January 2010 News Archive

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


Streaming ambient radio station Stillstreams has made Hypnos their featured label for
the coming month. Links here:
Stillstreams and
Stillstreams label feature.

We thank Stillstreams for the support and hope listenres will check it out.


More imports added to the
Hypnos Store, this time
the First Fallen Star label.

Aspectee – Morben
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Influenced by the human condition and the human experience, by humanity’s fortune and misfortune, the soundscapes of Aspectee’s Morben are varied, ranging from ambient to dark ambient to experimental, though the sounds remain forever blackened, and the moods heavy. Presented to you in digipak format, limited to 500 copies….
Innfallen – Three Days of Darkness
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Intended to capture in sound the immense fear, but also the great hope, of those hiding indoors during this time, Innfallen offers their vision of the Catholic prophecy of Three Days of Darkness. Consisting of veteran Doyle Finley (of Invercauld) and talented newcomer Kevin Scala, Innfallen has composed a rich, illustrative tapestry of multi-layered soundscapes that is undeniably the soundtrack to this frightening prophecy….
Karsten Hamre – Through the Eyes of a Stranger (CD + DVD)
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Karsten crafts desolate dark ambient sound structures, ornamented by sampled sounds and experimental textures. The end result of this process is an experience categorized perhaps too simply as dark ambient, though it more closely resembles a dark soundtrack to a movie, or to a life – as seen through the eyes of a stranger… Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2-disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Through the Eyes of a Stranger, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances….
Dense Vision Shrine – Time Lost in Oblivion (CD + DVD)
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Format: CD in a DVD case. Building upon a solid foundation of dark ambient, Dense Vision Shrine also employs sampled sounds and sparse rhythm to carefully design the listening experience of a realm where time itself has stopped, of a blackened voyage into oblivion.

Presented in a DVD case with professionally pressed CD and professionally printed artwork, limited to 1,000 copies. The first 500 copies are presented in a 2 disc DVD case with a professionally pressed bonus DVD (PAL format, may not play in NTSC players), also titled Time Lost in Oblivion, that takes the viewer on a visual journey of imagery used for live performances….


Here are some new ones in the
Hypnos Store
from Eternal Pride, a relatively new Russian label.

Atomine Elektrine – Archimetrical Universe
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Archimetrical Universe showcases Peter Andersson’s dissection of the sky, a caeserean section that births massive, geometrically perfect sonic diversions, all spheres and angles, burnished metal dreams and pristine sonic caresses that reconfigure sound into smooth surfaces. To counterbalance the exactness of the sonic development, light rhythms emerge and huge slabs of disrupting tones puncture. Quite possibly Peter\’s finest release yet!…
A Challenge of Honour – Ashigaru Revealed
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Dedicated to warrior√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s traditions of medieval Japan. Graceful and epic cocktail of atmospheric neoclassical passages, Japanese drums and rhythms….
Desiderii Marginis – Years Lend a Golden Charm
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
To gain a deeper understanding of what is, it is necessary to examine what was √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú to go to the sources and the origins. With the emergence of this brand new offering by Desiderii Marginis, Years Lend a Golden Charm, we are invited to experience the very birth of what is now a well established and worldwide recognized project within the dark-ambient industrial scene. The contents of the new album is made up of some 73 minutes of material from the first three tape releases from 1993. Highly sought after by collectors but only available in a mere dozen of handmade copies, these songs are now finally made available to a greater audience. When you listen to the music with the knowledge that hindsight brings – it is obvious that these are the roots and the foundations, not only of the first full length album Songs Over Ruins, but of every successive release up to the latest Seven Sorrows. In 1993 there was no set course, no long term plan √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and still, maybe it couldn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t have turned out any other way?…
Aghast – Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis is dark and gloomy ambience, played in a classical dark wave vein. Minimalism in musical content, compensated by spooky and ice-cold vocals that will haunt you. Macabre enchantresses in lovely disguise will seduce you to end your life and take you to their ghastly realm from which you will never rise. Hear gods cry and angels fall. Listen to the horror and beauty. Let Aghast bewitch you!…


Our friend John Koch-Northrup (jkn for those of you on the Hypnos Forum)
recently started his new label Relaxed Machinery which
just put out its first release, which is available for download elsewhere… but if you want a CDR
copy, it’s available exclusively through the Hypnos Store.
Not only is Relaxed Machinery a label to watch, but the first release is by the always-strong Steve Brand,
whose work we’ve released twice on our own Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Steve Brand – Circular Scripture (cdr)
(Relaxed Machinery category)
(Price: $9.99 cdr)
The first release by the new Relaxed Machinery label,
available on CDR only through the Hypnos store. Steve Brand is an artist who has come on strong in a hurry,
releasing a lot of great work on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label, AtmoWorks, and now Relaxed Machinery…


Just received a couple of nice reviews of the new Viridian Sun album Infinite In All Directions and
thought I’d post ’em together here.

“Roughly ten years ago, the Hypnos ambient
label was a ‘magical’ discovery for me: I had progressed from the
obligatory, lyric ridden rock-n-roll of my generation into the obscure & somewhat marginalized musical
world of King Crimson, Robert Fripp, David Bowie & Brian Eno.

I knew who the Who were, as well as Led Zeppelin, the Stones and the
plethora of New Wave & Punk bands (B-52’s, Elvis Costello, Talking
Heads, the Police, the Human League, etc) that dotted the Club landscape & drove my frenetic, female
pursuing college lifestyle.

And then I happened upon that magical Hypnos link purchasing A Produce’s Smile on the Void.

Getting a small cardboard parcel from this ambient focused Oregon label is always a thrill for me
because of what I know awaits me inside: yummy treats for my bud-plugged ears And, nearly ten years
later, one of my ‘stocking stuffers” this Christmas was “Infinite in all Directions” the third studio
album by Viridian Sun, a band consisting of Hypnos founder Mike Griffin & partner in sound David

The album’s seven tracks, clocking in at just around sixty-three
minutes, are a gritty, grainy collection of electronic ambience &
drone-scaped, ethereal goodness — playing off morphed/processed bass
&electric guitar as well as percussion & voice (not that you’d recognize any of the preceding in their
final state), the listener is at once transported into a systemic sound world, leaving one looking for
said world’s limitations or edges… and finding them not.

I’ve already earmarked 4 of the 7 tracks for upcoming mixes.”

–Reviewed by G.A.B. on ambient_landscape@yahoogroups.com

“Although Hypnos may not seem to appear as prolific as they used to be, its always good to see their releases. M. Griffin, responsible for the label, doesn’t set out to innovate the world of music, but has carved out a niche of his own, which he likes to explore, either through his own music or that of others. Together with David Tollefson he plays music as Viridian Sun. They both take credit for playing guitars, bass, percussion, looping, procession and Griffin also for voice. Not that I detected many voice on here, but no doubt one could say that for guitar, save for some obvious point here and there. Everything they play is transformed into lengthy washes of ambient sound. Like the title suggests about the universe, it can also be said of the music. It expands in all directions, moving slowly, elegantly forward – or backward, or downward, side ways, up, down – and perhaps all of it in the same time. Time? Another relative thing – although I am not educated to say such things that deal with nature, or in any philosophical ways. Seven tracks, clearly apart, perhaps that’s the extent of these things that make them time based. According to the cover, this was all recorded live in the studio, which made me think that these boys should be on the road and play all night concerts, endlessly improvising and exploring the depths of the synthesized ambient music. Warm music in cold days.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard for Vital Ezine

Our thanks to both reviewers for their time and attention. The new album is starting to receive more positive
feedback and radio airplay, and can still be obtained from the Hypnos store for the super-low price of $10.99 —
which means if you haven’t already purchased a copy you should

follow this link.


We just received the newest album from Resonant Drift, and restocked two of the older albums which were
out of stock on the Hypnos Store.

Resonant Drift – The Call
(Resonant Drift category)
(Price: $12.99)
2009. This new one has a beautiful Steve Roach-like flavor, likely due to the duo’s recent study with Roach, as
well as his tweaks and mastering of the final recording. Definitely recommended.

“The Call is the new release from the duo of Bill Olien and Gary Johnson, known collectively as Resonant Drift. Combining synthesizers, guitars, percussion, ethnic instruments and field recordings, this deep and organic release explores ambient and atmospheric territory, and boasts expert mastering and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach at his world famous Timeroom studio.”
-Morpheus Music…


Items still coming in to the
Hypnos Store, this time a few new ones from one of our
favorite labels, Infraction.

Parks – Hidden
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
Parks is Russian ambient/electronic artist Igor Bystrov who has been working on his craft for nearly 15 years. Hidden may be his most accomplished and varied work to date. Sitting somewhere in the midst of the great 90\’s ambient artists, the (rather) new wave of Russian electronic artists all the while admiring from a distance the Kompakt pop-ambient of this decade – Parks seamless blend of it all has culminated in a brilliant finish. Presented in a 6 panel digipak…
Eluder – The Most Beautiful Blue
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
“The careful choreography of retreat and remotion is what Patrick Benolkin is about, so you won’t be surprised when walls within and without come down, dissolved by the drift inside The Most Beautiful Blue. Eluder offers here a sonic solution in which thoughts, mirroring the music’s mood movements, may dissolve, float free, and finally submerge, without fear of being taken down.”
-Alan Lockett…
Loren Dent – Anthropology Vol. 1
(Infraction category)
(Price: $14.99)
“This album is like a soundtrack to life itself- one of joy, love, fear, pain, loss, grieving, euphoria and one which transcends time. Wondrous layers of sound are rich and constantly evolving, always emotional and hypnotic. Loren\’s tools are both analogue and digital, and his use of both is a joy to behold.”
-Norman Records…


Happy New Year, everybody, from Hypnos!