Category: Ambient Music News

News and information not directly related to our own releases, or the music we sell in our store, but nonetheless of interest to the average Hypnos listener.

Changes Coming – Downloads and More

We’ll have some exciting changes coming soon, primarily related to our first digital download store. As soon as we finish up beta testing, we’ll be opening the door to the public. Though we plan a sort of “soft open” for the store, with just a few products available at first, we plan to steadily ramp up and increase our offerings.

We’ll start out by offering a handful of Hypnos titles for download, then increase the Hypnos (and Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds) offerings until most of those are listed.

After that, we look forward to offering digital downloads from other labels, starting with some of the music we already sell on CD in our Hypnos Online Store. Again, we’ll start small and gradually ramp this up.

The next phase after that, perhaps most exciting of all, is when we start selling downloads from other labels and artists not currently represented in our store. We envision our store becoming a hub for ambient, electronic and experimental music, with a mix of CD and download items. While physical space requirements keep us from offering more than 1,000 or so titles on our Hypnos Online Store, digital downloads don’t take up any physical space, so we might end up offering thousands of titles.

Here’s to the future! We’ll have more specific news very soon.

Saul Stokes Live in San Francisco, June 27

Just received this note from Saul Stokes about his performance TONIGHT in San Francisco, CA. Yes, it’s short notice, but in case you might be able to make it… Saul says:

Greetings! A very last minute email about a very last minute concert!
I’ll be performing live this Thursday night (6-27) in San Francisco.
Expect a invigorating summer remix of Sleek Nucleus and Villa
Galaxia. More info below:

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BlipDrums/2d007b62dc/4c77313ccd/77b73f6476

F8 LIVE presents: Unnatural Ways, Impuritan, & Saul Stokes
Thursday at 9:00pm
1192 Folsom in San Francisco, California

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Also..

For those of you on the East Coast, I will be in Philadelphia this
November for The Gathering Series. More to come…

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Secret Music Oophoi Tribute

Scott Raymond’s April 14 Secret Music playlist in tribute to Oophoi was especially comprehensive, and included tracks from all four of Oophoi’s solo and collaborative works on Hypnos. Thank you, Scott!

Here’s my playlist for Sunday, April 14, 2013. No show last week, as I had to work. On today’s show, I played several pieces featuring Gianluigi Gasparetti, aka Oophoi, who passed away earlier this week. A great talent gone too soon.

Scott Raymond
WVKR-FM
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

newage@secretmusic.net

Secret Music Playlist, 4/14/2013

Artist Song Album

Oophoi Drifting Into Blank Space Athlit

Celer A Small Push Into Exile Without Retrospect, The Morning
Max Corbacho Web Of Eyes The Ocean Inside
Eyes Cast Down Expanse Of Heart The Separate Ones

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oophoi Distance To Zero I Distance To Zero

Rene Splinter Lemniscate Singularities
Picture Palace Music Fiery Fountain Of The Stars Indulge The Passion
Bertrand Loreau Mini Mood Nostalgic Steps

Darwin Raymond A Summer Embrace Somewhere The Sun Shines Brightly
Mirror To Mirror The Store Body Moving Slowly
Cousin Silas & Empty Whale Sensing Change Silas & Friends Vol.1
Jack Hertz & Cousin Silas Nagual Jaguars & Shamen

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi Blue Fire The Martian Chronicles
Oophoi The Last Farewell Time Fragments Vol.2

David Van Tieghem Even As We Speak Thrown For A Loop
Glenn Main Echoes From The Past Ripples
Remy & Synth.NL Traffic Cones Primitives

Nebulae Enlightenment The Path Of White Clouds

Oophoi Tribute on Sunday Evening Sinewaves

Due to the recent passing of Gianluigi Gasparetti, better known as Oophoi (see previous news item), several radio stations have played some of his music. Perhaps the most interesting and original idea comes from Darren Bergstein, host of Sunday Evening Sinewaves, in which he plays only artists/groups whose name begins with “O,” in tribute to Oophoi. A couple of Hypnos items are included. Thank you, Darren.

SUNDAY EVENING SINEWAVES / with Darren Bergstein / 6-9 EST/US
Playlist for April 14th

> SES page http//www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm
> HGRNJ home page http//www.homegrownradionj.com

> This week: “The Story of O” (playing artists/groups beginning with that letter) & in the middle hour: a tribute to Oöphoi.

ARTIST | “Track title” | Album | (Label)

OPUS III “I Talk to the Wind” Mind Fruit (EPM)
OMNIVORE “My Wiggly Tale” One Giant Leap (Interactive)
PAULINE OLIVEROS “Reverberations” Ghostdance (Deep Listening)
OMICRON “Tranquility Base” Acrocosm (Instinct Ambient)
OPIK “Chimera” Opik (Concrete)
OMENYA “Where the Temple Stands” Kali Mantras (Soleilmoon)
OBERMAN KNOCKS “Degonnt Type Runners” Beatcroff Slabs (Aperture)
SEIGEN ONO “Caramba” Nekonotopia Nekonomania (Made to Measure)
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER “Russian Mind” Rifts (No Fun)
OCTOSCOPE “Intergalactic Clouds of Orange” Octophobic (Hypnotic)
PATRICK O’HEARN “The Illusionist” Eldorado (Private Music)
OÖPHOI “On Wings of Light” (excerpt) Athlit (Hypnos)
OÖPHOI & TAU CETI “Chryse Planitia” Celestial Geometries (Arya)
OÖPHOI “An Aerial View (excerpt)” An Aerial View (Glacial Movements)
OÖPHOI “Tramonto in Sila” Arpe di Sabbia (Nextera)
OÖPHOI & PAUL VNUK JR “Distance to Zero I” (excerpt) Distance to Zero (Hypnos)
OÖPHOI “Samtenbardo (excerpt)” Bardo (Electroshock)
OÖPHOI “Diaphanous Shadows” Mare Vaporum (Practising Nature)
OPIUM “Eternity” The Reborn of the Rebel Angel (Hic Sunt Leones)
OTARION “Die Meere” Es Werde Licht (Manikin)
OM “Peace of Mind” Instant Enlightenment (C&S)
OXYD “Frozen” Astral Border (Aliens Production)
OPEN CANVAS “Spice Caravan” Indumani (Waveform)
O YUKI CONJUGATE “A Darker Belief” Peyote (Multimood)
ORBITAL “Kein Trink Wasser” Snivilisation (FFRR)
ORACLE “Tree” Tree (Swim)
ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK “Bunker Soldiers” Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Virgin)

DARREN BERGSTEIN
Periphery & Anodize / tactile visual audio
> otperiphery.com / anodizesound.com
Sunday Evening Sinewaves / HGRNJ internet radio
> homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm

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Oöphoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti) Has Passed Away

I regret to report, for those of you who have not already seen the news on Facebook, the Hypnos Forum, or the ambient@hyperreal.org listserv, that Gianluigi Gasparetti, best known as Oöphoi, founder of the magazine Deep Listenings, and also founder of the Umbra & Penumbra labels, has passed away at age 55.

You will find many people sharing memories and photos HERE, on the Hypnos Forum.

Some of my very earliest memories as an ambient musician and label owner involve Gigi, as his friends called him. I first knew him as a magazine publisher and writer, and was delighted to find this Italian-language magazine devoted to ambient music had given rave reviews to the first few CDs released by Hypnos.

Gigi transitioned from ambient music fan to practitioner, and while the majority of those who attempt this move never create music that amounts to much, he became as Oöphoi truly one of the most noteworthy artists in the scene from the late 90s onward.

We communicated on many subjects over the years, and I had the pleasure of releasing four CDs of his music, with others in various stages of planning or potential discussion. The four already released include the following:

Oöphoi – Athlit

Athlit was the first Hypnos first release by Oöphoi, and ended up being his only solo work we released. There were many discussions of doing other solo releases, but sometimes Gigi was impatient. It often seemed that if two labels were interested in releasing some of his work, he went with whichever label wanted to release it soonest.

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oöphoi – Distance to Zero

Distance to Zero was an album we considered somewhat overlooked. It found a modest listenership, but not the acclaim it deserved. Perhaps time will look more favorably upon it, and it will rise in the estimation of the ambient music scene in general.

Nebulæ – The Path of White Clouds

The Path of White Clouds was a reissue of an out-of-print album by Nebula, a sort of ambient music “supergroup.” Due to some concerns about the several other recording artists releasing work under the name Nebula, the decision was made to alter the name slightly to Nebulæ for the reissue. Group member Klaus Wiese passed away during the time we were preparing this reissue.

Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi – The Martian Chronicles

Another Oöphoi collaboration, this time with Seren Ffordd, an ambient artist from Wales whose work Gigi had introduced to the world on his Umbra & Penumbra labels. He also encouraged me to release some Seren Ffordd work on Hypnos, which has led to the strong ongoing relationship between us. Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi had such a successful collaboration, they completed a second CD worth of material around the same time. We originally discussed the idea of making the release a double CD, but the two discs were of such different sonic quality from one another, we settled on releasing them as related but separate albums.

We are currently working on The Dreaming Waters, the second album by Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi, which will come out on Hypnos in 2013. Fans of Oöphoi’s music are fortunate to have such a large body of work available, with perhaps a few more items like this one still to be released.

I personally (that is, Hypnos founder Mike Griffin) had worked intermittently on a collaborative project with Gigi. We created about two CDs worth of music, some of it very fine, but somehow we were both so busy with other things that we never quite got around to finishing it. Perhaps I’ll find a way to edit and finalize those tracks some day, and release them in tribute to Gigi. He was so friendly, and in touch with so many recording artists around the world, that I have no doubt other collaborative projects exist in semi-finished states. I hope we will hear more of these in the future.

Though we’ve lost our friend, he has left us many soundworlds to explore.