Ma ja le

Based in Milwaukee, Ma Ja Le consists of Chris Short (synths, effects, flutes and guitartronics) and Paul Vnuk Jr. (synths, voice and percussion). Originally conceived of as a means to perform live, Ma Ja Le has explored soundscapes, texture and rhythm everywhere from music festivals and concerts to intimate coffee shops and book stores. Using synthesizers, guitar, outboard processing gear and an array of exotic instruments, the duo of Ma Ja Le creates an extended musical journey through rhythms, soundworlds and sonic atmospheres.
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Ma Ja Le + James Johnson - Seed

Artist: Ma Ja Le & James Johnson
P: 2001
The second collaboration between Ma Ja Le (who previously released IMAGINARIUM with Vir Unis) and James Johnson (who released ENTERING TWILIGHT on Hypnos this year) is a sonic melding of the minimalist overtones and organic synth work of James Johnson & the ethno-tribal-atmospheric sounds of ambient duo Ma Ja Le.
The "duo plus one" previously worked together on the limited-edition (now out of print) LIVE UNDER A HARVEST MOON, and now show us what they can accomplish given some time in the studio. The sonic tapestry is as lush, emotive and transportive as it gets. A spiraling journey to the deepest depths of ethereal ambience and back. Hypnos Recordings is pleased and excited to release this "organic space music," SEED by Ma Ja Le and James Johnson.



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Ma Ja Le + Vir Unis - Imaginarium

Artist: Ma Ja Le + Vir Unis
P: 1998
If there is a soul inside electronic music, Ma Ja Le has it. This album is sombre, introspective music that drifts along in the upper stratosphere. This music is the breath inside a whisper that leaves you wanting more.  Lots of dark tribal rhythms and also some smooth ambient syth stuff without the beats. This even has nice guitar treatments similar to David Pearce. It's a little dark - but nicely so. Each piece is different and creative.

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Paul Vnuk - Silence speaks in Shadows

Artist: Paul Vnuk
P: 2001

The first Hypnos CD by Paul Vnuk Jr. of Ma Ja Le (a duo that released a collaboration IMAGINARIUM with Vir Unis, and also more recently issued a limited-edition live CD with Hypnos artist James Johnson). Vnuk ventures out into the solo world with a longform release that blends the environmental sounds of a cityscape with an ebbing and flowing synth atmosphere. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW gives us a glimpse into the psycho-environmental sounds of a city drenched in rain and industrial sonics.

Stating his inspiration for this project, Vnuk says: "The open windows and industrial sounds of a rain drenched city can have a strange calming effect on the soul."
A pre-release review by Jim Brenholts says: "....expertly mixes somber passages and samples with an expansive drone, nature samples and melodic pastoral ambience. The effect is both chilling and calming. The emotional and spiritual responses are clear and undefinable. The physical response is immediate calm. This CD is essential psychoactive meditation material!"
Hypnos Recordings feels a special fondness for smooth, long-form environmental pieces. We find them full of details which gradually reveal themselves, and transport the listener to unfamiliar locales, or frames of mind. SILENCE SPEAKS IN SHADOW is sure to be a favorite "place" of many who experience it.

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V/A - Oscillations

Artist: V/A
P: 1998
Michael Halcyon presents Oscillations is a very good compilation of the first releases of the Halcyon recodings Label. New and respected Ambient titles.

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V/A - Weightless, Effortless

Artist: V/A
P: 1999
Here's another excellent ambient anthology for those into the darker end of the genre. Featuring nine artists, the sampler takes from both new and veteran musicians, to deliver up a diverse yet flowing 74 minute CD. Kevin Keller opens the disc with samples of voices whispering. From it he creates a slow 12 minute warm drift similar to musicians like Robert Scott Thompson. Illinois synthesist James Johnson's Closure is at least half as long as Keller's track, yet the style is very similar, with muted and shifting chords gently floating on the air, melodic and peace-inducing. Dean DeBenedictis takes a much different approach, far more abstract and surreal, although there is a similar underlying melodic pattern underneath the Schnitzler like rattling and scuttling. As the tracks progresses along its eight minute length, it grows more fascinating with treated water sounds and voices. It is over far too soon. Ma Ja Le return the focus to melody, and the nine minutes Images Remain is full of crystal, ethereal chords floating up, a far different sound than their CD with Vir Unis. A piece one can lose themself in, with longing and melancholy, this would have fit perfectly on The Ambient Expanse. Rod Modell's Ipperwash Twilight leaps out of the speakers with incredible sonic clarity, and you immediately know you're in the presence of a creative force. Strange, but slightly melodic synths with a wide array of tones and field recordings spread sheets of sound over percolating sequencers, and the strange scaling and effects, successfully create an incredibly alien landscape. This is visionary music, alone worth the price of this disc. Dave Fulton's piece is also odd, with steely sequencer and loads of metallic industrial sounds that starts at a low volume that increases over most the track's length. It's dissonant melody provides sort of a lull in the overall CD flow, and sets up veteran Loren Nerell's Liquid Metal Stasis, an intense drone with microtonal bell sounds, volcanic bubbling, and other rich and colorful tonal shading. We definitely can never hear enough from Nerell. Scott Fraser's Straight Lines is another drone where the subtlety hinges on the changes of tones of the synthesizers. At eight minutes, it progresses through number of colorings, remaining surprisingly dynamic. As he often does, Steve Roach closes the set, his contribution the 7 1/2 minute Bottomless, and here we see the least urban track on the anthology evoking the wide expanses and chthonic depths of consciousness. A more chilly track than Roach usually produces, but no less evocative for it. A strong anthology, and one of the more impressive of the type in recent memory."
1999  Mike McLatchey / Expose Magazine

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