Category: Hypnos Store Arrivals

Announcements of new items and re-stocks added to the Hypnos Online Store.

New Items and Price-Reduced Restocks: Robert Rich

This week we’ve got several, newly-added ROBERT RICH items for you, plus a handful of restocks we’ve marked down to brand new, lower prices:

We here at Hypnos have a special interest in Robert Rich’s long-form “sleep concert” recordings, having released Somnium in 2001. That recording, the first 7-hour piece of recorded ambient music in DVD format, has gone on to be our all-time bestseller. Robert Rich has created Perpetual, an updated piece of long-form music released on the newer bluray disc format (note: this will not play back on audio CD or video DVD players – use a bluray disc player). As a bonus, the Perpetual bluray includes the original version of Somnium.

Robert Rich – Perpetual, A Somnium Continuum (BlueRay) –$24.99
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EPIC 15 hour long BluRay disc, based on Robert’s all-night Sleep Concerts. New 8-hour “Perpetual” accompanied by the original 7-hour “Somnium.”

Robert Rich says of this release:
“The Sleep Concert has been one of the dominant threads in my musical journey through life. It marked my first solo concert ever, in January 1982, in the lounge of a Stanford University dormitory. It became a sort of trademark for me, even as I explored a range of dynamic music throughout my career. Occasionally I feel an urge to return to this slow-motion core of my creative heart, and occasionally the world comes back to remind me that I will always be connected to sonic explorations at the edges of perception, trance consciousness, dreams, altered states, communal ritual. I returned to making all-night music when the Unsound Festival invited me to perform a sleep concert in Krakow Poland, October 2013. This would be my first sleep concert in ten years. I decided to create new textural soundscapes to use in this performance, to reinvigorate the concept for a new generation, a new millennium. After spending at least six months developing long evolving textures for the performance in Krakow, I proceeded to hone the material into a new long-form work, a sequel to the 7-hour long Somnium from 2001.”

LISTEN to a bit from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Filaments
–$11.99
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“Shimmering, pulsating, woven patterns of electrical filagree echo hidden structures that permeate space and time, inspired by our latest forays in cosmology and the constant search to understand our place in the vastness.

Filaments of silent matter surround us. Rivers of particles pass through, unscathed. Fields of energy engulf us, curving through vacuum. Invisible glue coagulates light. Briefly alive, we try to decode time’s transit, to unwrap hidden forces that fuel the ever accelerating distance.” -robertrich.com

Robert Rich says of this album:
“I am deeply inspired by the scientific forays helping us to discover habitable planets besides earth, showing us that we are almost certainly not alone in the Universe. I feel wonder at our efforts to place our precarious existence into the context of this 13.8 billon year old reality, and at our model-building nature, trying to understand the shape of space and time. As I sought inspiration for this music in the realms of physics and cosmology, I found that the concept of the Anthropic Principle helps to connect my sense of wonder with the scientific curiosity that keeps us doubting what we think we know. The Anthropic Principle observes that our particular universe is well suited to evolve consciousness within it, as evidenced by the fact that we exist. As we look within our own consciousness, we find our place in this immensity, as an eye of the universe observing itself. This doesn’t place humanity in a special central position, but does make note of the surprising complexity of our existence. As we proceed to undermine the dynamic balance that helped us evolve on this Eden Earth, putting our own future in doubt, we should pause to understand the miracle that allowed us to exist at all.”

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

RESTOCKS:
Robert Rich – Nest
–$9.99
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“Nest (65’50”) begins with the kind of resolve many other CDs end on. With consonant chords and spare piano notes Robert Rich begins a wonderful journey through eight distinctive music tracks and contemplative moods. Although some of Rich’s work seems to dispense with the idea of beginning, middle and end, Nest does possess a vague compositional arc. Using steel guitar, bells, flutes, synthesizers, piano and environmental recordings, alone or in various combinations, Rich realizes beautifully detailed soundscapes from just a small number of sources.” – Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

…From the liner notes: Nest A revery of landscape and internal spaces. Maleny, Queensland Australia. February is summertime in this subtropical paradise. I heard dripping sounds late at night, on the wooden deck and leaves nearby, sparse percussion among cicadas and chirping tree frogs. I assumed it was condensation from morning’s light rain. Next day, I looked up to see these drops coming from foamy packets suspended in forked twigs among the foliage. Tiny dots of frog eggs filled each frothy airborne puddle. These tree frogs had circumvented an amphibian’s need for standing water for their young to mature. They created their own diaphanous ponds in the leaf canopy, strong enough to stay intact as eggs hatched and tadpoles developed lungs and legs, yet porous enough to absorb and retain moisture from the light summer rains. To me it seemed miraculous. Nest represents unfinished business for me. It’s an album that might have come from my childhood, from a hidden quiet place. I rarely make such calm music. Nest folds inward like a nurturing cushion; yet it never sits motionless, it evolves towards a kernel of revelation with slow searching energy. Nest began with recordings from the eastern Australian bush, when I was on tour in February 2012. I often incorporate natural sounds into my music, but this music wanted to live entirely in outdoor soundscapes, surrounded by a subdued yet palpable sense of life. This texture resembles my earliest releases like Sunyata, Trances and Drones, where the natural world integrates completely with the music. I approach these juxtapositions of music and nature recordings with caution, as they risk sounding trite. For me, the combination works best when the music retains an attentive, submissive quality. For an album like this, I remove so much material during creation that I struggle to leave any music at all. Each note serves primarily to outline its own absence, to create an illusion of silence. Like much of my music, Nest also explores tuning systems, including just intonation. Over time I have become more relaxed about tuning, shifting where the instruments sound most natural. Nest navigates towards harmonic intervals when piano is absent, toward equal temperament when piano dominates, searching for a certain fragile balance.  -Robert Rich, August 2012

LISTEN to the track “Seeking Eden” from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Medicine Box
–$9.99
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“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.” -robertrich.com

REVIEWS:
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 the track “Salamander Quay” from this album HERE.


Robert Rich – Electric Ladder
–$8.99
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On his newest CD, Electric Ladder (2006), Robert Rich finds a new voice for the vibrant interlocking melodies that characterized his works such as Numena, Geometry and Gaudí. With its seamless blend of analog modular synthesizers and acoustic tonalities, Electric Ladder weaves a hypnotic spell – lush, ecstatic and seductive. Its shimmering geometric lines grow more sharply etched with the clarity of justly tuned instruments and the intelligence that pervades Rich’s compositional vocabulary.

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


Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – Lithosphere
–$7.99
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Lithosphere” is the second collaborative release between DiN label boss Ian Boddy & American ambient pioneer Robert Rich. Following on from their debut album “Outpost” (DiN 11 – 2002) the duo once again decided to eschew the false economy of a purely virtual collaboration and convened at Rich’s Californian Soundscape studio to physically work together over an intense period of 10 days. Following Boddy’s departure Rich then honed and fine-tuned the arrangements before finalising the mastering of the project.

Whereas “Outpost” was sonically ‘out there’ and was perceived by many to have it’s heart in the realms of space music, “Lithosphere” has a more earthy, organic quality. Once again the album is centered around Rich’s signature lap steel guitar voicings and deep bass machinations of his analogue MOTM modular system. However Boddy’s input is once again unexpected in it’s direction with astonishing sound design elements intermingling with delicate keyboard textures using high quality sampled glass & stone percussion instruments together with haunting string & woodwind loops.

One of the binding forces for this album was the duos decision to utilise an alternate just intonation tuning. This at times gives the harmonies a piquant flavour whereas at others a glistening quality that just adds to the sonic exotica that Boddy & Rich have concocted on “Lithosphere”.

Boddy has always pushed the aspect of collaborations within his DiN catalogue and “Lithosphere” shows the true advantage such a philosophy brings to bear musically on the labels output. The album is a true reflection of the two artists combined efforts and could only have been produced with their joint work ethic. “Outpost” is one of the most popular DiN albums. There’s every chance that “Lithosphere” could surpass the high standard that it’s illustrious predecessor has set.

LISTEN to the title track from this album HERE.

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React –$7.99
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“React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and DiN label boss Ian Boddy. This is a record of their first ever live performance at the Star’s End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia in June 2007.

The duo forge a fascinating sonic collaboration that allows for glimpses of each other’s musical personalities to be seen within the evolving musical landscape. Boddy is mainly responsible for the rhythmic content which he mutates and morphs from the sonic input of Rich’s MOTM modular system. There are references to a couple of tracks from Outpost (Ice Fields and The Edge of Nowhere) and the title track of Lithosphere but they’re presented in a more energised and dynamic version. Meanwhile Rich paints a tapestry of sound with muted keyboards, flutes and his trademark gliss lap steel guitar voicing.

The music ebbs and flows from abstract soundscapes through gentle reveries to up tempo sections that combine thunderous analogue bass and glitchy percussion overlain with a mesmerising mix of keyboards, flutes and gliss guitar. A truly unique concert performance by two of the most accomplished musicians in modern ambient electronica.” -din.org.uk

LISTEN to the track “Ice Fields” from this album HERE.

Newly Added: Silentes Sublabel A4 Booklet Items

Hey all,
We’ve  recently added some very interesting Silentes sub-label items packaged in the larger, A4 booklets to the online store. Check them out below!


Fabio Orsi – Qui Vicino
–$13.99
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CD + A4 booklet

“Born in the province of Taranto, in southern Italy, after many years spent in Naples and now based in Berlin, Fabio Orsi sits among the most interesting names of the European electronic and experimental scene. Following his early output on A Silent Place and Smallvoices, his music works have been published by many other labels worldwide, including Last visible Dog, Porter Records, Boring Machines and Silentes. His talent has become an estabilished reality thanks to his abilities in finding a nice balance between experimentation and melody, sounding intimate and abstract at the same time, using drones of a concrète and electronic nature, acoustic instruments, field recordings, synthesizers and computer treatments for his compositions. In addition to his solo work, we would also like to mention his many collaborations with Italian saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Valerio Cosi and Gianluca Becuzzi a.k.a. Kinetix, and ex-Limbo, that projected their visions into a different perspective. ‘Qui vicino’ does not contain any note or credit, just a touching dedication from which we deduce the intimate nature of the composition. Ideally divided into two parts of roughly equal duration, the track offers a dark evolving guitar drone that slowly take shape and then dissolve to recreate itself in a more placid and radiant way.”

-Limited edition of 250 copies that comes with 16-pages A4 booklet containing stunning pictures taken by Orsi himself. silentes.it


Maurizio Bianchi + Saverio Evangelista – Micromal Sonorities
–$13.99
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CD + A4 booklet

“A collaboration between Maurizio Bianchi and Saverio Evangelista (Esplendor Geometrico). Originally published only in Japan in 2007 and deleted since long, it’s now time for this long awaited re-release, which – along with the CD – features the photographic work “Micro” by Stefano Gentile, inspired by the album.

This release is limited to 250 copies. -silentes.it


Gianluca Favaron + Stefano Gentile – Entretian
–$13.99
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CD + A4 booklet

“The project originates from ‘in black’ images taken by Stefano Gentile. Takes that flow in the most hidden sides of the soul. Gianluca Favaron gives sounds to these images with notes that don’t leave room for imagination. Field-recordings and electronics to tell the same visions, the same soul moods. This release includes a 16 pages A4 booklet featuring the photographic work by Stefano Gentile and a CD with the sounds created by Gianluca.”

-Limited edition of 230 copies -silentes.it


Trax Reprint 2 – Notterossa/Rednight
 (2CD) –$15.99
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2CD + A4 booklet

“This is the first in a series of reprint programme of the most representative titles from the TRAX catalogue, one for each letter of the name: T for Traxman, the comics series created for Frigidaire magazine by Massimo Giacon and Vittore Baroni; R for Rednight, a collective homage to the work of William S. Burroughs; A for Anthems, alternative national hymns for real and imaginary countries; X for Xtra, audio works composed at distance through a process of crossed interferences. Each reprint, accompanied with old and new texts, contemplates a digital remastering of the original works with the addition of remixes, remakes or new compositions created in concordance with the peculiar and distinctive modular approach of TRAX. This is an extended reissue of the cassette from 1982.

CD1: “Notterossa” is the full length orginal tape edited by V. Baroni & D. Ciulini.

CD2: “Rednight” is a new creation by Gianluca Becuzzi, assembled in 2006 at KXLab.”

-coldspring.co.uk

New And Restocked Silentes Items: Loren Nerell, Enten Hitti, Stratosphere, Etc.

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re back this week with a bunch of new and restocked Silentes items for you, but fair warning: some items are in extremely limited supply, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon and grab ’em before they’re gone!


Stratosphere – The Introspective Spaces (Mini CD)
–$9.99
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Mini CD – Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies and packaged in an oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover.

From the writings of STRATOSPHERE: “As I compose my music, I try to create a relaxing environment so that the listener can escape from the hectic world of today. So, sweeping sounds which are filled with warmth are the base of each composition. Later on, percussion was added, but again, the relaxing mood was the main idea behind each musical work. Mystic meanings and surrealistic concepts are not what you must seek in this kind of music but pure enjoyment when experiencing these soundscapes”.

Four tracks on the collectable 3″ CD series Produced by VIDNA OBMANA.


Enten Hitti – Giant Clowns of the Solar World
–$11.99
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Packaged in oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover.

Computer, oboe, voice, violin, guitars, keyboards, tapes, drums, xilophóne, marimba, wooden chimes, glass chimes, kalimba, ethnic percussion, shells, bone clappers, Tibetan bell and others.

Limited edition of 1000 copies.


Various Artists – Ghosts of Industrial Sunday (CD + DVD)
–$15.99
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“‘Ghosts of Industrial Sunday’ is a short film by Maria Assunta Karini and Francesco Paolo Paladino, with music composed by Simon Fisher Turner. This release consists of a video DVD, which contains the film and a audio CD that features the original soundtrack and other compositions inspired by this project that Turner created. They are accompanied by an oversize, 20-page booklet that offers some images taken from the film and delves more into the concept behind it. As a film, ‘Ghosts of Industrial Sunday’ portrays those places attended by human beings in order to carry out their profession, while they are empty, for a limited period of time, during a break, on a Saturday or Sunday. These are places where the human presence, fatigue, pain, hope are palpable presences, where silence seizes the humble labor objects almost by magic and where things talk and expose without having to necessarily utter any words. The path chosen by the directors relates to a sort of secular ‘via crucis,’ it is an objective progress through the human work’s granted moment of interruption in order to analyze it, to describe it and to underscore its dramatic sense, through the exclusive aid of inanimate objects. The music created by Turner as a soundtrack to the film expresses a delicate tranquility through notes of piano which are just mottled by the electronic elements in the background, while an unspoken sense of drama hovers in the air and the circular motion of the composition gradually absorbs the listener. Among the remaining tracks, it is worth mentioning the evocative and intense soliloquy of ‘Piano For Double Lesson’ and the hanging drones of the first part of ‘Some Lost Music.’

Maria Assunta Karini, sculptor, photographer, writer and director, has shown her works in several major Museums, in Korea, Brazil and the United States. She has produced several short and medium length films, that have participated in the Cannes Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, MACBA Museum of Contemporary art Barcelona, MADC Costa Rica, and has been awarded numerous prizes at art and cinema festivals.

Francesco Paolo Paladino, script writer, musician and director, has received an award by F.E.D:I:C: at the 66th Festival of Venice. He has participated more than once in the Cannes Film Festival (Short Corner) and he has won the Houston’s World Film Festival and the New York Independent Film Festival.

Simon Fisher Turner has composed music for Derek Jerman, David Lynch, Mike Hodges, Michael Almareyda and several others authors. His recent soundtrack for ‘The Epic of Everest,’ a film made in 1924, was nominated ‘Soundtrack of the Year’ for 2013 by Mojo magazine. His CDs have been published all over the world.” -discogs.com


Maeror Tri – Emotional Engramm
–$11.99
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“‘Emotional Engramm’ is Maeror Tri’s most refined effort to date, with their characteristic sound composed of layers of electronically-treated acoustic instruments. Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, the seven tracks presented here show Maeror Tri at its best. Remastered and presented in a lavish 6-panel digipak with stunning new artwork and a foreword by Martyn Bates.” -coldspring.co.uk


Gianluca Becuzzi – (B)Haunted
–$11.99
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“Most of the music on ‘(B)Haunted’ has an Industrial feel and seems to originate from live sessions that were enriched with electronic sounds and treatments at a later date. During the listening we confront ourselves with various sounds of a metallic nature and indistinct percussions, found sounds and gear, mechanisms and bells, scraped material and drones. Everything contributes to the creation of a soundscape that is always fascinating and arouse a lot of curiosity and attention on the evolution and direction that the music will take. Coming in a beautiful black’n’white artwork that aptly describes the industriousness of the author and the continuous musical metamorphosis herein contained, this is a very interesting album that will please fans of the old Industrial school and those devoted to sound-art and experimentation.” -silentes.it


Sarang – The Dream of Earth
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“Sarang is a new creature by Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C., Kirlian Camera) and Enrico Marani (T.A.C., Le Forbici di Manitù). The duo offers oriental sonorities and tribal atmospheres, following the coordinates of a primitive universe, where each sequence gets into our minds and dilates boundaries. Reinventing the structures and enriching them with a disturbing emotional tension, Sarang reclaims the “trance and drone” parameters by combining them with ethnic influences into a skillfully balanced screenplay. Comes in an outsized gatefold sleeve.” -coldspring.co.uk


Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. – Pharmelodies
–$11.99
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“A colossal and epic post-ambient symphony in three movements, where echoes of string instruments, deep drones of indecipherable origin, layered synthetic waves, slowed-down and distorted masses challenge time with a para-immobility in constant turmoil, in an unpredictable, progressive and sometimes cyclic combination of statuesque forms whose physiognomy is often known and familiar, while at the same time elusive, disturbing, arcane and mysterious. Packaged in a slim folder with a limited edition of 300.”

-midheaven.com


Gianluca Favaron – Equivalent XI
–$11.99
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“Starting from simple recordings of sounds produced by everyday objects (…such as paper, scissors, kitchen stuff etc.), treated mainly with two delay machines, Favaron has collected eleven compositions. the idea behind this new release is to create some patterns based on the repetition of small sound particles obtained from a single source. in the eleven tracks on the album, mostly of short duration, we witness the proliferation of particular sound events that, sometimes wandering alone or sometimes by congregating into small throbbing and vital lumps, generate a vibrant microcosm characterized by short loops, slowly but constantly evolving.iIn some cases, as for example in the more long-lasting closing number, the simplicity of the construct and the infinitesimal tonal progressions are appreciated for their intrinsic hypnotic quality.” -silentes.it

Packaged in a slim folder with a limited edition of 250


Loren Nerell – The Venerable Dark Cloud (Mini CD)
–$9.99 (RESTOCK)
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Mini CD – Packaged in an oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover. Hand-numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Loren Nerell is known for his fondness for gamelan music. You get the idea of his blending of music elements when you see that his latest CD was recorded over the last few years in Bali, Java, and… Los Angeles. Modern ambient drone music melds with ancient tribal cultures to form something entirely new, sounding ages old. As usual with Amplexus limited edition 3″ singles, the packaging is beautiful, featuring a large 3-fold booklet with photography by the label’s Stefano Gentile. Being a single, this is 21 minutes of new music. The journey of musical exploration ends far too soon, but it is very, very good while it lasts. The textures are rich, as drones blend with sparse tribal beats and ancient instruments, such as the crystal clear but other-worldly bell tones in “Eclipse”. Just reading the credits for the instrumentation used is fascinating, as I couldn’t tell you what most of them are. They are fused into a hypnotic mix of soothing sounds, truly transporting you to another place and time. The music is simultaneously dark and yet spiritually uplifting. “Within the Cloud” is appropriately named, as it is light and delicate, though again with a dark quality that keeps this far from new age realms. This track takes surprisingly smooth musical turns, given at least three distinct movements over its less than four-minute run. The disc is clearly intended to be played at one sitting, as it all runs together as a single piece of music. “Ablution” begins with flutes, rain, thunder, and a rooster crowing. The spatial effect is amazing, as the rainfall seems to be coming from deep within the speakers. Then, just when I’m fully drawn in, it’s over. More, please. — Phil Derby, Sequences


Wintersilence – Transmission Fields (2 CD)
–$16.99 (RESTOCK)
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“A heady blend of music so full of love and the lust for life that the joy it brings is unsurpassable. The drifting sweeping passages brings forth a message of hope and joy in these darkened times of unrest and uncertainty. A simple drum beat is forged through the layers of iridescent patterns of electronic waves creating the ultimate dreamscapes in which to lose oneself. Journeying onward you encounter subtle drones and shaman chants that take you into another dimension freeing the burdened soul. Every one of the nineteen tracks are so varied and different in their execution and yet they meld together seamlessly into one complete portion of music that eludes description. ” -Auralpressure.com

November new Additions: Silentes, Groove, Steve Brand, etc.

Hey everyone, we’ve got a few new store additions for you this week, so come and check them out at the Hypnos online store.

GianlucaBecuzzi/Fabio Orzi – Soundpostcards –$11.99
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“Sound Postcards is a sound representation of determinated time-space, of its moods and atmospheres, it’s a sort of soundpostcard in which the artists portray a familiar and hypothetical landscape. The listener is induced to ”identify” the represented subjects through interpretative processes which directly compare sound suggestions with subjective/collective imagination. A semanthic game of mirrors reflecting forms in perpetual transition between auditive dimension and symbolic/mnemonic one. “Soundpostcards” is the first collaboration of this two artist, originally releasesd (2004) in two different mp3 work, now reissue for the first time in CD after a been REWORKED and added with an unreleased track. The Sounds is really inmost and peacefully melancholy. Lost and naked melodies (some times near to the feeling of the most dilatated post rock other time much more near to the aesthetics sounds of the avant folk music) on a soft background of field recordings and drones.” -soundohm.com


Various Artists – Four The Truth
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Various artists. Voted “Compilation Album of the Year” by listeners of Scott Brodie’s and Matt Gribo’s Canadian radio show, “The Nightflight.”

“This is no. 4 in the ongoing, very successful series of electronic music inspired by the X-Files. Same as for the former parts, several teams of e-musicians teamed up in the studio, bringing adventurous music to life that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. On “Four, The Truth” you this time can hear the stunning results from e.g. Ian Boddy, Vidna Obmana, Mario Schönwälder, Detlef Keller, Kees Aerts, Harold van der Heijden,Volker Rapp, Eric van der Heijden and of course Ron Boots. Those who already have the former three CDs, don’t miss this one. If you’re not yet familiar with it, do buy this one and become an addict of this unique concept music too!” -groove.nl

“This is my personal favorite of the four CDs. The familiar sequences, atmospheres and rhythms are still here and there is more! There is some expansive and stark minimalism to augment those familiar features. The samples are more freely interwoven and the experimental textures are more fully integrated into the theme. The mystery and sci-fi elements are here as well. Again, the music demands deep listening and concentrated meditation. Indeed, I found it difficult to write while I listened.” -Jim Brenholts


Steve Brand – Into the Current
–$9.99
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Full color, shrink wrapped, pocket sleeve and professional CDr.

“’Into The Current’ is a 60 minute composition that stands as a document of, and tribute to, my experience at Steve Roach’s ‘SoundCurrent Master’s Class’ in late September of 2007 at his then home and studio in Sonoita, Arizona. Myself and three other artists, Ben Garvie, Chad Kettering and Roy Mattson, spent a life-changing week immersed in the supportive and stimulating environment of Epona Equestrian Center and Roach’s Timeroom. During those few days, we ate great food, talked much, listened deeply, shared widely and slept a little. My sincere gratitude goes out to these four men for the experience they gave me—it was an utter privilege to share that depth of time, spirit and music with them all. Field recordings, overtone flute, bass flute and keyboard textures are interwoven to create this serene and multilayered journey into soul and memories of warm desert breezes, shaded canyons, crisp mountain streams, cool nights and deeply rooted memories.” -stevebrand.bandcamp.com


Fabio Orsi &Valerio Cosi – We Could For Hours
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“‘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.” -alchembria.pl

Listen to part one from this album HERE.

ARC – Glassine 1 –$11.99
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“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.”

-arcolepsy.bandcamp.com

From the Hypnos Vaults: Limited Edition Milieu and Aidan Baker

This week we dug into the Hypnos vaults and brought out two, very special items for you – both are limited edition and out of print, which means we’ll only have them around for as long as supplies last!

Milieu – Of the Apple –$15.99
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“Lush formless melodies intertwine with salt-water erosion and reverbs that touch the stars, recorded completely with only guitar, organ and cassette tape. Milieu visits an idyllic landscape completely removed from all civilization and Of The Apple is the solitary document of such a place. Like a lost message in a bottle, a white sun setting over a blue ocean, or a treehouse asleep in a giant sequoia, this album is an absolute essential for anyone fond of Brian Grainger’s ambient work.”

Pressed on 300 colorful digipaks.”- cdbaby.com


Aidan Baker – Suchness #1
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“This is the first release in the series, ‘Suchness’ by the Gears Of Sand label. It deals with ‘improvisational energies of just doing it,’ that is such a beautiful and energizing part of live atmospheric performances…” -discogs.com

Limited edition of 100 handnumbered copies in a letterpress printed chipboard box with insert about the Suchness series.