Weekly Blowout Item: Robert Rich & Faryus – ZERKALO

This week’s blowout item comes from the Faria label: ZERKALO by Robert Rich & Faryus. Ordinarily $7.99, we’ve temporarily low-priced it at just $4.99 through January 18th!

ZERKALO
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Six tracks, 60 minutes. CD in card sleeve

Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret.

“An intense, slow deep ambient excursion; hovering, shimmering, dreamlike, Surreal.”–CD Baby

“Deep drone ambient textures and dense atmospheres, presented in six uninterrupted parts by Robert Rich and Faria label owner Andrey Sadovnikov. Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich”–Databloem.com

“Delicately undulating textures are established as a foundation for tenuous electronics. Along with environmental recordings, these auxiliary tones serve to embellish that basis with subtle nuances, coaxing variations from the atmospheric flow. While deeper tonalities tickle the mix from below, lending pensive oscillations to the foundation, vibrating effects are applied from above, generating a shimmering field of stars. Gradually, alternative sounds are utilized to increase those variations. Bell tones create a reverent presence contrasted by an escalation of certain high-end sounds whose unpredictable paths categorize them as meteorological conditions of the soundscape. As the bell tones submerge into the now-pulsating foundation, more strident sounds emerge to influence things with their shriller cadence. Throughout, the stability of a chilled environment is preserved. This frigid mood is enhanced by the introduction of tonalities whose timbre evokes high altitudes. A muffling condition creeps in, generating an expansive disposition to the ambience. Sounds of a muted metallic nature appear in a breathing pattern, establishing illumination and revealing the infinite scope of the mix. Set to run as a seamless piece of music, these compositions embody serene ambience with a hint of industrial edging.” –Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity

PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Three From Binary

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BINARY is a sub-label of Hypnos Recordings devoted to more dynamic sounds with a pure electronic basis, and this week we’ve price-cut several of our Binary items to just $5.99 through January 18th.


Vir Unis & Saul Stokes – Thermal Transfer

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The third Binary release, first ever collaboration between Vir Unis and Stokes, THERMAL TRANSFER is also the most uptempo, high energy recording yet released by Hypnos or its related labels. In fact, truth be told, this recording is the very reason that the Binary label was created — so Hypnos could bring you excellent electronic music, even if the style in question was too “hyperactive” for the Hypnos label.

“I have to say Thermal Transfer now is one of my favorite hypnos family releases. Very cool production and a very nice synthesis/blending of the pairs (Vir Unis & Saul Stokes) individual styles. Recommended!” –Dave Fulton (Hypnos and Binary artist, member of Dweller at the Threshold)


Synthetic Block – Sonic Approach

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This Hypnos/Binary debut by Synthetic Block blends “classic EM” elements with a more modern approach. It was mastered by Dave Fulton (who also played on one track) and is sonically amazing. One of the best things about running a small record label is the opportunity to help expose more people to artists like this one, whose work merits much wider exposure.


John Duval – Hell’s Canyon

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Hell’s Canyon is the solo debut of John Duval, member of Binary’s own Dweller at the Threhold. Created entirely with Duval’s massive array of modular synthesizers (a wall of electronics dubbed “the Fist of God”) Hell’s Canyon is an abstract, deep-space exploration of pure electronics. With all these analog synthesizers involved, of course there’s an element of the “classic EM” sound, but this is not a retro, “Berlin school” composition. Closer comparisons would be Robert Rich’s Bestiary album (another abstract, pure modular synth piece), or perhaps even the deep-space excursions of Hypnos’s own Viridian Sun.

All performances here are by Duval himself, but fellow Dweller at the Threshold member Dave Fulton edited, assembled and mastered Duval’s original tapes into a sonically refined and cohesive recording.

“Great electronic sound journey through the canyon… Wonderful trip through Hell’s Canyon in a vessel of sound. Exciting and intriguing. A great sound that only leaves me wanting more, expecting more.” –Reviewed by Bren on cdbaby.com

Listen to MP3 clips and purchase HERE.

Weekly Blowout Item: Enrico Coniglio/Under The Snow – Dialogue One

This week we’re bringing you an item from the excellent Silentes label: Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One, and we’ve cut the price almost in half from $10.99 to just $5.99 through January 11th.

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One
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“Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.” -Silentes

You can listen to one of the tracks from the album, “Calls of the White” HERE on Youtube.

Weekly Sale Item: Robert Rich

This week we’ve got two very special ROBERT RICH items on sale for you, and both items have been marked down from $14.99 to just $10.99 through January 11th.

TRANCES AND DRONES (2CD)
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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.


Robert Rich – Sunyata & Inner Landscapes
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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.”

SEE DETAILED PHOTOS/LISTEN TO MP3 CLIPS/PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: More Recent Hypnos CDs

Hello, everyone! This week we’ve got a few more of our recent HYPNOS digipak releases on sale for you, and all items have been marked down from $12.99 to the super low price of just $7.99 through January 4th!

CAUL – LET THE STARS ASSUME THE WHOLE OF NIGHT
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Caul has released an array of incredible dark, cinematic ambient music, but much of it has been self-released in small quantities, so many listeners who might potentially enjoy his work might be unfamiliar with it. His collaboration with Numina, Inside the Hollow Realm, did receive a fair bit of attention five or six years ago, but Caul has mostly flown under the radar.

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.

REVIEW:
“Caul has been around since the mid 90s delivering quite a range of limited-number self-released albums as well as collaborating with other like-minded souls. This latest offering is on the Hypnos label and contains twelve shady compositions of ethereal, ghostly beauty. The tracks are all relatively short, most around the four minute mark. Titles well reveal the tenor of the music We Are Like Heartless Shadows; She Is Holy To Those Who Are Lost Or dead; Bells Ring Softly In The Twilight Air… You can explore the album further at the Hypnos website and at Caul’s own official site – both offering sound samples and Hypnos displaying the cover art both insdie and out.” –Morpheus Music / ElectronicMusicMall.com

BRUNO SANFILIPPO – URBS
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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.

REVIEW:
“The debut CD on Hypnos by Spanish ambient maestro Bruno Sanfilippo could not possibly be any more impressive. In fact, to these ears it is one of the finest discs Hypnos has released in the last 15 years. “Urbs”, a strange title which makes sense when you discover the urban theme of the music, plays like an alternative, and more ambient, soundtrack to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece “Blade Runner.” The striking cover imagery of a photo of Berlin taken through a bus window gives a hint of the surreal soundscapes contained within, which could describe both an urban city and all its stories and emotions, or simultaneously the landing of a spacecraft on a barren and undisturbed extra-solar planet. Sanfilippo utilized only the Korg Radias synthesizer, samplers, and field recordings (of churches, cityscapes, subways, and bars), focusing on the “less is more” approach to sound design, making the music feel open, spacious, and uncluttered. And seemingly, not a sound is out of place as the music unfolds like a radiant dream, a dream which you never want to end. –by Hypnos Forum member Drone On

NUMINA – THE DECEPTION OF REALITY
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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.

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.

READ MORE/LISTEN TO MP3 SAMPLES/PURCHASE HERE.