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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« 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.

I've just reviewed in on my french webzine :
Without a doubt one of the best Oophoi's albums.

I finally had the time and inspiration to write my review, you can see it here :

Rare ? Maybe it's rare in some mainstream ambient field, but the use of real melodies and real instruments in ambient, dark ambient or ethno ambient isn't really rare. If you listen to stuff like Othila, Lambwool, Enten Hitti, or even more classic stuff such as Alio Die, Lingua Fungi or Caul, you'll realize melodies is often a solid and necessary part of some styles of ambient. But I can only agree with about the fact that too many artists are doing boring melody-less ambient, thinking a couple of loops and soundscapes is enough to do a 60 min annoying track.

I'm a reviewer on the french webzine . Our reviews are in french, but our interviews are published both in french and english :

Troum/Drone Records - Martin Gitschel and Stefan Knappe
O÷phoi/Umbra Records - Gianluigi Gasparetti
Faria Records - Andrey
The Eastern Front - Igor and Tania
ohan Levin - Desiderii Marginis

Of course don't hesitate to comment those interviews, that's why I'm posting them too =)

Everything and Nothing / Re: blade runner final cut
« on: December 11, 2007, 04:36:02 PM »
5 DVDs box is out in europe since early december and it's great, too bad they didn't include the Vangelis OST, which is still a major influence for a lot of ambient (and/or electro) artists.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 04:33:36 PM »
I don't mind those entertaining series as long as they don't prevent the good ones from being broadcasted. But The Wire is in their last season, Sopranos just ended, and HBO is going down with no new series, even though they tried to do an entertaining one with Rome. What I hate is that series like Lost, Heroes, with big budget but no acting (the worst being Heroes, they act as if they were in a soap opera or something this is just pathetic, and I'm not even mentionning the poor camera directing) and no good scripts (Lost is just one cliffhanger after another, Heroes is cut in 1 min shots so that nothing really happens during one episode), those series gather the best audience scores, while the good ones are being stopped. I just hope that more series like Dexter and House will rise so I don't have to rewatch my HBO DVDs again and again (I forgot Oz, great show too by the way) to be satisfied.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:39:40 PM »
Lost is so overrated : bad actors, bad scripts (they don't even know where they're going), it's just another successful but bad tv show such as Heroes or CSI. Too superficial, no depth, no good acting or emotions. The real good series nowadays are series like The Wire, Dexter or House. Too bad HBO is going down, they knew what a good show was (six feet under, sopranos, band of brothers etc...).

APK sent it to me for review, and indeed it's a great album. Thought it might be too "newagy" at first, but it's got a deeper side, with sincere melodies, a lot of instruments/sounds, very inspired pieces. I recommend it too.

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