December 2010 News Archive

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


One new addition to the Hypnos Store from Maurizio Bianchi, getting into noisier territory here.

M.B/M.D.T – Genologic Technocide
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Latest work by the master of industrial and noise music, Maurizio Bianchi.
With the help of Davide Femia of M.D.T. (Museo della Tortura), these recordings show the most extreme side of M.B., not very much ambient oriented, but a strong industrial noise opera.”…


Everyone loves new CDs, right? Good, because we’ve just added more CDs to the Hypnos Store.
This time it’s a batch of items from a label new to our store, Greytone.

Phragments & Korinth – Mysteries of the Greylands
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “On this album, Phragments and Korinth have united into one monolithic entity, to produce a common opus. Orchestral choirs, dark ambient and ritual passages create a perfect
cinematic journey over the mysterious Greylands, an archetypal and symbolic travel through the hidden side of the world. All songs are the result of collaboration of the two projects, resulting in a unique narrative
experience. After three years of work, Phragments and Korinth deliver a ripe album — a great journey for the listener.”
From Greytone Records…
SantAAgostino – Operazione Paura
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Operazione Paura is a total turning not just for the band but for dark, ambient music and noise, generally speaking. That’s because santAAgostino is like a meteor crashed onto the
Earth disarranging all the balances, rhythmes and cycles. After the crash the planet seems to be perished but, in the inner part, the new fire of life is burning. A brand new energy developed in a new way of living,
of thinking and being. Operazine Paura speaks of the filmic and horrorific fear, mind trap to kill atavistic thoughts and all those mental factors that trapped the man into a selfmade cage in his own mind, through the
mind itself. Operazione Paura is an awl that, slowly but inexorably, drives the listener to a dimension where there is no thought, no images, no more conceptualizing, nothing still exhists: there is just a huge solitary
desert now, where sounds spontaneously flow creating new monster beyond space and time. It’s a place where new divine dynasties born, spreading their seed, in order to bear a brand new reign far from the borders
that we can’t even imagine.”
From Greytone Records…
Trama afonA – Trama afonA
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Trama afonA is gathering suggestions from the contemporary quotidian theatre and at the same time from the past, namely the 19th and early 20th centuries. Paying particular attention to
the individual and specific human stories, rather than to History… Focusing on what happens behind the scenes, aside, beneath. Subjects and dynamics less showy, blurred, but not consequently less interesting or
worth caring. Opening doors and drawers using the sole curiosity as tool, walking backwards the traces of memory, wandering amid shades and details given by mystery, decadence, abandon, romanticism‚. Carefully
delving into psychological dynamics. Openly denouncing the social plagues, but often humbly providing just visual and sound suggestions.”
From Greytone Records…
Topografia – Genius Loci
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Genius Loci uses deep drones, acoustic instruments, sounds and field recordings registered near the author’s place of living (Jaworzno). The project was inspired by the author’s personal fascination
with the diversity of nature and the philosophy of Schopenhauer, who considered nature to be one of the most primaeval manifestations of a blind and aimless will, a will which we too are a part of.”…
Taphephobia – Access to a World of Pain
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “The music Taphephobia makes is mostly based on manipulated guitars (except house of memories that is mostly based on sounds). Taphephobia try to get out the feelings he has at the moment
when Ketil compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, and sometimes beautiful, like for example a good thriller drama movie. Taphephobia is very skilled to create a cinematic atmosphere
combined with personal feelings like fear, hope, hate, regrets etc‚Ķ The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music.”
-From Greytone Records…
Larva 108 – 99.09 | Inside the Stones
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “A soundtrack for walking alone through a winter snowstorm or between the trees during a gray day of November. Experimental, electronica, drones creates organic gloomy atmospheres.”
From Greytone Records…
Moljebka Pvlse – Zojo
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “The Moljebka Pvlse album Zojo was recorded during the Mathias studies at the Royal Institute of Art. He was inspired by the longest night of the year in
Stockholm, the day when there is almost no daylight. His ambition was to make an acoustic album of minimal music without any musical instruments. Moljebka Pvlse setup long nylon
strings across his entire studio at school, which he then plucked and bowed and recorded with his favorite contact microphones on that very night. These recordings became the fundament
of the album and set the tone for the rest of the work.” From Greytone Records…


A couple of new Infraction label items added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Celer – Salvaged Violets (2CD)
(Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
New Celer — always popular around here!

Statement by Will of Celer: “In February of 2008, Dani and I recorded, mixed, and completed the music for ‘Salvaged Violets’. The words came as the subject line of a
short poem, sent to me over email, included with an unrelated question. During these weekdays, our working schedules were almost the opposite, but we spoke over
email constantly. Until recently, I did not notice how similar this was to our beginnings, sending letters as we were on different sides of the country. With no conceptual
idea in mind, and since we were apart for so much time during the weekdays, we decided to begin ‘Salvaged Violets’, and see what came of it. Every night when I
returned home, before sleeping, I would spend time working on the music that Dani had worked on through the afternoon, and had left on the desk. Every afternoon,
she would find a different version to work on that I had left, and this continued for some time. When together, we would sip our tea, laugh at silly jokes, cook, watch
television, and so on. There was no need for longing while we were together. There was always laughing, pots and pans clanging, or a muttering television. In forming
‘Salvaged Violets’, we did not mix it in a particular arranged order. It was mixed simply by the order it was first played, compiling many miniature sections rolled into one.
In this case, they were rolled into two. Nothing was discarded, nothing was rearranged. As the sound changed over time, the original form did not. When it was finally
complete, we listened together, for the first time. I remember how familiar it seemed, yet I also felt that so much of it was unknown, and undefined. More than a year
later, in September of 2009, I revisited the recordings for the first time since 2008. At this time, it was being mastered by our good friend Corey Fuller, so I was still
listening to the original. Riding my bike through the endless suburban subdivisions, through the busy downtown streets, I listened repeatedly, for days, over and over.
Something was familiar, but so much I was unable to recall, and yet I was able to relate. I returned home, put my bike against the door, and took my headphones off.
There, in the still silence, I think I understood finally what it was about.” …

Capricornus – Halation
(Infraction category)
(Price: $11.99)
Some nice new minimalist stuff from Infraction. Reviewed by Alan Lockett for
“Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la
Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect – transient
morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred.”
Issued in a 4 panel digipak, limited to 500 copies….


More Herion “Out and About” here. Today I posted the latest Hypnos podcast, which is entirely devoted to a feature of this
very fine album.

Herion - Out and About

Link to the podcast.

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider buying the CD
here for $12.99.


Following on from yesterday’s posting of reviews for the new Herion CD, Out and About, I wanted to include two less formal evaluations from people
who loved the album.

“‘I wanted to make sure I gave this album a number of spins before commenting, plus its always a strange balancing act to review a CD on label, when you yourself are on the label as well, but anyway…in simple terms, I freaking love this cd. It is one of the few new ambient albums in the past 3 or 4 years to truly grab my attention and excite me.

When I hear discs like this I start feeling like ambient/space/electronic music is actually vital again.

OK so why?

Well for me this disc combines 3 key elements that I find essential for me as both a musician and a music fan.

1. The music acknowledges tradition

In other words, this CD moves back to and hints at the paradigms set up by early EM pioneers like Eno. It also hints at older minimalist classical works like the old school electronic music practice of not creating electronic music with synthesizers, but instead using electronics and effects to make acoustic instruments sound electronic.

It moves nicely beyond the stereotypical drone and reverb drenched “same old same old” that has been dominating our genre for the better part of the decade.

All of this to say that this CD has a healthy dose of retro coolness to it without being copy catish, and that is what makes it sound fresh and modern.

2. It’s real

Again, I love the fact that these are real acoustic instruments for the most part.

This also means that microphones and “air” where involved. This was a recording project, not simply an in the box capture and render project. For me this adds a vibe and space to this album that would not be possible with soft synths, loops and or samples. Not that those types of records cant be done well, it just allows this one to be set apart into a different sonic landscape.

Also, these are real players/musicians and as such this album has a language to it that would have been harder to achieve with programing, again another one of its unique points for me.

3. Tradition be damned

Similar to part 1, but this is just a good cd of (capital M) Music that happens to be ambient and spacious with twinges of processing and treatments, rather than being an ambient or space music album.

Ok, so is it perfect? I am not saying this is the greatest album of all time or anything like that, but man is this a breath of fresh air and nice new avenue for Hypnos and our genre in general.

I know nothing about the musicians on this recording, but Nice Job guys!!!”

–Comments by Paul Vnuk Jr. on the Hypnos Forum


“Loving this CD! Really great piano work.”

–Chris Zainea via Facebook

Thanks to Paul and Chris for their comments. We like to pass along reactions from listeners, not just reviewers, some of the time.

Order Out and About for $12.99


We’re starting to see reviews and radio airplay for our new release by Italian trio Herion. If you’re persuaded to
order that very fine CD, go here.

Herion - Out and About

“‘Out and About’ is the debut release of the Italian trio Herion, and at the same time also marks the first release in digipak format on the Hypnos label.
The members of the ambient-glitch project Herion are Emanuele Errante (composer of the peculiar album ‘Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label),
Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album ‘Cloudlands,’ he also released ‘Sea Cathedrals’ solo on Silentes), and Elisa
Marzorati. Next to synthesized sounds and patches, the musicians also implement field recordings, guitars, harmonica, melodica, bells, gong, rainstick and
piano on ‘Out and About.’ These versatile elements make the sonic outcome venture in more acoustic territory while remaining comfortable, highly moody
and atmospheric. It’s an introspective and rather melancholic affair though, as the instrumental music slowly progresses in a classical, minimal but also
blissful manner. The sensitive undercurrents within the ambient compositions make it even more intimate, evocative and reflective. This is music for the silent
hours deserving close listening. The beautiful art of ambient music already has many expressions, ‘Out and About’ adds another dimension to it.

–Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg,


“Probably there aren’t many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica, bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality, breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital E-zine

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