Weekly Sale Items: ARC, Under the Snow, Machinefabriek, etc.

This week we’re bringing you a bunch of extremely price-slashed items, and the low prices are good through January 17th or while supplies last!


Machinefabriek – Dubbeltjes
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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Digipak.

“This album from Machinefabriek is a collection of tracks released in small editions or in compilations so they were, in some sense, collector’s items. As he write in the press notes the “short playing time formats […] are great to work with” as he can “experiment with and to create really focused, cristalised pieces”. In fact, rather to be a classic compilation, full 3-inch cdr or 7″ are entirely included as they are constructed as a single piece developed in movements; however they are not constructed with a complex structure but with an almost ascetic economy of means so they sound like complex pop songs. The gentle guitar notes of “Huiswerk1″ introduce the listener in a sonic world where electronic is not a synonym for coldness while “Huiswerk2″ is subtler in his use of sparse noises. “Hilary” and “Jeffery” are focused on the manipulation of trombone’s recordings but, while the first is more drone oriented, the second depicts a quiet soundscape. “Ontrafelde Tonen 1″, “Ontrafelde Tonen 2″ and “Ontrafelde Tonen 3″ are mainly focused on voice and field recordings and they reveals a parallel between tones of the voices and the resonances of the recordings. “My Funny Valentine” and “Oh Doctor Jesus” are reinterpretation of jazz classic done with an almost romantic mood. “Ax” and “Eeuw” are soundscapes developed from loops and sparse notes. “Danse Des Loops” closes this release, as the title suggests, with rhythmic knits constructed by the loops and colored by samples.”

-chaindlk.com

Listen to track 12 from this album: “Danse Des Loops” HERE.


Luigi Turra – Enso
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“With Enso, Turra has conjured up an organic and contemplative three-track epic, that resonates on subsequent listenings. Infused with Japanese sonic architectures and rigorous reductionist principles, this is a deeply meditative world of gently plucked instruments, and faded atmospherics, peppered with closely focussed tinklings and crystalline shards to add texture. Best appreciated in a solitary environment, these restful pieces will bring calm to an engaged listener. Turra deploys the Japanese instrumentation of Enso with the deft production skills of Kinetix’s Gianluca Becuzzi, and there is a warm ambience to the three tracks, entitled, not surprisingly, Enso 01, 02, and 03. Turra fuses a delicate substrata of drifting tones with elegantly plucked and struck instrumentation, that is never overdriven, and devoid of unessentials. There are no grand, overblown statements here, rather a gracefully nuanced set of pieces, a work that is a striking debut for Small Voices.”

-soundohm.com


Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“This compilation, originally released in 1984 as a vinyl LP by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION in collaboration with the legendary ADN label, is finally available again in a completely remastered CD version. “Ekhnaton” collects tracks recorded by the most daring and remarkable bands that were active in the experimental Italian scene during those years. “Simple Italian Research Vol. 1″ was (and still is) the subtitle of an album that includes two tracks from each of the following bands: Maze 1066, Tasaday (whose “Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima” has recently been reissued by Silentes), Evitaxal – an alias for Roberto Marinelli, also active as Laxative Souls – and the more well-known and active TAC (TOMOGRAFIA ASSIALE COMPUTERIZZATA). Through a valuable and accurate restoration, we’re glad to make available again an unmissable view on the first intuitions and the experimental methodologies that shaped their times, leaving a permanent mark – in Italy and abroad – on the following generations.”

-Silentes


Under The Snow – The Other Room
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $5.99
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“Seven ‘rooms’ described through the visual essence of sober and linear photographic black and white images, and through sonorities based on whispered and discrete synthesis, often bordering on silence, violated by occasional harshness, chimes of plucked strings, hissings, cracklings, electrical tensions, gurgles and digital creaks. An intimate and introspective path, through long and deserted corridors, entering spacious and bright rooms surrounded by white large walls, walking on reflective polished floors, cold and aseptic just like the sounds that Gianluca Favaron and Stefano Gentile chose to fill with vibrations of their spaces and architectural forms. Ltd x 300 hand-numbered copies in an outsize 6-panel sleeve, including a unique slide with each copy.”

-coldspring.co.uk

Listen to the title track from this album HERE.


ARC – Glassine 1
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“ARC formed in 2000 at a performance at The Ambient Ping, Toronto’s long-running live experimental music series. ARC’s sound is centered on the melodic loops, texture, and samples provided by heavily effected guitar and other melodic instruments. This is overlaid with tribal rhythms made by various percussive instruments; drum kit, djembe, tabla, wood blocks, and more. With this combination, the trio creates a roiling tapestry of psychedelic drone music simultaneously prim(ev)al and avant-garde.”

-arcolepsy.bandcamp.com


Fabio Orsi &Valerio Cosi – We Could For Hours
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
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“‘We Could For Hours’ is the first collaboration album between these two Italian musicians. Here, Fabio ORSI – old keyboards, organs, laptop, old samples – and Valerio COSI – saxoloop, synths, electronics, electric guitar, harp, radio – offer four long instrumental tracks of relaxating ambient music, evolutive, rich in sounds and atmospheres, full of catching melodies,…. a very nice album of ambient music, housed in a textured digifile.” -alchembria.pl

Listen to Part One of the title track from this album HERE.

New And Restocked Silentes Items: Loren Nerell, Enten Hitti, Stratosphere, Etc.

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re back this week with a bunch of new and restocked Silentes items for you, but fair warning: some items are in extremely limited supply, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon and grab ’em before they’re gone!


Stratosphere – The Introspective Spaces (Mini CD)
–$9.99
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Mini CD – Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies and packaged in an oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover.

From the writings of STRATOSPHERE: “As I compose my music, I try to create a relaxing environment so that the listener can escape from the hectic world of today. So, sweeping sounds which are filled with warmth are the base of each composition. Later on, percussion was added, but again, the relaxing mood was the main idea behind each musical work. Mystic meanings and surrealistic concepts are not what you must seek in this kind of music but pure enjoyment when experiencing these soundscapes”.

Four tracks on the collectable 3″ CD series Produced by VIDNA OBMANA.


Enten Hitti – Giant Clowns of the Solar World
–$11.99
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Packaged in oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover.

Computer, oboe, voice, violin, guitars, keyboards, tapes, drums, xilophóne, marimba, wooden chimes, glass chimes, kalimba, ethnic percussion, shells, bone clappers, Tibetan bell and others.

Limited edition of 1000 copies.


Various Artists – Ghosts of Industrial Sunday (CD + DVD)
–$15.99
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“‘Ghosts of Industrial Sunday’ is a short film by Maria Assunta Karini and Francesco Paolo Paladino, with music composed by Simon Fisher Turner. This release consists of a video DVD, which contains the film and a audio CD that features the original soundtrack and other compositions inspired by this project that Turner created. They are accompanied by an oversize, 20-page booklet that offers some images taken from the film and delves more into the concept behind it. As a film, ‘Ghosts of Industrial Sunday’ portrays those places attended by human beings in order to carry out their profession, while they are empty, for a limited period of time, during a break, on a Saturday or Sunday. These are places where the human presence, fatigue, pain, hope are palpable presences, where silence seizes the humble labor objects almost by magic and where things talk and expose without having to necessarily utter any words. The path chosen by the directors relates to a sort of secular ‘via crucis,’ it is an objective progress through the human work’s granted moment of interruption in order to analyze it, to describe it and to underscore its dramatic sense, through the exclusive aid of inanimate objects. The music created by Turner as a soundtrack to the film expresses a delicate tranquility through notes of piano which are just mottled by the electronic elements in the background, while an unspoken sense of drama hovers in the air and the circular motion of the composition gradually absorbs the listener. Among the remaining tracks, it is worth mentioning the evocative and intense soliloquy of ‘Piano For Double Lesson’ and the hanging drones of the first part of ‘Some Lost Music.’

Maria Assunta Karini, sculptor, photographer, writer and director, has shown her works in several major Museums, in Korea, Brazil and the United States. She has produced several short and medium length films, that have participated in the Cannes Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, MACBA Museum of Contemporary art Barcelona, MADC Costa Rica, and has been awarded numerous prizes at art and cinema festivals.

Francesco Paolo Paladino, script writer, musician and director, has received an award by F.E.D:I:C: at the 66th Festival of Venice. He has participated more than once in the Cannes Film Festival (Short Corner) and he has won the Houston’s World Film Festival and the New York Independent Film Festival.

Simon Fisher Turner has composed music for Derek Jerman, David Lynch, Mike Hodges, Michael Almareyda and several others authors. His recent soundtrack for ‘The Epic of Everest,’ a film made in 1924, was nominated ‘Soundtrack of the Year’ for 2013 by Mojo magazine. His CDs have been published all over the world.” -discogs.com


Maeror Tri – Emotional Engramm
–$11.99
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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


Gianluca Becuzzi – (B)Haunted
–$11.99
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“Most of the music on ‘(B)Haunted’ has an Industrial feel and seems to originate from live sessions that were enriched with electronic sounds and treatments at a later date. During the listening we confront ourselves with various sounds of a metallic nature and indistinct percussions, found sounds and gear, mechanisms and bells, scraped material and drones. Everything contributes to the creation of a soundscape that is always fascinating and arouse a lot of curiosity and attention on the evolution and direction that the music will take. Coming in a beautiful black’n’white artwork that aptly describes the industriousness of the author and the continuous musical metamorphosis herein contained, this is a very interesting album that will please fans of the old Industrial school and those devoted to sound-art and experimentation.” -silentes.it


Sarang – The Dream of Earth
–$11.99
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“Sarang is a new creature by Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C., Kirlian Camera) and Enrico Marani (T.A.C., Le Forbici di Manitù). The duo offers oriental sonorities and tribal atmospheres, following the coordinates of a primitive universe, where each sequence gets into our minds and dilates boundaries. Reinventing the structures and enriching them with a disturbing emotional tension, Sarang reclaims the “trance and drone” parameters by combining them with ethnic influences into a skillfully balanced screenplay. Comes in an outsized gatefold sleeve.” -coldspring.co.uk


Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. – Pharmelodies
–$11.99
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“A colossal and epic post-ambient symphony in three movements, where echoes of string instruments, deep drones of indecipherable origin, layered synthetic waves, slowed-down and distorted masses challenge time with a para-immobility in constant turmoil, in an unpredictable, progressive and sometimes cyclic combination of statuesque forms whose physiognomy is often known and familiar, while at the same time elusive, disturbing, arcane and mysterious. Packaged in a slim folder with a limited edition of 300.”

-midheaven.com


Gianluca Favaron – Equivalent XI
–$11.99
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“Starting from simple recordings of sounds produced by everyday objects (…such as paper, scissors, kitchen stuff etc.), treated mainly with two delay machines, Favaron has collected eleven compositions. the idea behind this new release is to create some patterns based on the repetition of small sound particles obtained from a single source. in the eleven tracks on the album, mostly of short duration, we witness the proliferation of particular sound events that, sometimes wandering alone or sometimes by congregating into small throbbing and vital lumps, generate a vibrant microcosm characterized by short loops, slowly but constantly evolving.iIn some cases, as for example in the more long-lasting closing number, the simplicity of the construct and the infinitesimal tonal progressions are appreciated for their intrinsic hypnotic quality.” -silentes.it

Packaged in a slim folder with a limited edition of 250


Loren Nerell – The Venerable Dark Cloud (Mini CD)
–$9.99 (RESTOCK)
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Mini CD – Packaged in an oversized A5 folded paper sleeve with a plastic cover. Hand-numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Loren Nerell is known for his fondness for gamelan music. You get the idea of his blending of music elements when you see that his latest CD was recorded over the last few years in Bali, Java, and… Los Angeles. Modern ambient drone music melds with ancient tribal cultures to form something entirely new, sounding ages old. As usual with Amplexus limited edition 3″ singles, the packaging is beautiful, featuring a large 3-fold booklet with photography by the label’s Stefano Gentile. Being a single, this is 21 minutes of new music. The journey of musical exploration ends far too soon, but it is very, very good while it lasts. The textures are rich, as drones blend with sparse tribal beats and ancient instruments, such as the crystal clear but other-worldly bell tones in “Eclipse”. Just reading the credits for the instrumentation used is fascinating, as I couldn’t tell you what most of them are. They are fused into a hypnotic mix of soothing sounds, truly transporting you to another place and time. The music is simultaneously dark and yet spiritually uplifting. “Within the Cloud” is appropriately named, as it is light and delicate, though again with a dark quality that keeps this far from new age realms. This track takes surprisingly smooth musical turns, given at least three distinct movements over its less than four-minute run. The disc is clearly intended to be played at one sitting, as it all runs together as a single piece of music. “Ablution” begins with flutes, rain, thunder, and a rooster crowing. The spatial effect is amazing, as the rainfall seems to be coming from deep within the speakers. Then, just when I’m fully drawn in, it’s over. More, please. — Phil Derby, Sequences


Wintersilence – Transmission Fields (2 CD)
–$16.99 (RESTOCK)
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“A heady blend of music so full of love and the lust for life that the joy it brings is unsurpassable. The drifting sweeping passages brings forth a message of hope and joy in these darkened times of unrest and uncertainty. A simple drum beat is forged through the layers of iridescent patterns of electronic waves creating the ultimate dreamscapes in which to lose oneself. Journeying onward you encounter subtle drones and shaman chants that take you into another dimension freeing the burdened soul. Every one of the nineteen tracks are so varied and different in their execution and yet they meld together seamlessly into one complete portion of music that eludes description. ” -Auralpressure.com

Storewide Holiday Sale Reminder

Hello, all!

Just a reminder for you that our storewide holiday sale is still on, and will continue through this coming Sunday, January 3rd.

Your coupon codes to use at checkout time:

15DEC10 – 10% off any size order

15DEC15 – 15% off any order over $100

Stop by the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE for some great deals before the sale is over, and be sure to check back in on the blog next week, when we’ll be bringing you lots of freshly added store items!

Weekly Sale Item: Storewide Holiday Sale

Hey everyone,
It’s that time of year again, so we’re having our storewide holiday sale! We’re offering two coupons, one for 10% off any size order and one for 15% off any order over $100. Both coupons will be good through December 31st, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon for some really great bargains!

Here are the coupon codes to use when you check out:

15DEC10 – 10% off any size order

15DEC15 – 15% off any order over $100