Antonio Testa (www.antoniotesta.info) may be best known for his ethno-ambient collaborations with Alio Die, but he has also released a diverse variety of solo ambient music on such labels as Hic Sunt Leones, Faria and Emit. Testa’s collaborator Michel Moglia, credited here with fire organ, flute and drones, will be a new name to most.
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 unpredictible 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.
Here’s a quick preview of the next Hypnos CD release, Forget the Past by Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia. We’ll have more to say about this as the release date nears. For now, here’s a peek at the cover.
Soon after, we’ll have Ice Diving by Subradial and Nocturnes by Max Corbacho, and more to come!
2013. 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.
We’ve been working on a 2CD reissue of Robert Rich’s landmark album Trances & Drones. The album is going into production this week, so we should have an expected release date soon.
Here’s a sneak peak at the cover. We wanted to incorporate the circular calligraphic figure that appeared on the covers of the first two versions of Trances & Drones, while at the same time giving it a different feel.
As with the recent Sunyata & Inner Landscapes reissue, this will be a special package – two CDs in a 6-panel digipak, plus an 8-page full-color booklet insert.
This album was an important formative influence to my own ambient recordings as M. Griffin, and also to my philosophical approach to the genre as founder of Hypnos Recordings. It’s no exaggeration when I say the opportunity to release this music on Hypnos is among the most satisfying of all my endeavors as a label owner.