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- sonicpieces 019 / Second edition LP on Sonic Pieces in reversed cardboard jacket, printed in- and outside with full tone colours and holds printed innersleeves with the original artwork. Edition of 500 copies
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- Pino by Otto A Totland
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 24 January 2014
On Wednesday when I came into the office to pick up the week's reviewvalanche, Phil told me this CD was by a guy from Deaf Center, who I like. I promptly got confused and wrote a review of the Matthew Philip Hopkins album which opined "I could swear that when Phil was handing over my stack of reviewables yesterday he said he was [in Deaf Center]". Well imagine how red my robot face went this morning when I reached this Otto A Totland CD and realised that this was the album Phil had told me about. I feel like I owe Phil an apology for accusing him of misinformation now. Sorry Phil.
As for the CD itself, it's one of those lovely cloth-bound and numbered Sonic Pieces ones (later copies in card sleeves as is the SP way) and it's full of lovely sleepy ivory-tinkling. There aren't too many notes but they're all very well chosen. The way it's recorded is kind of strange too, like it's been mic'ed by his fingers so you can hear each key clack as he plays the notes. It gives it a really pronounced sense of physicality as he sends graceful note shapes into the air and lets them ring out sonorously. The compositions are really lovely; 18 delicate miniatures which cover ground somewhere between Harold Budd and Nils Frahm's more stripped back 'Screws' album. It's really beautiful stuff, no real surprises here, just a big chunk of prettiness.
8/10 Marius Sætra Customer review, 23rd September 2015
The Pino album is a low key piano piece all about ambient atmosphere and presence. The piece was recorded with the microphone almost inside the piano. This makes you feel very close to the recording as a listener. For instance, you can hear Totlands pedal work and how air is pushed back and forth in the piano.
The album was recorded with the windows in the room open and, with the right stereo system, you can hear birds and people talk in the background (the backyard of the studio). This was done on purpose to create an ambient effect and it really works.
The outcome of the recording is sonically stunning.
(I know all this about this record because Totland is a friend of my cousin).
9/10 Eleftherios Customer review, 19th February 2014
Otto A Totland is the pianist of Norwegian shadowy ambient duo Deaf Center. His first release from back in 2012 "Harmony From The Past", was a three piece 7" vinyl on Sonic Pieces imprint. "Pino" is his debut album also on Sonic Pieces, containing eighteen melancholic piano pieces. A hauntingly beautiful soundtrack which fans of Brian Eno, Harold Budd or even Erik Satie would be immediately hooked on. Nils Frahm's mastering seals the quality, and expect no less with Monique's unique handmade packaging ltd edition, cd and vinyl copies. Instant classic!
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