CD Sale: Diophantine Label

We’ve done a price cut on the entire Diophantine label category on the Hypnos Store.

ITEMS:
Birds of Tin – Altarwise (now $7.99, was $11.99)
Kirchenkampf – Babel (2CD) (now $10.99, was $15.99)
The Oratory of Love – Meditatio (now $7.99, was $11.99)
The Infant Cycle – The Sand Rays (now $7.99, was $11.99)

We’ve also added these items to the CLOSEOUT section of the store.

Don’t forget our two currently-active coupon codes:
10MAR2014 gives 10% off any purchase.
20MAR2014 gives 20% off purchases over $100.

Both coupon codes are valid through the end of March 2014.

Weekly Sale Item: Echoes of Polyhymnia

This week we have our all-female Hypnos compilation, “Echoes of Polyhymnia,” on sale for just $5.99 through March 30th.

ECHOES OF POLYHYMNIA
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Polyhymnia was one of the Muses of Greek myth, specifically the Muse of sacred hymn. Echoes of Polyhymnia compiles music in ambient and related genres composed and recorded exclusively by women. This genre is so male-dominated generally that we had a lot of fun gathering interesting ambient sounds, including some works that have one foot in ambient territory and another foot in one of several different, related genres. It covers styles and flavors as diverse as ambient, drone, glitch, vocal collage, goth and electronica.

Hypnos manager (and artist) Lena Griffin curated this specially-themed compilation which gathers an assortment of ambient & atmospheric sound works from around the world. This project reveals a totally new angle on ambient music, more diverse and wide-ranging than all previous ambient compilations from Hypnos. Ranging from ethereal to dark to pretty to spooky to melodic, we think this album displays a solidly worthwhile musical and soundscape content beyond just the curiosity and “I’ve never seen that before” factor of the theme.

“The nine Muses struck up a lifestirring melody. Polyhymnia, nursingmother of the dance, waved her arms and sketched in the air an image of a soundless voice, speaking with hands and moving eyes in a graphic picture of silence full of meaning.” –The Dionysiaca of Nonnus

REVIEWS:
“A wonderful compilation from Hypnos, featuring women in ambient music. Highly recommended.” –Scott Raymond, WVKR-FM

“My compliments for /echoes of polyhymnia/, great album!” –Dennis Koepper, Databloem

What ties these ten tracks together is the fact that all of this are by female composers. Some of them operate in the strict Hypnos field of ambient music, such as Kristin Miltner, Margaret Noble, Sara Ayers, Gydja, Amanda Volta (though quite dark there), K. Cornelius (with too much reverb). The exceptions here are made by Stelleria Fennica, whose pieces has some ethereal singing (think Hyperium’ ‘Heavenly Voices’ series), the marimba and glockenspiel minimalism of Clarissa Barba and the treated piano of Rose Bolton. Lena Griffin’s piece for heavily treated viola might pass on as true Hypnos music too, but its so dark that it falls outside the well-known paths too. These four tracks make the difference here, but throughout it was a most enjoyable compilation, with many interesting names to watch out for.” –Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

READ/LISTEN/PURCHASE HERE.

CD Sale: Cold Spring Label

We’ve done a price cut on the entire Cold Spring label category on the Hypnos Store.

ITEMS:
Nordvarger – Pyrrhula (now $9.99, was $13.99)
Machinefabriek – Daas (now $9.99, was $13.99)
Alex Tiuniaev – I Knew Her (now $9.99, was $13.99)
Inade – Aldebaran (now $9.99, was $13.99)
Z’EV – Sum Things (now $9.99, was $13.99)
Tor Lundvall – Ghost Years (now $9.99, was $13.99)
All Hail the Transcending Ghost – All Hail the Transcending Ghost (now $9.99, was $13.99)

We’ve also added these items to the CLOSEOUT section of the store.

Don’t forget our two currently-active coupon codes:
10MAR2014 gives 10% off any purchase.
20MAR2014 gives 20% off purchases over $100.

Both coupon codes are valid through the end of March 2014.

Weekly Sale Item: Abstraction

This week we’ve got “Abstraction” by Saul Stokes for just $5.99 through March 23rd.

ABSTRACTION
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This is the first release by Saul Stokes on the Green House label (2001.) It combines never before-heard live performance elements into a soundscape collage — a very fresh sound that’s different from his Hypnos releases…. more “abstract,” as hinted by the title.

Says Stokes:
“Abstraction” fuses the best of 3 years of concert recordings with multitrack atmospheric work. From Philadelphia to Seattle, this album is a fireball of ambiance. “Abstraction” isn’t a noise collage, or easy listening ambient fluff. It is an incredibly listenable, wildly fresh and inventive continuous play album.

“Saul Stokes is an American electronic musician and composer. He creates music that most would consider ambient, using an array of modular synthesizer equipment that he builds from scratch. His “hand forged electronics” include handheld synthesizers, rhythms pads, and tabletop modular synthesizers. His music is largely improvisatory in nature, especially when playing live.” -Wikepedia

Read/Buy HERE.

Check out more music by Saul Stokes HERE.