Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 17

A gift for you on Christmas Eve....90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

A rich blend of styles for the last voyage of 2009. Markus Reuter starts the flow with a pensive, earthy piece from his CD, Trepanation. Systems Theory goes all cinematic on us with an upbeat, jazzy Soundtrack from Imaginary Movies cut. Sky offers a beautiful acoustic piece that conjures a gypsy dance around the fire. The New Pollutants describe a bit of drama with their “Kidnap Theme.” Pete Ardron and Samantha Ray intertwine their graceful voices around some whispering drifts. Svefn brings some “Lightness” with a semi-sacred feel to the mix. And Brannan Lane and Zero Ohms provide a sonically guided meditation to end the first section with a quiet, cleansing breath. Some thanks from your gracious host, and then Steve Rose picks up his guitar to open the second section. Things deepen and darken in the capable hands of Joel Hinkle and eerie sounds from Labrahtisattva, and then your gracious host chooses an appropriately titled track from Ministry of Inside Things to close out the year.

You'll hear me say it enough during the 'cast, but I want to thank you for listening. While the feedback's been minimal, the growing numbers of subscribers and the number of downloads, just shy of averaging 100 per episode as of this writing, tell me that the response is out there and it's good. So I'll just keep going. And I hope you'll be coming along.

Thank you again for your support of the Hypnagogue Podcast.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 16

90 even-quieter-than usual minutes of ambient & electronic music.

Something different this time around. For the last 15 episodes I have chosen music to play under me during the breaks, always looking for drifting, subtle, beatless pieces. I add them to the podcast, but I turn the sound way down--you know, so as not to mar my dulcet tones.

Now it's time for those pieces to come to the forefront, and it makes for a very quiet and soothing journey. Settle in for an hour and a half of soft, calming flows and deep sounds from Austere, Brannan Lane & Ashera, Tau Ceti, Numina, Manitou, John Vorus, Steve Roach, Jim Cole & Spectral Voices, Forrest Fang and DAC Crowell & Kurt Doles.

Plus, in the opening's the return of The Goobs.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 15

90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

This time through we start with quiet offerings from Emerald Adrift, Giles Reaves & Ashid Himons, Sensitive Chaos (who brings a little rhythm to the flow), Oophoi, Mister Vapor, and Life Audience. From there we get a little funkier with beats and grooves from General Fuzz, DJ Cybo, Jeff Greinke (who slows things down just a touch), Marconi Union and Canartic. Finally, Indiginus takes us out with a track that's sure to make you smile.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 14

90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

For the second time we delve into discs that have been noted as Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CDs, ranging to deep-breath drifts to uptempo tunes quite on the verge of rocking out. Flow along with work from Lopside, Sleeping Me, Igneous Flame, Tim Story, Aron Kirk, Dwight Ashley, Computerchemist, Mahoney & Peck, Numina, Bruno Sanfilipo and Byron Metcalf.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 13

Get comfy. 90 minutes of ambient & electronic music coming your way...

Begin this time on the uptempo side: dub influences from Ministry of Inside Things, rhythmic grooves from The Current, a sultry space cruise in first class from Alpha Wave Movement, a ballad from Dave Preston that should set your soul dancing, a touch of jazz courtesy of Geoffrey Armes. and indescribably tasty mashes of electro-funk and noise from cyberChump and Lopside. From there, Deepspace takes us out onto calm seas before handing the tiller over to Altus. Terra Ambient follows, stirring the spirits with tribal beats from his latest. Steven K Smith keeps our pulses up with driving, aggressive guitar noise. Resonant Drift guides us through a meaningful ritual and Mingo ushers us back into a quiet realm within his once and future world.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One for Jim

The ambient & electronic music community is an unusual thing. We represent a small, very niche group of music fans and while we're spread across the globe, that niche aspect imbues us with a certain familiarity. We know names, and we feel that we know people. We're closer to the musicians than in many other genres of music. They are us, we are them, we're all in this together and we know nobody else gets it.

This morning the community lost Mr. Jim Brenholts, who recorded as Rigel Orionis. Jim was a supporter of the music for more than 20 years, and his presence on the various message boards and social media sites was known and welcome. Just yesterday he had shot over to me a friend suggestion, linking me with Alpha Wave Movement. It's less than 24 hours later, and Jim's passed on.

I didn't know the man outside of the community. Never met him in person. But we'd shared a few e-mail asides, he sent me a greeting when I got onto Facebook and Ning, told me it was great to see me there....and that was Jim, as I knew him. Glad to have you on board, we're all in this...

Now we're in it without Jim, and it's a genuine loss. I was on his site recently, looking to scoop up some music, and I saw that he had created a piece, in honor of a friend who had passed too soon, called "The Spectre Looms Suddenly." This morning--and I hope I am not crossing any lines here--I have downloaded it and put it, in its entirety into this podcast. Because we've lost a friend too soon as well. Much too soon.

In honor of Jim Brenholts, I offer this special podcast as my personal tribute. It is simply this one album, "The Spectre Looms Suddenly," played straight through.

As another member of the community noted, I do hope that somewhere Jim is listening to more beautiful music than he ever heard in his too-short time among us.

peace & power,
John Shanahan

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 12

An immersive excursion into ambient & electronic music.

Jason Sloan starts the show quietly with some elegant guitar drones before we are delivered into a very Pink Floyd-like sense of majesty at the capable hands of Giles Reaves & Dave Fulton. (Who’s doing that great Rick Wright impersonation?) We pause to pass into a stretch of all-new music, including an excerpt from Steve Roach’s superb latest offering, dark textures and somber narratives from Wolfskin, Collapsar and Joe Renzetti, and then an abrupt (and kind of amusing, to be honest) turn to an intriguingly jazzy slice of Runningonair and a dose of soothing New Age flavor from Jamie Craig. After that your host gets a bit lazy and turns the proceedings over to an uninterrupted flow courtesy of Jeffrey Koepper, Will Grega, Darshan Ambient and new music from Wes Willenbring.

By the by...I know this makes three podcasts in three weeks...but #13 is two weeks away as I resume my old schedule. And this goes up on Friday eve because my Saturday is booked!

Comments welcome!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hypnagogue--now on Facebook

For a couple of years now I've maintained a presence on myspace. But as far as social media sites go, myspace is starting to become something of a wasteland. For the most part I'm not much of a social media kind of guy. I had a personal FB account for a few months but after a while I got tired of endless status updates about who was enjoying a latte, who wasn't sleeping, and who just wanted to post attention-seeking cryptic statuses like "Joe is wondering what could possibly happen next."

However, I recognize the value of social media in getting the word out about the podcast and the review site. I like to think that the myspace page did its job as far as creating listeners and letting musicians know about the existence of the review site. So now I've just migrated myself over to FB. And although you may never find out what kind of beverage I'm drinking or catch me in a pensive, just-have-to-share mood via my statuses, I can guarantee that you'll hear about new music, upcoming podcasts and more.

So join me. Head over to FB and search "Hypnagogue Reviews." I'm there.

peace & power,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 11

Possibly the quietest Hypnagogue podcast yet....

No need to check the calendar. You're right, it hasn't been two weeks. But I've gotten a little ahead of myself in production now that I'm feeling more at home with Audacity, and--more importantly--earlier this week I hit 60 subscribers, my new high point.

So as a thank you, I thought I'd deliver #11 a week early. (Yes, you may have to wait two weeks for #12. We'll see...)

This episode started out with the intention of being a solid 90-minute mix of drifty ambient. I thought I'd try my hand at piecing together a nice flow. But about 25 minutes in, I lost confidence, backed out some of the crossfades and decided to do a regular podcast. But the mix as it was was so nice and mellow and low-key, I kept that feel going.

So kick back and enjoy. Our artists this time through are Justin Vanderberg, Matt Borghi, Numina, Arcticology, Steve Roach, Arrocata, dreamSTATE, Ben Cox, Slow Dancing Society, Rudy Adrian, Ganucheau and Story & Roedelius.

A heartfelt thank you to the growing number of subscribers for letting me know that the music is getting out there and you're digging my efforts.

peace & power,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 10

It's my pleasure to continue to bring you your 90-minute fix of solid ambient & electronic music.

The journey this time begins quietly with work from Chad Kettering and Lucette Bourdin, then grows slowly darker in texture and feel at the hands of Petal and Weird Fields. Justin Vanderberg escorts us back to a place of light and calm. Then, as so often before, the groove takes over starting with Middle Eastern-flavored beats from Ephemeral Mists, a bit of aggressive buzz and flow with Tkatka and electro-percussive rhythms Outer Space Alliance. Transcend with Time helps us wind down and Elissa Luu invites us into her garden to chill. And since there’s no such thing as too much relaxation, this one closes with sixteen minutes of pure drift—and the occasional roll of distant thunder—from Brannan Lane and Robert Carty.

Your comments are always welcome at


peace & power,

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 9

From deepspace drifts to sacred sounds and back, a fresh 90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

This time through, we begin calmly with long pads from John Broaddus, the sustain one gets from recording in a grain silo courtesy of Silo 10, tonal loneliness from M. Peck and the essence of heaven from Dolmen. Dark drifts from Broken Harbour melt into echoing, horizon’s-edge piano chords from Aloof Proof. A little something different, then—pipe organ music from Mark Thomas in a piece that evokes sensations of Philip Glass and builds to a majestic close. Mike Dickson conjures images of Oldfield in an uptempo, cinematic work to get your blood flowing, and then Stephen Philips returns us quietly to a state of thoughtful meditation.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 8

A 90-minute journey into ambient & electronic music.

This time around, we start off on a 60-minute, tribally inspired course with percussion-driven work from Byron Metcalf, Terra Ambient, Rhizomorph, Rapoon, Suspended Memories, David Helpling & Jon Jenkins, Max Corbacho and Chad Hoefler. The beats range from strong to subtle, the feel moving from light to dark and back, the pulse and flow reaching to touch something primal within you.

From there it's off into quiet spaces crafted by Jeff Pearce, Phillip Wilkerson, Radium 88 and David Tagg. With only a few moments left, we turn to Dwight Ashley to end the journey with a characteristically dark and lovely piece from his first CD.

Comments welcome.

Enjoy the ride.

(A tip of the hat and a thank you to SonofGogue, who did the open and close for his dad. The sound's a touch muddy, but that's dad's fault!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fifty? Nifty!

I'm aware that subscribers come and subscribers go. I'm a stats geek, so I've watched the numbers rise and fall over the last two months.

This morning, however, I was pleased to see that for the first time my subscriber number topped 50. Fifty-two, to be exact.

I know that a large portion of my "audience" is the musicians who create the music, along with a small handful of friends who humor my appreciation of the music and my need to do the DJ thing. But it's nice to know that there's interest and it's growing. Helps me keep at it!

If you're one of the 50 or so, drop me an e-mail and let me know you're listening: hypnagogue [at]

And thank you.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 7

90 minutes of drifting spacemusic, lush ambient constructs and a little bit of groove.

This time around it's a collection of tracks from CDs I've gotten for review within the last three months, plus a couple of tracks I grabbed online. Enjoy work from Forrest Fang's amazing new CD, Phantoms; a quiet reflection from Mara's Torment; intriguing guitar textures, first from Silvercord and then Sleeping Me, in two very different styles; a folk-inspired track from Vox Populi!; club-worthy beats and deep construction from DJ Cybo; and flat-out improv funk from earWorm. A short break and then things get quiet with ambient guitar from Strom Noir;a meditative passage on a well-filtered and processed harmonium from a collaboration between Igneous Flame and Distubed Earth (followed by a solo piece from Igneous); an excerpt from a drone by Visitor; and our closing track, a complex musical equation from Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter.

Back in two weeks with more. As always, your comments are welcome via e-mail.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Keeping Good Company.

Friends: Beginning this Wednesday evening, August 12th, the Hypnagogue podcast will be available as part of the streaming audio schedule at

I've been a fan of stillstream for a couple of years now. If you're not familiar with it--and you should be--it's a 24/7 streaming repository of amazing ambient music. There are several live slots hosted by very talented and knowledgable folks like Stephen Philips, Tange, Vir Unis, Mike Metlay and more. And when they're not on, the tireless Wally the Ambient Robot takes the helm, picking from a staggering number of tracks from an impressive array of artists to keep the flow going.

The stillstream thang will just be the existing podcasts replayed via the station, but it should open up a bit more of an audience for the work. And who knows--if I ever get around to upgrading my setup, there could be a live show in the future.

Please tune in this Wednesday night at 8 pm CDT for the first installment. And be sure to bookmark You'll be glad you did.

peace & power,

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 6

Immerse yourself in 90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

Transmission begins deep in beat-driven territory, surrounded by noise, bass and percussion. As the flow smoothes and eases forward, we float through new lands of sun-shimmering sound and towering electronic constructs. We find a still pool and spend a few moments there. A wave of guitars leaves us in the company of a lonely piano. The journey moves outward to the stars. We drift, warmed by a cocoon of sound, to discover a tribal planet beneath an alien sun. We ride home on a dancing white dragon and close with a long, calming meditation.

Enjoy. Comments welcome.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 5

A new 90-minute set of ambient & electronic music.

We begin this time with a 50-minute celebration of the human voice before heading off into diverse ambient territory. The journey ends with a pair of strong electronic pieces--one a deepspace drift, the other a ramjet-fueled bit of planetfall.

Comments are welcome.

Also: please visit for ambient music reviews.

peace & power,

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 4

90 minutes of electronic & ambient music . . .

This time around, the podcast begins in the abstract end and later finds a beat before drifting back to the quiet side. With music from

Bruno Sanfilippo
Mark Mahoney
Dwight Ashley
Midnight Sound Service
The Current
Kevin Bartlett
Resonant Drift
Craig Padilla & Zero Ohms

Plus, an opening bit that gave me a chuckle for a good half-hour after I recorded it...

And remember, friends: your comments are always welcome, whether here or via e-mail to I know I've got some listeners/subscribers...take a moment to let me know how I'm doing.

peace & power,

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's only a little embarassing.

I have only just today downloaded episode 3 from iTunes, only to discover that I managed to upload a version I thought I had deleted. Hmm. It doesn't change the music any, I'm just a little talkier.

Oh well. Enjoy regardless!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 3

90 minutes of ambient & electronic music.

A little different approach this time--you'll enjoy tracks from a selection of Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CDs.

There's a little warble in my voice on this episode, probably the result of trying to convince Audacity that my tinny little microphone was a stereo device... But as always, the music sounds great.

This podcast is a little longer than the last two. I got talky...

Enjoy. Comments welcome.

peace & power,

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 2

A fresh 90 minutes of ambient & electronic music, from upbeat to downtempo.


peace & power,

PS: I'm aware that my voice is slightly overmodulated in this podcast and that p's, b's and f's come out quite badly. Rookie mistake, and I've since worked to fix it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thank you, friends!

I wanted to take a sec to thank the people who have stopped, listened, subscribed and commented on the podcast. It means a lot to me to know that it's being pretty well received. It's a week since the launch and 23 people have subscribed to the flow. Obviously that's not a world-shaking number in the podcast world, but it's a better start than I suspected.

The second edition is in the can, and I should be uploading it early next week. (Truth be told, I've got four in the pipeline, but that's just so I have some lead-time to help avoid deadlines.) Next time around you'll get music from:

Dave Preston
Sense Project
Zero Ohms
Igneous Flame
Philippe Emanuel Gueble
Orbital Decay
Larry Kucharz
Jonathan Block

Just as a heads-up...I'm still getting the hang of turning out a quality recording, so my voice in this one is very slightly overmodulated. But the music sounds great. I'm also looking at reducing the bitrate to reduce the file size--but I'm conflicted because I certainly don't want to sacrifice the quality of this wonderful music.

Look for the update next week. You can now subscribe to the 'cast on iTunes so that you never miss and episode! (You know, as long as I do the feed correctly....)

peace & power,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hypnagogue Podcast 1

Friends: Let's give this a go. In theory, the podcast is ready to roll. I've tested it, just going to the URL, and it ran fine.

Still working through the fiddly bits about uploading to iTunes, but we do need to test-fire the rockets before launching the craft, hey?

I'd appreciate it if you could drop me a line at to let me know, a) that you were actually able to access the podcast and b) what you thought.

peace & power,

Monday, June 1, 2009

Watch for the debut...

A copy of Audacity, a cheap microphone my son bought for Rockband, and an inner DJ that simply wants out...

Add those together and you've got the (hopefully) upcoming podcast from Hypnagogue. Every two weeks, 90 minutes of the best ambient and electronic music from around the world.

The first podcast features music from:

Steve Rose
Ministry of Inside Things
Sensitive Chaos
Parallel Worlds
Ran Kirlian
Synthetic Dream Foundation
Steve Roach

Give me a few days to sort out the technical side of things and we'll see if we can't get this thing underway...

peace & power,
aka The 'Gogue