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April 2011 News Archive

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

2011.04.29

We were sorry to see the Foundry label cease operations a few years back, but we’ve just obtained copies of their last 3 releases for sale through the
Hypnos store, including items from some of our favorite artists.

Saul Stokes – Vast
(Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
Saul Stokes returns to the music scene with Vast, a showcase for his unique brand of electronica. With Vast Stokes explores new territory utilizing a highly
developed lyrical sense built, as ever, on the idiosyncratic sound of his hand-forged equipment. These tracks are truly multi-faceted, and the many detailed sonic embellishments,
as well as the fluid structures, set Vast apart….
(more/buy)
Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten – Invisibility
(Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
Invisibility emerges from a collaboration between Forrest Fang and Carl Weingarten, built on the strong and distinct musical personalities of these two artists.
Carl Weingarten displays his assured guitar playing, a unique style that exploits a variety of sounds and a penetrating melodic sensibility. Forrest Fang builds well-balanced
arrangements and develops intricate textural tapestries with a sonic palette drawn largely, but not exclusively, from Weingarten’s guitar work. The result is a series of enthralling
landscapes and tableaus, subtly, but definitively, coloured by the musical insight of Fang and Weingarten. And while the integration of guitar, synthesis and processing may suggest
a kind of invisibility in terms of seamlessness, the music is anything but invisible. On first hearing Invisibility is beautifully simple, but repeated listenings will reveal the strong
underlying texture and structure that makes this release special…
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M. Bentley – This World
(Foundry category)
(Price: $13.99)
This World gracefully integrates M. Bentley’s various approaches to sound design and composition. Created with a combination of DSP tools, field recordings
and more conventional synthesis, the suites Chronos & Kairos and Import are related thematically and conceptually. These pieces are extended audio snapshots, sonic gestures
towards narrative and story-telling. In one sense this is programme music for the 21st century, or perhaps a soundtrack for memoirs never written….
(more/buy)

2011.04.26

Yet another new batch of additions to the Hypnos store, this time from the Projekt label. Included
are a new one from Forrest Fang’s Sans Serif Project (whose first release came out on Hypnos Secret Sounds) and a classic Vidna Obmana album I can’t
believe we never carried until now.

Jeff Greinke – Cities in Fog 2
(Projekt category)
(Price: $11.99)
Sequel to the classic “Cities in Fog” album by Greinke.

Jeff writes:
After arriving in Seattle, I settled in an apartment on a hill overlooking a warehouse district. I became fond of taking late-night walks and listening to the activity in the valley.
At that hour most of the everyday buzz of the city was hushed, so the distant clankings of the industrial area were more audible. I found the resultant soundworld mesmerizing.
Experiences like these come home with me and find their way into the studio, inevitably working their way into my music. Cities in Fog 2 represents my ongoing interest in everyday
sounds and in working with such sounds to construct surrealistic late-night urban musical landscapes
….
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Vidna Obmana – Ending Mirage
(Projekt category)
(Price: $11.99)
I can’t believe we never listed Ending Mirage for sale here before now, but it’s true. Here’s a great classic ambient
album from before the birth of Hypnos! Recorded January-June 1992. Originally released in a limited edition on the ND label, then released as part of The Trilogy set.

Tracks:
1. Siren
2. Mellow at heart
3. Luxurious fragment (in two parts)
4. Ending mirage
5. Monumental dreaming
6. Mellow at heart (vocal reprose)….
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Forrest Fang – Phantoms
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Phantoms is Forrest Fang’s 9th solo album and the follow-up to his Projekt release, Gongland. Nearly eight years in the making, Phantoms builds
on the gamelan-influenced soundscapes of its predecessor by weaving organic sounds of non-Western stringed and percussion instruments and filtering those
sounds through a rich melodic tapestry of warm and vaporous atmospheres. Fang’s subtly layered and continually evolving textures combine his Asian influences
with his love of fractal algorithms that reflect the chaotic beauty of nature. The ambiences of Phantoms evoke a state of contemplation within a world in flux. The
centerpiece of the album is a 23-minute ambient suite “The Hallucinations of Hung Tung” inspired by the otherworldly paintings of a Taiwanese fisherman and outsider artist…
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Forrest Fang’s Sans Serif: Unbound
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Unbound is veteran ambient musician Forrest Fang exploring lush and abstract terrain under the Sans Serif moniker. Using very small – at times microscopic –
sounds as source material, Fang utilizes a vocabulary of long shimmering tones that gradually warp, mutate and transform over the course of a piece….
(more/buy)

2011.04.25

New stuff flowing like a river into the Hypnos store! We bring ‘em in, you buy ‘em!
This one’s a nice looking and great sounding indie release by a new artist named Hollan Holmes. It has a bit of a Steve Roach flavor, because
it was mastered by Roach, but aside from any influence it’s very nice work in its own right. We love discovering new names like this, and
hope to hear more from Hollan in the future.

Hollan Holmes – A Distant Light
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
Hollan says:
A Distant Light, my debut CD, is the result of a dream that started as a young man, to create music that would capture people’s imaginations. While my music is always a
deeply personal journey, I derive great joy from sharing it with others. My love of synthesizers and the creative process have inspired me to compose music that transforms
my consciousness and feeds my spirit. It is a form of expression, of prayer and meditation, and reflection. The music on A Distant Light was composed between 2007 and
2010 and was mastered by Steve Roach at the Time Room in Arizona. It is with great honor that I share my work and I thank you for listening

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2011.04.21

We’re picking up steam with our new CD releases, and it’s only been a little more than a month between our last and our new one, Avatara by Steve Brand.
It’s yet another digipak format CD release (similar to recent releases by Herion and NebulÊ), and our first Steve Brand release on the Hypnos label proper after two releases
on our Secret Sounds imprint.

Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Avatara
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)

Steve Brand - Avatara

Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name “Augur,” and more recently switched
over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists
as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He’s quickly established
himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two
albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we’re very
excited to follow up with Steve Brand’s new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint.
This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive.
The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.

Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for “descent” in the sense of a deity’s descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures…Yeshua,
Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. Iím fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of
humans becoming “ascended masters,” or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and
almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they’ve realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of
what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 – Avatara – 5:09 MP3 clip
02 – The Far Shore – 8:45 MP3 clip
03 – Morning Glory – 12:09 MP3 clip
04 – Still Here (breathing space) – 13:38 MP3 clip
05 – Act of Creation – 14:26 MP3 clip
06 – Avatara (deathless) – 7:10 MP3 clip

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

Avatara digipak exterior

Avatara digipak interior

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2011.04.20

Another new item in the Hypnos store, this time from Resonant Drift. It’s mastered and with additional “enhancements”
by Steve Roach so you know it sounds good!

Resonant Drift – Passages
(Resonant Drift category)
(Price: $12.99)
This release has the feel of being made from the moment while at the same time woven with layers of subtle innerplay and amorphous, shifting spaces.
The 10 pieces or passages find inspiration in part from the challenges faced when traversing a path to enlightenment. Mastered and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach…
(more/buy)

2011.04.19

For a lot of you, all I’m going to need to say is “new from Steve Roach,”
and you’re going to high-tail it over to the Hypnos store to buy.

Steve Roach – Immersion Five: Circadian Rhythms (2CD)
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $20.99 2CD)
The Immersion series takes a compelling turn, moving towards a new perspective on Steve\’s Immersion experience. Disc one, Circadian
Rhythms explores a sensual flow of harmonic suspension and sparse melodic mantra-like patterns hovering over rhythmic spaces and mercurial zones. Opening up
within an organic analog modular garden of sound, a pulsing undulating groove spiral emerges, creating a suspended sensation of constant flow while hovering in the
now. Circadian Rhythms moves through a continuous 73-minute flow in three phases.

Disc two, Shroud of Night was created from a blend of Steve\’s unique textural electric guitar and harmonic synth alchemy. The strands of emotion contained within
this long-form atmosphere take on a feeling of clouds illuminated by full moonlight wafting into the deep hours of the night. This is a place of pure immersion and sonic
warmth. Tested on infinite-repeat mode for over a year throughout all times of the day, into the night and beyond. Immerse thyself, once again…
(more/buy)

Steve Roach/Brian Parnham – The Desert Inbetween
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
Steve Roach’s unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On The Desert
Inbetween, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners
of Suspended Memories and Origins-era tribalism as well as The Serpent\’s Lair-styled electronics…
(more/buy)

April 2010 News Archive

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

2010.04.08

Just a quick price revision to Steve Roach’s Live at Grace Cathedral 2-cd set on the
Hypnos Store. We misunderstood the wholesale price, so we’ve dropped our
selling price a whopping $8 from $21.99 to $13.99 on this one!

Steve Roach – Live at Grace Cathedral
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\’s live performance history. An extended set of
sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\’s Grace Cathedral….
(more/buy)

2010.04.07

The latest batch of fancy new Italian imported CDs for the
Hypnos Store comes from the Hic Sunt Leones label.

Alio Die – Tempus Rei
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

“An epic and intense album with two long tracks, where the usual drones and loops, zither and field recordings go deeply into an old-time surrealism.”
-equilibriummusic.com…
(more/buy)

Alio Die – Sit Tibi Terra Levis / Introspective
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.

“Beautiful ambient sounds and textures which provide a thought provoking atmosphere. Very mysterious moods shift throughout the different tracks
presented on this CD. A subtle power, and features some excellent aural work.”
-Daniel Plunkett…
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Alio Die – The Hidden Spring
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
A collection of new and previously released compositions from this interesting ambient soundscape artist. Many of the tracks seem to suggest watery landscapes, with thick, murky, wave-like movement. Droning low tones, eerie chimes, as well as slightly musical synths, samples, etc. all have their place here….
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello….
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Alio Die & Zeit – Sunja
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)

“Total, lush, organic soundworlds with some live instruments. Birds, water flowing, very relaxing. Perfect for background droning.”

-ultra171 / www.discogs.com…
(more/buy)
Stefano Scala – Impermanence
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
The magic of the cult and traditions of the country with highest peaks in the world accompany us in this journey,on a mountain pass, walking along the pathways of the rarefied Himalayan atmosphere,escorted by a convoy of mules or yaks. Sounds can be heard of the wind and rain, voices,songs and steps of nomads of Impermanence. An album that displays different acoustic instruments,harmonic chant,percussions,flutes,rattles and bells,and field recordings….
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Aglaia – Reverberant Skies
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Reverberant Skies follow eleven steps to the cosmic horizon. A meditative sound-flux, to connect with the interior skies, or to the sky we can see from the earth, in a brilliant night full of stars….
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Aglaia – Naked Movements
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
Twelve essential tracks, direct and minimal. Ascetic and natural. The places that are described here should be like a nocturnal snowfall, or a sultry and hot summer afternoon, the rolling of air on a lake\’s shore√¢‚Ǩ¬¶ or a simple movement of leaves. It is the artist\’s sensibility that translate the reflective and subtle emotions into the fragile poetry of sounds….
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Aglaia – White Maps
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
White Maps is a flowing sonic-flux in 5 tracks. It displays a beautiful spectrum of circular wave-sounds with a rich range of dynamic frequencies….
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Alio Die – Aura Seminalis
(Hic Sunt Leones category)
(Price: $13.99)
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack.

“Gregorian style chants are successfully incorporated into Musso\’s customary drones comprised of field recordings, acoustic instruments, and electronic processing, giving this disc a particularly reverent ambience.”

- Pauldient / Discogs.com…
(more/buy)

2010.04.06

A single new
Hypnos Store arrival from Steve Roach today, along with a number of other
re-stocks.

Steve Roach – Live at Grace Cathedral
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99 2cd)
An essential live recording revealing a powerful moment in Steve\’s live performance history. An extended set of
sacred sonic spaces and immersive atmospherics embrace the senses within the expanse of San Francisco\’s Grace Cathedral….
(more/buy)

2010.04.05

Last week we added a bunch of new stuff from the Databloem label to the
Hypnos Store and today, it’s the Dataobscura label. The two labels were
formerly partners, and now they operate independently and just have similar names. Databloem is the one from The Netherlands, and
Dataobscura is the one from Canada.

Pleq – Our Words are Frozen
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A moody infusion of grainy ambient, subtle glitch, and minimal industrial soundscapes….
(more/buy)
The Winterhouse – Sanctuary
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Sanctuary, the third Winterhouse collaboration, will entrance with its deep, flowing textures and rich expressive details. The five long pieces seem to engage cinematically, drawing sonic vistas and sending the listener drifting on excursions of discovery. Rich drone bases overlaid with strings, grainy pads, subtle melodies, and sonic gems of many kinds….
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Robert Davies – Terrestre
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
Terrestre (of the Earth) is an interpretation of the myriad details of a dappled and intimate earthly landscape … an understated set of pastoral meditations that reveal a very mature and consistent artistry….
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The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99 cdr)
A lush and addictive collection of ambient journeys and landscapes inspired by the incomparable novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. These works exhibit the rich organic complexity, occasional curious rhythms, and deft developments we have come to expect from The Circular Ruins. This is music for sonic immersion … and for the imagination…
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