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Upon Contact Reworked

by Bruno Sanfilippo

Upon Contact Reworked is a collaborative work from Bruno Sanfilippo that features some of the most highly acclaimed artists from the electronic music scene including Francesco Giannico, Olan Mill, Leonardo Rosado, Jorge Haro, Quivion and Hior Chronik in which an original piece written for piano is re-envisioned by each artist.
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1. Upon Contact
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2. Upon Contact (feat. Francesco Giannico)
5:37 $0.99
3. Upon Contact (feat. Olan Mill)
6:00 $0.99
4. Upon Contact (feat. Leonardo Rosado)
5:25 $0.99
5. Upon Contact (feat. Jorge Haro)
5:09 $0.99
6. Upon Contact (feat. Quivion)
4:25 $0.99
7. Upon Contact (feat. Hior Chronik)
5:07 $0.99
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"There son bastantes compilaciones muchos remixes flotando alrededor, pero rara vez se les ha presentado como una unidad conceptual gusta este álbum, que se siente como que podría haber sido la obra de un solo artista" Ambientblog

The new album of the Argentine-Spanish composer Bruno Sanfilippo contains only one instrumental track: Upon Contact. You hear Sanfilippo's version first and then the reworkings by 6 different electro artists, among others, the Italian soundscape artist Francesco Giannico, the neoclassical/ambiente duo Olan Mill and the Argentine sound magician Jorge Haro. The result is again a very atmospheric and dreamy neoclassical album for late night, which combines piano and electronics in an almost perfect way. Sanfilippo's version opens the album with echoing piano sounds, neatly separated, with space for quiet contemplation, followed by a cautious progress of two times three tones and then a short series of emphatic sounds, before the melody unfolds in a delicate way, friable and phased and then playful, but always minimalist and meditative, to which Francesco Giannico in his revised version, adds men's and children's voices, abrasive and creaking noises, and then fills the void with a soft whirring electronic drone as the soundtrack for a fortuitous and surprising film fragment. Olan Mill adds dark colors from the beginning. The deep piano tones resonate more and the quiet moments are filled with a soft vibrating drone sound, fragile and disturbing, and in the background shrill violin-like effects.Leonardo Rosado first introduces a soft humming drone and then the piano sound, which has been stretched and finally flows together with the drone. Halfway through, the drones sound more emphatic and dark, but they never dominate the sound palette in which the piano sound of the original composition always remains clearly in the foreground. Jorge Haro does it differently, because in his reworking the piano is only introduced after 60 seconds. He uses noise, regular short beep sounds and gurgling drones before the original composition seeps through. Nevertheless, he remains closest to the original tune because what he adds, is minimalist and subaltern.The Swedish Quivon adds the sound of rushing water and little sounds to the tune of Sanfilippo, perhaps of small birds, and finally a distant drone of an industrial nature as of a factory or a steel mill and a lot of atmospheric noise. The Greek ambient artist Hior Chronik uses soft noise and barely audible creaks. A very minimalist approach which still affects the mood of the composition.Upon Contact (Reworked) by Bruno Sanfilippo, has a classical composition format in which the same piece of music is treated in different ways. 37 wonderful minutes, adorned by the cooperating guest musicians with sober electronic and organic sounds, without damaging the intent of the original composition. Beautiful album. Peek-A-Boo Magazine

‘Upon Contact’ in its original form and then reworked by a series of electronic music producers, who do various thinks such as add field recordings, embellish the skeletal chord structure of the original with atmospheric textures or resample the original to add layers of subtle complexity.
It’s hard not to compare Bruno’s music to that of masters of this style of playing, like Ryuichi Sakamoto or Harold Budd. For me Sanfilipo’s style seems warmer, more romantic somehow, in comparison to the crystalline quality of Sakamoto’s playing or Budd’s introspective restraint. All the reworkings here are very respectful of Sanfilipo’s style and are careful to enhance the original track rather than give it a radical overhaul. My preference is for the more ‘electronic’ tracks here, like Jorge Haro’s version, which sets up a shimmering insect trickle that breaths beneath an abstracted snippet of the original piano; reminding me of Alva Noto’s more reflective ambient moments.
Unfortunately though, the repetition of the same motifs and rather ponderous spaciousness does feel a tad cloying to me, but if you love piano driven melancholia laced with atmospheric electronics, you will probably love this"
by Norman Records

Anthem Review wrote: "Following on from his critically acclaimed album, ‘Inside Life’, Barcelona based musician and composer Bruno Sanfilippo has returned with a new collaborative album. Entitled ‘Upon Contact Reworked’, and due out on the 21st of May this year through his own ad21 label, the album is less about Sanfilippo’s own work, and more an expression of freedom of creativity. Enlisting the help of several noted musicians from the electronic scene, such as Francesco Giannico, Olan Mill, Leonardo Rosado, Jorge Haro, Quivion and Hior Chronik, the new album is an impressive look into the individuality of artistic impression. Beginning with Sanfilippo’s own hauntingly beautiful composition, ‘Upon Contact’, each subsequent song features a unique reworking of the melody, bringing about a series of cohesive, yet startlingly unique moments as each artist is left to interpret and change the song at without boundaries. Although each musician is working with the same canvas, there is such a wealth of talent on show that it becomes almost impossible to tire of the gentle melody. Every note sounds fresh and new, and you could easily mistake this collaborative project as being one cohesive view, and while it seems on the surface to lack the depth of ‘Inside Life’, it manages to reach stunning moments of fragile serenity.
The true wonder of ‘Upon Contact Reworked’ is in it’s building, pristine nature. Every second of the album has a wholly organic feel, with no distracting over-production or superfluous notes, just a simple, direct piano melody and an abundance of creativity"

"A perfect example of how gorgeous modern classical can be is the music of Argentinian composer/musician Bruno Sanfilippo. Over the past few decades, Sanfilippo has explored the world of minimalist composition in search of new and unique types of music; his 2015 release Inside Life found him exploring the same sort of meditative realms that Brian Eno was exploring in the mid-to-late 1970s. Upon Contact Reworked, released later in 2015, is both more sparse in terms of its sound and more experimental in its concept, featuring a delicate original composition that’s subsequently re-imagined by six figures from the world of ambient electronic music" Scene Point Blank Magazine

"It is the coherent recontextualizing of each track and the selection of sensitive interpreters that makes Upon Contact Reworked all of piece, an engrossing, pleasant listening experience" Cyclic Defrost



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Richard Gurtler

A truly fruitful collaborative project!!!
"Upon Contact Reworked", released during May 2015 on ad21, is a very interesting project driven by Bruno Sanfilippo, an acclaimed Argentinian composer, who is based since 2000 in Barcelona, Spain. This collaboration features several of his colleagues across the globe, who focus on "Upon Contact", the original composition by Bruno Sanfilippo and charge it with their challenging artifices. The packaging of this CD is rather simple, it's a cardboard sleeve, but simply elegant with beautiful sparse artwork with additional insert, all designed by Bruno Sanfilippo's wife Ximena Contreras. A very nice work indeed!!!

"Upon Contact Reworked" collection opens with the initial composition, "Upon Contact", recorded by Bruno Sanfilippo at his Onix II Studio and mastered by Taylor Deupree. Intimate piano nuances immediately embrace each listener with utterly gorgeous subtlety scrupulously permeated by expansive glimpses of immersing stillness. This is deeply expressive minimalism and a true aural delicacy of introspective poignancy, meticulously intermingled with the visual part of the album. Bravo!!! Italian soundscaper Francesco Giannico is the first guest, who joins Bruno Sanfilippo and brings to the table his translucent urban recordings and sweepingly gliding evocations, which are hauntingly bridged with warm piano notes. Another beauty!!! Enigmatic drones of UK's Olan Mill take Bruno Sanfilippo's composition into intensely delightful hazy serenity, where long-buried memories awake. Portuguese sound manipulator Leonardo Rosado (now domiciled in Göteborg, Sweden) safely holds the piece on intense pathway, guarded by ambiguous dronescape, smoothly undulating through hissy terrains, while elusive piano rise and fall throughout. Intricately engrossing piece!!! The next "Upon Contact" is carved by Argentinian experimental composer Jorge Haro, his name is a brand new to me. Submerging hi-tech beep sounds add a brand new feel to Bruno Sanfilippo's mesmerizingly circling piano. Some remote dub-techno-infused fragments ephemerally emerge as well. A really intriguing blend!!! Quivion is another unknown name to me, this Swedish project basically continues the route taken by Jorge Haro, it's less experimental, more organic, although later the humming drone with piano softness is continuously counterpointed with distant intangible industrial beats and rumbles. Also the last guest, Greek sculptor Hior Chronik, now residing in Berlin, is new to me. His palette of distinctively subtle glitchy-like sounds masterfully reinforces the piano magic by the main protagonist, shifts the composition into gorgeously melancholic fields and provides a really gratifying conclusion to this cooperative effort.

I should add that all reworked contributions on this CD were mastered by Ian Hawgood and this collaborative work is available in a limited edition of 500 copies. For me, there is only one low point here, the length of this collection, which clocks to 37 minutes in total. I could easily imagine one or two additional reworked versions (maybe one by Bruno's fellow companion Max Corbacho with the infusion of his amorphously colossal drifts), but that's just my rough idea. Otherwise, this is a truly fruitful project exquisitely exhibiting a collective of kindred spirits within deeply expressive ambient/modern classical realms, who have masterfully enriched "Upon Contact" recording with their own distinguishing insignias. Well-done, Bruno (& Ximena), and kudos to all participating artists, you all have done a really wonderful job!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 15, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)