Subliminal Pulse

Subliminal Pulse
Recorded at Onix Studio · Barcelona
Cover & inside photos by Bruno Sanfilippo
CD released 12 April 2011

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Bruno Sanfilippo has been creating and releasing impressive soundscapes since 1991.
Now the internationally established instrumentalist delivers his first official US release, Subliminal Pulse, a tranquil and hypnotic ambient musical tapestry comprised of delicate melodies, layered electronics and synth textures that seem to come from deep within a dream. Sanfilippo skillfully crafts the nine purely electronic compositions into an elegant and subtle soundspace of great depth, wonder and serenity.
A myterious mood, although never foreboding, is present throughout the entire album and hovers just on the edge of a shadowy contemplation that leads the listener to deeper regions of introspection. This is the result of Sanfilippo’s desire to create a bridge; a connection between the imagination and the universe.
He explains, “Sometimes, the poetic language of music reveals what cannot be seen.
It shows a reality that has nothing to do with words. With my electronic instruments I take the universe’s ‘Subliminal Pulse’, and I try to build a bridge between my inner pulse and the pulse of the outer space.”

Reviews

  • Really nice move that can be only much fruitful and challenging for both sides. Bruno Sanfilippo is a very prolific ambient/modern classical composer, born in Argentina, Buenos Aires, but since the year 2000 residing in Spain, Barcelona. "Subliminal Pulse" is Bruno's 11th solo album. From the very first notes "Subliminal Pulse" is a very rich and skillfully sculpted sonic palette floating from slightly melodic ambient ("The Third Geometry", "Santa Luminosa") to deeper space travels ("Intrinsic Fluctuations", "Subliminal Pulse"), from modern classically sounding arrangements ("Spirit Allies", "Slipped Time", "Mantram") through darker minimal experiments with strong environmental feel ("Alchemical Powers") to more monumental sacral texture ("Pulsum Sacrum"). Each composition is crafted with highest precision, incorporated are various fragments like melodic EM ingredients, various distant voices and ethereal choirs, ethnic and modern classical influenced passages, few sonic outbursts and carefully used field-recordings. Surprisingly, this wider variety of sounds and tapestries works together more than effectively, the sonic panoramas are beautifully warm, emotional, joyous and elegant. And when adding crystalline sound quality and nicely fitting digipak artwork, we get absolutely sophisticated piece of electronic music, "Subliminal Pulse" is one of the best 2011 releases so far!!!
    RG
  • While many electronic artists today tend to explore the dark, more rampant possibilities of sound, Bruno Sanfilippo is going in the opposite direction with his new album "Subliminal Pulse". He tames the instruments, gently drawing a sonic topography that is slowly emerging into articulate awareness. The arrangements speaks to the mind with an inherent eloquence that is subtle and emotional. From the first pulse to the last vibration, the music linger in the air as if carried on a luminous breeze that takes away the shadows of thoughts and the intrinsic fluctuations. This is music that cannot be expressed into words, yet cannot remain silent. Bruno perform all the pieces using his improvisational talent in developing intuitive harmonies, refining and dissolving the elements like an alchemist in search of spiritual gold. In a way that comes close to being magisterial, Sanfilippo weaves the strands of our boundless reality into a tapestry that "for those who have ears to listen", is truly beautiful and liberating. "Subliminal Pulse" is a profound work, an important and much-needed achievement in ambient music. I highly recommend it !
    Marius-Christian Burcea "Journeys to the Infinite Radio"
  • Bruno Sanfilippo continues his run of excellent CDs with his latest release, Subliminal Pulse. Sanfilippo's tour this time moves through nine tracks that follow a soul-pleasing path of reducing themselves slightly in complexity as they go, from the starlight shimmer and mathematical rhythm of "The Third Geometry" down to the prayer-like sighs of "Mantram." Within that framework each piece stands on its own, but the whole still carries a strongly unified feel, an unwavering continuation of intent. The difference in tracks comes off as less of a change of direction than the way the mind courses from one thought to the next, taking up an idea and moving off with it. The centerpiece here is the 14-minute "Intrinsic Fluctuations," a thoughtful landscape of sound that keeps folding in on itself to find new identities. It passes through quiet spaces, spacey quietude, shadowy moments and the border of rhythm (with some nicely understated percussion), each transformation modestly making itself noticeable. My problem in trying to write this review has been that every track borders on being too lovely for words; they simply must be heard. "Santa Luminosa" has a hint of gypsy violin mourning through its sad song. The title track begins with a music-box-type melody and gently builds from there as misty washes ease in at the edges. It feels like remembering. "Pulsum Sacrum" will absolutely carry you off with it, a slow-breath drift centered by two repeated sets of three notes-one set rising, the other falling, both carrying, as the title suggests, a sacred-music feel. This is a deep prayer for the soul, and a balm for the mind. Loop just this track and you may be setting yourself up for a religious experience. As always, Sanfilippo's mastery of sound textures enriches the experience of each track. Deep, focused listening reaps incredible rewards and opens entirely different worlds. Quite simply one of the best CDs of 2011 so far, and definitely a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.
    Hypnagogue
  • Bruno Sanfilippo es un músico que ya no necesita presentación, es uno de esos nombres reconocidos por su estilo y por su buen saber hacer, que siempre nos deleita con sus trabajos, que siempre nos hace sentir con su música. "Subliminal Pulse" es su nuevo trabajo y la primera y gran sorpresa, es que no está publicado por su sello de toda la vida, sino que da un salto más en su carrera . La otra sorpresa, es que el compositor, abandona por unos momentos el piano para retornar a los sonidos electrónicos, a los ambientes subterráneos, a las atmósferas envolventes,... Nueve composiciones son las que nos encontramos en este trabajo, un disco lleno de bellas texturas electrónicas, de preciosos paisajes musicales que poco a poco te van atrapando, te van envolviendo en su sonido de forma que no eres capaz de separarte de él. En este trabajo vuelve a estar presente elementos electrónicos, samplers y sonidos a los que no nos tenía acostumbrados en sus últimos trabajos, pero demuestra, que no se ha olvidado y es que además de un grandísimo pianista, es una grandísimo compositor. Bruno siempre ha demostrado un especial saber hacer para crear esos paisajes sonoros y en esta ocasión, no es una excepción, sus bellos sonidos vuelven a estar presentes, su delicadeza musical es embriagadora, es sin lugar a dudas uno de los grandes creadores de paisajes musicales de la actualidad. Resulta muy complicado destacar algún tema de este trabajo, todas ellos forman parte de este conjunto, de este poema, de este pulso subliminal y nada mejor que dejarse llevar, dejarse sumergir en el mundo de la música de Bruno Sanfilippo, un creador de paisajes sonoros, un creador de sueños.
    A Ultima Fronteira Radio
  • Mostly beatless, melodic ambient music. Bruno Sanfilippo here combines silken synthesiser tone, twinkling sequential patterns and elegant string formations. The tracks are mostly without beats, yet often not without rhythm; cycling motifs ripple in regular time, dancing arpeggios bright and prominent in places, subtle in others, hypnotic in repetition. The opening track does have a percussive beat; deep, sonorous ethnic hand drums reverberating in layered patterns and there are a few other percussive flecks here and there. There are a number of drifting passages without any obvious metre where undulating drones gather into profound intensities; within these restful, shadowy zones Sanfilippo artfully places just the right sparcity of piano touches, spectral voice atmospheres or reverberating metallic chimes. There are some environmental recordings in places; a low grumble of thunder, water movement, distant bird or insect calls; Alchemical Powers especially drawing a lot of its exotic mystique from these sounds of nature. The concluding track Mantram is a charming piece where dreamy string lines ebb and flow against the idle tide of warm synth pads - very introspective, very beautiful. ARTWORK Subliminal Pulse is delivered in a card digipack of three fold-out panels. The imagery throughout is comprised of swirling loops of yellow/orange light of varying lustre. Irregular forms yet crafted and purposeful; some like spinning flames, others like pulses of electric light. On the front cover, complete cycles are visible in middles distance of similar hue to the titles. On the rear cover the loops are close up and layered. Here, track titles with their times are numbered by a series of increasing dots. The final outer panel holds a brief explanation from Bruno as to the concepts behind the music. Within a single spread of close-up light loops runs across all three panels. All are without disturbance except for the left most where credits, a gear list and website address can be found. OVERALL Although Argentinean electronic ambient composer and recording artist Bruno Sanfilippo has been releasing distinctive instrumental music for around two decades, clocking up fourteen items on his discography, and although he is presently based in Barcelona, Spain, Subliminal Pulse is his first official US release. The disc contains nine mid-length tracks all hovering around the six/seven minute mark apart from Intrinsic Fluctuations which takes in a second over fourteen minutes.
    Morpheus Music
  • Sometimes, the poetic language of music reveals what cannot be seen. It shows a reality that has nothing to do with words. With my electronic instruments I take the universe’s “Subliminal Pulse”, and I try to build a bridge between my inner pulse and the pulse of the outer space". This is the comment given by the talented Bruno Sanfilippo on his first US-release “Subliminal Pulse”, which again is an emotional ride through richly layered electronic sphere paintings. Things curl and shapeshift into various dimensions and levels of depth, as the string and atmospheric sections spread their wings. By this, the recording opens a doorway to organic-based spacemusic with a dynamic, occasionally percussive but overall tranquil soundscape tapestry continuously morphing underneath. While the space is simply found between the fine curved lines moving between the dark and the light, the intrinsic pulsations within Sanfilippo’s soaring mood music create a sense of awe and pleasant hypnotic state. Nevertheless, the peculiar sonic alchemy of this free form ambient recording demands focussed listening, due to Bruno’s profound and quite adventurous exploration of new sonic approaches, strategies and ideas.
    Sonic Immersion
  • Masterful ambient excursions that evoke the classic ambient masters. These complex and intricate compositions range from airy to intense, haunting, mysterious and droning to harmonious and ethereal. Taken in its entirety, the album might be interpreted as a journey from the beginning of time through the formation of life, or a similar evolutionary or developmental theme. Bruno Sanfilippo is an accomplished electronic artist and his many years of composing and performing yield another excellent ambient collection here. For newcomers, I recommend starting with the current “Subliminal Pulse” and working back through his catalog. By Track: 1. The Third Geometry – (5:52) – Opens airy and soaring becoming infiltrated with heavier layering, droning and percussive elements, punctuated by tubular or heavy string like pulsations, drifting off into an airy void with some spooky vocalizations barely audible at the fade 2. Santa Luminosa – (6:40) – opens with a generator like pulsation takeoff into an airy, ascending, ethereal layered flight traversing past a variety of sound posts before climaxing into a dissonant sounding spiral out 3. Spirit Allies – (5:47) – opens with an electro- mechanical sounding pulsation becoming woven with increasing harmonious layerings of soprano and baritone synths and shadowy vocalizations 4. Intrinsic Fluctuations – (14:00) – opens soaring and hovering while added layers build a sense of conflicting themes, eventually descending into darker, brooding pulsating textures with metallic-like droppings and lathe cuttings, with a spooky spirit-like riff permeating the ending minutes 5. Subliminal Pulse – (5:58) – dark, spooky, and mysterious with dissonant keyboard-like riffs and chords and other-worldly vocalizations woven through various intricate layerings 6. Slipped Time – (7:29) – smooth, textured intro into an evocative, familiar piano-like riff and soaring textures, very reminiscent of past masters 7. Alchemical Powers – (6:29) – Opens dark and mysterious, suggestive of experimentation or origination and alchemy with boiling, bubbling underlayments, progressively more dark & dissonant and punctuated by bell and percussive soundings, degenerating into life sounds accompanied by thunder and ran backdrops, suggestive of primordial formations 8. Pulsum Sacrum – (7:21) – opens smoothly textured quickly augmented by male-like and then female-like vocalise layerings along with Tibetan bell-like soundings and explosive backdrops, use your imagination based on the title 9. Mantram – (7:58) – opens with smoothly textured layers joined with a soaring but morose cello-like layering, somewhat sad in emotion but harmonious in sound, a musical mantra as the title suggests.
    Music Sojourn