2005 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2005

2005.12.09

Just as I was caught up from the DSL
outage in late
November, I was subsequently set-back by a personal injury that has
worsened, and has required multiple medical exams and an MRI, and
likely, around Christmas time, knee surgery. So, I apologize for any
orders that have been somewhat delayed. Progress has been made in the
last few days, and everything will be caught up completely Sunday at
the latest. Thanks for your continued support of Hypnos.

In other, more cheerful news, the 3rd installment of Vidna Obmana’s An
Opera for Four Fusion Works
is ready to go to the pressing
plant next week and we’ll have CDs ready to release a few weeks after
that. Here’s a reminder of the cover artwork:

2005.11.29

Here’s another live performance
announcement for
Dweller at the Threshold, now featuring Dave Fulton and John Duval, a
pair of names you may recognize from their Hypnos & Binary
releases.
For those of you in or near the Portland area, here’s another free
performance at a local venue,
a very cool place called Ground Kontrol down in the area between the
Pearl District and Old Town. Primarily a “retro arcade” (filled with
coin-op arcade machines of the Galaga / Tempest / Asteroids era),
they’re also host to some interesting music events of late. They have a
web site you can check out here, and their news page has
a bit more info on the Dweller event.

Here’s the email announcement sent out by Dave Fulton of Dweller at the
Threshold:

Hello All,

The ever more elusive Dweller at the Threshold is ready to try new
material on an unsuspecting crowd.
John Duval and I will be playing outside the Dweller box but close
enough to offend everyone.
What works will stay and become part of the next Dweller CD and what
does not will be dumped only upon you!

Hows that for a build up?

It’s Free.

It’s at Ground Kontrol (Video Games and Beer!)

It’s on a First Thursday. (Live the art baby.)

More build? Sorry, that’s about it.

1st Thursday December 1st. 9:30 PM

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. 503-796-9364

Hope to see you there.

Bring beer money and quarters for Burgertime!

dave

I’ll be there… you should too! The last Ground Kontrol show by Fulton
solo was a lot of fun.

2005.11.22

Just a quick note… the Hypnos HQ
internet
connection has been down for nearly a week. I’m trying to get by on
“borrowed” connections for a few minutes per day, and I’m told by Qwest
that it will be fixed this evening (after having been told previously
it would be fixed Friday or Monday).

Anybody waiting to hear from me, I’ll get caught up tonight and
tomorrow. Big batch of orders going out tomorrow as well.

This does seem to happen once a year or so. Maybe it’s time to switch
to Comcast cable internet?

2005.11.03

Here’s a review of the latest from Hypnos, which is
“I am breathing dreams out of the air” by M.
Griffin. The review is by Phil Derby, from his ElectroAmbient Space web
site:

“First, the short version of this
review – if you
loved Mike Griffin’s last disc, Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects, stop
reading, go to www.hypnos.com, and buy I am breathing dreams out of the
air. There is virtually no chance that you won’t like this if you liked
that one, as I did. Mike does the most amazing things with non-musical
noise to make it as relaxing as a soothing melody. This is white noise
with class. Long drones and washes of abstract sound transport you into
an alien world. As there is “regular” sci-fi and “hard” sci-fi, this is
hard ambient. It is not for everyone, but for those that are prepared
for it, even long for it, this is the real deal, the rarified air.
Bleak winds blow across the 20-minute opening track; the second track
is a tad brighter, relatively speaking, more white noise and less low
drones than the first. The third track is restless, undulating, with a
little more grit in the formless textures. About this point one had to
wonder, how does he create these extraordinary sounds? On the one hand,
it sounds like what one would create by accident, by doing something
horribly wrong such that nature never intended the synth or sampler to
create it. On the other, there is a purity to the thematic elements
that you know the effect is clearly intentional. Describing each long
form piece here could take pages, touching on the subtle details and
unusual sound sculptures. Better that you get it and hear it for
yourself. Recommended.”

M. Griffin – “I am breathing dreams out of the air”
is available for sale here:

M.
Griffin – “I am breathing dreams out of the air”

2005.11.02

More Jeff Pearce news here… this time, a note from Echoes radio
stating that they’re doing another “Living Room Concert” with Jeff
(this must be his third or fourth of these), this time featuring his
new, self-released CD LINGERING LIGHT.

Monday 11/21*, Saturday 11/26**

A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH JEFF PEARCE

Jeff Pearce is an avatar of ambient guitar. For the last twelve
years he’s been releasing dreamscapes awash in reverb, loops and
delays, attaining an orchestral expanse from just his guitar. Now
Pearce has become enamored with the Chapman Stick, an instrument
that’s like a double-wide guitar fretboard with ten strings and no
body. Tapping the strings with both hands gives a guitarist a
pianistic range on the instrument. Pearce’s new CD, LINGERING LIGHT
(Jeff Pearce Music) explores this instrument. Pearce comes into the
Echoes Living Room where he plays solo Chapman Stick live.

You can purchase Jeff Pearce’s Hypnos CD releases from these links —
please note that we do have Lingering Light now
available for sale:


Jeff Pearce – To the Shores of Heaven


Jeff Pearce – The Light Beyond

Jeff
Pearce – Bleed


Jeff Pearce – Lingering Light

2005.11.01

For a long time, I posted a lot of
“radio airplay”
announcements on this page, for example “Station KUGN played the new
Saul Stokes album, thanks for the support guys” and that sort of thing.
Gradually I stopped because I didn’t think it was useful information
for anyone except the artist, the label, the DJ, and maybe the
listeners to that show. Maybe I’ll throw one of those up here from time
to time… in this case, here’s a recent “monthly top 20” list from
WDBX radio. Stations create these ranked lists of their most-played
tracks, to submit to entitites such as trade magazines, who track this
kind of airplay. In this case, Robert Scott Thompson’s Hypnos CD At
the Still Point of the Turning World
was their most played
item this past month.

Music from Beyond the Lakes – WDBX, 91.1 FM, Carbondale, IL

Top 20 Report Submittal for October, 2005

1. Robert Scott Thompson – At the Still Point of the Turning World –
Hypnos

2. Darshan Ambient (Michael Allison) – Re: Karma – Lotuspike

3. Dwight Ashley & Tim Story – Standing+ Falling – Nepenthe
Music and
Publishing

4. Davol – A Day Like No Other – GIRA Sound

5. Erik Wollo – Blue Sky, Red Guitars – Spotted Peccary Music

6. Jon Jenkins – Beyond City Light – Spotted Peccary Music

7. Jia Peng-Fang – Rainbow – Pacific Moon Records

8. Mingo – The Once And Future World – Helmet Room Records

9. Terry Oldfield – A Time for Peace – New Earth Records

10. Nigel Holton – This Journey – Hundred Hands Music

11. Various Artists – Tandava – Sounds True

12. Nana – Daughters of the Sun – NA Records

13. Ozone Player – Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas – Visual Power

14. John Polito – Crossing the Line – Green Note Music – 2001

15. Chris Bocast – Through the Airlock – Divergent Arts

16. Kevin Keller – Gathering Leaves – Alula

17. Jesse Cook – Nomad – Narada

18. Falling You – Touch – Fossil Dungeon

19. Soulfood – Serenity – Soulfood

20. Harp 46 – Passage – Self Released

Music from Beyond the Lakes

Produced by Jerry Nelms and Namdar Mogharreban

Sundays, 8-10 pm Central Time, USA

WDBX, 91.1 FM, Carbondale, Illinois

Streamed live at wdbx.scientistsuperstar.com

Robert Scott Thompson – At the Still Point of the Turning
World
is available for sale here:


Robert Scott Thompson – At the Still Point of the Turning World

2005.10.31

Following up on the Jeff Pearce “Gatherings” series performance in
Philadelphia…. here’s a review of Jeff’s performance by “Soma611”
from the Space Music mailing list:

Seated to my right was the Chapman
Stick connoisseur, though, to be honest,
he only semi-expertly handled his chopsticks. DJ Kel sat to my left,
graciously ignoring my prodding elbow and just-as-graciously
recognizing my constant
pleadings of “Pass the duck, please.” Six, in total, dined at a Jeff
Towne-recommended University City restaurant. The Pod is a most-unique
fine eatery
which encourages the ogling of and partaking in of one-another’s
delicious
entrees. Chuck van Zyl, having not slept (again) for several days, had
graciously invited us all to a weekend-ending celebratory sort of thing
— another
fine Gatherings concert featuring solo performances by Mr. van Zyl
himself and
Chop-not, but Chap-yes Jeff Pearce having taken place the evening
before
along with a just-as-fine private-event (for WXPN donors) concert held
the
following evening. Rounding out this Sunday night dining crew was
sound-engineer/chopstick-handling-expert Art Cohen.

I’m can’t say for sure, but I think I was invited along to dinner as a
result of having provided sugarcoated donuts at the private concert.
Whatever the
reason, I was most appreciative for having been able to take a seat at
the
table and share the wrapping up of a lovely weekend (in style!) with
such fine
company.

A restaurant note: Never have I ever seen such weirdly constructed
desserts;
or, for that, such odd “pod”-like restrooms. A walk in search the
latter
resulted in eventual success, then a quick 180, and a mumbled, “Hmmm
… I
think I’ll wait until I get home.”

Jeff Pearce’s first Gatherings concert-series appearance occurred way
back
in the 20th Century; still, vivid personal memories remain of that
night.
Pearce was then entrenched in creative processes which would result
with the
landmark releasing of “To the Shores of Heaven.” That coming-out night,
the
Pearce premiere, soared upon the revealing of its powerful material.
Who could
ever forget the artist’s rendition of “Rain as a Metaphor”
serendipitous
mixing with the arrival of a thundershower …

This past Saturday night’s appearance would represent Pearce’s fourth
Gatherings appearance; all but one, I believe, have required
hydroplaning over
flooded roads in order to access. He’s still got the power. But bring
along
fine company, share the rain, share the umbrella, walk through
shimmering
streets, continue up Locust Way toward silhouetted spires, enter the
sanctuary,
shelter yourselves in stone, enjoy the smiles of recognition, the warm
friends,
the community; the rain won’t matter.

To the stage: Jeff Pearce would again carry with him his latest
passions,
spin wonderful yarns, display such graciousness, this time successfully
selling
us all on his compassion for the Chapman Stick, and, through this
lovely
instrument, languidly provide his receptive listeners with over an
hour’s worth
of beautiful music. Mixing shorter pieces from his lovely recent
release,
“Lingering Light,” with a half-hour long improvised string-caressed
ambient set
(which, in my opinion, ranks as heavenly as any the concert series has
offered), Pearce again both charmed and seduced his audience.
Throughout,
projected animations created by Michael DuBois (of Pearce-collaboration
“Luminous
Dimensions” fame) drifted through spacious evolutions. To know the
music is to
know the artist. To experience the music of Jeff Pearce is to span a
range
of emotions. As part of the live experience, one smiles; one laughs;
one
cries. Performance winding to a close — the evening would conclude
with a
rendition of the final piece from “Lingering Light”– Pearce elaborated
expressively on his appreciation of the Gatherings community, of his
wondrous repeat ve
ntures to experience its powers, of its positive personal effect, of
the
unparalleled connection he feels to it; to us.

Right back at you, Mr. Pearce.

The final piece of the evening was entitled “In the Silent Years to
Come.”

Talking about having your cake and eating it too — when the
announcement
was made that Chuck van Zyl would be providing an opening set at St.
Mary’s, I
rejoiced. I’ve witnessed dozens of live performances in which van Zyl
has
participated (many of recent being his wonderful Ministry of Inside
Things
collaboration with Art Cohen), but, as Chuck himself has noted, solo
appearances
on his part have been extremely rare. A spacemusic fan can only ask for
more. Van Zyl offered a gorgeous half-hour set. Upon personal discovery
of the
spacemusic genre, one of my initial spacemusic investments was van
Zyl’s,
“The Relic,” an admirable release (it’s on my desert-isle-collection
list)
disclosing both beautiful themes and energetic sequences. His Saturday
night
performance would remind me of this CD. Yet another lavishing screen
projection, this one produced by Terry Furber, mirrored van Zyl’s sonic
offerings.

The following day’s performance given by Jeff Pearce, held in a
live-concert
studio at public-radio station WXPN, was in fact an event sponsored by
gracious donors whom support public radio and, in particular, of STAR’S
END.
About two dozen donors were in attendance and each was graced in return
with an
equal amount of appreciation. Pearce, between songs, invited questions
and
feedback; much discussion ensued concerning performance technique and
concert
experiences. Chuck van Zyl hosted this event; after the performance he
also
expressed heartfelt gratitude to the group, for without listener
support the
finest radio show on the planet would not be. Chuck’s words led to a
free-flowing discussion concerning what public radio represented to
each in
attendance, and finally, of ambient/spacemusic expression.

My role then kicked in, the official handing out of donuts. Soon after
came
my invitation to The Pod.

You can purchase Jeff Pearce’s Hypnos CD releases from these links:


Jeff Pearce – To the Shores of Heaven


Jeff Pearce – The Light Beyond

Jeff
Pearce – Bleed


Jeff Pearce – Lingering Light

2005.10.20

Yet another “Hypnos artist concert
announcement” today, this time it’s Jeff Pearce playing another concert
in the “Gatherings” series in Philadelphia. This is a fantastic concert
series, certainly the best thing going in the space music, ambient
& electronic genres over the years.

Soundscape Guitarist Jeff Pearce
returns to the reverberant
church sanctuary setting of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village and The
Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 22 October 2005. Also
appearing will be EM artist Chuck van Zyl.

Jeff Pearce is well known to the Spacemusic community for his
unique approach to the guitar. Pearce produces tones that rarely
betray their origin as they are processed, delayed, distorted and
looped to create complex harmonies and timbres. His music is
compelling and moody, traversing the Space, Ambient,
Experimental and New Age genres.

With seven full length CDs and tracks on several prestigious
anthologies, Pearce “mines the terrain where Ambient, Space
and Minimalism converge”. His music ranges from deep, dark
soundworlds to bright, elegant, melodic compositions.

Pearce’s recent work includes music created on the “Chapman
Stick” and the two-handed tapping technique associated with
touch guitar, a radical departure from standard guitar practice.
His new album is entitled LINGERING LIGHT and features
music made using this process.

Pearce’s 10/22 concert at The Gatherings will include new music
played on the Chapman Stick as well as re-workings of earlier
pieces for electric guitar from his known repertoire.

Energized by the classic cosmic music of the 1970s, Chuck van
Zyl has been producing his own electronic realizations since
1986. Present within his music are the syncopated electronic
rhythms, haunting melodic lead lines and unearthly morphing
atmospheres which are the hallmarks of classic Spacemusic.

Chuck van Zyl will provide an opening solo set for Jeff Pearce at
The Gatherings.

Jeff Pearce plus Chuck van Zyl at
The Gatherings Concert Series

8:00pm on Saturday 22 October 2005 at 8:00pm in

The church sanctuary of
St. Mary’s Hamilton Village

3916 Locust Walk (east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus
in West Philadelphia

For more on Jeff Pearce at The Gatherings Concert Series,
access: http://www.thegatherings.org

-Ashley/Story 19 November 2005

-TBA Workshop December 2005

-Saul Stokes March 2006

-Robert Rich April 2006

-The Ministry of Inside Things May 2006

You can purchase Jeff Pearce’s Hypnos CD releases from these links:


Jeff Pearce – To the Shores of Heaven


Jeff Pearce – The Light Beyond

Jeff
Pearce – Bleed


Jeff Pearce – Lingering Light

2005.10.19

Here’s a new announcement from Vidna
Obmana regarding his upcoming concerts in the persona of Fear Falls
Burning. It also mentions a radio broadcast from The Netherlands
(available via online stream for those of us NOT in The Netherlands) of
a previously-recorded live performance

Fear Falls Burning on The
Netherlands’ VPRO radio station :

This June 8th Fear Falls Burning did a VPRO session for the Dutch radio
station in their famous “Zeldzaam Dwars” radioconcert series. The
complete
radio session is schedule for release in 2006 on the legendary
Staalplaat
label in their infamous “Mort Aux Vaches” series.

But tomorrow on October the 20th 2005 this concert session in the
studios of
VPRO will broadcasted on 747 am for those who’re living in The
Netherlands
and as a live stream at http://www.vpro.nl/radio/

The broadcast is scheduled between 23pm and midnight (West-European
time).

Fear Falls Burning on tour :

October 19th – 2005 : TAC (Temporary Art Center) Eindhoven (The
Netherlands)

October 22nd – 2005 : Catharina chapel – private concert (The
Netherlands)

October 29th – 2005 : Theater Luchtbal, Antwerpen (Belgium, w/The
Hafler
Trio, Freiband plays Wander)

www.vidnaobmana.be

info@vidnaobmana.be / vidnaobmana@skynet.be

www.fearfallsburning.be / vintage guitar drones

Obviously the concert info is only useful to those of us in that part
of the world, but the online radio show tomorrow is worth checking out
too.

The third chapter in Vidna Obmana’s An Opera for Four Fusion
Works
will be forthcoming from Hypnos very soon, and the
first two chapters are available for purchase now, from these links:


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 1, Echoes of Steel)


vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 2, Phrasing the Air)

2005.10.18

When it rains, it pours — here’s
another live
performance announcement for Dave Fulton. This upcoming show is
November 5th at a relatively new coffee shop & cafe called
Tiny’s.
It’s on NE M.L.K. Blvd, just a couple blocks from where Hypnos HQ was
located until last year. Here’s the info on the venue, first: Tiny’s on Citysearch.com.

And here’s the poster for the event (click on the medium-sized image to
see a larger version):

If the recent Ground Kontrol performance by Fulton is any indication,
this should be a lot of fun, and quite a feast for those who love the
whole analog modular synths thing.

2005.10.14

The almost-good news is that I’ve been
investigating “spam resistant” features of the MediaWiki software that
runs the Hypnos Wiki. I have a few more technical hurdles to solve, but
in the mean time, the HypnosWiki is back up, here:

HypnosWiki

I”ve done a bit of troubleshooting of the scripting errors preventing
the anti-spam measures from working, so in the mean time
I’ll just have to keep a really close eye on the spam vandalism while I
work out these last remaining kinks.

2005.10.11

The Dave Fulton show (see last week’s
news update)
was a lot of fun, and pretty well-attended…. but because it took
place in a big retro-arcade (see Ground Kontrol)
it’s not entirely clear how many people were there to see Dave play,
and how many were there to play Tempest or Galaga or Tetris. Many
stopped by to watch and listen and even ask questions of those of us
near the stage who seemed to know what was going on. All in all, a lot
of fun, and a great opportunity to introduce the music to some new
listeners. And rumor has it that Dave will be playing again, this time
with John Duval, on the event of “First Thursday” in December.

2005.10.03

For those of you in or near the
Portland area,
there’s a great opportunity to attend a free performance by
Hypnos/Binary artist Dave Fulton, this week. The event is part of
Portland’s “First Thursday,” in which a bunch of art galleries and
performance venues downtown set up special events, and open their new
art shows. Dave is performing at a place called Ground Kontrol, which
is an especially unique and cool place downtown. Primarily a “retro
arcade” (filled with coin-op arcade machines of the Galaga / Tempest /
Asteroids era), they’re also host to some interesting music events of
late. They have a web site you can check out here, and their news page has
a bit more info on the Fulton event.

Should be a lot of fun, and of course it’s not often Fulton performs
alone. He’ll have his big, wicked stack of modular synths, and will
undoubtedly be making some crazy sounds. I’ll be there, and you should
too. So then, Ground Kontrol, 9:30PM on First Thursday (10/6/2005).

2005.10.01

Fear Falls Burning, the “secret
identity” of Vidna Obmana, is apparently not so secret any longer,
since Fear Falls Burning concert announcements are now being sent out
by Vidna Obmana himself. Oh well, so much for the secret identity and
all the mystery surrounding it. I guess for our fix of mystery we’ll
have to turn to watching Lost (what’s in the hatch?) and re-runs of The
X-Files.

Fear Falls Burning – he spoke in dead
tongues 2005/2006 tour

“This is – as they say – a very non-commercial album. There’s no catchy
songs, there’s no lyrics, heck! There aren’t even song titles. Yet this
album grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s aggressive in the
right spots and subtle and rippling in others – it definitely is more
“rock”
than “ambient” — it definitely isn’t mellow and soothing. I had the
pleasure of seeing Fear Falls Burning live, when I was in Leipzig
earlier
this year, now you can immerse yourself in this amazing soundworld.
Each
listen is a completely new experience,and a completely powerful, mind-
blowing one!” – Sam Rosenthal/Projekt (USA)

Fear Falls Burning – he spoke in dead tongues (2CD, Projekt/Ikon) – OUT
NOW !

October 2nd – 2005 : Lagerhaus, Bremen (Germany)
October 9th – 2005 : X-rated on Kink FM radio (The Netherlands)
October 11th – 2005 : Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt (Germany)
October 12th – 2005 : AZ Conni, Dresden (Germany)
October 13th – 2005 : Kulturbunker Müllheim, Köln (Germany)
October 15th – 2005 : E-live festival – TU Auditorium, Eindhoven (The
Netherlands)
October 19th – 2005 : TAC (Temporary Art Center), Eindhoven (The
Netherlands)
October 22nd – 2005 : Catharina chapel – private concert (The
Netherlands)
October 29th – 2005 : Theater Luchtbal, Antwerpen (Belgium)

Check the Fear Falls Burning website for all updated information on the

forthcoming releases and newly added concerts at www.fearfallsburning.be

We wish Vidna Obmana good luck and
success with his tour, and encourage all those listeners in Germany,
The Netherlands and Belgium to attend his shows.

2005.09.19

Here are some of the latest additions
to the Hypnos Online Store:

Stephen Philips – Placid Repose

Oophoi – Signals From the Great Beyond

Orion’s Belt – The Truth Within

Amon – Foundation (2cd)

Alio Die – Suspended Feathers

Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm

Also, don’t forget the latest drone minimalist work from M Griffin, I
am breathing dreams out of the air
, on the Hypnos Secret
Sounds label.

Here’s a direct link to purchase I am breathing dreams…
for $11.99 today:
M Griffin – I am breathing dreams out of
the air

2005.08.31

Now available, the newest release of
minimal/drone ambient from M Griffin, I am breathing dreams
out of the air
.

M Griffin – I am breathing dreams out of the air
track listing with MP3 sample clips:


1. “I breathe as the water flows over me”


2. “I dream the same girl in every dream”


3. “I must go to the place I have never seen”


4. “I visit a future without identity and forget myself”


5. “I condense the universe into a thought and memorize it”

In a very real sense, this is a “sequel” to this year’s previous M
Griffin release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Sounds are Hidden
Inside Objects
, which has been our best-seller so far on the
Secret Sounds imprint. The style is pure, atmospheric minimal drone,
very deep and evocative and mysterious, complex enough that it is
neither truly dark nor light.

Here’s a direct link to purchase the CD for $11.99 today:
M Griffin – I am breathing dreams…

2005.08.23

The latest Hypnos Secret Sounds
release, I Am Breathing Dreams Out of the Air by
Hypnos founder M. Griffin, is a bit closer to seeing release. Here’s
the cover artwork:

Stay tuned for a release announcement and MP3 sample clips very soon.

2005.08.16

In last night’s news update, I
mentioned a brief trip out of town. When I return, I will be announcing
a new release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, by Hypnos founder M Griffin.
It’s called I Am Breathing Dreams Out of the Air
and it is very much in the style of Sounds are Hidden Inside
Objects
sound-wise (and I suppose also right down to the
lengthy title). In fact, some of this material was created at the same
time as the first Hypnos Secret Sounds release, and the rest of it was
created later using the same methods and tools, so think of it as S.A.H.I.O.
Part 2 if you like. It’s super-minimal, textural ambience.

In the name of giving people things to look at (hey, I love web pages
with pictures too), here’s a very early layout & artwork plan
for
this disc, created before the Hypnos Secret Sounds “look” fell into
place. So in other words, this isn’t what the discs will look like, and
really only serve to give you something to gaze upon, and possibly also
to give some idea into the way designs evolve. I always enjoy seeing,
for example, foreign editions of my favorite novels, with completely
different artwork and designs. This is the original “booklet spread,”
in other words the front and rear covers of the booklet. Click on the
medium-sized graphic below to open the actual-size version.


The original plan was for Hypnos Secret Sounds to have an overall
“look” that had a greater distance in terms of style from the rest of
the Hypnos label. As it turned out, the HSS imprint is fairly similar
to the look & feel of regular Hypnos CDs, with the main
difference
being the white background versus the black background, and also a
different font treatment, but it’s interesting to imagine what would
have happened if Hypnos Secret Sounds had proceeded from the above
design template.

Stay tuned for MP3 sample clips and a release announcement next week!

2005.08.15

Here’s another installment of
“catching up with reviews of Hypnos CDs.” Today we have reviews of
several discs, both new and older. First, Viridian Sun’s Live,
Paris Theater
reviewed by Jim Brenholts.

“Mike Griffin is one busy (wink, wink) gentleman. He runs the Hypnos
label,
website, store and forum, has a full-time job and still finds time to
create
music and perform on stage. However, since, 19XX, his releases have
been
limited to collaborations with Dave Fulton and A Produce. He has also
performed live with Dave Tollefson as Viridian Sun.

Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects is only his third solo. It is 70
minutes of
deep experimental ambience with organic textures and dark timbres.
While
there are four compositions with distinct separations, the set plays as
one
massive soundscape with four movements. The music is continuous and
contiguous as it collapses into itself in endless waves of vivid grays,
dark
blues and blacks.

This CD, the first on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label, is a limited
edition CDR. It is also essential listening and a welcome and overdue
set
from Griff!”

–Reviewed by Jim Brenholts on the Hypnos Forum

Next, NAPRA Magazine’s review of Richard Bone’s Etherdome.

“A versatile electronic musician who’s worked in various styles over
the years. Bone’s been
exploring serene, dreamlike sound textures on disc since 1994. Thematic
inspiration on this
electronic space album was a visit to the actual “ether dome” operating
room at the Boston
hospital where ether was introduced 150 years ago. The resulting songs
reflect the powerful
subconscious pull of going under anesthesia, drifting deeply in a dream
state, then gradually
reawakening to the real world. there’s a simple but attractive
minimalism reminiscent of a
synthesized Harold Budd here. the sound could not possibly be more
peaceful, yet the
musical development is never boring. The entire 11-cut CD floats
soothingly along with impressive
warmth. It’s the audio equivalent of lying on your back in the grass
for an hour and watching a
menagerie of fluffy clouds billowing above.”

–Nat Friedland, NAPRA Review

And Etherdome again, this time reviewed by JC Smith
in Outburn.

“:SPARSE CLOUDS OF MELODIC AMBIENCE:

Richard Bone’s musical history includes dalliances in electropop,
mamba, vintage
jazz, Bossa Nova, and more. With Ether Dome, he delves into cosmic
ambience, though it is an ambience laced with minimal,
melodic foundation. The eleven tracks profess to “reflect moods that
occur as consciousness slips away.” I find myself
drawn to the more experimental tracks, as well as the tracks that
communicate a delicate, fragile beauty. From the former:
the primal aural ascension of “The Letheon Men,” a synth in observance,
peering into a frozen, (Island of Dr.)
Moreau-esque abyss, crystals resonating in response to the moody synth;
and “Plateau To Level 30,” odd sounds flitting
through the background, as the synths raise the listener to the plateau
in question, an undercurrent of breathing present
throughout. From the latter: “Unawakened” with its sad, frail piano
line, synth slivers gently sliding into the smooth
ivory crevices; and “Calenture,” despondent synths in reticent
resignation, occasional piano filling the crevices here,
slipping off into realms of mental mist. The tracks are slow to build,
the minimal synth/piano interplay lingering
unobtrusively. Reminiscent of the calm (though sometimes lightly
jostled) onset of dusk, or the disintegrating dream at
dawn.”

–JC Smith, Outburn Magazine

And now, an excellent exercise for anyone fluent in German (please
email an English version to mg -at- hypnos -dot- com if you’re in the
mood for a translation exercise), a review of the 2nd Act of Vidna
Obmana’s An Opera for Four Fusion Works. Moderne
Klangkunst is a magazine, I guess.

“Er lässt sich Zeit. Viel Zeit. Endlos Zeit. Vidna Obmana
lässt sich treiben.
Im zweiten Akt seiner „Opera for Four Fusion Works“
erfasst er die
Schwingungen des zuvor von Bill Fox in Nazareth (Pennsylvania, USA))
auf DAT
und in Belgien auf Pro-Tools eingespielten Sopransaxofons und baut
daraus und
darauf einen endlos weiten elektronischen, sphärischen
Klangteppich, der sich
nur allmählich minimal verändert. Eine handwerklich
und produktionstechnisch
einwandfreie CD, bei dessen Hörgenuss man sich spielend fallen
lassen und vor
sich hin träumen kann.”

–Moderne Klangkunst (Germany)

And now, another review of Opera Act II, this time
in English by Brian Bieniowski on his Ambient Review web site.

“Ambient master VidnaObmana continues his ambitious four-part An Opera
for
Four Fusion Works with Act Two, “Phrasing the Air,” featuring the
saxophone
playing of EMusic DJ Bill Fox. The first part of the Opera, 2002’s
“Echoes of
Steel” was one of my favorite albums of the year; an autumnal,
melancholy
ambient work featuring the gothic-folk guitar of Dreams in Exile.
“Echoes”
was delightfully listenable, and would make a fine introduction to
listeners
(especially fans of the quieter goth styles) not familiar with
VidnaObmana’s
oeuvre, or ambient in general. Act Two, though sharing the same
recycling
processes as its predecessor, is a completely different work in tone,
containing unusual sonorities and textures–it is also one of the most
interesting and difficult albums of VidnaObmana’s recent work.

Like “Echoes of Steel,” the tracks on “Phrasing the Air” are labeled
only by
Roman numerals (often out of numerical order). The general mood is
meditative
and haunting, a longstanding VidnaObmana trademark dating back to his
early “breathing” synth works. “I” reminds me of no less than Jon
Hassell’s
resonant trumpet playing; an exotic hooning, calling infinitely over a
desolate landscape. Fox’s saxophone is processed and layered, sounding
like a
chorus of strange Eastern instruments, sounds trumpeting from the
mountain
above. “II” is reminiscent, at first, of VidnaObmana’s early work on
Revealed
by Composed Nature and The Trilogy of albums. The repeated melodic
pattern
forms a mandala of deep colors; blues and greys. Fox’s saxophone is
deep and
resonant here, often reminding of Tom Heasley or Stuart Dempster,
boiling up
from the depths. Obmana’s ebow adds tension, a dissonant chorus
screaming
above the soft landscape of recycled sax. The unusual tones carry the
track
forward, resembling circling birds, as the underlying ambience remains
fairly
static. It’s a difficult track–with screechy textures taking the
driver’s
seat–though the disparate elements, uncomfortable sounding they may
be, meld
quite perfectly. “VI” is next, sounding strongly like Terry Riley’s
“Poppy
Nogood,” due in part to Fox’s sax, looped and ever-shifting. The track
even
seems to pan through the speakers like Riley’s classic piece. If this
reminds
me of “Poppy Nogood,” then it is certainly a “Poppy Nogood” played in a
giant
area, as the sonic undercurrents are vast and bassy. The roiling, post-
industrial soundscapes and the sounds reminiscent of early minimalist
experimentation truly represent an expression of past and present forms
of
meditative music. Quite a stunner, and my favorite track on the album.
“V,”
the longest track at just over nineteen minutes, returns to ambient
stillness. Here Fox’s sax is processed down to long, almost vocal,
tones.
Those who appreciate the harmonic singing of David Hykes, or Ambient
Review
favorite Jim Cole, will find much to enjoy here, though the sound
sources do
not originate from the human voice. This is deep and gorgeous, more
than a
little gothic in tone. Obmana’s guitar textures from recent works like
Innerzone appear at the halfway mark. The track is creepy, resonant,
and
extremely memorable, though perhaps not for those who prefer their
ambience
free of sharp edges. “IV” ends the album on a surprisingly musical
note, with
Fox’s sax playing instantly recognizable as the instrument it is. I
have to
admit even this track is a little “out there” for me, with an
uncomfortably
off-kilter melody repeating over nine minutes. The strange drones
beneath the
sax are quite intriguing, but, as a whole, the track didn’t gel for me.

“Phrasing the Air” is a surprising departure for VidnaObmana, and
continues
the Opera in a most auspicious way. While no track could be considered
“easy”
listening (or “fusion,” or “opera,” for that matter), I find this to be
one
of Obmana’s most impressive works of the last five years. “Echoes of
Steel”
was surprisingly underrated, considering its high quality, and
“Phrasing the
Air” proves to be a more than worthy follow-up. I hesitate to recommend
this
to those who enjoy VidnaObmana’s lighter, airier works like The River
of
Appearance or Landscape in Obscurity. Regardless, this is sure to be a
favorite to those who follow VidnaObmana, whether he is performing
post-
industrial soundscapes, translucent ambience, or bizarre (and sometimes
frightening) experimental works. A fine, original, effort from one of
the
genre’s best artists.”

–Brian Bieniowski, Ambient Review

Here’s Mystic Music DJ Eric Mystic (aka Eric Meece) reviewing Numina’s Eye
of the Nautilus
.

“Another great album from Jesse Sola. This
one is perhaps even more emotionally-moving than his others; almost
like
Robert Carty. And his sounds are superply crafted, to my ears.”

–Eric Mystic, KKUP Radio’s Mystic Music

And Eric Mystic again, this time reviewing Robert Scott Thompson’s At
the Still Point of the Turning World
.

“This one
is subtle, quiet and modestly scored. It is a gem of originality from
what I can hear so far. It should be a good one for those seeking to
find a still point within.”

–Eric Mystic, KKUP Radio’s Mystic Music

Here’s Jeff Greinke’s Wide VIew reviewed by Godsend
Ezine.

“Veteran Seattle-based composer Greinke here returns with his first
truly ambient recording in
some time, and it’s a soundscaping masterpiece. Still reminiscent of
classic ENO and BUDD in
spots, ‘Wide View’ is a timeless and gorgeous blending of natural
landscapes and electronic
brushstrokes. Greinke’s keen sense of nearly classical structure and
warm, atmospheric sound
carries a distinctly filmic disposition, equally as effective as an
engrossing deep listening journey
or background mood. This is a stunningly beautiful album that summons
the amber hues of a lazy
autumn day as the sun glares brightly down, obscuring the wintry chill
of the air.”

-Review by Godsend

Electronic Musician Magazine had this little blurb on The
Most Distant Point Known
by M Griffin & D Fulton.

“Slowly evolving soundscapes created with Synthesis Technology MOTM and
Doepfer analog modular synthesizers.”

–Electronic Musician Magazine

And now, Godsend again, and M Griffin & D Fulton again… this
time the review is of Imprint.

“Pooling the talents of 2 ambient sound architects, ‘Imprint’ glides
along effortlessly in a sea of
blissful mystery, combining space, texture, and melody. Whereas other
ambient releases can consist
of little more than pleasant background sounds, ‘Imprint’ has a
distinctly human element present that
at times can actually be quite touching. With the composers coming from
two distinctly different ‘schools’
of electronic sound (Griffin’s tendency is towards digital abstraction
and software-based systems while
Fulton generally gears towards the analogue sequencer/prog/Berlin style
of composition), this
collaboration is surprisingly cohesive. ‘Imprint’ glides from the
darkly mysterious ‘Please Identify’ to the
cosmic free-flight of ‘Neuralnet’, and touches on a number of
electronic genres and vibes–both retro and
modern. ‘Imprint’ is a truly effective soundtrack that rings with
complexity and depth.”

-Review by Godsend

Progressive Soundscapes did this review of Numina’s Eye of
the Nautilus
.

“Jesse Sola has been writing some of the finest atmospheric cds in the
last few years. Recording
under the name Numina, this Denver based space-music-ambient artist has
been working steady at
crafting his sound-art since the mid 90’s. His earlier releases mapped
his progression with promise
and demonstrated a real talent for original sound design. On 2004’s
Sanctuary of Dreams, his penchant
for creating serene yet contrasting cloud-like textural landscapes
matured and came into focus on this
beautiful release appealing to many pure space-music listeners while
making a host of “Best of 2004”
music lists. Now Jesse takes his skills one step further with the
release of Eye of the Nautilus. Eye of the
Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some
different themes and textures.
Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the
feel is one of deep-space ambience.

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

Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track,
“Secrets from the Flame,” and as
with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos
founder M. Griffin is responsible
for mastering and layout. This is the fourth new release this year so
far from the Hypnos label, and it is
sure to be one of the highlights of the year, not only for Numina and
Hypnos, but for the entire space &
ambient music world. If this is any indication of the quality of
products we can expect from Hypnos this
year, the space-music community is sure to be in for a great year.”

–Progressive Soundscapes

Another quickie, this time a little comment on M Griffin’s Sounds
are Hidden Inside Objects
by Frank Sylvis.

“Mike, “Sounds Hidden Inside Objects” is awesome! Thanks for your
contribution to the genre.”

–Frank Sylvis

Matt Howarth of Sonic Curiosity reviewed Chad Hoefler’s Hypnos debut, Twilight
in the Offing
.

“This release from 2004 offers 60 minutes of haunting ethereal
compositions.

There’s a surprising edginess going on in this music, a
tension that reaches beyond the imminent twilight,
a tension that is achieved by the utilization of sharp needles lurking
amid the gathering gloom. The nocturnal
verge is spooky enough with arid tonalities and sepulchral airs
swarming like miasmic spirits, but it’s the
scratchy impacts and chittering peripherals that truly scatter
hazardous barbs throughout these soundscapes.
Hoefler has a way of making the shadows bubble with ominous poise. Not
that the music is murky or hostile;
there’s a calm prowling just beneath the dire austerity, a
peaceful cloud that is rich with soporific qualities if
one can overlook the eerie veneer of first impressions. They are
friendly ghosts who seek to sedate you
more than alarm you.

This misty climate of stoic resonance is sneakily infectious, seeping
into the brain through the flesh as
easily as it penetrates the auditory canals. These elongated sonic
textures alter time, transforming instants
into hours with their expansive dimensions, compressing days of
contemplation into a frozen second.

The presence of languid percussion in one track stands in striking
contrast to the rest of the rhythmic
deprivation, and even the minimal soundscape rouses into a mysterious
melody for the occasion.

Hoefler is to be commended for producing a release that stretches the
boundaries of ambience into a
void of lush properties.

The music on this release was mastered by Robert Rich.”

–Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

Here’s another relatively old one: Bleed by Jeff
Pearce, reviewed in Godsend.

“An absolutely beautiful and shimmering collection of gentle
soundscapes that blend acoustic
guitars with the usual electronic sources. ‘Bleed’ evokes a calm,
peaceful serenity, with a slight touch
of mystery, as Pearce’s distant rumblings and atmospheric
reverberations are warmed up considerably
by the addition of soft, melodic guitar on most of these 13 tracks.
Prior to this CD, I was not familiar with
Pearce’s work, but upon spinning this one numerous times, I’m convinced
he’s walking alongside the
genre’s heavyweights. Really, you’re not likely to hear a more gorgeous
album this year. My full recommendation,
and kudos to Mr. Pearce for creating such a lovely and enveloping
listening experience. A+!”

-Review by Godsend

Lastly, an informal review of the Hypnos/Binary solo debut of John
Duval (member of Dweller at the Threshold, the same group that spawned
such artists as Dave Fulton and Paul Ellis), Hell’s Canyon.

“This disc arrived today (along with some other neat stuff). i was
expecting some excellent berlin
school and analog sounds (i got some) but i was amazed and pleasantly
surprised to hear a great
ambient opening track. and another! this is an exceptional cd, john!
congratulations!”

–Jim Brenholts

Well, that’s a pretty big list! it’s
good to be
caught up, now, as I’m about to take a brief trip out of town for just
a few days. In case you wish to purchase any of those CDs, here are
direct links to the CDs reviewed above:

Viridian Sun – Live Paris Theater

M Griffin – Sounds are Hidden Inside
Objects

Richard Bone – Etherdome

Vidna Obmana – An Opera for Four Fusion
Works, Act 2

M Griffin & D Fulton – The Most
Distant Point Known

M Griffin & D Fulton – Imprint

Jeff Pearce – Bleed

Chad Hoefler – Twilight in the Offing

Robert Scott Thompson – At the Still
Point of the Turning World

Numina – Eye of the Nautilus

John Duval – Hell’s Canyon

I think that’s all of ’em. If you’re looking for something you don’t
see linked above, just go to the main page of the Hypnos Online Store and do a
search.
Thanks to all the reviewers for their support of Hypnos CDs and Hypnos
artists!

2005.08.09

Today we have a few new items for the Hypnos
Online Store
, some of which should be of great interest to
Hypnos listeners:

Fennesz – Endless Summer

Oophoi – Hymns to a Silent Sky

Vidna Obmana – Noise/Drone Anthology

A Produce – Black Sands (3cd ltd.
edition, special pkg)
$24.99 special price

Also, a couple other A Produce albums are back in stock, including Reflect
Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
and A Smooth
Surface (Special Edition)
. Those are available in the A
Produce section of the store,
here.

2005.08.05

Just restocked a bunch of items on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, including:

vidna08 Fear Falls Burning (Vidna Obmana)
– First By a Whisper Then By a Storm

misc15 Lustmord – Carbon/Core

amp38 Michael Mantra – Sonic Alter

amp40 Rod Modell – Electromagnetic-Etheric
Systems Approach (ltd. edition cdr)

amp36 Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton –
Illuminati Audio Science

umbra07 Oophoi – Mare Imbrium

umbra24 Oophoi – Mare Tranquillitatis

umbra06 Oophoi & Tau Ceti –
Subterranea

hos1 Robert Rich – Seven Veils

hos16 Robert Rich – Rainforest

hos02 Robert Rich – A Troubled Resting
Place

rich06 Robert Rich – Bestiary

rel15 Robert Rich – Trances/Drones (2cd)

roach10 Steve Roach ­ World’s Edge
(2cd)

roach14 Steve Roach ­ Texture Maps

projekt27 Steve Roach & Vidna
Obmana – Spirit Dome

projekt28 Steve Roach & Jeffrey
Fayman – Trance Spirits

projekt29 Steve Roach & Brian
Metcalf – Mantram

man14 Sleep Research Facility – Dead
Weather Machine

man15 Sleep Research Facility – DWM
Re:Heat

vidna06 Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004

vidna09 Vidna Obmana & David Lee
Wells – Tracers

amp30 Klaus Weise – Ming Noir

On second though, if you’d like to purchase those CDs, or just read
more information, here are the direct links:

Fear Falls Burning (Vidna Obmana) –
First By a Whisper Then By a Storm

Lustmord – Carbon/Core

Michael Mantra – Sonic Alter

Rod Modell – Electromagnetic-Etheric
Systems Approach (ltd. edition cdr)

Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton –
Illuminati Audio Science

Oophoi – Mare Imbrium

Oophoi – Mare Tranquillitatis

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Subterranea

Robert Rich – Seven Veils

Robert Rich – Rainforest

Robert Rich – A Troubled Resting Place

Robert Rich – Bestiary

Robert Rich – Trances/Drones (2cd)

Steve Roach ­ World’s Edge (2cd)

Steve Roach ­ Texture Maps

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana –
Spirit Dome

Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman –
Trance Spirits

Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf –
Mantram

Sleep Research Facility – Dead Weather
Machine

Sleep Research Facility – DWM Re:Heat

Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004

Vidna Obmana & David Lee Wells –
Tracers

Klaus Weise – Ming Noir

Some of these are in fairly small quantities, so move on over there and
take a look if you’re interested!

2005.07.28

The nifty new site Morpheus Music (see
morpheus.co.uk) has posted a very brief interview with Hypnos artist Chad Hoefler
on their site. The “micro-interview” is available here.

2005.07.27

Jenn is back at Hypnos HQ after a
brief trip out of town, and will be getting out any and all Hypnos
Online Store
orders that have been received in the last few
days. Many thanks for your patience.

Several new items should be listed in the store tomorrow… stay tuned.

2005.07.26

Just a minor update today to the
“Hypnos Recommends” section of the Hypnos
Online Store
, removing some no-longer-current items, as well
as some items that were out of stock (since the store just gives you a
nasty “database error” if you click on a recommended item that has been
temporarily removed while we’re out of copies to sell).

2005.07.25

One of our favorite things here at
Hypnos is airplay on the hard-to-crack Hearts of Space radio show…
this time, it’s Jeff Greinke’s Wide View. Here’s
their playlist:

=——————————————————————–=

PGM 736 : “HYDROLOGY”

=——————————————————————–=

PGM NOTE : a journey on the water planet

=——————————————————————–=

FEED DATE : 7-22-05

=——————————————————————–=

VANGELIS

“Fields of Choral” < 0:00->7:45 >

“Aquatic Dance” < 7:45->11:36 >

: OCEANIC; Atlantic 82953-2; 1996

: Info: www.elsew.com (fan site)

LISA WALKER

“Backwards Unfolding” (part) < 11:36->17:35 >

: GROOVED WHALE; Earthworm WRM13; Canada 1999

Reissued by EarthEar Records in 2001

: Info: www.groovedwhale.com; www.earthear.com

–segue–

JEFF GREINKE

“Submerge” < 17:35->24:38 >

: WIDE VIEW; Hypnos hyp2240; 2002

: Info: www.jeffgreinke.com

ROBERT RICH

“Circle Unwound” (part) < 24:38->31:21 >

: ECHO OF SMALL THINGS; Soundscape Productions SP 008; 2005

: Info: www.robertrich.com

TIM GERWING

“Effect05 (Water)” < 31:21->37:36 >

: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT; self-published [no catalog #]; Canada 2004

: Info: www.lascaux21.com/be

RUSTY CRUTCHER

“Totality” (part) < 37:36->41:09 >

: OCEAN ECLIPSE; Emerald Green EG8407; 1992

: Info: www.emeraldgreensound.com

DAVID PARSONS

“Pahla Loka” < 41:09->51:29 >

: INNER PLACES; Celestial Harmonies 13245-2; 2005

: Info: www.harmonies.com/releases/13245.htm

KIT WATKINS

“The Metamorphosis of Truth” (part) < 51:29->58:20
>

: THE GATHERING: SET TWO; KitWatkins.com [no catalog #]; 2001

: Info: www.kitwatkins.com

=——————————————————————–=

PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL

=——————————————————————–=

(c) 2005 Hearts of Space

=——————————————————————–=

Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the ongoing support and of
course more congrats to Jeff. The CD can be purchased at the Hypnos
store, here.

2005.07.21

Did a minor update today to the Hypnos
CD Releases
page, adding Dagboken by
Stephen Philips as an
available release rather than a “coming soon,” along with a few other
housecleaning type changes. Have a great weekend, everybody, and send
Lance Armstrong your encouraging thoughts for Saturday morning’s time
trial!

2005.07.20

Here’s a new review of Chad Hoefler’s
Hypnos debut CD, Twilight In The Offing, reviewed
by Morpheus Music (www.morpheusmusic.co.uk):

Review of Chad Hoefler “Twilight In The Offing,” (Hypnos,
2005)

“STYLE

Colourful, moody ambient music with some rhythmic and percussive
features. Twilight In The Offing is built around gradually unfolding
tonal layers and shadowy planes of sound – where beats are present they
are gentle, within the mix, not dominating. Hints of melody lie in
places deeply embedded in the dense sound base where the heaviest of
shades thicken and subside being overlaid with eddying currents and
swirls above. Gurgling effects at times ripple and murmur across the
surface as the weighty lower frequencies rise and fall. The drones on
this album are tenebrous, doleful in some places – celestial, ethereal
in others.

MOOD

In keeping with the title, Twilight In The Offing suggests something
dimly lit, ponderous and shifting. There is a pleasing organic feel to
this strongly electronic sound, emerging periodically into brightness,
luxuriating under a luminous sheen, or shrouded in gloom with dense
colourful entities turning somewhere within, at times even desolate
even cold. Chad has said that the CD represents his attempt to
sonically capture the concept of inevitability – darkness follows dusk,
fall and winter follow summer, expiration of life being the ultimate
certainty.

ARTWORK

Grassy blades against a darkening sky catch the passing light on the
front cover – within a generous black border … lettering minimal,
simple, white. On the rear – the jutting blades are further abstracted,
the background light almost lost; here track titles and timings are
listed. Inside the cover booklet variations of the same imagery recur
and once more in a plain white font credits, sample sources, thanks and
contact details are presented.

OVERALL

Released on the Hypnos label – Twilight In The Offings consists of
seven lengthy pieces all between five and ten minutes long. This is
Chad’s debut release and has been mastered by none other than Robert
Rich. Track titles reflect the idea of inevitability with some
beautifully poetic terms ‘Crimson Lost’, ‘Enveloping Shadow’, ‘On The
Eve Of Plum Frost’. This is an ambient album that can hold the
attention – from the beautiful ‘In A Marooned Moment’ to the
disquieting ‘Enveloping Shadow’ the considerable variety of sound from
one track to the next pulls you along, caught one moment by a
percussive line throbbing way below the surface, swept up the next by
cinematic undulations or uneasy in the presence of looming
apparitions.”

–Morpheus Music

And here, a review of the same CD by Phil Derby of Electroambient
Space:

Review of Chad Hoefler “Twilight In The Offing,” (Hypnos,
2005)

“Hailed as a great new talent before his debut CD came out, Chad
Hoefler lives up to the advance
billing on Twilight in the Offing. “Crimson Lost” flows smoothly from
silky synth pads to crisp
percussion that is equal parts modern and primitive. It compares
favorably to Patrick O’Hearn’s Trust
CD. After a strongly tribal first half, this piece changes
significantly, downshifting completely into a
formless silky slab of ambience, more like Robert Scott Thompson from
The Silent Shore. The title
“Enveloping Shadow” is evocative of its nature, dark spirals of sound
radiating outward and
downward into the caverns. Steve Roach’s disc two from Mystic Chords
& Sacred Spaces comes
to mind. Despite the many comparisons already made, this is not
derivative music. Hoefler’s
music has strong reference points to these and other worthy ambient
artists, but he builds upon the
foundation laid before him and offers his own worthy contribution to
the genre. “Substrata” has a
steady, unsettling pace with very dark underpinnings. The sound that
provides the rhythm here is
otherworldly, like something knocking on wood but defying easy
description. Nicely juxtaposed is
the markedly brighter “Refugia,” a more ethereal gossamer piece with
touches of Jeff Pearce or
Jonn Serrie. Still, no one is going to mistake this for new age, it is
serious ambient. “In a Marooned
Moment” again uses a simple steady beat to effectively create a sense
of unrest. The last two tracks
continue to mine the depths, although “Orchard of Stone” brightens some
at the end as a relaxed
beat carries it along in a unique ambient-meets-easy-listening mode, a
surprising but perfect finish.”

–© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

To buy the CD referenced above, or just read more information, here is
the direct link:

Chad
Hoefler – Twilight In The Offing

Also, this week we emailed out the big announcement of the release of Dagboken
by Stephen Philips (the third release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds
sub-label), and we’ve been selling them like crazy! People really seem
to be responding to the Hypnos Secret Sounds project, so we have every
reason to keep releasing things that way, in addition of course to the
regular, non-limited manufactured CD releases that Hypnos does.
Purchase Dagboken here:

Stephen
Philips – Dagboken (ltd. cdr)

2005.07.13

Did a big fat update today to the Hypnos
Online Store
, with the biggest new “featured item” being Dagboken
by Stephen Philips,
for $11.99 (though that’s already been mentioned on this page, last
week).

Click on over to the store and take a look at all the new recommended
items.

2005.07.08

We’re pleased to announce the release
of the latest Hypnos Secret Sounds issue, this time Dagboken
from Stephen Philips. It’s available to purchase right now, on the Hypnos
Online Store
, for $11.99.

Dagboken, which by the way means “diary” in Swedish,
is the first release by Stephen Philips and Hypnos, though we will also
be releasing his Into the Dark later in 2005. As
you’ll hear in the MP3 sample audio clips (below), Dagboken
is an imaginative and varied piece of ambient drone, one we’ve had on
frequent “repeat” in Hypnos HQ for quite some time now. It’s a long
piece (about 72 minutes), and one that covers quite a bit of ground
during that time, collaging together elements of “found sound,”
location recordings, synthesizer textures, and sample treatments.

Sample MP3 audio clips:

Dagboken,
clip 1

Dagboken,
clip 2

Dagboken,
clip 3

Dagboken,
clip 4

We’ll have a bit more information on this release in the coming few
days, but now that it’s complete, we wanted to announce it and make it
available for those of you who are chomping at the bit for new
ambience! Have a great weekend, everybody, and we’ll follow up with
more next week. Thanks as always for your ongoing support of Hypnos.

2005.07.07

As we prepare to make an exciting new
addition to the Hypnos
Online Store
in the next day or two, I wanted to post some CD
reviews for current and recent
Hypnos (and Hypnos Secret Sounds) releases. Many listeners seem
persuaded by a positive review, just as others use sample audio clips
to make their decisions, so here we go…

Review of M Griffin “Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects,” 4
tracks, 69.57 mins (Hypnos, 2005)

“Mike Griffin kicks off his Hypnos Secret Sounds sublabel, featuring
limited CDR pressings of 200 or 300 copies, with his own release.
Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects features four lengthy dark textural
pieces of first-rate drones and other atmospherics. Though it has
been years since his last solo release Sudden Dark, Griffin seems to
pick up very much where he left off. This stark ambient music
conjures up images of wind-swept desolate planets or a lonely sojourn
into the outer reaches of space. “Iyon Aaz” is filled with metallic
resonant drones and deep swirling echoes of sound. Melody is neither
implied nor intended. “Ido Ereme” delves deeper still into hazy
sonic reverberations. Low rumbles are ideal for testing your stereo
system, experiencing the music by vibration instead of by ear. “Ixe
Om” combines the metallic quality of the first track with the deep
expansiveness of the second. The result is a not so distant cousin to
Steve Roach’s The Magnificent Void. Last up is “Inye Adieme,” easily
the brightest of the bunch. Ethereal soothing tones fade in, and
although restless underpinnings remain, the mood is just a touch more
relaxed throughout. It is safe to say, however, that the new
age label will never apply here. And that is a very good thing.”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Viridian Sun “Live, Paris Theater,” 1 track, 78.33
mins (Hypnos, 2005)

“The exciting thing about live recordings is how they capture raw and
often special moments that otherwise would not happen.
This spontaneous long-form work is brimming with intensity, even in the
nearly silent opening moments. The undulating, pulsating
quality of Viridian Sun’s earlier releases is still there, but laid
bare, stripped of any studio trickery or enhancements. The result is
minimal but also daring. Occasionally the music seems to be taking on a
more solid form, as in the drifting layers approaching the
20-minute mark, but the emphasis is clearly on unstructured
experimentation, largely consisting of drones of various timbres and
colors. Many an ambient track can be described as building slowly, but
I can scarcely recall one as effective as this, taking full
advantage of the 68-plus minutes to ever so gradually ascend, with
occasional peaks such as between 35 and 40 minutes, leveling
off to quieter passages as we head toward the 50-minute mark.
Incredibly haunting sounds mark the time just past 60 minutes,
something like a strangely distorted alien female choir. The music then
slowly disintegrates into a dark blizzard of white noise,
seeming to consume matter like a black hole in the frenzy that is the
stunning conclusion. The audience must have been stunned into
silence from awe, fright, appreciation, bewilderment, or all of the
above.”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Numina “Eye of the Nautilus,” 9 tracks, 73.55 mins
(Hypnos, 2005)

“Numina (Jesse Sola) is back with a strong follow up to his well
received Hypnos debut Sanctuary of Dreams. Once again, he creates
beautiful paintings, using sounds as color, using synths, samplers, and
guitars as his brushes. “Drift Catalyst” is a rich textural
piece that combines its layers into a wall of sound that ebbs and
flows. Though Numina often reminds me of Steve Roach, this
piece has a smooth silky quality and a somewhat brighter tone that is
more reminiscent of Robert Carty’s space music. “Secrets
from the Flame” features Rudy Adrian as a guest, and though Jesse
doesn’t tip his hand as to what Rudy contributes, there is a
bright shimmering quality that I associate with his work. Tribal
drumming picks up the pace a bit midway through, blending into the
synth textures extremely well. The intensity builds and crests before a
long slow fade. “The Thirteenth Moon” is full of bright choirs and
silky pads. It sounds like heaven. Drums return on “New Lands
Approach,” adding vibrancy and vitality. “The Nautilus Chamber”
swooshes by like the wind. After a lot of velvety smooth sounds,
“Sundrown” takes a more abstract turn with clanging bells, eerie
strings, and things that go bump and thump in the night. Something like
Japanese koto or hammered dulcimer appears for contrast,
and works to great effect here and in the closing track, “Return to the
Crystal Temple.” In between are a couple other ambient morsels
for you to sample on your own. There is a nice balance between pure
ambient tracks and those with more rhythmic elements. Put it all
together, and it’s another Numina winner.”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Review of Robert Scott Thompson “At the Still Point of the
Turning World,” 12 tracks, 69.06 mins (Hypnos, 2005)

“Robert’s latest disc features lots of shorter quiet tracks, often with
intricate layers to explore. Starting in a most understated fashion,
“Of Mirrored Air” is barely audible for the first minute. It is like
listening to small ripples on an otherwise still pond. “Causal
Connecting
Principle” is both brooding and sad, and will send unsettling shivers
down your spine. “Airport for Shadows and Dust” (great name) is
smooth as glass, but dark as obsidian at times. “Presences” is a
dissonant, richly complex work, even though it lasts less than two
minutes. “Water out of Sunlight” is somewhat brighter as the name
implies, but tinges of shadow remain. Distant flutes begin “When
Dreams Collide,” the disc’s most delicate floater. Traces of classical
influences creep in on a few numbers including this one. The
title track plinks out sparse notes as rumbling drones and odd strings
ring out, like plucking the inside of a piano. All twelve tracks are
compelling in their own way, but my favorite may be “Tinted In Temporal
Hue,” particularly the midsection with its rich layers of dark
synth textures. After so much darkness, Thompson brings us into the
light on the closing track, “Figured in the Drift of Stars,” a
beautiful piece with piano and slow washes of synths. It reminds me of
Brian Eno’s classic Apollo, and makes a serene finish to
another great piece of Thompson’s artistry.”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Of course, since all four reviews were from Phil Derby’s excellent
online resource, Electroambient Space, this would be a great place to
recommend that everyone take a trip to the Electroambient
Space

web site and check out all the reviews and features, including the
recent July 2005 update. Thanks to Phil for the reviews, and for
sustaining this great online resource.

Lastly, to purchase those four CDs, or just read more information, here
are the direct links:

Robert
Scott Thompson – At the Still Point of the Turning World

Numina
– Eye of the Nautilus

M.
Griffin – Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects (ltd. cdr)

Viridian
Sun – Live Paris Theater (ltd. cdr)

2005.07.05

I hope everyone had a safe &
sane holiday weekend. There are a couple of important new items in
stock on the Hypnos
Online Store
:


Paul Ellis – Silent Conversations

This is the latest work from Paul Ellis (formerly of Dweller at the
Threshold, and whose solo debut was released on Hypnos/Binary), out on
the Groove label.


Austere vs. Stephen Philips – Faded

Here’s a noteworthy new “remix” project of sorts… it’s really not so
much a “remix” as it is a complete reworking and reimaging of Austere’s
album Fade, with as much Philips in the mix as
Austere.

Speaking of Philips, don’t forget this, coming very soon:

2005.06.27

More reviews are coming in for latest
Hypnos promo CDs sent out, this time At the Still Point of
the Turning World
by Robert Scott Thompson (available for
purchase
here):

“STYLE

Ambient soundscapes with subtle brooding shades and gentle pianos.
Still Point feels almost orchestral at times, empty and drifting at
others.
Melodic pads, dissonant ripples and dense currents of sound mingle with
plucked tones and deep, deep drones. Processed pianos and
chimes present a simple harmonic foreground bringing light to clouds
that occasionally harbour ethereal voices hidden somewhere within;
metallic clangs and bell trees along with noises that resemble huge
plucked springs stir the mix bringing variation to an album that
constantly
changes and alters its path.

MOOD

Serene, drifting sonic densities that are mostly shadowy and overcast –
yet often backlit or silvered at the edges. Still Point often has a
plaintive tone, becoming increasingly poignant toward the final tracks.
Robert Scott Thompson takes us from low, fog-thick banks of mist
high into the sky and into clarity – panoramic and angelic. The shifts
of mood across this album are quite dramatic – allow yourself to be
immersed
and you’ll find moments of that aching beauty that pulls at the heart
and passages of moody ambience, folding in on themselves, heaving,
breathing.

ARTWORK

A latticed cloudscape adorns the front cover, heavy and luminous at the
same time, against blue sky. The faintest crescent of a moon gleams
through the brightest section of the cloudbank, enlarged and presented
again on the back cover as a backdrop for a tracklisting. The sleeve
booklet is backed by a cloud image of a dramatically different hue –
the deepest of oranges, brighter and more saturated still within. Here
inside
are publishing details and contact information – simple and white,
making the eye tend to keep drifting across the mass of colour filling
two
whole panels.

OVERALL

This is a strong album of slow drifting melodies and washes, well
captured in track titles – Water Out of Sunlight, Tinted in a Temporal
Hue,
Figured in the Drift of Stars. The longest piece on the CD is ten
minutes fifty nine seconds long – the shortest one minute forty seven,
this
great spread mirroring the variety of sound within the individual
pieces. Robert Scott Thompson is no newcomer to the ambient scene
having
a large number of releases under his belt as you can see from the
website at Aucourant Records.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM

Ambient fans who enjoy music without a beat – quite melodic in
structure, not really minimal and with plenty of shifts in atmosphere.
Moody
music with passages of melancholy and intense beauty.”

–Morpheus.co.uk Review

This is a beautiful CD, and we’ll keep
pushing it until everyone hears it! For more info, visit this CD’s page
on the
Hypnos Store and listen to the
MP3 sample clips.

2005.06.23

More airply for Hypnos music on the
Hearts of Space radio show… this time, it’s Jeff Pearce’s release, Bleed
Here’s their playlist:

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This week on Hearts of Space…

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PGM 733 : “SPACE GUITARS 6”

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PGM NOTE : dreamy, twangy, timeless and deep

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FEED DATE : 6-17-05

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INTRO: Dreamy, twangy, timeless, and deep. Yes, spacefans, it’s

another installment of our long running love affair with the

expanded, dematerialized version of the electric guitar. On this

transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, a journey in the infinite echoes

of SPACE GUITARS 6.

=——————————————————————–=

JEFF PEARCE

“Written in Water” < 0:00->3:58 >

“In Weaker Moments” < 3:58->8:13 >

: BLEED; Hypnos hyp2241; 2002

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00007F8KC/heartsofspace

: Info: www.hypnos.com/pearce

HAMMOCK

“The Silence” < 8:13->13:34 >

: KENOTIC; Hammock Music HMK-001CD; 2004/2005

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0008G2IIS/heartsofspace

: Info: www.hammockmusic.com

ADHAM SHAIKH and TIM FLOYD

“Warm Fuzzys” < 13:34->21:53 >

: DRIFT; Instinct Ambient AMB.6006-2; 1996

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001UXB/heartsofspace

: Info: www.sonicturtle.com

FRIPP and ENO

“Ankaa” < 21:53->28:49 >

: THE EQUATORIAL STARS; Opal Ltd./Discipline Global Mobile

DGM0402; England 2004

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007UT5LS/heartsofspace

: Info: www.enoshop.co.uk; www.disciplineglobalmobile.com

BARRY CLEVELAND

“Indigo Runes” < 28:49->34:39 >

: MEMORY AND IMAGINATION; Supersaturated RBR001-03; 2003

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000ZQTHS/heartsofspace

: Info: www.barrycleveland.com

GURUMANDER SINGH

“Stonehenge” < 34:39->40:03 >

: BLUE STAR; Invincible Music CDINV118; 2003

original cassette release (GRD Recordings): 1982

: Info: www.invinciblemusic.com

DARIN SCHAFFER

“Clearing the Field” < 40:03->45:29 >

: DARIN SCHAFFER; Clickpop/Rebel Alliance ra010; 2004

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007VDF54/heartsofspace

: Info: www.littlebeast.com/darin

JEFF PEARCE

“Heatherscar” < 45:29->49:18 >

: BLEED; Hypnos hyp2241; 2002

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00007F8KC/heartsofspace

: Info: www.hypnos.com/pearce

HAMMOCK

“Miles to Go Before Sleep” (part) < 49:18->53:14 >

: KENOTIC; Hammock Music HMK-001CD; 2004/2005

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0008G2IIS/heartsofspace

: Info: www.hammockmusic.com

ADHAM SHAIKH and TIM FLOYD

“Embers” < 53:14->58:20 >

: DRIFT; Instinct Ambient AMB.6006-2; 1996

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001UXB/heartsofspace

: Info: www.sonicturtle.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL

=——————————————————————–=

BAY AREA WEATHER : seasonally challenged

=——————————————————————–=

(c) 2005 Hearts of Space

Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the ongoing support and of
course more congrats to Jeff. The CD can be purchased at the Hypnos
store, here.

2005.06.17

New in stock from Ian Boddy’s DiN
label on the Hypnos
Online Store
:


Markus
Reuter & Ian Boddy – Pure, $13.99


Ian
Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Moire, $13.99


ARC
– Arcturus, $13.99

2005.06.16

Early reviews are starting to come in
for the latest Hypnos CD, Eye of the Nautilus by
Numina (available for purchase
here), and so far, the
reaction looks very positive:

“STYLE

Liquid soft, shadowy ambience with a scattering of murmured percussion.
Drifting, rolling sheets of tone unfold like slow-motion waves as
Numina
paints onto an infinite ocean of darkness with tidal washes of coloured
light. On the few tracks where a beat swells up, the percussion is
gentle,
deep, reverberating, almost tribal in places with shakers and low booms

agitating yet never breaking the surface. Chordal patterns on Eye of
the
Nautilus are quite harmonious but the pace always falls far short of
breaking out of floating ambience and into clear melody. In places
clock-like bells and metallic chimes, as if of all sizes, swung by the
wind
are interspersed with plucked notes all spiralling in meandering eddies
with a common direction.

MOOD

Lustrous layers and beds of ambience, elegant and graceful in perpetual
motion where nothing is hurried and submersion is absolute. This sort
of
subtle music always creates beautiful visions of nature for me –
suspended,
unfolding, revolving. Vaporous pads suggest the heavenly, ethereal
where
darkness is a welcome feature, a backdrop for colour and texture. At
times
Eye of the Nautilus sounds plaintive, wistful, almost solemn – but
never
depressive, the shadows are evocative and expansive not a path into
obscurity.

ARTWORK

Monochrome and classy – nestled within a generous black border the
spiral
of a nautilus shell twists inward onto a human eye. The greys of the
front
cover photomontage are rich with texture that reveals fresh depths at
each
viewing distance. A larger version of the same image fills the back
cover
overlaid with a track-listing and times for each piece. Inside the
monochrome approach is maintained with images enlarged into increasing
abstraction. The inner booklet spreads the nautilus eye across both
panels,
with one side featuring credits, thanks and contact details.

OVERALL

Numina (Jesse Sola) cites Steve Roach, Robert Rich and vidnaObmana
among
his influences and this can be heard in the consistently smooth shadowy
clouds of synthetic sound on Eye of the Nautilus. If anything Numina
has a
sleeker feel – where sonic sheets and veils come in diaphanous layers,
moving like the transparent, soft-edged shadows of clouds among lush
drones
and dense synthetic mists.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM

Ambience for those happy to have a beat in a few places – restful and
flowing. If you enjoy Thom Brennan’s style of writing, Numina will
likely
suit your tastes. If you like shadows and darkness that is at the same
time
welcoming and absorbing – give Eye of the Nautilus a good listen.”

–www.Morpheusmusic.co.uk

We’re very proud of this release, and
think it will
really catch on once people listen. If you need another nudge, visit
this CD’s page on the
Hypnos Store and listen to the
MP3 sample clips.

2005.06.15

For those of you who are electronic
musicians, or aspire to be, there are a dozen pieces of gear from the
ChromaStatic studio (personal recording studio of Hypnos founder Mike
Griffin, aka Hypnos artist M. Griffin) listed for sale on the Hypnos Forum
— direct link to that sale listing is here.

These listings will be available to Hypnos listeners and Hypnos Forum
readers for a couple of days, before remaining items are moved to E-Bay
for quick sale.

2005.06.13

Several new items and re-stocks on the
Hypnos
Online Store
today:

New items:

Austere – Eco

  (Brand new work from this up-and-coming experimental/ambient
duo)

FearFallsBurning (Vidna Obmana) – First
By a Whisper Then By a Storm

  (Experimental guitar drones from this Vidna Obmana “secret
alter ego” project)

Vidna Obmana & David Lee Meyers
– Tracers

  (Challenging and fascinating work allying familiar name
Vidna
Obmana with David Lee Meyers, who is better known as Arcane Device)

Hafler Trio – Where Are You?
  (Their latest obscure, limited,
soon-to-be-impossible-to-find recording)

Re-stocked items:

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Subterranea

  (As always with Oophoi imports, grab ’em while you can —
this one’s on the Czech label, Nextera)

Oophoi – Mare Imbrium

  (More Oophoi reissues from the Nextera label, this one part
of his “moon trilogy”)

Vidna Obmana – The River of Appearance

  (One of the all-time undisputed classics of the genre. If
you don’t have it yet, you need to get it!)

Klaus Wiese – Ming Noir

  (Fascinatingly different-sounding ambient recording —
meditative and beautiful)

2005.06.07 (later)

Those anti-vandalism measures for the
Hypnos
Wiki

have been instituted, and I’ve removed as much of the vandalism
&
spam links as I’ve been able to find. Feel free to browse the Wiki,
add/edit content if you’ve created an account and logged-in, and let’s
start building it into a useful & informative resource again!

2005.06.07

Here’s a new $8.99 special on the Hypnos
Online Store
: to go directly to the $8.99 special page click here.

2005.06.06

Just a bit of tidying-up to this
page… I removed all the news updates from October-December 2004 and
from January-March 2005 and archived them here:

Jan-Mar 2005

Oct-Dec 2004

This will shorten the loading time of this main News page
substantially. See the bottom of this page for all previous-period news
archives, going back to 1999.

2005.06.05

I’ve had to temporarily take the
Hypnos
Wiki
offline, pending institution of some better anti-spam
and anti-vandalism measures. Unfortunately, the Wiki was falling victim
to an increasing onslaught of malicious mischief. Hope to get this back
up & running soon, though it will only be do-able through
password protection… which means only registered and logged-in users
will be able to post and edit, similar to the Hypnos Forum.

2005.06.03

Of course, the big news is that
Numina’s Eye of the Nautilus is now available for
purchase
here.

In the category of “slightly lesser news but still the kind of hot
stuff you’ll definitely want to buy immediately,” here are some new
items on the Hypnos
Online Store
:

New from Robert Rich:

Robert Rich – Echo of Small Things
Price: $13.99

New from Groove Unlimited, NL:

Hemisphere – Rambling Voyage
Price: $13.99

John Lakveet – Force of Reason
Price: $13.99

N-Tribe – Tower of Power
Price: $13.99

There are several other items back in stock from Groove as well, such
as: Dom F. Scab – Analogical Confessions, Rudy
Adrian – Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3, Rudy
Adrian – Iridescence: sequencer sketches v. 2, Free
System Project & Dave Brewer – Okefenokee Dreams,
Dom F. Scab – About a Tree, and Paul Ellis – The
Sacred Ordinary
. To check out our full list of Groove titles,
visit here.

Lastly, we have just price reduced the 2CD version of Steve Roach’s Early
Man
,
since we have so many copies. This fantastic double CD set was released
on the Projekt label, and includes all the music from the “encased in
stone” version (which we’ve almost sold out now, by the way), plus
another disc of added material. Diret link to that item here

Oh, and did I mention… buy the new Numina album, please?

Next week, a bit of news-update-stuff on the other projects cooking
here at Hypnos. Have a great weekend, everybody!

2005.06.01

The fine folks at Hearts of Space
radio have given a spin to Chad Hoefler’s Hypnos CD release, Twilight
in the Offing
Here’s their playlist:

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

: HEARTS of SPACE

: ATTN: Radio

: 454 Las Gallinas #333

: San Rafael, CA 94903-6812

: USA

=—————————————————————=

PGM 731 : “MAGIC REALISM”

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PGM NOTE : on the Fourth-World night train to Babylon

=—————————————————————=

FEED DATE : 5-27-05

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JON HASSELL

“Maarifa Street” < 0:00->7:08 >

“Darbari Bridge” < 7:08->18:37 >

“Open Secret (Milano)” < 18:37->30:21 >

: MAARIFA STREET: MAGIC REALISM 2; Nyen 2201; 2005

: Info: www.maarifastreet.com

STEVE ROACH

“Holding the Space” (part) < 30:21->39:19 >

: HOLDING THE SPACE: FEVER DREAMS II; Timeroom Editions TM13; 2004

: Info: www.steveroach.com

CHAD HOEFLER

“Orchard of Stone” (part) < 39:19->43:59 >

: TWILIGHT IN THE OFFING; Hypnos hyp2446; 2004

: Info: www.hypnos.com/releases-ch-tito.htm

MNO (MICHAEL EMENAU)

“Waterphone” (edited) < 43:59->48:52 >

: MNO SLEEPS…MARIMBA SESSIONS; MNO Music [no catalog #]; 2003

: Info: www.mnomusic.com

MO BOMA

“The Crystal World” < 48:52->52:45 >

: MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE Part 3; Extreme XCD 035; Australia 1996

: Info: www.xtr.com/detail.php?cat=XCD-035

JON HASSELL

“Open Secret (Paris)” (edited) < 52:45->58:20 >

: MAARIFA STREET: MAGIC REALISM 2; Nyen 2201; 2005

: Info: www.maarifastreet.com

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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL

=—————————————————————=

(c) 2005 Hearts of Space

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Thanks to Steve and Stephen at HOS for the support and exposure, and
congrats to Chad as well. You can purchase this disc at the Hypnos
store, of course. Find it
here

2005.05.27

OK then… Eye of the
Nautilus
, the latest by Numina, is finally back from the
factory and ready for purchase at the Hypnos
Online Store
. Here again are the MP3 sample clips:

Numina – Eye of the Nautilus track list with MP3
samples:

1 Drift
Catalyst

2 Secrets
from the Flame

3 The
Thirteenth Moon

4 New
Lands Approach

5 The
Nautilus Chamber

6 Sundrown

7 Frozen
Halo

8 Hypnotic
Shores

9 Return
to the Crystal Temple

The direct link to this item’s page on the Hypnos store is
here. More information on this
release will be posted soon… just wanted to get the CD up on the
store before the holiday weekend so those eager to purchase can get
their order placed in time for shipment Tuesday.

2005.05.23

It’s coming soon… it’s Eye
of the Nautilus
, it’s Numina, and here are the MP3 sample
clips:

Numina – Eye of the Nautilus track list with MP3
samples:

1 Drift
Catalyst

2 Secrets
from the Flame

3 The
Thirteenth Moon

4 New
Lands Approach

5 The
Nautilus Chamber

6 Sundrown

7 Frozen
Halo

8 Hypnotic
Shores

9 Return
to the Crystal Temple

Should be available this week. We’ll keep you posted.

2005.05.20

A similar update to yesterday’s….
several re-stocked items are available once again at the Hypnos
Online Store
, this time items from Groove and Lotuspike:

Groove:

Dom F. Scab – Analogical Confessions

Free System Project & Dave Brewer – Okefenokee Dreams

Dom F. Scab – About a Tree

Paul Ellis – The Sacred Ordinary

Rudy Adrian – Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3

Rudy Adrian – Iridescence: sequencer sketches v. 2

Rudy Adrian – Kinetic Flow (Seq. Sketches 1)

Lotuspike:

Darshan Ambient – Autumn’s Apple

Ben Cox – On Water

Terra Ambient – The Gate

Terra Ambient – The Darker Space

Oh, and by the way… go see the new Star Wars movie, Revenge of the
Sith! Have a great weekend, everybody.

2005.05.19

Today we have a bunch of new stuff in
stock on the Hypnos
Online Store
, particularly the biggest box of Oophoi
& Umbra label stuff we’ve ever received, including the
following titles:

Liquid Ghosts – Camera Obscura (ltd. cdr)

Netherworld – Hermetic Thoughts

Netherworld – Firmament in Obscurity

Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights

Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands

Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity

Oophoi – Mare Imbrium

Oophoi – Three Lights at the End of the World (ltd.cdr)

Oophoi – Night Currents (ltd.cdr)

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Subterranea

Sostrah Tinnitus- Favo di Fiele

Tau Ceti – Todahnlich

Tau Ceti- Frozen Planet

Tau Ceti – Somnium

Tau Ceti- Todstimmung

Various Artists – Lightnoise (double cdr)

Various – World of Shadows (Umbra artists)

This remains some of the most popular stuff we sell, and we have the
most copies in stock we’ve ever had before, so now’s the time to pick
up some of those discs you’ve been waiting for.

2005.05.17

Now back in stock from Robert Rich, Open
Window
, his solo piano album. Coming soon, his latest, Echo
of Small Things
.

Purchase Open Window on the Hypnos
Online Store
here:

Robert Rich – Open Window, $12.99

2005.05.15

Kind of a cool bit of promotion from
Progressive Soundscapes, featuring several recent Hypnos CD releases.

WWW.PROGRESSIVESOUNDSCAPES.COM

This weekend on Progressive Soundscapes, we’ll be featuring new cds
from
Hypnos recording artists Robert Scott Thompson, Viridian Sun, and Mike
Griffin, as well as a new cd from Brian Parnham.

Robert Scott Thompson is a musical artist working in the
electroacoustic,
contemporary instrumental, pop and avant-garde genres and is recognized
as
one the leading artists in the ambient/electronic music scene. His
newest
cd, At the Still Point of the Turning World, is a spacious and
meditative
work, yet filled with a delicate musicality.

Viridian Sun is an “abstract improvisation” project featuring Hypnos
founder
Mike Griffin on synthesizers and David Tollefson on treated guitar.
Their
new cd, named simply Live, Paris Theater, is a mesmerizing and haunting
performance recorded live at the Paris Theater in Portland Oregon.

Mike Griffin’s newest cd, Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects, is the
first
release of the Hypnos Secret Sounds Limited Edition project. This is
Mike’s
first solo release since 1996’s Sudden Dark. The deep and smooth drone
minimalism of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects will please those
listeners
who enjoy the glacial, psychoactive drift ambient and space music of
Oophoi,
Steve Roach, or Lustmord. Perhaps the closest comparison to previous
Hypnos
releases would be Oophoi’s Athlit or Griffin’s collaboration with A
Produce,
Altara.

These four long tracks are designed to relax the listener while
altering the
mental state — sort of like a sensory deprivation tank without all
that
salt water! This release, like all on the Hypnos Secret sounds
sub-label, is
a hand-made CDR release strictly limited to 200 copies.

For more information on Hypnos recording artists, and how to order cds,
go
to WWW.HYPNOS.COM

Brian Parnham’s new cd, Between Here & There, was recorded
between 2001 and
2003 with pre-mastering done at Steve Roach’s Timeroom in Tucson
Arizona.
Steve Roach also makes a guest appearance on the track “Here and Gone”.
From the expansive atmospherics and rich textures to drones,
didgeridoos and
ethno-ambient inspired grooves, Brian Parnham creates a deep listening
space
to immerse the self and remove the awareness from the chaotic lifestyle
that
has become America. Utilizing a variety of synthesizers, didgeridoos,
percussion, programming and processing, Brian Parnham is an emerging
contributor from the next generation of electronic composers, following
in
the footsteps of the pioneers of ambient electronic soundscapes. Brian
Parnham records on the Floating Point Record label. For more
information on
how to order go to WWW.FLOATINGPOINTRECORDS.COM, or visit Steve Roach’s
website for more information and a chance to download music from
Brian’s new
cd.

Thanks to everyone at Progressive
Soundscape for this bit of help spreading the word. We at Hypnos will
be stepping up our efforts during 2005 to start getting people aware of
our increased activities here. We used to spend a huge amount of time
and money getting out promotional materials, and scaled that back
drastically recently, but we’re well aware we need to focus on getting
CDs out to the right people. You should start seeing more magazine
& web-zine reviews of Hypnos CDs, and hearing more radio
airplay, very soon.

2005.05.11

Now we await the release of the next
Hypnos CD, Numina’s
Eye of the Nautilus. In fact, here’s yet another
preview of the cover artwork:

We’re pretty excited for this one to be released soon, and when we put
up sample MP3 clips, we’re sure others will start to be excited as
well!

In keeping with the idea of “showing people pictures of things so
they’ll want to buy then,” here are thumbnail pictures of some of those
newest items on the Hypnos
Online Store
:

Ben Cox – On Water, $13.99


Hafler Trio – Where Are You (limited
edition) $32.99


Hafler Trio – Exactly As I Say (limited
edition) $33.99


Hafler Trio – I Never Knew That’s Who
You Thought You Were (CDEP, Ltd.) $11.99


Hecate vs. Lustmord – Law of the Battle
of Conquest (CDEP) $10.99

Lustmord – A Document of Early Acoustic
and Tactical Experiments $15.99


Lustmord vs. Metal Beast – Lustmord vs.
Metal Beast $11.99


Oophoi – Mare Tranquillitatis $14.99


Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana –
Spirit Dome $15.99


Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman –
Trance Spirits $15.99


Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf –
Mantram $15.99


Various Artists – Infernal Proteus (4CDs
with book) $41.99

Cool, lots of big pictures… hope you’ve got broadband!

2005.05.09 (later)

Every once in a while, the Hypnos Store seems to lose
some of its formatting settings, and those have been fixed now.

Also, I just noticed we hadn’t updated the “Hypnos $8.99
weekly special”
in several weeks, so I’m not only updating
that with a new title this week , but I’m also creating a new,
fantastic price reduction on one of the truly great titles on Hypnos
Recordings. This special is available through the Hypnos Online Store only.
Basically we have way too many copies of Tom Heasley’s Where
the Earth Meets the Sky
on hand, having re-pressed it
recently, and we’re going to make an incredible $7.99 special on this
title for a while until we’ve thinned-out a few boxes. It’s one of the
best-received “pleasant surprise” recording debuts by any artist we can
recall, so we hope if you don’t already have a copy, you’ll check it
out.

Some other people said:

“For those who imagine landscapes while listening to music, Tom
Heasley’s work will surely conjure up visions of Sunset Beach at dusk
or Haleakala Crater just before dawn. His album, WHERE THE EARTH MEETS
THE SKY, is a study of the stillness in moments between states. The
tuba, wondrous in its corpulence, is the sound source from which this
album stems. Harmonic, slow and full, Heasley’s pieces are the light of
live studio improvisations. 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. In his homage to the horn, Heasley, an artist in
pure sound, attempts to realize that twilight colour between the purple
and the grey, all from the full course of a deep breath.”

–Chuck van Zyl, Star’s End Radio host

“Tom Heasley’s Where the Earth Meets the Sky, a new Hypnos release
mastered by Robert Rich, is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING short of
fantastic. I’ve been too overwhelmed to review this in the twenty three
hours since I’ve received it, but this is quite possibly on the best
Ambient/ Space/ Atmospheric discs by a newcomer that I’ve heard EVER!
You must check this out Tuba ambience never sounded good, actually I
never knew what it sounded like anyway till now!!! ūüôā

Five Stars!

Fantastic!

A must purchase!!!”

–Matt Borghi, on the Space-Music internet mailing list

“Many thanks for sending me the CD. In a rare pattern, I have actually
listened to the CD three times! That may not mean much to you, but for
me now that is a big deal – when I often barely listen one time
through. So that tells me that your CD defintitely has lots to offer.

I particularly like Track 1, Ground Zero. Compositionally I think that
is your best, and I have responded to that track particularly. Track 2,
Western Sky, also interests me. Certainly the other tracks have a lots
of great sounds, and some great phrases….”

–Stuart Dempster, recording artist

“Tuba master explores the infinite drones & minimalist
possibilities of his chosen instrument . Recorded and mixed by Robert
Rich this is a gem of an album. One for those who find inspiration and
joy in the works of Deep Listening Band or Stuart Dempster. One of the
highlights of last year and a fantastic release for Hypnos.”

–Hans Stoeve, Powerspot Radio, NSW Australia

OK, so in case you’re interested in purchasing that Heasley CD, or
checking out the new Hypnos $8.99 special, here are the links:

New “Hypnos $8.99 weekly special” here.

Tom Heasley Where the Earth Meets the Sky $7.99
special here.

2005.05.09

Just noticed a strange glitch on the Hypnos Online Store and am
fixing it now.

2005.05.06

Note: edited the last two days’
updates to create links to each item directly on the Hypnos Online Store.

2005.05.04

Here are some new items for the Hypnos
Online Store
:

Ben Cox – On Water, $13.99

Hafler Trio – Where Are You (limited
edition) $32.99

Hafler Trio – Exactly As I Say (limited
edition) $33.99

Hafler Trio – I Never Knew That’s Who
You Thought You Were (CDEP, Ltd.) $11.99

Hecate vs. Lustmord – Law of the Battle
of Conquest (CDEP) $10.99

Lustmord – A Document of Early Acoustic
and Tactical Experiments $15.99

Lustmord vs. Metal Beast – Lustmord vs.
Metal Beast $11.99

Oophoi – Mare Tranquillitatis $14.99

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana –
Spirit Dome $15.99

Steve Roach & Jeffrey Fayman –
Trance Spirits $15.99

Steve Roach & Brian Metcalf –
Mantram $15.99

Various Artists – Infernal Proteus (4CDs
with book) $41.99

Note: edited this update 5/6/2005 to create links to each item directly
on the Hypnos
Online Store
.

2005.04.30

This weekend we have a bunch of price
reductions to a handful of items on the Hypnos
Online Store
:

AIRSCULPTURE – Quark Soup
**LAST COPY WAS $19.99 NOW 17.99

CSERO (aka Ian Stokes) – Pikoliftor
(ARCHIPELAGO)
**LAST COPY WAS 9.99 NOW 8.99

AUGUR – Tree Sap For The Heart
NOW $6.99

AMIR BAGHIRI – Bluebox Collection (4CD)
WAS 34.99 NOW 29.99

AMIR BAGHIRI – Rooms (3CD) WAS
37.99 NOW 24.99 **ONLY 2 LEFT

AMIR BAGHIRI – Time WAS 9.99
NOW 8.99

IAN BODDY – The Deep WAS 12.99
NOW 9.99

IAN BODDY – Jade WAS 12.99 NOW
9.99

IAN BODDY – Phoenix WAS 12.99
NOW 9.99

IAN BODDY – Rare Elements **2CD
WAS 16.99 NOW 14.99

IAN BODDY – The Uncertainty Principle
**LAST COPY NOW 9.99

IAN BODDY AND RON BOOTS – Phase 3
WAS 11.99 NOW 8.99

MATT BORGHI//BRANNAN LANE/JASON SLOAN –
Moving Through (ltd cdr)
WAS 18.99 NOW 15.99

CENTROZOON – The Cult of Bibbioo
NOW $3.99 while they last

VARIOUS – E-LIVE 2000 was 9.99
now 5.99

ILLUSION OF SAFETY/HANDS TO/BEEQUEEN –
Guru Means Slayer of Darkness
NOW 9.99

ILLUSION OF SAFETY/LIFE GARDEN/VOICE OF
EYE – Nature of Sand
NOW 9.99

MAEROR TRI – Meditamentum II
WAS 12.99 NOW 9.99

MOVE D AND PETE NAMLOOK – Live in
Heidelberg 2001
WAS 15.99 NOW 12.99

Paul Schutze/Voice of Eye/Robert Rich –
Narratives: Music for Fiction
WAS 10.99 NOW 8.99

NECROPHORUS – Gathering Composed Thoughts
WAS 11.99 NOW 9.99

NULL – Terminal Beach WAS 6.99
NOW 5.99

SYNDROMEDA – the alien abduction
phenomenon
WAS 14.99 NOW 8.99

SYNDROMEDA – in touch with the stars
WAS 14.99 NOW 8.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS – beyond ME
WAS 10.99 NOW 7.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS – economi$ed
WAS 7.99 NOW 6.99

VIR UNIS – pulse n atmo WAS
14.99 NOW 9.99

Note: edited this update 5/6/2005 to create links to each item directly
on the Hypnos
Online Store
, and at that time removed two listed items which
had subsequently sold out.

2005.04.29

We’re all caught up from the Vegas
trip, all the orders are out, and we’re back to the business of making
and selling CDs. The next Numina album Eye of the Nautilus
is being pressed, and we’re bringing in a bunch of new mail order items
to the Hypnos
Online Store
this week.

The first store additions include some new titles and re-stocks from
the Databloem and dataObscura labels:


Off the Sky – Gently Down the Stream
(new)


Subradial – Bioloophorm
(restock)


Off the Sky – Cold Distances
(restock)


Subradial – Bioloophorm 2
(restock)

The Databloem label and its CDR sub-label dataObscura are doing some
very interesting things, and I think the activities of this label and
its artists will increasingly be “on the radar” of readers of this
page, and listeners to the Hypnos label. Check it out!

2005.04.26

Jenn and I just returned from a long
weekend in Las Vegas, and we’re getting caught up on the orders placed
on the Hypnos
Store
in the past few days. All pending orders from the past
4 days or so will go out today via US Priority Mail.

In other news, it seems that a small number of copies (maybe a half
dozen or so) of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects,
the first Hypnos Secret Sounds release by M. Griffin, were sent out
blank (in other words, no music was recorded on the CDR)! Very sorry
for this, though it seems to be a problem fairly limited in scope, and
of course if you have such a copy, please let us know and we’ll get you
a replacement disc, with actual sounds encoded on it this time, as soon
as possible!

2005.04.20

A quick update to the “Hypnos
Recommends” section of the Hypnos Online Store,
featuring, the Michael Garrison trible album To the Stars and
Beyond the Stars
mentioned in the last update. You may link
directly to that CD’s listing on the store here.

More news soon…

2005.04.15

Ah, tax time… been busy the past
week or so on all things end-of-year related, but work continues on the
new Numina release Eye of the Nautilus which we
hope to send to the manufacturing plant next week, for release by
mid-May.

Also a reminder that on the Hypnos Online Store we have a
new, very impressive compilation, the 2CD Michael Garrison trible album
To the Stars and Beyond the Stars. It includes work
by an amazing roster of artists, including Redshift , Rudy Adrian,
Numina, Dom F. Scab, Craig Padilla, Erik Wollo, Jonn Serrie, Paul
Lawler and a bunch more.

More news next week. Thanks as always for your interest in Hypnos Recordings!

2005.04.10

Just received a new box of Hypnos Online Store items —
another re-stocking shpment from Oophoi & Umbra:

NEW ITEMS
Solyaris
– Western Detunes (ltd.cdr)

Perceptual
Defence – Wishstone (ltd.cdr)

Various
Artists: Lightnoise (double cdr) (ltd.cdr)

RE-STOCKED ITEMS

Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands


Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity


Netherworld – Firmament in Obscurity


Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)


Netherworld – Hermetic Thoughts


Oophoi: Three lights at the end of the world (ltd.cdr)


Oophoi – Night Currents (ltd.cdr)


Tau Ceti – Todahnlich (ltd.cdr)


Tau Ceti- Todstimmung(ltd.cdr)


Tau Ceti – Somnium (ltd.cdr)


Netherworld- Eternal Frost (ltd.cdr)

As we’ve said before, these items sell as fast lately as any other category we carry, so get ’em fast!

We’re also looking at the possibility of future Oophoi releases on Hypnos.

2005.03.26

A new batch of items have been added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. First an foremost, we finally obtained copies of the 2CD Michael Garrison
trible album, a “various artists” compilation called To the Stars and Beyond the Stars.
This fantastic collection of artists from around the world includes:
Redshift (UK)/
Axxess (D)/
Thought Guild (USA)/
Paul Nagle (UK)/
Venj@ (B)/
Sayer (USA)/
Fred Becker (USA)/
Wave World (NL)/
Rudy Adrian (NZ)/
Jeffrey Koepper (USA)/
Numina (USA)/
Akikaze (NL)/
Dom F. Scab (ES)/
Remy (NL)/
Callisto (UK)/
Craig Padilla (USA)/
Rogue Element (UK)/
Gert Emmens (NL)/
Stephen Parsick (D)/
Rein v.d. Oever (NL)/
Erik Wollo (N)/
Klaus Hoffmann Hoock (D)/
Something Completely Different (NL)/
Schonwalder/Keller/Broekhuis (D/NL)/
Jonn Serrie (USA)/
Paul Lawler (UK).

Another dozen or so titles have been added to the
“one copy” and used
section (no photos or descriptions yet, but some of these items will probably be snapped-up quickly), including the following:

Gastr Del Sol – Mirror Repair (used CD)
Price: $8.99

Art of Noise – The Seduction of Claude Debussy (advance promo CD)
Price: $7.99

Plaid – Music for Threes (used CD)
Price: $9.99

Kees Aerts – Slice of Time (used CD)
Price: $6.99

Pablo’s Eye – You Love Chinese Food (used CD)
Price: $8.99

Microstoria – Init Ding (used CD)
Price: $8.99

Charlemagne Palestine – Four Manifestations on Six Elements (used CD)
Price: $9.99

Bernd Friedmann – Leisure Zones (used CD)
Price: $9.99

Various Artists – Miaow! Cats What I call Music (used CD)
Price: $6.99

Various Artists – Slumberland (used CD)
Price: $7.99

2005.03.24

Here are a couple of reviews of the first two Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label releases, reviews
by Phil Derby of Electro-Ambient Space:

M Griffin “Sounds Are Hidden Inside Objects”
(Hypnos, 2005)
4 tracks, 69.57 mins

“Mike Griffin kicks off his Hypnos Secret Sounds sublabel, featuring limited CDR
pressings of 200 or 300 copies, with his own release. Sounds Are Hidden Inside
Objects features four lengthy dark textural pieces of first-rate drones and
other atmospherics. Though it has been years since his last solo release Sudden
Dark, Griffin seems to pick up very much where he left off. This stark ambient
music conjures up images of wind-swept desolate planets or a lonely sojourn
into the outer reaches of space. “Iyon Aaz” is filled with metallic resonant
drones and deep swirling echoes of sound. Melody is neither implied nor
intended. “Ido Ereme” delves deeper still into hazy sonic reverberations. Low
rumbles are ideal for testing your stereo system, experiencing the music by
vibration instead of by ear. “Ixe Om” combines the metallic quality of the
first track with the deep expansiveness of the second. The result is a not so
distant cousin to Steve Roach’s The Magnificent Void. Last up is “Inye Adieme,”
easily the brightest of the bunch. Ethereal soothing tones fade in, and
although restless underpinnings remain, the mood is just a touch more relaxed
throughout. It is safe to say, however, that the new age label will never apply
here. And that is a very good thing.”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Viridian Sun “Live, Paris Theater”
(Hypnos, 2005)
1 track, 68.33 mins

“The exciting thing about live recordings is how they capture raw and often
special moments that otherwise would not happen. This spontaneous long-form
work is brimming with intensity, even in the nearly silent opening moments. The
undulating, pulsating quality of Viridian Sun’s earlier releases is still
there, but laid bare, stripped of any studio trickery or enhancements. The
result is minimal but also daring. Occasionally the music seems to be taking on
a more solid form, as in the drifting layers approaching the 20-minute mark,
but the emphasis is clearly on unstructured experimentation, largely consisting
of drones of various timbres and colors. Many an ambient track can be described
as building slowly, but I can scarcely recall one as effective as this, taking
full advantage of the 68-plus minutes to ever so gradually ascend, with
occasional peaks such as between 35 and 40 minutes, leveling off to quieter
passages as we head toward the 50-minute mark. Incredibly haunting sounds mark
the time just past 60 minutes, something like a strangely distorted alien
female choir. The music then slowly disintegrates into a dark blizzard of white
noise, seeming to consume matter like a black hole in the frenzy that is the
stunning conclusion. The audience must have been stunned into silence from awe,
fright, appreciation, bewilderment, or all of the above. ”

© 2005 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

Remember that Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects and
Live, Paris Theater are available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
for just $11.99, and both are limited and selling fast.

2005.03.22

You may have noticed a slight change to the directory menu up in the left corner of the screen… a new item that says
HypnosWiki NEW.

In case you’re not familiar with what a “wiki” is, visit the Intro Page
of the HypnosWiki, or else visit the web’s most famous example of a wiki, the WikiPedia.

A quick explanation is that a wiki is a online document (usually a reference work, like an encyclopedia) that is open to anybody not only to read, but also to
edit or add onto. The benefit of these documents is that a community of people with similar interests and collaborate on a reference document that
benefits everybody. If one person had to take it upon themselves to create a huge list of artists, labels, recordings, links, images, interviews, reviews
and essays on a given subject, it would probably never happen, or at least it would be very incomplete. With a wiki, many individuals can add content,
and so it gets fleshed-out much more quickly and completely. I created this wiki, and though I may be a kind of expert on many artists and recordings,
there are many others that I don’t know much about, but somebody else who knows all about a certain subject can lend their expertise and accumulated
knowledge to this public repository.

Like any encyclopedia or reference document, this wiki works better if individual users keep their biases and preferences out of it as much as possible.
The document will be most useful to everyone if it uses a “neutral point of view” and remains focused on data rather than opinion.

So, click on over to the HypnosWiki and look around, and if you see a page that looks
like nothing more than a blank template and you have the information needed to fill it in (say, you’re the world’s biggest expert on
Ron Boots or
Steve Roach, help everybody out by clicking the “edit”
button and adding some info.

The wiki has been seeing major updates almost every day since it was created a week or so ago, and it’s finally getting to the point where it might
actually be useful in some sense as a reference document.

2005.03.21

Here’s a quick update on everything going on here:

The first two Hypnos Secret Sounds releases are out there in the world. M. Griffin’s Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects came
out in February, then Viridian Sun’s Live, Paris Theater in March. Listener response so far has been very positive, and we’re
all quite encouraged that the Hypnos Secret Sounds project will continue as a very positive and interesting enhancement to everything
else in the world of Hypnos. Next up is Stephen Philips’ Dagboken in a couple of months. Dagboken looks like this:

The next Hypnos CD will be released in April,and it will be Eye of the Nautilus by Numina, whose Hypnos debut Sanctuary
of Dreams
was very well received last year. Here’s a look at the cover artwork for that one (please note that this artwork shows the
title “The Eye of the Nautilus” and that the correct title lacks a leading “The”):

Plans are in the works to start putting together a new “various artists” compilation, the first on Hypnos since Weightless, Effortless
in 1998. Participation in this project will be by “invitation only” this time (in other words, I won’t be considering unsolicited submissions),
though I’d like to get back into the pattern of doing compilations much more often, and will consider taking an “all comers” approach to
future compilations. This compilation was actually planned a few years ago and just languished on the schedule until I dropped it, but
now’s the time to bring it back to life. More information on this planned project in the next week or so.

Coming this summer (probably June), the third installment in Vidna Obmana’s Opera for Four Fusion Works project. We
should have more info (cover photo, title, etc.) soon.

Also due later in 2005, another M. Griffin project, Fabrications. You’ve probably read about this one a few times on this page, so
I won’t say anything more about it until it’s actually done. Here’s a look at the cover:

Stephen Philips also has a release coming on the Hypnos label (in addition to the Secret Sounds release) later in the year. The title
of this one is Into the Dark.

Lastly, Hypnos founder Griffin has a release coming on the “Music for Seances” project, a short piece (under 5 minutes) called “Enclosed
in Wide Open Spaces.” More on this odd and interesting project soon.

2005.03.15

Many new items added last night to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. There are another 15 titles in the
“one copy” and used
section (no photos or descriptions yet, but some of these items will probably be snapped-up quickly), as well as a half-dozen new items from Amplexus and related labels
here
and some re-stocked titles:

Sleep Research Facility – Dead Weather Machine

Sleep Research Facility – DWM Re: Heat

2005.03.14

Now available, audio clips for VIridian Sun’s Live, Paris Theater, the latest release
from Hypnos Secret Sounds:

Track Listing: 1 – Live, Paris Theater – 1:08:33

excerpt 1 |
excerpt 2 |
excerpt 3

Live, Paris Theater is now available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
for $11.99, and it’s limited to 300 copies. For a direct link to purchase
that item click
here.

2005.03.07

The first release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects by M. Griffin,
has been a great success so far. We’re now pleased to announce the next Secret Sound:

It’s Live, Paris Theater by Viridian Sun, and it’s now available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
for $11.99, and it’s limited to 300 copies. For a direct link to purchase
that item click
here.
We’ll have MP3 sample audio clips available later today.

2005.03.04

A few early reviews of Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, the debut release on
the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label:

“An awesome sound… very deep and very sensitive.”

–Jim Brenholts on the Hypnos Forum

“Very dark-themed drones and minimal. One of the first things that came to mind
when listening to this was deep dark void of space. Hollow, and lonely… good
dark room nighttime mood music. I likey!”

–Numina on the Hypnos Forum

“I like it! It’s got great atmospherics, and the little jangle of melody that
arises from the mix (hidden inside objects, as it were) really works.
Good job. Triumphant return. Highly recommended for those who have not gotten one yet.”

–Gurdonark on the Hypnos Forum

Remember that Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects is available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
for the super-economical price of $11.99. It’s limited to 200 copies and
they’re going fast.

2005.03.03

Here’s the next batch of new
Hypnos
Online Store
items, this time it’s a big Oophoi & Umbra festival:

NEW ITEMS
Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights
Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands
Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity
Netherworld – Firmament in Obscurity
Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Archaic Oceans (2-cdr)
Netherworld – Hermetic Thoughts

RE-STOCKED ITEMS
Oophoi – Night Currents (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti – Todahnlich (ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung(ltd.cdr)
Tau Ceti – Somnium (ltd.cdr)
Netherworld- Eternal Frost (ltd.cdr)

This Oophoi & Umbra stuff is very popular, selling as fast as any other category we carry, so snap ’em up while you can. The same goes
for Oophoi, who has been popular here since before Athlit came out, and newer, less familiar artists like Netherworld
and Tau Ceti.

2005.03.02

Another “added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
” list:

Mathias Grassow/Klaus Wiese – Holy Domain
Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton – Illuminati Audio Science
Rod Modell – Vibrasound
Michael Mantra – Sonic Alter
Seele (Amir Baghiri & Stefano Gentile) – Berlin

Numina – The Haunting Silence (cdr)
Numina – Sanctum Sanctorum, 2005 edition (cdr)
Numina – Transcension (2005 version, vol.1)
Numina – Transcension (2005 version, vol.2)
Numina & Caul – Inside the Hollow Realm

More soon…

2005.03.01

Wow, what a week. The first 50+ copies of
Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects have been sent out, and we haven’t even started
selling it wholesale to re-sellers yet. That along with a bunch of other new stuff,
continues to keep the
Hypnos
Online Store
churning.

This week I’ll post an update on some other upcoming Hypnos releases, including
the next Hypnos Secret Sounds release, Viridan Sun’s Live, Paris Theater,
and Eye of the Nautilus, Numina’s follow-up to Sanctuary of Dreams.

If I’ve been gushing “Thanks so much for your support!” a little too often, you’ll
have to forgive me, but honestly, it’s great to see everybody picking up on the
fact that Hypnos is “back,” and joining in the fun.

2005.02.27

Very nice — Numina gets airplay again on the hard-to-crack Hearts of
Space radio show!

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

: HEARTS of SPACE
: ATTN: Radio
: 454 Las Gallinas #333
: San Rafael, CA 94903
: U.S.A.

: Website: www.hos.com

=——————————————————–=
PGM 722 : “TELHARMONIA”
=——————————————————–=
PGM NOTE : floating and flying on electronic waves
=——————————————————–=

STEVE ROACH
“Living the Dream” (part) < 0:00->14:01 >
: LIFE SEQUENCE; Timeroom Editions 12; 2003
: Info: www.steveroach.com
–segue–
STEVE ROACH
“Distant Signals” (part) < 14:01->18:09 >
: PLACES BEYOND: THE LOST PIECES 4; Timeroom Editions 14; 2004
: Info: www.steveroach.com

NUMINA
“Elements of Time” < 18:09->23:55 >
: SANCTUARY OF DREAMS; Hypnos hyp2445; 2003/2004
: Info: www.hypnos.com/n-sod.htm; www.numinamusic.com

BRIAN ENO
“Fields of Ice” (part) < 23:55->29:09 >
: CURIOSITIES VOLUME II; Opal Music OPALCD04; England 2004
: Info: www.enoshop.co.uk

LIGHTWAVE
“Porphyra” < 29:09->33:10 >
: BLEUE COMME UNE ORANGE; Signature SIG 11030; France 2004
: Info: www.lightwave-musique.com

JOHN BROADDUS
“One” (part) < 33:10->39:15 >
: 4 AT 18; Parnassus Nump PNR 40002-2; 2003
: Info: www.parnassusnump.com

STEVE ROACH
“Slow Rapture” (part) < 39:15->44:14 >
: PLACES BEYOND: THE LOST PIECES 4; Timeroom Editions 14; 2004
: Info: www.steveroach.com

NUMINA
“Lucid Ascension” < 44:14->52:47 >
“Dream Recognition (Silhouette of the Past)” < 52:47->58:20 >
: SANCTUARY OF DREAMS; Hypnos hyp2445; 2003/2004
: Info: www.hypnos.com/n-sod.htm; www.numinamusic.com

=——————————————————–=
PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
=——————————————————–=
(c) 2005 Hearts of Space
=——————————————————–=

Congrats, Jesse, and thanks to Steve and Stephen and all the
rest at HOS radio for their support!

We have several “new” (back in print) items of the Numina
variety ready to add to the
Hypnos
Online Store
early this week.

2005.02.23

Though I’ve been busy working on you-know-what for the last several days, today I
added a bunch of new and re-stocked titles to the
Hypnos
Online Store
:




Rod Modell & Kevin Hanton – Illumanti Audio Science amp36
Rod Modell – Vibrasound amp37
Michael Mantra – Sonic Alter amp38
Seele – Berlin amp39
Klaus Wiese – Ming Noir amp30
Richard Chartier – Two Locations 12k23
Controlled Bleeding – Between Tides sol62
Hafler Trio – A Eg Ad, Halda Afram? sol63
Robert Rich – Bestiary rich06
Robert Rich – Trances/Drones (2cd) rel15
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow – Yearning hos12
Robert Rich – Below Zero rich02
Rapoon – Errant Angels soleil02
Squaremeter – 14id1610s micro17

2005.02.22

I’m just about ready to take a break from talking about the fact that everybody’s buying
Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, but first… I’ll mention that although it’s
been not much more than 24 hours since the release was announced, it’s already our
best-selling item for the month of February. I’m starting to wonder whether future
limited editions ought to be more than 200 copies.

I’m already getting tired of putting these discs together, but don’t let that dissuade
you from ordering a copy on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, if you’re so inclined. It’s $11.99.

Oh, and also… the dozens of orders that have been coming in are very often orders for
not just the newest releases like Sounds are Hidden and Robert Scott Thompson’s
latest, At the Still Point of the Turning World, but also the many specials,
closeouts, price reductions, used and collectible items. Those are being gobbled-up
quickly, so remember to check the other sections of the store before you miss out on
some great merchandise-gathering opportunities!.

More seriously, it’s a very proud and exciting time for me, seeing such a response to
my own solo work. It’s been a long time, and we should have at least one more dose
of M. Griffin solo later this year. Thanks again for the wonderful support of our
efforts here at Hypnos!

Once I catch my breath a little with all this CD-making, I’ll post a news update to
give everyone a better idea what new releases are coming next.

2005.02.21

This latest Hypnos CD release,
Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects, has brought in an
unexpected quantity of orders, probably more orders in a single
day (today) than we’ve seen on one day in the past several years.
Ah, I remember the old days… adding Robert Rich’s Humidity: Three Concerts
to the Hypnos store, then going out for pizza and returning to find fifty new orders
had arrived via the online store in the 90 minutes I was gone to dinner. Well,
this wasn’t quite on that scale, but pretty good, still. And since we’re making
each of these by hand (remember, a limited edition of 200 copies, which won’t last
long at this rate), I expect I’ll be up late tonight getting discs put together.
Here again, the CD cover artwork and MP3 sample clips:

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
01 iyon aaz
02 ido ereme
03 ixe om
04 inye adieme

If you wish to order a copy, and add to our already-considerable CD printing and
order fulfillment burden, please do. It’s available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
now for $11.99.

Yes, this is pretty much the same news update as yesterday, other than the fairly
pointless bragging about how well the new CD is selling today — surprisingly
well, really… did we mention that already?

2005.02.20

Finally, we are pleased to announce a new CD release,
Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects. It’s the first
release on the new Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint,
and the first solo music released by Hypnos founder Mike
Griffin since Sudden Dark which was recorded in 1996.

The deep and smooth drone minimalism of Sounds are Hidden
Inside Objects
will please those listeners who enjoy
the glacial, psychoactive drift ambient and space
music of Oophoi, Steve Roach, or Lustmord. Perhaps
the closest comparison to previous
Hypnos releases would be Oophoi’s Athlit or
Griffin’s collaboration with A Produce, Altara.
These four long tracks are designed to relax the listener
while altering the mental state — sort of like a
sensory deprivation tank without all that salt water!

This release, like all on the Hypnos Secret sounds
sub-label, is a hand-made CDR release strictly
limited to 200 copies.

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
01 iyon aaz
02 ido ereme
03 ixe om
04 inye adieme

It’s available on the
Hypnos
Online Store
today for $11.99.

2005.02.19

Latest items added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, once again in the
One
copy & collectibles
:
Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue – 2350 Broadway (2cd)
Larry Kucharz – Digichoral Blue Portraits (used CD)
Spacecraft – Hummel (used CD)
Kevin Keller – Pendulum (used CD)

And here are a few more from that category, not yet featured on this news page:
Various – OR Some Computer Music
Mike Vainio – Kajo
Pole – 2 (used CD)
Mark Rownd – Painting Twilight (used CD)
Michael Nyman – The Cold Room Soundtrack (used CD)
Aube – Metal de Metal (used CD, metal case)

2005.02.18

Continuing to add stuff to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Several titles back in stock again, and a whole new “Hypnos Recommends”
section on the front page. I’ve also streamlined the list of categories — several
stagnant categories (defunct labels or artists whose work we aren’t selling any more)
were removed and “assimilated” into the miscellaneous sections. Also we’re trying to go
through and find CDs that didn’t have cover art scans, or descriptions, and add that stuff.

And we’re just days away from this:

Everyone have a great weekend, and we’ll have more news soon!

2005.02.16

Slightly less significant updates to the
Hypnos
Online Store
today… first, a visual re-design, and also, a couple new featured items:

The Hafler Trio – The Sea Org
The Hafler Trio – Mastery of Money

Jenn’s cranking out CD orders rapidly, as well as a flood of items we’ve sold on E-Bay recently,
while I’m focusing on getting ready to release the first Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label release:

More news on this last bit, very soon!

2005.02.14

Onward… more items back in stock on the
Hypnos
Online Store
:

From Oophoi and his Umbra label (most Umbra titles now available, including good quantities of
the very limited Dust in the Wind):

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Subterranea
Tau Ceti- Todstimmung
Tau Ceti- Frozen Planet
Sostrah Tinnitus- Favo di Fiele
Liquid Ghosts – Camera Obscura (ltd. cdr)

From Austere (all in-print Austere titles now available in good quantities):
Austere & Abstract Audio Systems – Evergone
Austere – Fade
Austere – Monodia

Also, our
One
copy & collectibles
section continues to generate quite a bit of interest. Each day, a handful of items
are sold out of this section, never to return!

Here are a few of those remaining items:
A Small Good Thing – Block
Temps Perdu? – Earth Story
Kevin Keller – Intermezzo
Kaleida (DVD) featuring Spacecraft & Giles Reaves

2005.02.11

We’re seeing quite a flurry of new activity on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, which we certainly appreciate.

More new and re-stocked items:

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana – Cavern of Sirens
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana – Well of Souls (2cd)
Steve Roach – Lost Pieces 4
Steve Roach – Dreaming Now, Then… A Retrospective (2cd)

Also in our “one only” section, many of those items are vanishing — the last copy of Saul Stokes Edge of the Forest, one of the two copies of Garista by
ZF, and several more. At this rate, I’ll probably keep adding items to that section roughly as fast as items are selling, so there will be 40-50 items at any given time,
but the key thing to keep in mind is that it will always be different stuff being added than what disappeared, and the stuff that disappeared likely will
not be available again. If you’re interested in bargains, out of print oddities, collectibles, or just good deals on used CDs in good shape, remember
to take a regular look at our
One
copy & collectibles
section.

2005.02.10

This past couple of weeks has been a period of unprecedented activity
in adding new items to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. If you’ve been reading previous news updates on this page you’ve seen
many of the items mentioned here, but there are dozens more that have been added without
being specifically linked here.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the updates and changes:

Several A Produce titles (and others
on his Trance Port Special Editions label, such as Ruben Garcia) back in stock today.

Quite a few Amplexus and Soleilmoon label items (Lustmord Heresy for example),
a few Steve Roach items such as Core and Darkest Before Dawn, stuff
from Vidna Obmana, Robert Rich, Hafler Trio and Klaus Wiese, all back in stock.

Also, several new items:






Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Expanding Horizon
Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese – Holy Domain
Hafler Trio – No Man Put Asunder
Hafler Trio – How to Reform Mankind
Hafler Trio – The Mastery of Money
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana – Spirit Dome
Vidna Obmana – Legacy

Lastly, over 40 items total have been added to the
One
copy & collectibles
section alone. Lots of used CDs, and interesting items that will not be re-stocked. A handful have already been snapped-up.
More coming soon!

2005.02.07

Tonight, updated the “Hypnos Recommends” section of the
Hypnos
Online Store
. One thing I discovered (and which you may have noticed too if you’ve been
shopping there recently) is that there were several recommended items which returned error
messages if you clicked on them. Jenn has been very good about temporarily “disabling” items
when they’re out of stock, so people don’t end up ordering things we don’t have on the shelf
at that time. The problem has been, if items are out of stock and “disabled” on the store, but
still listed in that “Hypnos Recommends” section, the store’s program won’t recognize the item
number you’ve clicked on, and you’ll get an error message.

Jenn and I will do a better job co-ordinating between the two of us, since she’s the one who
updates the store inventory and processes all your orders, and I’m the one who updates the web
site (including the “Hypnos Recommends” feature on the online store).

The good news is, if you haven’t checked out the
Hypnos
Online Store
in a while, you’ll find dozens of new listings and changes, from price reductions
on existing items, to a whole new section of used and collectible discs. Our move to a new Hypnos
HQ across town a few months back helped us discover quite a number of items we had believed to be
out of stock, for example:


Steve Roach Early Man “slate package”
limited editions, available

here
, discounted from the original $24.99 price, down to $16.99.


Saul Stokes Edge of the Forest hand made “wood box”
limited edition, available

here
(one copy only).

Used CDs from my personal collection, like

this
,

this
,

this
, and

this
.

Some of this stuff is different from what you’re used to from Hypnos — available while it lasts, no multi-copy
inventory, no re-ordering. But this will allow us to offer you some new things you haven’t seen from Hypnos
before, and it should also allow us to ge to the point of taking CD trade-ins in exchange for CDs (though at first,
while we’re transitioning to the used CD and “collectible” markets, we’ll just be selling our own items).
We hope you’ll take a look at what we have to offer (almost foru dozen new items have been added to the store
in the past week!), and we thank you for your continued support.

2005.02.06

This past week has been a period of major changes to the
Hypnos
Online Store
, many of them not immediately obvious from a quick look at the
storefront page. Here’s a road map to all the recent changes and additions:

1. A few new items are in stock, and several hot-selling items that had been out of stock (Oophoi,
other Umbra label artists, Austere, A Produce and others) are back in stock. If you’re ever
looking for the newest items added to the store, regardless of category, check the Newest Additions to the Store section
here.

2. Of course, it’s been announced on this page already, but for those of you who don’t check this News page every day, and
don’t always scroll down to read previous day news announcements (especially at times like this, where news updates have
been appearing frequently), there’s a new Hypnos CD release! It’s At the Still Point of the Turning World, and
it’s the Hypnos debut of established ambient/experimental sound artist Robert Scott Thompson. For more information on
this CD, including some early reviews, and a full set of MP3 sound clips, visit that CD’s page on the
Hypnos store
here.
This CD is a great one, and we’re confident this will be one of those Hypnos CDs that people listen to, talk about and
enjoy for years.

3. Another section of the Hypnos store that’s newly updated is the Best Sellers section, which is not ranked
in order, but does include the two dozen or so (the number fluctuates) best sellilng items on the store in the past month or so.
You can visit that section of the store directly,
here.
A lot of the best-selling items are fairly predictable (the last couple of Hypnos CDs, and the latest CDs by a few of the
“hot” artists we sell) but you can also find some things that might surprise you, sleeper artists or up-and-coming labels
that some people are starting to enjoy, but who haven’t built up a “big name” yet. This is a great place to look to see
what other people are listening to, and if you enjoy most of the stuff in that section, chances are pretty good that if
you try out some of the unfamiliar items in that section, you’ll end up pleasantly surprised.

4. Lowered all the prices in the closeout
section of the store. This section includes a bunch of good stuff — a handful of “various artists” compilations, a
couple of Lull albums, some Rapoon, some Amoeba (Robert Rich project), a Hafler Trio disc, and more. The prices here are
great, certainly the lowest prices you’ll find new copies of any of these CDs, anywhere.

5. Perhaps the biggest change is the creation of a new section of the store, which is called
“One copy” items and used CDs. This section includes any item that isn’t an ongoing, inventoried
CD on the store. This could mean collectible CDs of which we have only one copy, or special odd items that we
don’t normally carry, as well as a selection of used CDs (which may include not only items from the Hypnos HQ
personal collection, but also possibly items we’ve obtained for the express purpose of re-selling here). The
item descriptions will always explain what you’re looking at (used, collectible, opened item, or just an odd
item not normally stocked), but the thing to remember with these is that when they’re gone, they’re gone. If you
want that copy of Zoviet France Garista and don’t grab it right away, we won’t be able to obtain more, and
you’ll be back to scouring E-Bay for those titles. Same goes for used items… we might come across another copy
of the same thing later, but I wouldn’t count on it. Anyway, there’s a direct link to that section
here.

2005.02.04

Still more efforts to update and streamline the
Hypnos
Online Store
today… this time, every item in the “Closeouts” section has been marked down, and
these prices will be in effect until all these items are sold out. There are CDs here from $3.99 to $9.99,
so take a look and you may find a bargain price on a disc you’ve been thinking about buying.






For a directly link to that section of the store, visit here.

2005.02.03

There’s a new category on the
Hypnos
Online Store
today, and that category is “One-copy and used CDs.” Just like it sounds,
this is a category for used items, for odds and ends, and for collectable CDs of which we only
own a single copy. Some of these are new and never played, some are used items from my
own collections, and some are odd items that were removed from the Hypnos store at some
point in the past, and then one last copy turned up. There are even a few “E-Bay-worthy”
collectors items and out-of-print titles, so check back regularly.

For a directly link to that section of the store, click here.

2005.02.02

A few news bits today:

First off, reactions to the new Hypnos CD from Robert Scott Thompson,
At the Still Point of the Turning World, are starting to come in. On the
Hypnos
Forum
, Jim Brenholts said:

“This is easily robert’s best work yet! amazing textures and timbres – gentle atmospheres with just the right touches of gray.
It might also be the best hypnos disc ever – or one of the top 5, at least.”.
We’re pretty certain this will be a popular CD, and a “grower”
whose reputation builds through word of mouth, so check out the audio clips (see the news update of a few
days ago) if you’re interested.”

Next item: I’ve had a big box of stuff I’ve been planning to put up on E-Bay for a while, and Jenn’s been adding items
like crazy for me. Nothing like moving into a new house after 4 years in the old one, to reveal a whole
ton of stuff you don’t need any more. So far it’s mostly videos (DVD, VHS and Laserdisc) but we’ll be adding books, CDs, and electronics soon
too. If you’re in the market for any of this stuff (most auctions have very low starting prices), check it out:
List of “HypnosRec” E-Bay auctions.

Lastly, there’s a new $8.99 weekly special on the Hypnos
Online Store
today, Jeff Greinke’s Places of Motility. Save $3 by buying now!

2005.02.01

A few new items (re-stocks, not actually new titles) on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Some are “while supplies last” and quantities are limited:






Paul Schutze/Voice of Eye/Robert Rich – Narratives: Music for Fiction



Necrophorus – Gathering Composed Thoughts



Steve Roach – Atmospheric Conditions



Steve Roach / Vidna Obmana – InnerZone



Steve Roach / Vir Unis – Body Electric



Scorn – Greetings from Birmingham



Michael Stearns – The Lost World



Michael Stearns – Lyra



A Produce – White Sands



Vir Unis – Pulse N Atmo



Alio Die – La Stanze della Transcendenza



Richard Bone/John Orsi – A Survey of Remembered Things

2005.01.30

Greetings from Hypnos HQ. We moved across town a few months ago, and promised to post
images of the new studio, but in lieu of that (since the studio still isn’t quite right yet), here are some
views of our surroundings (some during the recent ice storm, and some demonstrating the view of Mount Hood
from the back yard). It’s also a great excuse to test out my new digital camera. I took three of these and
Jenn took two. Enjoy!

2005.01.29

One new addition to
the Hypnos
Online Store
today — Darshan Ambient’s new release on the Lotuspike label, Autumn’s Apple.
To go directly to that item’s page on the store, click

here.

2005.01.27

If you’re still mulling over whether to buy the latest from Hypnos and
from Robert Scott Thompson,
At the Still Point of the Turning World, take another look at
that
CD’s listing
page on the
Hypnos
Online Store
, where you’ll find MP3 sample clips for all 12 tracks, and a great
review from Bill Binkelman of
windandwire.com.

On second thought, for those of you who are super lazy, and don’t want to be bothered following
the link(s) above, here are the clips:

Track list (with MP3 sample clips):
Of Mirrored Air
Causal Connecting Principle
Airports for Shadows and Dust
A Theory of Place
Presences
Water Out of Sunlight
When Dreams Collide
At the Still Point of the Turning World
Tinted in Temporal Hue
After… Aforethought
Melting Through Inches of Mercury
Figured in the Drift of Stars

2005.01.26

Jenn is busily cranking out order for the new Hypnos CD, At the Still Point of the Turning World
by Robert Scott Thompson. In case you haven’t been paying attention, that CD is now available at
the Hypnos
Online Store
, where you will also find a number of newly-listed items. Some of these are
limited quantities (mostly 1-3 copies), and most will not be re-stocked once these copies are gone,
so if you want one of these, place your order right away:

Richard Bone – Talkes From The Incantina
Richard Bone / John Orsi – A Survey Of Remembered Things
Dreams In Exile – Since Long Before
John Duncan & Francisco Lopez – Nav (2CD)
Hafler Trio – Seven Hours Sleep
Hemisphere – Liquid Mirror
Hemisphere – Now
Various Artists (Groove label) – World Wide Kind

While we’re dealing with the increased order volume related to this new release, Jenn will be
making trips to the Post Office at least once a day, so you’ll get your orders faster than ever now.

2005.01.25

Here it is, then… the new Hypnos CD from Robert Scott Thompson,
At the Still Point of the Turning World.

It’s just in, and ready to purchase at the
Hypnos
Online Store
for $12.99. MP3 sample clips will be added in the next day or two, and it will be
added into the “Hypnos Recommends” section on the front page of the store… but in the mean time,
it’s readily available by visiting the Hypnos Recordings section of the store, or doing a search for
Robert Scott Thompson. This is a great recording, combining elements of placid ambience, sonic
experimentalism, and a pleasing musicality. We’re pleased to bring this to you, and we feel
absolutely certain you’ll enjoy it.

2005.01.24

Things are getting back to normal now… weather’s no longer a problem, Mike’s no longer
sick, Jenn’s back in Portland and cranking out Hypnos
Online Store
orders.

Within the next couple of days, we should have some good news regarding the availability
of the next Hypnos label release, Robert Scott Thompson’s At the Still Point of the Turning World.

This will be Robert’s Hypnos debut, and the first Hypnos CD release since the very well-received
CD debut of Chad Hoefler, Twilight in the Offing, which was released last October.

Last bit of news: the Hypnos
Online Store
$8.99 special has been udpated… check it out, bargain shoppers!

2005.01.15

Wow, what a couple of weeks here. First, Jenn and I spent a week in the sub-Arctic chill
of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Then I return to Portland and Hypnos HQ (Jenn’s still in Wisconsin),
only to be knocked flat for several days by sinusitis and a simultaneous case of the flu.
Finally, my various ailments coming under the control of prescription medicines (thank you, big evil
pharmaceutical companies!), this last couple of days in Portland we’ve been experiencing
an ice storm here in Portland. You know, water falls as rain and freezes on the ground into a clear,
centimeter-thick layer of glass-like ice. Oh, and Hypnos HQ (which is also home) is located at the top of
a steep hill, and to exit the neighborhood requires going down that steep hill and coming to a sudden stop
at the bottom, without sliding into the front of the house at the bottom of the street. The ice is melting
now, and lots and lots of Hypnos
Online Store
orders are ready to go as soon as there’s a reasonably safe path down to the outside world,
and the post office.

2005.01.08

Still on the road, and not returning until Monday night, but took a
moment to reduce prices on a handful of items at the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Prices are as low as $4.99 and subject to change at any time. Some are “while
supplies last” and some are permanent reductions:


Augur – Tree Sap for a Heart (cdr)



Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze – Dark Side of the Moog VII



Centrozoon – The Cult of Bibbiboo



Beefcake – Polycontrale Contrapunkte



Immedia – 2|1



Ocosi -Guided (cdr)



Various Artists – Beyond ME



Amir Baghiri – Blue Box (4CD)

2005.01.07

Mike and Jenn are away from Hypnos HQ, visiting a relative who had elective
surgery. Mike will be back in a few days, so any orders placed at the
Hypnos
Online Store
in the last couple of days will be processed Monday and shipped Tuesday.
After that, everything should be back to normal. Thanks for your continued support of Hypnos!

2005.01.05

Today, I’ve updated the
“Hypnos $8.99 weekly special” feature on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. It’s now Zo Pilots
by Saul Stokes.

Here’s what some reviewers said about this CD:

“Somehow I missed out on Stokes’ debut CD and now I regret that. Building his own electronics and still
being able to create a sonically fascinating world is something not many people can do. Yes, listeners…
if the word ‘world’ comes around, it’s ambient time again and I stated it before and here again: Hypnos are a
strong label to release this music. Stokes is no different: a great talent of creating outerworld, outerlimit
sounds that is dark. In comparision to the other recent Hypnos CD’s, Stokes uses rhythms, not in a techno
fashion, but much more in a machine like humming way. Spacey, yet down to earth. Highlights for me are the
cosmic ‘First Jump’ and the laid back ‘Fast Creatures.’ But the other five are top too!”

–Frans DeWaard, Vital E-Zine, Staalplaat, The Netherlands

“The one that hypnotizes. Here, space music shimmers, cascades and swarms, with a more upfront set of
sounds that are altogether louder than the normal drifting music [on the Hypnos label], still spacey
and cosmic, and joined by the occasional deep, slow percussive rhythms. The majority of the music
features the sort of phased synth-meets-mellotron style sweeps, similar to a cross between the orchestral
part of side one of Schulze’s “Irrlicht” album, Tangerine Dream’s Zeit” and Cluster’s “Fur Die Katz.”
The music constantly flows and evolves, yet it’s so completely mesmerising, wiht a strange, eerie beauty
and inner depths. A late-night listening gem.”

–CD Services newsletter (Scotland)

You can’t beat $8.99 , so access this deal directly on the Hypnos Store
here.

2004 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2004

2004.12.31

We here at Hypnos would like to thanks everyone for all the support in 2004, and wish
a happy, safe and prosperous 2005 to all.

2004.12.27

For those of you mulling over the purchase of some A Produce discs, or just looking for
some MP3 sample clips of something new, or both… here are some new MP3 format clips from a variety of
A Produce releases. These include items out of print (White Sands), and not yet released (Black Sands), and
the rest mostly available, both directly from A Produce and also from the
Hypnos
Online Store
:

A Produce – A Smooth Surface (special edition)
An Indian Surface
Heart of the Dunes (live)

A Produce & Ruben Garcia – Early Sessions
Clear Pools
Intuition
Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo

Ruben Garcia – Maybe Forgotten Forever
From the Bottom of the Ocean
Maybe Forgotten Forever
Pantoun

A Produce – Black Sands (not yet released)
Farming in Arabia
Jimbe
This Dream Too
Vectoring

A Produce – Inscape and Landscape
Choir of Industry
Dwell 1
Inscape and Landscape
This Golden Needle

A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
A Smooth Surface
Near and Far Away
Reflect Like a Mirror

A Produce – White Sands (out of print)
The Clearing
The Far Shore Solo
Tunnels
Within Reach

2004.12.26

A couple of new items on the
Hypnos
Online Store
from Austere:


Austere – Curio (standard edition)


Austere – Remittance

2004.12.15

Just received a big box of new discs from the Databloem label (and its
sublabel, Dataobscura), and added those items to the
Hypnos
Online Store
. Here’s a list of the items available from Databloem:


The Circular Ruins – Realm of Possibility


Mutagene – Sleeping Possession


Various Artists – Collection 2: Moving


The Circular Ruins – Empathy Test


Saul Stokes – Radiate


Danny Kreutzfeldt – Counterperipheral


Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra


The Circular Ruins – Conjunction (2cdr)


Subradial – Bioloophorm


Lammergeyer – Birds of Prey


Lammergeyer – Blue Oasis


Off the Sky – Cold Distances


Lammergeyer – Borrowed Time


Subradial – Bioloophorm 2


The Circular Ruins – Land of the Blind

Please note that I haven’t added cover artwork for all of these yet, but all of them are in stock now.

2004.12.09

Today, I’ve updated the
“Hypnos $8.99 weekly special” feature on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. It’s now Solar Noise
by Viridian Sun.

In case you missed this one when it came out, here’s what a few people said about it:

“Timeless space music, by a Portland, Oregon duo who know how it’s done. The
first long track, “Solar Solar N Sol,” brings to mind Steve Roach initially,
but the improvisational nature of the collaboration gives Viridian Sun’s music
a more restless structure overall. The absence of electronic percussion and
rote sequencer patterns is also a plus, as it makes the music interactive and
unpredictable. Mike Griffin supplies the spacious electronic drones, while
David Tollefson’s guitar not only adds drone counterpoint, but also a variety
of rhythmic figures and textures. Subsequent tracks maintain the quality of
the first, but move in slightly different directions. “Voxuua Soexis” is
darker and more agitated–almost the stuff of nightmare. “Nervous Eclipse,”
at over 20 minutes, is almost glacially slow, and features layered metallic
timbres and a cavernous echo. It is the longest and most abstract of the
cuts, and the most purely atmospheric. The CD closes with “Radiat,” a serene,
drifting piece which ends the program on a thoughtful, but mellow note.”

–OPTION Magazine, Bill Tilland

“Atmospheric gasps and galactic intrigue further inform Viridian
Sun’s Solar Noise. Like NY’s Everything Must Go, the duo of Mike Griffin
(electronics) and David Tollefson (guitars), are working within the
parameters of what is unceremoniously called √ęspace music√≠ but, rather
than being a redolent series of bass sequencers and whispery effects,
Viridian Sun’s undeniably powerful aura is cast by a scintillating
alteration of synthetic/organic tones and pitches, guitar strings that
are cannily manipulated, and a plethora of compellingly esoteric sounds.
The opening “Solan Solar n Sol” could have been Kubrick’s ode to the
monolith from 2001, had the director sought out electronics instead of
regal classicism, as Viridian Sun take the listener on a journey through
differing sonic mazes, loops, peaks and valleys. And again, like their
fellow Hypnos artists, they exhibit a gift for daunting imagery and
wordplay: titles like “Radiat” and “Voxuua Soexis” unravel as
provocatively as the soundsmiths who invented their sonic counterparts.
In a word: gripping.”
–Darren Bergstein, i/e Magazine

“Following in the footsteps of such drone masterminds as Brian Lustmord or
Steve Roach, Viridian Sun try a new twist on the now-classic ambient genre.
Instead of utilizing found sounds as the aforementioned artists frequently do,
Viridian Sun has instead chose to manufacture all of their own sounds
themselves.
The most amazing thing is that the liner notes state that a guitar was used
to create some of the elements, although you would never have known. The
subtle textures that flow and undulate through these compositions appear
to be entirely composed of digital and analogue synthesizers and not the
heretical guitar. Regardless, the permeating sub-bass and smooth waveforms
that appear throughout this album are nothing short of stunning.
This Portland duo has succeeded in coaxing an inordinate degree of vibrance
from their instruments and appear to have poured their souls into their
compositions. I will definitely look forward to being exposed to more
material by Viridian Sun as soon as it becomes available.”

–Chris Christian, Sonic-Boom Magazine

It’s kind of hard to beat $8.99 for a CD, so snap it up while you can!
Access it directly on the Hypnos Store here.

2004.12.07 (later)

New items added to the
Hypnos
Online Store
today… Everybody loves Oophoi, and it seems that everybody loves Oophoi’s
CDR label, Umbra. Here are some new Umbra titles, as well as a few re-stocked items. Order
fast, supplies are limited and who knows if/when these items will come back into stock. Many of
these are limited editions from the label, and may not be available when Hypnos goes to reorder:


Tau Ceti – Todstimmung


Tau Ceti – Frozen Planet


Tau Ceti – Somnium


Sostrah Tinnitus – Favo di Fiele


Netherworld – Eternal Frost

Also these restocks (please note that Dust in the Wind (2cd) is limited to 50 copies worldwide, so I don’t expect this to be
available much longer:

Oophoi – Night Currents


Tau Ceti – Todahnlich


Oophoi – Dust in the Wind (2CD)

And while you’re in a frame of mind to love and worship Oophoi, and to buy everything he ever recorded,
don’t forget his Hypnos release
Athlit
which is a great one:


Shop for Oophoi – Athlit

2004.12.07

Just a reminder about the new
“Hypnos $8.99 weekly special” feature on the
Hypnos
Online Store
. This week, it’s still Washed in Mercury
by Saul Stokes, at least for the next couple of days or so.

Probably the feature will be changed Thursday or Friday, so if
you’re looking for Washed in Mercury at an amazing price, grab it before the feature changes, and
if you already have Saul’s debut disc, check back later to see what’s featured next.

Orders are coming into the Hypnos store at a frantic pace, not just for this Stokes feature but for all kinds of
stuff! We really do appreciate the support, everbody — thanks!

2004.12.06

vidnaObmana just posted his update/newsletter on the
Hypnos
Forum
… for those of you who don’t wish to visit the Forum, I’ll copy that newsletter here:

vidnaObmana December 2004 newsletter

1. Holiday Sale
2. LEGACY, 3rd and concluding chapter in vidnaObmanaís Dante trilogy
3. news
4. upcoming works

1. HOLIDAY SALE
We’re able to save some unique CD titles from obscurity : original vidnaObmana releases, rare compilation CD’s, etc. Now available in limited quantaties through our mail-order service at very interesting prices. And to top this unique offer, if you order more than 4 titles from our mail-order catalogue, you get a beautiful vidnaObmana T-shirt for free (size : XL).
Happy Holidays√Ė.

2. LEGACY
√¨If you like bands like Isis and Neurosis, think of stripping away the guitars and the heaviness, then adding a rhythmic component and some world music elements, and if you still imagine liking what you get, you should check out Legacy. If this were a book, I’d advise you to start with the beginning, but with music, it doesn’t really matter. A rewarding experience!” √Ī Disagreement.net (Luxembourg)
√¨The tone – set from the opening by the utterances of singer Steve Von Till intoning the chosen monotone excerpt from Inferno – is dismal, exploratory and riddled with neuroses. The sound often suggests the wielding of deranged sonic engines, sound mangling devices or the cross-breeding of musical abnormalities, tonal deformities. As unrelentingly uneasy as the earlier chapters, Legacy has a desolate beauty, a troubled allure – but is never, never restful.√ģ √Ī Morpheus Music (UK)
The much anticipated LEGACY supersedes vidna’s critically acclaimed TREMOR and SPORE albums, interlocking with the two, while delivering a resounding communiqu√ą all its own. LEGACY bleeds other-worldly atmospherics, ghostlike industrial ambience and spiraling electrical waves, ushering the listener forever downward. Features the guestappearances by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield), Steve Von Till (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot), local Belgian musicians Paul Van Den Berg, Tex and photographer Martina Verhoeven.
vidnaObmana’s new solo album LEGACY, has been officially released on Relapse Records and is available through www.vidnaobmana.be.

3. NEWS
VIDNAOBMANA
On November the 13th vidnaObmana succesfully concluded his concertseries with a overpowering performance at cultural center Luchtbal in Antwerp (Belgium). A concert which was recorded and filmed with 6 camera√≠s for a late 2005/2006 DVD release. A DVD release, titled √ęThe troubled flame departed, having no more to say√≠, for which vidnaObmana will work together with webmaster Patrick and soundtechnican Ronald in order to conclude the Dante trilogy in style and as complete as possible. The DVD is set to include the complete concert in 5+1 dolby digital and in widescreen, the 3 videoclips directed by Patrick Ceuppens, a live clip by Ronald Mari√én, a photogallery by Martina Verhoeven and much more as yet unconfirmed.
As already briefly announced vidnaObmana will now enter a period of transition and reflection so that no new concerts or brand-new work is being scheduled or recorded up till 2007. Apart from the DVD production, vidnaObmana will dedicate his time to re-structure his expansive backcatalogue in the hope of reducing the quantity and realizing a very selective but informative anthology series on his own Ikon label. Also the pending and critically-acclaimed √ęOpera for Four Fusion Works√≠ with Acts III and IV will be concluded in 2005.

Our website will be updated with all current and forthcoming news and works in the course of December 2004. Expect some nice sale offers of rare and older CD titles we were able to safe from the vault.

MARTINA VERHOEVEN

Our personal photographer Martina Verhoeven, who has responsible for the beautiful imagery on most vidnaObmana CDís including the recent Dante trilogy and the overwhelming visuals during vidnaObmanaís concerts, has updated her website with a couple of new photo series and some latest news. Sheís currently producing a limited series of blow-ups which will be sold through the vidnaObmana website in 2005. Visit her website at www.martinaverhoeven.be

4. UPCOMING WORKS

DRONE/NOISE ANTHOLOGY 1984-1989

2nd release for vidnaObmanaís Ikon label. After the well-received 20th anniversary anthology, vidnaObmana selected and re-mastered rare and unreleased pieces from his obscure and unfamiliar noise and experimental phase between 1984 and 1989. All pieces were taken from old cassette masters and unreleased studio sessions so that a lot of time and energy was invested in securing a high quality in sound for this CD release. Expect a provoking combination of early drone and atmospheric pieces with sonic assaults of noise and vocal experiments. The collection includes collaborative pieces with cassette-network pioneers Kapotte Muziek, PBK and Big City Orchestra. An essential compilation that re-confirms vidnaObmanaís significance in the independent music scene of electronic and experimental music. It also shows the listener vidnaObmanaís early foundation in more meditative music and what followed afterwards in these past 20 years. Expected in the first half of 2005.

ACT THREE √Ī REFLECTION ON SCALE (OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS)

Naturally vidnaObmana canít retreat into oblivion before he finalizes his epic Opera For Four Fusion Works for the Hypnos label. His admiration for composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987) solidifies musically by the participation of experimental artist Kenneth Kirschner who delivers some of the most introspective and desolate piano patterns for vidnaObmana to recycle and process. The third act that will be composed in memory of Morton Feldmanís breathtaking minimal music. The next intriguing step in vidnaís ambitious Opera project. We hope that a release will be officially scheduled for mid 2005 with the fourth Act to follow very soon afterwards.

CONTINUUM

While vidnaObmana solo goes into pauze, weíre excited and very proud to announce a new output for vidnaObmanaís originators musical experiments. , vidnaObmana and worldwide-appreciated and talented musician Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield) bring you Continuuum. A multi-layered synonym for both their wilful visions together and motivated by both their immense passion for a wide-range of musicstyles.
Continuum will produce over the years to come a series of albums for US-based experimental label Soleilmoon Recordings. Each CD album will be released in a very beautiful and limited oversized digipack with breathtaking design and artwork by Lasse Hoile.
The first release, scheduled for February 2005 on Soleilmoon, blends bothís musicians initial love for the desolate and minimal. A CD that will be appreciated for the fans of microscopic ambient music.

2004.12.03

Check out the
Hypnos
Online Store
for a new feature, which we will be updating weekly: it’s the “Hypnos $8.99
weekly special”
which will be (in case it’s not obvious) a single Hypnos CD featured each week
at the special price of $8.99. The first featured item this week is Washed in Mercury
by Saul Stokes, which is only appropriate since that was the first Hypnos CD release ever. If you’re
looking to build up your Hypnos collection at the best possible price (short of scavenging through
pawn shops in Las Vegas for the copies left behind on one of Mike’s desperate and ill-fated
gambling binges), check back weekly and snap these up!

2004.12.02

We now have final artwork for the upcoming Stephen Philips release on
Hypnos Secret Sounds, Dagboken. Here it is:

Dagboken is a long, slow-shifting piece of environmental ambience — think of Paul Vnuk’s
Silence Speaks in Shadows for an idea of the sonic territory this occupies.
This should not be confused with Stephen’s Hypnos release Into the Dark which will be released
next year. Dagboken will be released within the next month!

2004.12.01

Above and beyond what was done yesterday, today I further updated the Hypnos
CD Releases page. It appears that in the next 6-7 months, a total
of at least 9 CDs will be released on Hypnos, Binary, and the new Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label. For those
too lazy to click that link, or who have yet to find that the “upcoming” items are at the bottom of that page,
here is a list of those upcoming projects (not necessarily in chronological order — in fact, I’m not sure what
order these are in — maybe that’s for another update):

Robert Scott Thompson | At the Still Point of the Turning World (December 2004 or January 2005)
Numina | Eye of the Nautilus (winter/spring 2005)
M. Griffin | Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects (Hypnos Secret Sounds, December 2004)
M. Griffin | Fabrications (possibly imaginary release)
Stephen Philips | (as yet untitled) (Hypnos Secret Sounds, late 2004)
Stephen Philips | Into the Dark (Hypnos, 2005)
Jeff Karsin | Proton Jelly (Hypnos Secret Sounds, 2005)
Viridian Sun | Live, Paris Theater (Hypnos Secret Sounds, December 2004 or January 2005)

2004.11.30

Just a quick note today… updated the Hypnos CD Releases
page to reflect some recently-scheduled upcoming items, including releases on the Hypnos main label, and the sublabels
Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds. Lots of great CDs coming up this next year!

2004.11.29

Hope everybody enjoyed their Thanksgiving here in the US (and those of you overseas, you already get
enough holidays, anyway). The holiday weekend ended up being a great time to get the new ChromaStatic 4 studio set up and
working. Speaking of the studio, I’ve recently begun an update to the Hypnos FAQ/Info page ,
which links to another document here which details a bit about previous ChromaStatic
studios, and some of my studio setups, working methods, and so on. This may be of interest to Hypnos obsessives, electronic
music gear lovers, and others with too much time on their hand.

This new setup has actually allowed me to complete a lot of recorded material. More new stuff than I’ve finished in years has been
born in these past two weeks.
The first CD release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label, Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects (which is also my first
solo release since 1997’s Sudden Dark), is now substantially complete and should be released before the end of the year.
Here again is a glimpse of the cover:

It’s a work of extremely minimal, drone-o-riffic ambient. MP3 sample clips of some kind will be posted in advance of the
release. Stay tuned.

2004.11.22

Today, a quick rundown of activities, changes, plans and upcoming projects from Hypnos and its allies:

First, the next Hypnos CD, At the Still Point of the Turning World, which is the Hypnos debut of the established and
prolific artist Robert Scott Thompson, will go into production any time now. Though we’ve missed our original projected release
date slightly, it will still be released during 2004.

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had new material from Saul Stokes, but he returns to the Hypnos/Binary lineup early
in 2005 with his upcoming release, Vast. Saul remains one of the most eagerly-followed Hypnos artists, and his
recordings are frequent listening in Hypnos HQ, so this is a big event.

Numina will release his followup to his extremely well-received Hypnos debut, Sanctuary of Dreams, in early 2005.
It will be titled Eye of the Nautilus.

The recently-announced Hypnos side-label, Hypnos Secret Sounds, will be launching soon. Among the first few releases
will be Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects by M. Griffin, Live, Paris Theater by Viridian Sun, and recordings
by Stephen Philips, Jeff Karsin, and several others not yet finalized.

We continue to try to expand the Hypnos
Online Store
, adding new artists, labels and titles regularly. Keep checking back, as you should see the selection expand
steadily during the next few months, with new items added all the time, even when no major update has been made to the storefront
page.

The Hypnos
Forum
continues to be our most popular destination — yes, even more popular than this News page or the Hypnos Online Store (the
second and third most popular destinations, respectively) — and it’s been given an updated look. Also, the more volatile & polarizing
topics (generally politics and religion) have been moved off to their own section, so those who wish to primarily visit to talk about music,
movies and so on, may do so without being exposed to the most heated arguments… and those who wish to argue heatedly are free to
do so without offending those who would rather keep it mellow.

2005 looks to be a great year for Hypnos, especially coming after the doldrums of 2003, and 2004 which was spent getting back up to
speed. We should see lots of great new music, more frequent updates to this news page and the rest of the web site, and lots of new
materials available on the Hypnos Store. Stay tuned!

2004.11.19

Updates and additions to the Hypnos
Online Store
:

New items:


Egocentric – The Sky Within the Ground
(CDEP, The Foundry)

Oophoi – Dust in the Wind (The Works 1995-2003)
(2CD, Umbra/Oophoi)

Lustmord – Heresy
(remastered 2004 edition)

Rapoon – My Life as a Ghost

Re-stocked items:

Steve Roach – Texture Maps


Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004

2004.11.18

Continuing to try to add as many updated CD reviews as possible to each individual CD’s page in the
CD releases section. Here’s a newly uncovered review of Jeff Pearce’s To the Shores
of Heaven
, which appeared in Sleepbot:

“Mr. Pearce gets the very most out of his guitar. Most of the tracks have only the barest of substance, choosing instead to
drift on for miles. Long lazy chords, echoing voices, and drones flowing out to the horizon. But when the mood strikes him,
he can also provide a catchy precession of stanzas, or even just a dreamy undulation to an otherwise calm smooth surface.
His stylings strike a very good balance between the dark and the sweet. A very contentful work. It was released on the
Hypnos label, and they’re generous with the quantities they produce.”

–Sleepbot

Here’s a review of Numina’s Sanctuary of Dreams by Chuck VanZyl of Star’s End radio:

“SANCTUARY OF DREAMS (73’14”) by Numina (a.k.a. Jesse
Sola) comes from the same spark as many other soundworld
realizations in the field of Spacemusic. Through the subtle
manipulation of deep drones, sub-sonic swells, metallic
sonorities and the slow spiraling of contrasting chords, Numina
provides the listener with a wondrous sonic sanctuary in which
to reflect upon their own inner workings. Throughout his music
we find an artist trying to identify his relationship with the scale
of his work, and the relationship of this work to the environment.
The material on SANCTUARY OF DREAMS guides the form in
which Numina is working. The 10 tracks are each a storm of
color and sound, less representative of the chaos of the
unconscious mind than of the enigmatic and ominous world of
dreams . . . visions beyond cognition.”
–Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

And finally, one from Incursion e-zine, by Richard DiSanto, reviewing Vidna Obmana’s Surreal Sanctuary:

“Ethno-ambient master Vidna Obmana returns with a surprising CD of complex soundscapes. Using a host of instruments
and “surreal acoustics”, together with musical contributions from Steve Roach (guitar), Joris De Backer (double-bass) and Jim
Cole (overtone singing and tamboura) makes this one of Obmana’s most complex and rewarding works to date, utilising more
sound manipulation techniques than I was expecting. Though Obmana’s “unmistakable tone” is central in this release, its complex
sound constructions and layering of samples makes it a departure from the more gentle and unobtrusive ethno-ambient works
of his recent and not-so-recent past. Maybe I have never turned up the volume of one of his records, but with The Surreal
Sanctuary the impulse was natural: there’s so much hidden beneath these layers, listening to it is like digging for the subtext of a
complex narrative structure. This is literature for the ears, telling stories and constructing entire worlds for its listeners to travel
through, only to return bewildered to the world like Dante rising from the infernal depths: “It was from there that we emerged, to
see – once more – the stars.”
–Richard di Santo, Incursion e-zine

Our thanks to these reviewers, and all others who support Hypnos and its CDs and artists.

2004.11.16

Many new updates on the Hypnos
Online Store
… take a look at the “Hypnos Recommends” section.

2004.11.02

Sales have been increasing steadily on the Hypnos
Online Store
, and we’re continuing to add new items:

New and re-stocked items:


Biosphere – Cirque


Richard Bone – Ascensionism


Ian Boddy – The Deep


Ian Boddy – Jade


Ian Boddy – Phoenix


Ian Boddy – The Uncertainty Principle


Blackmouth – Blackmouth


Conet Project – Shortwave Numbers Stations (4CD)


Thom Brennan – Beneath Clouds


Ron Boots – Screaming Whispers

Price-reduced items:

Aube – Millennium – Ianuarius – $11.99


Aube – Millennium – Februarius – $11.99


Aube – Millennium – Martius – $11.99


Aube – Millennium – Aprilius – $11.99


Aube – Millennium – Maius – $11.99


Aube – Millennium – Iunius – $11.99

2004.10.28

Been busy moving Hypnos HQ, but we’re almost done. Also, several new items have
been added to the Hypnos
Online Store
:

From Oophoi’s limited-edition CDR label, Umbra:


Oophoi – Three Lights at the End of the World (ltd.cdr)



Oophoi – Night Currents (ltd.cdr)



Various – World of Shadows (Umbra artists)



Tau Ceti – Todahnlich

From esoteric ambient sound artists, Austere:


Austere & Abstract Audio Systems – Evergone



Austere – Fade



Austere – Monodia



Austere – Convergence



Austere – Distance

2004.10.18

The latest Hypnos CD release, Chad Hoefler’s Twilight in the Offing,
has been well-received so far. Initial listener response has been very good, with several people on
the Hypnos
Forum
immediately adding the item to their “Best of 2004” lists. Also, this weekend’s Star’s End Radio
show made Twilight in the Offing it’s “featured disc.” Here is the review by Chuck VanZyl, host
of Star’s End Radio, and also promoter of the wonderful Gatherings concert series:

Twilight in the Offing (60’27”), the debut album by Chad Hoefler, deals with our inescapable encounter with Truth.
The 7 tracks exist as leviathans within this album’s soundworld; to warn listeners of the approaching night. With its
Godzilla size drones representing a mounting tension and cavernously deep reverberations revealing a nervous
restlessness, Twilight in the Offing is more about the rising darkness than it is the coming dawn. This work makes
heat through its crosscurrent of turbulent electronic soundwaves. The line of each piece uncoils, surges and
swells into a sustained density. Breathing drones and murmuring sonic prominences intensify the listening experience.
Hoefler’s mood ranges from that of a charred hellscape to the closing moments of a rapturous dream, somehow
echoed into the world. Material is a reaction to form. Here, the sound design provides a brief space in which to
contemplate transition. While sounds mingle like moving shadows in the dark, we consider the proportion of material
to length, and that which is beyond twilight, and our lives.

Tune in to STAR’S END this weekend for music from Twilight in the Offing, the new album from Chad Hoefler

The CD is available, as always, at the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

2004.10.14

In the course of organizing the Hypnos Mail Order inventory, we found several items that were on the
shelves, but not listed as “active” on the Hypnos
Online Store
. When Jenn showed me the list, I said “Hmm, I guess that explains why some of those
weren’t selling as well lately!” These items must have run out of stock and been removed from the store,
then never added again when re-stocks came back in. Well, now, finally, they’ve
been added to the store now and are available for purchase… they include:
Rapoon – Rhiz
Steve Roach – Early Man (2cd version)
Steve Roach – Fever Dreams
Steve Roach – Magnificent Void
Steve Roach – Streams and Currents
Steve Roach – Texture Maps
Trial of the Bow – Ornamentation
Spyra – Sferics
Jeff Greinke – Over Ruins + Moving Climates
Airsculpture – Quark Soup
Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004
Hana – Omen

2004.10.13

OK, it’s official. The papers are signed and Hypnos HQ will be moving to the other side of Portland
next week. Wish us luck! We’re still doing business in the mean time, processing orders promptly,
answering emails, and all the rest.

2004.10.11

About a week ago I mentioned that later this year, Hypnos would be initiating a new limited-edition
CDR sublabel called Hypnos Secret Sounds. I have several ideas already for projects to release through
this outlet, and I’m also sure plenty of new ideas will come up. None of those projects are really ready
to announce yet, so my artwork and design experiments, which I may demonstrate here (as many people
indicated they enjoyed seeing the evolution of the Chad Hoefler CD artwork prior to that CD’s actual
release) have incorporated one of those projects I’m certain will be released on Hypnos Secret Sounds
in 2005:

This recording is not quite finished, but it’s actually closer than my long-awaited, in-progress-since-1997
album Fabrications, so I feel pretty comfortable tentatively announcing it at this time.

2004.10.08

We’ve had a great response to the latest Hypnos CD, the Chad Hoefler debut Twilight in the Offing. Orders
are flowing in steadily on
the Hypnos
Online Store
, and we’ll be sending out promo copies to radio and press next week. Thanks
again, everyone, for your support of Hypnos and our roster of artists.

2004.10.06

Here it is… the first new Hypnos CD release since May!
Chad Hoefler’s CD debut Twilight in the Offing is now available for purchase on
the Hypnos
Online Store
.

This is the Hypnos debut, and in fact the CD release debut, of an fantastic new ambient music artist.
It’s one of those rare, special debuts that immediately designates the artist as important and
worth watching. Twilight in the Offing is the work of a mature and experienced
artist, with a sonic variety and depth that stand up next to the best of the ambient/space music
genre. Check out the clips below for a sample:

Track listing with MP3 sample clips
crimson lost
enveloping shadow
substrata
refugia
in a marooned moment
on the eve of plum frost
orchard of stone

Chad says:

As the title of my debut CD, Twilight In The Offing, metaphorically suggests,
this 7 track, 1 hour long CD represents my attempt to sonically capture the
concept of inevitability. I endeavored to use track titles that portray the muse for this work: the inescapable
fact that darkness follows dusk (at least in the vast majority of places on this planet), that fall and winter
follow summer, and that the expiration of life is the ultimate certainty. Tracks vary widely from one another
from deep and dark orchestral soundscapes with tribal percussion to floating sonic surrealism to abstract, pensive
soundworlds. If I had to compare the genre of this work to the genres of other ambient artists, I would say that
it belongs to the same family of work represented by the likes of Alio Die, A Produce, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, etc.”

Reviewed by Robert Rich:
“Overall, I must repeat that this is some of the best music that I have mastered in a long time. I don’t say
that lightly. Your sense of dynamics, patient timing and spaciousness makes for a very well-crafted work.”

Reviewed by Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient) on the Hypnos Forum:
“…a brilliant debut
release! And I mean Brilliant. Musical skill of this kind comes from the bones, it can’t be learned. The CD
has a lot of familiar flavors, but nothing distinct or recognizable. Like a fine, complex wine. Musically,
the CD is wonderfully dense and saturated, but is clear in purpose and design. The compositions are never
muddy or crammed.

It is an amazing debut worthy of everyone’s attention. Regardless of your preferences in style,
Twilight has something for everyone… electronics, blended with tribal beats, blended with
floating pads blended with enough darkness to make it edgy… this CD carries it all with masterful precision.

The CD just seeps with solid, elegant production values. You can hear Robert’s subtle mastering style all
over it, but obviously Chad’s skill as a musician and audio designer make the compositions work in the first
place. This is a CD for headphones. I cannot recommend enough that people try this CD out. It is a very
visceral, complex and noteworthy body of music that is to significant to miss out on! PUT IT ON YOUR MUST BUY LIST!”

We’re very proud of this release, and excited to be the first to bring you the work of Chad Hoefler.
Access it directly on the Hypnos Online Store here.

2004.10.04

Lots of activity behind the scenes on
the Hypnos
Online Store
this past few weeks (many new items added, many out-of-stock items replenished, many
temporary “sale” prices) have resulted in a big increase in orders. Thanks, everybody. Like I never
tire of mentioning, if people buy more Hypnos CDs, it allows us to release more Hypnos CDs…. and we
definitely have a lot of plans cooking for the coming six months or so. It looks like more new CDs
will be released during that upcoming time than in the previous eighteen months.

What’s more, traffic at the Hypnos
Forum
is also up dramatically. Probably this is due to a lot of (mostly civil) election-related discussion,
but whatever the reason, it’s busy lately. In the past, I’ve found that more postings lead to more
people visiting, which leads to more postings, and so on… and right now we’re at a point of high activity.
Whether you’re interested in learning about some new
music, discussing Anime films, or taking a poll on who you think will win the presidential election next month,
go on over to the Forum and check it out.

It looks like it should just be a few more days, at most, before Chad Hoefler’s CD debut Twilight
in the Offing
is ready to sell. Also, by mid-October we’ll be ready to announce at least two
of the initially planned releases on the Hypnos Secret Sounds project.

Lastly, the link to www.electroambientspace.com
originally posted on Friday was formatted incorrectly and didn’t lead anywhere unless you copied and pasted the
address into a new browser window. If you’re more inclined to visit a web link that actually works, try again
today.

2004.10.01

Phil Derby’s excellent new magazine, Electroambient Space, has converted from an “old fashioned printed on paper” type magazine
to a monthly webzine, available for free at www.electroambientspace.com.
Phil sent the following announcement, which also explains some of the specific features of this first monthly issue:

Hi everyone. I have switched formats for my magazine Electroambient Space. It is now a monthly webzine, and the
October issue is up and ready for your reading pleasure. Features this month include:

Artist Spotlight: Airsculpture

Feature: Unknown EM artists

Interviews: Hampshire Jam 3 artists RMI and ARC, and Airsculpture

CD Reviews: New Spyra, great 2-CD compilation of the 2003 Mojave Desert Gathering, much more! Nearly
40 reviews total in this month’s issue.

Please check it all out. And please pass this along to other related individuals or music lists that might be interested.
Comments and feedback, positive and constructive, are welcome. Thanks.

Phil

Phil Derby
Editor and Publisher
Electroambient Space
www.electroambientspace.com

Phil is one of the finest reviewer currently working in this genre, and since all this content is now completely free,
I hope everyone will go take a look at Electroambient Space. This month’s issue also includes a review of the Hypnos/Binary
release by John Duval, Hell’s Canyon, which also happens to be one of the “Hypnos Summer Sale” items on the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

Here’s the Hell’s Canyon page on the Hypnos store:

John
Duval – Hell’s Canyon – $9.99

John Duval – Hell’s Canyon track list with MP3 samples:
Approaching the Rim
Hell’s Canyon
River of Fear
Beside the Sulfur Sea
Paleozoic Twilight
Sleepy Hollow

… and here’s Phil Derby’s review of Hell’s Canyon:

“‘Approaching The Rim’ starts like something out of the movie ‘Forbidden Planet,’
as textural deep space blips appear on the screen. The abstractness continues into the title track, defying
easy description. Bass notes slide up the scale, the
portamento lending an otherworldly and somewhat humorous affect. ‘River of Fear’ has a much more ominous quality, but then
a rapid sequence takes off. Then it swells and slacks while other electronics play subtly over the top. An atmospheric
siren-song passage draws this piece to a close. ‘Beside the Sulfur Sea’ is reminiscent of the way Jean-Michel Jarre used
whooshing wind sounds in Oxygene and Equinoxe. Paired bass notes plink along as bubbling gurgling electronics dance about
here and there. Duvalís work is difficult to describe, with too much going on to be ambient music, but too little to be
anything close to Berlin school. ‘Paleozoic Twilight’ is part primordial soup, part vintage sci-fi, again reminding me a
lot of ‘Forbidden Planet.’ I can see Robby the Robot moving across the living room of Morbius√≠ home, or Leslie Nielsen
talking to Anne Francis beside the pool as I listen to this one. Itís all a bit on the quirky side, but also refreshingly
different from almost anything else thatís out there in EM circles right now. I suspect this one is a grower; Iíll be
giving it several more spins to try it on for size.”

In other Hypnos news, briefly:

Chad Hoefler’s Twilight in the Offing should be ready to sell next week.

Robert Scott Thompson’s The Still Center of a Turning World is complete from a recording/mastering standpoing,
and we just need to come to agreement on some artwork & design issues. Should be ready to release in late October or
early November.

The last Hypnos release of 2004 is expected to be Numina’s followup to his very popular debut Sanctuary
of Dreams
, which will be called Eye of the Nautilus.

Also late in 2004, Hypnos will announce a series of cdr limited editions called Hypnos Secret Sounds. The plan is that these
items will be limited to 200 copies, and will focus on first releases by emerging artists, live recordings, experiments in
drone or minimalism, and so on. These will be created to match the usual Hypnos standard of quality, both in terms of
music and artwork/packaging, while allowing some more flexibility in the kinds of music that we can release.

At the time of a more official announcement (well, it’s already official now, but some of the details are not yet
finalized, and will not be until after Hypnos HQ moves in mid-October), it is likely that I will change the
longstanding ‘no demos’ policy here at Hypnos, subject to certain rules or limits. The idea is to find a way to
present more interesting and worthwhile music to the listening public, than we are presently able to release
on the regular Hypnos & Binary imprints. This is something we’re very excited about, and we hope you’ll be looking
forward to it as well, once all the details are announced.

2004.09.29

More items added to the Summer Sale on the
Hypnos
Online Store
:

hyby0306
John Duval – Hell’s Canyon $9.99


fou12
Dean Santomieri – The Boy Beneath the Sea $9.99


fou14
Mollusk – Accretions $9.99


hyp2131
Robert Rich – Somnium (DVD) $21.99


hypts01xl
Hypnos T-Shirt – SIZE XL $12.99


hypts01l
Hypnos T-Shirt – SIZE L (very ltd. quantities) $12.99


hypts01m
Hypnos T-Shirt – SIZE M (very ltd. quantities) $12.99


din14
dbkaos – Art of Sacrifice $11.99


din13
Subsonic Experience – Praposition $11.99


din97
Ian Boddy/Ron Boots – Phase 3 $11.99


din98
Ian Boddy – Rare Elements (2cd) $16.99


din99
Ian Boddy – Continuum (2cd) $16.99

We’re adding new items to the store regularly, so if you haven’t checked in for a while,
take another look.

2004.09.28

Here’s a series of new MP3 sample clips for some TrancePort Special Edition releases:

Sample MP3 clips for A Smooth Surface (special edition) by A Produce:
An Indian Surface (excerpt)
Heart of the Dunes (live, excerpt)

Sample MP3 clips for Early Sessions by A Produce & Ruben Garcia:
Clear Pools (excerpt)
Intuition (excerpt)

Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo (excerpt)

Sample MP3 clips for Maybe Forgotten Forever by Ruben Garcia:
From the Bottom of the Ocean (excerpt)
Maybe Forgotten Forever (excerpt)
Pantoun (excerpt)

The latter two items are temporarily out of stock at the Hypnos store today, but these and all in-print
A Produce & TrancePort Special Edition titles should be back in stock next week. Check that section of
the Hypnos Store here.

2004.09.27

Here are several new additions to the
Hypnos
Online Store
:


Jim Cole – The Way Beyond


“The Way Beyond gets my highest recommendation: it’s paradigm shattering work by one of the
brightest lights in today’s ambient scene.”


–Review of The Way Beyond, by Brian Bieniowski, The Ambient Review:



Also new in stock, several items from the Manifold label:


Lull – Collected

The ultimate in drift and darkness! A collection of rare and unreleased compilation tracks formed within Mick
Harris’ deepest nightmares.




Rapoon & Birds Of Tin – Monomyth

“These are the best parts of things like Rapoon’s ‘Kirghiz Light’
or ‘Dream Circle’, but limned with the glowing depth of Birds Of Tin’s dense, drifting waves and flows.”




Sleep Research Facility – Dead Weather Machine

“Dark exquisite ambient, simply perfect… chilling, huge and deep. Like the
electrically-charged shade of Lustmord’s ‘Place Where The Black Stars Hang’.”




Sleep Research Facility – DWM Re: Heat

“Originally conceptualized as a 100 copy cdr to go with a special limited edition of Dead Weather
Machine, Manifold commisioned Sleep Research Facility to create a single hour-long track of
total dark-ambient drift based on the original material.”




Aube – Howling Obsession

“More fittingly titled ‘Howling Obsession Revised’ as this existed previously as a limited 20 copy CDR edition from
the Newsonic label. The material on that release was so good that it seemed a shame to keep all but twenty people
from ever hearing it and this includes tons of extra material, namely Howling Obsession Performed live.”




Crawl Unit – Versus Silence

Ultra-minimal ambience approaching the limits of silence.



“The sounds on this record, originally recorded between 1993 and 1995, were intended for use as
“environmental sound for exhibition space”. These pieces are remarkable for how their subtle and
dense soundscaping continuously moves in and out of a foundation in silence. These five segments
create an amorphous whole where silence is not only used as marks of punctuation, but fulfils its
double role as both the source and the destination of sound. Highly recommended.”


–Reviewed by Richard DiSanto, Incursion.org

2004.09.21

Another set of CD reviews added to the CD information pages here
on hypnos.com — this time it’s Paul Ellis’s Hypnos/Binary release
Into the Liquid Unknown:

“Top 50 CDs of all time.”

–Bill Binkelman of windandwire.com, on the Ambient Music mailing list

.

“Paul’s prior solo work, ‘Appears To Vanish,’ was a great foray into both familiar territory
and new electronic ground. Influences of Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream were present,
with more active and melodic elements. He ventures more into his own on this release, which
he likens to baroque minimalism. And if it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it. Seriously, this is a
nice diversion from typical Berlin school sequencing. Oh, yes, there are loops and sequences
aplenty, but this isn’t relaxed space music with a simple pulse or two. It is very active,
always on the move. ‘Bend In The River’ and the title track begin with almost twenty minutes
of rapidly shifting up and down electronics, surrounded by solid bass lines, and lots of
synths and effects. Though energetic, it is also manages to be relaxed at the same time. The
bubbly, cascading sequences are a familiar theme throughout. But the disc features some
really cool atmospheric pieces as well, such as ‘Moonlit Stream At The Mouth Of A Cavern,’ a
teaser that is almost shorter than the time it takes to read the title. It serves as the
intro to my favourite track, ‘Under The Waves, A Sky Of Water.’ This is so reminiscent of
Jarre’s active works, such as ‘Magnetic Fields,’ a real treat. The flutey synths are great.
‘Slowly Rowing Through Ghost Melodies’ has a meandering quality befitting its title. Next up
is another favourite, “Undines,” a tale of underwater nymphs that swirls in circular
atmospheric textures. The rapid opening theme from the disc is revamped slightly in the next
track, which then leads to the very pretty ‘Glistening.’ Crisp, clear bell tones bring
Schulze to mind, but the composition seems tighter, not just loose improvisation. It’s airy
and beautiful but not at all schmaltzy. Wonderful stuff. A really strong yet restrained
sequence appears toward the end, one of the few places where I hear something like TD. Mostly,
though, Paul has created something that will definitely please electronic music purists,
without just rehashing those who have gone before. If you must have your retro fix, then check
out ‘Luminous Depths In A Sapphire Sea,’ with mellotron flutes and lots of warbly e-sounds.
Paul does a great job arranging the musical highs and lows, as upbeat tracks flow into
midtempo tracks, slowing down to textural pieces, and ratcheting it back up again, all
seamlessly flowing together. Well done.”

–Phil Derby, Synth Music Direct

.

“The sound of German electronic space music from the 70s has held a powerful sway over
any musician twisting knobs on a synthesizer. A quarter century after Kraftwerk, Tangerine
Dream and Klaus Schulze codified their sound, people are still making music like they
stepped into a Berlin time warp. And it’s not surprising. The sound of rolling sequencer
patterns, swirling effects and laser burst melodies still sounds fresh. To put on Phaedra
or Body Love is to be transported once again. Paul Ellis is one of many who were mesmerized
by that sound, as evidenced by his group, Dweller at the Threshold. But with his second
solo album, he’s finally breaking away, making a music that, while still reflecting his
roots, moves into a space that hasnít been trampled. INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN is built
around analog synthesizer sounds and interlocking sequencer patterns that build into maze-like
designs. He drops the simple 4/4 rhythm, plodding drum machine patterns and smothering
synthesizer string pads that plague most post-70s space musicians. Instead, his lines
are clearly etched into black space, rhythms are suggested more than played, with melodic
lines squeezing through delays and filters, morphing in endlessly fascinating timbres.
of Dweller alumnus Ellis.

INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN is an ‘ESSENTIAL ECHOES FOR 2001’ selection.”

–John Diliberto

.

“This 73 minute CD is the second release on Binary Records, profiling the solo endeavors
of Dweller alumnus Ellis.

Commencing with delicately fluid tones, this music swiftly evolves more stamina and
effervescence with demonstrative riffs that capture the listener’s attention. That
sonic grip tightens with each passing moment as the melodies swell and grow intricate.
The pulsating harmonies never flow over-the-top, remaining active but sedately unaggressive.
High-end snarls twirl into engaging textures peppered by astral blooping and the distant
clanking of antediluvian machinery. This liquid music seeps like a glistening nebula,
immersing the listener in a turgid but pleasant pool of fanciful sound.

Considering this CD’s title, it’s no surprise that much of this music explores a fluid
quality. Keyboard notes spill forth like swift waterfalls, casting melodies out to
undulate along invisible streams that splash around the audience with vibrant result. When
the songs ease back to allow the listener to catch their breath, the calming passages adopt
the vastness of a placid ocean under a night sky of urgent stars.”

–Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

.

“This is the first recording in a cooperative agreement between the
excellent {@Hypnos Recordings} label, and the {@Binary} label. This is
worth mentioning before the review because the music that is going to be
released with the new {@Hypnos/ Binary} label is nothing at all like the
music of {@Hypnos Recordings} which specializes in dark, almost clinical
Ambient. {@Hypnos/ Binary} has put their focus on more dynamic forms of
electronic music, everything from experimental electronica, to more
rhythmic trance, and classic European-influenced e-music. This is an
important distinction to make when listening to their first release {$Paul
Ellisí} {^Into the Liquid Unknown}. {$Ellisí} {^Liquid Unknown} is as
close to classic Berlin-school electronic music, i.e. Tangerine Dream, and
Klaus Schulze, as one can get, without actually being from the
Berlin-school. The mechanical sounds of classic analog synthesizers and
sequences pulsates on this recording from the beginning and until the end.
Fans of {$Steve Roachís} early rhythmic and sequencer-based work, such as
{^Empetus} and {^Now/ Traveler} will verily enjoy {$Ellisí} {^Liquid
Unknown}. {$Ellis} has crafted this recording into a long-running and
cohesive work that drips of electronic music nostalgia, while at the same
time creating a work that is truly representative of his own voice. This
is a fine recording, and for those that have a thirst for German
electronic music that has longed to be quenched then this is certainly a
disc worthy of your time.”

–Reviewed for All Music Guide by Matt Borghi

.

“Paul Ellis is a third of the American trio “Dweller At The Threshold” who
will be seen this coming spring at the Alfa Centauri Festival. After letting
me know about this upcoming performance, Paul sent me his most recent solo
CD (he had previously made the magnificent “Appears to Varnish”) plus a CD
from DATT. After I had listened to both discs several times, I had to
conclude that there is not very much difference in style, quality or
mind-space between Paul Ellis solo and that of DATT: Thus “Into The Liquid
Unknown” also breathes an atmosphere of TD’s “Stratosfear”, but it is
certainly not a pastiche version of that music: it is lovely spacemusic,
with wonderfully dramatic swells smashing through the stereo image,
restrained sequencers and other enjoyable elements. Not music which roars
out of the speakers, where everything has been chucked in and let loose, but
instead a lot of attention and restraint has been payed to something which
in the hands of others could have been much rougher. A sort of long,
enjoyable and evocative introduction to something very beautiful, as you
(hopefully) will be familiar with and love…”

–Frits @ KLEM

.

“The press release for Intothe Liquid Unknown categorizes the disc as
classical Berlin School e-music. Paul Ellis has longbeen, by his
own admission, associated with that style of music. this is the first
release on the Binarylabel, a division of Hypnos. Thus, it is fitting and
appropriate that Paul has added some newtwists to the old school..
Being a huge fan of the Hypnos label, I was eager to hearthe new light that
Paul and Hypnos would shed on thesubject. I dearly love the heavysequences
and deft synth washes of the German brand of e-music. I am overwhelmed by
Paul’s cross-genreapproach. His dramatic sequencessurround subtle
atmospheres and minimalism. This is similar to the style that Groove artists
have beenexploring. Ron Boots, in fact, has perfected the technique.
Paul adds something to the mix for a unique sound. Paul achieves sequenced
drama without anorchestral or symphonic overtone. Therhythms drive the
minimalism for an extremely chilling effect. I felt goose bumps and calmness
at the sametime. I was drifting and dancing. It was definitive biorhythmic
meditation.
It would stand to reason that Mike Griffin and Hypnos are promoting and
encouragingnew styles. I have said it before andI’ll say it again — if it’s
on Hypnos, it’ll be great!”

–Jim Brenholts

.

“And now for something completely different – a disc that is full of sequencing and electronics,
but is NOT Berlin school! How is this accomplished, you ask? Well, if your name is Paul Ellis,
you do it by having your own vision of exactly how you want your music to sound. Doing what he
describes as baroque minimalism, this is a foray into a musical fantasy world, with familiar
elements from Teutonic leanings, but used in a different manner than most. Beginning with
“Bend In The River,” an active main sequence bubbles and rolls along nicely, in keeping with
the “liquid” theme. Good spacey elements underneath to give it some balance. Thicker synths
join the rolling pattern, and there is a good build-up in intensity. I like the way all the
sounds just sort of drop out one at a time, albeit quickly, at the end. The title selection
features a very similar pattern to the first track, with the rapid rolling up and down
sequencing. It’s not your typical hypnotic looping style, it’s more active than that. The
simple electric piano chords in the last couple minutes of this track work especially well,
sounding really good in the mix. Next comes “Moonlit Stream At The Mouth of a Cavern,” whose
title is practically longer than the song. It’s short, but man, this one is cool. I love the
deep space atmospheric mood. Next is “Under the Waves, A Sky of Water.” I really like the
gradual fade in of the main sequence as it transitions out of prior track. A key change midway
through adds good variety. When the key changes back, a strong synth string lead line appears,
cool vintage sound. The flute adds a nice touch, too. This is part Jarre, part Spyra, part
something else. Great track. Though the focus is on more structured and active pieces, some
of my favourites are the delicate, atmospheric floaters, like “Undines,” which is wonderful.
Another ambient track is “Glistening,” which begins with cool bells and synth birds. The
title is perfect, really capturing the essence of it. The sequence that starts at 4:16 is
fantastic, perfect Tangerine Dream imitation – that’s a good thing, in my book. “Luminous
Depths In A Sapphire Sea” has an opening sequence and vintage synth sounds that hit me as
very Jarre-esque. Then the flute synth comes in, and I love the way it meanders through the
rest of the piece. Ellis inserts accomplished piano playing very nicely into some of the
latter tracks, like “The Underground River,” still with ample doses of synthesizers to
please the electronic purist. There is a very natural flow and progression to much of the
music, particularly in the later tracks. “Drop Becomes Ocean” is a perfect, understated
ending to a wide-ranging e-music journey.”

–Sequences

.

“Paul Ellis (he of the synthesizer group Dweller at the Threshold) has
released an album on the new Hypnos “sub-label” known as Binary. His
recording, Into the Liquid Unknown, features fifteen cuts, so don’t
expect a blow-by-blow description of the music! What I will tell you,
though, is that this is a stellar effort of neo-Germanic EM that is
positively KILLER music on headphones. In fact, until I donned ‘phones,
I couldn’t begin to appreciate the dense mix, exciting layers of synths,
and overall intoxicating mixture of mystery, exhilaration, and power
that pours forth from this CD. It is simply a fantastic exploration into
Berlin soundscapes, analog bliss, and sequencer sensuality.

What really makes this album stand out, though, is how Paul never stops
evolving a piece. “Bend in the River,” which opens the CD, is a good
example. If your idea of German-school EM is anchored in the notion of
slowly mutating synthesizers that take forever to make their intentions
known, or even if you are expecting endless sequencers pounding out one
repetitious series of notes after another, hang onto your helmet! This
CD cooks with a variety of spices and a lot of fire and that’s no lie!

The album’s centerpiece is obviously the over-thirteen-minute title
track – and it is a stunner! Laser zaps, synth arpeggios, spacy effects,
bubbling sequencers, bassy beats – hell, it’s the freakin’ EM bible! And
by god, it’s FUN! I just love this track (and the rest of the CD too).
The refrain on this cut is so infectious that I can’t get enough it. And
the sound of this CD – I mean, it’s textbook. There is shit going on
everywhere!

With so much constantly fluxing music and a technical mix this dense (in
the best possible sense of the word), it’s somewhat pointless to try to
actually “describe” the music except in the most general terms. At
times, sweeping and dramatic, and at other times propulsive and
energetic, Into the Liquid Unknown is filled with so much to recommend
it that I could write a review just of the title track and it would
still be 500 words long! But it does feel necessary to mention a few
other songs. “under the waves, a sky of water” starts slowly and quickly
erupts into a near orgasmic explosion of sequenced beats and sensual
synths, bringing to mind the image of racing down a twisting road in the
Swiss Alps, being chased by the bad guys from Ronin (one of my favorite
flicks, by the way). Juxtaposed with that frenetic pace is the next cut,
“slowly rowing through ghost melodies,” (has Paul been studying Tim
Story’s knack for cool titles?) which is one of the more evocative
numbers of the CD, full of floating washes, muted synth beats, and
quirky repeating melodic refrains. Another cut I like is “drifting
shards from an ice floe” which is appropriately icy (very cool heavily
echoed digital piano and whooshing synths). A lot of the song titles
make some kind of literary allusion to water, but the only constant on
the album to my ears is the excellence of the music. The brilliant EM
flows from track to track like a cyber-river of musical circuitry.

Paul Ellis is da man when it comes to mapping the current terrain of
neo-Germanic EM. Or, at the very least, he is the guide you want at your
side if you go exploring the land of sequencers, synths, and pulsing
analog soundscapes. I can’t remember when I was confronted with an album
that I couldn’t get enough of yet was almost impossible to describe and
do justice to (actually, I can – it’s the last one I reviewed by L.
Gaab, although his and Paul’s music is world’s apart). But when words
fail me, I fall back on pure blathering rhapsodic rambling. In short,
Into the Liquid Unknown kicks your ass, takes your name, and leaves you
exhausted in the gutter wanting more – I guess that metaphor makes the
CD appear to be a drug of sorts. In that case, just call me “junkie
Bill.”

–windandwire.com

Here’s the Into the Liquid Unknown page on the Hypnos store:

Paul Ellis
– Into the Liquid Unknown – $12.99

Into the Liquid Unknown track list with MP3 samples:
1 Bend in the River 06:52
2 Into the Liquid Unknown 13:35 -mp3 excerpt-
3 Moonlit Stream at the Mouth of a Cavern 00:58 -mp3-
4 Under the Waves, a Sky of Water 05:15
5 Slowly Rowing Through Ghost Melodies 05:49 -mp3 excerpt-
6 Undines 03:38 -mp3 excerpt-
7 A Roaring Player Piano Left Burning on the Beach 06:04
8 Glistening 09:11
9 Drifting Shards from an Ice Floe 03:22
10 Luminous Depths in a Sapphire Sea 04:53
11 Suspended 03:48
12 The Underground River 02:55
13 Dissolve 02:47
14 Alexandria 03:14
15 Drop Becomes Ocean 02:03

2004.09.20

More CD reviews added to the information
pages of each Hypnos and Binary CD release. Several new ones today
for Synthetic Block’s Sonic Approach:

“Taking a Sonic Approach that lies somewhere between ambient and progrock, Synthetic Block steers his
impeccable creations into realms which blend the atmospheric with the musical.



Depending on the ear of the beholder, the initial moments of Variations On A Theme Of Absence could be
prettily eerie or utterly serene (I find them both!) but in a spacey vein regardless; the track grows
more musical, with a slow bass groove, even. The soft, clambering notelets, faint rhythmics and gossamer
sheens of Sonic Approach warp into a free-flying celestial mode, taking a bass-powered detour toward its
more-shapeless close.



Doused (12:53) begins as smooth sheets rise and fall in extended flutters; later, low, tuneful riffs
unfurl against long-reaching curtains of spectral softness, while buoyant bass flits beneath; the track
lands in its own little sea of tranquility. Bed Of Sphinxes rolls on electric crests of a symphonic
nature; when these lush waves segue into The Square Triangle, they are topped by interlocking synth
motifs of tweedling leads and pulsing lows with caressing overtones.



A pair of short interludes finish the disc; dazzling little Inevitable (2:59) oscillates and levitates on
crystalline notes and sweeps, then becomes Sonic Recall via a more-deeply twisting strand which burrows
into toneshifting clouds, etched with sporadic cymbal activities.



Pretty… spacey… and sometimes so crispy clean it seems a bit sterile, though when soundcapes are this
gorgeous, that’s a niggling point. Synthetic Block merges fluid melodies into starlit ethereality with
his gentle Sonic Approach. A-”

–David Opdyke, The AmbiEntrance

.

“I cannot believe that there is not more feedback regarding “sonic approach”. upon receiving my radio promo the first note on track 1 totally captivated me. block approaches sonic sounds immediately and never slows. and, of course,
fulton pulls some tricks. “square triangle” is my top playlist pick because of it’s well defined and energetic change in tempo and musical registration. all tks are getting air and well deserving of such.
are you guys collaborating with the russians?
are you on the same interstellar link?
very few composers are in touch with the same deep grooves and beats (nearly industrial), but very melodic.
not wanting to pass judgement, or anything, but
“sonic approach” & “fields” are two HYPNOS/BINARY tops.
thank you my friends…”

–Flyingdude, WAWL Radio host, on the Hypnos Forum

.

“There has been quite a gap between the release of Jonathan’s 2nd
release The Opposite of staring into Space and this brandnew one.
Sonic Approach (8 tracks, almost 60 min.) has been worth the wait,
offering another blend of classic electronics & the sophisticated
infusion of modern approaches,
so-called “Block-treatments”. Next to the flowing passages there are
sequenced , more structured parts leading the way, but there’s always
this lush, adventurous feel showing up during the whole record. The
music delves into spacious territory (Quartz Marsh) but the tracks
also show distinct traces of Berliner School (Square Triangle), the
vast soundlayers sometimes even reminding of Schulze in his ’70-
period. The later absolutely applied for the nice solo-sounds in the
12-minute track Doused.
All these elements make listening to Sonic Approach a very enjoyable
experience, in which you actually experience electronic music of
former times get connected to the present.
Well done !

–Bert Strolenberg, KLEM Magazine, The Netherlands

.

“Synthesist Jonathan Block, who records as Synthetic Block, has released three albums as a solo
act, but this is the first one of his recordings I have reviewed. Sonic Approach is a unique
combination of Berlin school sequencer-style EM, melodic floating spacemusic textures, and some
subtly abstract qualities as well. The result is music that is complex in the best possible ways,
as it shifts between various moods and styles on each track’s journey from inception to completion.
Some of the eight selections are shorter (in the three to four minute range) while others span out
to as long as nearly thirteen minutes. Regardless of the length, though, each cut offers up music
that is well-engineered, thoughtfully composed, and artfully performed.



“Variations on a Theme Of Absence” opens amid a swirling sea of darker tinted synths and evolves
into a pulsing neo-futuristic sequenced track, brimming with both retro electro-fluidity and
cybernetic energy. “The Quartz Marsh” shifts gears, painting a forbidding soundscape – an eerie
miasma of dark whirlpools laced with zapping electrons and twinkling bell tones. The tracks on
Sonic Approach segue directly into one another, but each selection is separate and distinct so that
only the bridging sections create continuity (although there are similar sounds and moods throughout
the entirety of the CD). The title track matches percolating synth with wailing horn-like notes and
an undercurrent of dramatic washes; this is one of more dynamic songs on the album and would make
ideal highway cruising music. While there is some unmistakable familiarity to Berlin school motifs,
Block’s style (here and on other tracks as well) uses the Germanic subgenre as a mere starting
point, not as a destination (he shares this compositional aim with a few others artists, such as
Paul Ellis, as opposed to those who follow the tenets of Berlin music theory more closely, e.g.
some of the artists on Groove Unltd.).



Among the three shorter tracks, “Bed of Sphinxes” is sparse from a melodic standpoint, being more
overtly electronic and textural in nature (although very cool in a SF way, with its reverberating
electric pulses and circuitry-ish sounds), while “Inevitable” has a shiny pristine quality to it,
as well as a quirky clipped sense of rhythm. “Sonic Recoil” ends the album as a reprisal of the
some of the earlier musical themes from the CD in a deliberately-paced fluid mass of electronic
tones and textures, slowly introducing stately Berlin-esque rhythms towards the end and then fading
everything out into nothingness.



Sonic Approach amply demonstrates Jonathan Block’s imaginative vision of a contemporary direction
for EM by integrating subtly abstract (yet accessible) elements with more mainstream Berlin school
structures and sounds. Some tracks on the album have a rich cinematic characteristic and others
are draped in neo- and/or retro-futurism. I enjoyed the album the more I played it, as (like so
many “pure” electronic music releases) its compositional depth is revealed slowly, rewarding the
patient listener. While less emotionally involving than, for example, the works of Dom F. Scab or
Ron Boots, Block’s album still presents music that offers an enjoyable experience and represents
time well spent exploring its assorted pathways. Recommended.”

— Bill Binkelman, windandwire.com

.

“Jonathan Block is a poet in every sense of the word. Recording as Synthetic Block, he creates
beautiful verse with his synthesizer and manipulations. Sonic Approach, his third release and
Hypnos debut, is his best work by far. He has always combined deep drones and vast atmospheres with
Berlin school sequences and rhythms. He does it again with an intense flair and smooth segues.
While there are eight tracks on this disc, Block’s techniques and style treat the set as one long-form
(58-minute) composition. Dave Fulton, of Dweller at the Threshold, mastered and did the post-production
engineering. He also contributed some analog synth work. This CD is a masterful example of the Binary
mission — excellent retro e-music with modern digital enhancements. It will appeal to fans of Rudy
Adrian, Paul Ellis, Saul Stokes, and Ron Boots.”

–AMG, reviewed by Jim Brenholts

Direct link to Sonic Approach at the Hypnos store:

Synthetic Block
– Sonic Approach – $12.99

Sonic Approach track list with MP3 samples:
Variations on a Theme of Absence
The Quartz Marsh
Sonic Approach
Doused
Bed of Sphinxes
The Square Triangle
Inevitable
Sonic Recoil

2004.09.19

Continuing to add new CD reviews to the information
pages of each Hypnos and Binary CD release. Here are two additions
for Dweller at the Threshold’s album Ouroborus:

“I was naturally very intrigued to hear the music on this CD, knowing that
the gentlemen of DATT are to be heard this coming spring at the ninth Alfa
Centauri Festival. In any case, my expectations were high because I knew
their earlier releases “No Boundary Conditions” (KLEM80, p.59) and
“Generation, Transmission…” (KLEM89 p55), and had been very enthusiastic
over these. Well, after a whole week of this disc not getting out of the CD
player in the hobby-room, I know for certain that I will be choosing a good
spot to be when DATT give their concert. If they chose to play what I hear
on this CD, then that will be fabulous!
The music is pure electronic, in a style which many KLEMers love. Lots of
sequences, but in this case with a more subtle manner than we know form the
Berlin School EM. And naturally space-sounds, dramatic hits, gripping solos
and very professional thematic developments in the individual compositions
and the overall album. Additionally, when you realise that the three gents
appear to be excellent musicians who know how to make a good mix, you will
begin to understand why I look forward to hearing them live.”

–KLEM Magazine, The Netherlands

.

“Track 1 (3:38)
I like the hint of a melody at the beginning and end of the piece. It sounds
slightly sinister, and teases you because it seems like it is going to go
somewhere else, but doesn’t. Good intro.

Track 2 (10:41)
The one little pulse that runs through it reminds me of the synth TD used on
“Kiew Mission” from Exit, one of my favorite tracks – so right away I like
this one. But not just because of that – all the little floating sounds
around it are great, too. Very Airsculpture-like passage ensues, with great
sequencing and tron lead. All retroheads, including myself, will find this
irresistible.

Track 3 (13:04)
Minimal beginning, everything sounds far off, nice effect here. Sort of a
pause to come up for air after the great Track 2. Organ lead gives this an
older TD sound, like Atem, at least for a moment. The transition from one
theme to another between three and four minutes is fantastic, really gradual
and incredibly smooth, just like TD at their peak – well done! This is such
a great, subtle track. I like it even better than Track 2, but I love both
of them.

Track 4 (8:01)
Mellow, sort of rides out a gentle, good sequence. Another great transition
as it falls out of the sequence toward the end. The choirs at the end are
very Redshift-ish.

Track 5 (8:00)
Energy picks back up, I like the layered build up of sequences to start. I
think it hits full stride at the 1:00 mark, and I’m already in sequencer
heaven, but it adds another great bit about 20-25 seconds later, then a down
beat, and more synths. Ok, we’re only up to 2:00, I can’t take anymore great
sounds, stop already!!! This track is a grabber.

Track 6 (17:54)
I love that tinny, crisp percussion sound that TD used on Ricochet. That
same sound is here, with a cool rhythm that sort of skips a beat and echoes
all over the place with cool panning effects. Nice. Short little stabs of
bass and a great flute synth have TD Sorcerer, Encore, or Stratosfear written
all over them. About 8:00 in, and I’m going crazy again, this is just too
good. Do Franke, Froese and Bauman know some of their basement tapes have
been stolen, and their best ones at that??? Another great sequence is folded
in at 11:50 mark, when I thought it couldn’t get better. Keeps building. As
awesome as track 5 was, this may even be better.

Track 7 (8:57)
I’m drained, I can’t take anymore, what’s left? Starts easygoing enough, I
can handle this. Uh oh, here it comes – more energy, more intensity – have
they no shame? No sense of decency? A Berlin school fan can only take so
much! Ok, I’m getting a little silly, but who can blame me? I’m running out
of superlatives. This midtempo sequencer piece is actually a really good
finisher, not too mellow, not too upbeat, sort of letting us down easy after
the rest of the disc. It sounds like a final track, it just fits. You can
tell it’s getting ready to end about 2-3 minutes before it actually does, and
just gradually, softly, brings you back to Earth. Has a very definite
ending, changing to its final theme right when it seemed it would be content
to just float around a couple more minutes and fade out.

I don’t know what these three guys were smokin’ when they made this record,
but I hope they keep smokin’ it! The new line-up for D@T seems to have
changed the chemistry just right somehow. This kicks serious Teutonic butt!
They should be very, very proud of this one. This, along with Paul’s solo
CD, should really create some buzz for the new Hypnos sub-label, Binary.
Well done, guys.”

–Phil Derby

Here’s the direct link to this CD at the Hypnos store, in case the above
description gets you interested:

Dweller at the Threshold – Ouroborus – $12.99

Also, here’s an Ouroborus track list with MP3 samples:
1 Circular Logic 03:38 -mp3 excerpt-
2 After Logic Fails 10:41 -mp3 excerpt-
3 Ouroborus Part 1 13:04 -mp3 excerpt-
4 Ouroborus Part 2 08:01 -mp3 excerpt-
5 Worlds Without End 08:00 -mp3 excerpt-
6 Resolution 17:54 -mp3 excerpt-
7 Automatic Writing 08:57-mp3 excerpt-

2004.09.17

Here’s a news announcement from Hypnos artist Vidna Obmana
regarding some upcoming concerts in Europe:

Dear Listener, colleague and friend,

We are pleased to announce that vidnaObmana in the light of his forthcoming
Legacy album (Relapse Records) will perform live a last series of concerts
before going into a period of transition and reflection.
So don’t miss out on these live concerts…

September 26th 2004 – Live on Atmostreams
vidnaObmana will perform an exclusive live set for Atmostreams, from his
studio in Belgium. vidnaObmana will perform sections from all 3 parts
(Tremor, Spore and Legacy) as he is currently preparing himself for a DVD
concert in function of the trilogy on November the 13th in Antwerp
(Belgium). While nothing is confirmed to be on the official playlist,
through Atmostreams you’ll have a chance to listen to a live set in
progress. For more information (time, login procedures, etc.) about this
online concert, visit Atmoworks.com

October 7th 2004 – Kulturbunker Muelheim, Cologne (Germany)
October 8th 2004 – Cuba, Muenster (Germany)
vidnaObmana is preparing himself in the most detailed way for his ultimate
Dante trilogy concert on November the 13th 2004 in Antwerp and therefor he
comits himself to do these 2 extra concerts as part of getting focused with
the right concertrhythm. Be prepared for 2 concerts filled with raw energy
and live extracts from Tremor, Spore and Legacy. For information on both
dates (venues, tickets, etc.) please visit the following websites : Auf
Abwegen (www.aufabwegen.de), Kulturbunker Muelheim (www.kulturbunker-
Muelheim.de),Cuba (www.cuba-cultur.de) and Geraeuschwelten
(www.geraeuschwelten.de).

November 5th 2004 – De Lichtfabriek, Haarlem (The Netherlands)
Due to vidnaObmana’ succesful concert with Dutch organist Willem Tanke
during the BiÎnnale of Rotterdam in February 2003, vidnaObmana was offered
this unique chance to work together with the Holland Symfonia, a full-sized
classic orchestra. vidnaObmana is composing exclusively a series of pieces,
derived from the Legacy studio sessions, for electric guitar, fujara and
recycling sources which he’ll perform and link with the sections the
Holland Symfonia will play. The Holland Symfonia will perform works from
John Adams, Penderecki, Bach, Xenakis, Sibelius, Mossolov and Arvo P‚Äįrt. A
surreal combination fading out the boundaries of styles in music and which
may not be missed by the fans of vidnaObmana and contemporary classic
music. Tickets are now available through the Holland Symfonia website
(www.hollandsymfonia.nl).

November the 13th 2004 – cultuurcentrum Luchtbal, Antwerp (Belgium)
The ultimate Dante trilogy concert to be recorded and filmed for a
2005/2006 DVD release. This concert, with the epic title ‘The troubled
flame departed, having no more to say’, will be recorded (for a 5+1
mastering) and filmed for a DVD release in 2005. As the title indicates,
this concert is most likely one of the last concerts vidnaObmana will
dedicate himself to before entering a period of transition and reflection
so don’t miss out on this unique concert as it will give you the perfect
opportunity to enjoy and experience vidnaObmana live in concert at one of
the best acoustic concertspaces Belgium has. Tickets and info at
cultuurcentrum Luchtbal (www.ccluchtbal.org).

www.vidnaobmana.be
info@vidnaobmana.be / vidnaobmana@skynet.be

Good luck to Vidna with those shows. I’d encourage all those listeners in the area to
check them out if possible. I’ve seen Vidna Obmana perform live several times and
it’s always worthwhile to see him.

Of course, Vidna Obmana CDs are available as always at the Hypnos store, the most recent being:

Vidna Obmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 2 – $10.99

2004.09.16

Now available again on
the Hypnos
Online Store
, a 2002 release from our hottest-selling artist right now:


Numina – Solace (cdr)



Review of Solace by The AmbiEntrance:

“As shapeless, lovely and tangible as a cloud, the sounds of Solace ring with Numina’s
thoughtfully applied touches. Subtly stunning ambience gets an impressed A- for 54+
minutes of free-flowing comfort.”




Also back in stock by Numina (though slightly less “big news” since it was only out of stock
for about a week) is Starfarer’s Tales Vol. 1 by Ixohoxi & Numina:


Ixohoxi & Numina – Starfarer’s Tales, vol.1

Volume 2 of this collaboration will be released soon, and when it’s available, we’ll have it at
the Hypnos
Online Store
.

2004.09.14

As has been hinted around here recently, Hypnos HQ will be relocating next month. In advance of this
move, we’re having a Summer Sale on the
Hypnos
Online Store
.

What’s more, I know some Hypnos listeners, and readers of this page, are themselves recording artists,
and some of you may be interested in
this page
on the Hypnos Forum page, where several synthesizers and other pieces of recording gear are now
being offered for sale, in advance of the move. If we can get these sold in the next week or so to
“Hypnos friendly parties” that would be great, otherwise the remaining items will be auctioned on
E-Bay.

Please note that the Electrix Repeater has been sold, and 4 or 5 other items have received inquiries
from interested parties, though nothing is yet “taken” other than the Repeater.

2004.09.13

More site updates are ongoing… this time, the individual CD pages on the
CD releases page are being updated to include
CD reviews. The first step will be to get each CD page updated with the “old” reviews (the ones
that were in place before this site redesign started), and this is almost complete. The second
step will be to update all the pages with the most current reviews, which had never been added
to the old reviews pages.

Soon I hope to have more news on the next Hypnos release (after the currently in production
Twilight in the Offing
by Chad Hoefler), Robert Scott Thompson’s
The Still Center of a Turning World. As soon as artwork is available for RST’s disc,
a preview will be offered here.

Lastly, I’m pleased to announce that the next release after that looks to be Numina’s follow-up
to his popular Hypnos debut Sanctuary of Dreams. That follow-up will be called Eye of
the Nautilus
.

2004.09.09

Following on from yesterday’s news update, today I completed an update to the
FAQ/Info page on this site. This included
not only a cosmetic upgrade to the new format, but also a few factual updates as well.
Also moved the Jan-Mar 2004 news into an “archive” (see the bottom of this page for archived
“old news” files), which will make this news front page load more quickly for those of you
on dialup.

On other thing — in the August 24th news update, discussing the upcoming Hypnos
CD release of Chad Hoefler’s Twilight in the Offing, I displayed three different
artwork versions that were being considered, and invited comments or suggestions on which
version was preferred. Particularly on the
Hypnos
Forum
, people made suggestions and expressed preferences, and it turned out the majority
(including Mike, Jenn and Chad, who had the most important votes anyway) preferred the version
which ended up being the final. So here’s a glimpse of the next Hypnos CD, coming later this
month:

Now, work commences on the next Hypnos release, the long-awaited Hypnos debut by Robert
Scott Thompson, The Still Center of a Turning World. More news on this one soon.

2004.09.08

Just completed many updates to the CDs and
Artists pages on this site — not only the directory
pages (of Hypnos CD releases and Hypnos artists, in case that wasn’t obvious), but to the individual
pages for each CD and each artist. They’ve been updated to match the new format of the rest of the
hypnos.com site, and in most cases I updated any obsolete information on those pages, though I may
have missed some. In my ongoing effort to cleanup the layout and organizational structure of hypnos.com,
I’m moving toward a single page for each CD and a single page for each artist. Each CDs page will
have an image of the cover, a track listing, sample audio clips (in most cases — soon enough, in all
cases), and an archive of any reviews relevant to that CD. This seems much easier to me than having one
page for the CD, one page for the audio clips, and one page for the reviews for that CD, plus keeping
a listing for that CD up to date on
the Hypnos
Online Store
.

The goal is a more organized structure, easier to access to whatever information the web site
visitor is seeking, and increased ease of keeping everything complete and up to date. In the
future it should be easier to make sure each CD has all necessary info that’s relevant for
information or reference purposes, or to help with purchasing decisions.

2004.09.05

It looks like Hearts of Space radio played another track from Numina’s Sanctuary of Dreams
disc. Of course that’s currently available on
the Hypnos
Online Store
, in case you heard it. There are definitely other important and influential
radio shows) (Echoes and Star’s End spring to mind first, but there are others), but Hearts of
Space is the hardest one on which to get airplay, mainly due to the short format (one hour a week).

Distribution Date: September 3, 2004
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

: HEARTS of SPACE

: ATTN: Radio

: PO Box 5916

: Sausalito, CA 94966-5916

=——————————————————————–=

PGM 707 : “SLOW TIME”

=——————————————————————–=

PGM NOTE : exploring the mystery of relative motion

=——————————————————————–=

FEED DATE : 9-03-04

=——————————————————————–=

STEVE ROACH, BYRON METCALF and MARK SEELIG

“Part Seven” (edited) < 0:00->4:41 >

: MANTRAM; Projekt 160; 2004

: Info: www.steveroach.com; www.byronmetcalf.com; www.projekt.com

LAYNE REDMOND

“The Whirler” < 4:41->9:17 >

: INVOKING THE MUSE; Sounds True M816D; 2004

: Info: www.soundstrue.com; www.layneredmond.com


–segue–

TERRA AMBIENT

“The Pilgrim’s Road” < 9:17->12:03 >

“The Gate” (edited) < 12:03->18:02 >

“Westerly Prayer” < 18:02->23:56 >

: THE GATE; Lotuspike LS-0001; 2004

: Info: www.lotuspike.com; www.terraambient.com

FRITZ HEEDE

“The Call” < 23:56->26:20 >

: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS; Artek Images/Magical Eye ME 3001; 2002

: Info: www.artekimages.com; www.fritzheede.com

AMIR BAGHIRI and BRANNAN LANE

“Petroglyph” (edited) < 26:20->30:42 >

: LUCID CIRCLES; BrannanLane.com BLCMUS508; 2004

: Info: www.brannanlane.com; www.amirbaghiri.de

BRUNO SANFILIPPO and MAX CORBACHO

“A Lucid Dream of Strange Landscapes” < 30:42->37:03 >

: INDALO; AD21 Music AD 0105; Spain 2004

: Info: www.bruno-sanfilippo.com; www.maxcorbacho.com

STEVE ROACH, BYRON METCALF and MARK SEELIG

“Part Four” < 37:03->40:41 >

“Part Five” (part) < 40:41->48:37 >

: MANTRAM; Projekt 160; 2004

: Info: www.steveroach.com; www.byronmetcalf.com; www.projekt.com

JIM COLE and ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT

“Bislama” (edited) < 48:37->53:39 >

: BISLAMA; Spectral Spiral Music #3; 2001

: Info: www.spectralvoices.com; home.earthlink.net/~alphawav



NUMINA

“Lost on Silica Ridge” < 53:39->58:20 >

: SANCTUARY OF DREAMS; Hypnos hyp2445; 2003/2004

: Info: www.hypnos.com/n-sod.htm; www.numinamusic.com

=——————————————————————–=

PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL

=——————————————————————–=

(c) 2004 Hearts of Space

=——————————————————————–=

So… thanks to HOS for the promotion, and congrats to Jesse aka Numina.


Numina – Sanctuary of Dreams – $12.99

2004.09.02

Here’s a new idea on
the Hypnos
Online Store
… it’s a “Summer Sale,”where you can get temporary markdowns on eight
different Hypnos CD titles. It should be noted that these are not permanent price
reductions, and also that the special pricing is not indicative, in all cases, of a
slow-selling disc (in fact, two of these are among the best-selling Hypnos titles
of all time). I wanted to present a mix of under-appreciated gems and more broadly
popular titles for this sale.

This is just another effort to get people to take
another look at the Hypnos
Online Store
, and give us another try. Orders are being processed faster than ever, and there’s
been great improvement on rapid communication with customers, and also keeping the catalog listings
up to date (in other words, out of stock items are removed more quickly, helping customers avoid
the frustration of items being available for order on the catalog, but not actually in stock for
purchase). We’ll come up with more promotions and special ideas in the future to get people
back in the habit of buying the ambient, space and electronic music from Hypnos.


M Griffin – Sudden Dark – $9.99


Viridian Sun – Solar Noise – $9.99


Various Artists – The Other World (2CD) – $13.99


David Tollefson – New Eyes on the Universe – $9.99


Rod Modell & Michael Mantra – Sonic Continuum – $9.99


David Tollefson – Near and Far – $9.99


Markus Reuter – Digitalis – $9.99


Robert Rich – Humidity (3CD) – $21.99

Another update: the upcoming Hypnos CD Twilight in the Offing by Chad Hoefler is now in
the pressing stage, ready for release in the last half of September.

It also appears that the next Hypnos release after that is about to become official as well.
Some hints were dropped here in the news update of July 20:


What’s more, another “announced long ago” album by another artist, who would be new to
Hypnos but a fairly established name in the ambient/electronic/experimental music scene,
recently delivered a completed master for said “long ago” album. It sounds very nice, and
I’ll be in touch with this artist as well, in order to determine whether we’re still “go.”
More news on both fronts as things become more definite, either way.

The artist mentioned is Robert Scott Thompson, and while we’re still working out some details,
we appear to be in agreement that this is likely to be a release on Hypnos, probably in October.
More news on this as soon as we have something more definite.

What’s more, a number of other ambient/space/electronic artists of note have been observing
the recent resurrection of Hypnos (well, resurrection isn’t the right word, but at least there’s
definitely been an upturn in activity here) and have been in contact about possibly future releases
on Hypnos or Binary. I’m excited about the prospect of getting back to at least one new CD every
other month, and possibly even more than that, depending on how things go.

2004.08.31

Newly available on
the Hypnos
Online Store
:


Jonathan Hughes – Fluidities (2cd)

New from The Foundry, a special 2 CD release by Jonathan Hughes “and guests,” featuring two discs full of tracks exactly 6
minutes in length, the concept behind this behing that a listener with two CD players can play both discs at the same
time, and using “track shuffle” mode on both players will result in hundreds of different “combination” tracks. Of course
both discs can be listened to individually, as well.

Back in stock on
the Hypnos
Online Store
:


Jeff Pearce – The Summer Solstice (cdr)

This disc has a life of its own — one of the best-selling self-released CDRs ever on the Hypnos store. Another dozen copies
back in stock, so if you’ve been trying to get this one for a while, now’s the time!

In other news, the next Hypnos CD release, Twilight in the Offing, is almost ready to go into production,
so it should be ready for release in the next month. We’re also in discussion with several other artists about
possibly releasing on Hypnos later this year, or early in 05.

2004.08.24

Here’s an exciting announcement… the next Hypnos CD release will be a CD debut (not just
a Hypnos debut, but a CD release debut) by an exciting new artist. In case you need a reminder about the
hints I’ve dropped, here’s the news originally posted on July 20:


Lastly, I may have news of a new Hypnos release, by an artist new to Hypnos, fairly soon.
Back in 2001, Hypnos took a chance by releasing an album by “ambient unknown” Tom Heasley,
who came strongly recommended by Robert Rich, who had a mastering/engineering role on
Tom’s album Where the Earth Meets the Sky. Likewise, this year, a new
album by a new “unknown” artist comes strongly recommended by Robert, who is not the kind
of guy who makes such recommendations lightly. Given all the changes here at Hypnos HQ
in the past few months, negotiations with this new artist have proceeded slowly, but it
appears that we have a fairly good chance of making an official announcement soon.

Now, after a bit of negotiation and preparation, we’re ready to announce the next Hypnos
release officially. The artist is Chad Hoefler, and the name of his CD is Twilight in
the Offing
. It’s one of those rare, special debuts that immediately designates the artist
as important and worth watching. I’m excited to introduce Chad to the Hypnos listening
audience, and if this debut is any indication, he’ll become a name many will watch with
great interest.

We haven’t come up with final, definite artwork yet, and on that subject, I thought it would be fun to try
something different. Below, I’m posting a few alternate versions of cover artwork that are currently
under consideration. For one thing, i thought it would offer a glimpse into the process of creating
artwork for a CD release, and the way that different variations are sorted out and turned into a final
product. Also, I’d be curious to hear feedback about people’s preferences, since we truly haven’t decided
on a final version yet. In fact, we might end up using none of the three, and just doing something new.

Any feedback appreciated — email mg (at) hypnos.com.

2004.08.23

A few new items on
the Hypnos
Online Store
.


pearce05 – Luminous Dimensions DVD (video art by Michael Dubois, music by Jeff Pearce)


A Produce – A Smooth Surface


Terra Ambient – The Gate

I’ll have an announcement tomorrow about the next Hypnos CD release, which should be out in September!

2004.08.13

Big update on
the Hypnos
Online Store
. Several new items — check out the “Hypnos Recommends” section, in
particular, on the front page of the store. Among the new items (and restocks) listed:

Restocks
Lustmord – Carbon/Core
Robert Rich – Numina/Geometry
Robert Rich – A Troubled Resting Place
Robert Rich & Alio Die – Fissures
Robert Rich & B. Lustmord – Stalker
TUU & Nick Parkin – Terma
Steve Roach – The Magnificent Void

New featured titles
Vidna Obmana – Archive 1984-2004
ARC – Blaze
Ian Boddy – Chiasmata
Paul Ellis – The Sacred Ordinary
dbkaos – The Art of Sacrifice
Asmus Tietchens/David Lee Myers – 60:00
Robert Rich – Open Window

2004.08.09

Over the weekend, I performed a major overhaul on
the Hypnos
Online Store
. Several categories were eliminated (artists or labels that aren’t
sold much any more) and the remaining CDs in those categories moved into either the
Miscellaneous
or
Closeout
sections of the store. Also, the
Best-sellers
category has been updated. The Closeout section in particular has some great bargains,
which are only available on remaining stock of those CDs, so go take a look.

2004.08.05

As hinted Monday, here are two new (old) items recently added to
the Hypnos
Online Store
today:


Jeff Greinke & Rob Angus – Crossing Ngoli
(released 1992, see the Jeff Greinke section)


Vidna Obmana & Jeff Pearce – True Stories
(released 1999, see the Jeff Pearce and Vidna Obmana sections)

Both from the 90’s, both featuring popular Hypnos artists, both out of print, both
available in limited quantities.

Speaking of the Hypnos Store, orders have been coming in steadily and we’ve been
getting them sent out almost every day as they arrive. If you haven’t ordered in a
while, you’ll definitely be pleasantly surprised by the faster order turnaround,
now that Jennifer is helping.

2004.08.02

Internet connection is finally working again… will have a
couple new (old) items to list
on the Hypnos
Online Store
this week.

2004.07.28

The worst stretch of internet dis-connectivity I’ve ever experience
has made it difficult to catch up on some of the hypnos.com updates and additions to
the Hypnos
Online Store
I’d hoped to make, but the DSL should be re-installed tomorrow (bye-bye,
cable internet, I hardly knew ye!). In the interim, though, online orders are being
processed quickly and efficiently by Jennifer, who is learning the system at Hypnos HQ.
So, apologies for any lingering slowness with email, but that problem should be solved
tomorrow evening.

A small update has been made to
the Hypnos
Online Store
, including the addition of Robert Rich’s new solo piano album,
Open Window (go directly to that page on the Hypnos store by clicking here), and a couple of newly-featured Numina items on the front
page, to make up for the fact that Numina has allowed several of his old CDR releases
to go out of print. Sales of Numina’s new Hypnos release Sanctuary of Dreams
are moving along briskly, though, which could bode well for future Numina releases on
Hypnos (possibly including some reissues of previously-CDR-only stuff that’s no longer
available). Stay tuned.

2004.07.20

Here’s another stage in the ongoing www.hypnos.com re-design. Slightly
less colorful… probably will lead to yet another revision.

Behind the scenes, orders placed at
the Hypnos
Online Store
are being processed more promptly and efficiently than ever by new
Hypnos helper Jennifer, who can be reached via email at jenn (at) hypnos (dot) com.
Internet connectivity has been mostly down at Hypnos HQ since Friday (big fat thanks to
Comcast…), but we’re getting by for the most part.

Lastly, I may have news of a new Hypnos release, by an artist new to Hypnos, fairly soon.
Back in 2001, Hypnos took a chance by releasing an album by “ambient unknown” Tom Heasley,
who came strongly recommended by Robert Rich, who had a mastering/engineering role on
Tom’s album Where the Earth Meets the Sky. Likewise, this year, a new
album by a new “unknown” artist comes strongly recommended by Robert, who is not the kind
of guy who makes such recommendations lightly. Given all the changes here at Hypnos HQ
in the past few months, negotiations with this new artist have proceeded slowly, but it
appears that we have a fairly good chance of making an official announcement soon.

What’s more, another “announced long ago” album by another artist, who would be new to
Hypnos but a fairly established name in the ambient/electronic/experimental music scene,
recently delivered a completed master for said “long ago” album. It sounds very nice, and
I’ll be in touch with this artist as well, in order to determine whether we’re still “go.”
More news on both fronts as things become more definite, either way.

2004.07.13

The long coast-to-coast trip is done, and we’re back at Hypnos HQ.
Any order placed at
the Hypnos
Online Store
in the past 12 days will be processed tonight and tomorrow, and then
we’ll have a number of updates and possibly some special deals.

2004.07.01

Please note:

Hypnos mail
order HQ will be in hibernation mode between Thursday
July 1 and Tuesday July 12, 2004. The Hypnos
Online Store will remain “open” during that time, and orders will
be held safely until we start processing and shipping
your orders again on Tuesday the 12th. When we’re back “up”
again, Hypnos will have additional full-time help in
order better and more efficiently to serve you. Thank you for
your continued support!

2004.06.29

Finally completed most of the intended update to the “Hypnos Recommends”
section on the front page of the Hypnos
Online Store
. Among the new featured items are:

Lustmord – Carbon/Core
Steve Roach – Fever Dreams
Various (Foundry) – Bibimbap)

Other stuff I intended to feature/recommend and just didn’t get around to it yet (after staying up until 2:30 last night
trying to rework the “Hypnos Recommends” feature into a two-column arrangement):
Hafler Trio – How to Slice a Loaf of Bread (3CD)
Hafler Trio – How to Slice a Loaf of Bread (pt.2, Lengthwise, 3CD)
Hafler Trio – Kill the King (reissue)
Hafler Trio – No More Twain of One Flesh…
Hafler Trio – Normally
Hafler Trio – The Sea Org
Hafler Trio & Autechre – ae30 & h3ae
dbkaos – Art of Sacrifice
ARC – Blaze
Ian Boddy – Chiasmata

These last CDs don’t include cover art scans on the Hypnos store listings yet, but they are in stock. Some of the
Hafler Trio items are very limited in quantity.

2004.06.23

Here’s another big step in the Hypnos web site re-design
mentioned last week. The last stage of the evolution was less visible than
this one, and this should not be considered the “final” redesign (the colors
in particular will probably change again soon), but it’s most of the way there.
If you see any problems with individual pages, try “reloading” the page in
your browser, and if you still have a problem, you may need to upgrade to
a modern browser that supports the full CSS specification. If you’re using
a modern browser and you’re still seeing something “off,” let me know at:
mg@hypnos.com

2004.06.22

These items added tonight to the
Hypnos
Online Store
:

Restocks

Alio Die & Nick Parkin – Aquam Metallicam
Hafler Trio – Cleave: 9 Great Openings
Lustmord – The Monstrous Soul
Lustmord – Paradise Disowned
Lustmord – Zoetrope
Lustmord – Purifying Fire
Muslimgauze – Arab Quarter
Loren Nerell – Taksu
Jeff Pearce – Summer Solstice
Nick Parkin – Entropolis
Nick Parkin – Geomorphic Resonance
Nick Parkin – Island of Dust
Nick Parkin & Tim Gillieron – Red Shift
Rapoon – Recurring (Dream Circle)
Rapoon – Rhiz
Steve Roach – Darkest Before Dawn
Steve Roach – Life Sequence
Steve Roach – Texture Maps
Vidna Obmana & Asmus Tietchens – Motives for Recycling(2cd)
Vidna Obmana – Spore
Asmus Tietchens & Vidna Obmana – The Shifts Recyclings

New Items

Hafler Trio – How to Slice a Loaf of Bread (3CD)
Hafler Trio – How to Slice a Loaf of Bread (pt.2, Lengthwise, 3CD)
Hafler Trio – Kill the King (reissue)
Hafler Trio – No More Twain of One Flesh…
Hafler Trio – Normally
Hafler Trio – The Sea Org
Hafler Trio & Autechre – ae30 & h3ae
Lustmord – Carbon/Core
Steve Roach – Fever Dreams
dbkaos – Art of Sacrifice
ARC – Blaze
Ian Boddy – Chiasmata

I’ll be updating the Store’s
front-page ‘Hypnos Recommends’ feature soon, as well.

2004.06.17

This Hypnos News page is the beginning of a (mostly invisible)
change to the Hypnos web site. I’m gradually converting over to CSS formatting
(if you don’t know what CSS is, don’t worry about it), so you might see some
minor formatting differences, such as different text colors, font sizes, and
so on. If you see anything that appears to be a formatting “glitch” though,
please let me know at mg@hypnos.com

Which reminds me…. I’m in the process of transitioning over to that new email
address (most of you are familiar with the old address, mgriffin (at) hypnos
(dot) com, but due to an overwhelming, never-ending flood of thousands of spams
per week, I’m moving to a new address that will not be posted in click-able
form on the web, thus, I hope, avoiding those programs which scour web sites
for spam-able addresses), though both addresses will be valid for a transitional
period. When I disable the old address, I’ll set up an auto-responder that will
remind people of the new address, so don’t worry. This should make it easier
for people to reliably get in touch with me, and should make it much easier
for me to keep my own email house in order.

2004.06.16

Many people have asked for different Hypnos t-shirt designs
(in addition to the one already available here), and additional Hypnos merchandise options,
so I’ve started up a Hypnos store at Cafepress. For now, there’s just one new
Hypnos t-shirt design available (in a few colors)…

Hypnos Basic Logo T-shirt (white)
Hypnos Basic Logo T-Shirt (green)
Hypnos Basic Logo T-Shirt (yellow)
Hypnos Basic Logo T-shirt (ash grey)
Hypnos Basic Logo, Women's T-Shirt (white)

…but gradually more options will be available, such as new t-shirt designs,
full-color CD artwork posters, and other doo-dads like mouse pads, coffee mugs,
and possibly the most significant thing ever to bear the Hypnos name: thong
underwear! The Hypnos store at Cafepress is here.
It should be noted that Cafepress is a separate company from Hypnos, and they
will be responsible for processing your order for any items purchased from that
site. It is not possible to add these Cafepress merchandise items to your Hypnos
Online Store order, and I will not be able to answer questions about order processing
on Cafepress orders (though they’re a big e-commerce company and have their
own system set up to deal with that stuff).

2004.06.10

Another “long-overdue MP3 sample clips” posting, following
on as promised from what was started 2 days ago…

vidnaObmana – Soundtrack for the Aquarium
track list with MP3 samples:
Disc One
Aqua 1 (theme)
Aqua 2a
Aqua 3
Aqua 4
Aqua 2b
Aqua 5
Aqua 6 (theme)
Disc Two
Soundtrack for the Aquarium,
Live in Germany
44:15

Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach
track list with MP3 samples:
Variations on a Theme of
Absence

The Quartz Marsh
Sonic Approach
Doused
Bed of Sphinxes
The Square Triangle
Inevitable
Sonic Recoil

There we go… more coming next week after I return from
Atlanta & Savannah.



2004.06.08

Here are a bunch of long-overdue sample-length MP3 clips
from the last 3 Hypnos & Binary label CD releases (roughly 10 minutes worth
of samples, including at least something of each track, for each album):

Numina – Sanctuary of Dreams track list with MP3 samples:
Awaken Within A Deeper Realm
Lost on Silica Ridge
Elements of Time
In Loneliness, the Landscape
Fades

Beneath the Silver Surface
Thrown Into Oblivion
Fractured Eyes
Dream Recognition
Lucid Ascension (feat. Tara
Vanflower)

The Waking Breath

vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works: Act Two, Phrasing the Air (with Bill Fox) track list
with MP3 samples:
I
II
VI
V
IV

John Duval – Hell’s Canyon track list with MP3 samples:
Approaching the Rim
Hell’s Canyon
River of Fear
Beside the Sulfur Sea
Paleozoic Twilight
Sleepy Hollow

All 3 albums available, obviously, at the Hypnos Online Store. I’m going to go through the list
of all Hypnos CDs previously release, and make sure they all have a full set
of MP3 samples, a few at a time. Also, the central repository for all tracks
will probably be the Hypnos Store itself — each album’s “information” page
will include MP3 samples, and I’ll probably do away with the “audio” clips page
(see left margin) as it’s redundant, and lacks the additional stuff (album cover
artwork, description, possibly reviews) available at the Online Store.

2004.05.28

I was puzzled that so many people were emailing to ask
“Why isn’t Numina’s new Hypnos release available on the Hypnos Online Store?” when I realized…. the May 12
update to this news page never got posted to the hypnos.com server (I make the
changes to this site on my personal computer’s hard drive, then upload the new
files to the hypnos.com server — at least, I usually upload them…),
so nobody has seen it until now, except me! Anyway, the Numina album really
is available, and many people have been ordering it. I hope more will order
it now, and soon I’ll get a front-page “Hypnos Recommends” update finished for
the store.

Also, take a visit to the Hypnos Forum, where you’ll see the following important,
Hypnos-related announcement:

I have some
wonderful news, finally, on this subject [Note: This discussion area on the
Forum had been centered around the fact that Hypnos has been less active lately,
and several Hypnos friends and listeners had been expressing that they hoped
things would improve a bit soon] . For a while now, I’ve been trying to answer
the question of how I might best obtain some help with the running of Hypnos.
Clearly such help is needed, but with a small business being run out of my home,
it’s not necessarily a simple matter to bring in a stranger to get the work
done while I’m gone. I thought I had found a partial solution, a few months
ago, but it turned out that this helper was not able to give me more than a
few, brief visits per month.

Now, for the first time ever, beginning in mid-July, Hypnos
will have a dedicated, full-time employee. I’ll spell out the rest of the
details, and what exactly this means, as the change draws nearer. But it should
be obvious that at the very least orders should be processed more quickly,
emails answered more promptly, and we should even see more frequent updates
to the web site, and an increased number of CD releases.

Of course Hypnos is my “baby” and I’ll still be very involved,
especially with the music, the artwork, and the web site, but it will be fantastic
for me to have help in many other areas. This should be a great benefit to
Hypnos customers, not to mention a benefit for me, as well as the roster of
Hypnos artists. I can’t wait to get started!

2004.05.12

The latest Hypnos label release, Sanctuary of Dreams
by Numina, has been added to the Hypnos Online Store. The “Hypnos Recommends” front page
section will be updated later, so if you want to find the Numina disc right
away, you’ll have to either do a “search” (see the toolbar at the top of the
storefront page), or visit the Hypnos label section of the store and scroll down.
This new release is a great one and we’re very proud of it!

2004.04.25

Hypnos/Binary artists Dweller at the Threshold are currently
in The Netherlands for the Alfa Centauri Electronic Music festival. Actually,
the performance isn’t for another few weeks, but they’re over there already,
soaking up the local culture (you can figure out for yourself what this might
mean).

Another Hypnos artist Paul Vnuk (half of Ma Ja Le, and also responsible for
the solo Hypnos album Silence Speaks in Shadows)
is also present, as part of Fragment of a Dream, an ambient/electronic “supergroup”
of sorts, featuring Paul Vnuk, Dave Fulton and John Duval of Dweller at the
Threshold, along with Giles Reeves. In other words, Dave and John will be performaing
not only as Dweller, but also as 2/4 of Fragment of a Dream.

Also performing will be Par Example, Intelligentsia, and Free System Project.
For more information, visit this information page:

Alfa
Centauri Festival

Dave Fulton also passes along the following information, some of it related
to the festival and some more general DATT/Fulton news:
Dave Fulton of DATT is now working on a new project which may actually result
in a new band (which for this moment is called ‘Fragment of a Dream’. Together
with John DuVal (DATT), Paul Vnuk (MaJaLe) and Giles Reaves (from Spacecraft)
he is preparing music and the show at Alfa Centauri #10 will be a collaboration
of Dave Fulton, John DuVal, Paul Vnuk and Giles Reaves and they will perform
their new music together with new and old DATT material.

Quantum has two new DATT related releases: First, the Full Boundary Condition.
It is the 1st 2 DATT albums and a 3rd of all new material in a special box set.

Also FSP and DATT have just released this new CD as well (American and European
retro synth music at its finest!):

Free System Projekt with DATT on Passenger 4. Visit the Passenger 4 Info Page for more (warning: link contains
graphic images of middle-aged men playing with modular synthetizers).

2004.04.07 (later)

The user interface problem with the Hypnos Online Store has been fixed (and in the process,
I’ve upgraded the storefront software to a slightly newer version. The result
of this is that the web address for the store has changed slightly:

OLD ADDRESS: http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv

NEW ADDRESS: http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc

That’s right, the only difference is .mvc at the end
now instead of .mv, but this is enough that you won’t find the store at all
at the old address. I’m in the process of changing the links to the Hypnos store
listed elsewhere on this site, so the only way you’ll need to make this change
is if you have the storefront bookmarked directly. 2004.04.07 Something’s currently
wrong with the Hypnos Online Store, and I’m working on figuring out
what it is. A quick look at the store front will reveal the problem… the category
list along the left side, and the toolbar along the top, are missing. I’ll keep
working at this, and don’t worry — if you have ordered, or if you wish to order,
everything else seems to be working OK. It’s just the user interface that’s
screwed up. Sorry for the inconvenience.

2004.04.06

If you tried to send me an email a few days ago and had
it bounced back as undeliverable, it was due to one of two problems. First someone
(a spammer apparently) sent me a file with a corrupted header and a giant binary
attachment, and not only did it fill up my inbox, but I also couldn’t download
or delete it. Second, the company that hosts the Hypnos.com domain has been
having problems with outages, most recently the mail server:

Message to Our Members
Valued Members:
As many of you are aware, on Friday, April 2nd, between
the hours of 11:30AM and 6PM EST the ValueWeb email system was down. We know
this was aggravating for all of you and it was also tremendously disappointing
to us.

Over the last several months, Affinity has heavily invested
in improving our email system. This investment has resulted in continued improvement
in uptime and mail performance over the last 90 days. We feel we owe you an
explanation.

On Friday morning April 2nd, our email storage system
experienced a serious error causing our email system to destabilize. We immediately
contacted the supplier of the system for emergency service. In order to protect
the stored mail, it was decided to take the system offline to repair data
corruption that occurred from the error. This took several hours. No data
was lost.

Saturday night into the early morning hours on Sunday
April 4th, our supplier implemented a source code fix to alleviate a bug in
their operating system. This action took several hours as well. The repair
was tested, the issue was replicated, and the fix implemented. We are extremely
confident the problem has been resolved. We continue to invest in our network
infrastructure to deliver further service improvements. Should you have any
questions regarding our improvement program, please contact us.

We know how critical email is to your business. Please
accept our sincere apology for this service interruption.

Sincerely, Peter Chambers CEO, Affinity Internet

Anyway, both problems seem to be fixed now and email
is apparently arriving normally.

2004.03.29

Added two more items to the “Hypnos Recommends” section
of the Hypnos Online Store — a pair of releases on A Produce’s
revived TrancePort Special Editions label:

A Produce/Ruben Garcia – Early Sessions 1991-1993
Ruben Garcia – Maybe Forgotten Forever (2CD)

Visit the
A Produce/TrancePort section of the Hypnos Store, or
the TrancePort
web site
(hosted on hypnos.com) for more info.

2004.03.26

Big update to the Hypnos Online Store today… check out the front page’s
“Hypnos Recommends” for lots of new stuff. Two more titles to add tonight or
this weekend, as well, so stay tuned.

2004.02.27

Hello again. New items added to the Hypnos Online Store tonight, including the long-awaited
second installment in VidnaObmana’s An Opera for Four Fusion Works series.
It’s Act II: Phrasing the Air (featuring Bill Fox). Other new titles added include:

Tom Heasley – On the Sensations of Tone
Alpha Wave Movement – Cosmology
Dom F. Scab – About a Tree
Ron Boots – Area Movement
Robert Rich – Calling Down the Sky

Also, a number of other Groove label titles were re-stocked,
including items from Michael Stearns, Ron Boots & Rudy Adrian. The store’s front
page “Hypnos Recommends” section will be updated in the next couple of days,
but in the mean time you can find these items by utilizing the “search” button
at the top of the store screen, or by visiting the appropriate section or category
on the left.

2004.01.22

Boy, it took me a while to dig out from the order backlog
that occurred during my vacation (see last update), but everybody’s been taken
care of (except a few people waiting on backorders of Jeff Pearce’s Summer
Solstice
, which is still on the way… but the machine is humming again.

Just completed an updated to the Hypnos Online Store, where you’ll find new titles including:

Steve Roach – Texture Maps
Steve Roach – Life Sequence
Roedelius – Evermore (featuring Rapoon)
Rapoon – Rhiz
Rapoon & Desaccord Majeur – Salmo Salar
Rapoon – I Am a Foreigner

Next week, we’ll see some new releases on the Amplexus
label, and it shouldn’t be too much longer before the new Vidna
Obmana Opera for Four Fusions Works – Act 2 is
available (it’s currently in production).

Then, the long-delayed-but-still-coming Hypnos releases from Numina, and from
Mathias Grassow and Jim Cole (see updates below for artwork previews).

2003 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2003

2003.12.23
PLEASE NOTE: Hypnos mail order HQ will be in hibernation mode between Wednesday
December 24 and Monday January 5, 2004. If your order was placed by the afternoon of Dec 23 or earlier, it
will be shipped before this vacation. The online store will remain “open” during this period, and orders will
be held safely until we start processing and shipping your orders again on Monday January 5, 2004. A number
of new items will be listed for sale at that time, as well. Thank you for your continued support!

2003.12.22
More reviews… cleaning out the old archive finally. This time it’s Thermal Transfer
by Vir Unis & Saul Stokes:

“Stroboscopic is a helicopter sinking through a time warp in the Bermuda Triangle. This
disc begs to be played at riskier volume. Tracks blend inside each other like a tidal wave
of tropical vibration as in Replicants in Orbit. Vir Unis, last heard on the collaboration
Blood Machine (Green House Music) with Steve Roach is in superb, groovy form on Thermal
Transfer blending his sythesizers with the ample rhythms of the Bay Area s Saul Stokes.
Portland label Hypnos has established Binary, a sub-label forged in deeper groove-laden
recordings with an emphasis on sequencer relationships. Modea s Liquid Metal is a churning
concoction of quirky percussion and smooth hand forged electronics via Stokes. This track
merges fluidly into Blurring Maguro (which is then remixed for the disc s final track).
The Interstitial (John Koch-Northrup) remix crosses semblances between itself and Aphex Twin
with an air of free-fusion electronics. This is a sizzling collaboration by two artists who
normally reduce the bpms in half. Here we have a solid combine of two electronic wizards
working in a singular, making for an overall more buoyant, voice. Turning the tonal levels
to a crispy, but darker element, The Burning Ground shrouds the listener in a heavy handed
transitional track that emphasizes its weight. On the title track, the preeminent tick-tocking
breathes an inverse, anxious sigh. An active listen that performs like stormy weather,
complete with its own abstract fractal sunset. This is a recording that pulses above the line
and beyond the pale.”

–TJ Norris, Soundvision

.

“Combining the idiosyncratic synthesizer music of Saul Stokes with the
high-energy fractal electronic rhythms of Vir Unis yields one of the more
adventurous (yet not inaccessible for the genre) recordings of last year.
Most of this CD is a full-out assault on the listener, albeit done is such
an enjoyable manner that no one in their right mind would object to the
pulsing beats, whirling synths and assorted textural effects. Starting off
with the high octane tune ‚Č•Kinetic Center‚ȧ with its percolating fractal
beats, swirling keyboards, and alien-insectoid backgrounds, the album is one
of those that, while enjoyable enough in the background, intensifies to an
almost unbearable (in the best sense of the word) degree when directly
listened to, especially with headphones.

There are nine tracks in all, many in the seven to nine-plus minute range,
so the electronics are allowed to evolve gradually. This is a wholly
textural EM exploration – donŌÄt expect melodic refrains herein – itŌÄs all
about overall impressions, yet the CD is also driven by a relentless series
of electronic beats (all of which sound cool to my ears). If you can resist
the cyber-sensuality opening of ‚Č•Stroboscopic,‚ȧ with a wailing guitar-like
keyboard played out against a steady sexy beat (is that a sampled water drum
I hear?) before the fractal hyper-drive kicks in – well, youŌÄre not clued in
to what these two artists are dishing out, obviously.

ItŌÄs no surprise that, being a Hypnos release, the engineering and
production are flawless. The soundfield is appreciably wide – there is stuff
happening everywhere on this CD. But rather than try to isolate this or
that, just slink on down and allow yourself to be absorbed into the kinetic
energy of the beats and the liquid smoke of the myriad synths. Owing to the

highly cybernetic feel to the overtly electronic nature of the CD, I would
guess that science fiction fans will enjoy this recording a lot. Thermal
Transfer is highly propulsive 21st (or maybe even 22nd) century music – made
for cruising the darker side of the backwaters of the Milky Way or fly-overs
of forbidding planetscapes (the friendly skies of Jonn Serrie this ainŌÄt!).

The only downside to the CD is that the melding of the two artists is so
synergistic that, as a reviewer, I canŌÄt delineate who contributed what
(beyond the obviousness of Vir UnisŌÄ fractal grooves). Thermal Transfer is
one of those unique collaborations whereby two artists form a symbiosis of
near perfect equality. StokesŌÄ inventive approach to EM (and using his
self-constructed synthesizers) is blended with UnisŌÄ trademark rhythms and
lush keyboards to produce music that, for all intents and purposes, sounds
like it is the product of a single psyche.

Whether you appreciate the glitchy ambient beats and bubbling sound effects
of ‚Č•ModeaŌÄs Liquid Metal,‚ȧ the hyper-speed tribal/fractal beats of ‚Č•Blurring
Maguro,‚ȧ or the truly odd ‚Č•The Burning Ground‚ȧ (indescribable EM noise
effects and pounding midtempo beats), Thermal Transfer is one of those CDs
that will entertain you for hours on end as you unravel its many pleasures.
While I have attempted to describe at least some of what lies ahead for
those who get this album, in all actuality, the music on this album is much
more adventurous (within the genre) than I could adequately characterize.
Fans of drifting and serene soundscapes need not apply – but lovers of
StokeŌÄs earlier kinetic work, as well as those who enjoyed UnisŌÄ
collaborations with Steve Roach (in particular, Blood Machine) will almost
assuredly delight in these explorations of electronics and beats.
Recommended.”

–Wind and Wire (Bill Binkelman)

.

“John Strate-Hootman goes by the name “Vir Unis” – Latin for “one man” – as
he feels this term best describes the insular attitude he holds towards
musical endeavor. However, a quick look at John’s “Curriculum Vitae” and
one finds that most of his musical output has actually been in collusion
with others (and a star studed cast it is, including some of the world’s
most innovative artists in electronic sound).

Now Saul Stokes is a guy who really does spend alot of time alone in his
studio/workshop. Stokes, the “Sonic Innovator”, not only experiments,
composes and records music but also builds, modifies and maintains a
unique array of custom-built synthesizer gear – a combination of poetry
and engineering as it were. So when Vir Unis shared the double-bill with
Saul Stokes at the 4 March 2000 Gathering in Philadelphia, the stage was
set for more than just an incredible evening of music – it was felt that
putting these two together in this space would surely lead to a greater
connection elsewhere.

That opportunity came later in the night, at about 2am, when the two
commenced their live on-air STAR’S END radio performance – their first
actual collaboration together. Having met only a few hours earlier, John
and Saul quickly became in tune with their instincts and with each other
and set about creating a two hour dreamscape which incorporated bottomless
drones, detuned harmonies and environmental field recordings. The radio
concert explored aspects of minimalism in both sound and consciousness as
the music affected the performers and their small in-studio audience – all
of us drifting off to sleep at one time or another (and occasionally all
at once!) throughout the duration of the concert.

THERMAL TRANSFER is the first full-length album by Vir Unis and Saul
Stokes. The idea of John’s micro-managed software based trance grooves
interacting with Saul’s electrically charged analogue sequencer
fluctuations seems most promising. This album is certainly unlike anything
we’ve ever heard from Saul Stokes prior to this, having more in common
with the design and progression of past Vir Unis albums. Each of the nine
tracks flow through an evolution beginning with swirling electronic
atmospheres out of which rise multi-layered rhythm loops that are
eventually engulphed again by encroaching misty synth pads. The energy
level of THERMAL TRANSFER ranges from impulse powered orbits all the way
up to warp driven dancefloor explorations. Interesting moments arise when
one pattern suddenly slips into another, marking a radical fluctuation on
the beat meter as well as on the navigational coordinates of the piece.
The morphing is done with precision – with the beats staying tightly in
phase – and will amuse the attentive listener while merely jostling those
less alert. THERMAL TRANSFER is an album about heat and light where rhythm
and timbre are ever unfolding and evolving – a novel study of the
intensity of tribal trance grooves tempered by post-new age breathing
synth forms.”

–Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End radio host

.

2003.12.21
Just catching up on inputting some reviews, some new and some old. This time the reviews are
for Imprint by M Griffin & D Fulton:

“If their last collaboration, The Most Distant Point Known, evoked images of sci-fi and deep space,
this one does even more so. Whereas the last disc tended toward darker ambience this one, while
still on the mellow side, has a little more activity. For instance, the coolest sound effects
begin ‘Please Identify.’ Both Griffin and Fulton are technical wizards, and the spatial separation
here as it pans from left to right is excellent, giving it a great deal of depth. ‘Biometric’ has
a similar feel of expansiveness. Swirling sweeping sounds whish and whoosh about. I envision
robots, or the inner workings of a spaceship. Though ‘Biometric’ is quite abstract, beautiful
dramatic synth strings appear for the last third of the 11-minute journey, giving it more of a
retro feel. The title track comes next, full of buzzes and bleeps that again conjure up visuals
of a science fiction film. An energetic sequence picks up the pace for just awhile, fading out
into what could be alien night sounds. Fulton’s influence is particularly notable on ‘Thermoptic
Disguise,’ which could easily pass for a Dweller At The Threshold track. ‘Plastic and Flesh’ may
be my favourite, featuring cool bell tones, then organ almost like the krautrock days of old Ash
Ra Tempel. The organ hangs around lazily until a crescendo appears almost out of nowhere. I
found the overall effect of the five-minute piece unique, refreshing. ‘Levitation Before Sunrise’
has great textures, choirs, pulses, and a general sense of pent-up energy waiting to be
unleashed, only gradually being allowed to escape. Consider Imprint for your next introspective
outer space voyage.”

–Phil Derby, SMD

.

“”Please Identify” on IMPRINT opens the album with plaintive
synth chords slowly alternating between keys. The piece leads
the listener, twisting and turning, along an odd sonic route of
complex drones, unique timbres and detuned sequencer tones.
This is the auspicious opening to the second collaborative effort
from Mike Griffin and Dave Fulton, an album attempting to satisfy
the modern yearning for enigma.

The music on IMPRINT falls under the classification of
Spacemusic and the duo demonstrates that there is no one way
to realize music of this genre. Griffin + Fulton take all the
ambiguities of the Spacemusic convention and streamline them
into a totally distinctive and striking vision. This is not tepid new
age bath music, nor is it a carbon-copy of the Berlin School – the
aural specifications of IMPRINT cover vast stretches with tracks
but no roads and triggers our imaginations to embrace the
unknown. The dreamy imagery and blurry edges of “Imprint”, the
title track, is a journey with no map. Layers of electronic pads
shift, phase and combine. This composition unfolds with both
the serenity of twilight at dawn and the enormity of crossing the
edge of the universe. “Thermoptic Disguise” is reminiscent of
the ’80’s style of EM – after a brief amorphous introduction, a
bouncing sequencer pattern emerges over which a restrained
lead melody speaks of challanges met and beauty lost.

With all their sonic pursuits, Mike Griffin + Dave Fulton attempt to
map and then trap space – converting it into permanent pieces of
data which can be released into your listening space; and it is
with sound that their world comes into being.”

–Chuck VanZyl, host of Star’s End radio

.

“Imprint your mind with the shared visions of deepest space, as realized by M Griffin and D Fulton;
subtly psychedelic spacestreams will carry you toward the outermost realms of abstractions.

From its tentatively wavering beginnings, please identify boldly plumbs otherworldly atmospheres and
after some celestial wayfaring, ends on radiation-bathed (and nearly-symphonic) overtures. The
biometric (11:16) pressure fluctuates with the everchanging balance between boiling vapors and
grumbling essences (as well as organlike drifts and orchestral slopes).

The title track hovers in a similar fashion until low burbling tones tweedle to-and-fro (and
back-and-forth) across the sonic spaciousness. The neuralnet crosses contemplatively thrumming
vastness, occupied by various airborne energy fields and tonal patterns.

Good-old earth-style organs pump and wheeze to the heavens in plastic and flesh (4:54) until
radiant beams of unknown origin dissolve all with their powers. Fluttering plains of feathery
organ-ics drones sweetly in levitation before sunrise.

Seven pieces make for nearly an hour of especially-immersive listening; piloting their computers
and synths into previously unheard territories, M Griffin and D Fulton leave an impressive
Imprint in the spacemusic genre. Nicely done! A-”

–The AmbiEntrance (David Opdyke)

.

2003.12.11
Here are a couple of new-ish reviews written by Todd Zachritz in “Industrial Nation” magazine:

“Jeff Pearce’s BLEED CD proves to be an absolutely beautiful and shimmering collection of
gentle soundscapes that blend acoustic guitars with the usual electronic sources. BLEED evokes
a calm, peaceful serenity, with a slight touch of mystery, as Pearce’s distant rumblings and
atmospheric reverberations are warmed up considerably by the addition of soft, melodic guitar
on most of these 13 tracks. Prior to this CD, I was not familiar with Pearce’s work, but
upon spinning this one numerous times, I’m convinced he’s walking alongside the genre’s
heavyweights. Really, you’re not likely to hear a more gorgeous album this year. My
full recommendation, and kudos to Mr. Pearce for creating such a lovely and enveloping
listening experience. Fans of stuff like Robert Rich, Steve Roach, or classic Eno should
track this one down.”

and…

“Finally, it’s M. Griffin & D. Fulton’s IMPRINT CD, which pools the talents of 2 little-known
ambient sound architects. IMPRINT glides along effortlessly in a sea of blissful mystery,
combining space, texture and melody. WHereas other ambient releases can consist of little
more than pleasant background sounds, IMPRINT has a distinctly human element present that
at times can actually be quite touching. WIth the composers coming from two distinctly
different “schools” of electronic sound (Griffin’s tendency is toward digital abstraction
and software-based systems while Fulton generally gears toward the analogue sequencer-prog-Berlin
style of composition), this collaboration is surprisingly cohesive. IMPRINT glides from
the darkly mysterious “Please Identify” to the cosmic free-flight of “Neuralnet,” and touches
on a number of electronic genres and vibes — both retro and modern. IMPRINT is a truly
effective soundtrack that rings with complexity and depth.”

Thanks to Todd Zachritz for the attention and praise! 2003.12.10
Been busy here putting the finishing touches on a trio of Hypnos label CDs, all 3 of which
will go into manufacturing soon. Here’s a preview of the artwork:

2003.11.17
Wow, over a month without any updates to this page. This it the way it seems to go, though…
consistent updates several times a week for a while, then nothing for a period of weeks.
When you go this long without updates, lots of stuff happens that needs to be covered.

The A Produce & Ruben Garcia disc Early Sessions 1991 – 1993 is available
on the Hypnos Online Store. Check the A Produce section, until I get the
Hypnos Recommends section updated, at which time this disc (and other new items) will be
featured on the front page.

Next, a series of sad announcements:

First, Vidna Obmana’s recently-announced performance
dates in support of Porcupine Tree have been cancelled due to unspecified “health problems.”
Here is the news announcement from vidnaobmana.org:

 Murphy's law in the extreme, due to severe illness it's very sad and hard to announce
 that the support tour for Porcupine Tree in Belgium and The Netherlands, in total 5
 concerts, is cancelled.

 We can only hope vidnaObmana will recover soon but at this very moment our gratitude
 goes out to Steven Wilson for his understanding and continuing support and to the
 venues Tivoli, De Boerderij and De Oosterpoort for their equal concern and appreciation.

 November 5 - 2003
 Spirit of í66, Verviers (Belgium) Support cancelled due to illness
 November 6 - 2003
 Spirit of í66, Verviers (Belgium) Support cancelled due to illness
 November 8 - 2003
 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) Support cancelled due to illness
 November 9 - 2003
 Tivoli, Utrecht (The Netherlands) Support cancelled due to illness
 November 10 - 2003
 Oosterpoort, Groningen (The Netherlands) Support cancelled due to illness
 

Second, one of our favorite ambient-music-related resources, The AmbiEntrance (mentioned on
this news page many times), has announced that it is closing. More specifically, David
Opdyke, who runs the site single-handedly (and even writes almost all the content himself),
has decided to call it quits at the end of this year. This is truly an unfortunate event,
but as someone who has worked for years to keep a music-relate “labor of love” running, I
can sympathize with David’s fatigue. I’d like to offer David sincere thanks for his support
of Hypnos (and related) music, as well as a pat on the back for all his work on behalf of
this genre in general.

Third, the announcement of AmbiEntrance’s closing (on the Ambient music mailing list on
hyperreal.org) prompted Bert Strolenberg, who has written for several years for the Dutch
magazine Klem, to announce that Frits Couwenberg, publisher of Klem, to stop publishing
the magazine after a 20 year run.

All good things must come to an end, of course, but given that we have so few print resources
for this kind of music, it’s a shame to see two of them disappear. We still have
Wind and Wire (now online-only, at www.windandwire.com), which continues despite a couple of “false alarm”
announcements that it too was ceasing publication. We also have
ElectroAmbientSpace, which is a new, printed newsletter, which deserves
your support.

That’s all for now… actually, there’s other news, but it’s better to bring this to a close
for now, and just post it. Here’s hoping the next update comes in days, rather than weeks! 2003.10.05
Hypnos listeners are certainly familiar with A Produce, the LA-based ambient/trance artist
whose solo album Smile on the Void was released on Hypnos, and who collaborated with
Hypnos founder M Griffin on the album Altara. Those familiar with the activities of
A Produce prior to his affiliation with Hypnos, though, may recall that the first four A
Produce solo discs were released on his own TrancePort label, and that the label was actively
releasing cassettes for years before that.

A Produce fans will be pleased to hear that TrancePort has been re-launched, starting with a
special, limited series of discs called TrancePort Special Editions. The first release on
this imprint is Early Sessions 1991 – 1993 by A Produce & Ruben Garcia. The TrancePort
web site is still under construction, but new content is being added regularly. You can visit
the work-in-progress web site at
www.hypnos.com/tranceport/.

More information on Early Sessions 1991 – 1993 by A Produce & Ruben Garcia is available
here, and the CD will be available on the
Hypnos Online Store soon. 2003.09.16
Here’s a reminder about an upcoming concert (this Friday) in San Francisco, featuring
long-time Hypnos & Binary artist Saul Stokes, and Foundry partner label main-man Michael
Bentley, who also records under the name eM.


Friday 19 September 2003 –
Saul Stokes and Michael Bentley/eM
Musician’s Union Hall, San Francisco
8PM – 11PM / $5

This evening of music will present solo sets from Saul Stokes and Michael
Bentley/eM, as well as a set featuring collaborations between these two
artists. Saul will be presenting improvised soundscapes using his collection
of hand forged electronic music instruments and devices. Michael will be
presenting his audio/video composition Chronos and Kairos.

That’s a very reasonable ticket charge for such a unique concert, so I hope a great crowd
will show up. 2003.09.11
Here’s an announcement of some upcoming European concert dates for vidnaObmana, opening for
the wonderful group Porcupine Tree on 6 of their dates:

Itís a great priveledge to announce that vidnaObmana, in the light of promoting SPORE
and the forthcoming LEGACY album, will support the fantastic Porcupine Tree on 6 of
their upcoming European shows in November.

Our association is very honoured that vidnaObmana will be able to perform live together
with Steven Wilsonís Porcupine Tree on the same stage and it goes without saying that
vidnaObmana will enjoy every minute of presenting the music live before an audience
outside the ambient realm. Boundaries are here to be crossed.

Here’re the dates :
November 5 – 2003
Spirit of í66, Verviers (Belgium)
November 6 – 2003
Spirit of í66, Verviers (Belgium)
November 7 – 2003
Al Seerei, Diekirch (Luxemburg)
November 8 – 2003
De Boerderij, Zoetermeer (The Netherlands
November 9 – 2003
Tivoli, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
November 10 – 2003
Oosterpoort, Groningen (The Netherlands)

Don’t miss out on one of these unique events as it’s an opportunity not only to see
vidnaObmana and Porcupine Tree on one evening but also on stage of some of the best
concertspaces in Belgium and The Netherlands. For this series of 6 concerts vidnaObmana
can rely again on the support and expertise of soundengineer Stratosphere.

Congratulations to vidnaObmana on
this opportunity to play in front of a different audience
than the usual trance/ambient listeners. 2003.09.07
Congrats to Saul Stokes on the latest Echoes radio monthly Top 25 for August:

 Echoes Top 25
 August 2003

 1 - Tim Story/Hans-Joachim Roedelius ‚Ȇ Lunz - Narada
 2 - Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 2003 - Rhino
 3 - Rhonda Larson - Distant Mirrors ‚Ȇ Bear Behind
 4 - Yo-Yo Ma - Obrigado Brazil ‚Ȇ Sony Classical
 4 - Saul Stokes ‚Ȇ Fields - Hypnos
 6 - Acoustic Eidolon - Beyond Words ‚Ȇ Eidolon Music
 7 - Coryell/Assad/ Abercrombie - Three Guitars - Chesky
 8 - Nigel Shaw ‚Ȇ Ancestors ‚Ȇ Seventh Wave
 9 - Kevin Bartlett - Near Life Experience ‚Ȇ Aural Gratification
 10 - One Alternative ‚Ȇ Pendulum ‚Ȇ One Alternative Music
 11 - Erik Wollo - The Polar Drones - Groove
 12 - Kevin Locke - Midnight Strong Heart ‚Ȇ Red Feather
 13 - Loop Guru - Bathtime with Loop Guru - Hypnotic
 14 - Pat Metheny - One Quiet Night ‚Ȇ Warner Bros
 15 - Jairamji - Kindred Spirits - Dakini
 16 - Bob Holroyd - Without Within ‚Ȇ Six Degrees
 17 - Bela Fleck - Ten from Little Worlds - Columbia
 18 - John Wubbenhorst - Facing Beloved ‚Ȇ Facing East
 19 - AES Dana - Season 5 - Ultimae
 20 - Erik Wollo - Emotional Landscapes ‚Ȇ Spotted Peccary
 21 - Al Jewer & Andy Mitran - Two Trees ‚Ȇ Laughing Cat
 22 - Carbon Based Lifeforms - Hydroponic Garden - Ultimae
 23 - Brian Sparks - Wind Voyages - Neoga
 24 - Jeff Greinke - Weather from Another Planet - FWD
 25 - Kitaro ‚Ȇ Kojiki - Domo
2003.09.06
OK, the
Hypnos Online Store front page update, featuring the addition of Hell’s
Canyon
and Taksu (by Loren Nerell), mentioned in yesterday’s news update, has been
completed.

2003.09.05 (later)
Great news! The latest Binary release, John Duval’s Hell’s Canyon, is now available for
purchase on the
Hypnos Online Store. I’m still completing the front page “Hypnos Recommends”
section update for September, but you can find Hell’s Canyon in the Binary label section, or
by using the “search” feature at the top bar. Also added is Taksu, by Loren Nerell, on the
Soleilmoon label.

Direct links to the Binary and Soleilmoon sections of the Hypnos store (scroll down to the bottom
of these pages, as newest additions appear at the bottom):

Binary label
Soleilmoon label

2003.09.05
Meant to post this schedule of Tom Heasley’s current tour when I first received it, but
forgot about it until I received a reminder from Tom today. The tour is about half-over, but
it’s certainly not too late to catch some of these shows. Check out www.tomheasley.com for
more information.

TOM HEASLEY     2003 Solo Tour

Thursday, August 21
9 P.M.
Meet The Composer Concert
M Shanghai Den and Bistro
129 Havemeyer St. (Grand & S. 1st)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 384-9300
info@magmusic.org
www.magalhaesmusic.org

Monday, August 25
9 P.M.  (two sets)
Admission $7.00
Chama: The Secret of the Golden Flower
332 East 4th Street (between Avenues C & D)
East Village, NYC
646.654.6472

Thursday, September 4
6 P.M.
Sonic Circuits Festival
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington,  D.C.
http://www.composersforum.org/dc

Friday, September 5
8 P.M.
Sonic Circuits Festival
Warehouse Theater
Washington, D.C.
http://www.composersforum.org/dc

Friday, September 10
8 P.M.
Caffe Driade
1215-A   E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 942-2333
www.caffedriade.com

Friday, September 12
9 P.M.
Nightlight
405 ő© W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 933-5550
mr@dyss.net
http://dyss.net/nightlight

Sunday or Monday, September 14 or 15 (tba)
Louisville, KY

Tuesday, September 16
Guidoís NYC Pizza
Nashville, TN
www.VKMusic.org

Wednesday, September 17
WAWL-FM
Chattanooga State College
Chattanooga, TN
Flyingman1@netscape.net

Thursday, September 18
9 P.M.
Eyedrum
290 MKL Jr. Drive SE, Suite 8
Atlanta, GA
(404) 522-0655
http://tk.jk.net/euphonic/
www.eyedrum.org

Friday, September 19
8 P.M.
Athica Gallery
285 W. Washington St.
Athens, GA
(706) 227-6199
with special guests:
Tony Evans (electronics)
& Marshall Marrotte (electronics)

Sunday afternoon, September 21 or Monday evening, September 22 (tba)
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN

Tuesday, September 30
Tampa, FL

Friday, October 3
Super Happy Funland
2610 Ashland St. (@ W. 27th St. in the Heights)
Houston, TX
(713) 880-2100
http://www.superhappyfunland.com

tomheasley.com

“I love Tom’s music; if you don’t go to hear him when ya can, well…..your loss!” David Torn / splattercell

And of course, Heasley’s Hypnos disc Where the Earth Meets the Sky is still
available on the Hypnos Online Store. 2003.09.04
It’s been in the works for a while, it will certainly interest anybody reading this page,
and it’s almost here. It’s the Different Skies Electronic Space Music Festival,
at Arcosanti (65 mi North of Phoenix, Arizona), between September 8 -14, 2003. Many
people have been referring to this upcoming event as “Arcosanti” or “The Arcosanti
Festival” (including Dave Fulton, whose band Dweller at the Threshold is playing), but
the true name of the event is “Different Skies,” and the location is Arcosanti.

More information is available at
differentskies.com
— definitely sounds like a worthwhile event to attend. Artists
performing include Hypnos & Binary artists Dweller at the Threshold, and Paul Vnuk Jr.
of Ma Ja Le. Other non-Hypnos-related performers include Metlay!, Mutation Vector,
Ozone Player, Giles Reaves, Sundagger, Tim Walters, Xeroid Entity, and Tristram Visual. 2003.09.03
I’ve just received word that the newest Hypnos/Binary release, Hell’s Canyon by
John Duval (of Dweller at the Threshold), will be ready very soon (within the next week).
It will be made available as soon as I have CDs in hand, at the
Hypnos Online Store. Can’t wait!

2003.08.29
Here are two recent reviews of on of the latest on Hypnos/Binary, Sonic Approach by
Synthetic Block.

The first review appeared on The AmbiEntrance web-zine:


“Depending on the ear of the beholder, the initial moments of Variations On A Theme Of Absence could be
prettily eerie or utterly serene (I find them both!) but in a spacey vein regardless; the track grows
more musical, with a slow bass groove, even. The soft, clambering notelets, faint rhythmics and gossamer
sheens of Sonic Approach warp into a free-flying celestial mode, taking a bass-powered detour toward
its more-shapeless close.

Doused (12:53) begins as smooth sheets rise and fall in extended flutters; later, low, tuneful riffs
unfurl against long-reaching curtains of spectral softness, while buoyant bass flits beneath; the
track lands in its own little sea of tranquility. Bed Of Sphinxes rolls on electric crests of a
symphonic nature; when these lush waves segue into The Square Triangle, they are topped by interlocking
synth motifs of tweedling leads and pulsing lows with caressing overtones.

A pair of short interludes finish the disc; dazzling little Inevitable (2:59) oscillates and levitates
on crystalline notes and sweeps, then becomes Sonic Recall via a more-deeply twisting strand which
burrows into toneshifting clouds, etched with sporadic cymbal activities.

Pretty… spacey… and sometimes so crispy clean it seems a bit sterile, though when soundcapes are
this gorgeous, that’s a niggling point. Synthetic Block merges fluid melodies into starlit ethereality
with his gentle Sonic Approach. Rated A-


We thank David Opdyke of The AmbiEntrance for the review. Next up is a review which
appeared in the Dutch magazine Klem, written by Bert Strolenberg:


There has been quite a gap between the release of Jonathan’s 2nd
release The Opposite of staring into Space and this brandnew one.
Sonic Approach (8 tracks, almost 60 min.) has been worth the wait,
offering another blend of classic electronics & the sophisticated
infusion of modern approaches,
so-called “Block-treatments”. Next to the flowing passages there are
sequenced , more structured parts leading the way, but there’s always
this lush, adventurous feel showing up during the whole record. The
music delves into spacious territory (Quartz Marsh) but the tracks
also show distinct traces of Berliner School (Square Triangle), the
vast soundlayers sometimes even reminding of Schulze in his ’70-
period. The later absolutely applied for the nice solo-sounds in the
12-minute track Doused.

All these elements make listening to Sonic Approach a very enjoyable
experience, in which you actually experience electronic music of
former times get connected to the present. Well done !”


Lastly, listener feedback on the same CD from “Flyingdude” (who is
also a radio DJ on station WAWL), on the Hypnos Forum:


I cannot believe that there is not more feedback regarding “sonic approach”.
upon receiving my radio promo the first note on track 1 totally captivated me.
block approaches sonic sounds immediately and never slows. and, of course,
fulton pulls some tricks. “square triangle” is my top playlist pick because
of it’s well defined and energetic change in tempo and musical registration.
all tracks are getting air and well deserving of such.
are you guys collaborating with the russians?
are you on the same interstellar link?
very few composers are in touch with the same deep grooves and beats (nearly industrial), but very melodic.
not wanting to pass judgement, or anything, but
“sonic approach” & “fields” are two HYPNOS/BINARY tops.
thank you my friends… ”


We appreciate eedback from reviewers, DJs and casual listeners alike, and
and hope these remarks will help inspire
new listeners to check out the Sonic Approach CD at
the Hypnos Online Store.

2003.08.25
Wow, what a response to last week’s update to the Hypnos Online Store. As usual, I appreciate the support, and will do
my best to get these orders out tonight and tomorrow.

I’ve been away from Hypnos HQ since late last week, taking part (as volunteer driver) in a most
unusual event, the “Hood-to-Coast Relay,”
the largest relay race in North America. Wow, what a traffic mess, what a sleep-deprived, crazy bunch of sweaty
maniacs. Totally unlike anything else you’ll ever experience, and I didn’t even run/walk the thing, just
drove a van. Anyway, I’m back now and ready to get back to Hypnos work. If you have emailed me or “PM’ed”
me during that “away time,” I’ll be getting back to you soon.

This would also be a good time to mention that I’ll be changing the main Hypnos contact email, from mgriffin @
hypnos.com to something new (to be posted soon), due to an increasingly un-reasonable onslaught of spam email
(lately, over 1,000 messages a day). That spam problem caused me to turn to a “spam filter” program, but that
seems to be occasionally deleting “non-spam” messages, which of course causes a problem when I never respond
and my customer/friend/associate wonders what the heck is going on.

Following the creation of this new email message, I’ll also be changing the way the email address is displayed
on the web site, not in order to make it more difficult to get ahold of me (of course, the opposite is my goal),
but to make it more difficult for “spam-bots” (email address harvesting computer programs, used by spammers) to
pick out my address from the Hypnos site. You’ll see how it will work, and I’m convinced the inconvenience of
the change to my long-established email address, will be vastly outweighed by the improvement in how I’m able
to deal with and respond to incoming mail. More on this soon… 2003.08.21
Finally, a new update to the Hypnos Online Store! Several new items are in, plus a few
re-stocks that had been out for a while. The list includes:

Jeff Pearce – Summer Solstice
Nick Parkin & Tom Gillieron – Red Shift
Jeff Greinke – Weather From Another Planet
Brannan Lane & Tom Larson – Tribal Spirit
VidnaObmana – Spore (re-stock)
Zero Ohms & Brannan Lane – Immense Distance
Hafler Trio – Cleave: 9 Great Openings (re-stock)
Bass Communion versus Muslimgauze (re-stock)

Obviously the most demanded title were the Pearce and Greinke discs, due to each
artist’s Hypnos connection, but Vidna’s Spore is still getting a bit
of activity. And it’s nice to see so many people buying the new Hafler Trio…
H30 was always one of my favorite overlooked names to recommend to experienced
ambient fans looking to try something a little different. 2003.08.03
We’re down to the last two dates Robert Rich’s concert tour:

*Saturday August 9 - Portland, OR
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97214-1534
Phone: 503.239.5900
$15, $10 Students/Seniors
Doors open 7:30, Robert starts at 9:30 PM
Opening act: Dweller at the Threshold starts 8:00pm
Info: contact@nocturnalpdx.com, www.nocturnalpdx.com

*Saturday August 16 - Pomona, CA
51 Buckingham (at Downtown Pomona Arts Colony)
301 West 2nd St. Pomona CA 91766
Tel: 909-629-0051, 909-629-3665
http://www.51buckingham.com
Advanced Tix: Rhino Records, 235 Yale, Claremont CA 91711
909-626-7774.

The Aug 9th show, this Saturday, will be a fun one for me because A) I’ll be introducing the artists,
B) I’ll be meeting Robert Rich for the first time, C) I’ll be attending a show at the Nocturnal
venue for the first time, and D) this will be the live debut by the post-Paul Ellis version
of Dweller at the Threshold (not to say that Dweller will automatically improve with Paul out
of the group — just that it’s a different mix and I’m curious to see how thing will fit together).
Hope to see you all there! 2003.07.23 (later)
Here, as I continue digging through the last few months’ worth of CD reviews that I haven’t posted yet,
we find Wind and Wire’s review (written by Bill Binkelman) of Jeff Pearce’s Bleed, his latest on Hypnos:


Ambient guitar wizard Jeff Pearce returns to the melancholic soundscape terrain of his earlier recordings (The
Hidden Rift and Vestiges) on his latest effort, Bleed. Unlike recent releases (The Light Beyond and To the Shores
of Heaven), the music on Bleed is undeniably darker, more somber, and, in my opinion, more complex and evocative.
While I appreciated the technical mastery of his previous two recordings, I believe that Pearce’s strongest talent
lie in the same realm as fellow artist Tim Story, i.e. crafting miniature musical paintings suffused with a sense
of tragic beauty. Just as Story’s neo-chamber pieces evoke regret, bittersweet remembrance, and loss, songs on The
Hidden Rift and Vestiges struck me as musical interpretations of grey skies, open desolate places, and barren trees
in late autumn. Recent Pearce recordings were filled, instead, with warm drifting ambient pieces and elicited
feelings of peace, serenity, and the fulfillingness of love. In addition, some of the songs got quite lengthy.

On Bleed, all tracks are in the three to four-minute range. By narrowing his focus and crafting shorter pieces,
Pearce has exponentially (in a positive way) affected the impact of the music. The opening song, “Autumn and
Regret” conveys more in its three-and-a-half minutes than many other artists can do in triple that time span.
Reverbed guitar, played gently against a backdrop of the echoes of previously played notes, contains enough
melody to make the song accessible yet it still wholly exists within the realm of ambient music. “Written in
Water” slows the pace down considerably and adds layers of processed guitar (resembling synths) underneath a
more plaintive series of notes and chords.

One thing that will strike fans of recent Jeff Pearce albums (after just one playing of Bleed) is how this is
Pearce’s most “guitary” album in a long time. While he still does wonders in the studio with manipulating echo,
reverb, and who knows what else, the crystalline tones, notes and chords on this recording are clearly coming
from a guitar (on most, but all cuts). I prefer this musical style; it allows the more “human” side of this
artist’s sensitive and emotional compositions and playing to come to the forefront. I’m not dissing floating
ambient music, but Pearce’s guitar playing can be so beautifully sad that the less “disguised” it is, the
better it plays to my ears. Of course, sometimes (such as on selected cuts on The Hidden Rift or Vestiges) his
more textural playing is equally impressive.

Bleed is powerful in its carefully nuanced portrayals of sorrow and pain, and I’m not drawing these “sad”
inferences solely from my own emotional response to the music. Track titles include “Through Tears,” “False
Hope,” “Abandoned Playground,” and the title song. Jeff Pearce has obviously translated some personally felt
and somber feelings of his own onto this recording. Had I heard it before compiling my “favorites” list for
2002, it would have easily placed in the top 10.

From the mildly uptempo “False Hope” (featuring chorale effects underneath the sad guitar refrain) to the
shadowy darkness of “Abandoned Playground” (one of the few tracks to prominently feature the processed washes
and “pseudo-synthesizer” musical textures of recent Pearce albums) to the tone of acceptance and resignation
that permeates the closing song, “The Last Secret,” Bleed is proof enough for me that Jeff Pearce remains,
arguably, the finest practitioner of electric guitar ambient music recording today. Simply put, Bleed is music
at its most emotional, its most evocative, and its most sincere. Highly recommended.


I admit to being under the impression (because of something that founder & central scribe Bill Binkelman said on the
Hypnos Forum) that Wind and Wire was on hiatus, or that Bill was planning to take an indefinite break from reviewing,
but my latest visit to the site
(www.windandwire.com) reveals that not only is it
still going strong, but there’s a ton of new content, and the site has switched to a “monthly issue” format
(rather than just posting new stuff as it’s ready, irregularly) which I think works well. Also, reviews by Hypnos
Forum regular Brian Bieniowski are lately reprinted on Wind and Wire, which is a plus. This Pearce
review is not from the current issue, but I’m just getting to posting it on this page — my delay, not Bill’s.
Here’s hoping that Wind and Wire will keep plugging along, and not fade away. Thanks to Bill for this review, and
for his long-standing support and advocacy of Hypnos. 2003.07.23
New information about the August 2nd date on Robert Rich’s concert tour:

**  new Aug. 2 - Seattle, WA info. **

*Saturday August 2 - Seattle WA
Secluded Alley Works
113 12th Ave,  just North of 12th and Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets: $12 advanced, $17 day of show
Advanced Tix: http://www.wildangellabs.com/rr-tix.html
Info. & map:  http://www.wildangellabs.com/rr-concert.html
Email: rrtix @wildangellabs.com (without the space) or call  (206) 679-9143

Looking forward to seeing the Aug 9th show myself… hope the rest of you will check out
Robert’s show if he comes near your area. 2003.07.22
Having just mentioned the Stokes interview being featured on the new
AmbiEntrance web-zine posting,
I thought I’d also mention that this month’s issue has a great review of the Hypnos/Foundry release
SUB.TERRA. Also, the Foundry web site has been updated with other reviews of SUB.TERRA
on this page.
Check it out and listen to the sound clips (also available at the Hypnos Online Store, though there’s one ommission in the track-listing there — it should
also include the track “Solitude” by Interstitial). 2003.07.21
Another new Hypnos-related feature on Echoes Radio is happening in August. See below for the announcement
of the Saul Stokes feature on Echoes slated for August 1 — now, Echoes is announcing a new Living Room
Concert feature with Jeff Pearce:


Wednesday 7/30, Saturday 08/02**, Sunday 08/03*
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH JEFF PEARCE
Indiana based guitarist Jeff Pearce unfolds his layered melodies and deep
atmospheres in a special Echoes Living Room concert. Jeff Pearce creates
reverberant guitar orchestrations through his fragile melodies spun through
into loops, delays, and echos that build and converge, creating a sonic
womb of melancholy. He plays music from his January Echoes CD of the
Month, Bleed and some new works. This is a special performance with a
“live” Living Room audience to benefit West Chester Friends School.


Thanks as always to the folks at Echoes Radio for their wonderful support
of Hypnos and our family of artists! 2003.07.17
This month’s posting of the AmbiEntrance
(almost inarguably the most important web-zine in the genre of ambient music) includes a new
interview with Saul Stokes,
in which Stokes discusses his beginnings as a musician and synth-builder, his inspirations and working
methods, and even his relationship with Hypnos.

So often in this electronic age, interviews are often handled by the “I’ll email you some questions
and you email me back your answers” method, with the result that interesting answers to early questions
fail to result in the interviewer following them up in more detail. This interview, though conducted
electronically, was done question-by-question via internet chat, allowing David Opdyke of the
AmbiEntrance to sieze upon some of Saul’s responses and explore ideas which might have been missed in
the more conventional electronic interview format. This interview is definitely worth a read, whether
or not you’re interested in Saul Stokes or Hypnos, if you consider yourself a fan of ambient or
electronic music in any form.

Oh, and the appearance of this month’s AmbiEntrance sidebar reminds me that a new
Griffin and Sabine
book is coming out soon… At any rate, run on over to the
AmbiEntrance and take a look. 2003.07.16 (later)
Here’s an updated schedule of the remaining shows on Robert Rich’s concert tour:

As a reminder, Robert Rich resumes his 2003 summer tour this week.

Please contact the venues or organizers listed below for the latest updates.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Robert Rich 2003 July-August Tour Dates      Updated on July 6, 2003
http://www.robertrich.com/rrconcerts.html
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**  add July 20 - Detroit, MI  **

*Wednesday July 16 - Columbus OH
Dragonfly Neo-V Cuisine, $8
247 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
614.298.9986
http://www.dragonflyneov.com
contact: tentochi2003@yahoo.com

*Friday July 18 - Louisville, KY
U of L School of Music Recital Hall
Info: jason@krack.org, http://www.krack.org
Opening act: SKL, start 8:30

*Sunday July 20th - Detroit, MI
Detroit Science Center Planetarium
5020 John R St., Detroit, MI
Doors at 9, show begins promptly at 9:30pm
114 person capacity  _advance tickets available_
For more info:  http://www.paxahau.com

*Tuesday July 22 - Chillicothe IL
8:00 PM, STG Fidelity Sound Lab
953 North Second St, Chillicothe IL, 61523
$10 adv., $12 door, 30 seat limit
Info: Eric Williamson 

*Friday July 25 - Denver CO
Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl Street.
Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm
Opening Act: Sisk
$22.50 Tickets on sale at the door.
$20 Advance tickets through
http://www.project-aristotle.com/store/displays/al2k3
For Info: projectaristotle@yahoo.com, Joe Dobzynski.

*Saturday July 26 - Denver CO
House concert at home of Jim Lanpheer. 30 person limit.
Info: jlanpheer@earthlink.net, 720-200-0363

*Saturday August 2 - Seattle WA
Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Possibly an opening act??
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets: $12 advanced, $17-$18 at the door
Advanced Tix: glurpseattle@yahoo.com (206) 679-9143

*Saturday August 9 - Portland, OR
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97214-1534
Phone: 503.239.5900
$15, $10 Students/Seniors
Doors open 7:30, Robert starts at 9:30 PM
Opening act: Dweller at the Threshold starts 8:00pm
Info: contact@nocturnalpdx.com, www.nocturnalpdx.com

*Saturday August 16 - Pomona, CA
51 Buckingham (at Downtown Pomona Arts Colony)
301 West 2nd St. Pomona CA 91766
Tel: 909-629-0051, 909-629-3665
http://www.51buckingham.com
Advanced Tix: Rhino Records, 235 Yale, Claremont CA 91711
909-626-7774, available starting July 1.



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Robert Rich  /  Soundscape Productions  /  Amoeba Music

P.O. Box 1471                  rr@robertrich.com
Mountain View, CA 94042 USA    http://www.robertrich.com
--------------------------------------------------------

Looking forward to seeing the Aug 9th show myself… hope the rest of you will check out
Robert’s show if he comes near your area. 2003.07.16
A few small changes of note…. first, I archived from this very “News” page all updates
prior to 2003 (the archives are available at the bottom of this page) to shorten this
document.

Also, on the Hypnos Online Store, created a number of price reductions in several
categories such as the Manifold, In the Bubble (Vir Unis), and Release/Relapse labels, to clear
out some slow-moving and closeout items. You can link directly to these label sub-sections
of the Hypnos store here:

Release

In the Bubble/Vir Unis

Manifold

Plenty of great deals on CDs to be had… if you’re like me, sometimes something that was
a “maybe” purchase at $12.99 becomes more appealing when it’s under $10, so take a look before
they’re all gone. 2003.07.15
In further Stokes-related news, here is an Echoes radio update related to an upcoming
feature on Saul Stokes, which will air on August 1st on most stations carrying Echoes:


ECHOES
A Nightly Music Soundscape
Over 150 Radio Stations

FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
for July 2003

Following is a listing of Echoes features and Living Room Concerts
that may include yourself or one or more of your artists. Keep in
mind that not all stations run all ten hours of ECHOES produced each
week. Some stations also tape delay their broadcasts, and others
swap the sequence of hours. The 3 to 4 dates you’ll see with each
listing are the initial broadcast, the following Saturday where many
stations tape delay, and the following Sunday, which is the Echoes
Sunday feed. Call one of our 150 public radio stations for the
forthcoming week of ECHOES.

ARTISTS FEATURED THIS MONTH ON ECHOES
Randy Armstrong, Autumn’s Child, Alex de Grassi, Kaki King,
McGill-Manring-Stevens, Pat Metheny, Mundi Ensemble,
One Alternative, Christopher O’Riley, Jason Rubenstein, Serart,
Saul Stokes, 3AM

* denotes Echoes principal weekday & Sunday feeds.

[deleted all the features but the last]

Friday 8/1*
SAUL STOKES TINKERS WITH TUNES
Saul Stokes has a new album called Fields (Hypnos) which shows what happens when a
technology knob twiddler with an avant-garde sound starts to tinker with tunes.
Synthesist and instrument builder Saul Stokes talks about rediscovering melody in the
circuitry of his homemade instruments.

John Diliberto
Echoes
Now On More Than 150 Stations
Contributor Billboard, Amazon.com, Guitar World
P.O. Box 256
1649 Art School Rd.
Chester Springs, PA 19425
610.827.9600
http://www.echoes.org


Echoes radio has featured other Hypnos artists before (particularly Jeff Pearce, an Echoes
favorite who has performed several Living Room Concerts and been the subject of many
Echoes features), but this is a first for Stokes. If you’re curious about all the fuss
Fields is receiving, run on over to the Hypnos Online Store
and pick yourself up a copy! 2003.07.14
Here’s a great new review of Fields (by Saul Stokes), written by Chuck VanZyl, host
of Star’s End radio, and the promoter of Philadelphia’s excellent Gatherings concert
series:


“Constructing his music from the gear on up has provided Saul Stokes
with a truly fascinating musical voice. His music’s success comes
from a combination of his singularly idiosyncratic sound designs and,
on Fields (67:38), a more conformed approach to composition. As
expected, at the foundation of this album are the unique rhythms and
timbres realized by Stokes using his custom built synthesizers; but
more significant is the particular mental outlook required to
undertake such a mission.

On Fields, Stokes evloves beyond pure
abstract expressionism and wiring wizardry by wrangling seven
coherent “songs” out of the familiar chaos of his aural experiments.
Attempts at analyzing this music through comparison are futile as the
music’s originality defies analogy. Aligning Fields with Intelligent
Dance Music, classic Spacemusic, New Age or even the Avant-Garde
proves inadequate. Stokes should be commended for his
uncategorizability. Fields is an album full of positive energy and
distinctive contrasts. It is many things: refined, warm, uplifting,
comforting and contemplative as well as cold, unsettling and raw –
its catchy, friendly hooks running contrary to its directionless
free-form. Here Stokes revels equally in tightly arranged
progressions and timeless amorphous drones.

When Saul Stokes first came to the attention of the
Ambient/Spacemusic scene, he was often referred to as an “up and
coming” musical prospect. With the release of Fields, Stokes has
definately “arrived”; however briefly… and continued straight on
passed us and all our notions about Electronic Music. Today Stokes is
a leading inspirational force in our diverse and talented community.”


Thanks for the review, Chuck… and congratulations to Saul for the obviously
ever-growing respect his work is gaining. 2003.07.13
Below, a new review of Jeff Greinke’s Wide View, his latest on Hypnos:


“Ambient-landscape music is made in various forms, and on this new
recording of Jeff Greinke (known from both his solo and collaborative
efforts for many years) we find a nice blend of both the physical as
mental component of the subject. Wide View consists of 9 tracks, all
together 48 enjoyable minutes very suitable for mapping and
recollecting landscapes in our mind. While listening to this record,
I was struck by the strong sense of melancholy and reflection within
the delicate miniatures presented here. They slowly shift in the same
manner as heard her and there in the music of Tim Story or Brian Eno
with lots of space between the key-notes. This music won’t make you
feel at ease in the normal way, there are a few undercurrents of
something foreboding I can’t really depict, although its not
disturbing either. Nevertheless, this introspective-kindred
recording will do nicely in evening hours and will surely appeal to
lots of ambient-fans out there. Keep this one in mind !”


Our thanks to Bert Strolenberg for the review. 2003.07.11
Here’s a sneak preview of the next Hypnos/Binary release, Hell’s Canyon by John Duval
(of Dweller at the Threshold):

This one looks to be just about ready to go into production, so a release date will
most likely be announced next week. 2003.07.08
The downside to going a really long time without keeping things up to date, is that when you
finally get around to trying to catch up, it’s hard to know where to begin. So today, a
quick, bullet-point summary of what’s happening with the Hypnos label and the artists.

Jeff Pearce recently played a series of shows in Pennsylvania, including an Echoes Living Room
Concert (sort of a live radio show, sort of a house concert), a show in Pittsburgh with
Hypnos label-mate Robert Rich, and another show in Harrisburg with Rich (along with non-Hypnos
guys Steve Roach and John Serrie). For more information about these exploits, including some
listener reaction to the Summer Solstice limited CDR Jeff sold at the concerts, visit
the Hypnos
Artists
section of the
Hypnos Forum.

Robert Rich is in the middle of an extended cross-country tour, which will include a performance
here in Portland with opening act (and Hypnos/Binary artist) Dweller at the Threshold. It seems
that I will be acting as Emcee here, as well. For more information about Robert’s tour (which is
roughly halfway complete, but which extends until mid-August), visit
here.

Recent Hypnos/Binary CD releases Fields by Saul Stokes and Sonic Approach are
starting to work their way out into the world. Radio airplay has been happening, listener
feedback is being posted at the
Hypnos Forum,
and print reviews should start to appear soon.

Coming next from Hypnos and Binary: Hell’s Canyon by John Duval (of Dweller
at the Threshold, on Binary), The Last Bright Light by Matthias Grassow and Jim Cole (Hypnos),
Sanctuary of Dreams by Numina (Hypnos), and The Sacred Ordinary by Paul Ellis (Binary).
These releases are in various stages of completion, but I should have artwork to show for Hell’s
Canyon
very soon. The others should be released later this summer.

There’s more news to tell, more reviews to post, and more new stuff on the Hypnos Online Store
to talk about, but I’ll just post this and leave the rest for next time. 2003.06.04
Boy, THAT was fun. Just finished a nasty bout of food poisoning, or the world’s worst case
of stomach flu, whichever, following upon a visit to Portland from Hypnos artist Paul Vnuk.
Near-death illness, visit from Paul Vnuk… Is there a connection?

The most recent update’s track listing w/ MP3 clips for Jonathan Block’s album
Sonic Approach included at least one typo… thus, here is a corrected list of links:

Variations on a Theme of Absence
The Quartz Marsh
Sonic Approach
Doused
Bed of Sphinxes
The Square Triangle
Inevitable
Sonic Recoil

More news here soon…
2003.05.21
Wow! What a flood of orders via the Hypnos Online Store, following
the just-mentioned update. Thanks, everyone, for all your support. I’ve been working hard to get
all the orders out the door and the last of them have been sent today. I can’t remember a flood of
orders like this since the releases of Humidity and To the Shores of Heaven.

Virtually every order includes Saul Stokes’s Fields so I have to assume that’s the biggest
reason for the influx of orders. Also released the same day, though, was Synthetic Block’s
Sonic Approach. Now we have MP3 sample clips available from each track on that album,
so if you were waiting for a “taster” (as we had available for Fields and Sub.Terra
last week, here you go:

Variations on a Theme of Absence
The Quartz Marsh
Sonic Approach
Doused
Bed of Sphinxes
The Square Triangle
Inevitable
Sonic Recoil

Big thanks to Synthetic Block himself for creating (and hosting) these clips at a time
when I’ve been so extra-busy that I hadn’t been able to get any clips done yet.
In addition to just playing the clips, maybe take a look at the rest of
www.synthblock.com. Also,
Jonathan (that is, Jonathan Block, the real name behind Synthetic Block) has posted
a very interesting “Making of Sonic Approach” posting to the
Hypnos Forum (check
the Binary section) — definitely worth a read!
2003.05.15
Check the very worthwhile update to the Hypnos Online Store if you’re
interested in new music. Added to the list are several new items that people have been asking
about for months and months:

Saul Stokes – Fields (Hypnos/Binary)
Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach (Hypnos/Binary)
Various Artists – Sub.Terra (Hypnos/Foundry)
Robert Rich – Temple of the Invisible (Soundscape)
Vidna Obmana – Spore (Release/Relapse)
Rudy Adrian – Concerts in the USA (Groove label)
Ron Boots – Dreamscape (Groove label)
Free System Project & Dave Brewer – Okefenokee Dreams (Groove label)
2003.05.14
Updated news related to the Portland concert this Saturday, May 17.
Spotted Peccary artist Eric Wollo, and Tim Gennert, a Bay Area electronic artist, will
still be performing, but Paul Ellis will not be performing. Below is the original
announcement — everything still applies, EXCEPT that only the other two artists
will be on the bill.

It brings me great pleasure to announce an evening of
Ambient / Progressive / Electronic atmospheric music
May 17th at Nocturnal's 1800 E. Burnside Portland Oregon. (www.nocturnalpdx.com)
Tickets are $12 and are available at Music Millenium (503-231-8493)
or order online at www.spottedpeccary.com. Performance starts at 7:30.
This will be an all ages show. All are welcome.
(Though you can buy drinks downstairs if you'd like.)

Erik Wollo Is a composer from Norway that creates music that is both lyrical and
rhythmic, demonstrating high sensibility on melodic and structural formations.
With his diverse musical background, he successfully integrates elements of jazz,
rock, ethnic, and classical music. Melodic textures and synth-sounds appear on his
albums to bridge technology with the natural sound of acoustic guitar. His music
offers the listener a highly original and exciting musical experience. Recently,
he has released his third album with Spotted Peccary Music, a San Diego based
label, and will be touring this May in the US to promote his latest title, Emotional
Landscapes. His music has been released internationally, which has received rave
reviews in music magazines worldwide, and his solo albums have appeared on radio
stations in several countries.

Also appearing will be the Northwest's own Paul Ellis, an electronic composer whose
album Into the Liquid Unknown gathered rave reviews and placings on several lists of
top ambient releases of 2002. Both Erik and Paul receieved NPR's nationally
syndicated program "Echoes" Top CD Pick.  Tim Gennert who hails from The San
Francisco Bay area will also be performing his own magical blend of melodic ambient
compostions with guitar and synth.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of music.

2003.04.25
The online magazine MOVEMENT has an interview with Saul Stokes
that is well worth a read. I won’t paste the whole interview here, since it’s
their property, but

HERE
is a link to it.

2003.04.21
Still making good progress on upcoming CDs. The long-awaited album Fields by Saul Stokes
is just about ready to go into production, so here’s a preview of the cover artwork:

More news soon about Fields and Synthetic Block’s Sonic Approach, plus
John Duval’s Hell’s Canyon and then The Last Bright Light by
Matthias Grassow and Jim Cole, and Sanctuary of Dreams by Numina.
2003.04.20
Still more “Hypnos and related” concert information, this time for 3 shows in the Northeast
USA by several Foundry label artists.

4/22/2003 (TUES) 9:30PM in NEW YORK CITY
Dean Santomieri – Michael Bentley (eM)
Collective Unconscious (145 Ludlow, Lower East Side Manhattan)

4/25/2003 (FRI) 8:00PM in SYRACUSE NY
Jonathan Hughes – Dean Santomieri – Michael Bentley (eM) – OTHERS
Company (One Lincoln Center, 110 West Fayette Street)

4/29/2003 (TUES) 9:30PM in TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
Jonathan Hughes – Dean Santomieri – Michael Bentley (eM)
The Ambient Ping (19 Church St.at Front St.)

For more info, visit
HERE
.

In other FOundry news, SUB.TERRA should be ready any day now… 2003.04.17
Still more Hypnos-related, Portland-related concert news. Paul Ellis has announced
the following concert, coming up in Portland May 17, with Spotted Peccary artist Eric
Wollo, and Tim Gennert, a Bay Area electronic artist.

It brings me great pleasure to announce an evening of
Ambient / Progressive / Electronic atmospheric music
May 17th at Nocturnal's 1800 E. Burnside Portland Oregon. (www.nocturnalpdx.com)
Tickets are $12 and are available at Music Millenium (503-231-8493)
or order online at www.spottedpeccary.com. Performance starts at 7:30.
This will be an all ages show. All are welcome.
(Though you can buy drinks downstairs if you'd like.)

Erik Wollo Is a composer from Norway that creates music that is both lyrical and
rhythmic, demonstrating high sensibility on melodic and structural formations.
With his diverse musical background, he successfully integrates elements of jazz,
rock, ethnic, and classical music. Melodic textures and synth-sounds appear on his
albums to bridge technology with the natural sound of acoustic guitar. His music
offers the listener a highly original and exciting musical experience. Recently,
he has released his third album with Spotted Peccary Music, a San Diego based
label, and will be touring this May in the US to promote his latest title, Emotional
Landscapes. His music has been released internationally, which has received rave
reviews in music magazines worldwide, and his solo albums have appeared on radio
stations in several countries.

Also appearing will be the Northwest's own Paul Ellis, an electronic composer whose
album Into the Liquid Unknown gathered rave reviews and placings on several lists of
top ambient releases of 2002. Both Erik and Paul receieved NPR's nationally
syndicated program "Echoes" Top CD Pick.  Tim Gennert who hails from The San
Francisco Bay area will also be performing his own magical blend of melodic ambient
compostions with guitar and synth.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of music.

Hope to see many of you in attendance. Oh, and click
HERE
for a look at the concert poster. 2003.04.15 (later)
I ended up missing BOTH of the Vidna Obmana concerts in Portland this past weekend, since I was
sick as a dog. But for the rest of you (those on the East Coast, at least), there’s still time.

Tuesday April 15, 2003
vidnaObmana (performing SPORE-related music)
Open Air Bar
121 St. Markís Place at Avenue A
New York City
212-979-1459
7pm

Thursday April 17, 2003
vidnaObmana (performing Fujara-orientated music)
live at EMUSIC, WDIY
11pm
Listen to it live : http://wdiy.org/programs/emusic/

Friday April 18, 2003
vidnaObmana (performing SPORE-related music)
At Gate to Moonbase Alpha festival (w/Jason Sloan, Matt Borghi, Stares to Nowhere, etc.)
The Rotunda
4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
www.foundationsarts.org
Free admission, 8pm

Saturday April 19, 2003
vidnaObmana (two sets : part 1 SPORE-related music / part 2 Atmopsheric music)
in an all ages concert of space music as part of the Soundscapes Concert Series
at the City of Bethlehem's IceHouse on Sand Island
56 River Street West
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Concert at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $17 in advance and $20 at the door.
Soundscapes #4 is coproduced by WDS Productions and Wooden Shoe Music.
Advance ticket availability on-line is at electro-music.com

Sunday April 20, 2003
VidnaObmana (performing SPORE-related music)
with Melon Galia (Belgium), Powder French, and Requiem (2 local dark-ambient acts)
Rex Theatre
1602 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
p 412 381 6811
f 412 381 6771
8pm all ages
$10 advance / $15 door
tickets will be available by the beginning of April at:
Eide's Entertainment, Brave New World, Paul's CDs and Dave's Music Mine

Check out the official vidnaObmana website at www.vidnaobmana.be for
the upcoming concerts in the States and Europe.

I’ve seen Vidna Obmana perform several times before and it’s always worthwhile. I hope
many of you will go out and support these shows (and my apologies to Vidna Obmana
because I myself was not able to support his shows in my town). 2003.04.15
There’s a new installment of the excellent monthly ambient music web-zine, The
AmbiEntrance, online now. Visit here.
There isn’t really any Hypnos-related material, since there haven’t been any Hypnos or Binary or Foundry
releases in several months, but The AmbiEntrance should appeal to most Hypnos listeners, so take a look. 2003.04.10
Just another reminder about the upcoming vidnaObmana performances here in Portland this weekend.

Friday April 11th
vidnaObmana - 12am
Dreams in Exile - 10pm
Club Ohm
31 NW 1ST, PORTLAND, OR 97209
CLUBLINE - 503/223-9919
* All events are 21& over with valid ID
* Doors are at 9:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
* All tickets are available at the door unless otherwise noted.

Saturday April 12th
Soundvision Gallery
Everett Station Lofts + Galleries Building
625 NW Everett #108, Portland, OR 97209
More Info: 503-238-7007
Fax: 503-210-7812
8pm
Tickets: $5-10 Suggested Donation
Where?: Tix Available @ the Door Only
Occupancy: 45 max

I’d say “I’ll see you there,” but I’m fighting a nasty cold for the past day or so, and
I may have to skip the Friday show. Hope to have a good crowd turn out for both, though. 2003.04.04
As has been mentioned here several times before, the next three Hypnos/Binary releases,
Sonic Approach by Synthetic Block,
Fields by Saul Stokes, and
Hell’s Canyon by John Duval, have been delayed for several months, but work
has been proceding on all three of these, and I’m pleased to announce that the first
of them, Sonic Approach, is now finished and ready to be manufactured. Here’s
a preview of the cover artwork:

Fields and Hell’s Canyon will follow closely on its heels, and then we’ll
see The Last Bright Light by Matthias Grassow and Jim Cole, and Sanctuary of Dreams
by Numina.
2003.04.01
The newest Hypnos/Foundry release, SUB.TERRA (a various artists compilation featuring
vidnaObmana, Vir Unis, Saul Stokes, eM, and Interstitial) is now being manufactured,
and should be released in mid-April. Cover artwork:


2003.03.19 (later)
Several more reviews of Imprint (Griffin and Fulton), and Jeff Pearce’s
Bleed added to the “Press/Reviews” section. More such updates upcoming.
2003.03.19
A nice new review of Imprint by Griffin and Fulton appeared in the latest Vital E-Zine:

“Is this a new millennium Music for Airports? In what label head Mike
Griffin presents in his own work you in for a finely tuned ear for
the most definitive sound aesthetics. On Imprint the synthesizers of
Dave Fulton give way to a floating world, an unmistakably Tangerine
Dream-like trademarked fusion, weaving sensitive microworlds and
subsounds. Though what is updated here is what we have learned from
technologies and Griffin strategizes and sequences the astral
soundtrack almost prophetically. Neuralnet is an electronic lighting
storm hybrid, its understated detachment crashes and dazzles. Here we
have a deep body of music, quenched in a glowing bath of sounds that
insight higher consciousness, kind of unexplainable until heard. The
closing Levitation Before Sunrise so aptly matches its title. It is
as though I am standing in front of a ampitheater-sized work by James
Turrell. This wave of aural delicacy truly pays allegiance to the
ambient masters. In contrast to the brevity of exploration in the
fey world of new age, these players do right by the sounds of signs
of sonics. It’s a rave new world, way after hours, without the
glowsticks and the twirl, just the aftermath, the static friction,
the raw synergy. This could likely be the revised soundtrack for
2010, (the year we make contact), though whose counting?”

–Vital E-Zine, TJ Norris

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Thanks to TJ Norris for the review. This and other reviews are being added to the “Reviews”
section of the Hypnos site in our ongoing update & renovation process.
2003.03.18
More details direct from vidnaObmana, specifically about his Portland performances, less than a month away.

Friday April 11th
vidnaObmana - 12am
Dreams in Exile - 10pm
Club Ohm
31 NW 1ST, PORTLAND, OR 97209
CLUBLINE - 503/223-9919
* All events are 21& over with valid ID
* Doors are at 9:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
* All tickets are available at the door unless otherwise noted.

Saturday April 12th
Soundvision Gallery
Everett Station Lofts + Galleries Building
625 NW Everett #108, Portland, OR 97209
More Info: 503-238-7007
Fax: 503-210-7812
8pm
Tickets: $5-10 Suggested Donation
Where?: Tix Available @ the Door Only
Occupancy: 45 max

2003.03.17
The recent major update to the Hypnos Online Store had the
desired result: a big increase in orders. A flood, actually, double or triple the usual order
volume the past week or so. This is great, and much appreciated, and I’m hurrying to get orders
filled and shipped promptly. A batch of 25 orders will go out today and more tomorrow — thanks
for your support of Hypnos, everybody.
2003.03.16
A reminder about upcoming vidnaObmana performances, less thana month away,
starting here in Portland. Also, his album Spore, the follow-up
to Tremor on the Release label, is out now and should be available soon from the
Hypnos Online Store.

US TOUR - APRIL 2003

Throughout his 2003 US tour, vidnaObmana will be performing concerts to promote his latest CD
SPORE. This will appeal to his newest fans as well as to his long-time appreciators.
At the East Coast vidnaObmana lined up an intense concertschedule with performances at different
venues. Check out the various dates as vidnaObmana will perform at many different sets,
accordingly to the overall atmosphere of the venue.

April 11th 2003 Club Ohm, Portland, OR - also performing Dreams in Exile
~ SPORE-related performance
April 12th 2003 Gallery Soundvision, Portland, OR - with Dreams in Exile
~ OPERA for FOUR FUSION WORKS-related performance with Dream in Exile
April 15th 2003 OpenAir Bar, NYC, NY
~ SPORE-related performance
April 17th 2003 on-air radio performance on WDIY's EMUSIC, Allentown, PA
~ performance centered around vidna's fascination for the Fujara and overtone flutes
April 18th 2003 Gate to Moonbase Alpha event at the Rotunda, Philadelphia, PA
~ SPORE-related performance
April 19th 2003 the IceHouse, Bethlehem, PA - as part of the Soundscapes Concert Series
~ exclusively at the Soundscapes Concert Series, vidnaObmana will be performing his trademark
long-form, atmospheric, ethereal soundscapes and soundworlds in addition to his Spore-influenced
material. This expression of his full depth of musical creativity will not be presented at any
venue during his 2003 US tour except at Soundscapes.
April 20th 2003 Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
~ SPORE-related performance


Check our website at www.vidnaobmana.be for all necessary links and vital information about
ticketing, addresses, etc.


That link directly to the Vidna Obmana web site is:
http://www.vidnaobmana.be/
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2003.03.15
One of the few great online ambient music resources, the AmbiEntrance,
has posted a March update. No Hypnos reviews, since there haven’t been any new Hypnos
CDs in a few months, but still well worth a visit.
2003.03.10
Just completed a real doozy of an update to the Hypnos Online Store. Yes, I hear
what you’re saying: “That’s what you get for waiting so long between updates!”

Well, you’re right. Of course, outward signs of progress on the Hypnos site and the Hypnos store have
been less than usual lately, though in fact there has been an upsurge in recent activity on several fronts —
I’ve been working on it every day. It just takes
longer to update long-neglected aspects of the web site, than it does when I’m keeping up on it more
regularly.

Other news on several fronts: Work is ongoing on several Hypnos/Binary CD projects. A series of US performances
by Vidna Obmana are coming up in April.
2003.03.09
Tonight, added a dozen new items to the Hypnos Online Store, though the front
page “Hypnos Recommends” section will not be updated until tomorrow. For those in a hurry enough to search
around for the new stuff, it includes a bunch of Groove label titles, three from the new Databloem label,
an out of print limited edition from Matt Borghi/Brannan Lane/Jason Sloan, the latest from Hafler Trio,
and the latest from Ryoji Ikeda.
2003.02.13
Have just received the tapes (CDRs actually) of last fall’s big Pearce & Griffin & Fulton concert at the Gathering
in Philadelphia, plus the after-concert on-air performance on Star’s End radio on WXPN, hosted by Gathering
promoter Chuck VanZyl. Jeff and Dave both heard the recordings before I did and have assured me that they’re
so wonderful, we will unquestionably want to do some kind of a CD release of the event, probably focusing on
the parts where all 3 of us played together (the Gathering encore, and the last part of the Star’s End radio
set), possibly also including some “Just Mike & Dave” and “Just Jeff & Mike” bits as well.

These CDR things have so recently found their way into my hands that as I write this, I have not yet even
heard the recordings, but the enthusiastic descriptions of my noble friends & collaborators have got me
quite interested. More news on this soon.

Oh, and Jeff’s album Bleed was just announced as the #1 album of the month for January by Echoes
Radio. Congrats, Jeff.
2003.02.12
News from vidnaObmana regarding his upcoming tour. Also, his album Spore, the follow-up
to Tremor on the Release label, is out now and should be available soon from the
Hypnos Online Store.

vidnaObmana selective US tour, promoting Spore, has been almost
completely confirmed so hereíre the dates up till this moment:

April 11th 2003 ‚Ȇ Club Ohm, Portland (OR) ‚Ȇ Other acts will be Dreams
in Exile and Dahlia
April 12th 2003 ‚Ȇ Gallery Soundvision, Portland (OR) ‚Ȇ a gallery
performance with Dreams in Exile in support of the April exhibition of
Martina Verhoevenís photography.
April 17th 2003 ‚Ȇ on-air radioperformance at WDIY√≠s Emusic, Allentown
(PA)
April 19th 2003 ‚Ȇ the Icehouse, Bethlehem (PA)
April 20th 2003 ‚Ȇ Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh (PA)


Wow, two concerts in Portland this time — very cool. Looks like if you live in any state other
than PA or OR, you’re SOL.
2003.02.11
Just out, a nice new review of the Griffin & Fulton album Imprint on the
AmbiEntrance, which is a
fantastic web site and very much worth visiting… something I tell people even when
I haven’t just read a nice review of my album. Check it out!
2003.01.24
Hello everybody. It was my intention to get back to more frequent updates in January,
and of course that hasn’t worked out quite as planned.

There are several pieces of recent and upcoming news, which I’ll quickly outline
today, and cover in more depth as needed in updates to come.

First, Jeff Pearce’s album Bleed was recently featured by Echoes radio as their
“CD of the Month.” Apparently this is a subscription-like club in which all members
receive a copy of the featured CD, so this will be good exposure both for Jeff as an
artist, and this excellent album. More information, including a review by John
Diliberto, are available here: www.echoes.org/picks.html.

Next, Dweller at the Threshold (featuring artists Dave Fulton, whose two collaborations
with Hypnos founder M Griffin have been released on Hypnos; and John Duval, whose solo
debut is upcoming on Binary) have just launched a completely redesigned web site. There
are still a few pieces of content yet to be added, but most of it is already in place, and
the site is looking great for a “version 1.0” — check it out at
http://www.dattonline.com/.

Lastly (for now), my intention had been to release the next 3 upcoming Hypnos/Binary CDs
together simultaneously this month. As it turns out, at least for the near future,
grouping together multiple CD projects this way will be more work that it’s worth, so that
idea has been scrapped and all the CDs currently in the works will come out one at a time,
in fairly rapid succession, starting in a few weeks. For those of you not keeping track,
the upcoming items include Synthetic Blocks Sonic Approach, Saul Stokes Fields,
and John Duval Hell’s Canyon. After that, a recording by Matthias Grassow and
Jim Cole will be released on the Hypnos label, and it’s called The Last Bright Light.

Thanks, everyone, for your ongoing interest in Hypnos, and for continuing to check this
News page even when nothing “new” appears for a very long time!
2003.01.02
Updates have been scant here this past two weeks, what with holidays, brief ventures
out of town, and even short respites that could almost be called a “vacation,” but it’s
back to the grind 100%, and here’s a tidbit of news to get you started… though there
will be more substantial updates in days to come. This announcement comes from Phil
Derby, who has started a new music newsletter called Electroambient Space. It’s
brand new, and if the first issue is any indication, it will be a solid contribution
to a genre that definitely needs more journalists and reviewers. Following is
Phil’s own announcement, recently posted on various internet mailing lists:

Hi, all.  Please excuse the brief self-promotion about my magazine.  Hit
delete if you aren't interested.

The first printed issue of the new EM magazine Electroambient Space was sent
out earlier this month to people who expressed interest.  Thanks to those who
received it and gave me feedback, which I've already incorporated into the
next issue.

I have updated my webpage today, including the addition of the complete Part
1 of 2 of my interview with Grant Middleton of Under The Dome.  Also included
are 4 CD reviews that did not appear in the printed newsletter.

The webpage also lists features and interviews for upcoming issues of this
quarterly magazine.

Please check it out, I really would like to know what people think about it.
Have a Happy New Year.

Phil


Phil Derby
Editor and Publisher
Electroambient Space



For more info, go to:
Electroambient
Space web site

It cannot be stated strongly enough that fans of this kind of music really should feel compelled

to support this sort of grass-roots effort. There’s no point in lamenting the small number
of magazines and record labels in our genre unless we give our full support to people trying
to start them up from scratch.

As mentioned up top, more Hypnos News updates are forthcoming, soon.

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
TrňÜbsdorfer 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

=------------------------------------------------------------=
   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

----------------

* 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.

----------------

* 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.

----------------

* 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

*********
 - 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.

*********
        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‚Äįrt, 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:


√¨The Boy Beneath the Sea√ģ 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!

.

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.

.

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!

.

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.

.

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 ?
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Saturday March 16, 2002

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

Who ?
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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 ?
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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:

+
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:

ParkhňÜhle im Park an der Ilm,
(N‚Äįhe Liszthaus)
99423 Weimar
Germany
doors open: 8.00 pm ‚Ȇ 3.00 am

tickets: box-office for evening performance or at :
laborNEUN
Michael Pfefferkorn
TrňÜbsdorfer 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 ňÜ or "alt-0246." OňÜphoi.
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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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
.

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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