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Analog Apparitions


Cassette-only release. Limited edition of 250 copies only. Recorded on a Marantz PMD222 with Maxell UR-90 cassettes, Brooklyn, NY, VI-xix-2010 to VII-xxiv-2010. Analog Apparitions, by Brooklyn-based composer Randy Gibson, is a pair of 30-minute compositions designed specifically to be recorded and released on cassette tape. A student of seminal minimalist composer La Monte Young, Gibson follows in the tradition of prime harmonic just intonation pioneered by Young in the 1960s. "Apparitions Of The Four Pillars," the underlying composition on this tape, explores the depth of the harmonic series through standard just intonation methods and the use of higher prime-harmonic relationships. In the 18 hours of recordings layered onto the two sides of the cassette, you can hear the mechanism of the tape itself, the evolution of improvisations over seven recording sessions, and the purity of sine waves in complex prime-harmonic relationships. Randy Gibson is a composer and performer, living and working in New York City. He works with structure, evolutionary compositional models, and improvisation to create enveloping and ritualistic works in just intonation. Gibson began his musical training at the age of six, studying percussion. In the summer of 1998, he travelled to Japan to study marimba with the great Keiko Abe. In early 2003, Gibson began composition studies in New York with La Monte Young. Continually humbling and revelatory, his studies with Young have brought greater clarity to his work, and reinforced his aesthetic convictions. Gibson combines live and electronic music, as well as aspects of the world music he has studied, most importantly raga singing in the Kirana tradition with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, but also Balinese and Japanese music. Gibson's work has been performed at festivals around the world including the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art in Minnesota, The Internationale Tanzmesse NRW in Düsseldorf, The Boulder and Minnesota International Fringe Festivals, HOT DAM: the opening festival of the Denver Art Museum, the Sans Souci International Festival of Dance Cinema, the ISIM 3rd annual conference, the Erick Hawkins Legacy Forum in New York, the 2010 Korea Experimental Arts Festival in Seoul, and the 44th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt. Gibson is the artistic director of Avant Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to collaborative artistic endeavors. Cover features an illustration by Oscar Henriquez. Randy Gibson: just intonation toy organs, voice; Drew Blumberg: cassette boomboxes; Laine Rettmer: voice (B).