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NEW "Moving On - single"

New blues/rock/jazz music from MWG.

Coming soon on most streaming services.
Streaming and digital downloads available from Bandcamp.

A couple of years ago I did a series of pieces based on some of the various influences on my musical thinking and writing, with a focus on American roots music, which was a change from some of the more electronic oriented music that I have been working on since I started in the 70’s. Those tracks were written and recorded for a few reasons, a very important one being that this was music I loved but could not write or play when I was younger. I just didn’t have the chops, knowledge, or experience to write or play tight band/ensemble oriented music, and as a result (to paraphrase Groucho Marx), “I refused to join any band that would have me as a member!” Those pieces were initially not done with the idea of releasing them, although one of them eventually became “Canon of Flowers” on the album “Radio Omnibus”. The experiments led to my desire to do a driving blues/rock style track. This finally became real with “Moving On”. I’m doubting that this virtual band will be doing any live gigs, but I hope you enjoy listening in the meanwhile…!

Recording and editing was done at my studio (Siri’s Little Corner) in Western Massachusetts, and in NYC. It was mixed by Gordon Davidson and mastered by Sean Magee, both at at Abbey Road Studios in London.

NEW "Miles to Go - single"

New jazz fusion/electronic collaboration between MWG
and Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson).

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

After we did "She Looked Back", I wanted to do another track in collaboration with Adam Holzman. "Miles to Go" is jazz fusion with some edm influences mixed in. The title can refer either to the state of the world, or to Miles Davis, the consensus godfather of electric jazz and fusion. The period from Bitches Brew through the 70's featured a lot of music that sounded to me at the time like a kind of mysterious, spacey jazz funk (Miles, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Henderson, Alphonso Johnson, Bennie Maupin, and many, many more amazing artists). At the time I couldn’t write or play anything like that, but I always wanted to do my own tribute to the sound. I don’t claim to be in the same league as those artists whose music I enjoyed so much, so consider "Miles to Go" as an impressionistic take.

As with "She Looked Back”, it began as riffs and sketches, and then an informal chart, which I worked on until I was mostly satisfied. I recorded my basic parts, and gave it to Adam to work on. He did his magic(!), I rewrote/rerecorded a few parts to fit better with his, and then did the mix.

Recording and mixing was done at my studio (Siri’s Little Corner) and recording at Adam’s Secret Laboratory in NYC. It was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee.

"She Looked Back - single"

Latin-influenced jazz fusion single from MWGilbert
with Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson).

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

Since finishing the pieces from my current EP, I have been working on a new piece outside of my comfort zone. It started as rough sketches and a chord chart, but I was stuck at further production attempts. I tried a few iterations, all unsatisfying. I ran the piece by a musician friend who suggested looking outside the box. After further dialog, it evolved into a Latin-influenced jazz fusion arrangement.

Here is “She Looked Back”. It’s a collaboration between myself and Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), and features a couple of other players who requested anonymity (their call). It was primarily recorded in my studio (Siri’s Little Corner) and Adam’s Secret Laboratory NYC. I mixed it, and it was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee.

"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)

Vinyl LP from: Burning Shed and Perfect Circuit
Available on most streaming services.
LPs, digital downloads available from Bandcamp.

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"

Available on most streaming services.
Digital downloads available from Bandcamp.

"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

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