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In the Dreamtime

by Michael William Gilbert

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Slipstream 07:56
Leviathan 07:54
Dreamland 02:16


In The Dreamtime is a continuation of the work begun on Moving Pictures and The Call, and a refinement of ideas and visions generated by those projects. It has been a chance to weave my various influences, sources and inspirations into a tighter, more cohesive whole. This recording, in many ways, was conceived of as a whole com-position, with the general theme of dream imagery as its center, again exploring and breaking down the distinctions between electronic music, new jazz and world music. I continue my role as synthesist, percussionist, composer and engineer/arranger (often the same in this music) and continue to share the joy of playing with a select group of extraordinary musicians. This record was recorded almost entirely at home, with one piece the exception: the edges may be a bit rougher but the flexibility and intimacy of working this way had a very profoundly positive effect on the music.


released June 1, 1982

MW Gilbert - Synthesizers, samplers, piano & percussion
Tony Vacca - Percussion (3)
Tim Moran - Soprano sax (1), flutes (3,5), bass clarinet (4), alto sax (7)
David Moss - Solo percussion & voices (4)
Salvatore Macchia - Acoustic bass (3,5)
Royal Hartigan - Drums & percussion (5,6)
Molly Scott - Voice (3)
David Wertman - Acoustic bass (1)
Charlie Miller - Dumbek (1)

All selections BMI

Produced for Palace of Lights by Michael Gilbert
Mixed at Bill Shaw Recording Services by Michael Gilbert and Bill Shaw except for 'Leviathan,' recorded and mixed at Nickel Recording by Michael Gilbert, Jack Stang and Tommy Newton
Cover Design and Artwork by K. Leimer
Digital Remastering by Robert Carlberg

Special Thanks to Tim Moran, Royal Hartigan, Salvatore Macchia, David Moss, David Wertman, Charlie Miller, Molly Scott, Tony Vacca, Billy Shaw, Jack Stang, Tommy Newton, Lillian, Adele Gladstone-Gilbert, and all who listen.

Palace of Lights NMS.02 1982 (vinyl LP - out of print)
Gibex R003 2008 (CD & digital)




Michael William Gilbert Amherst, Massachusetts

Michael William Gilbert grew up in Connecticut and Brussels, where he first encountered the music of Varese and Pierre Henry, and music of India, Africa, and Japan. After studying EE at MIT, he studied at the Boston School of Electronic Music, later working there as a teacher and designer of custom synthesis systems. He then studied at and graduated with a degree in music from Hampshire College. ... more

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