Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale: One and Two Copy Items #3

After a short break, we’re back this week with another of our “One and Two Copy” sales, which means we’re price-cutting items we only have 1-2 copies left of on our shelves. Markdowns are good through June 3rd or while supplies last!

Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli – Whinny Muir –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
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A singular long, deep moving, slow and expansive drone-track, built on always changing sonic masses, low frequencies, strong electric-electronic sounds, field recordings, feedback, buzzes, hisses, rough distortion, fading organ chords, cellos and orchestral parts. Alternation of progressive crescendos, ambiental pauses, sudden, dramatic and catchy dynamic shocks. An evolving and extraordinary trip through an obscure sonic journey, convincingly assembled by Italian Pietro Riparbelli (K11, PT-R) and Belgian Yannick Franck (Y.E.R.M.O., Idiosyncrasia).

-yannickfranck.bandcamp.com

“Fantastic one-tracker collab. that celebrates the beauty of shimmering & overtunic drones !! Melancholic majestic sounds that are sometimes near to the border to noise, sometimes move into very subtle fields, with organ-like sounds at the end. Really great, highly recommended for any Drone-lover-boy or girl !!!”

-Drone Records

Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place–Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’”

-Tourette Records

Hall of Mirrors – Reflections on Black –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
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Reflections On Black is HALL OF MIRRORS’ first album: a dark transmission from the hearts and minds of AMON and NIMH. Instruments used to make these sounds were constant companions of the artists for days-on-end. This document utilizes an immense range of synthesizers and obscure electronic equipment. Complex compositions created with various sequencers, backing tapes, field recordings, electric guitar, and masterful audio processing techniques, combined with expert assembly (mixing/digital editing). With “Reflections in Black”, AMON and NIMH redefines the genre of dark ambient music. A definite buy for fans of Lustmord and darker/gothic atmosphere. Isolationistic music for midnight rituals. Post-millennium soundscapes. Intensely foreboding… Like watching storm coluds gather on a late summer night. Darkest beauty personified. silentes.it

Mathias Grassow – Elixir –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
elixir

“ELIXIR was composed in the mid 90’s and re-mastered in 2006. Three Long-form ambient drone tracks made with various synths, mixes and samples.” –databloem.com

Todd Fletcher – Star –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
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Star is a set of hot desert ambience from Todd Fletcher. He is based in Phoenix, AZ, so it is a natural that he performs in that style of e-music. And Steve Roach produced Fletcher’s first album, Byzantiuym, so the influences, however subtle, are there. (There is no producer credit on this CD, so it is safe to assume that Fletcher produced the album himself.) Fletcher has a unique minimalist style that lends itself to desert ambience and arid soundscapes. The atmospheres create subtle rhythms that allow the soundworld to shape itself and to flow naturally. Deep listeners will feel the angst and loneliness of the barren desert landscape. The wide-open atmospheres envelop and abandon listeners evenly. This is a deep journey not to be taken alone or lightly. As with all desert ambience, especially American desert ambience, comparisons to Roach are inevitable and valid. Listeners who get beyond the similarities are in for a treat. This hard-to-get classic is essential. -allmusic.com

Lustmord – Dark Matter –Regularly $14.99, right now just $9.99
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Derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003. It was gathered from various sources including NASA (Cape Canaveral, Ames, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arecibo), The Very Large Array, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and various educational institutions and private contributors throughout the USA –lustmord.com

“Brian Williams first made reference to Dark Matter back in 2001, and even then it was “long-delayed.” The album’s concept is still promising 15 years later: music made from recordings of deep space and cosmic activity between 1993 and 2003, collected from a variety of sources, including NASA. What does deep space sound like? It’s foreboding and impossibly huge, enveloping and empty all at once. In other words, it sounds like a Lustmord record, albeit a near-impenetrable one that makes his previous albums sound like a walk in the park.” –Andrew Ryce

Lull – Like a Slow River –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
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Like a Slow River is a work characterized by sharp and minimal atmospheres, but also dark, cold and huge, such as big bodies of ice which slowly move, carried by an endless river. The five compositions of Like a Slow River” reach the high expectations of the previous works, such as “Cold Summer”, “Continue” and the “Murder Ballads” trilogy with Martin Bates. With no doubt, this is the coldest and darkest work ever composed by this pioneer of industrial-ambient music. You all will be led to the oblivion of your existence….the freezing darkness of this glacial night is going to come down on your bodies and minds….you’ll fall in your deepest sleep with the far echo of glacial runnings….

6-panel digipack

Daniel Menche – Static Burn –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
static

Constructions created with crude analog and digital treatments of tortured electronics, destroyed voices, raw materials and one old forgotten song.

Desiderii Marginis – Thaw –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
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Digipak.

“Of the Swedish wave of Dark Ambient acts from the 1990s, Desiderii Marginis is one of the few still active and definitely one of the finest. Desiderii Marginis has created and developed its own unique sonic palette merging digital and analogue: melancholic electronica with electroacoustic elements and intravenous rhythms. Over the course of 20 years, Johan Levin released 7 full-length albums (Cold Meat Industry, Cyclic Law, Kaosthetik Konspiration). His latest offering entitled “Thaw” compiles the compilation appearances and adds 3 tracks from the “Lost Signals From Unknown Horizons” split (Beast Of Prey, 2004). On the one hand, it is simply a collection of rare tracks, but, on the other, it may serve a purpose of a “best of” album. With the chronology unaltered, it gives you the full picture of the project and its progress. It is a history lesson of the last 20 years in sonic melancholia of Desiderii Marginis.” -coldspring.co.uk

Francisco Lopez – Wind [Patagonia] –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
Wind

Wind [Patagonia] is the third part of Spanish sound artist Francisco López’s already classic trilogy of the Americas” which started with La Selva, followed by Buildings [New York] (both released by V2 Archief, Netherlands).

An immersion into the sonic matter from micro- and macro- environments dominated by wind in Patagonia. A vast barren space shaped and inhabited by the ever-changing forces of unmuted plants, rocks, sand, snow, and ice. An irregular broad-band environment of relentless strength and richness. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening.”

Weekly Sale: One and Two Copy Items #2

Hello all,

We’re back this week with another of our “One and Two Copy” sales, where we’re price-cutting items we only have 1-2 copies left of on our shelves. Markdowns are good through May 13th or while supplies last!

(NOTE: We neglected last week to draw attention to this sale, so we’re re-upping it this week along with some freshly-added items.)

All Hail the Transcending Ghost – All Hail the Transcending Ghost –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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The debut album from AHTTG – a joint collaboration between Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The Swedish duo have created arguably one of the most haunting drone-dark-ambient-industrial works in recent years, invoking the spirits of old Nordvargr, meets the sludge-doom vibe of Tim’s hellish guitar. …truly the most scary music I have recorded” (Nordvargr). An icy chill down your spine… a cold hand on your shoulder… you are never alone in the darkness.” -Cold Spring

Alio Die – Sitar Meditations –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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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

A Small Good Thing – Slim Westerns –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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a small, good thing are the hybrid offspring of ethno-tribal-ambient heavyweights O Yuki Conjugate and Purr. ‘Slim Westerns’ is their debut album, an ambient rodeo for the vaporspace. Imagine equal portions of gauchos, guitars, and peyote simmered for hours over a slow fire, and served with a big bottle of tequila. Add a dash of outter space and you’ve got a small, good thing. three northern Englishmen who’ve never been to America, writting music for Westerns that will never be made. ‘Slim Westerns’ is the result their fascination with The West and it’s mythology. After five years of writting and recording in Leeds, York, and London, a small, good thing have produced a album of sly sketches for lonely landscapes, a desert sort of music: slim westerns, maybe.

a small, good thing are:
Mark Sedgwick acoustic & electric guitars, glissando, keyboard, percussion, jew’s harp
Tom Fazzini guitar, keyboard, tapes, voice, typewriter
Andrew Hulme keyboard, percussion, trumpet, whistles, wildlife

Alio Die & Zeit – Raag Drone Theory –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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Tommaso Cimò (Zeit) is back together with Alio Die composing the long flow raga-drone of “Raag Drone Theory” with acoustic sessions recorded in the cloister of the Annunziata in Lunigiana. The warm tones of acoustic dulcimer and zither are mixed with the sound of a shruti-box, while the rest is done by the usual drones & loops dispensed with appropriate measures by the two. Charming quiet music. -oldeuropacafe.com

Stephan Mathieu – Kapotte Muziek (3″ CD) –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
kapotte mathieu

3″ mini CD. Original recordings from a Kapotte Muziek concert from august 1996, reworked by Stephan Mathieu during 2002. -Boomkat.com

Busso de la Lune – Hidden –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“..evoking pastoral scenes and moods (when not lost in space) taking pleasure in the (“hidden”?) intercourse between nature and civilization… –bussodelalune.bandcamp.com

Paul Bradley – Memorias Extranjeras –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
memorias

Recorded in Valencia and Gandia (Spain) in October 2005. Mixed October to December 2005.
Limited to 500 copies.
Packaged in color printed cardboard sleeve.

Forrest Fang – Phantoms –Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
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Phantoms is Forrest Fang’s 9th solo album and the follow-up to his Projekt release, Gongland. Nearly eight years in the making, Phantoms builds on the gamelan-influenced soundscapes of its predecessor by weaving organic sounds of non-Western stringed and percussion instruments and filtering those sounds through a rich melodic tapestry of warm and vaporous atmospheres. Fang’s subtly layered and continually evolving textures combine his Asian influences with his love of fractal algorithms that reflect the chaotic beauty of nature. The ambiences of Phantoms evoke a state of contemplation within a world in flux. The centerpiece of the album is a 23-minute ambient suite — “The Hallucinations of Hung Tung” — inspired by the otherworldly paintings of a Taiwanese fisherman and outsider artist. -projekt.com

Eidvlon – Idolatriae –$5.99
Idolatriae

Digipak

“A heavy trove of dark mutterings and arcane rumblings extracted from the deepest recesses of both the human psyche and the dankest caverns of earth.” –brainwashed.com

Broken Harbour – The Geometry of Shadows –$8.99
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“‘The Geometry of Shadows’ marks another stylistic-shift from previous releases and is almost entirely synth-based. Initially inspired by the concept of faster-than-light communications over galactic distances, the original material for the album was recorded under the title of ‘Ansible’ in late 2009. After a 14 month break from recording, the material was reworked, re-recorded, and recycled over 9 months in 2012 until no trace of the original material was actually used. This new version of ‘Ansible’, while retaining the spirit and atmosphere of the original recording, shifted the focus to the interplay of light and darkness, both physically, metaphorically, and spiritually, necessitating a change in title.

The original idea of superluminal communications however, still threads through the aural landscape, as echoes from the past and future over astronomical distances that we simply cannot comprehend.

These ideas: light and shadow, past and future, distance and time, informed the creative process and inspiration of this album.” –brokenharbour.bandcamp.com

A Challenge of Honour – Ashigaru Revealed –$7.99
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“Graceful and epic cocktail of atmospheric neoclassical passages, Japanese drums and rhythms. The album is released as appealing digi-pack, its design in classical Japanese style was created by Peter Savelkoul. ” –clearspot.nl

Antikatechon – Privilegium Martyrii –$7.99
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“Winsome choral elements lend a poignancy and a sacral feel of grandeur to the tracks, as if a full choir will burst into song any moment now, and transport the listener into a reverie. While the album is certainly dark in mood and style, it’s impossible to miss the enduring sense of optimism and promise that dwells within these refined soundscapes – a far cry from the desolation, bleakness, and doom that dark ambient fans have come to expect from a certain segment of releases in the genre. Wisps of ethereal melody fill the air, especially as the album closes, bringing to mind one reviewer’s alluring description of the album as “cathedrals of sacred drones.” If you’re among those who appreciate the sort of dark ambient music that evokes imagery of dark processionals or a cloister walk in a monastery, look no further.” –idieyoudie.com

Weekly Sale: One and Two Copy Items #1

It’s spring cleaning time here at the Hypnos/Soundswim Headquarters, and we’re clearing out some of our inventory in order to make room for new product! This week we’re bringing you the first of many “one and two copy” sales, where we’re marking down items we only have 1-2 copies left of in stock. The low prices are good through April 29th or while supplies last, so visit SOUNDSWIM soon before some of these extremely limited items are gone from our shelves forever!

Alio Die & Mariolina Zitta – La Sala dei Cristalli –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
Le Sala

Six sides digipak.

“Using selected sound materials from Sonorous stones, Stalactites, Bats calls, Flutes, Field recordings collected by Mariolina Zitta in different caves in Liguria a Sardinia, Italy, processed and edited by Alio Die.
In “Lithos” the drones are played by the authors on a set of long stones that goes in resonance, caressed by a bathed hand, by the same principle of the crystal’s glasses.
A very immersive and obscure traveling, an underground meditation with a ritual touch, in accord with the “natural sound”, despite the sampling and multieffect techniques used here. A deep listening experience.” –aliodie.bandcamp.com

“La Sala Dei Cristalli” is strongly meditative work of Alio Die & Mariolina Zitta that takes each listener into the breathtaking underground world of unforgettable and miraculous sculptures and sceneries.” –Richard Gurtler

Amir Baghiri & Wee Bandits – A Brief History of Light (ltd cdr) –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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On A Brief History Of Light “Amir Baghiri and guests mix mesmerizing floating textural electronica and high tech chill-out/down tempo music.” -CD Baby

Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko – Quiet Songs from Misty Places –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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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

Aglaia – Otherworldliness –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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Digipak. “Suspended atmospheres, a mix of ageless sounds are the essence of Otherwordliness. Sounds that meet along border lines, beyond wordly dimension. Every moment is incomprehensible, every space is far, it becomes horizon when it comes in contact with the eyes, every fragment of life is a sound that it gets lost into infinite. We can only listen.” –aliodie.com

Ian Boddy – Phoenix –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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“Phoenix was Boddy’s third vinyl album and the first to be released on his private label Something Else Records, prior to the creation of his DiN label. Guest musicians included a drummer, singer and saxophonist and it is probably Boddy’s most rock orientated album. It was premiered at the 1985 UK Electronica festival in Sheffield and Boddy was joined on stage by David Berkeley who helped on concert keyboard duties for several years.” -din.org.uk

Emmanuele Errante – Humus–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
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777 copies worldwide, printed with soy inks on recycled paper, sewn, sealed in wax and numbered.

“Errante’s sound is soothing, organic, drifting, and at the same time present in the now. The textures within the soundscapes are carefully laid out, like a crisp white table cloth saved for a special occasion. The music within Humus is more than just a selection of layered ambient pads and smoky dream states. Intelligent design and production looms just around the corner, ready to reveal itself just as you float away.” –headphonecommute.com

Rudy Adrian – Desert Realms –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Rudy Adrian’s DESERT REALMS explores the spectacular stillness and vast landscape of the American Southwest desert through eleven beautifully crafted and deeply serene soundscapes. Explains Rudy, “I was fortunate to spend a weekend exploring The Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks in Utah, USA. My tour guides were electronic musician Robert Carty and his partner Patricia Sandoval, who showed me a number of their favourite locations in the North American desert. On returning to New Zealand I became interested in creating music inspired by that journey.” Rudy’s compositions are by themselves both vast and serene, but an additional level of emotion is provided by the poignant and moving flute expressions of Nick Prosser on a few of the tracks. Prossers stirring musical statements interact with Rudy’s vast soundscapes, filling the spectacular sonic vista with just the right amount of life and feeling; reminding the listener that although the desert realms may appear at first stark and barren, they are in fact full of life and captivating beauty.

The Circular Ruins + Off The Sky – We All Fall Down –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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Everything you would expect from these two contemporary talents. Complex atmospheres, strangely rhythmic, hauntingly melodic … a rare treat. -dataobscura.com

Max Corbacho – Breathstream –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
breathstream

“Seven atmospheric spaces built with synthetic textures and floating harmonies. A smooth journey through deep interior spaces, as if we were floating deeply immersed in a long, quiet, spacious breathing.”
-ad21music.com

Mathias Grassow – Elixir –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
elixir

“ELIXIR was composed in the mid 90’s and re-mastered in 2006. Three Long-form ambient drone tracks made with various synths, mixes and samples.” –databloem.com

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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