Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale Item – Vidna Obmana, An Opera for Four Fusion Works

Hello, everyone!
We’re still working hard on our big Hypnos Headquarters relocation,  but we wanted to have another sale for you – this week we’ve done price reductions on Vidna Obmana’s AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS, and you can get some great deals whether you pick them up separately or all together!

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 1, Echoes of Steel) –Regularly $7.99. right now just $5.99
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AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is a unique project by Vidna Obmana and Hypnos — a four-CD album, released one CD at a time. The first disc will be released next month in a case (similar to the one used for Robert Rich’s Humidity) that will have space for all four discs, though slots 2, 3 and 4 will be empty. The listener can then purchase the later installments as they are released gradually over the next year or two, and insert them into the case. The second, third and fourth discs will not be sold in their own cases, and will be shipped in a plastic sleeve only! This will allow us to release the project gradually, and will facilitate convenient storage for the completed four-disc set. Of course it will mean that you need to purchase the first disc in order to have a proper case for the other discs. Only when all four discs have been released, we will make available the whole set of four discs, pre-packaged together.
In each of the four chapters or “Acts,” Belgian ambient/experimental artist Vidna Obmana will rework or “recycle” the sound sources of a different musician or group. The four acts will be linked in a thematic sense, but will use completely different and distinct sound sources as raw material for Vidna Obmana’s manipulation.

“Act One” of the Opera (a conceptual title only — you won’t find operatic vocals here) is “Echoes of Steel” featuring guitar recordings by Dreams In Exile (see for more information). The result is an austere, yet beautiful collaging of textures at once recognizably guitar-like, and at the same time abstract and strange.

Vidna Obmana continues the bold artistic exploration he began on Hypnos with LANDSCAPE IN OBSCURITY, continued with the diptych THE SURREAL SANCTUARY and THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURNE, and most recently the two-disc SOUNDTRACK FOR THE AQUARIUM.

“The first of a 4-CD set to be released individually over the course of the next year or so, this inaugural volume sees renowned Belgian ambient/world artist VIDNA OBMANA manipulating and recycling guitar sounds from the American group DREAMS IN EXILE. The resultant album is a lovely and nearly ambient selection of tracks that do retain a guitar feel, yet flow like ambient music–drifty, pastoral, and dreamlike. ‘Echoes Of Steel’ is a symphonic tapestry of metallic strings and gently wafting melodic shifts, perfectly suited for a quiet evening of peaceful relaxation. Later tracks like ‘III’ include wispy and harmonic vocals, creating a soothing and warm ebb. The final track, simply titled ‘I’, is just about as gorgeous as music gets–a great piece of ‘pure’ music to touch the soul. Can’t say enough, but this release is superlative in every way, evocative and imaginative, a beautiful landscape without equal.” –Godsend E-zine

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 2, Phrasing the Air)
–Right now just $4.99
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Act II of VidnaObmana’s series AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is now ready! Remember, Act I was released in a four-CD case, and acts II through IV are sold in a simple paper sleeve (with booklet) to be inserted into the Act I case.

“Eargerly expected and now available is the 2nd chapter in VidnaObmana’s ambitious Opera for Four Fusion Works.

Act II : Phrasing the Air centers around the soprano saxophone, brilliantly played by American natural Bill Fox. What follows is a beautiful fusion of honest sax harmonies, multi-layers of recyclings and a collection of haunting themes. An album which differs immensely from Act I but simultaneously utilizes the same approach. A very unique recording which isn’t that experimental than most of vidna’s recycling works are but one that focuses more onto the aspect of harmony and atmosphere. A very unique recording and now available. Remember that it comes only in a simple sleeve holding the CD and booklet to insert yourself into the 4CD box-set supplied with Act I : Echoes of Steel. Separately available now but if you don’t have Act I : Echoes of Steel yet, you can now order them together in the 4CD box-set as well.

Dive deep into VidnaObmana’s world of recycling.”
— Michael Foster / Ambientvisions


“This release from 2003 offers 62 minutes of quasi-classical ambience. Accompanying Vidna Obmana’s electronics, guitars, bowed strings and infinite recycling on this recording is Bill Fox on soprano saxophone.

Taking the concept of “drone” to new levels, this music has an eternally expansive sound. The tonalities and textures flow like unbridled liquid; unfettered by gravity or inertia, they seek to fill space with their pensive disposition. The air transforms into a roiling essence, ethereal yet substantial in its shadowy presence. It’s as if thought has spilled out of the mind to take on vaporous form.

Ebow guitars and bowed strings generate the impression of an orchestral mien, distant and ghostly in its definition. Emulating a buzzsaw whose growl has been elongated until it loses its aggressive outcry and adopts a more passive euphony, these treated strings become a fundamental element that unifies man and atmosphere.

Predominant amid these soundscapes is Fox’s saxophone. Treated to become a seamless horizon of sound, the horn’s call forms impressive cloudbanks of moaning resonance. This sonic overcast blocks all light and silence, shrouding the landscape with serene moods that evoke an eternal dusk. Pulsing notes are contorted and folded back onto themselves, creating a pastiche of eerie quality.

This music offers a dense ambience that embodies dark demeanor with celestial optimism. It achieves this state with classical instruments swimming in a pool of electronic treatments. The electronics are actually secondary to the traditional instruments, used to transform rather than immerse.

Enthralling and pleasantly imperious.” –Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 3, Reflection on Scale) –Right now just $4.99
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Act III of VidnaObmana’s series AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is now ready! Remember, Act I was released in a four-CD case, and acts II through IV are sold in a simple paper sleeve (with booklet) to be inserted into the Act I case.

Each of the four acts of this project utilize different source recordings by a different artist. This time the featured artist is Kenneth Kirschner, performing on piano. The treatments and processing by vidnaObmana this time are quite daring and experimental, edging at times into the realm of “glitch” or subtle noise experimenation. Overall, though, the feel is of gentle piano sonics, with a smooth and hypnotizing atmosphere rarely disturbed by well-placed bits of digital distortion.

Belgian ambient experimentalist Vidna Obmana is working at the height of his powers here, as he nears the end of his 4-part “Opera” cycle.

The usual disclaimer applies… this music is not in any real sense “opera” music, and the term is used only to suggest the varied, multi-part quality of this ongoing release.

“The fact that Dirk Serries, for twenty or so years, the man behind Vidna Obmana, started a new ‘band’ (again of just himself), did lead to the conclusion that Vidna Obmana was dead, or on hold at least. But it’s not. Or perhaps it is, and is Hypnos just a bit late, releasing this album. It’s the third act in a series of four. The first one was by Vidna Obmana himself, and on the second he transformed the saxophone sounds (see Vital Weekly 420). For the third act Vidna Obmana treats the piano sounds, played by Kenneth Kirschner, who is perhaps best known for similar collaborations with Taylor Deupree. The piano playing of Kirschner is quiet, just a few notes every once in a while, and the recordings he makes are usually finely treated with small clicks and hiss. This is excellent music for Vidna Obmana to expand his ambient tapestries on. Vidna Obmana adds guitar and synthesizers, after which he locks the music into his chamber of sound effects, looping all the sounds, making small shifting changes while certain elements keep returning ad infinitum. The piano sounds by Kirschner remain audible throughout this work, it doesn’t seem that they are treated to such an extent. In the warm ambient bath created by Vidna Obmana they find a good home. Soberly orchestrated, the dedication to Morton Feldman is no surprise (although perhaps many more notes are played here than on average Feldman composition). Vidna Obmana doesn’t necessarily add something new to ambient, but his music still belongs to the best the genre has to offer.”

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 4, The Bowing Harmony)
–Right now just $4.99
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The fourth and final installment in vidnaObmana’s ambitious “Opera For Four Fusion Works” project. Each “act” of this project involves vidnaObmana’s reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators.

Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion). Even those who are thinking “I don’t like voice with my ambient music” will really love this. It’s one of the most unusual and yet relevant recordings ever released by Hypnos, in which a very recognizable sound, the human voice, is progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more “ambient” atmospheres. It’s captivating & beautiful.

The usual disclaimer applies… this music is not in any real sense “opera” music, and the term is used only to suggest the varied, multi-part quality of this ongoing release.

“ACT FOUR is an eerie layering of haunting vocals with appropriately dark textures on synth, electric guitar, and “infinite recycling.” It is perfectly creepy, and intensely so, which is undoubtedly the desired effect.” -Phil Derby, Electroambient Space

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works (Acts 1-4, 4CDs)
–Regularly $19.99, right now just $16.99
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Moving Sale #5 – HUGE BLOWOUT SALE on Hypnos/Foundry Items

Hello, everyone!

We’re still hard at work getting everything ready for our Hypnos Headquarters relocation, and this week we’re having a BIG BLOWOUT SALE on all our few remaining Hypnos/Foundry items. The extremely low prices are good through September 25th or while supplies last, and please note: We’re never going to have these items in stock again after they’re gone, so make sure to grab your (steeply discounted) piece of Hypnos history while you can!


“In 2001, Hypnos decided to partner with The Foundry, a small underground electronic/experimental label based in Berkeley. The Foundry had started a few years earlier, and released several excellent and strange compact discs, but we felt a partnership would allow The Foundry to reach a bit wider, while giving Hypnos the opportunity to be involved in the release of some wonderful sound art.”

All the remaining Hypnos/Foundry items we have in stock, forever.


Seofon – Zero Point –Right now just $1.99
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Zero Point inaugurates a collaboration between Hypnos and The Foundry, which will continue with an ongoing series of releases featuring ambient and experimental music.
Zero Point is the product of “recycling” collaborations begun between Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach and Seofon. As the project progressed Stephen Kent, Robert Rich, Not Breathing, and Thermal were included in the circle and the result is a wonderful album full of shifting textures and shimmering ideas. Recycling is a term coined by Vidna Obmana (and Asmus Tietchens) to describe a process more immersive than simple remixing.

Zero Point: lessons in being nothing showcases some of the great talents in electronic music today, and finds them participating in a unique form of collaboration. With Ambient Temple of Imagination (ATOI) tracks as the inspiration and source material, Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, and Seofon opened a circle of recycling. Entirely new pieces were created using a variety of methods and collaborative trajectories with Seofon (a member of Ambient Temple of Imagination) serving as a center-point: coordinating the project, making his own recycling contributions, and integrating the finished tracks into a hypnotic tapestry. The resulting music has traveled a long way from its origins, the original material barely recognizable in the new pieces. This album is full of rich textures, subtle and powerful both. Follow the rhythms, connect the melodies and harmonics in your listening; the rewards are great!

Dean Santomieri – The Boy Beneath the Sea
–Right now just $0.99

The third Hypnos/Foundry co-release, THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA fluidly weaves together music and spoken word to create an affecting 40 minute immersive environment. The story of a boy who leaves his home to live under the sea is unique and yet somehow familiar, like a book remembered from childhood. Dean Santomieri’s narrative is evocative and personal, and the words are perfectly complemented by the musical contributions of Bruce Anderson, Karen Stackpole and David Kwan.
Santomieri chose three experienced and respected musicians to work with in creating THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA. Bruce Anderson, leader of the seminal Art-Rock band MX-80, plays a specially designed chromatically tuned, baritone guitar. Bruce has performed and recorded with The Residents and Henry Kaiser. David Kwan is a composer and video artist whose works can be heard on the Asphodel/Sombient and Artifact labels. Karen Stackpole is a drummer/percussionist with a soft spot for gongs. Her current involvements include Euphonics, a gongs/metals/singing bowls duo, and Malcolm Mooney & the10th Planet. She has worked with a number of Bay Area free jazz and improvisational groups.

Dean Santomieri has been working with electronic music and musique concrete since 1971, as well as creating multi-image pieces, films and videos. In recent years Santomieri formed the duo Donkey Boy which employed live electronic music, slides or video, story-telling, costumes, and props in their many Bay Area performances. Since 1997 Santomieri has also been performing with Malcolm Mooney & the10th Planet (Mooney was the original singer with the German progressive-rock group Can), providing electronics and guitar. In 1998 Santomieri formed a multi-media group with Anderson, Stackpole and Kwan, for live performance of his short stories (narration accompanied by live music and video). This ensemble’s first show, THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA, was performed numerous times in the Bay Area, and lead to this CD release. In 2000 the Archipelago imprint released Santomieri’s Crude Rotation, a 3″ CD, EP of musique concrete/ electronic pieces, to critical praise.

Collectively this ensemble of Kwan, Anderson and Stackpole improvised a rich musical setting for Santomieri’s timeless fable. Words and music interact and a spell is cast. Images grow, become vivid, and fade into salt washed ghosts. The waves of the story recede and THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA leaves behind pools of dreamy tableaux for us to muse upon, beachcombers to the phantasmagoric.

eM – All the Stars Burning Bright –Right now just $1.99

The second Hypnos/Foundry co-operative release is ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT, by eM (an alias for Michael Bentley, proprietor of The Foundry) — a far-ranging exploration in a dark ambient “space music” style.
This new album is something of a departure for eM. Though it draws on techniques and concepts from earlier projects, ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT delves into the sounds of deep space and aims to capture the otherness of the universe beyond earth. To this end sound sources include NASA recordings made by various space probes and further exploration of digital audio manipulation.

ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT is an exploration of the universe through sound, an experiment designed by eM to venture beyond our gravity well. Beginning with A Dream of Summer Stars we leave the familiar confines of our horizons and venture into more remote and unearthly sonic realms. Parsecs, constructed largely from heavily processed NASA recordings, propels us across open vacuum, and through the Starswarm that follows. Suspensions and Burning Bright suggest both the immense stillness and roiling activity of the night sky, while Between provides a melancholy respite before the revelations of Others. Our dream fades as we drift Beyond the Shoals of Stars.

These pieces ruminate not simply on the stars, but on the space between them. The compositions emulate no one model, but draw on many sources, from the Voyager recordings to the writings of Brian Aldiss and H.P. Lovecraft. ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT also functions as a kind of diary, giving voice to a variety of dreams and memories.

Mollusk – Accretions –Right now just $1.99

The fourth Hypnos/Foundry release, ACCRETIONS represents a melding of digital audio and organic inspiration. Mollusk delves into the oceanic realm with compositions at once experimental and atmospheric. Waves crash, tides ebb and flow, and the ancient mollusks follow their own paths through this wonderful collection.
ACCRETIONS, a melding of organic inspiration and digital audio, is the first CD release from Mollusk, the musical alter ego of Malcolm Bly. Bly was working in web design at the time, and created the music of Mollusk entirely through digital means, employing sampling and DSP applications, as well as experimenting with the process of using the artifacts of MP3- format compression to create a “low resolution” sound. “It seemed to me that the medium of the MP3 wanted to be played with, explored for its own abilities, not simply used as a means to poorly represent higher quality sounds.”

To this end Bly incorporated the idea of low resolution audio output into his compositional approach, so that the final form of these pieces has, until this release, not been a CD or 16-bit/44.1kHz sound files, but a stereo MP3 file. Besides creating what Bly refers to as the “Mollusk sound,” working with low kbps rates meant that the resulting MP3s were smaller than those produced at the more common 128kbps or 192kbps, and this meant shorter download times. For instance, the 20 minute Ancient Seas became a meager 4.6MB, instead of the 18MB one might expect.

For the ACCRETIONS compact disc release, Mollusk has created the new track Barnacle: Archipelago, and remixed/remastered all the compositions to CD quality audio. The tracks The Sea and The Cry of the Distant Nautilus retain the low resolution Mollusk sound, but the other pieces have been recreated in high resolution 44.1 kHz sound.

An adventure into more experimental “digitalism,” ACCRETIONS will appeal to the more adventurous listener who enjoys 21st century musical modes such as “glitch” and microsound.

“The waves which flow from Mollusk tend to be gentle, if a bit strange; the Accretions of their abstract-though-thematic soundstreams flow jointly into an esoteric 8.4 sonic tidepool of deep listening. ”
–The AmbiEntrance

Various Artists – 360°
–Right now just $1.99

New compilation from Foundry/Hypnos featuring Rhomb, eM, High Skies, Seofon with Mark Van Hoen, Sketch, Thermal, and Kim Cascone.

The Foundry says:
This compilation has as its center point a story fragment, a series of episodes taking our narrator through an enigmatic arc, an arc becoming a circle, an arc of 360°. Tracks draw on a variety of electronic music flavours, from ambient electronica to microsound and glitch. Contributors to 360° are, in order of appearance: Rhomb (releases on The Foundry and Archipelago imprint), eM (releases on The Foundry, Archipelago and Fallt), Jonathan Hughes (formerly Subspace with release on Sunburst Fifty), High Skies (Mat Jarvis, formerly Gas on Emit), Seofon with Mark Van Hoen (Seofon is a member of Ambient Temple of Imagination as well as a solo artist; Mark Van Hoen has released work as Locust and under his own name on Touch), Sketch (releases on Apollo and on End of Hum), Thermal (releases on his own Boxman label and Archipelago imprint), and Kim Cascone (releases on Ritornell and Digital Narcis among many others). Quite a range of talented artists!

Various Artists – Lost and Found (2cd)
–Right now just $2.99

A two disc compilation giving a glimpse into both the past and present activities of Hypnos partner The Foundry. This serves as an excellent “cross-section” sampler of current Foundry artists, for listeners interested in exploring the label but not sure where to start, as well as functioning as a document of early Foundry recordings, from the days of the imprint’s lower-profile, pre-Hypnos.
A growing number of listeners have purchased such recent Hypnos/Foundry titles as ZERO POINT by Seofon, ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT by eM, and TRILLIUM by Jonathan Hughes, and these new enthusiasts to The Foundry will find LOST AND FOUND a gateway to the exploration of other works by these artists, as well as such Foundry figures as Rhomb, The Apiary, Mollusk, Dean Santomieri, and M. Bentley.

The first CD (Lost) gathers some of the highlights from the Foundry’s pre-Hypnos releases, including a specially re- recorded version of Above the Earth, to produce a disc of introspective ambient styles.

Disc two (Found, which contains five tracks drawn from discs co-released with Hypnos and seven non-album, preview and unreleased tracks) provides an unique insight into the state of The Foundry today.

Ben Swire – Equilibrium (CDEP) –Right now just $0.99

ic music, perhaps similar to Jonathan Hughes TRILLIUM, also on Foundry.
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.

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.

eM – Outward (CDEP) –Right now just $0.99

Second release in the Foundry EP series (after Ben Swire’s surprising EQUILIBRIUM) – about 20 minutes of experimental abstract digitalism at a great price!
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.

Michael Bentley, founder of The Foundry label, has recorded under several names [eM, The Apiary and Rhomb (with Nathan Kreisberg)] and has released a number of EPs and CDs of electronic and experimental music. Projects include releases for the Irish label Fällt (as eM) as part of the invalidObject series; for Archipelago, a loose association of Bay Area artists (EPs as eM and Rhomb), inclusion on a CD compilation accompanying the latest issue of MIT Press’ Computer Music Journal (one track as eM), as well as tracks on releases from No Type, SlapArt, and Dark Duck. Future plans include new full length CDs under both the eM and Apiary monickers, as well as collaborations within the Archipelago.

Bentley has composed and recorded electronic music off and on for a number of years, often collaborating with long time friend Nathan Kreisberg (most recently as Rhomb). Interest in other musical forms, most notably folk music of the British Isles (especially that of Scotland), has lead to performances at music/dance festivals in the Czech Republic, Austria, Norway and California, as well as performing and recording gigs on both east and west coasts of the US. The Foundry, originally begun (in 1985) as an umbrella for publishing chapbooks, emerged as an outlet for Bentley’s musical endeavours in 1995. After several cassette releases the first Foundry CDs were issued in 1997. The Foundry catalogue has garnered critical praise (see review index here) and airplay throughout Europe, Australia, the US and Canada. In 2001 The Foundry began a collaboration with the Hypnos recording label, resulting in nine releases over the last 14 months.

Various Artists – Sub.Terra
— ONLY A COUPLE OF THESE LEFT IN STOCK! Right now just $1.99

New experimental compilation featuring Interstitial, Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, M. Bentley, and Vir Unis


“The latest release from Foundry Records, “sub.terra” is a fascinating compilation based around the concept of creating a series of pieces using only a trumpet as source material. the artists all started with a set of trumpet recordings and from there processed and treated the tracks until they came up with the works contained herein. and a very impressive collection of works it is! featuring tracks by Vir Unis, vidnaObmana, Saul Stokes, Michael Bentley and Interstitial, “sub.terra” provides not only an excellent group of challenging pieces, it also serves as an introduction to some of the best artists in the field of electronic music today. with each of the artists contributing their own interpretations, each adding their own particular sounds and flaours, “sub.terra” crosses a range of styles and ideals. from the dark drones of Interstitial, through the percussive groove of Vir Unis, the space and movement of vidnaObmana, the hypnotic chilled electronics of Saul Stokes, and the dark deep-space explorations of Michael Bentley, “sub.terra” is an excellent collection, and well worth checking out.” –rik maclean – ping things

“This release from features 61 minutes of collaborative electronic ambience. The project was initiated by Interstitial (aka John Koch-Northrup), who created a basic theme that was then provided to a selection of notable ambient synthesists who elaborated on the original template. The CD begins with Interstitial’s original theme. An assemblage of ethereal tonalities congeal to generate a distinctly subterranean harmony of subtly varying textures, often pitching shrill enough to emulate horns echoing from cavernous strata. Then Vir Unis (aka John Strate-Hootman) applies whispering beats and a dreamier sense to the caverous reverberations. While those beats start out as barely noticable, their soft patter rises to more definable status, evoking an anticipatory tension to the mix. Soon, the rhythms evolve into an engaging enhancement that rivals the basic template for the audience’s attention. The next track finds VidnaObmana embellishing the template with ghostly undertones that accentuate the echoing quality of Interstitial’s melody, changing the mix into a haunting procession through underground tunnels. Then Saul Stokes takes a shot at mutating the basic theme, transforming Interstitial’s caverous mood into an interstellar medium full of twinkling stars and breathing nebulae. Rhythms emerge to attribute more body to the infinity, and those tempos continue to grow, overwhelming the underlying structure. Which leads to a remix by Michael Bentley (aka eM), who dissembles the template into quite a different sonic creature. Textures become more elongated, creating a more suspenseful ambience punctuated by horn-bursts of utmost clarity. The introduction of quasi-radio emissions render the piece into a pulsating deconstruction. The finale belongs to Interstitial, who blends elements from all these collaborators together to produce a magnum opus of ambient proportions. (While the basic template and the other remixes are between 8 to 11 minutes long, this piece clocks in at over 16 minutes.) Expert manipulation infuses aspects from each earlier treatment into the basic theme, producing a lush track that flourishes with variations while taking a more introspective tact.” –

Various Artists – Bibimbap
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The Archipelago is a loose association of Bay Area musicians/composers, a forum in which artists working the disparate subgenres of electronic music come together in different collaborative ways or even just to share a meal. In fact it is this tradition of dinner gatherings that led to the Bibimbap compilation. Joshua Maremont (Thermal) explains…

Perhaps it seems odd for the musicians of the Archipelago to initiate a project named after a Korean meal, but perhaps not. For the meetings of our various islands have occured over the steaming stone pots holding this delight, and it is in homage to this meal that we entitle our project – and specifically this project – with its name. Bibimbap simply means “mixing rice”: rice is placed in a stone or ceramic bowl and actively mixed with whatever other ingredients are available or desired, the mixing process adding a dynamism in which the meal takes shape over the course of its eating, especially when the stone bowl is used to continue the cooking process until the eating is at an end. To state then that our Bibimbap is a simple remix project is insufficient, for we mean to reflect more of the nature of this dish in our tribute and to focus specifically on the availability of ingredients, ingredients, as it were, found already in our refrigerators: leftover tracks, unfinished pieces, forgotten fragments, music omitted from other releases as out of place, orphaned sound in need of fostering. Starting with a tableful of such ingredients, we assemble from them new pieces, each of us mixing them into contexts unconsidered by their creators and making out of these apparent scraps what we hope will be a feast. By this we mean not to imply an unloading of castoffs but instead to suggest that in some cases that which cannot be finished by one might well come to fruition through the care of others, perhaps in the warm steam rising from a stone bowl.

And so the various artists involved contributed material to a pool of samples and then used something from this shared source (in addition to whatever new work they might provide) to create a new piece. The list of contributors includes Forrest Fang, Saul Stokes, Chris de Giere, M. Bentley/eM, Thermal, Ben Swire, Dean Santomieri, and Earwicker (Seofon and C. Rolls).

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“Saul Stokes returns to the music scene with Vast, a showcase for his unique brand of electronica. With Vast Stokes explores new territory utilizing a highly developed lyrical sense built, as ever, on the idiosyncratic sound of his “hand-forged” equipment. These tracks are truly multi-faceted, and the many detailed sonic embellishments, as well as the fluid structures, set Vast apart.

Weekly Sale Items: Moving Sale #4

Hello all,
After taking the holiday week off, we’re back with another round of price-slashed random picks all ready to go, so get yours while they last!

Bass Communion – Molotov And Haze –Regularly $15.99, right now just $8.99

“Bass Communion is a project dedicated to Steven Wilson’s recordings in an ambient, drone, and/or electronic vein. Most of the pieces are experiments in texture made from processing recordings of real instruments and field recordings. The atmosphere of the music has tended towards the dark and melancholic, but expressed with an almost zen-like beauty.”

Ian Hawgood – The Great Allure
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

“A very personal and heartfelt album, ‘The Great Allure’ amasses six passionate movements into a tribute to the memories of traveling by train. Inverted pianos wrapped in a blanket of distant fog seen peering through a train window dripping with wiped away condensation. Forehead against glass with a melancholy gaze towards the passing landscape. Broken voice and hand claps layer subtle nods to Reich. ‘The Great Allure’ is packaged in Experimedia’s signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies” -Experimedia

Ben Fleury-Steiner – As a means through which I can speak
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99

Complex album of drones, reverberating frequencies, fractured melodies, and hidden siren songs.

“Channelling Yeats (the imagistic track titles) and surrealism (the cover art’s Magritte-inflected portraiture) through sensibilities as informed by Dada as data, Fleury-Steiner’s mesmerizing ambient work flourishes over the eight lengthy tracks that comprise As A Means Through Which I Can Speak, tossing preconceived genre affiliations in the proverbial trash. This is, for lack of a better phrase, “anti-drone.” Though the components of the drone are apparent, Fleury-Steiner seems more intent on establishing distinct environments in sound, the results being far too febrile to simply become one with the surrounding woodwork. Numerous influences poke out their heads for a look (Mark Isham’s early playful synth experiments circa Vapor Drawings, the melancholy chord-sweeps of Steve Roach and Oophoi), but they don’t hinder the music’s progress or grand scope. Fundamentally, this is evocative stuff in the best sense, great ringing droughts of sonic wash that reveal tonalities within tonalities, high-frequency drones that shimmer and vibrate like jeweled curtains that reflect piercing sunlight. A record of contradicting emotions, denoting both introspection and excitation, pat “drone” music this is not, and the fact that it confounds any such glib categorical baggage makes it even more compelling, and quite shelf-worthy.” -Darren Bergstein, e|i magazine

Alio Die – Music Infinity meets Virtues, Live in Prague 23th May 2009
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99

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.

The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
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The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind.

Atomine Elektrine – Archimetrical Universe –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“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

Immedia – 2|1
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

A collection of material from two very limited edition CDRs in audio and virtual recordings of imagined spaces. the sound of immedia’s work implies silence/microcosms and the underlying resonance of spaces. in audio: sound works that exploit the limitations of basic digital equipment, utilising a combination of malfunction, error and accidents to produce new data. in audio is a constantly evolving project. these pieces are not intended as a final product but as a documentation of works that are inherently in progress. these works are also open to reinterpretation and continuation by other artists. virtual recordings of imagined spaces: the invisible presence of imagined spaces: domestic and industrial, public and private. the looped recordings and the listening environment merge to create a new sonic space. Immedia are Vicky Paniale and Darren Reynolds, a duo from London, UK.

ARC – Glassine 1 –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99

“ARC formed in 2000 at a performance at The Ambient Ping, Toronto’s long-running live experimental music series. ARC’s sound is centered on the melodic loops, texture, and samples provided by heavily effected guitar and other melodic instruments. This is overlaid with tribal rhythms made by various percussive instruments; drum kit, djembe, tabla, wood blocks, and more. With this combination, the trio creates a roiling tapestry of psychedelic drone music simultaneously prim(ev)al and avant-garde.”

The low prices are good through September 18th, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great deals!

Weekly Sale Items – Moving Sale #3

We’re back this week with another round of price-slashed random picks, and the low prices are good through September 4th or while supplies last!

Aqua Dorsa – Cloudlands –Regularly $15.99, right now just $10.99

Aqua Dorsa is a musical Italian ambient project formed by Enrico Coniglio and Oophoi. Their work “Cloudlands” is a perfect mix of glitch,classical and orchestral glacial ambient soundscape.” -Glacial Movements Records

Under The Snow – The Other Room
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“Seven ‘rooms’ described through the visual essence of sober and linear photographic black and white images, and through sonorities based on whispered and discrete synthesis, often bordering on silence, violated by occasional harshness, chimes of plucked strings, hissings, cracklings, electrical tensions, gurgles and digital creaks. An intimate and introspective path, through long and deserted corridors, entering spacious and bright rooms surrounded by white large walls, walking on reflective polished floors, cold and aseptic just like the sounds that Gianluca Favaron and Stefano Gentile chose to fill with vibrations of their spaces and architectural forms. Ltd x 300 hand-numbered copies in an outsize 6-panel sleeve, including a unique slide with each copy.”

Bruno Sanfilippo – Subliminal Pulse
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“Veteran Electronic/Ambient composer and recording artist Bruno Sanfilippo has been creating and releasing impressive soundscapes since 1991. Now the internationally established instrumentalist delivers his first official US release, Subliminal Pulse, a tranquil and hypnotic ambient musical tapestry comprised of delicate melodies, layered electronics and synth textures that seem to come from deep within a dream.”

Deupree/Kirschner/Korber/Steinbruchel/Ximm – May 6, 2001
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On the night of Sunday, May 6, 2001, composer Kenneth Kirschner, as part of a series of pieces documenting the sounds of different New York City neighborhoods, took his tape recorder to the Financial District of Lower Manhattan to begin field recordings for a new piece. The resulting low-resolution portrait captured the sounds of a deserted urban landscape: the empty, winding streets of old Dutch New Amsterdam, its modern, towering skyscrapers — and a region of the city that, several months later, would be renamed Ground Zero.

and/OAR is proud to present “May 6, 2001″, a collection of five interpretations by five renowned contemporary composers of the aforementioned field recording portrait.

With excerpts from Kirschner’s original 2001 composition based on the field recording, the CD also includes pieces by Taylor Deupree (USA), Tomas Korber (Switzerland), Ralph Steinbrüchel (Switzerland), and Aaron Ximm (aka Quiet American; USA), all utilizing the 2001 Financial District field recording as their sole source material. The result is a project that obliquely and subtly evokes the source recording and its subsequent meanings, while also standing on its own as an estimable example of each artist’s mastery of his craft.

Steve Roach – New Life Dreaming
–Regularly $15.99, right now just $9.99
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From the first chord of “Perfect Dream” to the final fade of “In the Eye Of Noche”, NEW LIFE DREAMING presents an unbroken feeling of connection to essential meditations found on STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, QUIET MUSIC and DREAMTIME RETURN. All of these pieces were created during late 2004 and 2005. The process of remastering DREAMTIME RETURN helped open the door into that timeless place found in Steve’s most appreciated works. NEW LIFE DREAMING represents an essential chapter in the book of quiet, nourishing and graceful sound paintings.

“The desire to tap into the soundcurrent from which the Dreamtime music was drawn just seemed inevitable after the remastering process started in December of last year. It’s a living, breathing, space for me which has continued to flow down deep over the years. As I re-opened the door to this dreamtime space, the creative urges and subtle cues to follow the trail deeper was immediately reinforced by several new pieces which feel directly connected to this indescribable quality. These new pieces just flowed out. There was no big agenda, concept or sense of obligation to make them feel like they belonged on the DREAMTIME RETURN discs. All the pieces came from a calm space, just letting things breathe and not being in any hurry to go anywhere. Now that they are complete, I feel the pieces speak of the subtle blooms that occur in the heart and mind when you slow it all down.”

Maurizio Bianchi/Siegmar Fricke – Stroma~Konkret
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“Extra heavy fusion of industrial noise and musique concrete, this exclusive collaboration unites the forces of two legendary musicians who witnessed the roots of the industrial music movement. This album consists of three long tracks of mechanical aggression, clinical obsession and uncompromising psychic attack.”
-Monochrome Vision

Craig Padilla – Genesis –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

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.

Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

Offthesky returns with a fascinating set of experimental ambiances, acoustic and glitchy rhythmic excusions The Geist Cycles project began as a series of live sonic collaborations via Lexington (KY, USA) artists interacting to interpret an idea of life in transit to afterlife. The takes were later studio swept and fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

Weekly Sale Items – Moving Sale #2

Hello everyone,
We’ve been extremely busy getting things ready for our big Hypnos headquarters relocation, but we’ve put together another moving sale for you. The low prices are good through August 28th or while we still have stuff on the shelves!

This one has been out of stock for some time, but we recently found a few copies while sorting through our storage area:

Various Artists – Bibimbap
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The Archipelago is a loose association of Bay Area musicians/composers, a forum in which artists working the disparate subgenres of electronic music come together in different collaborative ways or even just to share a meal. In fact it is this tradition of dinner gatherings that led to the Bibimbap compilation. Joshua Maremont (Thermal) explains…

Perhaps it seems odd for the musicians of the Archipelago to initiate a project named after a Korean meal, but perhaps not. For the meetings of our various islands have occured over the steaming stone pots holding this delight, and it is in homage to this meal that we entitle our project – and specifically this project – with its name. Bibimbap simply means “mixing rice”: rice is placed in a stone or ceramic bowl and actively mixed with whatever other ingredients are available or desired, the mixing process adding a dynamism in which the meal takes shape over the course of its eating, especially when the stone bowl is used to continue the cooking process until the eating is at an end. To state then that our Bibimbap is a simple remix project is insufficient, for we mean to reflect more of the nature of this dish in our tribute and to focus specifically on the availability of ingredients, ingredients, as it were, found already in our refrigerators: leftover tracks, unfinished pieces, forgotten fragments, music omitted from other releases as out of place, orphaned sound in need of fostering. Starting with a tableful of such ingredients, we assemble from them new pieces, each of us mixing them into contexts unconsidered by their creators and making out of these apparent scraps what we hope will be a feast. By this we mean not to imply an unloading of castoffs but instead to suggest that in some cases that which cannot be finished by one might well come to fruition through the care of others, perhaps in the warm steam rising from a stone bowl.

And so the various artists involved contributed material to a pool of samples and then used something from this shared source (in addition to whatever new work they might provide) to create a new piece. The list of contributors includes Forrest Fang, Saul Stokes, Chris de Giere, M. Bentley/eM, Thermal, Ben Swire, Dean Santomieri, and Earwicker (Seofon and C. Rolls).

Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition)
–Regularly $12.99, right now just $9.99

“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

Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier) – Bordeaux TNT
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Long after the first two releases issued by Ground Fault and Edition Ellipsis, and/OAR & Alluvial Recordings are pleased to finally be able to present the final release in a trilogy covering the sonic expeditions of the French location-specific electroacoustic trio Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier).

This release summarises what was initially a 6 hour performance / installation / radio broadcast that occurred at the TNT cultural centre in Bordeaux, France. The TNT centre is situated inside a former shoe manufacturing building. With several hundred meters of cables, the exterior and interior of the building were recorded using several different condenser and contact microphones, modified and mixed in real time on a 32 channel mixing desk. Simultaneously, the live mix was played into the concert hall / space using 8 channels for 8 loudspeakers. While the improvisers were on the upper level, the audience was listening and walking around on the lower level.

The final mix for the CD was edited by Eric La Casa.

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

Minimal glitchy atmosphere’s 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.

Forrest Fang – Animism
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“On his ninth album, Animism, Chinese-American musician Forrest Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound. Inspired by the ancient belief that all living and inanimate forms possess a spirit or life force, Fang has composed eight pieces that radiate with energy and warmth.

Besides acoustic and electric violins and mandolins, he embellishes his atmospheric textures with melodies and polyrhthms from stringed and percussion instruments such as the Turkish lavta, Peruvian bandurria, Filipino kulintang, Mexican cantaro and Balinese kendang.

Animism is a celebration of life’s internal rhythms and their ultimate path to rest.”

Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm
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2005, latest release on Silentes, the new offshoot of Italy’s Amplexus label… the brand new album by Maurizio Bianchi is the first of a series on silentes. M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.

Hafler Trio – A Pressed-On Sandwich
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This nutritious fare was prepared by Colin Potter at IC Studio, Preston, UK in 2005, using the finest Icelandic ingredients suplied by The Hafler Trio. Colin Potter explains: “I attended The Hafler Trio performance of ‘How to slice a loaf of bread’ in Preston and was very impressed on many different levels. During a discussion with Andrew McKenzie after the event, he suggested that we might try a joint project. Shortly afterwards he sent me some of the original source material from the performance. It was my intention to preserve the overall shape & sense of the material, but at the same time move it to another (sonic)place. I hope I have achieved this, by a process of reformation.” Limited to 1010 copies

Darshan Ambient – Falling Light –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99

“Picking up where 2011’s DREAM IN BLUE left off, which skillfully straddled a delicate musical line between ambient and jazz, Falling Light finds Allison moving more towards an almost ambient Americana sound at times. The deliberate use of lap steel and slide guitars blended with synth textures that seem to stretch to the horizon, brings to mind visions of wide open spaces, big skies and endless possibilities. With multi-layered percussion, synth textures, bass, and guitar grooves, Allison’s unmistakeable compositional style is in top form, delivering thoughtful melodic phrases and themes with a familiar atmosphere.”

Crawl Unit – Vs Silence
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Ultra-minimal ambience approaching the limits of silence.

“The sounds on this record, originally recorded between 1993 and 1995, were intended for use as “environmental sound for exhibition space”. These pieces are remarkable for how their subtle and dense soundscaping continuously moves in and out of a foundation in silence. These five segments create an amorphous whole where silence is not only used as marks of punctuation, but fulfils its double role as both the source and the destination of sound. Highly recommended.”
–Reviewed by Richard DiSanto,

Manifold says:
Classic re-issue of the only “dark-ambient” Crawl Unit record, if there is such a thing. Joe might kill me for saying that but this demo gave me the blissful creeps for a year before I finally called Joe Colley and said we have to make a record of this. This is a sonorous, billowing cloud of sound, expanding, deepening, wavering, occasionally throbbing the speakers with titanic world-heavy bumps and textures. The untitled tracks here seem to corrode and meld into each othr like tectonic plates, slowly crushing into the edges, burrowing and rumbling. All over this a dire wind stretches. Ground metaphors don’t do it justice because this feels so effervescent and airy. Light, yet totally black. In original artwork.

Bruno Sanfilippo – InTRO
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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.”

Bruno Sanfilippo make a visionary statement of such extraordinary beauty and diversity that it seems to have been conceived by a collective of gifted artists. Each track on his new album deliver a specific mood. InTRO is a subtle work of alchemical invocation which summons the inner worlds. The soundscapes painted with piano (meditative piano playing a la Harold Budd), duduk, didgeridoo and electronic instruments will soothe, caress and lull you into feelings of extreme serenity. Bewildering and beautiful by turns, this is one of those records that I can imagine still offering up new insights many years from now. -by M.Christian Burcea · Journeys to the Infinite Radio

Argentinean composer Bruno Sanfilippo already has eight albums to his name and, even though I’ve never heard him before,I sense a mature musician’s poise and sense of craft all through this exquisite CD of tone colour ambience. A thin veil covers these melodies and impressions, unifying a quite varied sequence tracks with the soft-focus that “pure” forms of ambience always seem to have. “Intropiano” sounds like a superior Budd & Eno moment. “Introvoices” suggests floating through a glowing nebula or standing on a mountain peak in the Himalayas on a pristine clear day.”Introvisions” sounds like a violin and cello making love in a very large cave. On “Introsacro” layers of bells, guitar delay, whistling winds and very subtle chants gel in such a magical way that it cuts far deeper than a mere impression of something sacred. Exactly what’s electronic and what’s acoustic on this album is difficult to tell and I’m sure an organic sound was Sanfilippo’s intention. Many elements have a familiar old-school ring to them but what Intro proves is that nothing need sound cliched in the hands of the gifted. A sensual and memorable piece of work. -by Mike G. – Ambient Music Guide

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