2001 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2001

2001.12.26
It took a few days longer to get Seed by Ma Ja Le and James Johnson
added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
but it’s there now.

Also lowered the prices of the items in the “closeout” category of the store,
and added a few new titles to the Dark Duck Records label section.

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2001.12.18
Very, very soon we’ll be announcing Seed by Ma Ja Le and James Johnson,
and it will be added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
soon after. Just a teaser to let you know it’s coming.

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2001.12.13
Several additions and changes last night to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. First off, added new titles by Steve Roach (two of ’em!),
James Johnson & Vir Unis, Matthew Harris, Komet, and others.

Also, though the Hypnos store retains the same very popular flat-rate shipping
charges for North America ($3 shipping per order in the USA and $5 per order
in Canada and Mexico), it was necessary to slightly change the shipping charges
for overseas orders. Instead of flat-rate, these foreign orders are subject
to “split-rate” shipping charges. In other words, orders of 1-3 CDs will pay
one rate, and orders of 4 or more CDs will pay a higher rate. This change was
necessary because shipping these foreign orders was costing us roughly double
what we were collecting for shipping. For instances, someone in Australia might
order a dozen CDs and pay $7 shipping, and it would cost Hypnos over $20 to
ship them.

Those of you in Europe & the UK will pay $6 for 1-3 CD orders and $9 for 4+ CD orders,
while Asian & Australian customers will pay $7 for 1-3 CDs and $11 for 4+ CD orders.
I hope that’s not too complicated or confusing, and I think our overseas friends will
agree that the shipping charges are still much less than what it actually costs us
to ship the stuff to you.

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2001.12.12
At the risk of this news page becoming an “all Echoes, all the time” space, we’re
pleased to report that Echoes has just announced its 2001 Listeners’ Choice list.
Echoes listeners were allowed to vote on their favorites of the year, and the top
25 choices were ranked, and played as a special Echoes radio show tonight.

Three Hypnos (including Binary) titles were included. Special congratulations
go to Dweller at the Threshold, Paul Ellis, and Jeff Pearce. Their 2001-released
CDs were all 3 included in the top 25. The rankings were as follows:

1  Afro Celt Sound System - Vol 3: Further in Time
2  Patrick O'Hearn - So Flows the Current
3  Dead Can Dance - 1981-1998
4  Dweller at the Threshold - Ouroborus
5  David Darling - Cello Blue
6  Erik Wollo - Wind Journey
7  Epiphany Project - Epiphany Project
8  Jalan Jalan - Bali Dua
9  Tim Story - Shadowplay
10  Robert Mirabal - Music from a Painted Cave
11  Bruce Kaphan - Slider
12  Rasa - Union
13  R. Carlos Nakai/AmoChip Dabney - Edge of the Century
14  Zero One - Prototype 2
15  Michael Hedges - Beyond Boundaries
16  Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond
17  Paul Ellis - Into the Liquid Unknown
18  Mars Lasar - Karma
19  Sheila Chandra - This Sentence is True, The Previous Sentence is False
20  Brian Eno / J. Peter Schwalm - Drawn from Life
21  B-Tribe - Spiritual Spiritual
22  Hans Zimmer - The Wings of a Film
23  Vangelis - Mythodea
24  Gary Stroutsos - Pacific Moon
25  Tim Farrell - Songs from Clarowood 

Our thanks AGAIN to the listeners of Echoes (devoted readers of this news page may
remember that Pearce’s To the Shores of Heaven was #1 on the 2000 list), and
John Diliberto, Jeff Towne, and the rest of the Echoes staff.

Paul Ellis, who is also a member of Dweller at the Threshold, can boast of being
the only artist to have TWO discs listed (unless there’s also some other solo artist
plus his own group listed that I’m not aware of). Also, with three titles listed,
Hypnos is behind only Hearts of Space, with four.

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2001.12.02
Yet another Hypnos artist feature coming up on Echoes radio. Echoes has
been very friendly to Robert Rich lately, and I think this is the third Rich
feature on Echoes in recent months. Here’s the announcement:

Wednesday 12/26*, Saturday 12/29**, Sunday 12/30*
ROBERT RICH-NOTES FROM THE BESTIARY
Robert Rich is a musician of many modes, most of them pushed
to the edge.  We recorded him in a solo piano concert this
past spring, but his latest album is his most purely
electronic disc in 20 years.  It's called BESTIARY and it's
a smoldering, morphing expanse of analog synthesizer textures
and subsonic grooves.  In his Silicon Valley studio, Robert
Rich unleashes some of his beasts.

Though Bestiary is not a Hypnos release, I thought this
was relevant news, as Bestiary is sold on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, and it’s a disc I really believe in.

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2001.11.29
Covered so much ground in that last update that I hope it lasted everybody
this past two weeks!

Been crazycrazycrazy busy here, but the SEED disc is in the presses right now,
and the wheels are turning on several other upcoming projects mentioned last
time.

Also have had intermittent problems with internet connectivity, most recently
going about 36 hours with nothing at all. But I’m getting caught back up on
email again, so if you’re waiting to hear from me on something, I should be
back to merely usual delays instead of these extraordinary delays.

I’m working out a system that will allow me to
update the hypnos.com site more easily not only from my main PC, but also
from my newly updated iBook portable. This should facilitate even more
frequent updates, possibly even the occasional weekend news udpate!
More news early next week.

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2001.11.14
It’s no secret or surprise that many people have found their activities, both
business and artistic, disrupted following the events of Sept 11. Hypnos has
been affected like everyone else, and the result has been a bit of a lull in
the release of CDs. Planned releases like Oophoi’s Athlit and Ma Ja Le
and James Johnson’s Seed have slipped back a bit. Also, the Binary
release of Thermal Transfer by Saul Stokes and Vir Unis was delayed.

This actually worked out OK, as Hypnos & Binary & Foundry had released a ton of
stuff during the summer anyway, and this gave everybody a chance to catch up a
bit on the flood of CDs from our three connected labels.

For a while now, though, the wheels have been turning again, and work has
progressed on a number of fronts. The first item to be completed is Seed,
which will go to the manufacturing stage this week for an expected early
December release.

The Oophoi disc has been just about ready to go for a while, and I just need to
put some finishing touches on the package artwork, and that should be ready
pretty soon also.

Saul Stokes & Vir Unis took a bit of a break from working on Thermal Transfer,
but they’re back to work on it again and it’s nearly complete. Saul utilized this
“break” to work on his solo album Fields, for which three absolutely
jaw-dropping tracks have been completed. I’ve played these tracks for a few
people locally, including Dave Fulton and Paul Ellis of Binary group Dweller at
the Threshold, and also Phil Derby who is a freelance reviewer of electronic music.
I told these guys in advance that I thought this new work was exceptionally strong
and very exciting, but even with that warning they were all three surprised by it.
Fields may very well end up being the album that breaks Saul’s reputation
through to a much wider audience, the way Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores of
Heaven
did for Jeff.

Work on the upcoming (and oft-delayed) M Griffin solo album Fabrications
has been put on hold yet again so that I can start work on another collaboration
with Dave Fulton. We want to finish this album so it can be released prior to our
planned performance at The Gathering in Philadelphia during Spring 2002. Not a
single note has been recorded yet (we’re going to start tonight, actually) but
I expect it to be in the general ballpark of The Most Distant Point Known,
that is, a combination of deep ambient textures (drones and pulses) along with
more sequencer-based loops and patterns.

Jeff Pearce is working steadily on his next solo album, for which a title has been
suggested, but I’m not sure Jeff has settled on that title so we’ll still call it
“The upcoming Jeff Pearce album.” Jeff claims to have mailed me a “taster” CDR so
I’ll be able to comment a bit more soon on what this will sound like. Jeff also
claims that it’s quite a departure in terms of sound. We shall see… That one
should be released fairly early in 2002.

The Synthetic Block album Sonic Approach will be out on Binary soon, as
Dave Fulton has recently finished the mastering.

Hypnos and Vidna Obmana are planning a 4-CD series that will be released in an
unusual format. Instead of releasing four separate CDs, or a big plastic case
with 4 CDs in it, the CDs will be released one at a time (the delay between
subsequent releases still has not been determined). The first CD will be sold
in a 4-CD case (similar to what Humidity by Robert Rich’s 3-CD case),
with empty slots for discs 2, 3 and 4, which will be released subsequently in
minimal packaging and at a reduced per-disc price. These later releases may
be inserted into the 4-disc case one at a time to complete the set. This
project was originall planned as a 6-CD set, to be called Opera for Six
Fusion Works
. Now that the number of CDs has been reduced, I imagine the
title might simply be changed to Opera for Four Fusion Works but that’s
just speculation.

Lastly, while no more Hypnos sub-labels are planned, some consideration has been
given to doing more than one type of Hypnos-label release. In addition to the
“standard” package everyone is familiar with, one or more new series of CD
releases is being contemplated.

The first possibility, having been contemplated and planned for some time, is
the “Hypnos Signature Series.” These releases would be limited
to 500 copies, individually signed by the artist, and more expensive due to their
limited nature. The packaging would be generally similar to regular Hypnos CDs,
though they would be differentiated in appearance (different color scheme, layout,
and type treatment, but a materially similar package).

The second such possibility being contemplated is sort of the opposite end of the
spectrum, with the working name “Hypnos Explorer Series.” These releases would be
limited to either 500 or 1000 copies and would come in a simplified package —
possibly in a four-color cardboard envelope or sleeve, or in a clear vinyl
envelope or sleeve with a standard paper booklet.
Due to the simplified packaging, these would be lower-priced, which
would allow Hypnos to take risks on even more different artists and styles
without needing to sell quite as many CD copies to break even financially.
This would benefit developing artists, who have a hard time convincing
established labels to risk a bunch of money releasing their music to the public,
but otherwise (without an established label on their side) have a hard time
getting people aware of their work.
I feel it would also be a benefit to the listening community, who would have
access to even more developing artists, some of whom may be working in styles that
have a more limited audience appeal.

The Foundry sub-label has been investigating a series of EPs or limited edition
releases in simplified packaging, which led to thoughts of this “Explorer Series,”
so it’s worth mentioning that a number of really interesting and wonderful releases
are planned on The Foundry in the coming year. I think 2002 will be the year when
The Foundry will take a giant step into the awareness of the ambient & experimental
music listening community. A couple of compilations are planned, as well as solo
works by some names new to both Hypnos and The Foundry.

It’s an exciting time, and as many good things as happened with Hypnos, Binary and
The Foundry during 2001, 2002 will unquestionably be even better.

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2001.11.12
News of an upcoming Vidna Obmana concert in Germany…

VIDNAOBMANA Live in concert

Other groups performing that night are PAL and KLINIK

Saturday November the 17th 2001 - 8pm
Historisches Bahnbetriebswerk, Arnstadt - Germany
(The Bahnbetriebswerk is a railway museum for historically steam engines.
There is an atmosphere of the beginning 20th century.)

the price for 1 ticket is 30DM.
Reservations through :
call: +49 (36 43) 77 90 89
fax: +49 (36 43) 77 90 93
mail: info@laborneun.com
write:
laborNEUN
Trˆbsdorfer Weg 9
99428 Nohra OT ULLA
Germany

www.laborneun.com

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2001.11.09
More good news for Hypnos related to radio…. this week’s episode of Hearts
of Space radio (a big nation-wide syndicated show, for those of you who don’t
receive HOS radio in your area) heavily features Hypnos material. The episode
is called SOMNIUM, after the Robert Rich DVD:

Subject: Your Music on Hearts of Space

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   PGM 611 : "SOMNIUM"
=------------------------------------------------------------=
   PGM NOTE : a timeless journey in the arms of Morpheus
=------------------------------------------------------------=
   FEED DATE : 11-09-01
=------------------------------------------------------------=

 PATRICK O'HEARN
  "Like So Much Lost Time" < 0:00->3:47 >
   : SO FLOWS THE CURRENT; patrickohearn.com 80462-81003-22; 2000
   : Info: www.patrickohearn.com

 A PRODUCE
  "The Big Sleep" < 3:47->12:45 >
   : SMILE ON THE VOID; Hypnos/Trance Port hyp2129; 2001
   : Info: www.hypnos.com/aproduce

 THOMAS RONKIN
  "The Gates of Sleep" < 12:45->21:55 >
   : SYMMETRIC; Tristissima Records GM-511-1911; 2001
   : Email: tristissim@aol.com; Orders: 800-767-4748

 VIDNA OBMANA
  "Chasing the Odyssee" < 21:55->32:19 >
   : THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURNE; Hypnos hyp2027; 2000
   : Info: www.hypnos.com; www.vidnaobmana.org

 BRANNAN LANE
  "Slow Wave Sleep" < 32:19->36:03 >
   : SLEEP CYCLE; brannanlane.com BLM501CD; 2001
   : Info: www.brannanlane.com

 ROBERT RICH
  "Somnium, Part 1" (beginning) < 36:03->52:44 >
  "Somnium, Part 3" (excerpt) < 52:44->58:20 >
   : SOMNIUM; Hypnos/Soundscape Prod. [DVD] hyp2131; 2001
   : Info: www.hypnos.com; www.amoeba.com/rrsomnium.html

=-----------------------------------------------------------=
 PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL (c) 2001 Hearts of Space

Thanks to Steve David and Stephen Hill and the rest of the Hearts of Space radio
staff for this support!

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2001.11.05
This past weekend, Star’s End radio host Chuck Van Zyl featured a show called
25 Albums For 25 Years – STAR’S END Silver Anniversary: 1976 to 2001 .
As the title suggests, Chuck picked one especially significant and representative
CD from each year in that period, and played one track from each on the air.

Hypnos has only been around for the last five year period of those twenty-five years.
In fact, when Star’s End began, I was riding around on my BMX bike, reading comic
books, playing Combat on my Atari 2600, and drinking slurpees. So it’s especially
nice to see one’s work recognized in a deeper historical context, stacked up next
to the all-time greats. We are especially flattered and gratified that Star’s End
featured Outfolding by Saul Stokes as the lead-off track for that show.
Congratulations to Saul, and thanks to Chuck and Star’s End and WXPN radio.

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2001.11.02
Today, made the biggest update to the
Hypnos
Online Store

in several months. About two dozen new titles were added, many of them
featured on the store front’s “Hypnos Recommends” section. Take a look,
and buy heavily!

Some of the stuff added today includes:

James Johnson & Robert Scott Thompson – Forbidden Places
Various Artists – Passing Strange (compilation including Biff Johnson, Jeff Karsin, and others)
Markus Reuter – The Longest in Terms of Being
Various Artists – Beyond ME (Neu Harmony label e-music compilation featuring Dave Fulton, Paul Ellis,
Synthetic Block, Robert Carty, Rudy Adrian, and others)

Paul Ellis – Appears to Vanish (solo debut of Binary artist and Dweller at the Threshold member)
(about 10 other Neu Harmony label titles now available)
Brannan Lane – Sleep Cycle
Brannan Lane – Troposphere
Brannan Lane – Lost Caverns of Thera
Alio Die & Yannick Dauby – Descendre Cinq Lacs au Travers d’une Voile (this out-of-print title was
unavailable for over a year, until a few copies re-emerged)

Rapoon – Just Say the Faith
Rapoon – Navigating by Colour

As well, there are some other “not quite brand new but still quite sparkling” titles like Vidna Obmana’s
Tremor, Robert Rich’s Bestiary, and the two latest from Hypnos/Foundry, Mollusk Accretions
and Dean Santomieri’s The Boy Beneath the Sea, for which MP3 sample clips are available on the
store.

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2001.10.30
A big update to the “Reviews” archives on hypnos.com. Posted new reviews for
the following CD releases, in the following quantities:

Vidna Obmana - Aquarium - 2
Tom Heasley -Where the Earth Meets the Sky - 7
Paul Vnuk Jr. - Silence Speaks in Shadows - 3
Sola Translatio - Mother Sunrise - 5
Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond - 4
Markus Reuter - Digitalis - 1
M Griffin / D Fulton - The Most Distant Point Known - 1
A Produce - Smile on the Void - 5
Saul Stokes - Outfolding - 2
A Produce / M Griffin  - Altara - 1
Richard Bone - Etherdome - 1
Jeff Greinke - Lost Terrain - 1
Jeff Pearce - To the Shores of Heaven - 2

There are many more still to enter, which I hope to have ready this week.

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2001.10.27
This time it’s TWO Hypnos-related features on Echoes radio, both within the
week. The first is Tom Heasley, the second is Dweller at the Threshold. The
announcements from Echoes, along with air dates:

Friday, 11/2*, Saturday 11/03**, Sunday 11/04*
TOM HEASLEY: AMBIENT TUBA
"Ambient" is an adjective we toss around a lot on Echoes, but
we've never applied it to the tuba until Tom Heasley's album,
WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY (Hypnos).  Heasley, who lives in
Palo Alto, Ca, uses extensive electronic processing to turn his
tuba into a pod of whales and a galactic transport ship in slow
motion, languid soundscapes.  It often sounds electronic, but
every sound begins on the tuba.  Heasley puffs up and blows
when he demonstrates his techniques on Echoes.

…. and ….

Wednesday 11/7*, Saturday 11/10**, Sunday 11/11*
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD ANSWERS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR
Sometimes trends skip a generation, and that's the case with
the Space music sounds created by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze
and Jean-Michel Jarre in the 1970s.  It took nearly two decades
for their musical children to be born.  Among them are a
Portland, Oregon trio called Dweller at the Threshold. This
syntheszier trio creates ambient spacescapes mixing old-style
analog synthesziers with newer digital versions.  Dweller
recently released the album, OUROBORUS (Hypnos) while Dweller
member Paul Ellis just put out his second CD, INTO THE LIQUID
UNKNOWN (Hypnos) We talk to the Dwellers about music born in
electronics and launched into space.

Thanks again to Echoes for the support

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2001.10.18
Information from the most recent Robert Rich newsletter:

* Live Novemeber 3 in London

Robert will give a unique live performance at the October Gallery in
London, England as part of the Planet Tree Festival. This will be an
improvisation on acoustic piano, flutes and steel guitar, with looping
delays and drones. This will be a one-of-a-kind concert, the first time
Robert has performed in Britain, and the only Robert Rich concert in Europe
in 2001. For more information check http://www.planettree.org

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* Live December 9 in San Francisco

Dub Beautiful Collective proudly presents "Alien Zoology" with Robert Rich,
a special performance in Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of
Sciences in Golden Gate Park. A live star show will accompany the music.
This will be Robert's only concert in the U.S. in 2001. Doors open at 8 pm,
show starts promptly at 8.30 pm. Presale tickets $12 available through
www.dub-beautiful.org in November, tickets at the door $15.

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* New fan website at http://www.glurponline.com

A fan (Michael Ostrich) has set up an alternate artist-approved website
called Glurp Online. With a bulletin board, guest book, independent reviews
and more, this promises to be an interactive and dynamic place for you to
share your opinions and ideas about Robert's music and all other relevant
topics. Robert will visit from time to time to answer questions on the
bulletin board, and he will continue to maintain his own website in
parallel to this independent effort.

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* Feature in November Keyboard Magazine

The upcoming issue of Keyboard Magazine will feature a full page article
about Robert's recent releases, "Bestiary" and "Somnium", with new photos
of his studio and fresh insights about his work.

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2001.10.16
Ah, internet gremlins. Connectivity, especially incoming and outgoing email, have
been hit & miss here since last Thursday. There’s nothing wrong with the hypnos.com
web server or the Hypnos Online Store, but a huge flood of email has come in
since my email service has been restored last night.


If you have not received an email notification of an order, or a response to
an email inquiry or question, please don’t be alarmed. I’ll answer through my
300+ emails (after deleting 600+ spams) as quickly as possible. If you have a
question or problem that requires immediate response, please email it to me again,
with the word “URGENT” somewhere in the subject line, and I’ll put it ahead of
everything else.

I hope to be back to normal (that is, behind, but not hopelessly behind) in a day or
two. Thanks for your patience.

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2001.10.10
A bit more information about the Echoes radio special show, “A Requiem Soundscape.”
As it turns out, the playlist is longer than the one listed in the last Hypnos news
update, and also includes a track by Hypnos/Binary artists Dweller at the Threshold.
The complete playlist from Echoes:

ID#01-J07-00204 Thursday, October 11, 2001 (Echoes Program 41N)
ARTIST - SELECTION - RECORDING

A Requiem Soundscape
Public Radio's Echoes Premieres New Music
Reflecting the Tragedy of September 11, 2001

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 - First Half Hour
Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson - Ars Moriendi - Children of Nature
George Winston - Lament - Remembrance
Steve Tibbetts - Black Temple - unreleased
David Darling - A Word and a Prayer - Cello Blue
Dweller at the Threshold - Walk into the Dust - unreleased
Bernie Krause - Distant Thunder - Distant Thunder
Patrick O'Hearn - Tears and Remembrance - unreleased

 - Second Half Hour
Steve Roach - Spirit Moves - Streams & Current
Clannad - Na Laethe Bhi - Banba
Jeff Pearce - Through Tears - unreleased
Pat Metheny/Charlie Haden - Spiritual - Beyond the Missouri Sky
Jamshied Sharifi - Requiem - unreleased

 - Third Half Hour
Hans Zimmer - Journey to the Line - The Thin Red Line
Tony Gerber/Josie Phelan - Healing the Moment - unreleased
Jonathan Elias - Mercy - The Prayer Cycle
William Colter - Caoineadh Na Mara/Amen - Celtic Requiem
George Winston - Where Are You Now - Remembrance
Ira Stein - Silent Prayer - unreleased

 - Fourth Half Hour
George Winston - Remembrance - Remembrance
Lisa Lynne - Amazing Grace - unreleased
Henry Wolff/Nancy Hennings - Adrift - Tibetan Bells III
Paul Ellis/Craig Padilla - Shanti - unreleased
Bernie Krause - Distant Thunder - Distant Thunder
Alex Cline - Benediction - The Constant Flame
Jane Siberry - Calling All Angels - When I Was a Boy

Thanks again to Echoes, not only for this fine tribute, but also for
featuring much unreleased material by Hypnos artists Jeff Pearce,
Paul Ellis and Dweller at the Threshold.

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2001.10.08
This week Hearts of Space radio features a track from Ouroborus, the
Hypnos/Binary label debut of Dweller at the Threshold. Thanks to all the
people at HOS radio for this support on their widely-syndicated (though we
don’t get it here in Portland!) radio show.

In other “widely-syndicated radio show” news, Echoes (which we DO get here
in Portland), has put together a quite ambitious and impressive tribute or
remembrance to the tragic events of 9/11/01. Not only is this a noteworthy
eveng, but two Hypnos artists are featured in this collection of
specially-commissioned, exclusive tracks. In addition to Hypnos artists
Jeff Pearce and Paul Ellis, the Echoes feature, titled “A Requiem Soundscape,”
includes work by Tony Gerber and Steve Roach, whose works are available on the Hypnos
Online Store
. This will be broadcast on October 11, the one-month
anniversary of the original tragedy.

More information, direct from Echoes, about this:

A Requiem Soundscape
Public Radio's Echoes Premieres New Music
Reflecting the Tragedy of September 11, 2001

Press Contact: Kimberly Haas
610-458-0780
kimberlyh@echoes.org

****UPDATE****
More artists sign on for A Requiem Soundscape on Echoes
including pianist George Winston, guitarist Steve Tibbetts
and keyboardist/film composer Jamshied Sharifi.

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        On the evening of October 11, as America commemorates
the one month anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001,
Echoes will provide a respite from the endless analysis with
music for healing and contemplation.  In a two hour soundscape,
Echoes Senior Producer and host John Diliberto will take a
world divided in life and bring it together in sound, with new
compositions recorded in the wake of September 11.   A Requiem
Soundscape will be a space to  remember those fallen in the
terrorist attacks, the heroic efforts of those who worked in
the aftermath, the contemplation of a protracted war, and the
recognition of a changed world.

        ECHOES, is a daily two hour music soundscape,
distributed by Public Radio International and currently heard
on over 175 radio stations from Maine to the Marianas Islands,
as well as California , New York City, Philadelphia, Cincinnati,
Denver, St. Louis, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Portland, OR  and
Orlando .  Celebrating its 12th year, ECHOES has charted a course
through the modern music landscape and has been the home of
artists negotiating the twists and turns of a new global sound.

        When words fail, music can take over, drawing out an
emotional response to acts that defy logical interpretation.
Music is where we turn for solace in times of strife.  Music is
where we find the highest aspirations of humanity, from a Bach
cantata to an Islamic call to prayer.  Echoes has always been a
program where the world comes together, with African percussion,
Native American flutes and Middle Eastern melodies coursing
alongside synthesizers and samplers.

        A Requiem Soundscape will feature new works, composed and
recorded by artists as an immediate response to the events of
September 11.  We'll hear an ambient guitar piece from Jeff Pearce
in Indiana, a piano meditation from Ira Stein in Oakland, a
techno-tribal landscape from Steve Roach in Arizona, a duet for
synthesizers and cello by Tony Gerber of Spacecraft and a
spacescape by Portland Oregon's Paul Ellis from the group Dweller
at the Threshold.  Moved by the WTC/Pentagon tragedy, pianist
George Winston has put together a six song EP called "Remembrance"
with all new compositions.  The EP will debut on a Requiem
Soundscape two weeks before release.  Guitarist Steve Tibbetts has
composed a special work as has keyboardist and film composer
Jamshied Sharifi.  These performances  will make their premieres
alongside previously-recorded works by Arvo P‰rt, Clannad, Brian
Eno, David Darling, Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, Liz
Story, Moby, Jane Siberry and others.

"Music is the healing force of the Universe."
                               -Albert Ayler

A Requiem Soundscape will be broadcast on Echoes Thursday, October
11.  Check local stations for times.

Artist Bios

George Winston
George Winston's name is synonymous with solo piano since his
Windham Hill Records debut, Autumn in 1981.

Steve Tibbetts
Minneapolis based guitarist Steve Tibbetts has forged his own,
idiosyncratic approach to the guitar, creating a world fusion
since his debut in the late 1970s.  He recorded several albums
for the ECM label and composed the critically acclaimed album,
Cho, with Tibetan Buddhist nun, Choying Drolma..

Ira Stein
Ira Stein was half of the Windham Hill duo Ira Stein & Russel
Walder with the New Age hit, "The Underground."  Living in Oakland,
Ira has recorded solo albums for the Narada label and
most recently has been adapting Bach cantatas to his acoustic trio.

Steve Roach
Steve Roach is an influential synthesist who has recorded dozens
of albums in the last 20 years including his popular "Structures from
Silence" and "Dreamtime Return." He's one of the
founding fathers of Techno-Tribal music.

Jamshied Sharifi
Born in America with an Iranian father, keyboardist Jamshied
Sharifi's solo debut, Prayer for the Soul of Leyla" was critically
acclaimed.  The Manhattan resident has also score
several films including Harriet the Spy, Muppets from Space and
the forthcoming Rollerball.

Tony Gerber
Tony Gerber is a member of Spacecraft, the Tennessee  based
electronic ensemble that has released several albums on the
Lektronic Soundscapes and Space for Music labels.

Sanjay Mishra
Sanjay Mishra is an Indian born guitarist living in the Washington
D.C. area.  He creates an east-west fusion and had the late-Jerry
Garcia of the Grateful Dead playing on his debut, Blue
Incantations.  Sanjay also composed the score for the film "Port Djema."

Paul Ellis
Paul Ellis is a member of the Portland based synthesizer trio,
Dweller at the Threshold and also has two solo albums out, including
his latest, "Into the Liquid Unknown (Hypnos).

Jeff Pearce
Jeff Pearce is a guitarist from Indiana who has several albums of
layered, ambient guitar soundscapes on the Hypnos label.

John Diliberto
Echoes
Now On More Than 170 Stations
150 Park Rd.
P.O. Box 224
Eagle, PA 19480
610-458-0780
http://www.echoes.org

Also, more information tomorrow about the special benefit auction of
interesting music-related items, to benefit the Red Cross Disaster
Relief fund. Read last Friday’s news update (below) for more info
on this if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Since Friday I
have commitments for donated items from Vir Unis, Paul Vnuk Jr.,
Saul Stokes, and James Johnson. Not everything will be “rare”
but there will be lots of great stuff to bid on.

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2001.10.05
Within a few days, I will be announcing several items, or packages of items,
to be made available on an auction basis, the proceeds of which will be
donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. This excellent idea was
suggested on the Hypnos Forum by Brian Kirby — thanks to Brian for the
suggestion.

Some of the packages will be groups of Hypnos CDs, or rarity items donated by
different artists or record labels. Some will be small and presumably
inexpensive, and some will be larger and probably more eagerly sought.

More information will be available here soon regarding the mechanism by which
bids will be gathered, intermediate “highest bids” will be announced, and
deadlines both intermediate and final. Again, thanks to Brian Kirby for the
idea and also thanks to the friends of Hypnos, artists and labels who
are donating items for bid packages.

As a bit a sneak preview, so that people have some idea what kinds of packages
we’re talking about, here are a few of the preliminary packages or items
that will definitely be included:

“Hypnos Year 1” – A collection of the four CDs released by Hypnos in its
first year, including WASHED IN MERCURY by Saul Stokes, SUDDEN DARK by M.
Griffin, SOLAR NOISE by Viridian Sun, and THE OTHER WORLD (a 2CD various
artists compilation). This package would be an excellent introduction to
“early Hypnos” for the listener or fan who came to the party a bit late!

“Your Own Private Jeff Pearce CD” – This unusual and wonderful prize was
suggested by Jeff Pearce himself. The winner of this bid item will be allowed
to give Jeff specific instructions on a long-form drone piece to be composed
especially by Jeff to those specifications. Tell Jeff if you want him to work
in a certain key. Do you want it fast or slow? Light or dark? Smoother or
more dynamic? It’s up to you! The winner of this truly unique prize will
receive the sole, signed CD copy of this recording, which Jeff says will not
be made available elsewhere on future recordings. There are many serious
Jeff Pearce fans out there, so it’s my guess that this will be one of the
highest-priced bid items on offer.

“Hypnos 2001 Subscription” – A collection of all CDs released by Hypnos,
and subsidiary labels Binary and The Foundry, during 2001. Depending on what
else comes out in the next few months, that will probably be at least 15 titles,
including a DVD and a double-CD… that’s a healthy chunk of music. Many of
you may already own enough of these that this will only appeal to some, but then
there’s this next item.

“Hypnos 2002 Subscription” – Be among the first to receive each Hypnos and
sub-label release during 2002. No promises as to how many CDs that will be, but
I know this will be an extremely popular bid item.

“Hypnos Dozen” – Your pick of a dozen Hypnos CDs — fill out your collection!
Feel free to choose double or triple CDs, or DVDs. It doesn’t matter!

“Hypnos Five” – Your pick of any five Hypnos CDs. The same ideas as the Hypnos
Dozen, for somebody who can’t bid quite so much (or who’s only missing five titles!)

More items will be offered, in fact I already have several offers of prizes
or packages not listed above since the specifics haven’t been worked out yet.
There will also be several smaller packages — single-item rarities, or perhaps
single signed CDs — for people who are a bit daunted by the high prices of some
of these packages. I’d like everybody to be able to bid on something, regardless
of your income or budget.

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2001.10.02
Speaking of Echoes radio (see Sunday’s update), here’s some more news about a
sort of Hypnos-related feature on Echoes:

Friday 10/12*, Saturday 10/13**, Sunday 10/14**, Sunday 10/21**
ROBERT RICH-NOTES FROM THE BESTIARY
Robert Rich is a musician of many modes, most of them pushed to the edge.
We recorded him in a solo piano concert this past spring, but his latest
album is his most purely electronic disc in 20 years.  It's called BESTIARY
and it's a smoldering, morphing expanse of analog synthesizer textures and
subsonic grooves.  In his Silicon Valley studio, Robert Rich unleashes some
of his beasts.

Though Bestiary is a Release-label project, and not Hypnos, I think it’s
a truly amazing CD, and support it 100% (not to mention that it’s available for
sale on the
Hypnos
Online Store
). This Echoes feature will no doubt be worthy of attention,
and I look forward to hearing what the Echoes crew, and RObert himself, have to
say about Bestiary.

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2001.10.01
Last week I announced a number of CDs had been added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, and all of them really were added at that time,
except one. If you were looking for Forrest Fang’s wonderful album Gongland
on the Projekt label, you probably couldn’t find it. Well, it’s there now,
and I hope many of you will give it a try.

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2001.09.30
We love it when Hypnos (and Binary and Foundry) CDs get support from radio DJs,
magazine reviewers. Those radio plays, or those published reviews, are vital
assistance in spreading the news about our music. It’s especially nice when
one of the nationally-syndicated radio shows like Echoes or Hearts of Space
plays one of the CDs, and even better yet when Echoes does one of its occasional
interviews or features of a Hypnos artist.

In the past, Echoes has featured Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, and Saul Stokes,
and Jeff Pearce has been featured more than once (winning the 2000 Listeners’
Choice award on Echoes as the most requested CD of the year, for his To the
Shores of Heaven
). Most recently, Echoes has decided to do interview
features on both Paul Ellis and Dweller at the Threshold, whose Binary CD
releases Into the Liquid Unknown and Ouroborus, respectively,
and both CDs are already receiving regular airplay on that show.

All of us in the Hypnos family offer our thanks to Echoes radio for helping to
spread Hypnos and Binary music to a wider audience, and we also congratulate
Ellis and DATT for the recognition.

No specific date has yet been announced for these features, but those dates will
be announced on this page when available.

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2001.09.26
More information about an upcoming Tom Heasley performance — this one’s tomorrow,
Thursday 9/27, in Toronto.

This Thursday September 27th @ St.George The Martyr Church
(197 John Street, Toronto - 1 block north of the CITY-TV building)
map - http://www.theambientping.com/art/stgeorge_map.jpg

The Ambient Ping presents a very special concert performance:
         Tom Heasley and The Ambient Ping Orchestra

Tom Heasley (from Palo Alto, California) plays a very unconventional
ambient instrument - the Tuba! Tom has burst the seams of traditional
tuba playing with an ever-growing stockpile of acoustic and electronic
gadgets. After performing in a wide variety of experimental, rock, jazz
and improvisational music group situations (including Charlie Haden's
Liberation Music Ochestra and the Deep Listening Band) and giving
West Coast and World premieres of works by Pauline Oliveros, Anne
LeBaron, Lois V Vierk, Alvin Curran and Jonathan Harvey, Tom now
performs primarily as a solo improvising composer.

On this night, however, after his solo set - Tom will be joining the
horn section of The Ambient Ping Orchestra - a special assembly of
Toronto ambient artists coming together just for this one performance.
Each of these artists could perform a rich soundscape set on their
own but are all excited to be part of the collective improvisational
consciousness required to create the restrained but deeply textured
weave of a large-scale ambient music ensemble.

Tom Heasley - tuba & treatments
http://bayimproviser.com/artistdetail.asp?artist_id=83

Richard Underhill - saxophone & treatments
http://www.astrogroove.com/

Wally Jericho - trumpet & treatments
http://216.94.129.60/

cheryl o - cello & treatments
http://www.cellojuice.com

Eric Hopper - guitar / guitar synth & treatments
http://www.mp3.com/random_act

Scott M2 - moog modular synth & treatments
http://www.dreamstate.to/

Jamie Todd - laptop computer & treatments
http://www.dreamstate.to/

Jakob Thiesen - percussion & treatments

$5 at the door  -  9:pm  -  All ages  -  A smoke free environment
(with a beautiful courtyard just outside for between set smokes).

Click on the links below to play LoFi exerpts from
Tom's CD "Where The Earth Meets The Sky" (HYPNOS)
which will be available for sale at the concert.
http://www.hypnos.com/audio/th-wtemts-01.ra
http://www.hypnos.com/audio/th-wtemts-04.ra

Also, the items added yesterday to the
Hypnos
Online Store
have now been updated to show up on the front page’s
“Hypnos Recommends” section, making them easier to find. If you went there
yesterday and couldn’t locate one of these new releases, take another look
today.

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2001.09.25
Today, added some very exciting new items to the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

First, the third Hypnos/Foundry cooperative release, The Boy Beneath the Sea by
Dean Santomieri. Jim Brenholts describes this CD as follows:


ìThe Boy Beneath the Seaî is an enigmatic ambient saga coordinated by Dean Santomieri.
He narrates the story. Improvisations by Bruce Anderson (chromotone guitar), David
Kwan (sampling, processing and tidal control) and Karen Stackpole (percussion and
gongs) surround Deanís narration.

This is an eerie and eclectic construction. The entire project borders on the avante
garde and the nouveau noir. The story is interesting and offbeat. The music, while
straightforward at times, benefits from Davidís processing and pre-mastering techniques
and from Deanís direction and production control.

Keeping the focus on the music is difficult. The story is very cool and Deanís narrative style is hypnotic. The music is very worthy. The experimental sounds and overt minimalism serve the story very well. It IS the background. It DEFINES the background. Thus, it is definitive ambience.

It IS possible to play this CD as a pure background. To do so would be to miss the story. This is a cool experience. It demands total attention!

Thanks to Jim Brenholts for that advance review.

Also new on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, two releases on the Projekt label, including the latest from Alio Die, this
time collaborating with Amelia Cuni, on the album Asparas. Also, a video
DVD by Steve Roach and Steve Lazur entitled Time of the Earth.

Lastly, four new CDs (actually two of them are brand new, and two of them are titles
that have been out for a while, but which are new to the Hypnos store) from the
Release label. These include:

Robert Rich - Trances/Drones (2CD)
Amoeba - Pivot
Robert Rich - Bestiary
Vidna Obmana - Tremor

There’s some great stuff here, so go and get it while you can.

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2001.09.24
Here’s a nice review of Tom Heasley’s performance at the Gathering in Philadelphia,
along with Spectral Voices (Jim Cole and Alan Dow). The review was written by
Bill Fox, host of “Emusic” on WDIY radio:


Spectral Voices (Jim Cole and Alan Dow) started off the evening with their brand
of ambient music. It originates with vocal music that includes harmonic
overtone singing. This is a technique where each vocalist sings two or more
notes at a time. Through the use of digital reverb (120 foot water towers are
notoriously difficult to transport to concerts), their sweet voices are
sustained to the point where they can harmonize not only with each other, but
also with what they have sung in the previous moment. Those monks have nothing
on Spectral Voices! The slowly evolving melodies that sustain and harmonize
with what came before and what followed, drifted throughout St. Mary’s,
enveloping and penetrating the listeners. It was the aural equivalent of a
medicinal salve sorely needed by a people recently traumatized.

Tom Heasley continued to beat back the assault of the outside world with his
unlikely source-of-choice for making ambient music. The five valve tuba that
Tom embraces produced everything from whale song to subvocal subliminal sounds.
Loops, delays, and reverbs allow Tom to brew a stew as potent as Spectral
Voices’ salve. Like nourishment during the healing process, the unexpectedly
wide range of frequencies emitting from the tuba’s bell fed the souls of all
present.

All the Gathering performers used breath to make their music. Perhaps it was
our collective need, but life and courage was breathed into each and every soul
in attendance.

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2001.09.21
It is hard, after these past ten days, to look at things exactly the same way
we looked at them before. I know that many creative people, not just musicians
but also artists, writers and others, begin to question the importance of
their role at a time when so many have suffered so deeply, and our future is
uncertain in so many fundamental ways.

Even in ordinary times, many people consider creative artists and performers
to be frivolous and not essentially serious. After all, some say, humans
need food and shelter and water to survive, but they don’t really need music
or movies or poetry. At times like this, it is tempting to question whether
we should spend time or energy or money on such things. Americans and others
who sympathize with what happened this week may feel that it is frivolous to
go see a movie or listen to music, as though this would make light of what
happened.

I believe, however, that a civilized society such as ours values more than
just the bare necessities of existence. We want more than just food, water,
sleep and safety, and our spirits go hungry when nourished with nothing more
than this. We want love, friendship, and family, and even though these things
are not needed for moment-to-moment life, surely they are vital sustenance.
Similarly, the arts, the various forms of expression of humankind’s mind and
spirit, stimulate us, nourish us, help us learn about ourselves, and urge us
to more closely approach our fullest potential. We flourish when our
minds, both intellect and emotion, are stimulated, made to admire, allowed
to laugh and to cry, and inspired to wonder.

Artists who create things of beauty, and audiences who admire those works,
are taking part in a collaboration to strengthen the fundamental core of
humanity, and to slowly but inexorably advance us all to a higher state of
peace, understanding and achievement.

As humans and citizens, we should accept and acknowledge the emotions that
are natural at such a time. But it is no contradiction to suggest that even
as we grieve a great tragedy, we should remember to celebrate what is great
and worthy within all of us. That collaboration and exchange between artist
and audience is a fundamental part of what makes us great, and it is something
in which we should fully participate, now more than ever. We must go forward,
even as we look back and remember.

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2001.09.20
This is a terrible, hard time, and many people I know are having a hard time
functioning, concentrating, and being productive. I will have something more
to say about this tomorrow, as I try to get myself to a place where I can
move onward at more than quarter-speed.

Remember, also, that the Red Cross is still working and still needs our help.
I have heard that blood supplies are more than adequate, but the Red Cross
could definitely use money. An easy way to donate is through amazon.com,
where you can donate by credit card, and amazon.com gives 100% of your donation
directly to Red Cross without any fee deducted.

www.amazon.com

Also, Costco stores will take donations when you make any purchase — in fact,
at the store I last visited, they are asking every customer if they wish to
donate something and have the amount added to their sale. I was pleased to
see that every person I saw in front of me in line, as well as at the lines
nearest to me, gave something.

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2001.09.13
I am hesitant at this time to post anything that sounds like business as usual
— music business hype, CD promotion, etc. — preoccupied as I am with
other thoughts.

But there is a bit of news related not only to music and Hypnos and Vidna Obmana,
but also to the events of the past few days. You may know that in Europe,
Friday has been declared a day of mourning for Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in
America. During Friday’s noon-time three minute period of silence, all Belgian
national radio stations will play a piece from Vidna Obmana’s The Surreal
Sanctuary
during that time. In addition, the piece will be played on
national TV in Belgium while some suitable words are read.

At normal times, we celebrate such “breakthroughs” in the public recognition of
our music, but at a time like this, such an honor has a completely different
emotional effect upon us. It is with humility that I congratulate Vidna Obmana
on the selection of his work, for this significant position, by the Belgian
national media.

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2001.09.12
For those of you who would like a fast, convenient way to offer your help in
yesterday’s crisis, amazon.com has established a very easy way to donate
between $1 and $100 (your choice, any amount) to the Red Cross Disaster Relief
Fund. 100% of the amount you donate will go to the fund, with no amount held
back by amazon.com.

Over 37,000 people have already donated a total of well over a million dollars.
I’m on my way over there now to make a donation.

www.amazon.com

It’s impossible to miss the Red Cross banner, which will take you to the donation
page, as the banner is the only thing on amazon.com’s front page.

I hope everyone will understand the interruption in music-related updates
to the hypnos.com pages, for these few days.

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2001.09.05
A very important new item added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
today….. it’s the second Hypnos/Foundry release (following
the very popular Zero Point by Seofon), and it’s All the Stars Burning
Bright
by eM.

Also posted are mp3 format sample clips, available on the Hypnos store as
well as the audio clips page on
hypnos.com/foundry and also
foundrysite.com.

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2001.09.04
Speaking of Tom Heasley, here’s a listing of the performances in his current
mini-tour:

Aug. 26       The Ought One Festival of Non Pop, Montpelier, VT
Aug. 30       The Den At Two Boots, NYC's East Village
Sept. 4        Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
Sept. 7        House Concert, Baltimore, MD
Sept. 11      Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY  (with Spectral Voices).
Sept. 15      The Gathering, Philadelphia, PA (with Spectral Voices)
Sept. 16      following the Gathering, I'll play live on Stars End radio.
Sept. 20      School of Music, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Sept. 24      Dana School of Music, Youngstown State U., Youngstown, OH
Sept. 25      The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL (w/ drummer Susie Ibarra)
Sept. 27      St. George the Martyr Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More dates to be announced.

Upon my return to the Bay Area, I will perform at Maybeck Recital
Hall in Berkeley, CA.  Designed by reknowned architect Bernard
Maybeck in 1914, this room is also famous for its acoustic
properties, which I will make a key ingredient of the 'site-
specific' music that I will perform there.  This is a semi-private,
word-of-mouth, performance and as such the date is flexible.
Tentatively scheduled for October 14...

Obviously the first few of these shows are already past, but there’s plenty
of time to catch one of Tom’s performances, depending on your location (or
willingness to jet around the country to catch live tuba gigs). The “big one,”
which presumably be the best-attended, is The Gathering in Philly, hosted by
Chuck VanZyl who is also the host of Star’s End radio.

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2001.08.31
A very nice review of Tom Heasley’s Where the Earth Meets the Sky appeared
in the latest Tower Records Pulse! magazine (September 2001 issue), the review
written by John Diliberto (Echoes radio host). As the review is brief and does
a good job of not only describing the sound of the CD, but also providing a
context for a recording of this type, so I will reproduce it here:


“Everything has been given the ambient treatment, from Madonna to Bach, Tibetan
monks to accordions. But the tuba? It’s not that far-fetched an idea. Years
ago, Stuart Dempster took his trombone into a cathedral and let it ring out in
long echoes. Heasley’s cathedral is digital, as he runs his horn through long
delays, reverbs and loops. No doubt helped out by engineer Robert Rich, a
master of sonic sound shifting, Heasley sends his tuba deep and low, stacking
up a brass choir that moves like a dreadnought in space. In fact, on “Ground
Zero,” after the opening notes, it doesn’t sound like a tuba at all, but like a
whale, calling out across an ocean, gathering its echoing brethren in some kind
of cosmic harmony. “Western Sky” has more of a conventional tuba sound, but
again, playing in sustained notes, Heasley gets audio hallucinations going, not
unlike LaMonte Young’s “Well-Tuned Piano.” If only John Philip Sousa were alive
to hear it, marching music might be different today.”


–John Diliberto, Tower Records Pulse! magazine

Thanks to John Diliberto and Tower Pulse for this review.

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2001.08.30
Many new items added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
today, plus the “Hypnos Recommends” section on the front page
has been updated for September.

Most of the new additions are on the Groove and Fax labels, but there are many
others as well, so if there’s something you’ve been looking for and haven’t
seen on the Hypnos store, take another look!

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2001.08.29
Today I’d like to cover a lot of subjects, and basically try to update everyone
about what’s cooking here, what’s coming soon, and what certain Hypnos artists
are up to.

Sub-labels Last month Hypnos launched two sub-labels, Binary and Foundry. To
oversimplify, Binary is the imprint for more uptempo music, and Foundry is the more
experimental end of things. The first two Binary releases, Ouroborus by
Dweller at the Threshold, and Into the Liquid Unknown by Paul Ellis (who is
also a member of Dweller) were released in July, and preliminary response is strongly
positive. The first Foundry release, Zero Point by Seofon (with Robert Rich,
Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Stephen Kent, Thermal, and others) also came out in July,
and likewise has been received with much enthusiasm. There’s a lot of excitement here
about what these sub-labels will enable us to get involved with, essentially opening
up a wide range of new possibilities. The next three Foundry releases will come soon,
a few weeks apart, and the next two or three Binary releases are in the works as well.

Hypnos proper The label that’s at the core of it all, Hypnos Recordings, is
still a very active and busy entity. 2001 has already seen 8 releases, including a
DVD and a double-CD and Hypnos debuts by 4 artists. The rest of the year will see 4-5
more releases, including Athlit by Oophoi, Seed by Ma Ja Le and James Johnson,
Proton Jelly by Jeff Karsin, Fabrications by M. Griffin, and possibly the
third Viridian Sun album. 2002 should be equally interesting.

Saul Stokes Saul has stopped working on his fourth album Fields for a
while so he can finish his collaboration with Vir Unis, to be entitled Thermal
Transfer
. This album is a fantastic, energetic and modern piece of electronica,
and will be released on Binary this fall. Following it by a few months will be Saul’s
own Fields.

James Johnson In order not to interfere too much with this fall’s release of
James’s album Seed with Ma Ja Le, we’ve pushed-back James’s next solo album
The Butterfly Chamber until early 2002. Also in 2002 there is another James
Johnson release planned for Hypnos, but details on that one will have to wait a while.
Also, though it is not a Hypnos release, James’s collaboration with Robert Scott
Thompson (who also has a solo Hypnos release planned) will be out soon and it sounds
great.

David Tollefson He’s keeping busy with his local “rawk” projects and live
performances, and occasionally reminding me that it’s been quite a while since we’ve
gotten together to finish up the Viridian Sun album.

Robert Rich Not planning any new Hypnos releases any
time soon, though that’s not to say we won’t come up with something! Robert’s latest new
release is Bestiary on the Release/Relapse label, and judging from the mp3 clips I’ve
heard, this recording is weird, wonderful, strange and exotic… but not “exotic” in the
sense of foreign or ethnic, as with Seven Veils or the like — perhaps “alien” is a better word.
Bestiary will be available for sale at the
Hypnos Online Store
pretty soon.

Jeff Pearce I know he has started on his next album, which presumably will be a
Hypnos release. Jeff told me a title but it’s still unofficial so I don’t know if he wants
me announcing it yet. This would be a 2002 release, as it’s still in the early stages.

Tom Heasley Currently driving across the USA, playing shows here & there on the way
to and from his Gathering performance in Philadelphia. I don’t have a “master list” of all
the dates and locations of his shows, but Tom posted a bit of information about some of the
shows on the Hypnos Forum, so check over there if you’re interested in seeing whether Tom’s
playing near you. His Hypnos debut Where the Earth Meets the Sky has been extremely
well-received, which is especially gratifying as Tom is a relative unknown in the “ambient”
music scene, having spent most of his long career working in the loose genres of free jazz
and experimental music. To their credit, Hypnos listeners gave this “tuba stuff” a chance
and Where the Earth Meets the Sky has been one of the most highly praised Hypnos CDs
ever. Even devoted fans of “pure” electronic music love the tones and drones on this CD.

There are other artists, and other bits of news to pass along, but the above does a pretty
good job of filling in some blanks about what’s going on at the moment. More soon!

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2001.08.28
For a while I’ve debated whether the RealAudio format is the best option for online
audio previews. Now everyone seems to have an MP3 player, and many poeple tell me
they’d rather preview a low-bandwidth mp3 file than deal with all the garbage that
Real adds onto their RealPlayer software.

So, with the launch of the Binary and Foundry sub-labels, we’ve tried a bit of an
experiment. All new preview clips are in mp3 format, meaning they’re larger and probably
too large to stream unless you have a DSL/cable/T1 connection. So if you have a
problem streaming the files, just right-click (or command-click if you’re using a Mac
with a one-button mouse) and save the mp3 file to your hard drive, and after it’s done
downloading, play it from there.

You’ll find a selection of mp3 files for both Binary releases on the Binary page (click
the Binary logo at left, and when the new window opens, click on the “binary audio clips”
link, to find these files).

All the audio clips for the Foundry sub-label releases are also in mp3 file format, though
those are hosted on the primary Foundry web site at www.foundrysite.com. Those files will
be mirrored here on the www.hypnos.com/foundry/ pages as each release date occurs or is
about to occur (so only the clips for the Seofon and eM releases are available here so far).

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2001.08.27
The long break since the last news update has been due to a vacation to Ireland, from
which I recently returned. Wish I could say I return refreshed and rejuvenated, but
exhausted and sick is more like it. It’s pretty hard to cross half the globe on an
airplane when you’re not able to sleep on planes, and it’s also hard to avoid getting
sick when you’ve spent so much time on planes with other sick people, sharing the same
air supply for such a long time.

But Ireland is a beautiful place, natural and peaceful, and it was wonderful to visit.


Those of you who have waited patiently for your orders placed at the
Hypnos
Online Store
during the past 10 days, will have your orders sent out in the next
day or two and confirmation emails will be sent out at that time.

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2001.08.15
Here’s a bit of information regarding an upcoming performance by Hypnos artist
Tom Heasley at the “Gatherings” series of concerts in Philadelphia.

The Gatherings is a concert series dedicated to presenting innovative
contemporary music of the 21st century. The series, run by volunteers, has
featured significant musicians and composers from many corners of the world
as well as from varied parts of the United States. While the Gatherings are
held exclusively in Philadelphia, the series attracts numerous attendees
from outside the area and is considered an international rather than local
event.

The Fall Gathering season begins with a unique concert of ambient tuba
soundscapes by Tom Heasley and the harmonic singing of Spectral Voices. The
concert begins at 8:00pm on Saturday 15 September 2001 at St Mary's Church,
3916 Locust Walk on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, PA. Admission is $20.
Advance Tickets are available on-line through TicketWeb.com. For more
information, please access the Gatherings website
http://www.thegatherings.org

At the Gathering, Tom Heasley will be performing music similar to his new
album, WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY. The Gathering in Philadelphia will be
the perfect spot for Heasley to realize his live improvisations. "Heasley
focuses on making subtle changes in texture and building harmonic layers
from loops of echoed horn". "Using electronic processing and the physics of
sound, his current of sustained notes transforms into a confluence of
layered tones. Cavernous reverberations set a soft glow to the waves of
sound and the listener is lulled by the sonic scenery of this smooth
ambient soundscape." Following the Gathering concert, Heasley will perform
live on STAR'S END ambient radio.

Spectral Voices returns to the Gathering as a duo. After many years of
devotion to their art, Jim Cole and Alan Dow have become masters of
ethereal singing. Their craft is multi-faceted, involving the disciplines
of overtone singing (producing and controlling more than one note
simultaneously per singer), breathing and perfect pitch. At the Gathering,
Spectral Voices will improvise texturally diverse soundscapes of subtle
complexity and eerie beauty as on their two critically acclaimed albums,
SKY and COALESCENSE

You can learn more about the Gathering with Tom Heasley and Spectral Voices
by accessing the Gatherings website. There you will find background on the
artists, photos, audio of a Jim Cole interview, directions and news about
future events in the series.

Thanks very much for your time and attention. I hope you can make it out to
the concert! Please pass this info along.


Sincerely,

Chuck van Zyl
http://www.thegatherings.org

On his way across the country from California, Tom will also be playing a
number of smaller shows at various venues in between.

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2001.08.14
PLEASE NOTE: Hypnos mail
order HQ will be in hibernation mode between Wednesday
August 15 and Thursday August 23. This online store
will remain “open” during that time, and orders will
be held safely until we start processing and shipping
your orders again on Friday August 24. Thank you for
your continued support!

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2001.08.13
BINARY (the new Hypnos sub-label, for those of you not paying attention lately) is
pleased to announce its forthcoming third release (following the debut releases
by Paul Ellis and Dweller at the Threshold). Coming this fall:


Thermal Transfer
by Saul Stokes and Vir Unis

More information on this title coming up soon, but let’s just say that
it was the opportunity to hear a sneak preview of this project six months
ago that convinced me to start up BINARY in the first place. This is exciting,
strange, thoroughly modern electronic music.

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2001.08.12
Revised release dates for the Foundry releases:

FOU.11 Seofon - Zero Point  -  8/13/01
FOU.13 eM - All the Stars Burning Bright - 9/3/01
FOU.12 Dean Santomieri - The Boy Beneath the Sea - 9/24/01
FOU.14 Mollusk - Accretions - release date 10/8/01

Zero Point by Seofon et al is actually available now at the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

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2001.08.10 (later)
Today’s episode of Hearts of Space radio opens with the title track from the A Produce
album Smile on the Void. Congratulations, AP!

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2001.08.10
For a while the Hypnos/Foundry co-operative has been working toward the first
set of releases, starting with Zero Point (by Seofon with Vidna Obmana,
Steve Roach, Stephen Kent and Robert Rich), mentioned in the latest news
update of 8/3, below.

It finally looks like Zero Point is ready to go any moment now, and will
be available for purchase from the
Hypnos
Online Store
during the weekend. You can also find more information at
www.hypnos.com/foundry and
www.foundrysite.com/seofon/zeropoint.
Audio clips in MP3 format are available now on the Foundry page and will be
available from the Hypnos Store when Zero Point point is listed there for sale.
If you like, you can check those clips out here:

SEOFON ZERO POINT MP3s
Album samples

1. collecting the spirits (excerpt) [2.40]
mp3

2. science of success (excerpt) [2.37]
mp3

3. rev. 20:13 teknos (the seeding) (excerpt) [2.44]
mp3

SEOFON ZERO POINT MP3s
Non-album tracks

1. collecting the spirits (vidnaObmana) [7.32]
mp3

2. zero point (thermal) [10.54]
mp3

3. persistent memory (seofon) [5.11]
mp3

4. point of balance (steve roach) [3.29]
mp3

The launch of the two Hypnos sub-labels, BINARY and THE FOUNDRY, can now be considered
complete. We already consider both ventures artistic successes, though it
remains to be seen what the listening public will think. Stay tuned.

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2001.08.03
The first release on the Foundry sub-label of Hypnos will debut soon, and should
be one with a lot of appeal for regular Hypnos listeners. It’s Zero Point
by Seofon with Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent and Robert Rich. So while
many of you may be less familiar with Seofon, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the
other names. This is a unique “multi-collaboration” release that covers a lot of
ground, and it’s a great starting place for the Foundry & Hypnos cooperative project.

Seofon himself recently described the project as follows:


For the last year or so I’ve been engaged in a collaboration with Vidna
Obmana and Steve Roach, and the results are just about to be released as the
first disc on Mike&Michael’s new Hypnos/Foundry imprint. The album, “Zero
Point,” springboards from material recorded by the Ambient Temple of
Imagination, and features guest appearances from Stephen Kent, Robert Rich,
Not Breathing, and our very own Joshua “Thermal” Maremont. I’d also like to
give honorable mention to Jack the Tab for his contribution of making VO the
man of the hour. =) I’m sure that further specifics will be forthcoming
from the labels when the time is right, but suffice it to say for now that
Zero Point will be available wherever fine Hypnos products are sold.

http://www.hypnos.com/foundry
http://www.foundrysite.com/seofon/zeropoint

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2001.08.02 (later)
The text of a Hypnos press release announcing the launch of the BINARY sub-label:

Announcing BINARY (Hypnos sub-label), and two new CD releases

In its first five years, Hypnos Recordings has established itself
as an explorer of atmospheric and minimal ambient recordings.  One
of the most common requests received, and one which coincides with
my personal musical interests, is that Hypnos should become involved
in more dynamic forms of electronic music, everything from
experimental electronica, to more rhythmic trance, and classic
European-influenced e-music.

To that end, the BINARY sub-label has been established, to give
voice to artists both new and familiar, who were previously working
in forms more kinetic than would have fit with Hypnos.  The first two
CD releases both have a bit of "classic e-music" flavor, heavily
utilizing analog sequencers and synthesizers.  Definitely not for
people who hate music that sounds electronic.


 * * *

The Binary label debut is INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN by Paul Ellis (best
known as 1/3 of Dweller at the Threshold, a group whose new disc
OUROBORUS is the other new release on Hypnos/Binary -- see below), a
bright and distinctive piece of modern electronic music.  Those of you
who are more interested in true e-music -- shifting synthesizer
patterns, beautiful resonances, expressions of the soul of the machine --
will delight in this fantastic, fresh recording.

Using a dash of classic European e-music as a reference point, but never
for a minute sounding like an artist exploring any path buts Ellis's
own, INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN supplies that modern synth music "fix" for
listeners who remember their excitement at first hearing Wendy Carlos,
Jean-Michel Jarre, Synergy, or early Tangerine Dream... but for people
who already own all those albums and don't want to hear them re-done.
Like the first albums of Alpha Wave Movement and Synthetic Block, this
album utilizes just the right limited measure of "classic" and moves on
from there to create something new.

Ellis takes the listener on a nearly exhausting musical roller-coaster
of pulsing arpeggios, cascading mechanistic sequences, many-layered
melodic passages, and gradually to brief calm passages, before cranking
the energy and complexity level up again.

 * * *

OUROBORUS by Dweller at the Threshold is the first Binary release by a
group whose members include Dave Fulton (whose collaboration THE MOST
DISTANT POINT KNOWN with Hypnos founder M Griffin was released on Hypnos,
to much acclaim, in 2000), Paul Ellis (whose  solo album INTO THE LIQUID
UNKNOWN is the Binary label debut, also released this month), and John
Duval.  The first Dweller album, NO BOUNDARY CONDITION (released on
Eurock) had a stronger Tangerine Dream influence, but the group has since
moved further into deep, deep space.  Though some measure of digital
technology is in use here, one of the features identifying Dweller's sound
is the heavy use of analog modular synthesizers.  Fulton relies heavily on
a refrigerator-sized bank of Doepfer modular synths and a Synthesis
Technologies (MOTM) system, while Duval uses "The Fist of God," a massive
Serge Modular system.

The use of all this expensive, esoteric analog synthesis gear is no mere
"synth geek's vanity" -- the sound of Dweller at the Threshold possesses a
character and clarity that would simply not be possible with modern digital
synthesizers.  An audience member at a recent DATT concert in Portland was
overheard afterward saying "I haven't heard something that good since
Tangerine Dream was young."  That isn't to say that Dweller intends to mimic
the German synth music greats -- just that their sound has enough substance
to thrill even the most jaded e-music fan.

Both CDs are available now at the Hypnos Online Store:
  http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant/merchant.mv

Audio clips will be available soon at the Hypnos/Binary site:
  http://www.hypnos.com/binary

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2001.08.02
The new Saul Stokes album Abstraction, released on the Green House Music label
(don’t worry — yes, Saul is still definitely a Hypnos artist with other projects
coming out later this year), is now in stock and available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. It’s in both the Green House section, and a new section devoted
to Saul Stokes (I always hated having Saul’s excellent “wood box” limited editions
in the “miscellaneous M-Z” section).

Also New Age Voice magazine has just released their July 2001 radio airplay
charts,
here
. Hypnos releases didn’t peak quite as high this month as last (when A
Produce’s Smile on the Void was #7), but there are still 5 Hypnos titles
in the top 100, more than any other label. Groove has 4 on the list (which is
pretty strong for a foreign label if you ask me), HOS has 4, and heavyweight
commercial labels like Narada, Astralwerks, and so on, have a couple each. That’s
not to say that chart presence on the NAV radio charts is any kind of proof of
quality (I haven’t even heard of some of the stuff on top of the charts) but we’re
pleased that so many DJs choose to play Hypnos CDs on their shows, even though we
don’t have expensive promotional consultants calling DJs every day to “encourage”
the play of our CDs.

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2001.08.01
In case you haven’t yet visited David Opdyke’s excellent web site dedicated to
ambient & related music forms (experimental electronica, etc.) The AmbiEntrance,
now would be a good time to check it out

here
. This month’s update has 3 new Hypnos reviews, including CDs by Sola
Translatio, Paul Vnuk. Jr, and Tom Heasley.

The AmbiEntrance usually has other interesting features as well, such as artist
interviews (this month it’s Lustmord), and a fun & interesting “Question of the
Month” feature in which the same question is posed to a list of the genre’s
musicians, and their answers are listed all together. Usually makes for good,
entertaining reading, and a good way to get to know a little more about your
favorite musicians.

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2001.07.31
Hypnos artist Saul Stokes (soon to be Binary artist as well) recently unveiled
a complete redesign to his web site at
www.saulstokes.com
. It includes information on all his CD releases, including
non-Hypnos titles (two “wood box” limited editions, and his just-released Abstraction
on Green House Music), a page of MP3 files, information about live performances, and
a “studio” page where you can see a bit of the hand-built synthesizer gear that gives
Stokes his distinctive sound.

Not only a great information source, this is also a top-notch piece of web design.
Check it out!

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2001.07.30
Busy weekend! Saturday night in Portland we had a live performance by Hypnos/Binary
artists Dweller at the Threshold, as well as Robert Carty. Dweller’s album
Ouroborus, and Dweller member Paul Ellis’s Into the Liquid Unknown
— the first two Binary releases — were made available for the first time at the
show.

Carty started off with a drifting, swirling atmospheric set, mixing electronic and
acoustic (didgeridoo, shakers, and this rotating “rumble keg” thing — not sure
what it’s called) textures. Dweller followed with a more dynamic set of pure,
vintage electronics — overlapping sequencer patterns, on-the-fly chord changes,
and plenty of flashing LEDs to tickle the fancy of the old-school e-music fans
in attendance. The crowd was enthusiastic, and numbered 75 people or so.

Probably we’ll try again with another pair of artists in 4-6 months or so — perhaps
Viridian Sun will perform, and maybe we’ll bring in another Hypnos artist from out
of town. Though the crowd was smaller than for the Vidna Obmana / Steve Roach
performance in the same venue last November, I’m more certain than ever that with
the right promotional planning and efforts (and possibly even a switch to a slightly
less HUGE and expensive venue), a live concert series in Portland can be made to work.

Dweller’s album Ouroborus, and Paul Ellis’s Into the Liquid Unknown
are available now at the
Hypnos
Online Store
. In the next day or two I’ll flesh out the descriptions a bit, add
blurbs from some early reviews by Portland-based reviewer Phil Derby (who writes for
SMD and Sequences, and formerly for Wind and Wire), and post some audio clips. But
in advance of that, the discs are available for purchase now, for those of you who
already know you want to buy them!

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2001.07.25
It looks like we’ll be receiving CDs for the first two Hypnos/Binary releases —
Dweller at the Threshold Ouroborus and Paul Ellis Into the Liquid
Unknown
— on Friday, just in time for the Portland performance by Dweller
(of which Ellis is also a member) on Saturday, meaning that those who attend
the concert (July 28th, 9PM, The Old Church near PSU downtown) will be the
first to get their hands on these new discs. They’ll be added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
during the weekend.

Speaking of the Store, some new items were added this week, without any
announcement made on this News page. Click over and take a look — you’ll see
several new items in the “Hypnos Recommends” front page section.

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2001.07.24
About 6 new reviews added for Jeff Pearce’s latest, The Light Beyond. If
you’ve been waiting to buy until you have a chance to see what others think, then
check the Hypnos Reviews page.

Also added a single rave review of Paul Vnuk Jr’s minimal soundscape Silence
Speaks in Shadows
.

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2001.07.23
Added about 10 new reviews for Vidna Obmana’s The Contemporary Nocturne,
as well as the first pair of early reviews of Vidna’s Soundtrack for
the Aquarium
special edition, released last month. Check the Hypnos
Reviews page.

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2001.07.20
Posted some reviews for the following CDs:
Mother Sunrise, The Light Beyond, Silence
Speaks in Shadow
, and Where the Earth Meets the Sky. Check out
the Hypnos “Reviews” page by clicking the link at left.

Also, just wanted to remind everybody about the upcoming performance by
Hypnos/Binary artists Dweller at the Threshold, in Portland on July 28th,
just in case you forgot. Of course, not all of you can fly around the globe
to hear live music, but for those of you in and around Portland, or those with
lots of frequent flier miles to use up, here’s another reminder.

On the subject of live performances by Dweller, they’ve just been confirmed as
performing at the Alfa Centauri festival in The Netherlands, in March 2002.
Here’s the announcement from the show’s organizers:

We are very proud to announce that there will be a 9th Edition
of the Alfa Centauri EM Festival, definitely !

When ?
-----------
Saturday March 16, 2002

Where ?
------------
Theatre 't Spant in Bussum, the same great venue as the previous festival

Who ?
-------------
These are the first 3 confirmed acts:

Finally on stage 70's synth pioneer .....

*** S Y N E R G Y    (Larry Fast)   (USA)

and

*** D W E L L E R   A T   T H E   T R E S H O LD   (USA)

and

*** K U B U S S C H N I T T    (Europe)

And 3 more acts to be announced soon !

Tickets ?
-------------
On sale (advanced booking) from September 1 till March 5, 2002

Please look at our website for more details such as ticket prices, advanced
booking procedures etc. at our website www.alfacentauri.nl

Stalls and tables available as of August 15, for more details please contact
us through festival@alfacentauri.nl

More information to be published soon


Regards
the Alfa Centauri Festival Team
This sounds like a pretty cool show, though a bit more distant a trip for most readers of this forum, than Portland. So come to the July 28 show here, and then start saving your money immediately for the trip to The Netherlands, and you'll have eight months to scrape the funds together. Congratulations to Dweller at the Threshold for this exciting opportunity to reach a new audience.

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2001.07.19 Finished updating the Audio clips page, for all CDs up through the very most recent (Vidna Obmana's Soundtrack for the Aquarium, for which clips will be added soon). Many of you had pointed out that clips for such CDs as Mother Sunrise, The Light Beyond, Silence Speaks in Shadow, and Where the Earth Meets the Sky were long overdue.

So look to the left frame in your browser window to where it says "Hypnos Audio Clips," and take a walk down the path of low-fi RealAudio exploration!

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2001.07.16 We always especially love to see reviews of Hypnos CDs (or in the case of Somnium, DVDs) in mass-market magazines. It's not that we don't appreciate the attention we get from lower-profile web-zines and specialty magazines and newsletters.... it's just that we have these crazy ideas about getting people not already familiar with ambient music and Hypnos, to give these CDs a try.

So it was especially gratifying to see Robert Rich's Somnium very favorably reviews in the most recent Tower Records Pulse magazine (which is free at every Tower Records, Tower Video, and Tower Books location) by Echoes radio host John Diliberto. He gives Somnium a nice boost and a five-star rating.

And even more recently Alternative Press magazine, which usually doesn't have much time for music that ISN'T by Nine Inch Nails or Limp Bizkit or the like, took the time for a Somnium review of their own. It's a slightly less rapturous evaluation -- rated 7 out of 10 -- but pretty good stuff considering we're talking about a magazine with a narrower focus. Color us pleased!

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2001.07.15 The busy release schedule by Hypnos in the past month-plus ended up getting me way behind in creating RealAudio sample clips, as is my custom, for every track on every Hypnos CD.

I caught up a bit over the weekend, getting clips finished for every disc up through vidnaObmana's Aquarium, which will be done this week. Though the Hypnos Audio page isn't updated yet, you can link directly to those RealAudio clips here:

Tom Heasley Where the Earth Meets the Sky:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4

Paul Vnuk Silence Speaks in Shadows:
Part 1 (early) + Part 2 (a little later) + Part 3 (after the middle) + Part 4 (near the end)

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2001.07.14 Online orders for the upcoming Dweller at the Threshold & Robert Carty performance in Portland, have started to roll in. Just a reminder to visit the Hypnos Online Store if you want to make sure to get your tickets. Assuming there is not a sell-out, though, you'll be able to buy tickets at the door for the same $13 price.

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2001.07.09 New Age Voice magazine (a new age & related genres trade magazine serving radio & retail) just released their June 2001 radio airplay Top 100 list, and recent Hypnos releases occupy 5 of the spots in the top 50, including A Produce's Smile on the Void at #7.

www.newagevoice.com/chart4.htm

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2001.07.07 Several times in recent weeks we've discussed the upcoming Dweller at the Threshold & Robert Carty performance in Portland, Oregon on July 28th. Now, you can order tickets to the event through the Hypnos Online Store. Actually, the tickets were available online last week, but I made them fairly hard to find..... but now they're prominently featured right on the front & center of the Store's main page.

Those who attended the Vidna Obmana & Steve Roach performance at The Old Church in downtown Portland can vouch for the fact that this is a fantastic venue for a live show. The Dweller/Carty show is going to be a great example of visionary electronic music. We hope to see many of you venturing to Portland from out of town or out of state.

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2001.07.05 A bit of a mini-holiday here.... back to work again, though. If you've emailed in the last few days and not received a response yet, sorry about that. It's a combination of holiday-related absenteeism, and extreme busy-ness related to the launching of the Binary and Foundry sub-labels. Pardon our mess!

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2001.07.02 A few update to the Hypnos Online Store, the biggest of which is the much-anticipated Soundtrack for the Aquarium Special Edition 2CD by Vidna Obmana. It's $15.99. You'll also find a new CD by Numina, and a few other featured items.

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2001.06.28 The word of the week around here has been Binary -- lots of work on the web site www.hypnos.com/binary/ and also revision after revision to the first two package designs. Very soon we'll have a sneak preview of the cover artwork for the first two Binary releases, Ouroborus by Dweller at the Threshold, and Into the Liquid Unknown by Paul Ellis (who is also a member of Dweller).

These are a couple of very strong releases. In both cases the music is a bit more active and dynamic than what Hypnos would normally release, but they should also appeal to most "mainstream" Hypnos listeners as well. This is the very sort of thing -- excellent music that didn't quite fit the "Hypnos sound" -- that brought about the genesis of the Binary & Foundry projects.

Also coming soon, sound clips so you'll know what I'm talking about, and so you can judge for yourself whether all this fuss is worth anything.

I've been so busy working on these Binary release, and helping to co-ordinate the four upcoming Foundry releases, that I forgot to offer a "teaser" here about a very exciting upcoming Hypnos release: vidnaObmana's Soundtrack for the Aquarium: 2CD Special Edition. This is one of the most truly "ambient" vidnaObmana releases in recent years, and includes some of the Belgian ambient master's finest work ever. It will be available for purchase Friday or Saturday, so stay tuned. When it's available at the Hypnos Online Store I'll make an announcement on this page.

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2001.06.26 Pretty soon you'll see a revision to this web space, as we expand the hypnos.com domain to encompass the two new sub-labels, Hypnos/Binary and Hypnos/Foundry. If updates here lately have been a bit scarce, it's due at least in part to all the work going on behind the scenes, toward this next major update to the main Hypnos site, the www.hypnos.com/binary/ site, as well as the www.foundysite.com domain. Stay tuned.

Oh, and a bit more information about projected release dates for the first four Hypnos/Foundry releases:

1. release date for fou.11 - 7/23/01

2. release date for fou.13 - 8/13/01

3. release date for fou.12 - 9/3/01

4. release date for fou.14 - 9/24/01

Also, a bit more information on the upcoming Dweller at the Threshold performance
(also featuring Robert Carty) in Portland on July 28th. The venue is "The Old Church"
downtown, where Vidna Obmana and Steve Roach performed last November. The address is
SW 11th and Clay, near PSU, and the show will begin at 9 PM. Tickets will be $13.00,
and will be available for purchase from the Hypnos Online Store in the next few days.

Here's a preview of the promotional poster for the show, soon to be plastered all over
every telephone pole in the 972xx zip codes:
DATT poster.

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2001.06.25
This week's Hearts of Space radio show featured a track from Markus Reuter's
Digitalis, the first Hypnos disc featured in a while. Since this widely-heard
syndicated show only airs for one hour, once a week, getting airplay there is tough!

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2001.06.22
As promised, here's a little preview of the cover artwork for the upcoming Hypnos
co-operative releases with The Foundry:

FOU.11 - Seofon - Zero Point: lessons in being nothing
(with Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent, Robert Rich,Not Drowning and Thermal)
cover image

FOU.12 - Dean Santomieri - The Boy Beneath the Sea
cover image

FOU.13 - eM - All the Stars Burning Bright
cover image

FOU.14 - Mollusk - Accretions
cover image

The designs are by Michael Bentley.

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2001.06.20
A bit more information on both the Hypnos/Binary and Hypnos/Foundry sub-labels.... In
the next two months, there will be two Hypnos/Binary releases (mentioned yesterday),
and four Hypnos/Foundry releases.

Though the Hypnos/Foundry project has been "cooking" longer than Hypnos/Binary, things
have finally come together to the point where we're ready to get some CDs going.
Of course, many of you are familiar with The Foundry label, as it is a pre-existing
entity, not something created from scratch as a subsidiary of Hypnos. In fact, just
to clarify, a good way of explaining these two projects (H/B and H/F) is that Hypnos/Binary
is a true sub-label of Hypnos, while Hypnos/Foundry is more of a co-operative project
between Hypnos and The Foundry.

An example of the difference between the two is that the Hypnos/Binary web site will
be located on this hypnos.com domain, whereas the Hypnos/Foundry site will continue
to be primarily located on the foundrysite.com domain (there will be some
Foundry content located here soon, most likely at hypnos.com/foundry/, though there's
nothing in that folder yet).

Also, the CD package designs and artwork for
Hypnos/Binary CDs will be designed at ChromaStatic III studio, by Hypnos founder
Mike Griffin, just the same as "regular" Hypnos CDs. The CD package designs and
artwork for Hypnos/Foundry releases will be designed by Foundry honcho Michael
Bentley (aka Foundry artist eM, and part of The Apiary). If you've never seen a
Foundry label design, you may have seen the ambient01@hyperreal compilation of
music composed by members of the Ambient music mailing list at hyperreal.org --
Michael designed that too. He has a strange and yet minimal design approach that
we both feel fits well right next to the "Hypnos style," while maintaining a distinct
flavor. We'll have some sample artwork available here soon.

Another distinction: Hypnos/Binary catalog numbers will start with "hyby0101" while
the Hypnos/Foundry catalog numbers will start with FOU.11.... speaking of which, here's
a list of those first four H/F releases:

FOU.11 - Seofon - Zero Point: lessons in being nothing
(with Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Stephen Kent, Robert Rich,Not Drowning and Thermal)

FOU.12 - Dean Santomieri - The Boy Beneath the Sea

FOU.13 - eM - All the Stars Burning Bright

FOU.14 - Mollusk - Accretions

The first release Zero Point will no doubt be of great interest to Hypnos listeners, being as it
is a sort of "multi-collaboration" between Seofon and a number of very strong and yet
diverse artists. We anticipate this one having a lot of interest and appeal for just about
anybody who might be reading this news page!

The second release The Boy Beneath the Sea is a collage of deep ambient soundscapes
mixed with spoken word "storytelling" elements -- magnetic, engrossing and listenable.

The third release All the Stars Burning Bright is wonderfully strange, deep-space
sonic experimentation by The Foundry's Michael Bentley under the name eM. This will have
a lot of appeal for fans of weird deep stuff like Viridian Sun or Lustmord.

The last of the four is Accretions by Mollusk, a strongly uncompromising work of
experimental digitalism and ultra-processing. Those interested in the experimental
works of the 12k or Touch labels will find Mollusk to be among the most interesting
recent work in the so-called "microsound" genre.

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2001.06.18
I know these updates have been not only rare but also lean (sounds like a steak) lately,
but that doesn't indicate a lack of activity here. One thing that has been taking a
fair amount of time and attention is the launch of the Hypnos/Binary sub-label. In
short order this has gone from being "just an idea," to a legitimate, active new
label with several releases coming in the next several months.

First will be the latest Dweller at the Threshold album Ouroborus and the
second solo album by Dweller member Paul Ellis, to be entitled Into the Liquid
Unknown
. Other releases are being discussed by artists like Synthetic Block,
Saul Stokes, and others.

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2001.06.13
Added about 10 more reviews for Robert Rich's landmark DVD Somnium, and
Jeff Pearce's The Light Beyond, to the Hypnos Reviews page.

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2001.06.12
Many, many reviews added for A Produce's Smile on the Void on the Hypnos Reviews page. Also, a lesser number of reviews were added for Digitalis
by Markus Reuter, Sunyata by Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana's first two Hypnos
discs, and Griffin & Fulton's The Most Distant Point Known.... about 26
reviews in all!

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2001.06.05 (later)
The Hypnos/Cascade idea as announced last month has been changed slightly,
broadened, and renamed Hypnos/Binary. It will be a Hypnos sub-label dedicated to
more dynamic, pulsing, sometimes rhythmic forms of electronic music -- everything
from sequenced Berlin-school to "electronica" of the more experimental variety.
Basically it is the more upbeat & active cousin to Hypnos.

Paul Ellis and Dave Fulton of Dweller at the Threshold will be involved in different
capacities, which will be announced in greater detail soon. They can be reached at
ellis@hypnos.com and fulton@hypnos.com effective immediately. It looks likely that
Paul will have the greater direct involvement, and will have a "Project Manager"
type of role in which he will help facilitate specific projects, artist relationships,
and possibly new directions and outlets for this music. Dave will, at least for the
present, have a more limited technical role, though this may change at some time in
the future should Dave's schedule loosen up a bit.

We consider this a very exciting stage in the development of Hypnos as an entity, as
an exciting new outlet for all of us (me, Paul, Dave, and the artists).

Likely initial releases will be Paul Ellis's excellent sequencer-driven INTO THE
LIQUID UNKNOWN, and the third Dweller at the Threshold CD, both of which will be out
this summer.

Subsequent releases will involve other artists not previously involve with Hypnos, yet
who will be familiar to many of our existing listeners.

More soon, and please watch this space for details and greater content, soon:

www.hypnos.com/binary

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2001.06.05
New Age Voice magazine recently announced their "4th annual New Age Voice Awards"
winners and finalists. There are several categories, several of which would
not be of much interest to Hypnos listeners, but two Hypnos CDs from 2000 were
entered for consideration in this year's awards, and both fared very well.

First, Jeff Pearce's highly acclaimed To the Shores of Heaven was entered
in the Ambient/Space/Electronic category, and it won the first place award in
that category over works by Michael Stearns/Ron Sunsinger, John Serrie/Gary
Stroutsos, Lightwave, and Stephanie Sante. Once again (as with
the Echoes Radio "Listeners' Choice Album of the Year" award), Hypnos and Jeff
Pearce deal a smack-down to the bigger labels and their more heavily
publicized & promoted artists.

Also, James Johnson's Hypnos debut Entering Twilight was entered
in the Healing/Meditation category, and it ended up as one of four finalists.

You can find the awards announcement page by visiting http://www.newagevoice.com/award2.htm.

Congratulations to Jeff Pearce and James Johnson for these well-deserved honors!

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2001.06.04
A very busy weekend.... though I had not updated this page last Friday, I did
announce the new Hypnos releases through various mailing lists, and updated
the
Hypnos
Online Store
to include them. So with three brand new Hypnos releases, as
well as a bunch of interesting new and back-in-stock Hic Sunt Leones label
(Alio Die and associated artists) materials, the orders flooded in all weekend.

In keeping with recent (possibly misguided) tradition, I'll copy the recent
Hypnos press releases regarding our new releases, below:

Artist:    Paul Vnuk Jr.
Title:     Silence Speaks in Shadow

HYPNOS RELEASE:  Paul Vnuk Jr. - Silence Speaks in Shadow

SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW, the first Hypnos CD by Paul Vnuk Jr.
of Ma Ja Le (a duo that released a collaboration IMAGINARIUM
with Vir Unis, and also more recently issued a limited-edition
live CD with Hypnos artist James Johnson).  Vnuk ventures out
into the solo world with a longform release that blends the
environmental sounds of a cityscape with an ebbing and flowing
synth atmosphere.  SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW gives us a glimpse
into the psycho-environmental sounds of a city drenched in
rain and industrial sonics.

Stating his aims with this project, Vnuk says:  "The open
windows and industrial sounds of a rain drenched city can have
a strange calming effect on the soul."

A pre-release review by Jim Brenholts says:  "....expertly
mixes somber passages and samples with an expansive drone,
nature samples and melodic pastoral ambience.  The effect is
both chilling and calming.  The emotional and spiritual
responses are clear and undefinable.  The physical response
is immediate calm.  This CD is essential psychoactive
meditation material!"

Hypnos Recordings feels a special fondness for smooth,
long-form environmental pieces.  We find them full of details
which gradually reveal themselves, and transport the
listener to unfamiliar locales, or frames of mind.  SILENCE
SPEAKS IN SHADOW is sure to be a favorite "place" of many who
experience it.

TRACK LISTING:

1  Silence Speaks in Shadow  73:58

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Artist:    Tom Heasley
Title:     Where the Earth Meets the Sky

HYPNOS RELEASE:  Tom Heasley -- Where the Earth Meets the Sky

Tom Heasley is almost certainly a new name for most Hypnos listeners.
He's a classically-trained tubist (that is, he plays the tuba) with a
widely varied musical background -- free jazz, and a great range of
experimental work in addition to more conventionally "musical" music.
Heasley has performed and recorded with a wide range of musical
innovators such as Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Anne LeBaron,
as well as with many luminaries from the worlds of jazz, free
improvisation, and rock.

WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY is the Hypnos debut by Tom Heasley.
Tom's work impressed Robert Rich, who recorded and mastered the
then-untitled collection of deep tuba atmospheres, and who found
the material unique, special, and appropriate to what Hypnos is
doing.  We have no doubt that once the ambient, space & atmospheric
music audience gets over the issue of "tuba?!" they will quickly
see what we recognize in the recording -- a deep, restrained
sonorous richness, and a very nice divergence from the usual
"synths and samplers" sonic palette common to our genre.  Put
aside any preconceptions you may have about the tuba as an
unlikely instrument for beautiful, restrained ambience. If you
like the Hypnos sound, you'll love WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY.
It's a truly deep, organic, and beautiful album and Hypnos takes
great pleasure in bringing it to the public.


TRACK LISTING:

1 Ground Zero
2 Western Sky
3 Monterey Bay
4 Where the Earth Meets the Sky

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2001.06.03
New Hypnos artist Tom Heasley will be taking part in a pretty high-profile
performance at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this Saturday, June 9 2001. The
event, entitled "Jazz At the Aquarium," is in part a benefit event ($30 of
the $50 admission is tax-deductible), but includes a long list of varied
musical artists, including (as described on the event's promotional flier):
"The Roy Hargrove Quintet, featuring noted trumpet/fluegelhorn player Roy
Hargrove, the Madeline Eastman/Bruce Forman Duo, Modern Gypsies, the vintage
sounds of Dizzy Burnett & Grover Coe, the Rob Lautz and Stan Poplin Duo,
local pianist Biff Smith, up-and-coming jazz group Deuces Wild, Jerry
Shanahan and Scott McKenna, and tuba master Tom Heasley."

OK, I'll admit to never having heard of most of those performers, but then I'm
not up-to-date on present-day jazz. It looks like a fun event, and aside from
the Hypnos/Heasley connection, something worthwhile. The event flier even
has a picture of Roy Hargrove looking extremely relaxed, sitting in front of
a window in a mostly-transparent shirt, so I'm sure the ladies will be there
in large numbers. For those interested, call to reserve tickets at 1-800-840-4880.
Proceeds benefit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

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2001.05.31
ECHOES radio, the nationally syndicated daily show, continues its steadfast
support of Hypnos artists with another upcoming Jeff Pearce feature, as
announced in their recent email update regarding June features:

Tuesday 6/5*, Saturday, 6/9**, Sunday, 6/10**, Sunday, 6/17*
JEFF PEARCE RIDES THE LOOP
Jeff Pearce has been entrancing listeners with his textural,
ambient guitar orchestrations since his debut album, Tenderness
& Fatality (Windchime).  His collaborations include work with
Jon Jenkins, Kevin Keller and Vidna Obmana.  Although he often
sounds like multiple guitar players and a synthesizer, Jeff
makes all of his music on one electric guitar in played in real
time with no overdubs.  Through a sophisticated system of looping
and sound processing, however, he transforms himself into an
ambient orchestra.  From his home in Indiana, Jeff Pearce comes
to the Echoes studio to reveal the sonic architecture behind his
music and latest albums, To the Shores of Heaven and The Light
Beyond (Hypnos).

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2001.05.29
There's nothing quite like a lovely 4-day weekend to allow a guy to R&R the
illness right out of his tired body. Ahhhh, the relief!

And that rest was well-timed, because this is going to be a doozy of a week.
Never before has Hypnos released more than 2 CDs in a single month. Well,
this month, it will be 4 CDs! In fact, this week alone, Hypnos will have 3
CD releases. Golly!

Hot off the presses by Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) is Mother
Sunrise
, the first Hypnos CD by either artist. Of course, I could go
to great lengths explaining what this CD is all about, or I could just do
the simple thing and copy & paste the press release for this wonderful
new CD:

Artist:    Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium)
Title:     Mother Sunrise
Catalog #: hyp2130
UPC #:     75390-71259-24

HYPNOS RELEASE:  Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) - Mother Sunrise

Italian ambient sound master Alio Die (best known for his previous
collaborations with ambient & experimental artists like Robert Rich &
Vidna Obmana), and younger Italian newcomer Opium, collaborate under the
project name Sola Translatio on their first project for Hypnos, MOTHER
SUNRISE. Combining an entrancing mix of natural recordings (water, wind,
soil, forest) and electronic textures, MOTHER SUNRISE conveys a descent
into the natural world at its grittiest, most organic, and most truly
"alive."

Usually ambient & atmospheric music is primarily electronic, or perhaps
utilizes guitars or other acoustic instruments, with electronic treatments.
While this recording does integrate such conventional instrumentation in
part, it derives its truly unique flavor through the liberal use of
natural "location" atmospheres (recorded in the Far East as well as
Italy), as well as organic percussive elements.

Opium is a newcomer, mostly unknown in the ambient & atmospheric music
scene, but Alio Die (especially through his excellent collaborations
with ambient stars Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana, but also through his
proprietorship of the Hic Sunt Leones label on which most of his solo
material has been released) is one of the increasingly respected &
beloved artists of our genre.  Taking a truly unique and personal
approach to this work, Alio Die arrives at a sound which is distinct --
truly rich, complex, and substantial enough to bear repeat listening.

TRACK LISTING:

1 Superior Spells
2 Sadness and Armony
3 Mother Sunrise
4 Awaken Spirits
5 Lullaby for the Desert Moon
6 Entrance Through a Self-Portrait
7 Floating Energies
8 Undercurrent in Castevoli

So, you say you want to see the cover artwork? Well, look
here.

And so very distasteful do I find the idea of the Hypnos label resting on
its laurels, that I will announce the next two Hypnos releases, Silence
Speaks in Shadows
by Paul Vnuk of Ma Ja Le, and Where the Earth
Meets the Sky
by Tom Heasley. More news tomorrow on these, though that's
not to say that these will necessarily be released tomorrow.... just
that there will be more information.

Those of you in a huge hurry to add the Sola Translatio disc to your collection
may proceed at once to the
Hypnos Online Store,
where it has been added to the catalog, despite its non-appearance on the front page.
Do a search for "Alio Die" or "Sola Translatio" or even pull down the "Hypnos label" category
to find it. Tomorrow or the next day you will see a new "Hypnos Recommends" section on the
front page of the Hypnos store, where not only will Mother Sunrise see a proper
introduction, but a lot of great new (and back-in-stock) CDs by Alio Die and related artists
on his Hic Sunt Leones label, will be featured as well.

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2001.05.22
At the time of the "Oh my gosh, I almost died of the flu" update of 5/18, having
felt well enough to sit at the computer and type another update, I assumed I'd
continue to recover and would have my little life back in order by the weekend.
Silly me! Whatever insanely horrible flu plague this is that's going around, it
really hangs on. I still feel every bit as lousy as I did on the 18th -- still
so weak that it's an effort to sit up straight, actually, so I'm currently typing
from a slumped position -- though there's some comfort in at least not being
utterly incapacitated as I was on the 17th.

Oh well, enough self-pity. A bit of further news on the Hypnos/Cascade project
as mentioned in those last two updates: it looks like the name might change,
though the idea remains mostly the same. So it's still safe to assume that
you'll see the new Paul Ellis and Dweller at the Threshold albums before too
long, issued on a label somehow affiliated with, or part of, Hypnos. The other
stuff, the names and details and so on, will be explored in more detail by
those involved, and announced as things solidify.

One bit of news that I can mention now is that Dweller at the Threshold
will be performing in Portland July 28th at the Old Church (the venue where
Vidna Obmana and Steve Roach performed a memorable and well-attended show
in November 2000). I've heard an interesting name who might also be performing
at the show, though I don't know yet whether that's definite so I won't mention
it here until I do know. If that person is participating, then it would
definitely be the first live performance by that artist that I have heard of.

Also there is some preliminary talk about this performance being the start of a
regular (though possibly somewhat irregular as well) concert series at Portland's
beautiful Old Church. Viridian Sun may be involved in one of the upcoming shows,
but there is no date or actual certainty of such a subsequent show... just talk
and my idle speculation! But it's exciting.... over on the Hypnos Forum there
has been much talk about the need our genre has for more performance venues and
concert series. Perhaps this is the birth of a new series, a sort of opposite-coast
little cousin to the Gatherings series in Philly?

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2001.05.18
Ugh... a NASTY flu has had me messed up for the last two days (the 5/17 update
below was written the previous evening, so I just had to upload it yesterday,
which was about the most I could manage in my condition). Horrible fever, the
shakes, dizziness, wobbly knees, all that good stuff.

Back in the saddle again, now. Mother Sunrise by Sola Translatio (Alio
Die + Opium) should be done any day now.

Several long-awaited projects seem to be getting ready to happen soon. There's
the Hypnos/Foundry co-label, the more recent Hypnos-Cascade deal, my own
long overdue album Fabrications, a lot of Hic Sunt Leones stuff that's
been out of stock for a long time on the
Hypnos Online Store
is now on the way from Italy (including three titles never yet listed in this catalog)....
even the old idea of the Hypnos T-Shirt seems like it may happen fairly soon.

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2001.05.17
Just received the following update from Dave Fulton (M. Griffin collaborator
on the Hypnos CD The Most Distant Point Known, and member of Dweller
at the Threshold) .... which reminds me, I also had an announcement to make!
OK, Dave's announcement first, then mine:

Whats happened to DATT? New Personnel, A New Show, A New Label,
A New Album, New Solo Works!

New Personnel>>> Paul Ellis has returned!

A New Show!>>>>  July 28th at the Old Church in Portland Oregon.
                 Details Soon!

A New Label>>>>  A new label run by Paul and I tentatively called
                 Cascade will be a Partnership with Hypnos Recordings.
                 Will release material from DATT personel and other
                 fine performers in the classic EM form and beyond.
                 More Details Soon!

A New Album!>>>  Is in the final weeks of completion. Should be our
                 best yet, Check the MP3 page for a sample soon. New
                 Solo Works> Paul has just completed his new solo work
                 "Into the Liquid Unknown". I will be mastering it in
                 the next week or 2. This is Paul's most mature and
                 powerful work to date. It will also kick off our new
                 label, It will be our first release! To make this
                 clear DATT is John Duval, Paul Ellis, Dave Fulton.
                 This is going to be another fantastic summer! I will
                 keep you informed as events unfold.

OK then, my own announcement (which has been basically revealed above) is that
Hypnos will be involved in a project which has been hinted about for a while
here, as well as on the Hypnos Forum. In this case, a new entity will be
created, a cooperative label called Hypnos-Cascade or something like that.
The Cascade imprint will be the work of Dave Fulton and Paul Ellis -- both
members of Dweller at the Threshold (though Paul quit briefly last year, so
if you saw DATT in the Gathering in Philly, Paul wasn't part of the group
then) as well as known solo artists in this genre, and will be primarily
oriented toward releasing their own group and
solo works, though it will also be quite active in releasing CDs by some of
the other groups and individuals working in the styles of "classic EM" or
"Berlin school" or what might also be called sequencer-based, mid-tempo music.
I know that many Hypnos listeners also have a fondness for this style, and
many of the titles on the Groove Unlimited label (which works mainly in a
classic EM mode) have been quite popular sellers at the Hypnos store. So
while this is a change, and an exploration of a different area, I think is
has some similarity to what Hypnos is all about, and will create a good
synergy.

Also remember that a Hypnos/Foundry co-operative label entity (obviously, a
co-label or sub-label arrangement with
The Foundry) is in the works,
from which the first releases should be seen in a few months.

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2001.05.16
Some items that have recently been out-of-stock, short-term or longer-term, are now back in at the
Hypnos Online Store.
These include James Johnson's Unity and Lost at Dunn's Lake (with Stephen Philips),
Steve Roach's Vine, Bark and Spore, Ashera's Colour Glow and Cobalt 144,
and all the recent Amplexus stuff by Oophoi & Tau Ceti, Matthias Grassow, and Amir Baghiri.

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2001.05.15
Recently posted to www.signumpress.com,
an online periodical covering the topics of art, music, media, culture, and other curiosities, you'll
find a new feature on the Hypnos label and some of its artists.

This fairly lengthy feature/interview is especially interesting in that the writer/interviewer comes from
a background well outside the usual ambient/space/experimental music scene. It's nice and somewhat
refreshing to read an outside perspective, even if I do come off as sort of a hyperactive geek.

Anyway, visit the Signum web site (linked above) and click on the "Ambient Chasers" feature (not sure what
that title mean actually), and if you enjoy it, send your emails of praise to the writer (Jay Horton) and
Signum Editor (Tiffany Lee Brown) to let them know their attention paid to Hypnos was not an utter waste.

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2001.05.09
So much stuff is cooking at Hypnos right now, it's a bit scary. Two CDs have been released
in the past month or so, three more CDs are currently being pressed (an all-time record for
Hypnos), and there's no shortage of "coming soon" projects on the horizon.

Here's a little sneak preview of the cover artwork for the three upcoming CDs:

Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) | Mother Sunrise
Paul Vnuk Jr. / Ma Ja Le | Silence Speaks in Shadow
Tom Heasley | Where the Earth Meets the Sky

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2001.05.06
Hey, a SUNDAY update.... what's the world coming to? This evening, added some
new titles to the
Hypnos Online Store,
several of which are "hot" items many of you have been asking about.

First, Blood Machine by Steve Roach & Vir Unis. This CD is released on the Green House
label, which previously released Vir Unis's two excellent (and very popular at the Hypnos store)
albums The Drift Inside and Aeonian Glow. Blood Machine follows the
same path established on the previous Roach/Vir Unis collaboration, Body Electric, and
is also somewhat similar to Roach's solo album (to which Vir Unis contributed rhythmic elements),
Light Fantastic. It's priced at $14.99 and is available now.

James Johnson & Stephen Philips Lost at Dunn's Lake is back in stock, for those of you
(and there were many!) who had ordered it in the past 1-2 weeks and found it unavailable.

The first Alpha Wave Movement/Jim Cole collaboration, Bislama, is also now in stock. The
price is $13.99 and it's issued on COle's own label, Spectral Spiral Music. An excellent
merging of AWM's electronic atmospheres and rhythms, with Cole's overtone vocals.

Many of you have asked for the self-titled debut CDR by Bering Sea, an "atmospheric pop" or
"drone rock" group headed by Hypnos artist David Tollefson. Though this is definitely NOT
ambient music -- it's more song-oriented, and there are even vocals on two tracks -- the
Tollefson guitar sound is definitely recognizable, and those who enjoy the "shoegazer"
style will probably really enjoy this. Just don't buy it if you're expecting Near and Far 2!

Aussie ambient musician Ashera has been one of the more popular artists at the Hypnos store
this past few months, especially his recent release Colour Glow (which, incidentally,
is still out of stock until a new shipment arrives from down under soon). But I do have in stock
about a dozen copies of an earlier 2-CD Ashera release, Ambient Selections, which
is a collection of earlier works. It's a double CD, more than two hours worth of music, at a
single-CD price of $13.99.

While Robert Rich's Somnium was the first DVD release sold here, of course it was a music
recording, and not a video. Now for the first time Hypnos offers a video DVD for sale --
it's Kaleida, a collection of abstract motion graphics, with music by Spacecraft and
Giles Reeves. It's priced at $24.99.

Lastly, we have a few copies of Vidna Obmana's Subterranean Collective 2CD set on the
Projekt label. This set collects most of three out-of-print Vidna Obmana classics:
Parallel Flaming, The Spiritual Bonding, and Echoing Delight.

And while this isn't a NEW item, there's a temporary special price on Jeff Pearce's To the
Shores of Heaven
, to celebrate the release of The Light Beyond. Even a year later,
Shores continues to be one of our top sellers, and it's not often you'll find a "sale"
price on one of our top 10 items, so take advantage of it now if you don't already own this
modern classic of ambient music. It's $10.99 for a very short time.

Most of the above will be found in the "Hypnos Recommends" section of the
Hypnos Online Store,
but not the Bering Sea or Vidna Obmana CDs, or the Kaleida DVD, so you'll have to hit
the "search" button (or look in the "Misc A-L" and "Projekt label" sections) to find these.

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2001.05.03
It's been a while since I've recapped what has come recently & summarized
what's coming up next for Hypnos, so today's news update will be something like that.
2001 has already been an amazing year for Hypnos, and it's not yet half-over. In
case you missed something, here's a thumbnail rundown for the year to date:

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First Hypnos release Digitalis by Markus Reuter, German-based touch guitarist.

+
First Hypnos DVD release, Robert Rich's Somnium, which also has the distinction
of being the longest continuous single piece of music yet commercially released.

+
Smile on the Void, the first new solo album from A Produce in 5 years, and his
first solo release on Hypnos.

+
Jeff Pearce's third Hypnos album (and the follow-up to his highly acclaimed To the
Shores of Heaven
), entitled The Light Beyond.

Of course you can read more about these items elsewhere (the reviews page, the Hypnos
Forum, etc.) so I've just covered these quickly. That gets us up through today....
but a lot more stuff is coming very soon, and throughout the rest of 2001:

+
The first album by Italian duo Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) will be released
by Hypnos in mid-May. It's called Mother Sunrise, and there's also a possibility
of future releases by Alio Die and his various collaborations and projects.

+
Coming in late May, Silence Speaks in Shadows, the first Hypnos CD by Paul
Vnuk Jr. of Ma Ja Le, a duo that released a collaboration Imaginarium with
Vir Unis on the Canadian labe Mirage, and also more recently issued a limited-edition
live CDR with Hypnos artist James Johnson, on Johnson's other imprint, Zero Music.

+
Also coming in late May (I told you a lot of stuff was coming soon!), Where the
Earth Meets the Sky
, which is the Hypnos debut by Tom Heasley, an experimental
tuba player with a background in jazz and free improvisation. Obviously Tom is not yet
known as a figure in the ambient/experimental genre surrounding Hypnos, but his work
struck Robert Rich (who recorded and mastered the album) as being unique, special, and
appropriate to what Hypnos is doing, so he passed it along to me. It's a truly deep,
organic, and beautiful album and I'll take great pleasure in bringing it to the Hypnos
audience.

+
After that will be Vidna Obmana's 2CD special edition Soundtrack for the Aquarium,
which is a remastered version of his original, obscure, long out of print work
for the Antwerp Aquarium (disc one) along with a never before released live recording
(disc two) of the same material, recently compiled and mastered as a bonus for this
release. Many Vidna Obmana fans have been clamoring for a taste of his more minimal,
"pure" ambient style of Trilogy or River of Appearances, and those fans
are going to love this one. I guarantee that this will become the favorite Vidna
Obmana album of many listeners -- it's that good!

+
Fabrications by Hypnos founder M. Griffin (the person typing this update), the
long delayed follow-up to Sudden Dark is actually quite close to being complete.
It is a simple-yet-deep textural recording, a many-layered collage of location
recordings which have been heavily treated and processed electronically so that they
no longer much resemble the source. I have pledged to myself and to my millions (OK,
more like dozens) of listeners that Fabrications will be released before I do
any further work on other personal projects or collaborations. So you will almost
certainly, finally, see it this summer.

+
Speaking of Griffin collaborations, substantial work has been done on Viridian Sun's
third release. In fact, all the material has been recorded, and the sorting/editing
process is going on now. This third album, as yet untitled, continues the
"abstract improvisation" direction of the first two Viridian Sun releases, with a
changed sound due to the different instrumentation. The new Viridian Sun utilizes
looped and processed guitars (Tollefson) and bass guitar (Griffin) -- no more
synthesizers, at least this time! Hence, the sound is a bit more gritty and organic,
yet still smooth and deep.

+
Saul Stokes has just begun work on his fourth album, Fields. There is still no
definite date as yet, but it's projected for late summer or fall.

+
Other albums planned for this year include Athlit by Italian artist Oophoi,
Proton Jelly by Jeff Karsin, an album by Robert Scott Thompson, and another
long-delayed project, the "various artists" compilation Never Time.

That gets us current with recent, upcoming and planned releases. I should also add
on the subject of general label "business" activities, Hypnos is currently exploring
three different, concurrent possibilities with regard to new label, sub-label or
"imprint" activities. Some of these have been mentioned, or at least hinted at, in
the past, but not much more can be said until one or more of them are a bit more
definite. Some of the biggest requests or suggestions that I receive from Hypnos
customers are as follows: 1) "The same stuff, more of it, please," and 2)
"Release more rhythmic, electronica-style or IDM music," and 3)
"Release some more sequencer-based, Berlin school, or classic E-music style music."

The first one is already in the
works -- as you can tell, Hypnos will release over a dozen CDs this year. As for the
others, we will have to wait and see, but there is a very strong chance that Hypnos will
be involved in bringing you some new, different kinds of music in the near future. These
will coincide with a gradual stylistical expansion of the selection of music at the
Hypnos Online Store.

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2001.05.02
In the time-honored tradition of passing off another's press releases as one's own
news, here is some information about another upcoming Echoes radio feature on
Robert Rich:

Wednesday May 9, Saturday, 5/12**, Sunday, 5/13**, Sunday, 5/20*
ROBERT RICH: TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DRONE
Robert Rich is one of the most expansive composers on the techno-tribal landscape,
but when he's not creating sensual melodies and rhythms, he makes a music designed
to inhabit your dreams.  In the early 1980s he gave all night sleep concerts and
every so often he goes out on the road encouraging audiences to tuck themselves in
and drift away.  He's just put out a definitive recording of the sleep concert
experience, a non-stop seven hour music DVD called SOMNIUM (Hypnos).  We're going
to revisit a 1996 feature with Robert Rich where he woke up to talk about his sleep
concerts.

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2001.05.01
Though Jeff Pearce's CD The Light Beyond was actually released yesterday,
it was not prominently added to the
Hypnos Online Store
until today, so I didn't make a general, public announcement of the release until just now.
It was actually on the store's listings if you REALLY wanted to look for it (search for "Pearce"
or scroll through the entire catalog listing), but now it's listed front and center on the
"Hypnos Recommends" section on the index page.

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2001.04.30
Excellent good news today!

But before I get to that... I'd like to apologize for the lack of updates lately. It
seems like about once every month or two, this news page has one of these "....
sorry it's been so long since the last update...." notes. Anyway, I think
today's news will more than make up for that. This page will be buzzing with info
in coming weeks, so much stuff do we have planned, and coming soon.

Today, Hypnos is pleased to announce the latest by Jeff Pearce, The Light Beyond.
His followup to the beloved & highly-acclaimed 2000 album To the Shores of Heaven,
The Light Beyond shares its predecessor's basis of smooth, guitar-based atmospheric
clouds, both dark and light. But The Light Beyond explores more abstract, open-
ended and free-form compositions, with one track almost forty-four minutes in duration,
in the midst of three shorter pieces.

This may be Pearce's most developed and sonically complex work yet, a fact that is truly
amazing considering that The Light Beyond was entirely improvised in the "Star's End"
studios of WXPN radio in Philadelphia. One man with a guitar and some electronic processing
boxes has created, in real time and for the benefit of a live listening audience, work
of a substance and depth, not to mention sonic richness, that ranks with his finest
studio-recorded works.

Listeners who loved Pearce's previous work -- in addition to To the Shores of Heaven
there were Daylight Slowly (also on Hypnos), Vestiges, Tenderness and
Fatality
and The Hidden Rift, as well as Pearce's collaboration with fellow
Hypnos artist Vidna Obmana, True Stories -- will find in The Light Beyond
the next phase in Pearce's evolution.

There will be other updates and news later this week with regard to other upcoming Hypnos
releases (which have been moving forward in the past 12 days despite the lack of
news updates here) and other label & artist-related activity.

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2001.04.18
Lately this pages seems to be nothing but copied-and-pasted press releases having
to do with upcoming performances and radio features by Hypnos artists. Here's the
latest, this time in regard to Robert Rich's feature on Echoes Radio:

A quick reminder: tonight (tuesday April 17) on Echoes, Robert Rich in a
Living Room Concert, playing solo piano. (Some stations may air this on
Sunday, April 29)

Robert has done a few sets of piano music when on tour, those of you lucky
enough to have caught him at The Gathering last year were treated to one of
those.  But he has never recorded his piano improvisations, and is not
likely to do so.

We rudely dropped-in on him with very short notice, and so Robert is a
little self-conscious about not being in absolutely top-form, but we think
he did a great job.

more info:

http://www.echoes.org

there's a picture of robert in his studio, at the piano at:

http://www.echoes.org/feature.html

sorry, I should have zoomed back to get more of the studio especially the
big honkin' modular for you gear heads...


Jeff Towne
Co-Producer, Echoes
jefft@echoes.org
http://www.echoes.org

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2001.04.17
Yet another news update relating to James Johnson's "Gathering" performance
upcoming this weekend in Philadelphia (from Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio
host and over-seer of the Gatherings):

hi everybody,

i wanted all of you to be aware of something very special that will be
happening this saturday night here in philadelphia. our own james johnson
will be coming into town to present us with the best he has to offer in the
way of his own very personal music. at the gathering, james's introspective
synth stylings will be contrasted by intricate rhythmic developments and
pulse. presented in the serenity of a 150 year old church sanctuary, this
concert should prove to be superb.

opening for james will be prana, baird hersey's octet of overtone singers.
in contrast to james and his collection of the latest technological
advances in music synthesis, prana use only their voices to create a
gentle, evocative and singular listening experience.

you the listener are of the highest significance at the gatherings. your
presence at these events makes them more real and both performer and
attendees come away with significant tangible experiences. i hope you will
make it a point to come out to this concert and witness james johnson at
his best and be among friends.

thanks!

-chuckv

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2001.04.16
Ah, the pleasures of tax time. The past week has been a blur of adding machine tapes,
big spreadsheet calculations, and friendly Turbo Tax Advisors with their helpful
comments. My apologies for any delays in communication or order fulfillment this past
week, but the beast that is the Hypnos tax return filing is almost complete, and things
will be (relatively) back to normal soon.

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2001.04.13
A news update from James Johnson on the subject of his upcoming Gathering
performance in Philadelphia (seems like every other Gathering performance
these days features a Hypnos artist!)...

JAMES JOHNSON AND PRANA TO PERFORM AREA DEBUTS AT THE GATHERING
Sonic explorer James Johnson and overtone singing group Prana will make their
Philadelphia area debut at the Gathering on Saturday, April 21st, 2001. In his
music, James Johnson attempts to reflect the essence and energy projected by
natural environments. Expertly rendered, his music is transportive and engaging.
"Multiple lush layers entwine and softly swirl in big amorphous swells." (AMBIENTRANCE).
The music comes across as organic because, along with computer based software
synthesis and sampling technologies, Johnson also uses traditional acoustic instruments.
Johnson's recorded output consists mainly of introspective ambient soundscape
albums, but his Gathering concert will present a range of energy; from sonic
drift to focused rhythms. A ten year veteran as live performancer, Johnson has,
"quite a few rhythmic pieces that I use live. Some are quite trancey and evolve,
twist and turn, while others offer more of a familiar song-like structure." In
addition to manipulation of electronic timbres, Johnson's music also offers dynamics.
"The dynamics of my live set ranges from subtle percussion, to powerful rhythmic
lines. It's nice to incorporate these as transition pieces and breaks between
the more subtle atmospheres. It keeps the performance engaging." Prana is an
eight voice singing group headed by Baird Hersey. The octet emits what is referred
to as the Higher Voice, an enigmatic overtone produced when the mouth and throat
are shaped into a resonating chamber for the harmonics of the normal voice. Prana
produces deep and calming meditations with only Tibetan cymbals, reverberation
and voices. The music is a shared search between audience and performers and
fuses breath, listening, space and sound. Their album Waking the Cobra is used
widely throughout the yoga and holistic health community. The Gathering with
James Johnson and Prana will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2001 at 8:00pm
in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk, on
the Penn campus in Philadelphia, PA. Admission is $20; $10 for full-time students
with proper ID. All ages welcome. Advance tickets are available on-line through
Ticketweb and at any TLA Video outlet. For more information, please access the
Gatherings website or call (610) 734-1009. Gatherings are live concerts featuring
musicians from the ambient, electronic and space music worlds. For more information,
please access: http://www.thegatherings.org

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2001.04.12
A news update from Vidna Obmana related to an upcoming performance this summer:

Event info:

Parkhˆhle im Park an der Ilm,
(N‰he Liszthaus)
99423 Weimar
Germany
doors open: 8.00 pm ≠ 3.00 am

tickets: box-office for evening performance or at :
laborNEUN
Michael Pfefferkorn
Trˆbsdorfer Weg 9
99428 Nohra OT Ulla
Germany
Tel: 0049 3643 77 90 88
Fax 0049 3643 77 90 93
mail contact for ticket ordering for this special event:
vidnaobmana.concert@laborneun.com

internet: http://www.vidnaobmana-concert.de.vu

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2001.04.09
A quick self-correction -- the upcoming Vidna Obmana album will actually be called
SOUNDTRACK FOR THE AQUARIUM (2CD special edition), not "Music for the Aquarium."
Soundtrack, not Music.

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2001.04.06
OK, no more "almost" -- Jeff Pearce's new one, The Light Beyond, is finalized and will
start pressing on Monday, and should be expected to be ready at the end of April. You can
preview the cover artwork
here.

Not far behind it will be Mother Sunrise by Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium).

Early response to A Produce's Smile on the Void is starting to trickle in, and it
seems that listeners are every bit as excited about it as I had hoped. My own first response
to SOTV was that it was very fresh and vital sounding, and some of you seem to agree. This
will definitely be one that appears on many "best of the year" lists when 2001 is in the
rear-view mirror.

Lastly, just wanted to thank Bill Fox, host of "Emusic" on WDIY radio, for presenting Robert
Rich's 7-hour "sleep concert" epic DVD, Somnium on the air in its entirety
this week! I'm told that Allan Bogle will be doing the same thing on WEVL radio next Monday.

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2001.04.04
Just a bit of a follow-up on part of yesterday's message. It looks like the new Jeff Pearce
album The Light Beyond will be ready to go to the manufacturing stage any day now.
It should be released at the end of April or possibly early May.

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2001.04.03
A whole bunch of little things are churning and happening.... several CDs in the "almost ready"
category to go along with the three releases by Hypnos in the past six weeks. The CDs you'll
see in the next couple of months include:

Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) MOTHER SUNRISE
Jeff Pearce THE LIGHT BEYOND
vidnaObmana MUSIC FOR THE AQUARIUM (2CD special edition)
Paul Vnuk Jr. / Ma Ja Le SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW

Also it looks like two upcoming Hypnos releases will be Athlit by Italian drone/minimalist
Oophoi, and the tentatively-titled Hypnos debut Where the Earth Meets the Sky by Tom
Heasley.

Most of you know Oophoi, but Tom Heasley is almost certainly a new name for most Hypnos
listeners. Tom is a classically-trained tubist (that is, he plays the tuba) with a widely varied
musical background -- free jazz, and a great range of experimental work in addition to more
conventionally "musical" music. Tom's recording was brought to my attention by
Robert Rich, who mastered the then-untitled recording of tuba atmospheres and thought (despite how
strange the term "ambient tuba" might sound to some) that it would be a great Hypnos recording.
Robert was right. Once I myself got over the issue of "tuba?!" I quickly saw what Robert saw in
the recording -- a deep, restrained sonorous richness, and a very nice divergence from the usual
"synths and samplers" sonic palette common to our genre. This one still isn't a definite deal,
but looks likely and should see release soon (in time for a festival Tom will be playing in
Monterey in June).

Again, I'm fully aware that 99.9% of you have never heard of Tom before, but I'll gradually help
you get to know more about what he's all about. Take my word for it, though --
put aside any preconceptions you may have about the tuba as an unlikely instrument for beautiful,
restrained ambience. If you like the Hypnos sound, you'll like Tom's work.

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2001.04.02
Didn't post any news on 04.01.... does anybody else get tired of seeing 99% of the web sites
in the world do lame April Fool's Day spoofs?

Ahem. All right then, back to the news.

I was about to announce that French ambient music fans should look for an interview
with Saul Stokes in the next issue of Via #4, but it turns out that this interview,
conducted by Via founder David Fabre, will appear (translated into Italian) in esteemed
Italian magazine Deep Listenings.

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2001.03.31
There was a mistake with the RealAudio clips listed for the new A Produce album
Smile on the Void on the
Hypnos Online Store.
The clips for Markus Reuter's Digitalis were displayed instead. If you stopped by,
listened to the clips, and thought, "That doesn't sound much like A Produce," please go back
and take another listen. Sorry for the confusion.

Also, it looked like the Saul Stokes limited edition CDR Edge of the Forest was out of
stock and likely to remain that way indefinitely, as Saul is getting ready to move again.
Luckily I was able to obtain another 5 copies, so it's still available for a short time. The
limited edition is not truly sold out, so it'll be readily available again eventually, after
Saul has moved and set up his new studio. For the moment, these last few copies are all we'll
be able to offer.

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2001.03.29
Finally! The latest by A Produce, Smile on the Void, is ready to go. Long in the
works, and delayed at the last minute by pressing errors necessitating that the entire
batch of CDs had to be re-done to eliminate a tiny little "blip," the final hurdle has been
cleared and the CDs are here. This one is definitely worth the wait, though.... a truly
luscious, deep and rich sonic stew. Available by the time you read this at the
Hypnos Online Store
for $11.99.

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2001.03.28
Recently announced by Echoes Radio (note: this is not directly related to Robert's
Somnium release or other Hypnos activities, but may be of interest to
many of you)...

Tuesday 4/17*, Saturday, 4/21**, Sunday, 4/22**, Sunday, 4/29*
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH ROBERT RICH
We know Robert Rich for his lush synthesizer trance works, full of organic textures,
wood flutes, and glissandos of lap steel guitar.  But unlike most synthesists, Robert
is also a gifted pianist.  He's never recorded any solo piano, but we'll hear him
spontaneously create two solo excursions in his home studio.

Also, Smile on the Void was supposed to be ready yesterday but it looks like
it will be this afternoon. I'll post the announcement and add it to the
Hypnos Online Store
when it's ready.

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2001.03.27
Stereophile magazine, an audiophile or "hi-end hi-fi" interest magazine, has posted
a feature story on Robert Rich's Somnium DVD on their web site,
here.

Another Robert Rich interview in support of Somnium has appeared on the
Ambient Visions web site. The direct link to the interview is
here.

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2001.03.26
Tomorrow should see the release of A Produce's Smile on the Void as long
promised in this space.

The last of the "closeout" stuff on the Kranky label is now gone from the
Hypnos Online Store.
Too bad, because it's a very fine label with some great music, but nobody was buying it.
So it goes.

Other news.... it looks like a near-certainty that the next addition to the Hypnos
label catalog of releases will be Athlit by Italian ambient/drone artist
Oophoi. Actually there's supposed to be an umlaut over the second "o," so I guess
I'll have to expand my knowledge of international character codes. Here we go,
"lower-case latin o with diaeresis" or ˆ or "alt-0246." Oˆphoi.
Hope your web browser's default font knows how to display that. Maybe I'll
just keep saying Oophoi, American-style.

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2001.03.20
Some of you may recall that Robert Rich's Somnium DVD, released last
week, was expected to be released at about the same time as A Produce's
long-awaited Smile on the Void. And you may have been wondering,
"hmmm.... what ever happened to that A Produce album?" The answer is that
the discs had an error in the pressing stage, and we're having them re-done.

The good news, just received today, is that it won't be too much longer.
Probably about a week from today, it'll be ready.... and it's a great one!

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2001.03.23
Wow... Robert Rich's Somnium DVD is selling like gangbusters. We were
a bit worried that demand might be more limited and sales more gradual due
to the DVD format, and the fact that maybe 7 hours worth of continuous music
might sound to some like a twenty-course gourmet meal.... too much of a good
thing. But the response so far has been overwhelming, so much that the
mail order operation here hit a bit of a hiccup and some orders placed this
week took a day or two longer to process and ship than usual. Things appear
to be just about back to normal now.

Another factor complicating things here is that the latest four releases from
the Amplexus label have been enormously popular, and this great popularity has
unfortunately coincided with some difficulty obtaining more copies of those
items. So not only has the release of Somnium caused an unusual flood
of orders, but many of said orders include one or two Amplexus items that have
held things up a bit. So if you're thinking about ordering the latest by
Matthias Grassow, Temps Perdu?, or oophoi/Tau Ceti, just be advised that the
delay could be a week or longer.

Early next week, more news on the pending release of A Produce's wonderful
upcoming CD Smile on the Void, as well as updates on other forthcoming
Hypnos titles through the spring and early Summer. Lots of great stuff is on
the horizon, including the Hypnos label debuts of several very fine artists.

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2001.03.20
Some of you may recall that Robert Rich's Somnium DVD, released last
week, was expected to be released at about the same time as A Produce's
long-awaited Smile on the Void. And you may have been wondering,
"hmmm.... what ever happened to that A Produce album?" The answer is that
the discs had an error in the pressing stage, and we're having them re-done.

The good news, just received today, is that it won't be too much longer.
Probably about a week from today, it'll be ready.... and it's a great one!

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2001.03.15
First-like, Spacecraft's latest album Summer Town is now in stock, after
the false-start announcement a week or so ago. Available at the
Hypnos Online Store
for $13.99.

A new third poll is being created for addition to the Hypnos
Polls page later today or tomorrow.
Nearly 100 votes have been cast for the first two polls --
surely a pitiful number compared to the polls on cnn.com or espn.com, but a nice display
of interest and opinionated-ness by our valued listeners.

One other thing that hasn't been mentioned in a while: the Hypnos/Foundry project. Some
of you may remember seeing mentioned in this space a plan to make the excellent Foundry
label a part of the mighty Hypnos New World Empire. That plan has idled for a while as
The Foundry founder (foundryfounder?) Michael Bentley re-tooled a new "look" for the
Hypnos/Foundry line of stuff, to identify it as different from both main-line Hypnos stuff
and previous issues by The Foundry.

Good progress has been made, and recently a package
of artwork and recordings related to the first three planned Hypnos/Foundry CDs arrived
at Hypnos HQ . It's beautiful stuff, quite varied and yet with a consistency of
presentation similar to what you have come to expect from the Hypnos label itself. These
materials most definitely promise some wonderful things to come for the Hypnos/Foundry
alliance. The first issue bearing this imprint should be available some time in the
spring or early summer (for those of you in the wrong hemisphere, that means something
like May or June).

Listeners unfamiliar with previous releases on The Foundry label should
expect a merging of experimentalism with musicality, yielding a brew both challenging
and rewarding. You may of course check out the web site at
www.foundrysite.com.

We're excited about what's coming up, and if you care about music, you should be too!

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2001.03.14
So far, response to Robert Rich's Somnium (7-hour sleep concert DVD)
has been very strong. Early orders on the
Hypnos Online Store
at the introductory price of $22.99 have been very heavy, and we appreciate the
support. Robert also reports that orders direct through his web site are also
quite brisk. All orders placed at the Hypnos store prior to about 10 PM last
night were shipped this morning.

Also, the 12k label CD by Komet, Rausch, has been out of print for a few months,
and the last copy in the Hypnos inventory was sold this week. So it's gone! With 12k
label stuff, make sure to snap it up when you can, because every title is limited to
500 copies.

Once again I wanted to mention a new feature, the Hypnos Listeners'
Polls. Votes are pouring in steadily, and I'd
like to create a new, third poll, but I'm too busy dealing with orders for Somnium
to think of anything. Email your suggestions for new polls to mgriffin@hypnos.com and
you will be heard! Make your opinions known to the Hypnos Imperial Dictatorship (me) and
possibly influence the future course of this great entity that is Hypnos.

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2001.03.13
Surprise! Earlier than expected, Robert Rich's Somnium (7-hour sleep concert
DVD) is ready! This evening it will be available on the
Hypnos Online Store
at the introductory price of $22.99. Please note that this price will last for a short time
only, and will go up to $24.99, so purchase right away if you want to get this deal. For those
who are unclear about the format of Somnium: it's an ordinary DVD-video disc, playable
in regular, garden-variety home DVD players, as well as DVD-rom drives on you PC or Mac. It does
not require (and in fact is not compatible with) a high-end DVD-audio drive. The DVD-video format
was used because it enabled us to store 7 hours of continuous audio on one side of one disc -- no
breaks in the program... no need to change discs or wait for a changer to swap from disc 5 to disc 6,
for example. It is a stereo program, not 5.1 surround.

Technical questions aside, Somnium is a re-creation of Robert Rich's famous "sleep concerts,"
which began during Robert's time at Stanford University. These sleep concerts have been much
discussed, but few current fans of ambient/space music have actually attended them. Consequently,
a lot of speculation and mystery has grown about the "legendary sleep concerts." Now you'll have
an opportunity to stretch out in the dark and listen to some of Robert Rich's finest deep,
subliminal ambience.

The Hypnos Listeners'
Polls, as mentioned in yesterday's update, have
received an encouragingly positive response so far. Something like 40 votes were cast
in the first day alone. It's sort of like the Hypnos Forum, except you don't need to register,
and your opinions are expressed as "multiple choice" only.

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2001.03.12
First, I spoke too soon about having Spacecraft's new album Summer Town
being available at the
Hypnos Online Store.
It will be there soon, just not quite yet...

Also, just this morning, I introduced a new feature to hypnos.com, something I've been
wanting to do for a while -- the Hypnos Listeners'
Polls page. You can go there to cast your vote,
express your opinion, and re-shape history according to your own deranged fantasies. OK,
that last part might be overstating it a bit, but you get the idea. There's only a single
poll so far (inspired by a popular new topic on the
Hypnos Forum),
but I'll be adding new ones quickly. In fact, if you have any ideas for interesting polls, let me
know by emailing mgriffin@hypnos.com.

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2001.03.07
This week Hearts of Space radio (one of the most prominent and widely-distributed
syndicated radio shows of any format) featured a track from Griffin & Fulton's
The Most Distant Point Known.

Also, the other major, nationally-syndicated radio show in our genre, Echoes,
is repeating their feature on vidnaObmana, details as follows:

Tuesday 3/6*, Saturday 3/10**, Sunday 3/11**
VIDNA OBMANA-FUJARA ILLUSIONS
Vidna Obmana is Belgian ambient composer Dirk Serries.  A disciple of Steve
Roach, Vidna Obmana works his own techno-tribal designs mixing synthesizers
with organic instruments including the Eastern European fujara
flute.  Vidna Obmana comes by to play his flute and talk about his music,
including his latest CD THE SURREAL SANCTUARY (Hypnos).

Next, I posted 8 new reviews, all culled from Eric Prindle's excellent ambient &
atmospheric music reviews
site
, formerly known as Ujamaa's Ambient Experience.
The reviews were for the following titles:

M. Griffin / Dave Fulton - The Most Distant Point Known
Robert Rich - Sunyata
James Johnson - Entering Twilight
Saul Stokes - Outfolding
Jeff Pearce - To the Shores of Heaven
Robert Rich - Humidity - Three Concerts
David Tollefson - Near and Far

The items mentioned in yesterday's update have been added to the
Hypnos Online Store,
but some may be lacking descriptions and/or cover graphics as yet.

Lastly, I wanted to link to the audio clips
for Markus Reuter's DIGITALIS directly on this page, in case some of you are too lazy to
click across to the Audio clips page.

Sample RealAudio clips from DIGITALIS:
Swallowed Cold +
Toward the Invisible World +
Forces Tending to Unbalance +
Into the Invisible World +
The Invisible World +
A Massive Glowing Three-Axis Cross +
Demonic Interference +
Radiating Blackness +
Angelic Interference +
Beyond the Limit of the Fire +
Whole +
Holy

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2001.03.06
Today, added 3 new reviews for The Most Distant Point Known (in my unbiased
opinion the greatest CD in the history of the universe) to the Hypnos
Reviews page.

Also, found some items that have been sitting around Hypnos HQ for a few weeks, and
and never got added to the the
Hypnos Online Store. They will be added later today.
These items include:

LAND (feat. Jeff Greinke) - Archipelago
LAND (feat. Jeff Grienke) - Road Movies

Also some new items will be added:

Spacecraft - Summer Town
Steve Roach - Early Man (2CD edition)

Take a gander at that there Hypnos Store a little later today.

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2001.03.05 (later)
The hypnos.com mail server was down for a few hours earlier today (Monday), but appears
to be working again. If you sent a message this afternoon and it bounced back to you
as undeliverable, please re-send it now.

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2001.03.05
Now available: Markus Reuter's Hypnos debut, Digitalis. Here's the
official announcement that was posted on Friday:

HYPNOS RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: Markus Reuter - Digitalis

The first Hypnos release since November, and also the label debut by Markus
Reuter. Based in Germany, Markus is a member of Europa String Choir, an
instrumental group whose recent work has been released on Robert Fripp's
DGM label. His two previous works in the ambient genre (as 1/2 of
Centrozoon, and with Ian Boddy) were released on Boddy's DiN label, and
both items have been very popular items at the Hypnos Online Store.

Markus's instrument is the Warr Guitar, a tap-style 8-stringed instrument
which is played less like a true "guitar" and more like a Chapman Stick.
The sound, especially on Digitalis, goes through heavy electronic
processing, with the result that (like fellow Hypnos label guitarists Jeff
Pearce and David Tollefson) he ends up with a very un-guitar-like sound,
but with a "feel" and style of playing that sets it apart from
keyboard-played electronics. DIGITALIS has a fairly bright and vivid sound,
as compared to the smooth and mellow tones of Pearce, or the heavier,
sometimes challenging sound of Tollefson. Still, the end result is abstract
and definitely "ambient!"

It is now available for purchase from the
Hypnos Online Store
at a price of $11.99. RealAudio format sample clips will be available this evening.

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2001.03.02
Digitalis by Markus Reuter is finished I'll be picking them up at the pressing plant today. It
should be available for purchase this evening from the Hypnos Online Store at a price of $11.99.

I think this new one will be a surprise for some people. Markus's instrument is the Warr Guitar,
a tap-style 8-stringed instrument which is played less like a true "guitar" and more like a
Chapman Stick. The sound, especially on Digitalis, goes through heavy electronic processing, with the
result that (like fellow Hypnos label guitarists Jeff Pearce and David Tollefson) he ends up with a very
un-guitar-like sound, but with a "feel" and style of playing that sets it apart from keyboard-played
electronics. Digitalis has a fairly bright and vivid sound, as compared to the smooth and mellow
tones of Pearce, or the heavier, sometimes challenging sound of Tollefson. Still, the end result is
abstract and definitely "ambient!" Audio clips will be available soon.

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2001.02.28
Posted new reviews at, of all places, the Hypnos
Reviews page.

There are new reviews for such CDs as:

Altara by A Produce & M Griffin (2 new reviews)
Near and Far by David Tollefson
Entering Twilight by James Johnson (6 new reviews)
The Most Different Point Known by M Griffin & D Fulton (4 new reviews)
Humidity by Robert Rich (3 new reviews)
Sunyata by Robert Rich (2 new reviews)
Daylight Slowly by Jeff Pearce
To the Shores of Heaven by Jeff Pearce (5 new reviews)
Landscape in Obscurity by Vidna Obmana
The Surreal Sanctuary by Vidna Obmana
The Contemporary Nocturne by Vidna Obmana
Outfolding by Saul Stokes (4 new reviews)

In the course of entering these reviews, I was amazed to discover the fact that of Star's End Radio's list of
"significant releases of 2000," amounting to 32 releases in the year, 8 of those were from Hypnos! It was a
verrry good year.

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2001.02.27
Shouldn't be too much longer until Markus Reuter's Digitalis is finished
and ready to sell. Of course, as usual, it will be available first (and probably
also cheapest!) at the Hypnos
Online Store
.

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2001.02.25
Not sure what has caused the increase in interest & activity over at the
Hypnos Forum
during the past month or so, but it's nice to see. Lots of discussion about a variety
of topics.... everything from the very music-related and Hypnos-specific (such
as the debate as to which artist(s) should be added to the Hypnos roster --
click

here
to visit that section directly), to more whimsical topics like people from all over
the world talking about "Where We Live."

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2001.02.20
This update (been another week already -- what ever happened to daily updates,
Mike?) will basically echo the previous one, with a tiny news update or two.

It has been very satisfying to finally get the three long-pending projects
off my desk and into the manufacturing channel. Digitalis (Markus
Reuter) is in the middle of the pressing process, Smile on the Void
(A Produce) just went to pressing last week, and Somnium (Robert Rich's
fourth Hypnos release and the first DVD project by either Rich or Hypnos) is
in the pressing process as of this week.

Now begins the process of work on some new, fresh projects. Of course, some of
these (Mother Sunrise, Proton Jelly, The Light Beyond)
have been in discussion for a while, but now the work starts.

In fact, a bit of progress has been made on my own Fabrications recently,
though of course this one's been in the works for so long that I'm thinking of
calling up David Sylvian or Bryan Ferry for tips on finishing albums in a timely
manner...

.

2001.02.13
Ahhhh.... a week without any computer breakdowns or web server failures....
pure bliss!

So it's back to the dirty business of trying to catch back up again. Many
emails to answer and orders to send out. The usual apologies and excuses
apply, and if you're one of those waiting, I hope to satisfy you soon....
that is, as much as possible within the bounds of what a record label and
mail order company can offer!

Good progress has been made at getting some of these pending CD releases
moving along. Markus Reuter's Hypnos debut Digitalis will be
ready before the end of the month, and A Produce Smile on the Void
and Robert Rich Somnium should follow soon after, at the very
beginning of March.

As for what else is coming soon:

Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) - MOTHER SUNRISE
Paul Vnuk Jr. / Ma Ja Le - SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW
Jeff Pearce - THE LIGHT BEYOND
Jeff Karsin - PROTON JELLY
Vidna Obmana - MUSIC FOR THE AQUARIUM, SPECIAL 2CD EDITION
M Griffin - FABRICATIONS
Viridian Sun - untitled third album
Robert Scott Thompson - untitled Hypnos debut

That about sums it up for now, though there are a few other things in the
works and still being discussed, such as partnerships with other labels,
and possibly a Hypnos sub-label. As you can see, 2001 looks to be an
absolutely massive year in the evolution of Hypnos.

.

2001.02.06
The Ambient Visions web site has just posted an interview with yours truly
(Hypnos papa Mike Griffin aka "M. Griffin" for those of you who don't know
the true identity of the person posting these news updates) today. If
you want to look, it's here:
http://www.ambientvisions.com/hypnos.htm. The feature
is really more about the Hypnos label than about my bad self, but that's as
it should be. Thanks go to Ambient Visions for the support and attention.

It's also worthwhile to check out the rest of the Ambient Visions site while you're
there. In fact, they just posted a review of Outfolding by Saul Stokes.

.

2001.02.05
Surely by now you're tired of hearing about technical problems here in Hypnos-land....
if not, you haven't been reading all these updates the past month.

Anyway, now that the various PC struggles have been resolved and everything's
working on that front, over the weekend the

Hypnos Online Store
had some problems with corrupted databases, and thus
was offline most of Saturday (Feb 04). This interruption delayed the in-process
update to the Online Store (including the upload of dozens of new titles, as well
as the new "Hypnos Recommends" front page for February), but the main thing is that
the store has been fixed and everything has been put back into the usual
ultra-efficient and superlatively streamlined form. The update will follow very soon.

.

2001.02.02
More progress being made. Markus Reuter's DIGITALIS is complete, and ready
for manufacturing. Take a look at the cover, if you like.

As mentioned in the previous update, Robert Rich Somnium and A Produce
Smile on the Void are just inches from the finish line as well.

I'm in the process of adding new titles to the

Hypnos Online Store
, as I also mentioned yesterday. It's taking some
time because there are so many new additions. The total number of titles
now in stock is getting close to 500!

.

2001.01.31
Ain't technology grand? All week, Hypnos HQ has been a whirlwind of hard
drive swaps between machines, network cables strung across the room, big stacks
of software and driver installation CD-Roms scattered everywhere. Finally,
the new PC is doing just about everything we need it to do. And, irony of
ironies, once the new PC was set up, configured and rolling along smoothly....
the old PC started working again. Well, that's actually a good thing, I guess,
even though it means the old PC really was repairable and the new PC wasn't
necessary. Anyway, so much for my technology woes.

It's been a while since regular news postings have appeared here, so I'll
quickly summarize what's up with Hypnos, both the label and the mail order
division.

With regard to the label, usually I try to arrange a steady flow of new
CD releases so that they come out evenly spaced, about one new CD per
3-5 weeks. Ever since the move last September into a new residence
and Hypnos World Headquarters, that
steady flow has been thrown off, and what we've had instead has been a surge
of several CDs all at once, then nothing for a few months, then another
surge, then nothing.

This isn't the end of the world, of course, but it's
less than ideal. For one thing, it's harder to work on 2-3 CD projects at
once, especially if they're all at roughly the same stage at the same time.
For another thing, it disrupts the expectations of the listening public
(that's you!) and radio DJs and magazine reviewers are confused when they
see several Hypnos promos all at once. In other words, it's easier to
promote a CD as a unique and important "event" when you're not trying to
promote OTHER projects at exactly the same time as different but also
unique and important events.

Another lull in CD releases is about to pass. Several long-awaited projects
are so very nearly finished that at least three of them will likely be in
the manufacturing stage within the next week. The CDs in that "oh so close"
category include A Produce's Smile on the Void, Markus Reuter's
Digitalis, and Robert Rich's seven-hour "sleep concert" DVD
Somnium.

The good news is that the release of these projects, somewhere in the last
half of February, should not be followed by another lull. In fact,
there are another half-dozen projects at various stages of completion
following close behind. This encourages my belief that it may be possible
to return to a smooth & steady release schedule this year. In fact, 2001
should see more CD releases than any previous single year. Several other
exciting new projects are lined up, by such artists as Sola Translatio
(Alio Die + Opium), vidnaObmana, Jeff Pearce, Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le),
Robert Scott Thompson, Jeff Karsin, Viridian Sun and others!

On the topic of Hypnos mail order, and the

Hypnos Online Store
, a big stack of new arrivals have yet to be added
to the catalog listings. These should be added either tonight or tomorrow,
and will also entail an update to the very popular "Hypnos Recommends"
section on the front page of the store.

.

2001.01.25
New PC arrived today, and it's actually much nicer than the old one. Hmm, maybe
this isn't such a bad thing, being forced to upgrade. Still installing software
and configuring hardware and peripherals but soon Hypnos HQ will be back to
normal.

There's been a big surge in activity this week on the
Hypnos Forum
so if you haven't taken a look yet, or haven't checked in for some time, go
take another look. We're having a barrel of laughs over there.

.

2001.01.23
Since hypnos.com doesn't have a "links" page I wanted to take a moment to draw
attention to a relatively new web site dedicated to reviews of music at least
partly related to what Hypnos is all about. It's called the Incursion Music
Review, and the web site is here.

Their latest installment includes two reviews of recent Hypnos releases,
The Most Distant Point Known and The Contemporary Nocturne.

.

2001.01.22
Yet another stinkin' PC crash yesterday, hence email confirmations for orders
shipped Saturday and today won't be sent until probably tomorrow (Tuesday).
Sorry about that, but the important thing is the CD, not the confirmation
email, right?!

And to think I had whittled the email backlog down from 120 to under 70....

.

2001.01.19
My email backlog has grown uncomfortably large again, despite my best efforts.
I'll keep plugging away at it, but if you're one of the 120 or so people whose
emails to me at mgriffin@hypnos.com have not yet been answered, please accept
my apologies!

.

2001.01.18
Finally got around to posting the text of a Hypnos feature article from
Resonance Magazine (formerly a NW regional music/culture mag, which has since
grown into a national music/culture mag). You will find it in the "Interviews
and Features" section of the Hypnos Reviews page.

Also, today posted many, many, MANY updates to the other Reviews archives for
individual CD releases. While one of my New Year's resolutions is to advise
visitors, in updates such as this, as to which specific releases include such
updates, in this case it amounts to literally every Hypnos CD released during
2000. Some of the releases (for example To the Shores of Heaven have
as many as six new review/blurb postings!

It is with pride that I note that every Hypnos CD released during Y2K
appeared on at least a couple of "Best of 2000" lists! And I haven't even
posted the "Significant Releases of 2000" list from Star's End Radio
(which you can find at www.starsend.org...
so here is that list (thanks to Chuck VanZyl):

Significant Releases of 2000 (non-ranking order)

Max Corbacho : Far Beyond the Immobile Point
Biosphere : Cirque (Touch)
Roedelius/Story : The Persistence of Memory (Seventh Chance)
David Parsons : Parikrama (Celestial Harmonies)
Vir Unis : Aeonian Glow (Green House)
Ashera : Colour Glow
Sean Washburn : Wave Mantra
Steve Roach : Early Man (Timeroom)
Robert Rich : Sunyata (Hypnos)
Vidna Obmana : The Contemporary Nocturne (Hypnos)
Steve Roach/Vidna Obmana : Circles and Artifacts (The Contemporary Harmonic)
Arc : Radio Sputnik (DiN)
M Griffin/D Fulton : The Most Distant Point Known (Hypnos)
Harold Budd : The Room (Atlantic)
Jim Cole & Spectral Voices : Sky (Spectral Spiral)
Steve Roach/Jorge Reyes : Vine - Bark & Spore (Timeroom)
Rudy Adrian : Kinetic Flow (Groove)
James Johnson : Entering Twilight (Hypnos)
Christian Hoy Knudsen : Hav (Council Of Nine)
Jonn Serrie/Gary Stroutsos : Hidden World (Narada)
Saul Stokes : Outfolding (Hypnos)
Kubusschnitt : The Cube (Neu Harmony)
Exuviae : Echoes In The Emptiness (Green House)
Michael Stearns : Within - The Nine Dimensions (Earth Turtle)
Jeff Pearce : To The Shores of Heaven (Hypnos)
Free System Project : Pointess Reminder (Quantum)
Ian Boddy/Chris Carter : Caged (DiN)
William Orbit : Pieces In A Modern Style (Maverick)
Centrozoon : Blast (DiN)
Robert Rich : Humidity (Hypnos)
David Sylvian : Approaching Silence (Shakti)
Syndromeda : Birth Of A Black Hole (Groove)
Vir Unis : The Drift Inside (Green House)
Vidna Obmana : The Surreal Sanctuary (Hypnos)

Out of 34 "significant" releases this year, eight are from Hypnos!

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2001.01.17
As promised, track listings and cover artwork for the next 4 Hypnos CDs:

Track listing: Robert Rich - SOMNIUM

01 Somnium (one continuous track, approx 7 hours duration)

Track listing: A Produce - SMILE ON THE VOID

01 smile on the void
02 night curve
03 the big sleep
04 visions
05 inner sanctum
06 i woke up dreaming
07 spirit room

Track listing: Markus Reuter - DIGITALIS

01 swallowed cold
02 toward the invisible world
03 forces tending to unbalance
04 into the invisible world
05 the invisible world
06 a massive glowing three-axis cross
07 demonic interference
08 radiating blackness
09 angelic interference
10 beyond the limit of the fire
11 whole
12 holy

Track listing: Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) - MOTHER SUNRISE

01 superior spells
02 sadness and armony
03 mother sunrise
04 awaken spirits
05 lullaby for the desert moon
06 entrance through a self-portrait
07 floating energies
08 undercurrent in castevoli

Perhaps you're asking "Where are those cover images you promised?" Well, in
order to inspire people to visit the
Hypnos Forum,
I've posted the location of an "update" page, which includes not only
these track titles but also the cover graphics, on the Hypnos Forum. Look in the
"News and Updates" section, and browse around to the other sections, too, while
you're there.

+

2001.01.16
Though it may be "invisible" to the outside world, good progress is being
made on several pending Hypnos CD releases, and while nothing has been released
since vidnaObmana's The Contemporary Nocturne early last November, we're
about to spring a number of hot new items on the world in the next few months.

Stay tuned for album cover artwork and track title listings for albums by
A Produce, Markus Reuter, Robert Rich, and Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium).

+

2001.01.15
Made a few updates & changes to the Hypnos Forum today, simplifying the format. Activity
there has dropped off a bit over the past few months, so the goal is to make it
clearer and easier to navigate. Take a look if you haven't stopped by in a
while.

+

2001.01.14
In the last update, forgot to mention a couple of other upcoming Hypnos
projects, neither of which I have discussed too much recently, so I'll
talk a bit about them.

First (though not necessarily to be released before the other), from Paul
Vnuk Jr./Ma Ja Le, his first project on Hypnos Silence Speaks in Shadow.
This is a wonderfully subtle combination of location recording, postproduction
manipulation, and ambient synth textures. It's similar in general concept
to Modell & Mantra's Sonic Continuum (one of the great overlooked and
underappreciated albums in the history of Hypnos), but has a sound all its
own. It's minimal and placid, but also complex and ever-changing. Probably
will end up being released in the spring or early summer.

The other project I forgot to mention is a very significant one, as well.
It is vidnaObmana's Soundtrack for the Aquarium 2CD Special Edition.
This combines an ambient soundscape recording created by vidnaObmana for
the aquarium in Antwerp (disc one) along with a live recording of this
same piece, recently re-mastered by vidnaObmana himself (disc two). This
double-CD special edition will be available at a very fair price for two
hours worth of music, and represents some of the finest minimalism by
the Belgian master.

More information on both these titles will be made available soon.

+

2001.01.31
Ain't technology grand? All week, Hypnos HQ has been a whirlwind of hard
drive swaps between machines, network cables strung across the room, big stacks
of software and driver installation CD-Roms scattered everywhere. Finally,
the new PC is doing just about everything we need it to do. And, irony of
ironies, once the new PC was set up, configured and rolling along smoothly....
the old PC started working again. Well, that's actually a good thing, I guess,
even though it means the old PC really was repairable and the new PC wasn't
necessary. Anyway, so much for my technology woes.

It's been a while since regular news postings have appeared here, so I'll
quickly summarize what's up with Hypnos, both the label and the mail order
division.

With regard to the label, usually I try to arrange a steady flow of new
CD releases so that they come out evenly spaced, about one new CD per
3-5 weeks. Ever since the move last September into a new residence
and Hypnos World Headquarters, that
steady flow has been thrown off, and what we've had instead has been a surge
of several CDs all at once, then nothing for a few months, then another
surge, then nothing.

This isn't the end of the world, of course, but it's
less than ideal. For one thing, it's harder to work on 2-3 CD projects at
once, especially if they're all at roughly the same stage at the same time.
For another thing, it disrupts the expectations of the listening public
(that's you!) and radio DJs and magazine reviewers are confused when they
see several Hypnos promos all at once. In other words, it's easier to
promote a CD as a unique and important "event" when you're not trying to
promote OTHER projects at exactly the same time as different but also
unique and important events.

Another lull in CD releases is about to pass. Several long-awaited projects
are so very nearly finished that at least three of them will likely be in
the manufacturing stage within the next week. The CDs in that "oh so close"
category include A Produce's Smile on the Void, Markus Reuter's
Digitalis, and Robert Rich's seven-hour "sleep concert" DVD
Somnium.

The good news is that the release of these projects, somewhere in the last
half of February, should not be followed by another lull. In fact,
there are another half-dozen projects at various stages of completion
following close behind. This encourages my belief that it may be possible
to return to a smooth & steady release schedule this year. In fact, 2001
should see more CD releases than any previous single year. Several other
exciting new projects are lined up, by such artists as Sola Translatio
(Alio Die + Opium), vidnaObmana, Jeff Pearce, Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le),
Robert Scott Thompson, Jeff Karsin, Viridian Sun and others!

On the topic of Hypnos mail order, and the

Hypnos Online Store
, a big stack of new arrivals have yet to be added
to the catalog listings. These should be added either tonight or tomorrow,
and will also entail an update to the very popular "Hypnos Recommends"
section on the front page of the store.

.

2001.01.25
New PC arrived today, and it's actually much nicer than the old one. Hmm, maybe
this isn't such a bad thing, being forced to upgrade. Still installing software
and configuring hardware and peripherals but soon Hypnos HQ will be back to
normal.

There's been a big surge in activity this week on the
Hypnos Forum
so if you haven't taken a look yet, or haven't checked in for some time, go
take another look. We're having a barrel of laughs over there.

.

2001.01.23
Since hypnos.com doesn't have a "links" page I wanted to take a moment to draw
attention to a relatively new web site dedicated to reviews of music at least
partly related to what Hypnos is all about. It's called the Incursion Music
Review, and the web site is here.

Their latest installment includes two reviews of recent Hypnos releases,
The Most Distant Point Known and The Contemporary Nocturne.

.

2001.01.22
Yet another stinkin' PC crash yesterday, hence email confirmations for orders
shipped Saturday and today won't be sent until probably tomorrow (Tuesday).
Sorry about that, but the important thing is the CD, not the confirmation
email, right?!

And to think I had whittled the email backlog down from 120 to under 70....

.

2001.01.19
My email backlog has grown uncomfortably large again, despite my best efforts.
I'll keep plugging away at it, but if you're one of the 120 or so people whose
emails to me at mgriffin@hypnos.com have not yet been answered, please accept
my apologies!

.

2001.01.18
Finally got around to posting the text of a Hypnos feature article from
Resonance Magazine (formerly a NW regional music/culture mag, which has since
grown into a national music/culture mag). You will find it in the "Interviews
and Features" section of the Hypnos Reviews page.

Also, today posted many, many, MANY updates to the other Reviews archives for
individual CD releases. While one of my New Year's resolutions is to advise
visitors, in updates such as this, as to which specific releases include such
updates, in this case it amounts to literally every Hypnos CD released during
2000. Some of the releases (for example To the Shores of Heaven have
as many as six new review/blurb postings!

It is with pride that I note that every Hypnos CD released during Y2K
appeared on at least a couple of "Best of 2000" lists! And I haven't even
posted the "Significant Releases of 2000" list from Star's End Radio
(which you can find at www.starsend.org...
so here is that list (thanks to Chuck VanZyl):

Significant Releases of 2000 (non-ranking order)

Max Corbacho : Far Beyond the Immobile Point
Biosphere : Cirque (Touch)
Roedelius/Story : The Persistence of Memory (Seventh Chance)
David Parsons : Parikrama (Celestial Harmonies)
Vir Unis : Aeonian Glow (Green House)
Ashera : Colour Glow
Sean Washburn : Wave Mantra
Steve Roach : Early Man (Timeroom)
Robert Rich : Sunyata (Hypnos)
Vidna Obmana : The Contemporary Nocturne (Hypnos)
Steve Roach/Vidna Obmana : Circles and Artifacts (The Contemporary Harmonic)
Arc : Radio Sputnik (DiN)
M Griffin/D Fulton : The Most Distant Point Known (Hypnos)
Harold Budd : The Room (Atlantic)
Jim Cole & Spectral Voices : Sky (Spectral Spiral)
Steve Roach/Jorge Reyes : Vine - Bark & Spore (Timeroom)
Rudy Adrian : Kinetic Flow (Groove)
James Johnson : Entering Twilight (Hypnos)
Christian Hoy Knudsen : Hav (Council Of Nine)
Jonn Serrie/Gary Stroutsos : Hidden World (Narada)
Saul Stokes : Outfolding (Hypnos)
Kubusschnitt : The Cube (Neu Harmony)
Exuviae : Echoes In The Emptiness (Green House)
Michael Stearns : Within - The Nine Dimensions (Earth Turtle)
Jeff Pearce : To The Shores of Heaven (Hypnos)
Free System Project : Pointess Reminder (Quantum)
Ian Boddy/Chris Carter : Caged (DiN)
William Orbit : Pieces In A Modern Style (Maverick)
Centrozoon : Blast (DiN)
Robert Rich : Humidity (Hypnos)
David Sylvian : Approaching Silence (Shakti)
Syndromeda : Birth Of A Black Hole (Groove)
Vir Unis : The Drift Inside (Green House)
Vidna Obmana : The Surreal Sanctuary (Hypnos)

Out of 34 "significant" releases this year, eight are from Hypnos!

.

2001.01.17
As promised, track listings and cover artwork for the next 4 Hypnos CDs:

Track listing: Robert Rich - SOMNIUM

01 Somnium (one continuous track, approx 7 hours duration)

Track listing: A Produce - SMILE ON THE VOID

01 smile on the void
02 night curve
03 the big sleep
04 visions
05 inner sanctum
06 i woke up dreaming
07 spirit room

Track listing: Markus Reuter - DIGITALIS

01 swallowed cold
02 toward the invisible world
03 forces tending to unbalance
04 into the invisible world
05 the invisible world
06 a massive glowing three-axis cross
07 demonic interference
08 radiating blackness
09 angelic interference
10 beyond the limit of the fire
11 whole
12 holy

Track listing: Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) - MOTHER SUNRISE

01 superior spells
02 sadness and armony
03 mother sunrise
04 awaken spirits
05 lullaby for the desert moon
06 entrance through a self-portrait
07 floating energies
08 undercurrent in castevoli

Perhaps you're asking "Where are those cover images you promised?" Well, in
order to inspire people to visit the
Hypnos Forum,
I've posted the location of an "update" page, which includes not only
these track titles but also the cover graphics, on the Hypnos Forum. Look in the
"News and Updates" section, and browse around to the other sections, too, while
you're there.

+

2001.01.16
Though it may be "invisible" to the outside world, good progress is being
made on several pending Hypnos CD releases, and while nothing has been released
since vidnaObmana's The Contemporary Nocturne early last November, we're
about to spring a number of hot new items on the world in the next few months.

Stay tuned for album cover artwork and track title listings for albums by
A Produce, Markus Reuter, Robert Rich, and Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium).

+

2001.01.15
Made a few updates & changes to the Hypnos Forum today, simplifying the format. Activity
there has dropped off a bit over the past few months, so the goal is to make it
clearer and easier to navigate. Take a look if you haven't stopped by in a
while.

+

2001.01.14
In the last update, forgot to mention a couple of other upcoming Hypnos
projects, neither of which I have discussed too much recently, so I'll
talk a bit about them.

First (though not necessarily to be released before the other), from Paul
Vnuk Jr./Ma Ja Le, his first project on Hypnos Silence Speaks in Shadow.
This is a wonderfully subtle combination of location recording, postproduction
manipulation, and ambient synth textures. It's similar in general concept
to Modell & Mantra's Sonic Continuum (one of the great overlooked and
underappreciated albums in the history of Hypnos), but has a sound all its
own. It's minimal and placid, but also complex and ever-changing. Probably
will end up being released in the spring or early summer.

The other project I forgot to mention is a very significant one, as well.
It is vidnaObmana's Soundtrack for the Aquarium 2CD Special Edition.
This combines an ambient soundscape recording created by vidnaObmana for
the aquarium in Antwerp (disc one) along with a live recording of this
same piece, recently re-mastered by vidnaObmana himself (disc two). This
double-CD special edition will be available at a very fair price for two
hours worth of music, and represents some of the finest minimalism by
the Belgian master.

More information on both these titles will be made available soon.

+

2001.01.11
Boy, when you get out of the habit of posting daily news updates, sometimes
it's hard to get BACK in the habit. It's not that there's nothing new
going on. In fact, if anything, there's more cooking right now than at any
time in the history of Hypnos. Right now, there are no less than six
upcoming projects "cooking" and at various stages of completion & readiness.

Projects you will see soon include:


A Produce - SMILE ON THE VOID (his first solo release on Hypnos)
Markus Reuter - DIGITALIS (his first appearance of any kind on Hypnos)
Robert Rich - SOMNIUM (7 hour sleep concert DVD)
Sola Translatio (Alio Die + Opium) - MOTHER SUNRISE
Jeff Pearce - THE LIGHT BEYOND
Viridian Sun - (as yet untitled third album)

Projects that are still planned but have not moved forward recently:


Jeff Karsin - PROTON JELLY (his first appearance on Hypnos)
M Griffin - FABRICATIONS
Richard Bone & Kit Watkins - (as yet untitled collaboration)
Robert Scott Thompson - (as yet untitled first Hypnos release)
Various - NEVERTIME (third Hypnos compilation project)

Some of these have taken a bit longer than expected to put together (particularly
SMILE ON THE VOID and DIGITALIS), but that's how it goes in this crazy bizniz!
The result is that you'll see a flurry of CDs and a DVD from Hypnos in the next
few months.

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2001.01.05
The last couple of weeks have seen a near-complete lack of updates to this
web site, though I have been busily processing incoming orders, and
answering at least a few emails. I'm ready to climb back on the horse, now,
and resume updates, additions and revisions to hypnos.com.

For starters,
a few changes have been made to the "Hypnos Recommends" titles on the

Hypnos Online Store
for Jan01, and a few new titles have been added.
There are a few other new treats, recently arrived, which I'll be adding to
the store over the next few days.

Also, on this page, there will be some updates as to various kudos, accolades
and other sorts of virtual applause, being heaped upon Hypnos-type music. It
has been very gratifying and tons of fun to see all the Hypnos items making
the "best of year" lists issued by all the different DJs, reviewers and
"layman" listeners. 2000 was a great year for Hypnos CDs, certainly the
best yet, but 2001 promises to be every bit as snazzy. Stay tuned!

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2000 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2000

2000.12.22
I’ve had several people write to me and say “I like to read the new reviews
when you post them to your page, but you never tell
us where to look for the new ones.” So today, I’ll at least point you toward
which CDs have new reviews or blurbs posted this time:

The Contemporary Nocturne (2)
The Surreal Sanctuary
Sunyata (2)
The Most Distant Point Known
Entering Twilight
To The Shores of Heaven (2)
Near and Far

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2000.12.21
VidnaObmana has just finished remastering his live performance recording of
Soundtrack for the Aquarium (an out of print limited edition disc
from the early 90’s), which will be part of the Soundtrack for the
Aquarium 2CD Special Edition
reissue on Hypnos in 2001. This will be a
low-priced double CD with the original Soundtrack for the Aquarium
(approximately 74 minutes) on disc one, and the remastered live
performance (approx 45 minutes) on the second disc. Those of you who have
been craving mellow, drone-based vidnaObmana material will be very happy
with this one, which will be out next summer.

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2000.12.19
Today I’ll be adding a whole bunch of new reviews to the Hypnos
Reviews
page…. at least a dozen. You’ll find reviews of new releases, recent
releases, and even stuff that came out a couple of years ago! If you enjoy reading
what the critics are saying about Hypnos CDs, take a look.

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2000.12.18
More news related to Echoes radio and Hypnos and Jeff Pearce (this time also
Saul Stokes). Echoes has released their “Editors Choice” list of essential
CDs for 2000. Again, directly quoting the announcement from Echoes (thanks
to Associate Producer Jeff Towne for forwarding this information):

A few days ago I posted the results of the Echoes Listeners Poll.
Now, here's the "critic's poll" as chosen by the Echoes staff, with only a
little bit of yelling, screaming and gnashing of teeth during the debates....

It is based a little bit on airplay, a little bit on our personal
favorites, and mostly on what CDs most exemplify what the show sounded like
over the past year.

We were not at all influenced by fruitbaskets from musicians' family
members, threats of lawsuits by James Baker, or even listener response.

more info at:
http://www.echoes.org/de.essential.html

Echoes 25 Essential CDs of 2000

1 - Arvo Part - Alina (ECM)
2 - Vas - In the Garden of Souls (Narada)
3 - Preston Reed - Handwritten Notes (Outer Bridge)
4 - Skyedance - Labyrinth (Culburnie)
5 - Axiom of Choice - Niya Yesh (Narada)
6 - Jeff Pearce - To The Shores of Heaven (Hypnos)
7 - Rasa - Devotion (Hearts of Space)
8 - Stephan Micus - The Garden of Mirrors (ECM)
9 - Harold Budd - The Room (Atlantic)
10 - Jonn Serrie & Gary Stroutsos - Hidden World (Narada)
11 - Joanne Shenandoah - Peacemaker's Journey (Silverwave)
12 - Erik Wollo - Guitar Nova (Spotted Peccary)
13 - Sorma - Mirage of the East (Pacific Moon)
14 - Milladoiro - Auga de Maio (Green Linnet)
15 - Kate Price - The Isle of Dreaming (Omtown)
16 - Ekova - Heaven's Dust (Six Degrees)
17 - Saul Stokes - Outfolding (Hypnos)
18 - Nakai/Eaton/Clipman/Nawang - In a Distant Place (Canyon)
19 - Martin Tillman - Eastern Twin (Unitone)
20 - Arc - Radio Sputnik (DiN)
21 - Steve Stevens - Flamenco.a.go.go (Ark21)
22 - Thomas Otten - Close to Silence (Higher Octave)
23 - Mary Jane Lamond - Lan Duil (Wicklow)
24 - Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning - Byzantium (Ark)
25 - Ketil Bjornstad & David Darling - Epigraphs (ECM)
END

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2000.12.15
Well, Echoes radio went ahead and spilled the beans regarding tonight’s “Listeners Choice”
show. The echoes.org web site revealed this morning that To the Shores of Heaven
was their listeners’ #1 choice as favorite album of the year. Here’s their announcement:

Tonight on Echoes we feature the results of this year's Echoes Listener
Poll. For the last few weeks we have been encouraging Echoes listeners to
vote for their 3 favorite CDs of the year, and after ranking and
tabulating, we came up with this top 25.

There were plenty more good CDs this year, but these are the ones that
struck a chord with listeners.

The list is on-line at

http://www.echoes.org/poll2000.html

Following are the results of the Second Annual Echoes Listener Poll for the
25 Favorite Echoes CDs of the year. The program will be broadcast on
December 14, 17 and January 1.  Congratulations to the winners.


1   JEFF PEARCE-To The Shores Of Heaven (Hypnos)
2   ENYA-Day Without Rain (Reprise)
3   VAS-In the Garden of Souls (Narada)
4   AXIOM OF CHOICE-Niya Yesh (Narada)
5   ENIGMA-The Screen Behind the Mirror (Virgin)
6   YO-YO MA, EDGAR MEYER, MARK O' CONNOR-Appalachian Journey (Sony
Classical)
7   KATE PRICE-The Isle of Dreaming (Omtown/Higher Octave)
8   PRESTON REED-Handwritten Notes (Outer Bridge)
9   LISA GERRARD/HANS ZIMMER-Gladiator Soundtrack (Decca)
10  RASA-Devotion (Hearts of Space)
11  TANGERINE DREAM-The 7 Letters from Tibet (TDI)
12  STATE OF GRACE-State of Grace (Windham Hill)
13  SHEILA CHANDRA-Roots and Wings (Narada)
14  WILLIAM ORBIT-Pieces in a Modern Style (Maverick)
15  CHRIS SPHEERIS-Dancing with the Muse(Higher Octave)
16  HAROLD BUDD-The Room (Atlantic)
17  OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK-Dance Into Eternity (Celestial Harmonies)
18  MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY-Arctic (Numinous)
19  MICHAEL HEDGES-The Best of Michael Hedges(Windham Hill)
20  MICKEY HART-Spirit Into Sound (Grateful Dead Records)
21  STEVE STEVENS-Flamenco-A-Go-Go (Ark21)
22  PATRICK LEONARD-Rivers (Unitone)
23  ARVO PART-Alina (ECM)
24  ERIK WOLLO-Guitar Nova (Spotted Peccary)
25  STEVE ROACH-Early Man (Manifold/Timeroom Editions)

On behalf of Jeff Pearce, Hypnos would like to thank John Diliberto
and Jeff Towne of Echoes radio, aw well as Echoes
listeners nationwide, for this sincerely humbling honor. In such a
“competition” for the ears, hearts and minds of the listening public,
to beat out such great artists and formidable labels is truly
something we’re proud of. And to the mighty marketing machines
of Reprise, Narada, Virgin, Sony, etc….. how do you like that?

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2000.12.14 (later)
Just a quick followup to yesterday’s note regarding To the Shores of Heaven
being out of print…. the good news is that the re-pressing is already finished,
so the disc’s availability will not be interrupted.

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2000.12.14
Hypnos is pleased to announce the latest addition to the slate of upcoming
releases for next year.
Paul Vnuk Jr. of Ma Ja Le will have his first Hypnos release during 2001. It’s a
long-form “environmental” collage piece, perhaps superficially reminiscent of
Entering Twilight by James Johnson and Sonic Continuum by Modell/Mantra,
but on the other hand really not too terribly similar to either one of those…

It’s called Silence Speaks in Shadow and it’s a wonderfully subtle blend of
electronic musicianship, documentarian location recording, studio trickery and
who knows what else.

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2000.12.13
At the end of every year, Echoes Radio (a nationally syndicated show devoted to
atmospheric and world music, on most public radio stations) has a “Listeners Choice”
show. That show is the result of votes by Echoes listeners nationwide, in response
to the question “What were your three favorite Echoes CDs this year?” The votes are
compiled and on the yearly “Listeners Choice” show, Echoes host John Diliberto lists
the 25 most popular choices. The list won’t be officially announced until the show
broadcasting tonight, so I won’t give the details here, but fans of Jeff Pearce and
Hypnos who listen to this year’s “Listeners Choice” show will find that Jeff Pearce’s
To the Shores of Heaven fared pretty well, considering the competition was such major
label stuff as Enya, Yo Yo Ma, Enigma, Tangerine Dream…. you get the idea.

Anyway, listen tomorrow (Thurs 12/14) to Echoes to find out how Jeff Pearce and Hypnos show on the top 25.

Also, this is a good time to mention that To the Shores of Heaven is, for the moment
at least, technically “out of print.” No copies exist in Hypnos HQ at the moment, though
the re-pressing of the CDs is already in progress and they’re due to be done any time now.

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2000.12.01
It seems at times that I spend more time typing review of Hypnos CDs into the Hypnos
Reviews page on this web site…. but it’s
worth it, right? Added another review of Vidna
Obmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary, another on Robert Rich’s Sunyata, and one of
the first takes on Griffin/Fulton’s The Most Distant Point Known…. and a couple
other bits of lovely criticism on other, older CD releases.

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2000.11.30
The non-music-related web site space.com
has a regular column on space-related music, written by Matt Howarth. Previous columns
have featured Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, and other artists in the space, ambient and
e-music communities.

The latest feature (linked directly
here)
covers Hypnos more generally, and the works of Viridian Sun and its members David Tollefson and M.
Griffin, more specifically. The feature includes reviews of both Viridian Sun albums, both
of Tollefson’s solo albums, and Griffin’s solo Sudden Dark, plus the “classic” 2-CD Hypnos
compilation The Other World, on which Griffin and Tollefson appear individually as well as
in their Viridian Sun guise…. along with 16 other artists.

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2000.11.29
A couple of weeks ago this update mentioned that Echoes radio had been
doing a great job of featuring Hypnos artists (Pearce, Stokes, vidnaObmana).
Well, this week’s Echoes update announces a vidnaObmana “Living Room Concert”
(their last feature was a bit of information, a short interview, and a song
or two).

Wednesday 12/13, Saturday 12/16, Sunday 12/17,
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH VIDNA OBMANA
Vidna Obmana is an ambient explorer from Belgium with over two dozen albums
out, including collaborations with Steve Roach and Jeff Pearce.  Vidna
travels from Belgium to the Echoes Living Room for an ambient orchestration
of synthesizers and fujara flutes.   Weaving these sounds together, he
builds a flowing, virtual landscape full of sonic detail and hidden
shadows.  This is an Echoes Living Room Concert for headphones.

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2000.11.28
Boy, a week goes by fast here. Five of those days were spent on a holiday
weekend/mini-vacation, so I’m a bit behind on email at the moment (180+
messages in my in-box, after deleting all the spam & junk & mailing list
messages). If you’ve emailed mgriffin@hypnos.com in the past few
days and haven’t heard back yet, don’t worry — your message has probably
been received, and I’ll get to it soon.

Another exciting addition to the
Hypnos Online Store
(following the hot, new Steve Roach special edition, Early Man), is
a 2CD various artists compilation release entitled ambient.01@hyperreal. As the
name hints (at least to those of you familiar with the ambient music mailing list
served from hyperreal.org), the compilation is based around the members of the ambient
mailing list — some of the names will be familiar to many (M. Bentley, Deep Space Network,
dreamSTATE, Forrest Fang, and a few others), while the majority are fairly unfamiliar,
but the quality is surprisingly, encouragingly good. Though I don’t know if this was
intended, the first disc seems more rhythmic, ambient in the “mainstream” sense of the
word, while the second disc is deeper and more abstract, perhaps more likely to appeal
to the “average” Hypnos listener (if there is such a thing). This double disc set is
a fantastic deal at $13.99 and won’t last long (only 400 were pressed, and Hypnos has
access to only a very small number of these), so amble on over to the Hypnos Store
where you’ll find this offered on the “Hypnos Recommends” section on the front page.

I should also add that the Kranky “closeouts” won’t last much longer at $9.99 each.

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2000.11.21
The closeout on Kranky label titles on the
Hypnos
Online Store
has just had its first victim – Stars of the Lid’s album
The Ballasted Orchestra is now sold-out and gone. Rush over there
to grab up some nice Labradford, Wind & Carl and Roy Montgomery discs
while they last, at $9.99 each. A couple of these discs only have a
single copy remaining, and they’ll be deleted from the catalog as they
sell out (so no need to email first to confirm stock).

Also on the
Online Store
, a few hotly sought-after items that I’ve been waiting on for a
while: first and perhaps most eagerly awaited is Steve Roach’s special, limited
edition release, Early Man. This special limited edition disc comes packaged between two
(heavy!) slabs of granite. Please note: Until further notice, this
item will only be shipped within the US and Canada.
Once we investigate
overseas packaging/shipping logistics, we’ll make it available for export, though
of course at a higher price to cover the dramatically higher shipping cost.

Described thusly by steveroach.com:

Nearly two years quietly in the making, this full-length
compact disc of all-new Steve Roach material is limited to
only 1000 copies in this one-of-a-kind collectors’ first
edition. EARLY MAN is encased in thick slabs of natural
gray-green slate attached to a standard CD tray. The music
can be best described as primeval space-ambient. Dreaming
in the desert by ancient firelight, cave paintings come to
life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. A day in
the life of EARLY MAN moves through six different zones
that conjure up ancient atmospheres and elemental soundworlds,
along with occasional distant and subdued primordial rhythms
calling one to the next place of dreaming.

Also, this album is within the new Manifold label category in the Online Store. Though
it is the first item in that category, we’ll soon be stocking a wider selection of
Manifold titles. To avoid any confusion, Early man will also be available in
the “Top Sellers – Steve Roach” section of the store. It will be priced at $26.99,
partly to reflect the higher shipping cost (since the Hypnos store uses flat-rate
shipping).

Another one many of you have been waiting for is the latest from Ron Boots on his own
(well, co-own with Kees Aerts) Groove label, out of The Netherlands. This latest
is Close But Not Touching. A number of other new Groove titles are available
as well, and two of the Alpha Wave Movement discs that had been out of stock, are
back in now. So if you’re into Berlin school emusic and variations on that, check
out the new Groove label titles (mostly $14.99 each).

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2000.11.17
Still more new reviews on the Hypnos
Reviews page….. this time, a review of Vidna
Obmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary, as well as an impressionistic
critical take (yes, he liked it) on Robert Rich’s Sunyata.

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2000.11.16
The limited, special edition Saul Stokes A Collection of Live Recordings
CDR is almost completely sold out. Only 15 copies remain, and these are only
offered for sale at Saul’s live performances (and he won’t be playing live
again until some time in 2001, after his move to Portland), and through the
Hypnos
Online Store
. This means that if you want one of these last remaining
copies, you’d better high-tail it over there and order up a copy.

In 2001, Saul will offer his third release in this series of hand-made, limited
CDR special editions, Twin Worlds of Abstraction.

Also, yet another rave review for Robert Rich’s Sunyata, this time by
Star’s End Radio host Chuck VanZyl, has been posted to the
Hypnos Reviews page.

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2000.11.15 (later)
Not only did Echoes radio (ANOTHER big giant widely-
syndicated radio show) recently feature Jeff Pearce, and more recently feature
Saul Stokes (whose feature was re-run last week), this week they’ll run their
new feature on Vidna Obmana, as described in Echoes’ own press release:

Friday 11/17, Saturday 11/18, Sunday 11/19, Sunday 11/26
VIDNA OBMANA-FUJARA ILLUSIONS
Vidna Obmana is Belgian ambient composer Dirk Serries.  A disciple of Steve
Roach, Vidna Obmana works his own techno-tribal designs mixing synthesizers
with organic instruments including the Eastern European fujara
flute.  Vidna Obmana comes by to play his flute and talk about his music,
including his latest CD THE SURREAL SANCTUARY (Hypnos).

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2000.11.15
This week’s installment of the Hearts of Space radio show (a big giant widely-
syndicated space music radio show, for those of you who don’t know) features
THREE different Hypnos artists/CDs: Vidna Obmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary,
Jeff Greinke’s Lost Terrain, and Robert Rich’s Humidity.

Also, I thought I was doing a Really Good Thing by adding sound clips to the
listings of Hypnos CDs on the
Hypnos
Online Store
…. but it turns out there was an error in the addresses I
entered for said clips, so they were coming up as “unloadable” files. That
address error has been fixed, and I’ve also updated the list of “Hypnos Recommends”
titles with a few new and fancy items.

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2000.11.14
Just added about a dozen reviews of various 1999/2000 Hypnos CD releases to the
Hypnos Reviews page. That includes
the first review of Vidna Obmana’s The Contemporary Nocturne and the first
review of Robert Rich’s Sunyata. But there are lots of other ones too!

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2000.11.13
Though details remain to be worked out prior to a full and official announcement,
Hypnos and The Foundry
labels are working on a co-operative agreement to bring several aspects of The
Foundry’s operation into the dark and nebulous Hypnos realm.

Hypnos will still
be Hypnos, and the Foundry web site (linked above) will continue to exist
independent of hypnos.com, but future releases by The Foundry will be co-released,
co-promoted, and distributed by Hypnos, probably (maybe) under the name
“Hypnos/Foundry.” More news soon, of course, but we’re excited to be able to
lend the formidable, towering might of the Hypnos juggernaut to the growing
but under-appreciated Foundry label, thus helping it to obtain some of the
attention it deserves, and furthermore (we feel) strengthening and enriching
the ambient/experimental music scene by fostering the continuation and growth
of one of the more interesting new labels around.

There remain details and logistics to be worked out between Hypnos tyrant (self)
Mike Griffin and Foundry label head Michael Bently, so some of the above details
may change or shift before finallly settling (kind of like those potato chip bags
that always end up seeming 3/4 empty), but we are excited to break the
news, and look forward to exploring future possibilities, along with our
listeners and other interested parties.

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2000.11.11
Finally starting to recover from the whirlwind week past… first the election,
and an almost-all-nighter spent with CNN and ABC News and MSNBC trying to figure
out what’s what (still don’t know), and then the vidnaObmana/Steve Roach concert
at the Old Church in Portland. Lots to do — people to meet, equipment to
procure and transport, and then of course the show itself and plenty of fun
meeting and mingling before and after.

It was great to finally meet in person a lot of people I had previously only
known via email. In two or three cases, I was introduced to somebody, and
before I had a chance to even say hello, an arm grabbed me and pulled me away
to talk to someone else…. so if you’re one of those with whom I never had a
chance to speak, I apologize! I wish the evening had been twice as long so I
would have had more of an opportunity to speak with the wonderful listeners and
other members of our music “scene” in greater depth and at greater length.

Though this event concludes vidnaObmana’s tour for the year, I hope all of you
who have the opportunity to see him perform in the future (whether with Steve
Roach, as in this case, or solo as in his other US appearances this year) will
not miss it. It was wonderful to find a great number of non-local fans in the
audience.

Also in vidnaObmana-related news, we had a chance to speak (all too briefly)
after the performance, and discussed the possible upcoming reissue of his
“Antwerp Aquarium” project, possibly in a 2-CD bonus version including a live
version of the same material in addition to the original. This is a reissue
that I have a lot of enthusiasm about, as the great majority of VO listeners
have never had a chance to hear it, and I consider it to rank with the best
of vidnaObmana’s atmospheric works. The bonus second CD, we feel, would make
it an irresistible release, and this could see release during 2001.

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2000.11.08
Created some RealAudio sample clips from the new Vidna Obmana album
The Contemporary Nocturne and added it to the “Hypnos Recommends”
section of the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Other additions will be made to that page in the next
couple of days.

Also, all Kranky label titles have been marked down to $9.99 while current
supplies last.

Lastly, tomorrow Echoes radio will re-run an interview with Saul Stokes,
which they previously featured a month or two ago.

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2000.11.07
Finally put up RealAudio sample clips from Robert Rich’s Sunyata on
the Hypnos Audio page. The CD
includes two long tracks, so I created more than one sample clip from each
track, to give an idea of how the pieces evolve.

Also, Vidna Obmana’s The Contemporary Nocturne is now available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
at a price of $11.99, though it’s not yet “featured” on the
front page. That front page “Hypnos Recommends” section will be re-done today,
to include not only The Contemporary Nocturne but also a selection of
other interesting, new stuff.

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2000.11.06
Now available from Hypnos Recordings and Belgian ambient master vidnaObmana,
The Contemporary Nocturne. This is the second half of the extended
work begun last year with The Surreal Sanctuary, and represents perhaps
vidnaObmana’s most challenging and complex work yet. This past weekend,
vidnaObmana performed at The Gathering in Philadelphia, and tonight he played
with Jim Cole in Connecticut. This week, he will appear in Portland (see
yesterday’s news update). For those of you who attended one of the earlier
shows, I regret that the new CD was unavailable, but it will be added
tomorrow (Tuesday 11.07) to the Hypnos Online Store, and of course will be
available for purchase at the Portland performance just mentioned.

Visit the
Hypnos
Online Store
if you prefer to pay by credit card, or won’t be attending
the Portland show (and since less than 1% of the people who order CDs from
Hypnos reside in this fair town, I guess that will be most of you). The
usual direct price applies — $11.99.

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2000.11.05
This page has become “press release central” lately, as I just pass along
information about all the shows played by all the Hypnos artists all over
the place…

VidnaObmana will perform with Jim Cole Monday November 6 at the
University of Hartford (CT).  Tickets: 1-800-274-8587 or locally: 768-4228

…. also, later in the week, here in Portland VidnaObmana will perform
with guests Steve Roach and Jeff Feyman on Thursday, November 9 at the
Old Church (on SW 10th near PSU, downtown)…..

A Saturn Spell presentation of this one-time exclusive
West Coast concert. Sponsored by Soleilmoon Recording and Ozone Records
with special guest appearance by Steve Roach and Jeffrey Fayman
Thursday, November 9th, 2000 The Old Church, Portland, Oregon (on the
corner of SW 11th and Clay St.) Doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are $15 before / $20 the day of the show. General Admission.
Tickets will be available in-store at Ozone Records and the New
Renaissance Bookstore.

Click

here
to view the promotional flyer for this show.

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2000.11.01
Further proof that Saul Stokes is on the road to world domination: this week
Echoes Radio (a nationally-syndicated radio show with a world domination plan
of its own…) will run their feature on Stokes, “Soldering & Synthesiers,”
as outlined below.

Thursday 11/9, Saturday 11/11, Sunday 11/12

SAUL STOKES-SOLDERING & SYNTHESIZERS

Saul Stokes has been called "Popular Mechanics musician of the year"
because he builds his own instruments, stylish futuristic constructions
of blinking LEDs, patch cords and knobs.  These custom devices give this
Philadelphia-based musician a distinctive sound that's been heard on
several recordings, including his latest, OUTFOLDING (Hypnos).  Saul uses
the flaws and unpredictability of his home-built synthesizers, to provide
 the expressiveness typical of acoustic instruments.  Saul Stokes talks
about making music from the wires up.


I believe a portion of this feature was run before, but I didn’t get to
hear it if it did, so I’m pretty excited to hear geekscientist Stokes
talking on Echoes radio next week. Tune in on the 9th, 11th, or 12th
(I guess it’ll run in different areas depending on your local station’s
syncronization, or lack thereof, with one another).

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2000.10.26
Having finally had a chance to listen to Rausch by Komet (see 10.23 update),
I wanted to slightly modify my “Caution! Dangerous listening!” disclaimer. This
album is actually quite pleasant…. not at all “spacy” or “ambient” but a nice,
intriguingly polyrythmic collage of bleeps and pings. Less extreme than much of
what 12k and its Line sublabel have released lately, and perhaps my favorite 12k
release ever along with Shuttle 358’s optimal.lp and the out of print
thesecretnumbertwelve by label founder Taylor Deupree under his former
moniker Human Mesh Dance.

Also, I just received a re-stocking shipment of FAX label titles, which will be
added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
soon. Plus there is the latest title on the DiN label, and a
few pre-DiN releases by Ian Boddy. Soon…

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2000.10.25
Posted a bunch of recent reviews, appropriately enough, to the Hypnos Reviews page, including commentary/analysis of The
Most Distant Point Known
, Altara, and To the Shores of Heaven.

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2000.10.23 (later)
Anybody who saw the update earlier today about the new CDs by Vir Unis and Komet, and
who raced over to the
Hypnos
Online Store
only to find the discs weren’t listed yet…. sorry! I posted the
news update prior to actually making the discs available on the online store. I
apologize for the false start, but both discs are listed at the store now.

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2000.10.23
Many of you have been asking when we’ll get the new Vir Unis album,
Aeonian Glow, on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Well, the time is now! Price is $13.99.

Also now available, the latest from the 12k: Rausch by komet, aka: frank
bretschneider (the founder of germany’s raster.music label). Komet/Bretschneider
has become an important contributor to the world of microscopic sound and digital
sonic art. Recently, he has been releasing material on labels such as raster, 12k,
and mille plateaux, among others. The usual disclaimer applicable to all 12k
release, applies here as well: This is challenging stuff, and not for everybody!

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2000.10.22
A recent update mentioned that there had recently been a delay processing
orders placed on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. I’m now pleased to report that in the past week, I’ve gotten
caught up on all the backordered & mixed-up stuff, and orders are now back to
being processed in 1-2 business days.

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2000.10.16
Got some great new deals on selected Amplexus discs on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. This includes some of their best stuff — CDs by names like
Michael Stearns, Amir Baghiri, Thom Brennan, Loren Nerell, and others. You’ll
see prices like $7.99, $8.99, and $11.99. And the only ones that aren’t
marked down are the titles that are nearly out of print…. so stop by the
Amplexus section and pick up a few.

Also received two new Steve Roach titles this week — Prayers to the Protector
by Roach with Thupten Pema Lama, a merging of Tibetans prayers with Roach’s
trademark atmospheres — and The Serpent’s Lair by Roach with Bryan Metcalf, a
double-CD. The press release says “Steve’s ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves
and magical production combined with Byron’s acoustic-organic tribal trance
patterns…” Roach’s other recent release, Early Man, is expected to
arrive soon.

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2000.10.11
The lull is over!

All of July, August and September passed with nary a new release from Hypnos
recordings. Partly that was the result of some bad luck (the many-times-mentioned-already
mastering glitch on The Most Distant Point Known, which delayed its
release by 2+ weeks), and partly it was a matter of the demands involved in
buying one’s first home, and them moving everything, both personal and
business-related, into the new place. I honestly believed that any disruption
to Hypnos activities caused by the move would last no more than a week or so, but
in fact, although things have smoothed out about 90%, they still aren’t
quite back to normal yet.

The positive side to all of this is that the new location is much better in so many
ways, not only more spacious but also conducive to an organized and efficient
working arrangement. That means that Hypnos Recordings should be able to release
CDs more often and more regularly, and that the Hypnos Online Store should be able
to stock a wider and deeper inventory, and process orders more quickly.

Nonetheless, it has been a frustrating and difficult time, trying to get things like
computers and furniture and electrical & data wiring and internet connectivity,
planned and configured and running. In other words, sometimes you do a lot of
work before you’re even ready to start getting anything done!

This is intended as an apology and explanation to those of you whose orders have been
processed a bit more slowly this past month than usual. I promise that this will
improve effective this week, and already the great majority of orders will be
processed in 1-2 business days again.

The other part of “the great lull” mentioned above, is the lack of Hypnos label
releases since James Johnson’s Entering Twilight in June. On that subject,
I have immediate and very exciting news! Today, Hypnos releases two new CD
titles, including the (already-shoulda-been-released in September) M Griffin/D Fulton
collaboration The Most Distant Point Known, as well as the third Hypnos
release by Robert Rich, Sunyata. Both of these are now available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, and direct purchase price is $11.99 as usual.

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2000.10.03
This evening updated the front page “Hypnos Recommends” section on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. New titles on the front page include Rudy Adrian’s Kinetic
Vapors
on the Groove label, the latest from Richard Chartier on the 12k label
offshoot label, Line, entitled Series, a formerly out of print Rapoon
CD, Fallen Gods which has been reissued with a second bonus CD, Cidar,
which was originally available by sending in a postcard included with Fallen Gods
and sending in a blank DAT tape, on which Staalplaat would record a copy of Cidar
and return it to you. Even those of us who possess DAT recorders will agree that CDs
are more convenient to listen to…

There are a couple of older Dweller at the Threshold discs featured as well, in
tribute to the group’s recent performance at The Gathering (see 09.28 update), as
well as Dweller-leader Dave Fulton’s soon-to-be-released collaboration with Hypnos
founder Mike Griffin (who faithfully types these updates), entitled
The Most Distant Point Known. Speaking of that one, I should have some
more specific release date information in the next couple of days. Shouldn’t be
much longer!

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2000.09.29
With the whirlwind of activity around Hypnos HQ lately, there’s been a
backlog of written reviews of Hypnos materials that haven’t been added
to the Hypnos Reviews/Press page
yet. About ten of those reviews from the past month or two, spanning
releases as far back as 18 months (it’s great to read a new review of a disc
like Weightless, Effortless or Landscape in Obscurity, for
example!), have been posted. More to come in the next few days, too.

Also thanks go out to an eagle-eyed Hypnos listener who suggested some minor,
perhaps invisible, yet quite handy changes to the interface of the
hypnos.com site, some of which I have implemented today. Not sure whether
this fellow wants to be publically thanked (he might be a CIA agent, or on
the run from mob, or something…), so…. thanks for the input, RA.

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2000.09.28
Dweller at the Threshold, the main project of Dave Fulton whose Hypnos collab
The Most Distant Point Known is coming-soon (see 09.22 update),
recently performed at The Gathering in Philadelphia, hosted by Star’s End
radio host Chuck VanZyl.

By all accounts this was a fantastic show — Synthetic Block also appeared —
and photos of the concert are now available
here. Also, you can read
Jonathan (aka “Synthetic”) Block’s detailed journal of the event
here.

In related news (related to Fulton and Chuck VanZyl and Star’s End, but not
Dweller, Synthetic Block, or The Gathering), played a track from one of
“defective master” discs of The Most Distant Point Known following
that show, and this week, Chuck has given The Most Distant Point Known
a rave review on the www.starsend.org
web site, and it will be the featured recording on this weekend’s 10/01/2000
show.

Maybe you’re wondering, “Why is The Most Distant Point Known good
enough for Chuck to play on the foremost space music radio show in the world,
but not OK to sell to me so I can listen to it?” The answer is simple —
the master was flawed only on one track, and Chuck knows not to play that
track! Besides, when you’re the hot-stuff big-daddy guru-godfather of the
space music scene like Chuck is, you get whatever you ask for!

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2000.09.27
Not sure what to make of these ongoing hypnos.com mail server problems, as
mentioned in the past few updates. Every time it seems to be fixed, I’ll
get a big blast of emails from the past day or so, then nothing for half a
day, and POP server connection errors, etc.

So, despite the fact that the web hosting offered by Valueweb has been
excellent, I’ve actually been considering switching to another domain
hosting company due to the ongoing hypnos.com mail distribution problems.
I just checked the Valueweb support page to see if there was any news other
than “….continuing slowness and outages with POP mail servers…” as they’ve
been saying for the past week. Now it’s “Valueweb Network Operations
will be implementing several steps to relieve the mail congestion issue.”

I hope this means there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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2000.09.22
update… The hypnos.com mail server problem seems to be nearly
resolved. I’m receiving emails now from the past 3 days in little batches…
nearly 100 emails have arrived in the last 10 minutes. I’ll try to deal
with the highest-priority “emergency! help!” type messages first, and then
deal with most of the rest this weekend. Thanks for your patience, everybody.

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2000.09.22
To add to the difficulties of the past week-plus (moving to a new house,
discovering a bad master for The Most Distant Point Known and thus
having to trash 1000 already-paid-for CDs), more
recently the internet hosting company that hosts the hypnos.com domain has
had a total failure of all their mail servers (delivering mail for tens of
thousands of domains). This means that while I’m able to access the web,
I can’t reach the pop.hypnos.com server that stores & delivers email. So
if you’ve tried to contact me in the last half of this week and haven’t
heard back yet, that’s the reason. Supposedly the technical problem with
the mail server is fixed and they’re now trying to flush through a massive
backlog of email, so maybe this will be working later today.

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2000.09.20
OK, a corrected master for The Most Distant Point Known has been
submitted to the pressing facility, and new CDs are in the works. Also,
Robert Rich’s Sunyata is in process as well.

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2000.09.19
Uh oh…. the latest Hypnos project, The Most Distant Point Known
(mentioned in the last 2 updates, so you know all about it by now) has an
audible problem with one of the tracks and it looks like we’re going to have
to have the discs re-pressed. Yikes, what a pain! But I’d rather bite the
bullet now and deal with a delay and extra expense, than start putting out
sub-standard discs bearing the Hypnos name.

Though I hate to do it, I’m going to remove the disc from the
Hypnos
Online Store
and not offer them for sale until we have the replacement
discs. Won’t know how long it’ll take until I talk to the pressing plant
during business hours Tuesday… Apologies to those of you who had already
ordered this one, or who planned to pick it up soon.

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2000.09.18
It didn’t happen quite as early today as expected, but the latest Hypnos
release, The Most Distant Point Known by M Griffin & Dave Fulton,
was released today and is now available at the
Hypnos
Online Store
. As is usual with single-CD Hypnos releases, the price for
direct orders is $11.99.

RealAudio samples for this title are now available at the
Hypnos Audio Clips page.

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2000.09.17
The move mentioned in the last update is now complete, and things are
gradually getting sorted out here in the new location. To those of you who
ordered in the past few days, when I had no phone service or internet connection,
I apologize for the delay in processing your orders. Everything will be
caught up by tomorrow, Monday the 18th. Thanks for your patience, everyone.
This new location should allow Hypnos to serve you even better — to release
even more CDs on the Hypnos label, and to stock a larger selection of non-Hypnos
titles at the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

To kick things off, the latest Hypnos release, The Most Distant Point Known
by (yours truly) Mike Griffin & Dave Fulton, will be released tomorrow. Also the
re-pressing of Vidna Obmana’s Landscape in Obscurity will be ready just in
time, as we were down to just two copies! Talk about timing…

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2000.09.12
A few examples of good new stuff, as well as a mostly new group of recommended
titles for this month, at the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

Hypnos World HQ is moving this week, hence the infrequent updates to this page
in recent days. The new location will provide a lot more space for this
world-dominating, ever-expanding, soon-to-be-large-enough-to-kick-Sony’s-ass
operation, which is good news. Orders are still being accepted
during the move, though they might be processed a day slower than usual. Oh,
and in the new location, email, web, fax, and PO box remain the same.
It’s only eight blocks away, after all!

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2000.09.11
Saul Stokes will be featured on the nationally-syndicated Echoes radio show
(which also recently featured Hypnos artist Jeff Pearce). Their announcement
is as follows:

Friday 9/15/00, Saturday 9/16/00, Sunday 9/17/00, Sunday 9/24/00

SAUL STOKES-SOLDERING & SYNTHESIZERS

Saul Stokes has been called "Popular Mechanics musician of the year"
because he builds his own instruments, stylish futuristic constructions of
blinking LEDs, patch cords and knobs.  These custom devices give his music
a distinctive sound that's been heard on several recordings, including his
latest, OUTFOLDING (Hypnos).  Saul uses the flaws and unpredictability of
his home-built synthesizers, to provide  the expressiveness typical of
acoustic instruments.  Saul Stokes talks about making music from the wires up.

Further proof of the Hypnos label’s progress toward world domination (OK, maybe
that’s a slight, erm, overstatement): James Johnson’s Entering Twilight
debuts at #14 on the New Age Voice airplay charts this month.

Lastly, we’re sold out of a couple of hot items on the
Hypnos
Online Store
…. of the 4 Oophoi limited CDRs recently mentioned, two are
sold out and the other two have just a single copy or two left. Still in stock
are Mare Vaporum by Oophoi alone, and Upuaut by Oophoi with
fellow Amplexus artists, Amir Baghiri and Matthias Grassow.

The other two titles, Oophoi’s Night Currents and Behind the
Wall of Sleep
, are completely out of stock right now, though more copies
may be forthcoming in the indeterminate future. Come to think of it, isn’t
ALL future indeterminate?

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2000.09.05
One teensy little correction the the last update on this page prior to the
holiday weekend — Saul Stokes’s limited edition CDRs are actually not
available for sale on his web site (which is worth of a visit nonetheless), but
only at his live performances, and here at the
Hypnos
Online Store
).

It has been a pleasant surprise to see how many people are purchasing both the
Stokes A Collection of Live Recordings CDR, and the new
Edge of the Forest. Also, for some reason I referred to the latter as
DEEP IN the Forest recently…. sorry about that, Saul!

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2000.08.31
Another interesting new title added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
)…. a surprising number of you purchased Saul Stokes’s
limited edition CDR (in a special, handmade wood box) A Collection of Live
Recordings
. Now Saul has issued his second, similarly packaged limited
edition, and this one is quite different. It’s called Edge of the Forest
and it combines treated nature sounds with synthetic ambience — a major
departure from the Stokes sound many of us are familiar with. Like the first
limited CDR, this one is also $18.99, and it’s limited to 200 copies. The
only places you can buy these limited Stokes CDRs are Saul’s own web site at
www.saulstokes.com, at
his rare live performances, and here.

Speaking of rare, limited CDRs, I should also mention that the four new Oophoi
discs mentioned in yesterday’s update will be gone in few days at most. I’ll
delete them from the catalog when they’re gone, until I receive more in a month
or two. If you’re in a hurry to obtain these, do so quickly!

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2000.08.30
Several of you have been quite anxious to obtain the four Oophoi CDRs I mentioned
recently. Those have now been added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
). These $12.99 titles include:

 Oophoi/Grassow/Baghiri - Upuaut
 Oophoi - Mare Vaporum
 Oophoi - Night Currents
 Oophoi - Behind the Wall of Sleep
 

That first one is indeed, as it appears, a collaboration with Matthias Grassow
and Amir Baghiri. Only a very limited number of copies of these titles are
available.

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2000.08.29
Chuck VanZyl, host of Star’s End radio and host of The Gathering series of
concerts, recently posted the following update about the upcoming performance
by Dweller at the Threshold. Though Dweller (and leader Dave Fulton) are
actually Eurock Records artists, since Fulton & I have a project coming out
on Hypnos (see recent updates regarding The Most Distant Point Known
on this page), I thought this was somewhat relevant:


DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD AND SYNTHETIC BLOCK TO PERFORM AT THE GATHERING

Portland based spacemusic ensemble Dweller At The Threshold and chillout
synthesist Synthetic Block will perform live in concert as part of The
Gathering Concert Series on Saturday, September 23rd, 2000 at St. Mary’s
Church Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA.

Inspired by the electronic music movement of pre-ambient/techno Europe,
Dweller At The Threshold grew out of a fascination with the ability of
electronic music to create a cinematic experience in sound. Using modular
synthesis, DATT produces original electronic excursions incorporating
interesting rhythms and harmonies with deep-space textures. To DATT, the
synthesizer is a creative tool which offers a wide palette of contrasting
textures that can be animated by hands on manipulation.

Dweller At The Threshold is based in the Pacific Northwest and includes
Dave Fulton and John Duval on synths and Lon Cudy on guitar. To date DATT
has delivered two original CD releases: “No Boundary Condition” and
“Generation Transmission Illumination”. The Gathering concert will be their
first performance on the east-coast.

Describing his music as “progressive ambience”, Synthetic Block (Jonathan
Block) combines classic ’70s spacemusic with modern chillout room
sensibilities. Block is credited with two studio albums, “Synthetic Block”
and “The Opposite Of Staring Into Space” which display a mix of infectious,
mild techno beats with the shimmering sequencer patterns of pre-sampling
technology.

Synthetic Block embraces the challenge of translating his music in the
unpredictable environment of the concert hall. Block says, “Playing live is
at least half the reason why I’m involved in music. For me, it gets pretty
boring holed up in the studio unless I know there will be a live outlet
somewhere down the road”. Along with his live electronic music, Block
occasionally will read aloud his original poetry. “Quite haunting”
according to Progression magazine.

The Gathering with Dweller At The Threshold and Synthetic Block will take
place on Saturday, September 23rd, 2000 at 8:00pm in the church sanctuary
of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk on the University of
Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, PA. Admission (at the door) is $20.
For more information, please access the Gatherings website or call (610)
734-1009.

Gatherings are live concerts featuring musicians from the ambient,
electronic and space music worlds. For more information, please access:
http://www.thegatherings.org

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2000.08.25
A quick update on Digitalis by Markus Reuter: we’re investigating the
possibility of issuing this as soon as October/November, though package design
will have to come together quickly for this to occur. That same period —
the last quarter of 2000 — will already see the release of vidnaObmana’s
follow-up to The Surreal Sanctuary, to be entitled The Contemporary
Nocturne
, as well as A Produce’s Smile on the Void.

In fact, all told, the last 4 months of this year could see as many as 6 Hypnos
CDs released, which would mean an even dozen CD releases for the year in total!

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2000.08.24
The first pressing of vidnaObmana’s Landscape in Obscurity (his first Hypnos
release, pre-dating our exclusive relationship which commenced with The
Surreal Sanctuary
) has sold out, and we’re currently having it re-pressed.
Only a few copies of the first pressing remain, and while the re-pressing will
be identical, there will likely be a gap of a week or two in which no copies
are available. So if you’re in a BIG hurry to own this, order it now before
it’s (momentarily) out of print.

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2000.08.23
Update: The next Hypnos CD release is complete and will go into
production tomorrow for September release. M. Griffin / D. Fulton The Most
Distant Point Known
, was mentioned here a couple days ago, but the track titles
and sequence have been finalized. The track listing is as follows:

 1  tectonic
 2  lithospheric flux
 3  source of all gravity
 4  opposite horizon
 5  dark observer
 6  quadrature    phase 1
 7                phase 2
 8                phase 3
 9                curved beyond zero
 

…. and you can still see the cover artwork
here.

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2000.08.22
Another announcement: Coming soon (possibly later in 2000, or could be pushed
back to 2001 depending on all the variables that make CD release dates get
pushed back), the first Hypnos release by Markus Reuter, Digitalis.
Reuter is best known to space/ambient fans for his work on Ian Boddy’s
excellent DiN label (all CD releases available at the
Hypnos
Online Store
), both with Ian Boddy on Distant Rituals and as
a member of Centrozoon on the most recent DiN release, Blast.

In other circles, Reuter is perhaps better known as a member of the
Europa
String Choir
, an adventurous instrumental ensemble signed to Robert Fripp’s
DGM label.

Markus’s instrument is the
Warr Guitar, a
tap-style 8-stringed instrument which is played less like a true “guitar” and
more like a Chapman Stick. The result is that Markus has a sound that is quite
distinctive and wonderful! We are still working out certain details of this
release and will post further details to this page as they are known.

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2000.08.21
Announcement: The new Dave Fulton/M. Griffin CD will be called The Most
Distant Point Known
and will be the next Hypnos release, coming
in mid-September. You can see the cover artwork
here.

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2000.08.20
Just two weeks after nationally-syndicated radio show Hearts of Space featured
a selection from Saul Stokes Outfolding, this week’s show includes
two tracks from Jeff Pearce’s album To the Shores of Heaven.
Thanks, Hearts of Space, for the support and promotion!

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2000.08.18
The upcoming Hypnos collaboration between myself & Dave Fulton (leader and
co-founder of Dweller at the Threshold) is taking shape quickly and is
almost finished. It is our hope that these CDs will be ready in time for
the Dweller performance at The Gathering in Philadelphia, next month.

Cover graphics and track listing will be previewed here soon. The music
is completely done, and we’re just finalizing things like titles, which
tracks to include, and what sequence to put them in.

Whatever it ends up being called, it’s a deep and spacy recording, yet
quiet listenable — quite different from previous Griffinmusic and Fultonmusic,
yet working in generally familiar territory.

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2000.08.14
A few titles formerly available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
have recently gone out of print. Since they’re on the Amplexus
and 12k labels, they were limited editions to start with, and like all releases
on both these labels, they eventually ran out and will not be re-pressed.
The titles in question are:

 Matthias Grassow - Dissolution (amplexus)
 Matthias Grassow - Fountain of Remembrance (amplexus)
 Alio Die & Yannick Dauby - Descendre Cinq Lacs... (amplexus)
 Sakoto/Chartier - 0/r (12k)
 

Sorry, but no copies of thes titles remain, either here in Hypnos Command Center,
at the labels themselves, or at any of the distributors we order from.

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2000.08.13
Here’s a news release from Saul Stokes relating to 2 upcoming live performances:

 The Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, PA:

 Where:  Ethereal Theater, Elfreth's Alley @ 2nd Street,
         Olde City Philadelphia

 When:   September 2, 9:00pm and September 5, 8:30pm

 Both performances will take place outside and are free of charge.
 

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2000.08.11
Just added 2 new titles to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, which isn’t a lot of new stuff, but these are hot ones!

They’re from the Amplexus label, one of the finest labels out there, and they
include Matthias Grassow’s new album Fragrance of Eternal Roses, which
is the usual $14.99 for these Italian imports; and Amir Baghiri’s Blue Box
Collection
, a 4-disc box set that is $39.99.

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2000.08.11
Here’s a news release from James Johnson relating to an upcoming live performance:

 ******************************************************************
 James Johnson live at The Ambient Ping Aug. 29th 2000
 ******************************************************************
 For those of you close to the Border or just looking for a reason
 to say "Road Trip!" James Johnson will be performing at The Ambient Ping
 http://www.theambientping.com in Toronto, Ontario. Join us for a pair
 of sonic performances on Aug. 29th starting at 8:30pm and going til.......
 James will be creating ambient soundscapes using a mixture of field
 recordings,
 computer synthesis and samples. This performance will be created
 in 4 point stereo for a completely immersive experience. For more information
 about "The Ambient Ping" and for directions visit
 http://www.theambientping.com

 On the Sunday prior to the show listen to a live webcast performance
 along with an interview of James Johnson on sound:escape, with DJ's
 Kresh & Robbie (Toronto 89.5 FM) from Midnight till 2am. to access the
 show via the web, tune your browser to:
 http://www.1groove.com.
 

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2000.08.10
Here’s a link to a nifty feature article/interview on Hypnos artist Saul
Stokes, including reviews of his 3 Hypnos CDs and his one self-released
CDR special edition, on the
space.com
web site. The feature is by Matt Howarth, who previously did a similar
feature on Robert Rich after the release of Humidity.

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2000.08.10
A quick summary of the upcoming Vidna Obmana tour:

 VIDNA OBMANA
 http://www.vidnaobmana.org
 12 Aug - The Cave/Leofels, Schwaebisch Hall
 21 Oct - Cultureel Centrum Jan Van Der Noot/Brecht
 04 Nov - The Cathedral/Philadelphia
 05 Nov - Live Radio Performance on Star's END, WXPN - Philadelphia
 06 Nov - Wilde Auditorium/West-Hartford, Connecticut (guest appearance by Jim
 Cole)
 09 Nov - The Old Church/Portland, Oregon
 12 Nov - Borders In-store performance: Simsbury, Connecticut
 

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2000.08.08
It’s nice to see the

Hypnos Forum
starting to heat up, getting more frequent messages and a growing
number of visitors and registered, contributing “members.”

Hypnos artists such as Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes, Vidna Obmana and James Johnson
have contributed. A Produce and Dave Fulton have told me they’ll post messages
soon, too.

Also there are several new reviews on the Hypnos
Reviews page, particularly a trio of very positive Saul
Stokes Outfolding reviews.

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2000.08.07
Did a bit more work this weekend on the

Hypnos Forum
, and was pleased to see over a dozen people sign in (and dozens more
stopped to read messages, and moved along without signing in). It was great to see
people chiming in with their own questions, answers, suggestions and so on!

Another thing I think people will enjoy is that several Hypnos artists have told
me they’ll pop in from time to time and offer their own comments, updates and
so on. Already you can see messages from Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, and James
Johnson, and I’ll work on getting others to visit and contribute.

This news page (the one you’re reading now, not the Forum page I was talking about)
will continue to be the primary source of info relating to new releases and so on,
but you will often find more detailed information, along with the aforementioned
contributions from the Hypnos artists themselves, on the

Hypnos Forum
.

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2000.08.06
The latest Saul Stokes album Outfolding has been featured on the most
recent Hearts of Space radio show. This is Saul’s first appearance on that
nationally syndicated show, so congratulations go out to Saul! The track
featured was “Thick Streets.” The same show also featured a track by
Hypnos artist Richard Bone, from his (non-Hypnos) release Ascension.

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2000.08.04
Here’s something kind of cool and new for all you folks who are anxious to
read about and discuss cool Hypnos (and related) music and artists 24 hours
per day — it’s the
Hypnos Forum
and it’s a web-based discussion board hosted on hypnos.com

I’ve just set it up and tested it, and it works, so you guys can check it out
and start posting. In the near future, I’ll “pretty it up” and enhance it, so
it’ll be more Hypnos-like and less generic looking. In the mean time I wanted
to let everybody know about it so we can start some fun discussions in the coming
weeks.

It’s not necessary to “register” or create a username/password, if you just want
to read what other people have posted. You only need to register (which just takes
about 5 seconds, and is completely secure and confidential) if you want to create
new topics, or write a reply to somebody else’s topic or message.

Have fun, and be among the first to start a topic!

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2000.08.03
More news is less news?!

Sort of ironic, isn’t it, that when things are really cooking here,
I’m often too busy to update this “news” page. So as a result, people
check this page (which must be a daily destination for many of you,
considering how many hits this page gets — it’s by far the most visited
page on hypnos.com), see no update, and assume
“Hmmm, nothing new going on at Hypnos this week.”

The fact is, I need to make a better effort to offer at least some kind of
almost-daily tidbit, or else I get behind like this and don’t even know
where to start.

First, as mentioned in the last update, work is going full speed on Robert
Rich’s Sunyata. The master is done (Robert remastered it himself
last year), and the package design is almost done, so we think a September
release is pretty definite. We’ll have some RealAudio clips available soon,
and some more specific information about planned release date.

I’ve been working on the still-untitled-but-coming-soon collaboration
between myself (Mike Griffin, for those of you just joining us) and Dave
Fulton (co-founder and now-leader of Dweller at the Threshold). The
3 1/2 hours worth of recordings are in good shape and is mostly
mastered, but needs editing down to CD length, and further audio
tweaking (not to mention titles). It is our hope that this will be
released in the next couple of months, perhaps in time for the Dweller at
the Threshold show at the Gathering in Philly this fall. Again, more news soon.

Work has begun at last on the third Viridian Sun project (also as yet
untitled), with the first recording session taking place last night. While
the instrumentation was a bit different from before (guitar and bass guitar
only, if you can believe that), and the sound a bit different, the approach
and the general abstract ambient/space “feel” of the material will be
familiar to VS fans. This one probably won’t be ready for release until
the first quarter of 2001, but it’s nice to get started on it.

Sorta-kinda related to Viridian Sun, Hypnos is working on a sort of “side label”
project, to be called (something like) “Hypnos Signature Series,” which will
release signed and limited-to-500 CD editions. They’ll generally feature
interesting and highly collectible material from familiar Hypnos artists (the
first two will probably be Viridian Sun and Jeff Pearce). These CDs will be
available primarily through Hypnos (due to the higher price and limited run),
though we just might make them available through selected online distributors.
No barcodes, though, so no retail at any price!

Lastly, I just received a box of Oophoi stuff from Italy and will be making it
available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
soon. These include not only his Hic Sunt Leones release
Three Lights at the End of the World (which has been out of stock here
for months!), and his Wouivre release on Amplexus, but also several
high-quality, limited, CDR-only editions created by Gianluigi/Oophoi himself.

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2000.07.28
Speaking of Robert Rich (see yesterday’s update regarding Humidity),
we’re moving forward now with his third Hypnos/Soundscape release, Sunyata.
The master is done and the package design is almost finished, so it will probably
be ready ahead of schedule — September, perhaps. You may view the cover art
here.

Some of you may be familiar with Sunyata, as it was Robert’s first release,
on cassette only. The version we’re releasing on CD is edited and remastered by
Robert himself. Many of you are anxiously awaiting Robert’s Somnium DVD
coming out on the Release label, an example of the most recent development in
Robert Rich’s well-known Sleep Concert format. In fact Sunyata could be
seen as the opposite end of the spectrum from Somnium: the first
explorations by Robert Rich in the slow-moving, low-key textural drone format
that eventually became the Sleep Concerts. Whether as a companion or preview
to Somnium, as a historical document, or as a recording that stands
alone, Sunyata is something all Robert Rich fans are certain to want
for their collection.

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2000.07.27
Robert Rich’s Humidity is out of print! OK, it’s back in print again.

Actually, for about 12 hours, we had zero copies of Humidity available,
but the second pressing copies arrived literally the day after we ran
completely out of copies from the first pressing. Hooray, CDs enough for
everyone! The second pressing still includes the fold-up poster/booklet just
as the first one did, and is identical in every respect, including price.

Also, I apologize for the slightly-less-frequent updates to this page in the
past couple of weeks. First, I was away in Montreal and couldn’t update from
there (I really, really need to get a laptop, but am waiting until Apple’s G4
Powerbooks come out in the new year), and this past week my FTP client is
acting all screwy, so sometimes I can upload files and sometimes I can’t.

The most recent set of updates to the site include plenty of new reviews,
on the ‘Reviews’ page, naturally. These include
3 reviews of Vidna Obmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary and 1 review of
James Johnson’s Entering Twilight. There are still several other
reviews that I just need to type up and add in there, not to mention the
scads of NEW reviews that will appear in print, undoubtedly, by the
time I get done typing in the ones I already have…. so more
updates are coming soon.

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2000.07.27
Those of you who live in a place where Echoes radio does not reach, or who
missed the Jeff Pearce Living Room Concert feature on Echoes this month,
take a look at the online, archived version of that
feature.
In it, you will hear some fabulous Pearce music performed live, and you will
also have a chance to hear Jeff talk about his techniques and approach.

After which, of course, you will want to return here and purchase his latest Hypnos
release, To the Shores of Heaven!

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2000.07.22
Still more new stuff on the the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Today’s additions include: the new Alpha Wave Movement album
from the Groove label, Drifted into Deeper Lands. Jeff Pearce contributed
to a pair of tracks on this one, and it’s a return to the spacier, mellower style of
the first two AWM albums; also from Groove, re-stocked copies of Ron Boots Screaming
Caress
, and Rudy Adrian’s wonderful album Kinetic Flow (Sequencer Sketches
Volume 1)
. Also included in the shipment received from Groove today, were a
whole lot of copies of Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana’s Live Archive, which had
already been listed here before, but our limited stock on that item has been
substantially fortified!

Also added 3 items from the UK’s fascinating and wonderful Touch label, and added a
category for that label to the store. The new titles include two Philip Jeck albums,
Loopholes and Surf, and the Scala album Compass Heart. There
are currently other Touch label titles in the Miscellaneous sections of the store,
and those items will be moved over to the Touch category soon. Touch is certainly
one of the coolest & most interesting labels in the UK, along with DiN (also available
at the Hypnos store).

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2000.07.21
This morning, updated the “Hypnos Recommends” section on the front page of the
Hypnos
Online Store
. New featured titles include Ambient Otaku by Tetsu
Inoue, recently reissued on the FAX label; Lakeland, the fifth album
by Ruben Garcia; and the various artists compilation from the Dark Duck
label entitled Ambient Landscapes 2, which includes contributions from
James Johnson (whose Entering Twilight was recently issued on Hypnos),
Twine, Stephen Philips, and several others; lastly, we finally received the
most recent Alio Die solo album, La Stanze della Transcendenza (spelling
could be off on that one, as I don’t have a copy of it in front of me), and I’m
sure this will be a hot item, given how many of you have been exploring Alio Die’s
previous solo releases and 5000 Spirits projects.

Also, when Saul Stokes Outfolding was about to be released, we temporarily
lowered the price on his previous two albums — Washed in Mercury and
Zo Pilots — to $9.99 to celebrate his new release. Now that Outfolding
has been out for over a month, we’ve about to end that special price and these
two CDs will go back to the normal $11.99 price. If you want to take advantage
of this special, hurry up and do so before the end of July!

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2000.07.18
This evening added about 30 titles to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, including over a dozen new listings in the Fax label section, our first
10 titles from the Dark Duck Records section, the latest from Ruben Garcia
entitled Lakeland, and three Projekt releases including Steve Roach’s
Midnight Moon, Roach’s collaboration with Elmar Schulte Solitaire:
Ritual Ground
, and Jeff Greinke’s archival reissue, Over Ruins/Moving
Climates
.

There are now over 400 titles available in the online store!

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2000.07.17
Hello again. Been back a few days now, and it’s taken a bit longer to get
things (mostly) caught up since my return. I expected that people would heed
the “There’s nobody home until 7/14” messages and not place orders until I
returned, but a bit stack of orders accumulated during my absence. Almost
all of those went out Saturday and today (Monday), and the last few will
go tomorrow.

Several new items have just been received and will be added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
tomorrow….. so check back soon!

In the mean time, I’ve added several new reviews (one for Humidity, one
for The Surreal Sanctuary, one for Outfolding and three or four
for our latest release, James Johnson’s Entering Twilight.

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2000.07.07
The absence mentioned in the most recent news update begins now! Orders placed at the
Hypnos
Online Store
after last night will not be processed & shipped until Friday July
14, but feel free to go ahead and order anyway, if you like.

Also, today I added some new reviews (including the first review of James Johnson’s
Entering Twilight) to the full-to-bursting Hypnos Reviews
section.

See you in a week!

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2000.07.04
Hypnos World HQ will be vacant between Saturday July 08 and Thursday July 13 —
I’ll be in Montreal for most of a week. The
Hypnos
Online Store
will still be “open” and functional, and any orders placed
during my absence will be safe and secure until my return — but if you place
an order during this time, it won’t be processed until at least Friday July 14.
Likewise, email will not be answered during this period as I will probably be
unable to access the hypnos.com mail server, at least with any regularity.

If you wish for your order to be shipped prior to my departure, it would be a
good idea to get your orders in by Wednesday, July 05, though it’s possible
that some orders placed early Thursday will go out Friday before I leave.

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2000.07.03
Several new reviews of Hypnos CDs have been added to the Reviews
page this past week. In particular, you’ll see new reviews for Saul Stokes Outfolding,
Vidna Obmana The Surreal Sanctuary, and Jeff Pearce To the Shores of Heaven.

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2000.06.30
Somehow, we never made available any sample RealAudio clips from the May
2000 Hypnos release, Saul Stokes Outfolding. They’re done now, so
those of you who have been waiting to hear sample clips before purchasing
should proceed to the Hypnos Audio page. Sorry for
the delay!

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2000.06.29
Echoes (a nationally syndicated radio show) has scheduled their Jeff Pearce
“Living Room Concert” feature for Friday, July 14 (on most stations – July
16th or 23rd on others). Here is their announcement:


A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH JEFF PEARCE
Jeff Pearce has been entrancing listeners with his textural,
ambient guitar orchestrations since his debut album, TENDERNESS &
FATALITY (Windchime). Although he often sounds like multiple guitar
players and a synthesizer, Jeff makes all of his music on one electric
guitar in played in real time with no overdubs. Through a
sophisticated system of looping and sound processing, he transforms
himself into an ambient orchestra. Jeff Pearce comes to the Echoes
studio to play music live, including pieces from his latest album, TO
THE SHORES OF HEAVEN (Hypnos).

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2000.06.28
Just a quick bit of clarification regarding the last update (06.26) to this
page — a few of you weren’t sure what I meant by “Martina Verhoeven’s music”
and emailed to ask about Circles and Artifacts. I should clarify that
there is no music by Martina Verhoeven on the disc — she’s a photographer, and
her photography comprises the majority of the multimedia content on this disc.
Of course, this is a music web site, and the
Hypnos
Online Store
is a music store, so those of you seeing the CD-rom listed under
a certain person’s name could understandably make the mistake of thinking that
she contributed to the music. If you prefer, think of this as the latest music
CD by Vidna Obmana and Steve Roach, which also happens to contain some optional
multimedia content.

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2000.06.26
As mentioned last Friday, James Johnson’s Entering Twilight has been
added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
— of course, many of you have already been over there to
purchase it.

In case you needed further incentive, we’ve just received a shipment from Belgium
which includes Martina Verhoeven’s Circles and Artifacts. Maybe you’re
thinking, “Hmmmm, I’m not really familiar with Martina Verhoeven’s music, so what’s
the big deal?” The big deal is that this is a multimedia cd-rom project, featuring
photography by Martina Verhoeven (whose photography adorns many Vidna Obmana CDs,
including his Hypnos releases Landscape in Obscurity and The Surreal
Sanctuary
as well as several other recent titles). Circles and Artifacts
also includes poetry by Linda Kohanov.

Probably the main item of interest for Hypnos customers, though, is the 60+
minutes of music by Vidna Obmana and Steve Roach.
Whether you want to enjoy the full multimedia experience on your PC, or just plug
the disc into an ordinary CD player and listen to the music, this is a unique and
beautiful project. Also, it’s the first release on Vidna Obmana’s own label,
The Contemporary Harmonic. The price of Circles and Artifacts is $16.99.

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2000.06.23
OK — James Johnson’s Entering Twilight is now ready to go. The CDs turned
out great, and while the press release hasn’t even been written yet, I’m
about to go over to the
Hypnos
Online Store
and add it to the database so all you ambient-hungry listeners
can order this weekend.

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2000.06.22
The latest Hypnos release, James Johnson’s Entering Twilight will be available
for purchase tomorrow. Actually, it would be ready now, but the stealthy
Hypnosmobile is in the shop today, so I won’t be able to pick up the CDs and
ready them for a breathlessly eager public until tomorrow.

Audio clips are now available on the Hypnos Audio page,
and some time tomorrow you’ll be able to find the CD on the
Hypnos
Online Store
for $11.99.

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2000.06.21
The nationally syndicated radio show Echoes, hosted
by John Diliberto, recently recorded a “Living Room Concert” with Hypnos
artist Jeff Pearce. Jeff will be demonstrating his unique
working method, talking a bit about the creation of his Hypnos album To the
Shores of Heaven
, and of course playing some great music.

In advance of the airing of that “Living Room Concert,” Echoes is doing a
shorter “artist feature” on Pearce, which will consist of a brief interview
and some music. Here’s the Echoes announcement regarding the show:


Coming up on Echoes Thursday 6/22/00 (Saturday 6/24 and Sunday July 9 on
some stations)

The Living Room Concert will air later…

JEFF PEARCE LOOKS TO THE SKIES
Jeff Pearce has been entrancing listeners with his minimalist
textural ambient guitar orchestrations since his debut album,
TENDERNESS & FATALITY (Windchime). His collaborations include
work with Jon Jenkins, Kevin Keller and Vidna Obmana. Although
he often sounds like multiple guitar players and synthesizer,
Jeff makes all of his music on one electric guitar.
Through a sophisticated system of looping
and sound processing, however, he transforms himself into an
ambient orchestra. Jeff Pearce comes to the Echoes studio to
discuss the sonic architecture behind his music and latest album,
TO THE SHORES OF HEAVEN (Hypnos).

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2000.06.19
Added the most recent release from 12k records, the Tetsu Inoue & Taylor Deupree
collaboration Active/Freeze to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. This is experimental digitalism of a very
rigorous and uncompromising nature. Challenging and wonderful, but not for
listeners seeking soft & mellow soundscapes.

Also added the latest from Larry Kucharz, the almost techno-like (hence the title)
Techno Unit 30 under his alias Audiochrome. I say almost techno-like
because this is really more restrained and experimental than what would usually be
described as “techno,” but it’s an almost entirely rhythmic exercise, and a huge
departure from Kucharz’s previous work…. possibly my favorite thing he’s ever
done.

Lastly, a couple of Hic Sunt Leones favorites, both involving HSL founder & main
artist Alio Die, were restored to the catalog: Alio Die’s solo Password for
Ethneogenic Experience
, and by his collaborative project 5000 Spirits,
A Tapestry for Sorcerers. Usually these wonderful Hic Sunt Leones titles
sell out almost as quickly as we get them, so move fast if you want these! Also,
a new HSL title (well, it’s an older one really but it’s new to Hypnos) by onetime
Alio Die collaborator, Ora. The album is entitled Rosea.

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2000.06.16
Oops! Many of the additions to the
Hypnos
Online Store
mentioned in yesterday’s update, didn’t actually get
added to the store’s database until this afternoon. Apologies to anyone who
wasted time looking for CDs that weren’t really there…. but they’re in there
now.

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2000.06.15 (second update)
Even more additions to the
Hypnos
Online Store
….
The biggest addition would be the creation of a Fax Label category, with 25
assorted titles. We’ll probably bring in more titles after we gauge interest
in this stuff.

Also, the following assorted titles were added:

Aube - 108
Aube - Dazzle Reflexion
Aube - Flare
Aube - Triad Thread
Biosphere - Cirque
Maeror Tri - Language of Flames and Sound
Maeror Tri - Meditamentum II
Maeror Tri - Venenum
Daniel Menche - Vent
Rapoon - :D-LEM:
Rapoon - Rapoon vs. Kinder Atom

Most of these titles are in the “Miscellaneous Artists A-L” and “Miscellaneous
Artists M-Z” categories, but remember you can always do a search by artist name,
title, or keyword. The Hypnos Online Store now has almost 400 titles, about
three times what the store started with, so that search feature can be a handy
way to navigate when you’re not sure what label released a certain CD.

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2000.06.15
A bit of information about an upcoming Vidna Obmana concert here in Portland,
Oregon:


Portland, USA
Vidna Obmana
a Saturn Spell presentation of this one-time exclusive West Coast concert.
Sponsored by Soleilmoon Recording and Ozone Records
Thursday November the 9th 2000
The Old Church, Portland, Oregon (on the corner of SW 11th and Clay St.),
doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are $15 before / $20 the day of the show. General Admission.
Tickets will be available in-store at Ozone Records and the New Renaissance
Bookstore , the www.dreamsinexile.com website or by sending a check/money
order to Saturn Spell Music PO Box 1244 Portland, Oregon 97207

Any of you West Coast-type fans of
ambient stuff, I hope you’ll make an effort to get to Portland for this
rare and wonderful event! Please note: Hypnos does not have tickets
available for sale — this listing is for informational purposes only.
Please contact the Dreams In Exile web site for ticket info, or to go
the fabulous Ozone Records store on West Burnside (across from Powell’s
Books).

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2000.06.14
More additions and changes to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, as mentioned a few days ago.

There are still more titles to add, but here’s a list of the most recent
additions. These are available in the Soleilmoon and Staalplaat label
sections, which had formerly been combined, but have now been split into
their own categories:

Randy Greif - Alice in Wonderland (5CD)
Lustmord - Paradise Disowned
Lustmord - The Monstrous Soul
Daniel Menche - Static Burn
Muslimgauze - Abu Nidal / Coup d'Etat
Muslimgauze - Arab Quarter (2CD)
Muslimgauze - Baghdad
Muslimgauze - Mazar-I-Sharif
Muslimgauze - Remixs
Muslimgauze - Sufiq (CDEP)
Nocturnal Emissions - Duty Experiment
Nocturnal Emissions - Glossalalia
Nocturnal Emissions - Mouths of Babes
Nocturnal Emissions - The World is My Womb
Robin Storey & Nigel Ayers - Perfidious Albion
Various Artists - Absolute
Various Artists - Between Sun and Moon
Jonathan Coleclough - Windlass
Rapoon - What Do You Suppose?
Muslimgauze - Speaking with Hamas
Muslimgauze - Betrayal
Muslimgauze - Hamas Arc
Deutsch Nepal - Erosion
Deutsch Nepal - Tolerance

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2000.06.13
Added a couple of noteworthy titles to the
Hypnos
Online Store
— these two CDs are by a New Zealand artist named Kip Mazuy,
released on his own Bliss Music label. You’ll find them in the “Miscellaneous M-Z”
category in the Online Store, and the titles are Beautiful Sound and
Elements of Ecstasy. Those of you looking for peaceful ambience that
incorporates restrained piano, will find these very rewarding. Somewhat
influence by the early work of Harold Budd, Kip Mazuy does a fine job of
creating very listenable atmospheres suitable for sleep, meditation or
reading.

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2000.06.11
Have added several titles to the
Hypnos
Online Store
…. too many to list here. Will also be adding some new
Soleilmoon and Staalplaat label titles tomorrow.

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2000.06.02
His was the first CD released on Hypnos (Washed in Mercury back in 1997), and
now, Saul Stokes is the first artist to release his third CD on Hypnos. Released
today is Outfolding, a daring and mature step beyond his most recent album,
Zo Pilots.

The primary sound sources on all Saul Stokes recordings are several vintage-style
analog modular synthesizers built by Stokes himself. But don’t mistake this to
mean Stokes is working in a retro or “classic
E-music” style, because this is definitely not the case. Perhaps no artist in the
ambient/experimental music scene possesses a sound as distinctive and fresh. Those
who have seen Saul’s much-acclaimed live performances in Philadelphia during the
past year can attest to his challenging and dynamic sound. It’s world music for
the mid-21st century, way ahead of its time.

Outfolding is $11.99 and it’s available now at the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

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2000.06.01
A Produce is familiar to many of you for his recent Hypnos collaboration Altara,
with M Griffin (the person who is typing this), as well as his excellent previous
releases such as Land of a Thousand Trances, White Sands,
Inscape and Landscape, and Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo,
on his own Trance Port label.

The next A Produce album, Smile on the Void, has been in progress for some time
now and is planned for release later in 2000. We are pleased to announce that A
Produce and Hypnos have agreed that Smile on the Void will be released on Hypnos.
This will be the first non-Trance Port solo release by A Produce, and his first new
solo material since Inscape and Landscape in 1996.

The first half of Smile on the Void is complete, and I had a chance to preview it
this week. Let me tell you, this is fantastic stuff! The title track may already be
my favorite A Produce track ever. Expect a combination of subdued-yet-exotic musicality,
with the most restrained and hypnotic ambient textures and pulsing loops. Definitely
worth the long wait…

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2000.05.30
There’s no mistaking the fact that most fans of the kind of music we sell
get terribly excited every time there’s a new CD from Steve Roach, and the
same goes for Vidna Obmana. It’s even better when one of their collaborative
CDs is released. So I’m sure this will start a stampede, but…. we now have
copies of Live Archive by Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana, released on the
Groove Unlimited label and imported by Hypnos from The Netherlands. We only have 8 copies right now, and our shipments from NL only happen every couple of
months, so rush on over to the
Hypnos Online Store now. The price is $14.99.

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2000.05.23
Here’s one I know many of you are interested in: the latest from Steve Roach,
released on his Timeroom Editions label. It’s Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes and
the title is Vine, Bark and Spore. This is truly one of the most
magical things to come out of the Timeroom yet, and on first impression
I’d say this is my favorite since Magnificent Void.
Vine, Bark and Spore has a strong ethnic/ritual angle, with
chanting and didgeridoo and percussion. It’s also one of the finest efforts
yet heard in that subgenre, ranking with the best of O Yuki Conjugate.
Available now and ready for immediate shipment, at a price of $14.99, from the
Hypnos Online Store.

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2000.05.19
Here’s a little extra taster of the upcoming (06-2000 release) CD from James
Johnson, Entering Twilight…. here’s a RealAudio clip that gives a
good sense of the feel of the piece. It’s available in
28k and
56k versions. Give either
or both a try, depending on the speed of your connection, but they’re different
bit-rate versions of the same selection.

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2000.05.18
The next Hypnos Recordings release, Saul Stokes’s Outfolding, is due
in the next week or so. We’ll post announcements all over the internet when
that one’s ready. Interest in Saul’s work is at an all-time high, which is
sorta funny since he hasn’t had an official release in almost two years…. but
many listeners have heard Saul’s live performances at Philadelphia’s Gathering
series of concerts, or they picked up his limited edition “wood box” CDR of
selected live performance recordings. Saul’s work is more rhythmic and
dynamic than much of what Hypnos releases, but we have no doubt that Outfolding
will appeal to a great number of you.

Folowing that will be the first Hypnos release by James Johnson, Entering
Twilight
, as announced earlier this month. Entering Twilight is
a single long track, about 66 minutes long, in a sparse, almost subliminal
style. Fans of Johnson’s previous works Surrender and Unity
know the beautiful, glimmering restraint with which he expresses himself, but
this one is even more minimal…. like floating in a thick fog with vague chiming
chords drifting toward you through the haze. You can take a peek at the cover
artwork here.

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2000.05.17
Added the 3rd Green House Records CD to the
Hypnos Online Store.
The first solo release by Exuviae, Echoes in the Emptiness, is Green House’s first
CD of the new year, following a couple of very strong 1999 releases (the various artists
compilation Convergent Evolution and the Vir Unis solo debut The Drift Inside.
The Vir Unis CD was one of my personal favorites of the last year, and unexpectedly one of our
best selling non-Hypnos-label titles of the past several months. And this Exuviae debut is
every bit as good! It’s not quite as deep & dark as The Drift Inside, and the only
real common element is the label that released it, but should appeal to many of the same fans —
people who like open, abstract ambient.

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2000.05.17
Updated the “May Recommended Titles” on the front page of the
Hypnos Online Store.
Of course, all these items were available as of a couple days ago, but the front page draws
special attention to these items, and all of them deserve it.

Our highly-compensated marketing
analysts tell us that the great majority of you order stuff off the front page almost
exclusively….. OK, the truth is we don’t have highly-compensated marketing analysts. At any
rate, there are some new featured titles up there. Go take a look!

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2000.05.15
Following a busy week in which I neglected to post news updates were posted here,
I have uploaded a bunch of new stuff to the
Hypnos Online Store.

First, the much-requested Eurock label albums by Dweller at the Threshold and Dave Fulton. These
include the DAT albums No Boundary Condition and Generation/Transmission/Illumination,
and the first solo album by DAT founder Dave Fulton, Hard Particles. As if the music alone
weren’t enough reason to pick these up, these latter two CDs feature super-swell artwork and
design by yours truly…. my only non-Hypnos design work aside from Jeff Pearce’s Vestiges.

Also added 3 slightly edgier, experimental/industrial/noise releases (of course they have an
atmospheric/ambient feel or they wouldn’t be offered here) from the excellent Crowd Control
label. Crowd Control is still grouped with Hic Sunt Leones as a category in the Online Store,
because at first the only Crowd Control titles offered here were (Hic Sunt Leones owner) Alio Die
and his various projects (with Antonio Testa, and as a member of 5000 Spirits). But Crowd Control
continues to release interesting & strange stuff so we’re giving a few of those a try. Take a look
at these new titles from Inanna, Necrophorus, and Tertium Non Data if you’re in the mood for
something with a bit more grit to it.

Added 2 Mychael Danna/Tim Clement titles to the Mirage section. Even though these aren’t technically
Mirage label releases, all remaining stock of these CDs is now held by Mirage, so it’s the next best
thing, no matter what label originally issued them. These titles, Summerland and Another
Sun
, should appeal to the hordes of you who have been purchasing their Best of Danna & Clement
overview album this year.

Lastly, added 8 titles from the Release label, varying from experimental noise to strange song-oriented
atmospherics. Perhaps of greatest interest is the 3CD compilation Release Your Mind v.2 which
features contributions from Vidna Obmana, Lull, Trial of the Bow, TUU, Yen Pox, Mandible Chatter,
Subarachnoid Space, James Plotkin, O Yuki Conjugage, Solarus, Hybrids, Illusion of Safety, Brume,
Kapotte Muziek, Haters, Masonna, and lots more. All kinds of stuff here, and at an excellent price for a triple
CD, this should appeal to those of you who like to use compilations as a safe way to investigate
unfamiliar artists.

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2000.05.10
You can find an interesting feature on Robert Rich, including a brief interview,
and a review of his 2nd Hypnos release Humidity on the
space.com
web site.

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2000.05.03
Just realized that RealAudio sample clips for Vidna Obmana’s The Surreal
Sanctuary
had never been added to the Hypnos Audio
page, so I added those today. There’s one clip for each of the seven tracks.

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2000.05.02
The schedule of upcoming releases on the Hypnos label has been slightly modified.
First of all, my own much-delayed Fabrications will be pushed back a bit more.
One of the problems with running your own label is that the “business” of designing
and manufacturing and selling CDs of other people’s music often leaves little time
for creating one’s OWN music. So Fabrications is still on the way, but it won’t
be the next Hypnos release after Saul Stokes’s Outfolding.

Hypnos is pleased to announce that we will be releasing Entering Twilight, the
first Hypnos release by James Johnson. Entering Twilight is a very minimal,
restrained ambience, the kind of thing so many of our listeners keep asking for
again and again! Like previous Hypnos releases Altara (A Produce & M Griffin)
or Landscape in Obscurity (Vidna Obmana) or Sonic Continuum
(Modell/Mantra), this one is intended for low-volume
listening, and works great on repeat mode, as a background for sleep or meditation
or reading. It has a sound & feel reminiscent of my personal favorite of Brian Eno’s
releases, Neroli, without being at all derivative.

We think James Johnson is one of the important new talents our genre, and are pleased
to have the opportunity to help spead his work to a wider audience. James originally
contributed a track to the Hypnos compilation Weightless, Effortless, and
has recently been releasing his solo material on his own Zero Music label.

Expect to see Entering Twilight in June 2000.

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2000.05.01
Several of you have expressed an interest in obtaining a poster of the cover artwork
for Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores of Heaven. While we’ve frequently received
requests to do posters of various different CD cover artwork, the response to
Shores has been so positive that we’ll probably make it our first effort in
this direction.

(Well, this isn’t exactly true, since we do have a 14″ mini-
poster for Robert Rich’s HUMIDITY, which is actually folded-up into the CD booklet
included in the package).

Anyway, stay tuned for details on the availability of the poster for To the Shores of Heaven.

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2000.04.28
Slight modifiation to the
Hypnos Online Store….
I updated the “March Recommended Titles” section on the front page to include some new stuff,
and renamed it “April Recommended Titles,” just in time for May.

Interestingly, at least 75% of the orders through the Hypnos Online Store comes from items on
that front page only. I don’t know whether that’s because that’s where all the “hot” new titles
are on display, or because half the visitors to the store don’t realize that you can actually
buy hundreds of other titles by clicking on the category list, at left, or doing a
“search” by artist, title, or keyword.

At any rate, new featured titles include Loren Nerell’s Venerable Dark Cloud on Amplexus,
Labradford’s E Luxo So on Kranky, Jon Jenkins’s Flow (which features Hypnos artist
Jeff Pearce) on Spotted Peccary, Centrozoon’s Blast on the DiN label.

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2000.04.26
Finally, another batch of additions to the
Hypnos Online Store:

SECTION    ARTIST                          TITLE
--------   ----------------------------    --------------------------
Amplexus   Loren Nerell                    THE VENERABLE DARK CLOUD
Amplexus   Aube                            RICOCHETENTRANCE
Amplexus   Oophoi & Klaus Wiese            WOUIVRE
Soleilmoon Daniel Menche                   SCREAMING CARESS
Soleilmoon Various Artists Compilation     DEEP NET (2cd)
Soleilmoon Rapoon                          WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE?
Misc A-L   Jonathan Coleclough             WINDLASS
Misc A-L   Jonathan Coleclough/Andrew Chalk SUMAC
Misc M-Z   Mika Vainio                     KAJO

Also, I upgraded the version of the shopping cart software that runs the Hypnos Online
Store, and it seems to be a bit faster. If you notice any problems with it, please
email mgriffin@hypnos.com.

In the next day or two I’ll be adding a selection of titles from the Ad Astra label,
by such artists as Twine, Horchata, and Eleven Shadows.

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2000.04.25
Those of you in the New York City area (or those inclined to fly long distances when
instructed to do so by the Hypnos News page) might want to check out a nifty modern
dance event which will feature material by Hypnos artist Saul Stokes. Here are some
of the details:

"Thick Streets," a track from Saul Stokes upcoming album OUTFOLDING, will
be one of several choreographed dance pieces that dancer Aleta Hayes will be
performing at Hudson Church (Washington Square South) on May 8th, 8pm in New
York City.  For more information you can email Saul directly at
stokes@hypnos.com

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2000.04.24
A few additions to the
Hypnos Online Store
not everything is done yet, but the 6 titles on Ian Boddy’s DiN label have been entered:

DiN 01  Ian Boddy                     BOX OF SECRETS
DiN 02  Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter     DISTANT RITUALS
DiN 03  Protagonos                    STRANGE GEOGRAPHIE
DiN 04  Dub Automica                  AUTONOMIC
DiN 05  Ian Boddy & Chris Carter      CAGED
DiN 06  Centrozoon                    BLAST

These titles, imported from the UK, are priced at $13.99. Boddy is better known for his
somewhat uptempo, European-flavored, sequencer-driven electronic music, but the material
on DiN is slow, exploratory and abstract… not too far from Hypnos territory! All six
titles on this label are highly recommended, and all fans of this style of music
should be pleased to see another label actively supporting and promoting the genre.

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2000.04.20
Still haven’t made the long-intended additions to the
Hypnos Online Store,
though I still expect it will happen later this week.

To continue the news related to the 04.11.2000 update (Hypnos titles reviewed in high-profile
places), it appears that Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores of Heaven will receive a review
in Alternative Press magazine. Pearce’s album also appears at #1 on the Echoes
Radio monthly chart. For those of you not familiar with Echoes, it is the nationally-
syndicated show that appears on most NPR affiliates, so this is great exposure not only for
Pearce specifically, but Hypnos in general.

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2000.04.19
Hypnos has made a tenative agreement with Alio Die (Italian musician, sound
alchemist, and collaborator with such familiar names as Robert Rich and
Vidna Obmana) to release his Sola Translatio II project, which is a
collaboration between Alio Die and another Italian artist, Opium.

The II may prompt some of you to ask, “What about the first one?” and
the fact is, the first Sola Translatio project will be released on the Italian
label Eidos soon. Sola Translatio is actually the name of the project, not the
album, so it will probably be given an actual album title prior to release. More
news on this soon!

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2000.04.18
Many of you are especially eager to find out about upcoming Hypnos releases — what they’ll
be, when they’re coming, what they’ll look like, and all kinds of other details.

The latest is this: the next Hypnos release will be the third Saul Stokes album,
Outfolding, which should be ready in 3-4 weeks. Following that will Fabrications
by yours truly (Hypnos founder Mike Griffin for those of you who don’t know).

In fact, a first glimpse of the cover art for Fabrications can be seen
here.

I believe the cover of Outfolding has been previewed on this page before, but
those of you who missed it can look here.

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2000.04.17
Going through yet another stretch of infrequent updates to this news page…. sorry about that.
Tax returns are a lot of fun to put together, and I was trying to savor the experience, and
make it last!

There will be some new items added to the
Hypnos Online Store
in the next couple of days, including the latest from Loren Nerell on the Amplexus label,
6 CDs Ian Boddy’s DiN label, out of the UK, and some more Soleilmoon/Staalplaat stuff.

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2000.04.11
It’s been a good week for Hypnos reviews in high-profile magazines. First, Richard Bone’s
Ether Dome received a brief but very positive review in Keyboard magazine.
Then, we heard from John Diliberto (Echoes syndicated radio show host) that he would be
reviewing Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores of Heaven in Billboard. A quick look at the
Billboard web site, hoping to
see the Pearce review, revealed a slightly earlier (and previously unknown to us)
Diliberto review of a different Hypnos release, Robert Rich’s Humidity.

Add to this the extraordinary praise being lavished up on To the Shores of Heaven
on the Space Music internet mailing list, and it’s been a good week for Hypnos with
the critics. The Hypnos reviews/press page will be updated
later today to reflect all these kind words.

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2000.04.07
About a week or so back, I mentioned that Robert Rich’s out-of-print classic Trances/Drones
was down to just four copies left on the
Hypnos Online Store.
All are gone, there ain’t no more! I think it might still be available directly from Robert at
www.amoeba.com.

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2000.04.06
Of course many of you who listen to Hypnos label releases, and who purchase the
materials of other labels on our Online Store, are primarily interested in ambient
and space music. But many of us are also interested in other types of sounds,
different flavors and atmospheres. If
you’re one of those who’s interested in utterly uncompromising digital
experimentalism, you need to check out the output of the 12k label, and their
compilations are a great way to get a sense of what they’re all about. The
problem is, 12k releases each CD in strictly limited editions of 500 copies,
so if you didn’t catch their fascinating compilation .aiff last year,
it’s gone forever!

Their second compilation, 12k1008 (which is both the catalog number and
the title) was released at the beginning of this year, and features works of
experimental microsound by such artists as Taylor Deupree (who also happens to
own 12k), Kim Cascone (also known as the former owner of Silent, and the main
guy behind Heavenly Music Corporation and PGR), Shuttle358 (who previously
released the excellent optimal.lp on 12k), Tetsu Inoue, and others.

We just obtained 10 copies of this for sale through the
Hypnos Online Store,
but guess what? It’s already out of print! 12k doesn’t have any more, so
after these 10 are gone, that’s it — we can’t re-order.

Again, I should emphasize that 12k1008, like most of the other releases
on 12k, will not appeal to someone looking for smooth deep-space ambient —
the sound is resolutely digital, at times brittle and disjointed, at times
almost inaudibly quiet, or high or low in frequency. But those with
adventurous ears may find this fascinating.

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2000.04.06
Arrangements have been finalized for Jeff Pearce’s appearance at
“The Gathering” in Philadelphia, arranged by Chuck VanZyl of Star’s End Radio.
The details are as follows:

Saturday, June 10th, 2000 at 8:00pm
The Cathedral, 38th & Ludlow in Philadelphia
Admission: $20.00; $10 w/student ID
Web site: www.thegatherings.org
plus STAR’S END live radio concert on 06.11.00 broadcast

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2000.04.05
First off, a quick reminder about the new fax & voice mail numbers for Hypnos. The
old numbers (fax 503-439-8797 and phone/voice mail 503-381-5850) are still getting
the occasional ring, and though I want to cancel those lines as soon as possible,
I don’t want to cancel them until people stop calling them. So please update your
records if you have not already — the new Hypnos fax/voice mail number is:

503-213-6006

The best way to contact Hypnos remains email (mgriffin@hypnos.com).

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2000.04.04
Just a reminder that the “introductory price” of $22.99 on Robert Rich’s 3-CD release
Humidity is about to be…. no longer introductory. Order right away on the
Hypnos Online Store.
if you want to receive that price, as it will be raised to $24.99 later this week.

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2000.04.03
All those “new” Hearts of Space releases (as noted in the most recent news update) have
been added to the
Hypnos Online Store.
So they’re all available for purchase, though full descriptions and cover graphics are not yet
available for every one of the recently-added titles.

Ready to be added soon, Stephanie Sante’s Into Light, a very nice debut in a
slightly lighter, upbeat and more musical style. Check out her web site at
santemusic.com.

Also, a couple of recently-unavailable Hic Sunt Leones label titles will be added
today as well: 5000 Spirits A Tapestry for Sorcerers and and Alio Die’s solo
Password for Ethneogenic Experience, plus a title that’s available from Hypnos
for the first-time, Alio Die & Ora’s The Door of Possibilities.

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2000.03.30
Getting ready to add a bunch of previously “missing” Hearts of Space releases
(plus one, Light Fantastic, which had been unavailable for a while) to the
Hypnos Online Store,
including:

Roach, Steve	          Light Fantastic
Rich, Robert	          Gaudi
Rich, Robert	          Propagation
Rich, Robert	          Rainforest
Roach, Steve + others	  Forgotten Gods
Roach, Steve + others	  Kiva
Stearns, Michael	  Sacred Site
Stearns, Michael	  Encounter
Stearns, Michael	  Lost World
Stearns, Michael	  Singing Stones
TUU	                  Mesh

They’ll all be $14.99, and should be available this evening, so take a
run on over there and fill your shopping cart to the rim!

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2000.03.28
Sorry about the infrequent updates here this past 2 weeks. Usually I’ll update
here if there’s anything going on, so no news usually means…. no news. But
recently, things have been so busy that when there’s really something going on,
there might not be an update here for several days.

Currently, Hypnos is working on a number of different deals, re-arrangements,
schemes, ventures and partnerships. These may include new ways of selling
Hypnos CDs to our adoring public (new and/or additional retail distribution),
and new involvement with other labels, possibly to include creation of a
Hypnos sub-label, and/or partnering with another outside label in various
capacities.

Unfortunately none of this stuff has developed yet to the point where it can
be discussed in detail, but let’s just say that there should be some interesting
announcements here over the course of the next few months. And of course, in the
mean time we’ll continue to bring you the best ambient music in the world.

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2000.03.27
Those of you who read the various relevant mailing lists on the internet —
in particular the “Space Music” list and the “Ambient Music” list — will have
seen lots of discussion of Hypnos releases in recent weeks. Mostly this has
been centered around our “hot” new titles by Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, and Jeff
Pearce, but the most recent discussion was about Saul Stokes and his 1998
album Zo Pilots.

1998 was sort of “the old days” in the Hypnos timeline,
so many of your missed out on that one, as well as Saul’s debut Washed in
Mercury
. But the recent Stokes performance at the Gathering concert in
Philadelphia, plus the release of his “live/limited” CDR project last month,
on top of the pending release of his Outfolding (due next month), as well
as the new, discounted prices on his first two albums on the
online store,
have added up to a little bit of Stokes buzz, much-deserved. To read some of
comments by Ambient-list contributors on the subject of Zo Pilots, check
the Hypnos Reviews/Press page.

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2000.03.23
Just completed an interview with French ambient music
magazine VIA, and posted the English version to the Hypnos
Reviews/Press page. Scroll down a bit, below all the
reviews of individual CDs, and you’ll see the archive of interviews & features.

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2000.03.21
This evening, added a dozen or so new titles to the
Hypnos Online Store.

First, four new Robert Carty titles. One of them not brand new, but new here, is
Skyhearts, an early album (not CDR, like most Carty releases, but a manufactured
CD) featuring nature sounds collaged with Native American-tinged flute and other sounds.
The other three are: The Living, which incorporates gentle, slow-moving rhythms
into Carty’s lush atmospheres; Microspirals, which has a deep, haunting sound
reminiscent of one of Carty’s best-ever releases, Darklight; and lastly,
Plateaus of Ether, Carty’s journey into high-altitude Tibetan-influenced trance
and meditation atmospheres. Very nice.

The final additions were on the Release label, which now has its own section on the
online store. Titles added included two by Lull (the dark ambient classics
Moments and Continue — if you like minimal, deep ambient, you should
definitely give these a listen); the Rapoon album Fires of the Border Lands
(which had previously been listed in the Miscellaneous M-Z section, before we had
enough other Release titles to justify their own section); two Subarachnoid Space
albums, Endless Renovation and Almost Invisible; and albums by Trial
of the Bow, Ornamentation, and Rites of Passage.

Next, added the Oophoi album Three Lights at the End of the World on the Hic
Sunt Leones label (which is managed by recording artist and Robert Rich collaborator
Alio Die, in Italy). Three Lights at the End of the World has actually been
back in stock for weeks now, but I just forgot to add it into the inventory with
the rest of the re-stocks. Jeepers!

Also, reduced the price on a few items. First, to promote the upcoming 3rd Saul Stokes
album on Hypnos, Outfolding (to be released in April), we’ve reduced the first two
Stokes CDs on Hypnos to just $9.99. The titles in question are Washed in
Mercury
(1997) and Zo Pilots (1998). This price is valid only until
the release of Outfolding. Also reduced, the first (self-titled) Synthetic
Block album — it’s now $9.99 for a limited time. Check out the new section on the
Hypnos Online Store, “Bargains (Under $10),” which is pretty much like it sounds.

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2000.03.18
Only 4 copies left of Robert Rich’s minimal ambient classic Trances/Drones on the
Hypnos Online Store.
This item is out of print, and will not be available for backorder after these are
gone! It has been said that Robert might reissue Trances/Drones at some
point on another label, but this release on the Extreme label out of Australia
is the original, and who knows…. maybe it’ll be out of print forever!

Check out the new section on the
Hypnos Online Store, “Limited Editions and Out-of-Print items,” where you’ll find
Trances/Drones and other items that just cry out for you to snap them up
before they’re gone forever!

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2000.03.15
Made a few inventory additions to the
Hypnos Online Store.
Many of you who have recently enjoyed Robert Rich’s Humidity have asked
about other Robert Rich CDs in the “dark ambient” style. Of course, we’ve always listed
Stalker, his collaboration with Lustmord, and the first Rich CD on Hypnos, Inner
Landscapes
, as well as Rich’s early classic, the 2CD Trances/Drones.

Now, another choice is available here: Below Zero, a collection of non-album,
unreleased, and compilation tracks. The overall feel is quite experimental and creepy.
This is a very underrated Rich album, one of his best. This was released on the
now-defunct Side Effects label, which was curated by Rich’s one-time collaborator, B.
Lustmord.

Other additions include Lull’s Journey Through Underworlds (in the Miscellaneous A-L section),
and Rapoon’s The Fires of the Borderlands (in the Miscellaneous M-Z section).

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2000.03.14
Added a few recent reviews (particularly for Humidity and The
Surreal Sanctuary
, but also for some older titles) to the Hypnos
Reviews page. Find out what other people are
saying, in case you’re looking for something to convince you to buy, buy,
buy Hypnos!

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2000.03.13
Between Robert Rich’s Humidity, vidnaObmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary, and
most recently Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores of Heaven, there’s been a lot of activity
here. The 9th and the 12th of this month have been the two busiest
days ever, not just in terms of orders coming in through the
Hypnos Online Store,
but also in terms of web site visits. On March 9th alone, we had over
5,500 page hits on the hypnos.com web domain. Of course, that doesn’t mean 5,500
unique viewers, because it counts every web page and graphic and audio clip that
anybody accessed. But it still means a lot of people are passing through…

Today, added Immersion by Laocoön to the
Hypnos Online Store.
This is a great CD, one I’ve been listening to and enjoying for quite a while, and finally
had a chance to make it available here. There are audio clips available at the web site for
Parnassus Nump Records,
Laocoön’s own label. Immersion by Laocoön is available for $12.99.

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2000.03.11
Never let it be said that we don’t give the people what they want. Now available on the
Hypnos Online Store,
Jeff Pearce’s latest work, To the Shores of Heaven, from Hypnos Recordings.

Those who have heard previous Jeff Pearce masterworks such as Vestiges,
Daylight Slowly and The Hidden Rift may find it hard to believe
that on his latest album, Pearce has taken a quantum leap. Still working entirely
with processed electric guitar, and still fusing a delicately expressive musicality
with a lustrous trademark smoothness unsurpassed in ambient music, Pearce has
refined his art to yet a greater clarity. Deep and yet radiant with light,
melancholy yet optimistic, achingly sad yet eurphoric, To the Shores of Heaven
unquestionably earns Pearce a spot among the great names of ambient & atmospheric
music.

RealAudio clips from To the Shores of Heaven are available now at
the Hypnos Audio page.

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2000.03.10
Though we won’t be making available Jeff Pearce’s new album To the Shores of
Heaven
on the
Hypnos Online Store
until early next week, you can already get a glimpse of what it will be like.

RealAudio clips are availble now at the Hypnos Audio page, and
you can see the cover image here.

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2000.03.08
Hypnos has a new fax & voice mail number, effective immediately: (503) 213-6006.
If you call this number with a fax machine, it’ll receive your fax, and if you call it
with a phone, it’ll take your voice mail message. Imagine that!

The old numbers are still connected, but will be phased out soon, so please note the
new number. As an ever-increasing percentage of our orders come in online — very
nearly 100% already — we find correspondingly less need for separate fax and phone
lines.

The best way to contact Hypnos remains email: mgriffin@hypnos.com

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2000.03.08
The latest from Hypnos, The Surreal Sanctuary by vidnaObmana, has been
every bit as much in demand as expected. Hypnos World HQ is still reeling
under an onslaught of paper & electronic messages, orders, requests for
review copies from reviewers we’ve never heard of before, requests for airplay
copies from DJs we’ve never heard of before, etc., etc.


And interest in Robert Rich’s Humidity continues to be very high as well.
Reviews have started to flow in, which we always transcribe onto the Hypnos
Reviews page. Those of you who aren’t convinced that
you want something until you hear endorsements from impartial persons, this page
is for you!

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2000.03.02
OK, come and get it!

As promised earlier today, The Surreal Sanctuary by vidnaObmana has been
added to the
Hypnos Online Store.
Even before I finished adding the text description to the database, the
first order had already popped in, so I can see that I’m in for another
onslaught like when Humidity first came out. This one is $11.99.

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2000.03.02
It’s been a busy week, doing all the invisible, behind-the-scenes stuff
that keeps a label and a mail order company going. You know, inventorying
and ordering CDs, paying the bills, mailing out orders, counting my riches,
listening to amazing unreleased music that nobody else gets to hear.
That kind of stuff.

One other thing we’ve hoped would come about this week is the release of the
first vidnaObmana release under his new, exclusive relationship with Hypnos.
The Surreal Sanctuary is vidnaObmana’s first new solo album since
the excellent Crossing the Trail, and represents a bold venture into an
artistic maturity and grasp even beyond what he has previously displayed.

Later today, The Surreal Sanctuary will be added to the
Hypnos Online Store
and available for purchase (in both the Hypnos and Vidna Obman sections) for
$11.99.

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2000.02.29
A week or two back, I announced the addition of a couple of Patrick O’Hearn
titles to the
Hypnos Online Store.
I referred to the titles (Metaphor and Trust, by the way), as
being on the “defunct” Deep Cave label. I’ve been informed that Deep Cave
isn’t exactly dead…. deep hibernation is more like it. Because the web site
formerly at www.deepcave.com was no longer up, I assumed the label was finito,
but in fact, the possibility of a re-awakening exists. Still nothing definite.

In the mean time, I hope you’ll check out the very fine Metaphor and
Trust albums. It’s just a shame that O’Hearn’s releases on Private Music
are unavailable. Now THAT label is defunct!

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2000.02.24
Reinforcements are here!

As reported in the 02.14 update, the great increase in orders spurred by
the release of Robert Rich’s Humidity had caused many other non-Hypnos
titles to sell out here at the
Hypnos Online Store.
Many of you ordered items which we would normally
have in stock at all times, only to find your orders delayed by 3-5 business
days due to these shortages.

The good news is that just about everything that was backordered has been
re-stocked. Today at the post office I was greeted by one of those big, rolling
canvas carts filled with boxes and boxes of incoming CDs from the likes of Steve
Roach, Kevin Keller, Green House Records (whose Vir Unis release The Drift
Inside
has surprisingly-yet-deservingly sold like mad), Ruben Garcia,
and Robert Carty.

Next week’s pending release on Hypnos of vidnaObmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary
(his first major new solo release since Crossing the Trail) is likely to keep
the heat on our intrepid Order Fulfillment Staff (that’s me), so we’re going to keep higher
inventory levels of all this stuff on hand so these “our cupboards are bare” CD
shortages don’t occur again. To those of you who have waited longer than usual for your
coveted Hypnos CDs, we appreciate your patience!

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2000.02.23
Speaking of Saul Stokes, we have a bit more information about his
upcoming 3rd album for Hypnos entitled Outfolding. First of
all, here’s a track listing:

01 Where Are We?
02 Greys
03 Somewhere Current
04 The Far Edge of Suburban Station
05 Below
06 Cloud Shaping
07 Conundrum
08 Quiet Antenna
09 Thick Streets

Next, take a look at the cover design here
it incorporates a digital graphic created by the multi-talented Stokes himself.

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2000.02.22
A few days ago we posted the news that Hypnos artist Saul Stokes has
been confirmed as taking part in a performance at “The Gathering” in
Philadelphia, on March 4th of this year.

Another Hypnos artist, Vidna Obmana, has also confirmed just this week
that he will perform at a Gathering event, this time on November 4, 2000.

And what’s more, the April 8th Gathering will feature Robert Rich, who’s
also a Hypnos artist…. sort of. Well, we share him with a couple of
other labels, most notably Hearts of Space.

If that weren’t enough, the September 23rd Gathering will feature Dweller at
the Threshold. While Dweller isn’t a Hypnos artist, the group resides here
in Portland (home of Hypnos HQ), and Hypnos honcho Griffin (who types these
very updates, and frequently refers to himself in the third person)
designed their last CD package, as well as the package for the more recent
solo album by Dweller member Dave Fulton. Fulton and Griffin are currently
recording together (in fact, the third recording session will be tonight)
on a project expected to be released on Hypnos later in 2000. For more info
on Dweller at the Threshold, or Dave Fulton’s wonderful Hard Particles
release, check out the Eurock web site.

So needless to say, we’re very pleased with the selection of performers at
Philadelphia’s Gathering series this year. I’m sure we all wish our
own cities had wonderful resources like Chuck VanZyl’s Star’s End radio show,
and his Gathering performance series. If you’re considering a trip to Philly
for one of these shows, take a look at the
Gatherings page for
more information. Stokes, Rich, Vidna Obmana, and Hypnos artists Jeff Greinke
and Jeff Pearce, have all performed at previous Gatherings.

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2000.02.21
Today added 3 new titles to the
Hypnos Online Store.
Now available, the Saul Stokes limited edition Live CDR announced yesterday.
Price is $18.99.

Also, added 2 Patrick O’Hearn titles on his own now-defunct
Deep Cave label, Metaphor and Trust. Both O’Hearn discs are
$12.99.

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2000.02.18
Hypnos artist Saul Stokes (whose third album Outfolding will be released
on Hypnos this spring) has recently been announced as part of an upcoming
“Gathering” performance (part of the concert series formerly known as Star’s
End Gatherings) put on by Chuck VanZyl of Star’s End radio on WXPN, Philadelphia.
The other performer at that gathering will be Vir Unis, recent collaborator with
Ma Ja Le and Steve Roach (separately), and whose first solo release The Drift
Inside
is available from the
Hypnos Online Store.

Next week, we will make available a limited-edition release of Saul Stokes live
recordings. This is not a Hypnos Recordings release, but a limited CDR (only
100 will be produced) in a hand-made wooden box designed and built by Stokes
himself. You can see a few images that give you an idea what to expect
here. This special release will be $18.99 and
will be available only through Hypnos, and directly from Saul Stokes at his own
live performances. Don’t forget to visit Saul’s own fancy web site at
www.saulstokes.com.

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2000.02.17
Added descriptions & graphics for the Robert Carty CDs that are available on the
Hypnos Online Store.
Most of these are actually CDRs, but Carty himself designed each one, and they’re
pretty well-produced considering their “one at a time” origin. Also, we’ll
be adding a few more recent Carty titles soon, including Microspirals,
Plateaus of Ether and The Living, all $11.99.

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2000.02.16
Today’s update to the
Hypnos Online Store
includes a couple of hot new titles.

First, the latest Vidna Obmana collaboration
(and the last one we’ll see prior to his major new solo release, The Surreal
Sanctuary
) with organist Willem Tanke, Variations for Organ, Keyboard and
Processors
. This was released on Sweden’s Multimood label and is $14.99.

Next we have a live, limited edition CDR release in special packaging. It’s Ma Ja
Le & James Johnson Live Under a Harvest Moon. This one includes several
photos along with the CD, packaged inside a special fabric bag. Very fine music,
perhaps the best work yet by any of the artists involved. If this is the sort of
thing they can do live, we should certainly be on the lookout for upcoming studio
projects! Due to the special packaging and extremely limited edition (only 150
available, and Hypnos has only a fraction of those), this is $18.99.

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2000.02.14
Finally caught up on sending out
orders for Humidity, our biggest hit ever, it seems. The big
surge in orders relating to Humidity has resulted in a few other non-Hypnos
titles being temporarily sold out. In particular, vidnaObmana/Alio Die’s Echo
Passage
and vidnaObmana/Jan Marmenout’s Spirits have both sold in
unexpectedly large quantities, and there will be a brief delay (less than a week)
on orders that include one or both of those.

Also added five titles from the Spotted Peccary label to the
Hypnos Online Store,
including titles by Deborah Martin, Jon Jenkins, Mark Rownd, David Helpling, and
John Flomer.

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2000.02.05
Wow! Yesterday, after the announcement that Robert Rich’s
Humidity was available, the quantity of orders that flooded into
the Hypnos Online Store
was overwhelming. In case you missed it, it’s not too late to bop on over there
and get yourself a copy for the introductory price of $22.99.

Or, if you’re still not convinced, there are now RealAudio format
sample Audio clips available for all 19
tracks (on 3 CDs) of Humidity. Also, we just added another
30 or so other clips from Zo Pilots and Washed in Mercury
by Saul Stokes, and Perihelion and Solar Noise by Viridian Sun.
Finally, every Hypnos release has RealAudio sample clips for every track.

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2000.02.04
Now available, Robert Rich’s 3-CD live set, Humidity. Many of you
have been waiting for this one, so go ahead and visit the
Hypnos Online Store
to order a copy (or several) for the introductory price of $22.99.

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2000.02.03
Added to the
Hypnos Online Store
four CDs which had been unavailable for a while.

Many of you had been asking “What happened to your Hic Sunt Leones section?”
Almost all the CDs had run out, and we had been unable to obtain
more for an extended period of time. Now we’re getting most of the titles back in,
including some high-demand titles like Alio Die’s The Hidden Spring and
Vidna Obmana’s Revealed by Composed Nature. The other two were Alio Die &
Antonio Testa’s Healing Herb’s Spirits and 5000 Spirits Mesmeric
Revelation
We also hope to obtain some of the newer titles released on this
excellent Italian label, which is run by Alio Die himself.

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2000.02.02
Just received a firm release date for Robert Rich’s Humidity 3-CD
set of live recordings…. it’ll be ready Friday the 4th. We’ll be
offering it initially at $22.99, but this will go up to $24.99 in a
month or so.

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2000.02.01
Just added two CDs to the
Hypnos Online Store,
one new item and one that had been removed for a while due to unavailability.

First, Mychael Danna & Tim Clement’s Best of Danna & Clement, on Canada’s
Mirage label has just been released. Also, Kevin Keller’s Pendulum
has been made available again by the Lektronic Soundscapes label after being
very briefly out of print.

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2000.02.01
Hypnos Recordings is moving at quite a pace in 2000. Having already issued
David Tollefson’s Near and Far, and with Robert Rich’s 3-CD
Humidity just a few days away, we’re also ready to go with the next
two: vidnaObmana’s The Surreal Sanctuary and Jeff Pearce’s To the
Shores of Heaven
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While we don’t have full information ready on these, you can take a look at the
covers here:
The Surreal Sanctuary
To the Shores of Heaven

Expect to see The Surreal Sanctuary around February 25, and To the
Shores of Heaven
in mid March.

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2000.01.30
Here is a track listing for Jeff Pearce’s
To the Shores of Heaven, technically his first new solo work since
Vestiges in 1998 (considering that Daylight Slowly was a
collection of older pieces, and True Stories a collaboration with
vidnaObmana):

01. A Fading
02. Sudden Light
03. From Cliffs of Departure
04. The Emergence
05. Rain as a Metaphor
06. Beyond and Within
07. Veil of Lake Snow
08. Angels of the Ocean Calm
09. Doubt on Dark Waters
10. To the Shores of Heaven
11. Reunions

As always with Pearce, the work is entirely based on electric guitars as sound
sources, but listeners familiar with Pearce’s previous works will find an
expanded sonic palette on display here. While To the Shores of Heaven
retains the emotionally direct quality of his previous works, Pearce really
challenges the sonic potential of the guitar.

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2000.01.30
Just received word that two tracks from Altara by A Produce & M Griffin were
featured on the most recent Hearts of Space radio show. Usually we don’t make a big
to-do about getting played on the radio (not because we don’t like it, but because
we figure the average visitor to this news page probably doesn’t care if one of our
CDs was played on a local public radio station in the middle of nowhere), but
considering that HOS is syndicated on 300+ stations around the country, this is a
pretty good thing.

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2000.01.29
Added just two new titles to the
Hypnos Online Store,
but they’re important ones. First, vidnaObmana & Jan Marmenout’s first
collaboration Spirits is one that many of your have been asking for.
It’s finally here and it’s $13.99.

The second one is Richard Bone’s Distillations, a collection of tracks
from the early, out of print CDs originall released on his own Quirkworks label.
This collection is on Boston’s Halcyon Recordings label, and it’s just $11.99

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2000.01.27
Continuing with yesterday’s mission, added another 24 RealAudio clips to the Hypnos
Audio page.

Today’s new clips were from the albums Lost Terrain by Jeff Greinke, and
New Eyes on the Universe by David Tollefson, whose latest, Near and Far
was released this month.

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2000.01.26
Added 25 or so new RealAudio clips to the Hypnos Audio
page. Several 1997-99 releases had only one or two sample clips
available, and since several of your have told us that you like to hear more
clips from each CD, I’m in the process of adding clips for EVERY track on
EVERY CD. It will take a while to get everything caught up, but in the future,
we’ll make available sample clips from every track on every new CD.

The clips added today were for the Sudden Dark, Daylight
Slowly
and Sonic Continuum albums, by M. Griffin, Jeff Pearce,
and Modell/Mantra, respectively.


The usual disclaimer applies — these clips are low-fidelity, intended only to
give you an idea of the general thrust of each track. The actual CDs are
painstakingly mastered to give you the best possible sound, so if the RealAudio
clips sound interesting, you can be sure the CD sounds a zillion times better.
Also, the sample clips are between one and three minutes in length, usually
representing the first part of the track.

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2000.01.25
The upcoming first collaboration between Richard Bone and Kit Watkins, tentatively to
be released on Hypnos later in 2000, now has a title: The Moon Pool.

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2000.01.24
Here is a track listing for vidnaObmana’s
The Surreal Sanctuary, our first release under his new, exclusive
partnership with Hypnos:

01. Infinity
02. Lamentation
03. The first coil
04. The profound isolates
05. Jewel of the underground
06. The fragmented dome
07. Flame

We are extremely excited about this release, not just because vidnaObmana’s
work is always great, but because this is a really special piece of
work from him. In the same way that his work showed maturation and
progression with The River of Appearance and Crossing the Trail,
so in this case has he taken another great leap forward.

In case you lost track, during the first three months of 2000 Hypnos will
release:

David Tollefson – Near and Far (already available)
Robert Rich – Humidity – Three Concerts (coming early Feb)
Vidna Obmana – The Surreal Sanctuary (coming late Feb)
Jeff Pearce – To the Shores of Heaven (coming in March)

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2000.01.23
Here is a track listing for Robert Rich’s
Humidity, a 3-CD set which will be available in the first few days of
February 2000:

Humidity tracks include:



Disc 1 / April 2, 1998 / Stanford, CA


1. Lost Caverns of Caryatis
2. Bioelectric Plasma
3. Demilitarized Zone
4. Synergistic Perceptions
5. Ceramic Tincture
6. Submission to Pele
7. Humidity Toward the Troposphere

Disc 2 / May 9, 1998 / Venice, CA


1. Beyond Part 1
2. Beyond Part 2
3. Beyond Part 3
4. Beyond Part 4
5. Beyond Part 5
6. Beyond Part 6

Disc 3 / May 10, 1998 / Pasadena, CA


1. Steel Harmonics
2. Nada
3. Cloud Relapse
4. Nightsky Reprise
5. Hidden Refuge
6. In a Miasma of Malarial Delusions

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2000.01.21
Just received confirmation that Hypnos artist Saul Stokes,
now located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be performing at an upcoming
Star’s End Gathering, organized by Chuck VanZyl of Star’s End Radio.

This is great timing, as Saul’s third album for Hypnos, to be entitled Outfolding,
is almost complete and should be released in April 2000.

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2000.01.20
Yesterday’s server issues, which made the hypnos.com web domain completely
unavailable for most of the day, seem to have been resolved. I apologize for
the inconvenience.

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2000.01.19
There have been intermittent outages on the server behind the
Hypnos Online Store,
which don’t seem to have affected the rest of the hypnos.com site. These
problems should be temporary. If you’re able to access the store, that means
everything is fixed! Until then, I apologize if you are unable to gain access.

I wonder, are all web hosting companies flaky and unreliable, or just all
those I’ve come across?

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2000.01.18
Now that Robert Rich’s Humidity is in the manufacturing process, work
is underway on the next Hypnos Recordings release: vidnaObmana’s The
Surreal Sanctuary.
This one, being a single CD (which is what we’re
accustomed to doing, unlike the “triple-CD-with-mini-poster” concept of
Humidity, which is why that one took longer), should be easy to finish
up, and I’d expect to see a mid-February release. If you’d like to sneak
a peek at the cover, you may do so here.

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2000.01.13
Uploaded some RealAudio sample clips from David Tollefson’s new release,
Near and Far, so if you’re having a hard time believing that an “all-guitar” album can be sonically rich and varied, run on over to the
Hypnos Audio page and give a little listen. The
quality of RealAudio is not CD-like, of course, but the clips are 1:30 to
2:30 in length, and cover all 8 tracks on the CD (which are actually about
5 minutes to about 11:30, so you’ll have to buy the CD to hear how these
pieces end).

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2000.01.12
Updated the Hypnos Releases page to include
Robert Rich’s Humidity. While this is not actually
available yet (should be ready at the very end of January, or very
beginning of February), you can take a look at this page to see the CD cover
and a track listing for each of the three discs.

This has been perhaps the most highly anticipated release yet for Hypnos, and
will include not only the three CDs, but a “mini-poster” about 14 inches
square (folded down to CD booklet size), with the cover art on one side and
the liner notes on the reverse. The mini posters will also be available for
purchase flat at a low price, for those of you who may want to display Brad
Cole’s amazing cover image.

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2000.01.11
To clarify an item posted to this page on 2000.01.09 regarding out of date
web browser software…. in order to access any secure server (not just the
Hypnos Online Store) at anything approaching a normal speed, you should be
using Netscape 4.7 or Internet Explorer 5.0.

Earlier versions of these programs have expired security
features, and while your transactions on secure sites may in fact be secure,
you’ll get lots of error/warning messages that are not the fault of the site
you’re browsing, and access time to secure pages may be extremely slow.

As an example, I just processed a 1 CD “test” order on the Hypnos Online Store
using Netscape 4.0, and after two attempts that timed-out after a few minutes,
I finally got an order to go through (but it also took several minutes). Just
after that, I processed an identical “test” order using Internet Explorer 5.0
and it took only a few seconds to go through.

I also tried accessing the Dun & Bradstreet web site’s secure areas with this
old version of Netscape and was unable to connect even after a dozen attempts
in a 30 minute period!

The above comments shouldn’t be misconstrued as an endorsement of Internet Explorer
versus Netscape, as the most recent version 4.7 of Netscape also has updated
security features. The problem is with the 4.0 and earlier versions of both
programs.

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2000.01.11
Added descriptions for 20 or 25 CDs on the
Hypnos Online Store
that had previously had “description coming soon” in the description field.
This includes some fairly popular stuff, including Jeff Greinke, Larry Kucharz,
and The Foundry label, plus a few odds and ends scattered through various
categories. If there’s a CD you’ve been wondering about, take another look at
the Online Store and you may find a bit more information to satisfy your
curiosity.

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2000.01.11
Added 10 new CDs to the
Hypnos Online Store,
including:

Lustmord’s dark ambient classic The Place Where the Black Stars Hang,
on the Soleilmoon subsidiary label Side Effects. If you like spooky stuff,
your collection absolutely must include this album!

Also, added the latest Larry Kucharz album Digichoral Blue Portraits.

Last but not least, eight titles on the Kranky label, five of them by the
ever-fabulous Labradford. One of my favorite albums of recent years is Labradford’s
E Luxo So, which is a departure of sorts for them, a real treat for listeners
who like ambient/atmospheric sounds with a bit of melody and musicianship behind them
(think Richard Bone’s work, or Tim Story & Dwight Ashley’s Drop album).

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2000.01.11
Started a revision of the
Hypnos Online Store, in
which all thumbnail images of CDs have been reduced in size and changed from jpg
to gif format. These thumbnails are the small images you see when an entire category
is listed. The larger-sized images of the CD covers that you see when you look at an
individual CD’s “info” page, will remain the same size.

Also getting ready to add a ton of great new stuff in the next couple of days…

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2000.01.09
Important Notice:
If you are trying to access the secure portions of the
Hypnos Online Store, and
you receive a dialog box indicating that your certificate has expired, you will
need to upgrade your web browser to the latest version of Internet Explorer or
Netscape. You may upgrade here:
Download Netscape

VeriSign offers further information on this issue on their Web site at
the following address:

http://www.verisign.com/server/cus/rootcert/webmaster.html

Please note that this is not a problem with security on the hypnos.com server, or the
Hypnos Online Store, but a failing in less-than-current versions of all browser software.
It is not a true “Y2K bug,” but it did come into effect on 01-01-2000, because the browser
certificates supporting these older browsers all expired on 12-31-1999. The solution is
simple (though not necessarily quick, depending on the speed of your modem): download the
update to your browser software. Until you use the most current version, you’ll have delays
and warnings at all secure sites.

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2000.01.06
More lovely praise for the Hypnos label and its CD releases comes from The Raging
Consciousness desk, which has named among its 9 best “Meditation/Ambient” CD releases
of the year three Hypnos CDs including Richard Bone’s The Spectral
Ships
(actually a 98 release), Modell/Mantra’s Sonic
Continuum
(also 98), and Viridian Sun’s Perihelion .

They also named Hypnos the “Best New Label,” which is much appreciated.
They said: “Consistently strong material with a decidedly dark/
ambient lean, Hypnos has released some of the classiest sonic gems of the year.”

Very nice!

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2000.01.06
Star’s End radio (which, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it,
is a long-established, massively influential “space music” radio show out of
Philadelphia, hosted by Chuck van Zyl) recently offered its “Significant Releases
of 1999” list, a sort of yearly Top 50.

This year, Star’s End listed five different Hypnos titles as among the 50 most
significant of the year, including:

Richard Bone – Etherdome
A Produce/M Griffin – Altara
Robert Rich – Inner Landscapes
Vidna Obmana – Landscape In Obscurity
Viridian Sun – Perihelion

Hey, that means fully 10% of the important electronic/space music released last year
came from Hypnos! Also, no other label had as many releases on the list, though there
were a few other labels with two or three. It’s very nice to be recognized in this way.
Things like this make all the hard work worthwhile.

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2000.01.06
There’s still hope that Robert Rich’s Humidity – Three Concerts (a 3-CD set
of live concerts recordings, and the 2nd release on Hypnos/Soundscape) will be ready
for January 2000. If not, then it’ll be very early in February at least.

If you’re interested, you can sneak a peek at the cover artwork
here. The package
features photography by Brad Cole, who also supplied the photos for Robert Rich &
Lustmord’s Stalker, which was released on the Fathom label. As these live
recordings are from 1998 concerts, and feature a few re-interpretations of material
from Stalker, the similar “look” of the package reflects a similar sound content.
More information on this hotly anticipated triple release, coming soon.

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2000.01.05
Finally added David Tollefson’s Near and Far
to the Hypnos Online Store.
Also added Steve Roach’s Atmospheric Conditions and updated the monthly
“Hypnos Recommended Titles” feature on the front page, for January 2000.

The email delays on the hypnos.com server seem to have been fixed, but I have a huge
backlog of yesterday’s email to wade through.

Also updated the Hypnos Audio page for
greater organization, though still no Near and Far tracks yet.

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2000.01.04
A little later than expected, the second solo album by David Tollefson (of
Viridian Sun), Near and Far, is now available.

Tollefson’s first album, 1997’s New Eyes on the Universe, was very well
received by listeners who responded to the simple, emotionally resonant musicality
daringly mixed with radical sonic experimentalism. All those who enjoyed New Eyes…
will find that Tollefson has outdone himself with Near and Far. Viridian Sun’s
other half, Mike Griffin, mixed and mastered the project as he did the first DT solo album.

Near and Far will be added
to the Hypnos Online Store
later today, and sample RealAudio clips will be on the Hypnos
Audio page this week.

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2000.01.03
Hypnos seems to have survived the much-hyped Y2K catastrophe intact. There appears
to be something a bit glitchy with email service on the hypnos.com server, so if you
don’t get a response to your message in the expected time, go ahead and re-send your
message to mgriffin@hypnos.com.

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1999 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 1999

1999.12.30
The most recent Hypnos Recordings release, Altara by A Produce & M
Griffin, has been appearing on a lot of “Best of 1999” lists. For instance,
Phil Derby, reviewer for Wind and Wire, Expose and SMD, named it his “Ambient
Album of the Year.” It received the “Album of the Year” award on the Ujamaa’s
Ambient Experience web-zine,
and what’s more, Hypnos won their “Label of the Year” award.

Plenty of our other 1999 releases have appeared on such yearly “Top Ten” lists —
particularly Richard Bone’s Ether Dome, Jeff Greinke’s Lost Terrain,
and Robert Rich’s Inner Landscapes. Also, interestingly, a pair of 1998
Hypnos releases, David Tollefson’s New Eyes on the Universe and Jeff Pearce’s
Daylight Slowly, have appeared on many “Best of 1999” lists…. which just
goes to show you the remarkable staying power of the music Hypnos puts out!

Speaking of Tollefson, his follow-up release, Near and Far, is due any day now.

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1999.12.26
Completed a major restructuring of the
Hypnos Online Store, primarily a
reorganization into new categories. Several customers had complained that the way the store
was previously structured (organized mainly by recording labels) unless they knew which label
released, say, Vidna Obmana’s Crossing the Trail album, they might have a hard time finding it.

Now the categories include groupings by record label, and also a series of categories for the
“best selling” artists we sell. The above example of Vidna Obmana’s Crossing the Trail,
would be listed under both the “Vidna Obmana” category as well as the “Projekt label” category.

Remember, of course, that you can also use the “search” function to look for an artist’s name, an
album title, or even a keyword that appears in an album’s description. For example, you could
search for “rich” and turn up all Robert Rich’s solo albums, his collaborations, his compilation
appearances, and even all CDs that might have been described as “rich-sounding.”

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1999.12.24
Added two new titles to the
Hypnos Online Store, both by
Synthetic Block. The debut release (1998) simply entitled Synthetic Block, and the
1999 followup is The Opposite of Staring into Space. Both albums are excellent
examples of a merging “classic” e-music sounds, with a fresh and modern perspective. Many
listeners are put off by bands that seem to be imitating Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze,
or other e-music pioneers, but Synthetic Block is an example of one who acknowledges
his influences, and yet approaches composing and recording from an entirely new and
fresh perspective.

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1999.12.21
A few of you have asked when you’ll be able to find a couple of new/upcoming
Vidna Obmana titles at the
Hypnos Online Store. Of course
you can see from yesterday’s update that Echo Passage by Vidna Obmana and Alio Die
is now available.

Variations for Organ… by Vidna Obmana and Willem Tanke, and
Spirits by Vidna Obmana and Jan Marmenout, are another story. Though both
are listed on Vidna Obmana’s own web site as
1999 releases, neither has actually been issued, apparently. We’ll make every effort to
get our hands on those, and offer them to you, as soon as possible.

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1999.12.20
The latest addition to the
Hypnos Online Store is a
much-anticipated one: Echo Passage by Vidna Obmana and Alio Die.

An Italian import on the Musica Maxima Magnetica label, Echo Passage is a single,
continuous CD-length piece (not too far from Vidna Obmana’s Hypnos release, Landscape
in Obscurity
), smooth and gentle in feel. A lot of you have been requesting this one,
so rush on over and order yourself a copy! It’s $14.99.

Also added a couple of Matthias Grassow solo titles on the Amplexus label — Dissolution
is $14.99 and Namakar is $15.99. Both are limited editions in special packaging, as are
many Amplexus releases.

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1999.12.17
You might want to skip today’s news update if you have never purchased anything from
the Hypnos Online Store,
and/or have no interest in making such purchases ever in the future.

This morning I made a few minor “under the hood” changes to the Online Store, which
should eliminate most of the “browser warning” messages people have been receiving
during online purchases.

I should point out that all transactions on the Online Store have always been,
and continue to be, completely secure. There were, however, a couple of circumstances
which produced warning-type messages in your browser window during the checkout process.
First was a warning that said “This document contains both secure and insecure items — do
you wish to continue?” (or something like that — a slightly different message wording was
used depending on which browser you use). The reason for this was that I had modified the
“shopping cart” software in order to include an extra graphic “button” people could click
on at any time to get information or help regarding use of the store. This graphic file
was stored on a non-secure server, so your browser window, during secure transactions, had
to access both the secure documents, and this non-secure graphic button, which caused the
warning. The solution to this problem was simple — I “un-hacked” the shopping cart software
to remove that non-standard button link. This “browser warning” that came up on every screen
during transactions was certainly more trouble than the added info link at the top of the
screen was worth. You can still access “store info” pages from the “Store Front” page.

The second “warning” or error people receive during online transactions is a message that said
“The name on this site’s Secure Server Certificate does not match the name of the site itself
— do you wish to continue?” The reason for this warning is that Hypnos licenses its Secure
Server Certificate from the company that hosts the hypnos.com domain. The Secure Certificate
is fully valid and functional, and Hypnos is definitely authorized to use it. Transactions
undertaken using the Hypnos Online Store’s Secure Server Certificate are 100% secure. Some
customers have mistaken the browser “warning” to mean that the transaction is non-secure. This
is not the case — if you look at the corner of your browser window, you’ll see the little
“lock” icon (the location of this icon varies depending on whether you use Internet Explorer or
Netscape) which indicates a secure transaction. In other words, your browser is notifying you
that the name on the secure certificate is not “hypnos.com,” in case you want to know…. but
that warning does not indicate that you should not proceed, or that the transaction is non-secure.

So, to sum up… the first warning about “both secure and insecure content” being contained in the
browser window has been eliminated, and the second warning has not yet been eliminated, but is not
something you should worry about. Probably some time in 2000 Hypnos will obtain its own Secure
Server Certificate, not because it provides any greater level of security, but just to prevent
the occasional emails I get saying “I got a warning on the Hypnos Online Store that said something
was wrong with the security.” Until then, rest easy knowing that your credit card number
and other personal information are completely safe, and nobody can intercept that information between
your own computer screen, and our secure server.

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1999.12.15
For those of you who missed the announcement about the 12.08 update to
the Hypnos Releases page, we bring you this
distillation of what’s coming in the year 2000 (and beyond) from Hypnos:

Robert Rich Humidity (Three Concerts) (Jan.2000)
Vidna Obmana The Surreal Sanctuary (Feb.2000)
Jeff Pearce To the Shores of Heaven
Saul Stokes Outfolding
M. Griffin Fabrications
Various Artists Nevertime
Jeff Karsin Proton Jelly [artist’s debut] (tentative)
Robert Scott Thompson [as yet untitled Hypnos debut] (tentative)
Vidna Obmana The Contemporary Nocturne
Robert Rich Sunyata
Viridian Sun [as yet untitled 3rd album] (tentative)
M. Griffin / Dave Fulton [as yet untitled first collaboration] (tentative)

This is pretty exciting, obviously. We here at Hypnos don’t think we need
to hype or exaggerate the sheer fantastic-ness of what we have cooking. The
names listed above, and the fine works done previously by these artists,
should speak for themselves.

Don’t forget, of course, that prior to that (in fact, prior to Christmas 1999), we will
release David Tollefson’s second solo release, Near and Far.

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1999.12.14
Added the first two releases by a new label, Green House Records, to the
Hypnos Online Store.

These include the Various Artists compilation Convergent Evolution, featuring
Vidna Obmana, Vir Unis, Steve Roach, and others… plus the new solo album by (Roach and
Ma Ja Le collaborator) Vir Unis, entitled The Drift Inside. These are offered at
the eminently reasonable price of $13.99 (each, of course), and we hope you will
rush right over there and take advantage.

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1999.12.09
Of course we always like it best when you buy your Hypnos CDs directly from
us, but from time to time we like to do a quick survey of the various music
outlets, online stores, and catalogs, to see where else Hypnos stuff is available,
so we can let people know where to look, if they don’t feel like buying direct.

It seems that lately just about all the online stores sell every Hypnos title —
from the highest-profile shops like amazon.com and cdnow.com and
towerrecords.com, to ab-cd.com or cduniverse.com.

Of course, there are also the more specialized outlets like Soleilmoon,
Projekt/Darkwave, Playing by Ear, and Backroads Music.
There are also a few places that carry a selection Hypnos titles, but not every
CD — places like EchoDisc and Rioux’s.

Then we have the overseas sources like Groove Unlimited (The Netherlands),
Staalplaat (The Netherlands), Deep Listenings (Italy), CUE
(Germany), CD Services (Scotland), and probably others I’m forgetting about.

We’d especially like to expand into some new markets — particularly Japan and
Australia — so if you happen to be a distributor in one of those places, who has
an interest in ambient, atmospheric, and experimental sounds, get in touch! Or if
you’re an ordinary listener (though we’ve found that none of our listeners
are ordinary!), and have any ideas who might want to make Hypnos CDs available in
new parts of the world, email mgriffin@hypnos.com.

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1999.12.08
Updated the Hypnos Releases page, first to sort
releases by year (so many CDs have been coming out that the list was getting a
bit messy), and secondly to ensure that every Hypnos artist has their own info
page (not just a link to a page for one of their CD releases, or their outside
web site), and every Hypnos release has its own page.

These individual CD
release page include an image of the cover and track listing, as well as a
link to the pages that will include reviews and audio clips for that release.
This may be expanded in the future to include full promotional information
for each release, if people are interested.

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1999.12.07
Right now on the
Hypnos Online Store,
we’re offering a great deal on a couple of Projekt CDs we’ve had listed
for a while. Due to a special purchase, Vidna Obmana’s Twilight of Perception
and the Vidna Obmana/Steve Roach/Thom Brennan Amplexus Collected compilation,
are both $8.99. This price is good only while existing supplies last, after which the
prices go back up to $11.99 and $13.99, respectively.

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1999.12.06
The cover artwork for the next Hypnos release, David Tollefson’s second album,
Near and Far, may now be previewed here.

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1999.12.01
The first Hypnos release of the new year/decade/century/millennium/whatever
will be Robert Rich’s Humidity – Three Concerts, which we consider
to be truly fabulous material. It’s a collection of 3 fairly recent live
concert recordings (hence the title), a 3-CD set. Retail price will be $27.99
here at Hypnos, though of course your local shop or other online source might
charge you more.

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1999.11.30
The title sequence for David Tollefson’s Near and Far has been finalized.
Cover artwork will be previewed on this page in the next couple of days.
Tracks will include:
Field of Blackbirds
Displacement
Twin Earth
Lore
Maja
Pattern of Islands
Dead Feather
Sea Star

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1999.11.29
David Tollefson’s upcoming 2nd solo release, the followup to New Eyes
On the Universe
, has been retitled Near and Far instead of
The Near and The Far. A subtle change, sure, but some people worry
about this kind of stuff.

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1999.11.29
Now stocking the latest from the 12k label, Taylor Deupree + Richard Chartier’s
SPEC., at the
Hypnos Online Store.

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1999.11.22
We’re receiving lots of nice feedback on ALTARA by A Produce and M Griffin.
In addition to a fair amount of radio play, and kind words from various
listeners whose ears we trust, a few reviews, both formal and informal, have
been received. As always, if you’re on the fence about whether or not you might
enjoy a given Hypnos release, we encourage you to investigate in one of two ways.

First, listen for yourself. The RealAudio clips on the Hypnos
Audio page aren’t quite as smooth & lovely sounding as
the CDs themselves, but they give you a good idea of the style of the music.

Or, consider the opinions of others. The Hypnos Reviews page
includes a selection of formal and informal testimonials offered by magazine writers,
DJs, ambient music “celebrities,” and regular old listeners. Maybe they’ll convince
you that a certain new CD is (or isn’t) something you’d like.

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1999.11.22
Naturally, we always think it’s great when people choose to buy Hypnos CDs directly from
us, whether via the Hypnos Online Store, or just mailing in an old-fashioned check…
But we’re also encouraged to see Hypnos CDs available in an ever-increasing range of
other places. Hypnos stuff has always been available on
Amazon.com, but more recently,
CDnow.com and
CDuniverse.com have listed an increasing number
of Hypnos titles. Perhaps soon, you’ll be able to pick up CDs of the choicest recent
ambient/space tunes at your corner 7-11 store!

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1999.11.15
Audio clips for the new A Produce and M Griffin album, ALTARA, are now available.
There are clips, in RealAudio format, for all 5 tracks. Check
the Hypnos Audio page.

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1999.11.05
The first collaboration between A Produce and M Griffin, ALTARA, is officially
released today.

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1999.11.03
Updated release date for A Produce/M Griffin – ALTARA is Friday, 11/5/99.

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1999.10.18
Added all 5 releases from the Simulacra label to the
Hypnos Online Store.
Includes releases by Tear Ceremony, Sonogram, and Yuval Ron.

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1999.10.17
Added plenty of new Soleilmoon, Staalplaat and Touch label releases to the
Hypnos Online Store.
Artists include O Yuki Conjugate, Zoviet France, Lustmord, Ryoji Ikeda, The
Hafler Trio, A Small Good Thing, Matthias Grassow, and a couple of nifty
Various Artists compilations.

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1999.10.12
New items added to the
Hypnos Online Store:

Kevin Keller – PENDULUM (Lektronic Soundscapes label)
Spacecraft – EARTHTIME TAPESTRY (Lektronic Soundscapes label)

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1999.10.11
The Hypnos web site — the whole ball of wax, including the Hypnos
Online Store, and all the sites hosted on hypnos.com (Greinke, A Produce,
Bone, Pearce, and ChromaStatic) — was down for several hours earlier today.
It’s been fixed, and everything should be back to normal. I don’t think any
email was lost during that period, but if anyone sent a message to any hypnos.com
address early today (Monday 10/11/99) and didn’t get a response, go ahead and
send it again just in case.

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1999.10.08
Those of you who have been asking about progress on the A Produce/M
Griffin collaboration, ALTARA, will be pleased to know that work is
now complete. All that remains is to have the CDs pressed, so the
final release date should be right at the end of October or beginning
of November. View the cover image here.

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1999.10.06
Updated the monthly “Hypnos Recommends” titles on the front page of the
Hypnos Online Store.
Additions include Steve Roach’s LIGHT FANTASTIC (Fathom label) and Nosei
Sakata (*0) & Richard Chartier’s 0/R collaboration (12k label).

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1999.10.05
Upcoming release announcement:

Coming early in 2000 from Hypnos Recordings
and Jeff Pearce, the latest solo release from the master of guitar
atmospherics…. TO THE SHORES OF HEAVEN. Continuing in the style of
his poignant and poetic recordings THE HIDDEN RIFT, VESTIGES, and
DAYLIGHT SLOWLY, Pearce again spins his rich and smooth guitar-based
textures, but this time broadens his sound palette considerably.

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1999.10.04
Fixed the screwy prices for 12k titles on the
Hypnos Online Store
So if you visited that page, and thought about ordering some 12k titles but
were put off by the high prices, check again.

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1999.10.03
The following pre-release review of the upcoming Hypnos release by Vidna Obmana,
THE SURREAL SANCTUARY, has been written by Star’s End Radio host, Chuck VanZyl.

The Surreal Sanctuary by Vidna Obmana (Hypnos)

Throughout his historic career in electronic sound, Vidna Obmana has always
created music dealing with the range of mood, being and emotion. From the
emptiness and desolation of “Acqua” to the bittersweet melancholy of
“Mellow At Heart”; the strength and sureness of “Forest Arrow” and the
contemplative introspection of “Float Through Nights”, Vidna Obmana aptly
conveys his state of existence from the headings between these four points
on the compass of feelings.

On the latest Vidna Obmana CD: “The Surreal Sanctuary”, he rolls out a
remarkable new map, the kind used by adventurous travelers to move across
stricken borders, through unusual terrain and down lost highways. Still
present are the cerebral qualities of his past recordings, only now they
are joined by a strong sense of place and movement in four dimensions.

The pieces evolve slowly often fading one into the next. The album is
smooth, a soundworld of shifting drones and deep timbres. The contemplative
pacing of the dark harmonies is not meant to relax or reassure. Quite the
opposite.

The music on this album is meant to evoke a desolate, foreboding place. As
with any kind of travel to exotic lands, the emotions here stem from the
uncertainty of the strange environment. Guiding us through this eerie land
is Vidna Obmana. One can imagine him a few paces ahead, leading us through
the landscape; with fog so dense we follow the mere sound of his overtone
flute.

In addition to playing several varieties of Fujara, Vidna Obmana also
utilizes: sampler, synthesizers, electric guitar, harmonica, feedback and
studio processing devices as well as the collaborative efforts of Steve
Roach on guitar, bassist Joris De Backer and the overtone singing of Jim
Cole. When these sources are combined and shaped by Vidna Obmana, two
noticeable regions are created out of the seven lengthy tracks.

Much like the soundtrack work of Howard Shore, Vidna Obmana’s music on The
Surreal Sanctuary deals with tension but no release (at least not until
volume two). During the overture to any Cronenberg movie, Shore’s music
bestows upon us a sense that something singular is about to unfold, a story
that will make us uneasy, an experience we need to brace against. It may be
best to describe The Surreal Sanctuary in these kinds of terms… an
experience you undergo, something descended into, a world that has slipped
over us.
–Chuck van Zyl – Host of Star’s End

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1999.10.01
The Hypnos label release schedule for the rest of 1999 is as follows:

OCT.99 | A Produce & M. Griffin | ALTARA
NOV.99 | David Tollefson | THE NEAR AND THE FAR

stay tuned…

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1999.09.29
Added items from the 12k Label to the
Hypnos Online Store.
This stuff is some of the coolest experimental electronica out there. It’s
more rhythmic than much of what you’ll find in the Hypnos catalog, but the
beats are restrained, generally more like a pulse than a THUMP THUMP THUMP.
My personal favorite so far is “Comma,” by Taylor Deupree (12k founder).

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1999.09.15
The Hypnos Online Store is
growing & changing like mad! If you haven’t yet taken a look, please do. Whether
or not you order anything, we’d appreciate feedback, including ways you think we
might make the store easier to navigate, as well as suggestions for new items to
include in the catalog.

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1999.09.14
The formal announcement about the new, exclusive relationship between Hypnos
and vidnaObmana has not yet been posted on the web site, so here is our press
release, from last month:

Hypnos Recordings and Belgian artist vidnaObmana
are pleased to announce a new, long-term alliance. Early in 2000, Hypnos
will release vidnaObmana’s upcoming solo work THE SURREAL SANCTUARY,
the first half of a special “dual” release to be followed a year later by
the second half, THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURNE. These titles had
previously been announced as releases on the Projekt label. Future,
as-yet-unannounced vidnaObmana solo releases will also be available
exclusively on Hypnos Recordings.

Hypnos is perhaps the most significant new force in the field of ambient
and atmospheric music, and has released materials by such luminaries as
Robert Rich, Jeff Greinke, Vidna Obmana, and Jeff Pearce.

VidnaObmana is Europe’s foremost practitioner of atmospheric and tribal
ambient sounds, and has nearly twenty CD releases to his credit, most on
the Projekt label. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with
Steve Roach, including CAVERN OF SIRENS, WELL OF SOULS, and
ASCENSION OF SHADOWS, but his solo works such as the recent
CROSSING THE TRAIL and THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE also make a
powerful and unique artistic statement.

Hypnos and vidnaObmana worked together previously to release LANDSCAPE IN
OBSCURITY
, an early 1999. More information will be available soon, on the
respective web sites of both Hypnos and
vidnaObmana.

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1999.09.13
Just a quick rundown on what’s coming soon from the Hypnos Recordings
label… First off, out just last week is Richard Bone’s second
release for Hypnos (his tenth or so overall), ETHER DOME.

Next up will be the A Produce/M. Griffin collaboration, ALTARA, a collection
of long, slow-moving pieces. ALTARA is scheduled for release in October.

After that, in no particular order, will be: David Tollefson’s THE NEAR AND
THE FAR
, Robert Rich’s HUMIDITY-THREE CONCERTS, vidnaObmana’s THE SURREAL
SANCTUARY
, Saul Stokes’s OUTFOLDING, and the third Hypnos various artists
compilation, NEVER TIME. That takes us through the first couple months of
2000, and it’s possible some other unexpected releases could find their way
into the middle of that mix.

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1999.09.13
Added to the
Hypnos Online Store
the ability to subscribe to
Wind and Wire,
a fantastic independent magazine that covers a wide spectrum of music, from
electronic ambient & space, to new age, to Celtic, smooth jazz, and a whole
range of other stuff. Wind and Wire is not related to Hypnos, but we do
support what they’re doing, and for that reason we’re
making their subscriptions available through our Online Store. Now people
have the option of paying for a subscription by credit card.

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1999.09.12
Added to the
Hypnos Online Store
seven new items from the Mirage label, out of Canada. All Mirage releases,
including titles by Robert Scott Thompson, Vidna Obmana & Jeff Pearce, and
some very strong compilations, are included.

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1999.09.11
Added new items on the Soleilmoon label and its Dutch “sister label” Staalplaat,
(for now, only to include Rapoon titles) to the Online Store.

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1999.09.09
Initiated this (long past due) news update. The
intention is to update this page on an irregular schedule, whenever something
noteworthy occurs, in terms of new releases, artist tours, major revisions to the
web site, or new items added to the
Hypnos Online Store.