Newly Arrived: Jeff Pearce – With Evening Above

It’s great to see Jeff Pearce recording ambient guitar music again, and we’re pleased to have his new album available on the Hypnos Store.

Jeff Pearce – With Evening Above
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
With Evening Above is the first ambient guitar album from Jeff Pearce since his Bleed album in 2002. Inspired by many summer nights of stargazing, the music on With Evening Above covers the styles that Jeff has become known for in the past 21 years- the gentle rhythms of the title track, the slow-motion beauty of The Same Stars, the meditative ambient drift of After Dark- all created with only electric guitar and complex signal processing.

1. With Evening Above 03:56
2. The Same Stars 05:20
3. A Clear Night 03:58
4. After Dark 07:49
5. Ghosts of Summers Past 02:41
6. Cloudfall 05:45
7. A Closed Circle (Farewell) 02:49
8. No Matter How Far 21:41… (MORE/BUY)

Weekly Sale Item: Waterscape

This week we’re putting our Waterscape items on sale – a few regular-sized CDs, plus a bunch of very limited-release minis, just for fun! We’ve price cut the regular CDs to $5.99 and the minis to just $2.99 through October 6th, so follow the links to the Hypnos online store for some major bargains!

Aidan Baker & Jakob Thiesen – A Bout De Souffle (ltd. cd)
“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 shimmering and glitchy mix of guitar manipulations made between 2007 and 2008.”    -Waterscape Records

Peter Wright – Burning a Hole in the Sun (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)

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“Peter Wright should not be a stranger for those who are into guitar drone music. So its my pleasure to bring you his newest release as a 3″ cd-r. Burning A Hole In The Sun is not what you expect, when you read Peter’s Name. This one is far away from beeing soft and cuddly. Instead, its a slowly progressing guitar drone that starts low in volume and ends on the other side of the peak meter. Really noisy and aggressive stuff on this release. Highly recommended.” -Waterscape Records

Apalusa – Live from the Dry Valley’s (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)

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“Live From The Dry Valley’s is an almost 19 minute long guitar drone. Starting really slow just to catch your attention while it is building more and more until it reaches the climax which is a wonderful mesmerising layer of guitar tones with tremolo effect on it. In some way this could be compared to Fear Falls Burning, just with the exception, that Apalusa is hiking on the bright and warm side of the mighy guitar drone. Highly recommended to all lovers of the guitar drone” -Waterscape Records

True Colour of Blood – The Cave of Knowlege (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)

“Eric Kesner is the man behind True Colour of Blood. The Cave of Knowledge is a 22 min drone. Kestner perfectly combines dark ambient moments with minutes of pure clarity. Like most of the Waterscape releases this is a pure blessing for headphone trips into a world of shimmering guitar drones and ambient soundscapes.” – Waterscape Records

Jason Sloan – Static (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)

“STATIC is a 22 min piece that is divided into two movements. The first is comprised of mostly organ sounds with a small amount of guitar, and the second is guitar only, which builds eventually into a wall of pure sound. One may be heavily reminded of Steve Roach’s approach to space music. Highly recommended for space music fans and fans of shoegaze.

-Waterscape Records

Weekly Sale Item: Periphery

Hi all, this week we’ve got some Periphery items for you, and we’ve knocked four whole dollars off the regular price through September 28th!

First up is “Polychromatic Integers” by Richard Lainhart:


“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.”


Next up is The Electric Golem’s “Sky Snails”:


“Sophomore effort by the duo of James Spitznagel (visual and audio artist, owner of the Level Green imprint) and Trevor Pinch (Analog Days author, professor, and Moog devoteé), incorporeal soundsculpting arising from the collision of knob and touchscreen.”


And lastly, we have “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.”

Follow the links to the Hypnos online store for some great bargains!

Weekly Sale Item: Faria

This week we’re putting our entire Faria category on sale through September 21st, and we’ve price cut some items by as much as five dollars! Follow the link to the Faria section of the online store to find artists like Oophoi, Robert Rich, Faryus, Aglaia, and many more, but hurry – some titles are in extremely limited supply!


Weekly sale Item: Silence Speaks in Shadow

This week we’re bringing you Paul Vnuk Jr.’s “Silence Speaks in Shadow,” sale-priced at $6.99 through September 14th.

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Vnuk ventures out into the solo world with a longform release that blends the environmental sounds of a cityscape with an ebbing and flowing synth atmosphere. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW gives us a glimpse into the psycho-environmental sounds of a city drenched in rain and industrial sonics. Stating his inspiration for this project, Vnuk says: “The open windows and industrial sounds of a rain drenched city can have a strange calming effect on the soul.”

A pre-release review by Jim Brenholts says: “….expertly mixes somber passages and samples with an expansive drone, nature samples and melodic pastoral ambience. The effect is both chilling and calming. The emotional and spiritual responses are clear and undefinable. The physical response is immediate calm. This CD is essential psychoactive meditation material!”

Hypnos Recordings feels a special fondness for smooth, long-form environmental pieces. We find them full of details which gradually reveal themselves, and transport the listener to unfamiliar locales, or frames of mind. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW is sure to be a favorite “place” of many who experience it.


“If you ponder for too long the meaning of the album title Silence Speaks in Shadow, the listener will surely fail to have the musical encounter intended by author Paul Vnuk Jr. The concept behind this prolonged ambient stasis is to think about everything but the spinning disc and allow the mind to wander and to wonder… freely. Vnuk facilitates this through the placement of sparse synth pads over recordings of street sounds during a thunderstorm, a skilled combination of pacing, harmony and the relaxing properties of rain on rooftops. The moments prior to slipping into sleep are reassurred with the kind of calm that only one of those sudden summer showers can bring.

Silence Speaks in Shadow is one in a growing number of releases in this field – so its design will be familiar, yet the experience remains as pleasing as watching raindrops splashing or storm clouds rolling. This album is a fitting beginning on a drift out to the fringes of consciousness, through the mist of memory and into the embrace of night. Vnuk’s soundscape provides us with a sonic foundation upon which to build our own unique ambient experience.”
–Chuck van Zyl / STAR’S END

“One half of Ma Ja Le has “gone solo” as they say… taking the lightly atmospheric road, paul vnuk jr. reveals, in a long-form emission of faint electronics and urban ambiance, that silence speaks in shadow. Hushed soundwaves float on a peacefully rainy city night, and Vnuk captures the best of all those elements.

Subtly shimmering synthscapes (sometimes barely there at all) simply drift through Silence Speaks in Shadow (73:58); occasional “real life” incidents (falling rain, chattering people, cat sounds which always have me looking around to see what mine are up to…) add a you-are-there textural element to the whole mix. It should be noted that (except fot the lingering showers) these happenings are few, with plenty of spaciously drifting ephemera throughout. Hinting of danger elsewhere (but not here), sirens pass as lovely chorus-like strands waft through the spattering of raindrops on concrete. Around the 40-minute mark, light chimes sparkle with a cushiony resonance counterbalancing distant thunder. Everything slowly fades in the final moments, like slipping into a comfortable slumber…

Soundscape meets cityscape in silence speaks in shadow, a panoramic blend of shapeshifting ambient streams and subtle occurences which blend rather than intrude. No hustle-bustle here as paul vnuk jr. processes the most subdued audiovisions, transmitting them as these flowing scenes of 9.2-rated beauty. Quite gorgeous! The amazing Hypnos catalog just keeps getting better… ”
–David Opdyke, The AmbiEntrance

“There’s a small quote at the bottom of the insert to this CD, apparently a quote by Vnuk Jr. himself who states that “The open windows and industrial sounds of a rain, drenched city can have a strange calming effect on the soul.” When I first read this little snippet I wasn’t sure what to think, but after my first listen it made good sense. A lot of Ambient/ Atmospheric music compliments or enhances the ambience of a particular space, but then there are some ambient recordings that transcend or alter your space altogether, i.e. Stephen Philips and James Johnson’s Lost at Dunn’s Lake, or Brannan Lane’s Troposphere, Silence Speaks in Shadow is like this as well, but it’s a different, grittier, almost urban ambience rather than the organic natural works of Philips, Johnson, and Lane. Clocking in at 73:58 Silence Speaks in Shadow is a long-running single track that immerses the listener in a blend of natural ambience and harmoniously synthesized chording. With Silence Speaks in Shadow Vnuk Jr. has created an undisputedly great work that emphasizes the harsh undertones of the urban landscape while sonically capturing the mysterious beauty of a rainy night. A fantastic recording that transcends as well as it projects.”
–Matt Borghi, The Organization of Sound

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