New Silentes Items – KInetix, Luigi Turra, Francisco Paolo, etc.

We’ve got another batch of SILENTES  and Silentes sublabel items this week, all brand new to the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE.

Kinetix – White Rooms (2CD)

“KINETIX is Gianluca Becuzzi, electronic composer and sound artist active since the first half of the 80’s. He writes: “The artistic production of KINETIX is characterised by a strong experimental imprint, by the interest into the expressive possibilities offered by the digital technologies and by a clear aesthetic inclination towards minimalist forms and micro noises/sounds.” (from the website) Really, the music sounds like a study about a representational work of minimal art. The first CD includes 9 pieces dealing with volume of sound, time and frequencies to underline the relationship between physical space and acoustic space. Clear digital signal-buzz changes with wide open resounding drones evoking superficial sounds and three-dimensionally impressions. The 2. CD shows very reduced sounds conceived for a sound installation. Only the room is the interpreter. High frequencies circle abstract noises, playing with silence.”

Kinetix – Selected E_Missions

“Deep and wrapping digital soundscapes, dotted by micro-noisy granular material, resonant fields where time and space humble themselves in a single perceptive continuum. Contemporary, abstract, minimal, cold, intense and evocative drone music.”

Luigi Turra – Enso –$11.99

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

Paul Bradley & Cria Cuervos – Moraines II

“MORAINES II is a radical re-working of the limited cdr release MORAINES. The original recordings have been augmented, re-worked and newely mixed into an entirely different piece of music. The final result is far heavier and more substantial work that creates a light and dark relationship with the original release and is much more than a simple ‘remix’of Moraines. Andrew Liles also contributes a track that takes elements and unique contributions to twist the work into his own personal sound world.”

Judah – Judah


“The second full-length from Judah who have been described as the Italian Suicide. Indeed, cold and analogue minimal electronics with really toxic and vicious vocal parts. An incredible collision between the rock’n’roll mood of the sixties and the savage punk electronic world of early Suicide.”

Mauthausen Orchestra -Digression

“After the recent reprint of ‘historical’ material collected on the ‘Sonic Deprivation’ CD (Silentes sme0930), and the collaboration with Nimh on ‘From Unhealthy Places’ (Silentes sme9032), Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo comes back with brand new tracks and a new album where the fury and aggressiveness of his usual harsh sonorities of a Noise/Power-Electronics nature are merged with more quiet, wide and always dark ambient parts, sometimes surprising us with unexpected and undisclosed pulsating rhythmic-electronic inserts. A great album for a project that has recently born again with an unsuspected and inspired artistic vital energy.”

Francesco Paolo Paladino & Many Friends – The Son of Unknown Fish (CD + DVD)

“Thirty-year veteran of the Italian underground music scene, Francesco Paolo Paladino (A.T.R.O.X., The Doubling Riders, Nosesoul, Alio Die), offers his latest multimedia solo extravaganza to an unsuspecting public. Musically, The Son of Unknown Fish is cinematic, visceral and thoroughly engaging. By weaving spoken word elements with prog-ish compositions, Aaron Moore’s soundtracks from Paladino’s short films and found sound experimentation, Paladino tells a Darwinistic autobiography, a celebration not only of his life, but of humanity in general. As the tracks seamlessly progress, multiple moods unfold, from triumph to darkness and consistency to confusion. It’s Fellini via Instagon: unusual, provoking, fascinating. The DVD, on the other hand, reveals Paladino’s visual persona. Ranging from music videos assembled from public domain movies and NASA films to the aforementioned short films, which feature a woman in a giraffe mask playing with a weird rubber ball, they complete the full, albeit head-scratching, portrait of an artist whose work is remarkably unique. Though Francesco Paolo Paladino’s piscine heritage may be a mystery, he is proud of it nonetheless. Join him in a toast to, not only his, but all our ancestors and learn to breathe through gills again.” -Chuck Foster,

Corrado Alteiri / Gianluca Favaron – Decomposed Days

“DECOMPOSED DAYS is the new collaborative effort by Corrado Altieri (Candor Chasma, Monosonik, Uncodified) and Gianluca Favaron (Ab’she, Under The Snow, Zbeen), two major artist in the experimental electronic scene. Released one year after THE SYSTEM OF OBJECTS, a tribute to Jean Baudrillard, DECOMPOSED DAYS relates to the possible connections between space, time and memory, making reference to imaginary movies as well as existing ones (like Peter Greenaway’s ‘Vertical Features’). The album’s five compositions are built with a crosspollination between musique concrete, abstract noise textures, radical computer music and techno splinters, leading to surreal territories.”

September Blowout Sale Items #3

Here comes another round of blowout sale items for you, extremely low-priced though September 20th or while supplies last!

Relapxych.O/Quantec/Deer – Shapes and Phases of Ambience –Regularly $6.99, right now just $3.99
shapes and phases

“Ghost Sounds present a luxurious and submersive compilation featuring the work of three artists, Quantec, Deer and Relapxych.O. The concept of “Shapes and Phases of Ambience” is to present different sides of ambience — everyday sounds constantly surrounding us, outdoor sounds, workplace atmospheres, musical instruments, synthesizers or equipment used in studios, whatever it might be, the two most basic elements being drone and rhythm. Locating and extracting rhythms from within ambience, rhythms within drones drones within rhythm, deconstructing and reconstructing, alone or combined, unlimited.”

SGNL_FLTR – Chrono
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99

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.

Z’EV – The Deep Path
 –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
the deep path

“A monumental album, three impressive tracks in which Stefan Joel Weisser, a.k.a Z’EV, legendary avantgarde experimental artist, master of percussions and live performer of worldwide fame, collects and exhibits all his bravest and incredible sonic solutions, mixing and alternating enormous, deep and sometimes exploding and devastating sound masses based on low frequencies, noisy metallic sounds, gong and cymbal stratifications… All channeled in resonant time tunnels, where every sonic element has infinite decay, entangled through suggestive cyclic echoes and reverberations mixing and completing with the other sonic weaves, for an absolutely unique listening experience.” -Silentes

Terraambient – Wanderlust
–Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99

“Following his widely acclaimed 2004 Lotuspike release, The Gate, Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient) now delves deeply into his most personal space, sculpting a sonic cathartic experience for all to hear. “It’s a journal,” says Kowal. “What started out as an expected sequel to my previous release, turned into an emotional sketchbook of some major changes in my life, including a move to the American Southwest.”

Previously on “The Gate”, Kowal used strictly acoustic and live recordings to express himself, but this time he turns to the use of electronics and synthesizers to find a deeper voice in Wanderlust. Kowal explains, “Re-integrating digital and electronic sound sources helped me to capture some of the gritty, subtle and grandiose sounds that this music needed.”

Wanderlust does in fact range from the subtle to the grandiose: epic, sweeping and luscious, Wanderlust plays more like a movie soundtrack than an ambient CD. Delicately balanced between tribal, ethno-acoustic earthiness and searing electronic pads and leads, Wanderlust takes the listener on a journey.

Aside from synthesizers, Kowal brings many other acoustic and electric instruments into the mix, including frame drums and percussion, didgeridoo, electric guitars, bass, bansuri and PVC flutes, and a modular analog system.”

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

Asmus Tietchens & Vidna Obmana – The
Shifts Recyclings (2CD) –Regularly $18.99, right now just $9.99

Shifts is a solo project by the omnipresent Frans de Waard, founder of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, & Goem. Shifts started life in 1995 with the purpose of producing ambient music by means of the guitar. Shifts has performed four times in concert (1998, 1999 and 2002) and once in a live collaboration– as yet still unreleased–with :zoviet*france: (1998). The music of Shifts consists of finely interwoven patterns of guitars played by motor driven devices, with added studio effects and extensive use of special recording techniques. This project is the first collaboration in a studio for Shifts.
Simultaneously (and separately) Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana had proposed to Frans de Waard to do a collaborative release where they would reprocess recordings by Shifts. Frans had known Asmus Tietchens and Vidna Obmana since the mid-eighties, from the days when cassette culture was a vital form of musical expression. Since Tietchens and Vidna Obmana worked together before, it seemed more than appropriate then to combine these two efforts. The sound material supplied to each artist was the same, a decision made because they were curious about comparing the final results.

Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition)
–Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99

“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the ’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS’ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ”Seeking” contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ”Empowerment” or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ”Conquest”. It’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.” -Darren Bergstein

Juxta Phona & Offthesky – !Escape Kit! –Regularly $7.99. right now just $4.99

“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”

September Blowout Sale Items #2

We’ve got another round of blowout items for you this week, and the extra-low prices will be good through September 13th!

John Hudak – Sand or Stars  –Sale price $4.99

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.

If, Bwana – Radio Slaves
 –Sale price $4.99

“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

Flux – Protoplasmic
 –Sale price $3.99

Seven stunning tracks of unique progressive pop. James Plotkin creates sounds with guitar that defy conventional wisdom. Lots of layered loops, exotic effects, and other egghead guitar madness!

“James Plotkin, formerly the guitarist for the legendary OLD, comes out with this new project that mixes house with ambient and progressive guitar. Odd mix? You betcha. But it works. Using repetitive high end guitar, catchy guitar lines, house-styled drum programs (I believe Mick Harris of Scorn had a lot to do with that as he was the producer), and the “matter-of-fact” recitations of Ruth Collins, there is a certain trance-like state one can reach listening to this work. Collins, especially on “Patterns of Traffic”, reminds me of that girl who patters on in Orb’s “Fluffy Little Clouds”. Worth checking out.”
-Review by John Chedsey, SSMT

Mico Nonet – Marmalade Balloon
  –Sale price $4.99

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.

“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

Immedia – 2|1
–Sale price $4.99
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.

Seele – The Deep Side Of My Soul
–Sale price $3.99

Seele is a collaboration between Amir Baghiri and Stefano Gentile.

After the previous Silentes cd: “Berlin”, Seele offers a new, entrancing excursion into urban atmospheres. A rhythmic trip thats deeply moving and coloured, mixing different styles with remarkable originality. Seele uses synthetic sounds, drum machine grooves, ambient textures, alluring female vocals, iridescent chants of the orient, exotic instrumental sounds, rapper-esque vocal phrases, arpeggios of pizzicato strings, and deeply evocative piano melodies. An unbelievable blend of sonic elements clash to create a new sonic fabric that has never been experienced before. Uncharted musical terrain for the listener seeking a completely new direction in sound.

Markus Reuter and Robert Rich – Eleven Questions –Sale Price $4.99

This international collaboration was conceived, composed and recorded in person in one intense week at Robert Rich’s Soundscape studio in California. Robert Rich is arguably America’s most highly regarded ambient musician and composer. With a discography spanning over 20 years, he is widely regarded as a figure whose sound has greatly influenced today‘s ambient, new age, and even IDM music. Touch Guritarist Markus Reuter is known for his adventurous work with Centrozoon and Tuner. Unlike most releases of the ambient/electronica genre, each piece on Eleven Questions has an instant appeal. The songs form concise statements and mostly feature acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments (lap steel, touch guitar, piano, acoustic guitar, flutes), rather than synthesizers. With audiophile sensibilities, Rich and Reuter employed the best of custom tube, vintage and contemporary studio equipment to craft a unique sonic landscape.

Francisco Lopez – Untitled (2006-2007) (2CD)
–Sale price $7.99

“Francisco Lopez is musician from Madrid, active since 1980. His music is usually made from field recordings, using the environmental sound as the source for composition. These compositions can be absolutely different in both sonic and dynamic approach, atmospheric and fast paced fragments can be associated with real soundscapes and more abstract images. Sometimes it takes much attention, but finally tells us about art of listening, whether it is to noise or silence.” -Monochrome Vision

Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier) – Bordeaux TNT
 –Sale price $4.99

Long after the first two releases issued by Ground Fault and Edition Ellipsis, and/OAR & Alluvial Recordings are pleased to finally be able to present the final release in a trilogy covering the sonic expeditions of the French location-specific electroacoustic trio Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier).

This release summarises what was initially a 6 hour performance / installation / radio broadcast that occurred at the TNT cultural centre in Bordeaux, France. The TNT centre is situated inside a former shoe manufacturing building. With several hundred meters of cables, the exterior and interior of the building were recorded using several different condenser and contact microphones, modified and mixed in real time on a 32 channel mixing desk. Simultaneously, the live mix was played into the concert hall / space using 8 channels for 8 loudspeakers. While the improvisers were on the upper level, the audience was listening and walking around on the lower level.

The final mix for the CD was edited by Eric La Casa.

Tom Heasley – Desert Triptych
–Sale price $3.99

This new 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

September Blowout Sale Items #1

This week we’ve drastically reduced prices on some of our store items, and this sale will go through September 7th. We only have a few of some of these left in stock, so grab ’em early before they’re gone!

First up, some items from FARIA:

Troum – Objectlessness

“There is a big gap between rational, verbal language and the pre-symbolic language of our emotional and unconscious mind. Music is perceived partly with our conscious mind, who can analyze it and reflect on it. On another part, it is perceived by our unconsciousness, by our primal consciousness that lies under the rational mind. The idea: Experimental music, especially that of a more droning character, can easier get in touch or be unconsciously connected with this primal state of mind. It is music that is linked with unconscious fantasies coming from a pre-verbal sphere of existence… the phase of life based on the dyadic interaction with the primal object, the mother. At this early stage, there’s no awareness existing of being a full separated Subject, and no other full separated Objects can be perceived. Inner and outer reality is the same. Spheric, droning, dissolving music is pointing unconsciously at this objectless sphere of existence. This release is dedicated to the idea of an especially formed pre-symbolic music. Artwork conception contain 4 cards and cover with art from english creator Pete Burn.”
– Faria Records

Antonio Testa – Inframundis


“Inframundis (inland universe, latin) is a research of stalagmites and stalagtites sounds mixed with textures and drones; It’s a meditative record and it creates a balance between biosphere and technosphere. The cd gets free all its energies, its little/big sounds, its hidden atmospheres, and microharmonies. The sounds, music, make us come back to the past, offering us the view of a World. The sound evokes angelical moments between the imperceptible evolution of the sound of the sky and the ethnic roots, natural instrumental sounds creating atmospheres which evoke in our imaginary visions and images of the most far places. It is an alchemic project of ancestral sounds. Deeply rooted in our unconscious.”
-Faria Records

Vadim Bondarenko – Smoking Music


“Smoking Music was created in 2000-2004. Delicate made melodic ambient compositions. To creatе this album Vadim used keyboards, clarinet, samples and piano. It is a good listening for everyone who likes misty ambient music and the creative work of Brian Eno or Harold Budd.”
-Faria Records

Robert Rich / Faryus – Zerkalo

Six tracks, 60 minutes. CD in card sleeve

Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret.

“An intense, slow deep ambient excursion; hovering, shimmering, dreamlike, Surreal.”–CD Baby

“Deep drone ambient textures and dense atmospheres, presented in six uninterrupted parts by Robert Rich and Faria label owner Andrey Sadovnikov. Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich”–

“Delicately undulating textures are established as a foundation for tenuous electronics. Along with environmental recordings, these auxiliary tones serve to embellish that basis with subtle nuances, coaxing variations from the atmospheric flow. While deeper tonalities tickle the mix from below, lending pensive oscillations to the foundation, vibrating effects are applied from above, generating a shimmering field of stars. Gradually, alternative sounds are utilized to increase those variations. Bell tones create a reverent presence contrasted by an escalation of certain high-end sounds whose unpredictable paths categorize them as meteorological conditions of the soundscape. As the bell tones submerge into the now-pulsating foundation, more strident sounds emerge to influence things with their shriller cadence. Throughout, the stability of a chilled environment is preserved. This frigid mood is enhanced by the introduction of tonalities whose timbre evokes high altitudes. A muffling condition creeps in, generating an expansive disposition to the ambience. Sounds of a muted metallic nature appear in a breathing pattern, establishing illumination and revealing the infinite scope of the mix. Set to run as a seamless piece of music, these compositions embody serene ambience with a hint of industrial edging.” –Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity

Mac Mavis – Report from the Lake


“This album is based on real life experience. Melodic and warm ambient music, created totally with hardware synthesizers and sequencer. With some actual on location field recordings as reference.” -Faria Records

Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth


“…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

Faryus & Vadim Bondarenko – 8 Atmospheres

“This album is the successful combination between two different worlds: bewitched electronics from Faryus and meditative parts of piano and clarinet from Vadim Bondarenko. In addition, this CD contains poetic video clip created by Alexander Sveshnikov.”

-Soleilmoon Recordings



Richard Lainhart – Polychromatic Integers

“Archival, unreleased gems culled from Richard Lainhart’s prototypical late 80s phase, a continuation and summation of the varied modes of digital expression first actualized on his remarkable debut These Last Days, veering between wayward guitar mesmerics and drone existentialism to offworld tribal process music.”

The Electric Golem – Sky Snails


James Spitznagel and Trevor Pinch comprise the duo known as The Electric Golem, who yield generative, modern psychedelic mindscapes thanks to Pinch’s command of his Moog Prodigy and homemade modular synths, and Spitznagel’s own battery of devices: the textures he coaxes from the Evolver, Mopho, Tenori-on, Nintendo DSi, iPod Touch, and Orb Sequencer are as novel as the modules themselves.

Sky Snails is the 2nd effort by the duo, whose methodologies, arising from the collision of knob and touchscreen, birth incorporeal soundsculpting of a high order.

Home Patterning – A One Thousand Pulses Compendium


“OTP’s first compilation, Home Patterning, highlights some of the series’ finest moments, extracted from a year-and-a-half of unique and special performances. Includes tracks by Robert Rich, Malcolm Cecil & The Electric Golem, Rapoon, Eraldo Bernocchi, Chuck Van Zyl, Tim Motzer, Kevin Kissinger, and more.”


 From the WATERSCAPE label:

Aidan Baker & Jakob Thiesen – A Bout De Souffle (ltd. cd)
a bout

“A Bout De Souffle is a 54 min Collaboration between Aidan Baker (who is also known as Nadja together with Leah Buckareff) and Percussionist Jakob Thiesen (who recently joined baker live on stage to play live drums). Aidan baker is famous for his experimental guitar music. This time things are a bit different. You wont find the typical Aidan Baker drone stuff here, but instead both men created an incredible journey through the fields of krautrock, Psychedelic and drone music. The Percussion of Jakob Thiesen adds a certain deepness to Bakers guitar explorations were he also uses bass and acoustic guitar to build an mind blowing album full of surprises and wonderful melodies.” -Waterscape Records

Sean Reardon – A Collection of Origins (ltd. cd)

a collection

Cardboard sleeve, limited to 200 copies

A 39 minute, warm, positive and extremely uplifting soundtrack for the summer from New Hampshire based sound artist Sean Reardon.

“A shimmering and glitchy mix of guitar manipulations made between 2007 and 2008.” -Waterscape Records



Innfallen – Three Days of Darkness

“Intended to capture in sound the immense fear, but also the great hope, of those hiding indoors during this time, Innfallen offers their vision of the Catholic prophecy of “Three Days of Darkness.” Consisting of veteran Doyle Finley (of Invercauld) and talented newcomer Kevin Scala, Innfallen has composed a rich, illustrative tapestry of multi-layered soundscapes that is undeniably the soundtrack to this frightening prophecy.” -First Fallen Star

1. Prologue (Inner Locutions)
2. Darkness Descends
3. Day One (Outside the Righteous Door)
4. Day Two (Gnashing of Teeth)
5. Day Three (Closing the Well)
6. Light Returns
7. Epilogue (Scattered Remains)
8. New Dawn

Dense Vision Shrine – Time Lost in Oblivion (CD + DVD)

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Format: CD in a DVD case

“Building upon a solid foundation of dark ambient, Dense Vision Shrine also employs sampled sounds and sparse rhythm to carefully design the listening experience of a realm where time itself has stopped, of a blackened voyage into oblivion.

Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2 disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format), also titled “Time Lost in Oblivion,” that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances.”

-First Fallen Star

1. From Oblivion
2. A Voyage from the North
3. Through Fjords and Burning Skies
4. The Kingdom of Bucovnia
5. Time Lost in Oblivion
6. Through Eternity
7. The Guardians of Staglieno
8. The Black Forest
9. A Womans Cave
10. The Girl Next Door

Karsten Hamre – Through the Eyes of a Stranger (CD + DVD)


Format: CD in a DVD case

“Karsten crafts desolate dark ambient sound structures, ornamented by sampled sounds and experimental textures. The end result of this process is an experience categorized perhaps too simply as dark ambient, though it more closely resembles a dark soundtrack to a movie, or to a life – as seen through the eyes of a stranger… Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2-disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format), also titled “Through the Eyes of a Stranger,” that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances.”

-First Fallen Star

1. Darkness Gently Falling
2. Ode to the Nightspirit
3. The End of the World
4. In Silence Going Down
5. Through Past Times
6. Keepers of the Bones
7. Remember the Past

Mystified – Passing through the Outer Gates, Eulogy Series Volume 1

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“Ambient and dark ambient soundscapes alike are deftly populated by neo-classical elements, occasionally with an experimental twist! There are no comparisons to other musicians or albums, as this album and the journey within are distinctly those of Mystified! Dare you join Thomas on his spiritual journey? Or do you fear to leave this world behind?”

Mystified`s “Passing Through the Outer Gates” is presented in an A5 digipak with silver foil-embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hint of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret`s “Burning Souls” painting, with additional graphics and layout by Eclipse Media.

Limited to 500 copies. -First Fallen Star

New Silentes Items – Hall of Mirrors, Antikatechon, Tasaday, etc.

We’ve got another batch of  newly-arrived  SILENTES items in the store for you this week, and all are priced at just $11.99 each.

Antikatechon – Privilegium Martyrii

“Thick and spectral dark ambient, soaked with soft and flowing pads stratifications, wrapped in deep and penetrating low frequencies spires, enlightened by delicate and touching melodic inserts, profaned by echoes of reverberating metallic noises, clanging chains, circular mechanical movements, waves of indecipherable whispers, distant and suffering human voices… A great debut CD for Antikatechon, a project that showcases Davide Del Col’s eclectic personality, already the unique mind of the Ornament project, and keyman of other recent collaborative projects such as Echran and Molnija Aura.”

Quinto Sol – Ollintonatiuh


“Quinto Sol was the brainchild of Faith & Disease keyboardist, the late Joaquin Tavares (d. 2006). Joaquin and co-founder Alfredo Feregrino sculpted a very brilliant “pre-Hispanic” ritual project that incorporated complex Mayan and Ancient symbolism woven into a percussive, dirge-like soundscapes. Tracks are culled from the studio and a “Day Of The Dead” live performance at the Seattle Art Museum. “Ollintonatiuh” also includes performances from F&D’s Dara Rosenwasser, Eric Cooley and Joshua Furman while members of Quinto Sol. Bonus tracks include an alternate mix of the Tavares composition “Wallow” from F&D’s CD Fortune His Sleep.”

Tasaday – Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima


“A sensational CD release of an awesome tape (originally published by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION) that includes live tracks recorded between 1983/1984 and comes in a completely remastered edition. Tasaday are a “cult” band active since the early Eighties. Born from the merging of Die Form and Nulla Iperreale, they are probably the most eclectic and groundbreaking representative of an Italian experimental scene that used to blend elements of rock, noise, experimental and industrial music with great courage and originality. An audio document of exceptional value, this longly waited reprint of live material is also the most direct and remarkable evidence of the work of this unforgettable – and still alive and kicking – band.”

Emmanuel Tuts-Schiemsky ‎– Rust Voor De Stilte


“If you take a stylistic sampling of 1990s era Robert Rich, some Steve Roach atmospheres a little minimalism of Phillip Glass what you have is in essence a good description for this release. Its beautiful rhythmic without earth-pounding percussion and melancholy perfect for a gray raining day dripping with reflection. A gem and a one off from Emmanuel and worthy of any ambient aficionado’s collection.”

Ezdanitoff – We Bring Light


Fabio Orsi & Valentina Besegher – Hunt Me Tender


“I put a hand over roots and leafs of trees and threaded my stare in between the openings of nature, I found you and felt the beauty slipping between my fingers, why did you ask me to go? Why did you leave me alone?” “Hunt Me Tender” is an audiovideo project by Fabio Orsi and Valentina Besegher. The work explores with super8 and sound recordings the slow steady flow of the events, lights and shadows in everyone’s life as well as a “crystallization of life”, a kind of captivity of the soul into an embalmed body. The super8 films have been taken from the family archive of the musician Fabio Orsi and edited by the visual artist Valentina Besegher, who shot the original movies of the embalmed animals in their natural habitat, the plants and the woods. Fabio Orsi uses field recording, instruments and environmental drones.”

Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. & Cría Cuervos – Azazel


“Three long and “majestic” tracks where Maurizio Bianchi’s typical deep and reverberated sonorities, full of crepuscular melodies and subtle dissonances, get enriched by more electronic elements and fascinating elaborations, sophisticated manipulations and strong dynamic interventions operated by Crìa Cuervos… Three touching compositions built on progressive “crescendos” and a raging of slow sonic stratifications that lead to real “explosions” of sounds, drones, pulsations, frequencies, vibrations… A new, magnificent and very successful collaborative experience.”

Gehorgange – Psygram


“Psygram is Siegfried Fischer and Dirk Grützmann (Temps Perdu?). Their music is focused on surreal ambient-industrial soundscapes and hypnotic live improvisations in a studio setting with influences of electro acustic music.”

experimental, industrial, avantgarde, dark ambient soundscapes

Hall of Mirrors – Reflections on Black

“Reflections On Black” is HALL OF MIRRORS’ first album: a dark transmission from the hearts and minds of AMON and NIMH. Instruments used to make these sounds were constant companions of the artists for days-on-end. This document utilizes an immense range of synthesizers and obscure electronic equipment. Complex compositions created with various sequencers, backing tapes, field recordings, electric guitar, and masterful audio processing techniques, combined with expert assembly (mixing/digital editing). With “Reflections in Black”, AMON and NIMH redefines the genre of dark ambient music. A definite buy for fans of Lustmord and darker/gothic atmosphere. Isolationistic music for midnight rituals. Post-millennium soundscapes. Intensely foreboding… Like watching storm coluds gather on a late summer night. Darkest beauty personified.