Category: Hypnos Store Arrivals

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

New Silentes Items – Templebeat, Kinetix, etc.

This week we’ve added lots of items to the AMPLEXUS / SILENTES section of the online store. This is the first of many Amplexus, Silentes and other sub-label additions, so keep checking back for future notifications! We’d also like to mention that prices have been lowered on all our older (to the store) Silentes and sublabel albums, so feel free to browse around for some extra-good deals.

Templebeat – The Grey Space
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“Here at last, recovered from early 90s tape releases, we find eleven unmissable tracks signed by Templebeat, now collected and remastered on CD. Eleven “gems” among which emerge timeless fascinating tracks like “Human”, “Drugs” and “Refuse It”. A due rescue for this band from Treviso that almost twenty years ago conceived electro-industrial music of a unique and unrepeatable nature, contaminated with incredible post-modern suggestions, pioneering the style in Italy. The CD contains eight tracks originally published on the “Interzone” tape, two tracks taken from the “Treviso Underground Vol. 3″ compilation and a DAF’s “Der Mussolini” cover released on the “V.I.T.R.I.O.L. #3″ split-tape. Essential!” -Silentes


Kinetix – Final Archives

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“FINAL ARCHIVES is a sort of collection of rare tracks recorded from 1999 to 2006 totally reworked and remastered in 2009. ABSOLUTE GREY is the title that Kinetix gave to his graphic artwork selection exhibited with an ambient score specifically composed for the exposition space. The exhibition is made up of ten grey scale serigraphs on white forex sheets a metre square and a composition of 20 minutes played through two loudspeakers with one woofer covered in grey powder on top of a white cube. RAW MATERIALS is a collection of seven short tracks from early Kinetix productions. Noise gestaltmusic. A multi-dimensional concept created with sound layers and ambient concretism. These tracks help the listener to understand the starting point of Kinetix’s sound research. RESOUNDING SCULPTURES is based on the concept of “composition for blocks of sound” made in the 50’s and 60’s by Iannis Xenakis. For this reason traditional compositional criteria (harmonic-melodic / rhythmic-metric) replace the various criteria of plastic / spatial forms. Part of the sound sources used were extracted from the works of Iannis Xenakis to whom this composition is dedicated.” -soundohm.com


Hall of Mirrors – Forgotten Realm

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“Forgotten Realm is the second album published by the duo Andrea Marutti (Never Known, Amon, Sil Muir) and Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh) under the project name Hall of Mirrors. In this new release, they are seconded by guest musicians Andrea Feschi and Andrea Ferraris who provided some field recordings and some guitar parts. If their first offering was a shadowy heavily lugubrious atmospheric ambient manifest (made of static, ferocious, muted dreamscapes), Forgotten Realm is much more a primal-alchemical music procession that could be nocturnal hyms to the genesis, to the ancient time. Consequently the dynamic dronescapes and textural electronic waves are profundly expressive and intuitively beatific. The serene and deeply absorbing ethno-electronic pieces are stylistically closed to the most ascentional synthesised works by Alio Die, Vidna Obmana, Arold Budd (…) but with much more emphasise on nocturnal motives. Thus it is less luminous and most vertiginous with a constant association to memnonic traces, fractured living memories and melancholic visions. The opening track is an organic classic ambient piece with long chordal dronespheres. Gates of Namathur is partly uses acoustic instruments that seem to flow in a magic whorship. Decadent splendour is a moody-funereal sanctified music ritual for echoing guitar chords and foggy harsh noises. This is among my favourites, the perfect way to experience contemplative ecstasy through music. Among the ruins is a detached soundscape that connects us to some other worlds. The atmosphere is progressively charged with some kind of high tension including buzzing noises and doom like feelings. During the last minutes we go back to the heavenly origins with superb acoustic flute lines. The album closes with an utterly dark and primordial synthscape, admitting hermetic cyclical melodies into it and guitar epic dreaminess. Forgotten Realm is a voluptuous-essential vertical trip in cristal like spheres and lost paradises.” -by Phillipe at progarchives.com


Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli – Whinny Muir

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“A singular long, deep moving, slow and expansive drone-track, built on always changing sonic masses, low frequencies, strong electric-electronic sounds, field recordings, feedback, buzzes, hisses, rough distortion, fading organ chords, cellos and orchestral parts. Alternation of progressive crescendos, ambiental pauses, sudden, dramatic and catchy dynamic shocks. An evolving and extraordinary trip through an obscure sonic journey, convincingly assembled by Italian Pietro Riparbelli (K11, PT-R) and Belgian Yannick Franck (Y.E.R.M.O., Idiosyncrasia).” -yannickfranck.bandcamp.com

“Fantastic one-tracker collab. that celebrates the beauty of shimmering & overtunic drones !! Melancholic majestic sounds that are sometimes near to the border to noise, sometimes move into very subtle fields, with organ-like sounds at the end. Really great, highly recommended for any Drone-lover-boy or girl !!!” -Drone Records


Deison – Night Sessions

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“A collection of fascinating and obscure nocturnal sessions alternating “classical” electronic inspiration parts based on sequencers and synthetizers to more abstract and minimal sonic episodes, deep drones musical mix ups, sistorted and extended guitars, deformed human voices, static and moving more typical “ambiental” movements, cold insets of more pulsing and “techno oriented” sounds, suggestive atmospheres build on bizzarre loops, more typically “glitch” inserts and hissless… a great collection of collaborations as Teho Teardo, Philippe Petit, Under the Snow, Jim Coleman, Franck Vigroux, Testing Vault, Annen Berg.” – deison.bandcamp.com


Andreas Resch – ../Requiem

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“Unconventional mixture of neo style classical crossed with avant garde trappings set over piano pieces with a certain ethnic / medieval chic. Take this as a starting point then add Andreas’s own personal touches into the mix and what you end up with is a recording that is quite extraordinary and at times damn right strange. In an acceptable and unusual way. To these ears anyway. Andreas will sometimes forgo the usual staple of simply creating then repeating a theme by using time changes mid track to keep things on the edge so to speak. And it works by creating a diversion that amplifies and intensifies the recordings giving full emphasis to the glories of the music.” -auralpressure.com


Gianluca Becuzzi – Nothing is What it Seems

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“Almost 70 minutes of music, nine pieces of a sonic mosaic full of ideas and inventions… More structured compositions places side by side with more abstract numbers, built with a wide range of sounds, extremely variegated both in timbre and origin. Elaborated electronic treatments applied to sounds and noises of a concrete nature, field-recordings, drones, electronic hisses, shaked metals, cracklings, human and animal guttural cries, synthetic pads, ethereal and undecipherable voices, mechanical loops, noises from the everyday life… An incredibile and unpredictable sound universe without borders and without time…” -Silentes

Deison / KK. Null – Into
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“Penetrating “Hi-tech” music, always on the border between sound, silence and noise… Splinters of sonic fragments, buzzings, electronic hisses, pulsations, hypnotic loops, ambient textures, sudden rays of light… A kaleidoscope of syntethic sounds and digital glitches, in a universe dominated by binary codes, that evolves through the cold-hearted control of sophisticated algorhythmic mutations programmed by human entities that already reached a level beyond the borders of our earthly knowledge…” -Silentes


Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno

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“This compilation, originally released in 1984 as a vinyl LP by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION in collaboration with the legendary ADN label, is finally available again in a completely remastered CD version. “Ekhnaton” collects tracks recorded by the most daring and remarkable bands that were active in the experimental Italian scene during those years. “Simple Italian Research Vol. 1″ was (and still is) the subtitle of an album that includes two tracks from each of the following bands: Maze 1066, Tasaday (whose “Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima” has recently been reissued by Silentes), Evitaxal – an alias for Roberto Marinelli, also active as Laxative Souls – and the more well-known and active TAC (TOMOGRAFIA ASSIALE COMPUTERIZZATA). Through a valuable and accurate restoration, we’re glad to make available again an unmissable view on the first intuitions and the experimental methodologies that shaped their times, leaving a permanent mark – in Italy and abroad – on the following generations.” -Silentes

Todd Fletcher – Star
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“Star is a set of hot desert ambience from Todd Fletcher. He is based in Phoenix, AZ, so it is a natural that he performs in that style of e-music. And Steve Roach produced Fletcher’s first album, Byzantiuym, so the influences, however subtle, are there. (There is no producer credit on this CD, so it is safe to assume that Fletcher produced the album himself.) Fletcher has a unique minimalist style that lends itself to desert ambience and arid soundscapes. The atmospheres create subtle rhythms that allow the soundworld to shape itself and to flow naturally. Deep listeners will feel the angst and loneliness of the barren desert landscape. The wide-open atmospheres envelop and abandon listeners evenly. This is a deep journey not to be taken alone or lightly. As with all desert ambience, especially American desert ambience, comparisons to Roach are inevitable and valid. Listeners who get beyond the similarities are in for a treat. This hard-to-get classic is essential.” -allmusic.com

Newly Arrived: Numina – Through the Gate to Nowhere

This week we’re bringing you a new one from the RELAXED MACHINERY label — Numina’s “Through the Gate to Nowhere.”

THROUGH THE GATE TO NOWHERE
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(Price: $12.99)“‘Through the Gate to Nowhere’ is the culmination of material recorded over a two year timeframe at my studio in Colorado. The sound design and recording of this album was a repeated process of coming into the soundworld of the music and then leaving it to sit for awhile, sometimes months apart. The result is a collection of music that was built upon a wide range of experiences and introspective moments recorded over the course of an unusually long span of time. Ultimately, “Through the Gate to Nowhere” is a sonic journey influenced by many events and emotion. Near the end of the project I felt the music lent itself to the mysteries of nature. I have long been inspired by the lush green landscape of Europe and England and as I was nearing the final days of recording the album I had the fortune to be presented with photographs from the Wasdale Lake District, an area located in Cumbria England, for use as the artwork. These images were the inspiration for the final touches on the recording, the track titles, and are the perfect visual for the artwork of the CD package.” -Numina

Track List:
1. Promontory [7:37]
2. Down to the Valley of the Water [9:57]
3. Arcfrost [12:45]
4. Furrowed Transitions [8:25]
5. Reflexion Canyon [12:03]
6. Amidst the Mist [13:49]
7. In our Absence [9:05]

And a reminder that for the remainder of June 2015, the following coupon codes are active:

2015SUMMER10 (10% off any size order)

2015SUMMER20 (20% off orders over $100)

There’s no limit to how many times you can use these coupons, though obviously you’ll get a better deal if you can order over $100 at once, rather than several smaller orders, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE for some great summer deals!

Hypnos Recommends: Bruno Sanfilipo – ClarOscuro

Here’s an item from the AD21 label which we added to the Hypnos Store a while back, but forgot to feature here. It’s by one of our favorite ambient artists, Bruno Sanfilippo.

Bruno Sanfilippo – ClarOscuro
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(Price: $13.99) “Barcelona-based Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained and electronic musician, a composer and a pianist. He has been exploring the borders of minimal piano concepts and electroacoustic music for more than 20 years. His CD series Piano Textures sets him in a tradition of artists such as Harold Budd and Brian Eno, combining slow piano tunes with electronic soundscapes. Now with ClarOscuro he makes his step into modern classical music by presenting his first composition work for piano trio. Most of the nine tracks on the album feature Sanfilippo along with the collaboration of the spanish musicians Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, while some of the tracks still let the sensitive piano playing stands on its own. With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, ClarOscuro brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie.”…(MORE/BUY)

Steve Brand Items

Hey everyone, the latest Steve Brand CD has just arrived at the Hypnos online store, as well as a few restocks!

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“A lifelong artist and musician, Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental realm under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited edition releases on various independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He describes this change in moniker and musical expression as “Part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart.” Since then, Brand has issued a number of self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on the esteemed U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Spanish label, alteraOrbe, and the Italian label, Afe. Instruments used in Brand’s music include keyboards, field recordings, various flutes, whistles, zither, ocarina, voice, medicine drum, shakers and rattles, various bells, kalimba, prayer bowls, kora, gongs.”

THE SPACE BETWEEN
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Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr, shrink-wrapped

“The initial tracks for “The Space Between” were begun in early 2011 and work continued on the four tracks until early in 2013. I usually work on several works simultaneously, each one informing and propelling the others along. As “Spaces” began to develop, I felt that I wanted to include the assistance of another artist for this release, and “A Thousand Little Wounds,” seemed just right for the richly textured bass work of Peter James. Peter very kindly agreed to help and supplied me with a lovely addition to that track which deepens the feeling greatly. Instruments used in these songs include: keyboards, voice, gongs, bells, bass, field recordings and flutes. I experienced many losses and many life changes during the making of this album. In a way, creating this music, helped me make it through an extremely difficult time and enabled me to process some very challenging emotions. The title was inspired by a spark of intuition that I recieved: although loved ones, situations and events seem to pass into history and other kinds of existence, the apparent space between us, between us and our lost loved ones, between us and those events, does not actually exist. Past events, loved ones, even the resources we need from all our pasts and futures are there waiting for us…in still, quiet moments. – Steve Brand”

MELTSTREAM
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Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr

“Ambient music for the thawing season. Misty mountain tops, watery flows, and open skies.” –CD Baby

OVER-SOUL
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BACK IN STOCK WITH A NEW LOWER PRICE OF $13.99 (marked down from $16.99)

CDr in 5″x7″ bi-fold booklet, first edition limited to 50, signed, hand-numbered and assembled.

The long form version of Over-soul began as a seed of an idea—a track just over 9 minutes on my 2011 self-released album, “Upwelling.” I was originally inspired by my readings from various esoteric sources, and the idea that although we may see ourselves as separate, isolated and alone, in fact we all are individual expressions of one unifying, all-encompasing source, and therefore linked to that source and ultimately to one another.

Over the past 3 years, I’ve expanded and elaborated on this original idea, the result is this 61 minute long form piece, divided into three seamless expanses of driftscape: i-The Wise Silence; ii-The Collective Heart; iii-Unity—created entirely with keyboards and medicine drum.

Some titles were inspired by these writings from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart. “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“…a haunting drone piece that is awash with sound & texture, a piece that moves and evolves throughout the hour…Steve Brand is a consistently excellent musician and ‘Over-Soul’ is a timely reminder.” -Headphonaught

Visit the Steve Brand/Relaxed Machinery sections of the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE today, and grab your copies of these excellent Steve Brand releases before they’re gone!

Newly Arrived: Jeff Pearce – With Evening Above

It’s great to see Jeff Pearce recording ambient guitar music again, and we’re pleased to have his new album available on the Hypnos Store.


Jeff Pearce – With Evening Above
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With Evening Above is the first ambient guitar album from Jeff Pearce since his Bleed album in 2002. Inspired by many summer nights of stargazing, the music on With Evening Above covers the styles that Jeff has become known for in the past 21 years- the gentle rhythms of the title track, the slow-motion beauty of The Same Stars, the meditative ambient drift of After Dark- all created with only electric guitar and complex signal processing.

TRACKLIST:
1. With Evening Above 03:56
2. The Same Stars 05:20
3. A Clear Night 03:58
4. After Dark 07:49
5. Ghosts of Summers Past 02:41
6. Cloudfall 05:45
7. A Closed Circle (Farewell) 02:49
8. No Matter How Far 21:41… (MORE/BUY)