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Rome, Italy (1958 – 2013)

Gianluigi Gasparetti (26 March 1958 – 12 April 2013), known by the pseudonym Oöphoi, was an Italian musician born in Rome, Italy.
Oöphoi’s music can be characterized as being static, organic and minimalistic. It has an overall solid and monolithic feel to it, often integrated in a meditative and spiritual context. Created by using synths, singing bowls, flutes, and processed voices, his recordings have relatively slight harmonic variations. His music was recorded using analogue-only devices at The Kiva, his own studio, a 15th-century country house situated in central Italy.

In 2002 he founded the experimental ambient group Nebula, along with Klaus Wiese, Mauro Malgrande, Lorenzo Pierobon and Tau Ceti. He has released more than 30 records for a variety of labels (including Hic Sunt Leones, Amplexus, Hypnos, Nextera, Electroshock Records, Skean Dhu, Stella Maris, Aplaus, Mystery Sea, Glacial Movements), and he also run his own label, Umbra, dedicated to the work of up-and-coming Italian ambient musicians. Oöphoi also collaborated with other ambient musicians extensively, with partners including Klaus Wiese, Tau Ceti, L.e.m., Louisa John-Krol and Netherworld.

Gasparetti was also known for his role as the editor of “Deep Listenings”, an Italian magazine dedicated to ambient and deep atmospheric music, where he has featured interviews with many famous ambient artists including Steve Roach and Michael Stearns.

Gianluigi Gasparetti died in 2013 in Terni, Italy, after a long illness.

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  • ysuri

    Thanks for introducing me to ambient music, you will be missed.

    26 Mar 6:58am Reply
  • Nakaom

    Rest in Peace.

    10 Mar 4:51pm Reply
  • Arkandast

    В биографии добавить бы следовало, что умер в 2013. Хотя что, я и сам это узнал по комментариям снизу. Печально конечно, а музыка красива...

    11 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • Sanvien

    Oh my god...I didn't realise he'd died :( RIP

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • feonaoh

    I hope he's somewhere in outer space now. Really great music, really great man! RIP

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kailasha-

    RIP

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DMITRII_GHETTO

    жаль, творчество отличное

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Quisquillian

    Thank you for your endlessly poignant, vivid and imaginative space music. You were, from the moment I discovered you over half a decade ago, always my preferred ambient artist, as the style you indulged in was pure, beatific, yet fraught with malevolence, sadness, pondering, yearning, wonder, fear... and sometimes even a bit of bliss, as in the case of my favourite of your pieces, "On Wings of Light"/"The Lord of the Starfields". I'm realy sorry to hear about the loss of such a master. And Klaus Wiese a few years back... I myself hope to follow in your footsteps, crafting consistently engaging, innovative ambient soundscapes. Thank you so much. RIP.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • perryagain

    RIP

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • Timmy707

    Thanks for music. RIP.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • MinduLT

    very nice music.. exx RIP

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • M4tiz

    He was 55 yrs old. That is so sad, he's done a great work, introduced me to ambient universe

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Apa6ek

    I have never felt crying because of an artist death, until now. RIP

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Night_Driver

    another great musician just passed away

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • faaa360

    RIP

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • VincentHF

    RIP

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Grindak

    RIP, thank you...

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • aleyna_

    thank you for all you've done. RIP

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SequenceC

    RIP

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tuntury

    Thanks for the link Bohtvaroh. I didn't know Gianluigi had a cancer. RIP.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
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