Monday, April 15, 2013

Oöphoi RIP

Who? Oöphoi was the pseudonym of Giuanluigi Gasparetti, an Italian musician who made very minimal, monolithic, ambient music and released a ton of albums from the mid-90s onwards. He was also the editor of a magazine called Deep Listenings. Beyond that, I know very little about him, nor even how he died (the day before yesterday, at the relatively young age of 55) except that it was apparently after a long illness. But recently I started listening to his stuff on YouTube while writing. Nothing much happens in them. It's like the aural equivalent of the black slab in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Mysterious, dark, alluring, impenetrable… and just there.

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