Category: Hypnos Releases

Announcements and news related to the music released on our own Hypnos label and sublabels Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Deception of Reality Review by Sonic Immersion

Here’s a nice new review of Numina’s latest on Hypnos, The Deception of Reality. The review is written by Bert Strolenberg for the Sonic Immersion review site.

“From the labels notes on Jesse Sola’s concept release “The Deception of Reality” I learned it’s about introspective escapism while balancing light and dark themes, with the music transporting the listener to wherever they wish the music to take them.

Jesse’s previous two albums already opened the doorway to a much deeper and darker-flavoured sonic environment, something that nicely continues on the five lengthy, uninterrupted pieces on this 75-minute album. We’re talking about spacious, slighty melodic but overall expansive soundscapes here that venture into alternate realities with lots of mystic caverns and longform dwellings into the vast unknown.

Besides occasional undercurrents of mourning and melancholy, Numina’s expressive, constantly evolving and overall emotive textures paints beautiful pictures, all fitting in a grand, transparent design. I though can imagine the drifting flow making up the rather Roach-oriented 19-minute “Empire of Nothing” may be a bit too minimal for some. Fortunately, the smooth, warm and dreamy waves of the final track “Translunary Return” again pull things in a different direction.

All in all, if you love imaginary and in-depth ambient soundscape music, the excellently mastered “The Deception of Reality” won’t disappoint the least.”

–Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

Our thanks to Bert for this review.

Buy the CD for $12.99, or read more, or hear clips.

Last Day for $8.99 Numina Deal

Today’s the FINAL DAY of our introductory $8.99 price on Numina’s latest, The Deception of Reality. Tomorrow and thereafter, the price returns to the usual $12.99

Numina - The Deception of Reality

See our previous news entry for more information. Here’s just the basics:

In addition to the usual MP3 clips for individual tracks below, here’s a blended sampler on Soundcloud:

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1. The Illusion Transmission > 17:17
2. Our Elegant Experience > 16:59
3. In Cerulean Haze > 9:32
4. Empire of Nothing > 19:23
5. Translunary Return > 11:55


Purchase direct for $12.99
($8.99 through August 3 only)

Special Price Reminder: Deception of Reality by Numina

Remember, we’re offering a special introductory price on the latest Hypnos CD from Numina, The Deception of Reality. This week only, the direct price is $8.99 instead of the usual $12.99

Numina - The Deception of Reality

See our previous news entry for more information. Here’s just the basics:

In addition to the usual MP3 clips for individual tracks below, here’s a blended sampler on Soundcloud:

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1. The Illusion Transmission > 17:17
2. Our Elegant Experience > 16:59
3. In Cerulean Haze > 9:32
4. Empire of Nothing > 19:23
5. Translunary Return > 11:55


Purchase direct for $12.99
($8.99 through August 3 only)

CD Release: The Deception of Reality, by Numina

We’re pleased to announce today’s release of the latest from Numina, The Deception of Reality. We’re offering an introductory special for one week only, $8.99 instead of the usual $12.99

Artist: Numina
Title: The Deception of Reality
Label: Hypnos Recordings

Numina - The Deception of Reality

2012. 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.

As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five “tracks” for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they’re listening to a single unbroken piece.

Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

Here are images of the digipak and disc (click on images to see super-big version). Skip down for audio samples.

Numina - The Deception of Reality - Digipak Exterior

Numina - The Deception of Reality - Digipak Interior

In addition to the usual MP3 clips for individual tracks below, here’s a blended sampler on Soundcloud:

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1. The Illusion Transmission > 17:17
2. Our Elegant Experience > 16:59
3. In Cerulean Haze > 9:32
4. Empire of Nothing > 19:23
5. Translunary Return > 11:55


Purchase direct for $12.99

Hypnos Oldies on WVKR Radio Secret Music

The latest playlist from Scott Raymond’s “Secret Music” show on WVKR in New York included a trio of tracks from Hypnos compilations going back to the very early days of the label! We love it when DJs play material that hasn’t received quite as much attention, especially recently. Thanks, Scott.

Scott Raymond
WVKR-FM
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

newage@secretmusic.net

————– Enclosure number 1 —————-
Secret Music Playlist, 7/22/2012

Artist Song Album
Constance Demby Part 1 Novus Magnificat

Lasse Englund Sargasso Anchor
Colin Chin Ayers Rock Intruding On A Silence
Carol Nethen Dancing On Ground Zero A View From The Bridge
Peter Maunu The Whirling Dervish Warm Sound In A Gray Field

Paul Sullivan Parade Folk Art
Stuart Weber Pend Oreille Departures
Relativity Siun Ni Dhuibhir Celtic Odyssey
John Doan Winter’s Eve Departures

Austere Wavves Mirror
Austere Blud Curio
Austere & Abstract Audio Systems Edenic Evergone
Austere Throe Monodia

Ancient Future Frogorian Dance Natural Rhythms
Ancient Future Edge Of A Memory Dreamchaser
Ancient Future End Of The Beginning World Without Walls
Ancient Future Mountain Song Quiet Fire

Scott Fraser Straight Lines Weightless, Effortless
Meg Bowles Adrift In The Arms Of Morpheus The Other World
Sara Ayers There Was No More Time Echoes Of Polyhymnia

Shadowfax Angel’s Flight The First Ten Years
Scott Cossu & Eugene Friesen Gwenlaise The First Ten Years
Liz Story Bradley’s Dream The First Ten Years
Nightnoise Toys Not Ties The First Ten Years

These CDs are available from us directly at very favorable prices — or follow the links to check out sample MP3 clips:


Purchase Weightless, Effortless for $8.99


Purchase The Other World 2CD for $12.99


Purchase Echoes of Polyhymnia for $12.99