Michael William Gilbert

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"Surround(ings)" Immersive EP from MW Gilbert featuring Adam Holzman

These tracks are Dolby ATMOS™ versions of the first three tracks from the "Saṃsāra" album

When I was at the Audio Engineering Society Convention this past October, it became apparent that immersive music in general (and Dolby Atmos™ in particular) was becoming more and more integrated into the overall music streaming ecosystem. I heard some amazing demos, and heard from engineers and producers about their directions forward working with artists. Wanting to be a part of that, and curious about the musical and technical choices made by other artists, I decided I would try it for my own music. I chose Dolby Atmos™ as the format due to its availability on Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon. We took the first three tracks of "Saṃsāra", my recent release featuring Adam Holzman, and went back to the original unmixed tracks. I remixed everything into multiple stems, and sent all to engineer Chris Perry in Toronto. He did the Dolby Atmos™ mixes. Those mixes then went to Oli Morgan at Abbey Road for mastering. Here are the results! I’ve listed some resources here to get you started:

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos™ in Apple Music:
How to listen to music in Dolby Atmos™ on TIDAL:
How (and Why) To Listen to Dolby Atmos™ Music on Your Receiver, Speakers or Soundbar
About Dolby Atmos™

I'm making these tracks available in multiple formats:

- on streaming services (that support Dolby Atmos™)
        (so far: Apple Music, TIDAL, & Amazon)
- a rendered binaural BIN WAV version, available on Bandcamp
- a rendered 5.1 ADM WAV version, available on request
- a full ADM WAV file version, available on request
- an mp4 file version, available on request (mp4 info : https://bit.ly/3RkYBn4)

Requests to: mwg@mwgilbert.com



"Saṃsāra" is a new release showcasing two new tracks featuring Adam Holzman, as a compilation with tracks featuring Adam from recent singles and albums.

Saṃsāra (संसार) is a Sanskrit/Pali word that means “world”, as well as the concept of death and rebirth and “cyclicality of all life, matter, existence”. It is a fundamental belief of most Indian religions. Popularly, it is the cycle of death and rebirth. Saṃsāra can be called transmigration, karmic cycle, reincarnation, etc.

It’s a concept that is part of many religious and spiritual traditions worldwide, practiced by billions of people. Many incredible and insightful perspectives out there other than ours...

I have been working with Adam Holzman on many projects, and I'm constantly blown away by his contribution to, and collaboration with, my music and recordings. He has superb fluid musicality in many different genres. From touring and recording with Miles Davis and up to Steven Wilson he has proved to be one of the great synthesizer soloists. I also think he's an excellent pianist, and I tried  to really focus in on piano in a couple of the pieces in this collection. It's  a great pleasure working with him, and I want to continue! (Note: If you like his playing please make sure to go and vote for him in the next Downbeat Reader's Poll!) 

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee
The artwork for "Saṃsāra" is by Kate Nelson
excerpted from her painting "Tremorous Particles"

"The Light That Wraps Me and All Things" for Electric Chamber Ensemble & Adam Holzman, Piano

Single - Available on streaming services. Streaming and digital downloads available from Bandcamp.

These have been strange times in so many ways, and remain so, between racism, social inequities, climate change, the pandemic...but we are also the beneficiaries of light that illuminates and catalyzes our existence. Light and its metaphors are inherently egalitarian; the light that “wraps me” also “wraps all things”. We’re all in it together, and it shines on us without individual regard. The human collective can come to terms with this, and get along, or the light will innocently and beneficently continue to shine on our collective disappearance. How well the music in “The Light That Wraps Me and All Things” reflects this is up to you. 

This music owes so much to Adam Holzman, who once again reminds us that he matches the creativity, technique, nuance, grace, and personality that he has on electric instruments on the acoustic piano. This is as much our piece as my piece; Adam, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee.
The title is from "Song of the Open Road" by Walt Whitman.

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