released by Hypnos in 2011.

Of his latest recording, Seren Ffordd says:

Some music arrives quickly - almost completing itself. However this album has not been like that, taking it's own time, requiring periods of patience and silent waiting.

The title 'Dreaming In The Well Of Slow Shadows' was inspired by the seemingly endless well of imagination out of which we create art, music, ideas, civilisations....The slow depths from which formless and incoherent energies arise and take on shape, form as they are birthed into the world.

It was a number of years before the 'Well' first found its voice as the recorded sounds of a visiting friend's harp playing began to take shape and form in the studio.

The album is composed almost completely from transformed and sculpted harp with minimal addition of other sounds to add to the sonic textures, patterns and shiftings... The album is a longform single track that moves slowly and deeply while shimmering like a mirage, the textures and tones drifting over time.

Dreaming in the Well of Slow Shadows is packaged in our new CD release format, a plastic-free eco-wallet, rather than a digital or jewel case. The Hypnos team hopes you will enjoy this deep and rich soundscape, and we look forward to bringing you more ambient, drone and minimalist recordings in the near future.

Track listing with mp3 sample clips:
Dreaming in the Well of Slow Shadows is a continuous 75 minute track, so we have provided below representative clips selected from throughout the extended piece.

sample 1 -- http://www.hypnos.com/audio/sf-ditwoss1.mp3
sample 2 -- http://www.hypnos.com/audio/sf-ditwoss2.mp3
sample 3 -- http://www.hypnos.com/audio/sf-ditwoss3.mp3
sample 4 -- http://www.hypnos.com/audio/sf-ditwoss4.mp3

Dreaming in the Well of Slow Shadows is now available at our SoundSwim store for $9.99.
Link: http://soundswim.limitedrun.com/products/714227-seren-ffordd-dreaming-in-the-well-of-slow-shadows

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Harold Budd
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:32:08 AM »
Very sad news indeed. One of the all-time great geniuses of ambient music, in my opinion.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos Forum update
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:31:33 AM »
Thanks for the note, I appreciate it!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 08, 2020, 08:42:14 AM »
The last thing I read was Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay. It has the feel of a zombie apocalypse story but, you know, without zombies. I really enjoyed it, and if you've enjoyed any of Tremblay's other recent horror books like Head Full of Ghosts or Cabin at the End of the World, you'll probably like this one too. It grabs hold of you in the first pages and drags you all the way through.


After that I started The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, which is very good as well. It's about a group of young Native American men who make a bad decision while out on an illegal hunt on the reservation, which has horrifying repercussions that follow all the participants of the hunt even years later, after some have moved away.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos Forum update
« on: August 09, 2020, 11:31:22 AM »
Thanks for the comments, Castleview, as well as others who posted earlier.


Often in the past we've all discussed the fact that this forum (and others like it) are much less busy, as so many people have shifted their attention to newer forms of social media. Rather than seeing that as a negative as I once did, I have come to see it as a positive.


This forum is more focused, and consequently less overwhelming than Twitter and Facebook in particular, and I find myself drawn back to it for that reason!

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I've enjoyed sampling these sounds, and ended up purchasing the whole discography on Bandcamp. Nice work!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: INNESTI - Apperception
« on: August 07, 2020, 06:26:11 AM »
I really enjoyed this latest Innesti album. We'll be bringing in some Innesti CDs to sell in the Hypnos Soundswim store soon.

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I missed this thread until now, but I've become a huge fan of Valhalla's plugins. Supermassive is a lot of fun, and quite amazing for a free plugin.


Shimmer and Room are both incredible for the money!

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos Forum update
« on: July 27, 2020, 01:31:53 PM »
Another update:


I've installed a new component on the Forum that should do a much better job preventing spammers from signing up. Prior to that, we usually had 5 or 10 or even 15 spammers sign up every day, and had to deal with them one at a time, manually. This new system prevents most of them from getting through, and we haven't seen a new spammer, or even any new questionable accounts, in almost a week.


Since then, I've gone through existing member accounts and deleted several hundred of them, generally prior offenders who had been banned for spamming, but not yet deleted.


Now the Hypnos Forum has under 1,000 members, down from almost 2,000 at the peak, but we have a much better percentage of "real" accounts who are here to read or contribute, not trying to cause a mess.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum update
« on: July 07, 2020, 12:58:38 PM »
Sometimes I drift away for a while, then come back, then don't visit much for a while.
I'll try to check in more often!

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Everything and Nothing / Hypnos Forum update
« on: July 06, 2020, 01:30:42 PM »
Cross-posting here, since this is the most popular section of the forum...

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Hello everyone,

Many of you probably noticed the Hypnos Forum was unavailable for several days. In the course of a server move, the Forum was originally rendered completely inoperable. I worked on it quite a bit over the weekend and now we have good news and bad news.

First the good news -- functionality has been restored, and I've upgraded the Simple Machines Forum software to the latest version. On the old server, there was no way to update it because of conflicts between some versions of PHP and some versions of the Forum software.

Now the bad news -- unfortunately, there was a problem with the latest forum data backup, so the only way to get this working again was to roll back to the May 31 backup. This means that any posts made during the past 5 weeks, and any new member accounts that signed up during that time, have been lost.

I apologize for this imperfect conversion, but I figured it was better to get it working, with the best possible version of the available data, rather than just throw in the towel and say, "OK, no more Hypnos Forum."

Thank you for your patience while we worked through this.

Also, semi-related, there was a problem with the Hypnos News blog page. Likewise, functionality has been restored, but I'm having a tougher time getting a decent backup loaded in (because the SQL database is so enormous for the blog). At present, blog posts from the past 3 years are unavailable, and we're also temporarily locked out of the blog's administrative interface -- so if you visit the blog page you'll see a hilarious default template, which will be the first thing I'll change once I get that working again.

Once again, thanks for your patience!

Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Hypnos Forum update
« on: July 06, 2020, 01:29:35 PM »
Hello everyone,


Many of you probably noticed the Hypnos Forum was unavailable for several days. In the course of a server move, the Forum was originally rendered completely inoperable. I worked on it quite a bit over the weekend and now we have good news and bad news.


First the good news -- functionality has been restored, and I've upgraded the Simple Machines Forum software to the latest version. On the old server, there was no way to update it because of conflicts between some versions of PHP and some versions of the Forum software.


Now the bad news -- unfortunately, there was a problem with the latest forum data backup, so the only way to get this working again was to roll back to the May 31 backup. This means that any posts made during the past 5 weeks, and any new member accounts that signed up during that time, have been lost.


I apologize for this imperfect conversion, but I figured it was better to get it working, with the best possible version of the available data, rather than just throw in the towel and say, "OK, no more Hypnos Forum."


Thank you for your patience while we worked through this.


Also, semi-related, there was a problem with the Hypnos News blog page. Likewise, functionality has been restored, but I'm having a tougher time getting a decent backup loaded in (because the SQL database is so enormous for the blog). At present, blog posts from the past 3 years are unavailable, and we're also temporarily locked out of the blog's administrative interface -- so if you visit the blog page you'll see a hilarious default template, which will be the first thing I'll change once I get that working again.


Once again, thanks for your patience!


Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings

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Everything and Nothing / RIP Jˇhann Jˇhannsson
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:58:28 PM »
Shocking news... one of my favorite composers, Jˇhann Jˇhannsson, has passed away far too young. I must've played the Arrival soundtrack CD 200 times in the past year. A terrible loss.

I remember his early albums on the Touch label, and lost track of him until recently. Since then I've been buying & playing a lot of his soundtracks, especially Arrival, and his beautiful album OrphÚe.

Here's a link to one of the articles confirming this news.

http://www.factmag.com/2018/02/10/johann-johannsson-has-died-aged-48/

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:31:37 PM »
I don't think of Hypnos as dead as a label, but I understand that when a long period of time passes between releases, people will assume it is.


Our mail order operation is continuing, and we've devoted some time to switching from our old, long-established Hypnos Online Store to our new Soundswim.com store. The old store will be shut off any day now, and when that happens we'll start adding new products to the new store.


And of course I realize that if I don't start putting out new CDs, at least a few per year, people will perceive the label as dead. I don't see it as finished, but rather than make promises, I know I've just got to work on it. I intend to do so, and hope that when we do release new CDs, people will support that effort.




-Mike


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:07:30 PM »
We always seem to have an ebb and flow to the activity levels here, along with the more general, gradual slowing of all forums like this one. Of course as others have mentioned, the slower activity of the Hypnos label lately is probably a factor. Our mail order is churning along pretty well but I'd like to get another CD or two released soon, here.


Anyway, I think it's inevitable that this kind of thing will have some lulls and that's OK. I always tell people that if they want a discussion to happen, they should start one!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:36:29 AM »
So far, I've upgraded about 20 of the PCs here at work (less than half of the total) to Win 10 and I will try to upgrade the rest before the free upgrade offer expires in July.


It's pretty important to make sure you have the most current drivers for your hardware, and if you do, everything seems to run pretty well. I've even been surprised to find that some older PCs that barely ran Windows 8 seem to do a little better with Windows 10.


I haven't run into any programs that won't run in Win 10, but this is a business environment, so there's no media/audio software or gaming to consider.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:59:16 PM »
Thanks for your comments, Stargazer. Since I'm involved in both the ambient music scene and the weird/horror fiction scene, I've been very interested to see how many people are interested in both.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:47:40 AM »
Jeff had been open on Facebook about his struggle with cancer, but this is still a terrible shock for everyone.


Over the many years I've been involved with this community, I've come across a few people who were a true class act, always genuine and kind in their interactions with everyone. Jeff was one of the good ones.

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Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:58:40 PM »

I've just seen the terrible news that Jeff Kowal, who was a long-time visitor to this forum, and best known for his recordings as Terra Ambient, has passed away.


As for today, the spottedpeccary.com landing page is a memorial to Jeff, though assume this link will point to something else if you find this later: http://spottedpeccary.com/

Many of us may have seen Jeff posting on Facebook about his difficult illness. I'm not sure what I can say. In addition to being a sensitive and gifted recording artist, Jeff was always intelligent and thoughtful in my interactions with him, and seemed to be well-liked and respected by everyone. He will be missed.

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