ad Libitum
Recorded & mastered at Onix Studio, Barcelona

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 Ad Libitum by Bruno Sanfilippo


REVIEWS
ad Libitum

by Lloyd Barde · Backroadsmusic
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.
There are also tracks on the album that are built from atmospheric sounds that sound a bit like the music of Steve Roach.
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.

 

by Phil Derby · Editor & Publisher ElectroambientSpace
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.
The coolest computerized rhythmic groove is laid down, courtesy of Max Corbacho, and Sanfilippo adds rich synth pads to perfectly
enhance the proceedings. Ad libitum is a breathtakingly beautiful and complete packag.

 

by Bert Strolenberg · Journalist E-dition Mag #8
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.
But Bruno made the most impression on me with the strong closing track Lúdico, which is quite reminiscent to what Max Corbacho’s
achieved on his album ”Moontribe”: pulsating rhythms over drifting soundtextures. Recommended.

 

by Andy Garibaldi · CD Services
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.
Musically there are obvious hints of people like Steve Roach, Vangelis (the cosmic, spacey passages of Vangelis that is), Brennan (in particular only more varied), but throughout it all, there's both a warmth and a sensitive passion that resides at the heart of the music,
and makes it so enjoyable.
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.

 

by Paul Rijkens · Dutch progressive rockmag iO Pages
I am very impressed by the CD Visualia of this Argentine musician who lives and works in Spain.
Therefore I was very anxious to hear more of his work. Well, his new album ad Libitum again has become an ambientalbum of great beauty.
Hipnoide opens the album with calm but full and impressive pianosounds.
This runs into Intention where hypnotic percussion supports sultry synthesizerparts.
In comparison to Visualia Bruno on this CD uses some more acoustic (sounding) instruments like piano and guitars.
In the fine and melodic Devoción this can be heard very well. This is almost filmmusic.
There are also some tracks on the album that are built up from very beautiful atmospheric sounds, like Deceptive Beauty, Oppio and Lúdico
that sounds a bit like the music of Steve Roach.
This piece is accompanied with a nice rhythm. Oniria is a melancholic pianotrack with a lot of reverberation while Luminae Psicoactive
and the titletrack could also serve as music for films. Again, this has become an impressive CD of this versatile musician.