Hypnos

Hypnos

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Hypnos Recordings is an ambient label based out of Portland, Oregon, USA, founded in 1996 by Mike Griffin. Artists who have released albums on Hypnos include Vidna Obmana, Jeff Pearce, Jeff Greinke, A Produce, and Robert Rich.

In 2001 the Binary sub-label was created to feature more dynamic electronic music, closer to techno and Berlin School ambient.

Also in 2001, Hypnos began a partnership to distribute releases from The Foundry, an ambient and experimental label from Berkeley, California. All releases under this partnership have the Foundry/Hypnos logo on them, but maintain the Foundry catalog numbers. The first combined release was fou.11. The partnership was since dissolved.

Distributed in the USA by Soleilmoon Recordings.
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Contact Info:
Hypnos Recordings
PO Box 6868
Portland, OR 97228 USA

mgriffin@hypnos.com
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
hyp1602 Washed In Mercury  album cover Stokes* Washed In Mercury(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1602 US 1997 Sell This Version
hyp1701 Sudden Dark  album cover M. Griffin Sudden Dark(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1701 US 1997 Sell This Version
hyp1703 Solar Noise  album cover Viridian Sun Solar Noise(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1703 US 1997 Sell This Version
hyp1804 The Other World  album cover Various The Other World(2xCD, Comp) Hypnos hyp1804 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1805 New Eyes On The Universe  album cover David Tollefson New Eyes On The Universe(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1805 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1807 Zo Pilots  album cover Saul Stokes Zo Pilots(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1807 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1808 The Spectral Ships  album cover Richard Bone The Spectral Ships(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1808 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1809 Places Of Motility  album cover Jeff Greinke Places Of Motility(CD, Album, RE, RM) Hypnos hyp1809 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1811 Sonic Continuum  album cover Rod Modell / Michael Mantra Rod Modell / Michael Mantra - Sonic Continuum(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1811 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1813 Daylight Slowly  album cover Jeff Pearce Daylight Slowly (Album) hyp1813 US 1998 Sell This Version
hyp1910 Perihelion  album cover Viridian Sun Perihelion(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1910 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1912 Weightless, Effortless  album cover Various Weightless, Effortless(CD, Comp) Hypnos hyp1912 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1914 Landscape In Obscurity  album cover Vidna Obmana with Capriolo Trifoglio + Diego Borotti Vidna Obmana with Capriolo Trifoglio + Diego Borotti - Landscape In Obscurity(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1914 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1915 Inner Landscapes  album cover Robert Rich Inner Landscapes(CD, Album, RE, RM) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp1915 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1916 Lost Terrain  album cover Jeff Greinke Lost Terrain(CD, Album, RE) Hypnos hyp1916 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1917 Ether Dome  album cover Richard Bone Ether Dome(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1917 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1918 Altara  album cover A Produce / M Griffin* A Produce / M Griffin* - Altara(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1918 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp1919 Near And Far  album cover David Tollefson Near And Far(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp1919 US 1999 Sell This Version
hyp2020 Humidity - Three Concerts  album cover Robert Rich Humidity - Three Concerts(3xCD) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp2020 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2021 The Surreal Sanctuary  album cover VidnaObmana* The Surreal Sanctuary(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2021 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2022 To The Shores Of Heaven  album cover Jeff Pearce To The Shores Of Heaven(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2022 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2023 Outfolding  album cover Saul Stokes Outfolding(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2023 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2024 Entering Twilight  album cover James Johnson Entering Twilight(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2024 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2025 The Most Distant Point Known  album cover M. Griffin / D. Fulton* M. Griffin / D. Fulton* - The Most Distant Point Known(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2025 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2026 Sunyata  album cover Robert Rich Sunyata(CD, Album, RE, RM) Hypnos hyp2026 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2027 The Contemporary Nocturne  album cover Vidna Obmana The Contemporary Nocturne(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2027 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2128 Digitalis  album cover Markus Reuter Digitalis(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2128 US 2000 Sell This Version
hyp2129 Smile On The Void  album cover A Produce Smile On The Void(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2129 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2130 Mother Sunrise  album cover Sola Translatio Mother Sunrise(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2130 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2131 Somnium  album cover Robert Rich Somnium(DVD-V, Album) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp2131 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2132 The Light Beyond  album cover Jeff Pearce The Light Beyond(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2132 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2133 Soundtrack For The Aquarium  album cover Vidna Obmana Soundtrack For The Aquarium(2xCD, Album, RM) Hypnos hyp2133 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2134 Silence Speaks In Shadow  album cover Paul Vnuk Jr. Silence Speaks In Shadow(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2134 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2135 Where The Earth Meets The Sky  album cover Tom Heasley Where The Earth Meets The Sky(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2135 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2138 Seed  album cover Ma Ja Le / James Johnson Ma Ja Le / James Johnson - Seed(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2138 US 2001 Sell This Version
hyp2236 Athlit  album cover Oöphoi Athlit(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2236 US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2237 The Butterfly Chamber  album cover James Johnson The Butterfly Chamber(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2237 US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2239 An Opera For Four Fusion Works  album cover Vidna Obmana An Opera For Four Fusion Works(4xCD, Comp) Hypnos hyp2239 US 2007 Sell This Version
hyp2239a An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act One: Echoes Of Steel  album cover vidnaObmana* An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act One: Echoes Of Steel(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2239a US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2239b An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Two: Phrasing The Air  album cover vidnaObmana* An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Two: Phrasing The Air(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2239b US 2004 Sell This Version
hyp2239c An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Three: Reflection On Scale  album cover vidnaObmana* An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Three: Reflection On Scale(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2239c US 2006 Sell This Version
hyp2239d An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Four: The Bowing Harmony  album cover vidnaObmana* An Opera For Four Fusion Works - Act Four: The Bowing Harmony(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2239d US 2007 Sell This Version
hyp2240 Wide View  album cover Jeff Greinke Wide View(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2240 US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2241 Bleed  album cover Jeff Pearce Bleed(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2241 US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2242 Imprint  album cover M Griffin* & D Fulton* M Griffin* & D Fulton* - Imprint(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2242 US 2002 Sell This Version
hyp2246 Twilight In The Offing  album cover Chad Hoefler Twilight In The Offing(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2246 US 2004 Sell This Version
hyp2445 Sanctuary Of Dreams  album cover Numina Sanctuary Of Dreams(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2445 US 2004 Sell This Version
hyp2547 At The Still Point Of The Turning World  album cover Robert Scott Thompson At The Still Point Of The Turning World(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2547 US 2005 Sell This Version
hyp2548 Eye Of The Nautilus  album cover Numina Eye Of The Nautilus(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2548 US 2005 Sell This Version
hyp2649 Distance To Zero  album cover Paul Vnuk Jr. + Oöphoi Paul Vnuk Jr. + Oöphoi - Distance To Zero(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2649 US 2006 Sell This Version
hyp2650 Shift To The Ghost  album cover Numina Shift To The Ghost(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2650 US 2007 Sell This Version
hyp2751 Into The Dark  album cover Stephen Philips Into The Dark(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2751 US 2007 Sell This Version
hyp2752 Sounds Of A Universe Overheard  album cover Various Sounds Of A Universe Overheard(CD, Comp) Hypnos hyp2752 US 2007 Sell This Version
hyp2753 Solyaris  album cover Austere Solyaris(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2753 US 2008 Sell This Version
hyp2806 Fabrications  album cover M. Griffin Fabrications(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2806 US 2008 Sell This Version
hyp2854 Message From A Subatomic World  album cover Various Message From A Subatomic World(CD, Comp) Hypnos hyp2854 US 2008 Sell This Version
hyp2855 Echoes Of Polyhymnia | A Hypnos Compilation  album cover Various Echoes Of Polyhymnia | A Hypnos Compilation(CD, Comp) Hypnos hyp2855 US 2008 Sell This Version
hyp2957 Infinite In All Directions  album cover Viridian Sun Infinite In All Directions(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp2957 US 2009 Sell This Version
hyp3056 The Path Of White Clouds  album cover Nebulæ* The Path Of White Clouds(CD, Album, RE) Hypnos hyp3056 US 2011 Sell This Version
hyp3058 Out And About  album cover Herion Out And About(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3058 US 2010 Sell This Version
hyp3159 The Martian Chronicles  album cover Seren Ffordd + Oöphoi Seren Ffordd + Oöphoi - The Martian Chronicles(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3159 US 2011 Sell This Version
hyp3160 Intangible  album cover A Produce & Loren Nerell A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3160 US 2011 Sell This Version
hyp3161 Avatara  album cover Steve Brand Avatara(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3161 US 2011 Sell This Version
hyp3262 The Deception Of Reality  album cover Numina The Deception Of Reality(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3262 US 2012 Sell This Version
hyp3263 Urbs  album cover Bruno Sanfilippo Urbs(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3263 US 2012 Sell This Version
hyp3264 Let The Stars Assume The Whole Of Night  album cover Caul Let The Stars Assume The Whole Of Night(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3264 US 2012 Sell This Version
hyp3363 Sunyata & Inner Landscapes  album cover Robert Rich Sunyata & Inner Landscapes(2xCD, Comp, RE) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp3363 US 2013 Sell This Version
hyp3364 Trances & Drones  album cover Robert Rich Trances & Drones(2xCD, Comp, RE) Hypnos, Soundscape hyp3364 US 2013 Sell This Version
hyp3367 Ice Diving  album cover Subradial Ice Diving(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3367 US 2014 Sell This Version
hyp3377 Forget The Past  album cover Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia Antonio Testa & Michel Moglia - Forget The Past(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3377 US 2013 Sell This Version
hyp3469 Of Those Things Left Unsaid  album cover Dave Fulton Of Those Things Left Unsaid(CD, Album) Hypnos hyp3469 US 2014 Sell This Version

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tauceti

tauceti

August 2, 2016
Hypnos was a great label. Look at it now. Nothing released for two years. I don't know why they keep pretending they are still running it. Lots of promises of projects that never happened. Most of the recent releases have been of little interest to the hardcore ambient crowd.
tauceti

tauceti

January 10, 2010
Anyone who thinks Hypnos releases "New Age" music is off their rocker. Such a preposterous statement.
asphalteden

asphalteden

July 11, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
One of the leading light labels of today's new ambient scene. Though their output has slowed somewhat in the last few years, Hypnos has more than justified its reputation by releasing some of the finest pure ambient releases of the last decade.

The label's output (aside from certain early releases) could hardly be called difficult or purely experimental; most CDs fall along the ambient spectrum that could be appreciated by both fans of deeper Hearts of Space or Fax style music and more rigorous experimental ambient work. That said, much of Hypnos' catalog can be considered equivalent to the best among the lighter style of ambient music.

In my personal opinion, Hypnos was never more vital than in its 1998-2001 period. Recent releases of the last two years have largely tread along the safe lines of purely vaporous synthetic ambient atmospheres and have suffered from a lack of depth as a result. It remains to be seen if the label will stretch out again with more varied and dynamic releases, or if it will remain within its current comfort zone of innocuous tone-float ambient.

September 8, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
I have to disagree with the comment above. How you can define new age or ambient as a genre. Using only the classifications in store is not a good idea, I went to many store where hypnos releases are under ambient and not new age. If you want new age you got Yanni, but in no way hypnos releases are new age, though I think that new age is a subgenre of the ambient music. In most of the releases of hypnos you have to think and search about gears used for the releases and you'll find out that the gears used there are also used in other ambient productions from other artists from other labels.
SalfordGuy

SalfordGuy

February 4, 2004
This label seems to try to convince people that they are a ambient label, when in reality they are another New Age Hearts of Space.
Many artists on this label are in fact New Age artists. Arguments against this are that stores/distributors are the reason why most of these artists are placed in the New Age section (to try to move more product perhaps??). I tend to agree with this to a certain extent, but in the case with Hypnos I feel that this is not the case.
They have a good selection of music to offer and by all means I salute and respect their work. But New Age / ambient is a fine line that seems to be crossed constantly with this label, and mostly ends up on the New Age side.
One of their greatest releases, and now I hear it is out of print, is a collaboration with former Silent Records artists Rod Modell and Michael Mantra.