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Akumu Boxset Inside
To celebrate the New Year, PingThings is offering FREE shipping on Akumu’s 3-Disc Boxset and all other orders over $50!!

This limited-edition box set includes a gorgeous package designed by David Keyes that holds the Magmas and Fluxes CDs and the Tapeten DVD. Each disc comes with an 8-page booklet of artwork and is individually hand-made and wrapped.

Click here to order and find out more from PingThings.

Continuing Akumu’s 10th year celebration, Fluxes now has been re-issued and is now available on CD Baby and iTunes in CD and Downloadable formats!

We also have some limited stock on the limited-edition hand-packaged versions available from our good friends at PingThings.com.

- Fluxes on iTunes (Downloadable)

- Fluxes on CDBaby.com (CD & MP3)

- Fluxes (Limited-Edition Version) on PingThings.com

In the next couple of weeks Magmas will be available.

Akumu 3-Disc Boxset Now Available!

Akumu Boxset Inside

Akumu Boxset Exterior with Discs

The new Akumu 3-Disc Boxset is now available and is on sale at pingthings.com for only $60!

To celebrate 10 years of Akumu, David Keyes has designed and produced a gorgeous package that holds the Magmas and Fluxes CDs and the Tapeten DVD. Each disc comes with an 8-page booklet of artwork and is individually hand-made and wrapped.

This is an *extremely* limited release, so head on over to pingthings.com to grab one.

*** Note: If you already own Magmas, Fluxes and Tapeten, we would gladly make you a custom box to hold them and complete the set. Contact me for details (akumu [at] spiderrecords [dot] com) ***

Akumu Box-Set Coming Soon!

To celebrate 10 years of Akumu, I’m releasing a limited-edition 3-disc Box Set of my most recent releases: Tapeten DVD, Fluxes CD and Magmas CD.

The set will be sold in a super-nice hand-crafted package designed by the amazing Mr. David Keyes. Numbers will be *very* limited on this release, so if you are interested in getting one, send me a note.

Pricing and photographs will be coming soon. I can’t wait for you to see it!

Reviews of “Fluxes” CD

Here are some nice things people had to say about “Fluxes” when it came out.

Selected reviews of “Fluxes”:

Eye Weekly – Toronto
Composer Guy Klucevsek described minimalism as “the search for the unknown inside the familiar.” The brittle pops and ringing feedback that form the sonic vocabulary of Akumu’s second album, Fluxes, are indisputably familiar to click ‘n’ cut-inundated bedroom electronica fans but the results are thrillingly foreign. Where Oval might contrast the chattering in “Evovle (Part 2)” against a wooly white noise, Toronto’s Deane Hughes presents them starkly with a handful of low bell tones to support their sickly crackles. Tracks like “Quietly Disruptive” evoke sheer dread, which is impressive considering the absence of shock treatment (ahem, Merzbow). Your iPod’s shuffle function would be wrong to put this on while you shop for groceries, but Fluxes deserves high marks in the ongoing competition for Best Soundtrack to an Imaginary David Cronenberg Movie.
(Dave Morris)

The Wire UK
Minimalist aesthetics have a way of highlighting the most distracting irrelevancies. The information that Toronto’s Deane Hughes has sourced material for his second album from binaural field recordings made in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico may excite interest; and the handcrafted Japanese paper gatefold it comes in may also delight. However, it’s the foregrounding and fine grain he brings to some of his sounds that will keep the senses most alert. Raising neat hackles across the skin that is by now used to being stretched to the digital limits of elasticity, Hughes offers a little more than the usual laptop protractions. Watch out for a slow-beat version of the same material at a later date.
(Ken Hollings)

Montreal Mirror
The latest ambient, zero-BPM effort from Toronto musician and sound designer Deane Hughes, aka Akumu, is gloriously meticulous. Build on recordings from trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, Hughes’ music reaches deep to immerse the listener in the dreamlike bustlings of the jungle floor. Instead of insects and lizards, Hughes’ microcosm crackles with digital chirps and analog hisses, synthetic sinewaves take the place of tropical winds and samples of Mexican markets and Mayan preachers are transmogrified into ethereal drones and alien textures. Excellent. 8/10.
(Raf Katigbak)

Hour Magazine – Montreal
Toronto’s Deane Hughes and Jeff McMurrich team up to produce 49 minutes of dark, ambient soundscapes using field recordings from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico (though it sounds more like the dark side of Pluto). Drones and static undulate slowly, creating a state of digital tension; faraway voices, sudden metallic boings and insect-like clicking, panning from left to right, life the listener into an altered state. While this certainly ain’t relaxing (it gave me nightmares when I tried sleeping to it), it’s not as disjointed as so much glitchy, minimal ambient music is nowadays. A lullaby for a homicidal 23rd century robot.
(Steve Lalla)

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