Hypnos Recommends: Bruno Sanfilipo – ClarOscuro

Here’s an item from the AD21 label which we added to the Hypnos Store a while back, but forgot to feature here. It’s by one of our favorite ambient artists, Bruno Sanfilippo.

Bruno Sanfilippo – ClarOscuro
(AD21 category)

(Price: $13.99) “Barcelona-based Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained and electronic musician, a composer and a pianist. He has been exploring the borders of minimal piano concepts and electroacoustic music for more than 20 years. His CD series Piano Textures sets him in a tradition of artists such as Harold Budd and Brian Eno, combining slow piano tunes with electronic soundscapes. Now with ClarOscuro he makes his step into modern classical music by presenting his first composition work for piano trio. Most of the nine tracks on the album feature Sanfilippo along with the collaboration of the spanish musicians Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, while some of the tracks still let the sensitive piano playing stands on its own. With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, ClarOscuro brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie.”…(MORE/BUY)

Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #2

Hey everyone, we’ve got another round of random picks for you, and the low prices will be good through March 22nd!


Andrew Liles – My Long Accumulating Discontent
Was $13.99, sale priced at $6.99
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“This CD is in places more melodic than Liles’ previous output and its 17 tracks cover a wide musical territory. Some songs are short and harmonious, other pieces are longer, subtle and contemplative with drifting delicate drones.” -andrewliles.com


Dale Lloyd – Semper
Was $8.99, sale priced at $5.99
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“Semper is Alluvial’s first release of 2005 and is co-released with the and/OAR label. Seattle-based composer Dale Lloyd has collaborated in the past with people such as Yannick Dauby and Michael Northam, and has had work released by labels such as Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Staalplaat and Sirr.ecords. For the past 5 years, Lloyd has played a quiet but strong role in bringing new life to the notion of “environmental recordings as sound art” (or “Phonography”) with the highly regarded compilations produced for Phonography.org, as well as other projects and activities.

The first piece entitled “Semper”, is mostly a quiet and contemplative work, yet it contains sprawling builds from near silent ebbs and flows to thunderous crescendos. Also heard are delicate field recordings and found objects transformed and woven into intricate electronic tapestries. The second and shorter piece titled “Magnesian Recumbit” is a slowly building ambient work with a unique sense of melancholy that makes for a perfect ending.

“For me, Semper basically illustrates a series of self-searching questions (with subtle epiphanies) followed by a somewhat enigmatic resolve or ‘answer’, of which I believe we have all encountered in our lives in one way or another.”
(Dale Lloyd)

Surely, it is one of the strongest works to come from both Lloyd and Alluvial.”
(Kevin Wienke – Alluvial Recordings)


Maurizio Bianchi & Land Use – Psychoneurose
Was $13.99, sale priced at $6.99
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Italian Avant-Noise legend M.B. and Land Use collaborate on dramatic, subterranean wall-of-noise constructions and swirling textural storms, dense and complex arrangements, shifting and shimmering tones barely under control, streaming toward some distant and indefineable precipice. Not noisy, but way too tense and corrosive to be called ambient. These vibrant monoliths of sound shift the listeners pysche into a restless sort of zen, a blissful chaos – truly mind and mood-altering. Bianchi released early records on Whitehouse’s Come Org. label and has been active since the 1970’s. And a recent and conspicuous absence from the experimental music world has been broken by several recent releases of surprising freshness and relevance. It is unclear where MB leaves off and Land Use begins but Psychoneurose is definitely a clear and brilliant return to early MB techniques with several refinements in delivery and focus. Psychoneurose will be the clear weapon of choice for those who prefer their ambience with teeth and their Power-Electronics with more of the deep, vaster textures than violence.

 

John Hudak – Sand or Stars Was $8.99, sale priced at $5.99
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Comparisons between the sand of the earth with the stars above are many, but comparisons of this release by American composer John Hudak with his previous work are far less to be found.

The first piece of this CD mastered by John’s friend and collaborator Stephan Mathieu (Sirr.ecords, Lucky Kitchen, Hapna, etc), is unlike much of John’s previous work in that it features sharp staccato percussive sounds suddenly dodging in and out, but nevertheless it still has John’s “endless” compositional sense written into it. A subtle sense of humor seems to be inherent in the piece as well, as if some of the sounds hesitate with indecision as to whether or not they should make their presence known or perhaps they are trying to avoid colliding with some of the other sounds. And upon listening to this piece, be careful with volume settings at first listen, because the listener will quickly discover another aspect of this piece that is unlike much of John’s previous work: sudden volume shifts. This seems to suggest that the sounds are also changeable in temperament as well!

The second piece on this CD is perhaps the most meditative of the collection with its muted midrange buzzing that jumps around within the stereo spectrum, perhaps being reminiscent of musical radar signals or sonifications of normally inaudible activity occurring in a planet’s magnetosphere, all the while maintaining a benevolent warmth throughout.

And what could possibly be described as the amplification of rolling ion particle blasts being broadcast via shortwave radio, tells us that we have reached the third and final piece of this collection of what could be considered as being among John Hudak’s finest works.


Andrea Marutti – The Subliminal Relation Between Planets: Live in Archiaro
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“A release by Andrea Marutti, whom we sometimes know as Amon and Never Known and also as the labelboss of Afe Records, releasing many Italian artists. He too operates in the area that we could loosely identify as drone music, or ambient, but unlike his German counterparts on the other CD this is of a much darker nature altogether. It’s hard to tell what it is that he does; be it synthesizers, samplers, computer processing or just tons of sound effects, in the end the effect is a seventy- minute opus of dark, utter dark electronic music. The planets mentioned in the title may give away some of some of the darkness, and perhaps its all too easy to say that it’s pitch black as the stars by night, but on Christmas eve, with stars bright and almost full moon, these sort of references may count. Think Lustmord meeting Mirror, the darkest fantasy of Klaus Schulze or such cosmic hero from yesteryear, and Andrea Marutti is your man.” –Review from Vital Weekly


If, Bwana – Radio Slaves
Was $9.99, sale priced at $5.99
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“Originally issued as a limited edition cassette “Radio Slaves” on the Medicinal Tapes (France) in 1986, then re-issued on CDr by the Generator Sound Art (USA) in 2003, this album finally released on CD with some bonus tracks. Loopy and sampledelic, it will return the spirit of 80s into your ears. Great collage music from the pioneering American experimental sound project. “Radio Slaves” album was recorded in 1986, when Al Margolis had just gotten the Casio sampler SK-1. It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to four seconds. Almost the entire recording uses that technology, loops completely populating the pieces. These works in particular make use of samples from the radio and vinyl as the main sound sources – the LP scratches heard on some of the tracks are meant to be there, as they are an integral part of this work.” -Monochrome Vision


Immedia – 2|1
Was $9.99, sale priced at $5.99
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A collection of material from two very limited edition CDRs in audio and virtual recordings of imagined spaces. the sound of immedia’s work implies silence/microcosms and the underlying resonance of spaces. in audio: sound works that exploit the limitations of basic digital equipment, utilising a combination of malfunction, error and accidents to produce new data. in audio is a constantly evolving project. these pieces are not intended as a final product but as a documentation of works that are inherently in progress. these works are also open to reinterpretation and continuation by other artists. virtual recordings of imagined spaces: the invisible presence of imagined spaces: domestic and industrial, public and private. the looped recordings and the listening environment merge to create a new sonic space. Immedia are Vicky Paniale and Darren Reynolds, a duo from London, UK. credits


Mark Mahoney & M. Peck – Imprint
Was $11.99, sale priced at $5.99
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Incorporating both analog and digital synthesizers, software based instruments and theremin Mahoney and Peck weave deep space and dark ambient soundscapes to sculpt austere visions derived from sound.

Mark Mahoney and Michael Peck have compiled tracks from their live performances of 2005. It would be hard to pigeon hole the genre of music that these artists produce. A Mahoney and Peck performance takes the listener through a journey with many twists and turns. An uplifting melodic theme may slowly evolve into an abstract and dark world of strange sounds and textures, only to evolve again into a soft heavenly melodic theme.

Mahoney and Peck have performed twice on Chuck van Zyl’s radio show, Stars End. They have also performed at the Electro-Music 2005, 2006, and 2007 festivals in Philadelphia as well as the Midwest Electronic Music Symposium (MEMS) in Indianapolis. They have received many positive reviews of their solo work and their previous project, The Amaranth Signal.

WDIY Radio Features Wide View by Jeff Greinke

We’re pleased to see WDIY radio feature in its entirety Jeff Greinke’s Hypnos album WIDE VIEW. Below is the playlist, but first, a link to the CD on our store in case you’re interested.

Wide View CD for $8.99

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http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2015/150305.html

Galactic Travels is an electronic, ambient, and space music show, that
airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm on WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem,
PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville
and Trexlertown, and webcasting on the internet.

Show #935 March 5, 2015.

RECAP:
On this show, I began a month-long focus on Jeff Greinke. The Featured
CD at Midnight was “Wide View” on Hypnos Records.

http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2015/focus.html#mar

PLAYLIST:

11:04 pm
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ===============================
Kevin Braheny Starflight 1 * Galaxies (Hearts of Space)
VA [Asnazzy] Alien Atmosphere Greatest Electronic Ambient
Works Vol. 1 (Spotted Pecary)
Hypnosphere Ardent Drive Timedrift (Spheric Music)
AlioDie and Dissolved Heaven Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt
Parallel Worlds Leonies)
Andrew Douglas New Year’s Eve Eve Peace Be Here (Jennica)
Forrest Smithson Windtrap Ooti (none)
12:00 am
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ===============================
Jeff Greinke Wide View Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Glide Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke One September Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Submerge Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Interlude Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Cloudburst Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Slow Circles Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Bounce Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Last Wave Wide View (Hypnos)

Jack Finlay, Enterprise Bridge Star Trek Original TV Series
Douglas Grindstaff, Sequence Sound Effects (GNP Crescendo)
and Joseph Sorokin

NEXT SHOW:
On the next Galactic Travels, I’ll continue the month-long focus on Jeff
Greinke. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “Weather from Another
Planet” on First World Records.

Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #1

This week we’re doing a round of random picks for you, and they’ve all been marked down to just $5.99 each through March 15th!

AUGUR & BIRDS OF TIN – STRANGE SEEDS COME FROM ODD FLOWERS (reg. price $13.99)
strange

“Solo and collaborative tracks from these two musicians. Excellent atmospheric electronics and found sounds. Very highly recommended.”
-Self Abuse Records

“Augur and Birds of Tin, emerging here from the recesses of the experimental cassette underground, immediately bring to mind nothing less than the miraculous synergy which once produced :zoviet*france: in Newcastle and Life Garden in Tuscon. A shared interest in “nature and intuition” brings (them) together, a bridge between the naturalistic coarseness of Augur’s roughly hewn loops and Birds of Tin’s fascination with the digital refinement of tiny, idealized sounds. Together they map a realm of sonic experience where texture has usurped form and definition has become a precept of the tactile rather than the visual. There’s surprisingly little repetition in their flowering improvisations, life’s rich tapestry regarded not as a sum of its natural interwoven patterns but as the coincidence of countless small-but-significant events. Overgrown with fanciful flora and teeming with impossible fauna, these gardens are as fertile and unsullied as a virgin Eden – young worlds of extraordinary natural possibility. An ominous human presence lurks at the fringes of Birds of Tin’s “Translations, Rotations and Reflections,” surveying the landscape with an arrogant eye (in all likelihood calculating how its riches might be plundered and the land itself parceled and sold). In Augur’s solo pieces, Man is a more benign intruder, a distracted observer too caught up in his mundane industrious concerns to pay more than cursory attention to the vital ecospheric hum of a forest primeval or to appreciate the trills and tremolos of fantastic birds.”
–Review by Gil Gershman, 22 Feb 1999

MAURIZIO BIANCHI – M.I. NHEEM ALYSM (reg. price $12.99)
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M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.

TOM HEASLEY – DESERT TRIPTYCH (reg. price $13.99)
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This release captures Tom live on the road leaving behind the Tuba used on the last two CDs and featuring a rich tapestry of Didjeridu and Voice layered with live looping, recorded during Tom’s 2003 solo tour. Robert Rich is back on the mixing board mastering this CD. You’ll be amazed at the sound of this sonic road-trip and Tom’s ability to layer textures in real-time.

“Breathtakingly beautiful, totally mesmerizing”. –Anne LeBaron

ASPECTEE – MORBEN (reg. price $12.99)
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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.

ALISON WAIT – DOVE ESISITONO SOLO I RICORDI   (reg. price $13.99)
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Digipak Release

“Alison Wait is the gift of the past. Remembrances of long gone days. Childhood memories amplified through the glass of melancholy. A journey hand in hand with what has been and will never return. Dark ambiences melt with guitars & lush synths – come with us to the place where Alison Waits…”

Review by Richard Gurtler:
“The name Alison Wait probably wouldn’t catch my eye, but fortunately I was pointed to this release by one of my friends on Discogs, thanks Eric! Let’s start straight away, because we have here another mastepiece “Made in Italy”. Alison Wait or just Alison is most likely a woman’s or child’s name, but behind this project are hidden Filippo Spadoni and Alessandro Tusino. Highly evocative dark minimal ambience is beautifully supported with ethereal guitars, numerous samples and field recordings (dripping water, bird calls, child’s or adult’s voices and cries…) and processed vocals (some sounding like radio walkie talkie transmissions… or are they samples?). This is exactly a kind of album when it’s a pity I don’t understand the native language of composers, because the track list (most of it), liner notes and most of the voice samples are in Italian language, but this must be a story about long forgotten memories and beloved toys from a childhood. There is a lot of melancholy, intimacy and warmness in each of the 8 pieces on this album, with precisely balanced gentle synths, occasional strings and always suitable voices, samples and field-recordings. Pieces like “Tu Sei La Luna”, “Senza Fiato”, “Quando Non Ci Sarò” or “Last Words Settembre” are not only very nice examples of this, but also my most favourite pieces on the album along with tranquil “Un Fiore Nero Pieno Di Profumo”. “Dove Esistono Solo I Ricordi” is well composed ambient album deserving a high recommendation. Very nice and personal work, Filippo & Alessandro!!! Not to forget, the CD comes in glossy 4-panel digisleeve with inner sleeve featuring some really beautiful paintings and photographs from a childhood.”
–Richard Gürtler (Feb 02, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

BETWEEN INTERVAL – AUTUMN CONTINENT (reg. price $13.99)
AUTUMN

A timeless release, AUTUMN CONTINENT is a superbly crafted blend of Space Ambient and Electronic Downtempo. Provocative subterranean explorations are balanced with a sense of light from an otherworldly perspective. BETWEEN INTERVAL has created an atmosphere that is organic, accessible, and thought filled without the clichés of most electronic music today.

AUSTERE – ECO (reg. price $8.99)
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From austere.org:
Eco, a new release for 2005 e.v., is two things above and beyond an ambient-styled minimalistic composition.

Firstly, it is a “process piece”, similar in concept to our first release Convergence from 1998 (reissued in 2005.) The concept of process music was originated by minimalist composer Steve Reich in a manifesto entitled “Music as a Gradual Process” in 1968.

This recording was made using a balalaika (a three stringed chordophone instrument from the Mediterranean), a number of analog and digital delays wired in series and Space Echo. The composition was arranged using a technique Reich called “phasing”, where each discrete piece of music, or “phrase”, is allowed to overlap the same or similar pieces but are slightly out of time sync with the original, creating a slowly evolving recording that changes subtly but perceptively over its entire course.

MICO NONET – THE MARMALADE BALLOON (reg. price $11.99)
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We here at Hypnos HQ think this is one of the nicest and best-est things to have crossed our ears in quiet a while. It’s a beautiful, ear-pleasing blend of relatively “straight” chamber music with just a touch of electronic tones.

A minimalist layer of ambient analog synthesizers with cello, viola, French horn and oboe performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

Reviews:
“The Marmalade Balloon is the year’s ultimate flirtation with subtlety and seductiveness. Existing somewhere between the neo-classical and the ambient, Mico Nonet fashion a world that is hazy and succinct, at times dark and haunting and others playful and inspiring, but always open to personal interpretation. The balance between musicians is gracefully maintained, where neither the electronics nor the strings are ever overly pronounced as to withdraw the listener from the intoxicating, spellbinding trance which The Marmalade Balloon invokes. The future will certainly take this musical act on a variety of different presentations, but with their strong understanding of musical space and development, we’re confident that they’ll be a favorite for years to come. ”
–Jordan Volz, The Silent Ballet

“Once all the synths and sequencers have echoed out and it is time to return to Earth, STAR’S END turns to The Marmalade Balloon (36’42”), a smart, artfully constructed EP by Mico Nonet. Played on conventional chamber instruments (viola, cello, oboe, french horn) plus a well-hidden synthesizer, this work combines the idea of ambient music with the sophisticated sensibilities of the classical quartet. The most difficult part of this undertaking was in directing the virtuosic talents of four seasoned orchestra musicians towards a music that achieves a sustained atmosphere – away from the familiar climax and release of their repertoire. The Marmalade Balloon succeeds in maintaining a gradual coalescence throughout. Somber thematic workings move with deliberate slowness as this group carefully strides towards a sense of quiet musical contemplation. Through a unique intuition, the musicians leave enough room not only for one another, but for silence as well. The result is an incredibly beautiful and elegant music, so fragile that at any moment it may dissolve into thin air.”
–Chuck van Zyl, Star’s End Ambient Radio

RAY CARL DAYE – RAPID EAR MOVEMENT (reg. price $10.99)
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“Rapid Ear Movement” the third release by Ray Carl Daye, is a diverse collection of electronic/ambient instrumentals full of emotion and creativity. The compositions range from the energetic, sequence-driven minimalism of “Endless Departure” and “Dervish Moon” to the radiant, melodic riff of “Aqua Lit”. Other notable tracks are the sentimental, gentle meditation of “Quiet Remergence”; the glittering soundtrack-inspired “Elusian Spring” and cinematic atmosphere of “The Illuminated Earth”. In all, “Rapid Ear Movement” presents fourteen short soundtracks for an imagined cinema.

Ray Carl Daye has been writing and recording ambient/electronic music since 2006. His first album Spectral Navigator, released on Magnatune in 2008 was chosen by Galactic Travels radio as a Top 20 CD of June 2009. His second album Echoes From the Aether released in 2010 and available at the Hypnos store and ping things, was played on the nationally syndicated program Hearts Of Space. His current album titled Rapid Ear Movement was influenced by minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno.

“Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by…”
rik maclean, ping things

“we are absolutely crazy about your music…”
John Buckman, Founder/Owner of Magnatune

Weekly Sale Item: Four by Robert Rich

We’ve got four from ROBERT RICH  on sale for you this week, and the price-cuts will go through March 8th.

TEMPLE OF THE INVISIBLE Was $8.99, right now just $5.99
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First new Rich work since Seven Veils, this one uses entirely “natural” and acoustic sound sources to weave an exotic and hypnotic sound tapestry. Features performances by Forrest Fang, Tom Heasley, Sukhawat Ali Khan and others.

Temple of the Invisible finds Robert Rich at his most organic, eschewing the trappings of modernity or stylistic boundaries. Using only simple acoustic instruments, Rich crafts a document from a distant time and place, a lost culture with musical underpinnings that reach from Java to North Africa, from Medieval Europe to the Tibetan Plateau. “A music-scape that oozes with primitive life, as if pulsing from the swamp itself. . . A time traveller searching for the aperture that looks back to Eden.” –San Francisco Chronicle

CALLING DOWN THE SKY Was $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Robert’s second self-released disc (following last year’s well-received Temple of the Invisible) is a recording of a 2003 Denver concert — ambient and atmospheric Rich sounds, similar to the Humidity release on Hypnos.

From robertrich.com:
This 74 minute live recording documents an entirely improvised concert in Denver CO, on Saturday July 26, 2003, with an intimate audience who came prepared for anything. With a thunderstorm forming outside, breaking to a peak mid-concert, this improvisation referred directly to the recent weather I had experienced on tour that summer. Below are two journal entries that might flesh out the meaning of the cover artwork, visually interpreted by John Bergin.

OPEN WINDOW Was $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Piano Solos

While better known for his electronic textures, Robert Rich often includes piano solos during his live concerts. Open Window documents his improvisational approach to acoustic piano, with influences ranging from Alan Hovhannes, G.I. Gurdjieff and Erik Satie to Terry Riley and Keith Jarrett.

Rich chose to record Open Window on his own 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand, an instrument with a more intimate sound than a full-size concert piano. Over a period of two months, he kept a daily schedule of piano improvisation, with microphones set up to record at all times. The pieces selected here reflect special moments during this concentrated period. These were the moments when effort vanished, and the music seemed to write itself.

MUSIC FROM ATLAS DEI Was $13.99, right now just $8.99
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Audio CD including music from the recent Atlas Dei video DVD, for those Robert Rich listeners who don’t care for the video content.

Electronic ambient soundtrack to the film: at times floating, melodic, rhythmic, shadowy, deep, flowing and intense. –cdbaby.com

Visit the ROBERT RICH section of the Hypnos online store to read more and purchase.