Newly Added 12k Items

We’ve got some newly-added items from the 12k label in the SOUNDSWIM STORE this week, and all are low-priced at just $10.99 each.

Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott – Shape Memory

“Shape Memory is the first full-length recording made through a collaboration between 12k label mates and friends Marcus Fischer and Simon Scott. In the fall of 2017, on a free day between US tour dates for Slowdive (for which Simon is the drummer), the pair managed to conceptualize and record an album at S1/Synth Library in Portland, OR.

In advance of their meet up, the pair shared sounds and recordings and then dubbed them on to cassette tape loops. Field recordings, processed acoustic sounds and synthesizer found their way to these tapes. In person, once they had a system of looping tapes playing back, they layered additional live elements: a bed of cymbals and scattered percussion, contact mic’d objects, live sampling, guitar and modular synths.

Shape Memory unfolds as a 36-minute piece (divided into three movements) rich in texture and deep connections. Fans of both artists’ solo works will recognize shadows of their unique aesthetics but the beauty lies in the new direction they chose to take it together. There’s a captivating density to the sound with plenty of atonal moments highlighted by the metallic resonances of the cymbals. Floating drones underpin granular guitar scattering while tape loops, lost in noise, provide a rhythm that’s not quite there. By the end, deep tones, mysterious and murky, take over, darker than each artist often goes.

Collaborations are all about creating a new entity beyond the expected from the members. Shape Memory is an album that’s not simply the sum of its parts, but a new creation from two talented explorers and friends.” –12k.com

M. Grig – Mount Carmel

“Michael Grigoni is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in dobro, lap steel and pedal steel guitar living in Durham, North Carolina. His songs are beautiful, slow, wistful and lonely. The hazy, sliding sound of the guitars steep the music in nostalgia and mystery. Mount Carmel is his debut release on 12k”

FROM THE ARTIST:

“I’ve always been curious in my listening, searching for something in music and sound. I grew up playing the piano, and in college I took up the uilleann pipes, spending a summer in Ireland taking lessons. I traded the pipes for the dobro toward the end of my undergraduate years and discovered lap steel and pedal steel guitar a few years after that.

I studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington where I learned about ethnography. Ethnography is a method for field-based research developed by anthropologists. The method involves spending time with people and learning about different ways of being in the world, and taking notes while one does so—jotting impressions, observations, feelings, snippets of speech, social landscapes. Ethnographers put experience to paper over and over again, over a lengthy period of time—for months, sometimes years.

This sensibility colors my music—this layering of textures, feelings, and ideas. Through this process, something emerges or is discovered or revealed. Blending and enfolding sounds made with an instrument, with sounds recorded in the field, is deeply satisfying and grounding for me. Making and recording music in this way is somehow like ethnography.

I wrote Mount Carmel with the place of my childhood in mind. The neighborhood in which I grew up had only two streets, both of which wound into cul-de-sacs between an interwoven set of barren, gentle hills in Rancho Peñasquitos, California. Growing up, my mother, who immigrated from Mexico to the United States to marry my father, told me that “los peñasquitos” means “the hills with white rocks on them.” Today I am told by the internet that it means “little cliffs.” I spent a lot of time on those little cliffs, kicking through dust as I explored them, watching for rattlesnakes.

I grew up between these hills, under the sun. Feelings anchored to material things constitute my memory of that place: the ice plant in our front yard that we would step on to crush out its juice; the lava rock beneath the pine trees; the Santa Anas – hot, dry winds that would suddenly manifest in our backyard; the dry hills without trees, only brush – chaparral and sage – that I constantly climbed. This particular landscape permeates and orients the record for me.

I named the album Mount Carmel because there was a church at the bottom of our neighborhood that I attended growing up called Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I used to think of that entire landscape – the neighborhood, the church, the hills – as Mount Carmel. In my mind, I lived at the base of Mount Carmel.”–12k.com

Corey Fuller – Break

“Corey Fuller is one half of the duo Illuha on 12k and Break is his first solo recording for 12k. A crashing wave, the breaking dawn, an impact, the crushing of emotional spirit… the breaking of a storm. These are all relevant ideas behind his choice of a title for this highly emotional abum. Fuller has addressed the universality of human struggle without going into specifics of his own personal waves. The ideas that we as humans all share many of the same difficulties is both a launching point and a message he wishes to share with Break — the catharsis.

While Illuha’s music is known for its attention to small sounds and light textures, Break, while equally as fragile, sees Fuller working with much heavier elements. Still highly melodic, the work pulls and churns between harmony and tension, weight and air, the crash of a wave, the pull of the undertoe. The album is focused intensely on melody and harmony, progressions more carefully composed than the serendipitous found sound of his work with Illuha.

The piano is often at the center of these songs, an instrument (his own) that has become much an extension of his own body. His own voice plays an important role as well, sometimes lyrically ethereal and sometimes just a breath signifying the ever-fragile thread of life. Beautifully recorded in his Tokyo studio, the sounds are captured with all of their inherent physical flaws. As Fuller himself states about the piano being “Recorded in a way that you can hear the bones, like an open ribcage, moving contorting…” Everything on Break is there for a reason, not just the sound and soul of the piano but the electronic elements as well, rattling bass tones and dramatic, emotional waves of synthesizer rising and dissolving.

If a single word can be used to describe Break it is physical. From the instruments and techniques used to produce the album to the concepts of vulnerability of the human body. Break is an emotional riptide where violence and rest struggle to be the last voice.” –12k.com

Taylor Deupree and Federico Durand – This Valley of Old Mountains

“Taylor Deupree and Federico Durand share simple sounds with complex stories. Their music balances an edge between translucency and exploration, focusing on obscurity, repetition and a shared fascination of the mountains between them.” –12k.com

Gareth Dickson – Orwell Court

“Gareth Dickson is ghostlike. From the dark outskirts of Glasgow he has sent three studio studio albums in to the world – Collected Recordings (2009), The Dance (2010) and Quite A Way Away (2012). These albums have bewitched a growing inner circle, including some of the most innovative musicians around today – Juana Molina and Vashti Bunyan to name just two. Gareth has been the only constant member of Vashti’s touring outfit over the past ten years and latterly they have stripped down to a duet on their worldwide travels. Vashti indeed makes a spectral apparition on the first track of Gareth’s new album Orwell Court.

Gareth Dickson’s music is both beautiful and dark. A quiet Scottish melancholy underpinned by a grace and ethereal purity paired with a unique impression where the delicacy of Nick Drake mixes with the openness and space Brian Eno. Gareth’s music is often stripped down to the spare elements of voice and acoustic guitar, but a complex and mysterious music hides beneath the surface, demanding but generous and surprising. Clearly picking up where his previous albums left off, Gareth throws in a few surprises. Gleaned from his time spent touring and experimenting between albums the addition of a drum kit, some keyboards and guest vocalists enrich the palette. But fear not, these elements, while previously unheard of in his music, are approached with the subtlety that his listeners expect. They are a texture that adds dimension throughout the album. The hush is still there in its most genuine form.

His music is a form of modern classicism, by a man constantly aware that perfection lies shrouded in mists of uncertainty and ambiguity. It is above all a question of obsession and atmosphere. And it is a unwaveringly sublime cover of this Joy Division title that closes Orwell Court. Past revisited, and behind that, transcendence.” –12k.com

Giuseppe Lelasi – Five Wooden Frames

“Five Wooden Frames marks the return of Italian artist Giueppe Ielasi to 12k after his captivating polyrhythmic explorations on Aix (12k1051, 2009). He completely abandoned the guitar in the mid 2000’s to explore minimal electro-acoustic abstractions (see his releases on his own Senufo Editions) or rhythmic and groove-based music (see his Stunt series, the Inventing Masks project, and Aix and Tools on 12k).

Once again, however, the guitar has become his main focus, both as an instrument in the traditional sense and as source of sound material. The sections on Five Wooden Frames were produced using continuously shifting and modulating loops of acoustic guitar glissandos resulting in pitches that slide around in a haunting, yet spirited juxtaposition of delicate and strangely playful textures.” –12k.com

Blowout Sale #1

We’re clearing space on our shelves to make room for new product, so we’ve got a large selection of heavily discounted items on sale for you this week! Prices will be good through March 8th or while supplies last, so visit SOUNDSWIM soon for some great bargains!

Katzo – Disposition –$4.99
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Katzo is a Japanese project by Katsuya Urushizaki and with Disposition” he offers a flux of dynamic/driving programmed rhythmic sequences, bass lines, pulsing grooves and micro sounds.” -databloem.com

Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI –$4.99
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A classic minimal ambient album; just one long track, a bit obscure, of a static nature but unarrestable as a matter of fact and slowly developing, built with layers of soft and “round” sounds, heavily processed and effected, whose origin seems to be an organ…

-Silentes

Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music (DVDR) –$3.99
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A/B Illuminated Music DVD-R provides a visual gradient to the audio-CD (of A/B). Beautiful video art… with a higher purpose. The visuals here provide a true change in state-of-consciousness, and conversion of negative yin emotions into a more positive yang emotion. For maximum meditative state, watch this DVD while listening with stereo headphones. This DVD is dedicated to world peace for all sentient beings. -Silentes

Immedia – 2|1 –$3.99
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A collection of material from two very limited edition CDRs in audio and virtual recordings of imagined spaces. the sound of immedia’s work implies silence/microcosms and the underlying resonance of spaces. in audio: sound works that exploit the limitations of basic digital equipment, utilising a combination of malfunction, error and accidents to produce new data. in audio is a constantly evolving project. these pieces are not intended as a final product but as a documentation of works that are inherently in progress. these works are also open to reinterpretation and continuation by other artists. virtual recordings of imagined spaces: the invisible presence of imagined spaces: domestic and industrial, public and private. the looped recordings and the listening environment merge to create a new sonic space. Immedia are Vicky Paniale and Darren Reynolds, a duo from London, UK.

Tom Heasley – Desert Triptych –$4.99
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This release captures Tom live on the road leaving behind the Tuba used on the last two CDs and featuring a rich tapestry of Didjeridu and Voice layered with live looping, recorded during Tom’s 2003 solo tour. Robert Rich is back on the mixing board mastering this CD. You’ll be amazed at the sound of this sonic road-trip and Tom’s ability to layer textures in real-time.

Nimh – The Missing Tapes –$3.99
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Stratospheric sounds from another dimension, where multi-cultural sound-worlds collide. Processed electronic emulations of traditional Thai (and other indigenous) instruments, esoteric percussion, breathing, drones, feedback, shortwave radio, disembodied voices floating in air, and hazy field recordings all combine is a most intoxicating manner. With THE MISSING TAPES, NIMH returns to a more adventurous style, pushing the boundaries of sonic innovation past anything that we’ve heard before. An amazing 50+ minute sonic-travelogue of electroacoustic experiments. -Silentes

Objekt4 – Her Face Among the Shadows –$4.99
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“Hydraulic creaks and myriad other disturbed noises creep to the surface from an underground dungeon in Objekt4’s Her Face Among the Shadows. The eight-track collection by Sweden resident Anders Peterson, who “composed, decomposed, recomposed, coded, decoded, and encoded” the subtly menacing material, is largely dark ambient in character though occasionally animated by beats, typically hip-hop flavoured. His focus on spectral atmospheres is so consistent, the beats that abruptly appear in “Her Face” seem out of place. The lurching rhythms in “Foreverneverendeverend,” by comparison, more naturally emerge out of the setting’s crime scene ambiance where swirls of buzzing flies suggest the aromatic presence of a decaying corpse. Even subtler, “Among the Shadows” undulates gently until clanking chains pierce the droning heartbeat that softly pounds throughout. –textura.org

Aube – Reworks Nimh Vol. 1 –$3.99
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Ethnic-electronic sound sources transfigured and remodeled into completely new sonic lifeforms with state-of-the-art audio processing algorithms. Residual fragments of the original sound-sources occasionally appear in the mix like aquatic fauna swimming to the surface for a brief second. A magnum opus in four movements. Intensely facinating work by the unparalleled master of experimental sound design. AUBE is peerless. A minimal mosaic of sound that takes the listener on a slow-motion expedition into the very fabric of tone. A ocean of sound-grains for the listened to swim in. Spoken language doesn’t (yet) contain words that properly describe these sounds… an absolute must have for the experimental music devotee. -Silentes

Aidan Baker – Suchness #1 –$3.99
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This is the first release in the series, ‘Suchness’ by the Gears Of Sand label. It deals with ‘improvisational energies of just doing it,’ that is such a beautiful and energizing part of live atmospheric performances… -discogs.com

Limited edition of 100 handnumbered copies in a letterpress printed chipboard box with insert about the Suchness series.

Aspectee – Morben –$4.99
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REVIEW:
MORBEN creates tense atmospheres through opposing sounds, deep drones, but has also very cinematic elements. The opening of the album, ‘Stuhlmann’, sounds very grand and has a very cinematic quality. ‘Dianthus’ is etched in very intense and deep drone and has very interesting sound design. ‘Newin’ is a very great soundscape with a more experimental structure. It has some nice orchestral elements and a very mystical sound. An amazing sound experience! ‘gotheDrStone’ continues this way, but has a more angelic feel to it. ‘kince’ is a great emotional piece that has a kind of sad element to it, but also feels uplifting in other ways. Towards the end it gets a more raw sound. It has some very dual feelings that make this song very interesting to listen to. ‘aspectee’ starts very raw and abstract, but halfway turns more deep and cinematic. ‘betho et’ reminds me somewhat of the netherworld soundscapes of Vestigial. It’s a very rich soundscape that is also very immersive. ‘leanon’ is also a very deep voyage into the underworld, where all things hidden seems to show themselves. The album ends with ‘unwic’, which is a very soothing piece of music. It’s this conclusion that gives the whole album its emotional heart. -fabienvandermeer.com

Flux – Protoplasmic –$3.99
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Release/Relapse label. Seven stunning tracks of unique progressive pop. James Plotkin creates sounds with guitar that defy conventional wisdom. Lots of layered loops, exotic effects, and other egghead guitar madness!

“James Plotkin, formerly the guitarist for the legendary OLD, comes out with this new project that mixes house with ambient and progressive guitar. Odd mix? You betcha. But it works. Using repetitive high end guitar, catchy guitar lines, house-styled drum programs (I believe Mick Harris of Scorn had a lot to do with that as he was the producer), and the “matter-of-fact” recitations of Ruth Collins, there is a certain trance-like state one can reach listening to this work. Collins, especially on “Patterns of Traffic”, reminds me of that girl who patters on in Orb’s “Fluffy Little Clouds”. Worth checking out.” -Review by John Chedsey, SSMT

Le Masque – Fu Languore (mini album) –$2.99
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After several years of silence, LE MASQUE are back with a brand new mini album (23 minutes) of unreleased music… and there are simply no words to describe their poetry. Musically speaking, it is a return to some of the atmospheres we heard on albums like Il Signor Gustavo Coscienza” or “La Memoria di Venere”, showcasing an acoustic approach and their usual poems that are simply stunning.” -Silentes

Andrew Liles – All Closed Doors (2CD) –$4.99
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With a title such as ‘Largactil and Dilaudin for the Soul’ this newest release from British composer Andrew Liles should give an indication of the eccentricies from where this recording is coming from. One track of stark resonating piano followed by the slow warming of the orchestra that draws you in. Once there, it tip toes, echoes and dissolves with each track re-emerging more fractured than the next. Intricacies of creaks, dull thuds, traditional instrumentation and then subtle ambient drones. ‘All Closed Doors’ could be the aural equivalent of living in a disused cupboard; dusty and empty – dark and damp. Perhaps the definitive song on the album, ‘What Never Will Be’ is a bizarre ghostly version of the ‘que sera sera.’

Michael Mantra and Charlz de la Casa – Cerulean Transmission –$4.99
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A precious sonic masterwork, documenting the extraordinary collaboration between Michael Mantra and Charlz De La Casa. A cd of suspended time and space… “classical” static music. Two long tracks flow like sonic lava, weaving together lush background washes, and evocative field recordings. Dark electric sounds, beautiful drones, inner-Earth rumbling, human voices, concrete noises, ship engines, sirens, sounds of the sea, bubbles, wind, chants, and wildlife sounds merge in an indefinable (and never before experienced) way… an absolutely unmissable work.

Daniel Menche – Vent –$3.99
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Experimental, Drone, Noise

“Vibrations, surfaces being harshly polished by sound, a constant unseen presence obliges the listener to lose any focus and almost any will to escape this elemental sonic maelstrom.” -arcananoctis.com

Mnortham – Automnal 2003 –$4.99
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Highly indicative of the nomadic life that international sound artist Michael Northam has come to know over the past 5 or so years, this release represents a sonic recollection of his life dispersed across a vast geography, pinpointing three specific locations and moments from his long journey:

– Glacier du Trient, Switzerland / France
– Eagle Creek, Indianapolis
– Ils Grosbois, Montreal

At times, this hypnotic release presents meditative, invigorating, and eerie translations of places and experiences in ways that only Northam can poetically convey.

Originally dispersed among friends in 2003, as a limited edition “spontaneous document” CDR, this work is now re-issued on CD so it can finally be enjoyed by more people. And deservedly so.

Mystified – Passing through the Outer Gates, Eulogy Series Volume 1 –$3.99
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Ambient and dark ambient soundscapes alike are deftly populated by neo-classical elements, occasionally with an experimental twist! There are no comparisons to other musicians or albums, as this album and the journey within are distinctly those of Mystified! Dare you join Thomas on his spiritual journey? Or do you fear to leave this world behind?

Mystified`s “Passing Through the Outer Gates” is presented in an A5 digipak with silver foil-embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hint of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret`s “Burning Souls” painting, with additional graphics and layout by Eclipse Media.

Limited to 500 copies.

Opium – Algorithms –$4.99
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A stunning new offering by Opium. Classically elegant and extremely refined ambient music. Multi-dimensional sounds that are warm and enveloping. An emotional travelogue, starting dramatically, then taking the listener down a slower path, comfortably easing you into a long and fascinating sonic trip, where the sounds grow wide and large, and finally crumble inward, then regenerate, returning for another phase. A new sonic alchemy, and an entirely new world of soothing sounds for the adventurous listener to visit.

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One –$4.99
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Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions. -Silentes

Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles –$4.99
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Offthesky returns with a fascinating set of experimental ambiances, acoustic and glitchy rhythmic excusions The Geist Cycles project began as a series of live sonic collaborations via Lexington (KY, USA) artists interacting to interpret an idea of life in transit to afterlife. The takes were later studio swept and fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

Numina Restocks + Sale Items

We’ve got a couple of Numina restocks for you this week, along with some temporary price reductions on several of his other items. Sale prices are good through February 2nd or while supplies last!

RESTOCKS:
Numina/Caul – Inside the Hollow Realm –$11.99
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A fantastic collaboration between ethereal electronic soundscapes of Numina, as heard on Hearts of Space, and the dark spiritual worlds of Caul, a force in dark ambient for a decade.

Numina – Symbiotic Spaces (2CD) –$12.99
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“Two-disc set of dark-ambient soundscapes, deep drone textures, experimental tonalities, and mysterious tribal rhythms.” –CD Baby

SALE ITEMS:
Numina – Eye of the Nautilus –Right now just $6.99
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We are pleased to announce the second release by Numina on the Hypnos label, the follow-up to his acclaimed breakthrough Sanctuary of Dreams (2004). Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.

It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from “new name you should watch” to the status of “established artist.” This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.

Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track, “Secrets from the Flame,” and as with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos founder M. Griffin is responsible for mastering and layout. This is the fourth Hypnos CD release of 2005, and is sure to be one of the highlights of the year not only for Numina and Hypnos, but for the entire space & ambient music world.

Numina – Shift to the Ghost –Right now just $6.99
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Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other.

Numina himself states that the album “is about the life and death of the physical self,” hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the
elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It’s a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired.

The latest work from ambient “rising star” Numina is possibly his best yet.

Numina – Sanctuary of Dreams –Right now just $6.99
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Sanctuary of Dreams (73’14”) by Numina (a.k.a. Jesse Sola) comes from the same spark as many other soundworld realizations in the field of Spacemusic. Through the subtle manipulation of deep drones, sub-sonic swells, metallic sonorities and the slow spiraling of contrasting chords, Numina provides the listener with a wondrous sonic sanctuary in which to reflect upon their own inner workings. Throughout his music we find an artist trying to identify his relationship with the scale of his work, and the relationship of this work to the environment. The material on Sanctuary of Dreams guides the form in which Numina is working. The 10 tracks are each a storm of color and sound, less representative of the chaos of the unconscious mind than of the enigmatic and ominous world of dreams . . . visions beyond cognition. – STAR’S END/Chuck van Zyl

Numina – The Deception of Reality –Right now just $6.99
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The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five “tracks” for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they’re listening to a single unbroken piece.

Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

Newly Added Soundswim Items

This week we have four newly-added items for you over at our brand new online store, SOUNDSWIM:

ROBERT RICH – WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND –$11.99
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“As unpredictable as he is prolific, multi-instrumentalist/composer Robert Rich defies expectations on a stunning new release that combines field recordings, acoustic instruments (PVC flutes, percussion), lap steel guitar, and electronics. The result is a luscious, organic mix where textures and melodies float naturally in and out of the foreground, often to the accompaniment of irregular rhythms that decorate time as raindrops do, suggesting patterns that are always slightly out of reach.” –Gino Robair, Electronic Musician

ROBERT RICH – VESTIGES –$11.99
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“VESTIGES began as the unspoken corollary to the strong concept album ‘What We Left Behind’ and proves even more up close and personal. While traveling forward in his own imagination to experience the earth after human extinction, Robert Rich needed to push aside the brooding sense of melancholy and unfulfilled promise that accompanies thoughts of our own end. Well, VESTIGES explores those feelings without apology, finding catharsis in the melancholy that hovers behind its predecessor … What initially starts out from a dense and dark place transforms slowly into a next level of emotive, organic-flavored and desolate soundscapes growing tenderer and reconciled as a kind of catharsis while facing the inevitable. It reaches a first highlight and transition on the mesmerizing intense ‘Spectre of Lost Light’ where things dissolve in unity in the end. Immersion is deepened again on the hypnotizing textural ‘Obscured by Leaf Shadows’ and “Equipoise and Dissolution”. Both velvet aural perfumes feel like a hallucinogenic and surreal desolate journey beyond. Toward the end, the solitary journey we all have to make seems to dwell on effortless, descending imminently into far-off, misty borderlands and ghostly plains on ‘Anchorless on Quiet Tide.’ It was no repose or release I felt at the end but a brooding vast journey of darker sonic surrealism carrying on elsewhere. It makes VESTIGES an in-depth and most compelling listening experience for all of us confronted with reality and what lies beyond.” –Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

ROBERT RICH – LIFT A FEATHER TO THE FLOOD –$11.99
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Robert Rich & Markus Reuter are well-known for their many musical journeys – from the back of beyond to the brink of the mainstream. On Lift a Feather to the Flood (66’00”) they mainly explore tonality, and many of its subtle shades and moods. With Rich at the grand, and Reuter breathing out atmospheres and textures from his touch guitar and synth, this duo realizes eight subtle thought zones meant for pondering and questioning – more so than assurance and confirmation. On Lift a Feather to the Flood we do find the dignified, stately procession of reverberant piano notes walking thoughtfully through a cloudy haze of digital mist. But the most potent pieces are made with an ear for light, motion and surface – compositions that we must reason our way through. It is in these deepest moments that we may feel this album’s personal tone. As they work in this unique frequency, using melody and harmony likes signs and symbols, Rich & Reuter lean into the Avant-Garde. Locating tone is their mission, and the production of these rarefied ambient zones touches a distinctive, inquiring energy, and maybe even a bit of our fear of the unknown. This work does seem to be searching, just for the stimulation of it – with Rich & Reuter sharing their deep wondering about music, humanity and life. This duo knows about this music’s secret mind, and in their dreamy, drifting, lulling, pulling sonics, we approach something like the actual flow of consciousness. –Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END 18 May 2017

LUSTMORD – DARK MATTER –$15.99
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Derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003. It was gathered from various sources including NASA (Cape Canaveral, Ames, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arecibo), The Very Large Array, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and various educational institutions and private contributors throughout the USA –lustmord.com

“Brian Williams first made reference to Dark Matter back in 2001, and even then it was “long-delayed.” The album’s concept is still promising 15 years later: music made from recordings of deep space and cosmic activity between 1993 and 2003, collected from a variety of sources, including NASA. What does deep space sound like? It’s foreboding and impossibly huge, enveloping and empty all at once. In other words, it sounds like a Lustmord record, albeit a near-impenetrable one that makes his previous albums sound like a walk in the park.” –Andrew Ryce

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Also, a reminder about the special coupon codes for the old Hypnos Online Store, which will be valid through the end of the year when the old store closes for good:

CODE: 15PCTOFFANY (15% off any size order)

CODE: 25PCTOFF100 (25% off any order over $100)

CODE: 35PCTOFF250 (35% off any order over $250)

Here’s our recent BLOG POST with information about the discounts and the shutting down of the old store.

Weekly Blowout Item: Enrico Coniglio/Under The Snow – Dialogue One

This week we’re bringing you an item from the excellent Silentes label: Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One, and we’ve cut the price almost in half from $10.99 to just $5.99 through January 11th.

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One
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“Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.” -Silentes

You can listen to one of the tracks from the album, “Calls of the White” HERE on Youtube.