Weekly Sale Item: Various Artists – Andrew Liles, Resonant Drift, Rod Modell, etc.

Everyone seemed to like last week’s various artist picks so well, we’ve decided to do another round of them! Sale prices good through November 8th or while supplies last.

Resonant Drift – Full Circle –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
full circle

“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.” -resonantdrift.com

Listen to the beautiful track, “And Then The Rain” from this album HERE.

Dale Lloyd – Semper
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

“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)

Andrew Liles – All Closed Doors
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99

“With a title such as ‘Largactil and Dilaudin for the Soul’ this newest release from British composer Andrew Liles should give an indication of the eccentricies from where this recording is coming from. One track of stark resonating piano followed by the slow warming of the orchestra that draws you in. Once there, it tip toes, echoes and dissolves with each track re-emerging more fractured than the next. Intricacies of creaks, dull thuds, traditional instrumentation and then subtle ambient drones. ‘All Closed Doors’ could be the aural equivalent of living in a disused cupboard; dusty and empty – dark and damp. Perhaps the definitive song on the album, ‘What Never Will Be’ is a bizarre ghostly version of the ‘que sera sera.'”

Listen to the track, “What Will Never Be” from this album HERE.

Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

This Hypnos/Binary debut by Synthetic Block blends “classic EM” elements with a more modern approach. It was mastered by Dave Fulton (who also played on one track) and is sonically amazing. One of the best things about running a small record label is the opportunity to help expose more people to artists like this one, whose work merits much wider exposure. Give it a listen!

“I cannot believe that there is not more feedback regarding “sonic approach”. upon receiving my radio promo the first note on track 1 totally captivated me. block approaches sonic sounds immediately and never slows. and, of course, fulton pulls some tricks. “square triangle” is my top playlist pick because of it’s well defined and energetic change in tempo and musical registration. all tks are getting air and well deserving of such. are you guys collaborating with the russians? are you on the same interstellar link? very few composers are in touch with the same deep grooves and beats (nearly industrial), but very melodic. not wanting to pass judgement, or anything, but “sonic approach” & “fields” are two HYPNOS/BINARY tops. thank you my friends…” –Flyingdude, WAWL Radio host, on the Hypnos Forum

“Jonathan Block is a poet in every sense of the word. Recording as Synthetic Block, he creates beautiful verse with his synthesizer and manipulations. Sonic Approach, his third release and Hypnos debut, is his best work by far. He has always combined deep drones and vast atmospheres with Berlin school sequences and rhythms. He does it again with an intense flair and smooth segues. While there are eight tracks on this disc, Block’s techniques and style treat the set as one long-form (58-minute) composition. Dave Fulton, of Dweller at the Threshold, mastered and did the post-production engineering. He also contributed some analog synth work. This CD is a masterful example of the Binary mission — excellent retro e-music with modern digital enhancements. It will appeal to fans of Rudy Adrian, Paul Ellis, Saul Stokes, and Ron Boots.”
–AMG, reviewed by Jim Brenholts

Listen to MP3 clips from this album HERE.

Bruno Sanfilippo – Subliminal Pulse
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99
subliminal pulse

“Veteran Electronic/Ambient composer and recording artist Bruno Sanfilippo has been creating and releasing impressive soundscapes since 1991. Now the internationally established instrumentalist delivers his first official US release, Subliminal Pulse, a tranquil and hypnotic ambient musical tapestry comprised of delicate melodies, layered electronics and synth textures that seem to come from deep within a dream.” -spottedpeccary.com

Listen to the track, “Slipped Time” from this album HERE.

Rod Modell – Vibrasound (The Deepchord Years 1999-2004)
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99

Rhythmic pulses, vibrating and echoing in deep-orange and shades of red. An archival collection of more atmospheric loops/tracks from Deepchord Records (Detroit Michigan). All previously released on 12-inch vinyl, and now completely out of print in vinyl format. This is the first time these tracks have appeared on compact disc. Lo-Fi dub-techno from Detroit.

Listen to the track, “Forester Park” from this album HERE.

Aspectee – Morben
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

Influenced by the human condition and the human experience, by humanity’s fortune and misfortune, the soundscapes of Aspectee’s “Morben” are varied, ranging from ambient to dark ambient to experimental, though the sounds remain forever blackened, and the moods heavy.”

Presented to you in digipak format, limited to 500 copies. -First Fallen Star

MORBEN creates tense atmospheres through opposing sounds, deep drones, but has also very cinematic elements. The opening of the album, ‘Stuhlmann’, sounds very grand and has a very cinematic quality. ‘Dianthus’ is etched in very intense and deep drone and has very interesting sound design. ‘Newin’ is a very great soundscape with a more experimental structure. It has some nice orchestral elements and a very mystical sound. An amazing sound experience! ‘gotheDrStone’ continues this way, but has a more angelic feel to it. ‘kince’ is a great emotional piece that has a kind of sad element to it, but also feels uplifting in other ways. Towards the end it gets a more raw sound. It has some very dual feelings that make this song very interesting to listen to. ‘aspectee’ starts very raw and abstract, but halfway turns more deep and cinematic. ‘betho et’ reminds me somewhat of the netherworld soundscapes of Vestigial. It’s a very rich soundscape that is also very immersive. ‘leanon’ is also a very deep voyage into the underworld, where all things hidden seems to show themselves. The album ends with ‘unwic’, which is a very soothing piece of music. It’s this conclusion that gives the whole album its emotional heart.

Aube – Metal on Metal (2CD)
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99

“Alchemical secrets and the magic of metallic materials, of their acoustic characters, and the possible technological manipulations on the sounds that are possible to pull out… Resonances, mantric vibrations, hypnotics bell rings, sounds of cymbals, plates, rings… Tubular elements are used or more ordinary and simple metallic objects of common use are bowed or scraped. Aube acquires the sounds of transforming essence… decomposing and recomposing the shape… Fragmenting, expanding,stratifying and elaborating the sonorous matter, constructs complex wafts, resounding weaves carpets, interlaces thin threads of metallic tensions, crumbles and agglomerates acoustic particles, leaves to flowing, reverberating, harmonic drones…” -Silentes

Listen to a track from this album HERE.

New Amplexus Items: Corrado Altieri, Gianluca Becuzzi, Under The Snow, etc.

Hey everyone,  we’ve added five items from Amplexus to the store for you this week, and we hope you’ll find them very interesting!

Red Sector A – Transients

“Andrea Bellucci’s “Red Sector A” is probably one of Italy’s best kept secrets, and for sure the project of an author who has always preferred quality over quantity. In 1995, after hitting the European dance charts with a few successful 12″ releases, he signed to Minus Habens, the hystorical Italian label. Between 1995 and 2012 he released with them four albums of evolute electronic music, merging deep atmospheres and Techno rhythms, microsounds and Ambient-Dub, big beats and Drum’n’Bass, installing his refined aesthetics on assimilated codes. During the years Bellucci also dedicated himself to Dark-Ambient under the Subterranean Source guise, whose two CD albums were released in the U.S. by Relapse via their Desolation House imprint. He also had the merit to bring Alio Die’s music to a wider “Non-Ambient” audience with Son-Dha, a remix project centered on selected tracks culled from the Italian ambient master’s early releases. “Transients” is Red Sector A’s fifth full-length work and also the first one released by Silentes. The path traced by Bellucci in twenty years of activity is perfectly fulfilled in an album characterized, as always, by complex rhythmic textures. The quality of the music produced is remarkable, the sound is clear and well defined with the album working quite well as a whole without any single weak track. The list of guest-artists who have contributed to the greatness of this work is simply impressive and includes the following: Andrew Lagowski, Teho Teardo, Retina.it, Dean Dennis (ex Clock-DVA), Giorgio Ricci (Templezone), Eraldo Bernocchi of Sigillum S fame, and Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo of Larsen. Since we enjoyed every bit of this release it’s quite hard to pick up any favourite: the analogic waves of “Luv – 426” (with Lagowski), the cold sequences of “The Depht of Balance” (featuring Dean Dennis) and the Dub-infected “Think – L” (with Eraldo Bernocchi) are just a few examples. A total winner that will appeal to fans of labels like Minus Habens, Warp, Rephlex, etc.”

A masterpiece of abstract-electronic music with a great cast of guest musicians. Andrea Bellucci craftsmanship in creating eerie soundscapes is absolutely remarkable. The production and mixing is simply stunning.

Listen to the title track from this album HERE.

Corrado Altieri / Gianluca Favaron ‎– The System Of Objects

“A new collaborative effort between two prominent artists of Italy’s electronic and experimental scene, Corrado Altieri (Candor Chasma, Monosonik, Uncodified) and Gianluca Favaron (ab’she, Under The Snow, Z’been). Inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s essay of the same name, “The System of Objects” offers seven compositions combining field recordings, analogue textures, computer music and concrète sounds. Altieri e Favaron dig deep in the unconscious of the french philosopher, devising a hypothetical music score of his manifesto on the relations between objects universe and consumer society ideologies: drones and digital pulses, processed tapes and multi-layered frequencies make for a voyage to the borders of ambient, noise and radical experiments.”


Gianluca Becuzzi – Trax To Trax (2CD)

“Gianluca Becuzzi is known for his projects Limbo, Kinetix and Noise Trade Company. “Trax To Trax” is a double CD that collects tracks recorded between 2006 and 2011, most of them have already appeared on compilations or on limited edition CDRs. Among the musicians who have collaborated on some of these tracks are mention Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C., Kirlian Camera), Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions), Fabio Orsi and Pietro Riparbelli/K11. Surrounded by dark presences we enter this listening experience enjoying Gothic scenarios covered with electronics and noise, pressing and suggestively evocative, in a relentless series of images and sensations, in the emotional crescendo of a close confrontation with our inner world. Comes in an outsized gatefold sleeve.”


Listen to the track, “Unspeakable” from this album HERE.

Maribor – De Immenso

“Following the previous “Atrocity Exhibition”, dedicated to the figure of Girolamo Savonarola, the new monumental chapter of the Maribor collective project is finally available. Based on a concept by Stefano Gentile, this new CD is inspired by the works and life of Giordano Bruno. In addition to Stefano Gentile himself, this new work includes contributes by Maurizio Bianchi/M.B., Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo, Nimh/Giuseppe Verticchio, Andrea Marutti and Gianluca Favaron. Almost 80 minutes of driving and all-involving music where bleak and dark atmospheres alternates with consuming assaults of Industrial distorted sonic masses, cinematic and descriptive passages enriched by detailed layers of field recordings, throbbing electronic progressions, melodic inserts, strings parts, guitar arpeggios, soft, slow and hypnotic ambient stasis… Another surprising and unmissable listening experience, for a work that once again gathers together some of the most representative artists both of the historical and of the more recent groundbreaking experimental and industrial Italian scene.”


Listen to the track, “1548” from this album HERE.

Under The Snow – The Other Room

“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.”


Listen to the title track from this album HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Various Artists – Robert Rich, Saul Stokes, and More

We’ve got some great deals this week on selected items by various artists, and the low prices are good through November 1st!

Robert Rich – Temple of the Invisible –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

First new Rich work since Seven Veils, this one uses entirely “natural” and acoustic sound sources to weave an exotic and hypnotic sound tapestry. Features performances by Forrest Fang, Tom Heasley, Sukhawat Ali Khan and others.

Temple of the Invisible finds Robert Rich at his most organic, eschewing the trappings of modernity or stylistic boundaries. Using only simple acoustic instruments, Rich crafts a document from a distant time and place, a lost culture with musical underpinnings that reach from Java to North Africa, from Medieval Europe to the Tibetan Plateau. “A music-scape that oozes with primitive life, as if pulsing from the swamp itself. . . A time traveller searching for the aperture that looks back to Eden.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Listen to the track, “Entranon” from this album HERE.

Robert Rich – Calling Down the Sky
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

Robert’s second self-released disc (following last year’s well-received Temple of the Invisible) is a recording of a 2003 Denver concert — ambient and atmospheric Rich sounds, similar to the Humidity release on Hypnos.
From robertrich.com
This 74 minute live recording documents an entirely improvised concert in Denver CO, on Saturday July 26, 2003, with an intimate audience who came prepared for anything. With a thunderstorm forming outside, breaking to a peak mid-concert, this improvisation refered directly to the recent weather I had experienced on tour that summer. Below are two journal entries that might flesh out the meaning of the cover artwork, visually interpreted by John Bergin.


Tuesday June 10 – East of Oklahoma City

I’m watching a giant storm cell bubbling to the south. My position eastbound on I-40 is perfect, at the edge of the storm avoiding danger, far enough away that I can observe the shape of the towering cumulonimbus with its top sheared off into ice crystals high up in the stratosphere; yet close enough to study the battleship green shelf of mammatus clouds overhead to my right, a clausterphobic ceiling textured underneath with curling roiling bruise-colored tubules, not unlike giant intestines. My sense of distance gets boggled by the size of this storm, on the horizon of a flat land, possibly centered 100 miles away, yet with tendrils that drop an occasional pocket of heavy rain and lightning on the highway in front and behind me. I’m mesmerized by the power and danger that this living entity represents, enchanted by its awesome beauty.

Monday July 21 – Tornadoes in Southern Michigan

Driving southwest to Peoria I hit the most intense weather I have seen yet on this trip. Blue-black clouds up ahead, deep opaque blurs underneath, telling me I’ll hit heavy rain. I tune into the radio news, and listen to tornado warnings for the two counties north of me, with a tornado moving southeast. It’ll probably miss me, since I’m driving west, but the weather looks big.

The 18 wheel semi in front of me slows down as we approach a wall of rain. The driver turns on his hazard lights, and for 20 minutes those blinking red lights provide my only clue about the road. We’re driving about 15 miles per hour through an airborne lake. Water hits the car so hard it’s deafening, and the wipers prove useless. I feel like I’m driving a submarine. Common sense would have suggested I pull over and wait for the storm to pass, but I figure I’m OK as long as the truck in front of me stays on the road.


From the Liner Notes:

Heavy weather tailed me during Summer 2003, as I circled the country giving concerts. From wind storms in the desert to tornadoes in the Midwest, flooding in the East and lightning on the high plains, the sky exerted its influence.

All came into focus during this improvised house concert in Denver, a journey joined by a circle of 26 friends. A dialog between music and the elements took form like a shamanic exchange, an act of supplication in respect to stronger forces, calling down the sky to return a gift from the clouds.

Listen to the track, “Erasing Traces” from this album HERE.

Robert Rich – Open Window
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

Piano Solos

While better known for his electronic textures, Robert Rich often includes piano solos during his live concerts. Open Window documents his improvisational approach to acoustic piano, with influences ranging from Alan Hovhannes, G.I. Gurdjieff and Erik Satie to Terry Riley and Keith Jarrett.

Rich chose to record Open Window on his own 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand, an instrument with a more intimate sound than a full-size concert piano. Over a period of two months, he kept a daily schedule of piano improvisation, with microphones set up to record at all times. The pieces selected here reflect special moments during this concentrated period. These were the moments when effort vanished, and the music seemed to write itself.

Listen to the track, “Insular” from this album HERE.

David Tollefson – Near and Far –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
near and far

David Tollefson, perhaps best known as half of Viridian Sun, also received much praise for his 1997 solo debut on Hypnos entitled NEW EYES ON THE UNIVERSE. Like his debut, NEAR AND FAR is at times both musical and dramatic, while at other moments unabashedly experimentalist in its approach.
Every sound on this CD was made with an electric guitar, though many will doubt this claim, as with Tollefson’s previous work. Whether or not your consider yourself a fan of “guitar music,” you’ll find an astonishing sonic variety here, as well as an unquestionable breadth of artistic reach.

“Top 10 Albums of 2000.” –Pretty Bruises Magazine

“Top 10 of 2000….Three Hypnos releases in my top ten… any question what label is releasing the best ambient music these days?” –David Bass on the Ambient Music mailing list

“David Tollefson is an experimental guitarist whose recording debut began as a member (along with Hypnos founder and solo recording artist M. Griffin) of Viridian Sun on 1997’s ambient/experimental work, Solar Noise. Tollefson’s solo debut, New Eyes on the Universe, was released in the following year to wide critical acclaim. Viridian Sun’s 1999 second release, Perihelion, went deeper into abstract sonic expressionism.

His new release is a brooding, contemplative collection of eight compositions that drift deep into the listener’s stream of consciousness. It contains cinematic atmospheres and dark abstract rich textures, both detailed and organic.

It is a collection of some of the most beautiful haunting music I’ve ever encountered. It is one of the most thought provoking and significant musical statements that Hypnos has released to date. Near and Far brims with possibilities for the future, pushing electronic synthesis and acoustic manipulation deep into forbidden lines of enquiry.

Tollefson’s triumph here does not lie merely in his technical prowness, but in the emotional aspect of his music. The tracks that make up Near and Far are compelling and moody, displaying Tollefson’s talent for traversing the space, ambient, and experimental genres with ease and grace” –Alternate Music Press reviewed by Ben Kettlewell

Listen to MP3 clips for this album HERE.

David Tollefson – New Eyes on the Universe
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

Tollefson explores the use of treated electric guitar as a sound source for unusual ambient textures and rich sonic atmospheres.

“Best Release of 1998.”
–Phil Derby / Wind and Wire Magazine

“Top 10 of 1998.”
–Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

“Top 30 of 1998.”
–Eric Meece / Mystic Music / KKUP Radio

“An exquisite collection of moody, minimal and very effective pieces, beautifully sequenced and with the right pace of movement and choice of soundcolors. Excellent.”
–Vidna Obmana

“Extremely high quality guitar ambience from one half of Portland’s Viridian Sun, David Tollefson. ‘Empyrean’ has a tentative, threatening air, a kind of looped and progressively virulent agitation that fades away before possible violence; ‘Phase (Travel)’ is a somber, swirling ride through the Milky Way; the title track also cruises the heavens, the intermittent subterranean machinery pulse of the engines drawing focus from the stars to the tenuous confines of the space ship; ‘Painted Sky’ has an anxious, subdued turbulence quality–Van Gogh’s Starry Night (on Mars). My favorite track, ‘Palomar,’ flows from dark crystals reverberating by sunlight, to winking stars shimmering by moonlight, to clouds of lightly distorted, ominous radiance that pass in front of both–an amazingly textured stream of consciousness journey that holds within it’s multifaceted layers: wariness and wonder, caution and awe. What really makes this work is the use of the guitar as a conduit for David’s broad sonic trek through the heavens, through the deceptively gentle, seemingly familiar, to the subtly unearthly; in that respect, there are only a few moments on this disc where it is noticeably a guitar creating the music. Not unlike Maeror Tri, though the songs are shorter, more compact (more appropriate for the attention deficit 90’s?). Well worth your attention!”
–John C. Smith / Outburn Magazine

Listen to MP3 clips from this album HERE.

Saul Stokes – Outfolding –Special low price of $4.99

The primary sound sources on all Saul Stokes recordings are several vintage-style analog modular synthesizers built by Stokes himself. But don’t mistake this to mean Stokes is working in a retro or “classic E-music” style, because this is definitely not the case. Perhaps no artist in the ambient/experimental music scene possesses a sound as distinctive, fresh and modern.

Those who have seen Saul’s much-acclaimed live performances in Philadelphia during the past year can attest to his challenging and dynamic sound. It’s world music for the mid-21st century, way ahead of its time. Ambient atmospherics blend with riveting electronic experimentalism, guided by an artistic savvy and grace all too rare in this tech-oriented genre.

“Significant Releases of 2000 list.”
–Star’s End Radio host Chuck VanZyl

“An understated, clever set of rhythmic and/or floating ambient pieces. Abstract, dry, and intelligent.
Top 4 of 2000 (#4).”
–Hannah M.G. Shapero on rec.music.newage

“Quite recently I have had the distinct pleasure of hearing Saul Stokes’ “Outfolding.” Absolutely brilliant piece of work.”
–Jeff aka Mxyzptlk, on the Ambient Music internet mailing list

“Saul Stokes is a very characteristic artist specialized in the electronic ambient/experimental music. In his recordings he tends to use primarily, as the basic sources of his sound, the modular analog synthesizers as well as other electronic instruments he himself builds, yet his music possesses a modern touch, fresh and daring indeed, masterfully managing the technology at his disposal. A supporter of live performances, his sound is challenging and dynamic. His music flows, evolving, never losing its intrinsic beauty, deep, hypnotic, with electronic undercurrents that lead to atmospheres full of a soft energy, at times with space or cosmic brushes, and always having in mind the exploration of new soundscapes with a creativity that can hardly be surpassed.” –Amazing Sounds, MONTSE ANDREU

Listen to MP3 clips from this album HERE.

Saul Stokes – Abstraction
–Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99

First release by Saul Stokes on the Green House label. 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: My latest release “Abstraction,” fuses the best of 3 years of concert recordings with my latest 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.

“Electrical appliances today are taken for granted by our culture, but not by Saul Stokes. Dubbed everything from Sonic Innovator to (in jest) “Popular Science’s Electronic Musician of the Year”, Stokes stands out in his field by having designed and built his own array of museum quality electronic instruments. This achievement enables Stokes with precise control over his original sounds and textures from the AC plug all the way to the PA speakers. But this is about more than just wires and solder. While Stokes demonstrates unprecedented real-time control over the output of his gear, inspiration for his music comes from an outlet on a more human scale. The intimacy of the concert stage is where Stokes transforms his craft into art. The immediacy of the moment, the consistent pattern of change and the spark of inspiration all act upon Stokes as he produces continuous currents of sound for a spellbound audience. At these rare and wonderful events, harmony takes a backseat to timbre as determiner of the emotional content of a piece. Constantly adjusting the tonal qualities of the composition by ear, the direction of a piece can change at will as the schematic of the performance is updated and changed by Stokes moment to moment. Although faded from his consciousness, the audience plays an important role in his music too. According to Stokes, these compositions cannot be realized outside the intimacy of the live environment. The new album Abstraction, compiles highlights from several such occasions. Each track is born out of vision, craft and spontaneity and strung together one after the other to form a virtual concert. The album flows smoothly through a contoured electric landscape of distinctive pads, drifting pitches and atonal synthesizer effects. Abstraction is a cerebral album that seductively draws the listener in, leaving you to find your own way out.” – Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

Listen to the track, “The Twin Worlds of Abstraction” from this album HERE.

Saul Stokes – Villa Galaxia
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

Always one of the most popular artists on the Hypnos and Binary labels through the years, Saul Stokes is also one we’ve been very proud to “launch” into the ambient/electronica world. The first new work by Saul Stokes on Hypnos/Binary since Fields in 2005, this is certainly one of the most hotly-anticipated discs we’ve released in years.

Saul Stokes says: Stokes’ 8th solo album to date, Villa Galaxia is a hyperfusion of sonic exploration seeded in Stokes’ seminary music past, while arcing into a completely new genre defining collection of songs. Stripping away any notion of ambient drone or chill out labeling, Villa Galaxia surfs its own ocean of contemporary electronic music culture with eccentric listenable experimentalism wrapped in catchy lyrical orchestras of electronic fireworks.

A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99

1997 special edition (remastered, with extra tracks) version of 1992 release.

“Each piece is polished and deep, an evocative marvel inspiring an alert state, sometimes a let’s-go-bye-bye state in others…. This heartfelt and intelligent creation is a worthy successor to Harold Budd/Brian Eno’s Plateaux of Mirror.”
–NAPRA Journal

“Absolutely entrancing and mood-seducing, this is active ambient music, and, although electronically derived and motivated, results in an abundancy of lush, warm sounds that invite, beckon and entice. Keyboardist Ruben Garcia assists on the title track and the achingly beautiful “Clear Pools,” where the dark hues of A Produce’s electronics mesh seamlessly with Garcia’s striking digital chords. Captivating.”
–i/e Magazine

“This fascinating CD combines the best of Eno, Budd, Hassell, Roach, Rich, and Borden. The result is a meditative trance journey the like of which I haven’t heard since Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding…. an utterly sublime tour of outer and inner space….. This CD covers a lot of ground and will cross many listening genre boundaries, as is evidenced by its reviews in all the other alternative music publications.”

“Eno/Hassell fourth-world ambiance and Harold Budd styled keyboard atmospherics….. The most distinctive tracks are the last three, all of which have a strong invented ethnic flavor….. Other tracks are nicely (and even beautifully) done, but have a more generic meditative quality which hovers somewhere between background and foreground.”
— Option

“Overall, this creation is haunting, almost unsettling, probing hidden mysteries of the soul. Many cuts are very long, and very hypnotic, with an organic shimmering sound like random molecular movement. Its otherworldly ambiance brings to mind the devic kingdom. Great for deep journeying.” Heartsong Review

“Well away from the melodic-based Eno ambient explorations, this is much moodier and strange music where often the sounds are unidentifable and the mood elusive. A kind of uneasy ambient music, I suppose, that reveals itself more with each listen.”
–Audion (England)

Listen to MP3 clips HERE.

Listen to the full title track from this album HERE.

A Produce – White Sands
–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99

“A Produce has done it again with his best work ever, White Sands. This is one of those recordings that gets better with each listening. Is it because it’s timeless, trance inducing, yet ‘alert’ music? That rare moment of clarity when one is quiet yet very ‘alive’? Or is it a reflective, sonic snapshot of an at peace artist? A Produce, I feel, is on to something.”
–Dwight Loop, Santa Fe Sun

“This is a contemplative, diverse mix of slow ambient synthesizer places that compare favorably with similar works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin and Sati. The CD flows well even though it contains a considerable variety of sounds, and merits a serious listen. There is something here for every New Age/ambient/space music enthusiast– electronic New Age, tribal techno, meditative, ambient and sombient pieces, as well as works falling between definable genres, making this one of my favorite recent releases of ambient music by a single artist.”
–New Age Voice

“A Produce has consistently turned out albums of highly evocative and frequently very beautiful music which has on occasion been referred to as ‘trance’ music but would more accurately be described as ‘sound paintings.’ Each place evokes a place, a natural environment, a state of being. The composer is subtle in his use of eclectic resources that span the techno-tribal spectrum…. The White Sands anthology is a perfect introduction to this talented artist’s oeuvre.”
–P-Form Magazine

Listen to the track, “Clear Pools” from this album HERE.

New Silentes Items: Gianluca Becuzzi, T.A.C., Troum, etc.

Hey all, this week we’ve added lots of new Silentes and Silentes sub-label items to the store for you (even more than what you see here), so visit the Amplexus / Silentes section of the Hypnos online store to check them out! Some items are in extremely limited supply, so visit soon to view the full selection while everything’s still in stock.

T.A.C. – Splintered

“T.A.C. sonic trip goes on through unexplored territories, forcing the borders between electronica and new psychedelic soundscapes, making room for gentle ballads merciless deconstructed …Enter now T.A.C.’s surreal and swirling world. The tribernetic shamans are back…” -soundohm.com

Listen to the track, “Rain Some Nights” from this album HERE.

Gianluca Becuzzi [Kinetix] – Memory Makes Noise –$11.99

“Gianluca Becuzzi, for the first time, presents his work under his birth name, confining the Kinetix as an extension of his name. The Tuscan sound-artist focuses his research on electro-acoustic sounds, livening ‘Memory Makes Noise’ with throbbing concrete noises, material manipulations and deep environmental reverberations.” -coldspring.co

Machinefabriek – Dubbeltjes

“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 the album preview from Machinefabriek HERE.

Desiderii Marginis – Thaw

“Of the Swedish wave of Dark Ambient acts from the 1990s, Desiderii Marginis is one of the few still active and definitely one of the finest. Desiderii Marginis has created and developed its own unique sonic palette merging digital and analogue: melancholic electronica with electroacoustic elements and intravenous rhythms. Over the course of 20 years, Johan Levin released 7 full-length albums (Cold Meat Industry, Cyclic Law, Kaosthetik Konspiration). His latest offering entitled “Thaw” compiles the compilation appearances and adds 3 tracks from the “Lost Signals From Unknown Horizons” split (Beast Of Prey, 2004). On the one hand, it is simply a collection of rare tracks, but, on the other, it may serve a purpose of a “best of” album. With the chronology unaltered, it gives you the full picture of the project and its progress. It is a history lesson of the last 20 years in sonic melancholia of Desiderii Marginis.” -coldspring.co.uk

Listen to an untitled track from this album HERE.

Troum – Dreaming Muzak

“Re-edition of “Dreaming Muzak”, the first full-length album that TROUM originally released on tape in 1998 and later was re-released on a limited CDR (100 copies only) in 2005. This edition is the first one on CD format. “Dreaming Muzak” is composed by two drone ambient compositions very characteristic for the TROUM style. They were created as a muzak tuning our brainwaves into the proper dreaming stadium. The following prerequisites have been accompanying the duo for many years, hence they have become their credo executed on many excellent records and gigs. “Dreaming Muzak” is an excellent introduction to the adventures with TROUM and their music. -oldeuropecafe.com

Listen to “Dreaming Muzak, Part Two” from the album HERE.

micromelancolie – It Doesn’t Belong Here

”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

LIsten to an excerpt from this album HERE.

Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi – Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines

“This is a collaboration between Fabio Orsi and Gianluca Becuzzi (Kinetix). The unexpected encounter between these different forces, experiences, and visions of these two artists melts perfectly on this album. Drones and rumors, pouring between distant voices and centenary blues songs from the Alan Lomax archive, tow off shreds of ballads, guitars and old keyboards floating on the vibrant surface of a fairy river. Rapture and sweet loss are the main sensations. This could be listed as avant folk, or experimental blues, or ambient roots, or contemporary aesthetics and aching nostalgia.” -coldspring.co.uk

Ginaluca Becuzzi – We Can Be Everywhere

“We Can Be Everywhere” includes collaborations with Deison, Svart1, Retina.it as well as solo tracks by Italian ambient / electronic music artist Gianluca Becuzzi. “We Can Be Everywhere” is his best work to date. And his darkest one.” -alchembria.pl

Listen to the track, “Headless Shadows” from this album HERE.

Fabio Orsi – Find Electronica

“Guitars, piano, old keyboards, field recordings, this Italian composer creates long instrumental tracks of repetitive, minimal and relaxing ambient music full of catchy melodies and hypnotic loops.” -alchembria.pl

Fabio Orsi – Endless Autumn –$11.99

“Each new album by Fabio Orsi is an experience apart. The atmospheres created by the Apulian artist, who lives in Berlin, penetrate the smallest gaps of the cerebral cortex, just where the memory lives. “Endless Autumn” is a work that draws inspiration in its title from “Endless Summer”, by Christian Fennesz, but shines with its own light. Recorded between Taranto and Berlin, it embodies the environmental sounds that come from Puglia and German capital. Orsi captures the essence of the landscapes that he loves to observe, letting the listener fly with his mind over Apulian sunny coasts and countryside, up to German lush forests. The sounds come together naturally with melancholic and slight electronic textures and guitar melodies.”

Listen to an excerpt from this album and view a wonderful fan video HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Eight From Silentes

Hey all, this week we’re price-slashing a number of our SILENTES items for you, and the low prices will be good through October 25th!

Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“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

Katzo – Disposition –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“Katzo is a Japanese project by Katsuya Urushizaki and with “Disposition” he offers a flux of dynamic/driving programmed rhythmic sequences, bass lines, pulsing grooves and micro sounds.” -databloem.com

Listen to an excerpt from this album HERE.

Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

“A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios… A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions…” -Silentes

Listen to the track, “Sunken Street Light” HERE.

Michael Mantra – Mobius Logic
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the inks color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings… Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music.”

Listen to the track, “There Not” HERE.

Opium/Sostrah Tinnitus – Stain –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“Warm, involving, deep and penetrating… Flowing sound patterns, vibrating drones permeated by a discreet sense of tension, evolving in dark, obscure, foggy, nocturnal atmospheres, violated by raven voices, mysterious noises and sounds of metal objects in motion… And then concrete noises, confused and elusive melodies, feeble light flashes, buried echoes of human voices, distant whispers, sudden passages of rough sounds, undefined nuisances, subliminal and hypnotic sequences.” -Silentes

LIsten to the track, “Stain One: Cochlea Staircase” HERE.

Nimh – Travel Diary
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

“Finally collected on a single CD and released in a completely re-edited and re-mastered version enriched with new sounds and parts, Silentes presents all the music created by Giuseppe Verticchio/Nimh during 2001/2002 using ethnic instruments only and in a totally unconventional way, with the addition of treated/processed field recordings. A real challenge beyond every stylistic and geographical border; an original and evocative dark-shaded ethnic-electronic-ritual music, born from the voice of ancient and often unknown traditional ethnic instruments mostly collected in the Far East, without using synthesizers and any other electronic/synthetic source at all. An absolute original, unpredictable and unrepeatable…” -Silentes

Listen to the track, “The Market Place” HERE.

Michael Mantra and Charlz de la Casa – Cerulean Transmission
 –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

A precious sonic masterwork, documenting the extraordinary collaboration between Michael Mantra and Charlz De La Casa. A cd of suspended time and space… “classical” static music. Two long tracks flow like sonic lava, weaving together lush background washes, and evocative field recordings. Dark electric sounds, beautiful drones, inner-Earth rumbling, human voices, concrete noises, ship engines, sirens, sounds of the sea, bubbles, wind, chants, and wildlife sounds merge in an indefinable (and never before experienced) way… an absolutely unmissable work.

Listen to the track, “CYAN 22″ HERE.

Nimh – The Missing Tapes
–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“Stratospheric sounds from another dimension, where multi-cultural sound-worlds collide. Processed electronic emulations of traditional Thai (and other indigenous) instruments, esoteric percussion, breathing, drones, feedback, shortwave radio, disembodied voices floating in air, and hazy field recordings all combine is a most intoxicating manner. With THE MISSING TAPES, NIMH returns to a more adventurous style, pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation past anything that we’ve heard before. An amazing 50+ minute sonic-travelogue of electroacoustic experiments.” -Silentes

Listen to the track, “Tape 4″ HERE.

Stay tuned for lots more Silentes items arriving to the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE later in the week!