Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

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.

SOUNDS OF A UNIVERSE OVERHEARD
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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.

SHAPES AND PHASES OF AMBIENCE
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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.

CERULEAN TRANSMISSION
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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.

PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Zerkalo

This week’s sale item comes from Faria Records: ZERKALO, a collaboration by Robert Rich and Faryus. We’ve lowered the price from $10.99 to just $5.99 through April 27th, so pick up your copy now!

ZERKALO
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Six tracks, 60 minutes. CD in card sleeve

Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret.

“An intense, slow deep ambient excursion; hovering, shimmering, dreamlike, Surreal.”–CD Baby

“Deep drone ambient textures and dense atmospheres, presented in six uninterrupted parts by Robert Rich and Faria label owner Andrey Sadovnikov. Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich”–Databloem.com

“Delicately undulating textures are established as a foundation for tenuous electronics. Along with environmental recordings, these auxiliary tones serve to embellish that basis with subtle nuances, coaxing variations from the atmospheric flow. While deeper tonalities tickle the mix from below, lending pensive oscillations to the foundation, vibrating effects are applied from above, generating a shimmering field of stars.
Gradually, alternative sounds are utilized to increase those variations. Bell tones create a reverent presence contrasted by an escalation of certain high-end sounds whose unpredictable paths categorize them as meteorological conditions of the soundscape. As the bell tones submerge into the now-pulsating foundation, more strident sounds emerge to influence things with their shriller cadence. Throughout, the stability of a chilled environment is preserved. This frigid mood is enhanced by the introduction of tonalities whose timbre evokes high altitudes. A muffling condition creeps in, generating an expansive disposition to the ambience. Sounds of a muted metallic nature appear in a breathing pattern, establishing illumination and revealing the infinite scope of the mix. Set to run as a seamless piece of music, these compositions embody serene ambience with a hint of industrial edging.” –Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity

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Weekly Sale Item: Perihelion

Our sale item for this week is Viridian Sun’s “Perihelion,” priced at just $5.99 through April 13th.

PERIHELION
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Following solo releases by both members (synthesist & Hypnos founder Mike Griffin, and guitar experimentalist David Tollefson), sonic adventurers Viridian Sun follow up their daring, acclaimed debut, SOLAR NOISE. PERIHELION goes in a slightly new sonic direction, but retains the intuitive, improvisational approach. The focus remains on creating highly visual and evocative soundscapes, an ever-evolving construction of loops and drifting background textures, both hypnotic and beautiful.

REVIEWS:

“…my fave release so far from Hypnos. Just excellent.”
–John C. Smith, freelance reviewer

“Definitely the best thing on Hypnos yet.”
–Robert Rich, recording artist

“Mike Griffin and David Tollefson each have credible solo careers yet first came to our attention as the duo Viridian Sun. The word ‘perihelion’ means the point of an orbit closest to the sun. Perihelion, the new Viridian Sun CD, transports the listener to the center of some unexplored system to witness this moody soundworld making its closest approach.”
–Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

“First of all, the cover is as usual striking and unique, with the ‘trademark’ look of Hypnos. I’m really really enjoying this one. The vision has expanded and the brightness introduced, from the low and subterranean droning structures, you both have realized another brilliant collection of eerie and trance-inducing atmospheres. Perihelion is a strong and very cohensive album which cuts through, blends and corresponds with the perception of the listener. Equally strange, surreal and dense [as the debut Solar Noise] but it’s this album which sets the unified harmony in focus and states with sound what the Hypnos label actually stands for. Exceptional and fascinating.”
–Vidna Obmana

Read more reviews/listen to MP3 clips/purchase HERE.