"The Outside Inside - ep"
Available now on most streaming services.
Streaming and digital downloads now available from Bandcamp.
We often bring the outside inside, on more than one level. While we are isolated inside, bringing an outdoors sensibility indoors can help. In music, outside playing describes an approach of playing over a scale, mode or chord that is harmonically distant from underlying harmony, while inside playing is harmonically close. Often, the phrase "you can't really play outside until you learn how to play inside" is used. I tend to agree, to a point, but I also see great value in bringing some outside playing into inside playing, as a way of freeing it up. Human beings are constantly receiving the outside stimuli of the world we live in, and trying to process it all in our heads, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.
Recorded and mixed by MW Gilbert at Siri's Little Corner studio in Amherst, MA. Mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. Artwork by MW Gilbert
"Voice Ping Strum"
(Limited edition of 300 on vinyl)
My tenth release, entitled “Voice Ping Strum”, comes at the 40th anniversary of my first album, “Moving Pictures”, and the title is an anagram of that first one. It was done in my own studio on primarily Eurorack and Aries modular synths, with some sampled voice and piano. Most of the modular synth patches were done using Tall Dog modules. Each side of the record is a single, uninterrupted suite.
In looking back at “Moving Pictures”, I decided to release this new one initially on vinyl as a limited edition. The sides were mastered and cut at Abbey Road by Sean Magee. The cover features artwork by German artist Mary Bauermeister. Don't have a turntable? It is now also available on most digital streaming services!
"Radio Omnibus" on CD and Digital. Reviews are in, read them here!
"At that instant he saw, in one blaze of light, an image of unutterable conviction, the reason why the artist works and lives and has his being ── the reward he seeks ── the only reward he really cares about, without which there is nothing. It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic, to make his life prevail through his creation, to wreak the vision of his life, the rude and painful substance of his own experience, into the congruence of blazing and enchanted images that are themselves the core of life, the essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity." ── Thomas Wolfe, "Of Time and the River"
"Third Noise Principle: Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984"
From Cherry Red Records (UK): Third Noise Principle: Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984, Excursions in Proto Synth pop, DIY Techno, Noise & Ambient Exploration, Various Artists, 4CD/48pp Bookpack
The third in the ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ early electronica series – exploring the USA and Canada. Journey into the origins of electronica in North America – from early techno and electro to synth-pop, industrial music, ambient soundscapes and noise experiments. Including Unwinding from "Moving Pictures" LP by MW Gilbert
"I find much contemporary and electronic music suffers from a coldness or soullessness; as a result, I have tried to make mine a more human music, a fusion of synthesized, instrumental, and natural sounds. When composing, I electronically orchestrate each piece into a soundscape. The music is not just a simple mixture, but a genuine synthesis of pan-cultural musical styles. Above all, I want to make my music sing!" - MW Gilbert
[Note: this quote was written for the back cover of my first LP "Moving Pictures", in 1979