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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - In Letters
« on: August 22, 2021, 06:35:59 AM »
I just released the next INNESTI album, "In Letters." It is available on CD and as digital on Bandcamp.   

"In Letters" contains ten ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, a sense of longing, and the slow movements of shadows. Hope some of you will check it out--and enjoy it. I've pasted a few Bandcamp codes below for anyone who is interested.

Everything and Nothing / CD Distribution and Postal Costs
« on: May 26, 2021, 12:05:55 PM »
Quick question for those of you shipping CDs:

I'm based in the US, and the cost of shipping CDs overseas is roughly 16$ per disc these days. That's a bit crazy, given that I only sell the CDs for $10.

Most of my sales come from Europe. I'm wondering if you know of a trustworthy source who can ship CDs out of the EU--someone I can simply pass along shipping info to when I have a Bandcamp sale.

If you have any experience with this--or know of some leads I might be able to follow--I hope you'll post.

I'm aware of a manufacturer, 8Merch, who can produce, store, and ship CDs out of Europe. But I don't like their discs as much as another manufacturer, Monotype Pressing, who does not provide this service.

A new Innesti album, 'Filament & Place', was released on Dronarivm this past Friday. I wanted to make a note of it here in case anyone wanted to check it out. Digital and limited edition cassette. Minimal, ethereal ambient music, with a bit of moody drone work too. (Maybe a bit too moody in places.) Mastered by Porya Hatami; cover art by Natalia Drepina.

Everything and Nothing / Bandcamp Fridays
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:39:50 AM »
I'm sure most of you are aware that Bandcamp has been waiting its share of fees on the first Friday of each month as a way to help support artists through the pandemic.

I thought this was a fantastic mechanism to help artists during a time when touring, live performances, etc. were less viable.

But, as a fan, I've noticed something: I tend to buy a bunch of stuff on Bandcamp Fridays, but then I am not able to digest it in the way it deserves. On Bandcamp Fridays, I become an ambient glutton who is tasting a bit of everything, but not actually savoring anything.

I've avoiding buying too many releases on these last two occasions, and it has worked out better for me. I have had more time to listen to and enjoy the things I've been purchasing lately.

Just curious if you all--either as fans or artists--have interesting Bandcamp Fridays stories to share.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / INNESTI - Apperception
« on: August 05, 2020, 02:17:40 PM »
I just released the next INNESTI album, "Apperception." It is available as on Bandcamp.   

Apperception is a double-CD release. The first disc contains a mixture of dark and meditative ambient tracks. The second disc is composed of four long-form ambient tracks that range from ethereal minimalism to deep space ambience. I considered releasing these discs separately, but, truth be told, I've always been drawn to the way double-CD releases look and feel, so I decided to release the material in that format.

Hope some of you will check it out and, hopefully, enjoy it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Valhalla - Supermassive - free download
« on: May 20, 2020, 06:34:41 AM »
I haven't tried this yet, but I just downloaded it. I love Valhalla plugins in general, so I'm looking forward to playing with this.

Hi, all. Jacob Newman and I just released a new album on Bandcamp. I thought some of you might enjoy it.

This collaboration was a real treat for me because I've been a long-standing fan of Jacob's music. He has an incredible talent for transforming modular, electronic signals into drifting, weightless atmospheres.

I've pasted a few download codes below for anyone who might be interested in checking it out.

For now, the album is digital only. We might consider pressing a CD once the world feels a bit more familiar.

Now Playing / Hypnos Collection
« on: April 20, 2020, 10:41:51 AM »
Decided to listen to some Hypnos CDs today as a Hypnos-listening day!

Here is my Hypnos collection. I'm nerdy enough to keep parts of my collection organized by label rather than artist. :D

Now playing: vidnaObmana and friends, Landscape in Obscurity

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / INNESTI - Parenthetical
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:19:32 PM »
I just released the next INNESTI album, "Parenthetical." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp.   

The album contains 8 ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, turns of phrase, and the contours of shadows.

In this album I was trying to capture an atmosphere that combines (a) the kind of contemporary ambient to which we're all accustomed here on the Hypnos Forums with (b) the pensive, incidental spaces that helped define the mood and structure of some This Mortal Coil albums from the 80s. The result is pretty unique. I'm really proud of this release.

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mesmerizing photography of Katia Chausheva.

When I asked this last year, Castleview was the only one who chimed in. Hoping to get some more input this year. I want to make sure I didn't miss out on something that people think is excellent!

Here are some of the releases that ended up on major repeat this past year. This isn't a "best of" list; just a list of 10 things "I really enjoyed."

Thom Brennan - Soundgardens
An amazing return! The more drone-based of the Brennan 2019 releases.

Porya Hatami, Aarom  Martin, & Roberto Attanasio - Sallaw
Mysterious mixtures of cello, piano, and processed sounds. Creative and moody.

ASC - The Waves
Layers of drifting synths.

Autumn of Communion - Folk Etymology
An underrated release for AoC: It captures everything I like about their style.

Marty Hicks - Olreilion
Experimental piano. Soft and cloudy.

Jens Pauly - Vihne
12k-like lo-fi guitar loops and found sounds.

Ludvig Cimbrelius - Intimacy
Drifting and ethereal.

Halftribe - Backwater Revisited
Glitched out ambience with incredible melodies.

Anaamaly - Love Frequency Pt. 2
My favorite sleeping soundtrack of the year. Reminds me of James Johnson's Cube series.

Max Corbacho - Echo of Longing
Deep and evolving synth textures.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / INNESTI - Between Worlds
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:35:14 AM »
Hi, all. I just released my next INNESTI album, "Between Worlds." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp. I've also posted some BC download codes below. 

The album contains 11 hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, and generative methods.

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mesmerizing photography of Katia Chausheva.

Free Bandcamp download codes:

It can also be streamed on Spotify:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - Formless
« on: February 26, 2019, 04:44:03 PM »
Hi, all. I just released my second INNESTI album, "Formless." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp. 

The album contains 8 hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, and generative methods. Although each track has its unique signature, the tracks adhere to a common theme. Namely, the atmospheres are designed to be formless, spacious, and ethereal. 

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mysterious photography of Jürgen Heckel.

Give it a spin and see if you enjoy it!

I stumbled across this video the other day: A modular experiment by Hark Madley. I found it super addictive; kept listening on repeat. I wonder if others here might enjoy it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - In Currents
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:44:38 AM »
Hi, all. As some of you may have deduced from some of my recent posts, I've been experimenting with producing my own ambient music for the past year or so. I've finally decided to begin releasing some of it, and wanted to share that news with the Hypnos crowd in case anyone here is curious to explore some new sounds.

The music, released under the alias Innesti, consists of hazy, ambient soundscapes that slowly shift in ways that are designed to be mysterious, ethereal, and spacious. The tracks on the album are long-form ambient pieces in the traditional sense of the term, and work best as background music for working, dreaming, or operating exceptionally heavy machinery.

I'm listing the digital version as "free/name your price" for a few days on Bandcamp in celebration of the new year, so please grab a free download if you're interested!

I'm really happy with the way the album came out, and am looking forward to releasing some more material in the future. I pressed some CDs (available for a fair price on the Bandcamp page) in case there are any old-school collectors out there who, like me, are drawn to digipaks, physical discs, and otherworldly photography. I know that pressing CDs is an unprofitable endeavor for new artists these days. But this was a labor of love, and I wanted to create something that I'd be proud to add to my personal collection.

Bandcamp page:

What were some of your favorite ambient albums from 2018?

Here are some releases that I was especially fond of. They are listed roughly in the order they were released. I've placed * next to the ones that made an enduring impression on me.

Waveform Transmission - V 2​.​0​-​2​.​9
Spacious high-freq loops from Echospace. From late 2017, but I discovered it in 2018.

Max Corbacho - Nocturnes II
Incredible deep space masterpieces.

Halftribe - For the Summer, or Forever  *
Glitchy, melodolic, and beautiful.

Gallery Six - Snow Light
Field recordings + drones

Eternell - Elysia *
Ethereal and spacious ambience.

Robert Davies - Elemental Shimmer

Tomas Weiss - Zauberwald
Perfect mix of drones and melody.

SVLBRD - Stratus (Remodel)
A pure ambient remix of a more techno-infused release.

Luis Miehlich - Silences
Short ambient sketches that work exceptionally well together.

Eternell - Still Light
Meditative long-form works from Purl.

I'm eager to hear what you all were really into this year; I want to make sure I didn't overlook some releases that I'd love.

I've recently invested in some basic gear so that I can try my hand at making ambient music. Let me blunt: You all make it look (sound) so easy.

How do you do it?

I've read a bit about some of your workflows in various places in the Hypnos forums, but, if you're in the mood, I invite you to say a bit more here about how you work. I realize that is an open-ended question, so I'll toss out a few specific questions if those are helpful for inspiring a response. I also realize we have a range of experience on the forums, including others who recently starting messing about and those who have been at it for several decades. I'm curious to hear from people at all phases of their development.

1. Do you typically just experiment until something "clicks" and you feel inspired? Or do you typically have a aural version of a vision that you're trying to bring to life?

2. If you use synths, do you typically start with a preset and then modify it? Do you start from scratch (e.g., with basic oscillators) and build from there? I assume there isn't a "one way" you do things, but what are some of the common roads you follow?

3. Building on the last question: If you work with synths, do you typically stay within that local synth environment? Or does your final sound emerge as a result of chaining a source through multiple plugins/effects? (If the later, do you "futureproof" it by saving those sounds separately and banking them? Or is that typically not necessary?)

4. I assume there are some things in your arsenal that are "must haves." For example, I've read about the way many of you revere certain reverb plugins, like Valhalla. What are some of your essentials--hardware or software?\

5. Sometimes people say things that imply that the quality of your gear is less important that what you can do with it. The implication is that, with the right mindset, knowledge, and talent, it is possible to produce some amazing soundscapes. But, I must confess, some of the more pricey tools out there would seem to give users a huge advantage. Is that perception the result of being new to this? Or is it, in fact, worthwhile to drop a few dollars on some strong "bang for your buck" style synths/modules?

What were some of your favorite ambient recordings from 2017?

Here are some releases that I was especially fond of. They are listed roughly in the order they were released. A surprising number of them came from the ARCHIVES label this year--a label that spans ambient techno to ambient soundscapes.

Yoyu - Ordinary Moon
My favorite of the year. Field recordings, loops, and beauty.

Snufmumriko - At First Light
Glitchy lo-fi ambient.

Eternell (Purl) - Children of Infinity
Majestic and spacious ambient, featuring a lot of acoustic guitar.

Halftribe - Daydreams in Low Fidelity
Glitchy but smooth.

Warmth - Home
Drones with slowly unfolding movements.

Ishq - Sen
A mix of experimental Ishq and the more magical and Elve-ish soundscapes.

Andrew Heath and Anne Chris Baker - Lichtzin
Like a mysterious puzzle, with pieces that gradually come together.

Rod Modell - Dawn, Dusk, and Darkness
(No digital version available.) Beautiful compositions based on beatless ambient washes and field recordings. The melodies are subtle and hypnotic.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Storms and Studios
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:40:05 PM »
Just out of curiosity: What do you those of you with lots of gear and studio equipment do when you know there is a significant storm approaching?

I also see Julio Di Benedetto hasn't posted since June. I hope he's okay. I know he lives in Florida, but I'm not sure how far south. Julio, I hope you'll be able to check in at some point. Hurricane Irma looks terrifying.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Web Audio API
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:37:57 AM »
Has anyone here experimented with Web Audio API--a set of methods for playing and manipulating audio in modern web browsers?

I've been playing around with this for the last few weeks and have been having a lot of fun. I was shocked at the wide range of things that can be done these days in a browser alone:

- create oscillators using a variety of wave forms
- manipulate in real time, manually or algorithmically, the frequencies of those waveforms and their timing
- load audio clips/samples and process those in a variety of ways
- add/subtract gain nodes, panning nodes, and a variety of filters
- use impulse files for convolving signals (reverb)
- chain nodes together to customize signals and how they are processed

Most of this is done by using javaScript to control the work flow.

Anyhow, just checking to see if there are others around here who have poked around with this stuff.

I thought it would be fun to carry on drone on's tradition of asking people to list some of their favorite releases of the year. It doesn't have to be a list of 10 per se, but I'd love to know what really stood out for people so I can insure that I didn't miss anything that deserves a good listen.

Here are some of my favorites from 2016. The first four are my absolute favorites of the year; the rest are listed in no specific order.

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
Unlike anything in the Roach catalog. I love the serene, Budd-like quality of the piano and the way the synths wash over those notes like waves over stones.

Alio Die - Seamlessly Bliss
Pure and deep ambient bliss with Stefano's distinctive signature sounds.

Ishq - Space Simulator
Six longform ambient-drone pieces delivered from outer space.

Nacht Plank - Alien
This is such a unique, odd, and quirky recording: modular experiments with alien melodies.

Mick Chillage - (M)odes
Such great tracks on here, and a lot of ground covered, including drifting ambient and an up-tempo closing.

Autumn of Communion - Broken Apart By Sunlight
This is easily one of the better AoC releases.

Jacob Newman - Biospherica
Bubbling and glitchy ambient. CD coming on Carpe Sonum in 2017.

Remember - Route Back Home
Technically released in 2015, but the CD came out in 2016. Ambient vapourwave inspired by lost love, wanderlust, and rainy nights in the city.

Forrest Fang - The Sleepwalker's Ocean
I'm especially fond of the Sleepwalker's Ocean suite, as well as the longform track on the second disk. Lots of depth, and chock full of interesting sounds.

Andrew Heath - Europa
Found sounds and field recordings mixed with ambient textures. Each track is like a sonic tapestry.


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