We mentioned in last week’s post that we’re moving, and this week we’re posting the first of our big moving sales! Lots of random items and only one or two copies left of a bunch of them, so be sure grab ’em while they’re in stock!
Zammuto – Solutiore of Stareau: Disc One –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“This disc one is a quiet atmospheric minimal soundscape. Distant radio waves floating in the night, warm drones rising and falling, punctured by a faint yet insistant pulsing rhythm. Deep listening in which surface variation is so subtle – getting lost in the recording for hours is almost inevitable if you give it the time. Time well spent.”
SantAAgostino – Operazione Paura –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“Operazione Paura is a total turning not just for the band but for dark, ambient music and noise, generally speaking. That’s because santAAgostino is like a meteor crashed onto the Earth disarranging all the balances, rhythmes and cycles. After the crash the planet seems to be perished but, in the inner part, the new fire of life is burning. A brand new energy developed in a new way of living, of thinking and being. Operazione Paura speaks of the filmic and horrorific fear, mind trap “to kill” atavistic thoughts and all those mental factors that trapped the man into a selfmade cage in his own mind, through the mind itself. Operazione Paura is an awl that, slowly but inexorably, drives the listener to a dimension where there is no thought, no images, no more conceptualizing, nothing still exhists: there is just a huge solitary desert now, where sounds spontaneously flow creating new monster beyond space and time. It’s a place where new divine dynasties born, spreading their seed, in order to bear a brand new reign far from the borders that we can’t even imagine.” -Greytone Records
Taphephobia – Access to a World of Pain –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
“The music Taphephobia makes is mostly based on manipulated guitars (except house of memories that is mostly based on sounds). Taphephobia try to get out the feelings he has at the moment when Ketil compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, and sometimes beautiful, like for example a good thriller drama movie. Taphephobia is very skilled to create a cinematic atmosphere combined with personal feelings like fear, hope, hate, regrets etc… The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music.” -Greytone Records
Moljebka Pvlse – Zojo –Right now just $5.99
“The Moljebka Pvlse album Zojo was recorded during the Mathias studies at the Royal Institute of Art. He was inspired by the longest night of the year in Stockholm, the day when there is almost no daylight. His ambition was to make an acoustic album of minimal music without any musical instruments. Moljebka Pvlse setup long nylon strings across his entire studio at school, which he then plucked and bowed and recorded with his favorite contact microphones on that very night. These recordings became the fundament of the album and set the tone for the rest of the work.” -Greytone Records
Topografia – Genius Loci –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“Genius Loci uses deep drones, acoustic instruments’ sounds and field recordings registered near the author’s place of living (Jaworzno). The project was inspired by the author’s personal fascination with the diversity of nature and the philosophy of Schopenhauer, who considered nature to be one of the most primaeval manifestations of a blind and aimless will, a will which we too are a part of.” -Greytone Records
Trama afonA – Trama afonA –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“Trama afonA is gathering suggestions from the contemporary quotidian theatre and at the same time from the past, namely the 19th and early 20th centuries. Paying particular attention to the individual and specific human stories, rather than to History… Focusing on what happens behind the scenes, aside, beneath. Subjects and dynamics less showy, blurred, but not consequently less interesting or worth caring. Opening doors and drawers using the sole curiosity as tool, walking backwards the traces of memory, wandering amid shades and details given by mystery, decadence, abandon, romanticism… Carefully delving into psychological dynamics. Openly denouncing the social plagues, but often humbly providing just visual and sound suggestions.” -Greytone Records
Richard Lainhart – Polychromatic Integers –Right now just $5.99
“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.” -onethousandpulses.com
The Electric Golem – Sky Snails –Right now just $5.99
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 –Right now just $5.99
“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.” -onethousandpulses.com
Aloof Proof – Piano Text –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
Huge praise and back-slaps to Infraction Records, and Aloof Proof, for re-releasing this long-unavailable and impossible to find ambient classic!
Remastered by Michael Fibe (aka Aloof Proof), and issued in a beautiful, deluxe fold-out digipack also designed by Fibe, this is better than just a reissue of a long-lost and much-missed CD recording. It’s an improvement on the original release, so even those fortunate enough to own a copy of the 1994 issue on Carbon Base, may want to pick this up.
Shimmering, slow-moving and luscious ambient/drone sounds, sure to please just about anyone shopping here at the Hypnos store. This is two long tracks, just short of an hour long in total.
Beequeen – Music for the Head Ballet –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“Always a lonesome recording with it’s distant organ drones quietly amassed, Music for the Head Ballet was first bestowed upon us in 1996. The now defunct Isomorphic records had the privilege of issuing these 3 pieces of lulling resonating ambience. Music for the Head Ballet has had an elusive history. There is little information about the music listed anywhere. The reviews are scarce, and those few that do make a mention are consistent in their praise of this alluring work. The original 936 numbered copies seem to be carefully tucked away on coveted shelves as it is rarely seen making an appearance in any market platform. Even the names of the tracks support it’s ambiguous nature (‘Days that never were’, ‘White feathers on a dish, used to erect the pyramids’ and ‘These foolish things’). Now after so many years of myth making, this gorgeous work has been made available again by Infraction. This reissue features new artwork as well as a previously unreleased 13 minute additional track from the original sessions. It is quite possibly the most blissful track Beequeen have committed to disc.”
Celer – The Everything and the Nothing –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
“Celer is a husband (Will) and wife (Danielle) duo from California that use a variety of strings as the basis for their sound. Cello, viola, violin and the sounds are mixed in with field recordings, choir, live theremin and then tape spliced and re-assembled in varying lengths to create a loop base. Those sounds are then sampled, layered and processed. The result is a shimmering orchestra. Periods of silence between the notes only enhance the sound. Though at times very haunting, it’s brightly hazy ambient. Initially “Discourses…” was to be 1 full-length CD with a bonus CDR (“The Everything and the Nothing”) to accompany the first 100 copies. When Celer presented the bonus material, with field recordings mixed in obtained by Danielle over several months in India, the quality of the material was so high that it was suggested and agreed to instead be a concurrent release of two full-length discs. Edition of 300.” -Infraction Records, infraction.com
Concert Silence – Rain Furniture –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
With “Rain Furniture”, Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper wanted to explore a new and different musical territory than previously traveled, while still using the audio set up from “09.22.07”. As a companion piece to the full length, Rain Furniture engages a more raw energy.
Loren Dent – Anthropology Vol. 1 –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“This album is like a soundtrack to life itself- one of joy, love, fear, pain, loss, grieving, euphoria and one which transcends time. Wondrous layers of sound are rich and constantly evolving, always emotional and hypnotic. Loren’s tools are both analogue and digital, and his use of both is a joy to behold.” -Norman Records
Eluder – The Most Beautiful Blue –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“The careful choreography of retreat and remotion is what Patrick Benolkin is about, so you won’t be surprised when walls within and without come down, dissolved by the drift inside The Most Beautiful Blue. Eluder offers here a sonic solution in which thoughts, mirroring the music’s mood movements, may dissolve, float free, and finally submerge, without fear of being taken down.” -Alan Lockett
Ultra Milkmaids & Aidan Baker – At home with… –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
Canadian Aidan Baker’s pastoral guitar work shredded to glorious bits by the French. Environmental recordings paint the background with various voices and distant church bells.
Northern – Drawn –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams.
Adam Pacione – From Stills to Motion –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
Packaged in a mini-lp gatefold style sleeve with an inner booklet of photographs and video stills by Adam Pacione.
Highly anticipated new release from Adam Pacione. Deluxe packaging. Stoughton style mini-gatefold with 16 page full-color booklet. Design and layout by Pacione. “An age of virtual audio saturation, of pre-articulated sound. Expressivity, once an array of possible voices, is ever more probabilized. Originality, once primary criterion, is cast from the platform, problematized. Wondering, late in modernity’s day, what does it take to make a noise that matters? A keen-eared recontextualizer, an alchemist who can make sound, found or unfound, to walk its own way, outside the ready-made parade. Adam Pacione is one such – new recruit to a group of like-minded musicians, kindred-spirits Brian Grainger (Milieu), Mike Bennett (Zimiamvian Night), and Kiln, who have brought the ferment from their sound stills to the Infraction table. That label is now streaming a vital strain of New Backwoods Ambient, this latest from deep in the heart of (Hurst) Texas – experimental, but harmonically-inclined, apparently lo-tech, but substantially audio-cratic.”(A.Lockett)
Andrew Liles – All Closed Doors –2CDs for just $6.99
“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.'”
Milieu – Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
Limited edition of 505.
Mining a provenance of sounds from a distant & disbanded orchestra Milieu reassembles then quietly broadcasts the collected notes into a wide expanse. It is his first full ambient offering to be heard from a library of many hours of sound experimentation in drone, ambient and lush found sound litanies. Beyond the Sea is shrouded in distant fog…there are lights that seem to appear briefly and then are calmly eclipsed. There is a fascination in this nebulous balance of sonorous melodies from decades ago, almost hopeful, yet an undercurrent of a somber theme that is draped over the entire composition…
This is American composer Milieu’s first proper release – following two limited edition releases for the Belgian label U-Cover. Influences include The Caretaker’s ‘Haunted Ballroom’ and from William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ series.
Monos – Age and Transformation / Aged and Transformed (2CD) –2CDs for the low price of just $7.99!
In a Stoughton gatefold mini-lp sleeve with matte finish inner sleeves for each disc. 2nd disc contains 40 minute track titled ‘transformed’ that is ONLY available on the CD. Edition of 800.
Nearly two hours of musical constructions spread across two discs and they are pieces that demand your attention. Intricate patterns are concocted through wrecked strings and the sounds of empty space. It’s like touring the architectural graveyards of the industrial world. Creaking and crawling through time, finding the longest, most difficult paths to explore the past, Monos (aka Darren Tate) aural landscape is a deep and detailed place. Strings feel like they could shatter at any moment. Field recordings are layered and brought to life, unveiling a living, breathing cityscape that exudes a kind of organic urbanism. It all feels so simple yet momentous and beautiful. Wistful chords flow from a Rhodes piano (or maybe it’s an organ… or maybe it doesn’t really matter), dripping with nostalgic daydreams of life before the fall. “Age & Transformation” is a grand treatise on all things elemental and industrial and the inherent symmetry between the two.” -Brad Rose, Experimedia
Andrew Liles – New York Doll (2CD) –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
“I have become quite a Liles fan in the past year, much to my happiness. Droney tones pulled long, like salt-water taffy, he doesn’t take his music too seriously, this is obviously fun for him to create. And it is fun to listen to! Think Soliliqy for Lilith with about 1000 more things going on to keep it interesting, yet still as subtle and sublime as the Nurse With Wound album. Blended into the drones are interesting effects, like in the track on disc 1, Foreigner(but wait, there are 3 songs called Foreigner here!), you can hear scissors slicing back and forth, stereo-wise. Lots of mangled voices here, slowed down a little, other times sounding like they are coming out of a little velvet box in the corner. Other voices are in other languages, but my favorite part is when a women’s voice just starts going off “Blah blah blah bla blah.” This 2 disc set has a porcelain doll on the cover and 50’s stylings women on the interior. What New York Doll means, I don’t know. A wonderful listen. I am happy to have this one!” –EAR RATIONAL