Weekly Blowout Item: Robert Rich – Temple of the Invisible

Our blowout item this week is Robert Rich’s TEMPLE OF THE INVISIBLE, temporarily marked down from $11.99 to just $5.99! Due to an issue with our server being down for a time this week, we’ve decided to extend this sale through December 23rd, or while supplies last.

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First new Rich work since Seven Veils, this one uses entirely “natural” and acoustic sound sources to weave an exotic and hypnotic sound tapestry. Features performances by Forrest Fang, Tom Heasley, Sukhawat Ali Khan and others.

“Temple of the Invisible finds Robert Rich at his most organic, eschewing the trappings of modernity or stylistic boundaries. Using only simple acoustic instruments, Rich crafts a document from a distant time and place, a lost culture with musical underpinnings that reach from Java to North Africa, from Medieval Europe to the Tibetan Plateau. A music-scape that oozes with primitive life, as if pulsing from the swamp itself. . . A time traveller searching for the aperture that looks back to Eden.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Weekly Sale Item: Steve Roach

This week we’ve price-cut many of our excellent STEVE ROACH items, and the sale will go through December 21st!

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Steve Roach is an American composer and performer of ambient, electronic music and tribal-ambient music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, and new age. Roach is recognized as one of the leading innovators of contemporary electronic music.” – Wikepedia

“As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated nearly three decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration. From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things electric and organic, Roach has earned his position in the global pantheon of major new music artists through a long list of groundbreaking recordings fueled by his prolific nature and uncompromising approach.”   –From Steve’s personal bio at steveroach.com

EMPETUS  2CD collector’s edition (Was $14.99, right now just $8.99)
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“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the ’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS’ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ”Seeking” contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ”Empowerment” or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ”Conquest”. It’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.” –Darren Bergstein

A DEEPER SILENCE (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“This new long-form zone billows out like a big sigh of time, breathing steady and strong. Minimal and infinite in its essence, like all of Steve’s long-form zones this is a functional soundworld specifically created to enhance the atmosphere of your personal sanctuary, your living environment and beyond. Lower volume playback increases the potency. This sound space serves as a kind of portal to states of subtle awareness, and is perfect for the support of deeper sleeping as well.” –steveroach.com

MIDNIGHT MOON (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Tribal-ambient maestro Steve Roach leaves the percussion behind and returns to glorious stripped-down form on Midnight Moon. Closer in spirit to albums from the beginning of his career (notably 1984’s Structures from Silence) and some of the early work of ambient pioneer Harold Budd, Moon sees Roach pick up a new instrument: the guitar. Not surprisingly, he wields it like a keyboard, weaving different sustained tones together to present something soothing yet just unsettling enough to make you pay attention. The instrument’s lonely, gently foreboding sound undulates through the disc’s 70-plus minutes, evoking a timeless desert landscape captured during the stillness of night. Along with The Magnificent Void, this is undeniably one of Roach’s strongest pure-ambient recordings.” –Steve Landau, amazon.com

AFTERLIGHT (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“This long-form piece delivers the listener deep inside a multi-dimensional realm of forming clouds, an endless expanse with no boundaries or sense of temporal limits. Amorphous strands of harmonic lumina emerge and recede in a constant unfolding and reconfiguring state for the duration of this pure atmospheric suspension.” –steveroach.com

LIVE AT GRACE CATHEDRAL (2CD) (Was $14.99, right now just $8.99)
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“An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve’s live performance history. An extended set of sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral.” –Steve Roach.com

SIGH OF AGES -digipak (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Emotions quietly stir and resonate in this deeply self-reflective album exploring the terrain between melodic electronic/ambient and modern minimalism. These six pieces utilize gentle melody, harmony and sonic tonality to poignantly reflect upon the passage of time, life lived, lives passed and a time of renewal: a sigh of the ages expressed in sound.” –steveroach.com

STEVE ROACH/ERIK WOLLO – STREAM OF THOUGHT -digipak (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Stream of Thought explores the nuance of shifts within our perception. Segments of illumination juxtaposed with amorphous interludes and moving, flowing rhythm culminate in an unforgettable, shifting, dynamic experience. Relax and float downstream. Tranquil drifts, passionate rapids, midnight star gazing and blazing sunsets await. This is a vivid soundtrack for the senses designed to take the listener to the outer reaches of the imagination.” –projekt.com

LIVE AT SOUNDQUEST FEST -digipak (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Steve’s pinnacle performance from 2010’s SoundQuest Fest proved to be a real moment in time, and fortunately it was documented with a high resolution recording that places the listener front and center on that special night. Presented as a single CD, the first 74 minutes of the concert are experienced as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of DESTINATION BEYOND, created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo players Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnham, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of “Thunder Walk” from the recent release DREAM TRACKER. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone. This evocative space, which premiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening of IMMERSION FIVE – CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS.” –steveroach.com

STEVE ROACH/ERIK WOLLO – THE ROAD ETERNAL -digipak (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Following their collaboration STREAM OF THOUGHT, Roach and Wollo reunite to travel THE ROAD ETERNAL, an electronic/ambient path filled with passion and beauty. Six engaging and expansive rhythmic sequencer-based tracks intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures highlighting sparse, arching thematic lines.” –steveroach.com

STEVE ROACH/BRIAN PARNHAM – THE DESERT INBETWEEN -digipak (Was $13.99, right now just $7.99)
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“Steve Roach’s unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On “The Desert Inbetween,” Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of “Suspended Memories” and “Origins”-era tribalism as well as “The Serpent’s Lair”-styled electronics.” –steveroach.com

Weekly Blowout Item: Saul Stokes – Abstraction

This week’s blowout item, SAUL STOKES – ABSTRACTION,  has been EXTREMELY price-slashed for the holidays, marked down from $8.99 to just $4.99 through December 14th!

Saul Stokes – Abstraction
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Combines never- before-heard live performance elements into a soundscape collage — a very fresh sound that’s different from his Hypnos releases…. more “abstract,” as hinted by the title.

Says Stokes: My latest release “Abstraction,” fuses the best of 3 years of concert recordings with my latest multitrack atmospheric work. From Philadelphia to Seattle, this album is a fireball of ambiance. “Abstraction” isn’t a noise collage, or easy listening ambient fluff. It is an incredibly listenable, wildly fresh and inventive continuous play album.

“Electrical appliances today are taken for granted by our culture, but not by Saul Stokes. Dubbed everything from Sonic Innovator to (in jest) “Popular Science’s Electronic Musician of the Year”, Stokes stands out in his field by having designed and built his own array of museum quality electronic instruments. This achievement enables Stokes with precise control over his original sounds and textures from the AC plug all the way to the PA speakers.
But this is about more than just wires and solder. While Stokes demonstrates unprecedented real-time control over the output of his gear, inspiration for his music comes from an outlet on a more human scale. The intimacy of the concert stage is where Stokes transforms his craft into art. The immediacy of the moment, the consistent pattern of change and the spark of inspiration all act upon Stokes as he produces continuous currents of sound for a spellbound audience.

At these rare and wonderful events, harmony takes a backseat to timbre as determiner of the emotional content of a piece. Constantly adjusting the tonal qualities of the composition by ear, the direction of a piece can change at will as the schematic of the performance is updated and changed by Stokes moment to moment. Although faded from his consciousness, the audience plays an important role in his music too. According to Stokes, these compositions cannot be realized outside the intimacy of the live environment.

The new album Abstraction, compiles highlights from several such occasions. Each track is born out of vision, craft and spontaneity and strung together one after the other to form a virtual concert. The album flows smoothly through a contoured electric landscape of distinctive pads, drifting pitches and atonal synthesizer effects. Abstraction is a cerebral album that seductively draws the listener in, leaving you to find your own way out.” -Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

Weekly Sale Item: Half-Price Nimh

Hey everyone, we’ve got a bunch of items on sale this week by NIMH, and we’ve cut prices in half through December 14th!

Nimh / Nefelheim – Whispers from the Ashes Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“Ideally inspired by the Inquisition era, like some titles of the tracks may suggest, “Whispers from the Ashes” presents Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) and Nefelheim joined together for the production of a dark oriented CD that alternates obscure and haunting atmospheres with more gloomy and sometimes dramatic and highly evocative episodes… In a blend of low frequences, metallic sounds, echoes of distant voices and human screams, whispers, concrete noises, ritual processions, suddenly an acoustic guitar chord, some reverberate piano notes, the sound of falling rain, bits of thundering percussions emerge… Like in a disquieting voyage to a far away past, in a stakes and witches age, featuring persecutions of heretics and superstition…” -Amplexus Records


Nimh – The Unkept Secrets
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“After few months of distance from the escape of “The Missing Tapes” and the relative “Rework” by Aube, Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) sets aside the ethnic-lysergic visions that have characterized the previous album and continues along the distance of sonorous search and fascinating experimentation electronic, already undertaken with works such as “The Impossible Days” and “Subterranean Thoughts.” Nimh expands the range of sounds and instruments, revealing his own “secrets” through a new, dark but stylistically unclassifiable CD, in which he arranges with extraordinary originality and in an absolutely personal way elements of drone music, dark ambient, electronics, ritual, ethnic, field recordings, enriching every track with the recurrent presence of evocative sounds of electric guitar in varied filtered and elaborated way.” -Silentes

Nimh – Subterranean Thoughts Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“This album showcases a kaleidoscope of many different sounds, from the lysergic visions of Rewind to the cinematic suggestions of Recovered Memories, from the tight and dark atmospheres of Back to Laudomia to the ritual elements of Perpetual Cycles, from the rhythmic distorsions of Subterranean Thoughts to the hypnotic stasis of The Liquid Dream and the lyrism of the title-track reprise at the end of the disc.” -Silentes

Nimh – The Missing Tapes Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“Stratospheric sounds from another dimension, where multi-cultural sound-worlds collide. Processed electronic emulations of traditional Thai (and other indigenous) instruments, esoteric percussion, breathing, drones, feedback, shortwave radio, disembodied voices floating in air, and hazy field recordings all combine is a most intoxicating manner. With THE MISSING TAPES, NIMH returns to a more adventurous style, pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation past anything that we’ve heard before. An amazing 50+ minute sonic-travelogue of electroacoustic experiments.” -Silentes


Nimh – Travel Diary
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“Finally collected on a single CD and released in a completely re-edited and re-mastered version enriched with new sounds and parts, Silentes presents all the music created by Giuseppe Verticchio/Nimh during 2001/2002 using ethnic instruments only and in a totally unconventional way, with the addition of treated/processed field recordings. A real challenge beyond every stylistic and geographical border; an original and evocative dark-shaded ethnic-electronic-ritual music, born from the voice of ancient and often unknown traditional ethnic instruments mostly collected in the Far East, without using synthesizers and any other electronic/synthetic source at all. An absolute original, unpredictable and unrepeatable…” -Silentes


Nimh – Krungthep Archives
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) returns as a solo artist in his newest release, rediscovering the sounds of his oriental ethnic instruments, collected in he Far-East, mainly in Thailand. The recordings are often submerged with electronic sounds, drones, voices, urban noises, field-recordings, loops, rhythmic fragments, lively and dynamically reached sound waves. Otherwise, sometimes the traditional instruments own natural sounds emerge, giving life to suggestive and catching semi-acoustic soundscapes. All the contrasts of a geographical universe perpetually suspended between ancient cultures and an out of control modernism, perfectly translated in in music by a careful and sensible expert of those places and cultures.” -Silentes

Weekly Blowout Item: Michael Mantra – A.L.B.E.

Get relaxed for the holidays!

This week’s blowout sale item is Michael Mantra’s wonderful album, A.L.B.E. Ordinarily $10.99, we’ve price-cut it to just $4.99 through December 7th!

A.L.B.E.
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“A.L.B.E. is the acronym of “Ambient liquid bass experience,” because the sub frequencies Michael creates are used to stimulate the human brain in helping to reach a state of deep relaxation. Musically we have different layers of fluctuating melodic bass lines that, like sea waves, create a cyclic effect. Everything on A.L.B.E. is reduced to the essential, and the structure is the result of Mantra’s interest in Taoist principles applied to modern technology and musical expression.” -noisebrigade.net

“Soft and dilated ambient atmospheres, minimal sonorities, floating electronic carpets… A new, “classic” and fascinating album in the typical and unmistakable Michael Mantra style… Four long and suggestive tracks, to be listened at low volume relaxing in the half-light, just like a discreet and refined sonic background, or at an higher volume for a “full immersion” into warm and wrapping electronic soundwaves, to the discovery of intriguing and evocative sonic landscapes…” -Silentes