This CD from 2012 features 67 minutes of urban ambient music.
Sanfilippo plays: Korg radias synthesizer, samplers, and field recordings. While most ambient synthesists utilize environmental recordings in their music, the general milieu for these samples are appropriated in the countryside.
Here, though, Sanfilippo has confined his sampling to urban locales: inside churches. train stations, subway platforms, and on the streets and in the bars of cities.
This lends this music a completely different temperament. While the tonalities tend to be harsher than normal, they are softened by gentle electronics that serve to unify these sounds into a flowing vista of vaporized concrete and windblown steel.
Despite the grittiness of the samples, though, these tunes possess a certain tranquility, a comfortable familiarity for city dwellers.
Not that the sounds are readily recognizable, for they’ve been treated and mutated to belong to an eerie palette.
Electronic chords lurk within the mix, embellishing the flowing soundscape with noble influences.
With only one exception, these tracks are excessively long, affording the soundscapes ample time to establish their ethereal stance and indulge in various variations as they progressed. The compositions seethe with a gentle puissance despite their minimal definition. Regardless of whether you closely study the music or enjoy it as a background soundtrack,
the tuneage seeps into the soul and instills a peaceful impression.