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The Vanished Day - EP

by Michael William Gilbert

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“The Vanished Day” grew out of thinking about how the traumas of the past year have felt: pandemic, the lack of racial and social justice, climate change, authoritarianism, economic inequities… I have found the totality of it unsettling if not overwhelming. The impossibility of grasping it all in social, emotional, or intellectual terms, led to this track.

The piece is a six-part suite, building from ideas born in the great electronic music studios of the 50s - 70s, and integrating more contemporary influences. The electronic sounds were created with Eurorack & Aries modular systems, with the addition of musique concretè, voice, and hand percussion. Among all the various genres of music I have worked in, it is this pre-MIDI approach to composing electronic music that I began with in the mid 70s. It has been an element of everything I have composed since. Being personally involved in the modular synthesizer revival that started in the early 2000s has been fascinating. It continues to grow to this day, and I’m looking forward to what comes next.

More about musique concretè and electronic music at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_music
More about Eurorack modular synthesizers at www.modulargrid.net/e/modules/home
More about my music studio at www.mwgilbert.com/studio
About Tall Dog Electronics modules in my studio Eurorack rig www.tall-dog.com


released May 3, 2021
MW Gilbert: modular synthesizers, percussion, voice samples

Mixed: MW Gilbert
Mastered: Sean Magee (Abbey Road)
Design and artwork: MW Gilbert

Gibex 014 2021 (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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