Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Blowout Item: Antonio Testa – Inframundis

This week’s blowout item is Antonio Testa’s INFRAMUNDIS, and we’ve low-priced it at just $4.99 through February 15th.

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Composer, Musician, Percussionist and Producer Antonio Testa specializes in organic sound and the creation of musical atmospheres through the use of a vast array of mostly native and shamanic instruments, together with his own creations made from organic and recycled materials.

Antonio has been active in the field of contemporary music since early 80’s working as a percussionist specializing in tribal and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, ethno-ambient and world music. An artist who is constantly working to expand his knowledge of ethnomusicology and the curative powers of sound, his music (both performed live and recorded) is used widely for healing and various types of therapy sessions, as well as also being used for documentaries, films, exhibitions, TV ads and dance-theatre plays.

Antonio’s versatility as an artist has meant that despite being essentially an organic ambient artist he has, through the course of his career, also performed regularly with artists within the contemporary, ethno-ambient and dance music scene to create memorable synergies of organic and electronic. -soundcloud.com/antonio-testa

INFRAMUNDIS
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“Inframundis (inland universe, latin) is a research of stalagmites and stalagtites sounds mixed with textures and drones; It’s a meditative record and it creates a balance between biosphere and technosphere. The cd gets free all its energies, its little/big sounds, its hidden atmospheres, and microharmonies. The sounds, music, make us come back to the past, offering us the view of a World. The sound evokes angelical moments between the imperceptible evolution of the sound of the sky and the ethnic roots, natural instrumental sounds creating atmospheres which evoke in our imaginary visions and images of the most far places. It is an alchemic project of ancestral sounds. Deeply rooted in our unconscious.”
-Faria Records

Listen to the title track from this album HERE on Antonio Testa’s Soundcloud.

Weekly Sale Item: A Produce

We’ve got two items by A PRODUCE on sale for you this week, and the low prices will be good through February 15th.

WHITE SANDS –Was $9.99, right now just $6.99
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“A Produce has done it again with his best work ever, White Sands. This is one of those recordings that gets better with each listening. Is it because it’s timeless, trance inducing, yet ‘alert’ music? That rare moment of clarity when one is quiet yet very ‘alive’? Or is it a reflective, sonic snapshot of an at peace artist? A Produce, I feel, is on to something.”
–Dwight Loop, Santa Fe Sun

“This is a contemplative, diverse mix of slow ambient synthesizer places that compare favorably with similar works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin and Sati. The CD flows well even though it contains a considerable variety of sounds, and merits a serious listen. There is something here for every New Age/ambient/space music enthusiast– electronic New Age, tribal techno, meditative, ambient and sombient pieces, as well as works falling between definable genres, making this one of my favorite recent releases of ambient music by a single artist.”
–New Age Voice

“A Produce has consistently turned out albums of highly evocative and frequently very beautiful music which has on occasion been referred to as ‘trance’ music but would more accurately be described as ‘sound paintings.’ Each place evokes a place, a natural environment, a state of being. The composer is subtle in his use of eclectic resources that span the techno-tribal spectrum…. The White Sands anthology is a perfect introduction to this talented artist’s oeuvre.”
–P-Form Magazine

Listen to the track “Clear Pools” from this album HERE on Youtube.

 

REFLECT LIKE A MIRROR, RESPOND LIKE AN ECHO –Was $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Special edition (remastered, with extra tracks) version of 1992 release.

“Absolutely entrancing and mood-seducing, this is active ambient music, and, although electronically derived and motivated, results in an abundancy of lush, warm sounds that invite, beckon and entice. Keyboardist Ruben Garcia assists on the title track and the achingly beautiful “Clear Pools,” where the dark hues of A Produce’s electronics mesh seamlessly with Garcia’s striking digital chords. Captivating.”
–i/e Magazine

“This fascinating CD combines the best of Eno, Budd, Hassell, Roach, Rich, and Borden. The result is a meditative trance journey the like of which I haven’t heard since Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding…. an utterly sublime tour of outer and inner space….. This CD covers a lot of ground and will cross many listening genre boundaries, as is evidenced by its reviews in all the other alternative music publications.”
–Synthesis

Follow the link to read more and listen to MP3 samples.

Weekly Sale Item: Three by Opium

We’ve got three more items from the SILENTES label on sale for you this week, but this time we’re featuring Italian recording artist, Opium.

ALGORITHMS –Was $10.99, right now just $5.99

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Classically elegant and extremely refined ambient music. Multi-dimensional sounds that are warm and enveloping. An emotional travelogue, starting dramatically, then taking the listener down a slower path, comfortably easing you into a long and fascinating sonic trip, where the sounds grow wide and large, and finally crumble inward, then regenerate, returning for another phase. A new sonic alchemy, and an entirely new world of soothing sounds for the adventurous listener to visit.

Listen to the track “Echo Off” from this album HERE on Youtube.

 

SYMPATHETIC FLYING OBJECTS –Was $15.99, right now just $9.99

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Solo work by Opium… half of Solo Translatio, along with Alio Die, who released Sola Translatio on Hypnos and the equally wonderful Ad Infinitum on Italy’s Eibon label.

Sounds just about as ‘opium’ as you could imagine. Deep, flowing and refined ambient music with its heart firmly on its sleeve and a beautiful line in mellow soundscapes. This is possibly the most melodic Opium album and uses lovely background sounds and layers of tone to create just the right relaxing feeling to allow you to drift off whilst listening. -databloem.com

Listen to the track “Domus” from this album HERE on Youtube.

 

OPIUM / SOSTRAH TINNITUS – STAIN –Was $13.99, right now just $8.99
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“Warm, involving, deep and penetrating… Flowing sound patterns, vibrating drones permeated by a discreet sense of tension, evolving in dark, obscure, foggy, nocturnal atmospheres, violated by raven voices, mysterious noises and sounds of metal objects in motion… And then concrete noises, confused and elusive melodies, feeble light flashes, buried echoes of human voices, distant whispers, sudden passages of rough sounds, undefined nuisances, subliminal and hypnotic sequences.” -Silentes

Listen to the track “Stain One: Cochlea Staircase” HERE on Youtube.

Weekly Sale Item: Five From Silentes

We’ve got some great SILENTES items on sale for you this week, and the low prices are good though February 1st.

Enrico Coniglio – Sea Cathedrals  –Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Five superb tracks of deep and evocative ambient music, enriched with echoes of ancient ritual suggestions. The immense spaces and the abyssal deepness of the sea, but also the sound of the bowels of the Earth, the color of the sand of the desert, the energy of the wind, the strength of all the Elements, the infinite cycle of day and night, of life and death… A long circular journey through interchanging atmospheres that shake and capture, dragging with energy, then leave room for more quiet and soothing introspective stasis, and again become dramatic and overwhelming, A great, unmissable album of classic ritual ambient music.” -Silentes

Listen to a bit of this beautiful album HERE on Youtube.


Michael Mantra – Mobius Logic
–Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the inks color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings… Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music.” -Silentes

Listen to the track “There Not” from this album HERE on Youtube.


Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko – Quiet Songs from Misty Places
–Was $10.99, right now just $6.99
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“Frail and delicate ambient atmospheres, clusters of rarefied piano notes lying on discreet drones, soft and evanescent clarinet riffs, suggesting and catching natural sounds… Light and ethereal pastel-colored musical plots… Eight tracks, one hour of suspended and quiet sonic passages.” -Silentes

Listen to the track “From Place One” HERE on Youtube.


Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI
–Was $13.99, right now just $7.99
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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 of this album HERE on Youtube.


Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning
–Was $13.99, right now just $7.99
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“A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios… A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions…” -Silentes

Listen to the track “Sunken Streetlight” from this album HERE on Youtube.

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

We’ve got all four acts of Vidna Obmana’s “An Opera for Four Fusion Works” on sale this week, and the low prices are good through January 25th. Now’s the perfect time to complete your collection or pick up all four!

An Opera for Four Fusions Works- Act 1, Echoes of Steel  Was $7.99, now $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 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, 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.

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. 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.

An Opera for Four Fusions Works- Act 2, Phrasing the Air  Was $7.99, now $4.99
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“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
  Was $7.99, now $4.99
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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 vidna Obmana this time are quite daring and experimental, edging at times into the realm of “glitch” or subtle noise experimentation. 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.


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works, Act 4, The Bowing Harmony
  Was $7.99, now $4.99
act 4

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.


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works , Acts 1-4, 4CDs
  Was $21.99, now $15.99
all 4

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).

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