Newly Added 12k Items

Hello, all!

We’ve got some newly-added items from the 12k label in the SOUNDSWIM store this week, and all are bargain-priced at just $9.99 each.

PJUSK – SØLSTOV
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Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“With their distant, icy ambient music in shades of pale blues and greys, the Norwegian duo Pjusk evoke lonliness, time and landscape with their sound that stretches slowly, carefully and patiently through the air.

SOLSTØV is an album made almost entirely from the sound of the trumpet (performed by Kåre Nymark, Jr.), both natural and processed. Pjusk explored it not only as the delicate acoustic instrument that it is but as a generator of tone and nuanced source material. 12k’s Taylor Deupree was invited to provide sonic manipulations of the trumpet with the sound design system Kyma transforming it into delicately strange passages and tones.

Solstøv, the sun, the dust… expansive, shifting, weightless and shimmering. This is an album, epic in its sound and approach, that channels the Norwegian landscape in all of its stark beauty; its cold, its warmth, and its place in the universe. To listen to Pjusk is to sit quietly in an endless night.” –12k.com

VARIOUS ARTISTS – BLUEPRINTS
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Digipak

“With the release of Blueprints, 12k presents two tracks each from six artists new to its roster and showcases some of the new sounds and influences that will carry the label into its 10th year (2007). The artists on Blueprints span the globe and offer a variety of sound that both compliments and expands on the style that 12k has become known for.” –12k.com

Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions
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Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“Compressions & Rarefactions is the fourth solo release on 12k from New Yorker Kenneth Kirschner, who is widely known for epic-length compositions that challenge the forms of modern composition. The album is released as a single CD with a digital download of over six hours of additional music that couldn’t be realized within the time constraints of the CD format. Also included is a booklet of essays on Kirschner’s music from Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet), Simon Cummings (5 Against 4), Mike Lazarev (Headphone Commute) and renowned visual artist Kysa Johnson, who was also responsible for the album’s artwork.

Kirschner’s music is often described as “challenging,” and certainly he has a unique voice among his peers and throughout the extended genres of his sound. His work tends to hover precariously between the worlds of electronic music and chamber music, likely due to his influences from the worlds of modern classical music, philosophy and science fiction.” –12k.com

Willits + Sakamoto – Ocean Fire
ocean fire

Digipak

“Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s new release is a sublime soundtrack for the ocean. It is an intense and stirring wash of cascading tones and textured harmony. Willits + Sakamoto surprise with rare form in this collaboration, creating a sound world unlike anything they have produced previously. Each artist has gently pulled the other into new sonic territory. Sakamoto’s gorgeous processed piano sound reflects Willits’ beautiful shimmering clusters of notes, a new aspect of Willits’ pioneering guitar/computer approach. Together, their sounds merge effortlessly, creating deep and seamless swells of gigantic melodic waves.” –12k.com

Marsen Jules – The Endless Change Of Colour
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Packaged in a slim cardboard case

THE ENDLESS CHANGE OF COLOUR exists somewhere between our future and the mistakes and accidents we’ve made along the way. It is a celebration of both the system and the unexpected. Marsen Jules’ latest work is a generative music piece upon a single phrase of an old jazz record split into three audio streams. These streams are transformed into loops which break the original instrumentation down into sound resembling pure waves, harmonics and overtones.These loops play to different time signatures to create phasing patterns that continuously move and dance around each other in a constantly-evolving lattice of sound. Despite it being based on a very strict and limited set of rules the music could, in theory, be endless and ever-changing.” –12k.com

Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree – The Sleeping Morning
sleeping morning

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“All of the instrumentation; acoustic guitar, autoharp, various bits of percussion, and analog synthesizers, were performed directly to multi-track with very little editing (they preferred to re-take rather than edit). The duo recorded much of the sound with with microphones to capture roomtone which created a warm, organic and often playful mood. Loose drums, the squeak of a monosynth and lush pads from the Jupiter-8 make The Sleeping Morning appear at first as an experiment in micro-folk but when vocal tracks are added a whole new world of song-structure and post-something is created.” –12k.com

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer – Twine
Twine

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“The title TWINE comes from the idea of the two tape loops as knots, as physical media, combining to form a single, more complex, piece. The seven tracks on the album are highly repetitive yet constantly shifting due to the asynchrony of the loops. All of the warm, tactile and dusty quality of the tape and vintage players is captured in the recordings and the listener can easily get lost in the slow, enveloping cycles.

The intimacy of the tape loops combined with the lonliness of the sounds gives Twine a complexity beyond its simple form. Deupree and Fischer have created a intensely focused new work that draws upon all of their creative interactions since their 2010 debut.” –12k.com

Taylor Deupree – Faint
Faint

Packaged in a slim cardboard case

“Faint takes as its conceptual starting point the fraction of time betwixt waking and sleep, those fading instants where the light of consciousness dims and one’s connection to ‘clock time’ slowly collapses. Deupree’s material convincingly simulates in musical form the slowed pulse of the body and overstimulated mind temporarily at rest. His sensitivity to the shaping of sound is on masterful display, his deep level of attunement to the unfolding sound evident at each moment.

A restful calm pervades the material that makes it music tailor-made for meditative immersion. Faint achieves a remarkably sustained balance between stasis and activity: each piece feels like an extended frozen moment of serenity while also being a continually evolving set-piece wherein myriad musical episodes occur. The album’s five tracks fold ambient textures and the real-world noises of field recordings in amongst electric piano, guitar, and synthesizers. Listing the elements in such manner obscures the fact that Deupree is more focused on shaping sound, no matter its originating form, into an overall whole whose impact is far greater than the sum of its parts.” –textura.org

Taylor Deupree – Shoals
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Digipak

“Particles of percussive sounds – bells, wood, mallets – are caught by the loop and repeated into a hypnotic underbelly that is coated with a loosely strung Celempung droned by an eBow. The unexpected and almost playful sounds of the instruments’ natural surfaces and room sounds are in stark contrast to the smooth tonal melodic elements, yet together they create an immersive space that seems to offer a microcosm of exploration.” –!2k.com

Hypnos/Soundswim Update

Hello all,

Just wanted to post an announcement informing everyone that the old Hypnos online store is now officially closed for business, at the same time our new Hypnos/Soundswim store SOUNDSWIM.COM is officially up and running!

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We’re very excited! This will allow us to now focus all our attention to building up our new SoundSwim store, adding new items (after the inventory at the old store had been “on hold” pending the move for so long). Soon we’ll be bringing you cool new music and great bargains.

Be sure to watch this space for further announcements!

Coupon Code Reminder and Update

Hello all,

It’s getting on toward the end of the year already, and we wanted to give everyone a reminder about the coupon discount codes that are good for use at the old Hypnos store:

CODE: 15PCTOFFANY (15% off any size order)

CODE: 25PCTOFF100 (25% off any order over $100)

CODE: 35PCTOFF250 (35% off any order over $250)

These codes are all good through the end of the year and can be used as many times as you like during that time, after which the old store will be shut down for good.

Though we’re feeling a little nostalgic about the closing of the old store after so many years, we’re very excited to be able to begin focusing all our attention on our brand new (and extremely snazzy-looking) SOUNDSWIM store! In the past we’ve carried a stock of up to 2,000 items, and now we’re looking to not only give the store a nice facelift with improved technology, but also to start carrying a more narrowly focused catalog of items, which we’re eager to begin offering as soon as our transition is complete.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all who celebrate, and thanks very much for your continued patience throughout the many changes we’ve been undertaking. Here’s to new and exciting musical adventures in the coming year!

Special Discounts Reminder

Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that we’re still in the middle of our transitionary period of moving from our old online location over to our brand new SOUNDSWIM store. We will be leaving the old Hypnos store active, gradually moving items over to the new store and deleting them from the old store. Along the way, there will be times when some items or categories are available on both stores. You’re welcome to order from one or the other, but please be aware that we will be actively deleting things from the old store, so something might be available one minute and gone the next.

The old Hypnos store carried a stock of up to 2,000 items in the past, and we’re looking to not only give the store a nice facelift with improved technology, but also to start carrying a more narrowly focused catalog of items, more like 500 items. For this reason, not every artist, label or CD we previously carried will be moved over to the new store.

To give additional incentives for our customers to help us close out selected stock from the old store, we’re offering these coupon codes for the old Hypnos store.

CODE: 15PCTOFFANY (15% off any size order)

CODE: 25PCTOFF100 (25% off any order over $100)

CODE: 35PCTOFF250 (35% off any order over $250)

These coupon codes are all good through the end of the year, and can be used as many times as you like during that time, though the old Hypnos store will almost certainly be shut down before then!

Again, you are welcome to order at the new or the old store at any time, and many of our newest items have been added only at the new SoundSwim store. Unfortunately we are not able to allow you add items from the new store to orders on the old store, or vice versa. Coupon offers from one store do not apply to the other, and remember, items will be removed from the old store without further notice.

Newly Added Soundswim Items

This week we have four newly-added items for you over at our brand new online store, SOUNDSWIM:

ROBERT RICH – WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND –$11.99
What We Left Behind

“As unpredictable as he is prolific, multi-instrumentalist/composer Robert Rich defies expectations on a stunning new release that combines field recordings, acoustic instruments (PVC flutes, percussion), lap steel guitar, and electronics. The result is a luscious, organic mix where textures and melodies float naturally in and out of the foreground, often to the accompaniment of irregular rhythms that decorate time as raindrops do, suggesting patterns that are always slightly out of reach.” –Gino Robair, Electronic Musician

ROBERT RICH – VESTIGES –$11.99
Vestiges

“VESTIGES began as the unspoken corollary to the strong concept album ‘What We Left Behind’ and proves even more up close and personal. While traveling forward in his own imagination to experience the earth after human extinction, Robert Rich needed to push aside the brooding sense of melancholy and unfulfilled promise that accompanies thoughts of our own end. Well, VESTIGES explores those feelings without apology, finding catharsis in the melancholy that hovers behind its predecessor … What initially starts out from a dense and dark place transforms slowly into a next level of emotive, organic-flavored and desolate soundscapes growing tenderer and reconciled as a kind of catharsis while facing the inevitable. It reaches a first highlight and transition on the mesmerizing intense ‘Spectre of Lost Light’ where things dissolve in unity in the end. Immersion is deepened again on the hypnotizing textural ‘Obscured by Leaf Shadows’ and “Equipoise and Dissolution”. Both velvet aural perfumes feel like a hallucinogenic and surreal desolate journey beyond. Toward the end, the solitary journey we all have to make seems to dwell on effortless, descending imminently into far-off, misty borderlands and ghostly plains on ‘Anchorless on Quiet Tide.’ It was no repose or release I felt at the end but a brooding vast journey of darker sonic surrealism carrying on elsewhere. It makes VESTIGES an in-depth and most compelling listening experience for all of us confronted with reality and what lies beyond.” –Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

ROBERT RICH – LIFT A FEATHER TO THE FLOOD –$11.99
Lift a Feather

Robert Rich & Markus Reuter are well-known for their many musical journeys – from the back of beyond to the brink of the mainstream. On Lift a Feather to the Flood (66’00”) they mainly explore tonality, and many of its subtle shades and moods. With Rich at the grand, and Reuter breathing out atmospheres and textures from his touch guitar and synth, this duo realizes eight subtle thought zones meant for pondering and questioning – more so than assurance and confirmation. On Lift a Feather to the Flood we do find the dignified, stately procession of reverberant piano notes walking thoughtfully through a cloudy haze of digital mist. But the most potent pieces are made with an ear for light, motion and surface – compositions that we must reason our way through. It is in these deepest moments that we may feel this album’s personal tone. As they work in this unique frequency, using melody and harmony likes signs and symbols, Rich & Reuter lean into the Avant-Garde. Locating tone is their mission, and the production of these rarefied ambient zones touches a distinctive, inquiring energy, and maybe even a bit of our fear of the unknown. This work does seem to be searching, just for the stimulation of it – with Rich & Reuter sharing their deep wondering about music, humanity and life. This duo knows about this music’s secret mind, and in their dreamy, drifting, lulling, pulling sonics, we approach something like the actual flow of consciousness. –Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END 18 May 2017

LUSTMORD – DARK MATTER –$15.99
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Derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003. It was gathered from various sources including NASA (Cape Canaveral, Ames, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arecibo), The Very Large Array, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and various educational institutions and private contributors throughout the USA –lustmord.com

“Brian Williams first made reference to Dark Matter back in 2001, and even then it was “long-delayed.” The album’s concept is still promising 15 years later: music made from recordings of deep space and cosmic activity between 1993 and 2003, collected from a variety of sources, including NASA. What does deep space sound like? It’s foreboding and impossibly huge, enveloping and empty all at once. In other words, it sounds like a Lustmord record, albeit a near-impenetrable one that makes his previous albums sound like a walk in the park.” –Andrew Ryce

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Also, a reminder about the special coupon codes for the old Hypnos Online Store, which will be valid through the end of the year when the old store closes for good:

CODE: 15PCTOFFANY (15% off any size order)

CODE: 25PCTOFF100 (25% off any order over $100)

CODE: 35PCTOFF250 (35% off any order over $250)

Here’s our recent BLOG POST with information about the discounts and the shutting down of the old store.