Just a few personal notes based on work experiences:
I was working with him on 2 projectsůone was to contribute on a compilation and the other one was about a RMX of a track he did with Klaus Wiese.
He clearly wasn┤t up to date with technology and didm┤t had knowledge of using it correctly. As for the contribution: he finally "adjusted" the track by volume in a weird way by decreasing the volume to approximately -8 db. For the Rmx it was even more complicated as he didn┤t know how to handle file transfer properly. In both cases it ended up that he treated those files within his setup and it ended up to have them re-converted (!) on his mixing setup. I can clearly tell, that the sound of both files in the final result were heavily suffering by wrong technical treatments. Finally the Rmx was never released, as i told him that i can┤t accept the bad technically quality of his treatments he made on the original file.
For the equipment: he did own a lot of synths over the time, but from all of our discussions we had, i clearly felt it wasn┤t a pure believe concerning the options and possible sounds you can create by them..it was much more based on a "gear lust" because it was very easy for him to afford any of them.
I assume most people don┤t like to hear this, but i do believe into balancing things, when someone had the chance to have a closer insight view.
I do not how this is relevant at all ? The only thing that is relevant is his the output not the process. In my book he still rise above most ambient artists and he is in the top 5 for me. His music had really strong qualities and abilities to dissolve your mind and conciousness and take you to inner places you never been before.
Regarding remixing the file maybe it is about taste, For me oophoi had a more lo fi vintage sound too, maybe he did want to have that character instead of the first maybe more clean mix. But I can understand what you mean, but sometimes it is not always what sounds the "Best" that is the best" to dirty things up and make them sound more lo fi to create and different atmosphere can be desirable. So using incorrect technical methods in the remixing process can be creative and good.
I use a lot of stuff in my chain which would be considered non-correct according the the school book.
I would love to have heard the final and the original mix and see which I like most, I have a feeling that it is a bout taste..
I am a big fan of Asianova but I can understand that most ambient people just think it sound bad.. for me it sounds amazing..even though very lofi.
For me he's the best ambient artist.
He explored other worlds like no one else. Maybe the fact he knew that the end of his life was near, made him explore ambient music like no one else. I think it was more than music it was also a fear of the unknown, translated into music.
I don't really care what methods he used, especially how accurate they were. But what tools he used could be interesting.
Some of the most intriguing tracks from him was ''An Ever-Changing Horizon'' and ''The Goddess Chant-Prophecy'' I would love to know what tools he used for that.
Anyway I can only speculate now.