InTRO remastered & expanded

Recorded and mixed by Bruno at Onix Studio · Barcelona
Analog Re-mastered by Ian Hawgood

Release date: 20th September 2018 by ad21

CD:
Bandcamp | Databloem | Norman Records | Denovali

Also available digitally from:
Bandcamp | Deezer | Apple Music | Amazon.com | Spotify


1 – InTROworld
2 – InTROmental
3 – InTROsacro
4 – InTROpiano
5 – InTROvoices
6 – InTROvisions
7 – InTROpassion
8 – InTROpolar
9 – InTROsense

Bruno Sanfilippo relaunch and revives his acclaimed album InTRO (2006) as a special remastered & expanded edition on CD and Digital. Available worldwide via ad21 on September 20th.
The album (65:28) contains its seven original soundscapes plus two unreleased; InTROpolar (7:10) and InTROsense (6:11), taken from recording sessions in May 2006.
These nine records were recently analog remastered from the original master by Ian Hawgood. The cover art was redesigned using the original photography of Helyn Davenport.
‘In his nine compositions of imaginary ‘InTROspective’ Sanfilippo explores the interest in the unfettered possibilities of dreams. Its impact is strongly imaginative and cinematic, featuring deep piano interludes, great synthesizer pads, field recordings, soft soaring sound textures and transparent soundscapes’


Reviews


Ein Traum von Musik
Vorstellen muss man eine musikalische Größe wie Bruno Sanfilippo nun wirklich nicht mehr. Seit Jahren beeindruckt der spanische Komponist und Pianist mit seinen Alben auf einem Niveau, dass man manchmal die Musik kaum in Worte fassen kann. Das letzte Werk „Unity“ reiht sich ein in die Kategorie „zeitlose Kunst“ und wird hoffentlich von späteren Generationen noch gefeiert, so wie heute. In diesen Tagen erblickt das neue Album InTRO das Licht der Welt, wobei es sich um eine Neuauflage des gleichnamigen Werkes von 2006 handelt. Und trotzdem ist das 2018 Album InTRO völlig anders.
Bruno Sanfilippo ist zweifellos ein Ausnahmekünstler, ein Virtuose am Klavier. Sein Musikverständnis scheint grenzenlos, weit über bekannte Dimensionen hinaus. Das ist sicherlich keine Untertreibung, die moderne Klassik vom Spanier ist geschätzt und geliebt in jeder Ecke unserer Welt. Seine Apperzeption spiegelt sich daher auch auf dem neuen Album wieder. Die Neuinterpretationen der einzelnen Stücke auf InTRO driften zwar sehr in den Musikbereich des Ambient ab, beinhalten trotzdem den neoklassischen Kern, so wie Bruno Sanfilippo diese 2006 erschaffen hat.
Wie Träume nun mal so sind

​Nun sollte der Hörer nicht zwingend Vergleiche zum Erstlingswerk ziehen, denn InTRO ist ein eigenständiges Album geworden, bei dem der Komponist sehr viel Liebe zum Detail an den Tag gelegt hat. Selbst wenn das Klavier als Leitinstrument in den Hintergrund gerückt wurde. Auch einen konzeptionellen Rahmen bringt InTRO mit: In den Kompositionen des imaginären "Introspective" erkundet Sanfilippo das Interesse an den uneingeschränkten Möglichkeiten von Träumen. Dass diese Kompositionen einen cineastischen Anstrich bekommen haben, ist daher selbsterklärend.

Dass Träume manchmal mit der Dunkelheit daherkommen, wurde auf dem Album kaum thematisiert. Ein positiver Aspekt, sonst würde InTRO sehr in den Bereich des Dark-Ambient abgleiten. Der auffälligste Aspekt an InTRO ist die Vielschichtigkeit und Komplexität. Hauptaugenmerk sind die durch den Synthesizer erzeugten Klangfarben voller Atmosphäre, angereichert mit klassischen Instrumenten oder Aufnahmen aus der Natur. Die akustischen Landschaften sind sehr flexibel und dynamisch aufgestellt, reichen von fragilen und melancholischen Gefühlswelten, bis hin zu diffizilen oder klaren Empfindungen. Wie Träume nun mal so sind.
"Man muss seinen Traum finden, dann wird der Weg leicht"

​Bruno Sanfilippo verwebt Gefühle von luziden Konstellationen, einfühlsamer Melancholie und fragile Schönheit der Romantik zu einem malerischen Augenblick der Akustik. Man mag kaum einzelne Komposition besonders hervorheben, denn nahtlos verlaufen die versunkenen Grenzen auf dem Album. Doch besonders angetan haben uns die Stücke „InTROpiano“, „InTROvoices“ und „InTROpassion“. Die Verschmelzung von moderner Klassik mit dem Ambient ist hier am attraktivsten in das Klanggerüst eingearbeitet. Harmonie und emotionale Feinfühligkeit sind daher besonders stark ausgeprägt.

Hermann Hesse schrieb einst: „Man muss seinen Traum finden, dann wird der Weg leicht.“ Bruno Sanfilippo hat seinen Weg als herausragender, zeitgenössischer Komponist längst gefunden. Was bei InTRO zurückbleibt, sind Augenblicke voller Empfindungen und musikalischer Ästhetik. Hervorgerufen von einem meisterlich arrangierten Klangwerk, im Prinzip wie gewohnt von Bruno Sanfilippo. InTRO beinhaltet darüber hinaus 2 unveröffentlichte Stücke, ist technisch einwandfrei und makellos umgesetzt. Man erhält mit der Neuauflage ein Stück Musikgeschichte vom Spanier höchstpersönlich.

Gezeitenstrom - Musikmagazin

2018-09-18T12:02:53+00:00

Gezeitenstrom - Musikmagazin

Ein Traum von Musik Vorstellen muss man eine musikalische Größe wie Bruno Sanfilippo nun wirklich nicht mehr. Seit Jahren beeindruckt der spanische Komponist und Pianist mit seinen Alben auf einem Niveau, dass man manchmal die Musik kaum in Worte fassen kann. Das letzte Werk „Unity“ reiht sich ein in die Kategorie „zeitlose Kunst“ und wird hoffentlich von späteren Generationen noch gefeiert, so wie heute. In diesen Tagen erblickt das neue Album InTRO das Licht der Welt, wobei es sich um eine Neuauflage des gleichnamigen Werkes von 2006 handelt. Und trotzdem ist das 2018 Album InTRO völlig anders. Bruno Sanfilippo ist zweifellos ein Ausnahmekünstler, ein Virtuose am Klavier. Sein Musikverständnis scheint grenzenlos, weit über bekannte Dimensionen hinaus. Das ist sicherlich keine Untertreibung, die moderne Klassik vom Spanier ist geschätzt und geliebt in jeder Ecke unserer Welt. Seine Apperzeption spiegelt sich daher auch auf dem neuen Album wieder. Die Neuinterpretationen der einzelnen Stücke auf InTRO driften zwar sehr in den Musikbereich des Ambient ab, beinhalten trotzdem den neoklassischen Kern, so wie Bruno Sanfilippo diese 2006 erschaffen hat. Wie Träume nun mal so sind ​Nun sollte der Hörer nicht zwingend Vergleiche zum Erstlingswerk ziehen, denn InTRO ist ein eigenständiges Album geworden, bei dem der Komponist sehr viel Liebe zum Detail an den Tag gelegt hat. Selbst wenn das Klavier als Leitinstrument in den Hintergrund gerückt wurde. Auch einen konzeptionellen Rahmen bringt InTRO mit: In den Kompositionen des imaginären "Introspective" erkundet Sanfilippo das Interesse an den uneingeschränkten Möglichkeiten von Träumen. Dass diese Kompositionen einen cineastischen Anstrich bekommen haben, ist daher selbsterklärend. Dass Träume manchmal mit der Dunkelheit daherkommen, wurde auf dem Album kaum thematisiert. Ein positiver Aspekt, sonst würde InTRO sehr in den Bereich des Dark-Ambient abgleiten. Der auffälligste Aspekt an InTRO ist die Vielschichtigkeit und Komplexität. Hauptaugenmerk sind die durch den Synthesizer erzeugten...
“InTRO” is a re-issue (and revision) of Sanfilippo’s 2006 acclaimed album, analog remastered by Ian Hawgood with redesigned art featuring the original photographs by Helyn Davenport. Sanfilippo is no stranger to this blogs short life and is once of the most varied and adept performers/composers under the umbrella that is Modern Classical, for which he is arguably best known. Sanfilippo has brought a reissue of his 2006 release alongside 2 compositions from the same year “InTROpolar” and “InTROsense”.

“In his nine compositions of imaginary ‘InTROspective’ Sanfilippo explores the interest in the unfettered possibilities of dreams. It;s impact is strongly imaginative and cinematic, featuring nice piano interludes, great synthesizer pads, field recordings, soft soaring sound textures and transparent soundscapes.”

“InTROworld” gives an aural queue with the word “world”in the title. While not sounding exactly like Muslimgauze, I can hear cues that lead me in that sort of direction. Percussive loops that maintain throughout the track are important in creating this mood and feeling. While I am unaware of the instrumentation included in the track, but the use of saxophone gives it a middle eastern feel. Hypnotic in nature the track marries beats with fluid soundscapes that make the track float along easily in its nine plus minute length.

“InTROmental” is a trip through varied textures and sound sources, predominantly beat less with an emphasis on layering. To call it drone would be cutting it short, but it shares similar characteristics as well as following on in the dare I say it “World Music” style of the opening, with a certain otherworldliness involved as well in the synth oscillations.

“InTROsacro” again the title hints at the possible feel of the music, with sacro meaning to combine form. The track is a swirling, cavernous one where you journey into an echoic environment with a slight hint of darkness that is lurking around corners. This track feels to be about creating a section of moods through various movements contained in it. Parts of field recordings seep through sounding like someone speaking in tongues, waves of Synths give icy feelings, but also allude to the sound of a choir. You feel like you have been taken on a science fiction journey through an almost un-inhabited territory with dank marshes, steam, mist and little light.

“InTROpiano” brings in ambient soaked piano that matches the slow pace of the drones that envelop it. Sanfilippo utilizes the instrument in a way instead of it being the focal point, it becomes part of the building blocks of the overall sound. The piano manages to steer clear of identifiable themes such as melancholy or despair, joy or frivolity. Rather, it feels self reflecting with the minimal passages fitting right in with the gently swirling soundscapes that open up individual listeners perception to the music.

“InTROvoices” has a glacial pace ambient mixed in with field recordings of bird song, that sounds all together like a choral piece. An impending storm has an orchestral feel where the crashing thunder sounds like classical drums being beaten. The music is like an ever flowing stream, curiously winding around areas with the field recordings and storm sounds returning from time to time. Musically the track sets you in a meditative mood with its tranquility setting you at ease.

“InTROvisions” taking in a richer tone than the last track “InTROvisions” sounds like it is melding orchestral traditions in a drone piece. The instruments themselves are indistinguishable with all rough edges smoothed out to create this sound that flows as if it is being taken by the breeze. There is a crystalline feeling to the track that threatens to shatter.

“InTROpassion” following on from “InTROpiano” we see Sanfilippo behind the keys, once more utilizing the instrument, but this time it has a more central focus to the track and draws in other instruments such as strings, brass, chimes and electronics. Leaning on a romantic feel, the track also has an ethereal feel to it which is demonstrated by subtle techniques such as backwards sounds, ambience and chimes.

“InTROpolar” while not on the original album, this track fits in nicely as it shares the similar DNA that make up the other tracks. Haunting sounds, field recordings, loops, strings and electronics come together to create a track that is a fusion of darker and lighter elements, but still has a flowing nature to it.

“InTROsense” you get the feeling that Sanfilippo has commandeered a church organ and recorded this piece in a church. The sound is full of an array of melodic and slightly glassy tones, voices career around the track like ghostly apparitions. The pace is lugubrious with a feeling of this is possibly a funeral piece for the passing of someone.

I am more used to hearing Sanfilippo behind his beloved piano, but comparisons can be drawn from this album through to 2018’s “Unity” in style and composition. It is interesting in going back into an artists catalog to explore and hear how they have developed. These earlier releases (“InTRO” was his ninth of his approximately twenty-five albums) are more than just parts of a discography, they are road marks on a journey of building knowledge, skill and technique. Go back,  listen to this album and see where the journey has taken him.

DRIFTING , ALMOST FALLING

2018-09-24T12:02:38+00:00

DRIFTING , ALMOST FALLING

“InTRO” is a re-issue (and revision) of Sanfilippo’s 2006 acclaimed album, analog remastered by Ian Hawgood with redesigned art featuring the original photographs by Helyn Davenport. Sanfilippo is no stranger to this blogs short life and is once of the most varied and adept performers/composers under the umbrella that is Modern Classical, for which he is arguably best known. Sanfilippo has brought a reissue of his 2006 release alongside 2 compositions from the same year “InTROpolar” and “InTROsense”. “In his nine compositions of imaginary ‘InTROspective’ Sanfilippo explores the interest in the unfettered possibilities of dreams. It;s impact is strongly imaginative and cinematic, featuring nice piano interludes, great synthesizer pads, field recordings, soft soaring sound textures and transparent soundscapes.” “InTROworld” gives an aural queue with the word “world”in the title. While not sounding exactly like Muslimgauze, I can hear cues that lead me in that sort of direction. Percussive loops that maintain throughout the track are important in creating this mood and feeling. While I am unaware of the instrumentation included in the track, but the use of saxophone gives it a middle eastern feel. Hypnotic in nature the track marries beats with fluid soundscapes that make the track float along easily in its nine plus minute length. “InTROmental” is a trip through varied textures and sound sources, predominantly beat less with an emphasis on layering. To call it drone would be cutting it short, but it shares similar characteristics as well as following on in the dare I say it “World Music” style of the opening, with a certain otherworldliness involved as well in the synth oscillations. “InTROsacro” again the title hints at the possible feel of the music, with sacro meaning to combine form. The track is a swirling, cavernous one where you journey into an echoic environment with...
On the remastered and expanded version of Spain-based, neo-classical artist's 2006 album inTRO, Bruno Sanfilippo's compositions are given a sheen of new life by fellow artist and producer Ian Hawgood. On "InTROpassion" the Buenos Aires trained composer layers shimmering soundscapes on top of one another that sound like crashing cymbals extended and reversed over a contemplative piano melody, synthesized brass that artifacts and breaks in all the right places and vocals that haunt somewhere in this track's upper mezzanine.On the remastered and expanded version of Spain-based, neo-classical artist's 2006 album inTRO, Bruno Sanfilippo's compositions are given a sheen of new life by fellow artist and producer Ian Hawgood. On "InTROpassion" the Buenos Aires trained composer layers shimmering soundscapes on top of one another that sound like crashing cymbals extended and reversed over a contemplative piano melody, synthesized brass that artifacts and breaks in all the right places and vocals that haunt somewhere in this track's upper mezzanine.

Tome to the Weather Machine

2018-09-21T15:41:01+00:00

Tome to the Weather Machine

On the remastered and expanded version of Spain-based, neo-classical artist's 2006 album inTRO, Bruno Sanfilippo's compositions are given a sheen of new life by fellow artist and producer Ian Hawgood. On "InTROpassion" the Buenos Aires trained composer layers shimmering soundscapes on top of one another that sound like crashing cymbals extended and reversed over a contemplative piano melody, synthesized brass that artifacts and breaks in all the right places and vocals that haunt somewhere in this track's upper mezzanine.On the remastered and expanded version of Spain-based, neo-classical artist's 2006 album inTRO, Bruno Sanfilippo's compositions are given a sheen of new life by fellow artist and producer Ian Hawgood. On "InTROpassion" the Buenos Aires trained composer layers shimmering soundscapes on top of one another that sound like crashing cymbals extended and reversed over a contemplative piano melody, synthesized brass that artifacts and breaks in all the right places and vocals that haunt somewhere in this track's upper mezzanine.
Immergersi nella labirintica trama della mente persa  tra gli inafferrabili territori dell’universo onirico e restituirne attraverso il suono i profondi riverberi sensoriali. Nasce dalla volontà di conferire compiutezza attraverso un attento lavoro di revisione la nuova pubblicazione di Bruno Sanfilippo, versione rivista e parzialmente ampliata di “inTRO”, disco risalente al 2006.

Avvalendosi della preziosa collaborazione di Ian Hawgood che ne ha curato la riedizione e aggiungendo in coda all’originale sequenza dei brani due capitoli allora rimasti esclusi, il musicista argentino d’istanza a Barcellona dona nuova linfa a questa sua affascinante esplorazione plasmata assecondando la componente più immaginifica ed atmosferica della sua produzione. È difatti soprattutto sintetica la materia che compone le risonanti proiezioni, trama fluida che rispecchia l’evanescenza del paesaggio indagato e che costantemente si lascia ibridare da tracciati armonici e inserti ambientali.

È un tracciato cangiante, che di volta in volta insegue un’immagine precisa passando dal pulsante viaggiare verso il misterioso oriente di “inTROworld” all’oscura elucubrazione di frequenze espanse di “inTROmental” e di tessiture granulose di “inTRovoices”, dalla placida visionarietà di “inTROpiano” e “inTROpassion” che lascia riemergere lo strumento di elezione di Sanfilippo all’eterea fragilità dei riverberi  al tempo stesso cupi e solenni di “inTRosacro” e della cristallina ricchezza di “inTROvisions”. Un percorso a cui si aggiungono con totale coerenza i due nuovi tasselli recuperati, che chiudono una peregrinazione cinematica profondamente suggestiva.

SoWhat

2018-10-12T16:55:39+00:00

SoWhat

Immergersi nella labirintica trama della mente persa  tra gli inafferrabili territori dell’universo onirico e restituirne attraverso il suono i profondi riverberi sensoriali. Nasce dalla volontà di conferire compiutezza attraverso un attento lavoro di revisione la nuova pubblicazione di Bruno Sanfilippo, versione rivista e parzialmente ampliata di “inTRO”, disco risalente al 2006. Avvalendosi della preziosa collaborazione di Ian Hawgood che ne ha curato la riedizione e aggiungendo in coda all’originale sequenza dei brani due capitoli allora rimasti esclusi, il musicista argentino d’istanza a Barcellona dona nuova linfa a questa sua affascinante esplorazione plasmata assecondando la componente più immaginifica ed atmosferica della sua produzione. È difatti soprattutto sintetica la materia che compone le risonanti proiezioni, trama fluida che rispecchia l’evanescenza del paesaggio indagato e che costantemente si lascia ibridare da tracciati armonici e inserti ambientali. È un tracciato cangiante, che di volta in volta insegue un’immagine precisa passando dal pulsante viaggiare verso il misterioso oriente di “inTROworld” all’oscura elucubrazione di frequenze espanse di “inTROmental” e di tessiture granulose di “inTRovoices”, dalla placida visionarietà di “inTROpiano” e “inTROpassion” che lascia riemergere lo strumento di elezione di Sanfilippo all’eterea fragilità dei riverberi  al tempo stesso cupi e solenni di “inTRosacro” e della cristallina ricchezza di “inTROvisions”. Un percorso a cui si aggiungono con totale coerenza i due nuovi tasselli recuperati, che chiudono una peregrinazione cinematica profondamente suggestiva.
MUSIC
BRUNO SANFILIPPO – INTRO REMASTERED: A MESMERIC SOUNDSCAPE OF DELICATE RHYTHMIC PROGRESSION
Posted on 17th September 2018

Bruno Sanfilippo is set to relaunch his remastered highly acclaimed 2006 album InTRO which will soon be available to purchase via CD and digitally. With the lucidity of this soundtrack in your world, your life would become infinitely more cathartic.

Each of the 9 tracks on the release carry a completely different resonance yet have in common an almost primal progression of fluidity that will entrench you in the spaces around the sound which resound more than the deftly weaved electronic notes themselves.

InTRO explores the Italo Argentino-based composer’s cinematic style through an eclectic array of digital arrangements to provide a textured yet transparent sound which comes together soulfully and delicately. Whilst there is a diverse array of soundscapes included in the album, each of them fit together perfectly to provide over an hour of transiently orchestrated lucidity.

You’ll be able to check out InTRO Remastered & Expanded for yourselves from September 20th, 2018 via all digital platforms and on CD and via Bandacamp. In the meantime, why not check out some of his earlier compositions?

A&R Factory by Amelia Vandergast

2018-09-18T12:04:59+00:00

A&R Factory by Amelia Vandergast

MUSIC BRUNO SANFILIPPO – INTRO REMASTERED: A MESMERIC SOUNDSCAPE OF DELICATE RHYTHMIC PROGRESSION Posted on 17th September 2018 Bruno Sanfilippo is set to relaunch his remastered highly acclaimed 2006 album InTRO which will soon be available to purchase via CD and digitally. With the lucidity of this soundtrack in your world, your life would become infinitely more cathartic. Each of the 9 tracks on the release carry a completely different resonance yet have in common an almost primal progression of fluidity that will entrench you in the spaces around the sound which resound more than the deftly weaved electronic notes themselves. InTRO explores the Italo Argentino-based composer’s cinematic style through an eclectic array of digital arrangements to provide a textured yet transparent sound which comes together soulfully and delicately. Whilst there is a diverse array of soundscapes included in the album, each of them fit together perfectly to provide over an hour of transiently orchestrated lucidity. You’ll be able to check out InTRO Remastered & Expanded for yourselves from September 20th, 2018 via all digital platforms and on CD and via Bandacamp. In the meantime, why not check out some of his earlier compositions?