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
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
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
“‘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
“‘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
“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 –$11.99
“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
“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.”
Gianluca Favaron – Equivalent XI –$11.99
“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)
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)
“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