Sale: Hypnos Digipaks

We’re back this week with a sale on our Hypnos digipak items. Price cuts are good through August 18th or while supplies last, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store soon for some great bargains!

Herion – Out and About –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They’ve created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with “glitch” components and strange, experimental little samples. Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy, this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.

Nebulae – The Path of White Clouds –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.

 
Steve Brand – Avatara –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures…Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. I’m fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming “ascended masters,” or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they’ve realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

 
A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The first collaboration between two artists well-known to Hypnos listeners and fans of ambient & experimental music in general.

While Intangible has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.

 
Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story collection of the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi. These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a drama and emotional depth absent from much recent ambient music. It’s a complex and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

 
Caul – Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres: dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.

Bruno Sanfilippo – Urbs –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Sanfilippo’s work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs, Sanfilippo’s first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist’s previous work. It’s an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These “real world” sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and “intentional” nature of these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.

Numina – The Deception of Reality –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

Robert Rich – Sunyata & Inner Landscapes (2CD) –Regularly $11.99, right now just $9.99
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We’re very pleased to make available this archival 2CD digipak reissue of two of Robert Rich’s earliest albums, Sunyata and Inner Landscapes. Both albums were originally released on cassette, then issued for the first time on CD by Hypnos in 1999-2000. Two classic Robert Rich albums together in a deluxe package including 2CDs, 6-panel digipak and 8 page booklet insert.

Robert Rich – Trances & Drones (2CD) –Regularly $11.99, right now just $9.99
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Hypnos is pleased to collaborate with Robert Rich on this deluxe reissue of Rich’s out of print classic ambient drone work.

Originally released on cassette individually three decades ago, Trances and Drones were later released together on double-CD by Extreme (1994) and Release (2000). Our new edition, designed to be the ultimate archival version of an essential ambient/drone classic, includes a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 8-page full-color booklet insert.

Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia – Forget the Past –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings. One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.

Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictable and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.

Subradial – Ice Diving –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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ICE DIVING is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong – an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components.

Dave Fulton – Of Those Things Left Unsaid –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Incorporating a blend of rich analog and modular electronics along with digital synthesizers, plus piano and guitar, Of Those Things Left Unsaid evolved over the course of thirteen years’ creation. Composed and recorded by Dave Fulton, with contributions from Jamie Haggerty and Giles Reaves, a completely organic approach to recording was taken, using a variety of vintage electronic synthesizers and early 8 & 12 bit samplers. While much modern electronic music is primarily sequence-driven and quantized to a degree that renders the music more robotic than human, Fulton tried to use computers only as recording the performances, not driving them.

Perhaps Fulton’s most emotive and personal work, Of Those Things Left Unsaid should not only appeal to existing fans of Fulton’s earlier solo and collaborative works, but also those listeners seeking a blend of retro and modern electronic sounds with a smooth musicality.

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Newly-Added & Restocked Items from 12k

Hello all, we’ve got some newly-added and freshly-restocked items for you this week from the 12k label. They’re sure to move quickly at just $11.99 each, but supplies are limited, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store soon to get your copies!

NEWLY-ADDED:
Stephen Vitiello + Molly Berg – Between You And The Shapes You Take
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“Between You And The Shapes You Take is the second collaborative album by Richmond based musician/sound artists Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg. As with the duo’s previous release, The Gorilla Variations (12k2013, 2009), tracks are created out of improvisations and sculpted through editing. Molly Berg’s clarinet and vocalizations tend to cover the CD’s lyrical content while Vitiello’s guitar and processing covers a good deal of the textures. Two of the tracks on the CD feature violin by the multi-talented Hahn Rowe, once a member of the group Hugo Largo.

There’s an immediate air of melancholy and longing to a number of the tracks. An initial demo recording for the album was remarked on by a listener who said “I’ve fallen face first into a machine that erases the memories of an ended relationship as if it were a sound instead of a real life that fell in love with the girl again in the end.” A strange amount of truth exists in that statement and the entirety of it was momentarily considered as the album title. Instead, Between You And The Shapes You Take is a borrowed quote from Wallace Stevens’ poem The Blue Guitar.” –12k.bandcamp.com (Follow link to read more about this release.)

Moskitoo – Mitosis
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“2007 saw the album debut of Moskitoo with 12k’s Drape (12k1041). Since then, Moskitoo (Tokyo’s Sanae Yamasaki) has been busy performing live, recording and releasing new work (including sound/voice for Japanese media/television and iOS apps) and expanding her talents as a visual artist in Japan. After six years of growth as an artist she presents her sophomore album, Mitosis.

Mitosis begins with “Wonder Particle,” a track that very much sums up Moskitoo’s intentions: to embrace the digital with not only a human, but a distinctly feminine touch. Wispy, layered vocals swim around rhythmic fragments and warm insect-like noises. The music is strange and otherwordly, perhaps the soundtrack to an evening stroll on a warm night in a bustling alien city. There are lights, swarms of sound, a myriad of conversations blended by a thousand different stories of passers-by always on the move.

The inspirations behind this second album are not far away from these ideas. Moskitoo herself was thinking of journeys, even ones on the cellular level. Mitosis, or the division of a cell into two identical sets of chromosomes, was a point of departure for Moskitoo as she explored the ideas of division, expansion, the human body, and small particles of matter. One can draw a correlation between these ideas and her music as it nervously wiggles it way through sounds both liquid and electronic.

Mitosis is a dreamy, playful and serious album that shows Moskitoo’s talents as a sound explorer and songwriter. It is at once both catchy and curious, a question that doesn’t always need an answer.” –12k.bandcamp.com

Motion – Every Action
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“12k presents Every Action, the 3rd full-length release from the UK’s Motion (Chris Coode) and the follow-up to 2002’s critically acclaimed Dust (12k1019). In addition to his work with 12k (Dust, as well as a collaboration with Doron Sadja on 12k’s recent Two Point Two compilation, and an MP3 only release on 12k’s term. series) Coode has worked with Fat Cat and also released the debut Motion cd Pictures (now out of print) on his own imprint.

The work on Every ActionPictures was produced, sharing that release’s more obvioius tonal and melodic content. Using a stipped-down setup of studio equipment Coode crafts his sound by sampling, processing, resmapling, reprocessing.. back and forth, like generations of tape transfers or photocpies of photocopies, until the final results are smeared and distorted ghosts of the original: detuned, groaning, fragmented. Despite the digital sources, Coode’s music is highly organic, utilizing randomness, openess and dysfunction to create an oddly ambient and quieting sound made from stressed melodic flickering and skittering, tones, drones, and overprocssed textures.

Motion is important in Coode’s work, too; slow motion formed in grainy timestretches punctuated by dynamics that swell and disappear creating odd suggestions of performance, structure, and deconstruction built from his always live mixdowns.” –12k.bandcamp.com

Steve Peters + Steve Roden – Not A Leaf Remains As It Was
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“In 1995 Steve Peters and Steve Roden toured as a trio with singer Anna Homler; sometimes they would vocalize behind her, and they liked the way their voices blended together. They then spent about 15 years saying that “someday” they should record a voice-based project together. Aside from the physical distance between them, the problem was always: What would we sing? Neither wanted to write or sing lyrics.

Inspiration came in the form of a book of Japanese jisei – poems allegedly written by monks on their death bed – printed in both English translation and Romanized Japanese. Phonetically pronouncing the Japanese reminded Peters of the technique Roden has used of systematically chopping up the syllables in English texts to transform them into sound poems. Since neither of them speaks Japanese, it seemed like a good place to begin.

The two of them applied for a residency at Jack Straw, a non-profit recording facility in Seattle that gives grants of studio time. They had no exact plans other than they intended to avoid electronic instruments, or directly referencing the poems’ literal meaning, or imitating any Japanese musical idioms or “Zen” stereotypes. Culling some of the poems that made references to sound and noting them on 3×5 cards, Peters and Roden sorted the cards into four groups according to the seasons of the year that the poems represented, divided the cards between them, and taped them to their music stands. They then sang random fragments from the various cards – a word here, a line there, maybe backwards, maybe the English translation. They made no effort to keep the poems intact or retain any of their meaning, instead treating the material simply as phonemes to put in their mouths.” –12k.bandcamp.com (Follow link to read more about this release.)

Seaworthy + Matt Rösner – Two Lakes
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“In April 2010 12k recording artist Seaworthy (the recording project of Cameron Webb) and Matt Rösner travelled to the south coast of New South Wales to undertake a detailed field recording study of two coastal lake ecosystems at the Lakes Meroo and Termeil. The aim of the project was to explore the sounds of a fragile coastal Australian environment and to build from those sounds unique musical pieces that provide a place for listener contemplation and reflection.

Field recordings were taken from the lakes and surrounding beaches, forests and streams at different times of the day. Various equipment including a hydrophone, a shotgun and stereo microphones were used to capture the natural sounds of each lake. During breaks in field recording, the artists set up recording equipment in a nearby lakeside cabin. Using acoustic and electric guitars, a ukelele and electronics, a series of improvised performances were documented. On the last day of the trip, with the experience of the recording process still fresh in mind, rough arrangements were created from the field recordings and improvised sets. Matt Rösner then took these arrangements back to his studio in Myalup – a small coastal town on the opposite side of the Australian continent – to mix and finalize the production.” –12k.bandcamp.com (Follow link to read more about this release.)

Illuha – Akari
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“Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazing equipment at their fingertips, from vintage mics and outboard gear to a vast collection of instruments, both acoustic and electronic. Their writing sessions were numerous and long with details meticulously obsessed over for nearly a year. The result is the most bewildering music Illuha have created to date. An album swimming with the most delicately tactile sounds and instrumentation that draws the listener in with hushed, motionless attention.

While Illuha’s Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date are often drawn to the most sparse notes of Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, acoustic grand piano and guitar, the breadth of instrumentation is partially what makes Akari so abosrbing. They have succeeded in creating their own universe of sound, so beautifully recorded, where each element not only has its own space but connects and interacts so fluidly with the other sounds. It is as if they are placed perfectly by nature, the compositions are fluid and organic, a far cry from anything calculated or structured. It is this open space that the music exists in which in turn defines the music itself. There is ample room to breathe within this forest of gentle tines, bubbling analogue synthesizers, clicking percussion and quiet field recordings. This is subtlety at its most refined; hushed without being saccharine, distant without being morose.” –12k.bandcamp.com (Follow link to read more about this release.)


RESTOCKED ITEMS:

Pjusk – Solstøv
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“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

Taylor Deupree – Faint
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“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

Marsen Jules – The Endless Change Of Colour
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“In our, boxed, on-demand world where accessibility and recallability rule we can often forget the importance of the unpredictable or the joy of true discovery. Our lives are increasingly shaped by systems and patterns; downloaded, linked, and stored, that help us live, tell us when to go outside and what we will find when we get there. The mystery of our every day slowly seeps out of our lives like photograph bled of its color by the sun. There are fewer questions and too many answers.

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.

Here, the listener’s discovery is a quiet and engaged one. Ripples and pulses set within a field of color that sometimes feels like water, sometimes like air and sometimes like glass. Electronic tones hum with warmth and the softness of slumber. The patterns are there, familiar to our modern ears, but they’re not always what they seem. The wandering mind steers this one along more than the generative grid on which it was based and The Endless Change Of Colour becomes exactly as its title suggests.” –12k.com

Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions
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“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

Sale: Gianluca Becuzzi, Bruno Sanfillipo, offthesky & More

Hello all,

This week we’ve got some items on sale for you that have either never been in the SOUNDSWIM store or somehow never made it into the new store after our move, but inventory is extremely limited, so be sure to grab them soon!

Juxta Phona & Offthesky – !Escape Kit! –Right now just $6.99
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Juxta phone and offthesky are two very different coins – the former contains beats and strange electronic rhythms and the latter is a melodic acoustic affair… the glue that holds these two together is mr. jason corder who plays vibraphone/guitar for the rag-a-muffin’ acid jazzish trio known as juxta phona and who also headway’s the progressive acoustic outfit offthesky. when he decided to produce the second juxta phona record (the first of which has not actually been published as of yet), his productions and atmospheric elements permeated the mix… this making this record a right slpit – not quite 100% beats/treats and acid jazz feats like the juxta phona have aimed to carve and not quite the somber melodic micro toned ambience that offthesky parades. it’s as if you added orange juice and apple juice (with a little rum)… tossed it in a blender, and out came… !escape kit!.

Ian Hagwood – The Great Allure –Right now just $6.99
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Limited to 150 copies.

Packaged in Experimedia’s custom signature six panel folding tall-slim pack and is protected in a clear poly sleeve.

“Experimedia presents the latest addition to Ian Hawgood’s growing body of work, ‘The Great Allure’. A very personal and heartfelt album, ‘The Great Allure’ amasses six passionate movements into a tribute to the memories of traveling by train. Inverted pianos wrapped in a blanket of distant fog seen peering through a train window dripping with wiped away condensation. Forehead against glass with a melancholy gaze towards the passing landscape. Broken voice and hand claps layer subtle nods to Reich.” -soundcloud.com

Gianluca Becuzzi/Luigi Turra – In Winter –Right now just $6.99
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Gianluca Becuzzi is known for his projects Limbo, Kinetix and Noise Trade Company. Luigi Turra is a composer of musique concrete, whose main interest is the musical balance between silence and the tactile perception of sound. “In Winter” was recorded 2008-2010, with Becuzzi mostly taking care of field recordings and programming, and Turra playing acoustic guitar and piano. Light as the snowflakes that entitle them, these nine compositions offer dreamy atmospheres that rely on minimal structures and evoke visions of lonely and lazily wintry landscapes. Music for the heart and the mind, delicate representations of quiet moods translated into harmonic sequences that combine environmental synthesis with influences of a refined sophistication. Comes in an outsized gatefold sleeve. -coldspring.co.uk

Bruno Sanfillipo & Max Corbacho – Bioma –Right now just $7.99
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“The initial idea for (this album) was born after making various field recordings in different places in the Spanish province of Tarragona during the spring of 2010. One year later, the composers crafted the electronic soundscapes and effects seperately from each other to enrich this natural kaleidoscope of sounds.

It all ended up in this continuous 59-minute ‘real living, mesmerizing breathing system.’ This very calming and slowly evolving environmental recording immerses and surrounds the listener with sustained bell sounds, infinite loops and an almost uninterrupted string of singing birds. The second half of the album takes on a bit more experimental/abstract shape, although it turns up harmonic again from the 45-minute mark.” -Sonic Immersion

Billy Gomberg & offthesky – Flyover Sound –Right now just $7.99
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“Flyover Sound is a collaboration between offthesky and Billy Gomberg. Various guitar and processed recordings were passed back and forth over a period of a year until eventually this record came to be.” –noise.offthesky.com

Alison Wait – Dove Esistono Solo I Ricordi –Right now just $6.99
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Digipak.

“File under: Dark Ambient. 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 us.” –auralwebstore.com

Chessmachine – Live in Los Angeles –Right now just $6.99
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“LINE is proud to present Live in Los Angeles by the collaborative performance project CHESSMACHINE by Richard Chartier (US) and Ivan Pavlov (aka COH) (RUS).

A certain humor shapes the conceptual dialectics of the CHESSMACHINE live experience. Their interplay suggests the historical confrontation of East and West; an austere and chilling tete-a-tete over the chessboard that reconstructs the somber milieu of a bygone Europe, even as it conveys a kind of absurdist levity through the rehearsed performance of these roles. The use of MAC and PC computer operating systems by Chartier and Pavlov, respectively, becomes the late-20th century manifestation of classic Cold War combatants. Through their engagement, a process of sonic and aesthetic displacement unfolds, such that one player’s strategic manipulation of sound begins slowly to affect and then determinatively shape the compositional technique of the other. CHESSMACHINE‘s live performances take place in real time with color coded staging, uniforms, lighting, and video projections designed by Russian-American installation/video artists Evelyn Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand.

This live recording of Chessmachine took place on February 25, 2005 at REDCAT in Los Angeles.” –lineimprint.bandcamp.com

Audela – NBPN –Right now just $6.99
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“7th installment in the Black Death Series.

‘Nocte Caelum’ was recorded in 1992.
‘Phenomen’ is based on field recordings (various locations, mid ’90s) and recorded in 1994.
‘Betablock’ is based on source material provided by Beta Two Agonist in early 2008 and was recorded in 2008 and 2009.
‘Nadek Pashes’ is a reworked version of ‘Naked Shapes’ (previously unreleased) which was recorded in 1994.

All tracks produced, shaped and imagined by Audela. Tracks 1-2-4 saved from the DATS by Plague. Subtly mastered by Joost Carpentier. Recommended to play with headphones at low volume.” –plaguerecordings.bandcamp.com

Sale: Rapoon, Steve Roach, Resonant Drift & More

Hello all,

We’ve done another round of price-slashed random picks for you this week, with the low prices being good through June 9th or while supplies remain in stock!

Rapoon – I Am a Foreigner –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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Robin Storey, who used to be a part of the ethnic ambient whisper of :zoviet*france:, loses himself in loops. His work as Rapoon has always been an endless pattern that shifts and alters itself upon subsequent iterations like the re-arrangement of sand across the broad back of a line of dunes. “Via” from I Am A Foreigner, for example, crackles with sand ground deep in a vinyl groove while ambient tones spread across a sun-bleached horizon. You fall into his work, get yourself mired in the shifting sand underfoot, and quickly lose all sense of time and space. Vaguely ethnic drum patterns swirl and circle in the mix, building cascading patterns that move like, well, sand. However, with I Am A Foreigner, Storey has become entranced with something new and, as a result, there is a novel cast to the sonic weather eddying on this record. -igloomag.com

Steve Roach – Dreamtime Return (2CD, 24-bit remaster) –Regularly $22.99, right now just $16.99
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Isolrubin BK – Crash Injury Trauma –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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“Crash Injury Trauma” is a shocking and disturbing album, unflinching and relentless in its fascination with violent car accidents. Tires skid and horns blare, followed by the sickening sounds of crashing metal and shattering glass, screams, sirens and heart-pounding bass. It’s a cruel, sadistic and horrifying tour de force in the ambient and power electronics genre. B. Lustmord released “Crash Injury Trauma” in 1993, as a side project, under the pseudonym Isolrubin BK. Following “Heresy” and “The Monstrous Soul”, and preceding “The Place Where The Black Stars Hang”, the album was recorded during what is now considered a pivotal period in the British artist’s career. Out of print for nearly a decade, this new 2009 edition has been remastered from the ground up, and is presented in completely redesigned packaging. -soleilmoon.com

 

Resonant Drift – Full Circle –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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Resonant Drift return, bearing new worlds of sound that vary from wide, windswept desert-ambient vistas and hushed, cloud-shrouded meditation chambers to uncertain, grit-choked places better left unnamed. Tone and texture chart the course on Full Circle, a journey that goes as far inward as it does out, making it a trip worth taking over and over.

Paul Bradley – Memorias Extranjeras –Low-priced at just $6.99
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“Bang! Just when you thought you had settled in, your senses are warped into a state of emergency, there is a sudden rush of blood to the head, your heart starts beating furiously and you can feel your pulse in your jugular. For all those, who thought they knew Paul Bradley and had come to expect yet another work of deep, brooding, meditative and transcendentally comforting drones, the time has come to think again. Not because there are none of those on this album, but instead of the undisrupted flow and smooth transitions of previous efforts, “Memorias Extranjeras” presents the listener with a colourful collection of snap shots, each one with a different mood and intensity.

Deupree/Kirschner/Korber/Steinbruchel/Ximm – May 6, 2001 –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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On the night of Sunday, May 6, 2001, composer Kenneth Kirschner, as part of a series of pieces documenting the sounds of different New York City neighborhoods, took his tape recorder to the Financial District of Lower Manhattan to begin field recordings for a new piece. The resulting low-resolution portrait captured the sounds of a deserted urban landscape: the empty, winding streets of old Dutch New Amsterdam, its modern, towering skyscrapers — and a region of the city that, several months later, would be renamed Ground Zero.

and/OAR is proud to present “May 6, 2001″, a collection of five interpretations by five renowned contemporary composers of the aforementioned field recording portrait.

With excerpts from Kirschner’s original 2001 composition based on the field recording, the CD also includes pieces by Taylor Deupree (USA), Tomas Korber (Switzerland), Ralph Steinbrüchel (Switzerland), and Aaron Ximm (aka Quiet American; USA), all utilizing the 2001 Financial District field recording as their sole source material. The result is a project that obliquely and subtly evokes the source recording and its subsequent meanings, while also standing on its own as an estimable example of each artist’s mastery of his craft.

Jason Kahn & Richard Francis (self-titled) –Low-priced at just $6.99
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Recorded live during collaborative performances in various locations, consisting of four long tracks presenting the unique interaction between technology and intuition. -Monochrome Vision

Ultra Milkmaids – Oldies Volume 1 –Right now just $6.99
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Organic drift, rich drones and earthbound textures as only the Ultra Milkmaids can do. Oldies volume 1 is a compilation of the smoothest, milkiest rarities from out of print cassettes, vinyls and compilations, hand-picked from a vast library of possible works, we selected the lightest, most emotive selections of the ‘Maids audio diaspora. Witness these lost children, gathered here in one long, beautiful voice; ‘E.V.’ and ‘L.V’ from the Borray 12″, ‘Chicken In The Kitchen’ and ‘Lover Time remix’ from the Drone 7″, ‘Lou 1′ and ‘Lou 2′ from the 110 copy 7″ of the same name, also the mega-rare tracks ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Sti-Fell 1′, ‘Sti-Fell 2′, and ‘Byojorcklos’. One stunning work of beauty after another and taken as one interrupted trip, it becomes a warm, meditative traipse through brilliant light and color from start to finish. Artwork designed by Yann of the ‘Maids, the slightly surreal becomes everyday in sight and sound.

Weekly Sale: The Circular Ruins, Maeror Tri, Kenneth Kirschner, and more

We’ve got another round of random picks on sale for you this week, with the low prices being good through June 2nd or while supplies last.

Isobel Clouter & Rob Mullender – Myths Of Origin, Sonic Ephemera From East Asia –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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The recordings came about as a result of a project instigated in late 1999, which bears witness to a long held fascination with how the environment generates and shapes culture, memory and myth. There was no desire to conduct any scientific or anthropological field work, but to collect a set of recordings which would serve to illustrate how precious the sonic environment can be, and to act as founding materials for a soundscape collection at the British Library Sound Archive.

The audio CD also features a PDF of extra photos pertaining to the recordings that can be accessed on a computer, and comes packaged in a four color digipak and a 12 page booklet. -and/OAR

 

Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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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

 

micromelancolie – It Doesn’t Belong Here –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
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Digipak.

”It Doesn’t Belong Here” is the first release of Robert Skrzyński aka Micromelancolié on Zoharum. It contains almost an hour of music which will appeal to fans of ambient spheres, but also to seekers of less conventional sounds. ”It Doesn’t Belong Here” is a trial at merging two worlds together: traditional praise, wedding and funeral songs with contemporary avant-garde music. With electronics, field recordings, microsamples and archival tracks available on the creative commons basis, the artist created four experimental compositions based on glitches, noises, clicks created as a result of various (often deliberate) defects. They border on the areas of ambient, drone, clicks’n’cuts, even academic music. The title track features a guest performance by Mia Zabelka – a renowned composer from Vienna, Austria, considered one of the most innovative violinist in the field of free improv.” -zoharum.bandcamp.com

 

Maeror Tri – Emotional Engramm –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
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‘Emotional Engramm’ is Maeror Tri’s most refined effort to date, with their characteristic sound composed of layers of electronically-treated acoustic instruments. Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, the seven tracks presented here show Maeror Tri at its best. Remastered and presented in a lavish 6-panel digipak with stunning new artwork and a foreword by Martyn Bates. -coldspring.co.uk

 

The Circular Ruins – Land of the Blind –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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Another labyrinth of complex and innovative ambient electronica from APK. This also has professional CD-face printing.

“Without doubt, The Land of the Blind lives up to and surpasses all of my expectations with regards to The Circular Ruins. A truly wonderful disc featuring a truly wonderful collection of music, I recommend it wholeheartedly to fans of the ambient genre in all of it’s forms, as well as to all those who enjoy the discovery of inner journeys.” –rik – Ping Things

 

Paul Ellis – I Am Here –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Ancient and modern come together on “I Am Here,” as veteran musician/composer Paul Ellis creates an electronic music portrait inspired by the mysterious rock carvings of the Chinook Tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Columbia River Gorge 15,000 years ago. Just as they left their mark etched in stone, so Paul Ellis paints in sound from a palette that includes synthesizers, sequencers, guitar, bass, and voice. The three long form compositions on the album, two in the 20 minute range, and one almost 30 minutes in length, have a spellbinding quality that is constantly evolving, and draws favorable comparison to the electronic music artistry of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra, Craig Padilla, Patrick O’Hearn, and Jean Michel Jarre. Pulsing sequencers provide forward momentum over a soundscape of lush keyboard orchestration, classic analog synthesizer tones, atmospheric textures, and otherworldly effects.

Fans of electronic music as well as those seeking an enchanting and entrancing listening experience will not want to miss this latest release by one of the premier artists of the genre on his timeless tribute to the continuity and kinship of life on earth.

 

Home Patterning – A One Thousand Pulses Compendium –Low-priced at just $6.99
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OTP’s first compilation, Home Patterning, highlights some of the series’ finest moments, extracted from a year-and-a-half of unique and special performances. Includes tracks by Robert Rich, Malcolm Cecil & The Electric Golem, Rapoon, Eraldo Bernocchi, Chuck Van Zyl, Tim Motzer, Kevin Kissinger, and more. -onethousandpulses.com

 

Dean De Benedictis – Salvaging the Past –Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99

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Dean De Benedictis has envisioned a vital work of instrumental compositions, exploring the art of electronic music with a refreshing integrity. Blending traditional electronic tones and structures with acoustic elements, he has sculpted an album that is raw and direct. In essence, he has captured a heart of true electronic music, while suggesting more thought-provoking themes.

De Benedictis realizes this vision through various electronic tonalities, samples, and acoustic instruments such as mayahachi flute, bamboo flutes, cello, piano, voice, guitars, hand drums, and percussion – applying all, with the passion and inspiration of the masters before him.

Salvaging the Past is not only an homage to the electronic music of the past, but expands the vocabulary of the present.

To the listener:
Our physical realm is comprised of drastically separate entities mix-matching and ambiguously aligning into one harmonious collage. Such is the underlying principal behind “Salvaging The Past.” It is not the first time I’ve based a project on this philosophy. So much of my unreleased work had been inspired by this principle, and specifically by a variety of traditional ambient music genres, that eventually I felt compelled to tie this particular work together… how could I not? With some songs containing an intense electronic base and others a pure acoustic base, creating the mood for “Salvaging The Past” was tricky, but I do feel that we brought the music together as best as possible. As always, it is all from the same soul.
– Dean De Benedictis