Weekly Sale: Faria, Neu Harmony, Silentes and More

We’ve gathered together another batch of random picks and put them on sale at super low bargain prices, which will be good through April 22nd or while supplies last!

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and DiN label boss Ian Boddy. This is a record of their first ever live performance at the Star’s End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia in June 2007.

The duo forge a fascinating sonic collaboration that allows for glimpses of each other’s musical personalities to be seen within the evolving musical landscape. Boddy is mainly responsible for the rhythmic content which he mutates and morphs from the sonic input of Rich’s MOTM modular system. There are references to a couple of tracks from Outpost (Ice Fields and The Edge of Nowhere) and the title track of Lithosphere but they’re presented in a more energised and dynamic version. Meanwhile Rich paints a tapestry of sound with muted keyboards, flutes and his trademark gliss lap steel guitar voicing.

The music ebbs and flows from abstract soundscapes through gentle reveries to up tempo sections that combine thunderous analogue bass and glitchy percussion overlain with a mesmerising mix of keyboards, flutes and gliss guitar. A truly unique concert performance by two of the most accomplished musicians in modern ambient electronica. -din.org.uk

Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music (DVDR) –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99
A:B

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

Seele – The Deep Side Of My Soul –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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2007. Seele is a collaboration between Amir Baghiri and Stefano Gentile.

After the previous Silentes cd: “Berlin”, Seele offers a new, entrancing excursion into urban atmospheres. A rhythmic trip thats deeply moving and coloured, mixing different styles with remarkable originality. Seele uses synthetic sounds, drum machine grooves, ambient textures, alluring female vocals, iridescent chants of the orient, exotic instrumental sounds, rapper-esque vocal phrases, arpeggios of pizzicato strings, and deeply evocative piano melodies. An unbelievable blend of sonic elements clash to create a new sonic fabric that has never been experienced before. Uncharted musical terrain for the listener seeking a completely new direction in sound.

Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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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 discos.com

Tomorrow’s Tuesday – The Glimmer Room –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
glimmer

2002. “‘Every day I die for Your Body’ begins with mournful thick pads. A slow heavyish rhythm brings the track to life then two melodies start up weaving around each other. As the track progresses more melodies come and go. Many of the tracks use a similar formula though all have a unique character of their own. This is fantastic and amazingly infectious music, I loved every track. Nearly all the numbers will rhythmically get your whole body moving- its impossible to stay still. Rarely have I come across rhythms that are so irresistible. Above all it tries to be enjoyable and exciting – and succeeds. It’s a breath of fresh air!”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct

Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy – Dervish –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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Recorded in England and Austria, the album contains a guest appearance by King Crimson’s drumming and electronics wizard, Pat Mastelotto.

Dervish’s sound-world is constantly evolving and always in motion. Atmospheric loops, cross-picking arpeggios, unresolved sequences that hang in the air, and some metallic-edged soloing that carves its own unique space. All add extra layers of momentum and tension to a music already brimming with invention and mystery. The muscular dynamics on this recording were achieved by acclaimed engineer Clemens Schleiwies, who translated the digital recordings back onto analogue tape. These were then run through a vintage sound desk that was used by the likes of David Bowie and Brian Eno during their legendary sessions in Hansa Studios, Berlin. This new meets old” approach with its combination of 20th Century post-production techniques and up to date tech-savvy gives Dervish some of its a freshness and undeniable presence. Across its seven tracks, Dervish pushes way beyond the usual comfort zones of electronic and ambient music.” -din.org.uk

Mnortham – Automnal 2003 –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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Highly indicative of the nomadic life that international sound artist Michael Northam has come to know over the past 5 or so years, this release represents a sonic recollection of his life dispersed across a vast geography, pinpointing three specific locations and moments from his long journey:

– Glacier du Trient, Switzerland / France
– Eagle Creek, Indianapolis
– Ils Grosbois, Montreal

At times, this hypnotic release presents meditative, invigorating, and eerie translations of places and experiences in ways that only Northam can poetically convey.

Originally dispersed among friends in 2003, as a limited edition “spontaneous document” CDR, this work is now re-issued on CD so it can finally be enjoyed by more people. And deservedly so.

Weekly Sale: Hypnos Digipak Items

After a short break, we’re back this week with a sale on our Hypnos digipak items. Price cuts are good through April 15th or while supplies last, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store soon for some great bargains!

Herion – Out and About –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
herion

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.

Nebulae – The Path of White Clouds –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
path of white clouds

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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
intangible

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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
numina

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 $14.99, right now just $10.99
sunyata

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 $14.99, right now just $10.99
tran and dron

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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
forget the past

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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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 $9.99, right now just $6.99
things left unsaid

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: Recently Added 12k Items

We’ve price-slashed some of our recently added 12k items for you this week – regularly $9.99 each, right now they’re just $7.99 through March 25th or while supplies last.

Pjusk – Solstøv–Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
solstov

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“With their distant, icy ambient music in shades of pale blues and greys, the Norwegian duo Pjusk evoke lonliness, time and landscape with their sound that stretches slowly, carefully and patiently through the air.

SOLSTØV is an album made almost entirely from the sound of the trumpet (performed by Kåre Nymark, Jr.), both natural and processed. Pjusk explored it not only as the delicate acoustic instrument that it is but as a generator of tone and nuanced source material. 12k’s Taylor Deupree was invited to provide sonic manipulations of the trumpet with the sound design system Kyma transforming it into delicately strange passages and tones.

Solstøv, the sun, the dust… expansive, shifting, weightless and shimmering. This is an album, epic in its sound and approach, that channels the Norwegian landscape in all of its stark beauty; its cold, its warmth, and its place in the universe. To listen to Pjusk is to sit quietly in an endless night.” –12k.com

VARIOUS ARTISTS – BLUEPRINTS –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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Digipak

“With the release of Blueprints, 12k presents two tracks each from six artists new to its roster and showcases some of the new sounds and influences that will carry the label into its 10th year (2007). The artists on Blueprints span the globe and offer a variety of sound that both compliments and expands on the style that 12k has become known for.” –12k.com

Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
rarifications

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“Compressions & Rarefactions is the fourth solo release on 12k from New Yorker Kenneth Kirschner, who is widely known for epic-length compositions that challenge the forms of modern composition. The album is released as a single CD with a digital download of over six hours of additional music that couldn’t be realized within the time constraints of the CD format. Also included is a booklet of essays on Kirschner’s music from Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet), Simon Cummings (5 Against 4), Mike Lazarev (Headphone Commute) and renowned visual artist Kysa Johnson, who was also responsible for the album’s artwork.

Kirschner’s music is often described as “challenging,” and certainly he has a unique voice among his peers and throughout the extended genres of his sound. His work tends to hover precariously between the worlds of electronic music and chamber music, likely due to his influences from the worlds of modern classical music, philosophy and science fiction.” –12k.com

Willits + Sakamoto – Ocean Fire –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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Digipak

“Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s new release is a sublime soundtrack for the ocean. It is an intense and stirring wash of cascading tones and textured harmony. Willits + Sakamoto surprise with rare form in this collaboration, creating a sound world unlike anything they have produced previously. Each artist has gently pulled the other into new sonic territory. Sakamoto’s gorgeous processed piano sound reflects Willits’ beautiful shimmering clusters of notes, a new aspect of Willits’ pioneering guitar/computer approach. Together, their sounds merge effortlessly, creating deep and seamless swells of gigantic melodic waves.” –12k.com

Marsen Jules – The Endless Change Of Colour –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
change of colour

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

THE ENDLESS CHANGE OF COLOUR exists somewhere between our future and the mistakes and accidents we’ve made along the way. It is a celebration of both the system and the unexpected. Marsen Jules’ latest work is a generative music piece upon a single phrase of an old jazz record split into three audio streams. These streams are transformed into loops which break the original instrumentation down into sound resembling pure waves, harmonics and overtones.These loops play to different time signatures to create phasing patterns that continuously move and dance around each other in a constantly-evolving lattice of sound. Despite it being based on a very strict and limited set of rules the music could, in theory, be endless and ever-changing.” –12k.com

 

Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree – The Sleeping Morning –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
sleeping morning

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“All of the instrumentation; acoustic guitar, autoharp, various bits of percussion, and analog synthesizers, were performed directly to multi-track with very little editing (they preferred to re-take rather than edit). The duo recorded much of the sound with with microphones to capture roomtone which created a warm, organic and often playful mood. Loose drums, the squeak of a monosynth and lush pads from the Jupiter-8 make The Sleeping Morning appear at first as an experiment in micro-folk but when vocal tracks are added a whole new world of song-structure and post-something is created.” –12k.com

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer – Twine –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
Twine

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“The title TWINE comes from the idea of the two tape loops as knots, as physical media, combining to form a single, more complex, piece. The seven tracks on the album are highly repetitive yet constantly shifting due to the asynchrony of the loops. All of the warm, tactile and dusty quality of the tape and vintage players is captured in the recordings and the listener can easily get lost in the slow, enveloping cycles.

The intimacy of the tape loops combined with the loneliness of the sounds gives Twine a complexity beyond its simple form. Deupree and Fischer have created a intensely focused new work that draws upon all of their creative interactions since their 2010 debut.” –12k.com

Taylor Deupree – Faint –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
Faint

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“Faint takes as its conceptual starting point the fraction of time betwixt waking and sleep, those fading instants where the light of consciousness dims and one’s connection to ‘clock time’ slowly collapses. Deupree’s material convincingly simulates in musical form the slowed pulse of the body and overstimulated mind temporarily at rest. His sensitivity to the shaping of sound is on masterful display, his deep level of attunement to the unfolding sound evident at each moment.

A restful calm pervades the material that makes it music tailor-made for meditative immersion. Faint achieves a remarkably sustained balance between stasis and activity: each piece feels like an extended frozen moment of serenity while also being a continually evolving set-piece wherein myriad musical episodes occur. The album’s five tracks fold ambient textures and the real-world noises of field recordings in amongst electric piano, guitar, and synthesizers. Listing the elements in such manner obscures the fact that Deupree is more focused on shaping sound, no matter its originating form, into an overall whole whose impact is far greater than the sum of its parts.” –textura.org

Taylor Deupree – Shoals –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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Digipak

“Particles of percussive sounds – bells, wood, mallets – are caught by the loop and repeated into a hypnotic underbelly that is coated with a loosely strung Celempung droned by an eBow. The unexpected and almost playful sounds of the instruments’ natural surfaces and room sounds are in stark contrast to the smooth tonal melodic elements, yet together they create an immersive space that seems to offer a microcosm of exploration.” –!2k.com

Weekly Sale Items: Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Faryus & More

We’ve got another batch of price-slashed random picks for you this week, and the sale prices are good through March 18th or while supplies last.

Asmus Tietchens & Vidna Obmana – The Shifts Recyclings (2CD) –Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
recyclings

Shifts is a solo project by the omnipresent Frans de Waard, founder of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, & Goem. Shifts started life in 1995 with the purpose of producing ambient music by means of the guitar. Shifts has performed four times in concert (1998, 1999 and 2002) and once in a live collaboration– as yet still unreleased–with :zoviet*france: (1998). The music of Shifts consists of finely interwoven patterns of guitars played by motor driven devices, with added studio effects and extensive use of special recording techniques. This project is the first collaboration in a studio for Shifts.

Craig Padilla – Genesis –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
genesis

The music of GENESIS consists of creation-inspired electronic ambiences that are woven from elements of new synthesis forms as well as vintage analog instrumentation. The resulting music will please anyone who enjoys electronic music that is timeless and yet current, bold and yet subtle, melodic while remaining ambient. Genesis takes place inside the listener’s mind and spirit.

Steve Roach – A Deeper Silence –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
deeper

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

Tomas Phillips + Dean King – Les Mailles –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
les mailles

The duo of Dean King and Tomas Phillips came together in 2000 with the mere intention of exploring a shared aesthetic. Their aim was the achievement of a balance between digital and non-digital sound and a functional recognition of their differences in terms of utility and signification. Whilst computer technology remains central to their work, they make an effort to locate composition within a space of physicality. Hence the use of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gathered on the periphery of laptops, they seek to foreground the act of listening in the slowly evolving tradition of microsound, without precluding the possibility of active and engaged harmony. -Monochrome Vision

Sone – Passerelle –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
sone

Documented on this CD is a site-specific sound installation / performance given by °Sone (pronounced osone”), a project of Yannick Dauby, Christophe Havard & Hughes Germain. The only sounds used were from within the walls of the building where the event took place, channeled and recorded using large transducers and then mixed and broadcast back into the main space of the building.” -and/OAR

Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko – Quiet Songs from Misty Places –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
misty

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

Nick Parkin – Descent –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
descent

“A meditative obscure travel with acoustic and electronic treated sounds.” –aliodie.com

Weekly Sale: Databloem/DataObscura

We’ve price-slashed some great Databloem/DataObscura items for you this week to just $6.99 each! The low prices are good through March 11th or while items remain is stock.

Nunc Stans – Night Vision –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
night vision

Nunc Stans produces a frost-flecked music that has about it a healthy flux of thermal energy, as of ice warmed by sun. It also comes heavy with an air of melancholia, an almost-alienation engendered by a sense of insignificance in the face of the overwhelming void. -Alan Lockett, Igloo mag

Lammergeyer – Borders & Barrens (cdr) –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
barrens

Sonic explorations of isolation, distances, and landscapes. The fourth Lammergeyer release.

Borders & Barrens follows the same general style as previous Lammergeyer releases, delving even deeper into sonic explorations of isolation, distance, and the mood of landscapes. The scene is coastlines, misty headlands, desolate marshes, barren moors and their mysterious solitude. The music is richly atmospheric, studded with inventive detail and drawn-out, almost subconscious melodies. It is a music with underlying emotion, and is a journey not to be missed. (Press Release)

“Anthony Paul Kerby, the man behind Lammergeyer and The Circular Ruins, is, I think, one of the most interesting and consistent musicians working in the area of contemporary ambient music today….”
–Reviewed by Warren Punshon – Synth Music Direct

“On Borders and Barrens (56’17”), Lammergeyer is working without much in the way of rhythm. This work often contains a pulse, but no apparent beat to carry it along. Instead, the pieces are advanced by a uniquely designed torrent of sound. Each brief and well-conceived track is captivating as multiple layers of sound, moving at different rates, rush into the listening space. The layers ebb and flow and new tones eventually overlap and replace the core. A great sense of space is achieved when the strong harmonic currents dwindle down to a trickle. Although the impressionistic Ambient works on Borders and Barrens offer little in the way of overt audible cues to determine their inspiration or meaning, the listener is left with a distinctive sense of the natural world. Far from being categorized as an “environmental” album, this work somehow manages to conjure up a sense of the majestic macrocosm of the wilderness regions of our planet. Maybe it’s the traces of pastoral melodies or the pumping pressure of the shifting atmosphere that places the listener at the center of the verdant sonic sphere. Gloomier tracks possess an ominous undercurrent as they visit a less friendly outland of conflicting overtones and darkening climate. It is this fluctuating range of experiences that engages the nocturnal wilds of the submerged mind.” –Chuck van Zyl (STAR’S END) – September 2005

The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
alchemy 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

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

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

SGNL_FLTR – Chrono –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
chrono

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.

Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion. -databloem.com

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

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