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Martian Chronicles Reviewed by Hypnagogue

The Martian Chronicles by Seren Fford and Oöphoi, reviewed by John Stranahan at Hypnagogue:

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.

Many thanks to John Stranahan for this review!

Buy the CD for $12.99, or read more, or hear clips.

August Airplay and “Top 20″ from WDIY Galactic Travels

As mentioned in a recent post, I’m posting (slightly late) some radio playlists received that involve Hypnos airplay. Here we’ve got a series of notifications from WDIY radio… first the August Top 20 list, and below that some weekly playlists involving airplay of Hypnos stuff (which of course resulted in our CDs making the monthly Top 10).

Major thanks to Bill Fox for all the support and promotion!

http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2012/top20-08aug.html

WDIY 88.1 FM “Galactic Travels” Top 20 for August, 2012.
Shows #800 to #804; 2-August-2012 to 30-August-2012
Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.
Compiled by Bill Fox

The Special Focus for August was The Tangent Project.

http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2012/focus.html#aug

ARTIST – ALBUM TITLE – LABEL
========================================================================
AeTopus – Between Empire – 12 Ton
Amongst Myselves – Ambient, Landscape and Space – none
Bruno Sanfilippo – Urbs – Hypnos
Caul – Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night – Hypnos

Craig Padilla – The Heart of the Soul – Spotted Peccary
Daren Keck – Quiet Hillside – Wayfarer
Divine Matrix – Atmospheric Variations – A. D. Music
Erik Wollo – Airborne – Projekt
Glenn Main – Ripples – A. D. Music
Monty Adkins – Four Shibus – Audiobulb
Northern Valentine – fin de siecle – Silbermedia
Oystein Jorgensen – Imagine – Auraltone
Steve Roach – Groove Immersion – Timeroom
Steve Roach and Dirk Serries – Low Volume Music – Projekt
The Tangent Project – Live – The Gatherings 05.17.08
The Tangent Project – Live on Star’s End 02.24.08
The Tangent Project – Live on Star’s End 12.06.09
The Tangent Project – Return – none
The Tangent Project – Surface – none
[‘ramp] – return – doombient

Bill
========================================================================
Host of Galactic Travels, an electronic, ambient, and space music show,
Thursdays at 11:04 pm EDT/GMT-4 on WDIY 88.1 FM in Allentown and
Bethlehem, 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, and on 93.7 FM in
Trexlertown and Fogelsville. WDIY also broadcasts in HD Digital Radio
on 88.1 FM.
Galactic Travels web site: http://galactictravels.info
Listen to WDIY at http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels on-line.

This show has a track from Urbs by Bruno Sanfilippo.

http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2012/120823.html

Show #803 August 23, 2012.

WDIY Playlist:

http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels?playlist_date=08-23-2012

RECAP:
On this show, I continued the month-long focus on The Tangent Project.
The Featured CD at Midnight was “Live on Star’s End 12.06.09.”
http://soundscapes.us/gt/ playlists/2012/focus.html#aug

PLAYLIST:

11:04 pm
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
Kevin Braheny Starflight 1 * Galaxies (Hearts of Space)
Animusic Harmonic Voltage Animusic (Animusic)
Animusic Fiber Bundles Animusic 2 (Animusic)
VA [Fanger and Snap Shot Second Decade (Manikin)
Schonwalser]
Daren Keck Song and Dance Quiet Hillside (Wayfarer)
Monty Adkins Permutations Four Shibus (Audiobulb)
Bruno Sanfilippo The Gray Umbrella Urbs (Hypnos)
Modulator ESP Event Horizon Event Horizon (none)

12:00 am
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
The Tangent Project Autopilot Live on Star’s End 12.06.09
The Tangent Project Flow Live on Star’s End 12.06.09
The Tangent Project Kyoto Vertigo Live on Star’s End 12.06.09

1:00 am

* = excerpt
VA = Various Artists (compilation)
++ = Advance CDR from Artist
— = Background music under interview

The next one, August 9, includes airplay from Caul’s CD Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night.

Show #801 August 9, 2012.

WDIY Playlist: http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels?playlist_date=08-09-2012

RECAP:
On this show, I continued the month-long focus on The Tangent Project.
The Featured CD at Midnight was “Live on Star’s End 02.24.08.”

PLAYLIST:

11:04 pm
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
Kevin Braheny Starflight 1 * Galaxies (Hearts of Space)
Oystein Jorgensen Looking Back in Time Imagine (Auraltone)
Caul Words of praise Let the Stars Assume the Whole
arise, like of Night (Hypnos)

flowers
Erik Wollo Red Earth Airborns (Projekt)
Glenn Main Castles In the Air Ripples (A. D. Music)
Glenn Main Dream Catcher Ripples (A. D. Music)
Jut Takahashi Fairy’s Blues Angel (Lunisolar)
Steve Roach and Closed Low Volume Music (Projekt)
Dirk Serries

12:00 am
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
The Tangent Project intro space Live on Star’s End 02.24.08
The Tangent Project port0 Live on Star’s End 02.24.08
The Tangent Project soju Live on Star’s End 02.24.08
The Tangent Project 20:30 Live on Star’s End 02.24.08

And lastly, because I’m not sure if I posted this previously or not, the July Top 20, which includes Urbs by Sanfilippo and The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi.

http://billfox.blogspot.com/2012/07/galactic-travels-top-20-report-for-july.html

WDIY 88.1 FM “Galactic Travels” Top 20 for July, 2012.
Shows #796 to #799; 5-July-2012 to 26-July-2012
Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.
Compiled by Bill Fox

The Special Focus for July was Radio Massacre International.

ARTIST – ALBUM TITLE – LABEL
========================================================================
Broekhuis, Keller, and Schonwalder – Red – Manikin
Bruno Sanfilippo – Urbs – Hypnos
Craig Padilla – The Heart of the Soul – Spotted Peccary
Daren Keck – Quiet Hillside – Wayfarer
Dave Luxton – Singularity In Sound – Wayfarer
Forrest Fang – Animism – Projekt
Loren Nerell – Slow Dream – Projekt
Monty Adkins – Four Shibusa – Audiobulb
mystified with Robin Storey – Music for Transit – Roil Noise
Pragate – The WorldAbove Us – none
RMI – Lost in Transit 4; Damo – Northern Echo
RMI – Lost in Transit 2; The National Space Centre 2005 – Northern Echo
RMI – Lost in Transit 3; The National Space Centre 2006 – Northern Echo
RMI – Lost in Transit 4; Damo – Northern Echo
Seren Ffordd + Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles – Hypnos
Shane Morris and Mystified – Epoch – Lotuspike
Steve Dinsdale – The Vast Key – Northern Echo
Steve Roach and Dirk Serries – Low Volume Music – Projeekt
The Tangent Project – Live 2010-2011 – none
Various Artists – Second Decade 2002-2012 – Manikin

Bill
========================================================================
Host of Galactic Travels, an electronic, ambient, and space music show,
Thursdays at 11:04 pm EDT/GMT-4 on WDIY 88.1 FM in Allentown and
Bethlehem, 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, and on 93.7 FM in
Trexlertown and Fogelsville. WDIY also broadcasts in HD Digital Radio
on 88.1 FM.
Galactic Travels web site: http://galactictravels.info (temporarily down)
Temporary site: http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels
Listen to WDIY at http://wdiy.org on-line.

Thanks again to Bill Fox of WDIY Radio. It’s hard to overstate the value of continued airplay in spreading the word about independent music like what we release on Hypnos!

Star’s End Playlist From Last Week

Just after I posted the August 26th playlist from Star’s End, which included tracks from recent Hypnos releases The Martian Chronicles and Urbs, I found this previous-week playlist also for Star’s End, also including airplay from these same CDs (though different tracks).

Thanks again, Chuck!

STAR’S END 1-6AM SatNight/SunMorning Playlist for 19 August 2012
88.5fmWXPN Philadelphia|99.7fmWXPH HarrisburgPA|90.5fmWKHS
Worton/BaltimoreMD|
88.7fmMiddletown/York/LancasterPA|104.9fmLehighValleyPA
Host: Chuck van Zyl

ARTIST – TRACK – ALBUM (label)

1:00am
Brian Carrigan – Summit – Focus (self-released)
Ishq – Skyline – And Awake (interchill)
Uma – Meeting Unknown – Meeting Unknown (self-released)
Eucalyptus Dream – Morning Mantra – Process of Illumination (moon cycle)
Forrest Fang – Passing Suns – Animism (projekt)
Marconi Union – Broken Colours – Different Colours (just music)
Porn Sword Tobacco – Painting World War 3 – Lost in the Humming Air (oktaf)
Erik Wollo – Time River – Airborne (projekt)

2:00am
Robert Rich – Electric Ladder.Shadowline – Electric Ladder (soundscape)
Sync24 – tracks 6 7 8 – Comfortable Void (ultimae)
Erik Wollo – Province – Solstice (wanderings)

3:00am
Motion Sickness of Time Travel – One Percent Moment – Motion Sickness
of Time Travel (spectrum spools)
Nothing But Noise – tracks 2/3.2/4.2/5 – Not Bleeding Red (future noise
music)
Krusseldorf – First Blood – From Soil to Space (aleph zero)
Harold Budd – Algebra of Darkness – The White Arcades (opal)
Erik Wollo – The Change – Traces (wanderings)

4:00am
‘ramp – Astral Disaster – Return (doombient)
Hunter and Harrsion – Crystallization – Phase1 (music with space)
Seron Ffordd + Oophoi – Unremembered – The Martian Chronicles (hypnos)
Erik Wollo – The Crossing – Echo Location (echodisc)

5:00am
Bruno Sanfilippo – Chaotic Order – Urbs (hypnos)
Global Communication – 4:02.14:13 – 76:14 (dedicated)
K Leimer – 1.1 (excerpt) – Day Music (palace of lights)
Erik Wollo – Between – Images of Light (wanderings)

6:00am

http://www.starsend.org

Two Hypnos CDs On Latest Star’s End

The latest Star’s End radio show (August 26) included a couple of tracks from Hypnos CDs, including Urbs and The Martian Chronicles. Our thanks to Chuck van Zyl of Star’s End for the support.

STAR’S END 1-6AM SatNight/SunMorning Playlist for 26 August 2012
88.5fmWXPN Philadelphia|99.7fmWXPH HarrisburgPA|90.5fmWKHS Worton/BaltimoreMD|
88.7fmMiddletown/York/LancasterPA|104.9fmLehighValleyPA
Host: Chuck van Zyl

ARTIST – TRACK – ALBUM (label)

1:00am
Ideation – One Sea (excerpt) – One Sea (self-released)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel – One Percent Moment – Motion Sickness
of Time Travel (spectrum spools)

2:00am
Erik Wollo – Lost and Found – Airborne (projekt)
Michael Stearns – Dump/Igen – Samsara (varese sarabande)
S Roach/D Serries – Here – Low Volume Music (projekt)
Janne Hanhisuanto – Part 6 – Light and Shadow (self-released)
K Leimer – How Sharp and Clear the Warning – Permissions (palace of lights)
Marvin Ayers – Lament – Harmogram Suite (burning shed)
Ludovico Einaudi – Solo – Islands (decca)
Steve Roach – Where Rasa Lives – Back to Life (projekt)
Groupthink – Absolute Doubt – Of Microscopic Origins (periphery)

3:00am
Ian Boddy – The Final Transmission – After the Rain (DiN/DDL)
Rudy Adrian – Trajectory – Distant Stars (lotuspike)
Bruno Sanfilippo – The City Reflected – Urbs (hypnos)

4:00am
Hunter and Harrsion – Melting – Phase1 (music with space)
Juta Takahashi – Fair Wind – Angel (lunisolar)
The Winterhouse – Solitude – Winter Gardens (dataObscura)

5:00am
Seren Ffordd + Oophoi – Blue Fire – The Martian Chronicles (hypnos)
Terje Rypdal – Adagio – Odyssey (ecm)
Dean Can Dance – The Promised Womb.The Garden of Zephirus – Aion (4ad)
Eberhard Schoener – Sky Music – Sky Music/Mountain Music (kuckuck)
Brian Eno – 1/2 – Music for Airports (eg)

6:00am

http://www.starsend.org

Galactic Travels WDIY Radio Airplay 7/26

Bill Fox, host of Galactic Travels radio on station WDIY, played a track from the Oophoi and Seren Ffordd release on Hypnos, The Martian Chronicles on his latest show.

Thanks for the support, Bill.

http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels?playlist_date=07-26-2012

Galactic Travels is an electronic, ambient, and space music show, that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm on WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown, and webcasting on the internet. WDIY also broadcasts in Digital HD at 88.1 FM.

Show #799 July 26, 2012.

WDIY Playlist:

http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels?playlist_date=07-26-2012

RECAP:
On this show, I concluded the month-long focus on Radio Massacre
International. The Featured CD at Midnight was “Lost in Transit 3 –
Damo” on Northern Echo.

PLAYLIST:

11:04 pm
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
Kevin Braheny Starflight 1 * Galaxies (Hearts of Space)
Shane Morris and Triassic Extinction Epoch (Lotuspike)
Mystified
R. O. Berger Reveille The Euston Sampler (none)
R. O. Berger In a Rush The Euston Sampler (none)
Steve Dinsdale Part 3 The Vast Key (Northern Echo)
Pragate Cork on the Waves The WorldAbove Us (none)
Seren Ffordd + Entangled The Martian Chronicles (Hypnos)
Oophoi Symmetries
Radio Massacre Part 1 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)
Radio Massacre Part 2 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)

12:00 am
ARTIST TRACK ALBUM (label)
==================== ==================== ==============================
Radio Massacre Part 3 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)
Radio Massacre Part 4 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)
Radio Massacre Part 5 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)
Radio Massacre Part 6 Lost in Transit 4 – Damo
International (Northern Echo)

1:00 am

* = excerpt
VA = Various Artists (compilation)
++ = Advance CDR from Artist
— = Background music under interview

NEXT SHOW:
On the next Galactic Travels, I’ll begin a month-long focus on The
Tangent Project. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “Return.”

Bill
========================================================================
Host of Galactic Travels, an electronic, ambient, and space music show,
Thursdays at 11:04 pm EDT/GMT-4 on WDIY 88.1 FM in Allentown and
Bethlehem, 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, and on 93.7 FM in
Trexlertown and Fogelsville. WDIY also broadcasts in HD Digital Radio on 88.1 FM.
Listen to WDIY at http://wdiy.org on-line.