We’ve got some great titles on sale this week from Stephen Philips and other artists on DARK DUCK RECORDS!
“Multi-instrumentalist Stephen Philips has been a musician for more than 30 years. He founded Dark Duck Records in the late 80’s as a way to expose his musical endeavors to the general public. His music has been played on many radio stations around the world and has been featured on such radio programs as Stars End and Inner Space, EMUSIC, and many others. His music has also been reviewed and well received by many respected ambient and electronic magazines, including Deep Listenings, E.E.R., and Wind and Wire.” -Dark Duck Records
CAVE OF THE WIND Was $9.99 – now $5.99
Here’s a very nice “deep” ambient recording, one of the latest from the Dark Duck label. It’s a collaboration between Dark Duck founder Stephen Philips (whose collaboration with James Johnson LOST AT DUNN’S LAKE was one of the most popular items here in the past year), and relative newcomer Isomorph. I think this will go over quite well with Hypnos listeners.
“Wow, this is such a cool journey into deep, dark ambient. I saw another reviewer describe it as the sound of traveling through the blackness of space. Man, I hate it when I read I review with a great line like that before I’ve written mine, because that is a great description of this music. As with a lot of dark ambient, it really defies the term “music,” because it is totally amorphous. It is practically the embodiment of darkness or emptiness, and yet there is warmth and depth to it. This nearly 70-minute long piece is not static, though fans of melody will certainly want to avoid it at all costs. There is an almost constant churning of low rumblings, surprisingly active for this style of music, and it is a wonder to explore and experience. Call it glorified white noise, or perhaps black noise would be more appropriate. Passages start to shimmer a little more brightly, for example for a couple of minutes around the 38:00 mark. But just past 40:00, it turns to the blackest of night again. Transitions are effortless and yet sometimes quite dramatic, creating a plethora of jaw-dropping moments. Imagine a hybrid between Tangerine Dream’s Zeit and the Robert Rich/Lustmord collaboration Stalker. For pure drone or dark ambient purists, this is nirvana.” –Phil Derby, Expose
MICRONIZED Was $9.99 – now $5.99
Experimental variations on the “X Series” releases from Dark Duck.
“The first in a line of NEW X-Series special releases. This one is called “Micronized” featuring subtle micronized textures, ambient thematics and lots of heavy drone. Fans of the X-Series will be right at home with this one. Newcomers need not be familiar with the X-Series to appreciate the subtle connections to the X-Series as well as the ebb and flow of this extremely chilled release.” –darkduck.net
IXOHOXI/Stephen Philips – Simulated Universe Was $12.99 – now $6.99
“IXOHOXI meets Stephen Philips for this fascinating blending of ambient drone and textured tribal. So much going on here, it’s hard to describe. The blending of sounds is so seamless, it defies description.” –darkduck.net
From the Vaults, Volumes: TWO Was $9.99 – now $5.99
and THREE Was $9.99 – now $5.99
“A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called “From The Vaults.” Offered up here is the second in the series, aptly named, Volume 2. If features some material originally recorded in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago.” –Dark Duck Records
SunDummy – Final Thaw Was $9.99 – now $5.99
“Composed and performed by SunDummy with nothing but guitars and processors…ambient themes, experimental textures, and much much more. This CD manages to capture the essence of winter through the use of stark drones and thematic textures.” –Dissonance Records
Isomorph – The Black Chasm Was $9.99 – now $5.99
“The Black Chasm is more enigmatic dark minimalism from one of the new practitioners of the craft – Isomorph, nee Bill Kendall….. the real treat and beauty here is the music. this is total darkness and a complete vacuum. There is no saving grace.” –Dark Duck Records
Stephen Philips & Numina – Descent of the Falcon Was $9.99 – now $5.99
“On 10 May 2008, Stephen Philips went to Denver Colorado, entered the Mysterium, and embarked on yet another massive improvised jam with friend and talented ambient artist Numina (Jesse Sola). The approximately 6 hour jam revealed a variety of interesting things as these artists began to musically mind-meld. They ran the gamut of sounds and styles over these 6 hours and explored some new territory at the same time.” –Dark Duck Records
Fugue States, Volumes: ONE Was $9.99 – now $5.99
and TWO Was $9.99 – now $5.99
“Revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music.”
Visit the DARK DUCK section of the Hypnos Online Store for great deals on these and other titles before the prices go back up after December 7th!