2009 News Archive

(all 2009 news updates are combined to one entry below)

2009.12.22

One more new item for the
Hypnos Store, our first listing from Atheus.

> Atheus – Soundscapes and Drones
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)

“Stunning full-length album from Atheus, I have been looking forward to this release ever since the first tentative audio samples appeared via myspace what must be more than twelve months ago now. So here it is, arrived only today and I have played this album through from start to finish three times already, it really is that good. Mysterious, intrusive, threatening ambience, almost drone-like in parts, and sounds totally amazing when adjusted correctly and played very, very loud. Thoroughly mesmerising, I can whole-heartedly say this is one of the most outstanding albums of year and certainly in my top three! Breathtaking.”

–interstellarsounds.com

“Unique all Ambient & Drones release from one of the best Minimal Dub project around.”

–Cycliclaw.com

Track listing:
The Sound of Dark Matter
Stella Mortis
Laudanum Nacht
Soundscape One
Terra Incognita
The Magic Mountain
Vox Obscura
Drone 37Hz
Adagio for Drone…
(more/buy)

2009.12.21

Continuing the ongoing flood of new items into the
Hypnos Online Store… this time, some
Steve Roach items.

Steve Roach – Afterlight
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
This long-form piece delivers the listener deep inside a multi-dimensional realm of forming clouds, an endless expanse with no boundaries or sense of temporal limits. Amorphous strands of harmonic lumina emerge and recede in a constant unfolding and reconfiguring state for the duration of this pure atmospheric suspension….
(more/buy)
Steve Roach – Immersion: Four
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
No beginning, no end, designed for infinite playback mode, IMMERSION: FOUR is a steady state zone created specifically as a tone meditation, enhancing the living space as sonic incense. Gently immersive and especially effective at low volume, the non-dynamic nature of this space supports focused day and night activities. The Immersion series is perfect for creative states, sleeping, reading, long hours at the computer and other functions where traditional music could be considered invasive….
(more/buy)

2009.12.18

We’ve just reduced the price of almost all Umbra & Penumbra label discs , mostly $2-3 less, some as much as $5 lower.

For those who don’t know, Umbra was the label of Italian ambient artist Oophoi, and Umbra gradually branched out to release the work of other artists such as Tau Ceti, Seren Ffordd, Busso de la Lune and several more. Later he started the Penumbra imprint for shorter, EP-length releases in the same nice packaging as the Umbra releases (which come in a roughly 5×8 inch plastic folder with a color-printed folio or card). When Umbra was running at its peak, some of the hottest-selling items our store has ever carried were coming out of this little label, and we’re sorry to see it cease operations. Virtually everything in this part of the store is now out of print, though Oophoi’s own albums will continue to be sold for now.

Here’s the link:

Umbra/Penumbra section on the
Hypnos Online Store.

2009.12.17

Another new box just arrived from Soleilmoon for the Hypnos Store.

Bass Communion – Bass Communion II/III (2CD)
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $20.99)
Steve Wilson’s (Porcupine Tree, No-Man) second release as Bass Communion creating a distinctive and emotionally resonant electro-organic fusion of ambient loop music from the roots of Brian Eno, Terry Riley and Paul Schutze…
(more/buy)
O Yuki Conjugate – OYC25 (CD + DVD)
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $20.99)
\ Lovingly remixed by producer Rob Jenkins √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú is OYC25, five tracks of post-industrial, fourth world-ish, dirty ambience. OYC25 finds the band in fine form, with an abundance of dub-like bass, micro processed rhythms and plangent pads. The package includes a full length DVD of live recordings and rare footage that offer a unique insight into the band√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s history, together with a complete alternate mix of the album. The whole thing comes in a gatefold sleeve beautifully designed by Fitzroy&Finn and includes a specially commissioned essay on the band by Dr Philip Shaw, Senior Lecturer in English at Leicester University. NOTE: The DVD is a region-free double-sided disc with NTSC on one side and PAL on the other. It is compatible with all DVD players worldwide….
(more/buy)
Lustmord – [Beyond]
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $15.99)
The second (and last) album of extended remixes from the Lustmord album [Other]. Limited to 1000 copies. Total length 60 minutes…
(more/buy)
Arecibo (Lustmord) – Trans Plutonian Transmissions
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $12.99)
Finally reissued, a cool, space side project from Lustmord. People clamored for this one to be
reissued for a long time and it’s finally here!

This new 2009 edition has been remastered from the ground up, and is presented in completely redesigned packaging. Interviewed by AmbiEntrance, B. Lustmord described Arecibo as a side project of sorts, where I indulge myself in music that doesn\’t fit into the Lustmord concept. Using audio recordings of quasars, pulsars and other deep space sources, B. Lustmord weaves a deeply haunting and atmospheric album….
(more/buy)

Rapoon – Melancholic Songs of the Desert
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
A retreat into the one place that no government has yet found a way into, the free and open spaces of the mind. Spontaneous and mediative reflections looking for an inner peace in a world made ugly by hatred and war….
(more/buy)
Alio Die – Under An Holy Ritual
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
Reissue of this classic, early Alio Die album.

“Multi-layered sonic densities that can evoke the air of ancient storms one minute, then ebb like an immense black ocean the next. This knows how to alter moods with both thick electronic pulses and prehistoric scrapes of mysterious percussions. Cerebral, spooky, and thought provoking meditative/ambient music that harkens from a ritualistic viewpoint.”

-E/I Magazine…
(more/buy)

2009.12.16

Just arrived, a big box of new stuff from the and/OAR label, newly added to the Hypnos Store.

Richard Garet – Four Malleable (2CD)
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $15.99)
Four Malleable is comprised of what are among Richard\’s best compositions from four different years: Imaginative Elements (2004), From Modified Tapes (2005), Sceneries (2006), and Nocturne (2009). Four previously unreleased works that place the mind\’s eye inside malleable forms and blurred locations….
(more/buy)
Various Artists/ Yasujiro Ozu – Hitokomakura (2CD)
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $15.99)
Cool new 2 CD compilation from and/OAR featuring artists:
ALEJANDRA & AERON, AONO JIKKEN ENSEMBLE, ASUNA, MARC BEHRENS, KEITH BERRY, LAWRENCE ENGLISH, BERNHARD GUNTER, HACO,
JOHN HUDAK, JASON KAHN, HITOSHI KOJO, KOURA, DALE LLOYD, YOSHIO MACHIDA, ROEL MEELKOP, KIYOSHI MIZUTANI, DEAN MOORE (with Michael Shannon),
STEVE RODEN, SAWAKO, MICHAEL SHANNON, STEINBR√É≈”CHEL, TAKU SUGIMOTO, SUKORA, TOSHIYA TSUNODA….
(more/buy)
Seth Nehil & Matt Marble – Ecllipses
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
A dynamic whirlwind tour through states of ellipsis and eclipses, abrupt ruptures, reuniting and igniting. Where nothing is static for too long. Through an invigorating admixture of instruments, field recordings and various found matter, a compelling and mysterious world comes alive to spark the imagination…
(more/buy)
Jason Kahn & Asher – Vista
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
The work on Vista began in the summer of 2006 with recordings made by Asher in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Walking through the alleys and side streets he recorded the various mechanical rooms, generators, ventilation systems and idling motors which were to be found there. These recordings were processed and sent to Kahn. Later that fall, Kahn sent Asher several pre-dawn recordings he had made on the shores of Zurich Lake. Asher processed these in keeping with the methods he had used with his own location recordings so as to create continuity among the amassing material. Unprocessed wind recordings made by Kahn in the Swiss Alps in the summer of 2007 comprised the final batch of material used on Vista. Asher and Kahn spent the remainder of that year working on a final mix. Addressing the idea of hearing and seeing out and beyond spatial planes, title Vista references both the aural expanses of Asher’s home on a hill in the town of Somerville and Kahn\’s trips to the Alps and Z√ɬºrich Lake. In processing and mixing the discrete details of a landscape, we hear them from a real physical distance. Through the incidental combinations of processed local sounds and sound materials which are entirely foreign to us, an imaginative aural view is created which obscures any relationship to a documentary account of the original locations recorded for Vista…
(more/buy)
Isobel Clouter & Rob Mullender – Myths Of Origin, Sonic Ephemera From East Asia
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
The recordings came about as a result of a project instigated in late 1999, which bears witness to a long held fascination with how the environment generates and shapes culture, memory and myth. There was no desire to conduct any scientific or anthropological field work, but to collect a set of recordings which would serve to illustrate how precious the sonic environment can be, and to act as founding materials for a soundscape collection at the British Library Sound Archive. The audio CD also features a PDF of extra photos pertaining to the recordings that can be accessed on a computer, and comes packaged in a four color digipak and a 12 page booklet….
(more/buy)
Sone – Passerelle
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Documented on this CD is a site-specific sound installation / performance given by Sone (pronounced osone), a project of Yannick Dauby, Christophe Havard & Hughes Germain. The only sounds used were from within the walls of the building where the event took place, channeled and recorded using large transducers and then mixed and broadcast back into the main space of the building….
(more/buy)
Tomoko Sauvage – Ombrophilia
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Tomoko Sauvage: water, porcelain bowls, hydrophones, condenser mics, metal wire and wood spoons.

Sauvage, a Paris-based Japanese musician, uses water-filled porcelain bowls for her electro-acoustic performances and compositions. The use of hydrophones (underwater microphones) allows her to capture the subtle sound of water waves and drops resonating in porcelain bowls. The serene, contemplative aquatic soundscape is woven from these fragile materials…
(more/buy)

Francisco Lopez – Wind [Patagonia]
(and/OAR category)
(Price: $12.99)
Wind [Patagonia] is the third part of Spanish sound artist Francisco Lopez’s already classic Trilogy of the Americas, which started with La Selva, followed by Buildings [New York] (both released by V2 Archief, Netherlands).

An immersion into the sonic matter from micro- and macro- environments dominated by wind in Patagonia. A vast barren space shaped and inhabited by the ever-changing forces of unmuted plants, rocks, sand, snow, and ice. An irregular broad-band environment of relentless strength and richness. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening….
(more/buy)

2009.12.08

We’re catching up quickly on our release schedule… getting everything done all at the end of the year. Here’s our
latest release on Hypnos Secret Sounds by a newcomer to our group, Mystified.

Artist: Mystified
Title: Primal Mystification
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Mystified - Primal Mystification

2009. Mystified is a pseudonym for Thomas Park, an ambient/electronic
musician who lives in the midwestern USA. He’s been prolific under
the Mystified name as well as the Mister Vapor project, but this is
his first release with Hypnos Secret Sounds. Most recently, Mystified
has collaborated with Nunc Stans on a release “One Thousand
Dreams” on the Dataobscura label, and he has previously collaborated
with Robin Storey (Rapoon) and Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions).

One of the things we enjoy at Hypnos is helping expose listeners to artists
they may not have heard before, and that includes even artists whose work has been
released widely on a variety of labels. The work of Mystified, while elsewhere
working with more pronounced electronic rhythms, here emphasizes deep, slow-moving
textures. Primal Mystification includes subtle and restrained percussive
elements but is definitely geared toward the listener who loves deep, thick drone work.

Mystified himself says of this recording:
Primal Mystification emerged from drone sounds, similar to the way we humans
emerged from the primordial ooze. Oscillating ambient bell washes were created using
field recordings and mystical effect processes, and then simple rhythmic and melodic
phrases evolved from the primal material. Sometimes there is a change or development
in the rhythmic material, and always there are changes in the drones, behind, as they
shift and flow. Primal Mystification is a musical union of form and formlessness.”

Hypnos Secret Sounds brings you Primal Mystification, our first release by Mystified.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 > massive turning > 14:58 > mp3
02 > departing certainty > 13:26 > mp3
03 > not knowing where > 10:30 > mp3
04 > back to the primal > 11:22 > mp3

Purchase for $9.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2009.12.01

We just brought in the new Birds of Tin album on the Diophantine label, and soon after we obtained a selection of other recent CDs releases from that label. They’re now available on
the Hypnos Store.

Kirchenkampf – Babel (2CD)
(diophantine category)
(Price: $15.99, 2CD)
An extremely dynamic and dense work that could generally be classified as experimental dark ambient. The theme here is the Tower of Babel and each disc takes a somewhat different yet complimentary approach: the first (Red Babylon) is generally a rather heavy and intense recording, while the second (Citadel of the Nevermind) is more droney and dream-like. A profound and monumental journey lasting well over two hours. This double-CD release comes packaged in a stunningly printed gatefold sleeve in an edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)
Sil Muir – Sil Muir
(diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
A beautiful, yet melancholy, hour-long recording carrying us along that sleepless journey from dusk ’til dawn. Powerful and gentle drones shudder and shimmer through these four dense and amazing tracks. Sil Muir is the collaboration between Andrea Marutti (Amon, Never Known, Afe Records) and Andrea Ics Ferraris (Ur, Airchamber3, Ulna). Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)
Moth Electret – Tocasen
(diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
An engaging and intense hour-long work of experimental ambient music. Landscapes of mysterious worlds are forged from a variety of drones, processed sounds, and other recordings. Within these seven tracks the sounds pulse and flutter through a beautiful and complex metamorphosis. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)
The Oratory of Divine Love – Meditatio
(diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
A fifty-plus minute track of ambient electronic drone that, with gradual progression, features melodies and voices filtering in and out throughout the sound. Though a generally contemplative recording, the piece is quite engaging and will elicit the attention of all who enjoy experimental and drone musics. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)
The Infant Cycle – The Sand Rays
(diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
The Sand Rays is to be played from the outside to the center, from whichever edge you choose. The Sand Rays is pinball rhythm reverberations from sliced vinyl record playout grooves, gravelly surface vibrations. The Sand Rays is exploiting broken cords, near-empty batteries, half-broken equipment. Housed in a custom printed color wallet. Edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)
Brian Lavelle – Fallen are the Domes of Green Amber
(diophantine category)
(Price: $11.99)
At over 70 minutes, the album consists of two lengthy and picturesque tracks. Both are extremely focused, complex, and dynamic — they evolve, gradually and intricately. Beautiful (yet also melancholy) and abstract, the two pieces are quite distinct from each other in their own respects, yet fit together to form a seamless and monumental overall work. The CD comes in a beautiful green printed wallet in an edition of 500 copies…
(more/buy)

2009.11.30

Last week’s podcast update mentioned the new Viridian Sun album coming soon, and it’s finally ready, just
ten years since the last Viridian Sun studio album!

Artist: Viridian Sun
Title: Infinite In All Directions
Label: Hypnos Recordings

2009. Viridian Sun is a duo focusing on abstract improvisation, featuring Hypnos
founder Mike Griffin, and Hypnos solo artist David Tollefson. Their last studio album Perihelion
was released a full decade ago on Hypnos, though VS continued to record together and occasionally
perform live. The new album Infinite In All Directions moves into slightly different sonic material, downplaying synthesizer
electronics in favor of guitar and bass guitar, electronically treated and looped. The result
combines sustained, blissful drones, along with occasionally strange, complex overlapping loops.

For a retrospective of the sound of Viridian Sun, including two tracks from the new album, as well
as rarities and unreleased tracks, listen to the first Hypnos Podcast:
Hypnos Podcast 01.

Those interested may also check out a bit of background on the Hypnos Forum, along with photographs of the recording
sessions, for the new album over the past eighteen months here.

This is the first release on Hypnos featuring our new, simplified packaging. Click
here to see a photograph of the assembled
package, which includes CD and booklet inside a translucent envelope. It should be clarified
that despite the new packaging, Hypnos releases are still proper, manufactured CDs, and not CDRs.
The envelopes are heavy, translucent
recyclable paper, not true vellum (in other words, these are not made from animal skin).

Many Hypnos listeners have asked over the years when we’ll release something new by Viridian Sun, and we now
present an album that may be their best yet: Infinite In All Directions.

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1 > infinite in all directions > 13:31 mp3 clip
2 > parallax drift > 07:13 mp3 clip
3 > four times I slept for a year > 09:46 mp3 clip
4 > travel at absolute zero > 05:03 mp3 clip
5 > 40 Hz emergence > 05:41 mp3 clip
6 > magnetars cast no shadow > 12:52 mp3 clip
7 > light years from here > 08:58 mp3 clip


Hypnos Online Store listing, special price $10.99

2009.11.23

We’ve been talking about doing a Hypnos podcast for over a year and finally made some progress. Here’s a roughly 75 minute free download, featuring album tracks, compilation tracks, rarities, and a never-before-released unedited studio session.

MP3 download here

Above, Viridian Sun live in studio (David Tollefson background, Mike Griffin foreground), recording their
upcoming album Infinite In All Directions, which is previewed in the podcast.

You can also read a bit of follow-up commentary and suggestions (and please leave your own comments,
if you’re so inclined) on the Hypnos Forum,
here.

2009.11.16

Sometimes even for those CDs that are months or years old, we stumble across
reviews that we missed when they first appeared. The CD Fabrications by
M. Griffin was reviewed in Cyclic Defrost magazine, cyclicdefrost.com.

“It took eleven years for Fabrications to appear, having originally
been slated for a 1998 release following Hypnos founder Mike Griffin’s
debut Sudden Dark in 1997. In that period the entire work was reshaped
and reworked several times, being tantalisingly close to appearing yet
never actually emerging.

Griffin’s output of ambient and minimalist compositions on Fabrications
takes sounds captured from field recordings and mixes them all together
across six long length works. Though Griffin takes pride in the fact
that no synthesized or non-acoustic sounds were used in the recording,
it takes only a brief look at the title ‚Ä” Fabrications ‚Ä” to see that
this ethos is somewhat problematic in examining the merits of the
album. By taking all these sounds, be they of running water or late-
night walks, capturing them on record somehow renders them as
imitations of themselves. The sounds are real in that they have
inevitably occurred, but they are copies in the true Walter Benjamin
sense; copies that somehow lose the aura of the original.

Listening to ‘Air Sense Space’ brings this to mind, particularly due to
the mixture of sounds. With the help of the liner notes acting as a
rudimentary guide, lapping waves from the Pacific Ocean in Kona can be
heard, along with the dull and constant ebb of an electrical
transformer. The sounds exist and they feel as if they are completely
believable, but they will always be one step removed from actual
experience. It’s an eerie effect that makes the journey somewhat
uncomfortable, despite the swathes of near-hypnotic ambience that
permeate the recording.

Though the aural space is generally quite sparse, individual segments
throughout the album are very dense. ‘Devise’ certainly feels like one
of these pockets, with its layered, distorted voices gradually building
upon themselves. These “collages,” as Griffin puts it, highlight the
intensity of sensation that he is able to pull out of what would
normally be commonplace sounds. Fabrications manages to create complex
experiences out of copies and triggers sensation from replicas, which
is a commendable achievement.”

–Reviewed by Alexandra Savvides for cyclicdefrost.com

Fabrications is available for purchase
here.

2009.11.13

A very simple announcement today: All single-disc Hypnos Secret Sounds releases are now available for purchase for $9.99. Double-discs are more, and CD-singles are less.
For a view of all releases on our limited-edition CDR imprint, visit
here.

2009.11.12

Here’s the first release in our Seren Ffordd reissue series, Stellar Nurseries.

Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Stellar Nurseries
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss28, limited cdr edition of 300

Seren Ffordd - Stellar Nurseries

Stellar Nurseries is the first in a series of Seren Ffordd reissues planned to continue over the
coming year or so. These recordings, by an artist whose work is always mysterious and sometimes
ominous, were previously released on the Umbra and Penumbra labels operated (by Hypnos artist Oophoi) out of Italy,
though the artist himself resides in Wales. He first connected with Hypnos on the compilation CD Sounds of a
Universe Overheard
, to which he contributed a track, and Hypnos Secret Sounds released his album
Veils, Shadows.

This recording exhibits a pleasing serenity, a great example
of the artist’s characteristic combination of dark and light
elements into a balanced, deep contrast.

Original sleeve notes, December 2004:
Floating in the depths of space are vast clouds of molecular gases. They drift until disturbed by the dance of gravity. Then, folding in on themselves they spiral in towards the centre, to the forming Starseed. As the disc gets denser and hotter the gases spiral faster and faster, an awesome storm of movement. Faster, denser, hotter until the star ignites, flaming into being. A wave of light and heat flares out into space, pushing the lighter elements before it. The heavier materials left are once more pulled by the bonding of movement and gravity. Held by the dream of the star the planets begin to form in their orbits. Once born the planets spiral round and round creating new notes chords and harmonies.

Stellar Nurseries is a continuous track 1:01:02 in duration, with the following figurative “sections” (with mp3 sample clips):
1. Out of the Void mp3
2. Storm Movement mp3
3. Spiral Dance mp3
4. Floating, Dreaming mp3

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $9.99
here

2009.11.11

A new Celer release was just
received and added to the Hypnos Store.

Celer – Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-all
(Celer category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. New Celer release on the SRA label, packaged in a beautiful 8-panel digipak. Follow
the link for more information, images, and mp3 samples…
(more/buy)

2009.11.10

Here are a few recent AtmoWorks label releases
on our very own Hypnos Store not yet featured until now, but new, recommended
and very worthwhile!

Vir Unis – The Winter Ghost (CDR-EP)
(AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $11.99 cdr-EP)

2009. 38 minute EP-length release.

From the darkest depths of a winter yet to come, AtmoWorks presents the latest release from owner and founder Vir Unis, “The Winter Ghost”.

Created in the vein of 2007’s “Return of the Locust Queen”, “The Winter Ghost” is a single 38 minute track made up of several distinct parts. From the frozen drones of the opening bars, to angelic voices and detuned piped organs – each individual section blends seamlessly into the next creating an ever-shifting, ever-changing wall of sound.

John describes this piece as a self-reflective journey into the long thoughts that haunt the self in this darkest of seasons. It is an expose into the depth of winter, and the isolation that often accompanies it. Listening, it is easy to imagine St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul, where spiritual loneliness and desolation take hold.

Track Listing (click for mp3 sample clips):
Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3….
(more/buy)

Steve Brand – She Covers the Sky (CDR)
(AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. New release from Atmoworks, of which they say:

Once again, Steve Brand emerges from his Mac-based musical cocoon to bring us more of his singular art! AtmoWorks is thrilled to bring you “She Covers the Sky”, Steve’s 5th solo release since the rebirth of the label, and his 9th overall release with us since mid-2008. Steve had this to say about his latest work.

“Early in 2009, I had a recurring idea to make music that was dedicated to honoring the return to Earth of the divine feminine, or goddess energy. Female energy. When I have ideas that keep coming up over and over, as this one did, I never over-analyze them, as they find a way to come to life one way or another.

Central to the idea of the return of the divine feminine, is the idea that about 10,000 years ago there was a shift from matriarchal societies to patriarchal societies. Some say that this shift of emphasis was due to abuses of power during the more matriarchal period, but now the sacred feminine is returning to Earth‚Ä”not to seize power once again, but to restore balance between the two energies.

This album, whose title refers to the Egyptian sky goddess Nuit or Nut, is characterized by subdued melodies, drifting dreamworld keyboard textures, bells, gongs, voice, and sounds from Mother Earth Herself.”

Hands down, Steve Brand is putting out some of the most consistently excellent ambient and atmospheric music on the market today, and “She Covers the Sky” is a spectacular addition to an already outstanding legacy.

Track Listing (click title to hear sample mp3 of first 3 tracks):
Beginning of a New Phase, Restoration
The Eternal She
Creation: Enveloping, Always Moving, Multiverses
Coverer of the Sky….
(more/buy)

Various Artists – AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled (cdr)
(AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Here was have the first AtmoWorks compilation.
AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.

“We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of “AtmoWorks Presents:” albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists.”

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, ‘AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled’ is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads.

Track Listing
Gydja – Noaide
Bunk_Data – Bytecode_Escape
Interstitial – Iterative
dreamSTATE – To Wound the Autumnal City
Igneous Flame – Lyke Wake Dirge
åpne sinn Рtwinewheel
Galactic Anthems – System Sentinels
The Elf Machine – The Citizen
Dr. Victor – Opening Mantra (DiAnMa)
MjDawn – Numerical Alchemy
Steve Brand – Lost in the Call (Here Comes a Sea)
Vir Unis – The Magic Mountain….
(more/buy)

The Elf Machine – In Living Stereo & Citizens of the Anthropocene (3 cdr)
(AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $22.99 3-cdr)
2009. Two new “separate but together” releases by The Elf Machine.

CITIZENS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE (1cdr)

Taking nearly three years to complete their follow up to the much critically acclaimed album “I/O”, the elves finally emerged from the studio with “Citizens of the Anthropocene”, the first release in this dual set. This new album takes a journey through the synthetic and over-medicated lives of the current epoch in which we live, the anthropocene. What does it mean to be human and living in this age? All ideologies are political and religion-based and the experience we have in communicating with our political systems is mediated by an entity which was once called journalism and is now a hyper vigilant 24/7 global brain which spews forth bit streams and memes into the collective consciousness which is then consumed and regurgitated as new archetypal forms. What does it mean to live an organic or synthetic life? What is the difference ultimately since all originated from the earth or were produced by organic forms? These were all questions raised by the elves as the explored their inner systems in the dark recesses of their basement studio….

IN LIVING STEREO (2cdrs)

The second release (two discs in itself), which is packaged with “Citizens of the Anthropocene”, is “In Living Stereo”. This album is a collection of three long excerpts from two different live events by The Elf Machine. The first show was in 2004 and was a live internet event hosted by Vir Unis on AtmoStreams. The second show was in 2008 at Illinois Northwestern University’s radio station, 89.3FM WNUR. The set was performed on Phonaut’s late Friday night program. The elves delivered some heavy duty glitch/freeform beatscapes late into the night and the show was captured by Phonaut recording directly to CD, so expect high fidelity recordings on “In Living Stereo”.

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 1
Shadow Response Manifestation
re-uptake
Spanning Structural Units
extracellular loop_5
L-DOPA
The Citizen

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 2
WNUR edit – Volume 1

Track listing, with MP3 previews, disc 3
WNUR edit – Volume 2
AtmoStreams edit – Volume 3….
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Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth – The First Day Unnamed(cdr)
(AtmoWorks label)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)

2009. The fourth installment of collaborative works between two of our most prolific and creative artists – Dean Richards (aka Disturbed Earth) and Steve Brand. On “The First Day Unnamed”, Dean and Steve have created a brooding and many-layered longform masterpiece. Steve had this to say about the release.

“This album literally grew out of the parts and pieces of my trilogy collaboration with Dean/Disturbed Earth that came out in late 2008 and early 2009. That said, this is not a continuation or regurgitation of those works. In the previous trilogy, Dean took my sounds and twisted, bent and re-sculpted them with his own sensibilities and processes, adding his own sounds into the mix. With “First Day…,” I have re-cycled and re-processed some pieces that Dean created that didn’t make it into the original series, ran them through my own processes and internal filters, adding my own sounds (once again) along the way.
The title was inspired by the idea that we strive to encage and cordon off the world by being able to label and define nearly everything without and within us. In doing so, we create the “known,” when in reality, much remains unknown, because in truth, we have only investigated that which is most comfortable to us. This disk is characterized by deep terrestrial drones and textures, hints of melody, churning subterranean machinery, the occasional calls of weird animals, distant flute, gongs, and voices.”

Track listing:
1. The First Day Unnamed – 1:11:27 – mp3 excerpt….
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2009.11.09

One more Experimedia label release
added to the Hypnos Online Store, delayed beyond the others due
to a release date this week.

Ryonkt – Small Conversations
(Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. “Ryonkt’s Small Conversations is a modern classical ambient masterpiece in four lengthy movements. Soft spoken and gentle Small Conversations embodies all that ambient music is meant to be through perfectly crafted works of delicate beauty”….
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2009.11.06

We have the new Viridian Sun album Infinite In All Directions here and almost ready to go, but due to the new packaging
setup here, we’re not quite ready to sell the discs yet. So close, though!

To see a bit of discussion of the new Hypnos CD package “look,” click here.

And you can read more about this release here.

Lastly, when it’s ready to order, you’ll find something here.

2009.11.02

Here we have a new set of Hypnos Online Store additions
from the Experimedia label.

Sylvie Walder – Moments
(Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. Experimedia presents the first public release of French sound artist Sylvie Walder. Sylvie’s Moments pulls one into delicate and intimate moments in time. Drawing from a palette of introversion, nostalgia, absence, longing, and la presence du sacre Sylvie creates a uniquely evocative sound through the intimate tones of her piano as the driving force behind her emotive sonic constructs. Moments is packaged in Experimedia’s signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies….
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Ian Hagwood – The Great Allure
(Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. A very personal and heartfelt album, The Great Allure amasses six passionate movements into a tribute to the memories of traveling by train. Inverted pianos wrapped in a blanket of distant fog seen peering through a train window dripping with wiped away condensation. Forehead against glass with a melancholy gaze towards the passing landscape. Broken voice and hand claps layer subtle nods to Reich. The Great Allure is packaged in Experimedia’s signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies…
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Shinobu Nemoto – Improvisations #1
(Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. An epic album by Japanese artist Shinobu Nemoto, Improvisations #1 showcases Shinobu’s ability to create beautiful and interesting sonic textures using minimal means. Using only an electric guitar, stomp boxes, and recording to a 4-track with no overdubs Improvisations #1 delivers 5 massive pieces. Recorded in January of 2009 each piece initially soft and subtle build and layer gradually into powerful and intense guitar noise drones. Improvsations #1 is packaged in Experimedia’s signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack and is limited to 150 copies…
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Billy Gomberg + Offthesky – Flyover Sound
(Experimedia category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. Flyover Sound is the collaborative effort of Billy Gomberg and offthesky. The pair bring together their individually unique sounds to create a rich and beautiful album. Complex drone and glitch arrangements play alongside acoustic guitar and subtle field recordings. Flyover Sound is packaged in Experimedia’s signature custom designed six panel tall-slim pack is limited to 250 copies, and features artwork/photography by Jason Corder (offthesky)….
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2009.11.01

Here are two new miscellaneous items in the Hypnos Online Store,
the reference-point being Swedish ambient artist Relapxych.0 — whose minimal track “Distant Radiance” appeared on the recent Hypnos compilation
Message From a Subatomic World — as his work appears on on both. Also the name Quantec is probably known to many ambient listeners.

Relapxych.O/Quantec/Deer – Shapes and Phases of Ambience
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Tracklist:
1 Quantec – Absent-mindedness 7:01
2 Relapxych.0 – City Nightlights 13:20
3 Deer (2) – Live In Manchester (Relapxych.0 Remix) 4:51
4 Deer (2) – The Reflective Place 5:38
5 Quantec – Endless Sacrifice 8:53
6 Deer (2) – Breakhunting 5:42
7 Relapxych.00* – Hallucinogenitaliencryption (Edit) 8:17
8 Quantec – Kry 10:36
9 Deer (2) – Intertwined 4:10
10 Relapxych.0 – Ripples On The Surface Of Time And Space (Edit)…
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Bai Tian/Relapxych.O/The Loop Orchestra/Shizi – Ya Ji 1
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Ya: Elegant, gentle, refined. Ji: Meeting, party, gathering. Ya Ji: A gentle meeting of music, art and intellect.
CD comes in an envelope sleeve, with a 4-part foldout paper insert inside with information about all tracks and participants, written in both English and Chinese.
Tracklist:
1 Bai Tian / Anders Peterson / Loop Orchestra, The / Shiz – Ya Ji
Mixed By – Anders Peterson
2 Bai Tian – In
3 Relapxych.0 – Insomniactivity 0-3 Edit
Acoustic Guitar [12-stringed], Guitar [6-string Electric] – Anders Peterson
4 Loop Orchestra, The – Vibraloops
Performer – Emmanuel Gasparinatos , Hamish MacKenzie , John Blades , Patrick Gibson , Richard Fielding , Sheriff Lindo
5 Loop Orchestra, The / Objekt4 – Background Shadows
6 Shiz – EXP…
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2009.10.22

We recently discovered a new (to us) label called Diophantine Discs, as they released an album by Birds of Tin, a project
that also released a disc recently on Hypnos Secret Sounds. For starters, we have that BoT album Altarwise now
available on the Hypnos Online Store,
and we’ll soon have other items to offer in the
Diophantine area in our store.

Birds of Tin – Altarwise
(New – Diophantine Label category)
(Price: $11.99)
2009. This is the latest release on the interesting (new to us) label discovery, Diophantine Discs, from which
we’ll soon have other items available. The two lengthy tracks of Altarwise were recorded in late 2004 and remastered earlier this year. The first track is a 30-minute experimental work that gradually moves through a wide range of sounds (echoing chimes, mysterious noises, subdued clanking, drones). The second piece is an epic 46-minute composition of deep ambient/drone music that manages to float freely through the listener\’s imagination while keeping his attention.

While many modern day experimental artists have moved on into the computer realm, Birds of Tin has remained true to the experimental sound of tape loops, lo-fi samplers, and collections of unique toy instruments running through small fx boxes. The sound of the work may have become more cohesive and seamless over the years, but the methods have largely remained the same….
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2009.10.21

More new stuff for the Hypnos Online Store,
this time by the Blue Oasis & Dataobscura label (these are the same entity, by the way — Dataobscura
for cdr releases and Blue Oasis for “pressed” CDs) just arrived.

The Circular Ruins – Before the Colors Deepened
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
The music of Before The Colors Deepened drifts between a deep, expansive, and sometimes ominous-sounding, experimental spacemusic, and a more tender, often melancholic, classical style of slowly developing melodic structures and subtle layering. The result is a complex and imaginative series of immersive soundworlds that reward attentive listening, and that will take you on a journey only hinted at in the individual track titles….
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Nunc Stans – Meridian
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Nunc Stans has always been inspired by far northern landscapes and the subjective states that accompany or are induced by them. Much of this collection is a sonic analog of those landscapes … drawn in sound across the silence. A sublime journey through expansive soundworlds, rich with detail, immersive atmospheres, and an underlying grandeur. \”…
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Robert Davies – Gallery Of Spirits
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ethereal dreamscapes and flowing apparitions. These drone-based pieces are like wandering the shadowy gardens of a mythic underworld.\”
The striking cover images are based on Robert\’s own collage and paint artworks.
CD edition contains special bonus artwork photograph…
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Lammergeyer – Beginning To End
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Beginning To End is a work of subtlety and considerable beauty. The album flows in a very visual, cinematic, and sometimes orchestral vein. If you like musical, expressive, ambient explorations that do not shy away from melody or from sonic invention then be sure to give this fine release a listen….
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Nunc Stans – The Unnamable
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
The Unnamable is a broad, sweeping work of often immense vistas and beatless atmospheres. These dynamic and engaging dronescapes reveal a darker and more intense Nunc Stans, one aimed more at transcendence than description. Immersive and sonically rich, this release will appeal to listeners of Steve Roach and related deep ambient drone works.\”
Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby using a variety of synthesisers, acoustic guitar, and studio processing….
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Nunc Stans and Mystified – One Thousand Dreams
(Blue Oasis/Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
An immersive set of richly detailed dreamscapes that flow and shift with a sophisticated ease and engaging lyric beauty. Expect a haunting mix of grainy drone, sonic curiosities, and occasional treated field recording, all bound together by exquisite drawn-out melodic lines….
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2009.10.20

More new CDs for sale on the Hypnos Online Store,
one by Celer (we’ve previously only carried the two Celer releases on the Infraction label), and one by Chubby Wolf,
which was the solo side project of the late Dani Long (half of Celer, a duo comprised of married couple Will and Dani Long).
We’ll have more Celer items coming in soon, to flesh out the new
Celer area
in our store.

Celer – Capri
(Celer category)
(Price: $12.99)
“Capri by Celer is a beautiful 78-minute work, containing 29 tracks full of piano, strings, horns, acoustic guitar, field recordings and the warm breeze of the Mediterranean sea.\”

-Humming Conch Records…
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Chubby Wolf – L’Histoire
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. “Across eleven meticulously sculpted, wind-chapped, albeit sometimes chilly, pieces, adorned with titles such as Anti-body Library, Inverted Windows, and You, My Luminary, Chubby Wolf demand you close the windows, turn the lights down to a faint dim, and let these potent miasmatic toneshifts waft between the four walls as they insinuate themselves in your subconscious. Like the work of Pauline Oliveros, L’Histoire is an exercise in deep listening, one that makes that demand implicit on its participant. Though all attendant sounds were created with a seeming paucity of means (toy piano, a heart monitor, and the obligatory electronic processing), the ends are justifiably vivid and contemplative, even downright lustrous. The poetic lilt the artist lends to a piece such as Lay the Voice to Rest, Fear Mist is pure sensation, literally and figuratively, supple, if shrill, wisps of sound tendering a bleak landscape. That the artist can render such poignancy out of the barest of electronic materi√©l speaks volumes about how the softest approaches can often yield the most concrete results. Oh, and Chubby Wolf is Dani Baquet-Long, half of drone avatars Celer, which goes some way to explain how these tattered sonic pages uncurl to reveal the argot residing deep within its mysterious L’Histoire.”

-Darren Bergstein…
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2009.10.19

We’re sorry to report the passing of long-time Hypnos friend, listener, music reviewer, and supporter,
Jim Brenholts. Jim’s brother Tom posted the information to the Hypnos Forum on Saturday night. I assume Tom will not mind
if I quote his original message here.

This is Jim Brenholts’s brother Tom; I have some sad news.

Our Jim (Rigel Orionis) passed away this evening. I saw that there was an earlier post about his health; thank you all for caring so much.

I don’t have any details yet, the news is less than an hour old. It is hard now; everyone’s cyber life is just as large and just as real as their personal life, and you were his friends, too, whether you met him or only “met” him. If you knew him, know that Jim was very passionate about you. Jim cared. Jim’s wife Linda and I have no idea how large Jim’s reach is on the internet. I’m hoping that this is a start in letting everyone know the sad news.

Music was a huge part of Jim’s life, since we were little kids sharing the same room. His discovery of and subsequent immersion in the world of electronic and ambient music was truly part of who Jim was, and will forever be part of him as long as he is in our hearts and minds. This wasn’t something he did; it is something he was.

Check the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s website for obituary news; we are still in shock, and that is the best way to find out any details about services.

(Edited to add, If there is anywhere else that people need to know, please share the news. It is unfamiliar ground, how to communicate with a loved one’s online life.)

Tom Brenholts

Following Tom’s message, members of our community posted their remembrances to a lengthy and growing discussion
here. Though Jim was primarily known to most as a fan and enthusiast for
ambient music, and as a reviewer, he had more recently begun experimenting with his own recordings, and recently had release music of his own
under the name Rigel Orionis (including Night Heat
on our Hypnos Secret Sound label) as well as collaborations with Stephen Philips, and the ongoing duo with Darren Rogers called Orion’s Belt.

Here’s a picture of Jim Brenholts in Philadelphia (in 2002, second from right), meeting a number of recording artists who may be familiar to visitors of this site. Here from left to right:
Stephen Philips (Dark Duck Records), Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient), Dave Fulton, Mike Griffin (Hypnos), Jim Brenholts, Jeff Pearce

Here is the text of Jim’s obituary from his local newspaper.

BRENHOLTS JAMES L.

On Sunday, October 18, 2009, James L. Brenholts, 53, of North
Versailles. Jim was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the Washington
Drug and Alcohol Commission. Loving son of Walter Brenholts and the
late Jeanne Axton Brenholts; beloved husband of Linda Madden
Brenholts; stepfather of David and Michael Madden. He is survived by
sisters, Cathy, Barbara, Mary and Amy and brother, Tom. Jim’s greatest
joy in life were grandsons, Rigel, Willie and Sammy Madden. Jim was a
long-time friend of Bill W. Friends received Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8pm at
the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Hwy, Route
30, East McKeesport, PA 15035. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday,
11am, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. In lieu of flowers, family
wishes contributions be made to the Carlow Fund.
Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb

We here at Hypnos, and other members of the Hypnos Forum community, will certainly miss Jim. If you knew Jim and would like to
write something about him, some members of his family are reading the postings to the above-linked topic on the Hypnos Forum.

2009.10.16

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, a box of CDs from a label new to
our store, Malignant.

Collapsar – Beyond the Event Horizon
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
With their debut CD, Beyond The Event Horizon Collapsar transports the listener on an epic journey deep into the cosmos, forging a path across a vast, inky void, and steering a course around a roiling galactic core of hyper-dense stars and black holes. The sound is epic, expansive, and most of all, HEAVY. There is beauty and tranquility within these realms, but there is no light ‚Ä” just massive, pulsating textures coalescing into shimmering drones, rippling sound waves, and billowing, multi-dimensional layers of powerful dark energy…
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Wolfskin O Ajuntar das Sombras
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
A masterpiece of shadowy atmospheres and drifting currents, featuring multiple layers of archaic sounds, foggy, nebulous textures, and ritual invocations, perfectly combined to form a release of intense depth and complexity…
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Phragments – Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Equipped with an enriched sonic palate, Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood mixes forceful brass and dark orchestral strings with rolls of powerful tribal percussion, somber wind instrumentation, ominous atmospheres, industrial clangor, and a strong and commanding vocal presence…
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Phaenon – Submerged
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Visually and sonically enveloping, this is an album of space and texture, slowly revealing a psychoactive soundscape of majestic, arcing timbres, circadian buzzes, and expansive drones. Heavy, and cosmically weighty in the beginning, Submerged evolves into something more minimalist and serene, radiating a celestial beauty, yet becoming even more bleak and suffocating as it progresses over it‚Äòs 66 minute time frame. Experienced from start to finished, there‚Äôs a palpable sense of drifting and drowning, of being carried away into an endless, interstellar vacuum…
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Hyios – Consuetudines
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
7 lengthy compositions of cold ritual drones, arching trajectories, and visceral descents into subterranean caverns, where rich, kinetic textures and deep resonant tones move and morph in a fluid, serpentine fashion, sprinkled with the debris of an ancient culture and something more otherworldly and primordial…
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Terra Sancta – Disintegration
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
Disintegration pushes the levels of intensity to new heights, featuring four long and texturally turbulent emissions of formidable power and depth. With it‚Äôs enormous washes of stormy drones and billowing, multi-layered atmospheres, these are tracks that grow and build to such a degree they seem to collapse and erode under their own weight, strewing particles into a vast horizon and creating a broad panorama of ever changing desert colored hues….
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Caul & Kirchenkampf – Sleep – Night – Death
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
A soundscape for late night reflections, full of quiet, whispering drones, cosmic flutterings, arching climatic tones and textures that ascend and descend in a delicate interplay between beauty and bleak desolation….
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Eidvlon – Idolatriae
(malignant category)
(Price: $13.99)
7 tracks of ultra bleak, abstract atmospheres, with sounds and textures that seem to seep from catacomb walls and come slithering out of subterranean chambers. Certainly, this can be classified as a dark ambient record, but at it‚Äôs core, it‚Äôs more than just that simple classification. There‚Äôs a gritty, more jagged edge here, with tetonic shifts, deep rumblings, and crackling, climatic squalls buried under a bed of ghostly reverb and haunting tonal resonance…
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2009.09.30

Galactic Travels radio show on WDIY, hosted by Bill Fox, is doing a month-long focus on Vidna Obmana, and four of the weekly
shows will focus specifically on Hypnos releases. Here’s the link:

WDIY October 2009 focus

Those interested in Vidna Obmana’s An Opera For Four Fusion Works series of releases should know we’ve reduced
the package price on all 4 discs purchased together on the
Hypnos Online Store. Purchased separately they’re $41 but if you
buy all four together here
they’re $33.99. Also you can follow that link to listen to mp3 sample clips for all 4 “acts” on one page. Act IV of
An Opera For Four Fusion Works was the final recording project by Dirk Serries under the name Vidna Obmana.

2009.09.09

Here’s a live performance announcement from Hypnos artist, Matt Borghi.

Hello:

I’ll be doing a live re-interpretation of Huronic Minor, Images and The Phantom Light featuring saxophonist Michael Teager, Friday September
11th from 6-9:30 pm at SCENE Metrospace in East Lansing, as part of the 3 Cities in 3D opening – Flyer is here. SCENE Metrospace is located
at 110 Charles Street in East Lansing, Michigan. There’s a map here.

Hope to see some of you there!

Matt Borghi
Music and Sound Design
http://www.mattborghi.com

2009.09.02

Just received from Italy, a huge box of Silentes label items, added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Michael Mantra – Mobius Logic
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the ink color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings… Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music….
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Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
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….
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Aube – Metal on Metal (2CD)
(silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
Alchemical secrets and the magic of metallic materials, of their acoustic characters, and the possible technological manipulations on the sounds that are possible to pull out… Resonances, mantric vibrations, hypnotics bell rings, sounds of cymbals, plates, rings… Tubular elements are used or more ordinary and simple metallic objects of common use are bowed or scraped. Aube acquires the sounds of transforming essence… decomposing and recomposing the shape… Fragmenting, expanding, stratifying and elaborating the sonorous matter, constructs complex wafts, resounding weaves carpets, interlaces thin threads of metallic tensions, crumbles and agglomerates acoustic particles, leaves to flowing, reverberating, harmonic drones….
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Aube – Le Syndrome Aquatique (2CD)
(silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
\ This is the long awaited reissue of one of the best Aube works originally titled AQUA SYNDROME, published about 10 years ago by MANIFOLD records. The new reissue includes the original album with a bonus track and a bonus live CD. LE SYNDROME AQUATIQUE is an impressive job of deconstruction and resetting of sonorous material to the work of Aube, this particularly extended in the duration, treaty and expanded time, much to be proposed in a rich edition in double CD. Aube puts molding on and models fragments of concrete sounds of aquatic derivation transforming them in unknown drones, noises, pads, loops, rhythms and mechanics, constructing a fantastic sonorous tapestry of valuable invoice and incredible impact…
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Aube – Reworks Nimh Vol. 1
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
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 fascinating 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…
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Nimh – The Unkept Secrets
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ After few months of distance from the escape of The Missing Tapes and the relative Rework by Aube, Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) sets aside the ethnic-lysergic visions that have characterized the previous album and continues along the distance of sonorous search and fascinating experimentation electronic, already undertaken with works such as The Impossible Days and Subterranean Thoughts. Nimh expands the range of sounds and instruments, revealing his own secrets through a new, dark but stylistically unclassifiable CD, in which he arranges with extraordinary originality and in an absolutely personal way elements of drone music, dark ambient, electronics, ritual, ethnic, field recordings, enriching every track with the recurrent presence of evocative sounds of electric guitar in varied filtered and elaborated way…
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Nimh – Subterranean Thoughts
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
This album showcases a kaleidoscope of many different sounds, from the lysergic visions of Rewind to the cinematic suggestions of Recovered Memories, from the tight and dark atmospheres of Back to Laudomia to the ritual elements of Perpetual Cycles, from the rhythmic distortions of Subterranean Thoughts to the hypnotic stasis of The Liquid Dream and the lyrism of the title-track reprise at the end of the disc…
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Nimh – The Missing Tapes
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
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….
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Nimh / Nefelheim – Whispers from the Ashes
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ideally inspired by the Inquisition era, like some titles of the tracks may suggest, Whispers from the Ashes presents Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) and Nefelheim joined together for the production of a dark oriented CD that alternates obscure and haunting atmospheres with more gloomy and sometimes dramatic and highly evocative episodes… In a blend of low frequencies, metallic sounds, echoes of distant voices and human screams, whispers, concrete noises, ritual processions, suddenly an acoustic guitar chord, some reverberate piano notes, the sound of falling rain, bits of thundering percussions emerge… Like in a disquieting voyage to a far away past, in a stakes and witches age, featuring persecutions of heretics and superstition…..
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Maurizio Bianchi – Dead Colours
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”incredibly dark, melancholic and tough, in the vein of David Lynch\’s atmospheres… Fantastic!…
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Maurizio Bianchi – Menstruum Regles
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ Continuous loops, raw unexpected cuts, noise alternated to musical parts, single sounds, drones, notes of piano, buzzes, soft pads, electric current workers… Two long traces, 75 minutes, a listening experience over any edge and reliable definition….
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Maurizio Bianchi – The Self-Portrait of M.B.
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay… Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark, the not to be defined and the mystery….
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Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Binachi / M.B. – Der Abgrund
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
\ Music of the great dynamics and great dramatic mood, powerful, aggressive sounds, drones, sour electronic rumors, but also deep sounds underground, more static parts, dark and expanded atmospheres, dark and buried rhythmic mechanics movements, echoes of reverberating metals….
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Rod Modell – Plays Michael Mantra
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay… Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark,
the not to be defined and the mystery….
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Spielerei & Mantacoup – Cold War
(silentes category)
(Price: $13.99)
An enthralling cosmic excursion, utilizing a universe of electronic tones, binary codes, digital trances, visionary software, and microchip meditations… utilizing sequencer riffs, electronic swells, tight rhythmic programming, and pulsing analog arpeggios to pull listeners throughout the frontiers of space and time. Melodic, soft sounds expand and gently caress the listener while submerging them into vast digital panoramas. Propulsion through the science of sound. Seven fantastic tracks realized during a collaboration between Dennis Knopper (of SPIELEREI) and Jeroen Vermeent (of MANTACOUP)…
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Wintersilence – Transmission Fields (2 CD)
(silentes category)
(Price: $16.99)
Review by Auralpressure.com:
“a heady blend of music so full of love and the lust for life that the joy it brings is unsurpassable. The drifting sweeping passages brings forth a message of hope and joy in these darkened times of unrest and uncertainty. A simple drum beat is forged through the layers of iridescent patterns of electronic waves creating the ultimate dreamscapes in which to lose oneself. Journeying onward you encounter subtle drones and shaman chants that take you into another dimension freeing the burdened soul. Every one of the nineteen tracks are so varied and different in their execution and yet they meld together seamlessly into one complete portion of music that eludes description.”…
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2009.08.17

We’re catching up a bit on our backlog of pending releases, and are proud to announce The Phantom Light by Matt Borghi.

Artist: Matt Borghi
Title: The Phantom Light
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Matt Borghi - The Phantom Light

2009. The Phantom Light is the third release in our Matt Borghi reissue series. Originally issued in an edition of only 30 copies in 2006,
this Hypnos Secret Sounds reissue will be the first opportunity for this recording to be heard by most Borghi listeners. The four long pieces
exhibit Borghi’s characteristic simplicity and restraint.

Matt says:
The Phantom Light is a work that?s comprised four compositions with titles derived from some of the most remote lighthouses on the northern Great Lakes.

The works are inspired by sailor?s tales of being adrift on The Great Lakes during storms, and catastrophic weather. Sailors, looking out on the horizon for a sign of life, a light of hope, aimed their ships towards the safety of these phantom lighthouses hoping to get to a safe harbor. Often times these phantom lighthouses just lead to a rocky shoal and a watery death. These ?phantom? lights have been a thing of myth for as long as The Great Lakes freshwater seas have been sailed.

In many ways, The Phantom Light is a sequel to Huronic Minor, as Great Lakes lore, and Matt Borghi?s own experiences on The Great Lakes were the creative impetus for this work.

Track list:
1. Ile Aux Gales (17.54) mp3
2. Manistee North Pierhead (16.33) mp3
3. Seul Choix Point (21.01) mp3
4. North Manitou Island Shoal (20.28) mp3

Available on the
Hypnos Online Store
for $11.99

2009.08.14

In the process of combing through various CD reviews I’ve saved, but just now started to post
to this page, I also found an interesting online feature that mentions Hypnos, and may be of
interest to those who follow ambient & related music styles. It’s on the textura.org web site
and it’s their list of ten favorite record labels for 2008 (yes, I’ve had this sitting here for more than
half a year), with a bit of info on each. Learn more about some of your favorite labels, or
perhaps discover some new music outlets to explore.


Ten Favourite Labels of 2008
feature on textura.org

They’re in alphabetical order, so Hypnos is about halfway down, though I’d like to think Hypnos
was meant to be number one! Seriously, thanks to textura.org for this honor.

2009.08.13

Another installment catching up with reviews of Hypnos and HSS and (as in this case) Binary sub-label releases.
Today it’s Saul Stokes with Villa Galaxia and there are quite a few of them (a few of which may have been posted before).

Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia

“With Villa Galaxia, Saul Stokes has realized the most playful recording of his career: springy in step and lactating purple, it even mischievously tugs at the fringes of (god help us) ?electropop?. But don?t get too alarmed: this is a marvelously vibrant, engaging work of contemporary electronica that finds Stokes charting unexplored territory with his usual idiosyncratic gusto. Outerspace music, rendering the covers of antiquarian sci-fi mags Astounding and Fantastic in glorious harmonicolor, Stokes?s sonic bric-a-brac would find favor from those whose collections sport Bill Nelson as well as early Morr sides and magic fealties long ago forged by IDMistic platterpusses Aphex Twin or Bochum Welt. But Stokes is a true original, a savvy composer who refuses to merely tweak paradigms, boost plug-in ratios or jump to Warp nine with his controls locked to the heart of the sun. The sheer joviality of this recording is impossible to shake?like the spaceage art nouveau so relished by his colleague, Stokes goes back to the future encumbered in a cozy full Nelson. Other folks subconsciously flavor the stew as well: ?Hello Radar? works Mouse on Mars rubberband rhythm-snaps into a gaseous Stokes configuration that pops and bubbles like the most exotic Stereolab experiments. ?Vapor Trails? revels wholeheartedly in its old-school moog refrains and bleep coagulant. ?Eta Car Is a Massive Star? (Stokes’ gift for titular designation improves on each successive recording like a fine vintage) explodes in a frenzy of jocular snares, boiling beaker beeps and candystriped synths. And the beat/tone clusters perambulating through ?Interrupted by Time? mandates tripping to the moon on (synthetic) gossamer wings, the artist smitten by his digital crushes, noises that fizz, fuzz, and fan out in equal measure, charged by headspinning rhythms agog in zero gravity. Quark strangeness and charm, Stoked by stardust.”

–Reviewed by Darren Bergstein, eimagonline.com

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“Saul Stokes makes a welcome return to Hypnos on their Binary sublabel with Villa Galaxia. First, mention must be made of the exceptional cover art, simple but effective in its use of colors, shapes, lines, and texture. Come to think of it, that?s exactly what Stokes is able to do with sound. He shapes and colors it to his liking, creating tracks like concise complex sonic puzzles. ?Hello Radar? is irresistibly catchy, from the electronic sounds to the complex rhythms to the hints of static and distortion that give it just the right edge to avoid being just a bit too cute. If there were musical justice in the world, either this or ?Vapor Trails? would be a hit single, it they have all the makings of one except that the public at large seems unable to handle instrumentals. The shuffling bass and beat of the latter number are very cool. ?Blaze? takes me back to older Stokes classics like ?First Jump? on Zo Pilots with its quirky beat and hip synthesizer sensibility. Trademark punchy percussion gets ?Night Painting? started, and it builds from there. The most fun, both in name and in sound, is the playful ?Eta Car is a Massive Star,? although it makes an abrupt surprising turn midway through. The emphasis throughout Villa Galaxia is on bright tones and colors, carefully put together into neat little packages. No need to put a calling card on each one indicating who they are from; they are thoroughly, unabashedly Stokes.”

–Reviewed by Phil Derby, www.electroambientspace.com

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“Top 10 Echoes CDs of 2008.”

–Echoes radio host John Diliberto

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“Can’t get enough of this one. Does something weird to time. There are so many sonic surprises tucked away in this. Each listen is like a festival between the ears…”

–9dragons on the Hypnos Forum

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“Saul Stokes makes a welcome return to Hypnos on their Binary sublabel with Villa Galaxia. First, mention must be made of the exceptional cover art, simple but effective in its use of colors, shapes, lines, and texture. Come to think of it, that?s exactly what Stokes is able to do with sound. He shapes and colors it to his liking, creating tracks like concise complex sonic puzzles. ?Hello Radar? is irresistibly catchy, from the electronic sounds to the complex rhythms to the hints of static and distortion that give it just the right edge to avoid being just a bit too cute. If there were musical justice in the world, either this or ?Vapor Trails? would be a hit single, it they have all the makings of one except that the public at large seems unable to handle instrumentals. The shuffling bass and beat of the latter number are very cool. ?Blaze? takes me back to older Stokes classics like ?First Jump? on Zo Pilots with its quirky beat and hip synthesizer sensibility. Trademark punchy percussion gets ?Night Painting? started, and it builds from there. The most fun, both in name and in sound, is the playful ?Eta Car is a Massive Star,? although it makes an abrupt surprising turn midway through. The emphasis throughout Villa Galaxia is on bright tones and colors, carefully put together into neat little packages. No need to put a calling card on each one indicating who they are from; they are thoroughly, unabashedly Stokes.”

–Reviewed by Phil Derby / Electroambient Space www.electroambientspace.com

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“This CD 2008 offers 56 minutes of bouncy electronic music.

Haunting electronics combine with percussion to generate tuneage of a relaxing nature tinged with an edge of peppy vitality. Stokes? style of using unconventional sound is in high fashion with this release, offering the listener a wide variety of strangeness harnessed to produce songs that reach beyond that weirdness to deliver pleasantly bouncy melodies.

Diversely squeaky sounds are delivered in rapid-fire succession and then molded into melodies of strikingly peaceful disposition. This contrast holds much appeal: generating appealing tuneage from a selection of quirky sounds. Using keyboards and looping techniques, Stokes produces sinuous riffs that glisten like alien honey.

The electronics are utilized more as frontal threads with minimal textural foundations, relying on layering these lead tracks to accomplish fluid cohesion. Generally guided by keyboards, the notes are conventionally delivered in a melodic structure.

The percussion used on this album exhibits a strange organic quality despite its obvious artificial generation. The beats are often muted as if swaddled in an electrified gauze. Again, Stokes? self-made gear produces source sounds that are highly different, resulting in the tempos defying normal classification–again, a major reason for their esoteric allure.

The presence of processed guitar adds a delightful edge to a few tracks, their buzzy chords settling nicely into the mix.

A bevy of odd sounds propel the music, but their application repudiates their oddness. These compositions achieve a remarkable accessibility with their dreamy intentions and lively execution.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity

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“In another time, say the 1950s or 60s, Saul Stokes might have been considered an experimental composer,
constructing his own instruments, creating random events, bypassing conventional musical form. But rarely
has an experimental composer made music as haunting and soulful as that heard on his new CD, Villa Galaxia.

Saul Stokes has certainly recorded his share of abstract electronic music. He even has an album called
Abstraction. But on albums like his new CD, Villa Galaxia, he reins in his sonic experiments, welding them
together with his controllers and computers, building structure out of chaos, and resolving it all in music
that shares a Mobyesque sense of melancholy.

Along with Brian Eno, Saul Stokes composed music for the video game Spore. As you listen to Villa Galaxia
you might feel like you?re inside one of those games in a kinetic ride of pings and zings, surging chords
and exploding timbres that carry you through each scene. It?s a sound that expands beyond the confines of
the computer screen into a cinema of the mind.

Fans of William Orbit, Ulrich Schnauss and Boards of Canada should find resonance in the music of Saul
Stokes. His latest album is Villa Galaxia. This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music.”

–The Echoes Blog, by John Diliberto


“Villa Galaxia” by Saul Stokes is available directly from Hypnos for only $12.99

2009.08.12

Time to catch up again on recent reviews of Hypnos and HSS releases.
Today it’s The Glittering Domain by Deepspace

Deepspace - The Glittering Domain

“What you are about to hear on this “exclusive(!)” disc is simply amazing!. All eight pieces here are very well structured and has all the elements that a true Ambient/Space CD should have. You will be immersed by mesmerizing sounds that will take you to places you never thought existed, until now.
The music itself is very similar to the previous albums by *”Deepspace”* and will continue to evoke very abstract, minimalistic and isolated moments through all the tracks, but there is alo a strong sense of pure space music if you study/listen carefully, sometimes it sounds a bit like *’Between Interval’*.
I quote someone else on the following line —> “It’s Lush, exquisite, flawless, refined, striking, & beautiful”. I couldn’t have said it better myself in the case of this CD. It really is a journey through space & time that has to be experienced.
So far, this is definetely the CD of the year/month, and also my all time favourite space music CD in Electronic music. This is a masterpiece, and also a must have disc for fans of *Vidna Obmana, Numina & Robert Rich*.
Very well done, Mirko Ruckels!”

–Reviewed by Kristian Persson, Sweden, on the groove.nl web site

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“Darkened Soul is a project of Mike Soucy, and Bathys is his second solo album of dark ambient music after a release on Umbra, the Italian ambient artist
O?phoi’s label. Soucy presents six tracks with Greek titles, all amorphous drones with an emphasis on low frequencies, drenched in reverb. The album
title means “deep” in Greek, and it is an appropriate image for the music. Between the low frequencies and the vast distances implied by the echoes, the
album conjures up subterranean and sub aquatic images, deep underground caverns of indeterminate proportions. While most of the album contains
sounds with a wide harmonic spectrum, almost approaching white noise, Soucy also occasionally and discreetly mixes in sharp and precise sounds.
On the title track he adds a metallic arhythmic hammering sound that adds to the infernal atmospheres, and on Ateleiotos Agkareia (Endless Labor) there
are sounds like a large metal object dragged across a stone floor. Apart from a couple of insignificant and infrequent loops, melodies are hard to spot on
this album, where the primary focus is on changes in texture, with rumbles and sudden sonic blasts providing variation. The individual pieces have their
own characteristics, but the listener joins them for a time as works in progress, little snapshots of the eternal sounds.

–Reviewed by Caleb Deupree, furthernoise.org

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“The Glittering Domain” by Deepspace – very satisfying ummm… deep space music – very good to work within.”

–Scott M2 on the Hypnos Forum

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” Top 100 Albums of 2008 (#2)”

–Reviewed by Omega Switch

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“This album is very highly recommended by me for anyone who likes any kind of ambient music. Deepspace displays a slowly
spacious, evocative and beautifully poised sound encompassing everything from deep, dreamlike pads to bright bubbling
synths- everything is perfectly placed as you’d expect from an artist of this quality. Really excellent stuff.”

-Reviewed by Northcape (UK Electronic Artist)


“The Glittering Domain” by Deepspace is available directly from Hypnos for only $11.99

2009.08.11

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, new stuff from the always-popular
Steve Roach.

Steve Roach – Dynamic Stillness (2CD)
(Projekt category)
(Price: $16.99, 2CD)
2009. Great new 2CD release by Steve Roach.

“Dynamic Stillness presents ambient-electronic pioneer Steve Roach in the deep end of the pure atmospheric, rhythmless soundscape genre. Across the 2-CD release, amorphous shifting sonics glide in a phenomenal flow, highly cohesive and yet ever-changing. Dynamic stillness indeed! These eight long-form tracks (140 minutes in all) undulate softly and slowly, radiating light even as darkness hovers along the edges. It‚Äôs an album of subtle pieces, more often than not with emphasis on the stillness as opposed to the dynamics. Disc two‚Äôs closing Canyon Stillness plays like a dark inversion of Structures From Silence. A cold breeze blows through it all like a black mist. After so much softness it makes for a surprisingly chilling, engaging finish.”

-Phil Derby, Electroambient Space\”…
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Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as: discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork…
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Steve Roach / Erik Wollo – Stream Of Thought
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Stream of Thought explores the nuance of shifts within our perception. Segments of illumination juxtaposed with amorphous interludes and moving, flowing rhythm culminate in an unforgettable, shifting, dynamic experience. Relax and float downstream. Tranquil drifts, passionate rapids, midnight star gazing and blazing sunsets await. This is a vivid soundtrack for the senses designed to take the listener to the outer reaches of the imagination…
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2009.08.10

Here are two recent Vidna Obmana releases (well not too recent, as Vidna Obmana isn’t releasing music under that name any longer,
having moved on to become Fear Falls Burning instead) added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Klinik 7 / Vidna Obmana – Greed
(Vidna Obmana category)
(Price: $15.99)
Klinik and Vidna Obmana continue their collaboration started with the excellent Gluttony album two years ago. This time the result is a sonic adventure between dark hypnotic Klinik rhythms and Vidna Obmana‚Äôs atmospherical soundworks. Their latest effort melts into a unique sound of floating beats, sequences and soundscapes. Compared to Gluttony, Greed could be considered as a darker and more electronic companion piece. Presented in Deluxe Hands Paper…
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Klinik 7 / Vidna Obmana – Gluttony
(Vidna Obmana category)
(Price: $15.99)
After a friendship of more than 10 years and a few guest appearances on each other albums, Marc Verhaeghen of KLINIK and vidna Obmana finally team up for a series of collaborative albums. The first album brings together two individual styles in electronic music resulting in a powerful melange of rhythm and abstract soundscapes. 3 longform rhythmical pieces quite different from anything that vidnaObmana or Klinik produced in collaboration or solo. A unique and bold new collaboration….
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2009.08.08

The next batch of recent AtmoWorks CDR releases have now been added.

Steve Brand/Ishq – Spiritual Science / The Voice from Home (double-cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $19.99, double-cdr)
2009. A great new 2-disc collaboration between the recently-prolific
Steve Brand, and Ishq (aka Matt Hillier).

AtmoWorks says:
AtmoWorks is thrilled to offer a two disc collaboration between AW veteran Steve Brand and electronic music mainstay Matt Hiller (aka Ishq).
Steve had this to say about the releases, and how they found their way into reality.

‘I’ve been an Ishq fan for about 3-4 years now, as well as all the other mutations, Elve, and Colourform. I found his work as part of my
complete indulgence in the Ultimae label, when Ishq kept showing up in the “If you like this, you’ll like this” area. I bought “Orchid” and was
hooked. I immediately loved his delicate atmospheres and unique beats, his intuitive and spiritual approach to music, which really felt like
home to me. We share a common belief in the healing nature of sound, which we both weave into our work. At the time, Matt offered several
free downloads of loops, so I used a few in a longform piece I was/am working on called, “Pale Blue Orb.” I sent Matt a copy and he responded
with a very nice email. I decided at that moment, just to ask if we was interested in a collaboration. A few weeks later I was thrilled to receive an
entire DVD of unique material in the mail from Cornwall England, and here we are. Effortless and organic.

I considered releasing these as two separate albums, but I really feel that they are companion pieces that augment one another, almost needing
to be heard together. These disks are a very nice co-mingling of the Ishq sound and mine own. Probably a bit murkier and darker than Ishq, but
you can still very much hear the Ishq-ness within the sounds, along with my own treatments and personal aesthetics. Disk 1, “Spiritual Science”
consists of 3 long tracks of vaporous atmospheres and spaces. Disk 2, “The Voice From Home” is longform drifting, lilting, diaphanous
soundscape that times in at just over 50 minutes, meant for low-volume repeated play.’

From our perspective, this is simply a brilliant combination of styles and textures – taking the very best of each of these accomplished artists’
talents and blending them together into something wholly new and wonderful.

Track Listing – Disc 1
Soft Temples
Flame of Nuit
Nature is Sung

Track Listing – Disc 2
The Voice from Home
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AtmoWorks Presents – Compiled (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Here was have the first AtmoWorks compilation.
AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.

“We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of “AtmoWorks Presents:” albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists.”

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, ‘AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled’ is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads.

Track Listing
Gydja – Noaide
Bunk_Data – Bytecode_Escape
Interstitial – Iterative
dreamSTATE – To Wound the Autumnal City
Igneous Flame – Lyke Wake Dirge
?pne sinn – twinewheel
Galactic Anthems – System Sentinels
The Elf Machine – The Citizen
Dr. Victor – Opening Mantra (DiAnMa)
MjDawn – Numerical Alchemy
Steve Brand – Lost in the Call (Here Comes a Sea)
Vir Unis – The Magic Mountain

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2009.08.07

We’ve fallen a bit behind in updating our store with some of the most recent AtmoWorks releases, and here’s our first catch-up surge,
featuring all four releases by new artist, Pixyblink!

Pixyblink – Withered Leaves (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. AtmoWorks is proud to present “Withered Leaves”, the debut release from our newest recording artist Pixyblink.
With her first AtmoWorks release, Pixyblink (aka Kyra) has produced a deep experimental journey through field recordings, stark synthetic landscapes and spoken word performance. The result is a new and exciting blend of many different musical styles and artistic influences; a fusion of the old into something wholly new. Kyra takes her listeners on a 43-minute ride through the twisting levels of the human psyche, making sure to point out all the interesting sights along the way…
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Pixyblink – Peridot (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Left coast multi-format artist Kyra returns with her second Pixyblink release on AtmoWorks, “Peridot”. With her unique blend of atmospheric drones, synthesized vocals and random beats, Pixyblink carves out new territory with each release and explores the possibilities of sound with an almost child-like enthusiasm. From the artist herself:

“On pixyblink?s sophomore album, we take a deeper look into her psyche as it is translated into music. The elements found there can range from enchanting to disturbing to blissful. At times, all three of these elements can be present in one song. Her latest effort features 10 selections of dark ambience, but their creator would tell you that each of them is more like a dream in itself.” …
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Pixyblink – Cinder (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Just when you thought it was safe to go back through the looking glass…
AtmoWorks resident blend-artist Kyra is back with her third Pixyblink release entitled “Cinder”, and this one picks up right where “Peridot” left off. Processed vocals, spoken word and deep, organic atmospherics meld together on a 43 minutes train ride through some of the less traveled levels of Wonderland. Kyra had this to say about “Cinder”.

‘”cinder” is the 3rd release from pixyblink, offering another dose of
dark ambient and eldritch-like vocalizations. she’ll take you into
journeys that are completely foreign to everyone, and even to herself
on some of the selections. transporting you elsewhere is the key, from
deep into catacombs, flowing with the tranquil ocean and shooting past
vibrant stars. there’s also a flirtation with a bit of light-heartedness on a few of the tracks, but handled with pixyblink’s own distinct approach. there are 10 tracks for the listener to get lost in, as miss pixy guides you through a wholly unique listening experience’ …
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Pixyblink – Flameless Lantern (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Kyra is back once more with her fourth Pixyblink release on AtmoWorks in 2009. This latest body of work, entitled “Flameless Lantern” picks up where “Cinder” left off, and carries you along deeper paths of mystery and mayhem. Kyra had this to say about the new album.

“on ‘flameless lantern’, ms. pixy once again whisks her listeners away from things that are normal, to a plane of unknowns. the album begins with a sugar-laced dip into a honey pot with a thick dose of shoegazer. from there, it’s a shift into curious dark deeds, unnatural tales of delight and highly magnified introspection. the tones roll softly into the mind, but one must be aware that some of them are sweetly poisoned. as the artist would tell you herself, she doesn’t consider this an album, but rather dreams and forgotten thoughts translated into sound”

Fans of Kyra’s earlier works will find plenty to love in this new set, and first timers…well, let’s just say that this is as good an intro to the weird and wonderful world of Pixyblink you’re likely to find…
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2009.08.06

We’re pleased to now offer CDs from the Stellar Auditorium label in our Hypnos Online Store. It’s a relatively new label, so they don’t have a large
number of releases yet, but this label — based in Greece – bears watching.

Underjordiska / Spectral Lore
(Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\”This split is a collaboration far different from your typical let\’s throw some left-outs from our previous records, make a intro or two and off to the printing plant mentality, instead being a concept split album which should be heard as one, rather than two albums on the same cd. It is a journey from the surface of the sea to the very depths of the ocean, and then back towards the surface again. Each musician undertakes one part of the journey; two compositions over 30 minutes, featuring actual underwater recordings, aquatic drones, unique instruments (from a mandolin to a duduk) and even melodic post rockish moments. There is a continual flow of movement to the music, as the listener, embodied within this audial environment, descents and ascends through the ocean, towards a deepest point that seems to bear a particular significance: but is it the goal, or the journey itself that matters more? \”
-Databloem…
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Procer Veneficus – Saltwater & Glassmoon
(Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\”Mr. Derek Schultz aka Night of Procer Veneficus has been composing hallucinogenic odes to otherwordly entities, foggy swamps, far away constellations and ash covered mountains since 2004, having unleashed a large catalogue of recordings featuring his unique brand of either black metal, acoustic or organic ambience. Saltwater and Glassmoon is about the depths of the sea, and its sounds illustrate a drowned orchestra performing large, adagio movements from within the deep, dark ocean. According to the words of the man himself, Deep and slow December ambience; kelp forest orchestral reveries filled to the brim with rich Pacific longing. Midnight moonlight music for crystalline blue air and silver oceanic melodies waning into sleep, slipping softly over the continental shelf into the enveloping refuge of abyssal silence.\”
-Databloem…
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Sempervirens – Dirge of the Dying Year
(Stellar Auditorium category)
(Price: $14.99)
\”Dirge Of The Dying Year uncovers eight realms filled with unfettered beauty and pure thought, eight worlds stretching out as the eight fatal directions of the compass, all engulfed under an insatiable fog. Somewhere between Biosphere\’s Substrata, Northaunt\’s Barren Land and the early recordings of Brian Eno, Dirge… is the last and most mature recording of the Sempervirens catalogue, and a promise to far greater things in the future. Few individuals have mastered the art of soundscaping to a similar degree to the Estonian ambient artist Margus Mets, aka Sempervirens. His, largely unreleased, output of 6 full length albums and numerous other uncompiled material has been an exemplary effort to create soundworlds where boundaries are only set by the imagination of the artist, and where field recordings, deep drones, distant transmissions of some classical music broadcast, or even acoustic guitar breakdowns are found under precise multi-layering , flowing seamlessly as if they were never separate in the first place.\”
-Databloem…
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2009.08.05

A certain subset of our customer always jump all over the music of the Dutch label, Groove Unlimited, and we just received another big box of CDs this week.

Gert Emmens – The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 1
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”This album consists of basic material prepared by Gert for his live performance at the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany. The tracks are named simply Part 1 through 7 which is a tradition of sorts for EM records. In many ways a typical Emmens album, The Nearest Faraway Place Vol.1 is significantly darker than most other recent works by Gert. There are some new tasty sounds and the addition of a guitar player was a welcome extra as well.\”
-Groove Unlimited…
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Gert Emmens – The Nearest Faraway Place, Vol. 2
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 2 is the second in a series of three albums. Gert Emmens has borrowed the title from one of his favorite bands the Beach Boys. The album was premiered and played in it‚Äôs entirety during a concert at the E-Day-Festival. This is one of the biggest festivals of electronic music in the world, organized by Kees Aerts and Ron Boots of Groove Unlimited.\”
-Groove Unlimited…
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Create – In the Blink of an Eye
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”Peaceful electronics are laced with gutsier enhancements. Fundamental drones serve as an ethereal substructure for more demonstrative melodics. Surging loops emerge to season the flow with vigorous locomotion. An astral density is achieved and then bolstered by additional layers of nimble-fingered keyboard patterns. Fanciful diversions appear with regularity, keeping the music entertaining and lively. The electronics resound with deep intonations, delivering an oomph that is never murky. Meanwhile, this heaviness is countered by the resolute presence of more fanciful pitches that provide a pleasant propulsion. The union of these elements establishes a rich panorama that is flavored with glittering cosmic augmentations. While most of the tracks feature no percussion, the cyclic application of strident sounds provides a suitable rhythmic presence. In one piece, the faux rhythms achieve a startling vitality; while in another song, softly chugging beats establish an amiable tempo. These compositions employ a slow-building structure, starting out as tenuous harmonics which steadily evolve into pastiches of zealous vitality. A sense of growth is accomplished through the constant expansion of melodies, yet the music rarely has any urgency, with each escalation flowing naturally and unhurried. A strong air of expectancy is generated as the intertwining riffs compound into thrilling configurations that shimmer with puissance and optimism.\”
-Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity…
(more/buy)
Create – Lost on an Island of Adventure
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”The seven pieces included in this album are pure Space Music, with the philosophy of exploring new sonic continents nonetheless without abandoning melody and rhythm. The melodies are very impressive, with mysterious and also romantic traits, yet without falling into an excessive sweetness. Also there are interesting electronic textures and even meditative sonic passages. In a few words, this is a work that will enthusiasm the aficionados to Space Music and Ambient in general.\”
-Edgar Kogler…
(more/buy)
Paul Ellis – The Last Hiding Place of Beauty
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”Those who love rather complex and dynamic sequencer music with an acoustic edge and an occasional high-tech feel should check out the music Paul Ellis\’ has put down on his amazing album Last Hiding Place of Beauty. The cd contains four long tracks, all making a powerful, straightforward statement, keenly melting vibrating sequencer patterns, fx\’s, and a wide range of vintage flavored synthesizer textures such as Mellotron flute. As said previously, the overall structure is rather complex, although lots of space is found within the core of every piece of music. The great interplay between bass grooves, drums, electronic and acoustic instruments is quite mind blowing, especially on the 16-minute title track. The overall outcome is simply breathing the joy of honest electronics more than once.\”
-Bert Strolenberg / Sonicimmersion…
(more/buy)
Craig Padilla / Skip Murphy – Analog Destination
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”Craig Padilla and Skip Murphy have made in this work a kind of space electronic music which turns out to be emotional and enigmatic. Inspired by the analogic sonority, they have composed a series of themes that will no doubt attract the lovers of the purest line of Space Music. The structure of Analog Destination consists of diffused melodies that come and go, floating environments that surround these melodies, powerful sequencers, and sound effects that in some passages are an important part of the ambiance. There also are moments of experimentation, yet always keeping to the most melodic aspects of the music.\”
-Edgar Kogler…
(more/buy)
Ron Boots – Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight
(Groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
\”Musician Ron Boots did several planetarium concerts in the past seven years or so, but it never came to a cd-release. Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight, released at Ron‚Äôs Planetarium concert in Bochum, Germany on May 24, fills this gap, offering 71 minutes of both atmospheric and dynamic but always captivating music. The background of the conceptual music is told by Ron on the second piece The Story. Although almost all music on the album is made by Ron, the encompassing music at times is complimented by some great guitar parts by Frank Dorittke (aka F.D. Project).\”
-Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion…
(more/buy)

2009.07.08

We love the music of Loren Nerell and here’s a release of Loren’s we’ve just added to the store for the first time.

Loren Nerell – Indonesian Soundscapes
(soleilmoon category)
(Price: $8.99)

“Ethnomusicologist Loren Nerell has spent time abroad studying gamelan music of Bali and Java, and relives the visit with this recorded account. A definite documentary feel accompanies Indonesian Soundscapes, though it can certainly be listened to ambiently, effectively bringing another world into your home environs. Actual field recordings document musical ceremonies, natural sounds and locational atmospheres, making for an enveloping sonic travelogue.\”
-spiderbytes.com…
(more/buy)

2009.07.07

Another new one… the latest from Lustmord

Lustmord – [The Dark Places of the Earth]
(lustmord category)
(Price: $16.99)
2009. Latest from Lustmord, which will probably have greater appeal to his traditional fans than some of his
“different direction” releases of recent years.

“New and limited edition CD by Lustmord, who, compared to the recent Other and Metavoid, goes back to his uber
atmospheric roots and purely soundscapish tracks. No guitars or epic build ups at all this time, but a come back to the very deep and
bassy long ambiances of The Place where the Black Stars Hang or Heresy (minus the voices). As usual, the production is flawless, the
tracks are amazingly profound, and this is extremely recommended.”
-adnoiseam.net…
(more/buy)

2009.06.25

Here’s a special new item just arrived at the Hypnos store, a limited edition, hand-assembled disc in a wood case featuring the music of one of
our favorite artists, Saul Stokes. Previously this disc has been available for sale only at Saul’s recent performance in Philadelphia, or directly from
Saul himself, and we are pleased to offer this to Hypnos customers.

Saul Stokes – Metacollage
(Saul Stokes category)
(Price: $24.99)
2009. Stokes’s latest creation Metacollage forges an original path of new era electronic composition. Fluttering organic forms of
electronics create the backdrop to carefully composed, beautifully arranged music. Darren Bergstein of E/I online magazine writes: He more or less
provides the reasons why electronic music probably fascinates most of us: unheard-of sounds rendered flesh and set within new contexts that
refuse to simply tow idm/ambient/what-have-you lines. Metacollage is packaged in a collector\’s edition wood case designed by Stokes. The Metacollage
logo is stamped using a special Japanese archival ink. Each CD comes with a signed satin finished interior info card. The interior of the CD case is
felt lined and protects the cd from scratches…
(more/buy)

2009.06.22

Next up in the “newly added to the Hypnos store” updates list, a selection of new items from Faria, a relatively new but very prolific
label out of Russia.

c.j. mind & man ufo (eXperiment) – Source
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. If you like music of Steve Roach – you will like this too! The natural beginning of all life on the Earth intertwines with
estrangement pressing on the person the incomprehensible power of an external world (space). Too extraneous and severe really to be a
monastery of each of us, as if a mourning bed-sheet swallowed light. In this contradiction, someone finds something attractive for search of the
external forms not similar to ours, but probably forgets that its house, a family and surrounding close friends as anybody another is important to him.
And being behind an understanding side, and remains not untangled ball drawing to only when on it is unique a question exciting you to you by all
means (here and now) it is necessary to receive it is unique a right answer. Stay in a womb, a birth, individual search of sense of existence,
leaving in the other world. Spring (awakening) before fading in a cold twilight of mature autumn (death). All is marvelously simple. After all the,
Nature does not suffer intervention in its nature. When it exists without our presence ? flows and sounds absolutely other light. But the Creator
comes and by a wave of an invisible conductor’s baton twists a surprising pattern on beauty, in which the voice of a far-far star is audible. The
teamwork purpose (the present album) consisted, first of all, in desire to grope some integrity of a universe and attempt to find room for this
perception in presented on seventy five minutes of a music material. Limited edition of 500 pieces, FAR-24…
(more/buy)
Vadim Bondarenko – Sentimental
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Sentimental is an album of sensitive feeling melodies played by the composer himself on the piano. The album contains different pieces, but
all they are united by one unique inner mood. Like the brilliant melodies of Ryuichi Sakamoto, this music will be remembered by everyone who likes romantic genre……
(more/buy)
Bad Sector – Dolmen Factory
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2009. Harmonic, noisy, emotional electronic tracks set the trademark sound of the one-man project from Tuscany. It includes an unreleased track….
(more/buy)
Faryus – Night Forest Reality
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Night Forest Reality describes a world which does not exist in daylight, arising when the last dying beam of sunshine fades from dark shaggy branches of old trees, when air becomes damp and hearing sharpens. A constant feeling of someone\’s presence borders the periphery. From the impenetrable darkness in the heart of the wood, a cool wind forces leaves to tremble, hardly distinguishable in the twilight. It only imparts its vibration and a touch of cold air to the face, a suggestion of swaying branches, sparkling streams and the rustle of revived grass. Dew drops barely sparkle in the gloom, reflecting the stars blinking in bottomless moonless depth. The night wood, frightening and attracting, living an invisible life, populated by unfamiliar ancient beings. Almost nothing visible in the impenetrable darkness, but exposing its mysteries via sounds of the unseen, of that which should not be seen….
(more/buy)
Robert Rich / Faryus – Zerkalo
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Tangential glimpses remotely echoed, untethered from touch. No time nor place, no past nor future, internal, external. Sculpting from energy, clouded motion vaguely slipping. Evanescent vibration, without meaning apart from its own open secret….
(more/buy)
Mac Mavis – Report from the Lake
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. This album is based on real life experience. Melodic and warm ambient music, created totally with hardware synthesizers and sequencer. With some actual on location field recordings as reference…
(more/buy)
Martin Franklin & Michael Northam – An Opening of the Earth
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Reissue of strange and experimental out of print recording, this time on the Faria label.

“Excavating the sonic crust with heavy synthesised drones, trebly buzzes and popping bursts of sound–eerie as hell.”

-Darren Bergstein, I/E (from review of original release)
(more/buy)

Faryus & Vadim Bondarenko – 8 Atmospheres
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. This album is the successful combination between two different worlds: bewitched electronics from Faryus and meditative
parts of piano and clarinet from Vadim Bondarenko. In addition, this CD contains poetic video clip created by Alexander Sveshnikov…
(more/buy)
Temple Music – Incompleteness
(faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. TEMPLE MUSIC’S Alan Trench and Stephen Robinson have used both the implications of G?del\’s theorem and the doctrine of anamorphosis to compose
and fashion an album of 4 interconnected and complementary tracks that somehow look both forward and back; that juxtapose the old and the new into an organic whole of both
sacred and temporal instruments – Indian harmonium and shruti box, plucked and hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, mosenos, various flageolets, synthesisers and keyboards, guitars, bass,
Tibetan bells and singing bowls – 4 drifting shards of ethereal and sometimes frightening beauty, rose petals on the snow that are finally revealed to be tiny, perfect drops of crystalline blood….
(more/buy)

2009.06.19

Lots of new items in the Hypnos store, and we’ll feature them here a few at a time until we’re all caught up. First, a new one from the
always excellent Infraction label.

Alio Die & Aglaia – Private History of the Clouds
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2009. Latest from the Infraction label. They say: “This has been in the works for almost 1.5 years. Is there finer ambience (save
Oophoi perhaps) coming from Italy outside of these two acts? And a collaboration to boot. Nice. 900 copies in the Japanese style mini-lp matte
gatefold sleeve. Beautiful layout courtesy of the ever-impressive designwork of Pyhai….
(more/buy)

2009.05.20

We’re doing some adjustments and upgrades to our Hypnos Online Store so it may be unavailable for a day or so,
but should be better than ever once the work is finished. Sorry for the inconvenience!

2009.05.04

We’re proud to announce our first new release of the year, our second-ever release by Steve Brand.

Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Children of Alcyone
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Steve Brand - Children of Alcyone

2009. The second release by Steve Brand on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, Children of Alcyone
demonstrates the characteristic otherworldly quality of the artist’s best work. Generally quite simple, at times
singlemindedly minimal, this work is nonetheless possessed of a depth and complexity that are revealed upon
repeated listening. Stretched-out drone structures combine with subtle tribal/ethnic elements to create very
effective atmospheres for almost hypnotic relaxation.

Though we’re tempted to call Brand one of our favorite “new” artists, in fact he has been
active as a recording artist for quite some time, having released many recordings under the name Augur, along
with a handful of solo and collaborative works under his own name this past year.

Steve Brand says:
“The inspiring energy for Children of Alcyone was/is the books of Barbara Marciniak. Marciniak’s books are said to be channeled information from the
Pleiadians, our distant multi-dimensional ancestors from the Pleiades constellation. (Alcyone is the name of the “central sun” of this constellation.) Upon being
introduced to these books, I was immediately taken by their wit and irreverence, the nearly unfathomable timeline of events, and their uncanny relevance to
things that are currently taking place here on Earth (the first of these books were channeled in the early 90’s).

The initial sound sketches for “Children” were begun in September of 2007 in the tidal wave of energy that was Steve Roach’s “Into the SoundCurrent” masters’
class, and elaborated upon, refined, and re-energized over the intervening 3 years in my own studio. The result is a sometimes murky, sometimes soothing,
sometimes phantasmagorical series of excursions through multiple timelines, and myriad possible half lit universes that other versions of ourselves inhabit.

My friend, and frequent collaborator, Jonathan Benham, not only created the art for this disk, but contributed energy and sounds to a couple of tracks with
his array of homemade instruments during a series of improvisations between he and myself captured at my studio.”

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Golden Cloud – (08:17) – mp3 clip
2. Light Age – (22:51) – mp3 clip
3. Outside the Grid of Time – (17:15) – mp3 clip
4. Into the Central Sun – (12:30) – mp3 clip


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2009.04.16

We just received a giant shipment of Dark Duck label releases, most of which are new to our catalog. Here we go!

Stephen Philips – From the Vaults Volume 1 (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Stephen has begun digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings. Distant memories, and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing sound worlds long forgotten. Once again being inspired by this material, he has started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults which will be coming out periodically. Offered up here is the first in the series, aptly named, Volume 1. If features some material originally recorded in 1995, 1996, and 1998 along with new mastering techniques, and some newly recorded material, Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was in 1995/1996 when it was originally recorded….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips – From the Vaults Volume 2 (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults. Offered up here is the second in the series, aptly named, Volume 2. If features some material originally recorded in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips – From the Vaults Volume 3 (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
A few years ago, Stephen began digging through the vast vaults here at Dark Duck Records and listening through hours of archive recordings of distant memories and forgotten lands. Among some of these recordings he has found some amazing soundworlds long forgotten. Being inspired by this material, he started developing a new series of recordings called From The Vaults. Offered up here is the thirds in the series, aptly named, Volume 3. If features some material originally recorded in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Stephen then began doing some re-mastering on the material from the original source analog tapes. The end result is quite good. Stephen has begun sculpting this series, which features ambient, drone, and some subtle spacemusic themes. This timeless music sounds as fresh today as it was back when it was originally recorded more then a decade ago….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips – Mile High Chill 1 (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This album is the long-awaited follow-up in Stephen Philips’s Timezones series and this one features the Mountain timezone. This CD was recorded live in Denver, Colorado, May 1997 and features some outstanding deep chill material. This is a must have. Not to be missed are the tracks Global Rebound and Space Worms. Originally released June 1997. 10th anniversary edition remastered and re-released December 2007….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips – Avalon Chill (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Originally released in 1998 and part of the Timezones series, this release was revisited in 2007/2008, remixed and remastered using updated techniques. The results are astounding and present this classic music in an all new light…
(more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin – Ancient Memories (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Lucette Bourdin is an extremely talented musician who creates stunningly beautiful music, floating melodies, and wonderful textural ambience. This is her 3rd release on Dark Duck Records and continues in her beautiful floating drones style that can also be heard on all of her Dark Duck Records releases….
(more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin – Drums and Repercussions (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
This CD is Lucette’s 5th release on Dark Duck Records and with each subsequent release, her musical craft gets more and more focused, as well as introduces us to a whole new side of her sound. This release features her trademark ambient sounds, along with gentle beats and rhythms that fill the sound out and bring a whole new flavor to her palate of sound…
(more/buy)
Lucette Bourdin – Under Currents (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Lucette Bourdin is an extremely talented musician who creates stunningly beautiful music, floating melodies, and wonderful textural ambience. This is her 2nd release on Dark Duck Records and continues in her beautiful floating drones style that can also be heard on all of her Dark Duck Records releases….
(more/buy)
SunDummy – Final Thaw (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
omposed and performed by SunDummy with nothing but guitars and processors…ambient themes, experimental textures, and much much more. This CD manages to capture the essence of winter through the use of stark drones and thematic textures.
-Dissonance Records…
(more/buy)
Isomorph – The Black Chasm (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
In 2001, Isomorph released an amazing CD of deep drone in the blackest sense. The CD was pressed on a pure black disc which just made the blackness even blacker. Some time later, the CD went out of print and was no longer being offered for sale. We here at Dark Duck Records thought that was just a crime, so we set out to re-release the CD. While we were at it, we decided to do a little remastering on the thing. Not much, just enough to give it that little extra something. So after 8 years, we are proud to bring you, once again, this drone classic from 2001 …
(more/buy)
Soul In Limbo – Driven By Thanatos (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
From Australia comes the 2nd release from the very talented Soul In Limbo. This time around, Soul In Limbo explores some very dark territory. Thanatos, or the death instinct, drives this music through a vast array of soul searching….
(more/buy)
Aidan Baker – Loop Studies 2 (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Composed and performed by Aidan Baker with nothing but guitars, loopers, and processors.
This cd features a perfect blend of looped ambience and melodic themes that seem to drift and fade, ebb and flow….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Numina – Descent of the Falcon (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
On 10 May 2008, Stephen Philips went to Denver Colorado, entered the Mysterium, and embarked on yet another massive improvised jam with friend and talented ambient artist Numina (Jesse Sola). The approximately 6 hour jam revealed a variety of interesting things as these artists began to musically mind-meld. They ran the gamut of sounds and styles over these 6 hours and explored some new territory at the same time….
(more/buy)
Drone Forest/Stephen Philips – Blurring the Edges (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
More then 2 years in the making, this first collaboration brings together 5 monarchs in drone. Drone meister Stephen Philips and fellow drone masters, Drone Forest, aka, Ian Stewart, Mike Bowman, C. Reider, and Davie Blint. These talents seemlessly blend to create an ooze of textural goodness previously unheard on any level.
These godfathers of drone then went to work sculpting and shaping additional sounds and samples, then mixing and blurring the lines so many times, the focus was totally lost. The edges here truely have been blurred beyond recognition….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Ben Summers – Behind the Mirror (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
From behind the mirror, dark worlds are revealed through the use of slightly experimental deep chill ambiences. Dark melodies, spacey ambiences, sinister themes, and haunting textures, float and shimmer through the black void and out to the other side of the mirror….
(more/buy)
Stephen Philips & Rigel Orionis – Complexities (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rigel Orionis and Stephen Philips get together for the first of what promisses to be several fascinating collaborations. This 60 minute long-form offering features minimal ambient drone, elaborate environmental field recordings, and finely textured ambiences. This ever-shifting potpourri of sounds is sure to delight on many levels…
(more/buy)
Rigel Orionis – The Anatomy of Zen (Part 1) (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
\ The Anatomy of Zen Parts 1 and 2 are really 2 sides of the same coin. Both different, but sonically similar, they are considered to be companion pieces and should be listened to side by side. We think these 2 CDs represent the best work Jim has ever done and are optimistic that he will continue to hone his craft and perfect his art….
(more/buy)
Rigel Orionis – The Anatomy of Zen (Part 2) (cdr)
(Dark Duck category)
(Price: $12.99)
The Anatomy of Zen Parts 1 and 2 are really 2 sides of the same coin. Both different, but sonically similar, they are considered to be companion pieces and should be listened to side by side. We think these 2 CDs represent the best work Jim has ever done and are optimistic that he will continue to hone his craft and perfect his art…
(more/buy)

2009.04.15

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen new work from Ruben Garcia, and it’s our pleasure to offer his latest release
on the TrancePort Special Editions label:

Ruben Garcia – Through the Looking Glass (cdr)
(A Produce category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Through the Looking Glass is he first album of new material from pianist/ synthesist/minimalist Ruben Garcia in nine years.
Here Garcia’s gift for melody and seductive rhythms shines through, as well as a gift for extended space/ambient excursions that in some cases exceed
15 minutes in length. Sometimes unexpected, but always a pleasant surprise, Ruben Garcia’s latest opus continues to show the evolution of an always interesting artist….
(more/buy)

2009.04.14

We recently received some re-stocks from the Nextera label, as well this new item, a collaborative release from Mathias Grassow:

Mathias Grassow & Jiri Mazanek – Inner Path
(nextera category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Inner Path — the idea of combining pure handplayed acoustic instruments with modern electronics, samples and nature-sounds. With a
spiritual sight behind, Inner path is open for free direction and interpretation nevertheless with a strong focus inside ourselves by considering the existence
here on earth as ONE of many journeys back into the inner light. This work is a remembrance…”
-soleilmoon.com…
(more/buy)

2009.04.13

It was always our intention to lower the price of Vidna Obmana’s An Opera for Four Fusion Works series once
the final act was released. Not only have we cut the price on the “Acts 1-4” package from $41.99 to $34.99, we’ve also
slightly reduced the individual disc prices, for those of you who have purchased part of the series, but not all.

For those unfamiliar with this Vidna Obmana “series” release, each “Act” involved a collaboration between Vidna Obmana
and a different recording artist, and was released separately. “Act 1” was a single-disc release, but packaged in a 4-CD
case designed to hold all four Acts together. Acts 2, 3 and 4 were released in a paper sleeve with a booklet, to be inserted
in the Act 1 case (or, of course, they fit into a standard CD case if you prefer not to buy Act 1)

Act 1 featuring Dreams in Exile, $10.99 (more/buy)

Act 2 featuring Bill Fox, $9.99 (more/buy)

Act 3 featuring Kenneth Kirschner, $9.99 (more/buy)

Act 4 featuring Steven Wilson, $9.99 (more/buy)

Acts 1-4 combined, $34.99 (more/buy)

2009.03.19

For a while now, Hypnos has been involved with helping the Atmoworks label create CDR versions of their previously download-only
releases, and we’d like to draw attention to some of the more recent releases:

miKroNaught – Neutrino_2.1 (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. The latest from AtmoWorks is by miKroNaught, the brainchild of AW owners and electronic music heavyweights Vir Unis and MjDawn.
Months of collaborative composition and file swapping compounded by a lifelong friendship and the collected experience of their individual careers have
come together in a mind-blowing percussive journey….
(more/buy)
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth – Busy With Dreams (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Steve Brand and Dean Richards (aka Disturbed Earth) return with the second installment in a trilogy of
albums that began with “Broken Gold” in late 2008. This newest release, entitled “Busy With Dreams” exemplifies the remarkable ability of these
two talented musicians to blend their disparate styles to create something new and wondrous….
(more/buy)
SAVO & Disturbed Earth – Flight of Fancy (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. “Flight of Fancy” is the second of two simultaneous-release collaborations between long-time AtmoWorks recording artist
Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth) and relative newcomer Salvatore Fanara (SAVO). Working together despite being seperated by thousands of miles,
these two remarkable artists have delivered some breath-taking new music for AtmoWorks….
(more/buy)
SAVO & Disturbed Earth – So Far (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. “So Far” is the first of two simultaneous-release collaborations between long-time AtmoWorks recording artist
Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth) and relative newcomer Salvatore Fanara (SAVO). Working together despite being seperated by thousands of miles,
these two remarkable artists have delivered some breath-taking new music for AtmoWorks….
(more/buy)
Holon – Dream Awake (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. Holon creates exceedingly beautiful music blending ambient soundscapes and rhythms. Charity writes about her album:

“Dream awake was a vision of mine to create a journey through sound. All the tracks are inspired by journeys of all sorts. This album is a sound healing ambient
endeavor. I create music with the belief that sound is a carrier wave of consciousness, and that it is the intent or the purpose behind the sound that matters.
Sound healing is the root of all my creations. My soul purpose with this album is to take you on an unforgettable journey within yourself and out into the realm of the unknown.”
….
(more/buy)
Vir Unis – Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2009. New work from AtmoWorks artist and founder Vir Unis.
In ways it is aligned with earlier work that Vir Unis did with Steve Roach or Saul Stokes and solo work like Mercury
and Plastic as well as Book of Mutations. There are deep and ultraviolet colored aural landscapes to explore while
geometrical images of rhythms and electro-acoustical hybrid grooves forge new paths…..
(more/buy)
Steve Brand – LightTools (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. LightTools is Steve Brand’s first long form piece, taking over a year to complete. Constructed of keyboard textures, bells and voice, this
63 minute piece takes the listener on a journey through brightly lit zones of intoning celestial choirs, only to submerge into volcanic, rumbling clouds of mercurial darkness,
returning again to skscapes that are at once familiar, yet alien….
(more/buy)
Steve Brand/Disturbed Earth – Broken Gold (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. Broken Gold is a longform track composed by two very
talented and prolific AtmoWorks’ artists, Disturbed Earth
& Steve Brand. Broken Gold seethes and undulates with a
variety of very stereophonic and swirling atmospheric
sounds that have been crafted by these two artists from
their respective studios…
(more/buy)
Steve Brand – Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. Steve Brand returns with his second AtmoWorks release, following up on the success of “SoulSpiral”. His new release, “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold”, is a 5-part journey through some of the most moving and subtly-textured ambient to date. Steve had this to say about the new release:

“‘Because We Were Once Covered In Gold’ was created about the same time as my album, “Bridge to Nowhere,” and both were inspired by channeled material I was reading at the time. The
gyst of that material is that our natural state is that of masters of a unimaginable number of realms and selves, and that we are in fact, limitless and empowered multidimensional beings, only
temporarily encased in flesh and bone. Through the channels, these beings recalled long forgotten civilizations, planets and cultures far grander and creatively rich than ancient Greece or
Egypt. I began to get a real sense of the depth of time, of place and of feeling that I wanted to convey and recreate in music. There were times when working on ‘Because We Were Once
Covered In Gold’ that I sat back and listened to what I had done (or what came through me) and thought, ‘When did I do that? WHO did that?’ Created almost entirely of keyboard textures,
only occasionally punctuated with bells and natural sounds, this album is meant to be a key for journeying, rediscovering and connection.”

(more/buy)
Peter James – Is (cdr)
(AtmoWorks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. In Peter James words: The original idea behind the recording of ‘is’ was to create an album using only very limited instrumentation, mainly bass guitar,
and electric guitar — no synthesisers were used to make this album, only samples and loops made from bass and guitar work I had recorded in my studio. Often I would record an
hours worth of stuff, only to come out of the session with maybe a minutes worth, or less, of useful sounds. It was recorded between june 2007 and july 2008. It wasn’t an easy
journey. And that’s reflected in the overall tone and feel of the album. it?s also designed to be listened to loud, but it works well quiet, too. I?m not sure if it’s ‘dark ambient’, or ‘ambient’
at all. I guess that’s not for me to decide. For me – It just ‘is’….
(more/buy)

2009.03.18

For a while now, Hypnos has been involved with helping the Atmoworks label create CDR versions of their previously download-only
releases.. For now, here’s a list of all such releases available on
CDR at this time. Later this week, we’ll more specifically feature some of the most recent discs.

aw2022 Jonathan Hughes – Circumflex (cdr)
aw2009 Vir Unis / Disturbed Earth – Drawn From the Well (cdr)
aw2010 Steve Brand – Soul Spiral (cdr)
aw2027 Exuviae – Response (cdr)
aw2028 Exuviae – Settling Density (cdr)
aw2016 Mark Tamea – Buried Traktora (cdr)
aw2026 Igneous Flame / Achromus – Halo (cdr)
aw2020 Exuviae – The White Underneath (cdr)
aw2029 Razzlog – Dark Side of the Mood (cdr-EP)
aw2017 Disturbed Earth – Butterfly (cdr)
aw2030 Peter James – Is (cdr)
aw2024 Mark Tamea – Tessellation (cdr)
aw2021 Steve Brand – Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (cdr)
aw2025 MjDawn Frequency Response (cdr EP)
aw2023 Steve Brand/Disturbed Earth – Broken Gold (cdr)
aw2014 stillEarth – Silver Attracts (cdr)
aw2038 Steve Brand – LightTools (cdr)
aw2001 Vir Unis – Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (cdr)
aw2031 Exuviae – Starting to See (cdr EP)
aw2039 Holon – Dream Awake (cdr)
aw2033 SAVO & Disturbed Earth – So Far (cdr)
aw2034 SAVO & Disturbed Earth – Flight of Fancy (cdr)
aw2035 Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth – Busy With Dreams (cdr)
aw2050 miKroNaught – Neutrino_2.1 (cdr)

2009.02.25

Here we have a long list of new and new-ish items in the Hypnos store, from the Gears of Sand label.

Gydja – Machina Mundi
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Amorphous ambient time worlds; ever shifting and altogether mesmeric. Full-length release by Gydja, who
participated in the Hypnos release Echoes of Polyhymnia
(more/buy)
Northern Valentine & P.D. Wilder
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
Sprawling canvases of electric-guitar recast in a curtain of textured sonorities…
(more/buy)
Saito Koji – Guitar
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Light as a feather guitarscapes that float in chords made of cloud vapor…
(more/buy)
Zac Keiller – Unrefined
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Pure beautiful guitar drone in all its noisy glory…
(more/buy)
Asher – Simple Machines
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. 5 delicate and stirring meditations for looped acoustic guitar and fm radio…
(more/buy)
Stephen Bishop – Cllpss
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Two long compositions of delicate field recorded manipulations and submersible drones…
(more/buy)
True Colour Of Blood – All of the True Things I\’m About to Tell You Are Lies
(Gears Of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Guitar drone with a decidedly subversive edge…
(more/buy)
P.D. Wilder F/M
(Gears Of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. Electric guitar performed from the snowy backwater of Fargo, North Dakota: A gorgeous weave of icy drones and warm, melodic highs….
(more/buy)
Mathieu Ruhlmann – Fourteen Worms for Victor Hugo
(Gears Of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
Fascinating weaving of field recordings into an utterly sublime paeon to the absurdist genius, Victor Hugo. A truly epic release from the well known sound sculptor, Mathieu Ruhlmann….
(more/buy)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry – Vryashn
(Gears Of Sand category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. This two track opus is a truly epic immersion into the vast imaginations of Bible and Henry. The confident, effortless development of
broken piano treatment at Vryashn’s epicenter bring to mind the sublime energy of Harold Budd and Brian Eno…
(more/buy)

2009.02.18

And now, another batch of new additions, this time from the Canadian Dataobscura label and its new offshoot, Blue Oasis.

Description Without a Place – Filaments
(Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Filaments brings together, for the first time, the field-recording & sample manipulations of James McDougall (Entia Non) with the more synth-based skills of Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans). The result is a remarkable and unified flow of creativity that is ripe with juicy sonic details and moody atmospheres, and that is woven through with subtle melodic threads. Contemporary, glitchy, detailed, and musically absorbing, this is a work to come back to again and again. Filaments was composed via long-distance collaboration – Australia to Canada. Final compositions and mixing by APK….
(more/buy)
The Winterhouse – Lost
(Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Follow-up to the acclaimed debut album on Blue Oasis, Slow Promises, by the combined talents of Robert Davies and Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans). The drone mastery of Davies is overlaid with Kerby\’s melodic subtlety and sonic creativity in an organic, addictive, and flowing musical narrative. Much of the music has a brooding vastness and grainy density, with scatterings of embedded field recordings and curious sound baubles. These are melancholic stories of loss and isolation, but told with an artist\’s eye for the beauty of it all.

Lost stands as another testament to the power and depth of contemporary ambient music and its ability to open remarkable sonic vistas and meaningful moving landscapes…
(more/buy)

Entia Non – Updrafts
(Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
On Updrafts, Australian sound artist James McDougall serves up another gorgeous helping of scrambled field recordings, reconstructions, brittle textures, warm mechanisms, environmental rumblings, and a host of minute sonic abstractions and abrasions. The aural canvas is a rich shimmering, and sometimes skittering, collage of our human sound-world. Ripe with details, subtle developments, and underlying ambience, but flowing down unforseen channels like a stream-of-consciousness narrative. Microtonal and minimal, yet often lush and so very human, Updrafts is a welling up of the sonic world surrounding us every day. It is a testament to a world heard … but not heard. An admirable follow-up release to the earlier Fold….
(more/buy)
Robert Davies – Geography of Memory
(Blue Oasis/DataObscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
There is a thread running through all of Davies\’ work, it can perhaps best be named phantasy. Song titles signify these very visual, phantastic worlds, and the music moves us through them as in a dream. We drift, transfixed, within uncertain landscapes suffused with evolving visions, shadows, and apparitions. The land of faerie, of phantoms, and of the unconscious. Robert\’s music is founded in this subterranean, subconscious realm, and is grounded with deep drones that gently weave a sombre and mysterious web of enveloping sound through which we return to something more primal, but also to something more magical….
(more/buy)

2009.02.17

Here we have some recent additions from the Dutch label, Groove Unlimited, whose CDs are always very popular here.

Ron Boots – Mea Culpa
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Familiar sequences and soloing, but also some great unexpected tracks.”…
(more/buy)
Ron Boots – See Beyond Times – Look Beyond Words
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Obscure loops minimalisms are stumbling pitch in the misty corridors of a dreamlike hypnosis. Immerged cosmic waves,
these circles become more aerated rambling under a single pulsation which wanders among consistent synth layers borrowing the perfume of a soft vocal breeze.”
-Sylvain Lupari, Guts Of Darkness…
(more/buy)
Kees Aerts – If One Door Closes
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
Second solo cd. 12 rhythmic, sequencer tracks, ranging from 1990 to 2008.

(more/buy)
SYNTH.NL – AtmoSphere
(groove category)
(Price: $13.99)
The inspiration for this album came from the atmosphere around the Earth. The songs are inspired by the different layers of air around our world, the different cloud formations that are encountered in these layers and the sounds of different weather phenomena. While listening to this album you will travel through these layers of air starting on the surface of the Earth and ending up in space…
(more/buy)

2009.02.16

More review-age, and today it’s Drifts by Ben Fleury-Steiner.

Ben Fleury-Steiner-Drifts

“Hypnos has made something of a habit of resurrecting out-of-print releases, with the latest an engrossing hour-long set by Ben
Fleury-Steiner previously issued in 2005 on his own Gears of Sand label. Mastered by Robert Rich, the oft-mercurial material
evidences a greater-than-normal level of activity and tension than the ambient listener might be accustomed to but there’s no shortage
of becalmed moments too. The album’s stylistic character is immediately established in the opening piece ?Sundial? when tones gracefully
arc against a contrastingly bold backdrop of carousel-like organ percolations. In many of the subsequent ten pieces, a similar tension
between hyperactivity and restfulness appears, with a few well-placed meditative excursions offering occasional bouts of relief: for
every ?Descriptives? and its Eno-like percussive flurries, in other words, there’s a beatific setting of ambient calm such as ?Heal.?
Sometimes the two tendencies fuse into one, as happens during ?Flicker? when shimmering floodlights rapidly cross paths until the
pace slows to a state of frozen stillness, allowing the synthetic tones and washes to gently illuminate one another. ?Cicada? similarly
perpetuates the album’s predilection for merging gently flowing melodies with nimble percussive patterning which, naturally, calls to mind
the whirring chirp of the titular insects. There’s even a four-part suite titled ?Dreams? but don’t be put off by the New Age taint of the title
as the music proves amply rewarding. In the opening section (?Somnium Scipionis?), the restless churn of a machine rhythm underpins
the constant flutter of congealing synth tones, and in the third (?The Dust That Lies Between?), frog-like croaks burble below the track’s
shimmering surfaces. In one of the album’s most beautiful settings, the suite’s second part, ?Veritatis Splendor,? entrances with a
yearning and unabashedly emotive character that emerges as fragile crystalline tones swell while the long-form fourth, ?Absense In
Remota,? impresses just as much when its soft, tranquil exhalations lend it an uplifting, even celestial quality.”

–Reviewed by textura.org

.

“On the sub division Secret Sounds we find Ben Fleury-Steiner, an active musician in the field of atmospheric and electronic music, as
well as being a label boss himself, for Gears Of Sand. His ‘Drifts’ release is a bit long and seems to working around the similar idea:
rhythms are used, light weight instead of heavy bouncing dance pieces. Rhythms almost without bass end that guide the tapestries laid
out on the bed of synthesizers (analogue or digital. I don’t know but I think the latter). It’s not always an easy marriage of the two ends,
but at least, and that I think is the great thing about this release, he tries to move out the closed circle of ambient music. The rhythms don’t
add up to being ambient house, since they are not smooth enough, but have a wider sense of experimentalism, which at least tries to shed
new lights on the subject of ambient music. That alone is worth your attention, me thinks.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital E-Zine


Purchase-able directly from Hypnos for only $11.99

2009.02.15

More reviews of recent Hypnos & HSS & Binary CDs, this time Birds of Tin’s Rinpoche.

Birds of Tin - Rinpoche

“An animal of altogether different character is Birds of Tin, the pseudonym under which experimental sound artist Brooke
Oates records. His Hypnos Secret Sounds debut Rinpoche features two long untitled improvisations, the first forty minutes
and the second thirty-five, recorded in 2002 and with no post-recording editing performed. On the evidence of Rinpoche, the
Birds of Tin style might be characterized as ?aquatic? as episodes swim through the dense mix, each one slowly supplanting
the other; ?phantasmagoric? might be an even better descriptor, given the heady manner with which sounds and samples
continually intermingle and change shape in these ultra-dense collages. Oates seems to have an encyclopedic library at
his fingertips: the opening piece includes episodes of soft chanting, faint industrial rhythms grinding in the distance while
bright synth glissandi flit rapidly about in the foreground, the deep moan of a choir, percussive rattles, child-like whispers,
the elegant playing of a string orchestra, the bright waver of an alto saxophone, techno-styled thrums of lapping clicks, and
so on. The ?heavier? track two opens with an extended drone passage of intense flurries that evokes the relentless churn
at a cyclone’s center but the track eventually settles into a more even-tempered, neo-psychedelic state with vinyl crackle,
electrical resonance, percussive noise, and aggressive swirls taking turns in the spotlight. If anything, the second piece
moves Oates’ music away from ambient territory completely and pushes it in the direction of Philip Jeck’s woozy vinyl-based
constructions (a few inexplicable seconds of singing even surfaces at the half-hour mark).”

–Reviewed by textura.org

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
1 mp3
2 mp3


Why not purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store, and stimulate the economy?

2009.02.14

Here we are playing catch-up again, posting recent reviews for several Hypnos releases this next few days… first
up, Echoes of Polyhymnia, our “various artists” compilation featuring ambient and atmospheric music
by female artists. Our thanks, again, to the reviewers for their attention.

“Women artists as a group are seriously under-represented in the Ambient Music genre. The Hypnos label rectifies this situation somewhat with the
release of Echoes From Polyhymnia (67’55”), an anthology presenting ten works by ten innovative and imaginative female sound designers. Although each
track seems drawn from a different background, this CD sparkles with a common tender energy. Among those contributing to this effort is Sara Ayers and
her piece “There Was No More Time”. Within its sustaining space are heard layers of voices and synthesizer pads, all rising, shifting and receding in
dramatic confluence. Kristin Miltner realizes a restless extended soundscape full of distinctive vocal textures and curious metallic tinged drones. Her
“Slew Wave” is a rare work that is as sophisticated as it is lovely. “Wave-Particle Duality” by Gydja creates an odd quietude. Its breathing synth
chords conjure up a magical atmosphere as intermittent spacey drips, beeps and chirps keep the listener from drifting away. On “She Forgot, She Dreamed”
Lena Griffin continues her foray into the dark and reverberant tones she elicits from a viola and digital signal processing. The remaining tracks
provide equally wonderful experiences. From sound collage and tone poem to pulsing sequencer rides and breathy celestial choirs, Echoes From Polyhymnia
moves easily from the experimental and academic, to the sentimental and spiritual – while keeping a cohesive vision and common destination. Hopefully
more women will venture into this genre – bringing with them their inherent qualities and distinctive abilities. Ambient Music can only benefit from
more diversity among its artists.”

–Reviewed by Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

.

“Currently listening to Echoes From Polyhymnia. I haven’t listened to this in awhile. It is an excellent release. I’ve stated before that I’m not a big
fan of compilations. Some of the recent Hypnos comps have made me rethink my stance.”

–Harry Dibrell on the Hypnos Forum

.

“Hypnos manager and composer Lena Griffin curated this superb specially-themed compilation which features ambient sound works composed and recorded
exclusively by women (in Greek mythology, Polyhymnia was the Muse of sacred hymn, hence the choice of recording title). Though the ?female composers?
angle provides an imaginative hook, it’s ultimately of secondary import (if not altogether irrelevant) once the music starts. What’s more notable is
the recording’s stylistic diversity, with the artists exploring multiple genres (ambient naturally but also drone and electro-acoustic) and moods
(everything from pretty to portentous) in the seventy-minute set’s ten compositions.

The collection begins promisingly with ?Nufon,? a reverie-inducing overture by Margaret Noble wherein glimmering and chiming tones dance lightly, but
the skies darken immediately thereafter when Stellaria Fennica’s (real name Mari Aho) ? Hibernia ? arrives with dramatic, piano-based tribal atmospheres
and Niklas Adrian’s hypnotic vocal chants. Kristin Miltner follows with the release’s longest piece, ?Slew Wave,? a thirteen-minute celestial setting
created using computers, bells, birds, and wordless angelic voice that resembles a flower blossoming in slow motion. Elsewhere, Torontonian Rose Bolton
contributes ?An Unheard Message,? a pensive meditation for piano, cello, and percussive textures that is as much an exploration of silence and
reverberation, while Clarissa Borba layers vibes and chimes over a medium-pitched string drone in the melancholy rumination ?Floating Tones.? Also
present are Sara Ayers’ gently flowing streams of choir-like tones (?There Was No More Time?), Gydja’s humid oasis of awakening organisms (?Wave-
Particle Duality?), and The Floating World’s softly piercing flute tones and phantom whooshes (?Kanam?). In Griffin ‘s own haunting closer ?She Forgot,
She Dreamed,? choir-like moans well up from deep, echo-laden caverns and ethereal viola tones stretch across vast spaces. Echoes of Polyhymnia
ultimately proves to be a fine addition to the Hypnos catalogue, regardless of whatever gender-related conceptualizing entered into its creation.”

–Reviewed by textura.org

Echoes of Polyhymnia is available for $12.99 directly from Hypnos
here.

2009.01.11

It’s been busy around here through the holiday season, with weather emergencies here in Portland, out of town guests, holiday obligations,
that whole “changing the calendar” thing, and more. Anyway, we failed to post a news update about a new Hypnos Secret Sounds release
that we actually made available right at the end of 2008, so here it is… The Glittering Domain by Deepspace

Artist: Deepspace
Title: The Glittering Domain
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Deepspace - The Glittering Domain

2008. Deepspace is a pseudonym for Mirko Ruckels, a
German-born ambient/electronic musician who now resides in
Brisbane, Australia. His previous releases have been
self-released, and The Glittering Domain is his
debut on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

We at Hypnos view Deepspace as one of the
top up-and-coming ambient music talents of the past few
years, and electroambientspace.com agrees,
naming him New Artist of the Year for 2007 and saying:
“Mirko Ruckels is a great new talent, a cross between
Steve Roach and Stars of the Lid, with a dash of Budd
and Eno.”

Abstract and definitely “ambient” in nature, The
Glittering Domain
simultaneously exhibits a strong
musical sensibility, with a sound and structure reminiscent
of artists such as Vidna Obmana and Numina. Though Hypnos
may be best known for unstructured “drone” style recordings,
we really enjoy a recording like this one that has more
of a tonal basis.

Deepspace described by stillstream.com:
“Lush, exquisite, flawless, refined, striking, beautiful…
we could go on and on with adjectives to describe the
music of Deepspace. One of our favorite discoveries in
the past year, this is an artist to keep a close eye
on – and one we encourage all our listeners to visit
right away.”

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
Introduction- The Chord of the Abyss MP3 clip
Encountering Giants MP3 clip
The Colossals MP3 clip
Crushed by the Weight of Angels MP3 clip
Elevenward MP3 clip
Lacrimosa’s Visitation MP3 clip
The Glittering Domain MP3 clip
The Sleeper (Close) MP3 clip


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2008

2008.12.18 (later)

Just a reminder about this other, earlier Birds of Tin release on the Manifold label, now that we have the new one on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Augur and Birds of Tin – Strange Seeds come from Odd Flowers
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
As we get ready to release our first project by Birds of Tin, we’re happy to offer this earlier recording which was a
collaboration between Birds of Tin, and Steve Brand’s earlier musical identity, Augur.

“Solo and collaborative tracks from these two musicians. Excellent atmospheric electronics and found sounds. Very highly recommended.”
-Self Abuse Records…
(more/buy)

2008.12.18

We’ve fallen a bit behind recently on Hypnos new releases, but we’re back on track now (just in time to be re-interrupted by the holidays very soon) with this
new release from Birds of Tin, Rinpoche.

Artist: Birds of Tin
Title: Rinpoche
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Birds of Tin - Rinpoche

2008. Birds of Tin is a pseudonym for experimental sound artist Brooke Oates. He has previously collaborated with
Rapoon and Augur (Steve Brand), and released several solo and collaborative works on a variety of labels,
most notably Manifold and Mystery Sea.

We are pleased to announce the first release by Birds of Tin, Rinpoche, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label. This
recording comes from an in-studio live improvisation from 2002, and covers a strange and varied sonic territory. Working in the
realm of sound art as much as “music,” the artist creates an effect that is hypnotic and at times seemingly psychoactive.

“Birds Of Tin is the one man project of Brooke Oates and there has been no new release since 2004. That perhaps might be right,
since the recordings here on ‘Rinpoche’ were improvised in 2002. Birds Of Tin had releases on Manifold, Solipsism, Mystery Sea and
XZF. What Oates does here is pretty much outside the lines of Hypnos: no finely woven tapestries of synthesizers, but a likewise finely
woven pattern of all sorts of heavily treated sound objects. Lots of echo and reverb on the tea cups that is. Two pieces, together spanning
some seventy-five minutes, whereas one would have been enough. Another difference is the improvisational aspect of the music, also not
unlike Hypnos. Birds Of Tin seems to me a man who loves his record collection – don’t we all – and particularly records by zoviet*france
and to a lesser extent Rapoon. Sometimes things are a bit too haphazard in the way its put together, but then in other moments he proofs to
be capable of producing a nice tune. A pair of scissors to splice the tape would be handy though.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
1 mp3
2 mp3


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.12.17

Latest release from Hypnos artist Numina, though this new one is self-released.

Numina – Sound Symbols
(Numina category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. Description by Numina: “This was a 3-year work in progress which started out as the Almost Live project for the Ambient Ping download project.
Over the years I expanded it with the intention of releasing this as a full-length album but it got sidetracked until November 2008 when I had
some time to not only re-mix and re-master the original but also add brand new material throughout and what developed is “Sound Symbols.”…
(more/buy)

2008.12.08 (latest and last daily update)

Here’s the third batch today of reviews of recent Hypnos releases, in this case
our first release from Steve Brand, Bridge to Nowhere. Our thanks, again, to the reviewers for their attention.

“Recent entries on the labelís CDR imprint Hypnos Secret Sounds are of such vivacity one wonders why owner Griffin didnít deem them fit for ìlegitî silverdisc; itís a pleasure they exist, nonetheless. Making the case for Steve Brandís credibility is a no-brainer, but more puzzling still is why his profile remains negligible in the deep libraries of serious ambient collectors. Having built up a considerable catalog under both his given surname as well as the more opaque moniker Augur, Brandís traversed intercontinental soundscaping, digital rainforest raga, au natural acousmatics and abstract experimentation with the greatest of ease. Bridge to Nowhere is scorched savannah ambient, lethargic and lush, breathy and breathless, keenly felt across the two lengthy sojourns spanning the title tracks, where Brand simply allows his balmy drones to expand and contract at will. ìThrough the Lens of Loveî departs from the established norm with some well-ordered gamelan rhythms that brings the artistís fascination with tribal elderisms to the forefront, but eventually his nest of mbiras and xylophones ultimately become subsumed in the sticky mix. Great stuff.”

–Reviewed by Darren Bergstein, ei-mag.com

.

“Steve Brand, a veteran of more than twenty releases under the Augur alias, recently began issuing material under his real name with the four-track Bridge to Nowhere his first for Hypnos. With three of the pieces clocking in at twenty minutes apiece, you know you’re in for some hard-core ambient and Brand doesn’t disappoint. He also wisely invests the material with a broad sonic palette by supplementing a number of exotic instruments (rattles, flutes, bells, conch shell, thumb piano, Indian fiddle, etc.) with found sounds, vocals, field recordings and keyboards. Time slows noticeably in Brand’s material, and one’s heart rate seems to do likewiseóall the better to induce the meditative state one presumes he’s aiming for. In ìBridge to Nowhere 1î sparse piano tinkles, deep tones, exotic flute accents, and soft, high-pitched moans drift over a serene synth base. By contrast, the sonic mass expands in the later ìBridge to Nowhere 2î until its windy howl reaches a progressively more intense pitch. Accompanied by the soft, late-evening chirp of insects, church organs lend a melancholic, hymnal dimension to ìBreathing Lightî that’s not only calming but lovely too. The music’s glacial unfurl camouflages the subtle swell in volume that occurs during the first half, and the sudden dispersal of minimal piano notes over the placid base proves arresting. As the piece moves towards its end, the insect sounds get louder, accentuating the sense of context that’s subliminally persisted throughout. After an introduction of thumb piano and tinkles, ìThrough the Lens of Loveî draws Bridge to Nowhere to a tranquil close but not before a near-symphonic coda takes the listener on a final plunge into the depths. It’s the perfect soundtrack for those early evening moments when light fades and surrounding details gradually disappear into the encroaching darkness.”

–Reviewed by textura.org

Steve Brand’s Bridge to Nowhere is available for $11.99 direct from Hypnos
here.

2008.12.08 (later)

Another batch of reviews of recent Hypnos releases, in this case
our first release from Darkened Soul, Bathys. Thanks again to the reviewers here!

“Mike Soucy, aka Darkened Soul, prefers to dive down 20,000 leagues under the sea in order to float Bathys to the surface. The large-scale impact of his scabrous drones hitting you over the head with blunt force trauma, Soucy designs some inescapably desperate scenarios of quite unsettling natures. Of course, as with most longform musics of such darkly atmospheric stripes, these endlessly shifting tonal wrecks stay for the most part static, which isnít necessarily irredeemable. Darkened Soul will never be confused with the happy wanderer: the coruscating waves of echo and steel hull collisions of ìAteleiotos Agkareiaî has roots sunk in decades-old bastard industrial obfuscants, which supports its clanky sturm und drang with some deeper imagistic heft, and also draws linkage to recent black metal brigadiers whoíve forsaken their guitars for samplers. ìTrelaî is all about dense vibration, as if a mothís wings were miked then amplified a hundred-fold, on which caress a storm surge of galvanic rip tides. Things devolve when ìYpexairesiî unfolds its skein of cyclonic noise, oscillating static charges the color and texture of brillo glancing about the surrounding inimical terrain. Soucy doesnít pull any punches on the closing title track, either; although the previous abrasive gusts are absent, in their stead hammers bang on grimy bulkheads, swap tensile blows with tongs, and occasionally erupt through the relentless and enveloping maelstrom. All told, simple but effective.”

–Reviewed by Darren Bergstein, ei-mag.com

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“Bathys represents the first appearance on Hypnos Secret Sounds by Darkened Soul (real name Mike Soucy) and, as the moniker obviously implies, Soucy specializes in dark ambient moodscaping. Rather less obvious is the fact that the Greek word ìbathysî means ìdeepî in English, and is the root of ìbathyscaphî which is a submersible vessel used for deep sea exploration. Without question, the six pieces comprising Bathys are immersive, and Soucy artfully assembles his sounds into disturbing, dread-filled atmospheres. The powerfully evocative pieces suggest the industrial murmur of a factory at three a.m. that one hears faintly rumbling in the distance, the ghostly night-time fog that shrouds a harbour’s gently rocking boats in gloom, and the violent churn of amplified winds roaring through a hollow, chemically rusted-out tunnel. Soucy may admirably opt for understatement in his compositional design but there’s ample textural detailórumbles, soft tinkles, vaporous thrum, etc.óin play throughout a given piece. The ten-minute title piece evokes less a deep sea plunge than torture sounds emanating from a hidden dungeon; the intermittent clanks and strikes are just abstract enough to allow the listener to conjure all sorts of violent scenarios, and the incessant churn that accompanies it only intensifies the disquiet.”

–Reviewed by textura.org

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“At the other end of the spectrum we find Darkened Soul, which is one Mike Soucy, who has had a couple of self-released CDRs as well as a release on Umbra, the label of Oophoi. ‘Bathys’ means deep in Greek and throughout the six pieces there is thematic approach of deep sea
– a bathyscaph is just a difficult word for submarine. The music is dark, like a deep sea movie sound track of rusty vessels bouncing to eachother, metallic sounds clonck about, set against a dark set of drones played on (soft-)synths. Music that would fit easily on Mystery Sea. More experimental than Borghi and more noisy, if at all that is a word that is appropriate here, than Griffin. Three different angels of ambient music. Maybe to the outsider the margins are small, to the initiated essential.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard for Vital Weekly

Bathys is available for $11.99 direct from Hypnos
here.

2008.12.08

As mentioned last week, the next installment of “catching up with Hypnos CDs in review.” Today, a collection of reviews of the
latest M. Griffin solo CD Fabrications. Other, earlier reviews of this release may be seen
here. Our thanks to all the reviewers for their attention and support.

“If its gritty, grotty, granulated textures are anything to go by, Hypnos founder Griffinís own long-in-the-tooth Fabrications, the follow-up of sorts to 1997ís Sudden Dark, hasnít squandered its evolutionary arc. At least he puts his money where his mouth/sound isóvirtually embodying the Hypnos gestalt, Griffin massages, coaxes, and exacts all manners of eerie sonic turbulence from natural, neÈ acoustic, sources. Other than signal processing, Griffin has abandoned ìtraditionalî methods of aural mutation and frequency daubing in the realization of six elusive, often incorporeal, environments. ClichÈ is abandoned, too: rather than allowing the natural ebb and flow of liquids to generate tension, Griffinís samples of ocean and waterfall on ìWater is Silverî instead rubs its mercurial tide up against a ballast of corroded iron stirred within cloudbanks of disinterred reverb. Navigating us and his sounds through tunnels barnacled and wind-etched, Griffinís fragmentary snapshots, depixellated, the emulsion bleached and stretched taut, require his nimble direction, and our fertile imaginations, to hammer them into tangible, if fleeting, shapes. A somnolent piece of hauntology such as ìDeviseî appears as if wrenched from a carnival of souls, its disembodied voices caught in EVP flux, just out of reach and trapped between dimensions thick with echo and (reci)process. As you may now glean, Griffinís tactile soundscapes subvert the ambient model in no uncertain terms. He achieves a fitful balance between poles, neither Lull-ing his audience to sleep nor making them reCoil in abject terror, though exposed to the final cumulative 22 minutes that is ìSky is Glass Litîórife with a veritable catalog of extrasensory percolations, altering tableau, and ghost cadencesóitís clear Griffinís aural fictions are the stuff of daymares rather than nightdreams, a threnody of compelling, edgy, anxious grimbience with precious few parallels.”

–Reviewed by Darren Bergstein, eimagonline.com

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“Fabrications, by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin, is a different animal altogether. Eschewing synthesizers and ambient minimalism altogether, Griffin’s long-promised sequel to his Sudden Dark debut (originally planned for a 1998 release, Fabrications was re-worked, retired, and re-worked again over a decade) is essentially a collection of field-recordings-based collages. But it’s no slapdash affair cobbled together in a weekend or two. Griffin meticulously assembled ìreal-worldî recordings compiled from multiple locationsófreeway sounds, ocean waves, factory machinery, trains, etc.óinto the hour-long recording’s six pieces, some of which contain upwards of one hundred layers. What most distinguishes the collection is that Griffin ‘s tracks are less collages than compositions. Though constructed from field elements, the material has been arranged with obvious care, resulting in tracks that are well-conceived wholes rather than streams of random sounds. Helping to unify the recording are the vocal sounds that appear in varying degrees of prominence throughout ( Griffin ‘s voice moves to the forefront in ìDeviseî where the entranced repetition of the track title alternates with low-level industrial flow). With so many different and manipulated sounds sharing a given piece’s aural space, the material begins to feel decontextualized, as if it’s inhabiting an artificially-generated spectral realm. Overall, gloomy ambiance pervades the work and the recurrence of phantom whispers, rustling noises, and droning tones calls to mind the work of zoviet*france. After five pieces of modest length, Fabrications ups the ante with ìSky is Glass Lit,î a twenty-three-minute outro that’s like an alternately peaceful and unsettled dream state transcribed into aural formóa description that could just as easily be extended to the album as a whole.”

–Reviewed by textura.org

We’ll have more reviews, of other releases, very soon. You can, of course, purchase Fabrications for $12.99 direct from Hypnos
here, or just follow the
link to hear audio clips and read more.

2008.12.05

Regarding the question of reviews of Hypnos CD… I recently heard from one of the prominent reviewers in the ambient & experimental music
genres, asking why I had not posted any of the reviews he had recently sent of Hypnos CDs. To him, and to any other reviewers wondering the
same thing, I wanted to apologize and explain that I currently have a backlog of reviews that I need to sort through, format, and insert into the
Hypnos web site.

It pains me to think that people who are giving time and attention to the consideration of our CD releases, and helping to spread the word
about our work, may be distressed at not seeing their reviews among those I sometimes post here, on the Hypnos Forum, and the
Hypnos Online Store. I will work through the current backlog I have of such reviews, and try in the future not to allow such a lag time between
seeing the review and posting it. In the mean time, all should be assured that I don’t post reviews in any particular order, certainly not an
order of preference or anything of the kind.

So then, everyone will be seeing more reviews around here very soon. To those of you who have written reviews of Hypnos CDs and
wondered why they haven’t been posted here, I apologize and assure you that I meant no slight toward your important and appreciated efforts.

2008.12.02

We’ve begun to receive feedback on our recent females-only compilation Echoes of Polyhymnia

“My compliments for Echoes of Polyhymnia, great album!”

–Dennis Koepper, Databloem Records

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“A wonderful compilation from Hypnos, featuring women in ambient music. Highly recommended.”

–Scott Raymond, WVKR-FM

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“It sort of beats me why after a mere three months we get another compilation by Hypnos. Of course with many new names, but if a
compilation is to promote the artists on your label, then why not release those artists? The two CDR releases also received are by people
who I haven’t seen on either of these compilations. The only name I recognized was Gydja and no doubt Lena Griffin is connected to labelboss
M. Griffin. What ties these ten tracks together is the fact that all of this are by female composers. Some of them operate in the strict Hypnos
field of ambient music, such as Kristin Miltner, Margaret Noble, Sara Ayers, Gydja, Amanda Volta (though quite dark there), K. Cornelius (with
too much reverb). The exceptions here are made by Stelleria Fennica, whose pieces has some ethereal singing (think Hyperium’ ‘Heavenly
Voices’ series), the marimba and glockenspiel minimalism of Clarissa Barba and the treated piano of Rose Bolton. Lena Griffin’s piece for
heavily treated viola might pass on as true Hypnos music too, but its so dark that it falls outside the well-known paths too. These four tracks
make the difference here, but throughout it was a most enjoyable compilation, with many interesting names to watch out for.”

–Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

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“Haven’t seen many (any?) comments on this CD so thought I’d dive right in with my review. This one’s turning out to be the perfect soundtrack to
the fall/winter season, full of melancholy floating watery soundscapes. The beautiful cover art on this release really fits the music contained within.
Unfortunately, the disc opens with an awful track that annoys rather than soothes, “Nufon” by Margaret Noble. Didn’t quite see how this one fit.
Luckily it is only 3 minutes! Onto track 2, “Hibernia” by Stellaria Fenica. Now I never would have guessed I’d hear something like this on a Hypnos album,
but it’s great stuff. File under “goth ambient.” If you’re familiar with the Swedish goth band Arcana, who are one of the few (IMO) artists to do the Dead
Can Dance style with class and originality, this will be right up your alley. Martial drumbeats, melodic piano, Lisa Gerrard-like vocals, and tons of reverb.
This would have been a much better opening track. Track 3, “Slew Wave,” by Kristin Miltner. Wow, what a great track. Think female Saul Stokes, I kid
you not! Drifty experimental ambient w/heavenly processed female vocals. 13 minutes very well spent. Track 4, “Floating Tones” by Clarissa Borba.
Keeps the “water”‘ imagery going with what sound like a xylophone and bells. For some reason I think of Harold Budd on this one, perhaps in that it’s
quite “musical” and a bit avant-garde. Very nicely done. Next up is the Sara Ayers track “There Was No More Time.” She’s one of the few artists I’d
heard of before on this collection. Some great (female of course)choral voices reminiscent of Eno’s “Music for Airports” augmented with beautiful
electronic drones. Definitely one of my favorites on this disc. “An Unheard Message” by Rose Bolton–we’re back in Harold Budd-land with Budd-like
piano chords and tinkly flourishes of notes, cello, bells, some Alio Die-infused organic scrapes, and nice effects processing. Again, quite “musical” like
the Borba piece, and again very aquatic sounding. Next up is Gydja, who I’d heard before with her excellent Mystery Sea release a couple years back.
Nice electronic based soundscape with watery effects, some samples of a female scientist(?) speaking about cosmic rays. Another very cool track.
“Kanam” by The Floating World (aka Amanda Votta) is a dark ambient stunner done in collaboration with Gustaf Hildebrand (Cyclic Law label). This is some
very deep cosmic/organic ambient, Oophoi fans take note. An amazing track. “Of the Ancients” by K. Cornelius fuses reverb-drenched bells, and
echoing electronic effects, reminded me very much of Rapoon/Zoviet France (two very good reference points!) Another fantastic piece. Finally, we
have Lena’s “She Forgot, She Dreamed,” heavily processed viola piece with a very big Alio Die feel to it. A great way to close this very psychoactive
and meditational album. This disc is really successful in keeping a theme going (for me, that was water) and moving seamlessly from one track to the
next, even though some of the pieces are quite different stylistically. I am counting “Echoes of Polyhymnia” among my top five of 2008. Great job, Lena!!!”

–Reviewed by “drone on” on the Hypnos Forum

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“I received “Echoes of Polyhymnia” yesterday and have only been able to listen to it once. I agree with Drone On that this a very good release. I used to
not care much for compilations, but the recent batch of Hypnos comps have made me change my mind. I look forward to listening to this release a lot
more this weekend. I disagree with Drone On , however, about Margeret Noble’s track “Nufon”. I did enjoy this piece. The second track, “Hibernia” did
catch me by surprise , but not in an unpleasant way. All in all, another excellent Hypnos release. Way to go, Lena.”

–Reviewed by “hdibrell” on the Hypnos Forum

You can still purchase Echoes of Polyhymnia for $12.99 direct from Hypnos
here, or just follow the
link to hear audio clips and read more.

2008.10.29

Echoes, an important syndicated radio show for those of you who don’t know, recently named Saul Stokes’s album Villa Galaxia
as #8 on their albums of the month for October. Thanks to everyone at Echoes for your support!

You can still purchase Villa Galaxia for $12.99 direct from Hypnos
here.

Or if you like you can check out these mp3 sample clips first:
hello radar
vapor trails
blaze
night painting
eta car is a massive star
future gamma
embedded in amber
interrupted by time

2008.10.24

Here’s a new one in stock, actually an older, out of print recording on the Manifold label, that might interest many of our customers.

Augur and Birds of Tin – Strange Seeds come from Odd Flowers
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
As we get ready to release our first project by Birds of Tin, we’re happy to offer this earlier recording which was a
collaboration between Birds of Tin, and Steve Brand’s earlier musical identity, Augur.

“Solo and collaborative tracks from these two musicians. Excellent atmospheric electronics and found sounds. Very highly recommended.”
-Self Abuse Records…
(more/buy)

2008.10.23

We’re very excited to have the following new release announcement. It’s a unique compilation project, the first on
the Hypnos label not curated by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin. This project, which collects only works
by female ambient recording artists, was overseen and assembled by Lena Griffin, and it’s called Echoes
of Polyhymnia

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Various artists
Title: Echoes of Polyhymnia
Hypnos Recordings, hyp2855

Various Artists - Echoes of Polyhymnia (compilation)

2008.
Polyhymnia was one of the Muses of Greek myth, specifically the Muse of sacred hymn. Echoes of Polyhymnia compiles
music in ambient and related genres composed and recorded exclusively by women.
This genre is so male-dominated generally that we had a lot of fun gathering interesting ambient sounds, including some
works that have one foot in ambient territory and another foot in one of several different, related genres. It covers styles and
flavors as diverse as ambient, drone, glitch, vocal collage, goth and electronica.

Hypnos manager (and artist) Lena Griffin curated this specially-themed compilation which gathers an assortment of ambient &
atmospheric sound works from around the world. This project reveals a totally new angle on ambient music, more diverse and
wide-ranging than all previous ambient compilations from Hypnos. Ranging from ethereal to dark to pretty to spooky to melodic,
we think this album displays a solidly worthwhile musical and soundscape content beyond just the curiosity and “I’ve never
seen that before” factor of the theme.

“The nine Muses struck up a lifestirring melody. Polyhymnia, nursingmother of the dance, waved her arms and sketched in the
air an image of a soundless voice, speaking with hands and moving eyes in a graphic picture of silence full of meaning.”
The Dionysiaca of Nonnus

Track listing with mp3 sample clips:
1. Margaret Noble: “Nufon” mp3
2. Stellaria Fennica: “Hibernia” mp3
3. Kristin Miltner: “Slew Wave” mp3
4. Clarissa Borba: “Floating Tones” mp3
5. Sara Ayers: “There Was No More Time” mp3
6. Rose Bolton: “An Unheard Message” mp3
7. Gydja: “Wave-Particle Duality” mp3
8. The Floating World: “Kanam” mp3
9. K. Cornelius: “Of The Ancients” mp3
10. Lena Griffin: “She Forgot, She Dreamed” mp3

You can purchase Echoes of Polyhymnia directly from Hypnos for $12.99
here.

2008.10.16

So often, limited-release recordings go out of print before many people are able to get a chance to hear about them, and
often an artist’s later work starts to gather new fans, who wish they could have had a chance to find some of that artist’s
earlier recordings, which are no longer available.
We love to be able to use our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint to enable interesting and worthwhile recordings
to get back in print. Here is Drifts by Ben Fleury-Steiner.

Artist: Ben Fleury-Steiner
Title: Drifts
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Ben Fleury-Steiner - Drifts

2008. Hypnos Secret Sounds reissue of an out-of-print early
release on Fleury-Steiner’s own Gears of Sand label. Drifts
is a nice set of electronic ambient tracks combining different
repeating loops which overlap at different rates, falling (or
drifting?) in and out of sync with one another, creating ever-changing
organic ambient textures. Mastered by Robert Rich.

Tracklisting:
1 Sundial (3:08)
2 Flicker (4:28)
3 Descriptives (4:20)
4 Dreams Pt. 1 (Somnium Scipionis) (3:54)
5 Dreams Pt. 2 (Veritatis Splendor) (5:34)
6 Dreams Pt. 3 (The Dust That Lies Between) (6:26)
7 Dreams Pt. 4 (Absense In Remota) (11:45)
8 Cicade (6:27)
9 Tensile (4:44)
10 Heal (4:02)
11 Home (4:59)

REVIEWS:

“Really nice. Reminds me of what I wish Terry Riley were doing today.”

–Reviewed by THOM BRENNAN

“Ben Fleury-Steiner’s release “Drifts” is a fantastic combination of dreamlike ambience paired with melodic phrases and repeated samples. While many electronic artists have a tendancy to focus on one style, Fleury-Steiner is willing to take chances and pair different sound sources in a very successful and effective way. The mood is set with opener “Sundial” where percolating synths and a collection of looping patterns blend beautifully together. “Flicker” follows, a piece where analog pulses and pads give a sense of breathing and life, creating an organic feeling that immediately connects with the listener. “Descriptives” incorporates minimal percussive elements amidst a framework of flowing pads. It works to great effect, maintaining the floating calm of the ambient ideal, but again adding a human element to the track. Very nice. The four part “Dreams” suite follows, with the first segment “Somnium Scipionis” presenting a constantly shifting landscape of sounds and forms. Up next is “Veritable Splendor” with a lush and beautiful latticework of sweeping and floating sounds that dance around the soundfield, shifting around and through each other. “The Dust That Lies Between” follows a similar vein, adding short analog phrases that repeat throughout the course of the track. “Absens in Remota” completes the suite, a long form piece that incorporates thematic ideals from the earlier songs in the cycle and bringing them all together. It’s very nice work, a lovely example of conceptual ambience. Track eight, “Cicada”, uses higher pitched tones and backwards looping to distinguish itself from the previous tracks. It’s nicely done, and while stylistically it differs from previous tracks on the disc, it still maintains a thematic consistency that works well. “Track nine, “Tensile” features a buzzing lead line that plays overtop a low drone based background. “Heal” follows, a calm and meditative ambient track where tones weave and loop around each other. “Home” closes the disc with bubbling tones taking on a percussive role for a collection of samples and tones, creating a very interesting example of locational ambience. “Drifts” is a disc that captures the imagination and inspires the senses. It’s a fantastic synthesis of sounds and styles, and a wonderful example of how differing sounds can be brought together to create something fresh and exciting. A wonderful piece of work!

–Reviewed by RIK MACLEAN, PING THINGS

“Though favoring the kind of broad sweeps that only irising analog filters so triumphantly utter, Fleury-Steiner is careful to avoid the kind of artful banality that has stifled the creative impetus of, say, the last decade of Vangelis’ output. Not for “ambiance” only, these sumptuous Drifts are too playfully captivating for casual ingestion.”

–Reviewed by DARREN BERGSTEIN, e/i #7, winter/spring 2006

“This CD from 2005 offers 60 minutes of lightly coarse ambience. Combining shrill sounds with vaporous resonance, this music ventures just beyond the normal background aspect exemplified by most ambient compositions. While the tonalities never reach any degree of harshness, they are generally more piercing that conventional ambience. Mixed with fragile atmospheric swells, these grittier sounds are sedated, made more sympathetic. This union produces a curious temperance that is refreshing. Mechanical grindings swim in a pool of shimmering clouds. Sparkling chords coexist with twilight drones. Bass gurgles penetrate swaying notes that vibrate with a peculiar luminosity. Playful diodes sigh in tandem with lavish textural spreads. While normal ambient compositions take their time slowly evolving into a substantial presence, these tunes get right to the point, then embellish on their themes with engaging variations. With the exception of one twelve minute piece, the tracks average about five minutes in duration, suiting their compressed directness. This longer track pursues an unhurried path in the same mode, blending celestial passages with demonstrative punctuations in a manner that transcends time and space, resulting in an entertaining excursion into nebulous realms of slightly edgy disposition. This release was mastered by ambient pioneer, Robert Rich.”

–Reviewed by MATT HOWARTH, SONIC CURIOSITY

“Fleury-Steiner manages to work within a genre that seems to turn out new material as regularly as breathing, yet Drifts has an individual sound, a personality of its own – whilst ideal as aural ambiance it certainly doesn’t sink blandly into the background, the structures are too engaging to ignore, too attractive to dismiss.”

–Reviewed by PAUL JURY, Morpheus Music

“A good variety of all things ambient and electronic to be had here, blended in a unique way rather than just copying those who have gone before.”

–Reviewed by PHIL DERBY Electroambientspace


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.10.08

Yet another chapter in the book of “catching up with CD reviews,” here we have some recent reviews and comments regarding
Fabrications by M. Griffin, which has been our surprise best-seller of 2008 so far, even surpassing the two well-received
compilations.

“Over a decade in the making, M. Griffinís Fabrications CD is inventive ambience that challenges preconceptions of what constitutes ìmusic.î Only processed field recordings are used, culled from a variety of unique settings, ranging from a Hawaiian beach to a steel sheet cutter. The end result reminds me of other experimental ambient recordings, such as harmonic vocals in a cistern or underwater ambience. Tones are deeply resonant, more like white noise than music, but strangely soothing. Although vocals are not mentioned as source material, I think I can hear some briefly, albeit unintelligibly, in ìWater is Silver.î Mechanical churning and pulsing characterizes ìGravity,î and it sounds like being pulled into a vortex. If I had to guess, ìBehindî would be the track that uses the steel sheet cutter, although most tracks have a sort of industrial feel at times, none more so than the hard, cold, darkness of the 23-minute closer, ìSky is Glass Lit.î This is a particularly deep dive into all things dark ambient, culminating in a narrative of some sort, though processing renders it alien in nature, which is perhaps the best way to describe this inventive adventurous album.”

–Reviewed by Phil Derby, ElectroambientSpace

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“Labelboss M. Griffin is also a musician and in the past he made some nice blueprints of ambient music. Looking at the cover, I suspected not much development, but that is not true. Gone are the days of the synthesizer and welcomed are the field recordings. From sounds from the ocean to footsteps in a tunnel and then towards a large electrical transformer, plus more, he collected them all, and transforms them using a bunch of software – all dully described on the cover of his release. Not that the music sounds radically different than his old work, but this new approach is kinda refreshing, I think. Somewhere in the back you can hear these field recordings coming a long, but they are well hidden in the grass that the music is. A field of sound, based of the sound of a field. Like much of this music there is only a few developments per track, but throughout has each piece a character of its own. Its good to see Griffin moving away from the world of synthesizer ambient and creating a similar kind of music with entirely new elements. As such this is a great disc. ”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

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“It is getting ever more difficult to categorise or classify certain releases that come my way, with an increasingly growing core of artists that fuse a multitude of disciplines and genres, commentators like myself are struggling to slot these releases into neatly describable pigeon-holes. Very loosely M.Griffin is indeed a minimalist, maybe even an ambient artist that much is for certain, but his sound is not easily contained within any category of music as such, as the material here is sourced from field recordings..ok..so he is a field recording artist, but then he uses these field recordings and manipulates such sounds as steel sheet cutters, aircraft and ocean sounds, electrical transformers etc to create slightly angular ambiences..so heís a musique concret artist as well..are you getting my drift? It seems as if my job is getting more difficult, and yet from a consumerís point of view, I guess you just need to know what this all sounds like, right?

Well, not to be confused with the recent Chartier/Tietchens ìFabricationî release, Fabrications opens with Water is Silver – a dense, vaporous piece that draws upon all manner of ambiences, including looped, echoing voices, that nowadays sounds a little cheesy, and would have benefitted from being edited out of the final mix..but hey ho..it adds a little humanity as a reference point within this swirl of breathy ambience. Gravity is similar, using a bubbly central theme which then opens up into cavernous ambience, and once again..those little echoing voices creep into the mix.

By the time I get to half way into this collection, Iím getting a general feel for Griffinís approach, and whilst the use of a variety of sources is admirable, a lot of the time, the ambience is washed out with endless reverb, and low- end sounds that detract from the beauty of the field recordings. If you are proudly declaring that ìno synthesised or non-acoustic soundsî are present on the recording, then it seems strange that it is then made to sound just like it DOES have synthesised material on it..this a capably handled collection of works, but I feel that Mr Griffin could have pushed the beauty of his source material forward, and not over treating it would have yielded a more impressive result. Not earth-shattering..but well worth a second listenÖand for all you old Isolationists out there, this will most definitely float your boat.”

–Reviewed by BGN at http://whiteline1.wordpress.com/

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“Loving Fabrications by the way- I was just reading a screenplay sent to me by an SF writer, and forgot that I had your cd on- It added such amazing ambience to my reading. The opening was on a deserted spaceship- and your tracks were just perfect- atmospheric and slightly creepy but not in a garish way, a really neutral, subtle way.”

–Reviewed by Mirko Ruckels aka Deepspace

Can be had at the Hypnos Online Store…
Buy for $12.99, or read more

2008.10.07

We’ve been very pleased with the response to our latest compliation release Message From a Subatomic World, and here are a few reviews as well
as some less-formal comments about the album.

“Message from a Subatomic World excels at doing what Hypnos does best with their compilations ñ introducing listeners to a variety of new and established artists in a cohesive album. Austere’s “Crystil” is first, and it is a cool ten minute journey into a variety of ambient sounds. At first the music is almost imperceptibly quiet, but soon the soft drones are joined by beautiful wordless vocals that border on operatic in feel. Piano adds to the regal nature that briefly takes over before becoming soft drifting ambience again. Barely intelligible male vocals come later in forceful whispers. Evan Bartholomew’s “Sacrosanct” is next, and it does have a touch of the sacred about it ñ ambient church music perhaps. Bleeps and blips in “Distant Radiance” by Relapxych.0 are juxtaposed against glassy smoothness. Hypnos artist Numina follows with “Nadir Ever Spirals,” which swirls about in equal parts lightness and darkness. The entire disc, and this track in particular, has a very relaxed meditative quality. Jason Sloan paints a sonic picture of dark restlessness in “faded.forgotten[trace].” It is eerie and beautiful at the same time, whereas Phaenon’s “Quantum Silence” dives down into the depths. Ironically, Stephen Philips “Down Deep” brings us out of the darkness with a comparatively light airy floater. Pure drones fans have to check out Eric Kesner, aka True Colour of Blood. His “Choosing To Remain Blind” is composed entirely on guitar, though its warm ambient tones scarcely resemble one. Svartsinn creates a review for me with the perfectly titled “Cold But Strong.” The disc closes with one of the best known names in ambient music, Italy’s Oˆphoi. Also aptly named, “Icelight” could have formed a bookend with Svartsinn called “Cold But Bright” instead. With not a bad track to be found, this is an essential addition to any true ambient fan’s music collection.”

–Reviewed by Phil Derby / Electroambient Space www.electroambientspace.com

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“On the ‘normal’ Hypnos label, a compilation under the banner of
‘Message From A Subatomic World’, presenting the 2008 state of affairs
in ambient land. Just thinking out loud, I seem to recognize only the
names of Evan Bartholomew, True Colour Of Blood and Oophoi. I never
like reviewing compilations, and certainly not those that don’t have a
specific thematic approach, but are merely a postcard, the menu of the
day, or whatever. And unfortunately this ‘Message From A Subatomic
World’ is such a compilation. I played this frequently over the past
few days, especially in the later part of the evening when reading a
book, to take of my mind of whatever I heard during the day, or,
simply, other events. The ambient music of Hypnos and the ten artists
present here is most suitable for such an evening. Its music to relax
by, do ‘nothing’, to dream while being awake. Very nice. But I could I
tell who did what? Is there that ultimate stand out piece of music
that really makes that splitting difference, the new, spectacular view
on ambient music? I’m afraid there is no such thing. That can bother
me as a reviewer, not as a listener. Then I can simply enjoy the lush
textured music by Austere, Relapxych O, Numina, Jason Sloan, Phaenon,
Stephen Philips and Svartsinn.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

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“…from start to finish, a fantastic album – top selection of artists and music which is quite simply breathtaking. The blend of beauty and bleakness that’s sustained throughout the course of the album is spot on and it showcases very nicely just what makes the Hypnos label so special. I read Mike’s comment that this album has attracted a lot of interest – rightly so IMO.
Ok, so did it live up to my expectations? You bet it did. I love the more spacey feel to this compilation and it definitely isn’t a case of Hypnos playing safe and releasing “Sounds of a Universe…” Part II.”

–Reviewed by Zyp on the Hypnos Forum

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“Much beauty on this disk, and a pleasing addition to my Hypnos collection.”

–Reviewed by Hypnagogue on the Hypnos Forum

.

“Like [Sounds of the Universe Overheard], the second half (tracks 6-10) seemed to “kick in” for me more than the first half, for whatever reason. Not to say I didn’t like the first five tracks, they are all good. If I had to pick a favorite track, I’d go with Phaenon’s “Quantum Silence,” will have to investigate this artist further after this for sure. Stephen Philips’ “Down Deep” is another standout piece for me. Oophoi’s “Ice Light” is a perfect album closer and will not disappoint any Oophoi-fanatics. Well done by all involved. Looking forward to the next comp. of all female artists!”

–Reviewed by drone on, on the Hypnos Forum

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“For me the purchase was a fait accompli based upon my love of compilation discs (can’t beat the variety) as well as Hypnos’ (read M. Griffin’s) reputation for delivering a great product (packaging, art, sounds, etc.)…there’s just something about a Hypnos production that makes me eagerly anticipate the Postman’s footsteps.
As for the content of disc 2…I’d say possibly more stark…or slightly more somber than “…Overheard”. But whatever the description, I’ve had it on discman for 5 consecutive plays since receiving it last Friday as well as in my car, Saturday, during a 3 hour drive to pick up my kids from Summer camp (had to play their music on the way back, though).”

–Reviewed by g@b, on the Hypnos Forum

The CD is of course available through the Hypnos Online Store…
Buy for $12.99, or read more

2008.09.23 (later)

A couple of other new items for the Hypnos Online Store, we’ve got
the latest from Jeff Pearce, and a new one from the excellent new Somnia label, this time a collaboration between Juxta Phona and Offthesky.

Jeff Pearce – Rainshadow Sky
(Jeff Pearce category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. Always one of the most popular artists here at Hypnos, Jeff Pearce has a new self-released album, his
follow-up to Lingering Light.

“Beautiful and haunting, a collection of live instrumental recordings on the Chapman Stick, for listeners of Windham Hill and ECM.”

-CD Baby
(more/buy)

Juxta Phona & Offthesky – !Escape Kit!
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $15.99)
2008. Transmitting from an alternate universe where David Lynch is supreme diety, the orb\’s pomme fritz is the national
anthem, and flanger and pole are the world\’s most venerated heroes, Juxta Phona & Offthesky set forth a treatise of intelligent and
challenging electronic music. sliding through a series of surrealist landscapes , this album embeds texture and feeling into your
subconscious through dense and smoky occult electro-jazz rites. capturing a prismatic work reflecting both organic and digital faces,
Somnia is proud to release this unique and highly visual experience.

Limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by Ray Massini…
(more/buy)

2008.09.23

We have a few new items in the Hypnos Online Store, starting with
a few from the Waterscape label. It’s worth noting that previous Waterscape releases were limited 3″ mini-CDRs, and while
some of these new releases are in that format, some are also full-length discs. See the descriptions below for details.

Hakobune – Melting Reminiscence (ltd. 3″ mini cdr)
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $10.99, ltd 3″ mini-cdr)
2008. Melting Reminiscence is a blissful journey into a world of fuzzed out guitar dreams and a good portion of ambient. There are actual 2 pieces on this disc. The first one titled Yukidaruma which is the Japanese word for snowman. A wonderful drift into a piano dominated drone, with an incredibly warm and cozy atmosphere. The second piece entitled \”Melting Reminiscence\” is the longer of both songs. A shoegaze driven guitar drone into cotton clouds of sustain. No need to say anything more except that this is essential for lovers of the ambient guitar drone genre…
(more/buy)
Apalusa – Live from the Dry Valley\’s (ltd. 3″ mini cdr)
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $10.99, ltd 3″ mini-cdr)
2008. Live From The Dry Valley\’s is an almost 19 minute long guitar drone. Starting really slow just to catch your attention while it is building more and more until it reaches the climax which is a wonderful mesmerising layer of guitar tones with tremolo effect on it. In some way this could be compared to Fear Falls Burning, just with the exception, that Apalusa is hiking on the bright and warm side of the mighy guitar drone. Highly recommended to all lovers of the guitar drone…
(more/buy)
Peter Wright – Burning a Hole in the Sun (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $10.99, ltd 3″ mini-cdr)
2008. Peter Wright should not be a stranger for those who are into guitar drone music. So its my pleasure to bring you his newest release as a 3\” cd-r. Burning A Hole In The Sun is not what you expect, when you read Peter\’s Name. This one is far away from beeing soft and cuddly. Instead, its a slowly progressing guitar drone that starts low in volume and ends on the other side of the peak meter. Really noisy and aggressive stuff on this release….
(more/buy)
Sean Reardon – A Collection of Origins (ltd. cd)
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. A shimmering and glitchy mix of guitar manipulations made between 2007 and 2008…
(more/buy)
Aidan Baker & Jakob Thiesen – A Bout De Souffle (ltd. cd)
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. A Bout De Souffle is a 54 min Collaboration between Aidan Baker (who is also known as Nadja together with Leah Buckareff) and Percussionist Jakob Thiesen (who recently joined baker live on stage to play live drums). Aidan baker is famous for his experimental guitar music. This time things are a bit different. You wont find the typical Aidan Baker drone stuff here, but instead both men created an incredible journey through the fields of krautrock, Psychedelic and drone music. The Percussion of Jakob Thiesen adds a certain deepness to Bakers guitar explorations were he also uses bass and acoustic guitar to build an mind blowing album full of surprises and wonderful melodies…
(more/buy)

2008.09.22

We’ve had some great releases on our Hypnos Secret Sounds sub-label, especially recently,
but we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of our earlier releases for those who
may have missed them.

So, we’re running a two-fold special right now.

First, we’re cutting the price of 8 of the earliest HSS releases from $11.99 to $10.99 — permanently!

Second, we’re offering a 10% off coupon on all orders that include at least one HSS release… and the
10% discount applies to ALL the items in your order, not just the required Hypnos Secret Sounds item.

That means you can get an extra 10% off the new lower price on the 8 we just price-reduced, and it
also means you can get 10% off the newest ones as well, and better yet, it means you can get 10% off
anything else you order at the same time.

This coupon is valid through September 30, 2008, and may be used as many times as you like by then.

The coupon code: hss2008

Here’s a
direct link to the HSS section of the Hypnos store.

And since I know people like to look at pictures, here’s the cover of our latest on the Secret Sounds imprint:

2008.09.20

We’ve just received a review of Lena’s album Extended Gestures For Cello by Stephen Fruitman for the sonomu.net webzine.

“As an artist new to the recording scene, calling yourself simply “Lena” is certainly one way to make sure you don¥t stand out in the crowd. I believe there are already a
handful of Lenas on the record store shelves; I myself am currently working on a review of the third album by another Lena, the nom-de-reggae of French-Canadian sound
artist Mathias Delplanque.

However much she – and this Lena is indeed a she – hides the light of her personality under a bushel, Lena could not be more forthcoming in calling her album Extended
Gestures for Cello. For that is exactly what it is – a whopping seventy minutes delving into cello sonorities. A “gesture” is generally understood as a simple, physical
movement meant to convey a rather straightforward thought, and over ten tracks ranging from one to almost fifteen minutes, Lena coaxes many exquisite ideas out of her
overgrown fiddle while her husband, ambient stalwart M. Griffin, paints a slightly out of focus background with subtle electronic treatments. I particularly like the sense
of enormous indoor space they create on “Crowdmurmurs, Peopletalk”.

The longest track “Workings of Silver Fortunetellilng Machines” is a masterpiece of patience, as Lena strokes the cello once with her bow, allows the note to sound, carry,
get caught up in the discreet electrical storm surrounding it in space, and diminish before taking another swipe at the instrument. Probably one of the most meticulously
created and intellectually enjoyable ambient tracks I¥ve heard this year.
Not every single one of these “gestures” succeeds, but if Lena continues to carve out a career as ambient cellist, it will be interesting to see where her skill and
imagination take her.”

–Reviewed by Stephen Fruitman for Sonomu

Buy for $10.99, or read more

2008.09.18

We’re starting to see some reviews and radio play for Villa Galaxia, the new album by Saul Stokes. We have a couple of
more formal or official reviews, and a couple of informal comments taken from the Hypnos Forum.

“Operating at the heart of electronic music, Saul Stokes’ work has been primarily an exploration of timbre and the character of sound. On Villa Galaxia (55’45”)
Stokes does not ditch the experimental ambiance he took so long to develop, but surprises us with eight tightly arranged and focused works. With the path
of each piece following imaginative accelerating percussion and charged synthetic rhythms, the energy level of this CD wanders into the realm of more
contemporary releases. Yet, with its fascinating arrangement and wealth of original tones and sonic coloration, Villa Galaxia will please the bobbing club
hipster as much as the prone head-tripper. In this finely tuned collage of grainy beats, squiggly synths and twisting tones each song bursts with vitality and
warmth. An album of its time, spanning and transcending electronica’s musical moment, Stokes channels the era of the synthesizer.”

–Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

.

“Rhythm plays an important role in the music of Stokes, but as
noted with his previous release, ‘Vast’
(Vital Weekly 519), Stokes is not the man to play click and cut
rhythms with some shady ambient sauce. Both the rhythm and the
synthesizers are on par with eachother – they are equally important to
him. Stokes himself says that is strips ‘away any notion of ambient
drone or chill out labeling’, but I may not entirely agree with him
there. This music certainly owes much to the ambient house genre of
more than a decade ago, even when his beats are not strictly four to
the floor affairs. His beats support the music, and the music support
the beats, and his rhythms are more complex than simple dance floor
beats, yet nevertheless they are reminiscent that. Not that it really
matters – in ambient music (with or without rhythm) there hasn’t been
much innovation, and it doesn’t come through the music of Stokes
either. I didn’t expect that. This is music that should be valued
inside its genre and as such Stokes plays some mighty pleasant pieces
music. Music to relax by, while tapping your feet along to it.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly

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“Vapor Trails and, Night Painting especially, for me, are wonderful, wonderful tracks.
I love this album. You have a new fan, Saul. Thank you for this great work.
Your music is the feeling of scaling to greater heights from deep in a green grassy valley. Open, fresh evening air. Multiple dimensions and possibilities of existence flickering in and out like a great flux in the multiverse. It feels strident. Somehow aware of what the cosmos means. The electrical impulses are all heightened.
My amateur attempt at some poetry to describe the emotions it conjures in me. Again, thank you!”

–Reviewed by axiontheory on the Hypnos Forum

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“Can’t get enough of this one. Does something weird to time. There are so many sonic surprises tucked away in this. Each listen is like a festival between the ears.”

–Reviewed by 9dragons on the Hypnos Forum

Buy for $12.99, or read more

2008.09.15

A new addition to the Hypnos Online Store, the 2nd collaboration
between Igneous Flame and Achromus. We’ve had their Halo release available for a while in our store, in the
Atmoworks section, and that one has been well-received so far, so we imagine many of you will enjoy this as well.

Igneous Flame / Achromus – Flicker
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Flicker is primarily tonal with an under-current of ethereal mystery and depth. Constructed from Achromus’s
synth textures and Igneous Flame’s e-bow guitar lines and abstracted harmonic shapes, melodic phrases are woven around tonally
shifting soundscapes. The album’s dark luminosity shines throughout. Composition, guitar, sound-design and production by Igneous Flame
Composition and synths/pads (source sounds) by Achromus…
(more/buy)

2008.09.04

Just arrived to the Hypnos Online Store we have a new
one from Celer, whose last release on Infraction has been a hot item here lately.

Celer – The Everything and the Nothing
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Celer is a husband (Will) and wife (Danielle) duo from California that use a variety of strings as the basis for their sound.
Cello, viola, violin and the sounds are mixed in with field recordings, choir, live theremin and then tape spliced and re-assembled in varying lengths
to create a loop base. Those sounds are then sampled, layered and processed. The result is a shimmering orchestra. Periods of silence between
the notes only enhance the sound. Though at times very haunting, it\’s brightly hazy ambient. Initially “Discourses…” was to be 1 full-length CD with
a bonus CDR (The Everything and the Nothing) to accompany the first 100 copies. When Celer presented the bonus material, with field recordings
mixed in obtained by Danielle over several months in India, the quality of the material was so high that it was suggested and agreed to instead be a
concurrent release of two full-length discs. Edition of 300…
(more/buy)

2008.08.29

Just arrived to the Hypnos Online Store we have a few
recent releases (well, two recent releases and one re-release) by Steve Roach.

Steve Roach – Empetus (2CD collector’s edition)
(Projekt category)
(Price: $13.99, 2CD)
2008. Re-release of a Roach classic in a 2CD special edition.

“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach\’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the \’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), EMPETUS\’ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of \’\’Seeking\’\’ contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of Empowerment or the turbo-charged synths that rev through Conquest. It\’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, EMPETUS remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.”

–Reviewed by -Darren Bergstein
(more/buy)

Steve Roach – A Deeper Silence
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. This new long-form zone billows out like a big sigh of time, breathing steady and strong. Minimal and infinite in its essence, like all of Steve’s long-form zones this is a functional soundworld specifically created to enhance the atmosphere of your personal sanctuary, your living environment and beyond. Lower volume playback increases the potency. This sound space serves as a kind of portal to states of subtle awareness, and is perfect for the support of deeper sleeping as well…
(more/buy)
Steve Roach – Landmass
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. LANDMASS is a surreal shape shifting grand adventure in sound, morphing through a constantly altering perspective giving witness to the creation of iconic landscape formations, stone monuments and massive alluvial desert plains, and the occasional pyroclastic flow….
(more/buy)

2008.08.25

New to
the Hypnos Online Store are the releases of a
new label called Experimedia, which releases not only the works of the label’s founders (Jeremy Bible and
Jason Henry) but also artists like Koen Park and Illusion of Safety. Though Experimedia is new, they seem
off to a great start.

Jeremy Bible – I Am Very Uncomfortable Most of the Time
(experimedia category)
(Price: $10.99)
2008. Three years in the making, Jeremy Bible’s most recent effort guides the listener through a seamless and diverse
spectrum of deeply processed electronic, acoustic, and found sounds. dissonant atmospheres are complimented by layered field recordings
with touches of electro/hip-hop/industrial influenced beats and bass throughout. this album takes the listener through feelings of melancholy
and distance and is best experienced seamlessly beginning to end…
(more/buy)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry – Vector
(experimedia category)
(Price: $10.99)
2008. Vector, the new album by Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry, presents an epic 1 hour and 7 minute avant-garde
sound experience. Vector unfolds through the amalgamation of a vivid palette of sounds placed delicately on a worn canvas,
burnt and tattered around the edges. Piano and cello seep through soft blankets of distant voices, rhythmic crackling, and soft
distortions. A thousand birds arise from pulsing tones against the occasional rumbling sine wave. A profound score from
beginning to end intended for deep listening. Vector comes packaged in experimedia’s custom signature three panel folding tall
slim pack featuring the photography of Jeremy Bible and is protected in a clear poly sleeve….
(more/buy)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry – Shpwrck
(experimedia category)
(Price: $10.99)
2008. Jeremy Bible and Jason Henry’s Shpwrck, is a beautifully diverse opus, bringing together a wide range of acoustic instruments
and field recordings through unique processing and arrangements. Dark and minimal yet oddly comforting, Shpwrck’s wide open spaces
succeed at creating exotic environments illustrating the duo’s growing attention to detail at crafting and bringing together delicate textures into
lengthy abstract sound art montages. Subtle breaths of musicality lie amongst constantly evolving beds of atmosphere. Touches of gritty surface
noise and found recordings approach from the distance and momentarily come into focus.

Shpwrck comes packaged in experimedia\’s custom signature three panel folding tall slim pack featuring the photography of Jeremy
Bible and is protected in a clear poly sleeve…
(more/buy)

Illusion of Safety – The Need to Now
(experimedia category)
(Price: $10.99)
\”Illusion of Safety, Dan Burke‚Äôs ongoing and ever evolving project since 1983, contributes a fantastic new
album to the experimedia catalog. A hand signed and numbered limited edition release, The Need To Now is one of Burke’s more stark and
minimal works. While more minimalistic overall, The Need To Now still embraces Burke’s penchant for broad dynamics, building from
soft tones, drones, and distant whistling to maddening noise and back down to near silence with just the smallest trace of air space. Music
box like tones dance loosely throughout constructed industrial ambient environments. Soft crackling, static and noises fizzle in and out of focus
while subtle guitar rises quietly in the distance. Deconstructed voices, samples, rhythms, and instruments arranged into brilliant sound
montages in ways reminiscent of the classic GRM school of tape cut ups. A soundtrack for sedated asylum inmates. This masterful work by
one of the veteran heroes of avant-garde post-industrial music aims at activating modes of perception, deprogramming reality, and
recombining information pointing toward a new reality/environment.The Need To Now comes packaged in experimedia’s signature tall slim
pack and features the photography of Chris Block. Strictly limited to 150 copies…
(more/buy)
Asymmetrical Head – Feeling Sorry for Inanimate Objects
(experimedia category)
(Price: $10.99)
2008. Experimedia presents the new album by Asymmetrical Head….Feeling Sorry For Inanimate Objects. FSFIO is the
product of a broad range of stylistic influences ingeniously fused together into a primarily rhythmic based abstract electronic album. Head nodding
dancehall rhythms lead into disjointed electro rhythms for double jointed breakdancers. Cutup melodies and expertly designed effects. Atmospheric
ambience and noise. Dubstep style bass accompanied by processed viola. Subtle touches of ethereal female vocals. Puddle splashing pop and
lock fills. A fantastically crafted and original album. Feeling Sorry For Inanimate Objects comes packaged in experimedia’s custom signature
three panel folding tall slim pack and is protected in a clear poly sleeve…
(more/buy)

2008.08.24 (later)

Here’s another “odds and ends” addition to
the Hypnos Online Store.

William Basinski + Richard Chartier – Untitled 1-3
(William Basinski category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Reissue of an interesting collaboration that quickly went out of print in its original edition. Both Basinski
and Chartier are on the more experimental or minimal side of the ambient music world, but we’ve found many Hypnos store customers
to be interested in both artists.

“New, updated and remastered version of William Basinski and Richard Chartier’s universally acclaimed work
Untitled 1-2. Originally released in 2004 on the noted Japanese label Spekk, the original edition of 1300 sold out within 2 months.
This new version Untitled 1-3 includes two new works, Untitled 3 and Untitled 3 (reprise), and has been remastered with care by
Taylor Deupree. Untitled 1 contains Chartier elements from 1991-1992 and Basinski elements from 2003 using the Voyetra 8.
‘Untitled 2’ contains Chartier elements from 2003 and Basinski tape loops from 1981 and 2001 using the Voyetra 8. Untitled 3/3
(reprise) contain Chartier elements from 1993 and the 2006 sound installation Mixing Desk commissioned for the Bleeding Edge
Festival at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California and Basinski elements from 1997 using the Voyetra 8. Untitled 3
mixed by Basinski. Untitled 3(reprise) mixed by Chartier.”

–Reviewed by forcedexposure.com
(more/buy)

2008.08.24

Speaking of Vidna Obmana (now recording under the name FearFallsBurning) and Steven Wilson, here’s another addition to
the Hypnos Online Store.

Dirk Serries (Fear Falls Burning) and Steven Wilson (Bass Communion) – Continuum 1
(Soleilmoon category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Multi-talented and eclectic musician Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield)
and internationally renowned experimental artist Vidna Obmana have joined together to bring you Continuum: A multi-layered
synonym for their collective ambition and vision. Continuum Volume 1 encapsulates both artist\’s love for desolate, minimal
music, and features three 20 minute pieces of richly melancholic textural music….
(more/buy)

2008.08.23

New items are always being added to
the Hypnos Online Store, and here’s another worth mentioning.

Bass Communion – Molotov and Haze
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Latest from Bass Communion, the ambient side project of Steven Wilson, sometime collaborator of
Vidna Obmana, member of Porcupine Tree, and more.

“Bass Communion is a project dedicated to Steven Wilson’s recordings in an ambient, drone, and/or electronic vein.
Most of the pieces are experiments in texture made from processing recordings of real instruments and field recordings. The atmosphere
of the music has tended towards the dark and melancholic, but expressed with an almost zen-like beauty.”

–waysidemusic.com
(more/buy)

2008.08.22

Well, the orders are coming in at a ridiculous pace, with the new releases by Saul Stokes and Matt Borghi both happening this
week. Thanks so much to all of you — it’s so encouraging and gratifying to see so many people out there still buying CDs,
especially our CDs!

Not to throw too much fuel on the fire, but we’ve recently added a lot of items to our “closeouts” section, not that all of them are
being truly and permanently closed-out, but at least these all represent significant price decreases, and in many cases we
have only one or two copies left and will not restock some of them. Here’s a list, followed by a link directly to the “closeouts”
section of the store:

Aube – Howling Obsession – $4.99
Audela – Audela – price $9.99
Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum – Electrostatic Deflection – $11.99
Controlled Bleeding – Between Tides – $4.99
Crawl Unit- vs Silence – $7.99
Deutsch Nepal – Comprendido…Time Stop! – $2.99

Nocturnal Emissions – Glossalalia / soleil31 / $5.99
Matthew J. Harris – The Cure may Never Come / misc04 / price $9.99
Illusion Of Safety/Hands To/Beequeen – Guru Means Slayer of Darkness / man07 / $4.99
Inanna – Signal/or/Minimal / hsl12 / $9.99
Klangstabil – Straftat Gegen das Leben / antzen01 / $6.99
Beefcake – Polycontrale Contrapunke / antzen02 / $7.99
Various Artists – Flatline Compilation (2CD) / antzen06 / $10.99
Vromb – Emission Pilote / antzen08 / $7.99
Scorn – Greetings from Birmingham / antzen11 / $8.99
Netz – Werk01 / antzen12 / $6.99
Various – World Wide Kind 2000 / groove51 / $8.99
Teamshadetek – Natural Selection, MD sessions 6.01-9.01 (3″ mini CD) / nr304 / $4.99

Brannan Lane & Tom Larson – Tribal Spirit / bl11 / $7.99
Brannan Lane – Troposphere / bl02 / $7.99
Brannan Lane – Lost Caverns of Thera / bl01 / $7.99
Brannan Lane – To Earth and Back / bl04 / $7.99
Brannan Lane & Ashera – Sextant / bl12 / $7.99
various – Les Envahisseurs / hush03 / $7.99
Legion – Leviathon / sol85 / $6.99
Life in Balance – Deeper / misc06 / $7.99
Maeror Tri – Meditamentum II / man04 / $5.99
Maeror Tri – Meditamentum I / man23 / $8.99
Muslimgaze – Hamas Arc / staal05 / $7.99
Muslimgaze – Abu Nidal/Coup d’Etat / sol61 / $7.99
Muslimgaze – Arab Quarter(2CD) / soleil23 / $12.99
Muslimgaze – Sufiq (CD-EP) / soleil29 / $5.99
Muslimgaze – Speaking with Hamas / staal03 / $7.99
Muslimgaze – Mazar-I-Sharif / soleil25 / $7.99

Nocturnal Emissions – Sunspot Activity / sol87 / $5.99
Necrophorus – Gathering Composed Thoughts / man02 / $6.99
Nos – Not Otherwise Specified / man09 / $7.99
Null – Terminal Beach / man05 / $3.99
Objekt4 – Her Face Among the Shadows / objekt4 / $7.99
Patrick O’Hearn – Metaphor / co19 / $8.99
Patrick O’Hearn – Trust / co18 / $8.99
Red Antenna – (Assembled) / ra01 / $4.99
Markus Reuter – The Longest in Terms of Being / co20 / $8.99
Various – Economised / man08 / $4.99
Illusion of Safety/Life Garden/Voice of Eye – The Nature of Sand / man06 / $4.99

Scorn – Greetings from Birmingham / antzen11 / $5.99
Michael Stearns – Encounter / hos19 / $9.99
Michael Stearns – Sacred Site / hos20 / $9.99
Michael Stearns – Plunge / groove11 / $8.99
Various – Out There Lies the Truth / $9.99
Vromb – Emission Pilote / antzen08 / $5.99

If any of these items listed above are not showing up in our “closeouts” section
by the time you look, that means that disc has been sold-out and deactivated from the store. First
come, first served! Link to
closeouts section
of the Hypnos Online Store.

2008.08.21 (later)

We’re very excited to have the following new release announcement:

Artist: Saul Stokes
Title: Villa Galaxia
Label: Binary/Stokesmusic (hyby0808)

2008. Always one of the most popular artists on the Hypnos and Binary labels through the years, Saul Stokes is also one we’ve been very
proud to “launch” into the ambient/electronica world, going back to Saul’s first album which was also the first album on Hypnos, Washed
in Mercury
in 1997. The first new work by Saul Stokes on Hypnos/Binary since Fields in 2005,
this is certainly one of the most anticipated discs we’ve released in years.

Saul Stokes says:
Stokesí 8th solo album to date, Villa Galaxia is a hyperfusion of sonic exploration seeded in Stokesí
seminary music past, while arcing into a completely new genre defining collection of songs. Stripping away any
notion of ambient drone or chill out labeling, Villa Galaxia surfs its own ocean of contemporary electronic music
culture with eccentric listenable experimentalism wrapped in catchy lyrical orchestras of electronic
fireworks.

Mirko Ruckels, aka recording artist Deepspace, says:
“Hello Radar” is a great opening track, featuring wide-eyed crispy keyboard sounds, and a nice moody
bassline. I can feel that I’m really going to like this- you know the feeling, when an album taps you on
the shoulder and goes, “Are you ready? we are about to become good friends….” It happens far too
infrequently don’t you think. “Vapor trails” Slightly melancholy second track- with some great outro key
washes. yay. “Blaze” is completely different and brings the album to a, dare I use the word, “chilled”
place with it’s slightly more, well, serious and blue feeling. I really like the big sunny melodies on
“Night Painting”. Vibrant, primary colours, sweet sounds. Fingerpainting. “Eta Car is a massive Star”
sounds like an epic Mario Bros game, full of detail and shimmering pixely effects (I don’t know what that
means either). Really lovely. This is an excellent album that will attract many listeners. It’s full of
nooks and crannies and quite delirious. I like! Nay, love! Bravo Saul!

Villa Galaxia could be characterized as a bit of a throwback to an earlier Stokes sound, a bit simplified and less focused on pretty
melodics than Saul’s more recent work like Fields and Vast. Whether Saul’s work is more about the melodies or the
rhythms or the ambience, it always retains the the sound & feel of a Saul Stokes album.

Track listing with mp3 sample clips
hello radar
vapor trails
blaze
night painting
eta car is a massive star
future gamma
embedded in amber
interrupted by time

This CD on Binary/Stokesmusic is available for purchase for $12.99
here.

2008.08.21

We’ve just received this great review of Steve Brand’s Hypnos Secret Sounds debut, Bridge to Nowhere
the the White_Line blog that recently reviewed the Sans Serif disc.:

“I first encountered the work of Steve Brand whilst reviewing a VERY small label (it shall remain nameless!) a few years back,
and recognised then that he would do better work, given the strength of his vision, and technical ability. Imagine my surprise
then, when Hypnos duly presented me with Bridge to Nowhere, a voluminous four tracker of epic proportions, rivalling the
work of some of the finest exponents of dark ambience, or dark atmospherica.

Though these pieces are not ìdarkî in any significant way, they tend towards the ìsombreî end of the spectrum. Opening with
a deliciously rich and protracted tonal piece, Bridge to Nowhere 1, a heady piece that encapsulates the mood of the whole
album, with a lush tonal backdrop, dripping with piano and eerie sepulchral choirs looming out of the ether. Breathing Light
blossoms with a swell of muffled organ tones draped in birdsong, this is breathtakingly beautiful, not to say downright
melancholic, but strangely reminds me of some of Tangerine Dreamís works, as Brand has a command of restrained
melody, pitching complimentary elements against each other to form a glistening compound that sends shivers along the
spine..truly wondrous material indeed. Bridge to Nowhere 2 resumes the almost funereal themes perpetuated in the first
part, but here, Brand reduces the activity further with a stream of sinuous tones and reverberant chords, overlaid with angelic
keyboard swathes, this is a glorious and invigorating bliss-out, that is highly filmic and evocative. Closing piece, Through
The Lens of Love glistens and glides along with a stuttering refrain that could be sourced from a sampled xylophone or
keyboard, a looped , yet non-linear central theme, with sparkling metallic elements shimmering in and out of focus.

In Steve Brand, Hypnos have truly struck auditory gold, and this memorable collection of pieces that at first impression, I
thought would be a standard ambient chill out, have become permanent residents in my current listening collection, as
well as being emblazoned upon my memory for a long time to come..first class.”

–Reviewed by BGN at http://whiteline1.wordpress.com/

Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere


Purchase for $11.99
on the Hypnos Online Store.

We also have a few of Steve Brand’s other releases back in stock.

2008.08.20 (later)

Another new addition for the
Hypnos Online Store, this time from an interesting and challenging
ambient duo, Celer. Everything coming out on the Infraction label of late has been worth having…

Celer – Discourses of the Withered
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008.
“Celer is a husband (Will) and wife (Danielle) duo from California that use a variety of strings as the basis for their sound. Cello,
viola, violin are mixed in with field recordings, choir, live Theremin and then tape spliced and re-assembled in varying lengths
to create a loop base. Those sounds are then sampled, layered and processed. The result is a shimmering orchestra. Periods
of silence between the notes only enhance the sound. Though at times very haunting, it\’s brightly hazy ambient.”

Reviewed by forcedexposure.com
(more/buy)

2008.08.20

A new batch of CDs here in Hypnos HQ is being added to
the Hypnos Online Store, and we’ll draw your focus to the noteworthy
items below, starting with the new one from Lustmord.

Lustmord – Other
(lustmord category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. The latest from an artist whose work is always challenging, intense and spooky… Lustmord.

“There’s simply no one else out there who can deliver creepiness quite like Lustmord. Testament, Element, Ash
and Of Eons all drift, smother and occasionally pulse with a fog birthed directly from the gaping maw of a most corrupt and dismal dream.
We hear the knell of hellish bells; manbeasts growl and howl far off in the distance; deep Tibetan long-horns blast rottingly sinister tones;
and a multitude of other familiar tricks are conjured and manipulated for nasty purposes through the dark hands of this seemingly joyless man.”

–MetalReview.com
(more/buy)

2008.08.19

We need to clear out some shelf space, due to all the new CDs we’ve been bringing in, so we have some new
price decreases and closeouts we’ll be making available, gradually, in the

Closeouts
section of the Hypnos store.

Available so far, with more coming in the next few days:
Aube – Howling Obsession – price $4.99
Audela – Audela – price $9.99
Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum – Electrostatic Deflection – price 11.99
Controlled Bleeding – Between Tides – price $4.99
Crawl Unit- vs Silence – price $7.99
Deutsch Nepal – Comprendido…Time Stop! – price $2.99

Usually price reductions like this see people snapping everything up pretty quickly, so if any of the above links returns an error, or a blank product page (no item description or cover or
price) that means the item in question is sold out. Like it says above, we’ll be adding to this list frequently until we create some room on the shelves.

2008.08.18

Here’s our latest on Hypnos Secret Sounds, part 2 of our Matt Borghi reissue series (following Huronic Minor
a few months back), December Impressions.

Artist: Matt Borghi
Title: December Impressions
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Matt Borghi - December Impressions

2008. We here at Hypnos have long enjoyed Matt Borghi’s subtle atmospheric ambient music, and believed it deserved
more attention. Many of Matt’s CDs are out of print, and we’ve agreed to re-issue a series of our favorite
recordings on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. Simple, restrained, and artful, these recordings deserve to remain in print, and we hope these reissues will
help introduce more of today’s ambient music listeners to the work of this important artist. Following
our release of Huronic Minor a few months back, here we announce the second part of our Borghi reissue series,
December Impressions.

Matt says:

December Impressions was conceived, and recorded during the spring of 2001. This is a dark, cold, and steely recording that borders
more on tone poem than full LP release. The tracks are named as sequences, representing parts of the same whole, and a cohesive linear
listen rather than a variety of separate tracks of the same mood. With this release there was an attempt to represent the cold Michigan
winters, or at least the sound of the Michigan landscape during the dark winter m onths. While this recording is truly ambient, and
contemplative in nature it’s also quite gritty and cold. This doesn’t have the warm, lush synth pad chordings that many ambient recordings
are known for. Comparisons for this recording are difficult becuase there’s not a whole lot out there that sounds like it, but comparisons
to Robert Rich, VidnaObmana, Alio Die, and Zoviet France might be appropriate.

*Additional Composer’s Note – December Impressions came to be in a weird compositional period. This recording used, as it’s source, a
handful of pieces composed a few months earlier when I was working on Elegy for Time. Once I developed these guitar pieces I then
dabbled with composing for frequencies alone. I focused on using low-end frequencies between 100 and 500hz, and I focused on
high-end frequencies from 1Khz – 12Khz. This recording truly embodied the conceptual process of painting with frequencies. I organized
the frequencies wholly on how they worked with regard to creating a steely, icy mood of a Michigan December landscape, even though,
this work was actually being composed in the early spring. December Impressions eventually turned into a stark, and cold kind of ambient
soundtrack. I like the direction that this recording took, but after it’s completion I had satisfied my experiments with ‘frequency painting’.

Track listing:
1. Part I MP3
2. Part II
3. Part III
4. Part IV
5. Part V MP3
6. Part VI
7. Part VII
8. Part VIII
9. Part IX
10. Part X
11. Part XI MP3


Hypnos Online Store listing
— price is $11.99

2008.08.14

Yesterday I posted an update about a just-finalized release upcoming on Hypnos Secret Sounds, and here’s another one.
It’s by BIrds of Tin, an artist we previously only knew about through his collaboration with Rapoon, Monomyth which
we’ve sold through the Hypnos store for a long time. Birds of Tin has also previously collaborated with Augur, the
former project of Steve Brand, who recently released his album Bridge to Nowhere on Hypnos Secret Sounds.
More information about Birds of Tin is available on his Discogs.com page,
and the new album is called Rinpoche.

We will have more information soon about Rinpoche as well as Birds of Tin.

2008.08.13

We have a number of new projects being prepared for release soon, and one of them has enough details solidified now that
we’re ready to show-and-tell finally. It’s the first release on Hypnos by Deepspace, an Australian ambient artist, and
the album is called The Glittering Domain.

Deepspace is an artist who is new to us here at Hypnos, though he has a number of self-released recordings
available. Those of you unfamiliar with him, as we were just a few months ago, can find an introduction in
the form of Phil Derby’s interview with Deepspace, aka Mirko Ruckels, on Phil’s excellent music resource web
site ElectroambientSpace at www.electroambientspace.com.

The Glittering Domain will be released on Hypnos Secret Sounds as soon as we can get
a few of the other items in the pipeline moved along.

2008.08.10

There’s been a steady flow of new Atmoworks
releases to the Hypnos Online Store, and here’s the latest, from the recently reborn
Exuviae!

Exuviae – The White Underneath (cdr)
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. New 4 song EP by Exuviae, featuring 4 additional remixes, resulting in a full-length disc.

AtmoWorks is proud to announce the release of Exuviae’s latest work, “The White Underneath”. This will be the third AtmoWorks
release for Exuviae, following critically acclaimed albums, Settling Density and Response. Described by the artist himself as an
experimental EP featuring remixes of each track by fellow Minnesota artists, this album is sure to delight listeners of ambient and ethereal electronica.

Track Listing
Her Familiar
Shadow People
Deliverance
Primitive Binary
Herpes Tulpa [remix by Datura 1.0]
Echo People [remix by Bunk Data]
Special Delivery [remix by Signal To Ground]
Primary Binary [remix by The Essential]…
(more/buy)

2008.08.04

We’ve previously mentioned here our new partnership with the AtmoWorks label to create CDR versions of their
digital download releases, in the past 10 days or so there have been four new releases along these lines added
to the Hypnos Online Store… there are 7 such AtmoWorks
CDRs available through Hypnos already, including these latest!

Mark Tamea – Buried Traktora (cdr)
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
Buried Traktora is a composition inspired by the notion that matter is a conduit enabling consciousness to travel through time.

Reincarnation, shape-shifting and pagan magick are related themes which guided the arrangements.

The album is constructed from field recordings, processed environments, plus various treated electronic and acoustic instruments.

Track listing:
Switched
Behold, Orderly Digits
Odium
Legolum (EQRA Mix)
Legolum (A.E.F. Mix)
What We Know, Triplicate
Bardo Proviso
Witch Become Child
(more/buy)

Igneous Flame / Achromus – Halo (cdr)
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
2008. ëHALOí is a hypnotic, visceral and primarily textural long-form work, vivid in colour and dynamics, ranging from intensely industrial to pastoral with an underlying esoteric subtlety present throughout.A significant element of the album is the result of extensive sound-design and spatial processing, for which headphone listening is recommended.
Production by Igneous FlameComposition by Igneous Flame / Achromus

Track Listing
Arc Light
Halo
(more/buy)

Exuviae – Response (cdr)
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
Originally released on AtmoWorks in 2002 in CDR format.

On Response, Exuviae explores various synthesis types, electric guitar, and sampled drones. Both dark and light – often simultaneously – Response collects together a series of pieces designed as a reaction to the world around us.

Rereleased July 25, 2008 in 320 kbps mp3 download and CDR formats.

Track Listing
Synthetic Alignment
Liquid Soil Shapes
Dustfilm Cocoon
Burgundy Smear
Timeflurry
Primordial Surroundings
Reaction . Response
Pools Under The Blaze…
(more/buy)

Exuviae – Settling Density (cdr)
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99 cdr)
Originally released in CDR format on AtmoWorks in 2001. Settling Density is a sister-album to Exuviae’s earlier release on Green House Music, “Echoes in the Emptiness”.

Settling Density is a collection of ambient passages that focus on dense atmospherics and subtle harmony.

Re-released July 25, 2008 in 320 kbps mp3 download and CDR formats.

Track Listing
Aquaphoria
A Pinprick In The Glass
Through Sheets Of Mist
Forever And A Day
Inside Voices
The Wall Of Sleep
Without A Host
Still So Far
(more/buy)

2008.08.01

Some new reviews of Fabrications by M. Griffin have been posted to that CD’s page
here. A bit of text from the latest
additions, below:

“A new album from Mike Griffin of Hypnos Records, more than 10 years
in the making. Lots of processed field recordings with a drifty ambient
sound. I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.”

–Scott Raymond, WVKR radio

.

“…These harmonic compositions are ethereal and often elusive. Their flow is evenly crafted with appropriate highs and lows
generating an emotional mien. Example: the ìGravityî track, while airy and tenuous, exhibits a distinct sonic pressure that
approximates weight. The delicate sensibilities embodied in this music are temperate and soothing, delivering an ambience
rich with sedative properties that at the same time produce a subtle psychic invigoration.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howart at Sonic Curiosity

M. Griffin - Fabrications


Purchase Fabrications for $12.99
on the Hypnos Online Store.

2008.07.31

Here’s the first review we’ve seen of the new CD Tones for LaMonte by Sans Serif (alter ego of Forrest Fang), from
an interesting new blog, White_Line, that we’ve just discovered:

“Iím constantly blessed with surprise packages that drop through my letter box, particularly from
labels whose work I havenít yet experienced, and whose artists I do not know. Hypnos is one such
label, and they had the good grace to send along one or two of their fine releases for my perusal.
Sans Serif is the adopted name of one Forrest Fang, a composer whose work here celebrates and
emulates the late great La Monte Young. Youngís influence has been expounded my many an ersthwile
minimalist composer, and here, Fang indeed does justice to his memory.

With releases and collaborations under his own name, particularly on the recent Gongland album, Fang
explores more classical territory. Under the Sans Serif moniker, the work is overtly minimal and long
form, combining elements of classicism, with digital composition. On Tones for La Monte, Fang deploys
combinations of sustained tones and chords, wispy, evaporations and distillations, charged
atmospheres that reduce the formations into pure essence. These are wonderfully executed pieces, not
unlike Keith Berry, or Thomas Koner, but with the composerís own signature, encapsulating the sounds
in endless reverb, watercolour splinters, and rich tonal bass. These works are entitled to evoke
either Greek numerology, or brain states..Alpha, Omega, Delta..etc..not entirely original, but if
relating to brain states, then entirely appropriate, as each piece emerges through translucent
planes, revealing as much about the nuances of the instrumentation as about the composersí
intentions. Here, strings are grazed, tones are warm, rich, and resonant, the atmospheres serene and
enchanting. Here is a CD that I will almost certainly be re-visiting many times, and I cannot
recommend it too highly..fine stuff indeed.”

–Reviewed by BGN at http://whiteline1.wordpress.com/

Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte


Purchase for $11.99
on the Hypnos Online Store.

2008.07.30

We have been awaiting this CD release for longer than usual, but we finally have CDs available. Such a lot of work
went into assembling this one, and we’ve very pleased, and proud of the result.

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Various artists
Title: Message From a Subatomic World
Hypnos Recordings (hyp2854)

Various Artists - Message From a Subatomic World (compilation)

2008. Having not released any various-artists compilations in the past decade, Hypnos released in 2007
a new compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard featuring a diverse array of ambient
soundscape artists from around the world. We are proud to follow last year’s release with its “mirror
image” compilation, which we believe meets or exceeds that high standard.

Here are another
10 exclusive tracks by 10 artists who have not appeared on Hypnos compilations before, though some
of these artists will certainly be familiar to followers of our label. Message From a Subatomic World in
comparison to its predecessor is perhaps a bit more abstract and deep-space, more mysterious and strange,
whereas Sounds of a Universe Overheard is a bit more musical and structured overall.

THE ARTISTS

Austere – This elusive duo has released two albums with Hypnos in the past year, Solyaris on Hypnos
and Pulse on Hypnos Secret Sounds. They’ve also ranged over a wide sonic territory with previous
self-released projects during the past decade.

Evan Bartholomew – Perhaps best known for the rhythmic electronica he records as Bluetech, Evan has just recently
started releasing ambient work under his own name, and recently launched his own Somnia label.

Relapxych.0 – This Swedish sonic experimentalist previously recorded under the name Objekt4 but has just
launched this new project name.

Numina – Certainly familiar to Hypnos listeners, Numina has released 3 great CDs on our label, and he has been
one of the great new names in the ambient music world this past 5 years.

Jason Sloan – A partner in the Slo.Bor label with Matt Borghi, Jason creates uncompromising sound art using tools
as diverse as electric guitars, synthesizers, and self-designed software algorithms.

Relapxych.0 – is Anders Peterson from Sweden, experimenting with combining field recordings with musical instruments
and approaches, creating musical ambience rather than ambient music. Visit www.ghostsounds.net

Stephen Philips – Also familiar to Hypnos listeners, Stephen runs the Dark Duck Records label on which he has many
releases under several identities, in addition to his two releases on our label.

True Color of Blood – Alter ego of Eric Kesner, who uses treated and layered electric guitars to craft unique and
challenging ambient drone works, which he has released on labels like Gears of Sand, Eibon and Afe.

Svartsinn – This Norwegian dark ambient artist has several prior releases, mostly on the Cyclic Law label, and is a
frequent live performer around the world.

Oophoi – No other name has gone from obscurity to such high regard among ambient listeners in such a short time, and
this Italian master of the atmospheric drone has been greatly prolific, counting among his releases two projects on Hypnos,
Athlit as a solo artist, and Distance to Zero with Paul Vnuk Jr. of Ma Ja Le.

THE TRACKS, with mp3 samples:
Austere – Crystil mp3
Evan Bartholomew – Sacrosanct mp3
Relapxych.0 – Distant Radiance mp3
Numina – Nadir Ever Spirals mp3
Jason Sloan – faded.forgotten [trace] mp3
Phaenon – Quantum Silence mp3
Stephen Philips – Down Deep mp3
True Color of Blood – Choosing to Remain Blind mp3
Svartsinn – Cold But Strong mp3
Oophoi – Icelight mp3

You can purchase Message From a Subatomic World directly from Hypnos for $12.99
here.

2008.07.29

Here are the last of the Blue Oasis section items (including some DataObscura releases) that were just
added to the
Hypnos Store.

Nunc Stans – The Palm at the End of the Mind
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Loaded with grainy epic richness, teeming with subtle details and field recordings, threaded with intriguing leads, all cast over a bed of melancholic icy northern dronescapes. Quality ambient music that makes you imagine … and lets you be there. Composed and performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins / Lammergeyer) in the first half of 2008.

(more/buy)
Nunc Stans – Timeless
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Rich and flowing drone-scapes by APK (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer), cut through with glacial undertones and a sheen of fascinating details. A product of far northern geography and the immensity, and isolation, of that landscape. APK at his best, deep and complex…
(more/buy)
Nunc Stans – Night Vision
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
“Nunc Stans produces a frost-flecked music that has about it a healthy flux of thermal energy, as of ice warmed by sun. It also comes heavy with an air of melancholia, an almost-alienation engendered by a sense of insignificance in the face of the overwhelming void.”

—Alan Lockett, Igloo mag
(more/buy)
The Circular Ruins + Off the Sky – We All Fall Down
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Everything you would expect from these two contemporary talents. Complex atmospheres, strangely rhythmic, hauntingly melodic … a rare treat…
(more/buy)
The Circular Ruins – Their Subtle Purpose
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
“Distilled from a proposed double album, Their Subtle Purpose is the culmination of 2 years work. Hauntingly moody, the album is suffused with subtle rhythms and melodies that wander like misplaced spirits. It has flow, craftsmanship, detail, and a deeply engaging, delicate beauty that draws you in to its soundworlds and curious passageways. Sure to be enjoyed by all fans of intelligent and listenable ambient. \”… meandering, wistful, fragile and beautiful, and the rhythms seem far more subtle than on previous efforts. Seems like a combination of Circular Ruins and the slower tracks of Lammergeyer.”

–Joe Rygwelski
(more/buy)
The Circular Ruins – Confluence
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Composed in 2001 and released in 2002 on the Atmoworks/In The Bubble label. This DataObscura re-release has new packaging and artwork. And is also available for the first time as a download. The album is a little more electro-rhythmic than more recent works by TCR, and includes the definitive version of the remarkable and addictive title track, Confluence…
(more/buy)

2008.07.24 (later still)

These discs were added to the
Hypnos Online Store a
while ago but we forgot to mention it here. This is a live video DVD — the kind of thing we
don’t see often in the ambient music genre. Given how difficult it is to see this kind of music
live in most places, this seems like an ideal way for many ambient music fans to get an idea
what it looks like to see this kind of music performed live.

The performance and the video itself are quite good — nice sound and interesting visuals,
very professionally done and not at all “home video” in terms of quality. We would recommend
this highly as a great example of a live video document of a performance of this type, and we
hope other artists release similar videos in the future.

SADU – Live @ the Ping (video DVD)
(Sylken category)
(Price: $21.99 video DVD)
2008. “SADU LiVE at THE PiNG with General Chaos Visuals David Sloma directs an exclusive live performance from SADU taken
from a set at THE AMBiENT PiNG in Toronto with lighting by General Chaos Visuals Directed by David Sloma of Rockin’ Films, “LiVE at THE
PiNG with General Chaos Visuals” is an impressive DVD representation of a night at Toronto\’s AMBiENT PiNG performance event showcasing
an exclusive live performance by SADU, featuring Eric Hopper of Sylken, Terrence O’Brien of Anomalous Disturbances and Jamie Todd of
dreamSTATE and URM. The DVD also represents the first PiNG output from General Chaos Visuals’ Steve Lindsey and Eric Siegerman, the
brilliant lighting technicians who have helped to create such striking and unique visuals at so many PiNG events.”…
(more/buy)

2008.07.24 (later)

Coming soon, we’ll be reissuing Ben Fleury-Steiner’s Drifts which was previously
released in a limited edition on Ben’s own excellent label Gears of Sand. We have a couple
of copies of the original edition left and wanted to clear those out so we can proceed with the
reissue so we’ve reduced the price substantially until they’re gone… $7.99 now, previously
$12.99 (and our re-release will be $11.99), on the
Hypnos Online Store.

Ben Fleury-Steiner – Drifts
(Gears of Sand category)
(Price: $7.99, ltd cdr)
“Really nice. Reminds me of what I wish Terry Riley were doing today.”

-THOM BRENNAN, Raingarden Music

“Though favoring the kind of broad sweeps that only irising analog filters so triumphantly utter, Fleury-Steiner is careful to avoid the kind of artful banality that has stifled the creative impetus of, say, the last decade of Vangelisí output. Not for ìambianceî only, these sumptuous Drifts are too playfully captivating for casual ingestion.”

-DARREN BERGSTEIN e/i #7, winter/spring 2006

“Mastered by ambient guru Robert Rich, Drifts begins with bright crystal tones on ìSundial,î cascading in rapid-fire manner and bringing forth images of Phillip Glass and the like. On ìFlickerî the shimmers are gone, replaced by softly pinging synths and a subtle distant background rhythm. It bounces along at a moderate pace at first, then is content to mostly float softly. ìDescriptivesî gets a bit more into the glitchy quirky nature Iíve come to expect from Fleury-Steiner, little pulses slightly clipped at the ends. Tracks 4 through 7 each have their own name, but are part of a single work called ìDreams.î ìSomnium Scipionisî swirls about as a shuffling stuttering bass line moves things along. It fades out quickly, replaced by the glassy smooth sounds of ìVeritatis Splendor.î There is a layered effect as one sound fades in, crests, fades out, then is replaced by another, like moving outward in concentric circles and back in again. ìThe Dust that Lies Betweenî has little electronic blips and bleeps blended in with the shimmering synths. Toward the end, a cool pulsing sound sweeps in and out. A more breathy pulse begins ìAbsens in remota,î which reminds me of a passage from Global Communicationís classic album 76:14. Like much of the rest of Drifts, this passage has a metallic quality to the floes of sound. ìCicadaî is more rhythmic, with a synthetic cicada sound appearing on occasion. Rhythm is an unusual affair throughout, often hidden in the distant background. ìTensileî is largely formed around a buzzing undercurrent, an edgy bit of electronica. A grungy rough-hewn groove forms the foundation of ìHome,î surrounded by more abstract quirkiness that continues to the end. A good variety of all things ambient and electronic to be had here, blended in a unique way rather than just copying those who have gone before.”

-PHIL DERBY Electroambientspace
(more/buy)

2008.07.24

More Blue Oasis label that didn’t make it into yesterday’s update, now on the
Hypnos Store.

Cymphonic – Phonema Sacrata
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
“The eight small tracks on Phonema Sacrata (53\’17\”) by Cymphonic do not stimulate the edges of the listener’s ears
the way long-form pieces do, but rather they open outward in the mind. This music stimulates every part of the brain, and may provide a
bit of reprogramming – it absolutely does inspire abstract thoughts. Swinging wider than most, the work hangs together in a sort of
dream-state narrative. A mesmerizing mix of original electronic sounds, recurring evocative themes, dreamy rhythms, grainy samples
and unique pacing, Phonema Sacrata is an imagination finding form in music. It is a work inhabiting its own territory. Seeming to deal
with the sleeper and his access to other worlds, Cymphonic develops a brilliantly shaped hallucinatory landscape. The transitions
between tracks are masterful and the work evokes a strange new place at each turn. This album provides a fascinating ambient
encounter. The most challenging part is in returning to the reality the listening experience transports us away from.”

–Chuck van Zyl/STARS END
(more/buy)
False Mirror – Chronostatic Scenes
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Deeply absorbing, and cut through with mystery, these dark landscapes remind me of the visual works of 19th
century symbolist painter Arnold B√∂cklin … in fact, track 4 could be the perfect soundtrack to The Isle of the Dead. A rewarding listen
for fans of darker ambient…
(more/buy)
Entia Non – Fold
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
“Shimmering glitchy samples and field recordings expertly woven into deep, warm, imaginative sonic experiences.
Experimental ambient that rewards close listening. Loaded with a host of intriguing sounds, microsounds, ambient washes, and
attention to detail. I recommend headphones to get full enjoyment from this release…
(more/buy)
Robert Davies – Primordial
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
Reminiscent of the deep, richly atmospheric, earth-ambient tones of Steve Roach and the dark mysteries of Alio Die,
this third release from Robert Davies reveals another side to his artistry. Expertly crafted and flowing like a work of nature, Primordial opens
entrancing windows uponan ancient, more primordial world…
(more/buy)
Robert Davies – Garden of Twilight
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $12.99)
“Robert Davies, whose album Sub Rosa landed on my best of 2006 list, turns his minimalist ambient eye on a landscape
less melancholic (and melodic) on Garden of Twilight, a worthy follow-up but one that is (for me) more satisfying from an intellectual and
aesthetic level than from an emotional one. That comment doesn’t mean this is a poor album, however. Davies works in much more
subdued and subtle vein than he did on Sub Rosa. For ambientphiles who enjoy drifting minimalism with just a hint of melody among the
washes, textures, drones and effects, Garden of Twilight will probably prove to be a garden of Delight.”
–Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire
(more/buy)
Robert Davies – Shadow Dreams
(Blue Oasis/ Dataobscura category)
(Price: $18.99)
Two disk set of new droneworks by Robert Davies. Over two hours. The first, Aura Sublime, is a flawless meditative,
pastoral treat. The second, In Darkness Dreaming, draws the listener into slightly darker realms of dreams and brooding enigmas. In the
tradition of Mathias Grassow and Oophoi…
(more/buy)

2008.07.23

We recently obtained a big box of new materials from the new Blue Oasis label out of Canada, as well as some DataObscura
items (the two labels are really different parts of the same operation), and now have them on offer at the
Hypnos Online Store.

Kwook – Skywave
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. “At first, it’s hard to say why Skywave, the CD by Kwook, sounds so nostalgic. Is it the occasional Mellotron sound? The buzzing lead lines or sweeping synth pads? Or just the overall electronic aura that seems to engulf this album? All of these qualities (as well as a hint of IDM beats) and more make for a captivating release. But it\’s more the positive attitude of this artist that gives his music its nostalgic feel than any riff or melody. Comprised of subtle yet beautifully varied tracks Skywave glows in transfixing simplicity. The piece Sunspots is a standout. With its catchy bassline and melodious flute, it produces an ample amount of momentum and intrigue. A common thread throughout is the insertion of squelchy short-wave radio fragments. These lost communications add the sensation of floating through the ether and are used to great effect in the lengthy title piece, which spans three tracks at the end of the disc. Our friend Kwook believes that sound is a playground. His inventive approach, full of joy and clarity, makes the journey new.”

–Chuck van Zyl, Stars End
(more/buy)
The Winterhouse – Slow Promises
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. “This is a fabulous collaborative disc: captivating drones via Robert Davies meshed with exquisite machinations & subtle manipulations a la APK (The Circular Ruins) … Metallic drifts, haunting drone beds, echoing alien transmission blips and a glitchy synergy make for an enveloping atmosphere via headphones/earbuds… What a terrific first release from the newly formed Blue Oasis label…5 stars!”

–g.a.b. / Ambient Landscapes
(more/buy)
Various Artists – Perceived Distances
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. “Perceived Distances is an anthology CD that represents the Ambient aesthetic of the Blue Oasis label. Works by Saul Stokes and Kwook express the more energetic side of this concern. With ear-friendly melodies and thought-pushing beats their tracks are wonderful jaunts across a diverse digital terrain. Other tracks on this collection exemplify explorations of tone in the broadest sense of the word. Through fascinating variations in timbre and texture music by the likes of The Circular Ruins, Off the Sky and Cymphonic produce a range of moody impressions and time-stretching atmospheres. These artists understand that negative space is much more than merely the area between two positive points. Subtle digital distortion, voices and noises imbue some of these realizations with a kind of environmental feel. In contrast, other tracks are full of air and light, and offer drifting moods at cosmic heights. As a collection, Perceived Distances works very well. It brings together 15 interesting musicians. By provoking the listener to reflection, it works even better as a statement on the genre – proclaiming the power of this music to be greater than the individual.”

–Chuck van Zyl-STARS END
(more/buy)
The Circular Ruins – Falling into the Sky
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
“The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kirby) is exploring a personal realm of assertive, emotional ambient music. A fascinating series of electronic poems that invent a sonic sphere all their own, Falling Into the Sky (64\’11\”) attempts to liberate the mind of the listener from its own self-impression. As soundscapes gradually shift and unfold, textures transform and we linger easily within a wondrous soundworld. Synthesizer pads churn behind fluttering atmospherics while further in a digital wind stirs up strange cosmic debris. Narrative runs adrift and the hiss and murmur of distant chords occupy the foreground. Vibrating with energy, Falling Into the Sky inhabits the amorphous area between the earth\’s surface and outer space, and continually reveals itself in revelations revealed in repeat visits.”

– -Chuck van Zyl-STARS END
(more/buy)
Rumforskning – Livstegn
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. “A worthy successor to Fremtiden, this one again serves up healthy portions of deep dark ambience with a dash of glitch for good measure. The atmosphere is stark, cold, like a stripped-down version of Biosphere.”

–Phil Derby
(more/buy)
Lammergeyer – Beneath the Sky
(Blue Oasis category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. “Composed and performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (Canada) Lammergeyer combines a feel for moody, poetic, detailed, and immersive electronic soundscapes with subtle and haunting melodic elements. The overall effect resembles music composed for some imagined film; a film where events are viewed from a bird\’s eye view. This is a sophisticated music; on the one hand a music of mysterious etherial heights, as though riding thermals across wide mountain valleys, rocky chasms, broad estuaries …. and on the other a music of deep intimacy.”

–Soleilmoon Recordings
(more/buy)

2008.07.22

Every time we get a new shipment of CDs from the British label Neu Harmony, we suddenly start selling a ton of them.
I guess it could have to do with the exchange rate (which makes our price the best in the world for these items), or it
could just be that customers of the
Hypnos Online Store are hungry for more retro and Berlin school
EM. Either way, here are some new items. There are some other restocks available in the store’s
Neu Harmony category.

Weird – A New Kind of Normal
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $15.99)
“The first thing you hear on this album is a rumbling sequence which leaves you in no doubt that the territory
to be explored is decidedly retro. There are Tangerine Dream references but they are mixed in equal part with Klaus Schulze and
Ashra influences. The opening track title Klaus to the Edge (!) makes the Schulze reference even more obvious. The guitar when
used is very subtle, giving colour rather than dominating as a lead instrument. The sequence provides the backbone but the
accompanying atmospherics and effects are just as effective. Some of the sounds used will make you go weak at the knees.
We are just six minutes in to this album and I\’m already captivated. Flutey synth introduces Schaltzeit Nachtweit, then a guitar
picks out a beautiful gentle melody, sounding a little like Manuel Gottsching. At two minutes another perfectly crafted sequence begins to pulsate with supporting sequences brought in to accompany it. 9VFE10M begins with an exquisite combination of sounds and little melodies but we soon get into the sequences and rhythms. This is like a storm seen from a distance creating havoc as it goes but slowly coming closer and closer. Both power and beauty combined into one. An awesome track. After a short introduction, Tiefenfluss treats us to the most bass laden sequence so far. A brighter sequence starts to build over it and the guitar takes the lead threatening to let rip but never quite being allowed to. Of all the tracks on the album the next one, Manuel Gearchange, hardly surprisingly has the greatest Ashra influence (get it- Manuel Gottsching)? A version of this track was first released on Gold Tri Vol 1 but here we have the La RD Remix. Cosmic twitters give way to optimistic rhythms and restrained almost happy guitar licks, close your eyes and images of the master cosmic guitarist will fill your mind. We now move on to the twenty-six minute title track. Slow pulsations and guitar as well as synth melodies set the scene, bubbling along nicely up to the eleven-minute m
ark when strident sequences join in. At thirteen minutes rhythms are added, at fourteen minutes we move into weird territory and dive into an atmospheric pool. The images created from now on are very dark and ominous, whether the pictures are of deep space or dark subterranean landscapes the one constant is a brooding malevolence which is never far away. At twenty-one minutes a deep slow rumbling rhythm pounds out as though the devil himself is marking out time on some vast drum as tortured souls do his bidding. Ausklang follows on in similar dark territory, then a melancholy piano melody makes an appearance, beautiful in its sadness, and takes us to the end.”…
(more/buy)
Syndromeda – A Day in the Fields
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $15.99)
“Shrill electronics pierce the air, proclaiming dominant attributes drenched with pastoral mien. Sweeping tonalities burble and shimmer, capturing life-giving sunlight in a manner that communicates this vibrancy even in the dark. Nimble-fingered keyboards establish robust melodies that strain to escape the very notes comprising them, bursting forth to generate fresh tunes radiant with bigger-than-life connotations. Prodigious rhythms are present too, lifting the music to dizzying altitudes. The percussion describes mammoth tempos that tremble the ground underfoot. Even when exploring such harsh sonic terrain, though, a tender majesty is zestfully evoked. One track utilizes an array of orchestral instruments (albeit synthetically produced). Magnificent horns and sultry violins blend with regal electronics and heavenly textures, conjuring an alluvial state that defies time and space with its enduring qualities. The sinuous union of these enormous elements is a superb thrill to behold, conveying the listener to a garden of divine scale where each glistening leaf pulsates with wonder and astounding harmony. As the music progresses, one\’s focus grows larger, expanding to discern greater configurations and embrace the ageless splendor that surrounds us.”

– -Sonic Curiosity, soniccuriosity.com
(more/buy)
Jiannis – Plugged
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $15.99)
“Plugged is a Berlin School, analogue, sequential masterpiece. The shortest track is eighteen minutes so things are really given plenty of room to develop and mutate creating pure aural heaven. \’Erstes Schattenspiel\’ (catchy title) begins with lonesome synth sounds and vocoded speech in the manner of \’Chromium Echoes\’. Don\’t worry these vocals are used more as a sound, not singing. As soon as the opening sequence takes its first tentative steps low in the mix, fitting perfectly to the washes of synth, you just know that you are in for something VERY special. The sequence beefs itself up and is accompanied by another sequence of a more ballsy variety. The lead line is a real stunner and sends the spine a tingling rather than screeching through the cranium, just right. It is constantly changing and being put through all manner of effects and I was hypnotized by it. Things calm down a bit at the eighteen minute mark (can\’t believe the track has been running that long already) but builds up again shortly afterwards over sequential themes that keep the feel of before but are combined differently. The lead line when it returns is even more effective than before and with even greater variation, the sequences adjusting perfectly. The second track Zweites Schattenspiel (another cracking title) starts with a noise half way between the wind blowing across an alien landscape and a space ship coming in to land. We then get sequences similar to early Jean Michel Jarre (Oxygene / Magnetic Fields) which initially are rather laid back and to which a more typical Berlin School sequence is added. The lead lines are straight from 1975 / 76. The final track Drittes Schattenspiel starts with more haunting winds before massed chords add to the melancholy feeling and a lonesome lead plays over the top. Seven minutes in a bubbling sequence is added and the lead dies away. This sequence builds and a different lead comes to the surface. Just as we are getting used to this groove a rhythm fades in then drifts low
er into the mix. The sequences, lead lines rhythms mutate all the time creating an ever evolving brew. At the twenty minute mark all but the main sequence and the drones die away but after only a short while all the main elements are introduced again one by one with the addition of a second rhythm. The track then fades gently away.”…
(more/buy)

2008.07.21

As mentioned in the last update, we’re in a new partnership with the AtmoWorks label to create CDR versions of their
digital download releases, and a new one is available now on the
Hypnos Online Store. This is by Steve Brand, who recently
released Bridge to Nowhere on Hypnos Secret Sounds (see June 12 update below).

Steve Brand – SoulSpiral
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. AtmoWorks is proud to release SoulSpiral by Steve Brand!

Steve wrote about the album on his blog in the AtmoWorks community and he describes the album in a wonderfully personal way…

“SoulSpiral” represents a new phase of work for me, in which I felt the desire to explore the creation of longer, more dense zones which unfold slowly over longer periods of time, as opposed to shorter “songs.” The album consists of 2 long tracks, each timing in at over 30 minutes. The first track, “SoulSpiral,” is dense mass of ever-shifting drift formed from layers of keyboard, voice and didg textures. Zones change, overlap, shift gradually, letting in more light, then obscuring, designed to take the listener deeper and deeper. The second track, “Worldmaker,” begins with a clarion call of deep Tibetan horns. There is a more terrestrial feel here than with the previous. Kora, bells, voice, drums and more densely layered whistling, droning, thunderous textures reach out from the depths of distant timelines. While the first track initiates the journey, “Worldmaker” brings the listener to the other side, into dimly lit worlds, other possible universes, other possible selves.

“SoulSpiral” was in part, inspired by the stream of stunning photos from Hubbell and NASA of worlds taking shape, and by channeled writings that I’ve been immersed in over the past few years by Jane Roberts/Seth, Lee Carrol/Kryon, Geoffrey Hoppe/Tobias, Barbara Marciniak, Pamela Kribbe/Jesuha and JZ Knight/Ramtha; these books address the expansiveness of consciousness in and around us, and our true creative nature as Human Beings, as opposed to the more limited and limiting one sold to us by organizations, popular culture and advertising.

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. SoulSpiral
2. Worldmaker
(more/buy)

2008.07.16 (later)

Hypnos has recently initiated a partnership with the AtmoWorks label, which has converted over into digital
download sales only. Hypnos has agreed to create CDR versions of AtmoWorks releases, and to make
them available through our store for those AtmoWorks listeners who prefer a tangible disc rather than a
digital download. The first two releases under this agreement are now available for purchase from the
Hypnos Online Store.

Jonathan Hughes – Circumflex
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. Jonathan Hughes’ debut album for AtmoWorks.

In Jonathan’s words from the liner notes: “I’m a big fan of words in general, but specifically of words that evoke a
certain feeling or image, but mean something completely unrelated. I\’m also a fan of the minutiae that makes up
the language of various industries. The titles for all the tracks on Circumflex are typographical terms. To me, these
particular words sound like they\’d be equally at home in a document from NASA as they would in a book about
graphic design. I wish I could say that the titles had some deep connection to the music, but nope — they just sounded cool.”

Jonathan has previously released acclaimed albums on The Foundry label including Trillium and the virtual
collaboration project, Fluidities, where each track on cd1 could be played randomly with tracks from cd2.

Track listing and MP3 preview files:
Macron MP3
Caron
Pica
Dieresis
Terminal MP3
Monoline
Circumflex
Ascender…
(more/buy)

Vir Unis/ Disturbed Earth – Drawn from the Well
(Atmoworks category)
(Price: $12.99)
2008. Disturbed Earth and Vir Unis have teamed up to bring you a three long track journey into
pastoral tones and ethereal shades of sheer atmospherics. Recorded in late spring of this year, these two artists trading tracks
over the net, were so happy with the results, they’ve
decided to record a series of albums with this process. Drawn From the Well is the first part of this collaborative series between these two.

Track listing and MP3 preview files:
Flicker
Relinquish
Velvet World
(more/buy)

2008.07.16

Newly added to the
Hypnos Store, a reissue of a great, out of print Emit
label release by Gas (on the new Microscopics label owned by Gas aka Mat Jarvis himself)…

Gas 0095
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $15.99)
2008. Gas 0095 was the debut album of electronic musician Mat Jarvis (High Skies) released under his Gas moniker. It was written,
performed and recorded in his Nottingham studio during 1994 and released on Em:t Records (Emit Records) in January 1995. Gas 0095 has been
remastered and released on Jarvis’ Microscopics label….
(more/buy)

2008.07.15

We’ve just received the first “official” review of Steve Brand’s release, Bridge to Nowhere.
Thanks to Bert Strolenberg of www.sonicimmersion.org for the review.

Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere

“Steve Brand is an US-based musician who previously released music in
the experimental genre using the name Augur. Brand considers music not
only a way of looking inward and expressing oneís self, but a way of
reaching out to others and ultimately expanding the boundaries of the
world individually and collectively .

On the spacious sounding ìBridge to Nowhereî, the accessible ambient
music carries strong ritualistic elements with tribal influences. Part
one of the title track with thunderous undercurrents nicely takes off
with extended wordless vocals, uplifting, space textures, occasional
piano and flute sounds surrounding it. The following three tracks, all
clocking at 20 minutes, extend the hypnotic, dreamy state, as free
form soundscapes, moody piano, nature sounds meander forth in calming,
soothing realms, without getting superficial or new age for one moment.

This is quality ambient music with minimal elements that will be loved
by fans of Temps Perdu, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Mathias Grassow and
alike.”

–Bert Strolenberg, www.sonicimmersion.org

You can purchase Bridge to Nowhere directly from Hypnos for $11.99
here.

2008.07.14

The audio clips posted last week for the new Tones for LaMonte release
by Forrest Fang’s alter ego, Sans Serif, were not set up correctly at first but have now been fixed.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Alpha mp3
2. Omega mp3
3. Gamma mp3
4. Delta mp3
5. Theta mp3
6. (infinity) mp3


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.07.10

Time for another new release from Hypnos. We’re very pleased to be involved in releasing new work
by Forrest Fang, even if this is an experimental side-project of Forrest’s, released under another name.

Artist: Sans Serif
Title: Tones for LaMonte
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte

2008. Sans Serif is an alter ego of Forrest Fang, the
talented multi-instrumentalist and composer whose most
recent solo album Gongland was released on Projekt in
2000. He has also collaborated with Carl Weingarten on
the album Invisibility released on The Foundry, as
well as contributing instrumentally to the works of other
artists such as Robert Rich.

Unlike the more traditionally structured and “musical”
work Fang releases under his own name, the Sans Serif
project is focused on minimalism. This project in
particular is a tribute to the influential minimalist
composer LaMonte Young, whose work was known for the
use of long, sustained tones and alternate tunings.

Tones for LaMonte bridges the two, related worlds
of avant-garde classical influence, and modern ambient
drone.

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Alpha mp3
2. Omega mp3
3. Gamma mp3
4. Delta mp3
5. Theta mp3
6. (infinity) mp3


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.07.01

It seems to us like those of you who shop at the
Hypnos Online Store
love it when we get a new box of imported ambient music goodies. This time,
another great new release from a great new label (Glacial Movements, which
previously released stuff like Rapoon, Oophoi and Netherworld), this time with
the first recent work by Lull we’ve seen in quite a while.

Lull – Like a Slow River
(Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
2008. Like a Slow River is a work characterized by sharp and minimal atmospheres, but also dark, cold and huge, such as big bodies of ice which slowly move, carried by an endless river. The five compositions of
Like a Slow River reach the high expectations of the previous works, such as Cold Summer, Continue and the Murder Ballads trilogy with Martin
Bates. With no doubt, this is the coldest and darkest work ever composed by this pioneer of industrial-ambient music. You all will be led to the
oblivion of your existence….the freezing darkness of this glacial night is going to come down on your bodies and minds….you’ll fall in your deepest
sleep with the far echo of glacial runnings….
(more/buy)

2008.06.30

The last Viridian Sun live performance was almost 10 years ago, but a new performance is
scheduled for this coming Thursday evening, at Someday Lounge
here in Portland.

The Someday Lounge blurb says all you need to know:

THURSDAY, JUL 3
The July installment of Hexasion will feature veteran ambient composers VIRIDIAN SUN
7pm, FREE!

The new Viridian Sun album will be released later this summer on Hypnos Recordings.

2008.06.25

A new interview with Hypnos artist Robert Rich was recently posted
here.
The interview covers Robert’s recent works, particularly his latest collaboration with
Ian Boddy, as well as some of his sound design and sample library work.

2008.06.24

Several Hypnos and HSS (Hypnos Secret Sounds) CD releases have received favorable reviews and
online “mentions” (not as formal or official as a review) lately and I’ve been slow to post these, so a bit of
catch-up in that regard will be happening on this news page…

“Robert Rich’s Somnium…one if the Major Works in Ambient Music, a
work anyone even remotely interested in (drone) ambient should consider
buying.”

—-Peter van Cooten on the ambient@hyperreal.org mailing list


Purchase 7- hour DVD for $21.99 on Hypnos Online Store
(or just follow the link to read more about it)

“I’ve just got Entering Twilight following your recommendation, it is light, slow, warm, minimal and
gentle. Funny thing is it fits my ‘sunny morning’ playlist better than the ‘late night’ one.”

–Simon Bausch on the ambient music mailing list


Purchase CD for $8.99 on Hypnos Online Store
(or just follow the link to read more about it)

More to come in the morning…

2008.06.23

In addition to the recent Steve Brand release on Hypnos Secret Sounds (see previous news
update) we’ve also added some of Steve’s self-released recordings to the
Hypnos Online Store.

Steve Brand – Awakensong (CDR)
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. Illusory landscapes, obscured glimpses and secret rituals in half-light. Soundtracks for awakening. Rattles,
various flutes, medicine drums, udu, gongs, voice, keyboard textures, environmental sounds….
(more/buy)
SteveBrand – Twilightmind (CDR)
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. Atmospheres and environments exploring the remote soundworlds of the twilightmind. Lost ceremonies,
found archaeologies. Medicine drum, didg, gongs, voice, whirl tube, bells…
(more/buy)
Steve Brand – Cahokia (CDR)
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. A disc consisting of 3 long drifting soundworlds inspired by the Cahokia mounds complex near St. Louis,
Missouri, the largest pre-Columbian ceremonial complex in North America. Medicine drum, voice, gongs, flutes, didg, pot shards, and keyboards…
(more/buy)
Steve Brand – Looking into the Other (CDR)
(Steve Brand category)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. “Looking into the other is a heady, sometimes expansive, some ominous journey into tribal & ritual ambience
utilizing bells, synths, flute, fiddle, various percussive elements, rattles and field recordings to create these involving sonic rituals and dramatic & evocative sound worlds.”
-musiquemachine.com
(more/buy)

2008.06.12

Just added to the
Hypnos Online Store, the latest from
Hypnos Secret Sounds, and the first work on our label by Steve Brand.

Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Bridge to Nowhere
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (ltd cdr)

Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere

2008. Steve Brand has just recently started releasing music under his own name, after more than 20
releases in the experimental realm under the name “Augur.” Now Brand has a number of recordings
scheduled for release on Hypnos, and also on the AtmoWorks label, and the first of these is Bridge
to Nowhere
.

Brand’s work has always had a ritualistic element,
and sound sources include: medicine drum, udu, rattles, various flutes, bells, conch shell, thumb piano, cora,
Indian fiddle, found, natural and handmade objects, voice, field recordings and keyboards.
Bridge to Nowhere is a spacious, slow-breathing exploration of a meditative state, and nowhere in
Brand’s work is the ritualistic element more present than in this case.

Ambient music in general is often
considered to be “spacy” or conducive to altered states of consciousness in general, but this music
specifically seems exploratory, meditative, and even a bit “druggy” and strange. As fans of this music
ourselves, we particularly love it when an artist seems genuinely to have tapped into a reality outside our
own — to have slowed down the world or distorted it, or viewed things through a prism or kaleidoscope.
The work of Steve Brand functions in this way, and we’re pleased to be able to deliver this incredible,
no-side-effects sound trip, to Hypnos listeners!

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Bridge to Nowhere 1 – (14:43) – mp3 clip
2. Breathing Light – (20:40) – mp3 clip
3. Bridge to Nowhere 2 – (20:00) – mp3 clip
4. Through the Lens of Love – (20:00) – mp3 clip


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.06.10

Here are a couple of new ones, from one of our favorite labels, Infraction, just recently added to the
Hypnos Online Store.

Milieu – A Warm Wooden Hollow
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Reviewed on forcedexposure.com
“It’s appropriate to consider A Warm Wooden Hollow to be the counterpoint to Beyond the Sea…
Song titles are a bit darker, the feel of the music is evening dusk heading into night rather than a bright hopeful light.
The soundtrack for a lonely weary traveler. It’s the music of sitting next to the fire on a one man island — strings
strummed and carried out to the sea, drones in the distance. A piano played in slow motion — a sonata for underwater
listening. Released in an edition of 300 copies in a digipak.”
-forcedexposure.com…
(more/buy)
Parks – Umber
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. Reviewed on forcedexposure.com
“Superb ambient with environmental interludes, cinematic minor key passages. Reworked and
re-arranged in 2007 with a new tracklisting. Umber is released in an edition of 300 copies in a digipak.”
-forcedexposure.com…
(more/buy)

2008.06.05

Check out what a few people on the Hypnos Forum are
saying about the new M Griffin album, Fabrications.

Hypnos Forum member comments…

“This one was worth the wait. One of the most truly “ambient” recordings Hypnos has released, great listening for headphone-nauts.
I’ve heard the third solo album will be coming out in 2018, so everybody should have lots of time to wrap their ears around these gorgeous
micro-worlds of sound.”

–“drone on” on the Hypnos Forum

“This is some gorgeously built, tripped out work! …Vast, deep, and sounds lovingly well-crafted!! You have fashioned some dark ambient nectar of the gods…”

–“9dragons” on the Hypnos Forum

“Very nice! A windblown stream of strange sounds and vocal fragments, very atmospheric, and never straying far from the Almighty Drone. Highly recommended …and use your headphones!”

–“Joe R” on the Hypnos Forum

“Very dense spooky concrete atmospheres that remind me in places of mid-period Zoviet France, but without the emphasis on looping. Some
industrial-like abstract sounds midway through, but nothing Merzbow harsh. Very nicely done.”

–“ffcal” (recording artist Forrest Fang) on the Hypnos Forum

Fabrications track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
Water is Silver
Gravity
Behind
Air Sense Space
Devise
Sky is Glass Lit

We love it when people say nice things about our music — and we also love it when people buy our CDs!


Hypnos Online Store listing, $12.99

2008.06.05

When we moved our web site from one server to another, it seems we “left behind” a number of mp3 sample clips
for some of our CDs. We know how important these sound clips are, if you’re considering buying a CD… what
better way to decide if it’s something you might enjoy, than to actually hear a minute or so from each track?

So, we’re in the process of re-creating the sound clips for the albums that are missing the mp3s, a few at a time.
To give you even more incentive to give these a listen, we’re also temporarily dropping the price on these, as the
new clips are added, so you’ll save $2 on each of these albums for the next week or so, until we post another set
of mp3 clips for other albums, and and knock those prices down $2 temporarily.

The first four items include:

Viridian Sun – Perihelion

Sonic adventurers Viridian Sun follow up their daring, acclaimed debut, Solar Noise.
Perihelion
goes in a slightly new sonic direction, but retains the intuitive, improvisational approach.
The focus remains on creating highly visual and evocative soundscapes, an ever-evolving construction of
loops and drifting background textures, both hypnotic and beautiful.

Track listing, including mp3 sample clips:
Epihelion mp3 clip
Axionsunburst mp3 clip
Elixir Sonic mp3 clip
Pelior is V mp3 clip
Voidvertigo mp3 clip
In Peril (Visium) mp3 clip
Spinning Timeworks mp3 clip
Ion Or mp3 clip
Perihelion mp3 clip

Read more, and/or purchase at special price

Jeff Pearce – The Light Beyond

Hypnos is pleased to announce the latest by Jeff Pearce, The Light Beyond. His followup to the beloved &
highly-acclaimed 2000 album To the Shores of Heaven, The Light Beyond shares its predecessor’s
basis of smooth, guitar-based atmospheric clouds, both dark and light. But The Light Beyond explores more
abstract, open- ended and free-form compositions, with one track almost forty-four minutes in duration, in the
midst of three shorter pieces.

Track listing, including mp3 sample clips:
01. Migration of Souls mp3 clip
02. Across the Infinite Sea mp3 clip
03. A Farther Shore mp3 clip
04. The Light Beyond mp3 clip

Read more, and/or purchase at special price

Vir Unis & Saul Stokes – Thermal Transfer

The third Binary release, first ever collaboration between Vir Unis and Stokes, Thermal Transfer is also the most uptempo,
high energy recording yet released by Hypnos or its related labels. In fact, truth be told, this recording is the very reason that the
Binary label was created — so Hypnos could bring you excellent electronic music, even if the style in question was too “hyperactive”
for the Hypnos label. The mp3 clip samples below should give you some idea why we’re as excited about Thermal Transfer
as anything we’ve ever released.

Track listing, with MP3 audio clips:
01 Kinetic Center mp3 clip
02 Stroboscopic mp3 clip
03 Replicants in Orbit mp3 clip
04 Modea’s Liquid Metal mp3 clip
05 Blurring Maguro mp3 clip
06 Surface Solair mp3 clip
07 The Burning Ground mp3 clip
08 Thermal Transfer mp3 clip
09 Blurring Maguro (interstitial Remix) mp3 clip

Read more, and/or purchase at special price

Oˆphoi – Athlit

The US debut of Italian drone-ambient artist Oˆphoi. He previously released some well-received works on the Amplexus label,
both solo and with Tau Ceti (who also contributes here). Many Hypnos listeners have asked for more deep, slow-moving
ambient drone material, and if that style is your cup of tea, you’ll love this one. It’s just short of 74 minutes, one massive
continuous ambience (though with four “index” points so you can navigate the CD more easily). There’s space music
and then there’s DEEP space music, and this one is deep, deep, deep. Put on the headphones and drift….

TRACK LISTING with mp3 audio clips:
Drifting into Blank Space – 16:40 mp3
An Ever-Changing Horizon – 10:30 mp3
On Wings of Light – 18:05 mp3
Lord of the Starfields – 28:31 mp3

Read more, and/or purchase at special price

As mentioned, these are all $2 off temporarily on the Hypnos Online
Store
, until we add the next batch next week.

2008.06.03

Hypnos artists Stephen Philips and Numina recently recorded a “live in studio” session at Numina’s
home studio, and it’s being featured on Kite Radio on stillstream.com (that’s an online, streaming radio service in case
you hadn’t heard of Stillstream before). Here’s their announcement:

3 June 2008

Happy June! Yea Summer! 🙂

Some of you may know that I was out in Denver, CO a few weeks ago and
hooked up with my good friend Jesse Sola (Numina) for an amazing 4
hour live improvised jam session. We recorded most of it (about 3
hours) and plan to release some of the material via 2 CD releases.
One will come out on DDR in the next few weeks and the other we’re not
sure about yet, but are guessing it will be sometime later this year.

Tonight on Kite Radio (http://www.stillstream.com) I will be debuting
the CD and playing some of the material from CD 1. This is all new,
very cool music you have never heard before.

The show starts around 10:00 pm EDT and I’ll be playing the new collab
tracks starting sometime in Hour #2.

And while you’re listening, why not join the chatroom, just go to
stillstream.com and follow the links to the chat.

See ya tonight

———————-
Stephen Philips
Dark Duck Records
http://www.darkduck.net
Kite Radio
http://www.kite-radio.com

2008.06.02

It’s been a long time since we’ve added any new items to the
“Used & Last Copy” section
of the Hypnos Online Store, but we’re in the process of adding a lot of
new items. Some of them are CDs from our personal collection that we don’t listen to any longer, some are old office-play copies that
we don’t want, others are items we took in trade and just didn’t play often enough to keep. We’re swimming in extra CDs so we’ve got
to start selling off some of this stuff, and plenty of these are out of print or otherwise hard to fine.

Newest items are toward the bottom of the page.

2008.05.30

Here we have a batch of items newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, or in some
cases just reactivated after getting them back in stock… all from the wonderful Infraction label.

Aidan Baker & Ultra Milkmaids – At Home With…
(Infraction category)
(Price: $12.99)
Canadian Aidan Baker\’s pastoral guitar work shredded to glorious bits by the French. Environmental recordings paint the
background with various voices and distant church bells….
(more/buy)
Colin Potter – See
(Infraction category)
(Price: $12.99)
2nd edition. Limited to 200 numbered copies….
(more/buy)
Adam Pacione – From Stills to Motion
(Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Packaged in a mini-lp gatefold style sleeve with an inner booklet of photographs and video stills by Adam Pacione.

Highly anticipated new release from Adam Pacione. Deluxe packaging. Stoughton style mini-gatefold with 16 page full-color booklet. Design and layout by Pacione. An age of virtual audio saturation, of pre-articulated sound. Expressivity, once an array of possible voices, is ever more probabilized. Originality, once primary criterion, is cast from the platform, problematized. Wondering, late in modernity’s day, what does it take to make a noise that matters? A keen-eared recontextualizer, an alchemist who can make sound, found or unfound, to walk its own way, outside the ready-made parade. Adam Pacione is one such – new recruit to a group of like-minded musicians, kindred-spirits Brian Grainger (Milieu), Mike Bennett (Zimiamvian Night), and Kiln, who have brought the ferment from their sound stills to the Infraction table. That label is now streaming a vital strain of New Backwoods Ambient, this latest from deep in the heart of (Hurst) Texas — experimental, but harmonically-inclined, apparently lo-tech, but substantially audio-cratic.(A.Lockett)…
(more/buy)

Northern – Drawn
(Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Debut release from Canada\’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada\’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season\’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams….
(more/buy)

2008.05.28 (later)

We’ve held off on announcing this officially, given the recent problems on the
Hypnos Online Store… but everything
is fixed now and this CD is ready to order. It’s been a very long time coming!

Artist: M. Griffin
Title: Fabrications
Label: Hypnos Recordings

2008.
Originally announced in 1997 as the follow-up by Hypnos founder Mike Griffin to his debut Sudden Dark, Fabrications has been
reworked, abandoned, restarted from scratch, back-burnered, reimagined, and left frozen in carbonite. Among those who have followed Hypnos
from the beginning, Fabrications achieved a certain notoriety as the album always promised for release in the coming year, which never
quite arrived. 2008 is finally the year in which Fabrications is revealed, perhaps appropriate for the 10-year anniversary of its original planned
release date, 1998.

Generally known as an ambient minimalist, utilizing synthesizers for most of his work, this time M. Griffin took advantage of “real world” sounds,
captured with binaural microphones using a portable digital audio recorder.
For this release, Griffin built up collages of numerous location recording elements, including cars driving on freeways, people walking in long echoing
hallways, the ocean waves in Kona at night, a metalworking factory with heavy machinery crunching away, distant trains, and clothes driers. These
elements were manipulated, combined, worked-on and re-worked, and overlaid with looped spoken elements later created by Griffin in the studio.
The end result comes out something like the Zoviet France soundtrack to a David Lynch film, that is, a dark and dream-like collage of loops, spoken
fragments, disembodied whispers, and the echo of far-off machinery.

While ambient music recordings generally only include a few “layers,” Fabrications has been painstakingly built-up over the years so
that all tracks are now comprised of dozens of layers, in some cases upward of 100. The result is incredibly complex, with ghostly remnants of
real, concrete sounds filtered one against another. Aural signatures of many real places combine to form sonic impressions of
a series of locations that do not really exist. These imagined, artificial locales are in effect, fabrications.

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
Water is Silver
Gravity
Behind
Air Sense Space
Devise
Sky is Glass Lit


Hypnos Online Store listing

2008.05.28

We’ve really enjoyed the recent releases of Evan Bartholomew’s excellent new Somnia label, and have just added the 4th such
release to the Hypnos Online Store. Please note that these items
are limited, in special hand-assembled packaging, and that we ran out of the first release quickly (and it’s totally unavailable now).

Evan Marc + Steve Hillage – Dreamtime Submersible
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $15.99)
2008. “Diving deep with hypnotic rhythms, sub-aquatic bass
pulsations and reverberant melodies, Evan Marc explores
varying states of non-waking life on this release. his
sensitive approach to sound design is woven perfectly with
atmospheric guitar tones supplied by system7’s Steve Hillage,
crafting a unique and cinematic take on the dub techno
paradigm.”
-Somnia

Somnia004 track listing with MP3 samples:
1. mp3 clip
2. mp3 clip
3. mp3 clip
4. mp3 clip
5. mp3 clip
6. mp3 clip
7. mp3 clip

(more/buy)

2008.05.27

We’re sorry it’s taken so long, but we’ve just heard from the technical support
guys who have been working on the
Hypnos Online Store for the last
few days, that the problems have been resolved.
Our sincere apologies to our customers who had trouble ordering during this period.

The good news is, we have a bunch of new stuff to add to the store and announce soon… like tomorrow!

2008.05.21

We’ve been having intermittent trouble with the
Hypnos Online Store today
and while we troubleshoot the database errors, it may be necessary for us to take the store
“offline” for brief periods. Thanks for your patience while we hunt down the cause of these
error messages. If you do feel like trying to order, and find the store up & running, we’ve
found that generally orders do go through just fine, despite the error messages, and security
is still intact.

2008.05.20 (later)

Always one of the most popular artists on the Hypnos and Binary
labels through the years, Saul Stokes is also one we’ve been very
proud to “launch” into the ambient/electronica world.

His latest album, Villa Galaxia, will be released cooperatively by Binary
and Saul’s own imprint Stokesmusic, in mid 2008.

We’re very excited about this release, so we wanted to post a “teaser” announcement
here even before all the details were available! Stay tuned.

2008.05.20

Just when our last batch of web site and email problems were behind us, we’re back to intermittent web access and completely dead email.
At this time, the main hypnos.com web site is functioning, along with the Hypnos Forum and the Hypnos Online Store. We’re looking forward
to getting things back to normal as soon as possible, and we apologize to everyone for the inconvenience.

2008.05.14

Here’s another new CD release, and another Hypnos Secret Sounds artist debut,
this time Bathys by Darkened Soul.

Artist: Darkened Soul
Title: Bathys
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Darkened Soul - Bathys

2008. Hypnos is pleased to announce Bathys, the first appearance on our label (in this
case, our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint) by Darkened Soul.
The word “bathys” in Greek translates as “deep,” and the rest of the titles here continue the Greek
language theme. It’s the root of the word “bathyscaph” which is a submersible vessel for deep sea
exploration.

“Deep” is relevant here, as this recording collects resonant dark ambient sounds into aural mixtures
deep and spacious.
This aural journey is evocative of a subterranean trek through wet, metal-walled tunnels, with gritty
textures underfoot, and dripping sounds of water. Vague hints of machine-like sounds can be heard
churning away in the distance. Bathys by Darkened Soul is an exercise in resonant dark
ambient textures.

Darkened Soul is a psydonym under which Mike Soucy records dark ambient soundscapes. His previous
releases have been mostly self-released, though Hypnos followers may have seen his release Seasons
of Dark and Light
on Umbra, the Italian label operated by recording artist Oophoi.

Track listing (with MP3 sample clips):
1 Eis Arthro Michani MP3 clip
2 Ateleiotos Agkareia MP3 clip
3 Mysteriodis MP3 clip
4 Trela MP3 clip
5 Ypexairesi MP3 clip
6 Bathys MP3 clip


Purchase for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store

2008.05.08 (later)

We’re pleased to be able to offer the second and third releases on the excellent new Somnia label (based here in
Portland, and operated by Evan Bartholomew) on
the
Hypnos Online Store. Please note that these items
are limited, in special hand-assembled packaging, and that we ran out of the first release quickly (and it’s totally unavailable now).

Evan Bartholomew – Secret Entries into Darkness
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $15.99)
“Evan Bartholomew brings another example of sonic storytelling to Somnia, moving from atmospheric float into pulsing minimal
electroid rhythms. Fractaline analog grooves and micro beat construction establish a hypnotic base for a composed layer of ambient exploration to
unfold. presenting a balance of analog moduler synth elements and complex dsp processing, Secret Entries into Darkness furthers Somnia’s approach to
cinematic modern music. 777 copies worldwide. soy ink on recycled paper, sewn, sealed in wax, signed and numbered.”
-Somnia

Somnia002 track listing with MP3 samples:
1. mp3 clip
2. mp3 clip
3. mp3 clip
4. mp3 clip
5. mp3 clip
6. mp3 clip
7. mp3 clip
(more/buy)

Emanuele Errante – Humus
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $15.99)
\”Somnia proudly presents a new album from respected Italian ambient composer Emanuele Errante. Humus unfolds slowly through
a symphony of organic minimalism, evolving and growing over a course of 11 tracks. classical flourishes adorn warm and inviting textural sketches, and
subtle electronic manipulation pervades a humid ambient environment. Reich inspired microcosmic rhythms unfold and undulate beneath wide pastel
landscapes.”
-Somnia

Somnia003 track listing with MP3 samples:
01. mp3 clip
02. mp3 clip
03. mp3 clip
04. mp3 clip
05. mp3 clip
06. mp3 clip
07. mp3 clip
08. mp3 clip
09. mp3 clip
10. mp3 clip
11. mp3 clip
(more/buy)

2008.05.08

Here are the latest releases, just added to
the Hypnos Online Store, from the wonderful new
German label Waterscape, which specializes in extremely limited 3″ mini CDs of guitar ambience and other
guitar-based experimental sounds.

All these items come highly recommended, and supplies are very limited. Please note that these CDs are short in duration, usually just over 20 minutes long.

Jason Sloan – Static
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. “STATIC is a 22 min piece that is divided into two movements. The first is comprised of mostly organ sounds with a small amount of guitar, and the second is guitar
only, which builds eventually into a wall of pure sound. One may be heavily reminded of Steve Roach\’s approach to space music. Highly recommended for space music fans and fans of shoegaze.”
– Waterscape Records…
(more/buy)
True Colour of Blood – The Cave of Knowlege
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. “Eric Kesner is the man behind True Colour of Blood. The Cave of Knowledge is a 22 min drone. Kestner perfectly combines dark ambient
moments with minutes of pure clarity. Like most of the Waterscape releases this is a pure blessing for headphone trips into a world of shimmering guitar drones
and ambient soundscapes.”
– Waterscape Records…
(more/buy)
Taiga Remains – Descend from Ivory Cliffs
(Waterscape category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. \”Taiga Remains is Alex Cobb, who is also the man behind the Students of Decay Label in America. Descend from Ivory Cliffs is an almost 23 min drone-epic
that mixes some of the most beautiful melodies your ear has ever listened to.”
– Waterscape Records…
(more/buy)

2008.05.07

Our web site and email problems are mostly fixed, though things are still a bit glitchy. We thank everyone for their patience.

2008.05.06

We’ve had some problems today with the web server, affecting all aspects of the Hypnos internet presence, but especially
the Hypnos Online Store,
the Hypnos Forum, and email to all hypnos.com addresses.

Our web server company is working on the problem and hope to have it solved soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!

2008.05.01

New items just added to
the Hypnos Online Store from the Databloem label out of The Netherlands.

Mathias Grassow – Hightlights 1
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Deep drones and tribal ambient. Cherry picked, re-mastered tracks from Mathias Grassow’s rich archives …
(more/buy)
Mathias Grassow – Hightlights 2
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Deep drones and tribal ambient. Cherry picked, re-mastered tracks from Mathias Grassow’s rich archives …
(more/buy)
Mathias Grassow – Highlights 3
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Deep drones and tribal ambient. Cherry picked, re-mastered tracks from Mathias Grassow’s rich archives …
(more/buy)
Mathias Grassow – Tiefweite Stille 2
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Atmospheres and drones flavored with tribal rhythms and Indian instruments.”
-Databloem Records…
(more/buy)
Mathias Grassow – Emerald
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Re-mastered from one of Grassow’s lost masterpieces from the nineties Ethno-ambient soundscapes Long droning
pieces with incredible deep mood, perfect for listening in a candle-flooded ambient, in a church, or in your inner òpsychic dome”
Good for relaxation or meditation”
-Databloem records…
(more/buy)

2008.04.30

Another sure-to-please item added to
the Hypnos Online Store from the always-popular Oophoi.

Oophoi – An Aerial View
(Glacial Movements category)
(Price: $15.99)
2008, latest release from the fantastic new label Glacial Movement. Oophoi says:
“When I’ve been asked to describe the Ice Age with an uninterrupted drone, I knew I wanted to avoid the cliches of the genre:
dark rumblings, massive low frequencies, cold atmospheres. I had to describe with sounds the white landscape, the blinding light reflected by the
frozen oceans, the abyssal silence.I have imagined myself in flight over this Sleeping Earth, a solitary winged-being surrounded by winds, air, water
and ice. This led me to compose an airy drone with minimal variations and delicate tones, an homage to a pure, uncontaminated and remote land.”…
(more/buy)

Also on the subject of Oophoi, it’s been rumored that a large number of his Umbra & Penumbra label releases will be allowed to go out of
print fairly soon, so we are stocking up to make sure we’re able to offer as many of them as possible, for as long as possible. Those of
you who are collectors of the wonderful output of this related pair of labels (for those who don’t know, Umbra is the imprint for full-length albums
and Penumbra is for shorter, EP-length discs) may wish to consider grabbing up the items you’re interested in, before it’s too late. And to head
of any questions in advance, this applies to Umbra & Penumbra label items only, not Oophoi releases on other labels such as Hypnos or Faria
or Nextera.

2008.04.29

We’ve been BUSYBUSYBUSY here adding new items to
the Hypnos Online Store. This time it’s a series of
new releases on the Faria label.

Troum – Objectlessness
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. “There is a big gap between rational, verbal language and the pre-symbolic language of our emotional and
unconscious mind. Music is perceived partly with our conscious mind, who can analyze it and reflect on it. On another part, it is perceived
by our unconsciousness, by our primal consciousness that lies under the rational mind. The idea: Experimental music, especially that
of a more droning character, can easier get in touch or be unconsciously connected with this primal state of mind. It is music that is
linked with unconscious fantasies coming from a pre-verbal sphere of existence… the phase of life based on the dyadic interaction
with the primal object, the mother. At this early stage, there’s no awareness existing of being a full separated Subject, and no other
full separated Objects can be perceived. Inner and outer reality is the same. Spheric, droning, dissolving music is pointing unconsciously
at this objectless sphere of existence. This release is dedicated to the idea of an especially formed pre-symbolic music. Artwork
conception contain 4 cards and cover with art from english creator Pete Burn.”
– Faria Records…
(more/buy)
Calabi-Yau – Compactified
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. “Calabi-Yau (called in the names of two mathematicians (Eugenio Calabi) and (Shing-Tung Yau )) spaces may
be that microscopic shape, deep inside the hidden dimensions of string theory. There are many such spaces… According to string theory,
space-time isn’t 4-dimensional as you might expect, but 10-dimensional. Where are the extra six dimensions? One answer is that they’re
compactified: roughly speaking, rolled up into such a small space as to be unobservable at human scales. You are in the forest, it is night,
and in a moment you are in space, exploring the phenomena, for which there is no explanation and knowledge in our day… ¶And You hear
the sound of loquacious water far away from You. The sky is in front of You…You can observe all the planets to be clearly. And there are
plenty of animals around You, which You’ve never seen before, which are so close, that they are almost touching You. Thought is equal
to movement, there is no difference between them.”
-Faria Records…
(more/buy)
Aglaia – Unprofaned Twilight
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. “This is joint edition of Faria Records and Hic Sunt Leones. The fourth cd of Aglaia is born from the previous work
but, in comparison with them, it develops a wider breath directly from the background’s sounds. The composition is softer and more
refined. Again the sonorous world that here is explored is that one of the enchantment, of the mild sound fading. An unprofaned and
inviolate twilight, where the different vibrations are balanced, without any sort of tensions. Time rolls by and space too. The sound is a natural
matter and gives birth to an intense crepuscolar light. Listening to this music is like to see thousands of fine luminous rays, filtered through
half-closed windows. A dance of dust in a never ending movement that catches the light around. With aglaia’s sound we are in an
electroacoustic microcosm full of vibrating signs. The first of the two long compositions suggests a natural and quiet landscape. The sound’s
mood is a sort of perpetual tinkling, wrapped up a voice coming from the space, that observes from afar. An harmonic accordance between
different reality. The second, even though more intimate, is equally shining. Everything happens during a night where insects, spring-waters
and moonlight match themselves together. A swarming midnight with underworld life.”
-Faria Records…
(more/buy)
Antonio Testa – Inframundis
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. “Inframundis (inland universe, latin) is a research of stalagmites and stalagtites sounds mixed with textures and
drones; It’s a meditative record and it creates a balance between biosphere and technosphere. The cd gets free all its energies, its little/big
sounds, its hidden atmospheres, and microharmonies. The sounds, music, make us come back to the past, offering us the view of a World.
The sound evokes angelical moments between the imperceptible evolution of the sound of the sky and the ethnic roots, natural instrumental
sounds creating atmospheres which evoke in our imaginary visions and images of the most far places. It is an alchemic project of ancestral
sounds. Deeply rooted in our unconscious.”
-Faria Records…
(more/buy)
Faryus – Lucid Dreams
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. “This album is devoted to a phenomenon of the Lucid dreams. A “lucid dream” is a dream, in which the person is
aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams you have control over the dream characters and
environment, as well as the ability to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. The feelings which you feel during lucid dreams are very
similar to those available during a waking state. Often they surpass the \’usual\’ with a saturation and intensity. This phenomenon has been
researched by such well-known researchers as Stephen LaBerge, Robert Monroe, Carlos Castaneda, etc.. The 9th book of Carlos Castaneda –
The Art of Dreaming explains more fully the events occurring within this album. The album is conceived as travel from the moment of falling
asleep up to the depths of the infinite universe of the Dreaming: “Vivid Dream” Рthis is a dream, where colors and events are extremely
bright. After awakening we never forget these dreams, it remains in the memory as a very exciting experience. It is the first phase of lucid
dreaming and the beginning of our travel. We can then find Clarity, passing through the first gate of dreaming to enjoy the Lucid Dream.
Opening infinite opportunities of the universe of dreaming we begin our “Free Flying” obtaining the sanctum sanctorum of the dreaming
universe – to the World of Inorganic Beings”.
-Faria Records…
(more/buy)
Vadim Bondarenko – Smoking Music
(Faria category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Smoking Music was created in 2000-2004. Delicate made melodic ambient compositions. To creat–µ this album Vadim
used keyboards, clarinet, samples and piano. It is a good listening for everyone who likes misty ambient music and the creative work of Brian
Eno or Harold Budd.”
-Faria Records…
(more/buy)

2008.04.28

Ambient artist A Produce is a long-time friend of the Hypnos label, and released
his newest album Smile on the Void on our label, in addition to the A Produce
& M Griffin album Altara just before that. One of the earliest A Produce
recordings has finally been released on CD, and we have it available for sale now
on the Hypnos Online Store.

A Produce – The Clearing
(A Produce category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. Reissue of an early A Produce project, never before released on CD and somewhat of a departure from his later work.
Trance Port is proud to release the final A Produce re-issue of his first album (1988), “The Clearing.”

“The Clearing” was originally released in 1988 in an edition of 500 LPís. At the time, AP considered it ìan album of conceptual space.î It was also very much a transitional album, AP having gone from playing guitar in the ìdark dance bandî Afterimage in the early 80ís to where he was headed musically and creatively in the 90ís on up to the present. The notion of the Trance Port label also evolved in the early 80ís, first as a cassette releasing label of what was evolving as the ìL.A. undergroundî music scene. Many of the artists AP met during that time appeared on the two “L.A. Mantra” compilations issued on Trance Port during those years. Many also appeared on the tracks of “The Clearing” project. AP is thankful for those artistsí varied contributions on this album. It would not have turned out as well and as interesting a project without them.
After release of “The Clearing” LP, A Produce began to drift into more space/ambient realms. Some of “The Clearingís” original tracks have appeared on later compilations of my work. This is the first time the entire album has been rejoined as the whole it originally came from. An added ìlostî track has been included on this CD release to complete the experience. For this release, all track tracks have been remastered by Loren Nerell and AP…
(more/buy)

2008.04.27

This weekend we have another batch of featured items on Hypnos Online Store,
this time from the Neu Harmony label.

Syndromeda – Metaphysical Experiences
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2005. “Some artists provide their best work earlier in their career but
Syndromeda just gets better and better.”
—-Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
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Otarion – Faces of the Night
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2004. “The album takes us through a restless, dream filled night. We begin ‘Nightfall’ with eerie metallic shimmers, deep bass rumbles and haunting but also quite ethereal wordless vocal touches. It\’s an extremely impressive start, out of which rhythms and simply stunning melodies emerge. Beauty and power are mixed together in the perfect combination. Every track here is perfection, there is no weak link. It is one of my favorite CDs ever; truly a pleasure to review and goes without saying that I think it is an essential purchase.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
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Under the Dome – Bellerophon
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. “This is a stunning album. It contains those trademark UTD style sequences as found on their first but it also shows a great deal of maturity, light and shade if you like. Equal attention is paid to the atmospheres and textures which balance the stormers. It also comes over as something of a concept album, right down to the early sci fi imagery of the artwork (think of Forbidden Planet). To get the most out of this album when you first get it keep it on constant rotation, playing it time after time- if your woofers are up to it that is. There is greater depth to the sound here than I have ever heard before.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
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Under the Dome – Wot No Colin?
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2003. “This is one hell of a powerful CD! It combines tracks from both the Hampshire Jam 2 and National Space Center performances, played completely live without any pre-recorded backing. There are two new numbers plus the sequencer-dominated tracks from \’The Demon Haunted World\’ and \’Bellerophon\’, most of the pieces running into each other without a break. Indeed it is a sequencer fest to end all sequencer fests! If you are a fan of retro sequencer music, this CD is absolutely essential. If you haven\’t tried Under The Dome before, this is an excellent place to start.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
The Omega Syndicate – Analogue Waves
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2004. “There is Berlin School, then there is Hardcore Berlin School, and then there is this! Xan and Dave Gurr, the guys behind he Omega Syndicate, really don\’t seem to care what some people might think. They like sequencers of the good old-fashioned style, subtle as a brick and don\’t see why you shouldn\’t crank them up, (and up and up)! Why should there be a limit to the number of sequencer lines you can have anyway? They let rip and just keep going. I mean, there are three tracks here averaging over twenty-five minutes each, one over half an hour with hardly a moment to catch breath. The sounds they choose are all so mid to late seventies, but of denser proportions than I have heard from anything actually coming out of that period. These guys are having enormous fun doing what they love doing, and this fun is infectious. It certainly left a smile on my face throughout the entire album.\”
–Reviewed by DL from Synth Music Direct…
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Syndromeda – Creatures from the Inner
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $16.99)
“This is a double CD of epic proportions containing the most mature but also intense compositions from Syndromeda to date.”
-reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

2008.04.24

We’re proud to announce our latest release on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint,
Huronic Minor by Matt Borghi.

Artist: Matt Borghi
Title: Huronic Minor
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)

Matt Borghi - Huronic Minor

2008. We here at Hypnos have long enjoyed Matt Borghi’s subtle atmospheric ambient music, and believed it deserved
more attention. Many of Matt’s CDs are out of print, and we’ve agreed to re-issue a series of our favorite
recordings on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. The first of these Matt Borghi reissues will be Huronic Minor.

Simple, restrained, and artful, these recordings deserve to remain in print, and we hope these reissues will
help introduce more of today’s ambient music listeners to the work of this important artist.

Track listing (with MP3 sample clips):
1. Leaving the Gates of the Open Harbor
2. November’s Peculiar Calm
3. Gray Dawn Illumination
4. Point Aux Barques
5. The Longest Night
6. Red Sky Morning
7. Brooding Dark Waters
8. Distant Harbor
9. Silent Moor

“…drifting ambient music par excellence. Matt’s forte is similar to that of Stephen Philips’ – the ability to meld subtle synthesizer shadings and drones into mesmerizing cloud-like tone poems.
I never got bored with this CD, although if a non-ambient fan would listen to it, he or she might think the sound was monotonous. But that is true ambient musicπs appeal. A startling shift of
abrupt change calls attention to the music, thereby making it “non-ambient.” Huronic Minor is that rarest of ambient releases, i.e. a joy to listen to in silence and be consumed by or equally
effective played softly in the background as a sonic antidote for one’s own confused or stressed out world so to speak. However one listens ton this highly recommended recording, the
CDπs worth and artistry are unmistakable. Added recommendation emphasis if you live near the Great Lakes or a fishing port on the Atlantic Ocean.”

–Reviewed by Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire (www.windandwire.com)

“The album speaks of grays and blues, reds and yellows and serenity and confusion. The juxtapositions are ambiguities as Matt teases listeners and baits them to decide where to go with the drift.
The soul becomes the guide as Matt provide only provides the vehicle. This gentle set provides essential sonic exploration and meditation!”

–Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, Author, Tracks Across the Universe

“I think Huronic Minor is brilliant, and if I may say, completely different from your previous effort For Running Time.
I don’t know what to play first. I will surely chose two or three longer pieces and give them airplay.”

–Reviewed by Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Croatia

” Borghi has crafted a superb collection of dark drones, bruised wanderings, and ravaged ruins, glimpses of a psyche’s attempts to deal with nightmarish realities.
This is rainy-day fog shrouded doom-cast netherworld music. Fans of Roach, Robert Scott Thompson, 1980s Robert Rich “sleep tunes,” and all such “melting brain” music will enjoy this!
Recommended release.”

–Reviewed by John W. Patterson, EER reviews


Hypnos Online Store listing
— price is $11.99

2008.04.23

One of our most popular and best-selling releases ever, Somnium by Robert Rich, sold out its initial
pressing of 2,000 copies late last year. We’ve gone ahead and pressed another 1,000 so if you missed out the first time,
you can still own a copy of one of the landmark works in ambient music.

Artist: Robert Rich
Title: Somnium
Label: Hypnos/Soundscape DVD

Robert Rich - Somnium (DVD)

2001. Back in print as of April 2008!

For those
who are unclear about the format of SOMNIUM: it’s an ordinary DVD-video disc, playable
in regular, garden-variety home DVD players, as well as DVD-rom drives on you PC or Mac. It does
not require (and in fact is not compatible with) a high-end “DVD-audio” format machine. To put
it another way, it’s a DVD-video with music only, no picture (aside from the menus). The
DVD-video format was used because it enabled us to store 7 hours of continuous audio on one side
of one disc — no breaks in the program… no need to change discs or wait for a changer to swap
from disc 5 to disc 6, for example. It is a stereo (two channel) audio program.

Technical questions aside, SOMNIUM is a re-creation of Robert Rich’s famous “sleep concerts,”
which began during Robert’s time at Stanford University. These sleep concerts have been much
discussed, but few current fans of ambient/space music have actually attended them. Consequently,
a lot of speculation and mystery has grown about the “legendary sleep concerts.” Now you’ll have
an opportunity to stretch out in the dark and listen to some of Robert Rich’s finest deep,
subliminal ambience…. seven hours worth, uninterrupted!

Ready to purchase now, 7 hours of music playable in any DVD player, for $21.99, here:
Hypnos Online Store listing

2008.04.22

Here’s another batch of items new to the Hypnos Online Store,
this time from the Darla label.

Windy & Carl – Antarctica: Bliss Out vol. 2
(Darla category)
(Price: $11.99)
“Time slows down, your heart rate drops, the massive sound of Antarctica as slow,
heavy and breathtakingly beautiful as a glacier envelopes. Here Dearborn, Michigan\’s King and Queen of
etherea follow their critically acclaimed second record The Drawing of Sound with a solid ambient epic.
47 minutes. 3 songs.”
Review from Darla Records…
(more/buy)
Fuxa – Venoy: Bliss Out vol.5
(Darla category)
(Price: $9.99)
“The nortious kings of Michigan space rock captured at the peak of their partnership. an
interstellar trip via soundcraft in two overtures of soulful electronic bliss. Music for floating above the
Earth’s atmosphere or at least at home in a big cushy chair with your favorite libation.”
Review from Darla Records…
(more/buy)
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd – Before the Day Breaks
(Darla category)
(Price: $13.99)
“After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks are not ambient. Both are instrumental,
absolutely beautiful and as emotionally charged as any previous work from either artist. The pair of albums
complement one another, each track with its twin on the companion piece, the two conceived as experiments in
the dualities of music and emotion. As with all classic recordings from the Masters the listener desires
repeated listening to absorb their full sonic implications. This is soulful music that allows one to find
that place within where peace and perspective are achieved. It moves effortlessly to erase the chatter of
modern life and inspire meditation on things important. It may help the listener better see their way forward.”
Review from Darla Records

1. How Close Your Soul
2. A Formless Path
3. A Minute, A Day, No More
4. She is My Weakness
5. Outside, Silence
6. Hidden Message
7. I Returned Her Glance
8. My Monochrome Vision
9. Turn on the Moon…
(more/buy)

ISAN – Digitalis
(Darla category)
(Price: $10.99)
“English duo of Robin Saville and Antony Ryan make beautiful sounds, picking up their signals from deep space, like pulse coded informational rhythmic tone clusters of synthetic extraterrestrial folk music of cellular activities, breathing, bubbling, and fizzing with life. All instrumental, seven tracks, bringing to mind; Cluster, Microstoria, To Rocco Rot, and even grand daddies Kraftwerk. — George Parsons, DREAM Magazine. At home. The synthesizer sounds great, warm, embracing, lively, almost alive. But what\’s that noise, that strange hiss? You open up the main wooden cabinet. You suddenly realize that this synthesizer once was alive. It used to be a bug\’s family living room. The hiss and the buzz is caused by, now long dead, little bug kids who glued themselves to the filter circuits and who tried to play table tennis on the A-C-adaptor. \”Should I clean the inside? Should I get rid of the cracklings?,\” you ask yourself. No way, you like what you hear. This keyboard is alive. It‘s good that way. You close the door and start recording… If our mutual friend found beetles in his synth, ISAN’S equipment must be inhabited by proper salamanders, pattering constantly over circuits, stumbling over wires. Robin and Toe, the two mates operating this ‘Integrated Services Analogue Network’ (ISAN), appreciate the salamander\’s help and dedicated this whole album to their little friend. A couple of years ago, they both met in Leicester, discovered a common interest in “using dodgy old keyboards to make a dodgy old noise” and started recording together. Mixing the simple beauty of melodies generated with analogue keyboards and the bumpy, quirky rhythms old drum machines create when you switch them on, ISAN produce some of the most irresistible pop anthems the whole family can hum along to.”
Review from Darla Records…
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Hammock – Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop An Echo
(Darla category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo is the anticipated follow up to Hammock’s debut, Kenotic, a record that All Music Guide described as “…in every way a contender for classic status in the Shoegazing genre.” Although cherished in Shoegazer circles, Kenotic’s two months charting in CMJ’s Radio 200 and high profile appearances during NBC’s 2006 Olympic Coverage and on NPR’s All Songs Considered, Hearts of Space, Echoes and Musical Starstreams revealed that Hammock was also causing a stir among tastemakers and fans of Ambient, Post-Rock, Drone and Electronic. The duo’s eighteen newest tracks will do little to change that cross-genre appeal. Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo is characterized by the duo’s hallmark: thick curtains of cascading electric guitars that merge into pure expressions of hope, stillness, joy and loss. Accompanied by strings, piano, ethereal vocals and an occasional undercurrent of percussion, these beautiful, layered guitar washes range from whisper-soft minimalism to moments of driving, slow-burn intensity. Simply put, Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson make music that is filled with human passion and emotion. Welcome to this winter’s new soundtrack. \”…a perfect combination of the swirling, amorphous beauty of ambient music and the passionate pulse of electronica.”
-Brian Baker, Amplifier Magazine…
(more/buy)
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd – After the Night Falls
(Darla category)
(Price: $13.99)
“After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks are not ambient. Both are instrumental, absolutely beautiful and as emotionally charged as any previous work from either artist. The pair of albums complement one another, each track with its twin on the companion piece, the two conceived as experiments in the dualities of music and emotion. As with all classic recordings from the Masters the listener desires repeated listening to absorb their full sonic implications. This is soulful music that allows one to find that place within where peace and perspective are achieved. It moves effortlessly to erase the chatter of modern life and inspire meditation on things important. It may help the listener better see their way forward.”
review from Darla Records

Track list: 1. How Distant Your Heart
2. Avenue of Shapes
3. Seven Thousand Sunny Years
4. She is My Strength
5. Inside, a Golden Echo
6. Open Book
7. And Then I Turned Away
8. The Girl with the Colorful Thoughts
9. Turn Off the Sun…
(more/buy)

2008.04.21

These arrived some time ago, and were added to the Hypnos Online Store,
but we’re just getting around to mentioning them… here’s a great selection of the available releases from the incredible
Canadian dark ambient label, Cyclic Law. These CDs are are great examples of beautifully packaged deep ambient, perhaps
darker than most of what we sell here at Hypnos, but never abrasive or too aggressive. Fans of Lustmord or Sleep Research
Facility or Lull should enjoy these. Also, Cyclic Law artist Svartsinn will be appearing on the upcoming Hypnos
compilation CD, Message from a Subatomic World.

Svartsinn – Traces of Nothingness
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
The 3rd offering from Norway\’s Svartsinn could be acknowledged as the end of a trilogy, the first opus \”Devouring Consciousness\” was an album containing stories made during what the artist explains as being some difficult and rough times. The second offering, \”Of Darkness And Re-Creation\”, was the process of trying to deal with these struggles and reflect on them. \”Traces Of Nothingness\” is simply the reaction, result and the path ahead in this ongoing, seemingly endless darkness. A slightly more melodic, sad and obscure side of Svartsinn that still keeps the cold and dark atmosphere that defines his sound.
First 1000 copies in special Digipack.

8 Tracks. Running time; 50:57
Track list: Traces Of Nothingness / No Passage To The Innermost… / Lost In Reveries / Misanthropic Odyssey / Through Apathetic Eyes / All The Colours Are Fading / …But The Fire Burns No More / Emptiness Is Form…
(more/buy)

Visions – Lapse
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
New solo work from Frédéric Arbour (Instincts/Longing For Dawn/Cyclic Law).
This sonic venture takes us on an intense, solemn ambient journey through the minds eye and beyond. A transcendantal voyage through thick, droning layers immersed in richly obscure, ever evolving abstract sonorities fused with mysticaly charged passages, this is a relentless visionary experience through time and space, to realms beyond our imagination.
First 1000 copies in Gatefold sleeve.

7 Tracks. Running time; 56:00
Track list: Abyssal Gaze / Auroral Glare / Visions / Passage / Lapsing / Devoid Of Shadows / Lightless…
(more/buy)

Gustaf Hildebrand – Primordial Resonance
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
Gustaf\’s second full lenght is a unique, evolved experience offering you to embark upon an odyssey through ancient and lifeless surroundings. Sweeping ambient soundscapes and delicate textures mingle with the distant shrieks of surreal machinery – conjuring up images of abandoned and forgotten places, clouded skies and dead cities where time has been standing still. A captured moment from a strange no man\’s land lit by a perpetual gloom, Primordial Resonance is a voyage only limited by the imagination of the listener.
First 1000 copies come in an oversized fold out cover (A5).
6 Tracks. Running time; 45:19
Track list: Omega Continuum / Post Oblivion Fields / The Hollow Structures / Omnivoid / Ruins of a Failed Utopia / Wanderer of Strange Spheres…
(more/buy)
Northaunt – Horizons
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
3rd full length album from Norway\’s most renowned Ambient Atmospheric act. HORIZONS is a collection of 7 long ambient landscapes, lonely sceneries on the verge of night, places we long for, places we have been, sanctuaries from mankind. This is desolation made audible, carefully constructed and layered with deep drones, melancholic tonalities and outdoor field recordings which makes this Northaunt\’s most haunting release so far. Includes a bonus Video file with an alternate version of the track \”The Wilderness\”
First 2000 copies in a 6 panel Digipack

7 Tracks + Video. Running time; 60.00
Track list: Until Dawn Do Us Part / Night Came To Us / Horizons / The Autumn Sky / Night Alone / With The Stars As Witness / The Wilderness
Bonus Video File: The Wilderness (Alternate Version)…
(more/buy)

New Risen Throne – Whispers of the Approaching Wastefulness
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
The latest offering and first for Cyclic Law of one of Italy\’s finest Black Ambient master. The main concept and transpiring feeling of this album and the title \”Whispers of the approaching wastefulness\” can best be described as the \”steps\” or \”journey\” leading to the acknowledgment of the approaching end of all things. \”Whispers\” represent doubts and thoughts about the prevalent decadence that is around and deep within us and \”wastefulness\” translates to the imminent, definitive end of all things, to oblivion… The album is divided into 3 chapters: I – Oblivious to unknown threat (first signs) Tracks 1 & 2, II – Acquisition of knowledge (signs) Tracks 3, 4 & 5, III – Advent of a definitive wastefulness (final signs) Track 6. NEW RISEN THRONE\’s latest opus offers a bleak and sorrow filled soundtrack celebrating death with little hope for rebirth… This Enhanced CD features an exclusive bonus video clip of the track \”Unknown (II)\” First 1000 copies comes in a 6 panel textured cardboard sleeve.

6 Tracks. Running time; 44:00
Track List: Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (I) / Blowing Funeral Chant / Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (II) / Prophet (III) / Aporrheton / Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (III)…
(more/buy)

Tholen – Sternklang
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
Sternklang is the expression of the intimate encounter with the whole, the direct connection with the stars and the vast universe, the sense of complete union with all the overdimensional attributes of what sourrounds us. With THOLEN, Eisen, the man behind this project has given us an aurally materialized glimpse of his numerous stargazing evenings…where the soundscapes are revealed while the stars seemed to gather and sing out of their primordial and powerful environment. The darkest hour is always the one before sunrise… In fold out gatefold cardboard sleeve.

1 Track. Running Time: 1:11:07
Track List: Sternklang1 / Sternklang2 / Sternklang3 / Sternklang4…
(more/buy)

Sinke Dus – Akrasia
(Cyclic Law category)
(Price: $13.99)
Akrasia is an old question dealing with the weakness of the will. To behave \”akratically\” is when one acts against his better judgement, committing acts that are known to be wrong but yet still going through with the motion. Markus Lonebrink wanted to explore not so much the philosophical issues at hand, but rather the subjective experience of akrasia itself. To learn of the underlying motives of when one acts akratically. Certain events in the akratic process felt natural to him and it was those he tried to integrate into these soundscapes. There are no conclusions described in the music, but there might be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and perhaps the shadow of a hint of why we humans sometimes act as irrationally as we do. A shared quest to gain better knowledge of oneself through this self-revisionistic ambient journey filled with ethereally lush passages that give way to a truly visionary and immersive experience. The album also features a special collaboration with Pär Bostrom of KAMMARHEIT. In fold out gatefold cardboard sleeve.

7 Tracks. Running Time: 45:50
Track List: The Premonition / Acedia / Remnants / That Which Was Lost / The Abyss / That Which Lies Beyond / Fortitude…
(more/buy)

2008.04.04 (later)

More new items just added to the Hypnos Online Store
from the Neu Harmony label — imports from England.

AirSculpture – TranceAtlantic (2 CD)
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $16.99)
2005. “These recordings were taken from the band’s US tour in 2004. The first disc features Parts 1 to 3 of ‘Walk The Locust’ from their ‘Gatherings’ concert. The second disc features the three-part title track, which was taken from the late night live radio concert they did after the gig. Despite the word \’trance\’ in the title there is nothing remotely dancey about this album but rather, (as well as the obvious pun), it refers to the effect the music will probably have on you. Even though there are some great sequences and rhythms here this isn\’t, for the most part, AirSculpture in sledgehammer mode. Rather they are being truer to their name, creating wonderful, spellbinding structures – works of art in their own right, out of pure air.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Max van Richter – Resurrection
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. “In keeping with the Arcane albums, ‘Resurrection’ encapsulates and extends the classic melodic/sequencer style which TD used to perfection in the early 80\’s. Debate still occasionally surfaces about the pro\’s and con\’s of using comparisons in reviews, but when you hear an album like this it is totally appropriate to make comparison with the very best EM ever made. Had Schmoelling or Froese released this as a long lost TD solo work no-one would have batted an eyelid as to its credentials, and it\’s stature as one of the best solo albums to emerge from the scene. It is totally magnificent, totally captivating, totally essential.\”
–Reviewed by GG at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Javi Canovas – Light Echoes
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2006. “Javi will be a new name to many but he has, over the last few years, been perfecting his art. In 2005 he put his toe in the water with a self-produced album \’Impasse\’. It was well received amongst sequencer nuts. This early promise was not a \’flash in the pan\’ as \’Light Echoes\’ is a real cracker. The title makes it sound as if the album might be rather mellow but nothing could be further from the truth, as it is a hard-core sequencer belting epic where his complex sequences are allowed to let rip almost throughout. I loved this album.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
The Omega Syndicate – Phonosphere
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2004. “Lovely, thick analogue cosmic whooshing might sound like quite a standard way of beginning a track but there are ways of doing it- and there is The Omega Syndicate way of doing it! In electronic music the choice of sounds is vital and these really are impressive- indeed they are some of the best space sounds I have ever heard. Out of this stellar bliss first one high register sequence then another massively bass-laden one surge forwards. Again the sounds are awesome. They constantly morph and move in and out of the mix almost like gusts of wind surging one way then another in a storm, wreaking havoc as they go. Indeed you could say it is completely self-sufficient containing rhythm, melody, power and atmosphere all in its ever-shifting pattern of notes.\”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Otarion – Creator
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. “This doesn’t fit into any particular category. It takes the best elements from retro, modern rhythmic, atmospheric- everything really, and puts them together to form one of the most enjoyable albums I have ever heard. \’Evolution\’ was a triumph but on \’Creator\’ the sound is even bigger, the hooks even stronger and there is so much of that mysterious factor that is hard to put your finger on that just makes you want to shout out in pleasure. Even the artwork created by Marcus Hildebrandt and put together by Gary Hall is stunning.\”
–Reviewed bt DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
The Omega Syndicate – Apocalypse
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2006. “The coolest of cosmic sounds get the title track underway. This is really moody stuff. Three minutes in and a stunning (and I mean stunning!) melodic sequence strikes up along with some menacing cosmic guitar playing which adds that extra bite without dominating too much. There is the feel of pent up power about to explode. \’The Lycanthropic Principle\’ cranks the sequences up immediately. A wonderful bass laden one erupts from the speakers accompanied by sympathetic rhythms and excellent tuneful pads. Extra bite is added in the form of superb guitar riffs nestling in the middle of the mix. Then to make this exquisite combination still better in comes the most stunning lead line duelling with the guitar. Some say that guitars can sometimes spoil EM but surely that can\’t be said of this, it just works so well. If Tangerine Dream had come up with a track like this in the last 20 years people would be in ecstatic bliss. It really is something special. \’Pixie\’s Playground\’ is another winner. Shimmering metallic drones mix with sonic tinklings, a heavenly flutey synth line floating above it all. A bouncy melodic loop adds a little extra movement which is soon stepped up a gear as another wonderful bass sequence rolls into formation. \’The Global Extinction of the Wireless\’ begins rather moodily with a melancholy melody just hanging in the air above delicate fizzing drones. A rapid tinkling sequence cuts through the calmness. A second joins it along with restrained guitar licks. Yet another sequence is chucked into the brew and we are now storming along in almost \’Force Majeure\’ fashion. Things continue to gain added oomph, the guitar taking the main melodic duties but keeping fairly restrained, letting the sequences provide the powerful salvos. \’Masque\’ starts like there is a UFO coming down to land then yet another awesome sequence rolls forward with steam hissing from its vapour trail. What we have here is of classic Arc proportions. The lead lines, one after another, are all b
rilliant and could have come straight from Ian Boddy as Mark wielded the mighty modular.”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

2008.04.04

More new items just added to the Hypnos Online Store
from the Neu Harmony label — imports from England.

Mark Shreeve – Embryo
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Originally released in 1980 on cassette, this was Mark Shreeveís debut outing in the world of
Electronic Music. This CD release gives everyone the opportunity to hear the music as it was originally intended,
with the sonorous clarity and dynamics of the digital domain. Just to clear up any potential confusion, this isnít
a dodgy bootleg of a cassette copy , this is a full blown official CD release sourced from the master tapes, and
it sounds superb. As the title suggests, this is an embryonic journey through some early EM influences, primarily
Schulze and Tangerine Dream of the 70ís. ”
–Reviewed by GG at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Syndromeda – The Alien Abduction Phenomenon
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2001. “This is superb atmospheric picture music of the very highest order, conjuring up images
of desolate alien landscapes. This album has it all, some of the best atmospheric passages you could ever ask for,
but also rhythms and sequences which will shake the foundations. Amazing!”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Syndromeda – In Touch with the Stars
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2001. “What we have here is Syndromeda’s performance at Jodrell Bank earlier this year. Its
all new material recorded especially for the concert and what a gig it was. If you weren’t there listening to this
CD is the next best thing. The dark rumbling drones created for the beginning of the opener ‘So So Far Away’ are
so deep they got a pile of CDs I had placed near a speaker to fall over. They were ideal for the cosmic setting of
this performance, it was like being near some star about to go super nova. There is so much power here and yet at
the same time a sort of peacefulness. This album has some of the meanest, deepest atmospherics as well as awesome
sequences and rhythms. It should give the speakers a real work out – play loud!”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Mike Andrews – Time & Science
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. “A lovely, dreamy lead line floats above windy effects and shimmering drones. A
powerful lead melody surges from the speakers over vast pads and explosions. Its extremely exciting, almost
apocalyptic stuff.I think this album would appeal to fans of Otarion and Andy Pickford as it is music which is
both immense in scale as well as melodically superb.”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Andy Pickford & Paul Nagle: S.T.D.M. – Ramayana
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. “This is an incredible album! The music is flowing, sometimes gently but at other times
like a raging current. There are elements of trance in here but rhythmically much more inventive and the sequences
stronger than much of that style. The melodies are also superb, often subtle but always captivating.”
–Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)
Arcane – 33 1/3 RPM
(Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2004. “It was long rumored that the seminal ‘Teach Yourself To Crash Cars’ album was planned as a
double. The myth grew when a copy of ‘Pt 2’ was supposedly spotted in a backstreet record shop in Berlin, next to
TD’s ‘The Keep’ LP. It wasn’t until Buchloh’s studio was being relocated that rumour became reality. In amongst a
box of various EM albums was a white label master which simply had written on it ‘Arcane 33 1/3 RPM’. It was unmistakably
the long lost part 2, and this is a digitally remastered transcription of those sacred grooves which is presented here
as the first two tracks. In keeping with the vinyl origins the packaging is a microcosm of gatefold reminiscence, with
the CD itself mimicking its long-play forebears. It is hugely effective, and the moody imagery fits the concept to
perfection. Overall this is an enthralling album, and the key features that make Arcane one of the very top EM bands
of the moment can be found in abundance. The remastering has been handled very well, the packaging is great, it really
is another outstanding chapter in this band’s already illustrious portfolio. Quite simply a “must buy”.
–Reviewed by GG at Synth Music Direct…
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2008.04.03

Lena’s been very busy adding lots of new items to the Hypnos Online Store
and this time, we have items imported from the Neu Harmony label in England.


Jim Kirkwood – Tower of Darkness (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
1993. “Tower of Darkness’ is a fair representation of Jim Kirkwood\’s work – eerie, Gothic, atmospheric and powerful all at once.”
— Reviewed by Stuart J. Harris…
(more/buy)

Otarion – Evolution (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2000. “Mesmeric sequencing combine with the most infectious melodies to produce a hugely stylish collection of EM at its very best.” –reviewed by DL from Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

Paul Ellis – Appears to Vanish (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2000. “A lone organ sound gives the beginning of the first part a rather Gothic feel. This is compounded still
further when at just over a minute it is replaced by angelic wordless vocal effects. You can just imagine the mist swirling round some
abandoned monastery where the echoes of its long dead inhabitants still reverberate from one ruined wall to another. These all disappear
before three minutes, the mood well and truly set as a deep note repeatedly resonates from the speakers and an ominous melodic motif
makes proceedings seem even more sinister. In case you have been thinking that you have heard of this artist before but can\’t quite
place him it might help to tell you that he is one half of Dweller at the Threshold.\” –reviewed by DL from Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

Kubuschnitt – The Singularity (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2001. “We begin with a chaotic collage of sounds and effects out of which emerges an ominous drone and slow pulses.
In complete contrast we then get a plucked string type lead line to which is added an absolutely fantastic melodic sequence – one of the
best if not the best Kubusschnitt have come up with so far. What\’s more it just gets better, faster and more intense as we progress
into the second part with yet more fantastic lead lines. If you want sequencer mayhem with strong melodies you will have it by the
avalanche full here. I really can\’t stress too much just how good this is.\” –reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

Various Artists – Okefenokee Dreams 2001 (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2001. “OK, a history lesson first. In 2000 Vic Rek organised a meeting of Tangerine Dream fans at the Okefenokee swamp.
During the event Free System Project and Dave Brewer improvised a superb set of music. This was released as ‘Okefenokee Dreams’. A year
later the event was held again but this time Bill Fox as well as John Christian and Pete Ruczynski from AirSculpture joined in with the
fun, all the musicians playing together on most of the tracks. What you get here on ‘Okefenokee Dreams 2001, is a selection of the best
tracks from these sessions.The appropriately titled ‘Wildlife at the Okefenokee’ initially features what sounds like heavy breathing or
even snoring (!) of some large animal. A looped vocal sample then informs us that this is ‘a great example of some of the wildlife here
at Okefenokee’. It has to be one of the strangest starts to a CD that I can remember. A slow sequence comes to life and we settle down
to more familiar territory. The sequence becomes more strident and a nice melodic lead line can be heard. A second excellent rapid
sequence comes in mutating beautifully accompanied by spot on tron sounds and electric guitar lead line. Those people who wondered
what the hell was going on at the beginning of the disc will now probably be in retro heaven.- wow! It is hard to think how this
combination of sounds and pulsations can be bettered.\” –reviwed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

Tomorrow’s Tuesday – The Glimmer Room (Neu Harmony category)
(Price: $13.99)
2002. \”\’Every day I die for Your Body\’ begins with mournful thick pads. A slow heavyish rhythm brings the track to
life then two melodies start up weaving around each other. As the track progresses more melodies come and go. Many of the tracks use a
similar formula though all have a unique character of their own. This is fantastic and amazingly infectious music, I loved every track.
Nearly all the numbers will rhythmically get your whole body moving- its impossible to stay still. Rarely have I come across rhythms
that are so irresistible. Above all it tries to be enjoyable and exciting – and succeeds. It\’s a breath of fresh air!” –Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct…
(more/buy)

2008.04.02

Today we have more new items added to the Hypnos Online Store,
this time a selection of Steve Roach materials (both Steve’s own work, and 2 works by other artists produced by Roach
and released on Roach’s new label):

Steve Roach – Arc of Passion
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $18.99, 2CD)
2008. Latest from ambient music great, Steve Roach.

“Steve Roach’s new 2-CD set seamlessly fuses three long unfolding soundworlds into a vibrant sonic odyssey. The result can
only be described as a living, breathing Arc of Passion. As one of the great pioneers of electronic music, Steve\’s career has many musical highpoints; Arc of
Passion proves to be another definitive statement along the path. Advanced response from listeners places this album at the top of the long list of must-have
releases from Steveís body of work. Steve reaches into his sonic palette to weave elements of his three definitive styles into a continuous, evolving flow. Rich
harmonic chords, spiraling sequences and deep sky soundworlds move fluidly within this 2-hour set.”
–reviewed by Projekt Records
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Brian Parnham – Mantle
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. New release on Steve Roach’s label, and produced by Roach.

“This outstanding release plays like a surreal subterranean walkabout within the folds of Utah\’s alluring slot canyons. Steve Roach commissioned long-time friend
and accomplished electronic artist Brian Parnham to drop into the deep end of his sound carving skills. The result presents an adroit sound artist coming into full form
within this shadowed sonic wonderland drawn from the Earth\’s inner realms.”
review from steveroach.com…
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Nathan Youngblood – Asunder
(Steve Roach category)
(Price: $13.99)
2008. New release on Steve Roach’s label, and produced by Roach.

“Asunder is the debut release by Nathan Youngblood. Carved from dense harmonically rich acoustic and electronic material, this set of tone zones move at glacial speed,
hovering very close to the Earth\’s surface for the duration. Emotionally contained in a sphere of isolation, the gentle tension effectively holds your interest subliminally, and
continues to permeate into your physical and mental environment.”
review from steveroach.com…
(more/buy)

2008.04.01

Here’s a new item added to the Hypnos Online Store:

Irezumi – Endurance
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $14.99)
2008. The first release from the brand new Snowblood label, which looks very promising.

“Warm electronic sounds and beautiful melodies echoe the tale of a horrible disaster.Based on the theme of a tragic
British Arctic expedition which ended with the crew dying, trapped in the ice. A heartbreaking tale of human endurance.”
Review from Databloem Records…
(more/buy)

2008.03.03

Just a quick note about a live performance, here in Portland tomorrow night, by the band of
Hypnos & Binary artist Dave Fulton, known as Milwaukie Three. They say:

Show!

1st Thursday! March 6th GK. Come see the Milwaukie Three3 play the best improvised set this side of Texas!

Show starts at 9:30. 3 bands!

Bring quarters and hearing protection!

And here’s the mini-flyer:

Ground Kontrol is a fun venue in the Old Town / Chinatown area. Check it out.

2008.03.03

This one’s been delayed for a while, but is finally ready. It’s the Hypnos debut
from Sense Project, and this album is as densely-packed with sounds and ideas as anything we’ve
ever done.

Artist: Sense Project
Title: The Sublime
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds, ltd 2cdr edition of 300

Sense Project - The Sublime

2008. This release is a departure for the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint in that it will be a two disc set.
Sense Project is an alter-ego of Robert Logan, who releases experimental electronic music under his
true name, including the truly amazing debut CD Cognessence.
Robert also composed the music for Alex Gibney’s Oscar-winning documentary feature
‘Taxi to the Darkside’ along with Ivor Guest and Philip Sheppard.

The Sublime careens from drone ambient, to churning, confrontational Aphex Twin style rhythms, with perhaps more rich and diverse
sound content than any album we’ve ever released. Normally we’d have reservations about releasing a double CD by a young,
emerging artist but this one justifies its duration without question. If you’re not sure about buying an ambient 2CDR release
by a teen-aged recording artist (actually, he may be 20 by now… we should check before we go around repeating the “he’s only 19” thing),
just give the MP3 sample clips a try.

Track listing, with MP3 clips:

CD. 1 “The Sublime Part I”

1.) VidÈk MP3 clip
2.) Rain Chimes (featuring Andrea Black on vocals) MP3 clip
3.) A Moment MP3 clip
4.) Solar Insect MP3 clip
5.) The Sublime MP3 clip
6.) Garden (featuring Sarah Sarhandi on viola) MP3 clip
7.) Isten MP3 clip
8.) …jjel MP3 clip
9.) Death and After (featuring Francis Logan on violin) MP3 clip

CD. 2 “The Sublime Part II”

1.) Erdı MP3 clip
2.) Mantis Religiosa MP3 clip
3.) Prime Mover MP3 clip
4.) Shards MP3 clip
5.) The Lamb MP3 clip
6.) Voice of Many Waters MP3 clip
7.) Cimbalom MP3 clip
8.) The Beautiful MP3 clip

Hypnos Online Store listing

2008.02.18

Here’s another batch of new items on the
Hypnos Online Store, this time from
the room40 label. This is a fascinating new minimalist/experimental sound label based in
Australia and featuring an interesting mix of artists from all over the world. Please note
that many of these are 3″ CDs of brief duration, but these are imported limited editions
and many are already out of print. If you want more music than the 20 or so minutes that
fits on a mini-CD, look at the 2CD compilation at the bottom. We have a limited stock of
these items, and some will be difficult or impossible for us to obtain again.









Lawrence English – Ghost Towns (ltd 3″cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $15.99, ltd 3″cd”)

Recorded in the later half of 2003, this composition, falling just shy of 20 minutes is composed largely of field recordings. The only processing is via EQ and pitch shifting. The work is an abstracted impressionist sound portrait, sketching out the isolated soundscapes that exist, for the most part unheard, in these forgotten realms.

REVIEWS
‘extraordinarily gorgeous modern music concréte’

–Signal to Noise
(more/buy)

Philip Samartzis & Kozo Inada – h[] (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $14.99, ltd 3″cd”)

Australian electro-acoustic composer Philip Samartzis is an increasingly vital presence in the Australian sound community. His work over the past decade and a half has offered a prophetic vision for each of his chosen formats and aesthetic approaches.

On h [ ] Samartzis is joined by minimal Japanese composer Kozo Inada, who brings with him an equally refined and austere sound sensibility. Between them, these two composers collaborate to produce a highly detailed work that juxtaposes, obscures and ultimately unites pure electronics with environmental recordings. These elements are set to work against and within one another, the results causing the listener to reconsider which sounds are emanating from the interwoven tapestry of source materials.

Celebrating the rich tradition of acousmatic sound and musique concréte, this composition provides a potent reminder of the potentials of sound as a transformative and (imagined) narrative medium…
(more/buy)

Philip Samartzis / Lawrence English – One Plus One (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $14.99, ltd 3″cd”)

The turntable has enjoyed a varied history in the realm of performance and experimental music. From the early phonographic works of John Cage to the spliced cut-ups of Christian Marclay in the 1980s, the device has proven to be a versatile tool for the creation and transformation of sound.

Following a joint billing at Brisbane’s Metro Arts Space in 2002, Melbourne based composer Philip Samartzis and sound artist Lawrence English shared a 30-minute performance that was to become the beginning of their on-going turntable duo. Both Samartzis (a member of the legendary Australian turntable group Gum) and English (a regular player with DJ Olive, Janek Schaefer and others) have long histories of live actions utilising turntables and together each of them brings a wealth of gestures and unique sonic qualities to the instrument.

Recorded in early 2006, this edition captures the initial studio works from these two artists and seeks to reflect on the potential of the cyclical nature of vinyl and the surface noise that envelopes the very medium itself.

REVIEWS:
“four tracks of textured and highly mechanised looping machine music… with its hypnotic effects and ghosts of field recordings lost in the eddying patterns, ‘One Plus One’ is a real grower”

–The Sound Projector
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Richard Chartier – Current (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $14.99, ltd 3″cd”)
OUT OF PRINT – ONLY A FEW COPIES REMAIN

Richard Chartier’s sound installation and recorded pieces evoke a state of aural awareness. Working with a variety of minimal structures and refined sound sources, Chartier has been responsible for some of the most austere audio works of recent years. Aesthetically refined and creatively provocative much of his work has focused on the edges of perception, both in frequency range and amplitude.

On Current, his latest work to be released in conjunction with his performances in Australia and Japan in late 2006, Chartier offers a multilayered sound field. Shimmering high tones filter amid a clouded layer of dense audio mist – across the 20 minutes, he creates a potent journey through crisp yet warm sound textures, metered pulses and spacious stereo field.

The piece is thematically linked to the idea of travel by airplane – the disassociation of time and location – air currents above and the oceanic currents below…
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Taylor Deupree – Landing (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $15.99, ltd 3″cd”)
OUT OF PRINT – ONLY A FEW COPIES REMAIN

With ‘Landing’ American sound artist Taylor Deupree offers another vision of subtle shifting audio. A progression from the full-length Northern (12K), Landing matches acoustic instruments across broad washes of warm sonic texture and floating spatial movement. Removed from the falling sheets of silent snow swelling outside his home, Deupree’s Landing creates a generous and temperate sonic environment – both reflective and measured. An audio escape from chillier climes.

BIO
Taylor Deupree (b. 1971) is a sound artist, graphic designer, and photographer residing in New York. On January 1st, 1997, he founded 12k, a record label that focuses on minimalism and contemporary musical forms. In 12k’s 10 years of existence Deupree has released over 40 CDs by a roster of international sound artists and has developed 12k into one of the most respected experimental electronic labels in the world.

In September 2000, Deupree and sound artist Richard Chartier formed LINE, a sublabel of 12k that curates its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism.

Reviews:
“‘Landing’ is but another crowning achievement for the master of micro-tonal beauty”

–Gaz-eta
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Christopher Willits – Plants And Hearts (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $15.99, ltd 3″cd”)
Christopher Willits is a ceaseless creative force focused on teasing out the most from his instrument of choice – the guitar. With ‘Plants and Hearts’, he sets out on a divergent exploration of the tonal qualities of guitar, rendering out a composition that references in equal doses the minimal harmonic shifts of Terry Riley and the phasing works of Steve Reich.

Incorporating 4hz isochronic pulses and panning at the same frequency, this work encourages the formation of 4hz brainwave patterns associated with states of meditation, deep relaxation, enhanced creativity, light sleep and lucid dreaming.

From Willits:
“I’ve always wanted to release a pure droning guitar piece and equally wanted to incorporate 4hz pulses and panning into something long form. These long drones, were recorded MS giving me some great stuff to experiment with, and allowed me blend these concepts in an unusual way.”…
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Tim Hecker – Norberg, Sweden (ltd 3″ cd)
(room40 label)
(Price: $15.99, ltd 3″cd”)
Recorded at the Norberg Festival (Sweden) amidst the mineshafts and cluttered buildings strewn throughout parts the city, this 21 minute live piece summarises much of what makes Tim Hecker’s music so vital and compelling. Adept at counter-pointing the most ferocious of distorted platters with smooth beds of ambient sound and potent melodic overtones, Tim Hecker creates music with a vast depth. On Norberg, this depth seems almost endless, as layer upon layer of sound are compiled into a swelling and all together visceral oceanic sound wave.

Recently touring Australia and New Zealand and performing at ROOM40’S annual festival Open Frame, this CD comes on the back of some incredible live performances in the Southern Hemisphere.

BIOGRAPHY
Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Mille Plateaux, ROOM40, Kranky, Alien8, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat.

His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive.

The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole”. His Radio Amor was recognized as a key recording of 2003 by The Wire magazine. His Harmony in Ultraviolet was in Pitchfork’s Top 20 of key recordings for 2006.

REVIEWS:
“[Norberg]… delivers generously off the bat, focusing on the dissonant contradictions of symphonic warmth and white noise evocation that have become the producer’s highly recognisable trump card. This is well worth chasing down”

–Exclaim!
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Various Artists – Airport Symphony (ltd. 2xCD)
(room40 label)
(Price: $21.99, 2CD)
Airport Symphony, commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Airport Corporation, documents and synthesises the experiences of travel. Each piece represents a personal meditation on aspects of travel in the modern age and suggests ways in which we control, augment and ultimately exists in a time where almost no part of the face of the planet is inaccessible. Each of the pieces features a source recording made in and around Brisbane Airport between March and June 2007 –in a raw form or transformed by processing.

Audio diary entries cataloguing the epic possibilities of flight, aero-passage and human bodies in motion and even at rest.
Lawrence English, June 2007

Tracklisting:
1-1 David Grubbs Chimney Swifts (6:15)
1-2 Richard Chartier Retrieval Path (11:26)
1-3 Francisco López Untitled #203 (12:51) Composed By – Francisco López
1-4 Camilla Hannan Double Glazed (4:54)
1-5 Taylor Deupree Fear Of Flying (6:12)
1-6 Christophe Charles Airport Symphony, A Brief Life (9:38)
1-7 Dale Lloyd Airs For Beacons / Signals For Ports (5:22)
1-8 Marc Behrens 3 Winged Zones (10:17) Composed By – Marc Behrens Recorded By – Lawrence English
1-9 Toshiya Tsunoda Peak To Peak (5:00)

2-1 Tim Hecker Blue Ember Breeze (6:03)
2-2 Stephan Mathieu Lux-Scn (23:45)
2-3 Christian Fennesz* Verona (4:43)
2-4 Burkhard Beins Tarmac Berlin Edit (8:40)
2-5 Jason Kahn Transit (3:31)
2-6 Ulrich Krieger Noise Pollination (8:20)
2-7 Keiichi Sugimoto Tum (4:18)
2-8 Christopher Willits Plane (6:40) Recorded By, Mixed By, Edited By – Christopher Willits
2-9 Joel Stern Terminal Dreamer (5:37)…
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2008.02.17

We’ve received many new items available now through the
Hypnos Online Store, during this
past few weeks, but have been too busy to keep updating this news page at the same pace
we’ve been adding CDs to the store. Latest feature: the amazing Canadian dark ambient
label, Cyclic Law. This label is making some of the most beautifully-presented CD
packaging and artwork in the world right now, and we’ve imported some specially selected
items that we believe should be of most interest to Hypnos listeners.








Svartsinn – Traces Of Nothingness
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
The 3rd offering from Norway’s Svartsinn could be acknowledged as the end of a trilogy, the first opus “Devouring Consciousness” was an album containing stories made during what the artist explains as being some difficult and rough times. The second offering, “Of Darkness And Re-Creation”, was the process of trying to deal with these struggles and reflect on them. “Traces Of Nothingness” is simply the reaction, result and the path ahead in this ongoing, seemingly endless darkness. A slightly more melodic, sad and obscure side of Svartsinn that still keeps the cold and dark atmosphere that defines his sound.
First 1000 copies in special Digipack.

8 Tracks. Running time; 50:57
Track list: Traces Of Nothingness / No Passage To The Innermost… / Lost In Reveries / Misanthropic Odyssey / Through Apathetic Eyes / All The Colours Are Fading / …But The Fire Burns No More / Emptiness Is Form. .
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Visions – Lapse
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
New solo work from Frédéric Arbour (Instincts/Longing For Dawn/Cyclic Law).
This sonic venture takes us on an intense, solemn ambient journey through the minds eye and beyond. A transcendantal voyage through thick, droning layers immersed in richly obscure, ever evolving abstract sonorities fused with mysticaly charged passages, this is a relentless visionary experience through time and space, to realms beyond our imagination.
First 1000 copies in Gatefold sleeve.

7 Tracks. Running time; 56:00
Track list: Abyssal Gaze / Auroral Glare / Visions / Passage / Lapsing / Devoid Of Shadows / Lightless . …
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Gustaf Hildebrand – Primordial Resonance
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
Gustaf’s second full lenght is a unique, evolved experience offering you to embark upon an odyssey through ancient and lifeless surroundings. Sweeping ambient soundscapes and delicate textures mingle with the distant shrieks of surreal machinery – conjuring up images of abandoned and forgotten places, clouded skies and dead cities where time has been standing still. A captured moment from a strange no man’s land lit by a perpetual gloom, Primordial Resonance is a voyage only limited by the imagination of the listener.
First 1000 copies come in an oversized fold out cover (A5).

6 Tracks. Running time; 45:19
Track list: Omega Continuum / Post Oblivion Fields / The Hollow Structures / Omnivoid / Ruins of a Failed Utopia / Wanderer of Strange Spheres …
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Northaunt – Horizons (Enhanced CD)
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
3rd full length album from Norway’s most renowned Ambient Atmospheric act. HORIZONS is a collection of 7 long ambient landscapes, lonely sceneries on the verge of night, places we long for, places we have been, sanctuaries from mankind. This is desolation made audible, carefully constructed and layered with deep drones, melancholic tonalities and outdoor field recordings which makes this Northaunt’s most haunting release so far. Includes a bonus Video file with an alternate version of the track “The Wilderness”
First 2000 copies in a 6 panel Digipack

7 Tracks + Video. Running time; 60.00
Track list: Until Dawn Do Us Part / Night Came To Us / Horizons / The Autumn Sky / Night Alone / With The Stars As Witness / The Wilderness
Bonus Video File: The Wilderness (Alternate Version)…
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New Risen Throne – Whispers of the approaching wastefulness (Enhanced CD)
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
The latest offering and first for Cyclic Law of one of Italy’s finest Black Ambient master. The main concept and transpiring feeling of this album and the title “Whispers of the approaching wastefulness” can best be described as the “steps” or “journey” leading to the acknowledgment of the approaching end of all things. “Whispers” represent doubts and thoughts about the prevalent decadence that is around and deep within us and “wastefulness” translates to the imminent, definitive end of all things, to oblivion… The album is divided into 3 chapters: I – Oblivious to unknown threat (first signs) Tracks 1 & 2, II – Acquisition of knowledge (signs) Tracks 3, 4 & 5, III – Advent of a definitive wastefulness (final signs) Track 6. NEW RISEN THRONE’s latest opus offers a bleak and sorrow filled soundtrack celebrating death with little hope for rebirth… This Enhanced CD features an exclusive bonus video clip of the track “Unknown (II)” First 1000 copies comes in a 6 panel textured cardboard sleeve.

6 Tracks. Running time; 44:00
Track List: Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (I) / Blowing Funeral Chant / Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (II) / Prophet (III) / Aporrheton / Signs Of The Approaching Wastefulness (III)…
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Tholen – Sternklang
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)

Sternklang is the expression of the intimate encounter with the whole, the direct connection with the stars and the vast universe, the sense of complete union with all the overdimensional attributes of what sourrounds us. With THOLEN, Eisen, the man behind this project has given us an aurally materialized glimpse of his numerous stargazing evenings…where the soundscapes are revealed while the stars seemed to gather and sing out of their primordial and powerful environment. The darkest hour is always the one before sunrise… In fold out gatefold cardboard sleeve.

1 Track. Running Time: 1:11:07
Track List: Sternklang1 / Sternklang2 / Sternklang3 / Sternklang4 …
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Sinke Dus – Akrasia
(Cyclic Law label)
(Price: $13.99)
Akrasia is an old question dealing with the weakness of the will. To behave “akratically” is when one acts against his better judgement, committing acts that are known to be wrong but yet still going through with the motion. Markus Lonebrink wanted to explore not so much the philosophical issues at hand, but rather the subjective experience of akrasia itself. To learn of the underlying motives of when one acts akratically. Certain events in the akratic process felt natural to him and it was those he tried to integrate into these soundscapes. There are no conclusions described in the music, but there might be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and perhaps the shadow of a hint of why we humans sometimes act as irrationally as we do. A shared quest to gain better knowledge of oneself through this self-revisionistic ambient journey filled with ethereally lush passages that give way to a truly visionary and immersive experience. The album also features a special collaboration with Pär Bostrom of KAMMARHEIT. In fold out gatefold cardboard sleeve.

7 Tracks. Running Time: 45:50
Track List: The Premonition / Acedia / Remnants / That Which Was Lost / The Abyss / That Which Lies Beyond / Fortitude…
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2008.02.06 (later)

Here’s another batch of new recommendations available from the

Hypnos Online Store. Yet another batch of CDs
imported from The Netherlands, this time from the Databloem label.




Jason Corder & Opium – Autunno
(Databloem/Dataobscura labels)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Jason Corder and Opium re-unite for another session of fascinating glitchy/ambient delight.
9 tracks. 52 minutes.
Track samples:
01mp3 sample 1   
02mp3 sample 2   
03mp3 sample 3

(more/buy)

Mathais Grassow & Jim Cole – Deep-Breath-Silence
(Databloem/Dataobscura labels)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Droning pieces with incredible deep mood and human
touch from Jim’s harmonic singing Grassow and Cole at their
best.

Track samples:
01MP3 sample 1 /
02mp3 sample 2
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Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles
(Databloem/Dataobscura labels)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. 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 & fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

“Free-flowing, super inventive, cutting-edge material, and totally captivating from beginning to end. Jason Corder never fails to deliver.” APK

Track listing:
01 : fallopian silent film
02 : saturday morning indoctrination  MP3 sample
03 : mother’s milk stain  MP3 sample
04 : feather in a needle
05 : the persistance of visions  MP3 sample
06 : of acids an angels
07 : smoke span
08 : at the foot of an eastern elevator  MP3 sample
09 : geist taxi
10 : waltzing the white light …
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2008.02.06

Today we’re featuring some new recommendations, added not long ago to the

Hypnos Online Store. These are four releases
from the always-popular Groove Unlimited label, imported from The Netherlands.





Rudy Adrian – Par Avion
(Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. “Par Avion – Sequencer Sketches vol.4” contains 48 minutes of sequencer music plus on the same disc a “bonus album” of “Starfields II” which are about 32 minutes of electronic atmospheres (darker and more electronic sounding than my usual “atmospheric music”). One of the sequencer tracks is a remix of a track that came out with E-Dition magazine and is a collaboration with Alpha Wave Movement.

“The first five tracks of Par Avion, nearly 50 minutes, are the sequencer sketches, starting with the dreamy title track. A brief French soliloquy courtesy of Rudyís good friend Barbara Stone adds a unique twist to his familiar synthesizer sounds. Soft in pacing and mood, this makes a beautiful opener. Also mellow is ìBavarian Eagleî, with a fascinating sequence that sounds like a childís toy or music box being hand-cranked to create the lilting sound. As Adrian does so well, this one slowly builds, picking up the pace and deftly layering in synth solos and various electronic sounds and effects. It is very much the classic Rudy Adrian sound, almost too familiar perhaps but enjoyable just the same. There are some nice segues as it moves from one section to the next over its 14 Ω minute course, in particular a mesmerizing section around the 10:00 mark.
ìAcross the Canyonsî is a collaboration with Alpha Wave Movement that flows quite evenly along. Though definitely sequencer based, this fourth volume of sequencer sketches is more relaxed throughout.
ìSoaring Birdsî even features a lovely piano intro.
Only ìSore Birdsî really picks up the pace at the end.
The last two tracks, nearly 30 minutes, are intended as a bonus album, quite different from the rest, a very ambient affair.
ìStarfields 2 ñ Part 1î starts with dark metallic shimmering sounds. If one could imagine music to accompany free-floating in deep space, it would sound something like this.

This is colder and harsher than Adrianís mellower albums like MoonWater and The Healing Lake, pretty dark and dank stuff for him, but he pulls it off beautifully.
Lie in the middle of a dark room with headphones on for this one. Two fantastic albeit different Rudy Adrian albums on one disc, what could be better?”


— Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
(more/buy)

Volt – Nucleosynthesis
(Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. All tracks composed and performed by Michael Shipway and Steve Martin.
Nucleosynthesis the chemistry of the “Big Bang”. In our case, the chemistry between artist and audience that helped us create this album.

“The duo Michael Shipway and Steve Smith continue their grand tour of accessible and attractive sequencer-based electronic music with ìNucleosynthesisî. It contains three long tracks, on which the typical UK electronic music sound melts with Berliner School inspired sequencing and textures. The music pulsates and flows in the opening track ìExplosionî, then flows back to a sort of resting point on the dreamy atmospheres of ìEvolutionî.
The album really reaches a great conclusion when the dynamic sequencing in ìImplosionî take off, taking the listener ìout thereî on a 25 minute dynamic flight through the universe. It features some great soloís and choir textures on top of various sequencer beds, which shortly made my mind wander back to the days of Wavestar and Jon Dyson.
Excellent effort, guys!”


–Bert Strolenberg / The Netherlands
(more/buy)

Dom F. Scab – Facta
(Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007 reissue of 2003 album. Reviews:

“Dom F. Scab is one of the rising forces in electronic music and he only needed a short amount of years to accomplish this. His albums ìBinary Secretsî from 2001 and îAnalogical Confessionsî from 2002, both released on the Groove label, are masterpieces of electronic ingenuity. It is retro, its is Berlin School, but with a strong emphasis of melody.

ìFactaî is perhaps Domís best album to date. Again, as on ìBinary Secretsî and îAnalogical Confessionsî, the Spanish musician creates rather short pieces, which is quite unusual in retro-electronic music. Also, the brilliant sounds from the impressive Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer play a part on the album. The album is divided into 9 tracks (ìFacts I to IXî) which all tell a certain story. These stories could easily be used as soundtracks for films. ìMiracle Of The Flightî and ìInvitation To Memoryî are great example. The piece contains sequences, which are getting richer and richer as the track emerges. Scab also experiments from time to time like with voices in the intriguing pieces ìMessage Of Missing Birdsî and ìKnowledge Timeî. Still and as always, the melody stands central in his music.
With ìFactaî Dom F. Scab might enter the elite of electronic music. This special music deserves it.”

–Paul Rijkens
(more/buy)

Frank Klare – Digitalic
(Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Digitalic is musically the successor album of Analogic (1999) which was rereleased in 2005.
The new album continues syncing to Analogic as the recordings originated between 2003 and 2007.
With these six digitalic compositions recorded between 2003 and 2007 the circle of Analogic-Digitalic is closed.
Musically in the style of Analogic, Digitalic is a mixture of cosmic soundscapes and hypnotic sequences that all those who enjoyed Frank Klare’s albums Modular Music or Moods will love.

“This CD from 2007 features 71 minutes of densely sequenced music. German synthesist Klare is joined by Ron Boots on the CD’s last two tracks for a total of 24 collaborative minutes.
Retro electronics produce urgent chords that are looped to generate a lavish density. Additional keyboard-driven electronics are layered in, increasing the sonic depth. These auxiliary patterns possess a more crystalline character, nicely contrasting the prevalent bulk. As the tracks progress, Klare employs a nimble-fingered complexity that increases the music’s overall appeal.
E-perc rhythms provide suitable propulsion for the music. These tempos generally remain submerged in the dense sequencing, enhancing the tunes from a secondary level. For the majority of this music, basic patterns are created and allowed to run in repetitive cycles. Variations are achieved through the introduction of collateral patterns. Operating in conjunction, these elements attain a rich melodic presence that communicates an ascendant drama.
The electronics exhibit a classical undercurrent, one that harnesses an expansive quality and revels in modern expressions of hypnotic demeanor. The notes are deep and vibrant. The use of airier tones in the complimentary riffs results in a balanced range of sound.
The two collaborative pieces manifest a more subdued mood. These tunes still maintain a vivid density of layered electronics and motivational rhythms, but a distinctly organic quality is present, attributing the tuneage with more humanity. Light-hearted auxiliary riffs imbue the last track with a decidedly bouncier mood than the rest of the CD’s pensive music.

Fans of Klaus Schulze will enjoy this release.”

–Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity
(more/buy)

2008.02.05

Here now, a much-awaited new CD release from Hypnos! We’ve been planning this one for a long time, roughly since the same time
as Austere’s Pulse album, and it’s great to bring this to the public.

Artist: Austere
Title: Solyaris
Label: Hypnos

Austere - Solyaris

2008. This is a creative peak for this much-overlooked ambient duo, their first release on Hypnos, following their Hypnos Secret Sounds
album Pulse in 2007. In their 10 years of productivity, Austere has covered territory from Pulse‘s drone minimalism , ranging
back through odd and trippy Coil-inspired sonic experimentation, to seamless dark ambient, and occasionally glitchy weirdness. Despite
some challenging material in their back catalog, Austere have in this case produced an album as friendly and pleasant as any Austere fan
could have imagined possible, and yet without resorting to the usual tricks that make music sound “listenable.”

Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire said of Austere:
“Austere is an enigmatic duo who record some of the more interesting ambient music I’ve heard in my six plus years of reviewing.
From the swirling drones (I was gonna say “dark” drones, but ….) and eerie melancholy of Monodia to the warmth and beauty amidst
minimalism of Fade… Austere are less concerned with following the path and more concerned with breaking new ground. However,
they are undoubtedly enigmatic, as one would glean from the above, and shun the spotlights of media and personality.”

And the Austere boys themselves, not normally prone to gushing or self-praise, say these words on the subject of this recording:
“Solyaris, our first release for 2008 e.v. on the Hypnos label is major departure from our recent emphasis on Minimalist composition,
but more in the direction started by our last release, mirror.shtml and is instead is a collection of recordings improvised and recorded
“live” over a weekend session and are presented in their original form, unedited in any way aside from mastering by The Sound-O-Mat.

The recordings turned out extremely well; it was obvious that our Muse(s) had visited us, and we were able to simply “let the tapes roll”
and play, and this recording is made up from one track each from a recording session (we may release the rest at some later point.)

We could not be more happy with the sound of this album ó there was definitely something special about that weekend and it was one
of those rare occasions where everything just seemed to come together without any effort, and we think this is reflected in the musick.
The CD flows very nicely, and is one of the most uplifting and special CDs we have ever released. We hope that you might enjoy it at
least half as much as we do.”

We here at Hypnos are likewise happy with this album, and find ourselves playing it over and over, soothed and bewildered at the strange
and beautiful atmosphere. Solyaris does not fit squarely into any one genre, but it is wonderful to listen to, without being easy or
without depth. The sounds could be described as the thought transmissions of benevolent aliens. They mean you no harm, and they
thank you for listening!

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
01 – Seraphim MP3
02 – Striae MP3
03 – Launch Sequence MP3
04 – Nictitate MP3

Hypnos Online Store listing

2008.01.30

Here’s a new, recommended item on the
Hypnos Online Store, a debut CD
by a group we feel absolutely certain many here will enjoy, Mico Nonet.


Mico Nonet – Marmalade Balloon
(miscellaneous section)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. We here at Hypnos HQ think this is one of the
nicest and best-est things to have crossed our ears in quiet a while. It’s a beautiful, ear-pleasing blend of
relatively “straight” chamber music with just a touch of electronic tones.

A minimalist layer of ambient analog synthesizers with cello, viola, French horn and oboe performed by
members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic….
(more/buy)

2008.01.29

Here’s our latest from Hypnos Secret Sounds, by Jonathan Block (who has usually recorded under the name
Synthetic Block in the past.

Artist: Jonathan Block
Title: The Anatomy of Waves
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss17, limited cdr edition of 300

Jonathan Block - The Anatomy of Waves

2008. Hypnos is very pleased to announce a new release by Jonathan Block on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint.
Jonathan has previously worked with Hypnos, when his album Sonic Approach (under his alter-ego Synthetic Block)
was released on our Binary sub-label. Also his track ‘The Language of Rocks’ heads off the most recent Hypnos
compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard. The new album, The Anatomy of Waves, is a series of four long
tracks featuring improvisations using an electronic “wind instrument” device, an Akai EWI4000s wind synthesizer.

Surface waves. Standing waves. Sound waves. Waves are disturbances
that travel through space and time transferring energy from one point
to another; often the physical manifestation of an underlying cycle.
The Anatomy of Waves is a study of these cycles through evolving waves
of sound ó representations of our attachment to the crests and troughs
that are characteristics of living in this world.

The music on this CD was created using a wind synthesizer processed
through an effects pedal board and looped using long delay times that
fade slowly, enabling new sounds and loops to be added and subtracted.
All the tracks have a compositional foundation but this structure is
fluid enough to allow the music to move in any number of directions,
often simultaneously. From melodic to abstract, musical elements
emerge and coalesce by design and hazard as phrases interact with one
another and sounds are added that never become part of a repeating loop.
Jonathan Block has been releasing electronic music for over 20 years,
often under the name Synthetic Block. Blockís music has been released
by Hypnos, Binary and Gears of Sand. In addition to his solo works,
Block has performed and recorded with Dave Fulton, The Circular Ruins
(APK) and Ben Fleury-Steiner.

The Anatomy Of Waves was recorded using an Akai EWI4000s wind
synthesizer with a Vox Tonelab LE for sound processing and a Boss
DD-20 digital delay for looping.

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
01 Diffract – MP3
02 Diffuse – MP3
03 Dissolve – MP3
04 Disperse – MP3

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $11.99
here.

2008.01.28

We’re just back from a long weekend out of town, and should be posting
an important news announcement in the morning, specifically involving a new item you’ll
be able to grab on the Hypnos Online Store.

More news soon, as well, about a number of pending Hypnos projects…

2008.01.18 (later)

One more new addition to the Umbra section of the
Hypnos Online Store, a new work
by an artist whose recent release on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Veils, Shadows has
been getting a great response lately.


Seren Ffordd – The Quiet Labyrinth
(Umbra/Penumbra section)
(Price: $15.99 ltd cdr)
2008. Very latest from this excellent Wales-based ambient/drone artist….
(more/buy)

2008.01.18

Some new adds to the
Hypnos Online Store from Spotted Peccary.





Craig Padilla – Genesis
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
The music of GENESIS consists of creation-inspired electronic ambiences that are woven from elements of new
synthesis forms as well as vintage analog instrumentation. The resulting music will please anyone who enjoys electronic music that
is timeless and yet current, bold and yet subtle, melodic while remaining ambient. Genesis takes place inside the listener’s mind and spirit.

TRACKS
1. Genesis | MP3 play a sample
2. Moon Tides | MP3 play a sample
3. Ascension | MP3 play a sample
4. Message From Within | MP3 play a sample
(more/buy)

Craig Padilla – Vostok
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
Inspired by the mysterious depths of the hidden lake under Antarctica, Vostok is a haunting voyage into an
unknown space filled with wonder and awe. Padilla masterfully crafts a subterranean soundworld, transforming electronic instruments
into subtle abstract beauty that feels no less organic than inorganic, in this visionary long-form ambient work. Vostok is a place
of purity and stillness, of undisturbed existence.

TRACKS
1. Vostok | MP3 play a sample
2. | MP3 play a sample
(more/buy)

Craig Padilla – The Light in the Shadow
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
A new long-form ambient work from Craig Padilla in the style of VOSTOK, this 63 minute piece slowly evolves as
shimmering rays of sonic bliss emerge from the shadows to reveal a contemplative deep listening experience. THE LIGHT IN THE SHADOW
is an electronic space ambient evolutionary sound environment; dense, organic, and an otherworldly experience.

TRACKS
1. The Light in the Shadow | MP3 play a sample
2. | MP3 play a sample
(more/buy)

Dean De Benedictis – Salvaging the Past
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)

Dean De Benedictis, has envisioned a vital work of instrumental compositions, exploring the art of electronic music with a refreshing
integrity. Blending traditional electronic tones and structures with acoustic elements, he has sculpted an album that is raw and direct.
In essence, he has captured a heart of true electronic music, while suggesting more thought-provoking themes.

De Benedictis realizes this vision through various electronic tonalities, samples, and acoustic instruments such as mayahachi flute,
bamboo flutes, cello, piano, voice, guitars, hand drums, and percussion ñ applying all, with the passion and inspiration of the masters before him.

Salvaging the Past is not only an homage to the electronic music of the past, but expands the vocabulary of the present.

TRACKS
1. The Tech Atonement Of Bilagana | MP3 play a sample
2. Chasm Enchanted
3. Occur | MP3 play a sample
4. Grid Holy 4
5. Where Is The Northern Sorrow?
6. Sweltering Gazes of Sonora | MP3 play a sample
7. Then Bled A Tear | MP3 play a sample
8. Death For Music | MP3 play a sample
9. Memories Echo Far Ablaze In The Valleys
10. Same Drone, Different Story

(more/buy)

2008.01.17

The orders have been flowing into
the Hypnos Online Store just
as fast as we can process them. Our “coupon special” is ongoing through Friday, so here’s a reminder about it:

We’re offering a couple of special coupon codes, valid
at the Hypnos store between now and the end of next week (Jan 18, 2008).
Use one of these codes to get 10% off any order, or 15% off any order of $100 or more. Only 1 coupon
per order, so using both codes won’t get you 25% off a big order. Those codes are:

CODE = 10NEWSTORE
(10% off any order, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

CODE = 15NEWSTORE100
(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

Here’s a direct link to the
Hypnos Online Store.

Thanks again, everyone.

2008.01.11 (later)

Now that the whole Hypnos web site, including the
Hypnos Forum and
the Online Store have
been successfully moved, we’re going to have a special sale just to celebrate.

We’re offering a couple of special coupon codes, valid
at the Hypnos store between now and the end of next week (Jan 18, 2008).
Use one of these codes to get 10% off any order, or 15% off any order of $100 or more. Only 1 coupon
per order, so using both codes won’t get you 25% off a big order. Those codes are:

CODE = 10NEWSTORE
(10% off any order, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

CODE = 15NEWSTORE100
(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

Here’s a direct link to the
Hypnos Online Store.

Thanks for all your support through our first decade, and our recent server move, from Hypnos Recordings!

2008.01.11

Another new round of additions for the
Hypnos Online Store — more music from the always-interesting
Gears of Sound label.





Moljebka Pvlse – Driftsond
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Modern textural, drone-ambient

“Those into droning ambient, both dark and ethereal, should be well acquainted with Mathias Josefson’s creature by now, given the amazing quality of his releases on Cold Meat Industry, Eibon, Segerhuva, Fin de SiËcle, Mystery Sea etc. This new full-length work is released on high-quality, you-wouldn’t-tell-it’s-a cdr by Ben Fleury Steiner’s Gears of Sand imprint, which makes perfect sense, as both artists have deeply investigated the potential of guitar-generated soundscapes. Unlike many of MP’s recent releases, which incorporated lots of manipulated field recordings and even voices, this is a pure guitar drone work. Think of vast drones and tones of resonating strings, probably played with an ebow and filtered with an array of pedals. As simple as that, but less is more in this case, as the four tracks have a constant intensity and quality which is often lacking in releases of this genre. Fans of the most abstract, less “rock” (ahem!) side of Fear Falls Burning, Troum, etc. should go & grab a copy of this for sure.”

-Reviewed by Eugenio Maggi, 4/5 stars, Chain DLK

“By now Mathias Josefson’s project Moljebka Pvlse has gathered some interest due to a bunch of interesting ambient industrial drone releases. Here he presents his latest work, which perhaps, I am merely guessing here is a of a bit of different nature than his previous works, and one possible reason for that might be that it’s a CDR release (although on Gears Of Sand the quality is so high that’s hard to to tell the difference). The four pieces on ‘Driftsond’ are more minimal than before. Each piece seems to be built around one set of sounds and a little bit of electronic processing. A bit like Alvin Lucier’s ‘Music On Long Thin Wire’ at times, but here with a touch more musical sense, like a drone version of his work. But it has that same minimalist approach. But nowhere that this leap into boredom, not at all really. Each of the pieces depicts a desolate world, pictured in one color and the more one looks at this image, the more details are revealed. Quite long pieces here, but needed to bring out the finer subtleness of the music. Perhaps nothing new under the drone sun, that must be said too, but throughout a great disc.”

-Reviewed by FdW, Vital Weekly
(more/buy)

Hinsidan – Bleach Dye Yr Heart
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Post-industrial drone with a hypnotic bite.
There’s a treasure of some of the most compelling post-industrial drone music hidden in an unlikely place: DENMARK. And we here at Gears of Sand are ecstatic to release Danish duo Hinsidan’s latest release. By contrast to many detached ambient soundscape artists who seek refuge in the galaxies or far off fields, Hinisidan’s inspirations are deeply personal, cathartic, and often deeply appreciative of their roots: “The magic three behind ‘Bleach Dye Yr Heart’ was animal rights, recovering from drug addiction and the joy of being a father. I am now three times a father. My youngest child’s name is Sebastian (one of Bleach Dye Yr Heart’s most compelling tracks), but the title is also a nod to the Cockney Rebel song from the early 70’s,” describes Hinsidan’s power electronics/laptop mix master “Superjus.” Hinsidan’s other half is Atish Pare, a multi-instrumentalist who is fluent on everything from bass and electric guitar to drawing magic drones out of his tiny Buddha Machine prepared for maximum effect. Listening to ‘Bleach Dye Yr Heart’ one hears connections to drone giants Troum, especially in their use of deeply mesemric long tones. And even vocals make their way into the Hinsidan’s shapeshifting, but presciently minimalist sound. A deeply emotive croon makes its way into one of the disc’s more compelling tracks; evoking a kind of Throbbing Gristle meets Radiohead mutation. This is music with purpose and direction but one that flows naturally in a kind of semiotic revelation.

Superjus captures best what ‘Bleach Dye Yr Heart’ is all about: “We have finally gotten to the point where darkness, anger and hatred does not do the trick anymore. Now it is time for a clean house. BLEACH DYE YR HEART.” Hinsidan which is Swedish slang for “the other side” create sounds of impermanence that tap the highest order of human clarity: Black sky. Rains come and the grass grows by itself. A singular organic entity shimmers in sun light. Spectacular cover and tray card graphics for Bleach Dye Yr Heart were done by genius multimedia artist and friend of GoS Paul McLean of artforhumans.com…
(more/buy)

Con_Sense – Compass
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Warm and beautifully mastered ambient with atmospheric beats in the tradition of the very contemporary sound of Monolake infused with other combinations of various Berlin school legends.

notes:
“Our music should speak itself and so any personal or private explanations are irrelevant. We don¥t want to be superficial and because of this there will be no detailed personal presentation or anything like this. This is not meant to put distance between us and you, but more the attempt of avoiding such superficial information. Our public appearance is “Con_Sense” and only this! You are invited to discover and experience the real content…”
(more/buy)

Matt Borghi & Ben Fleury-Steiner – What the Night Leaves Behind
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Two well established craftsmen of ambient atmospherics join forces to create a gorgeous paean to the fleeting night sky.

Slobor media co-owner and accomplished soundsmith Matt Borghi teams up in a long awaited collaborative with Gears of Sand founder, Ben Fleury-Steiner. Both artists have nearly 20 releases between them, but this one posseses a special sublime energy. Indeed, the results speak for themselves: Gorgeous, enveloping drones that reveal a complex array of moods. This is journey music, a mysterious voyage into a harbor of haunting darkness and waking light…. A fitting way to celebrate Gears of Sand’s 30th release…
(more/buy)

2008.01.10

More new stuff on the
Hypnos Online Store, this time a couple of very limited 3″
mini-CDs with music from a new German label, Waterscape, specializing in guitar ambient & drone sounds, released
in the above-mentioned format in editions of only 50 copies. The label has a lot of very interesting projects lined up for the coming year.



Seconds in Formaldahyde – Construct (ltd 3″ mini-cdr)
(Waterscape label)
(Price: $13.99, ltd. 3″cdr)
2007. Construct offers 22 mins of beautiful shimmering Drones with a romantic Glitch appeal. Comes on a red 3″ cd-r with full color Artwork and Insert. Limited to 50 Copies.

Sample
audio clip

Note: it appears that Hypnos has the last remaining copies in the world, of this strictly-limited run of 50 CDs…
(more/buy)

Paul Bradley – Cede (ltd. 3″ mini-cdr)
(Waterscape label)
(Price: $13.99, ltd. 3″cdr)
2007. Cede is a 20 min Dronepiece by the legendary Paul Bradley who is well known in the Drone Territory. Comes on a blue 3″ cd-r with full color Artwork and Insert. Limited to 50 Copies.

Sample
audio clip

Note: it appears that Hypnos has the last remaining copies
in the world, of this strictly-limited run of 50 CDs…
(more/buy)

2008.01.09

Another new addition to the
Hypnos Online Store, actually one
that was added before Christmas without much fanfare, but which definitely deserves to be mentioned,
as it’s a re-issue of a very significant ambient music classic which has been totally unavailable in any
format, for a long time.


Aloof Proof – Piano Text
(Infraction label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Huge praise and back-slaps to Infraction Records, and Aloof Proof, for re-releasing this long-unavailable and impossible to find ambient classic!

Remastered by Michael Fibe (aka Aloof Proof), and issued in a beautiful, deluxe fold-out digipack also designed by Fibe, this is better than just a reissue of a long-lost and much-missed CD recording. It’s an improvement on the original release, so even those fortunate enough to own a copy of the 1994 issue on Carbon Base, may want to pick this up.

Shimmering, slow-moving and luscious ambient/drone sounds, sure to please just about anyone shopping here at the Hypnos store. This is two long tracks, just short of an hour long in total….
(more/buy)

2008.01.08

Now that our server move (see previous updates) is complete, it will be nice to get back to our usual
activities, like making CDs, talking about music, and selling CDs to people who want to listen to them! So, how about
we get started listing some new CDs recently added to the
Hypnos Online Store?

First, we have two collaborations between Mark Mahoney and M. Peck.



Mark Mahoney & M. Peck – Imprint
(Miscellaneous section)
(Price: $11.99)
2006. Incorporating both analog and digital synthesizers, software based instruments and theremin Mahoney and Peck weave deep space and dark ambient soundscapes to sculpt austere visions derived from sound.

Track list (with mp3 sample clips):

1 A Fabled Utopia mp3 clip
2 Initiation mp3 clip
3 Lower Density of Souls mp3 clip
4 Breached Tidal Motion mp3 clip
5 Pathogen mp3 clip
6 Static Migration: a Riddle, a Lament, a Prayer mp3 clip

Mark Mahoney and Michael Peck have compiled tracks from their live performances of 2005. It would be hard to pigeon hole the genre of music that these artists produce. A Mahoney and Peck performance takes the listener through a journey with many twists and turns. An uplifting melodic theme may slowly evolve into an abstract and dark world of strange sounds and textures, only to evolve again into a soft heavenly melodic theme.
Mahoney and Peck have performed twice on Chuck van Zyl’s radio show, Stars End. They have also performed at the Electro-Music 2005, 2006, and 2007 festivals in Philadelphia as well as the Midwest Electronic Music Symposium (MEMS) in Indianapolis. They have received many positive reviews of their solo work and their previous project, The Amaranth Signal…
(more/buy)

Mark Mahoney & M. Peck – The Gallery of Subtle Smiles
(Miscellaneous section)
(Price: $11.99)
2007. A curiously crafted balance between the accessible and the mysterious.

The latest installment from Mahoney and Peck, “The Gallery of Subtle Smiles” continues to show the evolving soundworks and audible explorations of this genre defying duo.
The Gallery of Subtle Smiles offers much to the listener. Weaving dark tapestries of sound coupled with progressive melodies and rhythms that evoke deep emotinal response. To pass it off as merely ambient music is far to easy as “Gallery” is properly more related to modal jazz then anything perceived as electronic.

Track list (with mp3 sample clips):
1 Flight of the Nexxus Swan mp3 clip / 2nd mp3 clip
2 Cosmic Visitation mp3 clip
3 Initiate Auto Sequence
4 Follow the Swarm
5 Dawn’s Lingering Ghost
6 Tin Cans and Tiny Cables mp3 clip
7 Vortex of Dim Light mp3 clip
8 The Great Silencer mp3 clip
(more/buy)

2008.01.07

We’re in the process of the final steps of moving the hypnos.com internet domain to a new server. There may be
very brief periods during which the site is unavailable but this should be restored soon. Our email service has already been routed
to the new server and so email service should be uninterrupted. Thank you for your patience with any unavailability during this time.

2008.01.03 (later)

The Hypnos Forum move mentioned earlier tonight has been completed. The direct link to the new Hypnos Forum is:

NEW Hypnos Forum direct link

You’ll eventually be able to reach the new Forum at the same address that the old one’s at now, which is http://www.hypnos.com/smf

Stop on by and take a look around… creating a membership is free, of course.

2008.01.03

We hope everyone out there in listening-land had a great holiday season, some time away from work,
some good food and drink, and time with friends and family. Now it’s a new year, and back to work!

For the last two weeks or so, following on from the aftermath of some technical problems with this web site, we’ve
been taking steps toward moving the hypnos.com web site (including all components such as these main pages, the
Hypnos Store, and the Hypnos Forum) to a new web server. This is actually a long and complex process, and it’s
nearly finished, which means that soon, the final switch will be thrown, and all of you out there in the world who
type “www.hypnos.com” into your web browser will be directed toward a new server, though it will mostly look the same
from the outside. In fact, it will look so much the same in most respects that it might almost be unworthy of
mention, but there are a couple of things worth noting so that nobody is concerned or confused if the web site
disappears briefly during the transition. We’d had to have those “oh my gosh, did Hypnos go out of business?” rumors
flying around all over the internet!

So, what you need to know is that almost all components of this web site now exist simultaneously on two servers. 100%
of you are now seeing the files on the old server, but soon a “switch” will be thrown that direct computers looking for
the hypnos.com domain name (directed by something called a “Domain Name Server” in fact) to be pointed toward the new
server. Gradually, as this new information or pointer starts to propagate around the internet (since there are millions
of Domain Name Servers and they don’t all change at the same time), some of you will start to see the new server, and
gradually more and more of you will end up on the new server until 100% of you are seeing the new hypnos.com server,
and soon after that we’ll shut the old one down.

You need to know that the Hypnos Store on the new server looks slightly different from the old one, and it runs on a newer
version of the same shopping cart software, but the inventory and prices are exactly the same. You can place your order
on whichever of the two stores you like, and it will work exactly the same and arrive to you in exactly the same amount of
time. Again, in a week or so, we’ll deactivate the old store anyway. So, don’t be alarmed if the Hypnos storefront looks
a little different all of a sudden, or if the checkout process is different.

Lastly, the one aspect of the Hypnos web site that cannot be run in two different versions simultaneously, is the Hypnos
Forum. Because people add postings to that site all the time, the changes are too frequent for us to keep two versions in
sync all the time, so tonight (Thursday Jan 03), very soon in fact, the “old” Hypnos Forum will be taken down into
“maintenance mode” and the messages and topics and members from that Forum will be magically copied into the “new” Hypnos
Forum, and everyone will need to visit the new Forum, even before the rest of the domain transfer is complete.

The direct link to the new Hypnos Forum is:

NEW Hypnos Forum direct link

If you try to access the old Hypnos Forum’s address there will be a message there re-directing you to the new Forum address.
You’ll eventually be able to reach the new Forum at the same address that the old one’s at now, which is http://www.hypnos.com/smf
— as soon as www.hypnos.com is updated to point to www.hypnos.com that is. Our apologies if this is confusing to anybody,
but we promise it will be worth it in terms of reliability, and additional features and things we’ll be able to offer. See
you online!

2007 News Archive

Hypnos News Archive, 2007

2007.12.21

Before we go “offline” for a couple of days for holiday obligations, one last update… a new CD added to the
Hypnos Online Store. It’s the debut release of the new Somnia
label, a limited edition (of 777, but more than half are already gone despite this being brand new, apparently), by Evan
Bartholomew, who is not only the proprietor of Somnia, but also best known as Bluetech (an artist working in the style of
groovy-dubby minimal techno, and other styles released under different names).


Evan Bartholomew – Caverns of Time
(Miscellaneous section)
(Price: $15.99)
2007. deep emotional and textural ambient music in the eno, roach, rich school of sound design. sine wave
minimalism and dsp manipulation of organic source material create an atmospheric and spatial album of cavernous depth and
underground emotional movements. the caverns of time explores a mythical journey into subconscious realms, and is an
attempt to explore the deep waters through an experience of sound. this CD is limited to 777 copies, signed and numbered,
hand stamped on hand made paper, hand sewn, and sealed with a wax stamp. incredible cover art by ray massini. …
(more/buy)

Though this is the first release of a brand new label, we’ve spoken to Evan about his plans and it looks likely that Somnia will
be an interesting and provocative outlet for interesting sounds in the near future.

2007.12.20

Here’s our latest from the Hypnos group of labels, this one on Hypnos Secret Sounds, by a new name
with his CD debut.

Artist: Nverxion
Title: A Look Within
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss14, limited cdr edition of 300

Nverxion - A Look Within

2007. Nverxion (pronounced like “Inversion”) is the name under which David Brancato records
his ambient & experimental electronic works. Brancato, based in Orlando, Florida, is also a
artist and photographer, and is relatively new to electronic music. Reference points for Nverxion’s
sound would be Numina, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jonn Serrie and Jeff Pearce (all of whom the artist
acknowledges as influences).

Of his debut CD, Nverxion says, “A Look Within
began about two years ago as a series of experimental improvisations. In the beginning I was just
concerned with learning my way through the process of creating and recording the sound… As I
progressed, the foundations of more advanced compositions began to form, and soon I noticed a common
feeling running through each of the pieces. Building on this concept, I developed what is now a
complete body of work.”

We at Hypnos particularly enjoy discovering young, emerging artists who need help getting exposed.
If the endorsement of Hypnos isn’t enough on its own, these audio clips below should help convince
even skeptical ambient music listeners that Nverxion is doing something distinctive and fresh. So
many new ambient artists rely too much on slow, flat drones, and it’s great to hear material that
evolves, with sharp sound design, and an engaging progression to the album as a whole. It’s true,
we said the same thing just a few months ago when we introduced Hypnos listeners to Justin Vanderberg,
but we’ll say it again: this is a composer and recording artist many people will be talking about
after he has a few albums to his credit, and he has started out strong.

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
Emergence (05:17) MP3
In This Place I Wander (18:59) MP3
From Where I Stand (06:49) MP3
Fortune of the Sky (18:32) MP3
In This Place I Rest (24:20) MP3

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $11.99
here.

2007.12.19

This CD has been released for over a week now, but I just realized I never posted the formal
announcement here, including the full description, audio clips, etc.

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Various artists
Title: Sounds of a Universe Overheard
Hypnos Recordings (hyp2752)

Various Artists - Sounds of a Universe Overheard (compilation)

2007. Long-time Hypnos listeners may recall
that we released a couple of compilations in the early years, The Other World and Weightless, Effortless, which included
exclusive tracks by many of the all-time greats of this music scene. Both those
compilations were very well-received by critics, DJs, and all kinds of listeners. So you could ask, and many have,
why hasn’t Hypnos released any more compilations recently? Maybe because they’re a lot of work, much more work than a regular
CD by a single artist, and time is always a constraining factor when running a small label by yourself. Do you do one compilation album, or
do you spend that time putting together two or three regular CDs? Well now, Hypnos is no longer a one-man operation, so more time is
available, and that has allowed us to take on the task of putting together these compilations.

The first compilation is Sounds of a Universe Overheard, a collection of ten tracks exclusive to this CD, created by a cross-section
of ambient, experimental and soundscape artists from around the world. Included in this diverse group are more established recording artists
who will be known to most listeners to these genres, as well as new, emerging names. We feel a compilation is most interesting when it
varies from the familiar to the new. This disc covers
all sorts of territory in terms of sound, from more musical and soundtrack-like sounds, to darker ambient, to pure sonic experimentation.

THE ARTISTS

Jonathan Block, better known as Synthetic Block, has released electronic music on such labels as Hypnos/BInary and Gears of Sand.

M. Peck, based in Tennessee, has recently released two collaborative CDs with Mark Mahoney, but his Glacial on
Gears of Sand is a great solo debut.

Freq. Magnet is an alter-ego of one half of ambient/experimental duo Austere, working entirely with treated electric guitar, who has two
solo full-length CDs, …toiles du Couvrecle and Principium Somniferum.

Kirk Watson appeared previously on a compilation, Passing Strange, on the short-lived Broad Vista label.

dreamSTATE, a duo from Toronto, Canada, have released several CDs and have been active in collaboration
with other artists, and on compilations on such labels as Umbra, The Foundry, Dark Duck, and Atmoworks.

Seren Ffordd is a sound artists working
in Wales, who has released several CDs on the Umbra & Penumbra labels, as well as a recent release on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Dwight Ashley is
a long-established ambient composer with several solo CDs as well as well-received collaborations with Tim Story.

Justin Vanderberg is a relatively
new name, but his debut CD In Waking Moments on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label has been well-received, and marks him as a name to watch.

Igneous Flame is a British ambient/soundscape artist who has come on very strong in just the last few years, with his self-released albums gaining
positive notices.

Tau Ceti is an Italian ambient minimalist, and frequent collaborator with his countryman Oophoi, on whose labels Umbra &
Penumbra the majority of Tau Ceti’s delicate works appear.

THE TRACKS (with MP3 samples)

Jonathan Block “The Language of Rocks” MP3
M. Peck “Somna” MP3
Freq. Magnet “Nitrous” MP3
Kirk Watson “Scarecrow” MP3
dreamSTATE “Ghost Nebula” MP3
Seren Ffordd ” Strange Attractor” MP3
Dwight Ashley ” Behold the Trampled Wheat” MP3
Justin Vanderberg “Infection” MP3
Igneous Flame “Pandora” MP3
Tau Ceti “Float” MP3


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.12.08

Catching up on things a bit now that the
new Hypnos Forum
is cruising along nicely.

Added a ton of new items to the
Hypnos Online Store,
and also created audio sample clips for the latest Hypnos release,
the various artists compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard.
And better yet, it’s ready for you to buy!

It’s the first compilation project on Hypnos since 1999’s Weightless, Effortless.

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
Jonathan Block “The Language of Rocks” MP3
M. Peck “Somna” MP3
Freq. Magnet “Nitrous” MP3
Kirk Watson “Scarecrow” MP3
dreamSTATE “Ghost Nebula” MP3
Seren Ffordd ” Strange Attractor” MP3
Dwight Ashley ” Behold the Trampled Wheat” MP3
Justin Vanderberg “Infection” MP3
Igneous Flame “Pandora” MP3
Tau Ceti “Float” MP3

This new CD may be purchased for $12.99, available now,
here.

2007.12.06 (later)

OK, the new Forum setup is currently working, and is set up
here. It will be fine-tuned and
prettied-up gradually, and I’ll continue to work on finding a way to import the posts from the old Forum…
though at the moment this appears to be unlikely as the membership list from the old Forum was lost,
and the new Forum can’t make sense of the old posts without a corresponding database of the old
members.

2007.12.06

I’ve been getting lots of emails saying some variation on “you probably already
know there’s a problem with the Hypnos Forum, but let me know if it’s just me or
if I’m doing something wrong.” I do appreciate people attempting to help, or making
sure I know there’s a problem, but it’s something I’ve been wrestling with for about
48 hours now, so I figure it’s time for an update here.

It’s a problem that originated
with ValueWeb, the web hosting company that hosts the entire hypnos.com domain.
ValueWeb has conducted themselves, for at least the third time this year, in a way that
makes me believe they must be trying to drive away all their customers, as quickly as
possible. Rarely have I received such poor service from a major company — they’re
disinterested to a degree that appears almost hostile.
As soon as this immediate problem is resolved to some basic level of stability, I will move
on to the matter of switching the entire www.hypnos.com domain, including the store and the
forum, to a new hosting company… but first things first.

The first small victory is that I have the Hypnos server back up and running but it
looks like the Forum’s database structure is trashed. One of the crucial data tables, which is
the Forum’s user list, is missing, or at least out of sync with the rest of the database. I’ve been
trying to figure out how to get it restored but it looks like the only
choice will be to start totally from scratch. Something should be up
later today, one way or another… keep checking this page, where I’ll post an announcement and a link to
the new Forum when I can. Thanks very much for the patience.

I should also point out that other aspects of the hypnos.com domain, including this main web site, the
online store, and all email functionality, are completely fine and unaffected.

2007.12.04

There’s a problem this morning with the Hypnos Forum, apparently a database malfunction that causes all Forum pages to display a cryptic
error message. We’re working on fixing the problem and hope to have the Forum back up some time today, as early as possible. Thanks
for your patience.

2007.11.28

It’s been a while since we stocked items from the Spotted Peccary label in the
Hypnos Online Store, but we’re bringing those back in gradually,
starting with these three release by Between Interval:




Between Interval – Secret Observatory
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Secret Observatory is the exploration of depth, discovery, and subtlety.
Four long-form mixes of timeless dimensionless atmospheres, traverse the abyss of space, seeking ñ and finding ñ glimpses of other, distant worlds. Through
a powerful imaginary ìtelescopeî comprised of delicate harmonics, sublime electronic tonalities, and deep space atmospherics, trance-electronic composer
Between Interval searches the skies, discovering beauty and darkness throughout, and revealing with real purpose the co-existence of the past, present, and the future.

TRACKS
1. Garden of the Divine | MP3 play a sample
2. Surreptitious Ritual | MP3 play a sample
3. Forested Veins | MP3 play a sample
4. Entropy | MP3 play a sample
(more/buy)

Between Interval – Autumn Continent
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. A timeless new release, AUTUMN CONTINENT is a superbly crafted blend of Space Ambient and Electronic Downtempo. Provocative
subterranean explorations are balanced with a sense of light from an otherworldly perspective. BETWEEN INTERVAL has created an atmosphere that is organic,
accessible, and thought filled without the clichÈs of most electronic music today.

TRACKS
1. Autumn Continent 1 | MP3 play a sample
2. Submerged | MP3 play a sample
3. Hidden Wastelands | MP3 play a sample
4. The Tides Of Time | MP3 play a sample
5. Expanding Area | MP3 play a sample
6. Passageway | MP3 play a sample
7. Early Life Remainings | MP3 play a sample
8. This Dominion | MP3 play a sample
9. Atrium
10. Autumn Continent 2 …
(more/buy)

Between Interval – Radio Silence
(Spotted Peccary label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Remastered 2007 Version
Radio Silence was originally self-released in 2004 by Between Interval’s Stefan Jˆnsson on black CD-R in a very limited edition which quickly sold out.
This new edition, remastered by Howard Givens, is now available on Spotted Peccary’s Wanderings label and sounds better than ever!

TRACKS
1. From a Silent Surface
2. Wishful Thinking | MP3 play a sample
3. Overheard | MP3 play a sample
4. Radio Silence
5. Aerolith | MP3 play a sample
6. The Dark Light | MP3 play a sample
7. Katakomb
8. Your Flesh is Irrelevant | MP3 play a sample
9. Open Frequency | MP3 play a sample
10. Vortex | MP3 play a sample
11. Field and Void
12. End Station…
(more/buy)

Spotted Peccary is a label that has been doing some interesting things with some great artists recently, and it’s been long overdue that we start carrying
these items here. Soon we hope to get items by Eric Wollo (sort of a European Jeff Pearce, with more electronic instruments in the mix), Craig Padilla (sometime
collaborator with Paul Ellis), and Michael Stearns.

2007.11.19

Last week’s update failed to mention one thing coming next year, which is a new recording by Viridian Sun, and possibly
even new solo material from David Tollefson (half of Viridian Sun, for those who don’t know).

And finally, MP3 sample clips have been created for the first Tollefson solo album, New Eyes on the Universe. See that CD’s
product page here or just see the track listing below.

Tracks listing (with new MP3 sample clips):
Palomar MP3
Painted Sky MP3
Some Light from the Heavens MP3
Phase (Travel) MP3
Tempel MP3
Empyrean MP3
Vanishing Lines 1 MP3
You Are Almost There MP3
Vanishing Lines 2 MP3
Voien MP3
Planetal MP3
Mandala MP3
Movement Within a Frame MP3
Imminent Departure MP3
New Eyes on the Universe MP3

This CD is buy-able for just $8.99 right now,
here.

Some recording will have to be completed before any more information can be offered on any future Viridian Sun projects, but the
plan is in place to start recording in December.

2007.11.15

We’ve been really busy here at Hypnos. 2007 has been a great year already, and it looks like it will end with a surge of activity,
rather than a holiday lull. Here’s a sort of “state of the nation” update, covering just about everything.

Where we stand now
Early in 2007, we set a goal of getting Hypnos back on track, starting to release more music, and update the web site and the online store
more frequently. Generally wen wanted to get things back as much as possible to the way things were in 1999-2002, which were a peak
period in terms of lots of great releases, strengthening the Hypnos artist roster, and generating a lot of “buzz” and excitement about Hypnos
in the ambient/soundscape listening community. For several strong years, Hypnos was a label that generated a lot of interest in each new
release, even before anyone had a chance to hear it. We wanted to rebuild back to that kind of strength. This year, we’ve redesigned the
web site from scratch, greatly expanded the offerings at the
Hypnos Online Store, connected with many new artists for the first time,
started to send out regular email newsletters, and kept everyone updated frequently as to what’s going on.

We consider 2007 a big
success, though there is still much we wish to do, and 2008 should be even better yet. We’ve just released CDs by Austere and Seren Ffordd,
names that were fairly well-known to Hypnos customers through their previous releases, and brought new recordings by Justin Vanderberg,
Darren Rogers and Rigel Orionis to Hypnos listeners for the first time. After several years of sparse releases, we’ve averaged better than one
new CD per month so far this year. Hypnos even released the landmark final CD recording ever (other than collections of old work) by ambient
music giant Vidna Obmana (Act IV of the Opera For Four Fusion Works series), who has “retired” that named and started a new identity,
Fear Falls Burning. So, 2007 has been great so far, and it’s still not over.

CDs that are just about ready
As this year winds down, we’re getting ready to release a batch of new discs. We’ve completed two “various artists” compilations, one right after
the other, with the first ready to be released any day now, and the second just being assembled now. Hypnos founder M. Griffin is finishing up
the Fabrications CD project that has been in the works since 1997.

Austere is getting ready to release their Hypnos label debut Solyaris,
after doing a Hypnos Secret Sounds release of the well-received Pulse earlier this year. The first of the compilations, and either
Fabrications or Solyaris, should see release by the end of 2007, with the second compilation, and the latter of Fabrications
or Solyaris hitting at the very beginning of 2008. We should also be able to release the CD debut of Nverxion, A Look Within, in December.

Speaking of those two compilations… Hypnos did a couple of compilations in the early years, The Other World and Weightless, Effortless,
which included exclusive tracks by some of the great artists of this music scene… Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Jeff Pearce, A Produce, Saul Stokes,
James Johnson, Ma Ja Le, Rod Modell, Loren Nerell, Jeff Greinke, Ron Boots, Robert Scott Thompson, Richard Bone, and many others. Both those
compilations were very well-received by critics, DJs, and ordinary listeners, and both did a great job of introducing listeners to a group of interesting
new artists along with the more established names, and the CDs even sold pretty well. So you could ask, and many have, why hasn’t Hypnos
released any more compilations recently? I guess the answer is, they’re a lot of work, much more work than a regular CD by a single artist, and time is
always a constraining factor when you’re running a small label by yourself. Do you do one compilation album, or do you spend that time doing two or three
regular CDs? Well now, Hypnos is no longer a one-man operation. Actually it’s a one man and one woman operation, so more time is available, and that
has allowed us to take on the task of putting together these compilations. It’s been very rewarding, actually, getting out there and communicating with
a lot of new names, some of them unfamiliar to us before this started, and other names we knew but hadn’t worked with before… along with a handful of
regular Hypnos artists who are taking part. These two new compilations cover all sorts of territory, in terms of sound (from more musical and soundtrack-like
sounds, to darker ambient, to pure sonic experimentation) and even geographically (artists from here in Portland, and every other corner of the USA, as
well as Canada, England, Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Italy).

Track listing:
Jonathan Block “The Language of Rocks”
M. Peck “Somna”
Freq. Magnet “Nitrous”
Kirk Watson “Scarecrow”
dreamSTATE “Ghost Nebula”
Seren Ffordd ” Strange Attractor”
Dwight Ashley ” Behold the Trampled Wheat”
Justin Vanderberg “Infection”
Igneous Flame “Pandora”
Tau Ceti “Float”

Track listing (not in order):
Oophoi – Icelight
Austere – Crystil
Stephen Philips – Down Deep
Svartsinn – Cold But Strong
Numina – Nadir Ever Spirals
Jason Sloan – faded.forgotten [trace]
Phaenon – Quantum Silence
Relapxych.0 – Reembrace
True Color of Blood – Choosing to Remain Blind
Evan Bartholomew – Sacrosanct

In a sense these new compilations are just a fun, new and interesting thing we haven’t tried since the early days of
Hypnos, back in the 90s, but in another sense, to me they also signify a full-on re-engagement between Hypnos and
the wider world of ambient & experimental soundscape artists. They’re a sign that we mean to be in the middle of
things, to have a knowledge of everyone who’s out there doing good work, and to do what we can to help good
artists to be heard.

Projects lined up for next year
There are a few projects we had hoped to finish in 2007 that just won’t make it, as well as some we won’t even
be able to start until the new year. A quick run-down:

A various artists compilation on our Binary sub-label called Nevertime. This will be a big step in trying to get Binary
moving in a way that’s just as vital and energetic as Hypnos itself. Originally Binary
was intended to be a home to diverse electronic music too “dynamic” for Hypnos itself, with cutting-edge works such as those
by Saul Stokes and Vir Unis, along with slightly more classic e-music like the stuff by Dweller at the Threshold. The new
compilation will be a way of jump-starting the sub-label and getting some new artists into the pipeline for future Binary releases

Related to the re-start of Binary, we’re going to launch a Binary offshoot called Binary Explorer Series. Essentially, as Hypnos Secret
Sounds is to Hypnos, so will be Binary Explorer Series, to Binary… a limited edition CDR series for introducing new, unknown artists
to our listeners, or for releasing live recordings or remixes or unreleased stuff from the vaults. Look for the first releases from
Binary Explorer Series in the first part of 2008.

Hypnos Manager (and recording artist) Lena will also be curating a new various artists compilation, gathering the works of female
ambient & soundscape artists only. Reading that description, you might say “Female ambient artists? Are there any?” and the truth
is, you might be surprised. Our little music niche sometimes seems to be about 99% male dominated, but there are plenty of women
doing ambient music, space music, drone music, minimalism, and all kinds of experimental atmospheric music forms. This
compilation is one we’re definitely looking forward to delivering to Hypnos listeners.

Oophoi’s side project Nebula (actually not Oophoi’s own, so much as an “ambient supergroup” of sorts, including Oophoi,
Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Tau Ceti and others) released an album The Path Of White Clouds on the Stella Maris
label in an extremely limited edition, which is now out of print and totally unavailable. Hypnos is planning an early 2008 reissue of
this beautiful recording of ethereal ambient beauty. We don’t have any artwork yet, but the master recording is here at Hypnos HQ and
an agreement is in place for a reissue next year.

Hypnos Secret Sounds has had in the works for some months now, a couple of CDs worth of music by UK ambient artist,
Sense, which
is actually a pseudonym under which electronica artist Robert Logan (see here)
does his ambient work. Even though an agreement is in place between Hypnos and Robert/Sense with regard to these releases,
as we haven’t settled on a final master yet, nor have we definitely solved the question about whether this will be a pair of single-CDR
releases coming our separately, or, in a first for Hypnos Secret Sounds, a limited double-CDR. In whatever format this is eventually
released, this is a really fresh and surprising piece of work, sure to satisfy those who feel that all ambient work tends to sound the
same after a while. Definite ear candy, with lots of fresh ideas and sounds, and no reliance at all on standard ambient/drone templates.
More on this/these release(s) soon.

Vapors and Magnetism (video DVD)

Another “game changing” release we’re really looking forward to, is our first DVD-video project, Vapors and Magnetism.
Still in the planning stage, this will be a collection of abstract video works by M. Griffin, with music by a collection of 4 or 5 different
ambient artists (Jeff Pearce and Seren Ffordd are already onboard, and there may be a music track by Griffin as well). Many
recording artists have put together quick “screensaver-style” videos mated to their music tracks, but this will be a bit more ambitious
than that, and will have a short documentary feature included as well. The intention is to include enough exclusive music tracks to
make this a must-have on that basis alone, and to create abstract video elements with the sort of visual “flavor” characterist of the
graphic design of Hypnos CD covers. We’ve said before, we think DVD-video will become an increasingly greater part of what
Hypnos is about, and in future years we would like to get involved in releasing videos by other visual artists not yet affiliated with us,
and start releasing more than one such DVD per year. But to start, we’ll be doing this ‘in house” project, and initial video tests and
experiments are very promising and exciting.

Priorities for 2008 and beyond
We want to keep busy releasing lots of music on all our labels and imprints, year-round. We want to diversify the
types of sounds we release. We want to get involved in visual music, and/or video art with a sound component.
We want to continue dramatically expanding the offerings of the
Hypnos Online Store. We want to do what we can,
as a participant in the world’s ambient music scene, to keep things active and thriving, to keep artists and listeners
connected and aware. We want to use the
Hypnos Forum, and our connections on places like
MySpace, and our mailing lists, to keep the ideas
flowing. We want to get our hands and our ears wrapped around a lot of great sounds.

We’ve said it before, but we’re greatly appreciative of those of you out there supporting us, and our family of artists.

2007.11.09

Yet another batch of new additions to the
Hypnos Online Store, this time from
“British ambient dronemeister” (thanks to Joe R on the Hypnos Forum
for this) Andrew Chalk:






Andrew Chalk – Goldfall
(Andrew Chalk section)
(Price: $21.99 import)
2007 …
(more/buy)

Andrew Chalk – The River that Flows into the Sands 1
(Andrew Chalk section)
(Price: $21.99 import)
2007 …
(more/buy)

Andrew Chalk – Shadows From The Album Skies 1
(Andrew Chalk section)
(Price: $23.99 import)
2007 …
(more/buy)

Andrew Chalk – Vega
(Andrew Chalk section)
(Price: $23.99 import)
2007 …
(more/buy)

Andrew Chalk – Blue Eyes Of The March
(Andrew Chalk section)
(Price: $23.99 import)
2007 …
(more/buy)

These releases feature wonderful, restrained and simple drone music, in some of the most beautiful and special hand-made packaging you’ll ever see. No
two copies are quite alike (though generally they do look like the pictures on the store listings), and the care that went into the design and assembly of
each item is completely evident. Very special collector’s items, though due to the exchange rate with Great Britain the prices are unavoidably higher than usual.

2007.11.08

We’re continuing to add new items to the
Hypnos Online Store, even if we don’t note it here, or on the store’s
front page “Hypnos Recommends” section, right away.


Markus Reuter and Robert Rich – Eleven Questions
(Robert Rich section)
(Price: $15.99 import)
2007. This international collaboration was conceived, composed and recorded in person in one intense week at Robert Richís Soundscape studio in California. Robert Rich is arguably America’s most highly regarded ambient musician and composer. With a discography spanning over 20 years, he is widely regarded as a figure whose sound has greatly influenced todayës ambient, new age, and even IDM music. Touch Guritarist Markus Reuter is known for his adventurous work with Centrozoon and Tuner. Unlike most releases of the ambient/electronica genre, each piece on Eleven Questions has an instant appeal…..
(more/buy)

2007.11.07

New items in stock at the
Hypnos Online Store, from the Faria label out of Russia. Also, the titles we
already stocked have been price-reduced






Klaus Wiese – Divine Orbit
(faria label)
(Price: $14.99 import)
Composed and recorded 1987, but never released, now officially released on CD through russian Label “Stillclouds”, the official seller is Faria Records. Drone ambient in the classic style of Klaus Wiese, like albums “Qumra” and “Samarkand”. CD is packed to digipack. Klaus Wiese: Keyboards, Voice. Ted de Jong: Tabla….
(more/buy)

Mathias Grassow & THomas Weiss – Outland
(faria label)
(Price: $14.99 import)
2007. Russian import. A reflection from outer spaces in between the universe of our mind.

A miniature of the endless space from far behind mankinds tangibility.

To understand the real essence of the heart of the matter, often it is necessary to take a look from the distance. Just this distance shows structures and connections, which are otherwise impossible to see and grasp ñ because everyone himself is part of a certain situation. Therefore ìOutlandî stands for a journey into an ìouter landî, to become an advanced view for realization.

Luxury pack with artworks of Markus Vogt. Limited edition of 500 pieces…
(more/buy)

Five Thousand Spirits – Synapse – Shaihulud
(faria label)
(Price: $14.99 import)
2007. Russian import. Five Thousand Spirits – it is collaboration between Alio Die and Runes Order.

What we will have if we will mix the best works of “Bad Sector” and “Klaus Schulze”, to add in them deep ambient moods from “Alio Die” and hypnotic-trance analogue electronic from “Runes Order”? We shall have the delightful pearl which has collected in all best from different styles of intellectual electronics!

The meeting of synthesist Raffaele Serra and Alio Die (supported this time by Zeit)create here an excellent quality of sound, in Synapse S. you will find the amazing moods and a lot of aesthetic pleasure. This is 5000 Spirits’s treasure box, recommended to all music lovers.

As always, each track is accompanied wonderful artwork of Sara Luciani, which develop the concept of album in art area. ….
(more/buy)

Mathias Grassow, Rudiger Gleisberg, Amir Baghiri – Arcanum
(faria label)
(Price: $14.99 import)
2007. Russian import. This is rerelease of legendary masterpiece from 3 famous german composers. “Arcanum” – it is collaboration of three different musical styles which creates a unique arcanum of excellent music. Mathias Grassow fills compositions his special deep mood drone ambient. Amir Baghiri adds his hypnotic percussions and Rudiger Gleisberg plays wonderful cosmic electronics. It will enjoyable to all music lovers!

Previously released by Amplexus label as ltd of 500 copies at 1998 and totally sold out few years ago. Now rereleased with two bonus tracks, and luxury pack with artworks of Markus Vogt with several cards inside. …..
(more/buy)

Alio Die – The Flight of the Real Image
(faria label)
(Price: $14.99 import)
2007. Russian import. This is re-released of old MCD (22 minutes) which has been released in 1993 limited edition of 1000 copies and sold out several years ago. Happy to present a full version of this great album, his length is 79 minutes. Classical sound of the maestro is harmoniously combined with his new experiments with a zither, flutes, bells and many others. Old materials were remastering and now sound very well.

Release has five cards with installations of Italian painter Sara Luciani. These artworks are an integral part of the concept of an album. ….
(more/buy)

2007.11.02

Here’s our latest from the Hypnos group of labels, this one on Hypnos Secret Sounds, by an
artist new to us, Seren Ffordd.

Artist: Seren Ffordd
Title: Veils, Shadows
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss13, limited cdr edition of 300

Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows

Veils, Shadows is the Hypnos debut of a unique talent, whose work is both mysterious and unusual,
resulting in a sound at once listenable and challenging. Seren Ffordd has mostly been released on the Umbra
and Penumbra labels operated (by Hypnos artist Oophoi) out of Italy, though the artist himself resides in
Wales. His first connection to Hypnos came through the compilation CD Sounds of a Universe Overheard,
but Hypnos released Veils, Shadows on Hypnos Secret Sounds before the compilation’s release.

Describing Veils, Shadows, Seren Ffordd himself says:
“I had the idea of the title first, and wanted to explore something that had many shades and layers — with
some slow movements and some drones, but also some dynamics and unexpected changes. I wanted
some pleasant harmonics but also edginess, sounds shifting in a way that could be dream-like but not
soporific, like shadows coming out of the mists into more solid form before drifting off again…
Overall Veils, Shadows is about other realms and perceptions.”

Seren Ffordd is one of those few artists perfectly in tune with what we’re trying to do here at Hypnos, which
is explore atmospheres that are dark without being “industrial” or intentionally abrasive, rather more hypnotic
and dreamy, with a dose of the surreal. We’re pleased and excited to introduce his work to those listeners who are
familiar with Hypnos, and interested in sound worlds like this, but who have not yet heard this particular sound. We’re
sure Seren Ffordd will end up being acclaimed and much-discussed in coming years.

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
01 Slow Passing 18:29 MP3 clip
02 River of Souls 12:01 MP3 clip
03 Distant Paths 16:53 MP3 clip
04 Veils, Shadows 16:37 MP3 clip

This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $11.99
here

2007.11.01

Here’s an announcement from Echoes Radio regarding their feature of the Fulton/Reaves disc, The Range.

Friday 11/09


AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID FULTON & GILES REAVES: TONE ON THE RANGE
Synthesizer veterans team up on the electronic trail
David Fulton was a founder of the veteran space music band, Dweller at the Threshold. Giles Reaves created an electronic classic in the 1980s with his debut album,
Wunjo. Both musicians got together to create music born from their synthesizers in a cross country collaboration. We talk with David Fulton and Giles Reaves about their CD, The Range.

2007.10.30

Recently we’ve been on a mission to expand the music offered through our
Hypnos Store, and you’ve probably noticed the
large number of updates saying “added new stuff for you to buy…” on this page. Well, it seems like people like to have
more CDs available to buy, because they keep buying them, so we’ll keep adding them. OK, it’s a deal.

Latest additions come from the artist
Milieu,
who also releases material under his “real” name, Brian Grainger. You may have seen the Milieu release on the
Infraction label,
which we’ve been selling here for a while, but there are a number of other Milieu & Brian Grainger releases out there,
and we’ll be offering an increasing number of those here. For starters:







Milieu – Night Currents (CDR)
(Milieu section)
(Price: $9.99 CDR)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

Milieu – Aurora Borealis (CDR)
(Milieu section)
(Price: $9.99 CDR)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

Brian Grainger – The Fieldtriqp Reconstructions (CDR)
(Milieu section)
(Price: $9.99 CDR)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

Brian Grainger – Cursive Light (CDR)
(Milieu section)
(Price: $9.99 CDR)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

Brian Granger – Photoplay Music (CDR)
(Milieu section)
(Price: $9.99 CDR)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

Milieu – Of the Apple
(Milieu section)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. …..
(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.29

We have price reduced all listings on the
Hypnos Online Store from the Czech label
Nextera,
which includes releases from Oophoi, Lustmord, Hafler Trio, and more.








Oophoi – Upuaut (Nextera edition)
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. Worth updating for the audio remastering, and the CD format (as opposed to the earlier CDR release) …
(more) |
(buy)

Lustmord – Metavoid
(Nextera label)
(Price: $13.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Lustmord – Zoetrope
(Nextera label)
(Price: $13.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Subterranea
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Oophoi – Mare Imbrium
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Oophoi – Mare Tranquillitatis
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Oophoi – Hymns to a Silent Sky
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)

(more) |
(buy)

These are some of the most popular artists on the Hypnos store so it pleases us to be able to allow these items, following a bit of wheeling
and dealing, at a reduced price.

2007.10.24

A few new ones, and one significant re-stock, from the always-interesting
Infraction label, added to the
Hypnos Online Store.





Kiln – Thermals
(Infraction label)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. Subtitled “Sonic-Carousels, Tonesheets, Loopstrata, And Slo-Wave Microsymphonies 1993-2000”
Edition of 500 …
(more) |
(buy)

Adam Pacione – From Stills to Motion
(Infraction label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Packaged in a mini-lp gatefold style sleeve with an inner booklet of photographs and video stills by Adam Pacione…
(more) |
(buy)

Northern – Drawn
(Infraction label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams…
(more) |
(buy)

Tetsu Inoue – World Receiver
(Infraction label)
(Price: $13.99)
2006. Where to begin? World Receiver is quite possibly the one seminal disc that defines what ambient music is. It is the modern version (although recorded in 1996) of Brian Eno’s ‘On Land’. In the middle of 1996, Inoue put together a recording combining atmospheric ambient and soundscapes evoking distant lands, faraway places. Nothing though particularly new to the followers of Inoue’s work or in the field of ambient at that time. What separated “World Receiver” from Inoue’s history and from the rest of the pack, was the seamless blending of environmental recordings literally from all over the world.

Price decreased, formerly $15.99…
(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.23

As we continue our expansion of the
Hypnos Online Store, we are pleased
to add yet another new category which should be of interest to our listeners. This time, it’s a new label
founded by ambient artist Netherworld, best known for his works on Umbra, the label of his countryman Oophoi.
This new label is called Glacial Movements.




Various – Cryosphere
(Glacial Movements label)
(Price: $16.99)
2007. Out of print various artists compilation, debut release of the Glacial Movements label …
(more) |
(buy)

Netherworld – Morketid
(Glacial Movements label)
(Price: $15.99)
2007. Second release on the Glacial Movements label, this time by the label’s founder, Netherworld …
(more) |
(buy)

Rapoon – Time Frost
(Glacial Movements label)
(Price: $15.99)
2007. Third release on the Glacial Movements label by Rapoon, an artist who certainly needs no introduction to most customers of the Hypnos store…
(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.22

One more new addition to the Oophoi section of the
Hypnos Online Store… this
is the reissue on the Czech label, Nextera (which has also been releasing music by Lustmord and
Hafler Trio lately) of Oophoi’s well-regarded early release, Upuaut.


Oophoi – Upuaut (Nextera edition)
(Umbra/Penumbra section)
(Price: $15.99)
2007. Worth updating for the audio remastering, and the CD format (as opposed to the earlier CDR release) …
(more) |
(buy)

Several more Oophoi & Umbra label releases have been restocked recently so check that
Umbra/Penumbra section
if there are items you’ve been seeking.

2007.10.18

There’s always a lot of immediate interest in items from the Umbra & Penumbra labels (operated by
Hypnos artist and friend Oophoi), so here are a couple of new things added to the
Hypnos Online Store.



Kenji Siratori – Callous Cell (ltd cdr)
(Umbra/Penumbra section)
(Price: $15.99, ltd. cdr)
2007. …
(more) |
(buy)

Perceptual defence/Roberto Bucci – Free Sounds After 24h Silence
(Umbra/Penumbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd. EP-length cdr)
2007.Penumbra CDs are usually about 20 minutes long …
(more) |
(buy)

We’ve also restocked a large number of earlier Umbra & Penumba releases so if you’re looking for something that’s been unavailable for a while (and the
Oophoi discs in particularly always run out fast), take a look.

2007.10.14

Coming up on the last day of our one-week sale, but still adding items to the
Hypnos Store, this time by Hafler Trio.







Hafler Trio – Ignotium Per Ignotius
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $16.99)
2007 issue on Korm Plastics label in deluxe, unusual packaging …
(more) |
(buy)

Hafler Trio, The / Colin Potter / Andrew Liles – 3 Eggs
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $17.99)
2006. This album was originally recorded to be a tour only item. However, the tour had to be cancelled but the disc was not. Packaged in a deluxe 12 panel fold out cover. Limited edition of 1000…
(more) |
(buy)

Hafler Trio – A Thirsty Fish (2CD)
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $24.99, 2CD)
Originally released by Touch as a double LP. This version is remastered for optimum sound quality. Comes with a booklet, little poster & postcard. Limited to 825 copies…
(more) |
(buy)

Hafler Trio – A Pressed-On Sandwich
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $15.99)
This nutritious fare was prepared by Colin Potter at IC Studio, Preston, UK in 2005, using the finest Icelandic ingredients suplied by The Hafler Trio. Colin Potter explains: “I attended The Hafler Trio performance of ‘How to slice a loaf of bread’ in Preston and was very impressed on many different levels. During a discussion with Andrew McKenzie after the event, he suggested that we might try a joint project. Shortly afterwards he sent me some of the original source material from the performance. It was my intention to preserve the overall shape & sense of the material, but at the same time move it to another (sonic)place. I hope I have achieved this, by a process of reformation.” Limited to 1010 copies…
(more) |
(buy)

Hafler Trio – An Utterance of the Supreme Ventriloquist
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $18.99)
2005. ìAn Utterance of the Supreme Ventriloquistî was originally issued by Soleilmoon in 1996 in a hand-numbered edition of 451 clear vinyl Lps. Now, nine years later, itís being released for the first time on compact disc. ìUtteranceî consists of two 21-minute pieces, ìPlacing the Seedî and ìSeeding the Placeî. Itís psychedelic head-trip that reaches a similar plane of consciousness occupied by Nurse With Wound. The material has been completely remastered for maximum digital appreciation, and is presented in a deluxe embossed folder with lavishly printed inserts, all wrapped in semi-transparent paper, very much in the style of the recent reissues of ìThe Sea Orgî and ìMastery of Moneyî. This compact disc edition is strictly limited to 1000 copies….
(more) |
(buy)

Hafler Trio – Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water
(Hafler Trio section)
(Price: $12.99)
Out of print, packaged in a deluxe three panel hand-screened sleeve. Limited edition of 500 copies. 20 minutes only. …
(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.12

For the weekend, which takes us almost through our special, fancy one-week-only
sale, we have some new featured items for the
Hypnos Store, from the Infraction label,
which is just about the best thing going lately if you want to talk about nifty ambient & experimental record labels.







Andrew Liles – New York Doll (2CD)
(Infraction label)
(Price: $17.99, 2CD)

(more) |
(buy)

Ultra Milkmaids & Aidan Baker – At home with…
(Infraction label)
(Price: $12.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Koda – Movements
(Infraction label)
(Price: $12.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Andrew Liles – All Closed Doors
(Infraction label)
(Price: $12.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Colin Potter – See
(Infraction label)
(Price: $12.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Zammuto – Solutiore of Stareau: Disc One
(Infraction label)
(Price: $12.99)

(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.11

Our “one week only” coupon sale (see Wednesday’s update below) is going great, so
here are a couple of new additions, special collectible out of print CDs found in a box in Hypnos HQ… and
just added to the

Hypnos Store unti they’re gone!



Alio Die & Yannick Dauby – Descendre Cinq Lacs au Travers d’une Voile
(Amplexus/Silentes label)
(Price: $19.99)
One copy only, out of print and rare (if the “buy” link below returns an error, that means it’s already gone)…
(more) |
(buy)

Matthias Grassow/Klaus Weise – Mercurius (Special Edition)
(Amplexus/Silentes label)
(Price: $24.99 limited)
Two copies only of this limited version (100 copies were made), now out of print and rare (if the “buy” link
below returns an error, that means they’realready gone)…
(more) |
(buy)

2007.10.10

A few times a year we here at Hypnos make available short-term special deals for the Hypnos Online Store,
and right now, we have a couple of discount coupon codes, valid for the next week only.

We have dozens of recent additions to the store, so even if you’ve visited in the last week, there are
new, interesting items, including new Hypnos releases and rare collectibles.

These coupon codes are valid at the Hypnos store between now and October 16th, 2007. Use one of
these codes to get 05% off any order, or 10% off any order of $75 or more. Only 1 coupon per order, so
using both codes won’t get you 15% off a big order…but you’re welcome to use one or both codes multiple
times between now and 10-16-2007. Those codes are:

CODE = 05OCT
(05% off any order, no limit, expires 10/16/07)

CODE = 10OCT75
(10% off any order over $75, no limit, expires 10/16/07)

Here’s a direct link to the Hypnos Store.

Thanks for all your support through our first decade, from Hypnos Recordings!

2007.10.09 (later)

Just a few remaining items from the big batch of new additions to the
Hypnos Store from this past weekend.
This time, just a few assorted items.




Nick Parkin – Descent
(Hic Sunt Leones label)
(Price: $19.99)
Out of print collectible import, just a couple more copies discovered. New and never-played, not shrink-wrapped (received this
way from the label)…
(more) |
(buy)

Objekt4 – Her Face Among the Shadows
(miscellaneous section)
(Price: $11.99)
New dark ambient, would appeal to fans of Raison d’Etre or Lustmord, or the Cyclic Law label. See listing for detailed reviews…
(more) |
(buy)

Maeror Tri – Hypnobasia/Ultimate Time (2CDR)
(miscellaneous section)
(Price: $17.99, 2CDR)
2005 release on Old Europa Cafe label, combining two previously out of print Maeror Tri releases…
(more) |
(buy)

Thanks for looking & listening, everyone.

2007.10.09

Here’s a sort of gallery of upcoming Hypnos and Hypnos Secret Sounds CDs, images only.

Various – Sounds of a Universe Overhead

Seren Ffordd – Veils, Shadows

M. Griffin – Fabrications

Austere – Solyaris

Various – Message From a Subatomic World

2007.10.08 (latest)

Here’s the last of the items added to the
Hypnos Online Store this weekend.
This time, we have items from the Projekt, Amplexus and Nextera labels (and we’ve created a new
section for Nextera considering how many of the label’s releases we’ve been carrying, previously
stuck into the Lustmord & Oophoi sections for the most part), plus the “Top Sellers – Rapoon” area.















Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana – Somewhere Else (from Ascension of Shadows)
(Projekt label)
(Price: $13.99)
Single CD distillation of material from the 3CD set, Ascension of Shadows…
(more) |
(buy)

Amir Baghiri – Blue Box (4CD)
(Amplexus/Silentes labels)
(Price: $27.99, 4CD)
Special lower price. The 4 CDs are packaged in a clear big jewel box with a 16 pages booklet with full notes and photos. Limited to 600 copies….
(more) |
(buy)

Klaus Wiese – Perfume
(Nextera label)
(Price: $14.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Klaus Wiese & Dotek Ticha – Tibetske Misy
(Nextera label)
(Price: $13.99)

(more) |
(buy)

Rapoon/Cisfinitum – Mental Travellers (ltd)
(Rapoon section)
(Price: $17.99)
Limited collaboration with Cisfinitum, only 500 copies, and Rapoon’s stuff always sells out and then people complain …
(more) |
(buy)

Rapoon – Church Road (ltd)
(Rapoon section)
(Price: $19.99)
Extremely limited live recording, only 300 copies, yikes …
(more) |
(buy)

Rapoon & Birds of Tin – Monomyth
(Rapoon section)
(Price: $10.99)
Special reduced price for a limited time …
(more) |
(buy)

Once again, we appreciate you lending us your ears and eyes.

2007.10.08 (later)

Still more items added to the
Hypnos Online Store over this past weekend.
This time, we have items from the following labels: FAX, Databloem/Dataobscura, Infraction, and Groove.











Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue – 2350 Broadway (2CD)
(FAX label)
(Price: $34.99, 2CD)
A few more copies found! One of the true, classic, major releases of the Fax label, now out of print and highly collectible.
These last remaining copies are new and never played, but not shrink-wrapped (this is how they arrived from the German distributor)….
(more) |
(buy)

Lammergeyer – Borders & Barrens
(Databloem/Dataobscura labels)
(Price: $13.99)
Sonic explorations of isolation, distances, and landscapes. The fourth Lammergeyer release.
Borders & Barrens follows the same general style as previous Lammergeyer releases, delving even deeper into sonic explorations of isolation, distance, and the mood of landscapes. The scene is coastlines, misty headlands, desolate marshes, barren moors and their mysterious solitude. The music is richly atmospheric, studded with inventive detail and drawn-out, almost subconscious melodies. It is a music with underlying emotion, and is a journey not to be missed….
(more) |
(buy)

Jason Corder & Opium – thepresentday
(Databloem/Dataobscura labels)
(Price: $13.99)
2006. Drones and ethnic elements are interwoven with percussive minimalism to create a flowing long-form work of seven fascinating movements. ….
(more) |
(buy)

Andrew Liles – New York Doll (2CD)
(Infraction label)
(Price: $17.99, 2CD)

(more) |
(buy)

Ron Boots – Tainted Bare Skin
(Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
One of the most popular albums we’ve ever sold from the Groove label, or its co-founder Ron Boots… a few copies back in stock …
(more) |
(buy)

Thanks again for your listening & shopping shopping attention!

2007.10.08

Many new items, in several categories, added to the
Hypnos Online Store this weekend…
this batch including Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana (as Dirk Serries), Steven Wilson, Austere, and Nathan Siter.









Nathan Siter – Exosphere
(Plague Recordings label)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Highly praised debut album, limited to 300 copies, housed in cardboard sleeve. 61 minutes of icy ambient, isolating scapes and pulsing rhythms…..
(more) |
(buy)

Steve Roach – Lost Pieces 4
(Steve Roach section)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. With this 4th edition of the Lost Pieces series at hand, it’s clear more than ever that these unique releases seem to have a curious way of taking on an interconnected life of their own……
(more) |
(buy)

Continuum (Steven Wilson/Dirk Serries) – Continuum 2
(Vidna Obmana section)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. Continuum represents a multi-layered synonym for the collective ambition and vision of Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield)……
(more) |
(buy)

Austere – Mirror (“rirroM”)
(Vidna Obmana section)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. The album ‘mirror’, properly spelled ‘rorrim’, is the latest release in 2007 by the anonymous ambient/minimist duo Austere. This CD is the culmination of work over a two year period. While each track on the CD was written and recorded in different sessions, they come together as a whole under the theme of “a mirror” – each track is a reflection of itself, beginning and ending the same, building to a peak (or settling to a nadir) exactly at the midpoint. Combined with a highly unique and quite beautiful mirror-like packaging, this release is a great addition to any collection of great ambient music…….
(more) |
(buy)

Thanks, happy shopping!

2007.10.05

In coordination with the release of Stephen Philips new album on Hypnos,
Into the Dark, we’ve added a ton of Stephen Philips CDs (and other discs from Stephen’s
label, Dark Duck Records), to the
Hypnos Online Store.

















Stephen Philips – Cycles 1
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
“Stephen Philips’ first in his Cycles series shows him charting out dense and serene ambient landscapes that speak to the listener
with a very consonant and minimalist vocabulary. Philips’ work is always fantastic, and in his Cycles series his work is at its best. Cycles 1 is a long-running,
long-form composition that clocks in at just over 66 minutes. In that time, Philips crafts a beautiful landscape that is unique, but at the same time similar to
James Johnson’s Entering Twilight and in places very much like Vidna Obmana’s Landscape in Obscurity, only it’s not as rough and as obviously looped.
With Cycles 1, Philips has masterfully created a work of calming and contemplative serenity. This work, though, can’t be without Cycles 2, 2000s Cycles 3,
and hilips’ Desert Landscapes. For those looking for a starting point to Philips’ massive catalog, this is as good a place to start as any, but it’s recommended
that listeners hear all of the Cycles series as one, long-running sonic excursion.”

–Matt Borghi, All Music Guide….
(more) |
(buy)

Stephen Philips – Cycles 3
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
“Stephen Philips’ Cycles 3 is some of his spookiest work. There are elements of hilips’ regular harmonic and sonic vocabulary in this
recording, but for Cycles 3, subtitled Drone Symphony in E, Philips has taken a different turn as far as the overall ambient sound is concerned. The three
works that make up the Cycles series should be played together, continuously rather than individually; and it’s with that structural playing order in mind that
Philips has truly deviated from his original course with the previous two works in the Cycles series. It’s almost as if he’s taken listeners from a sort of
dreamtime excursion into some kind of almost-industrial ambient space that seems to be the background sound-setting for one of the refinery or boiler room
scenes from the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series. For all of this work’s differences, though, it truly adds to the cohesiveness of the Cycles series. Individually
this is an excellent recording, and while it’s a little rougher than the previous two works, it still has a wonderful edginess to it, as well as a strange and inviting
sonic treatment. It’s recommended that listeners become familiar with the Cycles 1 and Cycles 2 before they try to broach this recording, as the two segue
naturally into Cycles 3.”

–Matt Borghi, All Music Guide ….
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(buy)

Stephen Philips – Cycles 4
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
2002. ” Prolific experimentalist Stephen Philips returns with another exploration
of the extreme edges of electronic music, Cycles 4. This undivided
piece runs for about an hour, taking the brave listener through spaces of
submarine gloom and lightless depths. In the first half of the piece, there
are semi-melodic elements of recognizable notes, moving against blurred,
murky backgrounds. Echoing, repeated ìpingî noises suggest the old-fashioned
sonar on a submarine. In the middle of the piece, the notes fade off into
industrial drones, spacey oscillations, and toneless humming. As Cycles
4 oozes into its last third, the sound bottoms out in throbbing,
woofer-taxing sub-bass drones, ultra-low-frequency sound suitable for
cetaceans in the depths of the ocean. Philips, in an ironically traditional
gesture, reprises some of the ìthemeî notes of its early minutes at some
points in the piece, including at the end. If you want an audible atmosphere
for the abyss, then Philipsí Cycles 4 is your soundtrack.”

–Hannah M.G. Shapero ….
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(buy)

Stephen Philips – Cycles 5
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
A single hour-long track of “deep chill” music… “Random Occurrences Within The Realm of Organized Thought”….
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Stephen Philips – Cycles 6
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
2007. Aquatic in nature…textural by definition ….
(more) |
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Stephen Philips – Desert Landscapes
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
This CD has been re-mastered and re-issued December 2002. This is the classic Deep Chill Network recording DESERT
LANDSCAPES, originally released in 1999. This new pressing gets all new cover art and packaging and well as being sonically re-mastered
from the original master tapes. The sonic clarity of the new masters reveal subtle sounds and nuances that were lost in the original release….
(more) |
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Stephen Philips – The Sobbing Stone
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
2007. This CD is the complete score of original material composed and performed by Stephen Philips. Musically, it is dark and haunting ambient.

“Science can’t explain it. No one can. A seemingly ordinary stone has been brought to the attention of four of the best paranormal experts in the world.
As the hours progress, they find out why. The stone emits sounds, in no particular order, and no one can record them. But why? And how can it do
this? This chilling discovery haunts them to the core of their minds and souls… but they can’t escape the Sobbing Stone. What they find is a kind of
truth that will change their lives forever. The Sobbing Stone… you’ve got to hear it… to believe.”

— Stacie Jones….
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(buy)

Deep Chill Network – Dreams 5
(Dark Duck Records label)
(Price: $12.99, cdr)
2007. More deep chill somber sleepy time ambient from the masters.
Deep atmospheric dream themes. This one starts off with some slightly more active music at the beginning and gets more chilled out as it goes along…..
(more) |
(buy)

And of course, you may purchase the latest from Stephen Philips on Hypnos, Into the Dark for $12.99 by
visiting
here.

We have plenty of other Stephen Philips and Dark Duck items, which we’ll feature here soon, or you can just go check out the
Dark Duck Records section
on the Hypnos store.

2007.10.03 (later)

Here’s a big “catch up” posting of reviews for Numina’s Shift to the Ghost. If you’re not interested in
reading reviews, or don’t care about Numina, or just can’t stand big long blocks of text, please move along!

“This release from 2006 features 70 minutes of eerie tuneage. Numina is Jesse Sola.
Pensive tonalities rise to insinuate a portentous presence into a brooding darkness. It’s a tenuous presence, however; one that exhibits little animation,
watching with unseen eyes and subtly influencing its immediate environs.
Sighing electronic textures undulate with luxurious determination. Ethereal waves seep across the firmament, occluding silence with a translucent demeanor.
A liquid undercurrent aids this vaporous resonance.
Buried in the atmospheric flow are hints of violins and drawn cellos, so deeply immersed that they could well be illusionary sounds. Also lurking in the mix
are traces of more demonstrative electronics, but pulsations actually surface to calmly dominate the ambience and generate a savory tension.
An eerie mien permeates these songs, but there’s nothing ominous or threatening about these sonic ghosts. They are congenial spirits, conveying wisdom
and introspection to the listener.
Sola’s predilection for seasoning his pure ambience with softly churning activity imbues this music with a seductive quality. The compositions maintain a
resolute dedication to a borderland between minimalism and density, producing tuneage that glimmers with implications as it seethes with gossamer vitality.
Harmonic passages are tinged with evocative substance.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

“a Great album. calmful and dark beauty, Highly Recommended!”

–Parallel Worlds, on the Hypnos Forum

“Interesting what a bit of non-musical research can do to maximize interpretivity of musical meaning and ìexplainî an artistís sound. Basic
etymological digging to illumine Numina as plural of the Latin numen meaning ìdivine majesty.î Further archaeology to reveal the ìnuminous,î
coined by German theologian Rudolf Otto, as that which is ìwholly other,î leading variously to belief in deities, the supernatural, the sacred,
the holy, and the transcendent. Numinaís conceptual universe thus mapped, Hypnosí blurb handily trails the titleís ambit as ìthe life and death
of the physical self.î Quick switch in research strategy: the general info section on a musicianís MySpace page is an interesting gauge,
especially where ìinfluencesî are concerned. Some opt for reticence, as if putting their music above possible connection with anyone else.
Others, though, will quite happily reel off a long-as-your-arm list. Numina cites Steve Roach, vidnaObmana, Robert Rich, Lycia, Raison d’etre,
Michael Brook, Delerium, Enigma, Dead Can Dance, The Unquiet Void, Cocteau Twins, The Orb, and This Mortal Coil. Revealing, as well as
being refreshingly honest, it suggests Jesse Sola wouldnít mind admitting that Numina bears imprints of the signature sounds of others. And
indeed, were you to extrapolate from this list (factoring in beatlessness), youíd likely arrive at the sound of Shift to the Ghost. Essentially a
long-form continuous piece, it bears seven track markers enabling perception of stages of navigation through the work and the distinct moods
cycled through. Numina music is a blend of synthesized ambient and classic spacemusic, its drones river-deep rather than abyssal, at times
somber and mournful (ìSpiral Remindersî), even Goth-like (ìLight Travellingî), at others majestic and seeking to surge towards the light (the
finale ìThe Hostless Ghostî). The whole is imbued with a palpable cachÈ of those earlier mentioned mystical metaphysical elements. The
prevailing sonic dynamic of breathing, oozing, slow flow adumbrates a drift-zone familiar to ambient-space aficionados from mid-period
vidnaObmana. Synthetic architectures, for example, have resonances of that artistís í90s Extreme (Echoing Delight) and Projekt (Crossing the
Trail) releases. Magisterial opener ìSecret Soulsî also bears more than passing resemblance to Roachís ìBegin Where I Endî (the final track
on Artifacts). While Ghost is not sufficiently distinguished for that elevated company, and signals no great development from previous
releases Eye of the Nautilus and Sanctuary of Dreams, it is decidely the most eloquent statement of Numinaís spiritual space manifesto yet.”

–Alan Lockett, www.ei-mag.com

“Jesse Solaís latest release under the Numina name brings us another class assortment of deep dark dreamy ambience. Dedicated to the
concept of death and passage into the afterlife, the music swirls about, alternating between dark and light, though often the former.
Throughout there is a sense of mystery. ìSecret Soulsî starts with a long slow fade, virtually imperceptible for the first minute or so. Dark
pads ebb and flow as vaguely female choir sounds emanate from the mix here and there. Each track segues seamlessly into the next.
Gurgling water sounds announce the arrival of track two, ìThrough the Unseen Barrier,î which has a brighter, shimmering timbre to it. Some
gentle sequencing even makes a surprise albeit welcome appearance, probably my favorite on the disc. The cleverly titled ìSpiral Remindersî
aptly has a circular sound, with an interesting interplay between two primary tones, one higher and one lower. ìArrival to Nowhereî is another
where the name matches the mood quite well, a formless floater. On the other hand, ìLight Travelingî is perhaps the darkest sounding. It also
has a highly pronounced panning effect from left to right throughout the entire piece. Two more lengthy sonic sojourns close out the ethereal journey.”

© 2007 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

“In crafting a sonic narrative of the journey from life to afterlife, Numina has created a listening experience that is utterly immersive, a set of pieces
that pull you in so deeply that trying to find adequate words for them once youíve surfaced is difficult. This is signature Numina, moving as slowly
as sleeping breath, elegant layers laid thickly upon layers with a certain and graceful hand. Sound textures course across the skin and into the
spirit, coaxing the listener with warmth, beauty and imagery. This is the sound of the soul departing, and the sense of the journey itself. Rhythms
rise only where theyíre needed, as in the dramatic push of ìThrough the Unseen Barrier.î Shift… is heavy with well-realized aural scenery and
emotive tones that fully suit Numinaís intent. The slightly serrated drift of ìArrival to Nowhereî points up the diskís embrace of dark awe, and ìLight
Travellingî celebrates the upward release from being with some intriguing sonic turbulence. Who knew crossing over felt this good? Thereís a
distinct sense of the sacred here in hushed hymnal tones and choral whispers. There is the pull of coerced introspection, and a pure, overarching
beauty. Thereís not a moment on this disk that isnít eminently listenable, down to the final quiet exhalations of the gorgeous closer, ìThe Hostless
Ghost.î And thatís why Shift to the Ghost is another Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD from Numina.”

–Reviewed by John @ Hypnogogue

That’s all for now. If you want to buy Numina’s CD, here’s a picture and a link to the page on the store:


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.10.03

Hypnos artist and friend vidnaObmana who is now recording as Fear Falls Burning, passes along this
list of upcoming concert dates for his European tour with Jesu:

JESU + FEAR FALLS BURNING European tour December 2007

Date /Country/City/Venue
Mon 3rd France Paris @ La Locomotive
Tue 4th Belgium Kortrijk @ De Kreun
Wed 5th Netherlands Amsterdam @ Paradiso
Thu 6th Germany Cologne @ Werkstatt
Fri 7th Germany Berlin @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Sat 8th Germany Dresden @ Star Club
Sun 9th Czech Republic Prague @ Palac Akropolis
Mon 10th Austria Vienna @ Arena
Wed 12th Italy Milan @ The Garage
Thu 13th Switzerland Lausanne @ Le Romandie
Fri 14th France Strasbourg @ La Laiterie
Sat 15th Netherlands Den Haag @ State-X New Forms Festival
Sun 16th France Reims @ La Cartonnerie

www.fearfallsburning.be
read the blog : http://fearfallsburning.blogspot.com/
www.myspace.com/fearfallsburning

So, if you’re just about anywhere in Western Europe, maybe you’ll want to take a little trip to see
Fear Falls Burning

2007.10.02

More review updates, today Night Heat by Rigel Orionis.

“The musical landscape of Night Heat, as crafted by Jim Brenholts in his Rigel Orionis guise, is barren, sparse and more than
a little intimidating. It’s open tundra under an uncaring sun, a journey of a thousand tortured yet unavoidable steps. And it’s
stunning. The piece kicks off with a strong tribal sensibility with “The Damp Dessert,” where potently hypnotic drums pulse
over quavering, slightly discordant synth textures. This is music to completely lose yourself in if you dare. It’s an invitation
to journey, but you know the destination will be somewhere dark and utterly foreign. After 20 minutes of floating bliss,
Brenholts segues into the insanely and brilliantly sparse “Arctic Sunstroke.” Prior to hearing this piece, if you had suggested
that I would willingly listen to 22 minutes of nothing but a shaker, random electronic burbles and a quietly keening synthetic
wind, I would have patted you on the head and sent you on your way. But having listened to it, including the roughly
10-minute stretch where it’s absolutely nothing but the shaker and a very pared-down, constant wind, I find it astonishingóyou
know, in a very minimalist way. Clockwork urgency hovers in the background of “Drastic Eventuality,” a piece rife with subtlety
and suggestion. Between this and the closer, “Centrifugal,” the disk truly enters ambient territory, where all pretension to
musicality is replaced by pure sensation, effect and the sense of things going on at the periphery of understanding. It works
better in “Eventuality” than in “Centrifugal,” which is 25 minutes of murmuring voices, barely audible drones and dark
atmospherics. Length is one of Night Heat’s greatest assets. These long-form pieces allow the listener to fall fully into and
appreciate Brenholts’ minimalist complexities. Each piece is hypnotic in its own way, complete journeys in and of themselves,
pieced together to create a mind-massaging, cooly immersive experiece overall.”

–Reviewed by John @ Hypnogogue

“This CD from 2007 offers 79 minutes of controlled chaos.
Rigel Orionis is Jim Brenholts, who plays loops, found sounds, ocarina, lap harp, acoustic guitar, mountain dulcimer, and various
chimes, whistles and samples to achieve quirky soundscapes.
Strange resonances saturate the first track, beleaguered by muffled percussives and quivering noises. Ethereal textures waver
and throb while hesitant embellishments punctuate the ambience with a plodding presence.
The second piece combines shakers with gurgling waters and a spectral bearing. Whispers that could be voices (but aren’t) filter
through the mix, hinting at arctic fairies. A surge of frigid electronics seeps in, ebbs, then experiences a climactic resurgence
before harsh tones and wicked bells crash in and command the sonic terrain.
Rattlings and remote chitterings generate a mechanical agitation in the third track. Faint tonalities inspire a tension that gnaws at
the edge of the mix.
The final piece spins a web of gravitonic waves that seem to draw in peripheral sounds like a sonic black hole. An overall grind
dominates this consumption until finally everything seems to dwindle down a cosmic rabbit hole.
Generally more atonal than harmonic, these compositions exemplify seductive experiments with sound construction.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

Rigel Orionis - Night Heat (ltd. cdr)

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
1. The Damp Desert (21:58)
2. Arctic Sunstroke (21:07)
3. Drastic Eventuality (09:58)
4. Centrifugal (26:13)


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.10.01

Continuing to work on collecting and uploading reviews… today it’s a few reviews of Pulse by Austere.

“This release from 2006 offers 53 minutes of extreme minimalism. Ephemeral tonalities gather, thickening the air with the illusion of
density. In actuality, the ambience is extreme and understated. Misty pulsations surround the listener, wafting delicately along the
auditory canals. The intent is sedation, but not the somnambulant kind. This music is encoded with alpha waves along with subtle
bi-aural panning, producing a mood of relaxed concentration intended to facilitate creative activity in the brain. The structure seems
unchanging, but auxiliary textures sneak in over time, craftily altering the flow. Deeper tones rise to slowly overwhelm the nucleus
drone, only to be supplanted by other rarefied tones. The illusion of immobility is quite deceptive. Comprising a single long track, this
music possesses a loving dedication to undisturbed serenity. The stimulation achieved by this tuneage could well go unnoticed
unless the audience engages in cognition.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

“Thereís essentially no way to listen to the duo Austereís new CD, Pulse, and be able to comment cogently on the entire thing.
Because at a point somewhere around the 15- to 25-minute mark, your brain simply surrenders, having been lulled and massaged into
complete relaxation, and just starts interpreting the sounds as a direct order to go into a deep theta state and stay there. It will,
however, retain the memory of warm, droning synth pads of misleading simplicity that waft easily and steadily onward, never in a
hurry to do anything but not hurry; eon-long chords convincingly demonstrating how easy it is to simply be, only ever changing
slightly, and then just to become more definitively what they had been in the first placeógentle and relaxing. Pulse is ideal
background music and perfect for sleep-listening. Pleasant dreams.”

–Reviewed by John @ Hypnogogue

“Last in a series of three Austere works applying ambient principles to minimalist practice (and vice versa), Pulse follows 1998ís
Convergence and 2004ís Eco. This enigmatic pair are psychoactive musical practitioners, deploying a processing technique referred
to as ìBrainwave Encodingî: barely perceptible binaural panning generates spatial sound characteristics to enhance brainwaves and
foster certain ìmind statesî. A still vital element in Reichian minimalismís legacyóthe phase shift techniqueóis also featured here:
recurring identical motifs initially run in parallel, imperceptible shifts slowly taking them out of sync with each other, then back in again.
The result is a long format piece whose surface is one of apparent statis, gradually revealing a longitudinally evolving deeper structure.
Recall Reichís enduring maxim: ìto facilitate closely detailed listening a musical process should happen extremely gradually.î So much
for minimalism. As for ambient principles, Pulseís stated function of promoting a state of relaxed concentration or disposition toward
creative activity bears strong echoes of Neroli (subtitled Thinking Music, remember). And further appeals are made in accompanying
commentary to established Enovian ambient principles of music as environmental tint – as psychoactive prosthetic. Austere profess
to being inspired by Coil, Eno, SotL, and Robert Rich, and there is substance to their profession. Drones are wafted out into soft
ambient clouds of minimal tonal vapor, initially interspersed with rests, then becoming denser and more overlapping as the phase-shifting
kicks in, with the faint suggestion of a metallic echo halo constantly reconfiguring itself. With so little figure to grab onto, all being
ground and field, the listener may range freely, dipping in and out with attentivity off the leash. Such spaces being all about the same
tonemass swelling up and falling, infinitely recurring with minimal variativity, itís important that the warp and weft of texture is
sufficently beguiling, and Austere, while living up to their no-frills nomenclature, demonstrate themselves to be well-versed in the
subtleties of these timbral dark arts.”

–Alan Lockett, e/i Magazine

Austere - Pulse (ltd. cdr)

Track listing:
Pulse is a single track, 53 minutes long.

MP3 sample clips: This is the way Pulse sounds
near the beginning,
near the middle, and
near the end.

Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.09.30

We’ve been wanting to build a “Hypnos Radio” type of MP3 player that could play a selection of tracks from
our various CDs, and have almost come up with a satisfactory version. For now, here’s an MP3 player jukebox
setup to play sample tracks from Lena’s new CD, Extended Gestures For Cello, also available on the
Hypnos Online Store at this
link.

Lena – Extended Gestures For Cello (hss.08)

We’d like to refine the presentation a bit, and then we’ll start to offer a mix of tracks from Hypnos (and
Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds) CDs over the years.

2007.09.28 (later)

Following the earlier announcement about Seren Ffordd, I posted a more complete update encompassing many
upcoming projects, to the Hypnos Forum and the Hypnos page on myspace, and I though that would be a good
fit here as well.

1. The compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard is just about ready to go to the pressing plant, but I need to get the “track credits” for one of the tracks, and that’s all that’s holding it up. The master is done and the rest of the package design/artwork is settled.

2. The second Hypnos compilation doesn’t have a title or artwork yet but it looks like it should be a good one, with tracks by Oophoi, Numina, Stephen Philips and Svartsinn already lined up, and a few others likely to come in during October once I open the floodgates.

3. Lena is planning to curate a compilation with the rather politically incorrect code name of “Girl Ambient” which will collect (obviously) ambient works by females only. She has been making some good contacts (mostly via Myspace, since no females dare to enter this Forum for some reason) and I think rather than being a “gimmick” this should actually end up being pretty cool, from the bits and samples I’ve heard.

4. We’ve just come to agreement with Seren Ffordd to release his full-length album Veils, Shadows on Hypnos Secret Sounds very soon. This album is just so, so cool… you’ll see!

5. My own Fabrications is really close to being done! It will definitely be released in October or November 2007.

6. Solyaris by Austere will come out by the end of 2007, and will be on the main Hypnos label rather than Hypnos Secret Sounds, which saw the release of Austere’s Pulse a few months back. We don’t have artwork for this one yet but the master is totally done and ready to go (and actually was presented at the same time as Pulse).

7. We have two other artists lined up who have agreed in general terms to do releases on the Secret Sounds imprint very soon, but I won’t name them here yet, so as not to jinx any remaining discussions or negotiations.

8. A Binary label compilation is something we want to do soon. I had hoped to get it done during 2007 but it might slip back to 08.

9. Same goes for the launch of the Binary Explorer Series, a sublabel to Binary in vaguely the same sense as HSS to Hypnos. The idea is there but we haven’t started to implement any specific releases yet.

10. The first Hypnos video DVD release, Vapors and Magnetism, which will feature experimental video abstraction and collage by M. Griffin (me) with exclusive audio tracks by others (not decided yet, though I’ve spoken to a few people about contributing), is still in the works but far enough away that it is unlikely to see release during 2007. Still a definitely-planned release, and not only that but the idea of video DVDs in general is something we would like to pursue regularly once we get this first one launched.

I think that’s it for now, though things are moving quickly here and more updates will be needed soon. If you want to discuss or comment
upon any of the above, do so
here.

2007.09.28

Just a quick news burst: Hypnos is pleased to announce that we will soon release the newest full-length CD by
Seren Ffordd, Veils, Shadows. Seren Ffordd is best-known for releasing several full-length and EP-length
discs on the Umbra and Penumbra labels, which are overseen by Italian ambient/drone master, Oophoi.

Veils, Shadows will appear on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, and furthermore a track by Seren Ffordd
will also appear on our upcoming compilation, Sounds of a Universe Overheard. We expect his relationship
with Umbra/Penumbra will continue, and we are pleased to be able to take some part in helping to expose the work
of this fascinating and challenging new artist. More information on this release will be available soon.

For now, plenty of Seren Ffordd CDs may be found
here.

We are also in discussions with at least two other artists about first-time releases on the Secret Sounds imprint, and
hope to have solidified plans with regard to these potential projects fairly soon. 2007 has been a great year for the
Hypnos family of labels, and 2008 should be even better!

2007.09.27

For today, it’s a couple of reviews of Lena’s CD single Alchemy of Fingers and Dark
that’s right, not the just-released album, but the CD single that served as a preview of the album. Here we go:

“This CD from 2007 features 70 minutes of ambient deconstructions of music from Lena’s “Extended Gestures for Cello” album.
Lena plays acoustic cello. Taking turns at the demix board are: M. Griffin, Austere, and the Mystifying Oracle.
Cello is as cello does: sawing expressions of terse vibrations usually found at the bottom of classical recitals. Here, however, those
dark notes are subjected to contemporary electronic treatments, infusing the drones with unearthly character and spectral verve.
Ghostly passages grip the audience’s attention, digging deep into the psyche and opening receptivity to each nuance and trembling
oscillation. While already steeped in a moody atmosphere, the processing bestow a bedeviling edge to the cello strains. Tantalizing
phantoms are conjured and goaded to wander the mix.

The title track is a 24 minute epic of haunting substance, riddled with ethereal echoes and perilous predilection. At times, the
electronics threaten to overwhelm the source material, transforming string expressions into piercingly shrill outcries of alien sound.
The Austere-demixed piece ferments with a vitality that is quite extraterrestrial.
The Mystifying Oracle injects spooky voices to the mix, punctuating the eerie flow with chittering diodes and thumping percussion
until the piece swells into an analogy of a techno song.
Compositionally, the basic music is harmonious and minimal. The treatments breathe a haunting mien to those chords, driving the
end result far from any concert hall and plunging the pieces into a realm of modern sensibilities.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

“The alchemy refered to in the title of this disk is not cellist Lenaís work on her instrument of choice, but also to the
mutative and adaptive remix experiments performed on it by Hypnosí own M. Griffin and the duo known as Austere.
The result is a suite of dense, often grim and challenging drone-pieces of a certain dark elegance. Itís not an easy listen
by any meansósurely by designóbut itís definitely intriguing. The CD single comprises two tracks from Lenaís upcoming
disc, Extended Gestures for Cello, and four remixes. On their own, the title track and “Crowdmurmurs, peopletalk” make
superb use of the artist’s haunting chords and the metallic tang of bow on strings. For me it took some getting used to and it’s
something that needs to be tried more than once to appreciate–a certain grimness of mood might also help.

As for the mixes:
Griffinís ìXXX Remixî of the title track swirls and buzzes through your head like a dream you canít wake from while adding
palpable-if-not-frightening depth and dimension. He goes spacier and airier on the subtly shimmering “Subterranean Conversation”
mix of the track “Crowdmurmurs, peopletalk.” Austere’s “Gold into Lead Demix” starts out embracing the metallic rasp of the cello, then
draws it to a softer place where choral voices drone and chant hypnotically as the manipulated cello draws spirals in the
background air. The highlight of the disk is the radcially altered ìMermers (Oh My! Oh Why!) Demixî by The Mystifying Oracle
(an Austere moniker). Taking its cue from a spoken-word snippet by Aldous Huxley on ìmoving from symmetry to asymmetry,î the
piece makes the shiftóabrutply when it doesófrom a quietly respectful reworking of Lenaís composition to an intriguing sonic
equivalent of ADD. Beats rush in and out, clips start and restart, vocals spin and transmogrify. Itís a stunning bit of work, perfectly
administered, and a great closer.”

–Reviewed by John @ Hypnogogue

“Got this disc yesterday, but I’ve only had time to listen to the Lena tracks, and the Austere/Mystifying Oracle tracks so far. First impressions:

WHEW! Terrific, and highly recommended! This is not music to drift and unwind to –this stuff grabs you by the throat and commands attention.

Lena, that cello sounds positively evil! –well the first track does, the second sounds merely ominous. Great music for a stalker movie. And I mean that in
the best possible way, of course. Are you sure you don’t want to keep doing the dark-sounding stuff? –you could be a female Lustmord!

The Austere track takes this cello into the vaporous realms of space, and somehow turns it into a psychedelic wind-tunnel amongst a choir of angelic voices. Amazing…

The Mystifying Oracle track transforms it all into some sort of weird and fractured pagan ritual, with chanting voices and disembodied murmurings… I can’t wait to hear the rest of this disc… but I’ll have to.

Anyhow, I love the sound of the cello, and I’m already standing in line for the solo Lena disc. This is great. Cool!”

–Reviewed by “Joe R” on the Hypnos Forum

Here’s the CD single they’re talking about.

Lena - Alchemy of Fingers and Dark

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
1. alchemy of fingers and dark (5:48) MP3 clip
2. crowdmurmurs, peopletalk (8:26) MP3 clip
3. alchemy of fingers and dark [xxx mix by M. Griffin] (24:35) MP3 clip
4. crowdmurmurs, peopletalk [subterranean conversation mix by M. Griffin] (13:57) MP3 clip
5. alchemy [gold into lead demix by Austere] (5:55) MP3 clip
6. Mermers [Oh my! Oh why? demix by The Mystifying Oracle] (11:26) MP3 clip

Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.09.26

Catching up on a bunch of recently-received reviews of Hypnos CDs, including this review of
Numina’s Shift to the Ghost:

“This release from 2006 features 70 minutes of eerie tuneage. Numina is Jesse Sola.
Pensive tonalities rise to insinuate a portentous presence into a brooding darkness. It’s a tenuous presence, however; one that exhibits little animation,
watching with unseen eyes and subtly influencing its immediate environs.
Sighing electronic textures undulate with luxurious determination. Ethereal waves seep across the firmament, occluding silence with a translucent demeanor.
A liquid undercurrent aids this vaporous resonance.
Buried in the atmospheric flow are hints of violins and drawn cellos, so deeply immersed that they could well be illusionary sounds. Also lurking in the mix
are traces of more demonstrative electronics, but pulsations actually surface to calmly dominate the ambience and generate a savory tension.
An eerie mien permeates these songs, but there’s nothing ominous or threatening about these sonic ghosts. They are congenial spirits, conveying wisdom
and introspection to the listener.
Sola’s predilection for seasoning his pure ambience with softly churning activity imbues this music with a seductive quality. The compositions maintain a
resolute dedication to a borderland between minimalism and density, producing tuneage that glimmers with implications as it seethes with gossamer vitality.
Harmonic passages are tinged with evocative substance.”

–Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity, www.soniccuriosity.com

Numina - Shift to the Ghost

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1. Secret Souls mp3 clip
2. Through the Unseen Barrier mp3 clip
3. Spiral Reminders mp3 clip
4. Arrival to Nowhere mp3 clip
5. Light Travelling mp3 clip
6. Forever Falling mp3 clip
7. The Hostless Ghost mp3 clip


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.09.25

After a delay of a couple months since our last Hypnos release, we’ve now readied two new
releases in just about a week, with several more waiting in the wings.

This time, it’s the debut full-length release by Lena,
Extended Gestures for Cello.

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Artist: Lena
Title: Extended Gestures for Cello
Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss08, limited cdr edition of 300

Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello

2007. This is the recording debut of a female multi-instrumentalist new to the ambient & experimental music scenes.
Previewed on Alchemy of Fingers and Dark, a budget-priced single, this full-length album
Extended Gestures For Cello features 10 tracks of beautiful-yet-edgy solo cello ambience.

As indicated by the album’s title, these recordings are entirely made up of solo cello, performed live in studio by Lena, with electronic
treatments and production by Hypnos founder and ambient experimentalist M. Griffin. The resultant sound is somewhere between
recognizably cello-like traditional playing, and an edgier, more atmospheric, and more challenging tone. Extended Gestures For
Cello
plays at the fringes of deep drone minimalism, delves into electronically processed and multi-layered experimentalism, and
yet will appeal to those fans of ambient sounds based on traditional musicality and instrumentation. At times, Lena’s work sounds like
chamber music in deep fog, and at others like an overheard argument between aliens. It is is uncompromising from start to finish.

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
01 Pretty Sixteen – MP3 clip
02 Alchemy of Fingers and Dark – MP3 clip
03 Crowdmurmurs, Peopletalk – MP3 clip
04 Workings of Silver Fortunetelling Machines – MP3 clip
05 Analysis of Tapes From a Haunting – MP3 clip
06 Interlude in Bright Light, Part 1 – MP3 clip
07 Interlude in Bright Light, Part 2 – MP3 clip
08 A Little Less Than Nothing – MP3 clip
09 Alternating Views of a Single Subject – MP3 clip
10 Meeting By the Cliff as Dark Turns to Light – MP3 clip

Available for purchase on the Hypnos Online Store
here.

2007.09.19

Something’s wrong with the Hypnos Forum this morning, and
I believe it’s on the web hosting side (since the rest of the www.hypnos.com domain was acting glitchy this
morning, and it’s back up now). If you can’t get it to load this morning, please just try again later today, and
thanks for your patience.

UPDATED: The forum is back up again as of 9:25AM Pacific time.

2007.09.17

It’s been two months, already, since the last Hypnos release, after we were moving along as such a
brisk pace putting out music. But since then, we’ve arranged a wedding and then gotten married and
then taken a little honeymoon. Also we’ve made good progress on the first Hypnos compilation release,
Sounds Of A Universe Overheard, since 1998’s Weightless Effortless, as well as nearly
completing Fabrications, which was supposed to be the second M. Griffin album back in 1999 or
so, but will now end up being the 4th solo album and the 10th if you count collaborations, and which
should be ready for release before too much longer. And even after all that, our latest release was
supposed to be ready last month (see, we were crafty and dropped off a CD at the manufacturing plant
right before taking off for a honeymoon, figuring work would be happening while we were gone), but
problems at the manufacturing plant meant we had to provide a new master, and wait for the clock to
start ticking on the manufacturing process all over again. So…

We are now pleased to announce the latest from Hypnos Recording, by Stephen Philips,
Into the Dark.

Artist: Stephen Philips
Title: Into the Dark
Label: Hypnos, hyp2751

Stephen Philips - Into the Dark

2007. Debut release by Stephen Philips on the Hypnos label “proper” following his album Dagboken on the
Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint a couple of years earlier.

Into the Dark is a beautifully restrained and elegant piece of ambient music reminiscent of Neroli
by Brian Eno, and Entering Twilight by James Johnson. Moving patterns of sounds, varying from bell-like
chimes to deep rumbles vaguely-ethnic rattles, interact and react to create an always-shifting atmosphere,
a sense of “place” and mood while avoiding ambient music cliches.

Stephen Philips is a prolific ambient music composer, best known as founder of Dark Duck Records, and
he has collaborated with such diverse and respected artists as Numina, Austere, IXOHOXI, Ben Fleury-Steiner,
James Johnson, Rigel Orionis, Ben Summers, and Isomorph. He has frequently performed live, and has
worked in styles ranging from drone minimalism to glitch to deep chill, mostly centering around
restrained ambience.

A single, continuously-evolving track of over 74 minutes, Into the Dark works great as a background
atmosphere for continuous repeat play. But like the best ambient music, it is appealing enough for
careful listening as patterns repeat and evolve, and themes emerge throughout.

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. Into the Dark 74:29
Sounds from
early, middle,
and late.


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.09.10

It seems to be the season for live performances, and Tom Heasley is performing:

TOM HEASLEY, Composer / Tuba / Didjeridu / Loops / Electronics

With special guest, Makoto Izumitani, drums

Autumn Soundscape at the Folly Bowl
(a beautiful garden amphitheatre at a private residence)

22 September 2007, 7:00 pm
There will be an intermission for a pot luck dinner/reception

Donation $12/10 Students

1601 E. Loma Alta Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
626.398.9939

Please note that parts of Altadena Drive are closed, see route below:

Directions: From 134 fwy: North on Lake Ave, right on Mendocino, left on
Porter to end. Park on street
From 110 fwy: Go to end, continue up Arroyo, right on Green, left on Lake,
continue as above.

“Tom’s music lends itself to evoking deep meditative states of awareness.”
– Ramon Sender

“I love Tom’s music! If you don’t go to hear him whenya can, it’s your
loss!”
– David Torn

“The music…was so transporting! I listened over and over. You’re
definitely onto a great thing here. No mistake about whose music this might
be! [signed]….A Ravenous Fan!”
– Anne LeBaron

“I have listened to your CD three times! That may not mean much to you but
for me that is a big deal – when I often barely listen one time
through….your music definitely has lots to offer”.
– Stuart Dempster

“Gorgeous, very uplifting with deep perspective…the grain and personality
of the tuba (and its player) add a feeling of slight fragility and an
edge…”
– David Toop

“Rich and powerful”.
– Gerry Hemingway

“That was a gas the other nite playing with you, super coolio…”
– Michael Landau

www.tomheasley.com www.myspace.com/tomheasley

For those not yet familiar with Tom’s Hypnos CD release Where the Earth Meets the
Sky
, you may purchase it
here
(where it is among 15 or so Hypnos CDs still on sale, prices to revert soon).

Other Heasley CDs available for purchase:

On the Sensations of Tone
Desert Triptych

2007.09.05

At the risk of this page becoming “All Fulton/Reaves, All The Time” news, here’s a notification from Echoes Radio regarding
their airing of the Fulton/Reaves interview feature they recorded while they were in Pennsylvania a few months back:

ECHOES
A Nightly Music Soundscape
Over 130 Radio Stations

INTERVIEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS
for September 2007
*****************************************************************
Wednesday 09/05 & Sunday 09/09
DAVID FULTON & GILES REAVES INTERVIEW: TONE ON THE RANGE
Synthesizer veterans team up on the electronic trail
David Fulton was a founder of the veteran space music band, Dweller
at the Threshold. Giles Reaves created an electronic classic in
the 1980s with his debut album, Wunjo. Both musicians got together
to create music born from their synthesizers in a cross country
collaboration. We talk with David Fulton and Giles Reaves about
their CD, The Range.

2007.08.31

Here’s a brief review of the Fulton / Reaves project live show here in Portland, from
Sunday the 26th. It’s casual in tone, more a set of observations than a real “review”
and it’s written by me, Mike Griffin, Hypnos founder person and news-page-updater.

The Giles Reaves & Dave Fulton mini-tour ended Sunday with a performance here in Portland. I wanted to give a brief description
of the show, which was very dynamic and a lot of fun.

The show was at this club called Rotture, which (for those of you in Portland, or familiar with it) is in the warehouse district in
close-in SE, near OMSI. It’s one of those anonymous industrial buildings with exposed metal beams and gritty brick walls. You
know, a trendy little bar/club in between a carpet warehouse and a bunch of artist’s studios. I could swear I’ve been to this
same place before, years ago, and it was called something else.

Dave and Giles were the first act of three, the opening-opening act I guess, but the majority of the audience arrived in time to
see them, because A) they started late, and B) the set was being taped for Oregon Art Beat, a show on Oregon Public
Broadcasting, and a bunch of OPB people brought friends. So there was a pretty decent crowd for this sort of thing, meaning
an opening act on a Sunday night, in a smallish bar. Maybe 60 people?

Those who have heard The Range but not read any of the press may not realize that Giles and Dave have done something
unusual for electronic music, which is the utilization of a live drummer. For the recordings, Giles played the drums, but for
their live gigs (including not only this mini-tour but also their earlier trip to Pennsylvania for The Gathering, and an Echoes
performance) they utilized a drummer named Jess, who also plays in a sort of “rock” band with Dave.

The drums are an electronic kit, so the sound is in keeping with much Berlin-school emusic, at times getting into a more
progressive rock-tinged sound, but the energy and flow of the performance is really improved by the live drumming. Jess
certainly did things and interacted with the others, in ways that a drum machine, or a pre-recorded drum track on a CDR,
could not have done.

Giles performed mostly on synths, with a Nord Electro and a Roland JP8000 front and center, if I remember right. He also
had some older synth at his left hand, but I didn’t get a good look at it. And there was quite a bit of guitar playing by Giles
as well… multi-talented guy that he is! The Nord seemed to be making B3 organ sounds much of the time, which was a big
part of the “prog rock jam” feel of part of this set.

Dave had a big stack of his well-known self-assembled modular synths, MOTM stuff entirely if I recall correctly. He also
had one of the newer Moog Voyagers, I think, which was his main synth. Dave was performing lots of weird sweeping
filtery sound effects, as well as some fairly aggressive lead parts.

Overall the performance was more intense, energetic and crowd-friendly than the recordings on The Range CD. It certainly
made for a more enjoyable live show experience, than a simple recreation of the CD’s feel would have done. Because of
this, though, the guys entered into a musical territory pretty far removed from what Hypnos & Binary listeners would have
expected.

I applaud them for emphasizing performance and steering clear of pre-recorded or sequenced bits, even for repetitive or
patterned parts. It was great seeing the guys play things by hand that normally would have been sequenced.

As I mentioned, the performance was taped by Oregon Art Beat, and I look forward to seeing what happens with this TV
feature. Dave says there’s a possibility the producers will want to interview me, from the perspective of the label that
released their CD, so maybe I’ll find out more soon.

In summary, it was really great to see a very honest and direct approach to performing electronic music, and I know it
was much more difficult for the guys to put together than if it had utilized the pre-recorded or pattern-sequencing tricks to
which we’ve all become so accustomed in this genre.

Did anybody get out to any of the 3 shows in California?

2007.08.24

Further information about the Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves live show here in Portland, this Sunday night:

Latest note from Mr. Fulton:

Hey! Come see us!

Sunday the 26th at Rotture. 315 SE 3rd Avenue!

We need a big turn out, Oregon Art Beat will be there to tape us. We
are 1st so come early to see us and stay late to rock with Giant
Mirrors and Wow & Flutter.

Thanks
dave

PS:
Contrary to previous info we are not playing at the Sumday Lounge.

2007.08.20

And, as for the airplay of “The Range” on Hearts of Space radio, as mentioned in Giles Reaves’s update, here’s the playlist:

: HEARTS of SPACE
: ATTN: Radio
: 454 Las Gallinas #333
: San Rafael, CA 94903-6812
: U.S.A.

: Website: www.hos.com

=——————————————————————–=
PGM 812 : “DYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM”
=——————————————————————–=
PGM NOTE : the sound of tranquility in motion
=——————————————————————–=
FEED DATE : 8-17-07
=——————————————————————–=

DAVID HELPLING and JON JENKINS
“Treasure” < 0:00->5:51 >
: TREASURE; Spotted Peccary SPM-9071; 2007
: Info: www.spottedpeccary.com; www.davidhhelpling.com;
www.jonjenkins.com

NATURAL FREQUENCIES (aka ANDREAS LEIFELD)
“Dreaming” (extended) < 5:51->14:23 >
: TRANQUILITY IN MOTION; Ozella Lounge OZL 22008 CD; Germany 2007
: Info: www.ozellamusic.com; www.andreas-leifeld.de

RUDY ADRIAN
“Soaring Birds” (edited) < 14:23->20:14 >
: PAR AVION; Groove Unlimited GR-140; The Netherlands 2007
: Info: www.groove.nl/cd/g/gr-140.html

DAVE FULTON and GILES REAVES
“The Range” (edited) < 20:14->26:04 >
: THE RANGE; Hypnos/Binary HYBY0707; 2007
: Info: www.hypnos.com/artists-gr.php;
www.myspace.com/thefultonreavesproject

DAVID HELPLING and JON JENKINS
“Into the Deep” < 26:04->31:38 >
: TREASURE; Spotted Peccary SPM-9071; 2007
: Info: www.spottedpeccary.com; www.davidhhelpling.com;
www.jonjenkins.com

NATURAL FREQUENCIES (aka ANDREAS LEIFELD)
“Timeless” (edited) < 31:38->39:17 >
“Zephyr” < 39:17->47:57 >
: TRANQUILITY IN MOTION; Ozella Lounge OZL 22008 CD; Germany 2007
: Info: www.ozellamusic.com; www.andreas-leifeld.de

DAVID HELPLING and JON JENKINS
“Not a Soul, Not a Sound” < 47:57->58:20 >
: TREASURE; Spotted Peccary SPM-9071; 2007
: Info: www.spottedpeccary.com; www.davidhhelpling.com;
www.jonjenkins.com

=——————————————————————–=
PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
=——————————————————————–=
(c) 2007 Hearts of Space

It’s usually tough to break into a Hearts of Space playlist, so congratulations to Dave and Giles, and thanks to
the HOS crew.

In case you’re interested in purchasing The Range, we have it for sale through the Hypnos store for $12.99,
here.

2007.08.18

Just a little note from Giles and Dave as they set off on their mini-tour of the West Coast.

Hi All,

I’ve just been informed that Hearts of Space will be playing a song
off the new CD “The Range” this weekend. So tune in if you’re lucky
enough to live in a state that carries the show (which I’m not,
either back in Utah or here in Portland). In other news, the Fulton/
Reaves Project is on their way to play shows in the Bay area, Chico,
and Redding CA (the latter with Craig Padillia and Skip Murphy), and
finally ending back in Portland to video a show for local PBS broadcast.

Go here for dates and time!
www.myspace.com/thefultonreavesproject

Wish us luck!
Giles

Yes, this partly duplicates the news message from earlier this week, but some new info is included
as well. And then, yet another news blurb regarding the 8/23 show only.

A special FREE performance is scheduled. See the press release
below!
And a new concert clip titled “THE CALLING” and featuring vocalist
Brooke Holloway has been added to my YouTube channel!

Yours musically,
Craig
www.CraigPadilla.com – video & music production
www.youtube.com/synthwiz – interviews, concert clips, and more!

CRAIG PADILLA & SKIP MURPHY PRESS RELEASE

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Thursday, August 23 at 7pm
An Evening of original progressive electronic music inspired by the
cosmos will be performed
by world-renowned recording artists Giles Reaves, Dave Fulton, Craig
Padilla and Skip Murphy
at the northern end of the Sundial Bridge in the Quarry Patio
Gardens in Redding, CA!
This one-time event begins at 7pm and is FREE to the public!
All four of these artists have numerous album releases on a variety
of record labels.

Giles Reaves and Dave Fulton (“The Fulton/Reaves Project”) will be
showcasing music from their
latest album “The Range”.

Craig Padilla and Skip Murphy will be promoting their two new CD
releases, “PHANTASMA” and “THE
LIGHT IN THE SHADOW”.

For more information, check out:
http://ez-tour.com/Music/FultonReaves/

2007.08.14

Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves are about to undertake a mini-tour of the West Coast, starting this weekend. This little jaunt down I-5 will
involve three shows in California before returning to Portland for one more Here’s the itinerary:

The Fulton Reaves Project
August, 19 2007, 8PM
Venue: No Name, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, California
Cost : Free

The Fulton Reaves Project
August, 22 2007, 8PM
Venue: Cafe Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave, Chico, California 95928
Cost : ?
Note: www.cafecoda.com

The Fulton Reaves Project
August, 23 2007, 7PM
Venue: Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California
Cost : Free
Note: Free Concert on the North Side of the Sundial Bridge in Redding. With special guest Craig Padilla and Skip Murphy!

The Fulton Reaves Project
August, 26 2007, 9PM
Someday Lounge, 25 NW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97219
Cost : ?
Note: OPBís Oregon Art Beat there to tape us! Also… Giant Mirrors and Wow and Flutter rock the someday night!

The Hypnos HQ crew intend to make it to the Portland show, so maybe we’ll see some of you there. If you’re anywhere
near any of these venues, please make an effort to get out and support independent musicians!

2007.08.13

We’re back again, and orders are flowing out the door. We were surprised to see how many of you had continued to order during
our absence, despite the notes all over this site and the store stating
that we’d be unable to process orders until our return.

At any rate ,we’re back to normal, caught up on getting orders shipped out, and we’ll resume regular news updates this week.

2007.08.01 (later)

An important note: the Hypnos Online Store will be temporarily
closed for nearly two weeks, while the managers of Hypnos get married and take a honeymoon!

The store itself will remain “open” but please understand that orders placed
after this evening, Wednesday August 1, will not ship until we return around August 10th. Orders placed during that time will be
held securely on the Hypnos server.

All orders placed up through earlier today will be taken to the post office tomorow (if they haven’t been sent already) and so nobody
should have to wait a long time for any orders placed prior to this notice, which will appear on the Hypnos News page, the Hypnos
Forum, and the Hypnos storefront.

Thanks very much for all the support, and we look forward to getting back to work on more fantastic music projects when we return!

2007.08.01

One more quick addition to the
Hypnos Online Store:



Audela - Audela Audela – Audela
(Umbra label)
(Price: $12.99 limited cd)
2007…
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2007.07.24

Just a couple of additions to
Hypnos Online Store this time, but they’re
the sort that will get people clicking on over to buy some CDs.





Various Artists - The Other Side of the Sky Various Artists – The Other Side of the Sky (ltd cdr)
(Umbra label)
(Price: $15.99, ltd cdr)
2007. Various artists compilation on the Umbra label. Track listing:
1 Diatonis: Peaceful Sky
2 Dreamstate: Deeper
3 MaJaLe: Prophesy to the Bones
4 Thomas Weiss: In Via ad Aeternitaem
5 Temps Perdu?: The Dark Side of the Forbidden Planet
6 Oophoi: Empyreum…
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Robert Carty & Sylken - The Endless Vista Robert Carty & Sylken – The Endless Vista
(Sylken section)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. 2007. “The Endless Vista” is a collaboration between Robert Carty and Sylken . These are deep sonic tapestries
for the mind and spirit. The music is lush and dense leaving one lost in swirling vibrations like floating in a vast ocean of sound. This music
can transport you to inner reaches of meditation and reflection as well as a relaxing hour of bliss….
(more) |
(buy)

2007.07.18

Here are a few new arrivals in the
Hypnos Online Store from Robert Rich.







Robert Rich - Illumination Robert Rich – Michael Somoroff’s Illumination
(Robert Rich section)
(Price: $13.99)
2007. Audio CD featuring Robert Rich’s minimal ambient “soundtrack” to an art installation by Michael Somoroff….
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(buy)

Robert Rich - Music From Atlas Dei Robert Rich – Music From Atlas Dei (CD)
(Robert Rich section)
(Price: $13.99, audio CD)
2007. Audio CD including music from the recent Atlas Dei video DVD, for those Robert Rich listeners who don’t care for the video content….
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(buy)

Robert Rich & Daniel Colvin - Atlas Dei (DVD video) Robert Rich & Daniel Colvin – Atlas Dei (DVD video)
(Robert Rich section)
(Price: $24.99, video DVD)
2007. Video DVD. A lyrical journey through time and space into the mystery of our cosmos. In this feature length film,
musician Robert Rich and filmmaker Daniel Colvin weave the strands of science, myth, and poetic vision into a powerful and
compelling tapestry of the human enigma. High resolution motion graphics, in panoramic 3:1 aspect ratio, with letterbox….
(more) |
(buy)

2007.07.16

If you haven’t checked out the Hypnos Online Store in a
while, here are a few great reasons to take a look.

1. Many CDs on the Hypnos label (and sublabels Binary,
and Hypnos Secret Sounds) are price-reduced between
now and the end of July.

2. The mail order office now has a full-time manager, so
order processing and mailing is faster and more
efficient than ever.

3. We’re offering a couple of special coupon codes, valid
at the Hypnos store between now and the end of July
2007. Use one of these codes to get 10% off any order,
or 15% off any order of $100 or more. Only 1 coupon
per order, so using both codes won’t get you 25% off a
big order. Those codes are:

CODE = 10JULY
(10% off any order, no limit, expires 7/31/07)

CODE = 15JULY100
(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 7/31/07)

Here’s a direct link to the
Hypnos Online Store.

Thanks for all your support through our first decade,
from Hypnos Recordings!

2007.07.14 (later)

Announcing the latest from Hypnos Recordings, and our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint.
It’s the debut album by Justin Vanderberg, In Waking Moments.

Artist: Justin Vanderberg
Title: In Waking Moments
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss12, limited cdr edition of 300

Justin Vanderberg - In Waking Moments

In Waking Moments is the CD debut of a fresh new talent, Justin
Vanderberg, whose work undoubtedly will remind listeners of the lush and
smooth space/ambient sound of both Numina and Steve Roach. In fact,
the album was recorded by Roach, and the ambient sound master’s
“touch” is definitely in evidence here.

Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):

1. Negative Space (7.46)
2. A Peaceful Disturbance (10.34)
3. Controlled Bleeding (6.51)
4. Temporal Extraction (13.01)
5. Tracing the Inner Circle (9.14)
6. Deconstructing Me (6.10)
7. Shifting Currents (12.40)
8. In Waking Moments (6.21)

Of In Waking Moments, Justin said:
In Waking Moments will be my first full length release. Composed of music recorded from 2002
through 2004, it is a distinctly ambient musical journey created in the idea of capturing the spaces
between sleeping, dreaming, and waking. I was very humbled that my musical “idol” Steve Roach took my
project under his wings in late 2004. Adding his decades of experience and refined artistic ear, he
and I labored week after week, going back and forth while he was assembling, mastering, and tweaking
the master disc.

The album itself is designed to be sort of meditative and introspective. It is put together in three
individual yet interconnected parts. Part One is “drifting into sleep”. Part Two is “dreams & memories”.
The Third part is what Steve and I referred to as the “waking moments” part… hence the title.


Hypnos Online Store listing

2007.07.14

We have some new items in the
Hypnos Online Store from the
Gears of Sand label:









gos25 Patrick Balthrop – Autopoetic
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Patrick Balthrop uses real-time processing applications and customized software to produce electronic music. Unlike many of his Chicago House counterparts, Patrick constructs and assembles sounds between ten and one hundred milliseconds into microbeats. Balthrop’s interactive, three-dimensional surround sound mixes and sound designs have been critically acclaimed. His songs have been placed in films, including most recently “The Regret”, which will be heard at The Sundance Film Festival and the New York International Independent Film Festival. Patrick’s software research has led to the development of performance based generative plug-ins, which through their interactions and transformations continuously regenerate and redefine the audio signals that produced them….
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gos26 Jonathan Block & The Circular Ruins – Shadows on Water
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. Both artists describe the process of collaboration and the end results:

“Making this album was a bit like opening a window, pointing the speakers out, and then waiting for the echoes to reach back. From a bunch of isolated musical ideas to the cohesiveness of the final mix, this disc is a true aggregate of our two approaches. From the expansiveness and epic reach of “Eye of the Beholder” to the composed recapitulation that is “Seeing Is Believing,” there is a shimmering thread of warm ambience that permeates all the music. Although the sounds of classic synths, mellotrons, electronic pianos and field recordings are evident, the focus is rarely on an individual instrument but instead on conjuring a space within the expanse of sound. A big thank you to Anthony; this disc is truly greater than the sum of its parts. I hope you enjoy the music.”

-Jonathan Block

“I confess to enjoying collaborative work. It’s both challenging and a cause, or spark, for innovation. The results are always interestingly unpredictable. The challenge is the melding of styles to create something that is a musical unity, and not just two guys in a room doing their own thing. And I think “Shadows On Water” succeeded admirably. It is a very strong album musically, and a collaboration that seamlessly blends our two styles. An album of one vision. Musically it threads a path through a few related ambient-electro styles, leaning more towards the traditional than contemporary experimentation. It reminds me of Jeff Greinke, FAX, and related material when I hear it. The album flows with relaxed rhythms, addictive leads, and absorbing soundscapes, threaded with lots of field recordings and details. What can I say … it’s totally enjoyable. And was a joy to create with Jonathan. Give it a listen.”

-APK (The Circular Ruins)….
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gos27 Encomiast – Transit Bed
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. “Transit Bed begins in a haunted theatre in an old mining town, moves briefly to a small apartment in Boulder, lounges with a group of familiar strangers in a garage on the outskirts of town, ponders the nature of human “progress,” and finally ends up at a dive bar in downtown Denver, among friends both new and old. An epically improbable journey, to be sure, but it is one that we all must undertake at some point. The result is a disheveled yet densely woven collection, relying heavily on treated live performances and including contributions from a motley assortment of characters playing a similarly divergent range of instruments. Guitars, mandolins, hand percussion, songs from the American Civil War, Balinese instruments, flutes, a prepared piano stringboard, and a diabolical instrument known as the Necroharp all make significant appearances. The kitchen sink is conspicuously absent from this album, but we don’t feel it suffers as a result since many sinks remain silent in the background, making their contribution in a more subtle and important manner by providing water for hydration and cleaning purposes. Enjoy!”

-Ross Hagen (Encomiast)….
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gos28 Mikronesia – Iris or Comfortable Too
(Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. “Iris or Comfortable Too, is a work of great passion, simplicity and beauty that I’ve wanted to make for a long time. As with most musicians, piano was my first instrument. My first memories as a small child are of me sitting on my grandmother’s lap as she showed me the magic of pressing a wooden white or black key and producing this other worldly sound. As the seed of my lifelong music journey, the simple, classic sound of piano has always retained that magic for me. Whether it’s a listening to a piano Sontata, John Cage Works for a prepared piano, Art Tatum or Harold Budd, I’ve always loved the sound of a piano. Having gone on to play different instruments in various bands over the years and getting heavily involved with electronic music and the technology that goes along with it, the acoustic piano sound has taken a backseat for me. Early this year I knew I wanted to make a classic ambient piano album along the lines of the Harold Budd / Brian Eno collaborations. The basic tracks were recorded on a grand piano in March 2007. I used an array of pedals when recording the piano, since I knew the album wasn’t just going to be piano by itself, but the sounds of piano through the filter of my own personal taste in sound. I tried to use delays, reverbs, looping, ring modulation and other effect in realtime so they would inform the harmonic content of the pieces as I played them. After several hours of improvisations were recorded, I went through culling several hours of music and texture themes and constructed some short pieces on the laptop. Since I’ve been working almost exclusively in the laptop / micro-editing / DSP realm for the past five years or so, I knew that the sparse beautiful piano pieces would go through some DSP treatment before they were complete. The final result I hope keeps true to the piano / ambient form but through the lens of someone informed by early 21st century, glitch, drone and warm electronica.”

-Michael McDermott (Mikronesia)….
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2007.07.13

Here’s a recent interview that just appeared online, between
Setting Sun, a web-based series of music-related interviews, and me, Hypnos founder
Mike Griffin:

M. Griffin interview

The interview is geared toward a more general music audience than the pure “ambient/drone”
crowd, but this may be of interest to some here.

Inspired, having read this, to listen to some Griffin sounds? Here you go:











hss07 M. Griffin – Speaking From the Dream (cdr single) (Hypnos Secret Sounds section)
(Price: $5.99, cdr single)
Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. Speaking From the Dream (Pulse Meditations version) 04:48
2. Warm Submersion (Pulse Meditations version) 08:42
3. Speaking From the Dream (Extended Meditation Mix) 11:06

4. Warm Submersion (Deeper Still Mix) 18:48 ….
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hss05 M. Griffin – The Pulse Meditations (ltd cdr) (Hypnos Secret Sounds section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)
Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. Warm Submersion
2. Thoughts From Another
3. Pulse Meditation 1
4. Pulse Meditation 2
5. Pulse Meditation 3
6. Speaking From the Dream….
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hss04 M. Griffin – “I am breathing dreams out of the air” (ltd cdr) (Hypnos Secret Sounds section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)
Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. “I breathe as the water flows over me”
2. “I dream the same girl in every dream”
3. “I must go to the place I have never seen”
4. “I visit a future without identity and forget myself”
5. “I condense the universe into a thought and memorize it” ….
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hss01 M. Griffin – Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects (ltd cdr) (Hypnos Secret Sounds section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)
Track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. iyon aaz
2. ido ereme
3. ixe om
4. inye adieme….
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M. Griffin - Sudden Dark M. Griffin – Sudden Dark (Hypnos label)
(Price: $9.99)
“Disc of the Year.”
–Deep Listenings magazine, Italy, 1997….
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2007.07.11

A slight update to an item already available on the
Hypnos Online Store, namely The Alternate Realms
by Darren Rogers. The listing now includes full MP3 sample clips, which I know are important to many of you out there in
determining which CDs to spend your money on…

Artist: Darren Rogers
Title: The Alternate Realms
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds

Darren Rogers - The Alternate Realms

2007. The Alternate Realms is a fantastic, sonically diverse, cinematic journey, and servers as a great introduction
for Hypnos listeners to this talented artist. It’s the debut release on Hypnos Secret Sounds by Darren Rogers,
who has previously released a number of recordings both solo, and in collaboration with Rigel Orionis. The Alternate
Realms is a visual, thought-provoking journey through varied sound-worlds. It’s part ambient atmsopherics, part
deep and somber space music.

“…this is an awesome release, folks!”

–Jim Brenholts, on the Hypnos Forum

Track listing, with MP3 clips:
1. Still of the Night
2. Slow Realization
3. Shimmering
4. Ancient
5. The Alternate Realms
6. Stranger in a Strange World


Hypnos Online Store listing

Should have gotten to these sound clips sooner, as I’m sure they’ll convince many that this is a
recording worth checking out. Thanks for listening!

2007.07.06

Just arrived on the
Hypnos Online Store…. and we know some of you have
been looking for this new one from the always-popular
Oophoi



umbra05 Oophoi – Arpe Di Sabbia (2CD) (Umbra & Oophoi section)
(Price: $21.99, 2CD)
2007. Double-live CD on the Nextera label, which also released Oophoi’s SUBTERRANEA (with Tau Ceti), MARE IMBRIUM, and MARE TRANQUILITATIS.

“Arpe di Sabbia” (Harps of Sand) is a new double live album recorded in Archiaro, a remote location immersed in the woods of southern Italy, and it features exclusive music composed for this special event.

The two discs contain more than 130 minutes of slowly-changing textures and abyssal drones that try to describe the hidden voices of Nature: the endless movements of the ocean waves, the rustle of the crescent moon, the sunset’s undercurrents, the life of nocturnal animals, the silent flow of the stars.

A magical connection with a world of forgotten sounds….
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So far we only have a half-dozen copies of this, and those will go fast, but we do have another 10 coming from
Italy soon. So, if you’re in hurry to own this one, make haste!

2007.07.05

Recently received a bunch of new items and re-stocks for the
Hypnos Online Store, from the
Amplexus label (and its
more recent Silentes offshoot, or replacement label).

























silentes01 Subinterior – Outfall + Insomnie (ltd cdr) (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99, ltd cdr)

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silentes02 Opium – Algorithms (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes03 Ontayso – Magical Tone Tricks (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes04 Michael Mantra and Charlz de la Casa – Cerulean Transmission (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes05 Aube – Reworks Maurizio Bianchi Vol. 1 (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes06 Seele – The Deep Side Of My Soul Seele – The Deep Side Of My Soul (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes07 Aube – Reworks Maurizio Bianchi Vol. 2 (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes08 Michael Mantra – Band Smore (ltd. dvdr) (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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silentes09 Maurizio Bianchi – The Testamentary Corridor Maurizio Bianchi – The Testamentary Corridor (Amplexus & Silentes section)
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silentes10 Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. – Chaotische Fraktale + Letzte Technologie (2CD) (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $21.99, 2CD)

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amp51 Temps Perdu? – Earth Story (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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amp52 Nebula (Oophoi, Grassow, et al) – Genesis (Amplexus & Silentes section)
(Price: $13.99)

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We’re also pleased to announce that we’ve received a good-sized supply of these
items, enabling us to sell them at an improved price. It’s our hope to eventually offer more Amplexus & Silentes items at this
lower price level.

2007.06.25

Just reformatting the prior update, regarding the addition of
Steve Roach
items to the Hypnos Online Store, to be more in keeping with our usual
formatting for such announcement (to include prices and catalog numbers, at least).













Steve Roach - Origins Steve Roach – Origins (Steve
Roach
section)
(Price: $14.99)

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Steve Roach - Artifacts Steve Roach – Artifacts (Steve
Roach
section)
(Price: $14.99)

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Steve Roach - Quiet Music Steve Roach – Quiet Music (Steve
Roach
section)
(Price: $19.99, 2CD special edition)

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Steve Roach - Proof Positive Steve Roach – Proof Positive (Steve
Roach
section)
(Price: $14.99)

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Steve Roach - Immersion 3 (3CD) Steve Roach – Immersion 3 (3CD special edition) (Steve
Roach
section)
(Price: $29.99, 3CD special edition)

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Steve Roach - Fever Dreams 3 (2CD) Steve Roach – Fever Dreams 3 (2CD) (Steve
Roach
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(Price: $18.99, 2CD)

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2007.06.19

Hello, everybody. Been active here getting several projects ready, and most recently added to the
Hypnos Online Store, it’s
The Alternate Realms by Darren Rogers.

The Alternate Realms is a fantastic, sonically diverse, cinematic journey, and servers as a great
introduction for Hypnos listeners to this talented artist. It’s the debut release on Hypnos Secret Sounds
by Darren Rogers, who has previously released a number of recordings both solo, and in collaboration
with Rigel Orionis. The Alternate Realms is a visual, thought-provoking journey through varied sound-worlds.
It’s part ambient atmsopherics, part deep and somber space music.

Track listing (with MP3 clips coming soon):
1. Still of the Night
2. Slow Realization
3. Shimmering
4. Ancient
5. The Alternate Realms
6. Stranger in a Strange World

You can take a quick leap to the Hypnos Store and purchase this new release for $11.99 by following
this link .

2007.06.18

Here’s another one that was recently added to the
Hypnos Online Store, which will
undoubtedly be a “hot one” and sell out quickly. It’s a Foglands, a various artists compilation
on the great Umbra label.

2007. Latest various artists compilation from the Umbra label.
Presenting “Foglands”, an international compilation:

Seren Ffordd: Haze
Darkened Soul: Visu
Mathias Grassow: Deeper Purity
Netherworld: Frostnetter
dreamSTATE: Fogbound
Oophoi: Outremer
Thomas Weiss: Isolation

Direct link to purchase Foglands
here
for $15.99. It’s a limited-edition CDR in Umbra’s usual 5×8 inch rectangular “large sleeve containing a card, plus a disc in another smaller sleeve” packaging.

2007.05.14

Recently received a bunch of new items and re-stocks for the
Hypnos Online Store, from the
Umbra label (and
its Penumbra offshoot).























umbra034 Darkened Soul- Seasons of Dark and Light (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $15.99, ltd cdr)

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umbra033 Ben Fleury Steiner- Ghosts of Modernity (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $15.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra045 L.E.M. – Spiralis (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra029 Klaus Wiese – Deva Mela (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra030 Oophoi & L.E.M.- The Gates of Aldebaran (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra028 Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Borealis (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra027 Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Australis (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra026 Oophoi & L.E.M. – Aludra (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra025 Oophoi & L.E.M. – Trifida (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra021 Tau Ceti – Mizar (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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penumbra020 Tau Ceti – Deneb (ltd cdr) (Umbra section)
(Price: $11.99, ltd cdr)

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Stocks of some of these are fairly limited, because it can be hard for us to tell which Umbra items will sell just a few copies, and which will
sell dozens of them as fast as we can get them in. So, if you’re clicking these links from this news page, well after the date of this news
entry, and you encounter a “database error” from the link, that means the item has sold out temporarily, and is deactivated in the store’s
database until we can get more copies.

It’s our goal to eventually stock (and KEEP in stock) every Umbra & Penumbra title, and we’re getting closer, but for now if you want one of these
it’s a good idea to get it while you can.

2007.05.02

When Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves were out in Pennsylvania to play their concert at
The Gathering in Philadelphia (as well as a live-on-air performance on Chuck VanZyl’s
Star’s End radio show, after the concert), they also recorded a Living Room Concert
with Echoes Radio, which will be aired soon. The announcement from Echoes
of their May scheduled arrived today.

Wednesday 05/09 & Sunday 05/13
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH DAVID FULTON & GILES REAVES
Electronic interpolations played live

Most electronic music these days consists of one musician staring into a laptop computer and occasionally holding down a few
keys on a synthesizer. David Fulton and Giles Reaves, however, are performing electronic musicians who augment their laptops
with multiple keyboards and a drummer to realize the sonic textures of their debut album, The Range. They plug into the Echoes living
room to play live.

Congratulations to Dave and Giles on this feature, and thanks to Echoes Radio for helping promote these guys, and The Range,
which you can purchase on the Hypnos Online Store,
here.

2007.05.01

Just received this Tom Heasley concert announcement, for those of you in or near the Los Angeles, California area.

Subject: Tom Heasley in Concert Sun, May 6, 2007
Dear Friends,
I will be performing in concert at the Folly Bowl in Altadena, CA on Sunday May 5, 2007, at 4 pm. For anyone in or around
Los Angeles on that date, I hope to see some of you in Altadena.

On Thursday, May 3, 4-4:30 PM I will be Martin Perlichís guest on KCSN-FM 88.5. Tune in at www.kcsn.org.

Especially if you cannot make it to the Folly Bowl, check out Well Made Music Podcast #17 (Scotland) which features
Ground Zero from my first album, Where the Earth Meets the Sky: http://wellmademusic.wordpress.com/ OR my
Tokafi ì15 Questionsî Interview: http://www.tokafi.com/magazine/15questions/15questionstomheasley.

Best,
Tom Heasley

And in case you’re interested in buying Tom’s CD debut Where the Earth Meets the Sky, on the Hypnos Online Store, go
here.

2007.04.30

As stated in last Friday’s news update, this has been a super-busy time here at Hypnos,
with the result that a lot of great music is flowing through the pipeline.
Available today on the
Hypnos Online Store,
Pulse by Austere.

Artist: Austere
Title: Pulse
Hypnos Secret Sounds (hss.10)

Austere - Pulse (ltd.cdr)

2007. Hypnos debut by interesting, wonderful and obscure
duo Austere who have been creeping up on the experimental
ambient world these last few years, and making themselves
known for atmospheric and uncompromising sound experiments
that always take chances, and express a truly singular
(though there are two of ’em) artistic point of view.

Pulse is an example of the sort of restrained minimalism that Hypnos has dabbled in so often, and that
Hypnos listeners seem to love. Careful listening is rewarded here, but Pulse also functions as wonderful
and very pleasant sonic perfume, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Simple and yet infinitely deep. Listen up!

Track listing:
Pulse is a single track, 53 minutes long.

MP3 sample clips: This is the way Pulse sounds
near the beginning,
near the middle, and
near the end.

Hypnos Online Store listing

Thanks for listening! And by the way, we’ll have more from Austere later this year, with their upcoming release Solyaris.

2007.04.27

Gosh, super-busy here, but I wanted to post images of the next 5 (or at least, 5 of the next…) upcoming Hypnos and
Hypnos Secret Sounds CD releases:

Austere – Pulse

Stephen Philips – Into the Dark

Darren Rogers – The Alternate Realms

Lena – Extended Gestures for Cello


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Justin Vanderberg – In Waking Moments

Various Artists – Sounds of A Universe Overheard

Busy times here at Hypnos, but it’s exciting!

2007.04.23

If you’ve been reading this news page, you’re aware this has been a busy time at Hypnos Recordings,
where we have just released our third CD of the month of April (with one more to come). Available
now on the
Hypnos Online Store, it’s
The Range by Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves.

Artist: Dave Fulton + Giles Reaves
Title: The Range
Binary sub-label (hyby0707)

Dave Fulton + Giles Reaves - The Range

2007. The Binary sub-label of Hypnos Recordings is pleased to announce
the release of The Range, the debut release of the Fulton/Reaves
Project, featuring Dave Fulton (well-known to Hypnos listeners, for his
work in Dweller at the Threshold, and in collaboration with M. Griffin
on Imprint and The Most Distant Point Known) and Giles
Reaves, currently a member of Spacecraft and previously known for such
landmark space/electronic releases as Wunjo and Sea of Glass.

Dave and Giles met at the Different Skies festival at Arizona’s Arcosanti. The two of them hit it off musically and after nearly 4 years of
hard work the CD “The Range” was the result. The result is a rich, cohesive collection of songs that range from ambient to progressive
rock, and incorporate influences from tribal to electronica to new age.

Description by Chuck VanZyl, Star’s End radio host (WXPN):
“Giles Reaves has to his credit several influential albums of
innovative electronic music, including the genre defining
“Wunjo”. Dreamy, trance-inducing melodic textures figure
prominently in his music.

Part mad scientist, part sonic visionary, Dave Fulton’s command
of the many custom designed electronics at his disposal is
formidable. Currently playing in two underground rock bands,
Fulton filters this activity through his years of experience with the
Berlin-School inspired ensemble Dweller at the Threshold to
realize a new and unique music.

“The Range”, the debut release by The Fulton/Reaves Project, is
a diverse but cohesive collection of songs that range from
Ambient to Progressive Rock, and incorporate influences from
Tribal to Electronica to New Age.”

This is an exciting, dynamic release that has been highly praised by those
who have heard a preview, and we’re sure it will be eagerly received by
fans of both Fulton and Reaves, as well as those Hypnos label listeners who
prefer more active electronic music and were hoping for a return to the early
promise of our Binary imprint, when we released music by Dweller at the
Threshold, Saul Stokes, Vir Unis, Paul Ellis, Synthetic Block, and others.

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
01. Endless Range and Time MP3
02. Fascination MP3
03. Blinded By Time MP3
04. Troubled Skies MP3
05. Enduring Time MP3
06. Being Within the Range MP3
07. Feeling Helplessly Drawn MP3
08. The Range MP3
09. The Space Between MP3
10. The Walk MP3

Hypnos Online Store listing

This is our first new release on the Binary sub-label in several years, but followers of more dynamic and energetic electronic sounds will be
pleased to hear that we’ll be focusing a lot of energy on bringing Binary back into the forefront during 2007, including the release of a
“various artists” compilation, a first for the Binary imprint. Stay tuned!

2007.04.19

A week or two ago we added these releases from the
Nepenthe label,
including the work of Dwight Ashley and Tim Story (solo and together), to the Hypnos Online Store.
These works are very much worth your attention, but I forgot to feature them here until now.















Dwight Ashley - Discrete Carbon Dwight Ashley – Discrete Carbon (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
A journey into the dark infinity of inner space, Dwight Ashleyís premiere solo recording is an aural world rich in paradox and contradiction.

Horror and ecstasy cohabit Discrete Carbonís vast electronic landscapes, a tension-filled pairing that yields an unexpected, transcendent beauty. Simultaneously disquieting and cathartic, expansive and intimate, Ashleyís arresting compositions move through a dream-sequence of sonic dark alleys and auditory halls of mirrors, to arrive at an eponymous conclusion that offers no salvation.

Ashleyís rendering of the ambient art form on Discrete Carbon resists clichÈs at every level. Rejecting the meandering ìspace jamsî sometimes associated with the genre, Ashley produces compositions that are focused, structured, and coherent. Ashleyís ìexperimentalistî nature is evident in his instrumentation: source instruments are frequently indistinguishable as such (to wit, the oboe-cum-cello sequence on Katalepsis), rhythmic textures stand in as melody on a number of tracks, and the album is punctuated throughout by textural detail that is at once subtle and sublime.

With Discrete Carbon, Dwight Ashley demonstrates himself to be a significant ambient artist in his own right, a persistent visionary whose goal it is to take us into uncharted interior worlds. We may go quietly and serenely ó or kicking and screaming ó but heís determined we make the trip.

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Dwight Ashley - Four Dwight Ashley – Four (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
Expressionism gives primacy to the emotions. It is an explorative, subjective awareness of anxiety, sordidness, and disorder beneath surface order, well-being, and beauty.”
– John C. and Dorothy L. Crawford, Expressionism in 20th Century Music

These opening lines from a textbook describing an often overlooked and less understood artistic movement of the early 20th century are a startlingly apt description of the recent release by composer Dwight Ashley, Four.

Nearly a hundred years after the seminal works of such expressionist composers as Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, Ashley has taken the ambient/electronic sound palette and produced a nakedly neo-expressionistic reinterpretation of the genre that is at once exquisitely beautiful and profoundly disturbing.

Beneath the deliciously gorgeous surface serenity of Ashley’s compositions is an edgy discordance that suggests all is not well in this otherwise pretty world. A subtle intimation of malaise on Four’s ethereal first track progresses into detachment, alienation, and finally psychosis in subsequent tracks, culminating in an arresting, hallucinatory dirge that sounds eerily like the soundtrack to an execution.

If there were any question concerning Ashley’s intent to provide the listener with a psychologically provocative experience, the cover art for Four – a colorless, mangled hand jutting forth from a bucolic backdrop, where distorted clouds intimate something about to go awry – leaves no doubt. True to expressionist principles, Ashley has crafted his music to seduce listeners into travelling through his psyche, and in turn, their own.

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Dwight Ashley & Tim Story - Drop Dwight Ashley & Tim Story – Drop (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
Drop, the second full-length recording by Dwight Ashley and Tim Story, takes the listener on a journey from the absurd to the fantastic, exploring the dark beauty of horror, obsession and sublime ambiguity.

Now in its second release, Drop blends Ashley’s neo-expressionist approach to composition with Story’s intimate minimalism to produce a thoroughly unique album, distinct from the solo projects of either artist. And yet, one shared trait of the duo’s solo work remains: is at once beautiful and disquieting.

With Drop, the duo strives to “move listeners to put something of themselves into the music,” says Story. “We want to prod the listener to find his or her own feelings about a piece, even if those feelings are sometimes uncomfortable. As Charles Ives said, ‘Beauty in music is too often confused with something that lets the ears lie back in an easy chair.’ I like to think of good music as a sculpture or a Japanese garden, where you can never experience the whole from any one point. You must move through it, live with it for a while, before it yields its secrets.”

Grammy-nominee Tim Story, acclaimed for his elegant, enigmatic recordings for Windham Hill, Hearts of Space and others, developed his intensely personal style during years of experimentation in his home studio and a love of composition. Along with his idiosyncratic, self-taught approach to the piano, Story integrated into his work the new breed of electronic instruments that have been evolving since the mid-70’s. His deceptively subtle pieces distill harmonic and melodic ideas that are often quite complex. Story’s discography, spanning two and a half decades, includes nine solo releases, several acclaimed collaborations, film scores and more.

Referred to by Story as “a true experimentalist,” Dwight Ashley joined his inventive approach with Story’s artfully timed lyricism to produce”A Desperate Serenity” in 1991.

Since the original release of Drop in 1997, Ashley has released two solo projects, “Discrete Carbon” in 2004, and Four in 2005, with a third solo release slated for later this year.

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Tim Story - Caravan Tim Story – Caravan (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
Composer Tim Story follows up his critically-acclaimed collaboration “Lunz” with a soundtrack from another part of the world.

From the production company of award-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, Caravan is a feature-length documentary set in Nepal and north Africa. A unique glimpse into two seldom-seen cultures, the film traces the compelling journeys of two adolescent boys: Pemba in Nepal, and Rabdoulah in Niger. Each will embark on an adventure that few of us Westerners will ever experience – the centuries-old salt caravans.

For followers of Tim Story’s elegantly introspective ‘ambient chamber’ music, Story might seem an unconventional choice to score a film set in such exotic locales. Steadfastly evolving his own unique palette of Western classical instruments and subtle electronics, Story was never seduced by the “world music” flourishes that have become so commonplace. But as Caravan’s music supervisor Al·n Cantos enthused, “I saw a thousand adventures, dunes, sky, stars, and empty spaces… and I was only two-thirds into {Tim’s} first CD!”

Discovered one day on a Madrid radio station, Story’s music had stayed with Cantos, prompting him to share it with Caravan’s director Gerardo Olivares during one of the film crew’s shoots in Niger. It became a kind of soundtrack for their long days and nights in the desert. When the time came for the filmmakers to commission a composer to score the film, the choice was already becoming clear.

There are the occasional geographic cues in Story’s music for Caravan: the tongue drums deftly played by Louie Simon, the oriental flute in one piece, or the chants of Tibetan Buddhist monks in another, all of which conjure for the listener a vivid sense of time and place. But this soundtrack is no world music travelogue. Caravan is a film about people, and Story’s music searches for the nuances and truths of human nature. Always a particular strength of Story’s solo work, moments of sheer beauty and unsettling dangers intermingle in this music, deepening the film’s tone with uncommon delicacy. Beautifully articulated by Kim Bryden’s oboe and Martha Reikow’s cello, Story’s spare yet rich themes map for us the emotional terrain of Pemba and Rabdoulah’s journeys; and in doing so, give us a recording that is strikingly haunting and surprisingly cohesive – even when removed from the context of the film itself.

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Dwight Ashley & Tim Story - Standing + Falling Dwight Ashley & Tim Story – Standing + Falling (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
Recording artists Tim Story and Dwight Ashley are known for creating introspective albums that probe the more shadowy side of the human psyche. But with their latest collaboration, Standing and Falling, the Ashley/Story perspective turns outward, exploring a curious, color-soaked soundscape replete with surprising twists and turns.

Produced over the span of eight years, Standing and Falling evokes a corresponding sense of time and space, like a slow, sonic ride on an otherworldly Orient Express, with scenery that grows more exotic from track to track. Real-world audio textures suggest a sense of place – but Ashley/Story’s idiosyncratic electronic orchestration renders that place unlike any we’ve seen or visited.

Listeners familiar with Story’s taut, haunting melodies or Ashley’s dark, guitar-soaked drones may be surprised at a distinctly different element on this album: humor. Track titles like “Ohmen,” “Chicken Pot Pie,” and “The Curve of Spee” give clue to the listener that even the darker tracks on Standing and Falling are punctuated with witty compositional elements that give the album a wryly cheerful character.

Standing and Falling is an inventive collection of electronic tone poems, arguably the most programmatic Ashley/Story effort to date. Artifacts in a sonic curiosity shopÖ audio postcards from an alternate universeÖ pictures at an exhibition of subatomic worldsÖ whatever one sees in the mind’s eye, Standing and Falling will take the listener on a richly textured voyage between the ears.

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Dwight Ashley - Ataxia Dwight Ashley – Ataxia (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007.
Ashley further stakes his claim in neo-expressionist territory with Ataxia’s prescient interpretation of the current zeitgeist. While he avows in his liner notes that a number of tracks were post-Katrina expressions of his own feelings about the devastation of his “second city” of New Orleans, the entirety of Ataxia conveys the sense of surface well-being that slowly crumbles into a cataclysmic upheaval from which there is no return.

Of his third solo release, Ashley states, “Ataxia is exactly the album I intended to make. Other albums I’ve done have had a way of taking on a life of their own, becoming something other than what I had originally intended – but Ataxia is as I envisioned it from the outset.” If so, there is no doubt that Ashley’s vision is one of horror and beauty, battling for supremacy – a battle whose victor is ours to decide…
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Buzzle (Tim Story) - Buzzle Buzzle (Tim Story) – Buzzle (Nepenthe label)
(Price: $12.99)
2007. A fascinating and engaging departure for Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story, buzzle is a rhythm-fueled diversion into atmospheric electronica. Spiky, organic grooves mingle with vaporous, lush ambiences and creaky analog electronics – picture yourself in a post-modern film noir, and buzzle is the soundtrack you’ll have in your head.

Those who know Tim Story as a craftsman of elegant, understated chamber music might need to dive beneath buzzle’s kaleidoscope surface, but shouldn’t be disappointed – there’s much that’s familiar here. Story’s signature use of moody, elusive chord structures, angular melodic phrasing, and masterful sound design give buzzle its spooky and suspenseful, slightly ironic character. Like those of Cluster or Boards of Canada, these pieces take on a life of their own, inhabiting a kind of quirky parallel universe. There’s warmth and humor here, too – Story splashes his electronic environments with piano, guitar, cello, even the unexpected voices of his young daughters. buzzle is as pithy and elegantly composed as any music Story has created, with plenty of treats for those who listen for details.

Atmospheric, enigmatic, programmatic – and above all, thoroughly enjoyable ó all that Tim Story devotees love about his work is still here in spades. What’s so surprising about buzzle? Perhaps it’s that, in a thoroughly different way, it is just what we’ve come to expect…
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2007.04.17 (later)

A couple other recent adds to the
Hypnos Online Store, from
Numina and
from Austere
(or more accurately, Stephen Philips & Austere).





Numina - Symbiotic Spaces (2cd) Numina – Symbiotic Spaces (2cd) (Numina section)
(Price: $22.99, 2CD)

2007. Brand new collection of Numina tracks from throughout his career, including several available on CD for the first time.

DISC 1:
1. Waves of Reflection [2000]
2. Broken Silence [2004]
3. Death of a Sun [2004/2007]
4. Space Lilt [2004]
5. December Sky [2000]
6. Unearthly Destination [2005]
7. Aleph~Zero[2001]
8. Dronecoil [2003/2007]
9. Cells [2005]
10. Anemone (Version 3) [2005/2006]

DISC 2:
1. Moonrise [2006]
2. In the Shadow of Machines [2004]
3. The Sea Beyond (2004)
4. Monuments in Darkness [2006]
5. Delphinium [2001]
6. Black Shores & Blue Waves [2005/2006]
7. Theme for the Goblin King [2005]
8. Saturnine [2005/2006]
9. Alternate Unreality [2005/2006]
10. Anabiosis [2005]…
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Stephen Philips vs. Austere - Faded (video DVDr) Stephen Philips vs. Austere – Faded (video DVDr) (Austere section)
(Price: $9.99, video DVDr)

2007. A DVD-R video release, which contains custom-designed computer graphics to go with the original CD musick release. Contains all the same tracks, etc. as the CD but
provides a visual backdrop to enjoy along with the musick.

The musick was mystically demixicated by Stephen Philips in autumn of 2003, produced and mastered by Austere over the course of winter 2004, this new release has
been waiting patiently for enough loving time and attention to bring it to fruition. Well-aged to a refined state, it takes the beauty and essense of fade (2000) one step
further into the realm of gentle ambient drone….
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Oh, and… speaking of Austere, get ready for their coming-soon release on Hypnos Secret Sounds… Pulse!

2007.04.17

Lots of new
Groove label
stuff now at the Hypnos Online Store, such as:













Hemisphere - Beast in the Heat Hemisphere – Beast in the Heat (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“Hemisphere is known for their unique brand of Berlin school music, slipping in to their own dark niche of the genre, heavier on the ambient eerie textures than most.
So at the start of ìStarlight Casinoî it seems to be standard Hemisphere territory, floating in the formless shadows. But an unusual thing happens three minutes in. A lazy
bass line and a shuffling beat emerge. A soft female vocal caresses the ear. Look at the title of the song, and listening to it you start thinking, is Hemisphere doing a disc of
EM lounge music? Well, even if they were, this is really a cool way to start the CD, but fear not, it isn’t all that way. Next up is ìChromaî, all atmosphere, no beats, though not
quite as dark as Hemisphere can sometimes be. ìThe Frogsî starts to go deeper, but the light shuffling beat and bass return. I liked this cool beat on the first track, and I still like it
here. Itís soothing, itís hip, and it works. ìShadows in the Basementî is what you might expect from the name, amorphous ambient atmospherics. I’m trying to place the movie the
sound clip is from, sounds like Harrison Ford but I’m not certain. ìHydraî surprises by heading into a full-on dance beat. Petia Huschleís sexy wordless vocals enhance the
mood. ìM8812î is the most ominous track on the disc, haunting and exceptional. The longest track is ìEnergy Brandî, and once it gets going it does indeed have irresistible
energy. This again threatens to head into dance territory, although the beat isn’t nearly as stomping as on ìHydraî. After another floater in the form of ìAlpha Orderî, ìPallasî
returns to a steady beat, and of all things acoustic guitar. But this surprising number is among my favorites, with its contagious melody and rhythms. ìMuraî follows, again
ambient but this time bright and shimmering. Not content to stay this cheery for long, the title track returns us to the depths for the end.”

–2005. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
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John Lakveet - Force of Reason John Lakveet – Force of Reason (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“The Groove site describes The Force of Reason as ìversatile melodic sequencing.î Versatile is a perfect
description of this excellent release. Yes, the classic Berlin school touches are there ñ great synths and sequencing and all that. But what
really satisfies is the varied moods and sounds employed so effectively throughout.

The centerpiece is ìNihil-ibusterî, an amazing feat for the usually concise Lakveet. This epic musical concept stretches over nearly 25 minutes,
unheard of for the man who, like fellow Spaniard Dom F. Scab, specializes in pop-length synth tunes. It is a daring, experimental piece for
Lakveet, and he pulls it off beautifully ñ a piano section here, a flute section there, a smattering of atmospheric sounds and effects, and
perhaps most surprising of all, no sequencing until almost 17 minutes have gone by. If you prefer his more melodic composed works, you
will still have plenty to choose from. The lead-off track ìLeibniz and contingencyî is first and foremost about the bubbly sequencing, which
starts from the word go. But even this track is a tale of two halves, the latter being sparse tinkling electronics and light lead lines amidst a
backdrop of various synth textures. I never cease to be impressed by great sequencing, and the middle of ìCheckmate to B. Russellî is an
excellent case in point. The bright shimmering tones of ìCopleston apertureî focus more on atmosphere than melody or sequencing, although
an energetic rhythmic passage ensues later on. The catchiest number is ìIn-Kant-ableî, trademark Lakveet with tight sequences, infectious
rhythms, and memorable melodies….Highly recommended.”

–2005. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
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Frank Klare - Monumental Dreams Frank Klare – Monumental Dreams (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“Generous atmospherics fill a cold sky with mounting warmth. Layered sequences descend from the beyond, adding strong definition and appealing melodies to this harmonic flow. A feeling of sedate calm is laced with strident chords that elevate the tranquillity to more dynamic territory, generating a lavish disposition of sonic majesty and meticulous intention. Long intros melt into involved compositions that bristle with verve and passion. This slow-building fashion allows each melody to evolve and flourish in an unhurried manner, resulting in tunes that flaunt earnest creativity with abundance. E-perc plays a sneakily integral role in these compositions; often these beats are generated by sounds that possess no impacts, becoming rhythms by their cyclic utilization. Ah, but more conventional rhythms are present too, fleshing out the songs with engaging tempos that superbly propel the melodies to grander heights. Twinkling keys spawn nimble chords that dance around additional riffs like moths pursuing a mobile night-light, generating a lavish interplay that weaves with an appealing sway. With each rotation, the patterns reach higher and higher in both majesty and emotional content.
Deriving deep roots in the works of Tangerine Dream, this release is certain to excite fans of that sound.”

–2005. Matt Howarth / soniccuriosity
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Craig Padilla & Skip Murphy - Phantasma Craig Padilla & Skip Murphy – Phantasma (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“Years of experience are showing through in the work of Craig Padilla. His many concerts and collaborations with Skip Murphy have paid off in the form of a nuanced and mature work. This duo are realizing pieces that sound modern yet come across as strong as classics 20 or 30 years old. Phantasma (71’46”) casts a dreamy electronic mood as it undercuts technology with an unexpected air of tenderness and sensuality. Its sense of drama comes not from manic leads, drop ins and quick cut key changes, but rather from the gradually increasing complexity of sequencer pattern runs. From rhythms slow, sparse and open to churning machine-like synchronization, Padilla + Murphy masterfully create a wonderful momentum. By systematically adding notes to fill out layers of cycling phrases against the motion of synthesized chords and pads, they build up, fill out and connect each of their six pieces into a well-integrated and vital sound picture. From benign daydreams and apparitions to cosmic visions and revelations, Padilla + Murphy work within the infinity of cerebral excitation.”

–2006. Chuck van Zyl / Star’s End
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Frank Van Bogaert - Closer Frank Van Bogaert – Closer (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“This release from 2004 features 64 minutes of masterful electronic music. Belgian composer van Bogaert has a way of transforming synthesizer melodies into
epic constructions that bristle with majestic proportion. Even his simpler compositions seem to evoke a grandeur that parts the clouds to reveal a panorama of optimism.
Stately keyboards dominate this music with a peppering of pleasant percussion. Serious piano and expansive electronics blend with heavenly atmospherics to create delicate
passages that stir the soul with their tender melodies, imparting a gentle yearning with idyllic flair. For the most part, demonstrative outbursts play a minor role; this music
flourishes in more sedate territory, exploring a gentler, more human side of electronic tuneage. Regal touches elevate even the most trivial excerpt, however, injecting a
sense of importance to each note. The emotional focus of this music examines nature and humanityís coexistence with the world. Van Bogaertís compositions evoke an
innocence that softly merges mankind with its environment, often exemplifying the adage that observation makes one a part of the scrutinized circumstance.
Fans of classic Vangelis will enjoy this release. One of the tracks utilizes a traditional melody originally from the Solomon Islands, the same one used by Deep Forest and Jan
Gabarek on their popular recordings.”

–2005. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
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Wavestar - Mind Journey Wavestar – Mind Journey (Groove label)
(Price: $13.99)
“This was Wavestarís first recording, dating all the way back to 1984, now reissued by Groove with a bonus track. Though many consider
Moonwind to be their best, I rather like Mind Journey.
ìDepartureî is a bright, happy opener, making 14 minutes go by in a carefree, easygoing manner.
ìSeascapeî focuses more on atmosphere and texture, but it still has that light, lilting Wavestar quality, and is quite soothing.
ìLandfallî is a surprisingly dark brooding interlude, but it leads into ìWavestarî, an excellent namesake with brisk sequencing that chugs along just so.
Though the disc holds up pretty well, ìAcrotrampî does sound a bit dated with its preset drums and percussion, along with the breathy female vocals in the opening seconds.
Still, it is definitely vintage Wavestar and will no doubt appeal to many.
ìAtmospheresî is what it says, although there is a soft beat pacing the synth atmospheres.
ìReturnî is an expressive piece that would not have been out of place on a Tangerine Dream soundtrack album from the same time period.
The bonus track is a live recording of ìVoyagerî from 1988, the liner notes mentioning it is a bit rough around the edges but also rightly acknowledging is a strong enough
performance that it is worthy of inclusion here.”

–Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
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2007.04.12

It’s a busy time at Hypnos Recordings, and we have another new release already… yet again
on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, and available as of today on the
Hypnos Online Store.

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Artist: Lena
Title: Alchemy of Fingers and Dark (budget single)
Hypnos Secret Sounds (hss06)

Lena - Alchemy of Fingers and Dark

2007. This is the recording debut of a multi-instrumentalist new to the ambient & experimental music scenes.
Alchemy of Fingers and Dark is a budget-priced single in CDR format, featuring 2 tracks from Lena’s upcoming
Hypnos Secret Sounds album Extended Gestures For Cello (as well as 4 remixes bringing the total running time to
over 70 minutes).

As indicated by the album’s title, these recordings are entirely made up of solo cello, performed live in studio by
Lena, with electronic treatments and production by Hypnos founder and ambient experimentalist M. Griffin. The resultant
sound is somewhere between recognizably cello-like traditional, and an edgier, more atmospheric, and more challenging
tone. The first two remixes extend and deepen and thicken the atmosphere, the Austere demix is an interesting
experiment in many shifting, chorusing layers, and the final demix by The Mystifying Oracle takes greater liberties with
the original, building upon the cello notes, adding strange voice samples and freakiness, off-kilter beats, more voice
samples, more freakiness, and more beats. Lots of fun, and over 70 minutes of music in all, for $5.99… hard to beat,
so we hope many listeners will give this one a go. The album release will follow this single within a month or so.

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:
1. alchemy of fingers and dark (5:48) MP3 clip
2. crowdmurmurs, peopletalk (8:26) MP3 clip
3. alchemy of fingers and dark [xxx mix by M. Griffin] (24:35) MP3 clip
4. crowdmurmurs, peopletalk [subterranean conversation mix by M. Griffin] (13:57) MP3 clip
5. alchemy [gold into lead demix by Austere] (5:55) MP3 clip
6. Mermers [Oh my! Oh why? demix by The Mystifying Oracle] (11:26) MP3 clip

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This one was a lot of fun to put together, with not only two album tracks to give listeners a good idea what to expect
from Extended Gestures For Cello, but four lengthy remixes that work progressively further and further away from the originals.
And as Austere likes to say… Thanks for listening!

2007.04.05

Here’s the latest release from Hypnos Recordings, specifically the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint,
available as of today on the
Hypnos Online Store.

CD release announcement
Artist: Rigel Orionis
Title: Night Heat
Hypnos Secret Sounds (hss09)

Rigel Orionis - Night Heat

2007. This is our first release on Hypnos Secret Sounds by an artist new to Hypnos since Stephen Philips
(Dagboken, 2005). We’re excited to commence with one of the original plans for this Secret Sounds imprint,
which is to bring new artists to Hypnos listeners.

Rigel Orionis is a relative newcomer to the ambient genre (and a pseudonym for Jim Brenholts), but already has
collaborated with Stephen Philips (Dark Duck Records), Ben Fleury-Steiner (Gears of Sound), and Darren Rogers.
Night Heat, described by its creator
as “desert ambience,” has a shimmering, nocturnal feel, with a pronounced tribal/ethnic sound element. Percussion
is just as much a part of it as atmosphere. It consists of four long tracks of which you’ll find sample
clips below.

Track listing, with MP3 sample clips:

1. The Damp Desert
(21:58)

2. Arctic Sunstroke
(21:07)

3. Drastic Eventuality
(09:58)

4. Centrifugal
(26:13)


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We’re pleased and excited to bring Rigel Orionis to the Hypnos audience and trust that
many among you will find this recording as intriguing and atmospheric as we do.

2007.04.04

A few more tidbits of information about the upcoming
Sounds of a Universe Overheard, mentioned in the last news update.
These tidbits swiped from the ever-popular Hypnos Forum.

Trying to write up the more detailed description of the project and start letting people know what they want to do if they’re going to submit something for consideration. In the mean time, I’ve already received some pretty appealing inquiries from artists all over the world who say they’d be interested in taking part, so it could be that the competition is uncomfortably tight.

It will definitely not be open, free-for-all submissions… sorry, everybody out there with a crusty speedcore or folk ballad demo you’re dying to send in, this ain’t the place. More likely I will ask everyone interested in submitting, to submit answers to a few brief questions, so I can narrow down the people I solicit submissions from, and not waste anybody’s time.

I’ll be looking for people who have heard enough Hypnos music to know what they’re trying to get into, not people who want to mail something out every time they hear “taking submissions” whether or not the style is right.

Also, I will strictly limit participation in these two ways:

1. Only people who have not been on a Hypnos compilation in the past may participate (though I would like to do other, more open compilations in the future, and remove this restriction in those cases)

2. Tracks submitted must be truly exclusive… they may not be previously released on other compilations, may not be previously available on any album(s), or by paid or free download. This needs to be music that the person buying the compilation will hear for the first time.

And then of course, the compilation will be selected for works of highest quality, within the range of soundscape & atmospheric material appropriate to Hypnos… I do think it would be cool if the compilation had darker parts and lighter parts, more abstract parts and more musical parts, so it doesn’t all need to be the same, but it needs to be reasonable connectable to other parts of the whole.

Various Artists - Sounds of a Universe Overheard

There seems to be a high level of interest in this project, among listeners and also ambient music artists who wish
to participate. More information as we have it.

There is also a possibility that the Binary sub-label will release its first various artists compilation this year,
perhaps a collection with a bright and talented group of new electronica talents, delivering a batch of 21st
century bleeps and ploinks.

2007.04.03

We’ve reached a tentative agreement with recording artist Darren Rogers to issue his new album
The Alternate Realms in May. More information, such as track listing and cover artwork,
coming soon. Welcome to the Hypnos team, Darren.
For now, for more information about Darren, you may look at his web site
here.

2007.03.30

It won’t be available until this summer, but here’s a visual preview of the
upcoming Various Artists compilation mentioned here a couple days ago,
Sounds of a Universe Overheard:

Various Artists - Sounds of a Universe Overheard

I wasn’t going to post this until I had some more information, but this image made me feel the project
is really “on” now and I wanted to share it. So, that “more information” will be coming soon.

2007.03.29

The absolutely wonderful series of concerts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called The Gatherings, which has hosted so many
Hypnos related artists over the years (including the fella typing this update, who performed years ago with Dave Fulton and Jeff Pearce
and had a smashing time), has recently announced an updated list of upcoming concerts:

The Gatherings Concert Series are concerts for anyone interested in the
many genres within the realms of Space, Ambient, Electronic and Ethereal
music. In 2007 we mark our 15th year!

The Gatherings concerts are presented in the church sanctuary of St.
Mary’s Hamilton Village at 3916 Locust Walk, on the campus of the
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a serene
space ideal for experiencing atmospheric sounds of spontaneous creation.

The Gatherings Concert Series 2007 Season will welcome:
Der Spyra on 24 March
The Fulton/Reaves Project (w/Orbital Decay opening) on 21 April
Steve Roach (w/Jeffrey Koepper opening) on 19 May
David Wright on 29 September
Erik Wollo on 27 October
Radio Massacre int’l on 17 November

The Fulton/Reaves Project performance will be something of a CD release party for the Fulton & Reaves
album The Range which is coming soon on Hypnos/Binary. You’ll definitely want to see a Gathering
show at some time in your life if you have the chance, and if you live nearby, you’ll probably want to go to most
of them. It’s impossible to praise this concert series too highly. It truly is one of the great things going on in
the music world, and thanks for this go out to Chuck VanZyl especially, but also Jeff Towne and Art Cohen.

2007.03.28

A month or two ago I announced that Hypnos would soon be announcing a “various artists” compilation project for release in mid-year.

The compilation will be entitled “Sounds of a Universe Overheard” and more details will be announced soon, though I’m shooting for a
summer 2007 release on Hypnos. This is exciting, as I’ve always considered various artists compilations to be a real energizer for the label
and for the music scene in general, with a lot of cross-fertilization possible… and yet Hypnos has not done a compilation since 99’s Weightless, Effortless.

Please don’t start sending demos yet, as I will be creating an information page on the hypnos.com web site regarding this project.

First off, I’ll be restricting the project to people who have not contributed to a Hypnos compilation before.

Second, I want people who are considering submitting work to read a bit about the project before getting in touch

Lastly, the project will probably not be a wide-open submissions process… more likely, somewhere between “by referral only” and
“email me a few sentences about what kind of thing you’d like to submit, and if it sounds good I’ll give you submission requirements.”

Hope that doesn’t too sound nazi-like, but I’d like the process to be as sane and manageable as possible, and last time I said “Hypnos
will be doing a compilation soon” I received hundreds of emails from artists of all flavors, as well as dozens of unsolicited demos
before I’d ever announced being open to submissions.

There should be more information here within a week or so, possibly including cover artwork, and probably including a link to
the project’s “info and submission guidelines page.”

So…. Sounds of a Universe Overheard coming on Hypnos in summer 2007!

2007.03.28

Been insanely busy here with getting CD projects together, as well as dealing with much heavier volume of orders through the
Hypnos Store. To give you an idea, not only do we
currently have no fewer than 8 CD projects in various stages of development and completion, but our online sales from
January to February nearly doubled, and then from February to March more than doubled again!

It’s a good thing Hypnos will have full-time help in the office starting next Monday, because all these orders are making me
tired, people! Seriously, the best thing in the world for a smaller label is increased CD sales, because selling more of our
past releases allows us to plan and release more projects in the future. So, keep feeding that music machine and we’ll
keep coming up with new sounds for you to listen to. I can promise you, more good things will happen for Hypnos in
2007 than in a very long time.

All your support is very sincerely appreciated!

2007.03.26

Over the weekend, we added a whole pile of stuff to Hypnos Online Store, recently arrived
from Italy’s
Umbra & Penumbra…
for example:















Oophoi - Upuaut (ltd. cdr) Oophoi – Upuaut (ltd. cdr) (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
Back in stock after it’s been unavailable for several years… Reissued in the 5″ x 8″ sleeve more common to recent Umbra releases.
Recorded live in the Kiva in October 1999.

Oˆphoi – synths
Mathias Grassow – voice, tibetan bowls, bells
Amir Baghiri – voice and percussions …
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Oophoi - Mare Vaporum (ltd. cdr) Oophoi – Mare Vaporum (ltd. cdr) (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
Back in stock after it’s been unavailable for several years… Reissued in the 5″ x 8″ sleeve more common to recent Umbra releases.

Composed and recorded in the Kiva, April 2000 …
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Oophoi - Whispers From the Noisy Void (cdr) Oophoi – Whispers From the Noisy Void (cdr)(Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
2006. Latest solo work from Oophoi, the recently-prolific Italian master of ambience and textured drone. …
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Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Archaic Oceans (2-cdr) Oophoi & Tau Ceti – Archaic Oceans (2-cdr) (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $24.99, 2-CDR)
Disc One
1 – Atlantis rising (39.46)
2 – Ophir (20.37)

Disc Two
1 – Meru (17.34)
2 – Faroer (9.19)
3 – Piri Reis (17.37)
4 – Ultima Thule (12.31)

Oophoi: synths, electronics, loops, bells, vocoder, shells, percussions
Tau Ceti: synths
Special guest: Luna, vocals on Atlantis rising

double Cd in special packaging, with cover image by swedish artist Bjorn Mascher
cover design and layout by Alessandra Clini
Music composed by Oophoi and Tau Ceti…
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Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.4: Garden of earthly delights (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
Track listing
1. Oniria (2003)
2. Cygnus planante (2004)
3. The somnific dance of Inanna (2004)
4. Harvest moon (2002)

Oophoi: synths, voice, woodchimes, metalchimes, percussions, glasses, Theremin, nature sounds
Luna: vocals

Special packaging! Cover artworks by Alessandra Clini…
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Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.5: Wastelands (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
Track listing
1. The deaf birds of Alpha Aleph (2004)
2. I canti di Babele (2002)
3. Mandala glass (2002)
4. Praying Gurkas (2001)
5. Endless rain on Altair IV (2003)

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Oophoi - Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity Oophoi – Time Fragments vol.6: Between Nothingness and Eternity (Umbra/Oophoi section)
(Price: $15.99)
Track listing
1. Meeting Rama (2004)
2. A pale reflection of God (2004)
3. Le monde inanimË (2004)

Oophoi: synths, flute, shells, percussions, vocoder, stones, voice
Luna: vocals

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There are now more than 50 items in this extremely fast-growing (and highly in-demand) section of the store. For some items, only a few copies are
presently available, so it’s best to snap up the ones you want while they’re here.

2007.03.25

Back in stock on the Hypnos Online Store, a recent CD and an early
CD from
Jeff Pearce.





Jeff Pearce - Lingering Light Jeff Pearce – Lingering Light (Jeff Pearce section)
(Price: $13.99)
2005. Latest release by Jeff Pearce. Pearce’s recent work includes music created on the “Chapman Stick” using the two-handed tapping technique
associated with touch guitar, a radical departure from standard guitar practice. His latest CD is entitled Lingering Light and features music made using this process…
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Jeff Pearce - Tenderness and Fatality Jeff Pearce – Tenderness and Fatality (Jeff Pearce section)
(Price: $11.99)
1993. On this, Pearce’s debut CD, his guitar is used to create atmospheres of gentle simplicity. On this CD, Jeff
began his explorations of the electric guitar, which would continue on The Hidden Rift and Vestiges. More structured
and conventionally melodic than his later work, this is still a dramatic departure from the normal use of electric guitar…
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2007.03.22

Here’s the latest release from Hypnos Recordings, available as of today on the
Hypnos Online Store.

Artist: vidnaObmana
Title: An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 4
(The Bowing Harmony, feat. Steven Wilson)
Label: Hypnos Recordings

vidnaObmana - An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 4

It’s available now!

2007. The fourth and final installment in vidnaObmana’s ambitious “Opera For Four Fusion Works” project. Each “act” of this project involves vidnaObmana’s reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators.

Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion). Even those who are thinking “I don’t like voice with my ambient music” will really love this. It’s one of the most unusual and yet relevant recordings ever released by Hypnos, in which a very recognizable sound, the human voice, is progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more “ambient” atmospheres. It’s captivating & beautiful.

The usual disclaimer applies… this music is not in any real sense “opera” music, and the term is used only to suggest the varied, multi-part quality of this ongoing release.

We’re also making available a discounted package of all 4 parts together, for those of you who have not purchased any of the parts along the way.

ACT FOUR track listing with MP3 sample clips:
1. II mp3 clip
2. IV mp3 clip
3. VI mp3 clip
4. III mp3 clip


Hypnos Online Store listing, Act 4


Hypnos Online Store listing, Acts 1-4

Recently vidnaObmana stated will be the
final project ever recorded by vidnaObmana, as he moves on to recording under his new name, Fear Falls Burning.
There may be a couple of CDs released under the vidnaObmana name subsequent to this, but they will be compilations of
earlier work. Hypnos would like to say “farewell” to this great artist, and to state that we’ll be interested to watch what he
does as Fear Falls Burning, as well as any other projects he may later undertake. We’re proud to have been a part of
vidnaObmana’s epic Opera… project, with which he concludes his recording career.

2007.03.20

Another batch of materials recently added to the Hypnos Online Store come
from the
Infraction label.
This is a relatively new label, but they’re doing really great things already.













Tetsu Inoue - World Receiver Tetsu Inoue – World Receiver (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2006. Where to begin? World Receiver is quite possibly the one seminal disc that defines what ambient music is. It is the modern version (although
recorded in 1996) of Brian Eno’s ‘On Land’. In the middle of 1996, Inoue put together a recording combining atmospheric ambient and soundscapes evoking distant lands,
faraway places. Nothing though particularly new to the followers of Inoue’s work or in the field of ambient at that time. What separated “World Receiver” from Inoue’s
history and from the rest of the pack, was the seamless blending of environmental recordings literally from all over the world. The resulting collage was extremely
detailed and precise without suffering from the weight of hundreds of hours of work and editing. It is a subtle texture from Inoue acting as a filter to what is intended
to be receptions of signals from across the globe through one ‘world receiver’ radio. So, this is the audio document of the memory of paths travelled, sights observed,
voices heard — arbitrarily collected and purposefully assembled to a magnificent end. Originally issued by Instinct records in 1996, World Receiver has been out of
print and in demand for many years. It is held in the highest regard by fans of ambient and Inoue worldwide. Often cited as his best work ever. This is an edition of
800 copies with a 6 panel full-color digipak. Liner notes from Inoue web site curator, Noah Jurcin…
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Zimiamvian Night - Zimiamvian Night 2 Zimiamvian Night – Zimiamvian Night 2 (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2007. 2nd installment in the ever-lasting Zimiamvian Night series. Mike Bennett draws from the harmonium work of New Zealander Christopher Orczy’s October release and configures an entirely new piece of ambient drone. A silent sky illuminated by northern lights. All the world is indeed frozen music.

There is a group of small acts, collectives and individual artists that dot the globe creating spacious scenes using a backdrop of layered or prepared guitar and infusing environmental recordings. This initial work by Zimiamvian Night is assimilated into this group that includes among others; Monos, Mirror and Zoviet France (during their more spacious moments). These acts and artists employ the richness and warmth of analog recording, with small detailed clips of the world around them. The analog sounds, when examined closely, continue to display a furthering richness of detail. Detailed examination uncovers new sounds and textures as displayed here on the 1st Zimiamvian Night recording. There is a delicate framework built around the hum and beautiful gauze created from the guitar, deepened by layering and enhanced from the warm sound medium of the magnetic tape. Imperceptibly the sound emerges and then fades infinitely, with no end in sight, a quiet calm eventually settling in…
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Milieu - Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars Milieu – Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2006. Limited edition of 505.
Mining a provenance of sounds from a distant & disbanded orchestra Milieu reassembles then quietly broadcasts the collected notes into a wide expanse. It is his first full ambient offering to be heard from a library of many hours of sound experimentation in drone, ambient and lush found sound litanies. Beyond the Sea is shrouded in distant fogÖthere are lights that seem to appear briefly and then are calmly eclipsed. There is a fascination in this nebulous balance of sonorous melodies from decades ago, almost hopeful, yet an undercurrent of a somber theme that is draped over the entire compositionÖ

This is American composer Milieuís first proper release ñ following two limited edition releases for the Belgian label U-Cover. Influences include The Caretakerís ëHaunted Ballroomí and from William Basinskiís ëDisintegration Loopsí series…
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Beautumn - Northing Beautumn – Northing (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2006. Yes! New Beautumn. Out now! Edition of 790. This is a beautiful yet serious record. It is ambience, but not simply ambient. These are cinematic tracks begging for a narrative, often invoking the skeletons of stories with sounds of footsteps, rain, winds, waves, fire and animal life (birds?) alongside metals and the odd machine. The sound is almost always a bit grand and roomy, as if reverbing off of the sky and thickly layered with varied-pitch tones and drones which often become so much a part of the soundscape that they become the foundation of its lushness, sometimes building tension, sometimes delivering an other-worldy, floating quality. As I listen to some of these tracks, I am reminded of times in my childhood during weather warnings when I stared at a dark sky, both menacing and terribly compelling, watching it roil too close to the ground where I stood. The debut Beautumn, “white coffee” is nearly sold out. We have this new full-length to keep us company….
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Beautumn - White Coffee Beautumn – White Coffee (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2005. As one astute discogs member put it : “An Absolutely beautiful ambient album. Warm caressing synths float over light spacious textures. Like Monolake without the beats. One of my favorite albums of 2003, and sure to be one of my all time favorite ambient albums. If there is such a thing as paradise, I think track four would be the soundtrack. Looooovely.” This album has been buried for 3 years due to difficulties with other labels and an expansive 18 page color booklet. The images and layout are extraordinary and we’re very happy to be able to help get this release to see the light of day. Finally out…
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Beequeen - Music for the Head Ballet Beequeen – Music for the Head Ballet (Infraction label section)
(Price: $14.99)
2005. “Always a lonesome recording with it’s distant organ drones quietly amassed, Music for the Head Ballet was first bestowed upon us in 1996. The now defunct Isomorphic records had the privilege of issuing these 3 pieces of lulling resonating ambience. Music for the Head Ballet has had an elusive history. There is little information about the music listed anywhere. The reviews are scarce, and those few that do make a mention are consistent in their praise of this alluring work. The original 936 numbered copies seem to be carefully tucked away on coveted shelves as it is rarely seen making an appearance in any market platform. Even the names of the tracks support it’s ambiguous nature (‘Days that never were’, ‘White feathers on a dish, used to erect the pyramids’ and ‘These foolish things’). Now after so many years of myth making, this gorgeous work has been made available again by Infraction. This reissue features new artwork as well as a previously unreleased 13 minute additional track from the original sessions. It is quite possibly the most blissful track Beequeen have committed to disc.”
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2007.03.09

The additions to the
Hypnos Store are still coming fast and furious…





Anomalous Disturbances - Archive 1 (cdr) Anomalous Disturbances – Archive 1 (cdr) (Anomalous Disturbances section)
(Price: $12.99)
Emanating from Vancouver BC, Anomalous Disturbances – aka Terry O’Brien – creates ambient soundscapes via electronically modified looping guitar improvisations.

Archive One is the latest album from Anomalous Disturbances (June 2004). This CD-R release is another collection of ambient/ experimental recordings. Most tracks were recorded from September to December of 2003 but a few earlier recordings from the A.D. archives are included – “Creep” from The Spirit Molecule sessions (Dec. 2001) and one of Terry’s earliest recorded loop pieces, “Swamp Gas” (Feb. 1987). Rounding out the collection is Haven Siguenza’s unique deconstruction/remix of “Blue Honey (Ancient Starship remix)” (Mar.2003)…
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Anomalous Disturbances - HovR (cdr) Anomalous Disturbances – HovR (cdr)(Anomalous Disturbances section)
(Price: $12.99)
Emanating from Vancouver BC, Anomalous Disturbances – aka Terry O’Brien – creates ambient soundscapes via electronically modified looping guitar improvisations.

HovR is a collection of eight soundscapes and is the second release from Anomalous Disturbances. From the hallucinogenic dreamscape environs of “Strange Fruit” to the hymn-like “Sombunall”, this CD is best suited to low volume listening.

HovR is released on a thermal-printed CDR. Each is packaged in a black digipak with an applied sticker featuring photo-art by Vancouver artist Mikel. The CD is enclosed in a re-usable cellophane envelope.

rik maclean of Ping Things says of HovR:
“Following up his first release “The Spirit Molecule”, Terry O’Brien of Anomalous Disturbances has created a fantastic work with “HovR”. totally engaging, spellbinding and beguiling, this disc hasn’t left my stereo since I got it.”

Dodds Wiley of Ambient.us says:
“Very serene and thoughtful, this album is great for contemplation and unwinding. Terry O’Brien has crafted a work of great inventiveness and beauty. Recommended and a nice way to slow down the pace of this modern, hectic world! “…
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2007.03.08

Three wonderful new additions to the

Hypnos Store
from Still Life, a duo featuring Nelson Foltz & Tom Lynn.







Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn - Still Life vol. 1 Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn – Still Life vol. 1(Stillsounds label)
(Price: $10.99)
2007. Brand new to the Hypnos store, these Still Life projects are fantastic, vaporous, slow-shifting pieces of textural ambient minimalism.

Still Life says of this volume:
The first track of still life volume one was motivated by a desire to create music with a much slower pace than usual which unfolds organically rather than through determined forms. We started work in June of 2003 with not much more of a concept than that and let the music dictate what should happen next. We would ultimately abandon most of the formal musical elements listeners might expect. The piece grows out of silence and blends 35 minutes of music into a seamless whole. [sample 1]

Traditional western harmonic movement is replaced with drones in two tonalities and rhythmic and melodic development are subtle and slow moving. This seems to provide the listener with a space of ‘estrangement’ from musical preconceptions allowing for deeper, non-critical listening.

Another key element of this feeling of newness is the sound palette we first developed during this time. We sought to utilize a small collection of acoustic instruments in unique ways, giving a sense of both familiarity and mystery. [sample 2]

The second track is a 15 minute drone, based on the overtone series in A, which strips the musical elements down even deeper to their essence. It is a pure exploration of sound lacking all traditional melodic, rhythmic and harmonic development. The piece, though, seems to be ever changing due to shifting timbres and tonal balances. Repeated listening can reveal layers of sonic interaction previously unnoticed. This drone is intended to prolong the sense of contemplation and reflection one can experience at the end of the first track.
After listening to the final version and wishing it were even longer, we decided to use it as raw material for a much longer version which we have released as ‘interlude’.

Audio clips:
sample 1 |
sample 2
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Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn - Still Life vol. 2 Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn – Still Life vol. 2(Stillsounds label)
(Price: $10.99)
2007. More fantastic new vaporous ambience from the Stillsounds label and their Still Life projects.

Stillsounds says of volume two:
Volume two continues and expands the soundscapes of the previous recordings. The entire cd is one piece, again composed of seamlessly connected musical sections. Rather than silence, this piece emerges from the sound of everyday life – a subtle electric hum that is the constant companion of modernity. The hum is used as a drone over which a choir of ‘ghost bells’ sounds. You might hear a faucet dripping or the tick of a clock in the next room. These sounds become part of the work and are integrated into the orchestration. [sample 1]

This project is much more rhythmic than the others in this series. We wanted to explore the meditative aspects of rhythmic entrainment. The kind of transcendent experience that repetitive percussion can unveil. African drumming and its descendants in trance-based religions like santeria and condomble were an indirect influence. We hoped to capture that spirit but in a way that remained subtle and unobtrusive. [sample 2]

Again we hope to transport the listener to a unique space – a space created by the interplay of sound and imagination

Audio clips:
sample 1 |
sample 2
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Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn - Still Life: Interlude Nelson Foltz + Tom Lynn – Still Life: Interlude(Stillsounds label)
(Price: $10.99)
2007. This third release from the Stillsounds label and the Still Life project extends their efforts in the same direction, working from sound
components from Still Life vol. 1.

Stillsounds says of Interlude:
Interlude uses the same basic sonic elements as the second track of volume one and expands the drone time to over one hour.

This is a period of rest, a pause from all forms of musical directedness. The only goal here is to create an enveloping sound space that is active enough to listen to but also
subtle enough to allow the listener to project their own imagination onto it ó a space in which to dream or to float.

We made this to satisfy our own need for quietly unobtrusive but interesting music that is long enough to allow timeless drifting. We learned later that it is the
perfect soundtrack to anything that benefits from concentration or relaxation. It is being used professionally in several different therapeutic settings including
yoga classes, acupuncture and massage sessions and creativity development seminars.

Audio clip:
sample 1
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2007.03.07

Binary Logo

Good news for Binary enthusiasts who were afraid the sublabel was history…
We’re pleased to announce the planned release of the first collaboration by Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves, The Range.

Dave and Giles will be playing a series of shows starting at the end of March and through their appearance at The Gathering in
Philadelphia, April 21. The Range will be released some time around the beginning of April if everything goes as planned.
This is an exciting, dynamic release that has been highly praised by those who have heard a preview. It sounds incredible already,
and should only end up sounding better as the final mastering is being done by Bob Ohlsson (formerly the mastering engineer for
many “classic” titles on Hearts of Space).

We’ll have more information soon but wanted to pass along this exciting information, now that the release is officially planned for Hypnos/Binary!
Giles and Dave have created a myspace page for this project, for those who would like to hear some clips in advance of the mp3 clips
we’ll make available here… or just check out pictures, concert dates, or send the duo a “friend request”

Myspace – The Fulton Reaves Project

2007.03.06 (later)

Prices reduced on the

Hypnos Online Store
for the three items announced earlier, so if you looked at this once, look again!

2007.03.06

Lots of stuff is being added to the

Hypnos Online Store
….







Freq. Magnet - Etoiles du Couvercle Freq. Magnet – Etoiles du Couvercle (Austere section)
(Price: $12.99)

The first album by Austere off-shoot Freq. Magnet (pronounced like “Freak Magnet,” not “frequency,” get it?). Actually Freq. Magnet is a solo side-project by
one of the members of the anonymous duo known as Austere (the other half records and releases albums as “The Mystifying Oracle”.) The main focus is to
create musick using nothing but guitar (acoustic and electric, standard and bass), with a bevy of effects, to try and forge new ground in the genre of
“psybient”, a term coined by The Mystifying Oracle to describe a new style of sound meant as an alternative to the oft-predictable and overly typecast “ambient” genre.

Working with these ideas in mind, the results are a blend best described as “shoegazing psychedelic ambient”, pushing new boundaries by attempting to
bring elements of various types of psychedelic musicks (ambient, rock, psy-trance, chanting, etc.) together to create something that will create its own
niche in contrast to most all-instrumental and ambient musick.

Freq. Magnet’s release are in the vein of and inspired by the works of such amazing bands as Anomalous Disturbances (Terrry O’Brien), Labradford,
Bowery Electric, Stars of the Lid, and the ever-wonderful Windy & Carl…
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Freq. Magnet - Principium Somniferum (audio cd) Freq. Magnet – Principium Somniferum (audio cd) (Austere section)
(Price: $11.99)
One half of Austere goes solo with a new side-project that tries to take the “psybient” genre in a completely different direction, eschewing synths and drum-like percussion but embracing bass and well as electric guitar sounds, this release attempts to create a style of shoegazing psychedelic ambience strongly influenced by the work of Stars of the Lid, Windy & Carl, Labradford, and other guitar-based “indie-rock” bands who seek out a more trance-inducing, floating, other-worldly sound…
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Freq. Magnet - Principium Somniferum (video DVDr) Freq. Magnet – Principium Somniferum (video DVDr) (Austere section)
(Price: $9.99)
A DVD+/-R (DVD Recordable) video of colorful and constantly-changing psychedelic computer graphics generated with the use of MilkDrop, customized and synced to each track on the album. Note that the musick is the same on the CD and DVD, the latter adds visuals to go with each track.

The DVD is currently available only directly from us and comes in NTSC (North American) video format, NO REGION CODE, so it should be playable on any NTSC-capable DVD video player…
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Also, just now, you will find some nifty enhancements to the Hypnos store software, things like a miniaturized “readout” of your
shopping cart contents that follow you wherever you go in the store, and an ability to rate and/or review CDs you’ve heard, on the
product screen for that CD. More enhancements and modifications will be rolled-out soon, to make the Hypnos shopping experience
better and more convenient than ever.

2007.03.05

Just back in town after a long weekend in California, and items are being added to the

Hypnos Online Store
:







Ben Fleury-Steiner - As a means through which I can speak Ben Fleury-Steiner – As a means through which I can speak (Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)

2006. Complex album of drones, reverberating frequencies, fractured melodies, and hidden siren songs.

“Channelling Yeats (the imagistic track titles) and surrealism (the cover artís Magritte-inflected portraiture) through sensibilities as informed by Dada as data, Fleury-Steinerís mesmerizing ambient work flourishes over the eight lengthy tracks that comprise As A Means Through Which I Can Speak, tossing preconceived genre affiliations in the proverbial trash. This is, for lack of a better phrase, ìanti-drone.î Though the components of the drone are apparent, Fleury-Steiner seems more intent on establishing distinct environments in sound, the results being far too febrile to simply become one with the surrounding woodwork. Numerous influences poke out their heads for a look (Mark Ishamís early playful synth experiments circa Vapor Drawings, the melancholy chord-sweeps of Steve Roach and Oophoi), but they donít hinder the musicís progress or grand scope. Fundamentally, this is evocative stuff in the best sense, great ringing droughts of sonic wash that reveal tonalities within tonalities, high-frequency drones that shimmer and vibrate like jeweled curtains that reflect piercing sunlight. A record of contradicting emotions, denoting both introspection and excitation, pat ìdroneî music this is not, and the fact that it confounds any such glib categorical baggage makes it even more compelling, and quite shelf-worthy.”

-Darren Bergstein, e|i magazine
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Synthetic Block - Means of Ascent Synthetic Block – Means of Ascent (Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)

2006. Simultaneously rhythmic and spacious ambient music that is all Synthetic Block at his virtuousic best.

Means of Ascent (GOS 20) by Synthetic Block. As the follow-up to stunning Escape Velocity (GOS 15), Means of Ascent is a trilogy of tracks with a massive, 41 minute epic title composition at its epicenter. Engrossing space music at its best…
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Aidan Baker - Green & Cold Aidan Baker – Green & Cold (Gears of Sand label)
(Price: $12.99)

2006. Means of Ascent (GOS 20) by Synthetic Block. As the follow-up to stunning Escape Velocity (GOS 15), Means of Ascent is a trilogy of tracks with a massive, 41 minute epic title composition at its epicenter. Engrossing space music at its best.

“The innovative master of ambient guitar returns with a breakthrough album. At its core ‘Green & Cold’ is a a mix of drone, post-rock, and what the artist calls appropriately “deconstructive dream-pop.” Memorable hooks combine with Baker’s trademark huge wall of guitar constituted atmospherics. Baker’s shoegazey croon floats among the stuttering clicks and cuts permeating the layers of catchy riffs and slow, intoxicating beats. As ‘Green & Cold’ unfolds the listener is coaxed familarly inward only to be washed over in waves of wispy, warming drones: An album of uncommon intelligence and artistry.”…
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Also, Synthetic Block’s previous album is back in stock as well. More throughout the week…

2007.02.20

Today’s news update is a long one, so grab a bag of popcorn and something pleasant to sip on, and take the laptop
over to a comfortable chair. Ready then? Here we go…

Recently JKN on the
Hypnos Forum
raised the “what’s coming this year for you musically?” question, not posed specifically to Hypnos but to
all readers of the Forum (many of whom are music-makers themselves). I typed out a quick, stream-of-consciousness
reply about what Hypnos has going on during 2007, and have received lots of messages about all the exciting projects
happening here this year.
Now that the general outline of the year’s activities has been sketched out, I’d like to start making some more formal
announcements of various projects, giving previews of cover artwork along with a bit of information about each.

Numina - Shift to the Ghost

Just released…
Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece, which is a format
that is actually fairly new for Numina, despite his many prior recorded releases. The album does include indexed track points
for convenience in navigating through the CD, and each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve
seamlessly into one another. The continuous, long-form ambient format works very well here, never droning on too
much or dwelling too long in a certain sonic space.

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.

Track listing with MP3 samples:
1. Secret Souls mp3 clip
2. Through the Unseen Barrier mp3 clip
3. Spiral Reminders mp3 clip
4. Arrival to Nowhere mp3 clip
5. Light Travelling mp3 clip
6. Forever Falling mp3 clip
7. The Hostless Ghost mp3 clip


Hypnos Online Store listing

Vidna Obmana - An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 4

The fourth and final installment in vidnaObmana’s ambitious “Opera For Four Fusion Works” project. Each “act” of this project
involves vidnaObmana (the well-established Belgian genius of the ambient & experimental forms, for those of you who don’t know)
reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators.

Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of
Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson, well-known vocalist of No-Man,
Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion. Even those who are thinking “I don’t like voice with my ambient music”
will really love this. It’s one of the most unusual and yet relevant recordings ever released by Hypnos, in which a very
recognizable sound, the human voice, is progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more “ambient”
atmospheres. It’s captivating, beautiful, and will be released by Hypnos next month.

Lena - Alchemy of Fingers and Darkness (cd single)

This will be a 4 or 5 track low-priced cdr single released on Hypnos Secret Sounds in March, as a preview of Lena’s
upcoming album of deep ambient material, Extended Gestures For Cello the following month. This will consist of
two tracks from the album and either 2 or 3 more “extended” or “remixed” pices.

These are the first recordings of this new artist, with engineering and sound treatments by Hypnos founder M. Griffin.
Lena is new to this genre, but her approach to solo cello is daring and uncompromising, resulting in a set of ambient works
that vary from deeply atmospheric chamber music, to truly strange and confrontational experimentalism. Alchemy of
Fingers and Darkness
will serve as a preview of one of the more exciting and promising new artist to enter the
ambient music scene in recent years, and Hypnos is proud to bring you her debut.

Stephen Philips - Into the Dark

Philips released Dagboken on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2005, and this album has been just as long in the
works. Into the Dark is a sparse and restrained work of ambient