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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (56:26)
1. Ism-El Azam (Birth And Death Of Sound) (6:42)
2. Wajad (The Sacred Ecstacy) (7:02)
3. Pungi (The Enchanted Flute) (8:20)
4. Mah (The Healing Water) (11:06)
5. Anahad (The Abstract Sound) (5:24)
6. Ilm (The Absolute Knowledge) (9:33)
7. Huwal (In The Presence Of God) (8:19)

CD 2 (63:33)
1. Zat (The Source Of The Eternal Life) (15:33)
2. Aluk (The Sacred Chant) (15:27)
3. Hur (The Beauty Of The Sky) (6:35)
4. Giza-I Ruh (The Soul Food) (7:19)
5. Back Into The Great Mystery (18:39):
a. Merging Into The Unknown
b. Universal Prayer / The Breath Of God
c. A Small Candle Shines In The Distance
d. Deep Silence / Celestial Mechanics

Total time 119:59

Bonus tracks on 2007 Faria Records edition - Live recording from a concert played in 1999 in an old farmhouse in Assisi, Central Italy:
6. Ism-el-Azam (Birth And Death Of Sound) (11:17)
7. Wajad (The Sacred Ecstasy) (11:48)
8. Pungi (The Enchanted Flute) (14:00)
9. Mah (The Healing Water) (18:37)
10. Anahad (The Abstract Sound) (9:04)
11. Ilm (The Absolute Knowledge) (5:16)
12. Back Into The Great Mystery (8:39)

Line-up / Musicians

- Gianluigi Gasparetti / synthesizer, percussion, flute, electronics, effects (samples, processed natural sounds)

Releases information

Recorded live in concert in The Kiva (Due Aqua, Deep Listenings Headquarters, Italy) on April 26th and June 28th, 1997
Composed, performed, mixed, and recorded directly to DAT (no overdubs)

2CD Aurora aur 01 (1998, Italy, Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies)

2CD-R Umbra ‎008/2004 (2004, Italy)
2CD Faria Records FAR-09 (2007, Russia, Limited edition with 7 additional tracks, different artwork)

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Review by philippe
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3 stars Spirals Of Time has been recorded back in 1997 in an old farmhouse in Assisi (Central Italy). This album is the quintessential and the most representative effort from G Gasparetti. The performance provides an imaginative trip through the magical principles of traditional-sacred music from the east and drone ambient electronic experiments. Consequently the content is focused on extended lienar phrases, static-amorphous droning textures. The slow organic movements of sounds seem to relax the bodily tension, they grow up into a bodily performance. The instrumentation reaches mantric like proportions. The subject and the object are like intertwined in a common ritual due to the openness of the musical-metaphorical "shamanism" relation. Spirals of time develops an interesting approach on bodily dialogue in the symbolical musical field. However for current listeners can conceived this one as boring meditative voyage with too much low transtensity, with an innacurate protensity for usual listens. Others can perceive a medium of nonverbal communication. This album can also ravish fans of established ambient dronescapes released by Steve Roach, Alio Die, Vidna Obmana...
Review by admireArt
4 stars As soon as 16 seconds pass by , the immediate sense of entering Oophoi's musical kingdom and knowing beforehand of his acute ability to create one of a kind, enticing sonic spaces , well, you know you are in for an "earthly/cosmic" ride.

Long gone Gianluigi Gasparetti (1958 / 2013), a.k.a. Oophoi was a meticulous performer, his low-keyed persona helped to mantain his real deal as an out of the radar, extraordinary electronic musician, but, above all, it helped him to find his true voice among these endless oceans of electronic music, thus his musical language, as in all great artists, is unique.

"Spirals of Time", 1998, is a long and deep , 2 cd , journey. Resembling in fact a physical journey, due to its field recordings, which provide a true sonic/physical sensation of actually gliding through these strange but, dream like, recognizable places. This project flows along a religious like primitive spirituality in a slow paced and transparent motion, through its wide open, ever changing, weather/places' atmospheres.

Obviously, its ground breaking attibutes, rely on this musician's composition abilities and of course the compromise of listeners, who do enjoy this kind of abstract, meditative and non-urban dronescapes.

****4 PA stars in the Progressive Electronic universe.

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