Weekly Blowout Item: Saul Stokes – Abstraction

This week’s blowout item, SAUL STOKES – ABSTRACTION,  has been EXTREMELY price-slashed for the holidays, marked down from $8.99 to just $4.99 through December 14th!

Saul Stokes – Abstraction

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

Weekly Sale Item: Half-Price Nimh

Hey everyone, we’ve got a bunch of items on sale this week by NIMH, and we’ve cut prices in half through December 14th!

Nimh / Nefelheim – Whispers from the Ashes Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“Ideally inspired by the Inquisition era, like some titles of the tracks may suggest, “Whispers from the Ashes” presents Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) and Nefelheim joined together for the production of a dark oriented CD that alternates obscure and haunting atmospheres with more gloomy and sometimes dramatic and highly evocative episodes… In a blend of low frequences, metallic sounds, echoes of distant voices and human screams, whispers, concrete noises, ritual processions, suddenly an acoustic guitar chord, some reverberate piano notes, the sound of falling rain, bits of thundering percussions emerge… Like in a disquieting voyage to a far away past, in a stakes and witches age, featuring persecutions of heretics and superstition…” -Amplexus Records

Nimh – The Unkept Secrets
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“After few months of distance from the escape of “The Missing Tapes” and the relative “Rework” by Aube, Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) sets aside the ethnic-lysergic visions that have characterized the previous album and continues along the distance of sonorous search and fascinating experimentation electronic, already undertaken with works such as “The Impossible Days” and “Subterranean Thoughts.” Nimh expands the range of sounds and instruments, revealing his own “secrets” through a new, dark but stylistically unclassifiable CD, in which he arranges with extraordinary originality and in an absolutely personal way elements of drone music, dark ambient, electronics, ritual, ethnic, field recordings, enriching every track with the recurrent presence of evocative sounds of electric guitar in varied filtered and elaborated way.” -Silentes

Nimh – Subterranean Thoughts Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“This album showcases a kaleidoscope of many different sounds, from the lysergic visions of Rewind to the cinematic suggestions of Recovered Memories, from the tight and dark atmospheres of Back to Laudomia to the ritual elements of Perpetual Cycles, from the rhythmic distorsions of Subterranean Thoughts to the hypnotic stasis of The Liquid Dream and the lyrism of the title-track reprise at the end of the disc.” -Silentes

Nimh – The Missing Tapes Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“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

Nimh – Travel Diary
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“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

Nimh – Krungthep Archives
Was $13.99, right now just $6.99

“Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) returns as a solo artist in his newest release, rediscovering the sounds of his oriental ethnic instruments, collected in he Far-East, mainly in Thailand. The recordings are often submerged with electronic sounds, drones, voices, urban noises, field-recordings, loops, rhythmic fragments, lively and dynamically reached sound waves. Otherwise, sometimes the traditional instruments own natural sounds emerge, giving life to suggestive and catching semi-acoustic soundscapes. All the contrasts of a geographical universe perpetually suspended between ancient cultures and an out of control modernism, perfectly translated in in music by a careful and sensible expert of those places and cultures.” -Silentes

Weekly Blowout Item: Michael Mantra – A.L.B.E.

Get relaxed for the holidays!

This week’s blowout sale item is Michael Mantra’s wonderful album, A.L.B.E. Ordinarily $10.99, we’ve price-cut it to just $4.99 through December 7th!


“A.L.B.E. is the acronym of “Ambient liquid bass experience,” because the sub frequencies Michael creates are used to stimulate the human brain in helping to reach a state of deep relaxation. Musically we have different layers of fluctuating melodic bass lines that, like sea waves, create a cyclic effect. Everything on A.L.B.E. is reduced to the essential, and the structure is the result of Mantra’s interest in Taoist principles applied to modern technology and musical expression.” -noisebrigade.net

“Soft and dilated ambient atmospheres, minimal sonorities, floating electronic carpets… A new, “classic” and fascinating album in the typical and unmistakable Michael Mantra style… Four long and suggestive tracks, to be listened at low volume relaxing in the half-light, just like a discreet and refined sonic background, or at an higher volume for a “full immersion” into warm and wrapping electronic soundwaves, to the discovery of intriguing and evocative sonic landscapes…” -Silentes

Weekly Sale Item: Dark Duck

We’ve got some great titles on sale this week from Stephen Philips and other artists on DARK DUCK RECORDS!

“Multi-instrumentalist Stephen Philips has been a musician for more than 30 years. He founded Dark Duck Records in the late 80’s as a way to expose his musical endeavors to the general public. His music has been played on many radio stations around the world and has been featured on such radio programs as Stars End and Inner Space, EMUSIC, and many others. His music has also been reviewed and well received by many respected ambient and electronic magazines, including Deep Listenings, E.E.R., and Wind and Wire.” -Dark Duck Records

CAVE OF THE WIND Was $9.99 – now $5.99
cave of the wind

Here’s a very nice “deep” ambient recording, one of the latest from the Dark Duck label. It’s a collaboration between Dark Duck founder Stephen Philips (whose collaboration with James Johnson LOST AT DUNN’S LAKE was one of the most popular items here in the past year), and relative newcomer Isomorph. I think this will go over quite well with Hypnos listeners.

“Wow, this is such a cool journey into deep, dark ambient. I saw another reviewer describe it as the sound of traveling through the blackness of space. Man, I hate it when I read I review with a great line like that before I’ve written mine, because that is a great description of this music. As with a lot of dark ambient, it really defies the term “music,” because it is totally amorphous. It is practically the embodiment of darkness or emptiness, and yet there is warmth and depth to it. This nearly 70-minute long piece is not static, though fans of melody will certainly want to avoid it at all costs. There is an almost constant churning of low rumblings, surprisingly active for this style of music, and it is a wonder to explore and experience. Call it glorified white noise, or perhaps black noise would be more appropriate. Passages start to shimmer a little more brightly, for example for a couple of minutes around the 38:00 mark. But just past 40:00, it turns to the blackest of night again. Transitions are effortless and yet sometimes quite dramatic, creating a plethora of jaw-dropping moments. Imagine a hybrid between Tangerine Dream’s Zeit and the Robert Rich/Lustmord collaboration Stalker. For pure drone or dark ambient purists, this is nirvana.” –Phil Derby, Expose

MICRONIZED Was $9.99 – now $5.99

Experimental variations on the “X Series” releases from Dark Duck.

“The first in a line of NEW X-Series special releases. This one is called “Micronized” featuring subtle micronized textures, ambient thematics and lots of heavy drone. Fans of the X-Series will be right at home with this one. Newcomers need not be familiar with the X-Series to appreciate the subtle connections to the X-Series as well as the ebb and flow of this extremely chilled release.” –darkduck.net

IXOHOXI/Stephen Philips – Simulated Universe
Was $12.99 – now $6.99

“IXOHOXI meets Stephen Philips for this fascinating blending of ambient drone and textured tribal. So much going on here, it’s hard to describe. The blending of sounds is so seamless, it defies description.” –darkduck.net

From the Vaults, Volumes: TWO Was $9.99 – now $5.99
vaults 2

and THREE Was $9.99 – now $5.99
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“A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called “From The Vaults.” Offered up here is the second in the series, aptly named, Volume 2. If features some material originally recorded in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago.” –Dark Duck Records

SunDummy – Final Thaw Was $9.99 – now $5.99

“Composed and performed by SunDummy with nothing but guitars and processors…ambient themes, experimental textures, and much much more. This CD manages to capture the essence of winter through the use of stark drones and thematic textures.” –Dissonance Records

Isomorph – The Black Chasm
Was $9.99 – now $5.99

“The Black Chasm is more enigmatic dark minimalism from one of the new practitioners of the craft – Isomorph, nee Bill Kendall….. the real treat and beauty here is the music. this is total darkness and a complete vacuum. There is no saving grace.” –Dark Duck Records

Stephen Philips & Numina – Descent of the Falcon
Was $9.99 – now $5.99

“On 10 May 2008, Stephen Philips went to Denver Colorado, entered the Mysterium, and embarked on yet another massive improvised jam with friend and talented ambient artist Numina (Jesse Sola). The approximately 6 hour jam revealed a variety of interesting things as these artists began to musically mind-meld. They ran the gamut of sounds and styles over these 6 hours and explored some new territory at the same time.” –Dark Duck Records

Fugue States, Volumes: ONE Was $9.99 – now $5.99
fugue 1

and TWO Was $9.99 – now $5.99
fugue 2

“Revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music.”

Visit the DARK DUCK section of the Hypnos Online Store for great deals on these and other titles before the prices go back up after December 7th!

Weekly Blowout Item: Ghost Sounds

Hey, everyone!
From now on, in addition to our regular weekly sale items, we’re also going to be posting at least one EXTREMELY bargain-priced blowout item. This week we’re bringing you some items by Ghost Sounds:

Relapxych.O/Quantec/Deer – Shapes and Phases of Ambience Was $10.99 – right now just $4.99!

1 Quantec – Absent-mindedness 7:01
2 Relapxych.0 – City Nightlights 13:20
3 Deer (2) – Live In Manchester (Relapxych.0 Remix) 4:51
Mixed By – Anders Peterson
Remix – Relapxych.0
4 Deer (2) – The Reflective Place 5:38
5 Quantec – Endless Sacrifice 8:53
6 Deer (2) – Breakhunting 5:42
7 Relapxych.00* – Hallucinogenitaliencryption (Edit) 8:17
8 Quantec – Kry 10:36
9 Deer (2) – Intertwined 4:10
10 Relapxych.0 – Ripples On The Surface Of Time And Space (Edit)

“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.” -bookmat.com


relapxych.O – Ripples on the Surface of Time & Space / Last Industrial Estate Vol. 1 Was $10.99 – right now $4.99
last estae 1

(Split album)

Pt. 1 relapxych.O – Ripples on the Surface of Time and Space

Pt. 2 Last Industrial Estate – Last Industrial Estates Vol. 1


Relapxych.0 – City Nightlights Was $11.99 – right now $4.99
city nightlights

“‘City Nightlights’ was built upon field recordings from areas around Stockholm central station, Stadshuskajen, Riddarholmen, Tegelbacken and some abandoned and architecturally left-behind areas under and beneath the main central station, imbuing the six tracks with a tangible spectral presence and greatly enhances their organically drifting nature.” -ghostsounds.net

Bai Tian/Relapxych.O/The Loop Orchestra/Shizi – Ya Ji 1
  Was $11.99 – right now $4.99
bai tan

Ya: Elegant, gentle, refined. Ji: Meeting, party, gathering. Ya Ji: A gentle meeting of music, art and intellect.

CD comes in an envelope sleeve, with a 4-part foldout paper insert inside with information about all tracks and participants, written in both English and Chinese.

1 Bai Tian / Anders Peterson / Loop Orchestra, The / Shiz – Ya Ji
Mixed By – Anders Peterson
2 Bai Tian – In
3 Relapxych.0 – Insomniactivity 0-3 Edit
Acoustic Guitar [12-stringed], Guitar [6-string Electric] – Anders Peterson
4 Loop Orchestra, The – Vibraloops
Performer – Emmanuel Gasparinatos , Hamish MacKenzie , John Blades , Patrick Gibson , Richard Fielding , Sheriff Lindo
5 Loop Orchestra, The / Objekt4 – Background Shadows
6 Shiz – EXP

Prices are good through November 23rd, so visit the HYPNOS ONLINE STORE soon to take advantage of these great deals!