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The Light in the Clouds

by Michael William Gilbert

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Kwaziwai 06:22
Kyogai 07:35
Kol Nidre 07:28
Evening News 06:49
Allelulia 05:36


"When this album was finished, CDs were still a new thing, and the decision was made to release it on CD only. At that time there was only one domestic CD manufacturing plant, SONY Music in Terre Haute, IN. The experience of getting the project mastered onto 3/4" UMatic PCM digital video cassette and then made into glass masters for production was very much a high tech trip into the future. When the CDs arrived from the factory, the unboxing and playing of the first one was very special. We were one of the first independents to make a CD at all, and one of the first CDs distributed by JCOA/NMDS. This all seems quaint now, but it was very heady at the time!"


released June 1, 1987

MW Gilbert - Synthesizers, samplers & percussion
Tony Vacca - Drums & percussion (1,5,6,7)
Roy Finch - Synthesizers & samplers (1,4,7,9)
Salvatore Macchia - Acoustic basses (5,6)
Ensemble - Voices (6)

All selections BMI

Kwaziwai, Year of the River, Kyogai, Kol Nidre, Evening News, and Allelulia: Recorded by Steve Schwarz at Sound Cellar, Hancock, MA
Mixed to digital by Kerry Roehr & Michael Gilbert at Long View Farm, North Brookfield, MA
The Light in the Clouds, Eddie's Night Out, and Daniel's Dream: Recorded and mixed direct to digital by Michael Gilbert at home
Digital editing by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital Recording, Shrewsbury, MA

Produced by Michael Gilbert
Executive producer: Deborah Gilbert

Special thanks to: Adele Gladstone Gilbert, Deborah Gilbert, Daniel Gilbert, Sam & Anna McClellan, Salvatore Macchia, Tony Vacca, Roy Finch, Dick Moulding, Steve Schwarz, Kerry Roehr, Norm Newell, and Toby Mountain

Dedicated to the memory of Andrew Gilbert (1922-1985).

Gibex 003 1987 (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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