Category: Hypnos Store Special Offers

Weekly Sale: Seren Ffordd, The Circular Ruins, and More

Hi there, everybody!

We’re back this week with another round of random picks for you, and the sale prices are good through May 7th (or, of course, while supplies last).

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99martian

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.

“The Martian Chronicles is a 74-minute longform album inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short science fiction story by the same name. It is the first collaborative album between Oöphoi (aka Italian drone expert Gianluigi Gasparetti) and Welch soundscape composer Seren Ffordd (aka Andy Benford).

What we got here is a deep and immersive work of cinematic ambient that took about three years in the making. The seven tracks feature vast, dark and slow morphing drone textures along field recordings and percussion, making up an intense trip into a mysterious and alienating world with psychedelic edges.

The Martian Chronicles is a spacious recording meant for deeper and focussed listening, that seems to submerge the listener even more when heard with a good pair of headphones. If you’re into dense ambient art works with both subtle changes along fine environmental sounds, this quality album is for you.” –Review by Bert Strolenberg

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A Produce – White Sands–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99white sands

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

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

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

LISTEN to “Within Reach” from this album.

Surface 10 – In Vitro Tide –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99in vitro

“Surface 10 is nothing less than a pulsing, reckless tour de force of spiky, punchy beats welded and fused with white noise, grunge guitar, dislocated voices and a swaggering disregard for somnolent sine wave culture that permeates much of todays Electronica. With a glistening, extrovert production, the album is a cavalcade of ideas which fly off like sparks. The dense layers of texture are frequently parted to reveal astonishing knots of wry melody lurking deep beneath the surface of the album. Each track slides from one oeuvre to another in a dazzling, almost precocious attention to detail which offers much in the way of rewards for repeated listening.”

LISTEN to “Epheral” from this album.

The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99alchemy concert

The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind.

LISTEN to “Calibration” from this album.

Ray Carl Daye – Rapid Ear Movement
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99rapid

“Rapid Ear Movement” the third release by Ray Carl Daye, is a diverse collection of electronic/ambient instrumentals full of emotion and creativity. The compositions range from the energetic, sequence-driven minimalism of “Endless Departure” and “Dervish Moon” to the radiant, melodic riff of “Aqua Lit”. Other notable tracks are the sentimental, gentle meditation of “Quiet Remergence”; the glittering soundtrack-inspired “Elusian Spring” and cinematic atmosphere of “The Illuminated Earth”. In all, “Rapid Ear Movement” presents fourteen short soundtracks for an imagined cinema.

Ray Carl Daye has been writing and recording ambient/electronic music since 2006. His first album Spectral Navigator, released on Magnatune in 2008 was chosen by Galactic Travels radio as a Top 20 CD of June 2009. His second album Echoes From the Aether released in 2010 and available at the Hypnos store and ping things, was played on the nationally syndicated program Hearts Of Space. His current album titled Rapid Ear Movement was influenced by minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno.

“Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by…”
rik maclean, ping things

“we are absolutely crazy about your music…”
John Buckman, Founder/Owner of Magnatune

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Concert Silence – Rain Furniture
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99rain furniture

With “Rain Furniture”, Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper wanted to explore a new and different musical territory than previously traveled, while still using the audio set up from “09.22.07”. As a companion piece to the full length, Rain Furniture engages a more raw energy.

Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. -Chaotische Fraktale+Letzte Technologie (2CD)
–Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99letzte

A double cd new edition by Silentes of “Chaotische Fraktale” and “Letzte Technologie”, a pair of works developed from the collaboration between M.B./Maurizio Bianchi and Frequency in Cycles for Second/Sandro Kaiser. A fascinating sonic mix influences’ industrial matrix revealing, electronic experimentation, minimalism, noises and deep music, alternating large deep drones based parts, destant sounds of reverbering piano, soft subliminal just whispered melodies, sudden electronic meddles, now dramatic and dark, now stronger and static atmospheres, in void suspended, between oniric motionless suggestions and totally earthly chaotic executions.

Steve Brand – Avatara –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99avatara

Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name “Augur,” and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He’s quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we’re very excited to follow up with Steve Brand’s new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint. 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.

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Weekly Sale: Numina, Steve Roach, Francesco Paladino, and More

Hello all,

We’ve got another weekly sale all lined up for you, and the low prices are good through April 23rd or while supplies last.

Numina – Eye of the Nautilus –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

We are pleased to announce the second release by Numina on the Hypnos label, the follow-up to his acclaimed breakthrough Sanctuary of Dreams (2004). Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.

It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from “new name you should watch” to the status of “established artist.” This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.

Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track, “Secrets from the Flame,” and as with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos founder M. Griffin is responsible for mastering and layout.

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Francesco Paolo Paladino & Many Friends – The Son of Unknown Fish (CD + DVD)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
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“Thirty-year veteran of the Italian underground music scene, Francesco Paolo Paladino (A.T.R.O.X., The Doubling Riders, Nosesoul, Alio Die), offers his latest multimedia solo extravaganza to an unsuspecting public. Musically, The Son of Unknown Fish is cinematic, visceral and thoroughly engaging. By weaving spoken word elements with prog-ish compositions, Aaron Moore’s soundtracks from Paladino’s short films and found sound experimentation, Paladino tells a Darwinistic autobiography, a celebration not only of his life, but of humanity in general. As the tracks seamlessly progress, multiple moods unfold, from triumph to darkness and consistency to confusion. It’s Fellini via Instagon: unusual, provoking, fascinating. The DVD, on the other hand, reveals Paladino’s visual persona. Ranging from music videos assembled from public domain movies and NASA films to the aforementioned short films, which feature a woman in a giraffe mask playing with a weird rubber ball, they complete the full, albeit head-scratching, portrait of an artist whose work is remarkably unique. Though Francesco Paolo Paladino’s piscine heritage may be a mystery, he is proud of it nonetheless. Join him in a toast to, not only his, but all our ancestors and learn to breathe through gills again.” -Chuck Foster,

Adam Pacione – From Stills to Motion -Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

Packaged in a mini-lp gatefold style sleeve with an inner booklet of photographs and video stills by Adam Pacione.

Highly anticipated new release from Adam Pacione. Deluxe packaging. Stoughton style mini-gatefold with 16 page full-color booklet. Design and layout by Pacione. “An age of virtual audio saturation, of pre-articulated sound. Expressivity, once an array of possible voices, is ever more probabilized. Originality, once primary criterion, is cast from the platform, problematized. Wondering, late in modernity’s day, what does it take to make a noise that matters? A keen-eared recontextualizer, an alchemist who can make sound, found or unfound, to walk its own way, outside the ready-made parade. Adam Pacione is one such – new recruit to a group of like-minded musicians, kindred-spirits Brian Grainger (Milieu), Mike Bennett (Zimiamvian Night), and Kiln, who have brought the ferment from their sound stills to the Infraction table. That label is now streaming a vital strain of New Backwoods Ambient, this latest from deep in the heart of (Hurst) Texas – experimental, but harmonically-inclined, apparently lo-tech, but substantially audio-cratic.”(A.Lockett)

LISTEN to “Warming Trend” from this album.

Encomiast – Transit Bed
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99

“Transit Bed begins in a haunted theatre in an old mining town, moves briefly to a small apartment in Boulder, lounges with a group of familiar strangers in a garage on the outskirts of town, ponders the nature of human “progress,” and finally ends up at a dive bar in downtown Denver, among friends both new and old. An epically improbable journey, to be sure, but it is one that we all must undertake at some point. The result is a disheveled yet densely woven collection, relying heavily on treated live performances and including contributions from a motley assortment of characters playing a similarly divergent range of instruments. Guitars, mandolins, hand percussion, songs from the American Civil War, Balinese instruments, flutes, a prepared piano stringboard, and a diabolical instrument known as the Necroharp all make significant appearances. The kitchen sink is conspicuously absent from this album, but we don’t feel it suffers as a result since many sinks remain silent in the background, making their contribution in a more subtle and important manner by providing water for hydration and cleaning purposes. Enjoy!”
-Ross Hagen (Encomiast)

LISTEN to “Rains Pass By” from this album.

Fabio Orsi & Valerio Cosi – We Could For Hours –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

“‘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 “We Could for Hours: Part One” from this album.

Le Masque – Fu Languore
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $3.99
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“After several years of silence, LE MASQUE are back with a brand new mini album (23 minutes) of unreleased music… and there are simply no words to describe their poetry. Musically speaking, it is a return to some of the atmospheres we heard on albums like “Il Signor Gustavo Coscienza” or “La Memoria di Venere”, showcasing an acoustic approach and their usual poems that are simply stunning.” -Silentes

Steve Roach – Midnight Moon
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99

Ambient guitar experimentation from Steve Roach.

“Tribal-ambient maestro Steve Roach leaves the percussion behind and returns to glorious stripped-down form on Midnight Moon. Closer in spirit to albums from the beginning of his career (notably 1984’s Structures from Silence) and some of the early work of ambient pioneer Harold Budd, Moon sees Roach pick up a new instrument: the guitar. Not surprisingly, he wields it like a keyboard, weaving different sustained tones together to present something soothing yet just unsettling enough to make you pay attention. The instrument’s lonely, gently foreboding sound undulates through the disc’s 70-plus minutes, evoking a timeless desert landscape captured during the stillness of night. Along with The Magnificent Void, this is undeniably one of Roach’s strongest pure-ambient recordings.” –Steve Landau,

LISTEN to “Deadwood” from this album.

Robert Rich – Medicine Box
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99

“Ecstatic, shamanic, surreal, spiritual: Medicine Box may be Rich’s most dynamic album yet, an adept blending of technology with the ancient. Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice graces three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. Deep basslines hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums. Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.”

A beautiful poetic album… soaked by a fascinating shamanic aura. –Sylvain Lupari, GoD

Fragility, free-floating, psychedelic, shadowy and surreal. –Ulf Backstrom – Merlin Prog

Pure listening pleasure… –Archie Patterson, Eurock

Thirty years, still going strong. Medicine Box might be Robert Rich’s finest release — no small accomplishment considering it’s his 26th solo work along with 14 collaborations. The ambient maestro started out performing nine-hour “sleep concerts” for audiences dozing in sleeping bags. Over the years he has shifted from atmospheric drones to more organically lush compositions fusing electric and acoustic instruments while dabbling in world-beat rhythmic patterns. Using alternate tunings, microtones and an array of homemade instruments, Rich’s music is a far cry from new age. Medicine Box opens with warmly textured percussion, heavenly keys and acoustic guitar supporting a gorgeously crying electric guitar. The beauty of following cut “Kaaruwana” is indescribable, with Chari Chuang’s haunting wordless vocals gliding over a somber Middle Eastern-flavored soundscape. Her angelic voice graces two other selections. Rich’s imaginative use of lap steel guitar on “Callyx” is another of many high points as well as his keyboard mastery throughout. Some cuts are anchored by exotic percussion, others gently float with minimal rhythmic support. This album pleases body and soul as well as the ears. –Warren Barker, Progression Magazine

LISTEN to “Salamander Quay” from this album.

Weekly Sale: Oophoi, Numina, Michael Mantra, and More

Okay all, we’re back with another of our super low-priced weekly sales! As usual, the discount prices will be good for a week (until April 17th) or while supplies last, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great bargains!

This one’s listed under “one copy” items, but we recently turned up a few a few more copies when we relocated. There are only a few left, though, so get yours before they’re gone!
Hue – un’estate senza pioggia –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99

“Un’estate senza pioggia (A rainless summer, published by Trazerouno and Grey Sparkle) combines field recordings, the melancholy sounds of acoustic and electric guitars, glitch electronics and various other instruments (organ, didgeridoo) played by friends and collaborators such as Aal, Giuseppe Verticchio and many others.” -Label press release

Another one we only have a few copies left of forever!
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 4 –Regularly $12.99, right now just $8.99
time fragments 4

The six part “Time Fragments” series is a collection of lost and forgotten wave and drone pieces from Oophoi’s rich archives. Tracks from Vol.4 “Garden of Earthly Delights” were originally recorded in the Kiva between 2002 and 2004 on which Oophoi played synths, voice, woodchimes, metalchimes, percussions, glasses, Theremin and nature sounds. –

LISTEN to “The Somnific Dance of Inanna Part 1″ from this album.

Mico Nonet – Marmalade Balloon –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

We here at Hypnos HQ think this is one of the nicest and best-est things to have crossed our ears in quite a while. It’s a beautiful, ear-pleasing blend of relatively “straight” chamber music with just a touch of electronic tones.

A minimalist layer of ambient analog synthesizers with cello, viola, French horn and oboe performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

“The Marmalade Balloon is the year’s ultimate flirtation with subtlety and seductiveness. Existing somewhere between the neo-classical and the ambient, Mico Nonet fashion a world that is hazy and succinct, at times dark and haunting and others playful and inspiring, but always open to personal interpretation. The balance between musicians is gracefully maintained, where neither the electronics nor the strings are ever overly pronounced as to withdraw the listener from the intoxicating, spellbinding trance which The Marmalade Balloon invokes. The future will certainly take this musical act on a variety of different presentations, but with their strong understanding of musical space and development, we’re confident that they’ll be a favorite for years to come. ”
–Jordan Volz, The Silent Ballet

“Once all the synths and sequencers have echoed out and it is time to return to Earth, STAR’S END turns to The Marmalade Balloon (36’42”), a smart, artfully constructed EP by Mico Nonet. Played on conventional chamber instruments (viola, cello, oboe, french horn) plus a well-hidden synthesizer, this work combines the idea of ambient music with the sophisticated sensibilities of the classical quartet. The most difficult part of this undertaking was in directing the virtuosic talents of four seasoned orchestra musicians towards a music that achieves a sustained atmosphere – away from the familiar climax and release of their repertoire. The Marmalade Balloon succeeds in maintaining a gradual coalescence throughout. Somber thematic workings move with deliberate slowness as this group carefully strides towards a sense of quiet musical contemplation. Through a unique intuition, the musicians leave enough room not only for one another, but for silence as well. The result is an incredibly beautiful and elegant music, so fragile that at any moment it may dissolve into thin air.”
–Chuck van Zyl, Star’s End Ambient Radio

LISTEN to “Hammock” from this album.

Shane Morris & Mystified – Epoch
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99

“Two talented composers of ambient-atmospheric soundscapes, Shane Morris & Mystified, have joined forces to create Epoch, the first installment of a trilogy about prehistoric time and evolution. Epoch is a conceptual album of deep, resonant, atmospheric drone soundscapes based around life during the Mesozoic era of Earth’s past; a time long before people, when great reptiles walked the planet, prospered, and ultimately ceased to exist.

The album uses a heavy emphasis on winds and bass percussion instruments to create a sonic environment that might reflect some of the sounds that occurred 200 million years ago, and while the instrumentation for Epoch is indeed limited to all acoustic instruments, including trombone, didjeridoo, vibraphone, bass drums, scissors, and assorted percussion, these sources were then processed heavily with electronics into the primeval sonic environments heard on the album.

Throughout Epoch, Shane Morris & Mystified guide the listener through remarkably vast and wonderfully organic soundworlds that unfold in chronological order, where each track acts as a sonic portal offering glimpses into the distant past, and illustrating the gradual persistence of evolution itself.

LISTEN to a preview from this album.

Ixohoxi & Numina – Starfarer’s Tales, vol.1 (cdr)
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

“This is the first collaboration between these two distinguished American ambient composers, both known for their remarkable soundscape music. They’ve now joined forces which have led to this album (which has Poul Anderson sf-novel “Starfarers” as core inspiration) that won’t disappoint any fan of long-drifting textural music. Each of the four lengthy tracks is able to take you on a journey through time and space, offering an almost immediate dreamy, hypnotic atmosphere after the play-button has been touched. The opening track “Terraformers” reminded me a little of the excellent ambient-stuff which Vidna Obmana & Steve Roach have done years ago, as it carries the same strong impact of static rhythms, beats and vast space textures surrounding it. A furthermore hypnotic feel starts shimmering on the horizon as soon as the second track “Orbiting the Holont” floats off. The third track “Shaman of Tahir” shows some tiny signs of foreboding through the shimmering layers of sound, but the closing track “Cloudland” takes you gently away on another extensive drift of overwhelming atmospheres leading into the distant unknown… –

LISTEN to “Shaman of Tahir” from this album.

Opium – Algorithms
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

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

LISTEN to “ECHO OFF” from this album.

Francisco Lopez – With/In
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

“Created by Francisco López with original sound matter recorded from body, clothes and immediate surrounding space during ritual whirling by Valentina Lacmanović. As subtle as the almost invisible image that appears on the back cover, this work translate the dancer’s breath and movements into music. One of the most interesting concepts in López later works and surely one of the best entries in his ever-growing discography. Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over sixty countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology. Since 1999 Valentina Lacmanović has researched dances from different cultures through their ritual, folk, classic, and contemporary aspects. From 2001 onwards, her work has been focused on the creation of dance-theater and multimedia performances where Eastern and Western worlds meet. She has worked intensively on creating performances inspired by dances of trance and collaborates with artists from various disciplines. Profound research into dances of trance and ritual versus performing spaces since 2003 gave new direction to her work as an art director and performer. Her investigations into whirling dance led to insights into its origins and practice extending beyond Sufi meditation that supply an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration and contemporary creativity, ultimately resulting in the project Shedervish, which marked an important change in her artistic development.”

WATCH a bit from WITH-IN, an immersive sound and movement experience created and performed by Valentina Lacmanović and Francisco López.
Organic/bodily sounds are turned into a sonically defined space that are controlled and manipulated during the performance by means of live mixing, spatialization and detailed equalization. Repetitive character of the movement (constant whirling) and the intentionally reduced visibility of its perception are setting aside the usual contemplation in order to give rise to a sense of movement as vibration, merging with sound.

Michael Mantra – A/B
–Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99

“Two long tracks of obscure drone-based atmospheres. Layers of slowly morphing sound-streams. Electronic waves, natural ambient feedback, deep rumbles, distant echoes of metallic clattering masses in motion… An unbelievable sonic trip into the deepest darkness.”

LISTEN to “A M” from this album.

Weekly Sale: Vidna Obmana, Robert Rich, Maurizio Bianchi, and More

Hello, all!

We’ve price-slashed another handful of random picks this week, and the low prices will be good through April 9th or while supplies last.

The Winterhouse – Sanctuary –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99

“Sanctuary, the third Winterhouse collaboration, will entrance with its deep, flowing textures and rich expressive details. The five long pieces seem to engage cinematically, drawing sonic vistas and sending the listener drifting on excursions of discovery. Rich drone bases overlaid with strings, grainy pads, subtle melodies, and sonic gems of many kinds.”

LISTEN to “Rememberance of Things Past” from this album.

Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion.

LISTEN to “Nkuh” from this album.

Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton – PU 94
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
PU 94

“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.” -Silentes

LISTEN to a bit from this album.

Northern – Drawn
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams.

LISTEN to “Manage” from this album.

Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
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2004 celebrates the 20th anniversary of vidnaObmana. These past 20 years signified vidnaObmana as one of the most wilful independent exprimental artists around. He recorded more than 35 CD albums, whether solo or in collaboration, of music that explored the abrasive side of electronic composition, the freeform landscapes of the isolationist ambient aesthetic, the structured interactivity of Fourth World soundscapes, international music traditions and post-classical experimentations. VidnaObmana’s anthology 1984 – 2004 release marks this celebration and covers vidna’s oeuvre from 1984 up till 2004. For the first ever, this anthology links vidnaObmana’s most succesful ambient period with his most obscure earlier phase. A period in his career that vidnaObmana refused to recognize up till a year ago when he realized that his experimental and noise phase created the foundation for what he has produced up till now. 12 selections which range in style from ambient music in the vein of River of Appearance and his ambient Trilogy to harsh noise electronics from the early 80’s. An unique and provocative document confirming vidnaObmana’s essential position in the field of electronic and modern experimental music. This CD, the first in a series of anthologies also stands for the birth of vidnaObmana’s own label Ikon (This first release is in alliance with Projekt). The circle is complete and a new path lies ahead.

LISTEN to “The Nocturnal Air” from this album.

Robert Rich – Open Window
Regularly $8.99, right now just $4.99
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Open Window
Piano Solos

While better known for his electronic textures, Robert Rich often includes piano solos during his live concerts. Open Window documents his improvisational approach to acoustic piano, with influences ranging from Alan Hovhannes, G.I. Gurdjieff and Erik Satie to Terry Riley and Keith Jarrett.

Rich chose to record Open Window on his own 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand, an instrument with a more intimate sound than a full-size concert piano. Over a period of two months, he kept a daily schedule of piano improvisation, with microphones set up to record at all times. The pieces selected here reflect special moments during this concentrated period. These were the moments when effort vanished, and the music seemed to write itself.

LISTEN to “Corners” from this album.

Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place
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“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’” -Tourette Records

LISTEN to “Rotes” from this album.