Weekly Sale Item: Five From Silentes

We’ve got some great SILENTES items on sale for you this week, and the low prices are good though February 1st.

Enrico Coniglio – Sea Cathedrals  –Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Five superb tracks of deep and evocative ambient music, enriched with echoes of ancient ritual suggestions. The immense spaces and the abyssal deepness of the sea, but also the sound of the bowels of the Earth, the color of the sand of the desert, the energy of the wind, the strength of all the Elements, the infinite cycle of day and night, of life and death… A long circular journey through interchanging atmospheres that shake and capture, dragging with energy, then leave room for more quiet and soothing introspective stasis, and again become dramatic and overwhelming, A great, unmissable album of classic ritual ambient music.” -Silentes

Listen to a bit of this beautiful album HERE on Youtube.


Michael Mantra – Mobius Logic
–Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the inks color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings… Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music.” -Silentes

Listen to the track “There Not” from this album HERE on Youtube.


Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko – Quiet Songs from Misty Places
–Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Frail and delicate ambient atmospheres, clusters of rarefied piano notes lying on discreet drones, soft and evanescent clarinet riffs, suggesting and catching natural sounds… Light and ethereal pastel-colored musical plots… Eight tracks, one hour of suspended and quiet sonic passages.” -Silentes

Listen to the track “From Place One” HERE on Youtube.


Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI
–Was $13.99, right now just $7.99
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“A classic minimal ambient album; just one long track, a bit obscure, of a static nature but unarrestable as a matter of fact and slowly developing, built with layers of soft and “round” sounds, heavily processed and effected, whose origin seems to be an organ… ” -Silentes

Listen to a bit of this album HERE on Youtube.


Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning
–Was $13.99, right now just $7.99
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“A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios… A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions…” -Silentes

Listen to the track “Sunken Streetlight” from this album HERE on Youtube.

Weekly Sale Item: Vidna Obmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works

We’ve got all four acts of Vidna Obmana’s “An Opera for Four Fusion Works” on sale this week, and the low prices are good through January 25th. Now’s the perfect time to complete your collection or pick up all four!

An Opera for Four Fusions Works- Act 1, Echoes of Steel  Was $7.99, now $5.99

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AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is a unique project by Vidna Obmana and Hypnos — a four-CD album, released one CD at a time. The first disc will be released in a case (similar to the one used for Robert Rich’s Humidity) that will have space for all four discs, though slots 2, 3 and 4 will be empty. The listener can then purchase the later installments as they are released gradually, and insert them into the case. The second, third and fourth discs will not be sold in their own cases, and will be shipped in a plastic sleeve only! This will allow us to release the project gradually, and will facilitate convenient storage for the completed four-disc set. Of course it will mean that you need to purchase the first disc in order to have a proper case for the other discs.

In each of the four chapters or “Acts,” Belgian ambient/experimental artist Vidna Obmana will rework or “recycle” the sound sources of a different musician or group. The four acts will be linked in a thematic sense, but will use completely different and distinct sound sources as raw material for Vidna Obmana’s manipulation.

“Act One” of the Opera (a conceptual title only — you won’t find operatic vocals here) is “Echoes of Steel” featuring guitar recordings by Dreams In Exile. The result is an austere, yet beautiful collaging of textures at once recognizably guitar-like, and at the same time abstract and strange.

Vidna Obmana continues the bold artistic exploration he began on Hypnos with LANDSCAPE IN OBSCURITY, continued with the diptych THE SURREAL SANCTUARY and THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURNE, and most recently the two-disc SOUNDTRACK FOR THE AQUARIUM.

An Opera for Four Fusions Works- Act 2, Phrasing the Air  Was $7.99, now $4.99
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“This release from 2003 offers 62 minutes of quasi-classical ambience. Accompanying Vidna Obmana’s electronics, guitars, bowed strings and infinite recycling on this recording is Bill Fox on soprano saxophone.

Taking the concept of “drone” to new levels, this music has an eternally expansive sound. The tonalities and textures flow like unbridled liquid; unfettered by gravity or inertia, they seek to fill space with their pensive disposition. The air transforms into a roiling essence, ethereal yet substantial in its shadowy presence. It’s as if thought has spilled out of the mind to take on vaporous form.

Ebow guitars and bowed strings generate the impression of an orchestral mien, distant and ghostly in its definition. Emulating a buzzsaw whose growl has been elongated until it loses its aggressive outcry and adopts a more passive euphony, these treated strings become a fundamental element that unifies man and atmosphere.

Predominant amid these soundscapes is Fox’s saxophone. Treated to become a seamless horizon of sound, the horn’s call forms impressive cloudbanks of moaning resonance. This sonic overcast blocks all light and silence, shrouding the landscape with serene moods that evoke an eternal dusk. Pulsing notes are contorted and folded back onto themselves, creating a pastiche of eerie quality.

This music offers a dense ambience that embodies dark demeanor with celestial optimism. It achieves this state with classical instruments swimming in a pool of electronic treatments. The electronics are actually secondary to the traditional instruments, used to transform rather than immerse.

Enthralling and pleasantly imperious.” –Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works, Act 3, Reflection on Scale
  Was $7.99, now $4.99
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Each of the four acts of this project utilize different source recordings by a different artist. This time the featured artist is Kenneth Kirschner, performing on piano. The treatments and processing by vidna Obmana this time are quite daring and experimental, edging at times into the realm of “glitch” or subtle noise experimentation. Overall, though, the feel is of gentle piano sonics, with a smooth and hypnotizing atmosphere rarely disturbed by well-placed bits of digital distortion.

Belgian ambient experimentalist Vidna Obmana is working at the height of his powers here, as he nears the end of his 4-part “Opera” cycle.

The usual disclaimer applies… this music is not in any real sense “opera” music, and the term is used only to suggest the varied, multi-part quality of this ongoing release.


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works, Act 4, The Bowing Harmony
  Was $7.99, now $4.99
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The fourth and final installment in vidnaObmana’s ambitious “Opera For Four Fusion Works” project. Each “act” of this project involves vidnaObmana’s reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators.

Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion). Even those who are thinking “I don’t like voice with my ambient music” will really love this. It’s one of the most unusual and yet relevant recordings ever released by Hypnos, in which a very recognizable sound, the human voice, is progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more “ambient” atmospheres. It’s captivating & beautiful.


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works , Acts 1-4, 4CDs
  Was $21.99, now $15.99
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Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion).

READ/LISTEN/PURCHASE at the HYPNOS RECORDINGS section of the Hypnos Online Store.

Weekly Blowout Item: Robert Rich & Faryus – ZERKALO

This week’s blowout item comes from the Faria label: ZERKALO by Robert Rich & Faryus. Ordinarily $7.99, we’ve temporarily low-priced it at just $4.99 through January 18th!

ZERKALO
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Six tracks, 60 minutes. CD in card sleeve

Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret.

“An intense, slow deep ambient excursion; hovering, shimmering, dreamlike, Surreal.”–CD Baby

“Deep drone ambient textures and dense atmospheres, presented in six uninterrupted parts by Robert Rich and Faria label owner Andrey Sadovnikov. Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich”–Databloem.com

“Delicately undulating textures are established as a foundation for tenuous electronics. Along with environmental recordings, these auxiliary tones serve to embellish that basis with subtle nuances, coaxing variations from the atmospheric flow. While deeper tonalities tickle the mix from below, lending pensive oscillations to the foundation, vibrating effects are applied from above, generating a shimmering field of stars. Gradually, alternative sounds are utilized to increase those variations. Bell tones create a reverent presence contrasted by an escalation of certain high-end sounds whose unpredictable paths categorize them as meteorological conditions of the soundscape. As the bell tones submerge into the now-pulsating foundation, more strident sounds emerge to influence things with their shriller cadence. Throughout, the stability of a chilled environment is preserved. This frigid mood is enhanced by the introduction of tonalities whose timbre evokes high altitudes. A muffling condition creeps in, generating an expansive disposition to the ambience. Sounds of a muted metallic nature appear in a breathing pattern, establishing illumination and revealing the infinite scope of the mix. Set to run as a seamless piece of music, these compositions embody serene ambience with a hint of industrial edging.” –Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity

PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Three From Binary

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BINARY is a sub-label of Hypnos Recordings devoted to more dynamic sounds with a pure electronic basis, and this week we’ve price-cut several of our Binary items to just $5.99 through January 18th.


Vir Unis & Saul Stokes – Thermal Transfer

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The third Binary release, first ever collaboration between Vir Unis and Stokes, THERMAL TRANSFER is also the most uptempo, high energy recording yet released by Hypnos or its related labels. In fact, truth be told, this recording is the very reason that the Binary label was created — so Hypnos could bring you excellent electronic music, even if the style in question was too “hyperactive” for the Hypnos label.

“I have to say Thermal Transfer now is one of my favorite hypnos family releases. Very cool production and a very nice synthesis/blending of the pairs (Vir Unis & Saul Stokes) individual styles. Recommended!” –Dave Fulton (Hypnos and Binary artist, member of Dweller at the Threshold)


Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach

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This Hypnos/Binary debut by Synthetic Block blends “classic EM” elements with a more modern approach. It was mastered by Dave Fulton (who also played on one track) and is sonically amazing. One of the best things about running a small record label is the opportunity to help expose more people to artists like this one, whose work merits much wider exposure.


John Duval – Hell’s Canyon

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Hell’s Canyon is the solo debut of John Duval, member of Binary’s own Dweller at the Threhold. Created entirely with Duval’s massive array of modular synthesizers (a wall of electronics dubbed “the Fist of God”) Hell’s Canyon is an abstract, deep-space exploration of pure electronics. With all these analog synthesizers involved, of course there’s an element of the “classic EM” sound, but this is not a retro, “Berlin school” composition. Closer comparisons would be Robert Rich’s Bestiary album (another abstract, pure modular synth piece), or perhaps even the deep-space excursions of Hypnos’s own Viridian Sun.

All performances here are by Duval himself, but fellow Dweller at the Threshold member Dave Fulton edited, assembled and mastered Duval’s original tapes into a sonically refined and cohesive recording.

“Great electronic sound journey through the canyon… Wonderful trip through Hell’s Canyon in a vessel of sound. Exciting and intriguing. A great sound that only leaves me wanting more, expecting more.” –Reviewed by Bren on cdbaby.com

Listen to MP3 clips and purchase HERE.

Weekly Blowout Item: Enrico Coniglio/Under The Snow – Dialogue One

This week we’re bringing you an item from the excellent Silentes label: Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One, and we’ve cut the price almost in half from $10.99 to just $5.99 through January 11th.

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One
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“Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.” -Silentes

You can listen to one of the tracks from the album, “Calls of the White” HERE on Youtube.