Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #4

We’ve got some more random picks for you this week, and sale prices are good through April 26th!

Northern – Drawn  –Regularly priced at $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams.


Darshan Ambient – Falling Light
 –Regularly priced at $13.99, right now just $8.99
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“Picking up where 2011’s DREAM IN BLUE left off, which skillfully straddled a delicate musical line between ambient and jazz, Falling Light finds Allison moving more towards an almost ambient Americana sound at times. The deliberate use of lap steel and slide guitars blended with synth textures that seem to stretch to the horizon, brings to mind visions of wide open spaces, big skies and endless possibilities. With multi-layered percussion, synth textures, bass, and guitar grooves, Allison’s unmistakeable compositional style is in top form, delivering thoughtful melodic phrases and themes with a familiar atmosphere.”


The Electric Golem – Sky Snails
–Regularly priced at $7.99, right now just $5.99
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James Spitznagel and Trevor Pinch comprise the duo known as The Electric Golem, who yield generative, modern psychedelic mindscapes thanks to Pinch’s command of his Moog Prodigy and homemade modular synths, and Spitznagel’s own battery of devices: the textures he coaxes from the Evolver, Mopho, Tenori-on, Nintendo DSi, iPod Touch, and Orb Sequencer are as novel as the modules themselves. Sky Snails is the 2nd effort by the duo, whose methodologies, arising from the collision of knob and touchscreen, birth incorporeal soundsculpting of a high order.


Concert Silence – Rain Furniture
–Regularly priced at $9.99, right now just $5.99
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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.


Moljebka Pvlse – Zojo
–Regulalry priced at $7.99, right now just $5.99
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“The Moljebka Pvlse album Zojo was recorded during the Mathias studies at the Royal Institute of Art. He was inspired by the longest night of the year in Stockholm, the day when there is almost no daylight. His ambition was to make an acoustic album of minimal music without any musical instruments. Moljebka Pvlse setup long nylon strings across his entire studio at school, which he then plucked and bowed and recorded with his favorite contact microphones on that very night. These recordings became the fundament of the album and set the tone for the rest of the work.” -Greytone Records


Home Patterning – A One Thousand Pulses Compendium
–Regulalry priced at $7.99, right now just $5.99
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“OTP’s first compilation, Home Patterning, highlights some of the series’ finest moments, extracted from a year-and-a-half of unique and special performances. Includes tracks by Robert Rich, Malcolm Cecil & The Electric Golem, Rapoon, Eraldo Bernocchi, Chuck Van Zyl, Tim Motzer, Kevin Kissinger, and more.” -onethousandpulses.com


Monos – Age and Transformation / Aged and Transformed (2CD)
–Regularly priced at $11.99, right now just $8.99
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In a Stoughton gatefold mini-lp sleeve with matte finish inner sleeves for each disc. 2nd disc contains 40 minute track titled ‘transformed’ that is ONLY available on the CD. Edition of 800.

Nearly two hours of musical constructions spread across two discs and they are pieces that demand your attention. Intricate patterns are concocted through wrecked strings and the sounds of empty space. It’s like touring the architectural graveyards of the industrial world. Creaking and crawling through time, finding the longest, most difficult paths to explore the past, Monos (aka Darren Tate) aural landscape is a deep and detailed place. Strings feel like they could shatter at any moment. Field recordings are layered and brought to life, unveiling a living, breathing cityscape that exudes a kind of organic urbanism. It all feels so simple yet momentous and beautiful. Wistful chords flow from a Rhodes piano (or maybe it’s an organ… or maybe it doesn’t really matter), dripping with nostalgic daydreams of life before the fall. “Age & Transformation” is a grand treatise on all things elemental and industrial and the inherent symmetry between the two.” -Brad Rose, Experimedia

Weekly Sale Item: Various Compilations

This week we’ve got all our Hypnos compilation albums on sale for you, as well as several others for you to choose from, and the low prices are good through April 19th!

Various Artists – The Other World (2CD) –Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $6.99
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This first compilation on Hypnos brings together 19 of today’s most talented and visionary artists, including Vidna Obmana, A Produce, Jeff Greinke, Ron Boots, Jeff Pearce and many others. All 19 tracks are exclusive.

REVIEWS:

“…a who’s-who of the experimental/electronic underground. Vidna Obmana, Ruben Garcia, A Produce, Alpha Wave Movement, Robert Scott Thompson, Richard Bone, Larry Kucharz and the usual Hypnos suspects are on hand interpreting atmospheres, visiting unknown quadrants, jacknifing across the cosmos, reveling in stasis and acceding to entropy. Ambience is the defining credo on The Other World, though some twists and turns are taken by Stokes, Greinke and Richard Bone (on his “Via Mycropia”), to name a few. Ultimately, this is a sterling collection hosting some of the genre’s emerging and enduring players.”–Darren Bergstein / i/e Magazine

“Mike Griffin’s Hypnos label deserves a special mention this year, for its consistently high-quality releases. THE OTHER WORLD is perhaps one of the finest various-artist compilations of space-music ever, and while not all of the artists are household names, the music is first-rate, perfectly sequenced, and beautifully packaged.” –Cliff Tuel, Space Music mailing list


Various Artists – Weightless, Effortless
–Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $5.99
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The 2nd Hypnos compilation follows early 98’s landmark THE OTHER WORLD, one of the most acclaimed ambient/atmospheric compilations ever, which won numerous “Top 10 of 1998″ and “Best Compilation of the Year” awards. WEIGHTLESS, EFFORTLESS consists of 9 exclusive tracks by some of the most noteworthy artists in this genre, both established figures and unknowns deserving of more attention. The contributors each created an expression of a central theme: that of existence without desire or struggle, indeed without intention. The resulting pieces express a restraint, a purity and simplicity, all to uncommon in music today. Even if you listen without regard to the theme unifying these pieces, you’ll find WEIGHTLESS, EFFORTLESS to be a wonderful sampler of some of the finest artists working today. There is a continuity between tracks, as though all the material were composed by one mind. Yet despite this smooth continuity, each piece is an expression of a unique creative voice, and conveys strongly what is distinct about that artist’s personaliyt. Let WEIGHTLESS, EFFORTLESS take you to a place that is without ego and without wanting.

Includes work by Steve Roach, Kevin Keller, Rod Modell, Ma Ja Le, Loren Nerell, Dave Fulton (of Dweller at the Threshold), Dean DeBenedictis (of Surface 10), Scott Fraser, and James Johnson.

REVIEWS:
The Hypnos label has done it again, compiling an outstanding roster of contributors…. Unlike some compilations, this one has a unified theme and mood suggested by its title, and the pieces work well together.” –Cliff Tuel, on the Space Music mailing list

“Jackpot. Here without a doubt is one of the best collections of meditative music of 1999. Listening is, indeed, effortless. A limpid sequence of calm environments and cosmic quests are created by big names (Loren Nerell, Steve Roach) as well as a string of talented lesser-knowns (James Johnson, Dean De Benedictis, My Ja Le). Without artifice, these tracks possess an allure both simple and direct, conveying a powerful lightness which takes over the listener, carrying through until the journey is complete.” –Via 2, Orleans, France [translated from French]


Various Artists – Sounds Of a Universe Overheard
–Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $5.99
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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.


Various – Message from a Subatomic World
–Regularly priced at $9.99, right now just $5.99
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Having not released any various-artists compilations in the past decade, Hypnos released in 2007 a new compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard featuring a diverse array of ambient soundscape artists from around the world. We are proud to follow last year’s release with its “mirror image” compilation, which we believe meets or exceeds that high standard.

Here are another 10 exclusive tracks by 10 artists who have not appeared on Hypnos compilations before, though some of these artists will certainly be familiar to followers of our label. Message From a Subatomic World in comparison to its predecessor is perhaps a bit more abstract and deep-space, more mysterious and strange, whereas Sounds of a Universe Overheard is a bit more musical and structured overall.

 

Various Artists – Echoes of Polyhymnia –Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $5.99
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Hypnos manager (and artist) Lena Griffin curated this specially-themed compilation which gathers an assortment of ambient & atmospheric sound works from around the world. This project reveals a totally new angle on ambient music, more diverse and wide-ranging than all previous ambient compilations from Hypnos. Ranging from ethereal to dark to pretty to spooky to melodic, we think this album displays a solidly worthwhile musical and soundscape content beyond just the curiosity and “I’ve never seen that before” factor of the theme.

“The nine Muses struck up a lifestirring melody. Polyhymnia, nursingmother of the dance, waved her arms and sketched in the air an image of a soundless voice, speaking with hands and moving eyes in a graphic picture of silence full of meaning.” –The Dionysiaca of Nonnus

REVIEWS:
“My compliments for /echoes of polyhymnia/, great album!” –Dennis Koepper, Databloem

“A wonderful compilation from Hypnos, featuring women in ambient music. Highly recommended.” –Scott Raymond, WVKR-FM


Various Artists – Lost and Found (2cd)
–Regularly priced at $11.99, right now just $6.99
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A two disc compilation giving a glimpse into the activities of Hypnos partner The Foundry. This serves as an excellent “cross-section” sampler of Foundry artists, for listeners interested in exploring the label but not sure where to start, as well as functioning as a document of early Foundry recordings, from the days of the imprint’s lower-profile, pre-Hypnos.


Various Artists – Sub.Terra
–Super low sale-priced at just $4.99!
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Experimental compilation featuring Interstitial, Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, M. Bentley, and Vir Unis.

REVIEWS:
“sub.terra” is a fascinating compilation based around the concept of creating a series of pieces using only a trumpet as source material. the artists all started with a set of trumpet recordings and from there processed and treated the tracks until they came up with the works contained herein. and a very impressive collection of works it is! featuring tracks by Vir Unis, vidnaObmana, Saul Stokes, Michael Bentley and Interstitial, “sub.terra” provides not only an excellent group of challenging pieces, it also serves as an introduction to some of the best artists in the field of electronic music today. with each of the artists contributing their own interpretations, each adding their own particular sounds and flaours, “sub.terra” crosses a range of styles and ideals. from the dark drones of Interstitial, through the percussive groove of Vir Unis, the space and movement of vidnaObmana, the hypnotic chilled electronics of Saul Stokes, and the dark deep-space explorations of Michael Bentley, “sub.terra” is an excellent collection, and well worth checking out.” –rik maclean – ping things

“This release from features 61 minutes of collaborative electronic ambience. The project was initiated by Interstitial (aka John Koch-Northrup), who created a basic theme that was then provided to a selection of notable ambient synthesists who elaborated on the original template. The CD begins with Interstitial’s original theme. An assemblage of ethereal tonalities congeal to generate a distinctly subterranean harmony of subtly varying textures, often pitching shrill enough to emulate horns echoing from cavernous strata.
Then Vir Unis (aka John Strate-Hootman) applies whispering beats and a dreamier sense to the caverous reverberations. While those beats start out as barely noticable, their soft patter rises to more definable status, evoking an anticipatory tension to the mix. Soon, the rhythms evolve into an engaging enhancement that rivals the basic template for the audience’s attention. The next track finds VidnaObmana embellishing the template with ghostly undertones that accentuate the echoing quality of Interstitial’s melody, changing the mix into a haunting procession through underground tunnels. Then Saul Stokes takes a shot at mutating the basic theme, transforming Interstitial’s caverous mood into an interstellar medium full of twinkling stars and breathing nebulae. Rhythms emerge to attribute more body to the infinity, and those tempos continue to grow, overwhelming the underlying structure. Which leads to a remix by Michael Bentley (aka eM), who dissembles the template into quite a different sonic creature. Textures become more elongated, creating a more suspenseful ambience punctuated by horn-bursts of utmost clarity. The introduction of quasi-radio emissions render the piece into a pulsating deconstruction. The finale belongs to Interstitial, who blends elements from all these collaborators together to produce a magnum opus of ambient proportions. (While the basic template and the other remixes are between 8 to 11 minutes long, this piece clocks in at over 16 minutes.) Expert manipulation infuses aspects from each earlier treatment into the basic theme, producing a lush track that flourishes with variations while taking a more introspective tact.” –soniccuriosity.com


Various Artists – Convergent Evolution
 –Regularly priced at $11.99, right now just $6.99
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First release on the new Green House label, featuring Vidna Obmana, Samsa, Vir Unis, Exuviae, Mono No Aware, Steve Roach, Jayme Washburn, and Me. In this case, the work of the “unknown” artists here is every bit as challenging and worthwhile as that of the names you recognize.

The Green House Music press release says:
Midwest electronic music label Green House Music proudly invites you to embark on a journey into the musical cosmos with its debut compilation, Convergent Evolution. Green House Music is dedicated to releasing the newest and best in ambient, atmospheric, and experimental music from around the world.

Convergent Evolution is an eight-track compilation that offers an eclectic blend of electric/acoustic soundscapes from a variety of well-known and emerging artists. The concept behind this project was to invite both the artist and the listener to experience the changing elements of reality through ideas and sound. All tracks on this release are exclusive to Green House Music and exhibit a form of “new ambient, which covers the broad spectrum of today’s electronic music scene.

Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #3

This week we’ve got another round of random picks for you, and the low sale prices are good through April 12th!

Juxta Phona & Offthesky – !Escape Kit!  Regularly priced at $15.99, right now just $6.99

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“Transmitting from an alternate universe where david lynch is supreme diety, the orb’s pomme fritz is the national anthem, and flanger and pole are the world’s most venerated heroes, juxta phona & offthesky set forth a treatise of intelligent and challenging electronic music. sliding through a series of surrealist landscapes , this album embeds texture and feeling into your subconscious through dense and smoky occult electro-jazz rites. capturing a prismatic work reflecting both organic and digital faces, Somnia is proud to release this unique and highly visual experience.

limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by ray massini” -somniasounds.com


Scott Solter – The Brief Light
   Regularly priced at $12.99, right now just $5.99
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Manifold says:
“We have been listening to the demos of this release for about five years now, craving the day when we could finally clear our roster of coming releases to get it out to you. We’re afraid a written review and one or two MP3 samples will not be up to the task of conveying how astounding and masterful this record is. Scott Solter is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer from California who is more used to producing other bands (Tarantel, John Vanderslice) than seeing work released under his own name.

So what’s it like? Does anyone else think ‘Equator’ was O Yuki Conjugate’s best album ever and wished they had done another record of the same caliber? Does Shinjuku Thief’s ‘Bloody Tourist’ make your mind and heart wander? A Small Good Thing’s ‘Slim Westerns’? The Brief Light is a complex tribal/percussive-ambient trek into the heart of bright rainforest worlds and afro-alien rhythms, an endless list of primitive instruments and ephemeral human voices, all combined by Solter, provide an effortless mathematical structure upon which each track creates it’s own scene but keeps one emotional sentiment throughout. This spirit weaves in and out of each piece like a soul-thread, holding all the oppositional landscapes together as one continuous experience. Play this once, then you’ll play it again, and no matter how many times you let this brilliant piece of aural cinema fill your space, you will never exhaust the feelings and imaginings it evokes. Packaged in a burlap-cloth wrap with natural objects and ancient letterpress printing beneath. Simply one of our best releases ever.


Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music
  Regularly priced at $13.99, right now just $5.99
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“A/B Illuminated Music DVD-R provides a visual gradient to the audio-CD (of A/B). Beautiful video art… with a higher purpose. The visuals here provide a true change in state-of-consciousness, and conversion of negative yin emotions into a more positive yang emotion. For maximum meditative state, watch this DVD while listening with stereo headphones. This DVD is dedicated to world peace for all sentient beings.” -Silentes


Rapoon – Melancholic Songs of the Desert
  Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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“A retreat into the one place that no government has yet found a way into, the free and open spaces of the mind. Spontaneous and mediative reflections looking for an inner peace in a world made ugly by hatred and war.” -Soleilmoon


Opium – Algorithms
  Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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A stunning new offering by Opium. Classically elegant and extremely refined ambient music. Multi-dimensional sounds that are warm and enveloping. An emotional travelogue, starting dramatically, then taking the listener down a slower path, comfortably easing you into a long and fascinating sonic trip, where the sounds grow wide and large, and finally crumble inward, then regenerate, returning for another phase. A new sonic alchemy, and an entirely new world of soothing sounds for the adventurous listener to visit.


Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth
Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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“…Excavating the sonic crust with heavy synthesised drones, trebly buzzes and popping bursts of sound……eerie as hell.” -Darren Bergstein, I/E (from review of original release)

“After unearthing the original tapes, Martin Franklin has created all new mixes for this Faria Records release, including previous unheard sections, re-interpreted and enhanced for the 21st Century listener.” -Faria Records

Set between a passive, rolling, drifting beauty and the eviscerated android guts of a more extreme Industrial music, this is dream music to inspire the worst of nightmares. Raw electrics (too raw to be electronics) buzz, boom and sizzle against a charming backdrop, sharing centre stage with nerve-jarring loops and creative electronics to form ever-transmuting, floating patterns, mutant soundscapes and dehumanised acid baths of softly rolling noise. This truly is a hybrid of two extremes – the harsh, raw electronics of extreme noise and the warm welcome of smoother passive music. It takes you to places which are simultaneously pacifying and threatening, sweet and sordid. Edgy, raw and often quite beautiful. -Bonnicon at discogs.com

Weekly Sale Item: Five from DataObscura

This week we’re bringing you five great items from the DATAOBSCURA label. Ordinarily priced at $9.99, we’ve marked them down to just $5.99 each through April 5th!

The Circular Ruins – The Birth of Tragedy
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“The Birth Of Tragedy is a finely crafted and intimate album of sonic storytelling, and the first solo work of 2012 by Anthony Paul Kerby. The tracks flow like an enigmatic existential jigsaw, composing a broad introspective tapestry of melancholic and harmonic visions.” -dataobscura.com

 

The Circular Ruins – Before the Colors Deepened
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“The music of Before The Colors Deepened drifts between a deep, expansive, and sometimes ominous-sounding, experimental spacemusic, and a more tender, often melancholic, classical style of slowly developing melodic structures and subtle layering. The result is a complex and imaginative series of immersive soundworlds that reward attentive listening, and that will take you on a journey only hinted at in the individual track titles.” -Dataobscura


Robert Davies – Pond

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“Another deep pastoral exploration from Robert Davies. This time consisting of four longer, 15 minute pieces. A work inspired by lines from Thoreau’s Walden.”

“Possibly the most meditative and serene of Robert’s albums to date. A work of subtle changes and consistent moods that functions well as both background ambiance and immersive mental landscapes.” -APK

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Robert Davies – Whispering Grove

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“It was midsummer, when the alchemy of Nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogeneous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly indefinable odours of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.” -H.P. Lovecraft The Tomb

“Imagine this literary image transposed into flowing music and you have the rich ambient compositions of Robert Davies’ Whispering Grove. Possibly his most perfect pastoral album to date. Music that brings romantic visions of languishing within secluded bowers of intoxicating scents and lush humid overgrowth. Crafted with an unassuming simplicity and deftness, this is an album guaranteed to transport you.” -dataobscura.com


Lammergeyer – Beginning To End

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“Beginning To End is a work of subtlety and considerable beauty. The album flows in a very visual, cinematic, and sometimes orchestral vein. If you like musical, expressive, ambient explorations that do not shy away from melody or from sonic invention then be sure to give this fine release a listen.” -Dataobscura

Weekly Sale Item: Databloem

This week we’ve gone through our DATABLOEM category and marked down every item by at least two to four dollars, plus we’ve thrown in some extra-special sale items that have been temporarily marked down from $13.99 to just $5.99 through March 29th!


Various Artists – Collection 2: Moving

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Collection 2: “Moving” is, as the title suggests, the second compilation from the Dutch label Databloem. This label has been making a terrific name for itself, releasing high-quality electronica albums from a number of new and exciting artists. Moving is billed as “a collection of ambient explorations and grooves”–and it’s a very satisfying collection; seemingly a denizen of an alternate universe where techno artists chose to discard their club roots in favor of the ambient sound. Don’t expect banging tracks of stunning beatwork–this is a fine selection of laid-back, downtempo head-bobbers. With exclusive tracks by Mantacoup, Carbon Boy, The Circular Ruins, Spielerei, Saul Stokes, Psychetropic, ENV(itre), Makunouchi Bento, Subradial, Vir Unis and Cyscape.


Various Artists – Collection 3: Blending

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Another collection of contemporary ambient and ambient-glitch that takes the listener on a journey that stretches the old boundaries into a shape of things to come. 70 minutes of bliss with not a sub standard track in sight, an impressive collection.With exclusive tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt, Off The Sky, Krill Minima, Waki, Lingua Lustra, Mendigo, Lufth, MOC, Dreaming The Seed, Svartling and Liquid Bridge.


Beta Two Agonist – Zero Point Field

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Minimal glitchy atmosphere’s complimented by spare soft rhythms and gentle, yet moving, shades of melody. Beta Two Agonist was born in 1976 in Barcelona, son of a Catalan musician and a Dutch mother. He attended art college around 1998. There he discovered the computer as a valuable tool, while picking up the mindset of experimentation and openness. Through the years the borders between music and noise were blurring. He discovered that error and chance can be wonderful, and captures those magic moments in audio. He also uses field recordings, percussion and other objects, circuit-bent toys and contraptions, synths, effects pedals and software. Databloem is so good at finding new talent in ambient electronica, and they have really outdone themselves this time in bringing listeners the fresh sounds of Beta Two Agonist.


SGNL_FLTR – Chrono

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After years of signaling, filtering, phasing, delaying, decaying, compressing, compromising, changing, arranging, changing, rearranging, adding, removing, accepting, denying, deleting, rendering, considering, forgetting, remembering, reconsidering, choosing and compiling, this is it. However, an empty duration as a naked prefix of random time is all this is, until you make my time yours and relate the position of the prefix to the duration of you.

All tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt during 2002-2006. Guidance and good intensions provided sporadically by my friends with a special mentioning of Dennis Knopper.


Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles

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Offthesky returns with a fascinating set of experimental ambiances, acoustic and glitchy rhythmic excusions The Geist Cycles project began as a series of live sonic collaborations via Lexington (KY, USA) artists interacting to interpret an idea of life in transit to afterlife. The takes were later studio swept and fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

Some items are in extremely limited supply, so visit the DATABLOEM section of the Hypnos online store and grab them before they’re gone!