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Title: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Anodize DB on April 12, 2013, 05:42:18 AM
Just heard the shocking news of Gianluigi's passing. Very scant information exists; only heard about it via Facebook this morning. I've followed, reviewed, and acquired his recordings from the very beginning of his sterling career, as well as having known him both personally & professionally since the early 90s. We exchanged correspondences for years; he was also frequently covered in both of my magazines i/e & e/i. Terribly, terribly sad, and he will most certainly be greatly missed.
Title: Re: Gianluigi Gasparetti, aka Oophoi, has passed away
Post by: mgriffin on April 12, 2013, 06:13:24 AM
Darren
We've known for some time this awful news was coming, but this is the first I've heard that Gigi, as many of us called him, has actually passed.

He was a good friend, a generous person and a brilliant creative mind. Not only did I release his music on Hypnos several times, but we corresponded a lot about label issues, and for a while we sold a great number of Umbra and Penumbra CDs.

I've just woken up to the news and haven't quite processed it yet, even though as I said, Gigi had understood and had told a few of us this was coming. I'll have more to say later.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Anodize DB on April 12, 2013, 06:15:27 AM
Mike:

Based on your words, wasn't aware he was battling some kind of illness for some time. Regardless, that information doesn't make his passing any easier to take. Still pretty stunned myself.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: mgriffin on April 12, 2013, 06:27:59 AM
Perhaps the main reason Gigi he stopped Umbra & Penumbra, his own CDR labels, was to allow himself enough rest to recover from his first instance of illness. Hand-assembling all those CDRs was very labor intensive. At one point he was releasing new albums every month, not just Oophoi material but work by a great stable of interesting ambient artists, mostly Italian.

He switched over his efforts from Umbra/Penumbra to getting many of his self-released originals released on other labels. He also encouraged me to consider releasing some of his Umbra/Penumbra artists on Hypnos, which we did with Seren Ffordd.

I feel like Gigi was present from the beginnings of Hypnos, with his Deep Listenings magazine, all along, through to the end. We recently released the first album he and Seren Ffordd did together, The Martian Chronicles, and are currently planning the second installment. Gigi had let me know that due to his unwellness, I should feel free to plan everything, the art and so forth, with Andy aka Seren Ffordd.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Numina on April 12, 2013, 07:51:18 AM
Very sad news indeed.  He will be missed. 
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: ffcal on April 12, 2013, 09:29:35 AM
I communicated with Gigi a few months ago via Discogs.  I had purchased a rare Suso Saiz and some of his recent work from him.  I had a feeling that things were not going well.  I recently sent a message to him and did not hear back, and this confirms the worst of my fears.  I met him in the mid-90s when he was visiting San Francisco and was taken by his knowledge of and commitment to the ambient genre via his Deep Listenings website.  It did not surprise me when he started his own label years later to spread the word.  It also amazed me that he was doing this at the same time he was practicing medicine.  I will miss him.

Forrest
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: | broken harbour | on April 12, 2013, 10:01:37 AM
Wow, I'm shocked...

I don't know what to say, I didn't realize he was sick.  This is very sad news.  I will listen to Athlit today is his honor.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: petekelly on April 12, 2013, 10:04:40 AM
Very sad news.

May his spirit live on through his sublime music.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Seren on April 12, 2013, 10:22:36 AM
I have to echo the sadness expressed by everyone here, he will be sadly missed.

Gigi had been having bad health for sometime but tried not to let it stop him making music and supporting other musicians.

may his journey to the one light at the beginning of the world be a very peaceful one.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: hjalmer on April 12, 2013, 10:55:20 AM
very sad

i too had not heard from him in quite some time
i remember the excitement i felt when i discovered his music though hypnos
and the treats that would arrive in the post from his ambience

we became friends through email and i always called him the soulglue commander
and even sent him the last print of one of my litho editions to hang in the kiva
his beautiful space at his incredible home in italy

i have a picture of him walking on his property with his faithful dog urania
and this is how i will always think of him and i will find comfort in his soundscapes


oophoi silence as i walk      h

Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: APK on April 12, 2013, 11:13:13 AM
 :(
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Poaalpina on April 12, 2013, 11:46:42 AM
My sincere condolences to his family and all his friends...
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on April 12, 2013, 12:51:43 PM
I saw this from Mike on facebook this morning. My wife and I afre quite saddened by the news. The time we spent with him and Alessandra years ago was one of the most cherished trips of our life, they were and are a very selfless and giving couple.

I am also honored and blessed that I got the opportunity to work with Gigi on the music we created and I am very proud of that work.

It was hard during the last album, as on occasion he would let it slip that he knew it would most likely be one of his final projects. Of course I tried my best to ignore those comments hoping that he would beat his illness.

I feel sad because I have not spoken with him in quite a while.

He really was a gifted and driven artist with a unique musical vision. Even more unique and fascinating to me was the techniques he developed over time in his musical creation.

I wish Alessandra well and send her my prayers.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: richardgurtler on April 12, 2013, 01:20:54 PM
(http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4659/a16229513441472048973.jpg)

Have found this photo longer time ago on the net and posted it to Discogs profile of OŲphoi. I don't know who should be credited, however, it's a very nice shot. This is the way we will always remember Gigi.

Richard
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: richardgurtler on April 12, 2013, 01:23:55 PM
(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/9476/a16229513441467564310.jpg)

Another nice one, source unknown.

Richard
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: drone on on April 12, 2013, 01:24:54 PM
Very sad to hear this.  We corresponded last year and he shared his situation, so it is not a complete shock, but of course still hard to take.  Such a great artist.  Like Pete Namlook, there aren't many to come along too often with such vision and quality.  This is another huge loss for the ambient world.  RIP Gigi.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: phobos on April 12, 2013, 01:28:12 PM
This is absolutely devastating news. I only emailed him earlier this week to see how he was, he told me he was in hospital and had been for the past month, I knew he had been ill for some time. Gigi's music inspired me to make music again, and I am forever in his debt for that. He will be greatly missed, I will miss him deeply. I will cherish the legacy that he has left us with and his beautiful sounds. My deepest condolences to his wife and family. Rest in peace my friend.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: richardgurtler on April 12, 2013, 01:31:37 PM
(http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/5339/90661728676078662651221.jpg)

Gigi/OŲphoi & KristiŠn/Nextera

Courtesy of Jarka MedunovŠ, private archive. Thank you, Jarka, for publishing this nice memorable photo. Using Jarka's words: "Now they are both reunited again." Rest in peace, Gigi & KristiŠn.

Richard
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Antdude on April 12, 2013, 03:07:00 PM
Very sad news. Gigi has been one of my very favorite artists for many years now. I looked forward to anything new from him with geeky anticipation. I collected every bit of his music that I could possibly find, including ordering 'Bardo' and waiting more than a month for it to arrive from Russia.

I recall reading somewhere some years ago, that he was in poor health, and finding it difficult to get his music out in the world, so much so, that he was considering abandoning music altogether. This resurgence in the last few years made me hope for the best for his music and his health. I'll be remembering him today.

Thank you, Mike, for helping to bring his music to a wider audience through Hypnos. At least his music will live on.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: hjalmer on April 12, 2013, 03:27:24 PM
g in his quiet


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Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: hjalmer on April 12, 2013, 03:45:11 PM
correspondence from oophoi about arpe di sabbia

>
> glad to share with you this unforgettable experience, and that you are enjoying this new music so much. I really appreciate your deep thoughts and such a deep listening.
> yes, a magical night, surrounded by mountains and brooks, nocturnal birds and invisible insects, ghosts of the past and memories, and I was all alone with my machines, building the soundweb for a small audience of 60 friends.
> I have composed this music just for this new experience, to describe a deep communion with Nature.
> The first feedback from Kristian, at Nextera, has been a deep surprise, he didn't believe his ears because of these 2 hours+ of different styles and feelings, from total darkness to sublime light, from the abstract freeforms through to the fragile melodies, from the "old" Oophoi to the "new one".
> We have decided to release it as it was recorded - no studio gimmicks, no editing or manipulations - because I wanted it this way: a pure and uninterrupted flow of sounds.

> this  will be my last solo disc for a lot of time, I know that many "fans" are angry about my "superproduction", so I have decided to listen to their prayers. They are right. I have produced and recorded a lot of music recently, and now it's time to focus on my studio and my instruments. "Arpe di sabbia" has enough new Oophoi music to discover.
> My only desire now is to release on official cd some of my back catalog discs, if I'll find enough money; I'll also join Mike Griffin for a collaboration disc, but I don't know if this will ever see the light of day.
>
> thanks again for sharing your feelings, and for posting such beautiful words on the Forum
>
> best
> to you
> Gigi
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: mgriffin on April 12, 2013, 04:07:44 PM
Thanks, everyone, for sharing remembrances and pictures.

I probably will have more to say on this later, but wanted to put together some kind of comment about the passing of someone who was important to me and to Hypnos. My blog post was just posted:

http://hypnos.com/wordpress/2013/04/12/oophoi-gianluigi-gasparetti-has-passed-away/ (http://hypnos.com/wordpress/2013/04/12/oophoi-gianluigi-gasparetti-has-passed-away/)

Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: nuun on April 12, 2013, 04:09:22 PM
I will miss the man and the artist.
His deep sincerity.
His great heart.
His generosity with grace.
His talent with simplicity.

I feel really sad.
For him, his wife, his friends.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: mgriffin on April 12, 2013, 04:19:26 PM
correspondence from oophoi about arpe di sabbia
...
> this  will be my last solo disc for a lot of time, I know that many "fans" are angry about my "superproduction", so I have decided to listen to their prayers. They are right. I have produced and recorded a lot of music recently, and now it's time to focus on my studio and my instruments. "Arpe di sabbia" has enough new Oophoi music to discover.
> My only desire now is to release on official cd some of my back catalog discs, if I'll find enough money; I'll also join Mike Griffin for a collaboration disc, but I don't know if this will ever see the light of day.


I do remember a time, near the end of Umbra, when Gigi received a bit of criticism from some people about the large quantity of music he was releasing.

I should also say, though, that many people eagerly purchased everything released under the Oophoi name, and in many cases everything released on the Umbra label (most of which was not Gigi's own work, but that of such artists as Seren Ffordd, Tau Ceti, Sostrah Tinnitus, Perceptual Defence, Netherworld, Busso de la Lune, and probably a few others I'm forgetting).

For a while (probably in 2005 or so) Oophoi was the best selling artist on the Hypnos Online Store for a couple of years. At that time, I was ordering about $1,000 worth of Umbra CDs per month, and Gigi made all of them by hand. As soon as a new box would arrive, I'd put them up on the store and they'd sell out within a week or two. Things slowed down by the end, as these things inevitably do... but for a while, people were absolutely rabid to get their hands on anything on the Umbra or Penumbra label (though I'd say, for many listeners the obsession extended only to the Umbra label - Penumbra seemed judged by many to be an oddity, releasing only 3" CDRs under 20 minutes in duration).

It's also interesting for me to read Gigi's comment about our collaboration. At the time we started it, he very much wanted to record something together but seemed to have mixed feelings about releasing it on CD. To him, the point seemed to be not so much that we must put out a CD together, but that we should share some sounds, mix some recordings together, and see how it sounded. Today, I can't help regretting that I didn't take that project through to completion. The recordings sound good enough to release, with a tiny bit of editing, and mastering... I suppose I should have nudged him about it again, rather than letting the matter sit for years.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: chris23 on April 12, 2013, 04:31:26 PM
Such sad news. I consider Oophoi to be one of the greats. I have a deep appreciation not only for his music, but for his willingness to be a champion for young or relatively unknown artists. /salute
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Anodize DB on April 12, 2013, 04:58:00 PM
As a tribute to Gigi & the important body of work he produced in the field, this weekend's edition of my Sunday Evening Sinewaves radio show will devote its middle hour to the work of Oophoi, both solo & in collaboration. Tune in here:

http://www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm (http://www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm)



Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: fatman on April 12, 2013, 06:00:41 PM
I only started listening to Oophoi's music about a year ago. I had heard of him prior to this but his music was very elusive to find and expensive through the normal mainstream music channels.

After reading rave reviews of Spirals Of Time I was able to buy a copy through  Hypnos at a bargain price (compared to other sites) and got I hooked on this wondrous ambient masterpiece. Over the ensuing months I managed to collect most of Oophoi's albums and a significant number of these directly from him. We exchanged quite a few emails over the last twelve months and he was always so  generous with his time, discussing his music and sharing anecdotes. Even in the latter stages of his illness he was always prompt to respond to emails and maintained a positive outlook on things.

I was a fan and only swapped emails with him so I can't really say that I was a friend but I wish that I had have been and would have liked to have known this very friendly and generous person better and perhaps I would have in time - but time ran out.

I suffer from a chronic painful medical condition  and many nights I have listened and meditated  to albums like Spirals Of Time and Signals From The Great Beyond and found them very effective in helping to ease the pain

Vale Gigi ... your music has had a profound impact on me and you have left a wonderful legacy of many albums behind for us to listen to and remember you.  We have lost a great talent
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: mgriffin on April 12, 2013, 06:34:52 PM
Fatman - welcome to the Hypnos Forum, and thanks for sharing your story.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Ein Sophistry on April 12, 2013, 07:39:35 PM
This is incredibly sad. Gigi is one of the giants of my ambient universe. The first album of his I'd heard was not actually one of his "major" releases (The Spirals of Time, Celestial Geometries, Athlit) but Time Fragments vol. 2. I was instantly captivated, particularly with the second track, "The Last Farewell." I don't think I'd ever been moved in quite that way by ambient music before. The sense of longing was so palpable, it was almost too much.

I quickly became one of those rabid fans of whom Mike spoke. In fact, it was my need to collect all of his Umbra and Penumbra recordings that initially brought me to Hypnos. It's too bad that the Penumbra releases in particular didn't receive more positive attention. There are some fantastic gems there.

I never corresponded with Gigi personally, but it seems like he was a wonderful, generous human being. Certainly his music brought us all a little closer to the stars. May they now welcome him as he so ardently welcomed them.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: judd stephens on April 12, 2013, 08:18:13 PM
I miss him already, such a great artist.

The other night about a week ago, I was falling asleep to Oophoi.  As sometimes I do, I'll put my hands on my chest and stomach and do a little energy work (reiki).  As I was drifting off in a hypnotic state, I went to a place I've often thought of lately while meditating, a house in the sacred valley of Peru with a patio.  In this particular night while listening to Oophoi I "returned" to this place, but for the first time it was night.

The patio was lit up quite brightly though by the enormous full moon in the sky.  This half asleep dream now shifts into me looking into the moon through a telescope, or at least seeing the moon from that perspective, big, with the full body occupying the entire picture of my viewing.  I'm observing all the details, marveling at the craters and features while oophoi's drones are gently dominating...

I then realize consciously that the name of this album is Mare Tranquillitatus, which is of course means Sea of Tranquility, on of the many so called seas on the Moon.  It was so weird how the effective imagery the artist conveyed mixed with my intuition or subconscious, and led to that "vision", but it was quite a little experience.  Having listened to only a handful of his music it's only right to cherish and find out as many as possible.  Thank you...
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Antdude on April 12, 2013, 08:49:04 PM
  Here is the link to his Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%C3%B6phoi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%C3%B6phoi)

It's brief, but is fairly up-to-date and includes a pretty comprehensive discography of his solo releases and collaborations.

Hopefully, this will help some of you in your search for more of his music.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: NBLR on April 12, 2013, 11:31:57 PM
It's really sad news.
I'm a big fan of Oophoi, and i listen his music already for some years.
Very big talent and great person died. His music not only healing one, not only helps to heal and relax a psychic tensions (although it is important!).
It's wonderful listener's experience for nature, space and planets, ancient world, prehistoric world, and even maybe divine world! (I think so).
1-2 years ago I sent some emails to him (my impressions from his music), and he answered me. He wished me a some amazing New Year wishes! It was great and very surprising!
Also i sent to him some pictures with wonderful siberian nature (i has make these pictures on the nature), because I'm like the Nature, like he was. And he enjoyed with these photos (he tells).

O my God. How it is possible? He wasn't the old man...

R.I.P.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: solyaris on April 13, 2013, 04:36:43 AM
That's very sad :-(

I known Gianluigi Gasparetti personally...

1) about the Deep Listening review:
I discovered him through the great webzine "Deep listening", an amazing magazine regarding electronic/ambient music reviews he was used publishing evry three-monts (initially writing himself alone and with some collaborators in last years). Pheraps no many people here know this magazine, wrote only in Italian language and sold only by correspondence in paper format (also in recent internet-era ...).
In our e-mail conversations I tryed many times to convince him to translate the review in english language, because I though the content was absolutely valid worldwide, but he have been always so pessimistic on the realization of the English version and the diffusion on internet with a weblog or something... we had long mail conversations about that ...

2) about Oophoi music
If I well remember, around year 2000 or a bit later, Stefano Musso (in art Alio Die) gifted to me the Deep Listening magazine issue (btw at that time Stefano used to sell strange music cds in a stand in some fairs of used books, comics and vynils... btw, at that times I also discovered Alio Die's album gems..)
So I started some time after an e-mail friendship with Gianluigi that became my "ambient music" CD supplier/reseller... (that was time when internet was not so diffused here in Italy...) I purchased from him so many CDs of great unknown artists and I really appreciated music he realized with nickname Oophoi! I think his drones are really at a very high level of "deepness" and I listened his music for many years. By example Athlit, Mike Griffin published and mentioned properly here, have been a masterpiece in ambient/electronic music.

3) about his discovering of my music
In 2004 (times when he was also sort of editor/manager of "Umbra Records" CDR label ) I sent to him  a demo CD, just to have his honest opinion...he was entusiast and insisted on publish that "demo"... I followed his suggestion and "Western Detunes" (my first album); was published by him.  A good story: my nick "solyaris music" come after a converstaion with him ... because our love for Tarkovskij's movies.. he suggeted to use an alias as "LEM" .. but I decided at last for "SOLYARIS" as a tribute to the movie.

I have to be always be beholden tohim because that.. because I started to express myself in music in what today I call "my way"!

After the pubblication of Western Detunes, I confess I had discussions with Gigi, because some "commercial" behaviours on music duffusion and reselling/ re-pricing of my music by certain web sites ...(btw without any advantage for myself...) so we decided to separate our ways and himself suggested to me to diffuse my music with a personal website. I did that with happiness and peace for everybody :-).
I admit my relationship with Gigi stopped at that times more or less. Sometime I had to complain about some behaviours and the friendship finished. Yes, Gianluigi talked to me about a misterious desease but, I admit, he was so hermetic that I thought he was not so sincere ... I gone wrong! Mea culpa :-(
A part the personal issues, the feelings I had also reading the last issues of Deep Listening magazine editorials, was his big pessimism about (ambient) music diffusion, music evolution nowadays... life in our society... to such an extent he closed the magazine forever :-(

2) About music he loved and culure & history he divulgated
Looking backward my last years, I see indeed how many I am at one with him now! I mean regarding his conception about ambient music, his infinite love for Steve Roach music! and above all for Klause Wiese tibetan singing bowls drone music. He was a deep lover and connoisseur of Wiese music (he met him  some times as far as I know, and they realized some albums togheter) and almost every Deep Listening magazine was containinig a sort of serialized chunks of stories around Popol Vuh, Wiese and sufism ... ?! :-)
Yes, I know that big part of my musical culture started after his thoughts, his music.
I have to be grateful to him ...


Buon viaggio dall'altra parte Gianluigi!
Che tu possa stare immerso in drones di bellezza infinita lŗddove sei..
giorgio

Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: mgriffin on April 13, 2013, 04:35:32 PM
Jacky Ligon, a fan of Oophoi and a lurker on this forum, wrote to me today to let me know about this blog tribute he just posted.

http://www.xen-arts.com/2013/04/rip-oophoi-gianluigi-gasparetti-19582013.html (http://www.xen-arts.com/2013/04/rip-oophoi-gianluigi-gasparetti-19582013.html)
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Michael Allison on April 13, 2013, 10:38:06 PM
Very sad to hear about his passing. He wrote me an email once many years ago and said how much he enjoyed my work. Stunned really. We were the same age too. Many great ones are slipping away these days.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: drone on on April 14, 2013, 12:21:43 AM
Posted Friday on the Gterma website:

"News about the premature departure of Gianluigi Gasparetti, better known as Oophoi, has saddened the ambient community today.  Gigi had struggled with persistent illness and an equally aggressive treatment for a long time.  Last year his studio equipment came up for sale and around the beginning of this year he started planning for some of his unreleased works to be distributed among different artists and labels.  We here at Gterma once again wish to thank for all the musical treasures he recorded and released on his lovely Umbra label.  But for now, his journey must continue beyond the boundaries of our known horizon."
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Scott M2 on April 14, 2013, 02:02:28 PM
In a "keep in touch" e-mail with Gigi a couple of years ago I was telling him how I was being distracted from album completions by my activities in photography, videos and poetry. I included an earlier version of this poem which I thought was appropriate for him because of the title. His comments were kind and had poetry of their own. Now with his passing, for me the piece will always be bonded with him.


mare umbra

the celestial lakes
coalesce and rise

beyond the vortex
where the world is drawn

to the silence of the moon

and within the precision and detail
of its introspection    to birth

an atmosphere of enigma
and the sound of rain


Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on April 15, 2013, 04:28:18 AM
My deepest sympathies go out to Family, friends and fellow fans.  How privileged I am that his music touch me / us to the core.  Thank you.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: GLACIAL MOVEMENTS on April 15, 2013, 08:41:52 AM
Hello to all,

yesterday there were the funeral of our friend Gigi. Now he rest in peace in the small cemetery near his home.
I have no words to describe my deep sadness, because first of all Gigi was my friend, a true friend with whom i shared many things...

how can i ever forget all the listeings that we did together in the Kiva? And what about long walks in the paths near your home with  Alessandra? I remember that i was always going grazy you about the mastering of my CDs ... you released my first work on your label Umbra, and you gave me the opportunity to express my thoughts trough sounds ....You've been a true pioneer in many fields, but above all, a great friend. I'll miss you a lot, but your memory will always live in me, until the end.

I will never forget you!!!!

Alessandro
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: 9dragons on April 16, 2013, 07:39:32 PM
Listening to Signals from the Great Beyond as I write this. On the verge of tears, but the beautiful thing is, I've been feeling out of sorts lately and these sounds in my headphones have just righted my way and reminded me of the great and golden mystery of this life. His musical name Oophoi is, I believe named after an Egyptian deity whose visualization is a wolf standing at the prow of a solar boat. Ophois, or Upuaut, was known as the scout or the opener of the ways. Truly a good moniker for a man whose music is so gloriously otherworldly, and takes us so far out into other worlds. I wish I could thank him face to face but instead I will go outside and toast the stars with a beer. Tante Grazie Signore Gasparetti.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: NBLR on April 17, 2013, 08:28:56 PM
......
 I wish I could thank him face to face but instead I will go outside and toast the stars with a beer...

I'm very understand your feelings.
It's a very good words!
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: SiF on April 18, 2013, 12:14:32 PM
Man i am bummed about this.  :'( He truly was the first person that showed interest in my music at a time when no one was
giving a damn about my music. He was also the first one to release my music and i will always be grateful for that. Really a shame i never got the chance to tell him how much this really meant to me.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: hjalmer on April 21, 2013, 12:42:59 PM
kiva silence

np: oophoi | ran kirlian | the physics of heaven


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Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: LLoyd on April 21, 2013, 11:07:13 PM
GG was a good friend and I was so pleased to meet him in California 25 years ago and stay in touch through all those Backroads Music years.  I listened to, enjoyed and sold pretty much all of his CDs.  There was a subtlety to GG's recordings that spoke volumes in whispers.  Prolific, supportive, cooperative, easy-going, creative and clear about how he shared his artistry (and that of his fellow musicians) was how he consistently expressed himself in the world.  These qualities are great to strive for if you are making music.  We did a lot of trading and always stayed in touch up until the last few years.  I wish him vast space and the quietude that listening to his musical journeys always invited ....  his legacy is considerable more space left behind, also in his path ahead. ó Lloyd
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: drone on on April 21, 2013, 11:09:13 PM
Beautiful post Lloyd.  Thanks. :)
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: drkappa on April 23, 2013, 09:26:13 PM
A dark umbra has certainly crossed the ambient world with this tragic, if not totally
unexpected news.  Sing a hymn to the silent Oophoi.

Only 55.  That's far too young, yet the ambient & electronic music community seems to
have lost many  of that vintage in recent years.  Condolences to his family and friends.

While Gigi modestly considered himself an amateur in the genre, his quiet music touched
our souls and relaxed our stressed minds.  My hairs still stand on end for some pieces
such as the middle section of "Lord of the Starfields" and "Spirals of Time".  We didn't
regard him other than a musician.  To put that in perspective, in terms of numbers of
CDs, Oophoi is only second to Steve Roach in my collection at around 40 titles.
It is staggering how Gigi could find time to produce Deep Listenings, run a record
label, produce the CDs, and still have time to create such an expanse of music.

Not only with music did his creativity shine through; the `special packaging', his written
track listings, and artwork were integral.  If you were careless enough to break the shells
Gigi could send some more of the same type!  As more music is download only, I fear
we'll lose the CD as an art form that Gigi worked hard to preserve.

I corresponded with Gigi many times.  We shared some jokes, an interest in space, and I
felt his passion for the drone music we both love.   Today I feel sad and a guilty that I didn't
keep in touch distracted by a move to other side of the planet and a new job.  Also I wish I
could have helped him when his website designer let him down a few years ago.

Sad times music lovers.  At least we have the solace of Gigi's artistry, if not his sparkle and
personality.

Best drones Gigi.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Hallu on August 17, 2013, 07:20:48 AM
I've been listening to his works for about 8 years now, and to me, he's right up there, with Lustmord, Inade, or SPK. Such a generous guy, both in music and life, he's left a considerable musical heritage. Nobody could make you forget that he uses synthesizers like he did. His sound was truly spiritual and organic, he was an analog purist, and you could really sense it. I actually don't know anyone who remotely sounds like him : everybody uses either big drones and bass or old school synths right now, but somehow he could make you unable to identify the source, and just feel the music. I'm sure I'll still be listening to his music 60 years from now. His body's gone but his spirit and music will live forever.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: richardgurtler on August 17, 2013, 09:34:58 AM
Nicely written, Hallu!!!

Richard
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Cloud Hunter on August 21, 2013, 12:46:00 PM
Ah, yes, I heard this news not too long ago from Robert Rich, though I was never aware of his illness. I found his album Amnios to be very inspirational for me while writing a fitting scene for my novel, and may purchase the CD. I remember reading on Last.fm that he uses no digital recording ploys, which I applaud him for; after all, analogue sound will always be better than digital.
May his legacy live for as long as his music will be remembered.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: hjalmer on August 22, 2013, 10:14:41 AM
little did i know...

dear Jeff,
I hope this message finds you well.
I just wanted to tell you that my new cd Il Silenzio di Dio has been released, and if you confirm your address I can send you a copy. I really look forward to your impressions and thoughts about the music. Your words are always full of magic.

Life is hectic here, unfortunately two months ago I have discovered a cancer of the low intestin, I've been under a horrible operation and now I am under chemotherapy, a devastating experience.

Hope to hear from you soon
Gigi


silenzio
miss him      h
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: wavemantra on September 10, 2013, 09:11:04 AM
Atman fly away

Atman fly away

On the wings of a sparrow fly away

A circle is complete now fly away

Through the mist of the morning

Fly away

Beautiful spirit fly away

Atman fly away

Atman fly away
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Ben F-S on October 06, 2013, 06:07:10 PM
Truth be told, I've just learned of this tragedy now.  Since the gift of children came into my life I don't have much time for forums like this-too addictive!

I wanted to share with you some thoughts on Gigi: 

Having had the pleasure of releasing his work on Gears of Sand-shit his release sold out in a week and kept us alive--and collaborating with him on the Umbra release "Nocturnes," gave me my first true appreciation for the power of drone.  I've done a fair amount of sonic exploring since but I'll always be a drone head at heart.  Thanks to Gigi for my first deep immersion as my listening has never been the same since.

One memorable experience to share:  While making "Nocturnes" as Paradin I had been getting more and more into field recordings and sent Gigi a cd-r with a whole cacophony of stuff recorded while hiking around a nearby river.  It sounded cool enough to me:  wind, flowing water etc.  But unbeknownst to me there were some chirping birds in there as well.  Gigi picked right up on that "those fucking birds are too cliche.  Keep it simple etc." I didn't know what he was talking about but in any event just sent hyper-minimal stuff from then on...But the final product was one of the coolest things I heard. It was all Gigi's vision.  "Nocturnes" was/is one of the more dark recordings I've ever heard to this very day. I learned a lot about the power of simplicity and tone from Gigi.  He didn't just mess around, the man was a true genius at capturing moods out of thin air-deep listening was no cliche-Gigi could meditate forever on a few ghostly tones.

Sleep well, my friend, your drones touched many and will vibrate on and on...


Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: phobos on October 07, 2013, 04:09:14 AM
Nicely put, and thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: Poaalpina on October 25, 2013, 12:06:47 PM
OOPHOI. Lord of the Starfields (http://www.oophoi.com/) - memorial site of Gianluigi Gasparetti, 1958-2013 aka OOPHOI. Creator of the website - Ran Kirlian.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
Post by: BigLooper on October 26, 2013, 05:11:05 AM
R.I.P. Oophoi.