Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

New Items and Price-Reduced Restocks: Robert Rich

This week we’ve got several, newly-added ROBERT RICH items for you, plus a handful of restocks we’ve marked down to brand new, lower prices:

We here at Hypnos have a special interest in Robert Rich’s long-form “sleep concert” recordings, having released Somnium in 2001. That recording, the first 7-hour piece of recorded ambient music in DVD format, has gone on to be our all-time bestseller. Robert Rich has created Perpetual, an updated piece of long-form music released on the newer bluray disc format (note: this will not play back on audio CD or video DVD players – use a bluray disc player). As a bonus, the Perpetual bluray includes the original version of Somnium.

Robert Rich – Perpetual, A Somnium Continuum (BlueRay) –$24.99
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EPIC 15 hour long BluRay disc, based on Robert’s all-night Sleep Concerts. New 8-hour “Perpetual” accompanied by the original 7-hour “Somnium.”

Robert Rich says of this release:
“The Sleep Concert has been one of the dominant threads in my musical journey through life. It marked my first solo concert ever, in January 1982, in the lounge of a Stanford University dormitory. It became a sort of trademark for me, even as I explored a range of dynamic music throughout my career. Occasionally I feel an urge to return to this slow-motion core of my creative heart, and occasionally the world comes back to remind me that I will always be connected to sonic explorations at the edges of perception, trance consciousness, dreams, altered states, communal ritual. I returned to making all-night music when the Unsound Festival invited me to perform a sleep concert in Krakow Poland, October 2013. This would be my first sleep concert in ten years. I decided to create new textural soundscapes to use in this performance, to reinvigorate the concept for a new generation, a new millennium. After spending at least six months developing long evolving textures for the performance in Krakow, I proceeded to hone the material into a new long-form work, a sequel to the 7-hour long Somnium from 2001.”

LISTEN to a bit from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Filaments
–$11.99
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“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 the track “Telomere” from this album HERE.

RESTOCKS:
Robert Rich – Nest
–$9.99
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“Nest (65’50”) begins with the kind of resolve many other CDs end on. With consonant chords and spare piano notes Robert Rich begins a wonderful journey through eight distinctive music tracks and contemplative moods. Although some of Rich’s work seems to dispense with the idea of beginning, middle and end, Nest does possess a vague compositional arc. Using steel guitar, bells, flutes, synthesizers, piano and environmental recordings, alone or in various combinations, Rich realizes beautifully detailed soundscapes from just a small number of sources.” – Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

…From the liner notes: Nest A revery of landscape and internal spaces. Maleny, Queensland Australia. February is summertime in this subtropical paradise. I heard dripping sounds late at night, on the wooden deck and leaves nearby, sparse percussion among cicadas and chirping tree frogs. I assumed it was condensation from morning’s light rain. Next day, I looked up to see these drops coming from foamy packets suspended in forked twigs among the foliage. Tiny dots of frog eggs filled each frothy airborne puddle. These tree frogs had circumvented an amphibian’s need for standing water for their young to mature. They created their own diaphanous ponds in the leaf canopy, strong enough to stay intact as eggs hatched and tadpoles developed lungs and legs, yet porous enough to absorb and retain moisture from the light summer rains. To me it seemed miraculous. Nest represents unfinished business for me. It’s an album that might have come from my childhood, from a hidden quiet place. I rarely make such calm music. Nest folds inward like a nurturing cushion; yet it never sits motionless, it evolves towards a kernel of revelation with slow searching energy. Nest began with recordings from the eastern Australian bush, when I was on tour in February 2012. I often incorporate natural sounds into my music, but this music wanted to live entirely in outdoor soundscapes, surrounded by a subdued yet palpable sense of life. This texture resembles my earliest releases like Sunyata, Trances and Drones, where the natural world integrates completely with the music. I approach these juxtapositions of music and nature recordings with caution, as they risk sounding trite. For me, the combination works best when the music retains an attentive, submissive quality. For an album like this, I remove so much material during creation that I struggle to leave any music at all. Each note serves primarily to outline its own absence, to create an illusion of silence. Like much of my music, Nest also explores tuning systems, including just intonation. Over time I have become more relaxed about tuning, shifting where the instruments sound most natural. Nest navigates towards harmonic intervals when piano is absent, toward equal temperament when piano dominates, searching for a certain fragile balance.  -Robert Rich, August 2012

LISTEN to the track “Seeking Eden” from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Medicine Box
–$9.99
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“Ecstatic, shamanic, surreal, spiritual: Medicine Box may be Rich’s most dynamic album yet, an adept blending of technology with the ancient. Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice graces three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. Deep basslines hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums. Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.” -robertrich.com

REVIEWS:
A beautiful poetic album… soaked by a fascinating shamanic aura. –Sylvain Lupari, GoD

Fragility, free-floating, psychedelic, shadowy and surreal. –Ulf Backstrom – Merlin Prog

Pure listening pleasure… –Archie Patterson, Eurock

Thirty years, still going strong. Medicine Box might be Robert Rich’s finest release — no small accomplishment considering it’s his 26th solo work along with 14 collaborations. The ambient maestro started out performing nine-hour “sleep concerts” for audiences dozing in sleeping bags. Over the years he has shifted from atmospheric drones to more organically lush compositions fusing electric and acoustic instruments while dabbling in world-beat rhythmic patterns. Using alternate tunings, microtones and an array of homemade instruments, Rich’s music is a far cry from new age. Medicine Box opens with warmly textured percussion, heavenly keys and acoustic guitar supporting a gorgeously crying electric guitar. The beauty of following cut “Kaaruwana” is indescribable, with Chari Chuang’s haunting wordless vocals gliding over a somber Middle Eastern-flavored soundscape. Her angelic voice graces two other selections. Rich’s imaginative use of lap steel guitar on “Callyx” is another of many high points as well as his keyboard mastery throughout. Some cuts are anchored by exotic percussion, others gently float with minimal rhythmic support. This album pleases body and soul as well as the ears. –Warren Barker, Progression Magazine

LISTEN to the track “Salamander Quay” from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Electric Ladder
–$8.99
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On his newest CD, Electric Ladder (2006), Robert Rich finds a new voice for the vibrant interlocking melodies that characterized his works such as Numena, Geometry and Gaudí. With its seamless blend of analog modular synthesizers and acoustic tonalities, Electric Ladder weaves a hypnotic spell – lush, ecstatic and seductive. Its shimmering geometric lines grow more sharply etched with the clarity of justly tuned instruments and the intelligence that pervades Rich’s compositional vocabulary.

LISTEN to the track “Concentric” from this album HERE.


Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – Lithosphere
–$7.99
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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 HERE.

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React –$7.99
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“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 the track “Ice Fields” from this album HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: January Random Picks

We dug through the Hypnos shelves and got together another batch of random picks to put on sale this week, and the low prices will be good through January 31st!

Paul Ellis & Craig Padilla – Echo System
–$5.99
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“This collaboration is rooted in the love of classic Euro-German 70’s synth music and the desire to keep the fire burning today. Like Paul Ellis’s inspired solo work, this doesn’t stand in the imitative shadow of great works of the past, but draws inspiration from them. The pieces have a nice live feel and playful quality, with resonate sequences and pulsing melodic forms throughout. It feels good in the ears, and like the best electronic music it lights up the imagination and stimulates the brain in interesting ways.” -steveroach.com

“Two electronic artists from the western US, Craig Padilla and Paul Ellis, join forces to create 72 minutes of enjoyable electronic music. ECHO SYSTEM is clearly inspired by the classic 70’s electronic synth masters (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, etc.) However, rather than simply imitating the pioneers, Padilla and Ellis draw inspitration from them, infusing their own distinct styles, and adding depth and interest to an all too often two-dimensional musical form. Craig and Paul spent two years fine-tuning ECHO SYSTEM, and it is sure to appeal to long time fans of electronic music. Definitely a must for fans of Padilla or Ellis’ previous works, and a great introduction to those discovering either of them for the first time.” -spottedpeccary.com


Le Masque – Fu Languore
(Mini Album) –$4.99
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“After several years of silence, LE MASQUE are back with a brand new mini album (23 minutes) of unreleased music… and there are simply no words to describe their poetry. Musically speaking, it is a return to some of the atmospheres we heard on albums like “Il Signor Gustavo Coscienza” or “La Memoria di Venere”, showcasing an acoustic approach and their usual poems that are simply stunning.” -Silentes


Hue – un’estate senza pioggia
–$5.99
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“Un’estate senza pioggia (A rainless summer, published by Trazerouno and Grey Sparkle) combines field recordings, the melancholy sounds of acoustic and electric guitars, glitch electronics and various other instruments (organ, didgeridoo) played by friends and collaborators such as Aal, Giuseppe Verticchio and many others.” -Label press release


Jim Kirkwood – Tower of Darkness
–$5.99
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“Tower of Darkness’ is a fair representation of Jim Kirkwood’s work – eerie, Gothic, atmospheric and powerful all at once.” — Reviewed by Stuart J. Harris


Gianfranco Grilli – Come to the Light of Day
–$5.99
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“Sound-journey from pure darkness to the light based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Impressing opus about enigma of death and origin of a new life. Comes in foldout sleeve and limited / numbered to 230 copies.” -mp3db.ru


Daniel Menche – Vent
–$5.99
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Experimental, Drone, Noise

“Vibrations, surfaces being harshly polished by sound, a constant unseen presence obliges the listener to lose any focus and almost any will to escape this elemental sonic maelstrom.” -arcananoctis.com


Loren Nerell:Indonesian Soundscapes
–$5.99
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“Ethnomusicologist Loren Nerell has spent time abroad studying gamelan music of Bali and Java, and relives the visit with this recorded account. A definite documentary feel accompanies Indonesian Soundscapes, though it can certainly be listened to ambiently, effectively bringing another world into your home environs. Actual field recordings document musical ceremonies, natural sounds and locational atmospheres, making for an enveloping sonic travelogue.” -spiderbytes.com


Arcane Device: Devices 1987-2007 (2CD)
–$10.99
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“This double-disc set of A.D. work spans twenty years and collects together tracks hatched across numerous now defunct labels and their compilations, yet it is to Myers’ credit that the individual pieces flow effortlessly together with the same momentum as a fully legit “album.” Though there are marked differences in many of these pieces, some of which were early enough in Myers’ career that the sharp listener can detect where the artist was finding his footing, there exists enough intuition and creative moxie about the works that suggests he knew what he was doing all along. Never mind the pretense — there is some genuinely arresting and disturbing noises afoot here. Myers’ machines tend to clank about like something disinterred from a Ron Goulart novel; like that SF author’s usually agog creations, what traipses across Myers’ sound fields can be anything from menacing (the ectoplasmic drones and strangulated cries of “Tendril”) to the outright daft, Id-Monster antics of “Bunker”, where the machine’s pathologies arise straight out of a blasted Cyberdyne world. The magnificent halls of echo and reverb you are plunged down on the fourteen-minute “Solo Voce” conjure up all sorts of macrocephalic nightmares, while the brittle piercings and dry tones of “Aviary” play across wide swathes of aching high frequencies. However welcome these tracks may be, raving Myers fanatics will no doubt want this set for the second disc’s “Feedback Symphony”, over 70 minutes of fragile glissando, sparkling alien cosmologies, and more indescribable tics and mutterances than any one artist has the right to claim. Left to his own Devices, Myers never fails to baffle and bristle — he remains a true original.” -squidsear.com


Gert Emmens – Waves of Dreams
–$5.99
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“This CD by Gert Emmens is an excellent work in electronic music at the purest cosmic style. In “Waves of Dreams” we find six compositions full of sensitivity and electronic romanticism. The composer proves his great imagination by creating a powerful music, with sequencer rhythms forming rather unusual tonal structures. His talent can be also appreciated as he creates complex rhythmic structures, that become perfectly fused with the melodies and the atmospheres. The melodies appear to grow little by little, in a continuous crescendo that reaches incredible heights. No doubt this CD will appeal to the fans of Gert’s music as well as the lovers of Space Sequencer Music in general.” -Edgar Kogler

Mark Mahoney & M. Peck – The Gallery of Subtle Smiles –$5.99
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A curiously crafted balance between the accessible and the mysterious.

The latest installment from Mahoney and Peck, “The Gallery of Subtle Smiles” continues to show the evolving soundworks and audible explorations of this genre defying duo. The Gallery of Subtle Smiles offers much to the listener. Weaving dark tapestries of sound coupled with progressive melodies and rhythms that evoke deep emotinal response. To pass it off as merely ambient music is far to easy as “Gallery” is properly more related to modal jazz then anything perceived as electronic.

“‘Gallery of Subtle Smiles’ is a tranquil hypnotic adventure through inner space. some of the sounds are like long currents of ambient lightwaves streaming across vast skies. other sounds are like trickling star sparkles dancing around your head. both of these sounds hooked together throughout the recording by deep rythmic textures. this recording is definitely for the mind, good for both having on in the background during contemplation, as well as for following along attentively. –Mind Music@cdbaby.com

Hypnos Artist Spotlight / Weekly Sale Item: Maurizio Bianchi

We’ve got a special artist spotlight feature on Maurizio Bianchi for you this week, in addition to offering up ten of his albums/collaborative works at a deep discount to go along with it! Sale prices will be good through January 24th or while supplies last.

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Maurizio Bianchi is an Italian pioneer of Industrial music, originating from Milan.

“Bianchi was inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Conrad Schnitzler and Throbbing Gristle. He wrote about music for Italian magazines before beginning to release his own cassettes under the name of Sacher-Pelz in August 1979. He released four cassettes under the Sacher-Pelz banner before switching to his own name or simply “MB” in 1980.

Bianchi corresponded with many of the key players in the industrial music and noise music scenes, including Merzbow, GX Jupitter-Larsen, SPK, Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions and William Bennett of Whitehouse. This exchange of letters and music lead to his first LPs being released in 1981.” –Excerpts taken from Mr. Bianchi’s Wikipedia page, see full page HERE.

The following is taken from a 2006 interview by Ofer Vayner for 4iB Records/4ibrecords.com:

I had the rare opportunity to ask (M.B) some questions, hoping to introduce and further know his intriguing personality and music to anyone who finds it interesting.

OV: First of all, introduce yourself and your work.
MB: I’m a non-musician in activity since August 1979, except a long hiatus between 1984 and 1997. I’m used to work in the experimental field because it’s the only one I can express my freedom completely in researching emotional sound sculptures.

OV: How did you start making music?
MB: I started on August 1979 in Milan with the pseudonym of Sacher-Pelz, just using a long-playing recorder and some used long playings, manipulating them with loops, scratches, noises, crumbling them until to be unrecognizable from the originals. It was a sort of defragmentation of usual music into several atoms of unusual non-music. Later, from 1980, I introduced the synthetic sounds and a rhythms-machine, and in the end (from 1983) an echoes-machine with a microphone.

OV: What messages/feeling are you trying to provoke with your music?
MB: The uncompromising message is very clear and the inner feelings are so intense that the listener seems to make a fascinating journey in his own mind paths.

OV: How would you define the music you make?
MB: I can define it as psycho-neurotic sound.

OV: Where do you get inspiration from?
MB: I get inspiration from the concrete music of the 50’s and the German electro-acoustic/electronic music of early 70’s, but probably my main inspiration is the human alienation.”

Read the full interview HERE.


Maurizio Bianchi – The Self-Portrait of M.B.
–Right now just $5.99
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“An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay… Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark, the not to be defined and the mystery…”

-Silentes


Maurizio Bianchi – Menstruum Regles
–Right now just $5.99
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“Continuous loops, raw unexpected cuts, noise alternated to musical parts, single sounds, drones, notes of piano, buzzes, soft pads, electric current workers… Two long traces, 75 minutes, a listening experience over any edge and reliable definition.”

-Silentes

LISTEN to the track “Menstruum (HEMATOGENOUS PAROXYSM)” from this album HERE.


Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm
–Right now just $4.99
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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.

LISTEN to the track “Nheem” from this album HERE.


Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton – PU 94
–Right now just $5.99
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“Extremely dark atmospheres, restless and dramatic… Sharp masses of metallic noises cleave pulsating substrates of low frequencies, mixed with magmatic agglomerates of more processed sounds of an unrecognizable nature… Moments of stasis and apparent quietness… Handfuls of minutes of an unutterable, hanging and distressing tension… Sudden showers of vibrant frequencies that emerge from nowhere and bury everything under an heavy and devastating sonic mantle… A real masterpiece of incredibly dark and subterranean music.”

-Silentes

LISTEN to the track “PU” from this album HERE.


M.B/M.D.T – Genologic Technocide
–Right now just $5.99
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“Latest work by the master of industrial and noise music, Maurizio Bianchi.” With the help of Davide Femia of M.D.T. (Museo della Tortura), these recordings show the most extreme side of M.B., not very much ambient oriented, but a strong industrial noise opera.” -Noiseguide.com

LISTEN to the track “Arbeit” from this album HERE.

Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum – Mene Teqel Farsin –Right now just $5.99
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“Storms of cosmic energy, boiling and gurgling electronic fluxes, sonic masses made of monolithic and impenetrable drones, visions of smoky afterdeath landscapes, scorching and infernal… A neverending tunnel with no way out, a sense of deep anguish, of desolation and resigned impotence that lead the dark journey from the beginning to the end of this hallucinatory path.”

-Silentes

LISTEN to the track “Numbered the Days” from this album HERE.


Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI
–Right now just $5.99
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“A classic minimal ambient album; just one long track, a bit obscure, of a static nature but unarrestable as a matter of fact and slowly developing, built with layers of soft and “round” sounds, heavily processed and effected, whose origin seems to be an organ… ”

-Silentes

LISTEN to a bit from this album HERE.


Maurizio Bianchi – Ludium
–Right now just $5.99
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“A long and almost solemn track built with reverberated piano notes, a slow and rhythmical flow leaned on a background made of clashing hisses and vague, distant, rustling ambient noises… A brief interval based on obscure drones moving in circles, inexorably entangled on themselves… Another long piano-based track, this time more dilated, confused, ethereal and prim, so much that it takes the distinguishing features of an indecipherable sonic mass, abstract and booming, estranging, deep and psychedelic…”

-Silentes

LISTEN to the track “Praeludium” from this album HERE.

Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Binachi / M.B. – Der Abgrund –Right now just $5.99
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“Music of the great dynamics and great dramatic mood, powerful, aggressive sounds, drones, sour electronic rumors, but also deep sounds underground, more static parts, dark and expanded atmospheres, dark and buried rhythmic mechanics movements, echoes of reverberating metals.” -Silentes

LISTEN to the track “Endemic Precipice” from this album HERE.

Maurizio Bianchi & Land Use – Psychoneurose –Right now just $5.99
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“Italian Avant-Noise legend M.B. and Land Use collaborate on dramatic, subterranean wall-of-noise constructions and swirling textural storms, dense and complex arrangements, shifting and shimmering tones barely under control, streaming toward some distant and indefineable precipice. Not noisy, but way too tense and corrosive to be called ambient. These vibrant monoliths of sound shift the listeners pysche into a restless sort of zen, a blissful chaos – truly mind and mood-altering. Bianchi released early records on Whitehouse’s Come Org. label and has been active since the 1970’s. And a recent and conspicuous absence from the experimental music world has been broken by several recent releases of surprising freshness and relevance. It is unclear where MB leaves off and Land Use begins but Psychoneurose is definitely a clear and brilliant return to early MB techniques with several refinements in delivery and focus. Psychoneurose will be the clear weapon of choice for those who prefer their ambience with teeth and their Power-Electronics with more of the deep, vaster textures than violence.” -Manifold Records

Weekly Sale Items: ARC, Under the Snow, Machinefabriek, etc.

This week we’re bringing you a bunch of extremely price-slashed items, and the low prices are good through January 17th or while supplies last!


Machinefabriek – Dubbeltjes
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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Digipak.

“This album from Machinefabriek is a collection of tracks released in small editions or in compilations so they were, in some sense, collector’s items. As he write in the press notes the “short playing time formats […] are great to work with” as he can “experiment with and to create really focused, cristalised pieces”. In fact, rather to be a classic compilation, full 3-inch cdr or 7″ are entirely included as they are constructed as a single piece developed in movements; however they are not constructed with a complex structure but with an almost ascetic economy of means so they sound like complex pop songs. The gentle guitar notes of “Huiswerk1″ introduce the listener in a sonic world where electronic is not a synonym for coldness while “Huiswerk2″ is subtler in his use of sparse noises. “Hilary” and “Jeffery” are focused on the manipulation of trombone’s recordings but, while the first is more drone oriented, the second depicts a quiet soundscape. “Ontrafelde Tonen 1″, “Ontrafelde Tonen 2″ and “Ontrafelde Tonen 3″ are mainly focused on voice and field recordings and they reveals a parallel between tones of the voices and the resonances of the recordings. “My Funny Valentine” and “Oh Doctor Jesus” are reinterpretation of jazz classic done with an almost romantic mood. “Ax” and “Eeuw” are soundscapes developed from loops and sparse notes. “Danse Des Loops” closes this release, as the title suggests, with rhythmic knits constructed by the loops and colored by samples.”

-chaindlk.com

Listen to track 12 from this album: “Danse Des Loops” HERE.


Luigi Turra – Enso
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“With Enso, Turra has conjured up an organic and contemplative three-track epic, that resonates on subsequent listenings. Infused with Japanese sonic architectures and rigorous reductionist principles, this is a deeply meditative world of gently plucked instruments, and faded atmospherics, peppered with closely focussed tinklings and crystalline shards to add texture. Best appreciated in a solitary environment, these restful pieces will bring calm to an engaged listener. Turra deploys the Japanese instrumentation of Enso with the deft production skills of Kinetix’s Gianluca Becuzzi, and there is a warm ambience to the three tracks, entitled, not surprisingly, Enso 01, 02, and 03. Turra fuses a delicate substrata of drifting tones with elegantly plucked and struck instrumentation, that is never overdriven, and devoid of unessentials. There are no grand, overblown statements here, rather a gracefully nuanced set of pieces, a work that is a striking debut for Small Voices.”

-soundohm.com


Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“This compilation, originally released in 1984 as a vinyl LP by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION in collaboration with the legendary ADN label, is finally available again in a completely remastered CD version. “Ekhnaton” collects tracks recorded by the most daring and remarkable bands that were active in the experimental Italian scene during those years. “Simple Italian Research Vol. 1″ was (and still is) the subtitle of an album that includes two tracks from each of the following bands: Maze 1066, Tasaday (whose “Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima” has recently been reissued by Silentes), Evitaxal – an alias for Roberto Marinelli, also active as Laxative Souls – and the more well-known and active TAC (TOMOGRAFIA ASSIALE COMPUTERIZZATA). Through a valuable and accurate restoration, we’re glad to make available again an unmissable view on the first intuitions and the experimental methodologies that shaped their times, leaving a permanent mark – in Italy and abroad – on the following generations.”

-Silentes


Under The Snow – The Other Room
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $5.99
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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.”

-coldspring.co.uk

Listen to the title track from this album HERE.


ARC – Glassine 1
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“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.”

-arcolepsy.bandcamp.com


Fabio Orsi &Valerio Cosi – We Could For Hours
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“‘We Could For Hours’ is the first collaboration album between these two Italian musicians. Here, Fabio ORSI – old keyboards, organs, laptop, old samples – and Valerio COSI – saxoloop, synths, electronics, electric guitar, harp, radio – offer four long instrumental tracks of relaxating ambient music, evolutive, rich in sounds and atmospheres, full of catching melodies,…. a very nice album of ambient music, housed in a textured digifile.” -alchembria.pl

Listen to Part One of the title track from this album HERE.

Storewide Holiday Sale Reminder

Hello, all!

Just a reminder for you that our storewide holiday sale is still on, and will continue through this coming Sunday, January 3rd.

Your coupon codes to use at checkout time:

15DEC10 – 10% off any size order

15DEC15 – 15% off any order over $100

Stop by the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE for some great deals before the sale is over, and be sure to check back in on the blog next week, when we’ll be bringing you lots of freshly added store items!