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Hypnos Artist Spotlight — Numina

Hey everyone,
I’ve been hard at work putting together our first ever Hypnos artist spotlight. Hope you enjoy it!

~L

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Jesse Sola is an American keyboardist who goes under the project name Numina. He was born in 1971 into a musical family, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Jesse began recording music in his twenties while in college. Jesse’s choice of instrumentation is the use of synthesizers and acoustic instruments melded together to create deep, evolving music that ranges from melancholy to mysterious. Currently, Numina has released albums on his own Numinamusic label as well as Gestalt Records, Hypnos Recordings and Dark Duck Records, and been featured several times on the syndicated radio program, “Music From The Hearts of Space.” -Wikipedia

The Deception of Reality is the latest release by Numina on the Hypnos label.
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2012. ‘The Deception of Reality’ is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s ‘Shift to the Ghost.’ Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

Follow this link to Numina’s Youtube page to listen to the full song, ‘Our Elegant Experience,’ from this album.

Other Hypnos albums by this artist include:

Sanctuary of Dreams
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2004. The first release on Hypnos by this up-and-coming ambient artist based in Colorado. Numina arrived on the scene following a handful of self-released albums and quickly rose to become one of the most popular new faces in electronic ambient music.

Eye of the Nautilus
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2005. The second release by Numina on the Hypnos label, the follow-up to his acclaimed breakthrough Sanctuary of Dreams (2004). Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.

It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from “new name you should watch” to the status of “established artist.” This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.

Shift to the Ghost
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2006. Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other.

Numina himself states that the album “is about the life and death of the physical self,” hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It’s a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired.

Numina also has a track on the Hypnos compilation, ‘Message from a Subatomic World,’ which can be found HERE.

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Be sure to check out the Numina section of the Hypnos online store for more from this wonderful artist.

Numina’s personal website: http://numinamusic.com/

Hypnos Store Shipping Hiatus

Lena and I will be traveling the rest of this week, so orders placed at the Hypnos Store after this morning (Tuesday the 20th) will not be shipped until we return Tuesday, August 27. You are welcome to order in the interim, and your order information will be safe — you’ll just have a wait a few extra days for shipment.

Clarifications on Our Summer Sale

A few questions have come up more than once in the course of our summer 2013 sale at the Hypnos Online Store. I’ve answered here and there, sometimes in previous blog posts, sometimes in direct response to email queries, but I thought it might be helpful to answer these things clearly all together.

1. Are coupon discounts “stackable?” Can coupons be combined?

Simple answer: No. You can only use one coupon per purchase, so pick the one with the best discount applicable to your order (if more than one is available at the time). Coupons do, of course, work on top of price reductions, so if a CD was $14.99 a week ago, and is now $9.99 and you can get a 20% off coupon, then you can get it for $7.99 (which is about half off the week-ago price).

2. If an artist or label is on “closeout” does that mean you’re never going to sell that artist or label’s CDs in the future?

Maybe. We’re moving items into the CLOSEOUT area once they’re deeply price reduced enough that we hope to sell all we have remaining, so the process of moving to our new storefront will be easier. Some of those items will make sense to sell in the future, and we’ll bring them in at that time. The majority of items in that CLOSEOUT section, we won’t sell again. If there’s something on that page you want, you should probably buy it rather than assuming we’ll restock it at some point.

If you’re an artist or label who sees your items in our CLOSEOUT section, don’t feel bad. Maybe we just have too many copies, and need to clear some things out. If your music is something our customers want, then we’ll end up selling it in our new store, too.

3. Why should I buy something today that you might sell for less later on?

That’s how closeout sales work. Price reductions are ongoing, so you might wait, but if you wait until something is gone, then you lose. A CD that’s $9.99 today might be $6.99 in two weeks, or we might sell the last copy at $9.99 and never stock it again… then maybe you go to Ebay to get a copy and it’s $16.

Same thing with coupons. We might have a coupon for 20% off a $100 minimum order today, and maybe in two weeks, that same size order gets you a bigger discount. You have to assess whether you’d rather get the items you want, that we’re currently offering for sale, or take a chance that the items will still be in stock, and maybe cheaper, later.

If you write to us in two weeks and say “I saw this new price, or you new coupon, but I paid more two weeks ago. I want a better deal,” we can’t offer you the cheaper, later deal. It doesn’t work like that.

We appreciate everyone’s support, and love selling lots of CDs to all of you. We hope the above questions and answers clarify a few matters.

Updated Listings for Two Albums by Ray Carl Daye

Yesterday I posted about a new CDR arrival from Ray Carl Day. This morning, Ray was good enough to provide us with some additional material to help us convince potential listeners to buy his music. Our listings for Daye’s two albums have been updated. Follow the links if you’re interested in hearing some sample MP3 clips for this emerging ambient recording artist.

Here are direct links to the store listings for these albums:

Ray Carl Daye – Rapid Ear Movement

Ray Carl Daye – Echoes from the Aether

Caul Price Returns to Normal

Thanks, everyone, for the great response to the week 1 special price on Caul’s new CD. The price has been set back to the usual $12.99. If you missed out on it this time, you’ll have to react faster for our next release!