Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale Item: Lost Terrain

This week’s sale item is Jeff Greinke’s ‘Lost Terrain,’ priced at $5.99 through June 15th.

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Seattle’s Jeff Greinke is considered by many to be one of the great talents in the ambient/experimental music scene. His career has progressed from early experimentalism, through his mid-period ambience and fourth-world atmospherics, to his recent work in a loop-oriented world/jazz/ambient hybrid style. The one release of Greinke’s most often mentioned by fans of his work is 1992′s LOST TERRAIN, originally issued by Silent Records. With a sound that ranges from austere minimalism reminiscent of Budd and Eno, to strange, surreal soundworlds uniquely Greinke’s own, Terrain showcases all that is strong and unique about Greinke’s work. Out of print for several years, this crucial mid-period release is now available again, digitally remastered and repackaged, from Hypnos Recordings.

REVIEWS:

“This is one of Jeff Greinke’s best releases to date and definitely worth the words “an ambient music classic.” Greinke’s inspiration comes from both Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, and while some of the tracks display their influences, others are much more undefinable, carrying the listener through a number of distinct worlds, some of indescribable splendor and hypnotic wonder. Both “The Cry” and “River of Wood” incorporate the same type of microtonals and sampling of sounds as Jon Hassell’s works. Opener “Terrain of Memory” has Eno-like piano shaping its textures, while “Spires” is sent spiralling my guitar harmonics. The other tracks reach rich primal depths of amazing texture like the spooky “The Moor” or the pastoral “Falling Away.” Overall, what hypnotizes the listener is the sonic breadth of the music. Each piece is a distinct sculpture that resonates in the air with purpose, showing its surreal beauty before continuing on to an equally transfixing piece. Surely a gift for ambient listeners, if you missed this first time around, here’s your chance.” –Mike McLatchey, Expose Magazine

“Although his ability to create rich, experimental ambience is very apparent on certain tracks, the prevailing sound is haunting, dreamy ambience with excellent touches of piano. Works well for late night listening, With dimmed lights and proper setting, it gives you that nice, soothing feeling.” — Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia

“Instant fog bank. Just add CD player…. You don’t hear this music as much as absorb it through your skin…. There’s poignancy to this swirl of sound that lends it a substance such ethereal music rarely manages.” –Glen Hirschberg, The Seattle Weekly

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Weekly Sale Item

This week we’re bringing you a great item from our Binary sublabel: Paul Ellis’s “Into the Liquid Unknown,” marked down from $10.99 to just to $5.99 through June 8th!

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Into the Liquid Unknown is a bright and distinctive piece of modern electronic music. Those of you who are more interested in true e-music — shifting synthesizer patterns, beautiful resonances, expressions of the soul of the machine — will delight in this fantastic, fresh recording.

Using a dash of classic European e-music as a reference point, but never for a minute sounding like an artist exploring any path buts Ellis’s own, INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN supplies that modern synth music “fix” for listeners who remember their excitement at first hearing Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, Synergy, or early Tangerine Dream… but for people who already own all those albums and don’t want to hear them re-done. Like the first albums of Alpha Wave Movement and Synthetic Block, this album utilizes just the right limited measure of “classic” and moves on from there to create something new.

Working within a theme of the exploration of the ocean’s depths (see the title), Ellis takes the listener on a nearly exhausting musical roller-coaster of pulsing arpeggios, cascading mechanistic sequences, lilting melodic passages, and gradually to brief interludes, before cranking the energy level up again.

REVIEWS:
“This 73 minute CD is the second release on Binary Records, profiling the solo endeavors of Dweller alumnus Ellis.

Commencing with delicately fluid tones, this music swiftly evolves more stamina and effervescence with demonstrative riffs that capture the listener’s attention. That sonic grip tightens with each passing moment as the melodies swell and grow intricate. The pulsating harmonies never flow over-the-top, remaining active but sedately unaggressive. High-end snarls twirl into engaging textures peppered by astral blooping and the distant clanking of antediluvian machinery. This liquid music seeps like a glistening nebula, immersing the listener in a turgid but pleasant pool of fanciful sound.

Considering this CD’s title, it’s no surprise that much of this music explores a fluid quality. Keyboard notes spill forth like swift waterfalls, casting melodies out to undulate along invisible streams that splash around the audience with vibrant result. When the songs ease back to allow the listener to catch their breath, the calming passages adopt the vastness of a placid ocean under a night sky of urgent stars.” –Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

“This is the real deal, essential pure blooded sequencer music at its best! Rarely do I get this kind of hit of inspiration from other music where I want to get in the studio and kick start the Doepfer and let it rip. Really Paul, it’s a beautiful statement that feels vital and fresh at the same time with the roots running back to historic cornerstones of sequencer based music.”
–Steve Roach

“Ellis, a remarkably talented synth programmer, gives us the silky smooth pads and authoritative commanding e-rhythms associated with good spacemusic. The emotional side comes out too in the albums insightful harmonic selection and progressions. As you listen to any of the pieces on this album you are in the midst of a thought process as Ellis attempts to bring order to the cosmos into the chaos of life. Into the Liquid Unknown was created through the intertwining of technology, aesthetic and individual quality. The relationship between Ellis and his music is a complex one and drawn onto disc for us to contemplate that which is held in the mind of the artist.” –Chuck Van Zyl, Stars End radio

“An instant classic on first listen” –Paul Lawler, Arcane

“There’s a “European” quality to his work with the inevitable comparisons to Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre, but this is less pretentious. Ellis is more interested in tracery and texture and interweaving strands of sound, a kind of abstract electronica…. If there’s such a thing as “Classical” electronic music, this is it.” –Hannah M.G. Shapero, EER-Music

Read lots more reviews, listen to MP3 clips and purchase HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Sounds of a Universe Overheard

This week we’re bringing you one of our own Hypnos compilations, “Sounds of a Universe Overheard,” sale priced at $5.99 through May 18th.

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A collection of ten tracks exclusive to this CD, created by a cross-section of ambient, experimental and soundscape artists from around the world. Included in this diverse group are more established recording artists who will be known to most listeners to these genres, as well as new, emerging names. We feel a compilation is most interesting when it varies from the familiar to the new. This disc covers all sorts of territory in terms of sound, from more musical and soundtrack-like sounds, to darker ambient, to pure sonic experimentation.

THE ARTISTS:

Jonathan Block, better known as Synthetic Block, has released electronic music on such labels as Hypnos/BInary and Gears of Sand.

M. Peck, based in Tennessee, has recently released two collaborative CDs with Mark Mahoney, but his Glacial on Gears of Sand is a great solo debut.

Freq. Magnet is an alter-ego of one half of ambient/experimental duo Austere, working entirely with treated electric guitar, who has two solo full-length CDs, Étoiles du Couvrecle and Principium Somniferum.

Kirk Watson appeared previously on a compilation, Passing Strange, on the short-lived Broad Vista label.

dreamSTATE, a duo from Toronto, Canada, have released several CDs and have been active in collaboration with other artists, and on compilations on such labels as Umbra, The Foundry, Dark Duck, and Atmoworks.

Seren Ffordd is a sound artists working in Wales, who has released several CDs on the Umbra & Penumbra labels, as well as a recent release on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Dwight Ashley is a long-established ambient composer with several solo CDs as well as well-received collaborations with Tim Story.

Justin Vanderberg is a relatively new name, but his debut CD In Waking Moments on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label has been well-received, and marks him as a name to watch.

Igneous Flame is a British ambient/soundscape artist who has come on very strong in just the last few years, with his self-released albums gaining positive notices.

Tau Ceti is an Italian ambient minimalist, and frequent collaborator with his countryman Oophoi, on whose labels Umbra & Penumbra the majority of Tau Ceti’s delicate works appear.

Read more, listen to MP3 clips and purchase HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Shapes and Phases of Ambience

This week we’re bringing you a very interesting three-person collaboration by Relapxych.O, Quantec, and Deer, “Shapes and Phases of Ambience,” sale-priced at $5.99 through May 11th.

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“Ghost Sounds present a luxurious and submersive compilation featuring the work of three artists, Quantec, Deer and Relapxych.O. The concept of “Shapes and Phases of Ambience” is to present different sides of ambience — everyday sounds constantly surrounding us, outdoor sounds, workplace atmospheres, musical instruments, synthesizers or equipment used in studios, whatever it might be, the two most basic elements being drone and rhythm. Locating and extracting rhythms from within ambience, rhythms within drones drones within rhythm, deconstructing and reconstructing, alone or combined, unlimited.” -bookmat.com

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Weekly Sale Item: Cerulean Transmission

This week’s sale item is “Cerulean Transmission,” a beautiful collaboration by Michael Mantra and Charlz de la Casa, and we’ve low-priced it at just $5.99 through Sunday, May 4th.

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A precious sonic masterwork, documenting the extraordinary collaboration between Michael Mantra and Charlz De La Casa. A cd of suspended time and space… “classical” static music. Two long tracks flow like sonic lava, weaving together lush background washes, and evocative field recordings. Dark electric sounds, beautiful drones, inner-Earth rumbling, human voices, concrete noises, ship engines, sirens, sounds of the sea, bubbles, wind, chants, and wildlife sounds merge in an indefinable (and never before experienced) way… an absolutely unmissable work.

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