We’ve got another round of price-slashed random picks for you this week – sale prices good through March 19th or while supplies last!
Troum – Dreaming Muzak –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
“Re-edition of “Dreaming Muzak”, the first full-length album that TROUM originally released on tape in 1998 and later was re-released on a limited CDR (100 copies only) in 2005. This edition is the first one on CD format. “Dreaming Muzak” is composed by two drone ambient compositions very characteristic for the TROUM style. They were created as a muzak tuning our brainwaves into the proper dreaming stadium. The following prerequisites have been accompanying the duo for many years, hence they have become their credo executed on many excellent records and gigs. “Dreaming Muzak” is an excellent introduction to the adventures with TROUM and their music.” -oldeuropecafe.com
LISTEN to an excerpt from ‘Part 2 (The Dream Catcher) from this album.
Tomas Phillips + Dean King – Les Mailles –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
“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
M. Griffin – Fabrications –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
Originally announced in 1997 as the follow-up by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin to his debut Sudden Dark, Fabrications has been reworked, abandoned, restarted from scratch, back-burnered, reimagined, and left frozen in carbonite. Among those who have followed Hypnos from the beginning, Fabrications achieved a certain notoriety as the album always promised for release in the coming year, which never quite arrived. 2008 is finally the year in which Fabrications is revealed, perhaps appropriate for the 10-year anniversary of its original planned release date, 1998.
Generally known as an ambient minimalist, utilizing synthesizers for most of his work, this time M. Griffin took advantage of “real world” sounds, captured with binaural microphones using a portable digital audio recorder. For this release, Griffin built up collages of numerous location recording elements, including cars driving on freeways, people walking in long echoing hallways, the ocean waves in Kona at night, a metalworking factory with heavy machinery crunching away, distant trains, and clothes driers. These elements were manipulated, combined, worked-on and re-worked, and overlaid with looped spoken elements later created by Griffin in the studio. The end result comes out something like the Zoviet France soundtrack to a David Lynch film, that is, a dark and dream-like collage of loops, spoken fragments, disembodied whispers, and the echo of far-off machinery.
While ambient music recordings generally only include a few “layers,” Fabrications has been painstakingly built-up over the years so that all tracks are now comprised of dozens of layers, in some cases upward of 100. The result is incredibly complex, with ghostly remnants of real, concrete sounds filtered one against another. Aural signatures of many real places combine to form sonic impressions of a series of locations that do not really exist. These imagined, artificial locales are in effect, fabrications.
“A new album from Mike Griffin of Hypnos Records, more than 10 years in the making. Lots of processed field recordings with a drifty ambient sound. I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.”
–Scott Raymond, WVKR radio
“This one was worth the wait. One of the most truly “ambient” recordings Hypnos has released, great listening for headphone-nauts. I’ve heard the third solo album will be coming out in 2018, so everybody should have lots of time to wrap their ears around these gorgeous micro-worlds of sound.”
–“drone on” on the Hypnos Forum
“This is some gorgeously built, tripped out work! …Vast, deep, and sounds lovingly well-crafted!! You have fashioned some dark ambient nectar of the gods…”
–“9dragons” on the Hypnos Forum
“Very nice! A windblown stream of strange sounds and vocal fragments, very atmospheric, and never straying far from the Almighty Drone. Highly recommended …and use your headphones!”
–“Joe R” on the Hypnos Forum
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Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“…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
Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
“Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as “discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound”) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork.” -projekt.com
LISTEN to ‘Nada Terma 3′ from this album.
Claudio Rocchetti – Every Live is Problem Solving –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“A suggestive gallery of abstract images, confused fragments of life and real living experiences, sights of urban landscapes… Noisy and electronic interferences, mechanical machines movements, concrete noises, low frequences fluxes, hissing sounds, interferences, but also melodic acoustic guitar pieces, human voices and other field recordings… A brave, uncompromising and heterogeneous “decomposed” mosaic of avantgarde sound art beyond time, beyond any point of view and any geometric coordinates.”
LISTEN to an excerpt from this album.
Craig Padilla – The Heart of the Soul –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
“The Heart Of The Soul is a marriage of tender romanticism and the intensity of electronic music that results in a heartfelt blend of gentle piano melodies, pulsing analog sequences and the classic synth explorations that have come to define Craig Padilla’s releases over the past fifteen years.”
LISTEN to ‘Divine Embrace’ from this album.
PBK/Telepherique – Noise- Ambient Connection –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“Synthetic sound sources and sequences create unsettling atmosphere from the structured electronic patterns ranging from intense rhythmic work to creepy ambient out-of-body soundscapes.” -Monochrome Vision
LISTEN to ‘Twilight Cue’ from this album.