Numina

Numina: a spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place. Jesse Sola, the man behind the musical soundworlds of Numina, is a relative newcomer in the genres of Spacemusic and Dark-ambient. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Numina.s 2001 release .Evolving Visions. has gained this small-time independent artist renowned acclaim. Here are some excerpts of various reviews of the music of Numina:This is floating ambient music of the first order, the kind that you can’t help but draw in a deep, relaxing breath and just let it go
Numina
Numina + Caul - Inside the Hollow Realm

Artist: Numina + Caul
P: 2004
It's a collaboration with Caul, whose own work is even spookier and darker than Numina's. Disquieting and spacious, with a definite soundtrack-like quality.

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Numina + Zero Ohms - Broken Stars through brilliant Clouds

Artist: Numina + Zero Ohms
P: 2015
Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds finds veteran ambient electronic sound explorers Numina (Jesse Sola) and Zero Ohms (Richard Roberts) joining forces for the first time to embark upon a vast new deep sonic voyage through a solid hour of time-shifting, free floating, pure ambient space music. Billowing textures, serene and occasionally foreboding passages, and abstract washes of full spectrum sound set the stage for a mesmerizing voyage through the awe-inspiring wonder, beautiful isolation, and staggering immensity of infinite interstellar vistas. Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds is true spacemusic in every sense of the genre; soundscapes, simultaneously intimate and interstellar, that expand the boundaries of imagination.

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Numina - Evolving Visions

Artist: Numina
P: 2001
"Fantastic brooding ethereal ambience from Numina. A wonderful follow-up to his recently sold out release Recluse deep ambient threads abound, twist and turn."

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Numina - Eye of the Nautilus

Artist: Numina
P: 2005
Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.
It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from "new name you should watch" to the status of "established artist." This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.
Guest artist Rudy Adrian lends his trademark sound to the second track, "Secrets from the Flame," and as with Sanctuary of Dreams, R. Chris Fraley provides artwork, and Hypnos founder M. Griffin is responsible for mastering and layout. This is the fourth Hypnos CD release of 2005, and is sure to be one of the highlights of the year not only for Numina and Hypnos, but for the entire space & ambient music world.

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Numina - Sanctuary of Dreams

Artist: Numina
P: 2004
This album,his first on the distinguised Hypnos label,continues his elegant sound and takes it even further. Contained within an intriguing cover there are ten tracks of darker,flowing, deep ambient music. Jesse uses synthesizer,guitars,vocals and processing to create his potent and mystical soundscapes. Here some highlights: Track 1,"Awaken Within A Deeper Dream" is a floating,swirling piece that sets the tone for the journey. Next is "Lost On Silica Ridge",with an epic, almost orchestral sound and some stately percussion. "Elements Of Time" follows, with smooth liquid flows and jewel like tones. After that is "In Loneliness The Landscape Fades", where a contemplative mood takes over in a slowly tumbling dreamscape. Track 5,"Beneath The Silver Surface" continues the dreamlike state with layers of synth and a watery background. "Thrown Into Oblivion" comes next, with magnificent synths and a divine interplay of treated voice and sustained drones. Track 7 is "Fractured Eyes",with droning swirling sounds and buried vocals. "Dream Recognition [Silhouette Of The Past] is next with a delicate far-off flute like melody over a long,sustained background. Tara Vanflower contributes lovely vocal samples on the ninth track "Lucid Ascension",an ethereal ocean of sleep ebbing and flowing. Distant bell-like sounds slowly fade into the last track,"The Waking Breath". As drones descend and increase in intensity,memories of the dreamworld linger and rustle as the adventure ends. This release marks the arrival of Numina on an even higher level. It's an essential work with superb timing and flow. Sound quality and production are outstanding, with mastering by Hypnos label owner Mike Griffin.This is a seamless masterpiece where spiritual feelings abound. Step out into the night with your headphones on, look into the sky and contemplate your place in the universe.

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Numina - Shift to the Ghost

Artist: Numina
P: 2007
Numina's third album on Hypnos Recordings is "Shift to the Ghost," a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other. Numina himself states that the album "is about the life and death of the physical self," hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It's a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired. The latest work from ambient "rising star" Numina is possibly his best yet. HYPNOS

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Numina - Solace

Artist: Numina
P: 2004
Re-release with two bonustracks from 2004. Space-drifting ambient tracks with also some Berlin school sequencer tracks.

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Numina - Sound Symbols

Artist: Numina
P: 2008
As with previous releases from Numina, the music on "Sound Symbols" is a beautiful soundscape suitable for drifting and dreaming, an emotional collection of work that stays with the listener long after the last notes have faded. I've been a fan of Jesse Sola's work for a number of years now, and "Sound Symbols" is a fine example of all the reasons that his music appeals to me so much. Highly recommended.
This release was recorded and remixed over a period of nearly 3 years. From early 2006 to late 2008 at the Mysterium, Denver, Colorado. Remixing, remastering, and re-recording performed in November 2008.

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Numina - The Deception of Reality

Artist: Numina
P: 2012
The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007's Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina's trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more "up front" accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.
As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five "tracks" for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they're listening to a single unbroken piece.
Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

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V/A - Message from a subatomic World

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2008
Message from a Subatomic World excels at doing what the label does best with their compilations – 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 – ambient church music perhaps. Bleeps and blips in "Distant Radiance" by Relapxych.0 are juxtaposed against glassy smoothness. 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 Oöphoi. 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.

Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

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