(all April 2011 news updates are combined to one entry below)
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
(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….
| Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten – Invisibility
(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…
| M. Bentley – This World
(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….
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
(Price: $11.99) Sequel to the classic “Cities in Fog” album by Greinke.
| Vidna Obmana – Ending Mirage
(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.
| Forrest Fang – Phantoms
(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…
| Forrest Fang’s Sans Serif: Unbound
(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….
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
(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…
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
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)
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
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…
| 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
| Steve Roach/Brian Parnham – The Desert Inbetween
(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…