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"Codex Hypnos is a stunning musical paradox: both haunting and beautiful, energizing and relaxing, inner music and outer music for the soul. John Patterson/SourceCodeX's interwoven electronic soundscapes are emotionally moving and highly visual. Congrats to John!"
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SourceCodeX is a project by editor John W. Patterson.
His self-released album entitled Codex Hypnos is a droning atmospheric
recording wrapped in a semblance of gloom. In Greek mythology Hypnos is the personification of sleep and also the twin brother of Thanatos who is the personification of death. While a lot of music with darker themes often seems pretentious and overdone Codex Hypnos doesn’t forcefully try to sound creepy or morbid. No blood, gore, or anything of that sort is conveyed with this album. Rather what we have is a work of contemplative exploration of death, dying and natural decaybwhich is transmitted by deep, elongated drones and timbres that create a seemingly gravitational downward pull or suction like a massive vacuum. The music is solid yet abstract and colorless evoking grainy, gray-filled images. I would liken the experience of listening to Codex Hypnos to viewing the chaos and destruction of a tornado but safely from afar. There is a certain quality of beauty contained within these frightful passages like the barren lifeless beauty of the winter season.

Liner notes state this album was “done on a computer only” but many of the pieces consists of tonalities that sound like extended, manipulated brass and string instruments. In some parts the nearly orchestral elements remind me of an old black and white movie score and one track in particular, “DreamingHyperSleepDawn,” is almost hymnal and evocative of ancient cathedral ruins.

This recording almost has a supernatural feel and although I can appreciate it -- I certainly have to be in just the right mood for its (sometimes overwhelmingly) oppressive vibes. However I recommend it to those seeking a more finely executed dark ambient work and look forward to any further output from this artist.

~Reviewed by Candi Brammer

Read review here: Codex Hypnos Ambient Musings review

Codex Hypnos

John W. Patterson is a respected, honorable and talented music reviewer. His strongest asset as a reviewer – and editor – is his integrity. His opinions – and those of his staff – cannot be purchased at any price! (I can vouch for that. I submitted some reviews to him that absolutely slammed the discs. Despite protestations from at least one of the artists, John published the reviews as written with only a small disclaimer.) He runs a rather large website – – that publishes reviews of a diverse collection of styles and genres.

John is also a talented musician. His original instrument is the guitar but his heart is with the synth. He records as SourceCodeX and his debut CD is Codex Hypnos. It is a journey – in eight movements – through the inner
and outer psychescapes of consciousness, unconsciousness and conscience. John created these deep drones and warm atmospheres entirely with software synths and music editing programs. John’s love for this style of music shimmers as he delivers a refined package with raw power. His minimalist approach defines the drones. The drones define the atmospheres. The atmospheres define the psychescapes. The psychescapes define his minimalist approach.

Throughout the entire adventure, the music evokes and provokes on several emotional and spiritual planes. This is a great CD from a true musician’s friend! ~ Jim Brenholts

" I may write a great deal about electronic music, but I'm fairly clueless about the technology that goes into creating it. So it blows my mind to hear something that sounds as beautiful as the music on Codex Hypnos and realize that it was created completely on John's computer without the use of external hardware.

. . . I got a real sense of thematic development and could easily see this as the backdrop for the sci fi flick scene in which the ship has lost all power and is now just floating aimlessly through space. Very image inducing stuff indeed. And John keeps the music interesting by gradually and subtly changing course and presenting the listener with a continually evolving vantage point.

Overall I have to say there is some top notch space-ambient and soundscape music to be heard on this set. Bring along a little imagination and John will do the rest.

~ Jerry Kranitz of

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" . . . the pieces are very well composed and constructed. The intensity buildups are slow but constantly evolving. The moods of the songs are well felt by the listener and there are no wasted segments. The performance is excellent and the production is quite good for a limited budget project. This to me sounds like a pretty good album and clocking at 78 minutes, you get a lot of music to digest.

So, if you are into dark (or even depressing) ambient music, "Codex Hypnos" is an album to check out . . . so give this stuff a listen. What have you got to lose? Except maybe YOUR SANITY!!!"

~ Marc Roy of

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"Sleep Til . . ." from Codex Hypnos was featured in's Electronic Cottage Show on March 7th, 2004 as the opening track! Thanks Jerry Kranitz!
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SourceCodex: Codex Hypnos
Reviewed by Loren Bacon Playing time: 77:41 (8 tracks) Label: Private release Release date: 2004 Availability: Online

" ... SourceCodex is the working name of John W. Patterson whose fondness for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror is obvious in his song titles like HALsleep, ForbiddenAmbientPlanet, and Nazgul Caves. In terms of genre, this recording is electronic ambient with leanings toward the darker
side. Ambient is a difficult genre in terms of making it interesting and yet not breaking out of the genre into some other form. The terms "drones" and "interesting" don't seem like they would often mix, yet that's what the ambient artist is up against.

The press release indicated that these songs had
evolved of the past two years which was good to see that they were not rushed onto CD. Far too often a newcomer to soft synths slams together a few loops and thinks that's all there is to making music. Patterson has obviously spent his time adding various textures and allowing the pieces to evolve, sometimes on their own, as he notes.... All told, however, I found his CD well worth the time and a fine beginning work.

by "SourceCodeX" (John Patterson)
Privately published, 2004
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John Patterson (code name SourceCodeX) is the founder of the ASMID forum, and his Website publishes my reviews, so I'd better not say anything bad about his first album of "dark ambient" music. Well, there isn't anything really bad to say, so relax, John. Through the Marvels of Modern Technology it is now possible for anyone with a few bucks' worth of equipment to turn out the music of their choice. John has been a dedicated musical amateur for a long time, and now that he has enough gear he's emboldened himself to share his sonic fantasies with us.

Well, you can tell from the titles alone that SourceCodeX is a horror/fantasy writer and major s.f. film fan. Track 2 is named "HALSleep," track 4 "Dark Star Voids," track 6 "Forbidden Ambient Planet." You get the (moving) picture. The sound is certainly appropriate. CodeX relies on closely spaced, dissonant tone clusters and stacked-up layers of electronic drones to convey a sense of ominous dread. There is little or no melodic element and not much range of loud or soft, which puts this into the realm of "drone" ambient. (Stephen Philips and DarkDuck, take notice.)

CodeX knows how to set a mood, even if it's not a pleasant one. No one would mistake "CODEX HYPNOS" for the pretty ambient dreams of some of the artists represented by the "Hypnos" label.
CodeX knows how to make an emotional impact with his restricted sound-spectrum. In some tracks, such as the aforementioned "Dark Star Voids," the sense of darkness is truly oppressive and almost suffocating. In "Arrival and Fly-By," you get a vision of a huge, insectoid spacecraft which is definitely not here on a friendly basis. CodeX's filmic influence is evident in the last two tracks, number 7 "Nazgul Caves" and number 8, "InnerWorldStopTime," which has dialogue samples from films like "Blade Runner" and "The Matrix." He runs some of the voices backwards to reveal their satanic content.

Honestly, some of this is Really Scary Stuff. You shouldn't listen to this while using Substance, or while eating dinner, or before you go to sleep. Some of its pulsing vibrations can have almost a physical effect on you. It is also very long, almost 78 minutes, and perhaps best listened to in sections. If you are a Lovecraft or horror fan, as CodeX is, then this is just for you. I put CODEX HYPNOS in the "Not for the Faint-Hearted" category.

I have to add some criticism, not aesthetic but technical. Some of CodeX's effects do not flow into each other with smooth transitions, the way I'm used to hearing in ambient of all kinds.
They kind of cut off abruptly and change quickly, and I'm not sure that this is what CodeX intended. The cut-offs tend to interrupt the flow of dread, even if they are not immediately apparent. . . .
~ Hannah M.G. Shapero 3/7/04

"John has created a stimulating work with some intriguing textures and sounds. There is a nice variety and flow that makes this an enjoyable album, recommended for fans of darker deep space ambient. It certainly is a very promising debut. As John's craft grows and he fleshes out his work further, SourceCodeX is definitely one to watch!"
~ Dodds of
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"This release is a treat for fans of experimental electronica and dark ambient music . . . a very interesting release. It's beautiful in spots, haunting in others, and occasionally disturbing. "
~ Jim of
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". . . the results, as gathered on this freshman effort, make for a workable piece of dark listening . . . carries the listener through tense, beatless soundscapes that are unrelenting in their grimness. The drones are soothing in a disturibing kind of way . . . layered his sounds very well. There's a lot going on below the surface . . . I rather expect to hear more and better from SourceCodeX.
~ John Shanahan of Hypnagogue: Ambient Music News and Reviews
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" . . . from light emanations to dark murky cracks in space this cacophony of sonic states propels you into strange new worlds . . . " ~ Diatonis, (notable ambient music recording artist)

"Codex Hypnos is a stunning musical paradox: both haunting and beautiful, energizing and relaxing, inner music and outer music for the soul. John Patterson/SourceCodeX's interwoven electronic soundscapes are emotionally moving and highly visual. Congrats to John!"
~ Chuck Wild of Liquid Mind

"Excellent SCI-FX Ambient work. Could easily have been part of the filmscore to 2001 or 2010. Kudos."
~ Stephanie Sante

Quick notes on my Codex Hypnos release and the "SourceCodeX" project . . .

I am mainly a guitarist (since 1967) but have always had a strong fetish for synth musicks. I have been kicking around since the very first synth musicks appeared on the scene and have loved every blip and bleep. The New Age era fostered the arrival of drones and atmospheric and ethereal space music -- some being void of rhythms. This form of amorphous synth musick naturally pulled me in as it had profound effects on my inner worlds and shifted my pysche. I recognized a "power" in this genre to evoke altered consciousness.

In 2002 I began experimenting with various software-based synths and sound editing programs. As a music reviewer, I have the pleasure of hearing musicks many will never have the chance to enjoy. In this deep sea of blissful inspiration I was destined to "give back" my own twisted echoes of the genre. Codex Hypnos is the results of decades of listening and a few months of learning the right software.

No external hardware was used! This music's origin is 99% from the silicon cities of your very basic, everyday, personal computer. Some vocal samples, (myself, my Yorkshire Terrier "Jenkins", assorted movie out-takes) and very short, royalty-free wav file loops were reprocessed for some portions of a few pieces. I was inspired to go full throttle with finishing this "soft-synths" project after brief e-discussions with synth composer James Johnson and recording software authority Scott Garrigus.

Most of Codex Hypnos was created and finalized between November 2003 and January 2004. Only two pieces were first envisioned and created in their "virgin" states back in 2002 and then lost their "innocence" in late 2003.

I wrote these eight pieces in isolation from, being unrelated to any theme and then upon listening to them -- a theme was clearly evoked. Tracks 1 through 8 are arranged now as a "journey" by an introspective voyager into unknown outer and inner realms of consciousness. This "pyche-naut" encounters regions of placid lightscapes, formless voids, ominous darker and threatening regions, and then a final wasteland where the death of Time and a time of Death is experienced.

I am also a published sci-fi, fantasy and horror writer and an avid fan of all things releated to these pursuits of speculative fiction and entertainment. Codex Hypnos is my perfect soundscape of varied ambience now to be shared with all those dreamers of similar eclectic visions and vices.

Enjoy! And thanks for listening.

I am really a one-man show when it comes to my electronic music creations. I do experience the occasional "band" collisions. I enjoy a good jam when I am on guitar or bass.

As far as what's going on with my very first CD:

Itza real head trip to get into -- truly consciouness-shifting . . .

I am a very critical guy and a pefectionist and after years of hearing and reviewing the best and the worst of many genres I sorta know what is cool vs sonic-doo-doo --

So . . . I wrote this stuff for my own pleasure to get off on and zone out / chemical-free trip on and it works! Some stuff is relaxing, some is very creepy, and other stuff is just fun to experience like a sci-fi flick for yer ears. I hope other folks find it a novel experience too.

Pass on the word about this Codex Hypnos release to yer buds. The more of these I sell, the more gear and tools I can buy and my stuff can only get better, in my humble opinion.

Rock on & Zone out!

Notice: Four pieces updated Jan 22, 2004 with new versions for final release!!
Why this name?

Source code is the key to the unseen that drives the seen. A Codex can be viewed as the Plan, the Word of Power. Put it all together and you get SourceCodeX. Purchase ALL my CDs here.

Do you play live?

I rarely play live. I acually prefer impromptu private jam sessions with friends as the best musical moments often happen when nothing is planned and then it all falls into place and a vibrant and living music is born. Purchase CodeX Hypnos CD and others here.

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
MP3 files allow (seconds) quick exchange of ideas (info) that may have taken hours or even years to compile. Such communication is what we now all expect and soon such instant music will cause the corporate "hogs" to lose their grip on art. They never have deserved to dictate what is acceptable. Money should never direct inspiration and artistic freedom. Hooray for the internet! Purchase ALL my CDs here.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It depends on the label and their track record as well as if I know the folks running the gig -- then I would be open to signing, be it a full release or a song or two for a compilation CD. Purchase CDs here.
Band History:
Since 1967 SourceCodeX has been approaching critical mass.

Group Members: John W. Patterson aka SourceCodeX

Albums: Ambient Space Music CodeX Hypnos is available now! More info on my CDs here.

Codex Hypnos is a semi-thematic creation beginning with a deep-space / deep-consciousness explorer being "put under" and "tripping the light fantastic" of other realms. As life itself presents us, our cosmick voyager encounters placid zones of light as well as disturbing circles of discontent and darkness. The outro piece is an unsettling trip towards the death of Time and what lies beyond all we believe . . . enjoy the trip. I did.

Early Reviews of Codex Hypnos:

"John! Very cool ambient music, very cool!"
~ Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide writer and
published author on ambient musicks

" . . . what pleasure to hear you enjoying your creativity. I can feel the love you have for this music and the great digital tools you are using. Keep the music coming, keep creating John, it's already good and it's only going to get better. Glad to welcome you as a fellow artist." ~ Don Slepian, (synth music pioneer)

"Like Jeff Greinke's work, dark, brooding, and really tasteful. A fantastic mix of quiet ambience AND motion . . . a great, balanced work. Not too mellow, not too active, just great stuff I highly recommend. Mature and confident, yet creative and exploratory, this shows us all what an experienced person can do when he puts his mind to it." ~ Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet

"Gorgeous!! Deep, and dark, and full of energy ... this is really really good music my friend! The structure is fantastic ... and very adventurous. Not the typical gooshy ambient space music ear candy we so often hear. Very well done!!!!" ~ Palancar (ambient composer and recording artist)

"Thanks for sharing your music. It sounds very good. Keep up the good work!" ~ Dino Pacifici, synth music composer and artist

"Just to say how much I like your music.
Its great! keep it up. I have a band called Wood, and we do the same sort of thing. Its really nice to hear music that is going in the same direction
as we are." ~ Wood

"'innerworldstoptime' is cool: I like the shifting speeds of the drone-- almost race car-in-outerspace sounding...." ~ Gears of Sand

Additional Info: (Please feel free to offer info, expertise, and even your olde, unused sound gear, and equipment to the SourceCodeX project. Your input and "electronix stuff" will be put to use in ways you never dreamt. "It could be made into a monster if we all pull together as a team." ~ Floyd)

Location: Wake Forest, NC - USA

Your influences?

Musical Influences: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, Tangerine Dream, Tonto's Expanding Head Band, Michael Hedges

Similar Artists: (synth musicks)SourceCodeX, Steve Roach, Jeff Greinke, Dark Ambience of Robert Rich, Larry Fast, Klaus Schulze, Edgar Varèse, Morton Subotonick, Wendy Carlos

(guitar musicks) Pink Floyd, Carlos Santana, Allan Holdsworth, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh, Harvey Mandel Purchase CodeX Hypnos CD here.

Favorite spot?
In the arms of my sweetheart . . . at Glacier National Park in Montana . . . ahhhhhh CDs ALL found here.
Equipment used:
Instruments: Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, violins, assorted gear, PC, vox and more sound-manipulative devices . . . Purchase CodeX Hypnos and ALL other CDs here.

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