Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWoroks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds.
Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.”
Ice Diving, his first release for Hypnos Recordings, is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong.
Ice Diving is an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components. We hope the sound samples offered below will convince you to take the trip. Hypnos Recordings presents Subradial’s Ice Diving.
(Price: $13.99 CDR) “Lammergeyer returns with a precious collection of what could be called minatures. Eighteen tracks of inventive and often visceral ambient electronica that varies from achingly beautiful to enigmatically intimate and experimental. Expect both a delicacy and lyricism, plus an underlying sensibility that gives to the tracks the sense of listening to a single undulating storyline.” …(MORE/BUY)
Robert Davies – Forgotten Harbors (Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR) “Davies is an artist on a mission. His music delves into an almost mystical encounter with very particular, secluded and intimate recesses of nature. Deeply involved and seriously consistent, Forgotten Harbors continues the exploration.”…(MORE/BUY)
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We have the latest special limited edition CDR from Steve Brand newly added to the Hypnos store.
Steve Brand – Over-Soul (Ltd CDR)
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $16.99 LTD CDR) Limited First Edition CDr in 5×7″ 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.” The original inspiration for this long form piece was 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 dexpanses of driftscape: i-The Wise Silence; ii-The Collective Heart; iii-Unity. Over-soul was created entirely with keyboards and medicine drum.” -Steve Brand
“…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…..(MORE/BUY)
Antonio Testa (www.antoniotesta.info) may be best known for his ethno-ambient collaborations with Alio Die, but he has also released a diverse variety of solo ambient music on such labels as Hic Sunt Leones, Faria and Emit. Testa’s collaborator Michel Moglia, credited here with fire organ, flute and drones, will be a new name to most.
Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings.
One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.
Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictible and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.