Category: Hypnos Store Arrivals

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

Newly Added: Hic Sunt Leones/Aglaia

Hello, everyone!

This week we’ve got some newly-added Aglaia items for you from HIC SUNT LEONES:

Aglaia – Primeval Nebulae
–$13.99
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“It seems to be a great creative period for Gino Fioravanti, alias Aglaia, that with each new release continues to expand their vocabulary and to enriches its palette of sounds and colors. The immersive power of this work has reached the pure fusion with listening, a liquid quality.. osmotic, it is an act that rejoins the source of consciousness from which all true art springs. The electronic sounds have lost any artificial appearance and seem to be generated directly by the flow of blood, breath, meditation and dreams…
The unfathomable depth does not fail to amaze me, his regenerating power and ability to harmonize different levels , has qualities that go beyond, the music ranges with atmosphere and interior spaces that open up, and follow each other from one track to another, respecting the invisible stages of imaginary multidimensional paths in their incessant and relentless pursuit. “Primeval nebula” and “Intangible opacity” will find a broad consensus among both fans of Aglaia, that whole scene of electronic and the environment music, which apparently has achieved full expressive vitality here, in a solution of continuity with transcendence. (label press)” -aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Hyperbole” from this album.

Aglaia – Florealia Nocturna –$13.99
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“Imagine yourself a delicate fog or mist hovering above a primordial, somewhat sparse and intensely calm landscape. That would be this album in a nutshell. Superb!”
-Brian Bourassa@bandcamp.com

“This is music at the threshold of still point, with slow moving waves and textures that seem to be modulated by local atmospheric conditions. Organic and minimal, yet rich and full, with plenty of interior space to explore. When you experience this music outside the boundaries of your dwelling the playback apparatus disappears and the sounds seem to emanate from the surrounding environment. This is nocturnal ambient music at its best.”
-Sean Washburn@bancamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Stramonio” from this album.


Aglaia – Ephemeral Blue
–$13.99
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“While ‘Florealia Nocturna’ is music for the night, ‘Ephemeral Blue’ is music for late evening stillness. Deep, delicate and rich textures slowly modulate and weave a lovely tapestry of dreamy sonics. All edges are smooth and notes bloom with a welcome softness. Nothing here is fighting for space. Each element fits perfectly within the sound field. Highly recommended.”
-Sean Wasburn@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Invisible Forces” from this album.


Aglaia – Intangible Opacity
–$13.99
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“Intangible Opacity’ dares to visit the place where the Earth’s atmosphere ends and the infinity of space begins, following the physical and chemical processes that occur in the ionosphere. The sound is based on warm but at the same time somehow distanced synthetic textures, and classical ‘el-music.’ Gino Fioravanti, alias Aglaia, that with each new release continues to expand their vocabulary and to enriches its palette of sounds and colors. The immersive power of this work has reached the pure fusion with listening, a liquid quality… osmotic, it is an act that rejoins the source of consciousness from which all true art springs. The electronic sound have lost any artificial appearance and seem to be generated directly by the flow of blood, breath, meditation and dreams… The unfathomable depth of these two new albums does not fail to amaze me, his regenerating power and ability to harmonize different levels , has qualities that go beyond, the music ranges with atmosphere and interior spaces that open up, and follow each other from one track to another, respecting the invisible stages of imaginary multidimensional paths in their incessant and relentless pursuit.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the title track from this album. (Please Note: The album cover pic in the video is incorrect.)


Aglaia – Angelus
–$13.99
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“Angelus is an album that celebrates the solemnity, is to see the abstract with eyes looking up. The eternal is contained in a sound reverberates and echoes without gaps. Aglaia explores sometimes transcendence, at times introspection. Without boundaries defined flows in search of deep resonances, he meets them; there is surrender to the masses of stray sounds timeless, direct with a slow move towards peace.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Adagio” from this album.

Aglaia – Leaves & Thunderstorms –$13.99
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“The pieces move like rippling waves , like natural elements , such as puddles that reflect the sky , are vapors , breezes , forgotten impressions of the past. In ‘leaves and thunderstorms’ Aglaia uses sounds like watercolors , delicate aquatic tones that change made in a calm light. The album flows light and transparent , but has enough shadows and shades of gray , if poetry , descriptions of filtered nature.”
-aliodie.bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Wall Cloud” from this album.

Hypnos Store Arrivals: Hic Sunt Leones/Alio Die

Hello everyone,

We’re kicking off June with some newly added items from HIC SUNT LEONES! This week we’ve got music from Alio Die, both solo projects and collaborations with other artists:

Alio Die – Standing in a Place –$13.99
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“A masterpiece of mystical wonder painted with the medium of music. I’ve seen him do this often in his music….but never better than this.” -Rsfx-amb@bandcamp.com

“There is only one Alio Die and the beautifully constructed listens he creates for us are such a special part of the experience of planet Earth. So expressive and emotive and spontaneously deep, we’re blessed to have his music accompany our lives and reflections. thank you.” -duffeagen@bandcamp.com

“Such exquisite complexity in this drone world by Stefano Muso (ALIO DIE). But, then again, they always are. ” -brianbourassa@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to Part One from this album.


Alio Die – Seamlessly Bliss
–$13.99
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“Just as the title suggests this is perfectly blissful ambience for wherever you may be. Never boring or overly repetetive – a masterful balance of beautiful and peaceful tones.” – Rsfx-amb@bandcamp.com

“It is always a pleasure to experience new works by ALIO DIE, mindfully absorbing the multitude of minute phrases that make up, in the end, an intricate tapestry of textural wonder. Seamlessly bliss is no exception to the rule and exemplifies this magical process that only one such as ALIO DIE can create.” -brinbourassa@bandcamp.com”

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Alio Die – Sitar Meditations
–$13.99
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“‘Sitar Meditations’ is a collection of sound experiments made by sitar and zither sessions. The acoustic recordings were edited and looped into imaginary soundscapes that bring the listener at the border of stasis, in a dreams-like state. Majestic and delicate, abstract and resonant on a background of silence, the acoustic sounds melt by the electronic effects are transformed into different vast and open spaces. A mysterious and dark album for time travelers!” -aliodie@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Painwater Vibrancy” from this album.


Alio Die & Parallel Worlds – Elusive Metaphor
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“Elusive metaphor is the second collaboration between ambient master Alio Die and scapes creator Parallel Worlds. in this new album, the drones and loops by Alio Die are combined with the modular soundscapes of Parallel Worlds, resulting in out of this world aural environments that merge elements of a dreamy and calm nature with mechanic and even industrial musical paths. Zither and field recordings are combined with soundscapes and sonic fragments that defy boundaries, giving the listener a unique mental journey of unspoken beauty.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the track, “Dissolved Heaven” from this album.


Alio Die & Lingua Fungi – Otter Songs
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“Otter Songs is the culmination of the process that began in 2008 by Lingua Fungi and Alio Die. The idea for the collaboration was born from the initial recordings by Jaakko Padatsu utilizing diverse self made instruments and natural objects including driftwood, snail shells and otter skull ocarinas. The archaic and arctic drones were later complemented with subtle recordings by Stefano Musso with zither, sitar and other acoustic instruments. The collaboration was sealed with final recordings in Italian spring 2011 by Jaakko Padatsu and Stefano Musso. From Terra Ultima to Mediterranean, the album brings together the tones of nocturnal cicadae and spring break-up of ice in Bothnian Bay. Sometimes driven with arctic atavism, sometimes with delicate warm melodies, Otter Songs aims to transcend physical distance by deconstructing and rebuilding the two worlds into boundless celebration of Terra Mater.” -aliodie@bandcamp.com


Antonio Testa & Alio Die – Reverie
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“Rêverie is the third collaboration between Antonio Testa and Stefano Musso after ten years from their last cd together “Prayer for the Forest”, with this new potion the duo explore different slow-motion athmospheres, playing a wide range of acoustic instruments,and distilling healing sounds,that naturally relate with music-therapy. An album for the soul and the love of being in its entirety. Airy and suspended, “Rêverie” is inductive music for light-hearted moods over any siege of thought.” -aliodie@bandcamp.com

LISTEN to the track, “Dreamed-Up” from this album.

Be sure to check back in upcoming weeks for even more new HIC SUNT LEONES store additions!

Coupon Sale Continued + Hic Sunt Leones Restocks

Hello, all!

Our May sale continues this week, with coupon codes being valid on all items in the store through the end of the month (or while supplies last):

MAY2016 gives 15% off any purchase, and is valid through the end of May 2016.

25PCT100MIN gives 25% off purchases over $100, valid through the end of May 2016.

35PCT250MIN gives 35% off purchases over $250, valid through the end of May 2016.

Coupon codes also apply to our newly restocked (and many with new, lower prices!)  HIC SUNT LEONES items:

Alio Die – Honeysuckle
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“Honeysuckle is the new solo album by Alio Die. Trance & drones, acoustic and electronic sound-effects melt together in five tracks that are characterized with a touch of grace that expand consciousness in new and unforeseen dimensions. After a few seconds the music absorbs the listener under induction into the internal space that vibrates and resonates… A lovely, sensory experience that is close to being discovered, and one that will spread its fragrance. Like the hummingbird that sucks the honeysuckle’s nectar standing in equilibrium through the air.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the track, “Innamorato” from this album.

Alio Die & Opium – Enigma
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“ENIGMA is the third collaborative CD by Opium and Alio Die. Here the duo present mystifying a series of eight “imaginary landscapes” where beats are totally absent and musical structure is loose and meandering. The atmospheres are frequently disquieting, haunting and full of subtle perplexity. Acoustic and organic sounds are embedded deep within hazy drone textures, the artists employing drones and loops, zither, flutes bells and field recordings with Opium focusing on programming and wave editings. It must be said thought at the sounds produced by the items listed are not necessarily those you might expect, these guys are not into dainty melodies and sweet tunes.” -aliodie.bandcamp.com


Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Praha Meditations

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Digipak release.

“After the concert in Prague last year in may, we followed the proposal of friends to play some acoustic instruments spontaneously on top of the hill, in Troja, into a circle of stones installations. Zithers, Tubes, Bells, Rattle and Shells, Flutes..the sessions were inspired from the special place and the spring’s vibes in the wind. The recordings that are a blueprint of the spirit of that day, were edited in studio by Alio Die, then Mathias Grassow added his electronic drones to expand the point of view and enrich the flow and layers of the compositions. The result in eight tracks, show how mostly static and repetitive balanced sounds can interact with our perception during the listening time, bringing us into an active and intimate quiet mood, softly absorbing us into some dream-like and time-opening experiences.” -Hic Sunt Leones

LISTEN to the track, “Winds from the Other World” from this album.


Alio Die & Zeit – A Circular Quest

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Digipak.

“In this fourth collaborative album by Alio Die and Zeit, A Circular Quest combines electronics with acoustic drones and loops, infusing to the music the usual natural feeling with an eastern touch. Deep and immersive music, intense and layered electronic meditations, ecstatic spirals and Pacific vibes.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to the title track from this album.


Zeit – Waves from the sky

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“The first solo CD by Zeit is a true revelation… After two albums in collaboration with Alio Die having a more acoustic quality, in ‘Waves fron the sky’ Tommaso Cimò undertakes electronic orchestrations with inserts of guitars and bass perfectly integrated. You can find attachments with the best mystic and cosmic music of the seventies translated with a subtle sensibility into new territories of ambient music with a very fine touch.”

Packaged in an elegant three-sided digipak -Hic Sunt Leones

LISTEN to the track, “Towards the Edge” from this album.


Alio Die & Aglaia – Vayu Rouah

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“Cosmic like Three Organic Experiences, esoteric like Password for Entheogenic Experience, Vayu Rouah performs a kind of synthesis of the researches by Alio Die and Aglaia. Vayu Rouah is the primordial wind that joins cabala and sonorous alchemies, an inexorable flux with extended electro-acoustic solutions, by a wide range of frequencies. A very long and slow gestation of about eight years have absorbed different musical moods and have stratified itself through time… sound after sound… toward extreme possibilities. -aliodie.com

LISTEN to a bit from this album.


Aglaia – Nights in Nubiland

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“Nights in Nubiland is a trip into fantastic territories. Nubiland is is the place of the Clouds, where the landscapes are attended between midnight and the dawn… before the sunrise. This new album start a new chapter for Aglaia. Pure electronics, new sounds, but above all we feel a new compositive spirit, that connect the therapeutic music of the beginning into new spontaneous forms… imaginary gestures, that without losing the sensibility and the mystery of the first compositions, expand the language into the personal expression of an art form.” -aliodie.com

LISTEN to a bit from this album.

All you see above above plus nearly 30 additional newly restocked HIC SUNT LEONES items are now available, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some great deals!

Newly Added Items: Alio Die, Inner Vision Laboratory, Francisco Lopez

We’ve got a few new arrivals to the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE for you this week, check them out below!

Antonio Testa & Alio Die – Prayer for the Forest
–$11.99
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“This 2002 release features 54 minutes of environmental ambient music generated by Antonio Testa and Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso). Combining Testa’s percussion and flute with Musso’s electronic textures and drones, this collaboration successfully seeks to capture the heart of the green and convey it in atmospheric soundscapes. Wrought with softly tribal rhythms, synthetic ambience fills the air, creating sonic images of great trees swaying overhead, blocking the sky with their spread leafery. Electronic winds trickle through the shrubbery, sending each frond and clump of hanging moss twirling to tell their tales. Sedate peace and organic coexistence dominate this music, brooding without remorse or condemnation. The forest breathes and opens a pathway for the entranced audience, welcoming and full of grandeur. Holistic ambience unfurls its languid tongues, enticing with fogged tendrils and stately with unobtrusive harmonics. This passive tuneage stirs the soul, reaching deep into mankind’s racial memory, recalling a time when man and forest shared the same hopes and dreams. Evoking woodland spirits with electronic instruments, this music is a modern testament to the reverence deserved by the plant world.” -Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

LISTEN to the track, “Ancestor’s Breath” from this album HERE.


Inner Vision Laboratory vs. Nepenthe – Ambit
–$11.99
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“Two years after well-received ‘Perpetua’ album, INNER VISION LABORATORY returns to Zoharum with their new album entitled ‘Ambit.’ Not a solo venture, but a collaborative effort with young, but promising NEPENTHE project. The album was 3 years in the making when they were searching for a common language and fiddling with sonic matter using the Internet in this respect, they have created a monolith – a very cohesive, yet symbiotic world. It might be easily labelled as ambient, yet they break the patterns of that style. ‘Ambit’ is composed of seven compositions, clocking in at 50 minutes. It is composed of beautiful, yet unsettling melodies, for those who are fascinated with sounds coming from Cyclic Law and Loki Foundation labels, but also for new-comers to the genre. For those open-minded for something new and touching, a kind of music painted with the whole palette of colours and sounds.”

Limited edition of 400 copies -zoharum.bancamp.com

LISTEN to Track I from this album HERE.


Francisco Lopez – With/In
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“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.” -www.silentes.it

LISTEN to a bit from this album and view a dance/movement performance by Valentina Lacmanović HERE.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.