WDIY Radio Features Wide View by Jeff Greinke

We’re pleased to see WDIY radio feature in its entirety Jeff Greinke’s Hypnos album WIDE VIEW. Below is the playlist, but first, a link to the CD on our store in case you’re interested.

Wide View CD for $8.99

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http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2015/150305.html

Galactic Travels is an electronic, ambient, and space music show, that
airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm on WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem,
PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville
and Trexlertown, and webcasting on the internet.

Show #935 March 5, 2015.

RECAP:
On this show, I began a month-long focus on Jeff Greinke. The Featured
CD at Midnight was “Wide View” on Hypnos Records.
http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2015/focus.html#mar

PLAYLIST:

11:04 pm
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
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Kevin Braheny Starflight 1 * Galaxies (Hearts of Space)
VA [Asnazzy] Alien Atmosphere Greatest Electronic Ambient
Works Vol. 1 (Spotted Pecary)
Hypnosphere Ardent Drive Timedrift (Spheric Music)
AlioDie and Dissolved Heaven Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt
Parallel Worlds Leonies)
Andrew Douglas New Year’s Eve Eve Peace Be Here (Jennica)
Forrest Smithson Windtrap Ooti (none)
12:00 am
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
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Jeff Greinke Wide View Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Glide Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke One September Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Submerge Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Interlude Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Cloudburst Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Slow Circles Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Bounce Wide View (Hypnos)
Jeff Greinke Last Wave Wide View (Hypnos)

Jack Finlay, Enterprise Bridge Star Trek Original TV Series
Douglas Grindstaff, Sequence Sound Effects (GNP Crescendo)
and Joseph Sorokin

NEXT SHOW:
On the next Galactic Travels, I’ll continue the month-long focus on Jeff
Greinke. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “Weather from Another
Planet” on First World Records.

Weekly Sale Item: Random Picks #1

This week we’re doing a round of random picks for you, and they’ve all been marked down to just $5.99 each through March 15th!

AUGUR & BIRDS OF TIN – STRANGE SEEDS COME FROM ODD FLOWERS (reg. price $13.99)
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“Solo and collaborative tracks from these two musicians. Excellent atmospheric electronics and found sounds. Very highly recommended.”
-Self Abuse Records

“Augur and Birds of Tin, emerging here from the recesses of the experimental cassette underground, immediately bring to mind nothing less than the miraculous synergy which once produced :zoviet*france: in Newcastle and Life Garden in Tuscon. A shared interest in “nature and intuition” brings (them) together, a bridge between the naturalistic coarseness of Augur’s roughly hewn loops and Birds of Tin’s fascination with the digital refinement of tiny, idealized sounds. Together they map a realm of sonic experience where texture has usurped form and definition has become a precept of the tactile rather than the visual. There’s surprisingly little repetition in their flowering improvisations, life’s rich tapestry regarded not as a sum of its natural interwoven patterns but as the coincidence of countless small-but-significant events. Overgrown with fanciful flora and teeming with impossible fauna, these gardens are as fertile and unsullied as a virgin Eden – young worlds of extraordinary natural possibility. An ominous human presence lurks at the fringes of Birds of Tin’s “Translations, Rotations and Reflections,” surveying the landscape with an arrogant eye (in all likelihood calculating how its riches might be plundered and the land itself parceled and sold). In Augur’s solo pieces, Man is a more benign intruder, a distracted observer too caught up in his mundane industrious concerns to pay more than cursory attention to the vital ecospheric hum of a forest primeval or to appreciate the trills and tremolos of fantastic birds.”
–Review by Gil Gershman, 22 Feb 1999

MAURIZIO BIANCHI – M.I. NHEEM ALYSM (reg. price $12.99)
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M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.

TOM HEASLEY – DESERT TRIPTYCH (reg. price $13.99)
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This release captures Tom live on the road leaving behind the Tuba used on the last two CDs and featuring a rich tapestry of Didjeridu and Voice layered with live looping, recorded during Tom’s 2003 solo tour. Robert Rich is back on the mixing board mastering this CD. You’ll be amazed at the sound of this sonic road-trip and Tom’s ability to layer textures in real-time.

“Breathtakingly beautiful, totally mesmerizing”. –Anne LeBaron

ASPECTEE – MORBEN (reg. price $12.99)
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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.

ALISON WAIT – DOVE ESISITONO SOLO I RICORDI   (reg. price $13.99)
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Digipak Release

“Alison Wait is the gift of the past. Remembrances of long gone days. Childhood memories amplified through the glass of melancholy. A journey hand in hand with what has been and will never return. Dark ambiences melt with guitars & lush synths – come with us to the place where Alison Waits…”

Review by Richard Gurtler:
“The name Alison Wait probably wouldn’t catch my eye, but fortunately I was pointed to this release by one of my friends on Discogs, thanks Eric! Let’s start straight away, because we have here another mastepiece “Made in Italy”. Alison Wait or just Alison is most likely a woman’s or child’s name, but behind this project are hidden Filippo Spadoni and Alessandro Tusino. Highly evocative dark minimal ambience is beautifully supported with ethereal guitars, numerous samples and field recordings (dripping water, bird calls, child’s or adult’s voices and cries…) and processed vocals (some sounding like radio walkie talkie transmissions… or are they samples?). This is exactly a kind of album when it’s a pity I don’t understand the native language of composers, because the track list (most of it), liner notes and most of the voice samples are in Italian language, but this must be a story about long forgotten memories and beloved toys from a childhood. There is a lot of melancholy, intimacy and warmness in each of the 8 pieces on this album, with precisely balanced gentle synths, occasional strings and always suitable voices, samples and field-recordings. Pieces like “Tu Sei La Luna”, “Senza Fiato”, “Quando Non Ci Sarò” or “Last Words Settembre” are not only very nice examples of this, but also my most favourite pieces on the album along with tranquil “Un Fiore Nero Pieno Di Profumo”. “Dove Esistono Solo I Ricordi” is well composed ambient album deserving a high recommendation. Very nice and personal work, Filippo & Alessandro!!! Not to forget, the CD comes in glossy 4-panel digisleeve with inner sleeve featuring some really beautiful paintings and photographs from a childhood.”
–Richard Gürtler (Feb 02, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

BETWEEN INTERVAL – AUTUMN CONTINENT (reg. price $13.99)
AUTUMN

A timeless release, AUTUMN CONTINENT is a superbly crafted blend of Space Ambient and Electronic Downtempo. Provocative subterranean explorations are balanced with a sense of light from an otherworldly perspective. BETWEEN INTERVAL has created an atmosphere that is organic, accessible, and thought filled without the clichés of most electronic music today.

AUSTERE – ECO (reg. price $8.99)
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From austere.org:
Eco, a new release for 2005 e.v., is two things above and beyond an ambient-styled minimalistic composition.

Firstly, it is a “process piece”, similar in concept to our first release Convergence from 1998 (reissued in 2005.) The concept of process music was originated by minimalist composer Steve Reich in a manifesto entitled “Music as a Gradual Process” in 1968.

This recording was made using a balalaika (a three stringed chordophone instrument from the Mediterranean), a number of analog and digital delays wired in series and Space Echo. The composition was arranged using a technique Reich called “phasing”, where each discrete piece of music, or “phrase”, is allowed to overlap the same or similar pieces but are slightly out of time sync with the original, creating a slowly evolving recording that changes subtly but perceptively over its entire course.

MICO NONET – THE MARMALADE BALLOON (reg. price $11.99)
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We here at Hypnos HQ think this is one of the nicest and best-est things to have crossed our ears in quiet a while. It’s a beautiful, ear-pleasing blend of relatively “straight” chamber music with just a touch of electronic tones.

A minimalist layer of ambient analog synthesizers with cello, viola, French horn and oboe performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

Reviews:
“The Marmalade Balloon is the year’s ultimate flirtation with subtlety and seductiveness. Existing somewhere between the neo-classical and the ambient, Mico Nonet fashion a world that is hazy and succinct, at times dark and haunting and others playful and inspiring, but always open to personal interpretation. The balance between musicians is gracefully maintained, where neither the electronics nor the strings are ever overly pronounced as to withdraw the listener from the intoxicating, spellbinding trance which The Marmalade Balloon invokes. The future will certainly take this musical act on a variety of different presentations, but with their strong understanding of musical space and development, we’re confident that they’ll be a favorite for years to come. ”
–Jordan Volz, The Silent Ballet

“Once all the synths and sequencers have echoed out and it is time to return to Earth, STAR’S END turns to The Marmalade Balloon (36’42”), a smart, artfully constructed EP by Mico Nonet. Played on conventional chamber instruments (viola, cello, oboe, french horn) plus a well-hidden synthesizer, this work combines the idea of ambient music with the sophisticated sensibilities of the classical quartet. The most difficult part of this undertaking was in directing the virtuosic talents of four seasoned orchestra musicians towards a music that achieves a sustained atmosphere – away from the familiar climax and release of their repertoire. The Marmalade Balloon succeeds in maintaining a gradual coalescence throughout. Somber thematic workings move with deliberate slowness as this group carefully strides towards a sense of quiet musical contemplation. Through a unique intuition, the musicians leave enough room not only for one another, but for silence as well. The result is an incredibly beautiful and elegant music, so fragile that at any moment it may dissolve into thin air.”
–Chuck van Zyl, Star’s End Ambient Radio

RAY CARL DAYE – RAPID EAR MOVEMENT (reg. price $10.99)
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“Rapid Ear Movement” the third release by Ray Carl Daye, is a diverse collection of electronic/ambient instrumentals full of emotion and creativity. The compositions range from the energetic, sequence-driven minimalism of “Endless Departure” and “Dervish Moon” to the radiant, melodic riff of “Aqua Lit”. Other notable tracks are the sentimental, gentle meditation of “Quiet Remergence”; the glittering soundtrack-inspired “Elusian Spring” and cinematic atmosphere of “The Illuminated Earth”. In all, “Rapid Ear Movement” presents fourteen short soundtracks for an imagined cinema.

Ray Carl Daye has been writing and recording ambient/electronic music since 2006. His first album Spectral Navigator, released on Magnatune in 2008 was chosen by Galactic Travels radio as a Top 20 CD of June 2009. His second album Echoes From the Aether released in 2010 and available at the Hypnos store and ping things, was played on the nationally syndicated program Hearts Of Space. His current album titled Rapid Ear Movement was influenced by minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno.

“Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by…”
rik maclean, ping things

“we are absolutely crazy about your music…”
John Buckman, Founder/Owner of Magnatune

Weekly Sale Item: Four by Robert Rich

We’ve got four from ROBERT RICH  on sale for you this week, and the price-cuts will go through March 8th.

TEMPLE OF THE INVISIBLE Was $8.99, right now just $5.99
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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

CALLING DOWN THE SKY Was $11.99, right now just $7.99
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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 referred 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.

OPEN WINDOW Was $11.99, right now just $7.99
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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.

MUSIC FROM ATLAS DEI Was $13.99, right now just $8.99
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Audio CD including music from the recent Atlas Dei video DVD, for those Robert Rich listeners who don’t care for the video content.

Electronic ambient soundtrack to the film: at times floating, melodic, rhythmic, shadowy, deep, flowing and intense. –cdbaby.com

Visit the ROBERT RICH section of the Hypnos online store to read more and purchase.

Blowout Sale Item: Salvaged Violets (2CD)

Our latest blowout item is Celer’s double-CD SALVAGED VIOLETS, low-priced at just $5.99 through March 1st.

Celer is Will Long, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, working in publishing, photography, music, and writing. He manages the label Two Acorns, and handles all releases, communication, and distribution of Celer and Chubby Wolf, also performing live regularly as Celer. He began Celer in 2005 with Danielle Baquet-Long, and continues it solo since 2009.

SALVAGED VIOLETS
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998 copies. Stoughton mini-lp gatefold CD sleeve. 12 art prints and photographs by Peter Lograsso. Mastered by Corey Fuller.

“Long-form, meditative ambient-drone, character of the duo’s ebbing-and-flowing music. Field recordings and/or acoustic and electronic instruments are used as sources, but what comes out the other end is typically a smooth, metallic shimmer where no single instrument sound stands out.” -textura.org

READ/PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Four By Numina

This week we’ve got all four of NUMINA’S Hypnos releases on sale, and the low prices will be good through March 1st!

“Jesse Sola is an American keyboardist who goes under the project name Numina. He was born in 1971 into a musical family, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Jesse began recording music in his twenties while in college. Jesse’s choice of instrumentation is the use of synthesizers and acoustic instruments melded together to create deep, evolving music that ranges from melancholy to mysterious. Currently, Numina has released albums on his own Numinamusic label as well as Gestalt Records, Hypnos Recordings and Dark Duck Records, and been featured several times on the syndicated radio program, ‘Music From The Hearts of Space.’” -Wikipedia

SANCTUARY OF DREAMS –Was $9.99, right now just $5.99

Sanctuary

The first release on Hypnos by this up-and-coming ambient artist based in Colorado. Numina, real name Jesse Sola, arrived on the scene following a handful of self-released albums and quickly rose to become one of the most popular new faces in electronic ambient music.


REVIEWS:

“SANCTUARY OF DREAMS by Numina (a.k.a. Jesse Sola) comes from the same spark as many other soundworld realizations in the field of Spacemusic. Through the subtle manipulation of deep drones, sub-sonic swells, metallic sonorities and the slow spiraling of contrasting chords, Numina provides the listener with a wondrous sonic sanctuary in which to reflect upon their own inner workings. Throughout his music we find an artist trying to identify his relationship with the scale of his work, and the relationship of this work to the environment. The material on SANCTUARY OF DREAMS guides the form in which Numina is working. The 10 tracks are each a storm of color and sound, less representative of the chaos of the unconscious mind than of the enigmatic and ominous world of dreams . . . visions beyond cognition.” –Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

“Jesse Sola records as Numina. Sanctuary of Dreams, his first release on a major label (Hypnos Recordings), might be his best effort yet. In the past, his CDs have leaned to the darker sides of ambience. While this disc does have some ominous tones, the overall timbres are gentle and soothing. Sola’s style allows the uplifting chords to be the overriding persona of this CD. He combines organic textures with languid atmospheres to create warm and friendly soundscapes. This disc is a friend. It will appeal to fans of Jeff Pearce, Remco Helbers, Markus Reuter, and Zero Ohms.” –All Music Guide, reviewed by Jim Brenholts

EYE OF THE NAUTILUS –Was $9.99, right now just $5.99
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The second release by Numina on the Hypnos label, the follow-up to his acclaimed breakthrough Sanctuary of Dreams. Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.

It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from “new name you should watch” to the status of “established artist.” This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.

Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track, “Secrets from the Flame,” and as with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos founder M. Griffin is responsible for mastering and layout.

SHIFT TO THE GHOST –Was $9.99, right now just $5.99
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Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other.

Numina himself states that the album “is about the life and death of the physical self,” hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It’s a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired.

REVIEWS:
“This release from 2006 features 70 minutes of eerie tuneage. Numina is Jesse Sola. Pensive tonalities rise to insinuate a portentous presence into a brooding darkness. It’s a tenuous presence, however; one that exhibits little animation, watching with unseen eyes and subtly influencing its immediate environs. Sighing electronic textures undulate with luxurious determination. Ethereal waves seep across the firmament, occluding silence with a translucent demeanor. A liquid undercurrent aids this vaporous resonance. Buried in the atmospheric flow are hints of violins and drawn cellos, so deeply immersed that they could well be illusionary sounds. Also lurking in the mix are traces of more demonstrative electronics, but pulsations actually surface to calmly dominate the ambience and generate a savory tension. An eerie mien permeates these songs, but there’s nothing ominous or threatening about these sonic ghosts. They are congenial spirits, conveying wisdom and introspection to the listener. Sola’s predilection for seasoning his pure ambience with softly churning activity imbues this music with a seductive quality. The compositions maintain a resolute dedication to a borderland between minimalism and density, producing tuneage that glimmers with implications as it seethes with gossamer vitality. Harmonic passages are tinged with evocative substance.”
–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

“In crafting a sonic narrative of the journey from life to afterlife, Numina has created a listening experience that is utterly immersive, a set of pieces that pull you in so deeply that trying to find adequate words for them once you’ve surfaced is difficult. This is signature Numina, moving as slowly as sleeping breath, elegant layers laid thickly upon layers with a certain and graceful hand. Sound textures course across the skin and into the spirit, coaxing the listener with warmth, beauty and imagery. This is the sound of the soul departing, and the sense of the journey itself. Rhythms rise only where they’re needed, as in the dramatic push of “Through the Unseen Barrier.” Shift… is heavy with well-realized aural scenery and emotive tones that fully suit Numina’s intent. The slightly serrated drift of “Arrival to Nowhere” points up the disk’s embrace of dark awe, and “Light Travelling” celebrates the upward release from being with some intriguing sonic turbulence. Who knew crossing over felt this good? There’s a distinct sense of the sacred here in hushed hymnal tones and choral whispers. There is the pull of coerced introspection, and a pure, overarching beauty. There’s not a moment on this disk that isn’t eminently listenable, down to the final quiet exhalations of the gorgeous closer, “The Hostless Ghost.” And that’s why Shift to the Ghost is another Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD from Numina.” –Reviewed by John @ Hypnogogue

“a Great album. calmful and dark beauty, Highly Recommended!” –Parallel Worlds, on the Hypnos Forum

THE DECEPTION OF REALITY (Digipak) –Was $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five “tracks” for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they’re listening to a single unbroken piece.

Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

READ MORE/LISTEN/PURCHASE IN THE NUMINA SECTION OF THE HYPNOS ONLINE STORE.