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.

Weekly Sale Item: Robert Rich

Hey everyone, we’ve got some ROBERT RICH  items on sale for you this week, and the low sale prices are good through August 30th.

OPEN WINDOW -Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

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Open Window
Piano Solos

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

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

Listen to the beautiful track INSULAR from this album HERE on Youtube.


CALLING DOWN THE SKY -Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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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.

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.

Listen to ERASING TRACES from this album HERE on Youtube.


MUSIC FROM ATLAS DEI -Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“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.” –

Listen to THE CORE from this album HERE on Youtube.


MEDICINE BOX -Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99

“Ecstatic, shamanic, surreal, spiritual: Medicine Box may be Rich’s most dynamic album yet, an adept blending of technology with the ancient. Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice graces three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. Deep basslines hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums. Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.”

Listen to KAARUWANA from this album HERE on Youtube.


YLANG -Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99

“Organic, lush and sensual, Robert Rich’s first solo studio album in three years seductively blends languid polyrhythms with influences as diverse as South Indian Karnatic music, post-rock, jazz, and minimalism.

Pushing the boundaries of Robert’s melodic world-fusion vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation, Ylang blends Rich’s expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark Psychosis.”


Robert Rich: flutes, lap steel , piano, percussion, MOTM modular & synths
Ricky Carter: drums
Sakthivel Muruganandhan: mrdungam
Sunilkumar Sankarapillai: bansuri
Haroun Serang: guitar
Emily Bezar: voice
Forrest Fang: violin
Hans Christian: cello
Paul Olguin: upright bass

Watch Robert’s live 2010 concert performance of TRANSLUCENT from this album HERE on Youtube.

New Silentes Items – Templebeat, Kinetix, etc.

This week we’ve added lots of items to the AMPLEXUS / SILENTES section of the online store. This is the first of many Amplexus, Silentes and other sub-label additions, so keep checking back for future notifications! We’d also like to mention that prices have been lowered on all our older (to the store) Silentes and sublabel albums, so feel free to browse around for some extra-good deals.

Templebeat – The Grey Space

“Here at last, recovered from early 90s tape releases, we find eleven unmissable tracks signed by Templebeat, now collected and remastered on CD. Eleven “gems” among which emerge timeless fascinating tracks like “Human”, “Drugs” and “Refuse It”. A due rescue for this band from Treviso that almost twenty years ago conceived electro-industrial music of a unique and unrepeatable nature, contaminated with incredible post-modern suggestions, pioneering the style in Italy. The CD contains eight tracks originally published on the “Interzone” tape, two tracks taken from the “Treviso Underground Vol. 3″ compilation and a DAF’s “Der Mussolini” cover released on the “V.I.T.R.I.O.L. #3″ split-tape. Essential!” -Silentes

Kinetix – Final Archives


“FINAL ARCHIVES is a sort of collection of rare tracks recorded from 1999 to 2006 totally reworked and remastered in 2009. ABSOLUTE GREY is the title that Kinetix gave to his graphic artwork selection exhibited with an ambient score specifically composed for the exposition space. The exhibition is made up of ten grey scale serigraphs on white forex sheets a metre square and a composition of 20 minutes played through two loudspeakers with one woofer covered in grey powder on top of a white cube. RAW MATERIALS is a collection of seven short tracks from early Kinetix productions. Noise gestaltmusic. A multi-dimensional concept created with sound layers and ambient concretism. These tracks help the listener to understand the starting point of Kinetix’s sound research. RESOUNDING SCULPTURES is based on the concept of “composition for blocks of sound” made in the 50’s and 60’s by Iannis Xenakis. For this reason traditional compositional criteria (harmonic-melodic / rhythmic-metric) replace the various criteria of plastic / spatial forms. Part of the sound sources used were extracted from the works of Iannis Xenakis to whom this composition is dedicated.”

Hall of Mirrors – Forgotten Realm


“Forgotten Realm is the second album published by the duo Andrea Marutti (Never Known, Amon, Sil Muir) and Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh) under the project name Hall of Mirrors. In this new release, they are seconded by guest musicians Andrea Feschi and Andrea Ferraris who provided some field recordings and some guitar parts. If their first offering was a shadowy heavily lugubrious atmospheric ambient manifest (made of static, ferocious, muted dreamscapes), Forgotten Realm is much more a primal-alchemical music procession that could be nocturnal hyms to the genesis, to the ancient time. Consequently the dynamic dronescapes and textural electronic waves are profundly expressive and intuitively beatific. The serene and deeply absorbing ethno-electronic pieces are stylistically closed to the most ascentional synthesised works by Alio Die, Vidna Obmana, Arold Budd (…) but with much more emphasise on nocturnal motives. Thus it is less luminous and most vertiginous with a constant association to memnonic traces, fractured living memories and melancholic visions. The opening track is an organic classic ambient piece with long chordal dronespheres. Gates of Namathur is partly uses acoustic instruments that seem to flow in a magic whorship. Decadent splendour is a moody-funereal sanctified music ritual for echoing guitar chords and foggy harsh noises. This is among my favourites, the perfect way to experience contemplative ecstasy through music. Among the ruins is a detached soundscape that connects us to some other worlds. The atmosphere is progressively charged with some kind of high tension including buzzing noises and doom like feelings. During the last minutes we go back to the heavenly origins with superb acoustic flute lines. The album closes with an utterly dark and primordial synthscape, admitting hermetic cyclical melodies into it and guitar epic dreaminess. Forgotten Realm is a voluptuous-essential vertical trip in cristal like spheres and lost paradises.” -by Phillipe at

Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli – Whinny Muir


“A singular long, deep moving, slow and expansive drone-track, built on always changing sonic masses, low frequencies, strong electric-electronic sounds, field recordings, feedback, buzzes, hisses, rough distortion, fading organ chords, cellos and orchestral parts. Alternation of progressive crescendos, ambiental pauses, sudden, dramatic and catchy dynamic shocks. An evolving and extraordinary trip through an obscure sonic journey, convincingly assembled by Italian Pietro Riparbelli (K11, PT-R) and Belgian Yannick Franck (Y.E.R.M.O., Idiosyncrasia).”

“Fantastic one-tracker collab. that celebrates the beauty of shimmering & overtunic drones !! Melancholic majestic sounds that are sometimes near to the border to noise, sometimes move into very subtle fields, with organ-like sounds at the end. Really great, highly recommended for any Drone-lover-boy or girl !!!” -Drone Records

Deison – Night Sessions


“A collection of fascinating and obscure nocturnal sessions alternating “classical” electronic inspiration parts based on sequencers and synthetizers to more abstract and minimal sonic episodes, deep drones musical mix ups, sistorted and extended guitars, deformed human voices, static and moving more typical “ambiental” movements, cold insets of more pulsing and “techno oriented” sounds, suggestive atmospheres build on bizzarre loops, more typically “glitch” inserts and hissless… a great collection of collaborations as Teho Teardo, Philippe Petit, Under the Snow, Jim Coleman, Franck Vigroux, Testing Vault, Annen Berg.” –

Andreas Resch – ../Requiem


“Unconventional mixture of neo style classical crossed with avant garde trappings set over piano pieces with a certain ethnic / medieval chic. Take this as a starting point then add Andreas’s own personal touches into the mix and what you end up with is a recording that is quite extraordinary and at times damn right strange. In an acceptable and unusual way. To these ears anyway. Andreas will sometimes forgo the usual staple of simply creating then repeating a theme by using time changes mid track to keep things on the edge so to speak. And it works by creating a diversion that amplifies and intensifies the recordings giving full emphasis to the glories of the music.”

Gianluca Becuzzi – Nothing is What it Seems


“Almost 70 minutes of music, nine pieces of a sonic mosaic full of ideas and inventions… More structured compositions places side by side with more abstract numbers, built with a wide range of sounds, extremely variegated both in timbre and origin. Elaborated electronic treatments applied to sounds and noises of a concrete nature, field-recordings, drones, electronic hisses, shaked metals, cracklings, human and animal guttural cries, synthetic pads, ethereal and undecipherable voices, mechanical loops, noises from the everyday life… An incredibile and unpredictable sound universe without borders and without time…” -Silentes

Deison / KK. Null – Into

“Penetrating “Hi-tech” music, always on the border between sound, silence and noise… Splinters of sonic fragments, buzzings, electronic hisses, pulsations, hypnotic loops, ambient textures, sudden rays of light… A kaleidoscope of syntethic sounds and digital glitches, in a universe dominated by binary codes, that evolves through the cold-hearted control of sophisticated algorhythmic mutations programmed by human entities that already reached a level beyond the borders of our earthly knowledge…” -Silentes

Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno


“This compilation, originally released in 1984 as a vinyl LP by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION in collaboration with the legendary ADN label, is finally available again in a completely remastered CD version. “Ekhnaton” collects tracks recorded by the most daring and remarkable bands that were active in the experimental Italian scene during those years. “Simple Italian Research Vol. 1″ was (and still is) the subtitle of an album that includes two tracks from each of the following bands: Maze 1066, Tasaday (whose “Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima” has recently been reissued by Silentes), Evitaxal – an alias for Roberto Marinelli, also active as Laxative Souls – and the more well-known and active TAC (TOMOGRAFIA ASSIALE COMPUTERIZZATA). Through a valuable and accurate restoration, we’re glad to make available again an unmissable view on the first intuitions and the experimental methodologies that shaped their times, leaving a permanent mark – in Italy and abroad – on the following generations.” -Silentes

Todd Fletcher – Star

“Star is a set of hot desert ambience from Todd Fletcher. He is based in Phoenix, AZ, so it is a natural that he performs in that style of e-music. And Steve Roach produced Fletcher’s first album, Byzantiuym, so the influences, however subtle, are there. (There is no producer credit on this CD, so it is safe to assume that Fletcher produced the album himself.) Fletcher has a unique minimalist style that lends itself to desert ambience and arid soundscapes. The atmospheres create subtle rhythms that allow the soundworld to shape itself and to flow naturally. Deep listeners will feel the angst and loneliness of the barren desert landscape. The wide-open atmospheres envelop and abandon listeners evenly. This is a deep journey not to be taken alone or lightly. As with all desert ambience, especially American desert ambience, comparisons to Roach are inevitable and valid. Listeners who get beyond the similarities are in for a treat. This hard-to-get classic is essential.”

Weekly Sale Item: Hypnos Digipak Releases

Hello everyone, we’re back this week with a sale on all our Hypnos digipak releases. Prices are good through August 16th, so visit the HYPNOS RECORDINGS section of the Hypnos Online Store for some great deals!

HERION – OUT AND ABOUT – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
out and about

Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label), Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They’ve created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with “glitch” components and strange, experimental little samples. Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy, this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.


“Probably there aren’t many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica, bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality, breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work.”–Reviewed in Vital Weekly #756

“What we have in Herion’s Out and About is a work that is ambient chamber music in every sense of the term: spatial, intimate, classically based. Strip away the subtle wash of electronics that Emanuele Errante and Enrico Coniglio whisper beneath piano from Elisa Marzorati and viola by Piergabriela Mancuso, and what’s left is a rich bed of beautiful compositions for traditional acoustic instruments. (Besides their laptop work, Errante and Coniglio also add strings, guitars and more.) One of the best compliments I can pay Herion is to say that I’d listen just to those elements, sans electronics, and still firmly enjoy the disc. With the opening track, “Oxg,” Herion establish their acoustic-drone base, the metallic rasp of the strings adding not just a texture to the sound, but an equal sense of emotional warmth and humanity. It’s part of the real beauty of Out and About — the way in which we’re intermittently reminded, as the disc goes along, that the sounds aren’t all circuit-born. It’s a good reminder, since it’s easy to lose sight of that as Herion quietly wrap you in smooth sound- ribbons. There’s a lot to like here, and much of begins with Marzaorati’s piano work. Her playing is sweet, graceful and impeccable, whether it’s thoughtfully wandering through Errante and Coniglio’s misty landscapes (“One Minute Before the Sunrise”), holding a polite dialogue with a sighing harmonica (“Cab”), dropping like forgotten tears (“Lindos”), or giving itself over to electronic treatment to capture a sound-image (“The Hanging Glacier”). The disc closes with her playing alone on the appropriately titled “Solo,” and it’s a standout moment on an excellent disc. And while her playing is central to Out and About, it’s the atmospheres that Errante and Coniglio craft around her and Mancuso that give the whole thing an amazing depth and a touch of the ethereal. The worlds are perfectly blended on the dramatic “Moske Orgulje,” with all elements adding their voices in balance. From start to finish, Out and About moves from moments of soulful serenity to breathtaking beauty. Its organic roots run deep to ground the listener in the moment and the experience. Out and About is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.” –Reviewed by John Shanahan for Hypnagogue


NEBULAE – THE PATH OF WHITE CLOUDS – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Hypnos is pleased to reissue this classic ambient album first released by the Stella Maris label. Nebulæ (previously known as “Nebula”) is an European ambient supergroup of sorts, featuring Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Lorenzo Pierobon, Luna, and Mauro Malgrande. This is a beautiful, ethereal and abstract ambient recording, which certainly deserved greater attention than it received prior to the demise of Stella Maris, which existed only long enough to release two Nebula albums. That first release was a limited edition CDR but our reissue is a professionally manufactured CD in a beautiful digipak with new graphics.

The Path of White Clouds explores a serene and otherworldly soundspace. Meditative and gentle, these six tracks are sure to appeal to listeners who enjoy the more spacious ambient works released by Oophoi during the height of his Umbra and Penumra sister labels. The sound sources utilized here lean more toward the organic and physical instruments, and electronic processing and synthesizers are used subtly to accentuate the rest.


STEVE BRAND – AVATARA – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name “Augur,” and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He’s quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we’re very excited to follow up with Steve Brand’s new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint. This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures…Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. I’m fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming “ascended masters,” or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they’ve realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

“Brand follows two previous Hypnos recordings (on Hypnos Secret Sounds), Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone, with Avatara, a Sanskrit word that stands for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth; the title also takes its inspiration from avatars such as Buddha and Krishna and from cultural myths about humans who’ve become “ascended masters,” non-human beings who choose to return to Earth to assist others. In keeping with such concepts, the album’s six tracks are deep ambient in style, often long-form in design and conducive to meditative drift and elevated states. “Morning Glory” unfolds in a series of irradiated exhalations with pauses generously spaced between them, while the aptly titled “Still Here (Breathing Space)” arrests the pace to near-stillness, with percussive rustling seeming even more active when heard alongside the track’s streaming washes and tones. At fourteen minutes the album’s longest piece, “Act of Creation” perpetuates the meditative mood with the quiet chatter of newly born life-forms audible in between church-like synth tones. Largely downplaying percussion, Brand’s becalmed material emphasizes long trails of synthetic chords, their ethereal character heightened by their pristine synthetic design, throughout its epic, hour-long journey.” –Reviewed by

“If you’re looking for a contemplative ambient release with a minimal framework, Steve Brand’s “Avatara” (inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures) could be an appropriate choice. I for one would classify it as high-quality contemplative music, due to its ongoing gentle flow of textural pads with occasional mystic undercurrents and nature sounds. The six meandering tracks feature spacious music for slow, silent times and meditation, smoothly opening the gate to a world of splendour and wonder.

“Avatara’s” longform soundcape music, devoid of any rhythm, is great to escape from the rat race of modern life, as it makes the busy mind settle down bit by bit along the way.” –Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg,


A PRODUCE AND LOREN NERELL – INTANGIBLE – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

The first collaboration between two artists well-known to Hypnos listeners and fans of ambient & experimental music in general.

While Intangible has a meditative and tranquil drifting quality, it also incorporates more melodic and rhythmic elements than most ambient music of the present day. Listeners who like their ambience musical will enjoy this as much as those who like their drones deep and mystical.

Though it’s the duo’s first collaboration together, both of them have been releasing music for about a quarter century. These guys are responsible for some of our “Desert Island Disc” listening material here at Hypnos HQ (A Smooth Surface and Lilin Dewa are both long-time favorites). Often at Hypnos we try to introduce new, fresh talent to our listeners, but this is a case of two music-makers who know all the tricks, and yet continue to create work as vibrant and inspired as anything on the cutting edge.

A Produce has released ten albums, including two on Hypnos (Smile on the Void solo, and Altara in collaboration with Hypnos founder M. Griffin). Loren Nerell has released solo work on Amplexus, Soleilmoon, and Side Effects, and collaborated with ambient music giant Steve Roach on Terraform in 2006.

“Intangible explores broader stylistic ground and features tracks that are less meditations than compositions characterized by thematic development and rhythm. Interestingly, it’s also the first time A Produce (Barry Craig) and Loren Nerell have collaborated, despite the fact that both have been releasing music for about a quarter of a century: A Produce has issued ten albums, two of them on Hypnos, while Nerell has released work on Amplexus, Soleilmoon, and Side Effects. Multiple landscapes are evoked in the album’s seven tracks, ranging from the imagined ambiance of a newly discovered planet to the earthy exotica of a humid Middle Eastern setting. The opening title track develops progressively into a stately synth-heavy meditation, with a forlorn demeanour that’s somewhat offset by softly bubbling percussive elements. As if transcribing an exploration into sonic form, “Planet Atmo” conjures a spectral lunarscape of mysterious and enigmatic character that gradually discloses a faint percussive presence beneath its surface. Considerably more earthbound by comparison, “String Theory” grounds itself in a gamelan percussion rhythm and exotic instruments (flutes, hand drums), while “Area 51.1” punctuates a slow-motion driftscape with gently wailing extraterrestrial transmissions to foreboding effect. The album is at its most natural during the closing “Pot Covers at Dawn,” which augments the dense thrum of insects with peaceful, late-night murmurings. Cumulatively, Intangible’s material, equally ethereal and earthy, covers multiple bases in its fifty-five minutes, and Craig and Nerell come across as nothing less than electronic shamans dispensing mystical potions to listeners along the way.” –Reviewed by

“Some more musicians who have been around for some time, are Loren Nerell, who had some fine albums of Soleilmoon and Side Effects and A Produce on Hypnos and Trance Port. If Nebulae and Steve Brand are downright ambient with a small tendency towards new age, this collaboration is the one that drifts slightly towards the realms of ambient house. Not as ‘pumping’ or ‘driving’ as some others, but the plinky plonky rhythm elements are surely present, along with small melodies, as opposed to endlessly sustaining material. It reminded of the earlier solowork by these two, but also a fine reminder of the Silent Records catalogue, especially the work of The Heavenly Music Corporation, or the pseudo/quasi ethnic percussion of O Yuki Conjugate in ‘String Theory’. This is where ambient house was at its most ambient and least house related. Great atmospherics going on here, the perfect chill out music, in case anyone knows what that was all about. Great late night music, or very early morning.” –Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly


SEREN FFORDD AND OOPHOI – THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story collection of the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi. These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a drama and emotional depth absent from much recent ambient music. It’s a complex and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.

These artists will both likely be familiar to Hypnos listeners. Seren Ffordd has released several albums on our Hypnos Secret Sound imprint, and also contributed to the Hypnos compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard. The name Seren Ffordd (real name Andy Benford) is Welsh for Star Road, Way of Stars or Milky Way.

Oöphoi himself released Athlit in 2002, Distance to Zero (with Paul Vnuk) in 2006, and his Nebulae group project album Path of White Clouds in 2011, all on Hypnos. Gianluigi Gasparetti, the man behind Oöphoi, first became known for creating the excellent Italian music periodical Deep Listenings. His Oöphoi persona burst onto the ambient music scene in the late 1990s and quickly became one of the most talented and prolific sound artists around. He founded the now-defunct labels Umbra and Penumbra, which released the earliest recordings of Seren Ffordd. After working together in this capacity for several years The Martian Chronicles is their first collaboration, but not their last; the pair has already completed another full album worth of material.

We at Hypnos are proud to bring you this collaborative work from two of the most interesting and talented ambient musicians out there, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

Seren Ffordd, in Wales based drone master, has released since 2006 several albums and EPs on Oöphoi’s Umbra and Penumbra labels. Now teamed with the Italian drone king for their first collaborative work, “The Martian Chronicles”, on Hypnos, where both artists have released several albums (Seren Ffordd on Hypnos Secret Sounds). Sculpted during 2006-2009 and inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short science fiction story from 1950, “The Martian Chronicles”, released in October 2011 and packaged in attractive 4-panel digipak, is an adventurous and deep sonic exploration merging the talents of Andy Benford aka Seren Ffordd and Gianluigi Gasparetti aka Oöphoi. Nearly 15 minutes long overture, “The Long Years”, opens this grandeur voyage with colossally deep drones with invading bells, gongs and extraterrestrial-infused rumblings and resonations. A truly immense soundwalls designed for all aficionados of ultra deep, massive ambience, magnificent!!! With the next, again 15-minute composition, we dive straightly into a chasmic void. “Dead Cities” are painted in the first half with extremely freezing drones and mechanized breathings climbing into the throne of drones, while in the second half the breathings slowly dissolve and some, rather distractive and ominous effects step into the fore and color this ultimate giant drone wizardry. This is stunningly stellar and powerful sound sculpting evoking wonderful sense of spatial emptiness!!! “Blue Fire”, another longer piece, keeps on the more active, emerging route, where assorted, mostly otherworldly, at times oddly sounding effects and outbursts enrich the drone. Also few recognizable sounds can be heard, for example something like a trot of a horse. “End Of A Changeling” is shorter, eclectic piece featuring extracts from each track, cut and mixed. “Canals” opens with watery and distant storm sounds that support more free floating drifts, quite relieving and relaxing when comparing to preceding adventurous sonic alchemy. The next composition, “Flamebirds Waiting For The Storm”, as its title tells, is flavored with processed bird calls, later the rain and thunder shake the heaven to achieve the most organic environment. Deeply echoed, slow-motion drones with occasional rumblings escape into the darkness of sinkholing “Unremembered” and provide the closing part of this truly absorbing and fantabulous sonic mystery and mastery. “The Martian Chronicles” is purely transcendental listening experience!!! Two drone purveyors are unlocking the gateway of the Void, enter now!!!” –Review by Richard Gurtler


CAUL – LET THE STARS ASSUME THE WHOLE OF NIGHT – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
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Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres: dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.
“Caul is Brett Smith.

A variety of instruments are employed in conjunction with electronics to generate soothing tuneage.

In one track, piano delineates passages of delicate resonance. In another, guitars establish a mildly bouncy mood. One piece flourishes with cerebral cellos, while another utilizes the darker timbre of bass in tandem with crisply twinkling keyboards to create a gentle flow. Another track combines soft violins with heavenly chorales to achieve a celestial demeanor. While another piece takes a dark turn with remote percussives, grinding guitar chords and ominous tonalities, all of which accomplish a pensive mood more than any sense of dread.

While electronics are definitely present (often in a subtle fashion that serves to mesh everything together) their presence is generally too subliminal to clearly detect.

Despite their versatility, these compositions share a common temperament of pensive melodies. The music is somber, but not dark; relaxed, but not drab. No matter what you want to classify it as, though, the end result is satisfying, rewarding the listener with a pleasant sonic environment. Since the tracks are all short, the type of pleasantness changes in definition but remains constant in its lilting result.” –Review by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity


BRUNO SANFILIPPO – URBS – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer, resident of Barcelona, Spain, and cofounder of the ad21 label. He has collaborated with such notable artists as Mathias Grassow, Byron Metcalf, Max Corbacho and Alio Die.

Sanfilippo’s work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs, Sanfilippo’s first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist’s previous work. It’s an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These “real world” sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and “intentional” nature of these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.

“Field recordings are the key elements of “Urbs” and “BIOMA”, the last two albums of Bruno Sanfilippo (on “BIOMA” he was joined by his fellow soundscaper, Max Corbacho). While on “BIOMA” documenting the life of a nature, on “Urbs” Bruno has decided to focus on everyday’s life of a city, when collecting location recordings from various European metropoles plus New York by mapping surrounding environments like train or subway stations, streets, bars, churches… This brand new album, Bruno’s 16th when counting also his collaborations with Mathias Grassow or above mentioned Max Corbacho, is not only his premiere work for renowned Hypnos label, but also a quite radical departure from all his previous works that are spanning from rather ambient/new age oriented, through deeper organic or cinematic ambience to modern classical influenced. Bruno Sanfilippo is now venturing with “Urbs” into more minimal soundscaping with gently portrayed pulsing life of the city. To be honest, without knowing the name of the artist who is behind “Urbs”, I would never connect it to Bruno Sanfilippo. But don’t be afraid, because this chameleonic change is not only totally adventurous, but also proving the unlimited creativity and considerable talent of this sound architect (born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but residing in Barcelona, Spain). “Urban Flow” is perfectly chosen name for opening piece, with dominating colder on-site recordings of various rumblings, noises, buzzes, creaks or squeaks, all wrapped by hazed nocturnal atmosphere and masterfully merged with deeply evocative drones and assorted mesmerizingly or mysteriously emerging voice and choir samples. Wow, this is absolutely phenomenal, nearly 15-minute intro!!! Grandioso & mágico, Bruno!!! Voice transmissions unfold the next piece, “The City Reflected”, clocking over 20 minutes. Deep, nearly ear-bending echoes, various rumblings, mysteriously odd voices enter the stage as well, everything harmoniously crafted and bridged, and superbly evoking a place similar to some underground lively corridor. Cascading sonic palette is minimal, but intense and maximally effective. “Chaotic Order”, a 25 and half minutes long opus reveals with deeper drones, again enriched by distant conversations and various street rumblings, serenely drifting before entering during the second third into slightly more active areas with glitchy and hissy elements invading. The last third returns to more mysterious and droning course with assorted noises, breathings and voices on the back. Definitely another deeply absorbing masterpiece!!! The closing piece, 7-minute “The Gray Umbrella”, is colored by various voice recordings, possibly the most textured sonic escapade slowly moving towards the end into minimal and quieter, nearly meditative outro. “Urbs” is stirringly challenging and refreshing, carefully sculpted and fused into amazingly homogeneous structure, with strong attention paid to every detail. This album delivers enormous amount of spectacular listening moments and transports each listener into magnificently immersing urban environments. Bravo to Bruno Sanfilippo, bravo to Hypnos!!!” –review by Richard Gurtler

“It looks like Hypnos hit the bullseye with this splendid release. It’s already among my top favorites. Bruno’s best by far IMHO…. This music deserves a mountain of praise. Congrats to Hypnos for such a memorable release.” –Joseph Pe


NUMINA – THE DECEPTION OF REALITY – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

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.


ANTONIO TESTA & MICHEL MOGLIA – FORGET THE PAST – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
forget the past

Antonio Testa ( may be best known for his ethno-ambient collaborations with Alio Die, but he has also released a diverse variety of solo ambient music on such labels as Hic Sunt Leones, Faria and Emit. Testa’s collaborator Michel Moglia, credited here with fire organ, flute and drones, will be a new name to most.

Often ambient recordings pursue a single sub-genre or niche — dark ambient, ethno ambient or drone, for example — and stick faithfully to it. Forget the Past exhibits a pleasing diversity, with plenty of gently atmospheric stretches, rthythms that sometimes fade out and at other times build to a wicked trance churn. The sound is clean, yet derives from a full list of natural and organic sound source, and a diverse set of field recordings. One track lays gritty, hallucinogenic flute lines over a slow-swooping psychedelic rhythm mechanism and incantatory female whispers and recitations like an overheard magic spell. Another mixes bird sounds and subtle electronic atmosphere with distantly echoing percussion, creating something like a soundtrack to a lost film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Percussion with a tribal or ethno flavor is used in an unusual way, not to fake a specific brand of exoticism, but to create a sense of something both intuitively familiar and also strangely foreign.

Forget The Past covers a lot of sonic ground and a broad range of moods, but it’s always unpredictible and fresh, while remaining smooth, introspective and restrained. We’re very proud to bring this recording to Hypnos listeners, and trust that the sample clips will convince many of you to give this a full listen.


SUBRADIAL – ICE DIVING – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
ice diving

Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWorks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds. Ice Diving, his first release for Hypnos Recordings, is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong. Ice Diving is an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components.

Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.”


DAVE FULTON – OF THOSE THINGS LEFT UNSAID – Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
things left unsaid

Of Those Things Left Unsaid is the first new solo release in over a decade from Dave Fulton, former member of electronic group Dweller at the Threshold (who released Ouroborus on Hypnos sublabel Binary in 2001. Fulton also released The Range, a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Giles Reaves, on Binary in 2007, and two collaborations with Hypnos founder M. Griffin, The Most Distant Point Known and Imprint.

Incorporating a blend of rich analog and modular electronics along with digital synthesizers, plus piano and guitar, Of Those Things Left Unsaid evolved over the course of thirteen years’ creation. Composed and recorded by Dave Fulton, with contributions from Jamie Haggerty and Giles Reaves, a completely organic approach to recording was taken, using a variety of vintage electronic synthesizers and early 8 & 12 bit samplers. While much modern electronic music is primarily sequence-driven and quantized to a degree that renders the music more robotic than human, Fulton tried to use computers only as recording the performances, not driving them.

Perhaps Fulton’s most emotive and personal work, Of Those Things Left Unsaid should not only appeal to existing fans of Fulton’s earlier solo and collaborative works, but also those listeners seeking a blend of retro and modern electronic sounds with a smooth musicality.


“Dave Fulton’s latest sonic collection is pure lush, analog goodness. Moody, blissed-out synths weave, stereo-pan and bubble through serene, haunting soundscapes. The perfect emotive-yet-chill soundtrack for driving, meditation, running along the Coast on a cold, rainy morning or working on that unsolved murder mystery in the dead of night.” –Andy Fish

“The album is comprised of eight tracks, divided into two sound cycles that literally melt into one long electronic tone poem. Sonically it overflows with sequences of varying timbre and vibration, layers of dark melodic intensity and powerful pulsing undulations.

The album commences with “Dread Not,” a pulsing beat overlaid with a wash of layered synthetic melodies. That segues directly into “Inverse Fields,”” a pastiche of counterpoint between sonic seasonings, effects and celestial harmonics layered over the top creating a Sci-Fi soundscape that picks up steam as it morphs into “Particles Lost” featuring running sequences of classic era Teutonic origin. Side 1 concludes with “Of That Death, This Is Said” a percolating mélange of multi-melodies, undulating pulsations, synthetic exotica and deep sequential riffs ending with a fade out of high-end frequencies. In fact, a literal transcription does little justice to the music. It offers far more emotional impact if you simply listen and free flow with the sound.

As he explained it to me, the album was an act of personal, emotional cleansing of sorts, as the title states … Of Those Things Left Unsaid. Nowhere is that more evident than in the music of Side 2, which features the albums extended four-part title tone poem. It begins with a prelude featuring a slow, beautiful, piano theme that transforms into a dense drone with high-pitched frequency oscillations fading into a somber dirge followed by a more powerful melodic piece with up-tempo rhythms layered with overlapping melodies.

The albums climatic final piece, the title track, begins with deep powerful synthetic surges transforming into counter melodies, at times fragile, then alternately soaring and uplifting, the track and album ultimately fading out in a wash of droning white noise. Sonically the final track serves to illustrates the emotional difficulty of starting over again, moving forward into an uncertain future and leaving the past forever behind you.

With this album, Dave Fulton has created a highly personal chronicle of his emotional landscape over the past decade, in sound. He has also created a universal statement that everyone can relate to about the transient nature of life today, as we know it now. He uses the most powerful mode of communication there is — music. Electronic music is often criticized as soulless, mechanical and devoid of emotion. Of Those Things left Unsaid proves that completely wrong.” –Archie Patterson


ROBERT RICH – SUNYATA & INNER LANDSCAPES (2CD) – Regularly $12.99, right now just $9.99

We’re very pleased to make available this archival 2CD digipak reissue of two of Robert Rich’s earliest albums, Sunyata and Inner Landscapes. Both albums were originally released on cassette, then issued for the first time on CD by Hypnos in 1999-2000. Two classic Robert Rich albums together in a deluxe package including 2CDs, 6-panel digipak and 8 page booklet insert.

Of this new release, Robert says:
Three decades after the release of my early works “Sunyata” (1982) and “Inner Landscapes” (1985), we created an archival edition with the help of Mike Griffin at Hypnos, who sponsored the first CD re-issues of these albums back in the late 1990s. After those pressings sold out, we decided to wait before bringing them back, assuming that the interest in physical media might be diminishing in favor of downloads. As it happens, people still express interest in getting a beautiful artistic package holding music that somehow stays relevant after all these years. “Sunyata & Inner Landscapes” will be the first of two double CD re-issues with beautiful digipack artwork and an 8 page booklet, followed in a few months with another archival edition of “Trances & Drones.”


ROBERT RICH – TRANCES & DRONES (2CD) – Regularly $12.99, right now just $9.99

Hypnos is pleased to collaborate with Robert Rich on this deluxe reissue of Rich’s out of print classic ambient drone work.

Originally released on cassette individually three decades ago, Trances and Drones were later released together on double-CD by Extreme (1994) and Release (2000). Our new edition, designed to be the ultimate archival version of an essential ambient/drone classic, includes a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 8-page full-color booklet insert.

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“Superior Spells” by Sola Translatio on Hearts of Space Radio

It’s always wonderful to get airplay on Hearts of Space, one of the syndicated giants of ambient & space music. The most recent HOS show on July 10 featured “Superior Spells” by Sola Translatio’s Hypnos release, Mother Sunrise.

Our sincere thanks to Steve Davis and Stephen Hill of Hearts of Space radio. Here’s the playlist:


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PGM NOTE : cool electronic waveforms for hot days and balmy nights
FEED DATE : 7-10-15

“Labyrinth of the Unconscious” (edited) < 0:00->6:52 >
: HYPNOSIS; Real Music RM4214; 2014
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“Remains” < 6:52->13:34 >
: AETHEREAL CODE; Synphaera SYN01; 2015
— to be released on July 21 —
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“Polestar” < 13:34->21:39 >
: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN; Just Music TAO 058; England 2015
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“I Can Hear Your Heart” < 21:39->27:58 >
: A GOOD PLACE TO BE; Interchill ICHILL CD 053; Canada 2015
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“Angle of Loll” < 27:58->33:50 >
“Catalina 1943″ < 33:50->40:24 >
: SEA ISLAND; Kranky KRANK191; 2014
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“Albatross” (edited) < 40:24->45:57 >
: BLUE INFINITY; Virtual VL02; England 2014
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“Superior Spells” (edited) < 45:57->54:25 >
: MOTHER SUNRISE; Hypnos hyp2130; 2001
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“Child’s Play” < 54:25->58:59 >
: A GOOD PLACE TO BE; Interchill ICHILL CD053; Canada 2015
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(c) 2015 Hearts of Space