Weekly Sale Items: June Random Picks

Hello, everyone!

After a short break, we’re back with a random selection of deeply price-slashed items, and the incredibly low prices are good through July 4th or while supplies last.

Opium/Sostrah Tinnitus – Stain
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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“Warm, involving, deep and penetrating… Flowing sound patterns, vibrating drones permeated by a discreet sense of tension, evolving in dark, obscure, foggy, nocturnal atmospheres, violated by raven voices, mysterious noises and sounds of metal objects in motion… And then concrete noises, confused and elusive melodies, feeble light flashes, buried echoes of human voices, distant whispers, sudden passages of rough sounds, undefined nuisances, subliminal and hypnotic sequences.” -Silentes

Listen to the track, CLOGGED RAIN BOX from this album.

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oophoi – Distance to Zero –Regularly $8.99, right now just $4.99
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This recording works in roughly the same “slow drone” territory explored by Vnuk and Oophoi on their solo Hypnos releases, Silence Speaks in Shadows and Athlit, respectively. At the same time, it has a different sonic character, at times slow and dark and smooth, but at other moments bright and modern and metallic. Distance to Zero could fairly be described as some of the most daring and experimental work by either artist… a true surprise to these ears when the demo arrived here at Hypnos HQ. It definitely has an “edge” to it, though it’s still definitely easy and smooth listening. I have no doubt this will be a much-loved and much-discussed Hypnos release, and a significant milestone in the discography of both Vnuk and Oophoi.

Vnuk’s Silence Speaks in Shadows and Oophoi’s Athlit are two of the best-loved releases on Hypnos, and now these two great artists have combined their creative and sound-sculpting powers for a new work!
MP3 Samples HERE.


A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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1997 special edition (remastered, with extra tracks) version of 1992 release.

“Absolutely entrancing and mood-seducing, this is active ambient music, and, although electronically derived and motivated, results in an abundancy of lush, warm sounds that invite, beckon and entice. Keyboardist Ruben Garcia assists on the title track and the achingly beautiful “Clear Pools,” where the dark hues of A Produce’s electronics mesh seamlessly with Garcia’s striking digital chords. Captivating.”
–i/e Magazine

“This fascinating CD combines the best of Eno, Budd, Hassell, Roach, Rich, and Borden. The result is a meditative trance journey the like of which I haven’t heard since Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding…. an utterly sublime tour of outer and inner space….. This CD covers a lot of ground and will cross many listening genre boundaries, as is evidenced by its reviews in all the other alternative music publications.”
–Synthesis

MP3 Samples HERE.

eM – Outward (CDEP) –Closeout priced at just $0.99!
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The Foundry says:
This release continues the FOUNDRYEP series, following Ben Swire’s Equilibrium EP. It features music in an atmospheric and experimental mode, following along the lines of eM’s All the Stars Burning Bright release, but also incorporating other ideas and sounds.

The Outward EP is the first eM solo release since 2001’s All the Stars Burning Bright. eM (Foundry founder Michael Bentley) follows on from where All the Stars Burning Bright left off, exploring a more experimental sound with this suite of three pieces. Beginning with the loops and drones of From the Earth, developing through textural washes of Across the Milky Way, and closing with the powerful and hypnotic rhythms of Beyond the Magellanic Clouds, Outward presents an engrossing soundscape that occupies an audio space where Robert Rich, Lustmord and Brian Eno meet.


Robert Scott Thompson – At the Still Point of the Turning World
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $4.99
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Reviewed by Bill Binkelman for windandwire.com:
“Robert Scott Thompson writes some of the most provocative ambient music currently available. By provocative, I mean it literally provokes a reaction. His latest release, At The Still Point Of The Turning World, is a wondrous fog-shrouded excursion into melancholy minimalism that can be both eerily calm and forebodingly beautiful. At times reminiscent of Harold Budd or Tim Story, yet never overtly derivative of either of them. On At The Still Point…, Thompson paints sonic landscapes in muted colors, using impressionistic strokes and techniques that demonstrate his mastery of subtlety, nuance, and neo-classical textures. It’s hard to believe this artist is still relatively undiscovered. On the other hand, Thompson’s recordings are almost always unusually sophisticated and intelligent; he does not record “mass market” ambient music. However, At The Still Point…is, most likely, his most accessible recording for novices, although it still challenges jaded listeners (such as yours truly) with unexpected twists and turns and moments of juxtaposition that can startle and amaze.

MP3 samples HERE.


Nimh – The Missing Tapes
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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“Stratospheric sounds from another dimension, where multi-cultural sound-worlds collide. Processed electronic emulations of traditional Thai (and other indigenous) instruments, esoteric percussion, breathing, drones, feedback, shortwave radio, disembodied voices floating in air, and hazy field recordings all combine is a most intoxicating manner. With THE MISSING TAPES, NIMH returns to a more adventurous style, pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation past anything that we’ve heard before. An amazing 50+ minute sonic-travelogue of electroacoustic experiments.” -Silentes

LISTEN to Track 4 from this album.


Various Artists – Echoes of Polyhymnia
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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Polyhymnia was one of the Muses of Greek myth, specifically the Muse of sacred hymn. Echoes of Polyhymnia compiles music in ambient and related genres composed and recorded exclusively by women. This genre is so male-dominated generally that we had a lot of fun gathering interesting ambient sounds, including some works that have one foot in ambient territory and another foot in one of several different, related genres. It covers styles and flavors as diverse as ambient, drone, glitch, vocal collage, goth and electronica.

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

MP3 samples HERE.


Austere – Eco
–Right now just $4.99
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From Austere:
“This recording was made using a balalaika (a three stringed chordophone instrument from the Mediterranean), a number of analog and digital delays wired in series and Space Echo. The composition was arranged using a technique Reich called “phasing”, where each discrete piece of music, or “phrase”, is allowed to overlap the same or similar pieces but are slightly out of time sync with the original, creating a slowly evolving recording that changes subtly but perseptively over its entire course. As Reich wrote:

To facilitate closely detailed listening a musical process should happen extremely gradually. Both releases are designed to be played at normal or quiet levels, and are meant to be looped or played on repeat, with each piece slowly building up from near silence, growing to a quiet crescendo, and subsiding back to a whisper. Secondly, Eco, same as Convergence, was encoded with brainwave frequencies accentuated by bi-aural panning to create constructive and destructive interfernce in such a way as to create spatial sound characteristics so that the brainwaves should be somewhat effective even without the use of headphones, although it is most effective with them. Convergence was encoded with theta waves from 4-7 Hz to induce a feeling of calm, peace, and relaxation, to enchange meditation or contemplation.

Eco plays an entirely different purpose. It is meant to be played quietly when going to sleep, and should help lull the listener into a relaxed state, and then into various deep sleep-related phases of brain patterns. More information about sleep and its patterns will soon be available here.”

READ MORE about this interesting release.


Mystified – Passing through the Outer Gates, Eulogy Series Volume 1
–Right now just $4.99!
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“Ambient and dark ambient soundscapes alike are deftly populated by neo-classical elements, occasionally with an experimental twist! There are no comparisons to other musicians or albums, as this album and the journey within are distinctly those of Mystified! Dare you join Thomas on his spiritual journey? Or do you fear to leave this world behind?”

Mystified`s “Passing Through the Outer Gates” is presented in an A5 digipak with silver foil-embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hint of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret`s “Burning Souls” painting, with additional graphics and layout by Eclipse Media.

Limited to 500 copies. -First Fallen Star


Dave Fulton & Giles Reaves – The Range
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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Dave and Giles met at the Different Skies festival at Arizona’s Arcosanti. The two of them hit it off musically and after nearly 4 years of hard work the CD “The Range” was the result. Why did it take 4 years? The answer is as complex as the feelings behind the music. First there was distance, then life. Many of the songs were written during periods of emotional exile, pain and just general muck. Distance provided an interesting fodder for collaboration. Songs would start off as single cells and fly back and forth over the internet until they had grown into complex organisms. The ability to let go of pre-concieved outcomes allowed the true spirit of collaboration to fertilize the ideas. A decision was made from the start to allow any instrument, tool and any feeling to propel the song. The duo’s ability to deal with the technical aspects of a long distance collaboration helped immensely but soon it became necessary to meet again and finish the recordings. In the summer of 2007 life allowed the basic overdubs to be completed in Salt Lake City. Then long distance mixing began. The result is a rich but cohesive collection of songs that range from ambient to progressive rock, and incorporate influences from tribal to electronica to new age.

Description by Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End radio host (WXPN):
“American Electronic Musicians Dave Fulton & Giles Reaves, make their East-Coast concert debut in Philadelphia within the remarkable setting of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village on 21 April 2007 as part of The Gatherings Concert Series. Local spacemusic duo Orbital Decay will open.

Giles Reaves has to his credit several influential albums of innovative electronic music, including the genre defining “Wunjo”. Dreamy, trance-inducing melodic textures figure prominently in his music.

Part mad scientist, part sonic visionary, Dave Fulton’s command of the many custom designed electronics at his disposal is formidable. Currently playing in two underground rock bands, Fulton filters this activity through his years of experience with the Berlin-School inspired ensemble Dweller at the Threshold to realize a new and unique music.

“The Range”, the debut release by The Fulton/Reaves Project, is a diverse but cohesive collection of songs that range from Ambient to Progressive Rock, and incorporate influences from Tribal to Electronica to New Age.”

MP3 samples HERE.

Various Artists – Lost and Found (2cd) –Right now just $4.99!
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Reviews:
“What a great compilation this is… If you’ve wondered about the various releases on this label and been afraid to check them out, this would be an excellent way to go about it.” -Phil Derby, Electroambient Space

“This double CD provides a perfect introduction to The Foundry and its aural philosophy.” -Greg Clow, Grooves magazine

Numina – Shift to the Ghost –Regularly $8.99, right now just $4.99
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Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other.

Numina himself states that the album “is about the life and death of the physical self,” hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It’s a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired.

The latest work from ambient “rising star” Numina is possibly his best yet.

Reviews:

“This release from 2006 features 70 minutes of eerie tuneage. Numina is Jesse Sola. Pensive tonalities rise to insinuate a portentous presence into a brooding darkness. It’s a tenuous presence, however; one that exhibits little animation, watching with unseen eyes and subtly influencing its immediate environs. Sighing electronic textures undulate with luxurious determination. Ethereal waves seep across the firmament, occluding silence with a translucent demeanor. A liquid undercurrent aids this vaporous resonance. Buried in the atmospheric flow are hints of violins and drawn cellos, so deeply immersed that they could well be illusionary sounds. Also lurking in the mix are traces of more demonstrative electronics, but pulsations actually surface to calmly dominate the ambience and generate a savory tension. An eerie mien permeates these songs, but there’s nothing ominous or threatening about these sonic ghosts. They are congenial spirits, conveying wisdom and introspection to the listener. Sola’s predilection for seasoning his pure ambience with softly churning activity imbues this music with a seductive quality. The compositions maintain a resolute dedication to a borderland between minimalism and density, producing tuneage that glimmers with implications as it seethes with gossamer vitality. Harmonic passages are tinged with evocative substance.”
–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

“a Great album. calmful and dark beauty, Highly Recommended!”
–Parallel Worlds, on the Hypnos Forum

MP3 samples HERE.


Relapxych.O/Quantec/Deer – Shapes and Phases of Ambience
–Closeout priced at just $0.99!
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“Ghost Sounds present a luxurious and submersive compilation featuring the work of three artists, Quantec, Deer and Relapxych.O. The concept of “Shapes and Phases of Ambience” is to present different sides of ambience — everyday sounds constantly surrounding us, outdoor sounds, workplace atmospheres, musical instruments, synthesizers or equipment used in studios, whatever it might be, the two most basic elements being drone and rhythm. Locating and extracting rhythms from within ambience, rhythms within drones drones within rhythm, deconstructing and reconstructing, alone or combined, unlimited.” -bookmat.com


Saul Stokes – Abstraction
–Right now just $4.99
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First release by Saul Stokes on the Green House label. Combines never- before-heard live performance elements into a soundscape collage — a very fresh sound that’s different from his Hypnos releases…. more “abstract,” as hinted by the title.
Says Stokes: My latest release “Abstraction,” fuses the best of 3 years of concert recordings with my latest multitrack atmospheric work. From Philadelphia to Seattle, this album is a fireball of ambiance. “Abstraction” isn’t a noise collage, or easy listening ambient fluff. It is an incredibly listenable, wildly fresh and inventive continuous play album.

“Electrical appliances today are taken for granted by our culture, but not by Saul Stokes. Dubbed everything from Sonic Innovator to (in jest) “Popular Science’s Electronic Musician of the Year”, Stokes stands out in his field by having designed and built his own array of museum quality electronic instruments. This achievement enables Stokes with precise control over his original sounds and textures from the AC plug all the way to the PA speakers. But this is about more than just wires and solder. While Stokes demonstrates unprecedented real-time control over the output of his gear, inspiration for his music comes from an outlet on a more human scale. The intimacy of the concert stage is where Stokes transforms his craft into art. The immediacy of the moment, the consistent pattern of change and the spark of inspiration all act upon Stokes as he produces continuous currents of sound for a spellbound audience. At these rare and wonderful events, harmony takes a backseat to timbre as determiner of the emotional content of a piece. Constantly adjusting the tonal qualities of the composition by ear, the direction of a piece can change at will as the schematic of the performance is updated and changed by Stokes moment to moment. Although faded from his consciousness, the audience plays an important role in his music too. According to Stokes, these compositions cannot be realized outside the intimacy of the live environment. The new album Abstraction, compiles highlights from several such occasions. Each track is born out of vision, craft and spontaneity and strung together one after the other to form a virtual concert. The album flows smoothly through a contoured electric landscape of distinctive pads, drifting pitches and atonal synthesizer effects. Abstraction is a cerebral album that seductively draws the listener in, leaving you to find your own way out.” -Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

Listen to the track, THE TWIN WORLDS OF ABSTRACTION from this album.

Ben Swire – Equilibrium (CDEP) –Closeout priced at just $0.99!
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The Foundry press release:
The first in the FOUNDRY EP SERIES is Ben Swire’s Equilibrium, bringing together the strands of beat, melody, and atmosphere to create an intoxicating travelogue in sound. The detail in these compositions is remarkable, each piece picking up the thread of the others as well as developing its own unique character. This release will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed Jonathan Hughes’ Trillium CD, the output of City Centre Offices, or Susumu Yokota’s Grinning Cat and Sakura.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Early on Ben Swire’s interest in music took the form of building a studio in the basement of his home in Newton, MA (a suburb of Boston) and engineering for a variety of acts. He played drums with the band Bode, and gradually became interested in exploring different unique production techniques and creating his own music.

Ben graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 with a BA in Media Arts. While there he studied electronic music composition with Charles Bestor, winner of the 1999 Bourges (France) International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition (Dr Bestor had studied with Vladimir Ussachevsky). In 2000 Ben released a split 7″ record with the band Audio Explorations which caught the attention of Riz Maslen (aka Neotropic) with whom he later collaborated on an NTone (a division of Ninja Tune) 7″ that included the work of ex-Verve guitarist Nick McCabe. During this time time Ben was living in London and performed as a member of the act “Minus” crafting live experimental and improvisational electronic music. More recently Ben scored “FM,” an animation piece by Australian artist Rebecca Cannon which was premiered at the 2002 Transmediale Festival in Berlin.

Karsten Hamre – Through the Eyes of a Stranger (CD + DVD) –Right now just $4.99
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“Karsten crafts desolate dark ambient sound structures, ornamented by sampled sounds and experimental textures. The end result of this process is an experience categorized perhaps too simply as dark ambient, though it more closely resembles a dark soundtrack to a movie, or to a life – as seen through the eyes of a stranger… Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2-disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format), also titled “Through the Eyes of a Stranger,” that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances.” -First Fallen Star

Newly Added: Hic Sunt Leones/Aglaia

Hello, everyone!

This week we’ve got some newly-added Aglaia items for you from HIC SUNT LEONES:

Aglaia – Primeval Nebulae
–$13.99
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“It seems to be a great creative period for Gino Fioravanti, alias Aglaia, that with each new release continues to expand their vocabulary and to enriches its palette of sounds and colors. The immersive power of this work has reached the pure fusion with listening, a liquid quality.. osmotic, it is an act that rejoins the source of consciousness from which all true art springs. The electronic sounds have lost any artificial appearance and seem to be generated directly by the flow of blood, breath, meditation and dreams…
The unfathomable depth does not fail to amaze me, his regenerating power and ability to harmonize different levels , has qualities that go beyond, the music ranges with atmosphere and interior spaces that open up, and follow each other from one track to another, respecting the invisible stages of imaginary multidimensional paths in their incessant and relentless pursuit. “Primeval nebula” and “Intangible opacity” will find a broad consensus among both fans of Aglaia, that whole scene of electronic and the environment music, which apparently has achieved full expressive vitality here, in a solution of continuity with transcendence. (label press)” -aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Hyperbole” from this album.

Aglaia – Florealia Nocturna –$13.99
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“Imagine yourself a delicate fog or mist hovering above a primordial, somewhat sparse and intensely calm landscape. That would be this album in a nutshell. Superb!”
-Brian Bourassa@bandcamp.com

“This is music at the threshold of still point, with slow moving waves and textures that seem to be modulated by local atmospheric conditions. Organic and minimal, yet rich and full, with plenty of interior space to explore. When you experience this music outside the boundaries of your dwelling the playback apparatus disappears and the sounds seem to emanate from the surrounding environment. This is nocturnal ambient music at its best.”
-Sean Washburn@bancamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Stramonio” from this album.


Aglaia – Ephemeral Blue
–$13.99
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“While ‘Florealia Nocturna’ is music for the night, ‘Ephemeral Blue’ is music for late evening stillness. Deep, delicate and rich textures slowly modulate and weave a lovely tapestry of dreamy sonics. All edges are smooth and notes bloom with a welcome softness. Nothing here is fighting for space. Each element fits perfectly within the sound field. Highly recommended.”
-Sean Wasburn@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Invisible Forces” from this album.


Aglaia – Intangible Opacity
–$13.99
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“Intangible Opacity’ dares to visit the place where the Earth’s atmosphere ends and the infinity of space begins, following the physical and chemical processes that occur in the ionosphere. The sound is based on warm but at the same time somehow distanced synthetic textures, and classical ‘el-music.’ Gino Fioravanti, alias Aglaia, that with each new release continues to expand their vocabulary and to enriches its palette of sounds and colors. The immersive power of this work has reached the pure fusion with listening, a liquid quality… osmotic, it is an act that rejoins the source of consciousness from which all true art springs. The electronic sound have lost any artificial appearance and seem to be generated directly by the flow of blood, breath, meditation and dreams… The unfathomable depth of these two new albums does not fail to amaze me, his regenerating power and ability to harmonize different levels , has qualities that go beyond, the music ranges with atmosphere and interior spaces that open up, and follow each other from one track to another, respecting the invisible stages of imaginary multidimensional paths in their incessant and relentless pursuit.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the title track from this album. (Please Note: The album cover pic in the video is incorrect.)


Aglaia – Angelus
–$13.99
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“Angelus is an album that celebrates the solemnity, is to see the abstract with eyes looking up. The eternal is contained in a sound reverberates and echoes without gaps. Aglaia explores sometimes transcendence, at times introspection. Without boundaries defined flows in search of deep resonances, he meets them; there is surrender to the masses of stray sounds timeless, direct with a slow move towards peace.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Adagio” from this album.

Aglaia – Leaves & Thunderstorms –$13.99
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“The pieces move like rippling waves , like natural elements , such as puddles that reflect the sky , are vapors , breezes , forgotten impressions of the past. In ‘leaves and thunderstorms’ Aglaia uses sounds like watercolors , delicate aquatic tones that change made in a calm light. The album flows light and transparent , but has enough shadows and shades of gray , if poetry , descriptions of filtered nature.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Wall Cloud” from this album.

Hypnos Store Arrivals: Hic Sunt Leones/Alio Die

Hello everyone,

We’re kicking off June with some newly added items from HIC SUNT LEONES! This week we’ve got music from Alio Die, both solo projects and collaborations with other artists:

Alio Die – Standing in a Place –$13.99
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“A masterpiece of mystical wonder painted with the medium of music. I’ve seen him do this often in his music….but never better than this.” -Rsfx-amb@bandcamp.com

“There is only one Alio Die and the beautifully constructed listens he creates for us are such a special part of the experience of planet Earth. So expressive and emotive and spontaneously deep, we’re blessed to have his music accompany our lives and reflections. thank you.” -duffeagen@bandcamp.com

“Such exquisite complexity in this drone world by Stefano Muso (ALIO DIE). But, then again, they always are. ” -brianbourassa@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to Part One from this album.


Alio Die – Seamlessly Bliss
–$13.99
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“Just as the title suggests this is perfectly blissful ambience for wherever you may be. Never boring or overly repetetive – a masterful balance of beautiful and peaceful tones.” – Rsfx-amb@bandcamp.com

“It is always a pleasure to experience new works by ALIO DIE, mindfully absorbing the multitude of minute phrases that make up, in the end, an intricate tapestry of textural wonder. Seamlessly bliss is no exception to the rule and exemplifies this magical process that only one such as ALIO DIE can create.” -brinbourassa@bandcamp.com”

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Alio Die – Sitar Meditations
–$13.99
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“‘Sitar Meditations’ is a collection of sound experiments made by sitar and zither sessions. The acoustic recordings were edited and looped into imaginary soundscapes that bring the listener at the border of stasis, in a dreams-like state. Majestic and delicate, abstract and resonant on a background of silence, the acoustic sounds melt by the electronic effects are transformed into different vast and open spaces. A mysterious and dark album for time travelers!” -aliodie@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Painwater Vibrancy” from this album.


Alio Die & Parallel Worlds – Elusive Metaphor
–$13.99
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“Elusive metaphor is the second collaboration between ambient master Alio Die and scapes creator Parallel Worlds. in this new album, the drones and loops by Alio Die are combined with the modular soundscapes of Parallel Worlds, resulting in out of this world aural environments that merge elements of a dreamy and calm nature with mechanic and even industrial musical paths. Zither and field recordings are combined with soundscapes and sonic fragments that defy boundaries, giving the listener a unique mental journey of unspoken beauty.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the track, “Dissolved Heaven” from this album.


Alio Die & Lingua Fungi – Otter Songs
–$13.99
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“Otter Songs is the culmination of the process that began in 2008 by Lingua Fungi and Alio Die. The idea for the collaboration was born from the initial recordings by Jaakko Padatsu utilizing diverse self made instruments and natural objects including driftwood, snail shells and otter skull ocarinas. The archaic and arctic drones were later complemented with subtle recordings by Stefano Musso with zither, sitar and other acoustic instruments. The collaboration was sealed with final recordings in Italian spring 2011 by Jaakko Padatsu and Stefano Musso. From Terra Ultima to Mediterranean, the album brings together the tones of nocturnal cicadae and spring break-up of ice in Bothnian Bay. Sometimes driven with arctic atavism, sometimes with delicate warm melodies, Otter Songs aims to transcend physical distance by deconstructing and rebuilding the two worlds into boundless celebration of Terra Mater.” -aliodie@bandcamp.com


Antonio Testa & Alio Die – Reverie
–$13.99
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“Rêverie is the third collaboration between Antonio Testa and Stefano Musso after ten years from their last cd together “Prayer for the Forest”, with this new potion the duo explore different slow-motion athmospheres, playing a wide range of acoustic instruments,and distilling healing sounds,that naturally relate with music-therapy. An album for the soul and the love of being in its entirety. Airy and suspended, “Rêverie” is inductive music for light-hearted moods over any siege of thought.” -aliodie@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Dreamed-Up” from this album.

Be sure to check back in upcoming weeks for even more new HIC SUNT LEONES store additions!

Coupon Sale Continued + Hic Sunt Leones Restocks

Hello, all!

Our May sale continues this week, with coupon codes being valid on all items in the store through the end of the month (or while supplies last):

MAY2016 gives 15% off any purchase, and is valid through the end of May 2016.

25PCT100MIN gives 25% off purchases over $100, valid through the end of May 2016.

35PCT250MIN gives 35% off purchases over $250, valid through the end of May 2016.

Coupon codes also apply to our newly restocked (and many with new, lower prices!)  HIC SUNT LEONES items:

Alio Die – Honeysuckle
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“Honeysuckle is the new solo album by Alio Die. Trance & drones, acoustic and electronic sound-effects melt together in five tracks that are characterized with a touch of grace that expand consciousness in new and unforeseen dimensions. After a few seconds the music absorbs the listener under induction into the internal space that vibrates and resonates… A lovely, sensory experience that is close to being discovered, and one that will spread its fragrance. Like the hummingbird that sucks the honeysuckle’s nectar standing in equilibrium through the air.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the track, “Innamorato” from this album.

Alio Die & Opium – Enigma
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“ENIGMA is the third collaborative CD by Opium and Alio Die. Here the duo present mystifying a series of eight “imaginary landscapes” where beats are totally absent and musical structure is loose and meandering. The atmospheres are frequently disquieting, haunting and full of subtle perplexity. Acoustic and organic sounds are embedded deep within hazy drone textures, the artists employing drones and loops, zither, flutes bells and field recordings with Opium focusing on programming and wave editings. It must be said thought at the sounds produced by the items listed are not necessarily those you might expect, these guys are not into dainty melodies and sweet tunes.” -aliodie.bandcamp.com


Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Praha Meditations

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Digipak release.

“After the concert in Prague last year in may, we followed the proposal of friends to play some acoustic instruments spontaneously on top of the hill, in Troja, into a circle of stones installations. Zithers, Tubes, Bells, Rattle and Shells, Flutes..the sessions were inspired from the special place and the spring’s vibes in the wind. The recordings that are a blueprint of the spirit of that day, were edited in studio by Alio Die, then Mathias Grassow added his electronic drones to expand the point of view and enrich the flow and layers of the compositions. The result in eight tracks, show how mostly static and repetitive balanced sounds can interact with our perception during the listening time, bringing us into an active and intimate quiet mood, softly absorbing us into some dream-like and time-opening experiences.” -Hic Sunt Leones

LISTEN to the track, “Winds from the Other World” from this album.


Alio Die & Zeit – A Circular Quest

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Digipak.

“In this fourth collaborative album by Alio Die and Zeit, A Circular Quest combines electronics with acoustic drones and loops, infusing to the music the usual natural feeling with an eastern touch. Deep and immersive music, intense and layered electronic meditations, ecstatic spirals and Pacific vibes.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Zeit – Waves from the sky

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“The first solo CD by Zeit is a true revelation… After two albums in collaboration with Alio Die having a more acoustic quality, in ‘Waves fron the sky’ Tommaso Cimò undertakes electronic orchestrations with inserts of guitars and bass perfectly integrated. You can find attachments with the best mystic and cosmic music of the seventies translated with a subtle sensibility into new territories of ambient music with a very fine touch.”

Packaged in an elegant three-sided digipak -Hic Sunt Leones

LISTEN to the track, “Towards the Edge” from this album.


Alio Die & Aglaia – Vayu Rouah

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“Cosmic like Three Organic Experiences, esoteric like Password for Entheogenic Experience, Vayu Rouah performs a kind of synthesis of the researches by Alio Die and Aglaia. Vayu Rouah is the primordial wind that joins cabala and sonorous alchemies, an inexorable flux with extended electro-acoustic solutions, by a wide range of frequencies. A very long and slow gestation of about eight years have absorbed different musical moods and have stratified itself through time… sound after sound… toward extreme possibilities. -aliodie.com

LISTEN to a bit from this album.


Aglaia – Nights in Nubiland

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“Nights in Nubiland is a trip into fantastic territories. Nubiland is is the place of the Clouds, where the landscapes are attended between midnight and the dawn… before the sunrise. This new album start a new chapter for Aglaia. Pure electronics, new sounds, but above all we feel a new compositive spirit, that connect the therapeutic music of the beginning into new spontaneous forms… imaginary gestures, that without losing the sensibility and the mystery of the first compositions, expand the language into the personal expression of an art form.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to a bit from this album.

All you see above above plus nearly 30 additional newly restocked HIC SUNT LEONES items are now available, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great deals!

Spring 2016 Storewide Coupon Sale

Hello, everyone!

After a short break, we’re back with one of our ever-popular storewide coupon sales:

MAY2016 gives 15% off any purchase, and is valid through the end of May 2016.

25PCT100MIN gives 25% off purchases over $100, valid through the end of May 2016.

35PCT250MIN gives 35% off purchases over $250, valid through the end of May 2016.

Discount codes are good on any items in the store through the end of May or while supplies last, so be sure to visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon, before things start disappearing from the shelves!