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Secret Music Oophoi Tribute

Scott Raymond’s April 14 Secret Music playlist in tribute to Oophoi was especially comprehensive, and included tracks from all four of Oophoi’s solo and collaborative works on Hypnos. Thank you, Scott!

Here’s my playlist for Sunday, April 14, 2013. No show last week, as I had to work. On today’s show, I played several pieces featuring Gianluigi Gasparetti, aka Oophoi, who passed away earlier this week. A great talent gone too soon.

Scott Raymond
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Fishkill, NY 12524

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Secret Music Playlist, 4/14/2013

Artist Song Album

Oophoi Drifting Into Blank Space Athlit

Celer A Small Push Into Exile Without Retrospect, The Morning
Max Corbacho Web Of Eyes The Ocean Inside
Eyes Cast Down Expanse Of Heart The Separate Ones

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oophoi Distance To Zero I Distance To Zero

Rene Splinter Lemniscate Singularities
Picture Palace Music Fiery Fountain Of The Stars Indulge The Passion
Bertrand Loreau Mini Mood Nostalgic Steps

Darwin Raymond A Summer Embrace Somewhere The Sun Shines Brightly
Mirror To Mirror The Store Body Moving Slowly
Cousin Silas & Empty Whale Sensing Change Silas & Friends Vol.1
Jack Hertz & Cousin Silas Nagual Jaguars & Shamen

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi Blue Fire The Martian Chronicles
Oophoi The Last Farewell Time Fragments Vol.2

David Van Tieghem Even As We Speak Thrown For A Loop
Glenn Main Echoes From The Past Ripples
Remy & Synth.NL Traffic Cones Primitives

Nebulae Enlightenment The Path Of White Clouds

The Martian Chronicles Reviewed by Textura

Here’s a recent review by Textura of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, the latest from Seren Ffordd & Oophoi.

Speaking of extraterrestrial, The Martian Chronicles, the first collaboration between long-time Hypnos contributors Seren Ffordd & Oophoi, takes its name from a story collection by Ray Bradbury (by the way, Seren Ffordd, the alias adopted by Andy Benford is Welsh for Star Road, Way of Stars, or Milky Way, while Italian ambient-drone composer Gianluigi Gasparetti is the man behind Oophoi). The seventy-four-minute set elaborates on its sci-fi connection in seven ethereal moodscapes the duo recorded between 2006 and 2009 using synths, samples, percussion, and field recordings as the primary sources (the album was mixed at Benford’s StarWeb studio, aptly enough). The journey is mysterious, deep, and immersive, especially when the settings flow uninterruptedly from one to the next. The second track, “Dead Cities,” already finds us inhabiting deep space, as suggested by the lulling ebb and flow of the gaseous exhalations that dominate its early goings. A choir seems to faintly intone alongside the instrumental sounds (also during “Canals”), though that could simply be a hallucinatory response to the alien sounds in play. Cavernous rumblings convincingly conjure the vast emptiness of space before “Blue Fire” brings a rather more serene mood to the album. An occasional real-world sound, such as the chirping birds and rain downpour in “Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm,” adds a more concrete dimension to the generally abstract character of the sound design. Regardless of mood, the tracks unfold slowly, a move that in turn heightens their immersive potential, and there’s a grandiosity to the pair’s material, not to mention drama and depth. Though it’s very much in the deep ambient tradition, The Martian Chronicles is also a superb example of the genre and one aficionados would do well to investigate.

–Reviews by Textura
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Reviews of The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd & Oophoi

Catching up on posting reviews received… going to combine several together! Here are three for The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi, reviews by Hypnagogue, Joseph Pe, and Terrascope UK. Our thanks to all reviewers, both official and informal!

Drone masters Seren Fford and Oöphoi interface with the spirit of Ray Bradbury on the long-form ambient work The Martian Chronicles. This is an impressionistic work, the sounds and drones carving images of the Martian landscape in your mind. And that landscape evolves across time. At the outset, the scene is sparse, windswept red dust issuing over cold ground. A sense of loneliness gnaws through the sound. Late in the first track, “The Long Years,” the feeling is so stripped down it becomes almost unnerving. The duo carry the unease straight into “Dead Cities,” where low funereal drones moan under a quiet, freezing hush. As the piece goes along it slowly grows in vibrancy and light, moving us into a more inviting landscape. It’s the first sense of forward motion, of narrative discovery. We understand that we’re on the cusp of something, and it arrives in “Blue Fire” with some unexpected percussion. We’re taken through a brief passage with tribal overtones, like a look into some lost civilization’s past or the finding of some indigenous culture’s outpost. It’s a great touch, even as slight as it is, after such a long ambient stretch. This is where the tone of the disc begins to shift toward the optimistic and organic. Water is discovered in “Canals,” the sound quietly burbling over warm ambient cloud formations. Again, the tone here is warmer and more welcoming than in earlier tracks. We’ve arrived somehow at a different, hospitable Mars. More signs of life come with “Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm.” The chittering of a thousand electronic Martian avians bounce and dance over a virtually unchanging drone. Thunder begins to roll in the background. The simplicity of the undercurrent tone is amazingly effective, a straight-line constant against the chaos laid over it. The disc closes with the prayer-like chant of “Unremembered,” a quite straightforward ambient piece, meditative and reverent.

Throughout The Martian Chronicles, the layering of sounds is incredible. Even in the most still-wind moments there’s motion and depth and interplay. This is the kind of disc where you pop on the headphones, lay in the dark, and let your mind start building scenery. The sensations that Seren Fford and Oöphoi are able to convey through their sounds are quite visceral and moving. In addition, the movement of the disc, start to finish, is one of the best examples of creating a sonic narrative that I’ve heard in a while. There is an arc here, and it’s fully developed and completely realized. This is a truly masterful piece of work.

–Review by Hypnagogue

“…this new release really surprised me. A masterpiece, it has brought out the best of the two artists–a true synergy here. This work will be a classic (if it’s not one already). Another win for hypnos!”

–Review by Hypnos customer Joseph Pe

The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi is an album of sparse, atmospheric electronic music inspired by the classic SF novel written by Ray Bradbury. The album takes its inspiration from the Martian aspects of the novel in particular, opening with a fifteen minute cut ‘The Long Years,’ which through a combination of perfectly judged drones, synths and deeply reverberated sounds evokes the coldness and distance of the environment. ‘Dead Cities’ brings in a different set of textures to the mix, based on a drone that sounds like a long, alien breath, breathing in, out, in… haunting and effective. Half way through, the textures change to bring a more technological feel to the sound. ‘Blue Fire,’ the third fifteen-minute cut, continues the theme of slow drift drones overlaid with mysterious effects, this time sounding like reverberated voices, though they’re probably synths. ‘End Of A Changeling’ plays with the structure of the book and the album, which is presented in reverse order; the cut is brief, composed of sections from all the other tracks mixed by Seren Ffordd into a pivot, around which the album turns. ‘Canals’ brings field recordings of water into the mix, while ‘Flamebirds Waiting For The Sun’ features weirdly mutated bird sounds to create a particularly effective and atmospheric track. Album closer ‘Unremembered’ features a synth drone like a heavenly choir, completing the experience in suitable style. For those who’ve read the book, this ambient delight will be an intriguing discovery.”

–TMC review by Stephen Palmer on Terrascope – http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_October_11.htm#SynthRoundup

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Three From Hypnos on Star’s End 2012 Best Show (Part 1)

On Part 1 of Star’s End Radio’s show recapping the best releases of 2012, three Hypnos CDs received airplay (along with lots of other great stuff). Our thanks to Chuck van Zyl, Star’s End host — the support is appreciated.

STAR’S END 1-6AM SatNight/SunMorning Playlist for 1 January 2012
88.5fmWXPN Philadelphia|99.7fmWXPH HarrisburgPA|90.5fmWKHS Worton/BaltimoreMD|
88.7fmMiddletown/York/LancasterPA|104.9fmLehighValleyPA
Host: Chuck van Zyl

* 2012 – Year in Review Part One *

ARTIST – TRACK – ALBUM (label)

1:00am
Robert Schroeder – Esthetique – Esthetique (spheric)
Dan Pound – Life Stages – Cocoon (self-released)
Liquid Stranger – Cyra – Cryogenic Encounter (interchill)
Superpitcher – Jackson – Pop Ambient 2012 (kompakt)
Berlin Heritage – Spectral Enso – Land of the Rising Sun (spheric)
Mark Harris – Softly Lies Sleeping.In Slow Motion – An Idea of
North/Learning to Walk (n5md)

2:00am
Synk24 – Sequor – Comfortable Void (ultimae)
Marconi Union – Always Numb – Different Colours (just music)
Gentoo – Light – Light EP (simulacra)
Forrest Fang – Tailing Wind – Animism (projekt)
Bruno Sanfilippo – The Grey Umbrella – Urbs (hypnos)
Strom Noir – Poppy Seeds – Standing Out Against the Sea (dataObscura)
Seren Ffordd/Oophoi – Unremembered – The Martian Chonicles (hypnos)
Loren Nerell – Persistence of Dream Imagery – Slow Dream (projekt)
Caul – Oblivion and Holy Drunkenness – Let the Stars Assume the Whole
of Night (hypnos)

3:00am
Glenn Main – Floating.Outward Bound – Ripples (ad music)
loscil – Fifth Anchor Span – Sketches from New Brighton (kranky)
Parallel Worlds/Dave Bessell – Heterodyne – Morphogenic (DiN)
The American Dollar – Faces in the Haze – Ambient Three (yesh)
The Circular Ruins – Q.E.D. – The Birth of Tragedy (dataObscura)
Darshan Ambient – The Immense Window – Falling Light (lotuspike)
BT – Our Dark Garden – If the Stars Are Eternal
Mike Wall – Reflections – A Time for Healing (self-released)

4:00am
Wave World – The Desert Riding the R’yad – Hieroglyphs (virtual factory)
JR Plankton – Regen – Neon (karaoke kalk)
Alio Die – Layer’s of Faith – Deconsecrated and Pure (projekt)
Porn Sword Tobacco – Painting World War 3 – Lost in the Humming Air (oktaf)
Amalaise – Ancient Astronauts – Twinning Pools (slobor)
The Tangent Project – Signals in Between – Fuse (self-released)

5:00am
Phillip Wilkerson – Among the Nebula – The Stars and Afterward (self-released)
Air – Moon Fever – Le Voyage Dans La Lune (emi)
Nunc Stans – This Forgotten Place – Peninsula (dataObscura)
Amongst Myselves – Greybox Shadow.Bay of Dreams Ambient Landscape and
Space (self-released)
Sam Rosenthal – Rae – The Passage (projekt)
Pjusk – Granitt – Tele (glacial movements)
Cygna – Broken Dream of a Little Snail – Greenosophy (ultimae)
U Schnauss/M Peters – Underrated Silence – Underrated Silence (bureau)

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Martian Chronicles Feature on Mushroom FM

Just heard from Mushroom FM internet radio host Scott Lawler that a bunch of Hypnos material will be featured on this week’s program. Scott says:

I’m going to be playing the entirety of the Martian Chronicles on this week’s program as well as tracks from intangible and Urbs. The broadcast will begin at 8 PM eastern on Friday 11/02 http://www.mushroomfm.com/

Our sincere thanks to Scott for helping spread the Hypnos word! You can check out that online show HERE.