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)
“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)
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)
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)
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)
“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)
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)
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)
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.
“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)
“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