Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale Item: Solar Noise

Viridian Sun’s “Solar Noise” is our sale item for this week, and we’ve markedit  down to the ultra-low price of just $4.99 through June 29th!

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A rich exploration into sonic textures and nuances. Listeners often describe this sound experience in terms of the sights or emotions it inspires, rather than how it sounds. Features M. Griffin (synthesizers) and David Tollefson (treated guitars).

REVIEWS:

“Timeless space music, by a Portland, Oregon duo who know how it’s done. The first long track, “Solar Solar N Sol,” brings to mind Steve Roach initially, but the improvisational nature of the collaboration gives Viridian Sun’s music a more restless structure overall. The absence of electronic percussion and rote sequencer patterns is also a plus, as it makes the music interactive and unpredictable. Mike Griffin supplies the spacious electronic drones, while David Tollefson’s guitar not only adds drone counterpoint, but also a variety of rhythmic figures and textures. Subsequent tracks maintain the quality of the first, but move in slightly different directions. “Voxuua Soexis” is darker and more agitated–almost the stuff of nightmare. “Nervous Eclipse,” at over 20 minutes, is almost glacially slow, and features layered metallic timbres and a cavernous echo. It is the longest and most abstract of the cuts, and the most purely atmospheric. The CD closes with “Radiat,” a serene, drifting piece which ends the program on a thoughtful, but mellow note.” –OPTION Magazine, Bill Tilland

“Seventy-one minutes (5 tracks) of richly textured multi-synth cosmic EM together with treated electric guitars, deep, rumbling synth bass, occasional tinkling background percussion, all quite varied in what is a spacy, drifting setting, from loud and booming cosmic textures to sombre reflective soundscapes — a fine example of cosmic space music.” –CD Services newsletter (Scotland)

“SOLAR NOISE is a fantastic voyage into synaptic space, unfolding over long, beatless vocal meditations, with a brooding moodiness that recalls the drone work of Lustmord, Robert Rich, and Steve Roach.”
–John Graham, The Rocket

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Weekly Sale Item: Mother Sunrise

This week’s sale item is Sola Translatio’s “Mother Sunrise,” marked down from $11.99 to just $5.99 through June 22nd.

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Italian ambient sound master Alio Die (best known for his previous collaborations with ambient & experimental artists like Robert Rich & Vidna Obmana), and younger Italian newcomer Opium, collaborate under the project name Sola Translatio on their first project for Hypnos, MOTHER SUNRISE. Combining an entrancing mix of natural recordings (water, wind, soil, forest) and electronic textures, MOTHER SUNRISE conveys a descent into the natural world at its grittiest, most organic, and most truly “alive.”

Usually ambient & atmospheric music is primarily electronic, or perhaps utilizes guitars or other acoustic instruments, with electronic treatments. While this recording does integrate such conventional instrumentation in part, it derives its truly unique flavor through the liberal use of natural “location” atmospheres (recorded in the Far East as well as Italy), as well as organic percussive elements.


REVIEWS:

“Two of Italy’s most respected artists in electronic sound, Alio Die (Stephano Musso) and Opium (Matteo Zini), have combined their abilities on the album MOTHER SUNRISE. The duo, working under the name Sola Translatio, uses a sonic vocabulary that seeks to reach the human in us by speaking to our memory. Each of the eight individual tracks incorporates familiar environmental sounds with beautiful and unique electronic textures to produce an album of introspective and sensual ambient music. Each piece slowly develops its sense of place and mood and gradually colonizes the mind with an aural landscape only as varied as the intellects and experiences used to interpert this music.” –Chuck VanZyl, host of Star’s End radio

“Sola Translatio is the collaborative project between Alio Die and Opium. Many Ambient/ Space/ Atmospheric fans know Alio Die for his work with Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana, but few know his partner Opium, a relative unknown in the Ambient genre, but be sure your familiarity is unimportant because this recording can be appreciated without knowing any of this. Mother Sunrise is a fine Ambient recording that was undertaken in a profoundly interesting way, as it consists of mostly minimal electronic processing and percussion, and more importantly natural “location” atmospheres, or field recordings. This is important to note because as soon as this recording comes on there is something that makes this recording distinctly different and profoundly interesting. This is true Ambient, it’s not really atmospheric, it actually reminds me quite a bit of Robert Rich’s Somnium but I’m sure that’s just the use of the natural environmental sounds to compliment the minimal use of contrasting timbres. With Mother Sunrise Sola Translatio have created a profound excursion into the depths of a natural landscape ambience. Fantastic recording!” –Matt Borghi, The Organization of Sound

“The master/novice relationship at the core of Sola Translatio spawns a 74-minute series of scenic organic/electronic permutations. Veteran ambienteer Alio Die collaborates with newcomer Opium to construct the sprawling droneworlds illuminated by Mother Sunrise and decorated with tastefully-applied field recordings.

Trickling rivulets and warmly glowing tones seep from superior spells to simply simmer in a vast expanse of protoplasmic goo. Slow-moving cycles of warm air float on the rays of mother sunrise (13:59), hovering above avian chirps and fluid splashes. Clattering bamboo and thumping waterdrums (and maybe a little throat singing?) drift easily into this peaceful reverie. With nearly imperceptible waves and a backing of insect chirps, awaken spirits drones resolutely, gathering higher layers of wisp as it mutates. Low rumbles (percussive? mechanical? volcanic?) stir beneath the continual, shimmering organ breeze of lullaby for the desert moon (5:18). The hushed gurgling of an undercurrent in castevoli is entwined with synthesized streamers and occasional flutey twirls, closing this experience in their tranquil cascade.

Often still, but never stagnant, the musically-tinged atmospherics of Mother Sunrise evolve with eight tracks of organic listening at its most sublime. The veteran/rookie combo of Sola Translatio scores an 8.8 with their slow-motion environmental dronescapes.” –David Opdyke, The AmbiEntrance

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Weekly Sale Item: Lost Terrain

This week’s sale item is Jeff Greinke’s ‘Lost Terrain,’ priced at $5.99 through June 15th.

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Seattle’s Jeff Greinke is considered by many to be one of the great talents in the ambient/experimental music scene. His career has progressed from early experimentalism, through his mid-period ambience and fourth-world atmospherics, to his recent work in a loop-oriented world/jazz/ambient hybrid style. The one release of Greinke’s most often mentioned by fans of his work is 1992’s LOST TERRAIN, originally issued by Silent Records. With a sound that ranges from austere minimalism reminiscent of Budd and Eno, to strange, surreal soundworlds uniquely Greinke’s own, Terrain showcases all that is strong and unique about Greinke’s work. Out of print for several years, this crucial mid-period release is now available again, digitally remastered and repackaged, from Hypnos Recordings.

REVIEWS:

“This is one of Jeff Greinke’s best releases to date and definitely worth the words “an ambient music classic.” Greinke’s inspiration comes from both Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, and while some of the tracks display their influences, others are much more undefinable, carrying the listener through a number of distinct worlds, some of indescribable splendor and hypnotic wonder. Both “The Cry” and “River of Wood” incorporate the same type of microtonals and sampling of sounds as Jon Hassell’s works. Opener “Terrain of Memory” has Eno-like piano shaping its textures, while “Spires” is sent spiralling my guitar harmonics. The other tracks reach rich primal depths of amazing texture like the spooky “The Moor” or the pastoral “Falling Away.” Overall, what hypnotizes the listener is the sonic breadth of the music. Each piece is a distinct sculpture that resonates in the air with purpose, showing its surreal beauty before continuing on to an equally transfixing piece. Surely a gift for ambient listeners, if you missed this first time around, here’s your chance.” –Mike McLatchey, Expose Magazine

“Although his ability to create rich, experimental ambience is very apparent on certain tracks, the prevailing sound is haunting, dreamy ambience with excellent touches of piano. Works well for late night listening, With dimmed lights and proper setting, it gives you that nice, soothing feeling.” — Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia

“Instant fog bank. Just add CD player…. You don’t hear this music as much as absorb it through your skin…. There’s poignancy to this swirl of sound that lends it a substance such ethereal music rarely manages.” –Glen Hirschberg, The Seattle Weekly

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Weekly Sale Item

This week we’re bringing you a great item from our Binary sublabel: Paul Ellis’s “Into the Liquid Unknown,” marked down from $10.99 to just to $5.99 through June 8th!

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Into the Liquid Unknown is 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.

REVIEWS:
“This 73 minute CD is the second release on Binary Records, profiling the solo endeavors of Dweller alumnus Ellis.

Commencing with delicately fluid tones, this music swiftly evolves more stamina and effervescence with demonstrative riffs that capture the listener’s attention. That sonic grip tightens with each passing moment as the melodies swell and grow intricate. The pulsating harmonies never flow over-the-top, remaining active but sedately unaggressive. High-end snarls twirl into engaging textures peppered by astral blooping and the distant clanking of antediluvian machinery. This liquid music seeps like a glistening nebula, immersing the listener in a turgid but pleasant pool of fanciful sound.

Considering this CD’s title, it’s no surprise that much of this music explores a fluid quality. Keyboard notes spill forth like swift waterfalls, casting melodies out to undulate along invisible streams that splash around the audience with vibrant result. When the songs ease back to allow the listener to catch their breath, the calming passages adopt the vastness of a placid ocean under a night sky of urgent stars.” –Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

“This is the real deal, essential pure blooded sequencer music at its best! Rarely do I get this kind of hit of inspiration from other music where I want to get in the studio and kick start the Doepfer and let it rip. Really Paul, it’s a beautiful statement that feels vital and fresh at the same time with the roots running back to historic cornerstones of sequencer based music.”
–Steve Roach

“Ellis, a remarkably talented synth programmer, gives us the silky smooth pads and authoritative commanding e-rhythms associated with good spacemusic. The emotional side comes out too in the albums insightful harmonic selection and progressions. As you listen to any of the pieces on this album you are in the midst of a thought process as Ellis attempts to bring order to the cosmos into the chaos of life. Into the Liquid Unknown was created through the intertwining of technology, aesthetic and individual quality. The relationship between Ellis and his music is a complex one and drawn onto disc for us to contemplate that which is held in the mind of the artist.” –Chuck Van Zyl, Stars End radio

“An instant classic on first listen” –Paul Lawler, Arcane

“There’s a “European” quality to his work with the inevitable comparisons to Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre, but this is less pretentious. Ellis is more interested in tracery and texture and interweaving strands of sound, a kind of abstract electronica…. If there’s such a thing as “Classical” electronic music, this is it.” –Hannah M.G. Shapero, EER-Music

Read lots more reviews, listen to MP3 clips and purchase HERE.

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.

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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.