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
Best drones Gigi.