Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #3

This week we’ve got another round of random picks for you, and the low sale prices are good through April 12th!

Juxta Phona & Offthesky – !Escape Kit!  Regularly priced at $15.99, right now just $6.99

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“Transmitting from an alternate universe where david lynch is supreme diety, the orb’s pomme fritz is the national anthem, and flanger and pole are the world’s most venerated heroes, juxta phona & offthesky set forth a treatise of intelligent and challenging electronic music. sliding through a series of surrealist landscapes , this album embeds texture and feeling into your subconscious through dense and smoky occult electro-jazz rites. capturing a prismatic work reflecting both organic and digital faces, Somnia is proud to release this unique and highly visual experience.

limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by ray massini” -somniasounds.com


Scott Solter – The Brief Light
   Regularly priced at $12.99, right now just $5.99
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Manifold says:
“We have been listening to the demos of this release for about five years now, craving the day when we could finally clear our roster of coming releases to get it out to you. We’re afraid a written review and one or two MP3 samples will not be up to the task of conveying how astounding and masterful this record is. Scott Solter is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer from California who is more used to producing other bands (Tarantel, John Vanderslice) than seeing work released under his own name.

So what’s it like? Does anyone else think ‘Equator’ was O Yuki Conjugate’s best album ever and wished they had done another record of the same caliber? Does Shinjuku Thief’s ‘Bloody Tourist’ make your mind and heart wander? A Small Good Thing’s ‘Slim Westerns’? The Brief Light is a complex tribal/percussive-ambient trek into the heart of bright rainforest worlds and afro-alien rhythms, an endless list of primitive instruments and ephemeral human voices, all combined by Solter, provide an effortless mathematical structure upon which each track creates it’s own scene but keeps one emotional sentiment throughout. This spirit weaves in and out of each piece like a soul-thread, holding all the oppositional landscapes together as one continuous experience. Play this once, then you’ll play it again, and no matter how many times you let this brilliant piece of aural cinema fill your space, you will never exhaust the feelings and imaginings it evokes. Packaged in a burlap-cloth wrap with natural objects and ancient letterpress printing beneath. Simply one of our best releases ever.


Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music
  Regularly priced at $13.99, right now just $5.99
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“A/B Illuminated Music DVD-R provides a visual gradient to the audio-CD (of A/B). Beautiful video art… with a higher purpose. The visuals here provide a true change in state-of-consciousness, and conversion of negative yin emotions into a more positive yang emotion. For maximum meditative state, watch this DVD while listening with stereo headphones. This DVD is dedicated to world peace for all sentient beings.” -Silentes


Rapoon – Melancholic Songs of the Desert
  Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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“A retreat into the one place that no government has yet found a way into, the free and open spaces of the mind. Spontaneous and mediative reflections looking for an inner peace in a world made ugly by hatred and war.” -Soleilmoon


Opium – Algorithms
  Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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A stunning new offering by Opium. Classically elegant and extremely refined ambient music. Multi-dimensional sounds that are warm and enveloping. An emotional travelogue, starting dramatically, then taking the listener down a slower path, comfortably easing you into a long and fascinating sonic trip, where the sounds grow wide and large, and finally crumble inward, then regenerate, returning for another phase. A new sonic alchemy, and an entirely new world of soothing sounds for the adventurous listener to visit.


Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth
Regularly priced at $8.99, right now just $4.99
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“…Excavating the sonic crust with heavy synthesised drones, trebly buzzes and popping bursts of sound……eerie as hell.” -Darren Bergstein, I/E (from review of original release)

“After unearthing the original tapes, Martin Franklin has created all new mixes for this Faria Records release, including previous unheard sections, re-interpreted and enhanced for the 21st Century listener.” -Faria Records

Set between a passive, rolling, drifting beauty and the eviscerated android guts of a more extreme Industrial music, this is dream music to inspire the worst of nightmares. Raw electrics (too raw to be electronics) buzz, boom and sizzle against a charming backdrop, sharing centre stage with nerve-jarring loops and creative electronics to form ever-transmuting, floating patterns, mutant soundscapes and dehumanised acid baths of softly rolling noise. This truly is a hybrid of two extremes – the harsh, raw electronics of extreme noise and the warm welcome of smoother passive music. It takes you to places which are simultaneously pacifying and threatening, sweet and sordid. Edgy, raw and often quite beautiful. -Bonnicon at discogs.com

Weekly Sale Item: Five from DataObscura

This week we’re bringing you five great items from the DATAOBSCURA label. Ordinarily priced at $9.99, we’ve marked them down to just $5.99 each through April 5th!

The Circular Ruins – The Birth of Tragedy
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“The Birth Of Tragedy is a finely crafted and intimate album of sonic storytelling, and the first solo work of 2012 by Anthony Paul Kerby. The tracks flow like an enigmatic existential jigsaw, composing a broad introspective tapestry of melancholic and harmonic visions.” -dataobscura.com

 

The Circular Ruins – Before the Colors Deepened
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“The music of Before The Colors Deepened drifts between a deep, expansive, and sometimes ominous-sounding, experimental spacemusic, and a more tender, often melancholic, classical style of slowly developing melodic structures and subtle layering. The result is a complex and imaginative series of immersive soundworlds that reward attentive listening, and that will take you on a journey only hinted at in the individual track titles.” -Dataobscura


Robert Davies – Pond

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“Another deep pastoral exploration from Robert Davies. This time consisting of four longer, 15 minute pieces. A work inspired by lines from Thoreau’s Walden.”

“Possibly the most meditative and serene of Robert’s albums to date. A work of subtle changes and consistent moods that functions well as both background ambiance and immersive mental landscapes.” -APK

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Robert Davies – Whispering Grove

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“It was midsummer, when the alchemy of Nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogeneous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly indefinable odours of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.” -H.P. Lovecraft The Tomb

“Imagine this literary image transposed into flowing music and you have the rich ambient compositions of Robert Davies’ Whispering Grove. Possibly his most perfect pastoral album to date. Music that brings romantic visions of languishing within secluded bowers of intoxicating scents and lush humid overgrowth. Crafted with an unassuming simplicity and deftness, this is an album guaranteed to transport you.” -dataobscura.com


Lammergeyer – Beginning To End

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“Beginning To End is a work of subtlety and considerable beauty. The album flows in a very visual, cinematic, and sometimes orchestral vein. If you like musical, expressive, ambient explorations that do not shy away from melody or from sonic invention then be sure to give this fine release a listen.” -Dataobscura

Weekly Sale Item: Databloem

This week we’ve gone through our DATABLOEM category and marked down every item by at least two to four dollars, plus we’ve thrown in some extra-special sale items that have been temporarily marked down from $13.99 to just $5.99 through March 29th!


Various Artists – Collection 2: Moving

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Collection 2: “Moving” is, as the title suggests, the second compilation from the Dutch label Databloem. This label has been making a terrific name for itself, releasing high-quality electronica albums from a number of new and exciting artists. Moving is billed as “a collection of ambient explorations and grooves”–and it’s a very satisfying collection; seemingly a denizen of an alternate universe where techno artists chose to discard their club roots in favor of the ambient sound. Don’t expect banging tracks of stunning beatwork–this is a fine selection of laid-back, downtempo head-bobbers. With exclusive tracks by Mantacoup, Carbon Boy, The Circular Ruins, Spielerei, Saul Stokes, Psychetropic, ENV(itre), Makunouchi Bento, Subradial, Vir Unis and Cyscape.


Various Artists – Collection 3: Blending

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Another collection of contemporary ambient and ambient-glitch that takes the listener on a journey that stretches the old boundaries into a shape of things to come. 70 minutes of bliss with not a sub standard track in sight, an impressive collection.With exclusive tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt, Off The Sky, Krill Minima, Waki, Lingua Lustra, Mendigo, Lufth, MOC, Dreaming The Seed, Svartling and Liquid Bridge.


Beta Two Agonist – Zero Point Field

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Minimal glitchy atmosphere’s complimented by spare soft rhythms and gentle, yet moving, shades of melody. Beta Two Agonist was born in 1976 in Barcelona, son of a Catalan musician and a Dutch mother. He attended art college around 1998. There he discovered the computer as a valuable tool, while picking up the mindset of experimentation and openness. Through the years the borders between music and noise were blurring. He discovered that error and chance can be wonderful, and captures those magic moments in audio. He also uses field recordings, percussion and other objects, circuit-bent toys and contraptions, synths, effects pedals and software. Databloem is so good at finding new talent in ambient electronica, and they have really outdone themselves this time in bringing listeners the fresh sounds of Beta Two Agonist.


SGNL_FLTR – Chrono

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After years of signaling, filtering, phasing, delaying, decaying, compressing, compromising, changing, arranging, changing, rearranging, adding, removing, accepting, denying, deleting, rendering, considering, forgetting, remembering, reconsidering, choosing and compiling, this is it. However, an empty duration as a naked prefix of random time is all this is, until you make my time yours and relate the position of the prefix to the duration of you.

All tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt during 2002-2006. Guidance and good intensions provided sporadically by my friends with a special mentioning of Dennis Knopper.


Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles

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Offthesky returns with a fascinating set of experimental ambiances, acoustic and glitchy rhythmic excusions The Geist Cycles project began as a series of live sonic collaborations via Lexington (KY, USA) artists interacting to interpret an idea of life in transit to afterlife. The takes were later studio swept and fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

Some items are in extremely limited supply, so visit the DATABLOEM section of the Hypnos online store and grab them before they’re gone!

Hypnos Recommends: Bruno Sanfilipo – ClarOscuro

Here’s an item from the AD21 label which we added to the Hypnos Store a while back, but forgot to feature here. It’s by one of our favorite ambient artists, Bruno Sanfilippo.

Bruno Sanfilippo – ClarOscuro
(AD21 category)

(Price: $13.99) “Barcelona-based Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained and electronic musician, a composer and a pianist. He has been exploring the borders of minimal piano concepts and electroacoustic music for more than 20 years. His CD series Piano Textures sets him in a tradition of artists such as Harold Budd and Brian Eno, combining slow piano tunes with electronic soundscapes. Now with ClarOscuro he makes his step into modern classical music by presenting his first composition work for piano trio. Most of the nine tracks on the album feature Sanfilippo along with the collaboration of the spanish musicians Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, while some of the tracks still let the sensitive piano playing stands on its own. With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, ClarOscuro brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie.”…(MORE/BUY)

Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #2

Hey everyone, we’ve got another round of random picks for you, and the low prices will be good through March 22nd!


Andrew Liles – My Long Accumulating Discontent
Was $13.99, sale priced at $6.99
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“This CD is in places more melodic than Liles’ previous output and its 17 tracks cover a wide musical territory. Some songs are short and harmonious, other pieces are longer, subtle and contemplative with drifting delicate drones.” -andrewliles.com


Dale Lloyd – Semper
Was $8.99, sale priced at $5.99
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“Semper is Alluvial’s first release of 2005 and is co-released with the and/OAR label. Seattle-based composer Dale Lloyd has collaborated in the past with people such as Yannick Dauby and Michael Northam, and has had work released by labels such as Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Staalplaat and Sirr.ecords. For the past 5 years, Lloyd has played a quiet but strong role in bringing new life to the notion of “environmental recordings as sound art” (or “Phonography”) with the highly regarded compilations produced for Phonography.org, as well as other projects and activities.

The first piece entitled “Semper”, is mostly a quiet and contemplative work, yet it contains sprawling builds from near silent ebbs and flows to thunderous crescendos. Also heard are delicate field recordings and found objects transformed and woven into intricate electronic tapestries. The second and shorter piece titled “Magnesian Recumbit” is a slowly building ambient work with a unique sense of melancholy that makes for a perfect ending.

“For me, Semper basically illustrates a series of self-searching questions (with subtle epiphanies) followed by a somewhat enigmatic resolve or ‘answer’, of which I believe we have all encountered in our lives in one way or another.”
(Dale Lloyd)

Surely, it is one of the strongest works to come from both Lloyd and Alluvial.”
(Kevin Wienke – Alluvial Recordings)


Maurizio Bianchi & Land Use – Psychoneurose
Was $13.99, sale priced at $6.99
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Italian Avant-Noise legend M.B. and Land Use collaborate on dramatic, subterranean wall-of-noise constructions and swirling textural storms, dense and complex arrangements, shifting and shimmering tones barely under control, streaming toward some distant and indefineable precipice. Not noisy, but way too tense and corrosive to be called ambient. These vibrant monoliths of sound shift the listeners pysche into a restless sort of zen, a blissful chaos – truly mind and mood-altering. Bianchi released early records on Whitehouse’s Come Org. label and has been active since the 1970’s. And a recent and conspicuous absence from the experimental music world has been broken by several recent releases of surprising freshness and relevance. It is unclear where MB leaves off and Land Use begins but Psychoneurose is definitely a clear and brilliant return to early MB techniques with several refinements in delivery and focus. Psychoneurose will be the clear weapon of choice for those who prefer their ambience with teeth and their Power-Electronics with more of the deep, vaster textures than violence.

 

John Hudak – Sand or Stars Was $8.99, sale priced at $5.99
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Comparisons between the sand of the earth with the stars above are many, but comparisons of this release by American composer John Hudak with his previous work are far less to be found.

The first piece of this CD mastered by John’s friend and collaborator Stephan Mathieu (Sirr.ecords, Lucky Kitchen, Hapna, etc), is unlike much of John’s previous work in that it features sharp staccato percussive sounds suddenly dodging in and out, but nevertheless it still has John’s “endless” compositional sense written into it. A subtle sense of humor seems to be inherent in the piece as well, as if some of the sounds hesitate with indecision as to whether or not they should make their presence known or perhaps they are trying to avoid colliding with some of the other sounds. And upon listening to this piece, be careful with volume settings at first listen, because the listener will quickly discover another aspect of this piece that is unlike much of John’s previous work: sudden volume shifts. This seems to suggest that the sounds are also changeable in temperament as well!

The second piece on this CD is perhaps the most meditative of the collection with its muted midrange buzzing that jumps around within the stereo spectrum, perhaps being reminiscent of musical radar signals or sonifications of normally inaudible activity occurring in a planet’s magnetosphere, all the while maintaining a benevolent warmth throughout.

And what could possibly be described as the amplification of rolling ion particle blasts being broadcast via shortwave radio, tells us that we have reached the third and final piece of this collection of what could be considered as being among John Hudak’s finest works.


Andrea Marutti – The Subliminal Relation Between Planets: Live in Archiaro
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99
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“A release by Andrea Marutti, whom we sometimes know as Amon and Never Known and also as the labelboss of Afe Records, releasing many Italian artists. He too operates in the area that we could loosely identify as drone music, or ambient, but unlike his German counterparts on the other CD this is of a much darker nature altogether. It’s hard to tell what it is that he does; be it synthesizers, samplers, computer processing or just tons of sound effects, in the end the effect is a seventy- minute opus of dark, utter dark electronic music. The planets mentioned in the title may give away some of some of the darkness, and perhaps its all too easy to say that it’s pitch black as the stars by night, but on Christmas eve, with stars bright and almost full moon, these sort of references may count. Think Lustmord meeting Mirror, the darkest fantasy of Klaus Schulze or such cosmic hero from yesteryear, and Andrea Marutti is your man.” –Review from Vital Weekly


If, Bwana – Radio Slaves
Was $9.99, sale priced at $5.99
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“Originally issued as a limited edition cassette “Radio Slaves” on the Medicinal Tapes (France) in 1986, then re-issued on CDr by the Generator Sound Art (USA) in 2003, this album finally released on CD with some bonus tracks. Loopy and sampledelic, it will return the spirit of 80s into your ears. Great collage music from the pioneering American experimental sound project. “Radio Slaves” album was recorded in 1986, when Al Margolis had just gotten the Casio sampler SK-1. It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to four seconds. Almost the entire recording uses that technology, loops completely populating the pieces. These works in particular make use of samples from the radio and vinyl as the main sound sources – the LP scratches heard on some of the tracks are meant to be there, as they are an integral part of this work.” -Monochrome Vision


Immedia – 2|1
Was $9.99, sale priced at $5.99
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A collection of material from two very limited edition CDRs in audio and virtual recordings of imagined spaces. the sound of immedia’s work implies silence/microcosms and the underlying resonance of spaces. in audio: sound works that exploit the limitations of basic digital equipment, utilising a combination of malfunction, error and accidents to produce new data. in audio is a constantly evolving project. these pieces are not intended as a final product but as a documentation of works that are inherently in progress. these works are also open to reinterpretation and continuation by other artists. virtual recordings of imagined spaces: the invisible presence of imagined spaces: domestic and industrial, public and private. the looped recordings and the listening environment merge to create a new sonic space. Immedia are Vicky Paniale and Darren Reynolds, a duo from London, UK. credits


Mark Mahoney & M. Peck – Imprint
Was $11.99, sale priced at $5.99
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Incorporating both analog and digital synthesizers, software based instruments and theremin Mahoney and Peck weave deep space and dark ambient soundscapes to sculpt austere visions derived from sound.

Mark Mahoney and Michael Peck have compiled tracks from their live performances of 2005. It would be hard to pigeon hole the genre of music that these artists produce. A Mahoney and Peck performance takes the listener through a journey with many twists and turns. An uplifting melodic theme may slowly evolve into an abstract and dark world of strange sounds and textures, only to evolve again into a soft heavenly melodic theme.

Mahoney and Peck have performed twice on Chuck van Zyl’s radio show, Stars End. They have also performed at the Electro-Music 2005, 2006, and 2007 festivals in Philadelphia as well as the Midwest Electronic Music Symposium (MEMS) in Indianapolis. They have received many positive reviews of their solo work and their previous project, The Amaranth Signal.