ad Libitum

ad Libitum
Recorded at Onix Studio · Barcelona
CD released by ad21 ad106
Cover design by ©Helyn Davenport
Analog Remastered by Ian Hawgood · Tokio 2014
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Reviews

  • The new album features a certain feel of romance and infiniteness. At times it’s quiet, but it can also grow out to beautiful symphonic grandeur like in the third track Devoción. Next to delicately shaped soundscapes we also find environmental sounds, samples, fx’s and some intimate piano, which make up a nice atmosphere. Sometimes it even gets a bit dreamy and contemplative. The short title-track features some chant and tribal rhythm. Recommended.
    E-dition Mag #8
  • For a start, most of the tracks have melodies running through them, or to be more accurate, have a strong thematic and melodic content that sets them apart as more than just space synth tracks. From tracks that have rhythms from acoustic and electric drums and percussion to tracks that simply soar and drift on layers of gorgeous synth landscapes, there's a whole host of soundworlds on this 9 track, fifty-three minute album. Whether, rhythmic or floating, each track has that sheer quality of existence that means you would be hard pressed not to play all of this every time you sit down to it. In short, essential listening.
    CD Services
  • In dreams, there's no imagined thing that's too absurd, too strange. Frequently Bruno's music comes from that inexhaustible source. On ad Libitum, he creates atmospheres that take you inside yourself. This Argentine musician now lives and works in Spain. And his newest of half a dozen solo releases is an ambient album of great beauty. Like his popular Visualia Bruno uses more acoustic (sounding) instruments like piano and guitars, often reminiscent of fine film music. Other pieces are accompanied by a nice rhythm or a melancholic piano track with a lot of reverberation. This is an impressive and enjoyable CD by a very versatile musician.
    Backroadsmusic
  • What a delicately striking album this is. Part dark electronic, part soundtrack music, ad libitum all blends together into a wonderful tapestry of sonic imagery. From deep reverberating piano to lush atmospheric textures to cool electronic grooves, each element is perfectly placed. Hipnoide starts with the aforementioned piano, melancholy and lovely in a Harold Budd sort of way, simply gorgeous. Tympani is used to great effect in Intention, enhanced by various synthetic touches, strings here, percussion there. The quiet understated mood continues with Devoción, dominated by piano, strings, and something resembling harpsichord. It is more orchestral than electronic, and quite moving. Deceptive beauty is a soft ambient piece, with a slowly breathing organic drone as its centerpiece; its title could serve as a two-word review for ad libitum in its entirety. Oniria is another piano-infused number, perhaps the most delicate piece yet, intoxicating. Oppio opts for sad tones that resemble oboe or perhaps bassoon. Just when it seems the album has set a definitive path in the direction of all things quiet and reflective, two of the last three tracks challenge that just a bit. Luminae Psicoactive leaves me grasping for words to describe exactly its style and sound. Though it sounds more acoustic than electronic, it reminds me of the lush textures of the Cocteau Twins. The title track adds tribal drums and occasional chants, and then the disc closes with perhaps my favorite, Lúdico. Ad libitum is a breathtakingly beautiful and complete packag.
    ElectroambientSpace, Editor & Publisher