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OÖPHOI

Progressive Electronic • Italy


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Oöphoi which means the primordial cosmic egg is a sonic ambient project formed by Gianluigi Gasparetti. A first album has been signed in 1996 on Stefano Musso (Alio Die) own label. Musicaly Oöphoi delivers an harmonised combination between electronic dronescapes, concrete noises and acoustic wind / chordal instruments. this project tries to capture the neurophysiological potential of sounds, the essence of ancient memorial places and hermetism.

See also: Robert Rich, Brian Eno, Alio Die

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Static Soundscapes: Three Lights at the End of the World
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Spirals Of Time
1998
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Night Currents
1998
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Mare Tranquillitatis
2001
5.00 | 1 ratings
Oöphoi & Tau Ceti- Celestial Geometries
2001
3.08 | 3 ratings
Athlit
2002
4.90 | 3 ratings
Bardo
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mare Imbrium
2003
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Dreams Of Shells
2003
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An Aerial View
2008

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 Bardo by OÖPHOI album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.90 | 3 ratings

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Bardo
Oöphoi Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Gianluigi Gasparetti's (1958 - 2013) aka Oophoi, "Bardo", 2002, is an almost sunken progressive electronic treasure , discovered by few and the kind of masterwork that will only find its true magnitude in perceptive electronic, prog/electronic music followers. BARDO is deep, creative, uncommonly attractive and unique in *almost all of its forms, structures, music language and music composition. *(If not for a quiet used vocal/chorus treatment on track 3 "A Path Of The Lights",I would have written all).

Flawless in all these regards and dwelling relentesly between highly beautiful melody lines and detached, dreamy/industrial/obscure/dim-lighted environments simultaneously, it grows deeper as its slow paced motion progresses and these common elements never cease or weaken in any form but only through a pitch-perfect transformation guided by the increasingly inspired melody lines, which dictaminate the course to be taken.

4 fully attired tracks, unique in concept and appearance each, invite the listener to pay full attention to its subtle delicacies, but their trance/hypnotic essence is upfront and quivering with fresh proposals and details to entice your attention easily.

A masterwork from any given angle!

*****5 "FULL" PA stars.

 Oöphoi & Tau Ceti- Celestial Geometries by OÖPHOI album cover Studio Album, 2001
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Oöphoi & Tau Ceti- Celestial Geometries
Oöphoi Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
5 stars If you can imagine two contradictory, fully dressed to their bare naked sonic width, melody lines, playing alongside their opposite mood and creating a very hard to turn down, hypnotic, progressive/electronic, DRONE (shoegaze) like, earthly/cosmic journey whose slow motion pace, demands full attention (heavy duty prog heads this is where you skip this review), well you are in for a ride!

Somehow this Oophoi & Tau Ceti "Celestial Geometries", 2001, just pulls it off by sheer great music composition. Two minds, without diminishing their own human souls, interact to construct this extremely well balanced friendship between, otherwise, impossible worlds into one.

To their many advantages, they take all the time needed, but not a mili-second more. A seven compositions, 70 minutes release, with unique identities on each track, makes this trip rich in these always counterpointed approaches and emotions.

As if the final destruction of the world met its match in its Big Bang! High flying hopes, deep down bottom fears simultaneously and with an extremely slow, minimalistic, yet highly attractive music composition to keep you hooked if you are willing.

*****5 PA stars.

 Bardo by OÖPHOI album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.90 | 3 ratings

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Bardo
Oöphoi Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

5 stars Oöphoi "Bardo" CD

Even if "Bardo" was released long time ago, back in 2002 on Russian Electroshock Records, with this review I would like to pay a little tribute to sole protagonist of Oöphoi, Gianluigi "Gigi" Gasparetti, who has recently passed away after a long fight with illness at the age of 55 years.

I consider "Bardo" as one of the most treasured and influential works of this Italian drone shaman. Yes, undoubtedly "Bardo" is absolutely fascinating sonic voyage beyond the gates, accomplishing the state of sheer contemplation and transcendence. Based on Bardo, which means in Tibetan Buddhism a state between death and rebirth, the intermediate state. There are six states of Bardo, the album focuses on four of them. The journey unfolds with "Samten Bardo - Contemplation" (Bardo of Meditation), which dives deeply into mammoth sonic cave, where monstrous drone tsunami is occasionally reinforced by various primordial reverberations, ominous voices and tremulous hums. An ultimate sonic therapy!!! And appropriate exercise for your speakers too... Drone meditations have never sounded more grandiose and immersing, this is a track for your Throne of Drones!!! Flatlined drones invade "Chikai Bardo - Dissolution" (Bardo of the Course of Death), but soon they are united with eerie, hallucinogenic voices and assorted industrialized dissonances (some of them evoking screeching sounds of the passing train). Stunningly weird, but intense and stimulating deep trance-ambient solitudes. Ear- and mind-bending too... This deeply meditative drone odyssey overlaps also to the next composition, "Chonyi Bardo - A Path Of The Lights" (Bardo of the After-death). Intriguing mystery soon reveals, when exotic embellishments and sparse gongs and bells join this long-form piece, clocking to 29 minutes. After about 8 minutes Tibetan Buddhist Monks begin chanting their prayers along with ear-tickling percussions here and there and shift this composition into absolutely essential and magnificent high-altitude plateau. Slowly droning and gradually expanding into gracefully spectacular pilgrimage site. Yes, this is a truly unforgettable aural adventure that everyone must experience to reach this spiritual oasis!!! This is for me, along with David Parsons' "Mani", a true Sagarmāthā among the Tibetan Buddhism-infused ambient contemplations!!! "Sipai Bardo - Crossing The Bridge Of Existence The Eternal Cycle" (Bardo of the Rebirth within Samsara) blossoms with low rumbling drone expansions, ghostly voices and diverse noisier disruptions, and smoothly cascades and culminates through immense, mysteriously permeated terrains, before reaching powerfully intense pinnacle, a grand finale I must say!!!

"Bardo" is one of the many milestones in Oöphoi's amazing discography!!! But the words are pouring very hard and I am not ashamed of tears in my eyes as the Lord of unfathomable drones now continues his journey beyond the gates of this world with kindred spirits such as Klaus and Kristian. Grazie Gigi, grazie grande Oöphoi, you will never be forgotten!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 20, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)

 Athlit by OÖPHOI album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.08 | 3 ratings

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Athlit
Oöphoi Progressive Electronic

Review by Ktulu4997

3 stars There is not much to say about Oophoi. The soundscapes that Gianluigi are cool and relaxing, but the "music", if you wish to call it that, is no where near the quality of artists like Steve Roach or Brian Eno, two exemplary ambient artists. It is unfair to compare this music to that of the masters, but being a fan of ambient music, there was really nothing engaging about this album. When listened to in the right setting (you be the judge of that) it can actually be quite interesting. I listened to the album when I was trying to fall asleep, which is not a bad thing, because good ambient music has a calming effect on your mind, but there was nothing but droning textures.

Oophoi's music is quite relaxing and that's about it. There is nothing special here, just your typical ambient artist.

 The Spirals Of Time by OÖPHOI album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.00 | 2 ratings

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The Spirals Of Time
Oöphoi Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Spirals Of Time has been recorded back in 1997 in an old farmhouse in Assisi (Central Italy). This album is the quintessential and the most representative effort from G Gasparetti. The performance provides an imaginative trip through the magical principles of traditional-sacred music from the east and drone ambient electronic experiments. Consequently the content is focused on extended lienar phrases, static-amorphous droning textures. The slow organic movements of sounds seem to relax the bodily tension, they grow up into a bodily performance. The instrumentation reaches mantric like proportions. The subject and the object are like intertwined in a common ritual due to the openness of the musical-metaphorical "shamanism" relation. Spirals of time develops an interesting approach on bodily dialogue in the symbolical musical field. However for current listeners can conceived this one as boring meditative voyage with too much low transtensity, with an innacurate protensity for usual listens. Others can perceive a medium of nonverbal communication. This album can also ravish fans of established ambient dronescapes released by Steve Roach, Alio Die, Vidna Obmana...
Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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