Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale: Aidan Baker, Nunc Stans, Maeror Tri, and More

Hello, all!

We’re back this week with yet another batch of price-slashed random picks for you, and the low prices will be good through March 26th or while supplies last!

Jason Kahn & Asher – Vista –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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“The work on Vista began in the summer of 2006 with recordings made by Asher in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Walking through the alleys and side streets he recorded the various mechanical rooms, generators, ventilation systems and idling motors which were to be found there. These recordings were processed and sent to Kahn. Later that fall, Kahn sent Asher several pre-dawn recordings he had made on the shores of Zürich Lake. Asher processed these in keeping with the methods he had used with his own location recordings so as to create continuity among the amassing material. Unprocessed wind recordings made by Kahn in the Swiss Alps in the summer of 2007 comprised the final batch of material used on Vista. Asher and Kahn spent the remainder of that year working on a final mix. Addressing the idea of hearing and seeing out and beyond spatial planes, title Vista references both the aural expanses of Asher’s home on a hill in the town of Somerville and Kahn’s trips to the Alps and Zürich Lake. In processing and mixing the discrete details of a landscape, we hear them from a real physical distance. Through the incidental combinations of processed local sounds and sound materials which are entirely foreign to us, an imaginative aural view is created which obscures any relationship to a documentary account of the original locations recorded for Vista.”

-and/OAR


Aube – Reworks Nimh Vol. 1
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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“Ethnic-electronic sound sources transfigured and remodeled into completely new sonic lifeforms with state-of-the-art audio processing algorithms. Residual fragments of the original sound-sources occasionally appear in the mix like aquatic fauna swimming to the surface for a brief second. A magnum opus in four movements. Intensely facinating work by the unparalleled master of experimental sound design. AUBE is peerless. A minimal mosaic of sound that takes the listener on a slow-motion expedition into the very fabric of tone. A ocean of sound-grains for the listened to swim in. Spoken language doesn’t (yet) contain words that properly describe these sounds… an absolute must have for the experimental music devotee.”

-Silentes

LISTEN to ‘The Reworked Tape 1′ from this album.


Seth Nehil & Matt Marble – Ecllipses
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
ecllipses

“A dynamic whirlwind tour through states of ellipsis and eclipses, abrupt ruptures, reuniting and igniting. Where nothing is static for too long. Through an invigorating admixture of instruments, field recordings and various found matter, a compelling and mysterious world comes alive to spark the imagination.” -and/OAR


Maeror Tri – Emotional Engramm
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
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“‘Emotional Engramm’ is Maeror Tri’s most refined effort to date, with their characteristic sound composed of layers of electronically-treated acoustic instruments. Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, the seven tracks presented here show Maeror Tri at its best. Remastered and presented in a lavish 6-panel digipak with stunning new artwork and a foreword by Martyn Bates.” -coldspring.co.uk

LISTEN to ‘Sphaira’ from this album.


The Circular Ruins – Land of the Blind
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Another labyrinth of complex and innovative ambient electronica from APK. This also has professional CD-face printing.

“Without doubt, The Land of the Blind lives up to and surpasses all of my expectations with regards to The Circular Ruins. A truly wonderful disc featuring a truly wonderful collection of music, I recommend it wholeheartedly to fans of the ambient genre in all of it’s forms, as well as to all those who enjoy the discovery of inner journeys.” –rik – Ping Things


Augur & Birds of Tin – Strange Seeds come from Odd Flowers
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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“Solo and collaborative tracks from these two musicians. Excellent atmospheric electronics and found sounds. Very highly recommended.” -Self Abuse Records

“Augur and Birds of Tin, emerging here from the recesses of the experimental cassette underground, immediately bring to mind nothing less than the miraculous synergy which once produced :zoviet*france: in Newcastle and Life Garden in Tuscon. A shared interest in “nature and intuition” brings (them) together, a bridge between the naturalistic coarseness of Augur’s roughly hewn loops and Birds of Tin’s fascination with the digital refinement of tiny, idealized sounds. Together they map a realm of sonic experience where texture has usurped form and definition has become a precept of the tactile rather than the visual. There’s surprisingly little repetition in their flowering improvisations, life’s rich tapestry regarded not as a sum of its natural interwoven patterns but as the coincidence of countless small-but-significant events. Overgrown with fanciful flora and teeming with impossible fauna, these gardens are as fertile and unsullied as a virgin Eden – young worlds of extraordinary natural possibility. An ominous human presence lurks at the fringes of Birds of Tin’s “Translations, Rotations and Reflections,” surveying the landscape with an arrogant eye (in all likelihood calculating how its riches might be plundered and the land itself parceled and sold). In Augur’s solo pieces, Man is a more benign intruder, a distracted observer too caught up in his mundane industrious concerns to pay more than cursory attention to the vital ecospheric hum of a forest primeval or to appreciate the trills and tremolos of fantastic birds.” –Review by Gil Gershman, 22 Feb 1999

LISTEN to ‘Palatial’ from this album.


Nunc Stans – Night Vision
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
night vision

“Nunc Stans produces a frost-flecked music that has about it a healthy flux of thermal energy, as of ice warmed by sun. It also comes heavy with an air of melancholia, an almost-alienation engendered by a sense of insignificance in the face of the overwhelming void.”

-Alan Lockett, Igloo mag


Aidan Baker – Green & Cold
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
green and cold

Means of Ascent (GOS 20) by Synthetic Block. As the follow-up to stunning Escape Velocity (GOS 15), Means of Ascent is a trilogy of tracks with a massive, 41 minute epic title composition at its epicenter. Engrossing space music at its best.

“The innovative master of ambient guitar returns with a breakthrough album. At its core ‘Green & Cold’ is a a mix of drone, post-rock, and what the artist calls appropriately “deconstructive dream-pop.” Memorable hooks combine with Baker’s trademark huge wall of guitar constituted atmospherics. Baker’s shoegazey croon floats among the stuttering clicks and cuts permeating the layers of catchy riffs and slow, intoxicating beats. As ‘Green & Cold’ unfolds the listener is coaxed familarly inward only to be washed over in waves of wispy, warming drones: An album of uncommon intelligence and artistry.”

LISTEN to ‘Chainsaw’ from this album.

Weekly Sale: Troum, Terra Ambient, Mike Griffin, and More

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We’ve got another round of price-slashed random picks for you this week – sale prices good through March 19th or while supplies last!

Troum – Dreaming Muzak –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
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Digipak.

“Re-edition of “Dreaming Muzak”, the first full-length album that TROUM originally released on tape in 1998 and later was re-released on a limited CDR (100 copies only) in 2005. This edition is the first one on CD format. “Dreaming Muzak” is composed by two drone ambient compositions very characteristic for the TROUM style. They were created as a muzak tuning our brainwaves into the proper dreaming stadium. The following prerequisites have been accompanying the duo for many years, hence they have become their credo executed on many excellent records and gigs. “Dreaming Muzak” is an excellent introduction to the adventures with TROUM and their music.” -oldeuropecafe.com

LISTEN to an excerpt from ‘Part 2 (The Dream Catcher) from this album.


Tomas Phillips + Dean King – Les Mailles
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
les mailles

“The duo of Dean King and Tomas Phillips came together in 2000 with the mere intention of exploring a shared aesthetic. Their aim was the achievement of a balance between digital and non-digital sound and a functional recognition of their differences in terms of utility and signification. Whilst computer technology remains central to their work, they make an effort to locate composition within a space of physicality. Hence the use of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gathered on the periphery of laptops, they seek to foreground the act of listening in the slowly evolving tradition of microsound, without precluding the possibility of active and engaged harmony.” -Monochrome Vision


M. Griffin – Fabrications
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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Originally announced in 1997 as the follow-up by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin to his debut Sudden Dark, Fabrications has been reworked, abandoned, restarted from scratch, back-burnered, reimagined, and left frozen in carbonite. Among those who have followed Hypnos from the beginning, Fabrications achieved a certain notoriety as the album always promised for release in the coming year, which never quite arrived. 2008 is finally the year in which Fabrications is revealed, perhaps appropriate for the 10-year anniversary of its original planned release date, 1998.

Generally known as an ambient minimalist, utilizing synthesizers for most of his work, this time M. Griffin took advantage of “real world” sounds, captured with binaural microphones using a portable digital audio recorder. For this release, Griffin built up collages of numerous location recording elements, including cars driving on freeways, people walking in long echoing hallways, the ocean waves in Kona at night, a metalworking factory with heavy machinery crunching away, distant trains, and clothes driers. These elements were manipulated, combined, worked-on and re-worked, and overlaid with looped spoken elements later created by Griffin in the studio. The end result comes out something like the Zoviet France soundtrack to a David Lynch film, that is, a dark and dream-like collage of loops, spoken fragments, disembodied whispers, and the echo of far-off machinery.

While ambient music recordings generally only include a few “layers,” Fabrications has been painstakingly built-up over the years so that all tracks are now comprised of dozens of layers, in some cases upward of 100. The result is incredibly complex, with ghostly remnants of real, concrete sounds filtered one against another. Aural signatures of many real places combine to form sonic impressions of a series of locations that do not really exist. These imagined, artificial locales are in effect, fabrications.

Reviews:
“A new album from Mike Griffin of Hypnos Records, more than 10 years in the making. Lots of processed field recordings with a drifty ambient sound. I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.”
–Scott Raymond, WVKR radio

“This one was worth the wait. One of the most truly “ambient” recordings Hypnos has released, great listening for headphone-nauts. I’ve heard the third solo album will be coming out in 2018, so everybody should have lots of time to wrap their ears around these gorgeous micro-worlds of sound.”
–“drone on” on the Hypnos Forum

“This is some gorgeously built, tripped out work! …Vast, deep, and sounds lovingly well-crafted!! You have fashioned some dark ambient nectar of the gods…”
–“9dragons” on the Hypnos Forum

“Very nice! A windblown stream of strange sounds and vocal fragments, very atmospheric, and never straying far from the Almighty Drone. Highly recommended …and use your headphones!”
–“Joe R” on the Hypnos Forum

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Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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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

Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
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“Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as “discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound”) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork.” -projekt.com

LISTEN to ‘Nada Terma 3′ from this album.


Claudio Rocchetti – Every Live is Problem Solving
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
every live

“A suggestive gallery of abstract images, confused fragments of life and real living experiences, sights of urban landscapes… Noisy and electronic interferences, mechanical machines movements, concrete noises, low frequences fluxes, hissing sounds, interferences, but also melodic acoustic guitar pieces, human voices and other field recordings… A brave, uncompromising and heterogeneous “decomposed” mosaic of avantgarde sound art beyond time, beyond any point of view and any geometric coordinates.”

-Silentes

LISTEN to an excerpt from this album.


Craig Padilla – The Heart of the Soul
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
the heart

“The Heart Of The Soul is a marriage of tender romanticism and the intensity of electronic music that results in a heartfelt blend of gentle piano melodies, pulsing analog sequences and the classic synth explorations that have come to define Craig Padilla’s releases over the past fifteen years.”

LISTEN to ‘Divine Embrace’ from this album.


PBK/Telepherique – Noise- Ambient Connection
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
PBK

“Synthetic sound sources and sequences create unsettling atmosphere from the structured electronic patterns ranging from intense rhythmic work to creepy ambient out-of-body soundscapes.” -Monochrome Vision

LISTEN to ‘Twilight Cue’ from this album.

Weekly Sale: Din Items

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We’ve done big markdowns on some of our Din items for you this week – super low prices good through March 12th or while supplies last!

Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy – Dervish
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
dervish

“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

LISTEN to ‘Joker’ from this album.


Surface 10 – In Vitro Tide
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
in vitro

“Surface 10 is nothing less than a pulsing, reckless tour de force of spiky, punchy beats welded and fused with white noise, grunge guitar, dislocated voices and a swaggering disregard for somnolent sine wave culture that permeates much of todays Electronica. With a glistening, extrovert production, the album is a cavalcade of ideas which fly off like sparks. The dense layers of texture are frequently parted to reveal astonishing knots of wry melody lurking deep beneath the surface of the album. Each track slides from one oeuvre to another in a dazzling, almost precocious attention to detail which offers much in the way of rewards for repeated listening.” -din.org.uk

LISTEN to ‘Epheral’ from this album.

Subsonic Experience – Praposition –Regularly $7.99. right now just $4.99
praposition

“The music was all played live, between cigarette breaks and with coffee stained equipment (mostly cheap synths and abandoned floor effects pedals). Most notably there is Thorsten´s amazing synth organ work. His wonderful lead lines and colourful organ clusters can be found on all tracks of the album. Bernhard’s duties on the other hand levitated toward keeping the sequencers running, generating endless variations of tones and textures in real time. Recorded with very basic means, but mixed and mastered using state-of-the-art technology, this album is the perfect amalgamation of musicianship with a traditionalists feel for early EM, and modern production techniques. The material from the recording session was edited and mixed by DiN founder Ian Boddy and mastered by Krautrock specialist and mastering guru Eroc.” -din.org.uk

LISTEN to ‘Masked Woman’ from this album.


Ian Boddy – Chiasmata
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
chiasmata

“Chiasmata” was recorded during Boddy’s concert at the planetarium of the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK on 1st November 2003. Boddy has, in the past, often used concert appearances as a testing ground for material that would then see a full studio re-working before release. Indeed this was the original intention with this concert but on listening to the tapes in the post-concert calm of his studio it became apparent that this material had really worked well in the concert environment. There was passion and delicacy in equal measure and a sonic construction to the semi-improvised set that would be next to impossible to recreate in the hard, cold glare of the studio spot-lights.
The music on “Chaismata” spans over 10 tracks with a total running time of 68:46. The first 9 tracks form a continuous suite of music, the last track being the encore piece from the performance. One of the main hopes that Boddy had when he formed the DiN label in 1999 was to provide a melting pot for several areas of electronic music to cohabit and intermix. Many have seen it as the perfect environment for the marriage of early Teutonic/space music styles with more modern forms of electronica. “Chiasmata” is a perfect example of this and shows just how comfortably Boddy has absorbed these influences to create a confident assemblage of sonic genres interlaced with his own virtuosic sound design. The music ranges from deep space ambience through chilled out analogue grooves by way of classical orchestrations and Berlin school sequencing to intimate solo piano improvisations. The main suite of music seamlessly blends all these elements into a continuous set that ebbs and flows with the assured touch that Boddy brings to bear on his concert appearances. A skill he has developed with over 80 concert appearances spanning 23 years of playing “electronic music”.

LISTEN to ‘Dark Matter’ from this album.


Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Moire
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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One of the aims of the DiN label was to act as a community of artists who could interact and colloborate in different ways. DiN 18 is a perfect example of this with label founder Ian Boddy forming a new creative partnership with Bernhard Wöstheinrich. DiN afficionadas will recognise the latters previous involvement as both one half of Centrozoon on DiN 6 – Blast and also Subsonic Experience on DiN 13 – Praposition. Furthermore Wöstheinrich, a trained graphic designer, has also been instrumental in the sense of design style that permeates the DiN artwork since DiN 10.

However the collaborative mesh involved in the creation of Moiré has further layers in that Markus Reuter, long time Boddy colloborator & musical partner to Wöstheinrich in Centrozoon was also heavily involved in the early editing of the pieces as well as guesting on bass on the track “Fractalise”. Indeed the gestation of Moiré has been a long and complex process. Boddy & Wöstheinrich first got together in the DiN studio way back in April 2002 and played a number of improvisations utilising Boddys mastery of his large analogue modular system with Wöstheinrichs quirky & organic approach to drum & arpeggiator patterns. These sessions were then locked in the DiN vault for almost a year until Reuter opened the lid and intuitively edited the performances into a number of arrangements that formed the basis of the tracks on Moiré. The baton was then taken on by Wöstheinrich who, over the summer of 2004, further added to and sculpted the pieces into more refined forms. The final lap was then for Boddy & Wöstheinrich to finalise the arrangements & mix at the DiN studios in December 2004.

The resulting music spread over 10 tracks captures both the detail & complexity of arrangement possible with modern music technology with the spontaneous nature & organic feel of the original improvisations. Sonically it effortlessly ranges from classic analogue sequencer lines to deep, metallic atmospheres through to full on drum & synth work-outs. The majority of the tracks employ organic analogue arpeggiations together with muscular & unusual percussive loops to form the backbone of the music . Ethereal ambient textures provide a suitably surreal counter-balance to the solidity of the rhythmic structure to create a constant sense of flow & change within the compositions.


Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – Lithosphere
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
lithosphere

“Lithosphere” is the second collaborative release between DiN label boss Ian Boddy & American ambient pioneer Robert Rich. Following on from their debut album “Outpost” (DiN 11 – 2002) the duo once again decided to eschew the false economy of a purely virtual collaboration and convened at Rich’s Californian Soundscape studio to physically work together over an intense period of 10 days. Following Boddy’s departure Rich then honed and fine-tuned the arrangements before finalising the mastering of the project.

Whereas “Outpost” was sonically ‘out there’ and was perceived by many to have it’s heart in the realms of space music, “Lithosphere” has a more earthy, organic quality. Once again the album is centered around Rich’s signature lap steel guitar voicings and deep bass machinations of his analogue MOTM modular system. However Boddy’s input is once again unexpected in it’s direction with astonishing sound design elements intermingling with delicate keyboard textures using high quality sampled glass & stone percussion instruments together with haunting string & woodwind loops.

One of the binding forces for this album was the duos decision to utilise an alternate just intonation tuning. This at times gives the harmonies a piquant flavour whereas at others a glistening quality that just adds to the sonic exotica that Boddy & Rich have concocted on “Lithosphere”.

Boddy has always pushed the aspect of collaborations within his DiN catalogue and “Lithosphere” shows the true advantage such a philosophy brings to bear musically on the labels output. The album is a true reflection of the two artists combined efforts and could only have been produced with their joint work ethic. “Outpost” is one of the most popular DiN albums. There’s every chance that “Lithosphere” could surpass the high standard that it’s illustrious predecessor has set.

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
react

“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

LISTEN to ‘Ice Fields’ from this album.


Parallel Worlds – Shade
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
shade

“Parallel Worlds employ a vast arsenal of both vintage and modern analogue modular synthesisers with extensive use of classic sequencing techniques to produce a sonic world that combines modern electronica and ambient music styles with the feel of retro electronic music. His attention to detail is astonishing and his careful sculpting of sounds and textures produce an organic, ever evolving atmosphere full of half glimpsed meanings and subdued emotions.

With Shade Parallel Worlds show a musical maturity and command of sonic atmospherics that takes the music on a journey, moving through dreams and shades, aiming for the light.” -din.org.uk

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Weekly Sale: Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, and More

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We’ve price-slashed a bunch more random picks for you this week, and the low sale prices will be good through March 5th or while supplies last!

Steve Roach/Erik Wollo – The Road Eternal –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
road eternal

“Following their collaboration STREAM OF THOUGHT, Roach and Wollo reunite to travel THE ROAD ETERNAL, an electronic/ambient path filled with passion and beauty. Six engaging and expansive rhythmic sequencer-based tracks intersperse with ambient zones and soaring electric guitar textures highlighting sparse, arching thematic lines.” -steveroach.com

LISTEN to ‘Depart at Sunrise’ from this album.

Asmus Tietchens & Vidna Obmana – The Shifts Recyclings (2CD) –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
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Shifts is a solo project by the omnipresent Frans de Waard, founder of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, & Goem. Shifts started life in 1995 with the purpose of producing ambient music by means of the guitar. Shifts has performed four times in concert (1998, 1999 and 2002) and once in a live collaboration– as yet still unreleased–with :zoviet*france: (1998). The music of Shifts consists of finely interwoven patterns of guitars played by motor driven devices, with added studio effects and extensive use of special recording techniques. This project is the first collaboration in a studio for Shifts.
Simultaneously (and separately) Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana had proposed to Frans de Waard to do a collaborative release where they would reprocess recordings by Shifts. Frans had known Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana since the mid-eighties, from the days when cassette culture was a vital form of musical expression. Since Tietchens and Vidna Obmana worked together before, it seemed more than appropriate then to combine these two efforts. The sound material supplied to each artist was the same, a decision made because they were curious about comparing the final results.


Bruno Sanfilippo – InTRO
–Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
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“Bruno Sanfilippo is an artist who is quickly developing a well-respected name for himself in ambient circles. With this in mind, the aptly titled “InTRO” is a great place to acquaint oneself with Bruno’s talents. Made up of seven distinct pieces, “InTRO” presents a variety of styles and sounds that all showcase Sanfilippo’s skills.” -ad21music.com

This release from 2006 offers 54 minutes of engaging ambience. Joining Sanfilippo on this recording is Alio Die on one track. For the first track: softly drifting textures are augmented by dreamy strings and sedate percussives, generating a lush and pleasant dose of ambience. Environmental samples enhance this soothing tuneage, contrasting the aerial violin with placid rainfall. The next track is ushered in by wind chimes winding their way through cyclic electronics breathing in tandem with didgeridoo. The serene tones maintain a steady flux that excellently suits an introspective reverie. The third piece wafts in on a shuddering breeze, orchestral airs vibrating in the distance while fragile electronics lazily cavort in the foreground amid softly ponged bells. Stately piano commands the next track, describing pensive chords in an ethereal fog of wind-borne electronics. Relaxation becomes mandatory. Heavenly hosts rise in the next track to meet a rain-swept wash punctuated by pastoral zephyrs. The next track employs singsong tones to achieve a contemplative milieu that is as captivating as it is dreamlike. The melody sways with tender intention, caressing the psyche with tendrils of sweet resonance. Piano reappears for the final piece, waxing emotional and conspiring with persuasive soundscapes to achieve a sweeping return to externality. A superb dose of ambience whose power is understated but vibrant, evoking a series of entries into the inner mind. -Matt Howarth – Sonic Curiosity

LISTEN to ‘InTROpiano’ from this album.

 

Nathan Siter – Exosphere –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99exosphere

Highly praised debut album, limited to 300 copies, housed in cardboard sleeve. 61 minutes of icy ambient, isolating scapes and pulsing rhythms.

LISTEN to ‘Myriad’ from this album.


Sone – Passerelle
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
sone

“Documented on this CD is a site-specific sound installation / performance given by °Sone (pronounced “osone”), a project of Yannick Dauby, Christophe Havard & Hughes Germain. The only sounds used were from within the walls of the building where the event took place, channeled and recorded using large transducers and then mixed and broadcast back into the main space of the building.” -and/OAR

LISTEN to a bit from this album.


Justin Vanderberg – Synthetic Memories
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
memories

“Synthetic Memories delivers eight deeply moving and contemplative tracks of pure wonder, where pulsing electronics, billowing synth textures and rich ambient spaces are perfectly blended into a heartfelt and profoundly introspective musical experience. It has much to offer fans of electronic ambient, from the title track which pays homage to the Masters of the sequencer, to the deeper ambient spaces of tracks like 67, DUSK, and COLD BRIGHTNESS to the perfectly placed piano of THE PATH and DROPS, to the driving and powerful opening track, a collaboration with Jon Jenkins entitled FROM BELOW. With Synthetic Memories, Justin Vanderberg has crafted a meaningful and personal album that will not soon be forgotten.”

LISTEN to ‘Dusk’ from this album.


TUU – Mesh
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
mesh

A tribal ambient release with elements of ritual ambient, Mesh meshes elements of both in a psychedelic ambient haze. It’s warm and embracing, yet tangibly experimental in a way that induces a focused mindset. It weaves its way through a labyrinth of lush sonic foliage but ensures an equal focus on the arduous terrain of it’s soundscape, as well. A calming release, Mesh is emblematic of Tuu’s maturation as an ambient trio. It integrates the expected tribal instrumentation in an unusual way, complimenting each sonic antithesis that confronts it in a manner that results in a sense of completion; of wholesomeness. The British trio, comprised of Martin Franklin, Richard Clare, and Mykl O’ Dempsey, all have had experience as solo recording artists in the vein of ambient music, but it’s clear that their best work comes together as a group. Mesh is truly a mixing pot of a variety of factors, but it’s executed at a superb level, and accomplishes its genre’s aesthetic supremely. For anyone looking for psychedelia, or something that’s deeply meditative, Mesh is a fantastic mesh between the two.
–http://atertiarysource.blogspot.com

LISTEN to the title track from this album.

Weekly Sale: Random Picks

Hello, all!

We’re back this week with a round of random picks for you, and sale prices will be good through February 19th or while supplies last!

Robert Rich – Filaments –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
filaments

“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 “Telomere” from this album.


John Hudak – Sand or Stars
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sand or stars

Comparisons between the sand of the earth with the stars above are many, but comparisons of this release by American composer John Hudak with his previous work are far less to be found.

The first piece of this CD mastered by John’s friend and collaborator Stephan Mathieu (Sirr.ecords, Lucky Kitchen, Hapna, etc), is unlike much of John’s previous work in that it features sharp staccato percussive sounds suddenly dodging in and out, but nevertheless it still has John’s “endless” compositional sense written into it. A subtle sense of humor seems to be inherent in the piece as well, as if some of the sounds hesitate with indecision as to whether or not they should make their presence known or perhaps they are trying to avoid colliding with some of the other sounds. And upon listening to this piece, be careful with volume settings at first listen, because the listener will quickly discover another aspect of this piece that is unlike much of John’s previous work: sudden volume shifts. This seems to suggest that the sounds are also changeable in temperament as well!

The second piece on this CD is perhaps the most meditative of the collection with its muted midrange buzzing that jumps around within the stereo spectrum, perhaps being reminiscent of musical radar signals or sonifications of normally inaudible activity occurring in a planet’s magnetosphere, all the while maintaining a benevolent warmth throughout.

And what could possibly be described as the amplification of rolling ion particle blasts being broadcast via shortwave radio, tells us that we have reached the third and final piece of this collection of what could be considered as being among John Hudak’s finest works.


A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
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reflect

“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)

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Alio Die – Music Infinity meets Virtues, Live in Prague 23th May 2009
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infinity

Performed live at Church of St. Simon and Juda, Prague , Old Town, May 23, 2009 and presented as part of the concert series Music Infinity in association with the Italian cultural institute in Prague

Track listing
01 Axis Mundi II 6:19
02 Brace di Trasformazione 6:35
03 Sine Tempore 11:26
04 Innamorato 4:57
05 Password for Entheogenic Experience 10:56
06 Duello con l’Incommensurabile 8:18
07 Raag Drone Theory 25:28
Total Time: 74:02


Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React
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react

“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

LISTEN to ‘Ice Fields’ from this album.

 

Beta Two Agonist – Zero Point Field –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
beta

Minimal glitchy atmospheres complimented by spare soft rhythms and gentle, yet moving, shades of melody. Beta Two Agonist was born in 1976 in Barcelona, son of a Catalan musician and a Dutch mother. He attended art college around 1998. There he discovered the computer as a valuable tool, while picking up the mindset of experimentation and openness. Through the years the borders between music and noise were blurring. He discovered that error and chance can be wonderful, and captures those magic moments in audio. He also uses field recordings, percussion and other objects, circuit-bent toys and contraptions, synths, effects pedals and software. Databloem is so good at finding new talent in ambient electronica, and they have really outdone themselves this time in bringing listeners the fresh sounds of Beta Two Agonist.

LISTEN to ‘Midian’ from this album.


Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition)
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
empetus

“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 ‘Arrival’ from this album.


Various Artists – Four The Truth
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four

Various artists. Voted “Compilation Album of the Year” by listeners of Scott Brodie’s and Matt Gribo’s Canadian radio show, “The Nightflight.”

“This is no. 4 in the ongoing, very successful series of electronic music inspired by the X-Files. Same as for the former parts, several teams of e-musicians teamed up in the studio, bringing adventurous music to life that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. On “Four, The Truth” you this time can hear the stunning results from e.g. Ian Boddy, Vidna Obmana, Mario Schönwälder, Detlef Keller, Kees Aerts, Harold van der Heijden,Volker Rapp, Eric van der Heijden and of course Ron Boots. Those who already have the former three CDs, don’t miss this one. If you’re not yet familiar with it, do buy this one and become an addict of this unique concept music too!” -groove.nl

“This is my personal favorite of the four CDs. The familiar sequences, atmospheres and rhythms are still here and there is more! There is some expansive and stark minimalism to augment those familiar features. The samples are more freely interwoven and the experimental textures are more fully integrated into the theme. The mystery and sci-fi elements are here as well. Again, the music demands deep listening and concentrated meditation. Indeed, I found it difficult to write while I listened.” -Jim Brenholts