Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

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

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!

Weekly Sale Items: Numina, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and More

This week we’ve got another selection of various artists for you to check out, and sale prices are good good through April 24th or while supplies last.

Numina & Caul – Inside the Hollow Realm –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
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Here’s one of the latest from Numina, the hottest new name on the ambient scene right now. It’s a collaboration with Caul, whose own work is even spookier and darker than Numina’s. Disquieting and spacious, with a definite soundtrack-like quality.


SGNL_FLTR – Chrono
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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After years of signaling, filtering, phasing, delaying, decaying, compressing, compromising, changing, arranging, changing, rearranging, adding, removing, accepting, denying, deleting, rendering, considering, forgetting, remembering, reconsidering, choosing and compiling, this is it. However, an empty duration as a naked prefix of random time is all this is, until you make my time yours and relate the position of the prefix to the duration of you.

All tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt during 2002-2006. Guidance and good intensions provided sporadically by my friends with a special mentioning of Dennis Knopper.

LISTEN to Track Seven, “Conek.”


Steve Roach – All is Now (2cd)
–Regularly $21.99, right now just $14.99
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Fresh from select U.S. performances in 2002, this purely live double-CD documents the current evolution of Steve’s iconoclastic live experience after 24 years of electronic concerts worldwide. During the first half of this year, Steve was on the road constantly, playing in one city, then setting up the live system in The Timeroom to reflect on that week’s performance, developing new sounds in response. The music evolved through this process, offering a refreshing alternative to the “tour-’til-you-drop” approach for the composer and audience alike.
Elements from CORE, STREAMS & CURRENTS, EARLY MAN and INNERZONE are present, but the spontaneous moments within these two CD’s, along with many new pieces and spaces created just for these events, create an atmosphere than can only come from stepping outside the safety of the studio. From the intimate to the immediate, ALL IS NOW captures Roach’s deepest, most intense and searching sound journeys undertaken with an entire audience onboard. These “mobile Timeroom” events were recorded at Sedona Arizona, Oakland and San Francisco California, Portland Oregon, and the SFMOMA / Yoko Ono event in June 2002.

“All is Now, Steve Roach’s newest double-CD release on Timeroom Editions, represents Roach’s 24 years of nearly nonstop dedication to presenting live electronic music worldwide. This is a collection of selected live recordings from his 2002 tour of the U.S. including Sedona, Arizona, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland, Oregon. CD One is a blend of four live concerts including a portion from the premiere party for Yoko Ono’s “Yes” exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. CD Two is a complete set from a recent Sedona, Arizona concert, just as it occurred, with a full-house audience.

All is Now is a dialogue of in-the-moment sonic excursions woven from elements of recent studio albums CORE, STREAMS & CURRENTS, EARLY MAN and INNERZONE, as well as a varied collection of new sounds and pieces created for these live concerts. The recordings are taken from both theater-size venues and non-traditional performance spaces, dramatically capturing the current state of Roach’s living sonic vision. That vision taps into the roots of his mandala-like trance pieces, signature atmospherics and neo-tribal groovescapes, weaving it all into one continuous sonorous stream.

The All is Now excursions are an organic maelstrom of elemental earth sounds didgeridoos, shamanic percussion, clay flutes and analog and digital synthesizers sculpted by various synthetic treatments and evolving, real-time effects processing. These recordings also feature Steve’s live debut on electric-guitar-triggered atmospherics on “The Infinite Heart”, recorded in San Francisco. Roach’s artistry as a sound sculptor is an inspiration, given the current status quo, paint-by-numbers mentality which relies on samples and generic synth presets.

As a sonic iconoclast, Roach’s live music sets are challenging certainly not for the faint of ear. Taking Roach’s music into your reality tunnel is to traverse the core of an experimental electric storm. Through exotic textures, subterranean rhythms and expansive vistas All is Now reaches critical mass at many points throughout the two disks.

For Roach, this releases is a significant step forward in the live experience as a living art form a bridging of the studio and stage. Not a premeditated occurrence, the now energy of these concerts is what brings audience members from great distances. Roach prepares each concert by creating his palette through extensive hours of studio time leading up to the events, preparing possibilities, working on pieces and sounds. Yet when the time comes, the all-is-now attitude is what shapes the journey. Roach is able to connect to his audience through the sound, uninhibited by preconceptions. Roach clearly trusts his “in-the-moment” creative juju. He graciously accepts the here-and-now, soul-rattling concert experience as a natural occurrence.

With All is Now, Roach invites us to join him on an exhilarating expedition to the edge and beyond. Would we expect anything less?” –Dwight Loop, Earwaves


Broken Harbour – The Geometry of Shadows (CDR)
–Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
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Digipak.

Notes From the Artist:
“Following a 14 month break from recording, I rebuilt my studio, dug out the synths and got to work. ‘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. In 2011 this material was reworked, re-recorded, and recycled over 9 months 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 of this album.” -brokenharbour.ca


Craig Padilla – Genesis
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
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The music of GENESIS consists of creation-inspired electronic ambiences that are woven from elements of new synthesis forms as well as vintage analog instrumentation. The resulting music will please anyone who enjoys electronic music that is timeless and yet current, bold and yet subtle, melodic while remaining ambient. Genesis takes place inside the listener’s mind and spirit.

LISTEN to the title track, “Genesis” from this album.


IXOHOXI/Numina – Megaliths & Monoliths (cdr)
–Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
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IXOHOXI (Dan Russo) and Numina (Jesse Sola) have collaborated twice before, on a couple of related projects, Starfarer’s Tales volumes 1 and 2 (both of which are available here).

Recently, Dan Russo passed away unexpectedly, just as he and Numina were finishing work on this third collaboration, so we bring you this last project by the duo. Prior to Dan’s death, we here at Hypnos had discussed with him the idea of releasing a couple of his albums on Hypnos Secret Sounds, but alas the projects did not come to be before it was too late. It’s our hope that now that IXOHOXI is gone, more listeners will become aware of this interesting and worthwhile artist.

Numina says:
“The third, and ultimately final collaboration between Numina & IXOHOXI titled “Megaliths & Monoliths” is now available for release. This is, by all accounts, Dan Russo’s final musical work to be released and the last known that he had worked on. Rest in Peace, Dan.”

LISTEN to Track Three, “Nartiang Misty Monoliths.”


Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion. -databloem.com

LISTEN to Track Six, “Lono.”


Steve Brand – The Space Between
–Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99.
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Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr, shrink-wrapped

“The initial tracks for “The Space Between” were begun in early 2011 and work continued on the four tracks until early in 2013. I usually work on several works simultaneously, each one informing and propelling the others along. As “Spaces” began to develop, I felt that I wanted to include the assistance of another artist for this release, and “A Thousand Little Wounds,” seemed just right for the richly textured bass work of Peter James. Peter very kindly agreed to help and supplied me with a lovely addition to that track which deepens the feeling greatly. Instruments used in these songs include: keyboards, voice, gongs, bells, bass, field recordings and flutes. I experienced many losses and many life changes during the making of this album. In a way, creating this music, helped me make it through an extremely difficult time and enabled me to process some very challenging emotions. The title was inspired by a spark of intuition that I recieved: although loved ones, situations and events seem to pass into history and other kinds of existence, the apparent space between us, between us and our lost loved ones, between us and those events, does not actually exist. Past events, loved ones, even the resources we need from all our pasts and futures are there waiting for us…in still, quiet moments. – Steve Brand”

Weekly Sale Items: More Random Picks

Hello all,
We’ve got another batch of random picks for you this week, and the low sale prices will be good through April 17th or while supplies last!

Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi – Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
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Cardboard Sleeve.

“This is a collaboration between Fabio Orsi and Gianluca Becuzzi (Kinetix). The unexpected encounter between these different forces, experiences, and visions of these two artists melts perfectly on this album. Drones and rumors, pouring between distant voices and centenary blues songs from the Alan Lomax archive, tow off shreds of ballads, guitars and old keyboards floating on the vibrant surface of a fairy river. Rapture and sweet loss are the main sensations. This could be listed as avant folk, or experimental blues, or ambient roots, or contemporary aesthetics and aching nostalgia.”

-coldspring.co.uk


Robert Rich – Filaments
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
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“Shimmering, pulsating, woven patterns of electrical filagree echo hidden structures that permeate space and time, inspired by our latest forays in cosmology and the constant search to understand our place in the vastness.

Filaments of silent matter surround us. Rivers of particles pass through, unscathed. Fields of energy engulf us, curving through vacuum. Invisible glue coagulates light. Briefly alive, we try to decode time’s transit, to unwrap hidden forces that fuel the ever accelerating distance.”

-robertrich.com

Robert Rich says of this album:
“I am deeply inspired by the scientific forays helping us to discover habitable planets besides earth, showing us that we are almost certainly not alone in the Universe. I feel wonder at our efforts to place our precarious existence into the context of this 13.8 billon year old reality, and at our model-building nature, trying to understand the shape of space and time. As I sought inspiration for this music in the realms of physics and cosmology, I found that the concept of the Anthropic Principle helps to connect my sense of wonder with the scientific curiosity that keeps us doubting what we think we know. The Anthropic Principle observes that our particular universe is well suited to evolve consciousness within it, as evidenced by the fact that we exist. As we look within our own consciousness, we find our place in this immensity, as an eye of the universe observing itself. This doesn’t place humanity in a special central position, but does make note of the surprising complexity of our existence. As we proceed to undermine the dynamic balance that helped us evolve on this Eden Earth, putting our own future in doubt, we should pause to understand the miracle that allowed us to exist at all.”

LISTEN to the track, “Telomere” from this album HERE.


Atomine Elektrine – Archimetrical Universe
–Regularly $12.99, right now just $8.99
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“Archimetrical Universe showcases Peter Andersson’s dissection of the sky, a caeserean section that births massive, geometrically perfect sonic diversions, all spheres and angles, burnished metal dreams and pristine sonic caresses that reconfigure sound into smooth surfaces. To counterbalance the exactness of the sonic development, light rhythms emerge and huge slabs of disrupting tones puncture. Quite possibly Peter’s finest release yet!”

-Eternal Pride

LISTEN to the track, “Archimetria” from this album HERE.


Saul Stokes – Sleek Nucleus
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Saul Stokes is definitely one of the most popular artists associated with Hypnos (though he has also released a lot of music for other labels as well). This is Saul’s first self-released CD, in a distinctive folder-type package, but the music still has that recognizable “Stokes sound.”

Saul says: Stokes is pleased to announce the release of Sleek Nucleus. Eight effervescent songscapes that simply redefine electronic music. Each song is a crafted fusion of contemporary rhythm and melody sculpted from Stokes’ hand-made electronic instruments. A lasting and unforgettable electronic album, Sleek Nucleus continues Stokes’ 17 year history of merging sonic innovation with soulful song composition.

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

A Produce – White Sands –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

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“A Produce has done it again with his best work ever, White Sands. This is one of those recordings that gets better with each listening. Is it because it’s timeless, trance inducing, yet ‘alert’ music? That rare moment of clarity when one is quiet yet very ‘alive’? Or is it a reflective, sonic snapshot of an at peace artist? A Produce, I feel, is on to something.” –Dwight Loop, Santa Fe Sun

“This is a contemplative, diverse mix of slow ambient synthesizer places that compare favorably with similar works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin and Sati. The CD flows well even though it contains a considerable variety of sounds, and merits a serious listen. There is something here for every New Age/ambient/space music enthusiast– electronic New Age, tribal techno, meditative, ambient and sombient pieces, as well as works falling between definable genres, making this one of my favorite recent releases of ambient music by a single artist.” –New Age Voice

“A Produce has consistently turned out albums of highly evocative and frequently very beautiful music which has on occasion been referred to as ‘trance’ music but would more accurately be described as ‘sound paintings.’ Each place evokes a place, a natural environment, a state of being. The composer is subtle in his use of eclectic resources that span the techno-tribal spectrum…. The White Sands anthology is a perfect introduction to this talented artist’s oeuvre.” –P-Form Magazine

LISTEN to the track, “Tunnels” from this album HERE.

Aube – Metal on Metal (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
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“Alchemical secrets and the magic of metallic materials, of their acoustic characters, and the possible technological manipulations on the sounds that are possible to pull out… Resonances, mantric vibrations, hypnotics bell rings, sounds of cymbals, plates, rings… Tubular elements are used or more ordinary and simple metallic objects of common use are bowed or scraped. Aube acquires the sounds of transforming essence… decomposing and recomposing the shape… Fragmenting, expanding,stratifying and elaborating the sonorous matter, constructs complex wafts, resounding weaves carpets, interlaces thin threads of metallic tensions, crumbles and agglomerates acoustic particles, leaves to flowing, reverberating, harmonic drones…”

-Silentes

LISTEN to the track, “Quell” from this album HERE.

SKARE – Solstice City –Regularly $15.99, right now just $8.99
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“An interpretation of a journey through a shifting landscape where the city meets nature. Departing from a distant and foreign shore, the traveler embarks a ship, uncertain of his destination. This prelude, introduced vividly in “To the other shore”, releases this pilgrim to further explore yet uncharted territories. Leaving all man-made conventions, the second track “Through Wind and Broken Ice” takes us where the city imitates nature. Finally, a factory appears in the whiteout; a place where angels are manufactured as presented in the final track “The Snow Angel Factory.” The vehicles used by Skare on this journey are field recordings, found sounds and treated and manipulated instruments.” -Glacial Movements Records

LISTEN to the track, “The Other Shore” from this album HERE.


A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
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1997 special edition (remastered, with extra tracks) version of 1992 release.

“Each piece is polished and deep, an evocative marvel inspiring an alert state, sometimes a let’s-go-bye-bye state in others…. This heartfelt and intelligent creation is a worthy successor to Harold Budd/Brian Eno’s Plateaux of Mirror.”
–NAPRA Journal

“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

“Eno/Hassell fourth-world ambiance and Harold Budd styled keyboard atmospherics….. The most distinctive tracks are the last three, all of which have a strong invented ethnic flavor….. Other tracks are nicely (and even beautifully) done, but have a more generic meditative quality which hovers somewhere between background and foreground.”
— Option

“Overall, this creation is haunting, almost unsettling, probing hidden mysteries of the soul. Many cuts are very long, and very hypnotic, with an organic shimmering sound like random molecular movement. Its otherworldly ambiance brings to mind the devic kingdom. Great for deep journeying.” –Heartsong Review

“Well away from the melodic-based Eno ambient explorations, this is much moodier and strange music where often the sounds are unidentifable and the mood elusive. A kind of uneasy ambient music, I suppose, that reveals itself more with each listen.” –Audion (England)

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK FROM THIS ALBUM HERE.


Jason Corder & Opium – thepresentday
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Drones and ethnic elements are interwoven with percussive minimalism to create a flowing long-form work of seven fascinating movements.

Jason Corder. The moniker “Off the Sky” was originally birthed as a simple misinterpretation of an obscure line from that famous film Trainspotting. Random as its conception was, Off the Sky is an all too apropos title summating the dub-atmospheric and acoustic solo projects emanating from Jason Corder’s studio in Kentucky, USA. It is a humble hand that reflects both his mild mannered nature and his usual “in-the-clouds” mind-set. Jason’s musical style is loosely inspired by the likes of Monolake, Gas, and Christian Fennesz

Teo Zini ( Opium ) was born in Bollate, Milan (Italy) in 1979 and now lives in Varese His love for electronic music began when he was 15. His first experiments were created with thefirst home personal computer soundcards Through software he creates rich drones and complex soundscapes often using ethnic/tribal sounds and beats Opium is also involved in other projects such as Sola Translatio with Alio Die.

LISTEN to the track, “_ 5me0rganic Architechture” HERE.


Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition)
–Regularly $12.99, right now just $8.99
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“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the ’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS’ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ”Seeking” contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ”Empowerment” or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ”Conquest”. It’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.” -Darren Bergstein

LISTEN to the track, “Arrival” from this album HERE.