Tagged: Relaxed Machinery

Steve Brand – Subtle Movements Inside

Many of you have already ordered this from the Hypnos Store, but we missed promoting this important new release from one of our favorite artists Steve Brand and the Relaxed Machinery label.

Steve Brand – Subtle Movements Inside (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Steve Brand’s latest on Relaxed Machinery. Steve says:


“Subtle Movements Inside,” was inspired after re-visiting a group of old poems and by recent events in my life. Increasingly, I’m convinced that our lives are changed not so much by outer events, or profound revelations, but if we’re sensitive and attuned to it, by the subtle migration of thought and feeling — subtle movements inside. The final track on this group of songs includes a contribution of treated guitar from Bobby Jones/i’ve lost which takes the emotional top. Thanks to Bobby for agreeing to be a part of this release. Sounds include keyboard, thumb piano, shakers, voice, overtone flute, bass flute, guitar and field recordings.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Holding the Light 19:00
2. Lit from the Original Flame 8:00
3. A Certain Restlessness of Soul 23:02
4. Subtle Movements Inside 8:16
5. Our Wilderness of Heart (w i’ve lost) 19:16

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Steve Brand_Subtle Movements Inside_Collage by Relaxed Machinery

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Relaxed Machinery Discs From Zero Ohms, Chris Russell, Lowell Levene-Sims

Thanks for all your support of our $8.99 introductory special on The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi. We’re very encouraged by the initial response, and want to remind everyone that this kind of strong support is the perfect way to convince a small independent label to keep on releasing a certain kind of music. We’ll continue our “week one special” for our future Hypnos releases for the foreseeable future.

In other news, we have a few new items from the Relaxed Machinery label just added today to the Hypnos Store.

Zero Ohms – Worlds, Afterworlds (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
“We constantly stand on a precipice of the unknown without the possibility of reversing. This seemingly unknowable void looms, beckoning. And flight is the only, albeit inadequate, response.”

- Zero Ohms, 22 Dec 2010

Streaming samples including track listing:
1. Translation 28:12
2. This Beautiful Now 17:33
3. Peace of the Pi 10:11
4. Mournful Light of a Gibbous Moon 7:36
5. I Become the Emptiness Through Which the Axle Turns 7:15

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Chris Russell – Home (2cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $19.99 2-cdr)

Track List:
Disc 1
1. Welcome 7:32
2. Comfort 7:04 streaming sample
3. Solace 9:58
4. Repose 8:53
5. Glimmer 4:24
6. Thursday 5:15
7. Lull 7:12
8. February 5:34

Disc 2
1. Ethereal 9:25
2. Horizon 7:15
3. Dusk 7:09
4. Gloaming 5:12
5. Monday 6:30
6. Eventide 8:27
7. Specter 6:30
8. Together Again 7:16 streaming sample

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Lowell Levene-Sims – A thing of Beauty (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
“A Thing of Beauty to an Object of Regret” is the follow up to the 2005 solo bass release “…from the bitter winter”… a critical and independent success. From being a front page feature on CD Baby.com – winning acclaim as a superlatively inventive minimalist basswork and selling over 10,000 copies through touring and minimal online outlets.

Track List:
1. Aerial Momentum 3:53
2. This is Not a Warning 6:39
3. Fear Creates Danger,Courage Dispels It 5:19
4. Transmigration 17:21
5. Perseverance 3:15
6. Coil 5:04
7. So Good to Have Known You 4:08
8. At Rest Beneath the Sand 10:39
9. Disengage 5:19…

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New Releases from Relaxed Machinery (Corbacho, Brand, Disturbed Earth)

Two new CDRs now ready to go from Relaxed Machinery, for sale through the Hypnos Online Store.

Max Corbacho – Lost Links (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
First release by Max Corbacho, co-founder of the AD21 label and well-established European ambient music practitioner. Deleted, unreleased and forgotten tracks.

All these pieces were created to appear on previously published albums. For various reasons, they were not included, and remained in my archives. I usually do not delete any of my pieces; I know that, at some point, simply because of the passing of time, they acquire a special character, and their time to be revealed appears.

Track List: (mp3 sample medley)
1. Earthflow Trance 7:19
2. Sky Resonance 6:07
3. Third Exposure 5:41
4. One True Light 16:12
5. Mandala 12:33
6. After Dream 5:54
7. Slow Thunder 13:15
Total Time: 67:01…

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Disturbed Earth / Steve Brand – What is Memory? (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
69 minute extended track — mp3 sample clip collage

Notes by Steve Brand:
What Is Memory? is a 69-minute aural exploration by Dean Richards/Disturbed Earth (Australia) and myself, Steve Brand (U.S.) of the nature of memory and time, utilizing keyboard atmospheres, flutes and voice. The impetus for this piece was born out of personal phone conversations between Dean and myself. We both have experienced how time can transform memory, how memories can become distorted, built-up into almost legendary proportions, clouded with sentiment. We also know that looking back into memories, with a clearer mind in the present, can transmute once-painful memories into those which empower and propel us into a new future….

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March 2011 News Archive

(all March 2011 news updates are combined to one entry below)

2011.03.31

Someone recently pointed out that one of our “classic” releases, Sonic Continuum by Rod Modell and Michael Mantra,
lacked mp3 sample clips for those users who want to listen before they buy. I’ve added some nice, long sample clips to that product page, but if you just want to hear ‘em, here
are the direct links:

Sonic Continuum tracks listing (with extended MP3 sample clips):
Vitamin M – MP3 sample
Vitamin K – MP3 sample

You can purchase the CD for just $8.99 HERE

2011.03.28

We have two new CDR releases from Relaxed Machinery just
added to our store.

Bob Ohrum – Subliminal Listening (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
New one from Bob Ohrum and Relaxed Machinery.

Track List:
1. Day of the Locust 8:04
2. Overpass Symphony #1 3:46
3. Nightwalk 8:05
4. Subliminal Listening parts 1 and 2 15:26 MP3 sample clip
5. Rain 2:05
6. Borderlands 8:09
7. Super Secret Bonus Track with Crickets 9:47

Review by “eyes cast down”
“…plays like an urban version of the Solitudes nature series, built on unprocessed field recordings and mechanical
drones, embellished with darklit synth chords whose tone and texture sometimes recall Pink Floyd. The effect is that of a city-noir soundscape at 3am, with your back window
open just before (or after) the rain. The sense of urban location is uncanny and ñ unaccountably ñ mesmerizing. It doesnít make sense, it just is.

ìSubliminalî means ìbeneath the threshold of consciousnessî; you can listen to this album as quiet background, let it get under your skin and color your space. If youíre in the city ñ
especially if youíre alone, on a rainy night ñ these urban atmospherics can be your soundtrack, bringing the cityís slow, nocturnal pulse right into your listening space.”

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Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth – The Approaching Armada (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
New collaboration from Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth on the Relaxed Machinery label.

Track List:
1. Watching As Pools Form 9:27 MP3 sample
2. Clutching at the Strands 8:09
3. Leaves on Trees 8:51 MP3 sample
4. Cold Night 6:08
5. Neon Light 6:58
6. The Approaching Armada 7:32
7. To the East of Evening 18:38

Reviewed by “eyes cast down”:
“The music of Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth (Dean Richards)…
fully lives up to any expectations created by such a compelling and dramatic title. This album is beatless,
atmospheric and mesmerizing. Wonderfully-woven textures and bedrock drones irresistibly draw you in…This is ambient music in a very
classic sense ñ except for one point: Good luck listening to it as background ñ if you turn it down very quiet you
might have a chance. Otherwise, prepare to be held rapt for the duration. Highly recommended!

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2011.03.24

New listings on the Hypnos Store from the Russian label, Monochrome Vision.

Arcane Device: Devices 1987-2007 (2CD)
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $19.99)
Arcane Device is the unique project of American graphic designer and musician David Myers. An anthology of rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded over the past 20 years…
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Francisco Lopez – Untitled (2006-2007) (2CD)
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $19.99)
Francisco Lopez is musician from Madrid, active since 1980. His music is usually made from field recordings, using the environmental sound as the source for composition. These compositions can be absolutely different in both sonic and dynamic approach, atmospheric and fast paced fragments can be associated with real soundscapes and more abstract images. Sometimes it takes much attention, but finally tells us about art of listening, whether it is to noise or silence…
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If, Bwana – Radio Slaves
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Originally issued as a limited edition cassette Radio Slaves on the Medicinal Tapes (France) in 1986, then re-issued on CDr by the Generator Sound Art (USA) in 2003, this album finally released on CD with some bonus tracks. Loopy and sampledelic, it will return the spirit of 80s into your ears. Great collage music from the pioneering American experimental sound project. Radio Slaves album was recorded in 1986, when Al Margolis had just gotten the Casio sampler SK-1. It was cheap and easy to use, producing very short loops, probably only up to four seconds. Almost the entire recording uses that technology, loops completely populating the pieces. These works in particular make use of samples from the radio and vinyl as the main sound sources – the LP scratches heard on some of the tracks are meant to be there, as they are an integral part of this work….
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Jason Kahn & Richard Francis (self-titled)
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Recorded live during collaborative performances in various locations, consisting of four long tracks presenting the unique interaction between technology and intuition….
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Asmus Tietchens/Kouhei Matsunaga/Y-Ton-G – YAK
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Concrete sounds and abstract constructions, endlessly recycled and digitally treated – the new album by Asmus Tietchens, Kouhei Matsunaga and Y-Ton-G is bearing the idea of total remix work. Following the great tradition of mail-collaborations, the German-Japanese trio recorded this new series of experimental music studies…
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PBK/Telepherique – Noise- Ambient Connection
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Synthetic sound sources and sequences create unsettling atmosphere from the structured electronic patterns ranging from intense rhythmic work to creepy ambient out-of-body soundscapes….
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Tomas Phillips + Dean King – Les Mailles
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
The duo of Dean King and Tomas Phillips came together in 2000 with the mere intention of exploring a shared aesthetic. Their aim was the achievement of a balance between digital and non-digital sound and a functional recognition of their differences in terms of utility and signification. Whilst computer technology remains central to their work, they make an effort to locate composition within a space of physicality. Hence the use of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gathered on the periphery of laptops, they seek to foreground the act of listening in the slowly evolving tradition of microsound, without precluding the possibility of active and engaged harmony….
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Maurizio Bianchi/Siegmar Fricke – Stroma~Konkret
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Extra heavy fusion of industrial noise and musique concrete, this exclusive collaboration unites the forces of two legendary musicians who witnessed the roots of the industrial music movement. This album consists of three long tracks of mechanical aggression, clinical obsession and uncompromising psychic attack…
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Bernard Donzel-Gargand – Still to be a Storyteller
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
20-year anthology of creative work from the french composer, consisting of only previously unreleased material. Fantastic soundscapes, drawing images without any visual similarities and presenting the best ever sense of acousmatic music…
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Nikita Golyshev – Solaris
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
Combining the deep layers of machine-like hum and minimal melodic keys, Nikita creates a highly emotional and dramatic journey to the netherworld….
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2011.03.18

Several of our customer have been eagerly hoping we’d get the new stuff from Hic Sunt Leones (the
Italian label run by Alio Die) along with several re-stocks. Well, we’ve just added a big box of stuff to the Hypnos Store.

Alio Die – Horas Tibi Serenas
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
“HORAS TIBI SERENAS is the third chapter of Castles Sonorisation\’s Series, after Aura Seminalis and Tempus Rei.”
3-sided Digipack in a limited edition of 500 copies…
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ALIO DIE – Tripudium Naturae
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release.
After 20 years of activity, Alio Die presents his 15th solo album. Tripudium Naturae displays ten new tracks with a celebratory feeling which leads into intimate, illuminating and deep atmospheres….
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Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Praha Meditations
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. After the concert in Prague last year in may, we followed the proposal of friends to play some acoustic instruments spontaneously on top of the hill, in Troja, into a circle of stones installations. Zithers, Tubes, Bells, Rattle and Shells, Flutes..the sessions were inspired from the special place and the spring\’s vibes in the wind. The recordings that are a blueprint of the spirit of that day, were edited in studio by Alio Die, then Mathias Grassow added his electronic drones to expand the point of view and enrich the flow and layers of the compositions. The result in eight tracks, show how mostly static and repetitive balanced sounds can interact with our perception during the listening time, bringing us into an active and intimate quiet mood, softly absorbing us into some dream-like and time-opening experiences…
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Alio Die & Zeit – Il Giardino Ermeneutico
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. This third collaboration with Zeit displays a wonderful and unique combination between acoustic sounds, field recordings and airy gentle electronic sounds. The sonic result maintains the natural atmospheres of the original acoustic recordings, done at the time of the Raag drone theory\’s sessions in Lunigiana, Italy at Chiostro dell‚ÄôAnnunziata and the Wood Sanctuary in August 2006. Here the treatments enrich the mixture with a new sensible touch that subtly transports the listener towards an enchanted and multi-dimensional place for relaxation…
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Alio Die & Parallel Worlds – Circo Divino
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak relaease. This is the first collaboration by ambient master Alio Die with soundscape creator Parallel Worlds. the unique sound achieved could be described as a hybrid sonic world, made out of bouncing electrons and air vibrations. the modular machines of Parallel Worlds are merged with the acoustic instrumentation and drones of Alio Die, joined by the ethereal voice of the Polish vocalist/composer India Czajkowska, resulting in a surreal, yet down to earth, listening experience. The compositions, being, at times, minimal and calm and, at other times, full of mystical darkness and microsound elements, take the listener into a place were mental and physical boundaries have no need to exist…
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Alio Die & Mariolina Zitta – La Sala dei Cristalli
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Digipak release. Using selected sound materials from Sonorous stones, Stalactites, Bat calls, Flutes, Field recordings collected by Mariolina Zitta in different caves in Liguria a Sardinia, Italy, processed and edited by Alio Die. In Lithos the drones are played by the authors on a set of long stones that goes in resonance, caressed by a bathed hand, by the same principle of the crystal\’s glasses. A very immersive and obscure traveling, an underground meditation with a ritual touch, in accord with the natural sound, despite the sampling and multieffect techniques used here. A deep listening experience…
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Zeit – Waves from the sky
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
The first solo CD by Zeit is a true revelation… After two albums in collaboration with Alio Die having a more acoustic quality, in Waves fron the sky Tommaso Cimò undertakes electronic orchestrations with inserts of guitars and bass perfectly integrated. You can find attachments with the best mystic and cosmic music of the seventies translated with a subtle sensibility into new territories of ambient music with a very fine touch.
Packaged in an elegant three-sided digipak…
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2011.03.09

Time flies, and already several months have passed since our last release, Out and About by Herion. Today we’re very pleased to
announce our newest Hypnos release, yet again in the digipak format, and the first work by Italian trio Herion.

Artist: NebulÊ
Title: The Path of White Clouds
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)

NebulÊ - The Path of White Clouds

Hypnos is pleased to reissue this classic ambient album first released by the Stella Maris label. NebulÊ (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.

In the years since this album was released, Oophoi has grown from just another new practitioner of ambient music to a recording artist as respected and
well-loved as any other. We at Hypnos have released other Oophoi works such as Athlit,
and his collaboration with Paul Vnuk Jr. (of Ma Ja Le),
Distance to Zero. We also have an upcoming release The Martian Chronicles by
Oophoi with Seren Ffordd. Usually we focus on releasing
new projects, but sometimes a significant early work becomes completely unavailable. In a case such as this, the material strong enough taht we’re sure listeners will
feel it compares favorably with anything recorded since. The Path of White Clouds deserves to be heard.

Track list with MP3 samples
1 The Quest 4:00 MP3 clip
2 Ascension 10:36 MP3 clip
3 Devotion 13:25 MP3 clip
4 The Living Mandala 9:15 MP3 clip
5 Enlightenment 16:20 MP3 clip
6 The Path of White Clouds 11:16 MP3 clip

Track listing with full credits

1 The Quest 4.00
Tau Ceti: synths
Oophoi: synths, singing bowls

2 Ascension 10.36
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Oophoi: synths, electronics, processing

3 Devotion 13.25
Geert Verbeke: himalayan bowls
Mathias Grassow: synths
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Tau Ceti: synths
Luna: vocals
Oophoi: synths, gong, electronics, processing

4 The Living Mandala 9.15
Mauro Malgrande: shakuhachi
Mathias Grassow: synths
Oophoi: synths, bells, processing

5 Enlightenment 16.20
Klaus Wiese: synths
Mauro Malgrande: shakuhachi
Oophoi: synths, electronics, noises, processing

6 The Path of White Clouds 11.16
Klaus Wiese: zither
Lorenzo Pierobon: harmonic chant
Oophoi: synths, voice, electronics, processing

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oophoi in The Kiva, october 2003

Music concept by Oophoi, inspired by the reading of “The Way of the White Clouds – A Buddhist Pilgrim in Tibet”, by Lama Anagarika Govinda

Purchase direct for $12.99

2011.03.04

Just added the latest Relaxed Machinery release
to the Hypnos Store. RM had already made available the download version but this
is the CDR version available exclusively through Hypnos

I’ve Lost – Sc·th M’anam (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Sc·th Míanam is the first album by Iíve Lost to be released on Relaxed Machinery. Sc·th Míanam is a Gaelic phrase, which can be translated as
ìShadow of My Soulî. The artist, aka Bobby Jones, chose this title by looking to his Irish roots. He explains the project’s motive:

“As a reaction to the unstoppable machine of technological advancements, I composed this album as a means to desperately hold on to, and express, my humanity. The
works are the result of an emotional, and subsequently human, response to the world. They are fragile, intimate, personal and genuine.”

In keeping with the artist’s historical role, Bobby offers the listener an intimate glimpse into his humanity – bringing to light those elements which may be lost, or considered
unimportant in the wake of social, economic and political changes resulting from technological ìprogressî.

Track listing:
1. i wish i could fly (sections 1-8) 71:23
mp3 sample
2. ghosts on the wind 7:44 mp3 sample


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2011.03.03

More new stuff on the Hypnos Store today, this time
from another great Italian ambient label: Glacial Movement. Again, several items restocked as well.

Netherworld – Over the Summit
(Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
Three years after his first full length CD, Netherworld comes back with this new work titled Over the Summit, in which enclosed memories, feelings, and past experiences, deeply lived during the years and surrounded by an almost deafening silence, can be heard and felt circling vast mountains‚Äô snowy peaks. The underlined aspect is the sensation of peacefulness or contemplation of an uncontaminated and silent nature, wrapped in the winter‚Äôs white blanket. For the six tracks composing Over the Summit, the sound emanated by the Aurora Borealis has been embraced and manipulated for a work of art, melting it with ethers of orchestral fragments escaped by the perennial layers of Permafrost….
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SKARE – Solstice City
(Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
An interpretation of a journey through a shifting landscape where the city meets nature. Departing from a distant and foreign shore, the traveler embarks a ship, uncertain of his destination. This prelude, introduced vividly in To the other shore, releases this pilgrim to further explore yet uncharted territories. Leaving all man-made conventions, the second track, Through Wind and Broken Ice takes us where the city imitates nature. Finally, a factory appears in the whiteout; a place where angels are manufactured as presented in the final track, The Snow Angel Factory. The vehicles used by Skare on this journey are field recordings, found sounds and treated and manipulated instruments….
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Francisco Lopez – Amarok
(Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
For Amarok, two years of hard work have been employed using sounds and processed field recordings. After a few seconds from the track beginning we are dipped into an arctic trip which lasts more than an hour and in which tangled weavings in a masterly fashion handled by the Spanish artist appear, develop and dissolve. Gusts of arctic wind, the Amarok‚Äôs wheezing breath (Amarok is the name of a gigantic wolf in Inuit mythology) and the sense of loss in the polar night are only some of the sensations that this cryogenic hallucinatory acoustic is able to evoke….
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2011.03.02

New Silentes label arrivals on the Hypnos Store! In
addition to these new titles, we also have many re-stocks on Silentes items.

Michael Mantra – Sonic Alter / Deepchord Remix
(Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
This is a new re-working of the classic ambient masterpiece by Michael Mantra. For this version, Rod Modell (Deepchord records in Detroit) added rhythmic elements and further processing. Many brain-hemisphere synchronization techniques / frequencies are employed.With headphones, this cd has a stunning drug-like effect. An updated classic…
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Michael Mantra – Amanita Lake (2 CD + DVD)
(Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $24.99, 2CD+DVD)
Two hours and a half of music collected on a double CD set that also contain a DVD video. Two long tracks of sublime and evocative pseudo-abstract and multicoloured ambient textures, built with discreet and repetitive background microstructures layered with continuous and infinite variations worked out from clusters of sounds and sketches of melodic sequences made of light sonorities, delicate and quiet as well, but also hypnotic and warm‚Ķ Fragile harmonies and mild dissonances in a timeless sonic continuum that enfolds and rocks the listener, among infinite spirals and floating waves in an everlasting movement. Another new, mind-boggling masterpiece, absolutely unmissable for all the lovers of Michael Mantra’s music….
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Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning
(Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios‚Ķ A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions…
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Michael Mantra – A.L.B.E.
(Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Soft and dilated ambient atmospheres, minimal sonorities, floating electronic carpets‚Ķ A new, ‚Äúclassic‚Äù and fascinating album in the typical and unmistakable Michael Mantra style… Four long and suggestive tracks, to be listened at low volume relaxing in the half-light, just like a discreet and refined sonic background, or at an higher volume for a ‚Äúfull immersion‚Äù into warm and wrapping electronic soundwaves, to the discovery of intriguing and evocative sonic landscapes…
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Enrico Conglio – Sea Cathedrals
(Amplexus/Silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Five superb tracks of deep and evocative ambient music, enriched with echoes of ancient ritual suggestions. The immense spaces and the abyssal deepness of the sea, but also the sound of the bowels of the Earth, the color of the sand of the desert, the energy of the wind, the strength of all the Elements, the infinite cycle of day and night, of life and death‚Ķ A long circular journey through interchanging atmospheres that shake and capture, dragging with energy, then leave room for more quiet and soothing introspective stasis, and again become dramatic and overwhelming, A great, unmissable album of classic ritual ambient music….
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August 2010 News Archive

(all August 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)

2010.08.31

We’re now selling the latest from Relaxed Machinery and Steve Brand on the
Hypnos Online Store.

Steve Brand – Coniunctio (2CDR)
(Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $19.99 2CDR)
Coniunctio is the joining of two longform ambient works. “Pale Blue Orb” is very celestial, spacious,
glowing in the warmth of enveloping light and consciousness while “The Beginning of Days” is more terrestrial, Earthy.

Track listing:
Disc 01 Pale Blue Orb – 61:06
Disc 02 The Beggining of Days – 72:45
Audio clips available here….
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2010.08.20

Lots of new Hypnos Store listings just arrived from Dark Duck, the label run by Stephen Philips.

Stephen Philips – A Distinct Line on the Horizon
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This time using an electric piano, an organ, synths, and a few other things, Stephen crafts an exploration as unique as life itself….
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Stephen Philips – Eternal Recurrence
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
With Eternal Recurrence, Stephen Philips returns to classic ambient drone form with this fresh blend of new tunes. The music on this release ebbs and flows through a variety of alien landscapes, machine drones, glacier bells, and dark dream worlds. Another cold, stark statement from Stephen Philips….
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Stephen Philips – Fugue States Volume 1
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This musical exploration revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music….
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Stephen Philips – Fugue States Volume 2
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The first exploration revolves around the idea of the Fugue State. Fugue, in this sense, not resembling the musical fugue, but rather the fugue state, being defined as: A neurological state in which a person denies memory of activities for a period of hours to weeks; to external appearances these activities were either completely normal or the person disappeared and traveled extensively; most are functional In other words, he has created music with a jarring sense of disorientation through the use of experimental themes, exotic textures, and ambient music.\”
This release represents Volume 2 of these explorations and picks up right where Volume 1 left off…
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Stephen Philips and Peter Bolander – Lost Nightmares
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Stephen Philips and Peter Bolander team up for the first time in what is essentially a exotic nightmare of sorts. Lots of experimental textures and disjointed sounds blend with micro ambiances to create these lost nightmares….
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Drone Forest / Stephen Philips – Blurring the Edges
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
More than two years in the making, this first collaboration brings together five monarchs in drone. Drone meister Stephen Philips and fellow drone masters, Drone Forest, aka Ian Stewart, Mike Bowman, C. Reider, and Davie Blint. These talents seamlessly blend to create an ooze of textural goodness previously unheard on any level….
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Deep Chill Network – Antarctica
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to the same frozen tundra themes that began with the series of CDs including Heart of the Tundra, Deep Freeze, and Yukon CDs. This time, they venture south of the equator and bring you the first of a set of CDs simply titled Antarctica. Deep (and we mean deep) minimal drones predominate throughout with icy textures and deeply chilled ambient….
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Deep Chill Network – Cyber Sleep 4
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The long-awaited re-issue of the 1997 classic drone CD, Cyber Sleep 4. The music here varies from the deep drone of volumes 1-3 and features textures and arrangements that vary significantly from the first three….
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Deep Chill Network – Cyber Sleep 6
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to their sleep roots with all new music done in the similar slow and chilled out trademark sound they pioneered almost 15 years ago. Deep atmospheric dream themes is the tone….
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Deep Chill Network – Cyber Sleep 7
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deep Chill Network return to their sleep roots with all new music done in the similar slow and chilled out trademark sound they pioneered almost 15 years ago. Deep atmospheric dream themes is the tone….
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Lucette Bourdin – A Thousand Voices
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This CD is Lucette\’s seventh release on Dark Duck Records, and with each subsequent release her musical craft gets more and more focused. This release again features her trademark ambient style, and once again, she throws in some gentle beats and rhythms. A variety of vocal samples and \”voices\” help fill out the sound….
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Lucette Bourdin – Drum-atic Atmospheres
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This release again features Lucette Bourdin\’s trademark ambient style, and once again, she throws in some gentle beats and rhythms to help fill out the sound. This is a companion piece of sorts, and if you liked what you heard on Drums and Repercussions, you will find this album just as warm and welcoming….
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Rigel Orionis – Creative Sociopathy (A Journey into the Mind of the Distant Future)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis returns for another CD full of tasty drones and exquisite minimal beauty. Deep, somber drones predominate and otherworldly textures ebb and flow throughout. (originally recorded in 2007). Additional mixing and mastering in 2010 by Stephen Philips….
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Rigel Orionis – The Drone Tone
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis returns for another CD full of tasty drones and exquisite minimal beauty. Deep, somber drones predominate and otherworldly textures ebb and flow throughout. (originally recorded in 2007)….
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Perimeter – Beyond the Perimiter
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This debut album from Perimeter explores gloomy soundscapes filled with exotic samples and atmospheric noises. This is an album for people who like their ambient dark and highly textured.
Perimeter is 31 year old Andre Buter. After long time exposure to all kinds of electronic music and specifically ambient, all the way back in the earliest Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre periods, Andre decided to create his own music. With a preference for all things dark and gloomy, he formed Perimeter to explore the boundaries of dark perception as he calls it….
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Bolander – First Things Last
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Composed and performed by Peter Bolander. This is Peter\’s second full-length CD on Dark Duck Records. Hot on the heels of his recent collaboration with Stephen Philips, titled: Lost Nightmares, Peter returns with another stellar set of ambient drone. This CD is another set of sublime minimal drone ambience with some beats thrown in for flavor…
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Palancar – Enlightenment
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Darrell Burgan is a prolific artist hailing from Texas who releases electronic ambient music under the project name Palancar. He is also the founder and owner of internet radio station StillStream, commercial record label Blue Water Records, electronic soundware vendor Spirit Canyon Audio, and is a member of ambient groups Copal River and Cluster Balm. Finally, he is also the founder and owner of Earth Mantra Netlabel. Several years in the making, this CD showcases the vast skill that Darrell possesses behind the keyboard. There is a fair amount of soul-searching going on here, and Darrell really lets his guard down with this deeply personal statement….
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Frore – The Nameless Place
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Frore is music that evokes a dark thoughtful, primitive, atmosphere for reflection and /or dreaming….
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L:|t – Falling Apart
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
L:|t is about that bug smear streak thingy on your windshield, the thumb prints left on the back of the iPod that won\’t go away no matter what, that little rattle your DVD player keeps making, the flickering street lamps and that weird, shiny gravel that accumulates at the edge of the interstate. Tiny things that don\’t matter at all. . . or matter quite a bit? Surrounded by a world that never seems to work out quite right, L:|t is a mix of melancholy melodies swaying to and fro and stuttering beats on the edge of breaking down. It\’s all falling apart around us. . . But it sure is fun to watch….
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Orion\’s Belt – Ecumenicals: The Mysteries of Time
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Orion’s Belt (aka Jim Brenholts and Darren Rogers) teams up again for another stellar set of ambient, drone, and spacemusic blended in seamless fashion. This set of new music, recorded during the spring and summer of 2009 and completed just 1 month before the untimely death of Jim Brenholts, firmly grasps the concept of time and the urgency of life. This CD is dedicated to the memory of Jim Brenholts and his love and passion for music and the music makers in the ambient and spacemusic communities…
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2010.08.06

Here are some more recent additions to the
Hypnos Store that we forgot to feature here at the time we added them. This time,
they’re from the Relaxed Machinery label.

Chris Russell – Frozen (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Frozen recalls the stillness and silence of a winter snowfall transitioning into spring, celebrating the rebirth and renewal of life.

Track listing: 01 aurora / 02 thaw / 03 time lost / 04 tundra / 05 numb / 06 frozen / 07 otzi / 08 slowly drifting…
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Bob Ohrum – Elevated (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery label)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
Elevated is a journey through heartbreaking loss and the celebration of a spirit set free from a broken body.

Track listing: 01 song for you (i‚Äôll never forget) / 02 while they slept / 03 everytime i close my eyes / 04 elevated / 05 diwedd / 06 the wasteland…
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2010.08.01

We have two new featured items on the Hypnos Store from Steve Roach.

Steve Roach – Sigh of Ages
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Emotions quietly stir and resonate in this deeply self-reflective album exploring the terrain between melodic electronic/ambient and modern
minimalism. These six pieces utilize gentle melody, harmony and sonic tonality to poignantly reflect upon the passage of time, life lived, lives passed and a time
of renewal: a sigh of the ages expressed in sound…
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Byron Metcalf/ Dashmesh Khalsa/ Steve Roach – Dream Tracker
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
A full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single
purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination,
and transcendence…
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