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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.


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/

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
self portrait

“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…”


Maurizio Bianchi – Menstruum Regles
–Right now just $5.99

“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.”


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

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

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

“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.”


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

M.B/M.D.T – Genologic Technocide
–Right now just $5.99

“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.”

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

Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum – Mene Teqel Farsin –Right now just $5.99

“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.”


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

Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI
–Right now just $5.99

“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… ”


LISTEN to a bit from this album HERE.

Maurizio Bianchi – Ludium
–Right now just $5.99

“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…”


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

“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

“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


“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.”

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

Luigi Turra – Enso
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99

“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.”

Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99

“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.”


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

“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.”

Listen to the title track from this album HERE.

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

“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.”

Fabio Orsi &Valerio Cosi – We Could For Hours
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99

“‘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.”

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!

Weekly Sale Item: Storewide Holiday Sale

Hey everyone,
It’s that time of year again, so we’re having our storewide holiday sale! We’re offering two coupons, one for 10% off any size order and one for 15% off any order over $100. Both coupons will be good through December 31st, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some really great bargains!

Here are the coupon codes to use when you check out:

15DEC10 – 10% off any size order

15DEC15 – 15% off any order over $100