June 2010 News Archive


Many fans of ambient & experimental music are already aware that Robert Rich tours the country most years, and that 2010 tour has just about
wrapped up. The last few shows will happen in Portland and Seattle, though the previously-planned Portland “sleep concert” for June 25th has
been cancelled. We hope everybody in the NW will have a chance to see one of these shows. Any of you going out to the Portland show at Clinton
Street Theater, we’ll see you there!

By the way, whether you’re going to one of these shows or not, please spread the word to everybody you know who might be interested. Robert
always puts on a great show. We want to give him incentive to return to our area whenever he tours, and the best way to do that is with a good turnout.
Information about the specific shows comes from Robert’s own announcement as follows:

Robert Rich will be performing in Portland and Seattle,
next week and the following week. We hope we can see some
of you there. Here are the dates and locations:

Wednesday June 23
Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Live in-store performance, free admission
Music Millennium
3158 East Burnside Street, Portland OR 97214-1995
Info: 503-231-8926

Thursday June 24
Portland, OR
The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR 97202
Events Phone: 503.238.8899
Message/Contact Phone: 503.238.5588
Doors at 8:00, concert at 9:00 PM
$15 advance, $20 at door
(Buy advanced tickets from us at https://dxc.securesites.com/sj2010.htm)

Thursday July 1
Seattle, WA
8:00 PM
The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (SW corner of 50th)
Part of the Wayward Music Series (http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com)
$5-$15 sliding scale, door only
Info: gscchapel (at) gmail (dot) com
tel: 206-789-1939

Friday July 2
Renton WA
7:00 PM Free Lecture (not a concert)
“Using Modular Synthesizers In Live Performances”
Renton Technical College
Blencoe Auditorium, Building C
3000 NE 4th St
Renton, WA 98056
Info email: wa7bsr (at) gmail (dot) com

April 2010 News Archive

(all April 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


Just a quick price revision to Steve Roach’s Live at Grace Cathedral 2-cd set on the
Hypnos Store. We misunderstood the wholesale price, so we’ve dropped our
selling price a whopping $8 from $21.99 to $13.99 on this one!

Steve Roach – Live at Grace Cathedral
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\’s live performance history. An extended set of
sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\’s Grace Cathedral….


The latest batch of fancy new Italian imported CDs for the
Hypnos Store comes from the Hic Sunt Leones label.

Alio Die – Tempus Rei
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

“An epic and intense album with two long tracks, where the usual drones and loops, zither and field recordings go deeply into an old-time surrealism.”

Alio Die – Sit Tibi Terra Levis / Introspective
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.

“Beautiful ambient sounds and textures which provide a thought provoking atmosphere. Very mysterious moods shift throughout the different tracks
presented on this CD. A subtle power, and features some excellent aural work.”
-Daniel Plunkett…

Alio Die – The Hidden Spring
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
A collection of new and previously released compositions from this interesting ambient soundscape artist. Many of the tracks seem to suggest watery landscapes, with thick, murky, wave-like movement. Droning low tones, eerie chimes, as well as slightly musical synths, samples, etc. all have their place here….
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello….
Alio Die & Zeit – Sunja
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)

“Total, lush, organic soundworlds with some live instruments. Birds, water flowing, very relaxing. Perfect for background droning.”

-ultra171 / www.discogs.com…
Stefano Scala – Impermanence
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
The magic of the cult and traditions of the country with highest peaks in the world accompany us in this journey,on a mountain pass, walking along the pathways of the rarefied Himalayan atmosphere,escorted by a convoy of mules or yaks. Sounds can be heard of the wind and rain, voices,songs and steps of nomads of Impermanence. An album that displays different acoustic instruments,harmonic chant,percussions,flutes,rattles and bells,and field recordings….
Aglaia – Reverberant Skies
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Reverberant Skies follow eleven steps to the cosmic horizon. A meditative sound-flux, to connect with the interior skies, or to the sky we can see from the earth, in a brilliant night full of stars….
Aglaia – Naked Movements
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Twelve essential tracks, direct and minimal. Ascetic and natural. The places that are described here should be like a nocturnal snowfall, or a sultry and hot summer afternoon, the rolling of air on a lake\’s shore√¢‚Ǩ¬¶ or a simple movement of leaves. It is the artist\’s sensibility that translate the reflective and subtle emotions into the fragile poetry of sounds….
Aglaia – White Maps
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
White Maps is a flowing sonic-flux in 5 tracks. It displays a beautiful spectrum of circular wave-sounds with a rich range of dynamic frequencies….
Alio Die – Aura Seminalis
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

“Gregorian style chants are successfully incorporated into Musso\’s customary drones comprised of field recordings, acoustic instruments, and electronic processing, giving this disc a particularly reverent ambience.”

– Pauldient / Discogs.com…


A single new
Hypnos Store arrival from Steve Roach today, along with a number of other

Steve Roach – Live at Grace Cathedral
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\’s live performance history. An extended set of
sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\’s Grace Cathedral….


Last week we added a bunch of new stuff from the Databloem label to the
Hypnos Store and today, it’s the Dataobscura label. The two labels were
formerly partners, and now they operate independently and just have similar names. Databloem is the one from The Netherlands, and
Dataobscura is the one from Canada.

Pleq – Our Words are Frozen
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A moody infusion of grainy ambient, subtle glitch, and minimal industrial soundscapes….
The Winterhouse – Sanctuary
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Sanctuary, the third Winterhouse collaboration, will entrance with its deep, flowing textures and rich expressive details. The five long pieces seem to engage cinematically, drawing sonic vistas and sending the listener drifting on excursions of discovery. Rich drone bases overlaid with strings, grainy pads, subtle melodies, and sonic gems of many kinds….
Robert Davies – Terrestre
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Terrestre (of the Earth) is an interpretation of the myriad details of a dappled and intimate earthly landscape … an understated set of pastoral meditations that reveal a very mature and consistent artistry….
The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A lush and addictive collection of ambient journeys and landscapes inspired by the incomparable novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. These works exhibit the rich organic complexity, occasional curious rhythms, and deft developments we have come to expect from The Circular Ruins. This is music for sonic immersion … and for the imagination…

March 2010 News Archive

(all March 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


Great big box of new stuff ready to sell in the
Hypnos Store today, from the Databloem label.

Beta Two Agonist – Autumn Perdue
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
A consistently brilliant set of rhythmic and melodic glitch ambient. If you like contemporary glitch ambient ala Off The Sky, Murcof or Shuttle 358 you shouldn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t miss this one…
Mathias Grassow – Calibration
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Mathias Grassow strikes again with over an hour of a great atmospheric drone ambient, with an incredible deep mood…
Mathias Grassow – Dissolution
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Reissue of long sold out, classic album from 1999. Re-mastered and re-designed.

Mathias Grassow about this album : Dissolution is the ground, a below zero, where everything stands still for a while and the wheel of life stops for a moment.
This work is my personal musical realization of the deepest night of the soul. It was made with electronic equipment and some streams of Bow-Chime, Up-Right, Glass-Harp…

Mathias Grassow & Siegmar Fricke – Aurora
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
A spacious adventure in 4 parts. Originally released as part of the Master of Ambience box set
Basics by Mathias Grassow treated by Siegmar Fricke.
Additional soundscapes, samples and organic analogue fields were added by Siegmar Fricke…
Spielerei & Mantacoup – Wichman and Other Pieces
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
The Wichman Concert recorded live on March 13 2004 at Theatre Graff Wichman in Huizen, Holland, as part of the Alfa Centauri EM Festival series.
Last 4 tracks are studio works…
Spielerei – Publix
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Spielerei has a major flair, which thankfully he shares with those who choose to listen to this truly exquisite music. You likely won\’t find a better pure synth-music album…
SGNL_FLTR – Exhalo
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Exhalo is packed with deep grooves, dense atmospheres and refined effects. This time around, the amount of genres mixed together is staggering, with warm ambient, cold techno, abstract electronica and gritty soundscapes seamlessly flowing together during the course of the album…


New items in the
Hypnos Store this weekend, this time a great new one from Robert Rich, and
an interesting bit of experimental ambient from Sweden’s Relapxych.0.

Robert Rich – Ylang
(Robert Rich category)
(Price: $13.99)
Organic, lush and sensual, Robert Rich\’s first solo studio album in three years seductively blends languid polyrhythms with influences as diverse as South Indian Karnatic music, post-rock, jazz, and minimalism.
Pushing the boundaries of Robert\’s melodic world-fusion vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation, Ylang blends Rich’s expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark Psychosis…
relapxych.O – Ripples on the Surface of Time & Space / Last Industrial Estate Vol. 1
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
You might recall Relapxych.0 (aka Anders Petersen from Sweden) on 2008’s Hypnos compilation, Message From a Subatomic
World. Here’s a nwe split album on his own label, Ghosts Sounds.
Pt. 1 relapxych.O – Ripples on the Surface of Time and Space.
Pt. 2 Last Industrial Estate – Last Industrial Estates Vol. 1…

(all February 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


Here are four new reviews of Hypnos and Hypnos Secret Sounds discs, by
The text of the reviews appears below, with cover graphics inserted because people like cover graphics!

Four new releases from the Hypnos camp, three of them very much ‚Äòin the tradition’ and the fourth a surprisingly noisier recording. Regardless of individual
differences, they’re all quality releases, much as we’ve come to expect from the label.

Let’s start with the earliest of the four, Seren Ffordd’s Stellar Nurseries, which is actually a reissue of a 2004 release (the first in a planned series of recordings
previously issued on Umbra and Penumbra, Italy-based labels managed by Oophoi) he created using a Korg 016 and a Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard. It’s an hour-long,
single-movement work that the Wales-based Ffordd splits into four figurative sections: ‘Out of the Void,’ù ‘Storm Movement,’ ‘Spiral Dance,’ù and ‘Floating, Dreaming.’ù
By way of context, the artist’s notes describe huge, drifting clouds of molecular gases that turn star-like, then gradually increase in heat and movement until ignition
occurs, after which lighter and heavier elements are pushed and pulled by gravitational forces until planets form. There’s a suspended and drifting quality to the
material, with cloud-like washes and tones extending for minutes at a time like massive exhalations taking place thousands of kilometres above the earth or perhaps
nebulae coming into focus in slow-motion. Shifts in emphasis alternate between the rumbling lower to ascendent higher tones, and wave-like surges in intensity
occur too, lending the material an industrial character in the process. An undercurrent of controlled aggression and pressure dominates the first half, until an
abrupt termination strips the material down to a sole, organ-like nucleus around which synthetic tones languorously congregate as the sound mass thickens. In
contrast to the first, the mood of the second half is lambent, serene, and melancholy, rather requiem-like in spirit as if in mourning for the death of a star. Ultimately,
the programmatic connections between the section titles and the work itself are easily drawn in Ffordd’s beautifully sustained meditation.

A supra-terrestrial theme also runs through Children of Alcyone, the second release by Steve Brand (who’s also issued recordings under the Augur name) to appear
on Hypnos Secret Sounds. The inspiration for the work came from the writings of Barbara Marciniak whose books supposedly channel information from the Pleiadians,
distant ancestors of ours from the Pleiades constellation (Alcyone, incidentally, the name of the constellation’s ‘central sun’). Initial sound sketches for the recording
were produced in September 2007 during a master class taught by Steve Roach and were refined subsequent to it at Brand’s studio. The material on Children of
Alcyone is minimal, even simple, by design but is alluring nonetheless. Lonely tones whistle to one another across immense expanses, and a melancholy spirit
shadows the four calming meditations. A brooding epic of long tones and ringing percussive flourishes, ‘Outside the Grid of Time’ forcefully draws the listener into its
murky depths, but the recording’s coup de grace is the stirring ‘Light Age’ where minimal synthetic tones unfurl gracefully for an entrancing twenty-three minutes.
Showing a deft and pitch-perfect touch, Brand skilfully weaves the elements into hypnotic form, never hurrying the material along nor slowing it down too much either.
The result is that rare thing: ambient music that’s both artful and moving.

The fifty-minute Primal Mystification is the first release by Mystified (aka US ambient-electronic musician Thomas Park) to appear on Hypnos Secret Sounds. Park is
no novice, as he’s collaborated with artists such as Nunc Stans (One Thousand Dreams, Dataobscura), Robin Storey (Rapoon), and Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions).
The four tracks on Primal Mystification are restrained in character and induce a state of calm in the listener‚Ä”which isn’t to suggest they’re uneventful, as there’s lots
of activity and detail on display. Likening the mercurial drone sounds to the emergence of human beings from the ‚Äòprimordial ooze,’ Park shapes minimal elements
(some of it created from field recordings) into ten-minute-plus settings of placid design using ringing ambient washes, willowy synthetics, elemental percussive
patterns, and simple melodic phrases voiced by piano. In ‘Massive Turning,’ù elegant piano playing drapes itself across long-form droning tones anchored by a gently
swinging rhythm track made up of acoustic-sounding percussive elements (hand drums, bells). ‘Departing Certainty’ exudes a ghostly, even tribal quality in its
crystalline swirls and cavernous rumble, while both ‘Not Knowing Where,’ its nocturnal whistling tones animated by a midtempo rhythm track, and ‘Back to the Primal,’ù
its ethereal shimmer augmented by Eastern-sounding percussive pulsations, are energized by comparison.

The relative wild card of the four, Viridian Sun’s Infinite In All Directions is a different animal altogether. The group itself is a joint venture into abstract improvisation
involving Hypnos founder Mike Griffin and Hypnos solo artist David Tollefson, whose last Viridian Sun album, Perihelion, appeared a decade ago. Eschewing
synthesizers, Griffin and Tollefson build the album’s seven tracks from electronically treated and looped guitars, basses, and percussion. On the surface, there’s
not a radical degree of difference between Viridian Sun and the other artists in terms of sound-tones stretch out as extensively on Infinite In All Directions as they
do on the other recordings, and Griffin and Tollefson also shape their base elements into sustained drones but in a number of pieces the elements themselves are
often harder-edged and swell to more extreme levels of intensity and aggression (check out the industrial guitar squalls that blow through ’40 Hz Emergence’ as an
example in a way that’s a tad reminiscent of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint too). The material also often exudes a trippy character that verges on psychedelic
or phantasmagoric. At certain moments, for example, ‘Four Times I Slept For A Year’ becomes an almost kosmische musik-like exercise when cycling elements
pulsate to psychotropic effect. Elsewhere, sheets of metallic sound surge during ‘Magnetars Cast No Shadow,’ and phantom guitar drones spiral through ‘Light Years
From Here.’ The rawness of Viridian Sun’s attack may give Infinite In All Directions a visceral edge over the three other recordings, but again it’s all quality stuff that
more than enhances Hypnos’s reputation for distinguished soundscaping.

February 2010

Our thanks to Textura for the quad-review!


Latest batch of imported CDs from Oophoi (and some associated Italian ambient artists) just added to the
Hypnos Store today.

Aqua Dorsa – Cloudlands
(Glacial Movememnts category)
(Price: $12.99)
Aqua Dorsa is a new musical Italian ambient project formed by Enrico Coniglio and Oophoi.Their first work Cloudlands is a
perfect mix of glitch,classical and orchestral glacial ambient soundscape….
Oophoi – Whispers from the Noisy Void
(Databloem category)
(Price: $12.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi’s classic album. Compilation with tracks from Cryosphere, Lightnoise and World of Shadows Oophoi
plays synths, samples, sampled voices, percussion, lap steel guitar, electronics….
Oophoi – The Dreaming of Shells
(Databloem category)
(Price: $12.99)
Considered by many as one of Oophoi\’s best albums. Oophoi\’s The Dreaming of Shells is a breathtaking descent straight to an unknown
chasm where small clouds of fine luminescent dust drift away, splitting obscure cold waters, swaying to the sound of cavernous tones… This is a submarine
hidden chorus, an ode of sirens\’voices singing ageless chants… a rain of fragmented glittering particles brushing submerged walls, while golden refractions
sleep buried in the fissures… The dreams of shells is a meeting with a resonating radiant world of its own, a long dive in apnea scattered with amazements.
Oophoi plays synthesizer, electronics, flute (bamboo), percussion, performer (monochord, crystals), voice, singing bowls….
Zaum Vol. 1 (various artists)
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
A selection of Italian ambient works, specifically composed for this release. Compiled by Enrico Coniglio & Emanuele Errante,
this is a stunning mix of beat & non-beat pure ambient tunes that shift between isolationist & glacial atmospheres….


We’ve wanted to put one of our favorite Jeff Pearce albums back in print for a long time, and it’s
finally here!

Artist: Jeff Pearce
Title: Daylight Slowly (2010 reissue)
Label: Hypnos CD

Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly

2010 reissue of Pearce’s first Hypnos album, out of print since 2002. Many Jeff Pearce listeners
missed this original release, and may have wanted to catch up on this wonderful collection of
early Jeff Pearce guitar ambience. Pearce has moved on to a more direct and musical (as opposed
to ethereal and absctract) direction in recent years, and uses a Chapman Stick now rather than an
electric guitar, so if you miss the earlier work in this style, give this a listen. We even
replaced the old-fashioned Real Audio samples with ultra-modern new MP3 sample clips!

Examples of praise for the first release:
“Best of the year list.”

–Eric Meece, KKUP Radio

–Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia

–Scott Raymond (#1 ranking for the year), WVKR radio

–Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

Daylight Slowly, his latest solo album, is another deliciously slow,
shimmeringly serene album of processed electric guitar. “
–John Dilberto, Echoes Radio

“The most “romantic” cd of Hypnos Label. Has a strange light and a sensation of time slow-down…”

–Massimo Pavan, Italy

Daylight Slowly tracks include:
01. Inner Light MP3 sample
02. Spirals MP3 sample
03. Cloud Water Rising MP3 sample
04. Labyrinth MP3 sample
05. Quiet and Clear MP3 sample
06. The Broken Places MP3 sample
07. Known Presence MP3 sample
08. Delta MP3 sample
09. Through Darkened Halls MP3 sample
10. 11/11 MP3 sample
11. Inner Storms MP3 sample
12. Daylight Slowly MP3 sample
13. Passage to Home MP3 sample

Purchase direct for $10.99


We just received a bunch of extra copies of the Saul Stokes album Abstraction
so VERY many copies that we’re going to drop the price (with Saul’s approval). It was
$14.99 originally, $12.99 when the Green House label shut down, and we’re offering these
last copies on the
Hypnos Store at the very attractive
new price. Here’s the direct link to
buy Abstraction for $9.99.


Just received the discs for our long-awaited reissue of Jeff Pearce’s out of print first
Hypnos release Daylight Slowly. We’ll be assembling copies and making the CD
available on our Hypnos Store very

January 2010 News Archive

(all January 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


Streaming ambient radio station Stillstreams has made Hypnos their featured label for
the coming month. Links here:
Stillstreams and
Stillstreams label feature.

We thank Stillstreams for the support and hope listenres will check it out.


More imports added to the
Hypnos Store, this time
the First Fallen Star label.

Aspectee – Morben
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Influenced by the human condition and the human experience, by humanity’s fortune and misfortune, the soundscapes of Aspectee’s Morben are varied, ranging from ambient to dark ambient to experimental, though the sounds remain forever blackened, and the moods heavy. Presented to you in digipak format, limited to 500 copies….
Innfallen – Three Days of Darkness
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Intended to capture in sound the immense fear, but also the great hope, of those hiding indoors during this time, Innfallen offers their vision of the Catholic prophecy of Three Days of Darkness. Consisting of veteran Doyle Finley (of Invercauld) and talented newcomer Kevin Scala, Innfallen has composed a rich, illustrative tapestry of multi-layered soundscapes that is undeniably the soundtrack to this frightening prophecy….
Karsten Hamre – Through the Eyes of a Stranger (CD + DVD)
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Karsten crafts desolate dark ambient sound structures, ornamented by sampled sounds and experimental textures. The end result of this process is an experience categorized perhaps too simply as dark ambient, though it more closely resembles a dark soundtrack to a movie, or to a life – as seen through the eyes of a stranger… Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2-disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Through the Eyes of a Stranger, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances….
Dense Vision Shrine – Time Lost in Oblivion (CD + DVD)
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Building upon a solid foundation of dark ambient, Dense Vision Shrine also employs sampled sounds and sparse rhythm to carefully design the listening experience of a realm where time itself has stopped, of a blackened voyage into oblivion.

Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2 disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Time Lost in Oblivion, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances….


Here are some new ones in the
Hypnos Store
from Eternal Pride, a relatively new Russian label.

Atomine Elektrine – Archimetrical Universe
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Archimetrical Universe showcases Peter Andersson’s dissection of the sky, a caeserean section that births massive, geometrically perfect sonic diversions, all spheres and angles, burnished metal dreams and pristine sonic caresses that reconfigure sound into smooth surfaces. To counterbalance the exactness of the sonic development, light rhythms emerge and huge slabs of disrupting tones puncture. Quite possibly Peter\’s finest release yet!…
A Challenge of Honour – Ashigaru Revealed
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Dedicated to warrior√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s traditions of medieval Japan. Graceful and epic cocktail of atmospheric neoclassical passages, Japanese drums and rhythms….
Desiderii Marginis – Years Lend a Golden Charm
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
To gain a deeper understanding of what is, it is necessary to examine what was √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú to go to the sources and the origins. With the emergence of this brand new offering by Desiderii Marginis, Years Lend a Golden Charm, we are invited to experience the very birth of what is now a well established and worldwide recognized project within the dark-ambient industrial scene. The contents of the new album is made up of some 73 minutes of material from the first three tape releases from 1993. Highly sought after by collectors but only available in a mere dozen of handmade copies, these songs are now finally made available to a greater audience. When you listen to the music with the knowledge that hindsight brings – it is obvious that these are the roots and the foundations, not only of the first full length album Songs Over Ruins, but of every successive release up to the latest Seven Sorrows. In 1993 there was no set course, no long term plan √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and still, maybe it couldn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t have turned out any other way?…
Aghast – Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis is dark and gloomy ambience, played in a classical dark wave vein. Minimalism in musical content, compensated by spooky and ice-cold vocals that will haunt you. Macabre enchantresses in lovely disguise will seduce you to end your life and take you to their ghastly realm from which you will never rise. Hear gods cry and angels fall. Listen to the horror and beauty. Let Aghast bewitch you!…


Our friend John Koch-Northrup (jkn for those of you on the Hypnos Forum)
recently started his new label Relaxed Machinery which
just put out its first release, which is available for download elsewhere… but if you want a CDR
copy, it’s available exclusively through the Hypnos Store.
Not only is Relaxed Machinery a label to watch, but the first release is by the always-strong Steve Brand,
whose work we’ve released twice on our own Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Steve Brand – Circular Scripture (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
The first release by the new Relaxed Machinery label,
available on CDR only through the Hypnos store. Steve Brand is an artist who has come on strong in a hurry,
releasing a lot of great work on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label, AtmoWorks, and now Relaxed Machinery…


Just received a couple of nice reviews of the new Viridian Sun album Infinite In All Directions and
thought I’d post ’em together here.

“Roughly ten years ago, the Hypnos ambient
label was a ‘magical’ discovery for me: I had progressed from the
obligatory, lyric ridden rock-n-roll of my generation into the obscure & somewhat marginalized musical
world of King Crimson, Robert Fripp, David Bowie & Brian Eno.

I knew who the Who were, as well as Led Zeppelin, the Stones and the
plethora of New Wave & Punk bands (B-52’s, Elvis Costello, Talking
Heads, the Police, the Human League, etc) that dotted the Club landscape & drove my frenetic, female
pursuing college lifestyle.

And then I happened upon that magical Hypnos link purchasing A Produce’s Smile on the Void.

Getting a small cardboard parcel from this ambient focused Oregon label is always a thrill for me
because of what I know awaits me inside: yummy treats for my bud-plugged ears And, nearly ten years
later, one of my ‘stocking stuffers” this Christmas was “Infinite in all Directions” the third studio
album by Viridian Sun, a band consisting of Hypnos founder Mike Griffin & partner in sound David

The album’s seven tracks, clocking in at just around sixty-three
minutes, are a gritty, grainy collection of electronic ambience &
drone-scaped, ethereal goodness — playing off morphed/processed bass
&electric guitar as well as percussion & voice (not that you’d recognize any of the preceding in their
final state), the listener is at once transported into a systemic sound world, leaving one looking for
said world’s limitations or edges… and finding them not.

I’ve already earmarked 4 of the 7 tracks for upcoming mixes.”

–Reviewed by G.A.B. on ambient_landscape@yahoogroups.com

“Although Hypnos may not seem to appear as prolific as they used to be, its always good to see their releases. M. Griffin, responsible for the label, doesn’t set out to innovate the world of music, but has carved out a niche of his own, which he likes to explore, either through his own music or that of others. Together with David Tollefson he plays music as Viridian Sun. They both take credit for playing guitars, bass, percussion, looping, procession and Griffin also for voice. Not that I detected many voice on here, but no doubt one could say that for guitar, save for some obvious point here and there. Everything they play is transformed into lengthy washes of ambient sound. Like the title suggests about the universe, it can also be said of the music. It expands in all directions, moving slowly, elegantly forward – or backward, or downward, side ways, up, down – and perhaps all of it in the same time. Time? Another relative thing – although I am not educated to say such things that deal with nature, or in any philosophical ways. Seven tracks, clearly apart, perhaps that’s the extent of these things that make them time based. According to the cover, this was all recorded live in the studio, which made me think that these boys should be on the road and play all night concerts, endlessly improvising and exploring the depths of the synthesized ambient music. Warm music in cold days.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard for Vital Ezine

Our thanks to both reviewers for their time and attention. The new album is starting to receive more positive
feedback and radio airplay, and can still be obtained from the Hypnos store for the super-low price of $10.99 —
which means if you haven’t already purchased a copy you should

follow this link.


We just received the newest album from Resonant Drift, and restocked two of the older albums which were
out of stock on the Hypnos Store.

Resonant Drift – The Call
(Resonant Drift category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. This new one has a beautiful Steve Roach-like flavor, likely due to the duo’s recent study with Roach, as
well as his tweaks and mastering of the final recording. Definitely recommended.

“The Call is the new release from the duo of Bill Olien and Gary Johnson, known collectively as Resonant Drift. Combining synthesizers, guitars, percussion, ethnic instruments and field recordings, this deep and organic release explores ambient and atmospheric territory, and boasts expert mastering and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach at his world famous Timeroom studio.”
-Morpheus Music…


Items still coming in to the
Hypnos Store, this time a few new ones from one of our
favorite labels, Infraction.

Parks – Hidden
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
Parks is Russian ambient/electronic artist Igor Bystrov who has been working on his craft for nearly 15 years. Hidden may be his most accomplished and varied work to date. Sitting somewhere in the midst of the great 90\’s ambient artists, the (rather) new wave of Russian electronic artists all the while admiring from a distance the Kompakt pop-ambient of this decade – Parks seamless blend of it all has culminated in a brilliant finish. Presented in a 6 panel digipak…
Eluder – The Most Beautiful Blue
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
“The careful choreography of retreat and remotion is what Patrick Benolkin is about, so you won’t be surprised when walls within and without come down, dissolved by the drift inside The Most Beautiful Blue. Eluder offers here a sonic solution in which thoughts, mirroring the music’s mood movements, may dissolve, float free, and finally submerge, without fear of being taken down.”
-Alan Lockett…
Loren Dent – Anthropology Vol. 1
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
“This album is like a soundtrack to life itself- one of joy, love, fear, pain, loss, grieving, euphoria and one which transcends time. Wondrous layers of sound are rich and constantly evolving, always emotional and hypnotic. Loren\’s tools are both analogue and digital, and his use of both is a joy to behold.”
-Norman Records…


Happy New Year, everybody, from Hypnos!