This week we’re putting our entire Faria category on sale through September 21st, and we’ve price cut some items by as much as five dollars! Follow the link to the Faria section of the online store to find artists like Oophoi, Robert Rich, Faryus, Aglaia, and many more, but hurry – some titles are in extremely limited supply!
This week we’re bringing you Paul Vnuk Jr.’s “Silence Speaks in Shadow,” sale-priced at $6.99 through September 14th.
Vnuk ventures out into the solo world with a longform release that blends the environmental sounds of a cityscape with an ebbing and flowing synth atmosphere. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW gives us a glimpse into the psycho-environmental sounds of a city drenched in rain and industrial sonics. Stating his inspiration for this project, Vnuk says: “The open windows and industrial sounds of a rain drenched city can have a strange calming effect on the soul.”
A pre-release review by Jim Brenholts says: “….expertly mixes somber passages and samples with an expansive drone, nature samples and melodic pastoral ambience. The effect is both chilling and calming. The emotional and spiritual responses are clear and undefinable. The physical response is immediate calm. This CD is essential psychoactive meditation material!”
Hypnos Recordings feels a special fondness for smooth, long-form environmental pieces. We find them full of details which gradually reveal themselves, and transport the listener to unfamiliar locales, or frames of mind. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW is sure to be a favorite “place” of many who experience it.
“If you ponder for too long the meaning of the album title Silence Speaks in Shadow, the listener will surely fail to have the musical encounter intended by author Paul Vnuk Jr. The concept behind this prolonged ambient stasis is to think about everything but the spinning disc and allow the mind to wander and to wonder… freely. Vnuk facilitates this through the placement of sparse synth pads over recordings of street sounds during a thunderstorm, a skilled combination of pacing, harmony and the relaxing properties of rain on rooftops. The moments prior to slipping into sleep are reassurred with the kind of calm that only one of those sudden summer showers can bring.
Silence Speaks in Shadow is one in a growing number of releases in this field – so its design will be familiar, yet the experience remains as pleasing as watching raindrops splashing or storm clouds rolling. This album is a fitting beginning on a drift out to the fringes of consciousness, through the mist of memory and into the embrace of night. Vnuk’s soundscape provides us with a sonic foundation upon which to build our own unique ambient experience.”
–Chuck van Zyl / STAR’S END
“One half of Ma Ja Le has “gone solo” as they say… taking the lightly atmospheric road, paul vnuk jr. reveals, in a long-form emission of faint electronics and urban ambiance, that silence speaks in shadow. Hushed soundwaves float on a peacefully rainy city night, and Vnuk captures the best of all those elements.
Subtly shimmering synthscapes (sometimes barely there at all) simply drift through Silence Speaks in Shadow (73:58); occasional “real life” incidents (falling rain, chattering people, cat sounds which always have me looking around to see what mine are up to…) add a you-are-there textural element to the whole mix. It should be noted that (except fot the lingering showers) these happenings are few, with plenty of spaciously drifting ephemera throughout. Hinting of danger elsewhere (but not here), sirens pass as lovely chorus-like strands waft through the spattering of raindrops on concrete. Around the 40-minute mark, light chimes sparkle with a cushiony resonance counterbalancing distant thunder. Everything slowly fades in the final moments, like slipping into a comfortable slumber…
Soundscape meets cityscape in silence speaks in shadow, a panoramic blend of shapeshifting ambient streams and subtle occurences which blend rather than intrude. No hustle-bustle here as paul vnuk jr. processes the most subdued audiovisions, transmitting them as these flowing scenes of 9.2-rated beauty. Quite gorgeous! The amazing Hypnos catalog just keeps getting better… ”
–David Opdyke, The AmbiEntrance
“There’s a small quote at the bottom of the insert to this CD, apparently a quote by Vnuk Jr. himself who states that “The open windows and industrial sounds of a rain, drenched city can have a strange calming effect on the soul.” When I first read this little snippet I wasn’t sure what to think, but after my first listen it made good sense. A lot of Ambient/ Atmospheric music compliments or enhances the ambience of a particular space, but then there are some ambient recordings that transcend or alter your space altogether, i.e. Stephen Philips and James Johnson’s Lost at Dunn’s Lake, or Brannan Lane’s Troposphere, Silence Speaks in Shadow is like this as well, but it’s a different, grittier, almost urban ambience rather than the organic natural works of Philips, Johnson, and Lane. Clocking in at 73:58 Silence Speaks in Shadow is a long-running single track that immerses the listener in a blend of natural ambience and harmoniously synthesized chording. With Silence Speaks in Shadow Vnuk Jr. has created an undisputedly great work that emphasizes the harsh undertones of the urban landscape while sonically capturing the mysterious beauty of a rainy night. A fantastic recording that transcends as well as it projects.”
–Matt Borghi, The Organization of Sound
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This week’s sale item is Jeff Greinke’s ‘Places of Motility,’ marked down to $5.99 through August 31st.
Finally on CD for the first time, this “special edition” Greinke classic was digitally remastered and includes the twelve tracks from the original + three other exclusive tracks.
“Jeff Greinke is one of the masters of dark, hypnotic electronic minimalism. He has been performing in that style since the mid-’80s, long before it was fashionable. He recorded Places of Motility in 1986 and released it in 1987 on Dossier Records. Mike Griffin remastered it in 1999 and released it on the Hypnos Recordings label. Greinke added three tracks from 1988 for the reissue. This is a deep set full of experimental sounds and techniques. Greinke took some cues from the avant-garde recordings of Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, and Mother Mallard and added his own unique processing touches, wide-open atmospheres, and low drones. The resultant soundscape is dark and ominous. This CD is very similar to the minimalist works of Lustmord, Alio Die, Mathias Grassow, and Vidna Obmana. For all fans of dark minimalism, this is essential. Casual fans might find it interesting as well.”
–Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide
“Originally issued in 1987, this album of crepuscular ambience, Zoviet- France-like rhythmic trance-outs and sanctified drones shows why Greinke has become a mainstay in dark-ambient circles.”
“Established and well-recognized ambient composer Jeff Greinke, via Seattle’s (sic) Hypnos Recordings has again reshaped his previously recorded tracks and presented them to the world as Places of Motility. The moody dreamscapes emanate dark, almost foreboding images as the melancholic ambient soundscapes float across the horizon, transcending earthly bodies, rising gently into the atmosphere. Most of the intricately developed tracks are beatless sound expanses, allowing the enigmatic rhythms and structured synthetic choruses to scientifically create the shape of the album. Intense instrumentals like “Fallacy,” “A Dank Place” and “Traveling Secrets” move unhindered through elaborate labyrinths. Purebred imagination!”
–DIGITAL ARTIFACT magazine
We’ve got another item from our Binary sub-label on sale for you this week, and we’ve marked it down from $10.99 to just $5.99 through August 24th.
OUROBORUS by Dweller at the Threshold is the first Binary release by a group whose members include Dave Fulton (whose collaboration THE MOST DISTANT POINT KNOWN with Hypnos founder M Griffin was released on Hypnos, to much acclaim, in 2000), Paul Ellis (whose solo album INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN is the Binary label debut, also released this month), and John Duval.
“Once again, the past comes to our rescue with the Dweller at the Threshold release Ouroboros. As so many of today’s artists in electronic sound have been influenced by the classic cosmic music of the 1970s, so has Dweller at the Threshold. The great thing about DatT is that this group has captured the mood of the era without becoming a cliche. DatT explores this realm of music while retaining their own true voice. Due to their unique approach to music and technology, DatT produces compositions that are distinctly their own. Sure, present are the syncopated electronic rhythms, haunting mellotron leads and unearthly morphing effects we look for in good spacemusic, but DatT produces all this off-center enough to give the attentive listener a refreshing pause. This is achieved by more than just a comprehension of the historical aspects of creating spacemusic, more than just the how of making sounds and what goes where, Dweller at the Threshold understands deeply the ultimate purpose and meaning of this music.”
— Chuck van Zyl / STAR’S END
“…a great listen, IMO; lots of variety…”
–Bill Binkelman on the Ambient Music mailing list
“Densely mixed to perpetuate a seething cloud of charged particles, this music layers gritty tones and lush textures, generating a flow that surges with growing harmonics as it moves steadily toward pinnacles of sonic majesty. Keyboards lay down riffs that intertwine to create complex electronic patterns. The synthesized melodies grind and growl on their dedicated paths, mesmerizing and thrilling the listener with the illusion of never-ending cycles that ascend through the air, striving far beyond the terrestrial stratosphere.
This tuneage is propelled by rhythms of a non-percussive nature, utilizing beats generated by rapidly applied keyboards, producing twinkling tempos that are as emotionally evocative as they are devoid of jarring impact.”
–Matt Howarth, space.com
This week we’re bringing you one by Hypnos label founder Mike Griffin, sale priced at just $5.99 through August 17th.
Subtle and atmospheric minimal ambient by the Hypnos founder. Close your eyes…
“Griffin’s own Sudden Dark is indicative of the label’s high caliber. Multicolored waves of electronics gust and billow across stark, forbidden landscapes; sonic blips sometimes appear on the horizon and form disturbing cyclic eddies (“Gyre”) while on “Atmosphera,” tones that resemble the gradual erosion of heavy metals seep into great aquifers of liquid nitrogen. Griffin’s pieces in fact suggest various sorts of placid states and environments (“The Sound of Ringing Sleep,” “Immobile,” “Displace,” “Almost Invisible”), and the closing of one’s eyes during the immersion in these environments greatly aid in the actualization of the pieces’ titles. Subtle and superfine.”
–Darren Bergstein / i/e Magazine
“Well-thought out drone structures which pull the listener into a pool of rich harmonies and atmosphere dynamics.”