We’ve been extremely busy getting things ready for our big Hypnos headquarters relocation, but we’ve put together another moving sale for you. The low prices are good through August 28th or while we still have stuff on the shelves!
This one has been out of stock for some time, but we recently found a few copies while sorting through our storage area:
Various Artists – Bibimbap –Right now just $4.99
The Archipelago is a loose association of Bay Area musicians/composers, a forum in which artists working the disparate subgenres of electronic music come together in different collaborative ways or even just to share a meal. In fact it is this tradition of dinner gatherings that led to the Bibimbap compilation. Joshua Maremont (Thermal) explains…
Perhaps it seems odd for the musicians of the Archipelago to initiate a project named after a Korean meal, but perhaps not. For the meetings of our various islands have occured over the steaming stone pots holding this delight, and it is in homage to this meal that we entitle our project – and specifically this project – with its name. Bibimbap simply means “mixing rice”: rice is placed in a stone or ceramic bowl and actively mixed with whatever other ingredients are available or desired, the mixing process adding a dynamism in which the meal takes shape over the course of its eating, especially when the stone bowl is used to continue the cooking process until the eating is at an end. To state then that our Bibimbap is a simple remix project is insufficient, for we mean to reflect more of the nature of this dish in our tribute and to focus specifically on the availability of ingredients, ingredients, as it were, found already in our refrigerators: leftover tracks, unfinished pieces, forgotten fragments, music omitted from other releases as out of place, orphaned sound in need of fostering. Starting with a tableful of such ingredients, we assemble from them new pieces, each of us mixing them into contexts unconsidered by their creators and making out of these apparent scraps what we hope will be a feast. By this we mean not to imply an unloading of castoffs but instead to suggest that in some cases that which cannot be finished by one might well come to fruition through the care of others, perhaps in the warm steam rising from a stone bowl.
And so the various artists involved contributed material to a pool of samples and then used something from this shared source (in addition to whatever new work they might provide) to create a new piece. The list of contributors includes Forrest Fang, Saul Stokes, Chris de Giere, M. Bentley/eM, Thermal, Ben Swire, Dean Santomieri, and Earwicker (Seofon and C. Rolls).
Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition) –Regularly $12.99, right now just $9.99
“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the ’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS’ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ”Seeking” contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ”Empowerment” or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ”Conquest”. It’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.” -Darren Bergstein
Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier) – Bordeaux TNT –Right now just $4.99
Long after the first two releases issued by Ground Fault and Edition Ellipsis, and/OAR & Alluvial Recordings are pleased to finally be able to present the final release in a trilogy covering the sonic expeditions of the French location-specific electroacoustic trio Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier).
This release summarises what was initially a 6 hour performance / installation / radio broadcast that occurred at the TNT cultural centre in Bordeaux, France. The TNT centre is situated inside a former shoe manufacturing building. With several hundred meters of cables, the exterior and interior of the building were recorded using several different condenser and contact microphones, modified and mixed in real time on a 32 channel mixing desk. Simultaneously, the live mix was played into the concert hall / space using 8 channels for 8 loudspeakers. While the improvisers were on the upper level, the audience was listening and walking around on the lower level.
The final mix for the CD was edited by Eric La Casa.
Beta Two Agonist – Zero Point Field –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Minimal glitchy atmosphere’s complimented by spare soft rhythms and gentle, yet moving, shades of melody. Beta Two Agonist was born in 1976 in Barcelona, son of a Catalan musician and a Dutch mother. He attended art college around 1998. There he discovered the computer as a valuable tool, while picking up the mindset of experimentation and openness. Through the years the borders between music and noise were blurring. He discovered that error and chance can be wonderful, and captures those magic moments in audio. He also uses field recordings, percussion and other objects, circuit-bent toys and contraptions, synths, effects pedals and software. Databloem is so good at finding new talent in ambient electronica, and they have really outdone themselves this time in bringing listeners the fresh sounds of Beta Two Agonist.
Forrest Fang – Animism –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
“On his ninth album, Animism, Chinese-American musician Forrest Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound. Inspired by the ancient belief that all living and inanimate forms possess a spirit or life force, Fang has composed eight pieces that radiate with energy and warmth.
Besides acoustic and electric violins and mandolins, he embellishes his atmospheric textures with melodies and polyrhthms from stringed and percussion instruments such as the Turkish lavta, Peruvian bandurria, Filipino kulintang, Mexican cantaro and Balinese kendang.
Animism is a celebration of life’s internal rhythms and their ultimate path to rest.” -projekt.com
Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
2005, latest release on Silentes, the new offshoot of Italy’s Amplexus label… the brand new album by Maurizio Bianchi is the first of a series on silentes. M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.
Hafler Trio – A Pressed-On Sandwich –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
This nutritious fare was prepared by Colin Potter at IC Studio, Preston, UK in 2005, using the finest Icelandic ingredients suplied by The Hafler Trio. Colin Potter explains: “I attended The Hafler Trio performance of ‘How to slice a loaf of bread’ in Preston and was very impressed on many different levels. During a discussion with Andrew McKenzie after the event, he suggested that we might try a joint project. Shortly afterwards he sent me some of the original source material from the performance. It was my intention to preserve the overall shape & sense of the material, but at the same time move it to another (sonic)place. I hope I have achieved this, by a process of reformation.” Limited to 1010 copies
Darshan Ambient – Falling Light –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
“Picking up where 2011’s DREAM IN BLUE left off, which skillfully straddled a delicate musical line between ambient and jazz, Falling Light finds Allison moving more towards an almost ambient Americana sound at times. The deliberate use of lap steel and slide guitars blended with synth textures that seem to stretch to the horizon, brings to mind visions of wide open spaces, big skies and endless possibilities. With multi-layered percussion, synth textures, bass, and guitar grooves, Allison’s unmistakeable compositional style is in top form, delivering thoughtful melodic phrases and themes with a familiar atmosphere.”
Crawl Unit – Vs Silence –Right now just $4.99
Ultra-minimal ambience approaching the limits of silence.
“The sounds on this record, originally recorded between 1993 and 1995, were intended for use as “environmental sound for exhibition space”. These pieces are remarkable for how their subtle and dense soundscaping continuously moves in and out of a foundation in silence. These five segments create an amorphous whole where silence is not only used as marks of punctuation, but fulfils its double role as both the source and the destination of sound. Highly recommended.”
–Reviewed by Richard DiSanto, Incursion.org
Classic re-issue of the only “dark-ambient” Crawl Unit record, if there is such a thing. Joe might kill me for saying that but this demo gave me the blissful creeps for a year before I finally called Joe Colley and said we have to make a record of this. This is a sonorous, billowing cloud of sound, expanding, deepening, wavering, occasionally throbbing the speakers with titanic world-heavy bumps and textures. The untitled tracks here seem to corrode and meld into each othr like tectonic plates, slowly crushing into the edges, burrowing and rumbling. All over this a dire wind stretches. Ground metaphors don’t do it justice because this feels so effervescent and airy. Light, yet totally black. In original artwork.
Bruno Sanfilippo – InTRO –Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
“Bruno Sanfilippo is an artist who is quickly developing a well-respected name for himself in ambient circles. With this in mind, the aptly titled “InTRO” is a great place to acquaint oneself with Bruno’s talents. Made up of seven distinct pieces, “InTRO” presents a variety of styles and sounds that all showcase Sanfilippo’s skills.”
Bruno Sanfilippo make a visionary statement of such extraordinary beauty and diversity that it seems to have been conceived by a collective of gifted artists. Each track on his new album deliver a specific mood. InTRO is a subtle work of alchemical invocation which summons the inner worlds. The soundscapes painted with piano (meditative piano playing a la Harold Budd), duduk, didgeridoo and electronic instruments will soothe, caress and lull you into feelings of extreme serenity. Bewildering and beautiful by turns, this is one of those records that I can imagine still offering up new insights many years from now. -by M.Christian Burcea · Journeys to the Infinite Radio
Argentinean composer Bruno Sanfilippo already has eight albums to his name and, even though I’ve never heard him before,I sense a mature musician’s poise and sense of craft all through this exquisite CD of tone colour ambience. A thin veil covers these melodies and impressions, unifying a quite varied sequence tracks with the soft-focus that “pure” forms of ambience always seem to have. “Intropiano” sounds like a superior Budd & Eno moment. “Introvoices” suggests floating through a glowing nebula or standing on a mountain peak in the Himalayas on a pristine clear day.”Introvisions” sounds like a violin and cello making love in a very large cave. On “Introsacro” layers of bells, guitar delay, whistling winds and very subtle chants gel in such a magical way that it cuts far deeper than a mere impression of something sacred. Exactly what’s electronic and what’s acoustic on this album is difficult to tell and I’m sure an organic sound was Sanfilippo’s intention. Many elements have a familiar old-school ring to them but what Intro proves is that nothing need sound cliched in the hands of the gifted. A sensual and memorable piece of work. -by Mike G. – Ambient Music Guide
This release from 2006 offers 54 minutes of engaging ambience. Joining Sanfilippo on this recording is Alio Die on one track. For the first track: softly drifting textures are augmented by dreamy strings and sedate percussives, generating a lush and pleasant dose of ambience. Environmental samples enhance this soothing tuneage, contrasting the aerial violin with placid rainfall. The next track is ushered in by wind chimes winding their way through cyclic electronics breathing in tandem with didgeridoo. The serene tones maintain a steady flux that excellently suits an introspective reverie. The third piece wafts in on a shuddering breeze, orchestral airs vibrating in the distance while fragile electronics lazily cavort in the foreground amid softly ponged bells. Stately piano commands the next track, describing pensive chords in an ethereal fog of wind-borne electronics. Relaxation becomes mandatory. Heavenly hosts rise in the next track to meet a rain-swept wash punctuated by pastoral zephyrs. The next track employs singsong tones to achieve a contemplative milieu that is as captivating as it is dreamlike. The melody sways with tender intention, caressing the psyche with tendrils of sweet resonance. Piano reappears for the final piece, waxing emotional and conspiring with persuasive soundscapes to achieve a sweeping return to externality. A superb dose of ambience whose power is understated but vibrant, evoking a series of entries into the inner mind. -Matt Howarth – Sonic Curiosity