His first album "Three lights at the end of the world", composed in 1995, has been released in 1996 by Italian ambient artist Alio Die’s own label, Hic Sunt Leones (Alio Die himself played for a minute in a track of this album).
His classic double-live album "The spirals of time", released in 1997 by Amplexus, has been voted as one of the best ambient albums of all times.
Oophoi creates deep, beautiful and trance-inducing compositions that have set new standards in the field of space music.
He uses traditional instruments as synths and sampling machines, but also singing bowls, flutes, special percussions (wood chimes, stones, shells, crystal chimes) and processed voices; all his music is recorded using analog-only devices (no computers!) in The Kiva, his studio, which used to be a stall in a XV Century stone country house in the hills of central Italy.
In 2002 he has founded the experimental ambient group Nebula, along with Klaus Wiese, Mauro Malgrande, Lorenzo Pierobon and Tau Ceti.
His "Celestial geometries" CD is considered as one of the best 5 Space Music albums of all times.
He has released more than 35 CDs for many international labels (Databloem, Hic Sunt Leones, Amplexus, Hypnos, Nextera, Electroshock, Faria, Skean Dhu, Stella Maris, Aplaus, Mystery Sea), and he runs his own labels Umbra and Penumbra Records, devoted to his music as well the music of new Italian ambient artists.
Born in Rome, Italy, march 26, 1958. An avid music collector since his childhood (from blues and rock ’n’ roll through to the German cosmic music, the avant-garde and the jazz) Gianluigi started his own music experiments in 1995, with a basic instrumentation, trying to explore the shores of deep space-ambient.