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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Other Ambient (and related) Music => Topic started by: Joe R on July 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM

Title: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Joe R on July 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM
I need a list of everyone's top 5 Oophoi discs, just because I plan on making a serious attempt to get back in tune with his otherworldly music.

My top 5 (from what I recall) would be:

Arpe Di Sabbia
Subterranea
Bardo (intense!)
Hymns To A Silent Sky
The Rustling Of Leaves (So evocative!)

I'd love to hear other opinions/suggestions...
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: chris23 on July 28, 2014, 07:46:30 PM
My Oophoi collection is far from complete, but these are my favorite five releases among the ones I own:

Athlit
Celestial Geometry (with Tau Ceti)
Subterranea (with Tau Ceti)
Time Fragments (1-3)
The Rustling of Leaves

I have Arpe De Sabbia, which is on your list, but it never really grabbed me. I think I've only listened to it 2 or 3 times, tops.
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: judd stephens on July 28, 2014, 09:36:24 PM
All great choices mentioned, from the ones I've listened to at least.  Arpe di Sabbia is definitely worth the second visit, especially disc 1.

I would add for consideration Spirals of Time- it's a two disc (?) epic journey of subtle, quiet power.  There are a couple of nice pleasant surprises, one of which is contained in the last track. 

Also Mare Vaporum- this is one that is basically a single, slowly evolving loop that does it like any of the best of Eno's or Roach's long form classics.  It's not too simple though as it has a lot of moving parts and does meander at times from the basic loop, but it has a good mix of high and low tones and for me is one of his most hypnotic and relaxing albums, not a boring work but not overly dark or ominous either.
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: judd stephens on July 28, 2014, 09:44:39 PM
Athlit

You can't lose with a track called "Lord of the Starfields"  :D  It's a fitting title.
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: ffcal on July 28, 2014, 10:37:15 PM
I agree with the choices, too.  Here are my choices:

Athlit
Signals From The Great Beyond
Archaic Oceans (collab w TauCeti)
The Spirals of Time
The Martian Chronicles (collab w Seren Ffordd)

Forrest
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on July 28, 2014, 11:35:02 PM
Spirals Of Time - Still my favorite
Mare Vaporum - I have always resonated with this one
Athlit - the Cd that sparked my interest in working with Gigi
The Rustling Of Leaves - this one is special to me as I have vivid memories of lying in bed in Gigi's guest house listening to this on a Cd Walkman and drifting off and thinking how beautiful and pastel it was.
Dreamfields - please excuse what could appear to be shameless self promotion but, this album is special to me due to the deeply personal level of back and forth collaboration on this release. Gigi kept calling it his most psychedelic work, and the concept of the directions was his. I also have memories of taking a daylong retreat out in nature and listening to the final mix and master and being completely lost in the bliss of the moment of the atmospheres blending with nature. He was really pushing for avant guard sounds, movement and startling artifacts and instances on this one.
Bardo - I will pick a 6th one to be fair, I like this one for its sheer intense power.
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: phobos on July 29, 2014, 12:32:09 AM
Signals From The Great Beyond
Celestial Geometries
Hymns To A Silent Sky
The Martian Chronicles
Il Silenzio Di Dio
Forgotten Rituals (with Faryus)
Nocturnes (with Paradin)
Athlit
Sorry thats eight, but I just can't help it  :)
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: drone on on July 29, 2014, 10:49:53 AM
Celestial Geometries
Mare Vaporum
Archaic Oceans
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Seren on July 29, 2014, 12:44:44 PM
ooh, ah, which ones to choose? in no particular order....with a bit of a cheat...

The Dreaming of Shells
Dreams (original 3" disc set)
Three Lights at the End of the World
Bardos
Athlit

+ don't forget the 'compilations' - Time Fragments Vol 1 - 6.

+ collaberations:
Liquid Ghosts - Camera Obscura.
Wouivre - with Klaus Weise.
Nocturnes - with Paradin.

and I've just remembered (how could I forget): The Rustling of leaves.....

added - just read all the other lists - 'Rustling' appears in a high number of them....

Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Joe R on July 29, 2014, 02:25:45 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys...

 The Rustling Of Leaves seems to be on several lists, and I remember that also being one of my favorites. That may be the one I plug in first tonight. And Lord Of The Starfields is indeed a beautiful track... and I completely forgot about Nocturnes- that was terrific.
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on July 29, 2014, 03:20:07 PM
From the discs that I have which I will list I can narrow it down to a favorite track....Lord of the Starfields from Athlit.

Athlit
Dreamfields w/PV
Distance to Zero w/PV
Il Silenzo di Dio
Signals from the great beyond

Both cds that team Oophoi with Paul Vnuk are very special....sometimes you need another to bring the best out of each other
Title: Re: Top Oophoi discs
Post by: Horizon 1982 on August 01, 2014, 01:05:04 PM
My favorite ambient master!

1. Athlit

2. Hymns to a Silent Sky

3. Time Fragments Collection

4. An Aerial View

5. Signals from the Great Beyond

And Spirals of time - His masterpiece!