Soundscapes of Fifo: My Journey Through Contemporary Classical and Electronic Music

Music Soundscapes of Fifio

Soundscapes of Fifo: My Journey Through Contemporary Classical and Electronic Music

 

Piano Day


I remember that day very well. 

A lazy day when I had nothing to do. No classes to conduct in the morning, no rushing off to work. Just sitting and browsing the Internet with my headphones on, enjoying a cup of coffee. 

This is one of the small things I’ve recently learned to appreciate in my life.

And then I saw that Piano Day post. I remember, it was Ólafur Arnalds streaming his Tomorrow’s Song, and people leaving so many positive comments. And I joined them. I wrote just one word “beautiful,” as such was the song and the atmosphere of this event.

Since then, inspired by the Piano Day, I’ve started discovering artists I’d never heard before. The ones you rarely hear on the radio, but who make really beautiful music. 

And you know what? I thought: “I was so ignorant complaining about poor quality contemporary music.” 

I just haven’t been looking for it in the right places! 

I’m not a musician, I’m a linguist. I describe music with words – just the way I feel it. I only use my intuition and senses. For me, music is like morning coffee, I simply can’t live without it!

Modern Classical


Soon after that, I came across a wonderful modern classical pianist and composer, Chad Lawson, and his magically crafted pieces. 

Every time I turn his music on, I can’t stop admiring the way he plays. His notes are full of deep emotional shading. When you listen to them, you start seeing pictures in your head. And if you put your headphones on, and close your eyes, it feels even better. 

Some time ago, a friend of mine wrote to me: “Ola, Lawson’s music is like taking a beautiful walk in your own thoughts.” I love the way she described it, and I’m so glad she discovered Lawson thanks to my post. 

Take a listen to Beautiful the Night and Just Before, two of my favorite tracks by Lawson. 


I’m not a musician, I’m a linguist. I describe music with words – just the way I feel it. I only use my intuition and senses. For me, music is like morning coffee, I simply can’t live without it!

Ambient Music


While exploring modern classical, I was soon lucky enough to discover David Moore’s electroacoustic project Bing & Ruth. A tender solo piano accompanied by ambient sounds that had always been so close to my heart. 

I especially like to listen to it early in the morning on my way to work, when I get on the bus and watch the city slowly springing into life.  

I once read that ambient is like meditation. It lets you go deep down into yourself. It’s the music where there’s no place for rush. If you’re a patient listener, you’ll learn to relish every single sound it carries.  

And that’s what I love about Moore’s music. 

Seriously, there are so many talented artists I could list here! But it’s really hard to mention them all in a single blog post! And it’s already taking me much longer than I expected! 

OK, I know. The older I get, the more conscious and selective listener I should become. And that’s actually true.

It’s just difficult (if not impossible) for me to say something like: “This is my number one,” because each of these artists adds something different and unique to my list. 

This blog post is like sharing my personal journey: full of memories and feelings that music awakens in my head. It’s a purely subjective selection of mine, and just a fraction of all that I’ve come across. 

There is one artist who deserves a special mention, Rafael Anton Irrisari.

I could listen to his mesmerizing ambient pieces, and chasms of drone on and on, and never have enough. Especially late in the evenings, when my brain is slowly switching off. 

I particularly like his sustained, often dark and haunting repeated sounds which evoke so many ethereal, slow-motion images in my head.  


Oh, I’ve almost forgotten about Nils Frahm, the composer who actually launched the Piano Day! 

Frahm is a master of perfectly crafted minimalism. His music is experimental and intimate at the same time. 

Frahm doesn’t use too many sounds, but the ones he does play leave you with a great hunger for more. His wonderful tracks are so uplifting and contemplative.  

I could list many more here! 

The Soundscapes of Fifio


 I always picture Fifio alongside the music I like. OK I know, this might sound a bit bizarre.

When I start working on new designs, I make myself a mug of black coffee (it has to be in the right mug), and turn on the music which reflects my state of mind. 

Then, new ideas crop up in my head. I start seeing colors, shapes, and textures of my designs. 

It’s a dream of mine to make you see that there’s so much more to Fifio than just garments. 

I’d love you to associate Fifio with the music you like, memories you hold dear, or people who have a special place in your heart.

I wish Fifio would not only keep you warm, but also evoke warm feelings. Just like music does. 

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