Weekly Sale: Hypnos Digipaks

Hello, everyone!

We’ve decided to put all our digipak releases on sale for you this week – the low prices are good May 28th, so stop by the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great deals on our more recent releases!

Herion – Out and About –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They’ve created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with “glitch” components and strange, experimental little samples. Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy, this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.


Nebulæ – The Path of White Clouds
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.


Steve Brand – Avatara
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures…Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. I’m fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming “ascended masters,” or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they’ve realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The first collaboration between two artists well-known to Hypnos listeners and fans of ambient & experimental music in general.

While Intangible has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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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 Oöphoi. 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.

Caul – Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres: dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.


Bruno Sanfilippo – Urbs
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Sanfilippo’s work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs, Sanfilippo’s first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist’s previous work. It’s an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These “real world” sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and “intentional” nature of these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.


Numina – The Deception of Reality
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.


Robert Rich – Sunyata & Inner Landscapes (2CD)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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We’re very pleased to make available this archival 2CD digipak reissue of two of Robert Rich’s earliest albums, Sunyata and Inner Landscapes. Both albums were originally released on cassette, then issued for the first time on CD by Hypnos in 1999-2000. Two classic Robert Rich albums together in a deluxe package including 2CDs, 6-panel digipak and 8 page booklet insert.


Robert Rich – Trances & Drones (2CD)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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Hypnos is pleased to collaborate with Robert Rich on this deluxe reissue of Rich’s out of print classic ambient drone work.

Originally released on cassette individually three decades ago, Trances and Drones were later released together on double-CD by Extreme (1994) and Release (2000). Our new edition, designed to be the ultimate archival version of an essential ambient/drone classic, includes a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 8-page full-color booklet insert.


Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia – Forget the Past
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings. One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.

Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictable and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.


Subradial – Ice Diving
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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ICE DIVING is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong – an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components.


Dave Fulton – Of Those Things Left Unsaid
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Incorporating a blend of rich analog and modular electronics along with digital synthesizers, plus piano and guitar, Of Those Things Left Unsaid evolved over the course of thirteen years’ creation. Composed and recorded by Dave Fulton, with contributions from Jamie Haggerty and Giles Reaves, a completely organic approach to recording was taken, using a variety of vintage electronic synthesizers and early 8 & 12 bit samplers. While much modern electronic music is primarily sequence-driven and quantized to a degree that renders the music more robotic than human, Fulton tried to use computers only as recording the performances, not driving them.

Perhaps Fulton’s most emotive and personal work, Of Those Things Left Unsaid should not only appeal to existing fans of Fulton’s earlier solo and collaborative works, but also those listeners seeking a blend of retro and modern electronic sounds with a smooth musicality.

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Weekly Sale: Steve Roach, Subradial, Saul Stokes, and More

Hello everyone,

We’ve done some temporary markdowns on another batch of random picks, and the low prices are good through May 21st or while supplies last!

Subradial – Ice Diving –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWoroks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds.

Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.” READ MORE/LISTEN TO MP3 SAMPLES.


Bai Tian/Relapxych.O/The Loop Orchestra/Shizi – Ya Ji 1
–Right now just $4.99bai tan

Ya: Elegant, gentle, refined. Ji: Meeting, party, gathering. Ya Ji: A gentle meeting of music, art and intellect.

CD comes in an envelope sleeve, with a 4-part foldout paper insert inside with information about all tracks and participants, written in both English and Chinese.


Saul Stokes – Sleek Nucleus
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99sleek

Saul Stokes is definitely one of the most popular artists associated with Hypnos (though he has also released a lot of music for other labels as well). This is Saul’s first self-released CD, in a distinctive folder-type package, but the music still has that recognizable “Stokes sound.”

Saul says: Stokes is pleased to announce the release of Sleek Nucleus. Eight effervescent songscapes that simply redefine electronic music. Each song is a crafted fusion of contemporary rhythm and melody sculpted from Stokes’ hand-made electronic instruments. A lasting and unforgettable electronic album, Sleek Nucleus continues Stokes’ 17 year history of merging sonic innovation with soulful song composition.LISTEN to “A Two Sun Summer” from this album.


Various Artists – Sounds Of a Universe Overheard
-Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99sounds universe

Long-time Hypnos listeners may recall that we released a couple of compilations in the early years, The Other World and Weightless, Effortless, which included exclusive tracks by many of the all-time greats of this music scene. Both those compilations were very well-received by critics, DJs, and all kinds of listeners. So you could ask, and many have, why hasn’t Hypnos released any more compilations recently? Maybe because they’re a lot of work, much more work than a regular CD by a single artist, and time is always a constraining factor when running a small label by yourself. Do you do one compilation album, or do you spend that time putting together two or three regular CDs? Well now, Hypnos is no longer a one-man operation, so more time is available, and that has allowed us to take on the task of putting together these compilations.

The first compilation is Sounds of a Universe Overheard, a collection of ten tracks exclusive to this CD, created by a cross-section of ambient, experimental and soundscape artists from around the world. Included in this diverse group are more established recording artists who will be known to most listeners to these genres, as well as new, emerging names. We feel a compilation is most interesting when it varies from the familiar to the new. This disc covers all sorts of territory in terms of sound, from more musical and soundtrack-like sounds, to darker ambient, to pure sonic experimentation.

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Taphephobia – Access to a World of Pain
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99taphephobia

Digipak.

“The music Taphephobia makes is mostly based on manipulated guitars (except house of memories that is mostly based on sounds). Taphephobia try to get out the feelings he has at the moment when Ketil compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, and sometimes beautiful, like for example a good thriller drama movie. Taphephobia is very skilled to create a cinematic atmosphere combined with personal feelings like fear, hope, hate, regrets etc… The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music.” -Greytone Records

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Resonant Drift – Full Circle
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99full circle

“Resonant Drift return, bearing new worlds of sound that vary from wide, windswept desert-ambient vistas and hushed, cloud-shrouded meditation chambers to uncertain, grit-choked places better left unnamed. Tone and texture chart the course on Full Circle, a journey that goes as far inward as it does out, making it a trip worth taking over and over.” -resonantdrift.com

LISTEN to “Fading Memories” from this album.

Steve Roach – Immersion: Two –Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99immersion 2

The second in an ongoing series of atmospheric zones by master sound painter Steve Roach, IMMERSION: TWO presents a subtle shift from the luminous steady state harmonic current of IMMERSION: ONE. On this 73 minute, long-form soundscape, a sinuous weblike mist seems to emanate from the speakers. Mysterious yet calm and introspective, this is the perfect sound environment for the deeper hours after midnight, or anytime a quiet, engulfing audio landscape is desired. If Nag Champa or Sandalwood incense had a sound, this might be it.

Steve writes…

“This continuous zone, titled ‘Artifact Ghost’, has to be one of my favorites for late-night activity and sleeping. For years I kept coming back to it, as it always feels alive and never-ending, never beginning. This piece was a big part of the inspiration to start the Immersion series. An 8-minute excerpt from the 90-minute original was heard on TEXTURE MAPS, and after this glimpse of the ghost I was struck by how many requests there were for a long-form version.

“Perceptive ears will hear shades of this ephemeral zone as far back as ARTIFACTS, where I wove it into the fabric under the tribal-based grooves. Its smoky presence paid a visit on CAVERN OF SIRENS as well. If you were at any of my concerts in the mid to late 90’s, there’s a good chance you heard this piece setting the space before my performance. On IMMERSION: TWO I took the opportunity to live with this zone again, to fine-tune and melt the ‘Artifact Ghost’ even more, creating subtle movements and adding nearly subliminal openings along the way. I was shaping this IMMERSION: TWO version right up ’til the last moment. It’s playing in loop mode right now.”


Steve Roach – Immersion 3 (3CD)
–Regularly $29.99, right now just $19.99
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IMMERSION: THREE is the next chapter in an ongoing series of long-form, steady state “zones” created specifically as tone meditations for the living space. Gently immersive and especially effective at low volume, the non-dynamic nature of these spaces support focused day and night activities. Immersion is perfect for creative states, sleeping, reading, long hours at the computer and other functions where traditional music could be considered invasive. Minimal in nature and sonically uninterrupted without beginning or end, this 3-CD set of all-new material (nearly four hours long) brings Steve’s years as a sound painter of deep subtle spaces to a place of quiet mastery. This release is especially effective in dissolving the sense of linear time.

“My deeper self explorations into exploring the hypnagogic state, the place between wakefulness and sleep are in full bloom on this set. The inspiration to expand this realm of sound and the state it helps to induce is setting the course for an exciting new phase, which I will announce soon.” — Steve Roach

“Steve Roach continues to make a rarefied sound as the Mark Rothko of electronic music.” — John Diliberto, Echoes Syndicated Radio

Weekly Sale: Igneous Flame, Enrico Coniglio, and More

Hello all,

We’re back this week with some more price-slashed items for you, which will be on sale through May 14th or while supplies last.

Enrico Coniglio – Sea Cathedrals
–Regularly $8.99, 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 the title track from this album.


Jason Corder & Opium – thepresentday
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99thepresentday

Drones and ethnic elements are interwoven with percussive minimalism to create a flowing long-form work of seven fascinating movements.

Jason Corder. The moniker “Off the Sky” was originally birthed as a simple misinterpretation of an obscure line from that famous film Trainspotting. Random as its conception was, Off the Sky is an all too apropos title summating the dub-atmospheric and acoustic solo projects emanating from Jason Corder’s studio in Kentucky, USA. It is a humble hand that reflects both his mild mannered nature and his usual “in-the-clouds” mind-set. Jason’s musical style is loosely inspired by the likes of Monolake, Gas, and Christian Fennesz

Teo Zini ( Opium ) was born in Bollate, Milan (Italy) in 1979 and now lives in Varese His love for electronic music began when he was 15.His first experiments were created with thefirst home personal computer soundcards Through software he creates rich drones and complex soundscapes often using etnic/tribal sounds and beats Opium is also involved in other projects such as Sola Translatio with Alio Die

LISTEN to “5me0rganic Architechture” from this album.


Maurizio Bianchi/Siegmar Fricke – Stroma~Konkret
-Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99stroma

“Extra heavy fusion of industrial noise and musique concrete, this exclusive collaboration unites the forces of two legendary musicians who witnessed the roots of the industrial music movement. This album consists of three long tracks of mechanical aggression, clinical obsession and uncompromising psychic attack.” -Monochrome Vision

LISTEN to “Dissonanza Sclerotica (For Polineuropathic Surface, Piano Edematosa and Opaque Microsections).

We found a few copies of this one during our relocation:

Various Artists – World Wide Kind –Right now just $5.99
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“This 72 minute collection affords an excellent sampling of numerous international electronic musicians, dedicated here to the concept of a global village society through applied electronic technology. Included are tracks by: Ron Boots & Kees Aerts, Intelligentsia, Nathan McCree & Matt Kemp, Andy Hagerty, Nicholas D. Kent, Victor Cerullo, Susumu Hirasawa, Jan Linten, Arthur Loves Plastic, Steve Deg, Thomas Gruberski, Elemental, T-Bass UK, Psyclonic Parandroid, Andy Pickford, Chris Born, and Artskool. The music is varied, but generally falls into quite energetic territory: powerful electronics with strong E-perc.”
–Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity


If, Bwana – Radio Slaves
–Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99
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“Originally issued as a limited edition cassette “Radio Slaves” on the Medicinal Tapes (France) in 1986, then re-issued on CDr by the Generator Sound Art (USA) in 2003, this album finally released on CD with some bonus tracks. Loopy and sampledelic, it will return the spirit of 80s into your ears. Great collage music from the pioneering American experimental sound project. “Radio Slaves” album was recorded in 1986, when Al Margolis had just gotten the Casio sampler SK-1. It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to four seconds. Almost the entire recording uses that technology, loops completely populating the pieces. These works in particular make use of samples from the radio and vinyl as the main sound sources – the LP scratches heard on some of the tracks are meant to be there, as they are an integral part of this work.”

-Monochrome Vision

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Igneous Flame / Achromus – Flicker
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
flicker

“‘Flicker’ is primarily tonal with an under-current of ethereal mystery and depth. Constructed from Achromus’s synth textures and Igneous Flame’s e-bow guitar lines and abstracted harmonic shapes, melodic phrases are woven around tonally shifting soundscapes. The album’s dark luminosity shines throughout. Composition, guitar, sound-design and production by Igneous Flame
Composition and synths/pads (source sounds) by Achromus” -CD Baby

LISTEN to “Colourfield” from this album.


Danny Kreutzfeldt – Counterperipheral
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
counterperipheral

Brooding industrial atmospheres, and deep dubby beats.

Brooding industrial atmospheres, and deep dubby beats. Very thoughtful and highly addictive. If one needs a soundtrack to impending fall that works excellent on the headphones as well, there’s plenty of reasons to get acquainted with Danny Kreutzfeldt. If one is to define the music on Counterperipheral, one senses Kreutzfeldt is an admirer of german Pole, whose crackling glitches, slow cinematic pulsations and cropped up silences to some extent is repeated on this album. But rather than copying Pole´s formulas, Kreutzfeldt reinvents them through his own industrial sensibilty. The dubby warmth of the german is almost nonexistant in these tracks, whose soundscapes, resounding metallic pulsations and crackling effects seem to describe large, empty and windy cities with starlight sharp as ice picks. Had Fritz Lang still lived to make movies, Kreutzfeldt could, in other words, have been an excellent provider of the soundtracks. If the above description gives the impression that the music of Counterperhiperal is static and heartless, you’d better think again. On the contrary Kreutzfeldt, on long, panoramic tracks such as “Cloud” and “Channel”, which both last for more than fifteen minutes, is pretty skilled at keeping the interest going through dicreet musical changes and delicately placed details, that seem to cross in and out of focus. On top of that, the sound has a surprisingly organic character. Sure, it’s digitally treated and generated, but Kreutzfeldt´s ability to use errors constructively and create spacious sensations does make one feel the human presence behind the keyboard. A presence, which is more likely to sigh than scream through the massive alienated, industrial moods, that are being conjured. Actually the album appears to be describing a sort of inner autumn – an atmosphere, which is both pleasant and scary to be absorbed by. Counterperipheral is the sort of record, that relates to the coldness and apocalypse through a kind of stoic, elevated tranquility. Because of that it etches itself into your memory despite its discreet mode of expression. -databloem.com

LISTEN to “Modes” from this album.


Flux – Protoplasmic
  –Low-priced at just $5.99
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Seven stunning tracks of unique progressive pop. James Plotkin creates sounds with guitar that defy conventional wisdom. Lots of layered loops, exotic effects, and other egghead guitar madness!

“James Plotkin, formerly the guitarist for the legendary OLD, comes out with this new project that mixes house with ambient and progressive guitar. Odd mix? You betcha. But it works. Using repetitive high end guitar, catchy guitar lines, house-styled drum programs (I believe Mick Harris of Scorn had a lot to do with that as he was the producer), and the “matter-of-fact” recitations of Ruth Collins, there is a certain trance-like state one can reach listening to this work. Worth checking out.”
-Review by John Chedsey, SSMT

LISTEN to the track “Hollow Spaces” from this album.

Weekly Sale: Seren Ffordd, The Circular Ruins, and More

Hi there, everybody!

We’re back this week with another round of random picks for you, and the sale prices are good through May 7th (or, of course, while supplies last).

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99martian

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 Oöphoi. 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.

Review:
“The Martian Chronicles is a 74-minute longform album inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short science fiction story by the same name. It is the first collaborative album between Oöphoi (aka Italian drone expert Gianluigi Gasparetti) and Welch soundscape composer Seren Ffordd (aka Andy Benford).

What we got here is a deep and immersive work of cinematic ambient that took about three years in the making. The seven tracks feature vast, dark and slow morphing drone textures along field recordings and percussion, making up an intense trip into a mysterious and alienating world with psychedelic edges.

The Martian Chronicles is a spacious recording meant for deeper and focussed listening, that seems to submerge the listener even more when heard with a good pair of headphones. If you’re into dense ambient art works with both subtle changes along fine environmental sounds, this quality album is for you.” –Review by Bert Strolenberg

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A Produce – White Sands–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99white sands

“A Produce has done it again with his best work ever, White Sands. This is one of those recordings that gets better with each listening. Is it because it’s timeless, trance inducing, yet ‘alert’ music? That rare moment of clarity when one is quiet yet very ‘alive’? Or is it a reflective, sonic snapshot of an at peace artist? A Produce, I feel, is on to something.”
–Dwight Loop, Santa Fe Sun

“This is a contemplative, diverse mix of slow ambient synthesizer places that compare favorably with similar works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin and Sati. The CD flows well even though it contains a considerable variety of sounds, and merits a serious listen. There is something here for every New Age/ambient/space music enthusiast– electronic New Age, tribal techno, meditative, ambient and sombient pieces, as well as works falling between definable genres, making this one of my favorite recent releases of ambient music by a single artist.”
–New Age Voice

“A Produce has consistently turned out albums of highly evocative and frequently very beautiful music which has on occasion been referred to as ‘trance’ music but would more accurately be described as ‘sound paintings.’ Each place evokes a place, a natural environment, a state of being. The composer is subtle in his use of eclectic resources that span the techno-tribal spectrum…. The White Sands anthology is a perfect introduction to this talented artist’s oeuvre.” –P-Form Magazine

LISTEN to “Within Reach” from this album.

Surface 10 – In Vitro Tide –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99in vitro

“Surface 10 is nothing less than a pulsing, reckless tour de force of spiky, punchy beats welded and fused with white noise, grunge guitar, dislocated voices and a swaggering disregard for somnolent sine wave culture that permeates much of todays Electronica. With a glistening, extrovert production, the album is a cavalcade of ideas which fly off like sparks. The dense layers of texture are frequently parted to reveal astonishing knots of wry melody lurking deep beneath the surface of the album. Each track slides from one oeuvre to another in a dazzling, almost precocious attention to detail which offers much in the way of rewards for repeated listening.” -din.org.uk

LISTEN to “Epheral” from this album.


The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99alchemy concert

The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind. -databloem.com

LISTEN to “Calibration” from this album.


Ray Carl Daye – Rapid Ear Movement
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99rapid

“Rapid Ear Movement” the third release by Ray Carl Daye, is a diverse collection of electronic/ambient instrumentals full of emotion and creativity. The compositions range from the energetic, sequence-driven minimalism of “Endless Departure” and “Dervish Moon” to the radiant, melodic riff of “Aqua Lit”. Other notable tracks are the sentimental, gentle meditation of “Quiet Remergence”; the glittering soundtrack-inspired “Elusian Spring” and cinematic atmosphere of “The Illuminated Earth”. In all, “Rapid Ear Movement” presents fourteen short soundtracks for an imagined cinema.

Ray Carl Daye has been writing and recording ambient/electronic music since 2006. His first album Spectral Navigator, released on Magnatune in 2008 was chosen by Galactic Travels radio as a Top 20 CD of June 2009. His second album Echoes From the Aether released in 2010 and available at the Hypnos store and ping things, was played on the nationally syndicated program Hearts Of Space. His current album titled Rapid Ear Movement was influenced by minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno.

“Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by…”
rik maclean, ping things

“we are absolutely crazy about your music…”
John Buckman, Founder/Owner of Magnatune

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Concert Silence – Rain Furniture
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With “Rain Furniture”, Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper wanted to explore a new and different musical territory than previously traveled, while still using the audio set up from “09.22.07”. As a companion piece to the full length, Rain Furniture engages a more raw energy.


Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. -Chaotische Fraktale+Letzte Technologie (2CD)
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A double cd new edition by Silentes of “Chaotische Fraktale” and “Letzte Technologie”, a pair of works developed from the collaboration between M.B./Maurizio Bianchi and Frequency in Cycles for Second/Sandro Kaiser. A fascinating sonic mix influences’ industrial matrix revealing, electronic experimentation, minimalism, noises and deep music, alternating large deep drones based parts, destant sounds of reverbering piano, soft subliminal just whispered melodies, sudden electronic meddles, now dramatic and dark, now stronger and static atmospheres, in void suspended, between oniric motionless suggestions and totally earthly chaotic executions.

Steve Brand – Avatara –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99avatara

Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name “Augur,” and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He’s quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we’re very excited to follow up with Steve Brand’s new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint. This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

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