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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Forum Member Projects News and Promotion => Topic started by: Campus Stellae on December 03, 2011, 02:15:05 AM

Title: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 03, 2011, 02:15:05 AM
After highly regarded and critically acclaimed album Distance To Zero released in 2006 on Hypnos, italian ambient artists Oöphoi and american synthetist, percussionist and sound designer Paul Vnuk Jr. (also known from tribal ambient duo Ma Ja Le with Christopher Short) decided to release their new dark ambient masterpiece called Dreamfields on Czech label Nextera.

Paul Vnuk reveals: "For me the story of Dreamfields starts before our [Gigi’s & my] first collaboration Distance to Zero. Back in 2005 I sent Gigi a CD of loops improvised in my studio on a Lexicon Jamman and a Boomerang looping pedal. Part of those even included my then 8-year-old son reading improvised poetry. These loops were meant to get the ball rolling on our collaboration, but rather than using these loops at the time, Gigi instead sent me back a set of all new tracks that were inspired by my loops. I then added my parts and that became our 1st album. Then in 2009, unknown to me he went back to those original loops and blended them into his alchemic audio processes and created a whole new musical work. I then spent parts of 2010 and 2011 overdubbing further additions, crafting a final mix and a master. Dreamfields is a deep collaboration made up of many layers. I see it as a great sonic painting that contains a nice balance of our individual voices as well as some new sonic landscapes that neither of us expected and I am very proud of the result!“

Recorded in The Kiva by Gianluigi Gasparetti in 2009 and The Moss Garden by Paul Vnuk Jr. in 2010 & 2011. Final mix and mastering by Paul Vnuk Jr. at The Moss Garden – Fall 2011.

Oöphoi – Clavia, Access and Waldorf synths, singing bowls, crystal and metal percussions, voices, waterphone, whirrbows, bass flute

Paul Vnuk Jr. – Moog Voyager, Prophet 8, digital synths, voices, shakers, rattles, treatments and loops with Luna – vocals and Paul Vnuk III – children’s poetry reading
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: richardgurtler on December 03, 2011, 06:14:16 AM
Thank you for the great news, Gigi, I am really looking forward to it!!!

Richard
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 03, 2011, 09:16:11 AM
hello Richard,
"Dreamfields" will be available mid december.
I'll try to post the cover image later.
Gigi
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: richardgurtler on December 03, 2011, 11:58:26 AM
hello Richard,
"Dreamfields" will be available mid december.
I'll try to post the cover image later.
Gigi

Time to buy some Christmas gifts... :)

Richard
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Wanterkeelt on December 03, 2011, 03:51:15 PM
And according to Discogs, there's 4 new Oöphoi reissues on Practising Nature:

PN11045   Oophoi - Signals From The Great Beyond 2 (CDr, Album, RM, RE)
PN11046   Oophoi - Signals From The Great Beyond 3 (CDr, Album, RM, RE)
PN11047   Oophoi - Three Lights At The End Of The World (CDr, Album, RM, RE)
PN12048   Oophoi - Night Currents (CDr, Album, RM, RE)

But they aren't to be found on the Databloem site.

Does anyone know a bit more ?

Thanks
Mirko
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: El culto on December 03, 2011, 04:50:10 PM
for instance:

http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=3&flypage=databloem.tpl&product_id=1174&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2&vmcchk=1&Itemid=2 (http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=3&flypage=databloem.tpl&product_id=1174&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2&vmcchk=1&Itemid=2)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: El culto on December 03, 2011, 04:52:49 PM
and:

http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=databloem.tpl&product_id=122&category_id=3&manufacturer_id=62&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2 (http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=databloem.tpl&product_id=122&category_id=3&manufacturer_id=62&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2)

seems something wrong with your browser  ;)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Wanterkeelt on December 04, 2011, 01:13:56 AM
then their search function didn't have them indexed yet hehe  ::)
thanks
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 04, 2011, 01:46:31 AM
all the reissues are on sale here too:

http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?seller=oophoi (http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?seller=oophoi)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 04, 2011, 02:11:47 AM
here is the cover, designed by polish painter Rafael Szinzca:
(http://artwork.jpg)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: hdibrell on December 04, 2011, 01:42:45 PM
This sounds like a really interesting release. I love the cover art.
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 05, 2011, 02:12:55 AM
I love the cover image too hdibrell!

Dreamfields will be available in USA through the Projekt website.
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Scott M2 on December 05, 2011, 09:41:28 AM
Wow - beautiful cover!  I'm sure the music will live up to it.    8)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 05, 2011, 10:52:21 AM
... we hope so... ;)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 06, 2011, 09:00:06 PM
I cant wait for you guys to hear this, I am really excited by the music we created on this release!

Paul
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Poaalpina on December 08, 2011, 12:21:18 AM
Sound samples are very interesting.  :) I'll order the cd.
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: drone on on December 09, 2011, 04:15:20 PM
Have there ever been Oophoi sound samples that didn't sound interesting?  Order placed at Projekt.  8)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: hdibrell on December 12, 2011, 09:49:46 PM
I just ordered this, as well. The samples just sounded too good even when I'm trying hard not to buy anything at this time of year, Oh well, Merry Christmas to me.  ;)
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: hdibrell on December 29, 2011, 09:57:46 PM
I just got this release today and Wow!, what a great recording. I will have to listen to this a lot in the coming days. " Dreamfields" is definitely worth checking out.
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: drone on on December 29, 2011, 10:23:58 PM
Just got this myself a couple days ago.  I will have to set aside some time for a few deep listens, but initial impressions are good so far. 
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: richardgurtler on December 30, 2011, 05:32:10 PM
Just got mine copy too, can't wait to fully dive into it during the coming days.

Richard
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on May 15, 2012, 11:41:24 AM
I just saw this at Hypnagogue's web site and wanted to share. Here is the full link: hypnagogue.net/2012/05/07/oophoi-paul-vnuk-jr-dreamfields/ (http://hypnagogue.net/2012/05/07/oophoi-paul-vnuk-jr-dreamfields/) be sure to nose around his site for a ton of other really cool reviews. Thanks Hypno-G!!!!!

Good things come to those who wait. The latest collaboration between ambient masters Oöphoi and Paul Vnuk, Jr. began its life in 2005 when Vnuk sent Oöphoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti) a series of improvised loops. That back-and-forth eventually produced their first album. Then, in 2009, Oöphoi returned to those source loops and began creating something new. Three years later, with both artists adding their signature touches and machinations, we are treated to Dreamfields, four long tracks of spacious, shadowy ambient constructs. “North Field: Axis” arrives bearing big, bass-heavy synth pads that bully open a real sense of space and distance, of an unspeakable vastness ahead. My own personal frame of reference takes me to Steve Roach’s “symphonic ambient” works like Magnificent Void; this track has that same building majesty under it. There’s also a sound early on that I can’t help but liken to a core sound in The Dream Circle. Oöphoi and Vnuk build this one to a gorgeous density, then spiral it back the way it came, paring to silence. This is the longest track of the four, and it acts as a gateway into the other, different spaces. With your brain suitably salved you can move into “South Field: Khyber”–a decidedly grimmer affair, awash in tenebrous swirls of dark sounds and a sense of dislocation. This track is thick with ghosts and whispers, both passing in a constant, vaporous stream. A snippet of Vunk’s son reading poetry slides in under the sounds later in the track and ups the creepy ante. A great atmosphere overall. The duo widen the space back out and lighten it slightly in “East Field: Helikum.” There’s more breathing room here, although the memory of shadows still curls up around the edges. Those rich undertones from “Axis” rise up in places; the mix of textures here is superb, and the drift is warm and enveloping. The disc closes with “West Field: Awua.” Here the duo spread their sounds to a thin and breathy wash. A sense of slow motion takes over. Chimes sound in the darkness to guide you back home–all the more effective for their being the only “solid” sense for the better part of an hour. Gently, Oöphoi and Vnuk guide the piece to a close. The sensations, however, linger. Dreamfields gets better and deeper with every listen. There’s no doubting the alchemy at work here, and no doubt that you are in the hands of a pair of ambient masters. This is a disc to set aside time for. The rewards begin immediately and just continue. This is music you will feel. One of the best ambient releases of the year.
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on September 20, 2012, 09:30:23 AM
Welcome back again folks to shameless self promotion time  :)

I just noticed for all you non-cd-download types that Gigi's and my album "Dreamfileds" is now available at iTunes, Amazon download, and e-music. All for just a tad more than two trips to Starbucks, and its ok cuz this album is will do its best to sooth your caffeine withdrawal headache! Especially if you play it loud.  :o

Paul
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: hjalmer on September 20, 2012, 09:52:29 AM
p

do you know how gigi is doing
with his health and is he composing?

listen to "dreamfields" a lot
and "silence speaks in shadow"
is one of my top ten ever!


thanks     h
Title: Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on September 20, 2012, 10:42:24 AM
I know his health has an unfortunate level of ups and downs, not sure what he is working on. Its been awhile since we last chatted.

Paul