Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale: Binary Items

Hello, everyone!

We’ve got all our BINARY items on sale for you this week, and the low prices are good through February 5th or while supplies last.

Hypnos Recordings has established a reputation as a reliable and yet daring explorer of atmospheric and minimal ambient recordings. But some of us are interested in more dynamic electronic music, both from the perspective of the listener and the recording artist. Our customers have requested, more than anything else, that Hypnos give expression to more dynamic forms of electronic music, everything from experimental electronica, to more rhythmic ambient music, and classic European-influenced e-music. To that end, the BINARY sub-label was established, to give voice to artists both new and familiar, who were previously working in forms more kinetic than would have fit with Hypnos.

Dweller at the Threshold – Ouroborus –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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OUROBORUS by Dweller at the Threshold is the first Binary release by a group whose members include Dave Fulton (whose collaboration THE MOST DISTANT POINT KNOWN with Hypnos founder M Griffin was released on Hypnos, to much acclaim, in 2000), Paul Ellis (whose solo album INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN is the Binary label debut, also released this month), and John Duval. The first Dweller album, NO BOUNDARY CONDITION (released on Eurock) had a stronger Tangerine Dream influence, but the group has since moved further into deep, deep space. Though some measure of digital technology is in use here, one of the features identifying Dweller’s sound is the heavy use of analog modular synthesizers. Fulton relies heavily on a refrigerator-sized bank of Doepfer modular synths and a Synthesis Technologies (MOTM) system, while Duval uses “The Fist of God,” a massive Serge Modular system.

The use of all this expensive, esoteric analog synthesis gear is no mere “synth geek’s vanity” — the sound of Dweller at the Threshold possesses a character and clarity that would simply not be possible with modern digital synthesizers. An audience member at a recent DATT concert in Portland was overheard afterward saying “I haven’t heard something that good since Tangerine Dream was young.” That isn’t to say that Dweller intends to mimic the German synth music greats — just that their sound has enough substance to thrill even the most jaded e-music fan.

REVIEWS:
“Once again, the past comes to our rescue with the Dweller at the Threshold release Ouroboros. As so many of today’s artists in electronic sound have been influenced by the classic cosmic music of the 1970s, so has Dweller at the Threshold. The great thing about DatT is that this group has captured the mood of the era without becoming a cliche. DatT explores this realm of music while retaining their own true voice. Due to their unique approach to music and technology, DatT produces compositions that are distinctly their own. Sure, present are the syncopated electronic rhythms, haunting mellotron leads and unearthly morphing effects we look for in good spacemusic, but DatT produces all this off-center enough to give the attentive listener a refreshing pause. This is achieved by more than just a comprehension of the historical aspects of creating spacemusic, more than just the how of making sounds and what goes where, Dweller at the Threshold understands deeply the ultimate purpose and meaning of this music.”
— Chuck van Zyl / STAR’S END

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“This is a very exciting work and a promising start of a new label.”
–Vladimir Jovanovic, Innerspace Radio, Zagreb, Croatia


Paul Ellis – Into the Liquid Unknown
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN by Paul Ellis, 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. Definitely not for people who hate synthesizers that sound like synthesizers!


Vir Unis & Saul Stokes – Thermal Transfer
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
thermal

The third Binary release, first ever collaboration between Vir Unis and Stokes, THERMAL TRANSFER is also the most uptempo, high energy recording yet released by Hypnos or its related labels. In fact, truth be told, this recording is the very reason that the Binary label was created — so Hypnos could bring you excellent electronic music, even if the style in question was too “hyperactive” for the Hypnos label.

“I have to say Thermal Transfer now is one of my favorite hypnos family releases. Very cool production and a very nice synthesis/blending of the pairs (Vir Unis & Saul Stokes) individual styles. Recommended!”
–Dave Fulton (Hypnos and Binary artist, member of Dweller at the Threshold)


Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
sonic

This Hypnos/Binary debut by Synthetic Block blends “classic EM” elements with a more modern approach. It was mastered by Dave Fulton (who also played on one track) and is sonically amazing. One of the best things about running a small record label is the opportunity to help expose more people to artists like this one, whose work merits much wider exposure. Give it a listen!

REVIEWS:
“I cannot believe that there is not more feedback regarding “sonic approach”. upon receiving my radio promo the first note on track 1 totally captivated me. block approaches sonic sounds immediately and never slows. and, of course, fulton pulls some tricks. “square triangle” is my top playlist pick because of it’s well defined and energetic change in tempo and musical registration. all tks are getting air and well deserving of such. are you guys collaborating with the russians? are you on the same interstellar link? very few composers are in touch with the same deep grooves and beats (nearly industrial), but very melodic. not wanting to pass judgement, or anything, but “sonic approach” & “fields” are two HYPNOS/BINARY tops. thank you my friends…”
–Flyingdude, WAWL Radio host, on the Hypnos Forum

“There has been quite a gap between the release of Jonathan’s 2nd release The Opposite of staring into Space and this brandnew one. Sonic Approach (8 tracks, almost 60 min.) has been worth the wait, offering another blend of classic electronics & the sophisticated infusion of modern approaches, so-called “Block-treatments”. Next to the flowing passages there are sequenced , more structured parts leading the way, but there’s always this lush, adventurous feel showing up during the whole record. The music delves into spacious territory (Quartz Marsh) but the tracks also show distinct traces of Berliner School (Square Triangle), the vast soundlayers sometimes even reminding of Schulze in his ’70- period. The later absolutely applied for the nice solo-sounds in the 12-minute track Doused. All these elements make listening to Sonic Approach a very enjoyable experience, in which you actually experience electronic music of former times get connected to the present. Well done!
–Bert Strolenberg, KLEM Magazine, The Netherlands

 

Saul Stokes – Fields –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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Saul’s new solo album FIELDS has been very hotly anticipated by those who have heard parts of it (one track appeared on the Atmoworks compilation PORTRAITS), as it represents at once a revisiting of the familiar Stokes sound, as well as a venturing into some very new territory. Each of his releases on Hypnos has shown growth and development over the previous recordings, and FIELDS is perhaps the greatest leap yet. A prominent radio producer who heard the album predicted FIELDS would be the best album of this year. This is modern electronic music with an individual artist’s unique personality clearly expressed throughout.

REVIEWS:
“I was fortunate enough to have heard 3 advance cuts a while back and was definitely impressed. I wrote briefly about it calling it a “Moss covered Kraftwerk” I find it very different from Saul’s other work. I must admit I haven’t heard his whole body of work, but what I had heard was in the drone/ambient category.

This music has a pulse to it. Chord progressions and melodic hooks that display and extraordinary sense of clarity and craft. The music is Saul’s own. I have a hard time finding reference points. I can see this appealing to both old school EMer’s and those who prefer more cutting-edge modern work. I understand that Saul composed the pieces on a piano before making arrangements on his hand made synthesizers (Not from a kit… he builds them from scratch.) This is an album where the music is on equal level with those endlessly fascinating tones and textures that drew us to synths in the first place. Sometimes albums are really good with one or the other facet, but Fields is firing on all cylinders. The music has an organic life that I find exists in the best electronic music.

This is a genuinely stunning album. I can tell that this one will be getting a lot of airplay here. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a release.” — © Paul Ellis, on the Hypnos Forum


John Duval – Hell’s Canyon
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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Hell’s Canyon is the solo debut of John Duval, member of Binary’s own Dweller at the Threhold. Created entirely with Duval’s massive array of modular synthesizers (a wall of electronics dubbed “the Fist of God”) Hell’s Canyon is an abstract, deep-space exploration of pure electronics. With all these analog synthesizers involved, of course there’s an element of the “classic EM” sound, but this is not a retro, “Berlin school” composition. Closer comparisons would be Robert Rich’s Bestiary album (another abstract, pure modular synth piece), or perhaps even the deep-space excursions of Hypnos’s own Viridian Sun.

All performances here are by Duval himself, but fellow Dweller at the Threshold member Dave Fulton edited, assembled and mastered Duval’s original tapes into a sonically refined and cohesive recording.


Dave Fulton & Giles Reaves – The Range
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
the range

Dave and Giles met at the Different Skies festival at Arizona’s Arcosanti. The two of them hit it off musically and after nearly 4 years of hard work the CD “The Range” was the result. Why did it take 4 years? The answer is as complex as the feelings behind the music. First there was distance, then life. Many of the songs were written during periods of emotional exile, pain and just general muck. Distance provided an interesting fodder for collaboration. Songs would start off as single cells and fly back and forth over the internet until they had grown into complex organisms. The ability to let go of pre-concieved outcomes allowed the true spirit of collaboration to fertilize the ideas. A decision was made from the start to allow any instrument, tool and any feeling to propel the song. The duo’s ability to deal with the technical aspects of a long distance collaboration helped immensely but soon it became necessary to meet again and finish the recordings. In the summer of 2007 life allowed the basic overdubs to be completed in Salt Lake City. Then long distance mixing began. The result is a rich but cohesive collection of songs that range from ambient to progressive rock, and incorporate influences from tribal to electronica to new age.

Description by Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End radio host (WXPN):
“American Electronic Musicians Dave Fulton & Giles Reaves, make their East-Coast concert debut in Philadelphia within the remarkable setting of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village on 21 April 2007 as part of The Gatherings Concert Series. Local spacemusic duo Orbital Decay will open.

Giles Reaves has to his credit several influential albums of innovative electronic music, including the genre defining “Wunjo”. Dreamy, trance-inducing melodic textures figure prominently in his music.

Part mad scientist, part sonic visionary, Dave Fulton’s command of the many custom designed electronics at his disposal is formidable. Currently playing in two underground rock bands, Fulton filters this activity through his years of experience with the Berlin-School inspired ensemble Dweller at the Threshold to realize a new and unique music.

“The Range”, the debut release by The Fulton/Reaves Project, is a diverse but cohesive collection of songs that range from Ambient to Progressive Rock, and incorporate influences from Tribal to Electronica to New Age.”


Saul Stokes – Villa Galaxia
 –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
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Always one of the most popular artists on the Hypnos and Binary labels through the years, Saul Stokes is also one we’ve been very proud to “launch” into the ambient/electronica world. The first new work by Saul Stokes on Hypnos/Binary since Fields in 2005, this is certainly one of the most hotly-anticipated discs we’ve released in years.

Saul Stokes says: Stokes’ 8th solo album to date, Villa Galaxia is a hyperfusion of sonic exploration seeded in Stokes’ seminary music past, while arcing into a completely new genre defining collection of songs. Stripping away any notion of ambient drone or chill out labeling, Villa Galaxia surfs its own ocean of contemporary electronic music culture with eccentric listenable experimentalism wrapped in catchy lyrical orchestras of electronic fireworks.

READ/LISTEN/BUY in the Binary section of the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE.

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 29th. Now’s the perfect time to complete your collection or pick up all four!

An Opera for Four Fusion Works- Act 1, Echoes of Steel  Was $7.99, now $5.99

act 1

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 Fusion Works- Act 2, Phrasing the Air  Was $7.99, now $4.99
act 2

“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 Fusion Works, Act 3, Reflection on Scale
  Was $7.99, now $4.99
act 3

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 Fusion 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 $14.99
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).

READ/LISTEN/PURCHASE in the HYPNOS RECORDINGS section of the Hypnos Online Store.

Weekly Sale Recommences with Hypnos Digipaks

Hello, all!

We still have lots to do around the new home and Hypnos Headquarters, so we’re easing back into our weekly sale with some discounted prices on all our digipak items. Sale prices are good through January 22nd, so stop by the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great deals on our more recent releases!

Herion – Out and About –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
herion

Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They’ve created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with “glitch” components and strange, experimental little samples. Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy, this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.


Nebulæ – The Path of White Clouds
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
path of white clouds

The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.


Steve Brand – Avatara
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
avatara

This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures…Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. I’m fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming “ascended masters,” or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they’ve realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
intangible

The first collaboration between two artists well-known to Hypnos listeners and fans of ambient & experimental music in general.

While Intangible has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story collection of the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi. These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a drama and emotional depth absent from much recent ambient music. It’s a complex and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

Caul – Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
caul

Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres: dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.


Bruno Sanfilippo – Urbs
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
urbs

Sanfilippo’s work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs, Sanfilippo’s first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist’s previous work. It’s an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These “real world” sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and “intentional” nature of these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.


Numina – The Deception of Reality
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
numina

The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.


Robert Rich – Sunyata & Inner Landscapes (2CD)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
sunyata

We’re very pleased to make available this archival 2CD digipak reissue of two of Robert Rich’s earliest albums, Sunyata and Inner Landscapes. Both albums were originally released on cassette, then issued for the first time on CD by Hypnos in 1999-2000. Two classic Robert Rich albums together in a deluxe package including 2CDs, 6-panel digipak and 8 page booklet insert.


Robert Rich – Trances & Drones (2CD)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
tran and dron

Hypnos is pleased to collaborate with Robert Rich on this deluxe reissue of Rich’s out of print classic ambient drone work.

Originally released on cassette individually three decades ago, Trances and Drones were later released together on double-CD by Extreme (1994) and Release (2000). Our new edition, designed to be the ultimate archival version of an essential ambient/drone classic, includes a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 8-page full-color booklet insert.


Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia – Forget the Past
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
forget the past

Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings. One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.

Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictable and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.


Subradial – Ice Diving
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
ice diving

ICE DIVING is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong – an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components.


Dave Fulton – Of Those Things Left Unsaid
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
things left unsaid

Incorporating a blend of rich analog and modular electronics along with digital synthesizers, plus piano and guitar, Of Those Things Left Unsaid evolved over the course of thirteen years’ creation. Composed and recorded by Dave Fulton, with contributions from Jamie Haggerty and Giles Reaves, a completely organic approach to recording was taken, using a variety of vintage electronic synthesizers and early 8 & 12 bit samplers. While much modern electronic music is primarily sequence-driven and quantized to a degree that renders the music more robotic than human, Fulton tried to use computers only as recording the performances, not driving them.

Perhaps Fulton’s most emotive and personal work, Of Those Things Left Unsaid should not only appeal to existing fans of Fulton’s earlier solo and collaborative works, but also those listeners seeking a blend of retro and modern electronic sounds with a smooth musicality.

Follow the links to SEE MORE/READ MORE/LISTEN TO MP3 SAMPLES/PURCHASE.

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

Hello, everyone!
We’re still working hard on our big Hypnos Headquarters relocation,  but we wanted to have another sale for you – this week we’ve done price reductions on Vidna Obmana’s AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS, and you can get some great deals whether you pick them up separately or all together!

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 1, Echoes of Steel) –Regularly $7.99. right now just $5.99
act 1

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 next month 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 over the next year or two, 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. Only when all four discs have been released, we will make available the whole set of four discs, pre-packaged together.
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 (see www.dreamsinexile.com for more information). 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.

REVIEW:
“The first of a 4-CD set to be released individually over the course of the next year or so, this inaugural volume sees renowned Belgian ambient/world artist VIDNA OBMANA manipulating and recycling guitar sounds from the American group DREAMS IN EXILE. The resultant album is a lovely and nearly ambient selection of tracks that do retain a guitar feel, yet flow like ambient music–drifty, pastoral, and dreamlike. ‘Echoes Of Steel’ is a symphonic tapestry of metallic strings and gently wafting melodic shifts, perfectly suited for a quiet evening of peaceful relaxation. Later tracks like ‘III’ include wispy and harmonic vocals, creating a soothing and warm ebb. The final track, simply titled ‘I’, is just about as gorgeous as music gets–a great piece of ‘pure’ music to touch the soul. Can’t say enough, but this release is superlative in every way, evocative and imaginative, a beautiful landscape without equal.” –Godsend E-zine


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 2, Phrasing the Air)
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Act II of VidnaObmana’s series AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is now ready! Remember, Act I was released in a four-CD case, and acts II through IV are sold in a simple paper sleeve (with booklet) to be inserted into the Act I case.

REVIEWS:
“Eargerly expected and now available is the 2nd chapter in VidnaObmana’s ambitious Opera for Four Fusion Works.

Act II : Phrasing the Air centers around the soprano saxophone, brilliantly played by American natural Bill Fox. What follows is a beautiful fusion of honest sax harmonies, multi-layers of recyclings and a collection of haunting themes. An album which differs immensely from Act I but simultaneously utilizes the same approach. A very unique recording which isn’t that experimental than most of vidna’s recycling works are but one that focuses more onto the aspect of harmony and atmosphere. A very unique recording and now available. Remember that it comes only in a simple sleeve holding the CD and booklet to insert yourself into the 4CD box-set supplied with Act I : Echoes of Steel. Separately available now but if you don’t have Act I : Echoes of Steel yet, you can now order them together in the 4CD box-set as well.

Dive deep into VidnaObmana’s world of recycling.”
— Michael Foster / Ambientvisions

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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) –Right now just $4.99
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Act III of VidnaObmana’s series AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is now ready! Remember, Act I was released in a four-CD case, and acts II through IV are sold in a simple paper sleeve (with booklet) to be inserted into the Act I case.

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 vidnaObmana this time are quite daring and experimental, edging at times into the realm of “glitch” or subtle noise experimenation. 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.

REVIEW:
“The fact that Dirk Serries, for twenty or so years, the man behind Vidna Obmana, started a new ‘band’ (again of just himself), did lead to the conclusion that Vidna Obmana was dead, or on hold at least. But it’s not. Or perhaps it is, and is Hypnos just a bit late, releasing this album. It’s the third act in a series of four. The first one was by Vidna Obmana himself, and on the second he transformed the saxophone sounds (see Vital Weekly 420). For the third act Vidna Obmana treats the piano sounds, played by Kenneth Kirschner, who is perhaps best known for similar collaborations with Taylor Deupree. The piano playing of Kirschner is quiet, just a few notes every once in a while, and the recordings he makes are usually finely treated with small clicks and hiss. This is excellent music for Vidna Obmana to expand his ambient tapestries on. Vidna Obmana adds guitar and synthesizers, after which he locks the music into his chamber of sound effects, looping all the sounds, making small shifting changes while certain elements keep returning ad infinitum. The piano sounds by Kirschner remain audible throughout this work, it doesn’t seem that they are treated to such an extent. In the warm ambient bath created by Vidna Obmana they find a good home. Soberly orchestrated, the dedication to Morton Feldman is no surprise (although perhaps many more notes are played here than on average Feldman composition). Vidna Obmana doesn’t necessarily add something new to ambient, but his music still belongs to the best the genre has to offer.”


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 4, The Bowing Harmony)
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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.

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.

REVIEW:
“ACT FOUR is an eerie layering of haunting vocals with appropriately dark textures on synth, electric guitar, and “infinite recycling.” It is perfectly creepy, and intensely so, which is undoubtedly the desired effect.” -Phil Derby, Electroambient Space


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works (Acts 1-4, 4CDs)
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Moving Sale #5 – HUGE BLOWOUT SALE on Hypnos/Foundry Items

Hello, everyone!

We’re still hard at work getting everything ready for our Hypnos Headquarters relocation, and this week we’re having a BIG BLOWOUT SALE on all our few remaining Hypnos/Foundry items. The extremely low prices are good through September 25th or while supplies last, and please note: We’re never going to have these items in stock again after they’re gone, so make sure to grab your (steeply discounted) piece of Hypnos history while you can!

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“In 2001, Hypnos decided to partner with The Foundry, a small underground electronic/experimental label based in Berkeley. The Foundry had started a few years earlier, and released several excellent and strange compact discs, but we felt a partnership would allow The Foundry to reach a bit wider, while giving Hypnos the opportunity to be involved in the release of some wonderful sound art.”

All the remaining Hypnos/Foundry items we have in stock, forever.
HF

 

Seofon – Zero Point –Right now just $1.99
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Zero Point inaugurates a collaboration between Hypnos and The Foundry, which will continue with an ongoing series of releases featuring ambient and experimental music.
Zero Point is the product of “recycling” collaborations begun between Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach and Seofon. As the project progressed Stephen Kent, Robert Rich, Not Breathing, and Thermal were included in the circle and the result is a wonderful album full of shifting textures and shimmering ideas. Recycling is a term coined by Vidna Obmana (and Asmus Tietchens) to describe a process more immersive than simple remixing.

Zero Point: lessons in being nothing showcases some of the great talents in electronic music today, and finds them participating in a unique form of collaboration. With Ambient Temple of Imagination (ATOI) tracks as the inspiration and source material, Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, and Seofon opened a circle of recycling. Entirely new pieces were created using a variety of methods and collaborative trajectories with Seofon (a member of Ambient Temple of Imagination) serving as a center-point: coordinating the project, making his own recycling contributions, and integrating the finished tracks into a hypnotic tapestry. The resulting music has traveled a long way from its origins, the original material barely recognizable in the new pieces. This album is full of rich textures, subtle and powerful both. Follow the rhythms, connect the melodies and harmonics in your listening; the rewards are great!


Dean Santomieri – The Boy Beneath the Sea
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The third Hypnos/Foundry co-release, THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA fluidly weaves together music and spoken word to create an affecting 40 minute immersive environment. The story of a boy who leaves his home to live under the sea is unique and yet somehow familiar, like a book remembered from childhood. Dean Santomieri’s narrative is evocative and personal, and the words are perfectly complemented by the musical contributions of Bruce Anderson, Karen Stackpole and David Kwan.
Santomieri chose three experienced and respected musicians to work with in creating THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA. Bruce Anderson, leader of the seminal Art-Rock band MX-80, plays a specially designed chromatically tuned, baritone guitar. Bruce has performed and recorded with The Residents and Henry Kaiser. David Kwan is a composer and video artist whose works can be heard on the Asphodel/Sombient and Artifact labels. Karen Stackpole is a drummer/percussionist with a soft spot for gongs. Her current involvements include Euphonics, a gongs/metals/singing bowls duo, and Malcolm Mooney & the10th Planet. She has worked with a number of Bay Area free jazz and improvisational groups.

Dean Santomieri has been working with electronic music and musique concrete since 1971, as well as creating multi-image pieces, films and videos. In recent years Santomieri formed the duo Donkey Boy which employed live electronic music, slides or video, story-telling, costumes, and props in their many Bay Area performances. Since 1997 Santomieri has also been performing with Malcolm Mooney & the10th Planet (Mooney was the original singer with the German progressive-rock group Can), providing electronics and guitar. In 1998 Santomieri formed a multi-media group with Anderson, Stackpole and Kwan, for live performance of his short stories (narration accompanied by live music and video). This ensemble’s first show, THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA, was performed numerous times in the Bay Area, and lead to this CD release. In 2000 the Archipelago imprint released Santomieri’s Crude Rotation, a 3″ CD, EP of musique concrete/ electronic pieces, to critical praise.

Collectively this ensemble of Kwan, Anderson and Stackpole improvised a rich musical setting for Santomieri’s timeless fable. Words and music interact and a spell is cast. Images grow, become vivid, and fade into salt washed ghosts. The waves of the story recede and THE BOY BENEATH THE SEA leaves behind pools of dreamy tableaux for us to muse upon, beachcombers to the phantasmagoric.

eM – All the Stars Burning Bright –Right now just $1.99
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The second Hypnos/Foundry co-operative release is ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT, by eM (an alias for Michael Bentley, proprietor of The Foundry) — a far-ranging exploration in a dark ambient “space music” style.
This new album is something of a departure for eM. Though it draws on techniques and concepts from earlier projects, ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT delves into the sounds of deep space and aims to capture the otherness of the universe beyond earth. To this end sound sources include NASA recordings made by various space probes and further exploration of digital audio manipulation.

ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT is an exploration of the universe through sound, an experiment designed by eM to venture beyond our gravity well. Beginning with A Dream of Summer Stars we leave the familiar confines of our horizons and venture into more remote and unearthly sonic realms. Parsecs, constructed largely from heavily processed NASA recordings, propels us across open vacuum, and through the Starswarm that follows. Suspensions and Burning Bright suggest both the immense stillness and roiling activity of the night sky, while Between provides a melancholy respite before the revelations of Others. Our dream fades as we drift Beyond the Shoals of Stars.

These pieces ruminate not simply on the stars, but on the space between them. The compositions emulate no one model, but draw on many sources, from the Voyager recordings to the writings of Brian Aldiss and H.P. Lovecraft. ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT also functions as a kind of diary, giving voice to a variety of dreams and memories.

Mollusk – Accretions –Right now just $1.99
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The fourth Hypnos/Foundry release, ACCRETIONS represents a melding of digital audio and organic inspiration. Mollusk delves into the oceanic realm with compositions at once experimental and atmospheric. Waves crash, tides ebb and flow, and the ancient mollusks follow their own paths through this wonderful collection.
ACCRETIONS, a melding of organic inspiration and digital audio, is the first CD release from Mollusk, the musical alter ego of Malcolm Bly. Bly was working in web design at the time, and created the music of Mollusk entirely through digital means, employing sampling and DSP applications, as well as experimenting with the process of using the artifacts of MP3- format compression to create a “low resolution” sound. “It seemed to me that the medium of the MP3 wanted to be played with, explored for its own abilities, not simply used as a means to poorly represent higher quality sounds.”

To this end Bly incorporated the idea of low resolution audio output into his compositional approach, so that the final form of these pieces has, until this release, not been a CD or 16-bit/44.1kHz sound files, but a stereo MP3 file. Besides creating what Bly refers to as the “Mollusk sound,” working with low kbps rates meant that the resulting MP3s were smaller than those produced at the more common 128kbps or 192kbps, and this meant shorter download times. For instance, the 20 minute Ancient Seas became a meager 4.6MB, instead of the 18MB one might expect.

For the ACCRETIONS compact disc release, Mollusk has created the new track Barnacle: Archipelago, and remixed/remastered all the compositions to CD quality audio. The tracks The Sea and The Cry of the Distant Nautilus retain the low resolution Mollusk sound, but the other pieces have been recreated in high resolution 44.1 kHz sound.

An adventure into more experimental “digitalism,” ACCRETIONS will appeal to the more adventurous listener who enjoys 21st century musical modes such as “glitch” and microsound.

“The waves which flow from Mollusk tend to be gentle, if a bit strange; the Accretions of their abstract-though-thematic soundstreams flow jointly into an esoteric 8.4 sonic tidepool of deep listening. ”
–The AmbiEntrance


Various Artists – 360°
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New compilation from Foundry/Hypnos featuring Rhomb, eM, High Skies, Seofon with Mark Van Hoen, Sketch, Thermal, and Kim Cascone.

The Foundry says:
This compilation has as its center point a story fragment, a series of episodes taking our narrator through an enigmatic arc, an arc becoming a circle, an arc of 360°. Tracks draw on a variety of electronic music flavours, from ambient electronica to microsound and glitch. Contributors to 360° are, in order of appearance: Rhomb (releases on The Foundry and Archipelago imprint), eM (releases on The Foundry, Archipelago and Fallt), Jonathan Hughes (formerly Subspace with release on Sunburst Fifty), High Skies (Mat Jarvis, formerly Gas on Emit), Seofon with Mark Van Hoen (Seofon is a member of Ambient Temple of Imagination as well as a solo artist; Mark Van Hoen has released work as Locust and under his own name on Touch), Sketch (releases on Apollo and on End of Hum), Thermal (releases on his own Boxman label and Archipelago imprint), and Kim Cascone (releases on Ritornell and Digital Narcis among many others). Quite a range of talented artists!


Various Artists – Lost and Found (2cd)
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A two disc compilation giving a glimpse into both the past and present activities of Hypnos partner The Foundry. This serves as an excellent “cross-section” sampler of current Foundry artists, for listeners interested in exploring the label but not sure where to start, as well as functioning as a document of early Foundry recordings, from the days of the imprint’s lower-profile, pre-Hypnos.
A growing number of listeners have purchased such recent Hypnos/Foundry titles as ZERO POINT by Seofon, ALL THE STARS BURNING BRIGHT by eM, and TRILLIUM by Jonathan Hughes, and these new enthusiasts to The Foundry will find LOST AND FOUND a gateway to the exploration of other works by these artists, as well as such Foundry figures as Rhomb, The Apiary, Mollusk, Dean Santomieri, and M. Bentley.

The first CD (Lost) gathers some of the highlights from the Foundry’s pre-Hypnos releases, including a specially re- recorded version of Above the Earth, to produce a disc of introspective ambient styles.

Disc two (Found, which contains five tracks drawn from discs co-released with Hypnos and seven non-album, preview and unreleased tracks) provides an unique insight into the state of The Foundry today.

Ben Swire – Equilibrium (CDEP) –Right now just $0.99
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ic music, perhaps similar to Jonathan Hughes TRILLIUM, also on Foundry.
The Foundry press release:
The first in the FOUNDRY EP SERIES is Ben Swire’s Equilibrium, bringing together the strands of beat, melody, and atmosphere to create an intoxicating travelogue in sound. The detail in these compositions is remarkable, each piece picking up the thread of the others as well as developing its own unique character. This release will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed Jonathan Hughes’ Trillium CD, the output of City Centre Offices, or Susumu Yokota’s Grinning Cat and Sakura.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Early on Ben Swire’s interest in music took the form of building a studio in the basement of his home in Newton, MA (a suburb of Boston) and engineering for a variety of acts. He played drums with the band Bode, and gradually became interested in exploring different unique production techniques and creating his own music.

Ben graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 with a BA in Media Arts. While there he studied electronic music composition with Charles Bestor, winner of the 1999 Bourges (France) International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition (Dr Bestor had studied with Vladimir Ussachevsky). In 2000 Ben released a split 7″ record with the band Audio Explorations which caught the attention of Riz Maslen (aka Neotropic) with whom he later collaborated on an NTone (a division of Ninja Tune) 7″ that included the work of ex-Verve guitarist Nick McCabe. During this time time Ben was living in London and performed as a member of the act “Minus” crafting live experimental and improvisational electronic music. More recently Ben scored “FM,” an animation piece by Australian artist Rebecca Cannon which was premiered at the 2002 Transmediale Festival in Berlin.

eM – Outward (CDEP) –Right now just $0.99
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Second release in the Foundry EP series (after Ben Swire’s surprising EQUILIBRIUM) – about 20 minutes of experimental abstract digitalism at a great price!
The Foundry says:
This release continues the FOUNDRYEP series, following Ben Swire’s Equilibrium EP. It features music in an atmospheric and experimental mode, following along the lines of eM’s All the Stars Burning Bright release, but also incorporating other ideas and sounds.

The Outward EP is the first eM solo release since 2001’s All the Stars Burning Bright. eM (Foundry founder Michael Bentley) follows on from where All the Stars Burning Bright left off, exploring a more experimental sound with this suite of three pieces. Beginning with the loops and drones of From the Earth, developing through textural washes of Across the Milky Way, and closing with the powerful and hypnotic rhythms of Beyond the Magellanic Clouds, Outward presents an engrossing soundscape that occupies an audio space where Robert Rich, Lustmord and Brian Eno meet.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Michael Bentley, founder of The Foundry label, has recorded under several names [eM, The Apiary and Rhomb (with Nathan Kreisberg)] and has released a number of EPs and CDs of electronic and experimental music. Projects include releases for the Irish label Fällt (as eM) as part of the invalidObject series; for Archipelago, a loose association of Bay Area artists (EPs as eM and Rhomb), inclusion on a CD compilation accompanying the latest issue of MIT Press’ Computer Music Journal (one track as eM), as well as tracks on releases from No Type, SlapArt, and Dark Duck. Future plans include new full length CDs under both the eM and Apiary monickers, as well as collaborations within the Archipelago.

Bentley has composed and recorded electronic music off and on for a number of years, often collaborating with long time friend Nathan Kreisberg (most recently as Rhomb). Interest in other musical forms, most notably folk music of the British Isles (especially that of Scotland), has lead to performances at music/dance festivals in the Czech Republic, Austria, Norway and California, as well as performing and recording gigs on both east and west coasts of the US. The Foundry, originally begun (in 1985) as an umbrella for publishing chapbooks, emerged as an outlet for Bentley’s musical endeavours in 1995. After several cassette releases the first Foundry CDs were issued in 1997. The Foundry catalogue has garnered critical praise (see review index here) and airplay throughout Europe, Australia, the US and Canada. In 2001 The Foundry began a collaboration with the Hypnos recording label, resulting in nine releases over the last 14 months.


Various Artists – Sub.Terra
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New experimental compilation featuring Interstitial, Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, M. Bentley, and Vir Unis

REVIEWS:

“The latest release from Foundry Records, “sub.terra” is a fascinating compilation based around the concept of creating a series of pieces using only a trumpet as source material. the artists all started with a set of trumpet recordings and from there processed and treated the tracks until they came up with the works contained herein. and a very impressive collection of works it is! featuring tracks by Vir Unis, vidnaObmana, Saul Stokes, Michael Bentley and Interstitial, “sub.terra” provides not only an excellent group of challenging pieces, it also serves as an introduction to some of the best artists in the field of electronic music today. with each of the artists contributing their own interpretations, each adding their own particular sounds and flaours, “sub.terra” crosses a range of styles and ideals. from the dark drones of Interstitial, through the percussive groove of Vir Unis, the space and movement of vidnaObmana, the hypnotic chilled electronics of Saul Stokes, and the dark deep-space explorations of Michael Bentley, “sub.terra” is an excellent collection, and well worth checking out.” –rik maclean – ping things

“This release from features 61 minutes of collaborative electronic ambience. The project was initiated by Interstitial (aka John Koch-Northrup), who created a basic theme that was then provided to a selection of notable ambient synthesists who elaborated on the original template. The CD begins with Interstitial’s original theme. An assemblage of ethereal tonalities congeal to generate a distinctly subterranean harmony of subtly varying textures, often pitching shrill enough to emulate horns echoing from cavernous strata. Then Vir Unis (aka John Strate-Hootman) applies whispering beats and a dreamier sense to the caverous reverberations. While those beats start out as barely noticable, their soft patter rises to more definable status, evoking an anticipatory tension to the mix. Soon, the rhythms evolve into an engaging enhancement that rivals the basic template for the audience’s attention. The next track finds VidnaObmana embellishing the template with ghostly undertones that accentuate the echoing quality of Interstitial’s melody, changing the mix into a haunting procession through underground tunnels. Then Saul Stokes takes a shot at mutating the basic theme, transforming Interstitial’s caverous mood into an interstellar medium full of twinkling stars and breathing nebulae. Rhythms emerge to attribute more body to the infinity, and those tempos continue to grow, overwhelming the underlying structure. Which leads to a remix by Michael Bentley (aka eM), who dissembles the template into quite a different sonic creature. Textures become more elongated, creating a more suspenseful ambience punctuated by horn-bursts of utmost clarity. The introduction of quasi-radio emissions render the piece into a pulsating deconstruction. The finale belongs to Interstitial, who blends elements from all these collaborators together to produce a magnum opus of ambient proportions. (While the basic template and the other remixes are between 8 to 11 minutes long, this piece clocks in at over 16 minutes.) Expert manipulation infuses aspects from each earlier treatment into the basic theme, producing a lush track that flourishes with variations while taking a more introspective tact.” –soniccuriosity.com


Various Artists – Bibimbap
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BIBIMBAP AN ARCHIPELAGO COMPILATION
The Archipelago is a loose association of Bay Area musicians/composers, a forum in which artists working the disparate subgenres of electronic music come together in different collaborative ways or even just to share a meal. In fact it is this tradition of dinner gatherings that led to the Bibimbap compilation. Joshua Maremont (Thermal) explains…

Perhaps it seems odd for the musicians of the Archipelago to initiate a project named after a Korean meal, but perhaps not. For the meetings of our various islands have occured over the steaming stone pots holding this delight, and it is in homage to this meal that we entitle our project – and specifically this project – with its name. Bibimbap simply means “mixing rice”: rice is placed in a stone or ceramic bowl and actively mixed with whatever other ingredients are available or desired, the mixing process adding a dynamism in which the meal takes shape over the course of its eating, especially when the stone bowl is used to continue the cooking process until the eating is at an end. To state then that our Bibimbap is a simple remix project is insufficient, for we mean to reflect more of the nature of this dish in our tribute and to focus specifically on the availability of ingredients, ingredients, as it were, found already in our refrigerators: leftover tracks, unfinished pieces, forgotten fragments, music omitted from other releases as out of place, orphaned sound in need of fostering. Starting with a tableful of such ingredients, we assemble from them new pieces, each of us mixing them into contexts unconsidered by their creators and making out of these apparent scraps what we hope will be a feast. By this we mean not to imply an unloading of castoffs but instead to suggest that in some cases that which cannot be finished by one might well come to fruition through the care of others, perhaps in the warm steam rising from a stone bowl.

And so the various artists involved contributed material to a pool of samples and then used something from this shared source (in addition to whatever new work they might provide) to create a new piece. The list of contributors includes Forrest Fang, Saul Stokes, Chris de Giere, M. Bentley/eM, Thermal, Ben Swire, Dean Santomieri, and Earwicker (Seofon and C. Rolls).

Saul Stokes – Vast ONLY A COUPLE OF THESE LEFT IN STOCK! –$1.99
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“Saul Stokes returns to the music scene with Vast, a showcase for his unique brand of electronica. With Vast Stokes explores new territory utilizing a highly developed lyrical sense built, as ever, on the idiosyncratic sound of his “hand-forged” equipment. These tracks are truly multi-faceted, and the many detailed sonic embellishments, as well as the fluid structures, set Vast apart. -foundrysite.com