Night studies, Idwal Fisher:
'Nice release...thirty minutes playing time are equal parts ambience and equal parts treated gamelan.'
Night studies, Richard Allen, A closer listen:
'Otondo makes the gamelan sound contemporary: a gift to tradition and a noteworthy accomplishment.'
Night studies, Macarena Harnecker, Sargasso:
'Night Studies undoubtedly feels like an intimate, magical and imaginative narration through sound.'
Incidental music for 327 cuadernos, Paperblog (Spanish):
'The sound design is a key element for building suitable atmospheres for the film with a reduced but precise music score.'
Incidental music for 327 cuadernos, Página 12 (Spanish):
'Felipe Otondo creates various sound collages to reinforce leitmotivs as part of the film soundtrack'.
Incidental music for 327 cuadernos, Filmarte (Spanish):
'The music by Felipe Otondo is a key factor in creating atmospheres and adding passion to the film.'
Tutuguri, Idwal Fisher:
'A remarkable release that demands a much wider audience.'
'Some albums get you nailed to your seat right from the start...you can't stop listening until it ends, and barely move inbetween because you don't want to miss anything. This is exactly what happened to me when listening to Tutuguri...'
Tutuguri, Computer Music Journal:
'This is a highly successful disc that will be of interest to listeners interested in well-crafted compositional approaches to electroacoustic music with a flare for the dramatic, featuring a very personal and intriguing style.'
'Within the great number of high-standard releases (ambiance meets field recordings) Tutuguri by Felipe Otondo is absolutely one of the outstanding works. Its atmospheres capture, seduce and relax (from the monotony of the everyday) – highly recommended for purchase!'
Tutuguri, Musique Machine:
'While this parade of vivid, exotic sounds, with their contrasting textures, is delightful enough, the most striking aspect of Otondo's first album is his focus on rhythm - a dimension of music that often seems overlooked in the academic world of electroacoustic study.'
Tutuguri, Asymmetry Music Magazine.
The label, Sargasso, identifies this CD as Otondo’s first. May there be many, many more from this very talented composer.
Tutuguri, Misfit City.
‘Tutuguri’ is four pieces; four stories. None of them conclusive; and despite the sleevenotes and the substantial clues, at least part of the stories I’ve recounted here have been dreamed up by me. The solo listener – the sound moulded by careful hands around my ears, yes; some of the intimations perhaps patted into place.'
Tutuguri, A Closer Listen:
'Together, these experiments meld into a cohesive whole, impressive in light of their inspirational and geographical variety. A famous t-shirt seems to justify any action by saying, “it’s okay, I’m a doctor”. In this case, the words hold true.'
Tutuguri, Vital Weekly:
'Otondo may have an academic background, his music sounded quite fresh and off the paths usually chosen by his fellow composer.'
'Otondo is interested not only in notes, but in the spaces between notes, which he often extends. His soundscapes are meditative and reflective, but not always quiet; the most compelling sections frolic with childlike abandon.'
Ciguri, Diego Garro:
'A revealing testimony to the present position of the acousmatic-electroacoustic culture, its innovative propulsion perhaps ebbing away as the decades roll on, but still expressing musical gems in what we may regard as new "classics" of the genre.'
To have done with the judgment of Artaud, Tom Powell:
'There is nothing else like this, this good, at the Fringe. I only wish it would continue beyond the end of this week, so I could watch it again and again, as a reminder of why theatre inspires me...'