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Secret Music Oophoi Tribute

Scott Raymond’s April 14 Secret Music playlist in tribute to Oophoi was especially comprehensive, and included tracks from all four of Oophoi’s solo and collaborative works on Hypnos. Thank you, Scott!

Here’s my playlist for Sunday, April 14, 2013. No show last week, as I had to work. On today’s show, I played several pieces featuring Gianluigi Gasparetti, aka Oophoi, who passed away earlier this week. A great talent gone too soon.

Scott Raymond
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Fishkill, NY 12524

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Secret Music Playlist, 4/14/2013

Artist Song Album

Oophoi Drifting Into Blank Space Athlit

Celer A Small Push Into Exile Without Retrospect, The Morning
Max Corbacho Web Of Eyes The Ocean Inside
Eyes Cast Down Expanse Of Heart The Separate Ones

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oophoi Distance To Zero I Distance To Zero

Rene Splinter Lemniscate Singularities
Picture Palace Music Fiery Fountain Of The Stars Indulge The Passion
Bertrand Loreau Mini Mood Nostalgic Steps

Darwin Raymond A Summer Embrace Somewhere The Sun Shines Brightly
Mirror To Mirror The Store Body Moving Slowly
Cousin Silas & Empty Whale Sensing Change Silas & Friends Vol.1
Jack Hertz & Cousin Silas Nagual Jaguars & Shamen

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi Blue Fire The Martian Chronicles
Oophoi The Last Farewell Time Fragments Vol.2

David Van Tieghem Even As We Speak Thrown For A Loop
Glenn Main Echoes From The Past Ripples
Remy & Synth.NL Traffic Cones Primitives

Nebulae Enlightenment The Path Of White Clouds

Oophoi Tribute on Sunday Evening Sinewaves

Due to the recent passing of Gianluigi Gasparetti, better known as Oophoi (see previous news item), several radio stations have played some of his music. Perhaps the most interesting and original idea comes from Darren Bergstein, host of Sunday Evening Sinewaves, in which he plays only artists/groups whose name begins with “O,” in tribute to Oophoi. A couple of Hypnos items are included. Thank you, Darren.

SUNDAY EVENING SINEWAVES / with Darren Bergstein / 6-9 EST/US
Playlist for April 14th

> SES page http//www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm
> HGRNJ home page http//www.homegrownradionj.com

> This week: “The Story of O” (playing artists/groups beginning with that letter) & in the middle hour: a tribute to Oöphoi.

ARTIST | “Track title” | Album | (Label)

OPUS III “I Talk to the Wind” Mind Fruit (EPM)
OMNIVORE “My Wiggly Tale” One Giant Leap (Interactive)
PAULINE OLIVEROS “Reverberations” Ghostdance (Deep Listening)
OMICRON “Tranquility Base” Acrocosm (Instinct Ambient)
OPIK “Chimera” Opik (Concrete)
OMENYA “Where the Temple Stands” Kali Mantras (Soleilmoon)
OBERMAN KNOCKS “Degonnt Type Runners” Beatcroff Slabs (Aperture)
SEIGEN ONO “Caramba” Nekonotopia Nekonomania (Made to Measure)
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER “Russian Mind” Rifts (No Fun)
OCTOSCOPE “Intergalactic Clouds of Orange” Octophobic (Hypnotic)
PATRICK O’HEARN “The Illusionist” Eldorado (Private Music)
OÖPHOI “On Wings of Light” (excerpt) Athlit (Hypnos)
OÖPHOI & TAU CETI “Chryse Planitia” Celestial Geometries (Arya)
OÖPHOI “An Aerial View (excerpt)” An Aerial View (Glacial Movements)
OÖPHOI “Tramonto in Sila” Arpe di Sabbia (Nextera)
OÖPHOI & PAUL VNUK JR “Distance to Zero I” (excerpt) Distance to Zero (Hypnos)
OÖPHOI “Samtenbardo (excerpt)” Bardo (Electroshock)
OÖPHOI “Diaphanous Shadows” Mare Vaporum (Practising Nature)
OPIUM “Eternity” The Reborn of the Rebel Angel (Hic Sunt Leones)
OTARION “Die Meere” Es Werde Licht (Manikin)
OM “Peace of Mind” Instant Enlightenment (C&S)
OXYD “Frozen” Astral Border (Aliens Production)
OPEN CANVAS “Spice Caravan” Indumani (Waveform)
O YUKI CONJUGATE “A Darker Belief” Peyote (Multimood)
ORBITAL “Kein Trink Wasser” Snivilisation (FFRR)
ORACLE “Tree” Tree (Swim)
ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK “Bunker Soldiers” Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Virgin)

DARREN BERGSTEIN
Periphery & Anodize / tactile visual audio
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Oöphoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti) Has Passed Away

I regret to report, for those of you who have not already seen the news on Facebook, the Hypnos Forum, or the ambient@hyperreal.org listserv, that Gianluigi Gasparetti, best known as Oöphoi, founder of the magazine Deep Listenings, and also founder of the Umbra & Penumbra labels, has passed away at age 55.

You will find many people sharing memories and photos HERE, on the Hypnos Forum.

Some of my very earliest memories as an ambient musician and label owner involve Gigi, as his friends called him. I first knew him as a magazine publisher and writer, and was delighted to find this Italian-language magazine devoted to ambient music had given rave reviews to the first few CDs released by Hypnos.

Gigi transitioned from ambient music fan to practitioner, and while the majority of those who attempt this move never create music that amounts to much, he became as Oöphoi truly one of the most noteworthy artists in the scene from the late 90s onward.

We communicated on many subjects over the years, and I had the pleasure of releasing four CDs of his music, with others in various stages of planning or potential discussion. The four already released include the following:

Oöphoi – Athlit

Athlit was the first Hypnos first release by Oöphoi, and ended up being his only solo work we released. There were many discussions of doing other solo releases, but sometimes Gigi was impatient. It often seemed that if two labels were interested in releasing some of his work, he went with whichever label wanted to release it soonest.

Paul Vnuk Jr. & Oöphoi – Distance to Zero

Distance to Zero was an album we considered somewhat overlooked. It found a modest listenership, but not the acclaim it deserved. Perhaps time will look more favorably upon it, and it will rise in the estimation of the ambient music scene in general.

Nebulæ – The Path of White Clouds

The Path of White Clouds was a reissue of an out-of-print album by Nebula, a sort of ambient music “supergroup.” Due to some concerns about the several other recording artists releasing work under the name Nebula, the decision was made to alter the name slightly to Nebulæ for the reissue. Group member Klaus Wiese passed away during the time we were preparing this reissue.

Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi – The Martian Chronicles

Another Oöphoi collaboration, this time with Seren Ffordd, an ambient artist from Wales whose work Gigi had introduced to the world on his Umbra & Penumbra labels. He also encouraged me to release some Seren Ffordd work on Hypnos, which has led to the strong ongoing relationship between us. Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi had such a successful collaboration, they completed a second CD worth of material around the same time. We originally discussed the idea of making the release a double CD, but the two discs were of such different sonic quality from one another, we settled on releasing them as related but separate albums.

We are currently working on The Dreaming Waters, the second album by Seren Ffordd & Oöphoi, which will come out on Hypnos in 2013. Fans of Oöphoi’s music are fortunate to have such a large body of work available, with perhaps a few more items like this one still to be released.

I personally (that is, Hypnos founder Mike Griffin) had worked intermittently on a collaborative project with Gigi. We created about two CDs worth of music, some of it very fine, but somehow we were both so busy with other things that we never quite got around to finishing it. Perhaps I’ll find a way to edit and finalize those tracks some day, and release them in tribute to Gigi. He was so friendly, and in touch with so many recording artists around the world, that I have no doubt other collaborative projects exist in semi-finished states. I hope we will hear more of these in the future.

Though we’ve lost our friend, he has left us many soundworlds to explore.

The Martian Chronicles Reviewed by Textura

Here’s a recent review by Textura of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, the latest from Seren Ffordd & Oophoi.

Speaking of extraterrestrial, The Martian Chronicles, the first collaboration between long-time Hypnos contributors Seren Ffordd & Oophoi, takes its name from a story collection by Ray Bradbury (by the way, Seren Ffordd, the alias adopted by Andy Benford is Welsh for Star Road, Way of Stars, or Milky Way, while Italian ambient-drone composer Gianluigi Gasparetti is the man behind Oophoi). The seventy-four-minute set elaborates on its sci-fi connection in seven ethereal moodscapes the duo recorded between 2006 and 2009 using synths, samples, percussion, and field recordings as the primary sources (the album was mixed at Benford’s StarWeb studio, aptly enough). The journey is mysterious, deep, and immersive, especially when the settings flow uninterruptedly from one to the next. The second track, “Dead Cities,” already finds us inhabiting deep space, as suggested by the lulling ebb and flow of the gaseous exhalations that dominate its early goings. A choir seems to faintly intone alongside the instrumental sounds (also during “Canals”), though that could simply be a hallucinatory response to the alien sounds in play. Cavernous rumblings convincingly conjure the vast emptiness of space before “Blue Fire” brings a rather more serene mood to the album. An occasional real-world sound, such as the chirping birds and rain downpour in “Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm,” adds a more concrete dimension to the generally abstract character of the sound design. Regardless of mood, the tracks unfold slowly, a move that in turn heightens their immersive potential, and there’s a grandiosity to the pair’s material, not to mention drama and depth. Though it’s very much in the deep ambient tradition, The Martian Chronicles is also a superb example of the genre and one aficionados would do well to investigate.

–Reviews by Textura
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Reviews of The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd & Oophoi

Catching up on posting reviews received… going to combine several together! Here are three for The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oophoi, reviews by Hypnagogue, Joseph Pe, and Terrascope UK. Our thanks to all reviewers, both official and informal!

Drone masters Seren Fford and Oöphoi interface with the spirit of Ray Bradbury on the long-form ambient work The Martian Chronicles. This is an impressionistic work, the sounds and drones carving images of the Martian landscape in your mind. And that landscape evolves across time. At the outset, the scene is sparse, windswept red dust issuing over cold ground. A sense of loneliness gnaws through the sound. Late in the first track, “The Long Years,” the feeling is so stripped down it becomes almost unnerving. The duo carry the unease straight into “Dead Cities,” where low funereal drones moan under a quiet, freezing hush. As the piece goes along it slowly grows in vibrancy and light, moving us into a more inviting landscape. It’s the first sense of forward motion, of narrative discovery. We understand that we’re on the cusp of something, and it arrives in “Blue Fire” with some unexpected percussion. We’re taken through a brief passage with tribal overtones, like a look into some lost civilization’s past or the finding of some indigenous culture’s outpost. It’s a great touch, even as slight as it is, after such a long ambient stretch. This is where the tone of the disc begins to shift toward the optimistic and organic. Water is discovered in “Canals,” the sound quietly burbling over warm ambient cloud formations. Again, the tone here is warmer and more welcoming than in earlier tracks. We’ve arrived somehow at a different, hospitable Mars. More signs of life come with “Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm.” The chittering of a thousand electronic Martian avians bounce and dance over a virtually unchanging drone. Thunder begins to roll in the background. The simplicity of the undercurrent tone is amazingly effective, a straight-line constant against the chaos laid over it. The disc closes with the prayer-like chant of “Unremembered,” a quite straightforward ambient piece, meditative and reverent.

Throughout The Martian Chronicles, the layering of sounds is incredible. Even in the most still-wind moments there’s motion and depth and interplay. This is the kind of disc where you pop on the headphones, lay in the dark, and let your mind start building scenery. The sensations that Seren Fford and Oöphoi are able to convey through their sounds are quite visceral and moving. In addition, the movement of the disc, start to finish, is one of the best examples of creating a sonic narrative that I’ve heard in a while. There is an arc here, and it’s fully developed and completely realized. This is a truly masterful piece of work.

–Review by Hypnagogue

“…this new release really surprised me. A masterpiece, it has brought out the best of the two artists–a true synergy here. This work will be a classic (if it’s not one already). Another win for hypnos!”

–Review by Hypnos customer Joseph Pe

The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi is an album of sparse, atmospheric electronic music inspired by the classic SF novel written by Ray Bradbury. The album takes its inspiration from the Martian aspects of the novel in particular, opening with a fifteen minute cut ‘The Long Years,’ which through a combination of perfectly judged drones, synths and deeply reverberated sounds evokes the coldness and distance of the environment. ‘Dead Cities’ brings in a different set of textures to the mix, based on a drone that sounds like a long, alien breath, breathing in, out, in… haunting and effective. Half way through, the textures change to bring a more technological feel to the sound. ‘Blue Fire,’ the third fifteen-minute cut, continues the theme of slow drift drones overlaid with mysterious effects, this time sounding like reverberated voices, though they’re probably synths. ‘End Of A Changeling’ plays with the structure of the book and the album, which is presented in reverse order; the cut is brief, composed of sections from all the other tracks mixed by Seren Ffordd into a pivot, around which the album turns. ‘Canals’ brings field recordings of water into the mix, while ‘Flamebirds Waiting For The Sun’ features weirdly mutated bird sounds to create a particularly effective and atmospheric track. Album closer ‘Unremembered’ features a synth drone like a heavenly choir, completing the experience in suitable style. For those who’ve read the book, this ambient delight will be an intriguing discovery.”

–TMC review by Stephen Palmer on Terrascope – http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_October_11.htm#SynthRoundup

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