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.