3CD Set and Digital Download
3CD Set and Digital Download | Irritable Hedgehog
Released July 7th, 2017
For equal tempered piano and harmonic resonators.
From noted Partch scholar S. Andrew Granade in the liner notes for the release:
From the opening gong-like sound of a ringing D in the middle of the keyboard, you are transported to a new reality. Gone are the traditional markers of melody and regular metric pulse, and in their place are harmonies and harmonics that extend above and below the piano’s pitches. Gone is the need to focus solely on the piano’s notes, and in its place is an expansion of focus to the include the resultant sounds above those notes. Gone is the goal directed trajectory of Western harmonic practice, and in its place is the timelessness of the now. Gone is the moment-by-moment expression of surface emotion, and in its place is the revolutionary power of sound as it moves around and through you, its vibrations literally reshaping your physical and spiritual being. You must trust this music, give over your expectations, and actively participate in the work’s creation. If you can, after three and a half hours in the hands of Randy Gibson and Andrew Lee, you might just find yourself not only changed, but truly transformed.
Includes the Composition:
The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield | ca. 200 Minutes | equal tempered piano and harmonic resonators
2017 End Of Year Lists | 2017
Best Drone Recording of 2017 (Sequenza 21)
"Composer Randy Gibson is best known for his compelling experiments with intonation. R. Andrew Lee is the go-to pianist for Wandelweiser and minimalist-oriented music. On Gibson’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City), he meets Lee in the middle, creating a mammoth work out of very restricted means."
The Four Pillars Appearing | 2017
Marc Medwin explores the history of a single note for Dusted
"I have never heard piano and electronics joined in such complete symbiosis and to such organically singular effect. ... All elements converge to create one of the most important contributions to recorded piano music of at least the past 20 years."
NY Times: A Single Note | 2017
Seth Colter Walls profiles Randy Gibson for The New York Times
"As is sometimes the case with outwardly unvaried Minimalist music, the texture emerges from the overtones, the frequencies that sound above fundamental notes (in this case, those seven Ds on the piano). Mr. Gibson’s electronic design for the piece highlights these naturally occurring acoustic phenomena, making their ghostly quality more easily perceived."
The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield © Randy Gibson 2013-2016.
Recorded live in a single unedited performance (with all electronics realized in real time) on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, on the Richard Case Memorial Steinway in White Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Produced by: David D. McIntire & Jonathan Robertson
Executive Producer: Michelle Allen McIntire & David D. McIntire
Engineering: Robert Beck & Jonathan Robertson
Piano technician: Kent Swafford
Mixing: Jonathan Robertson
Mastering: Eric Honour
Artwork and Layout: Scott Unrein
Cover Image: Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry Tx4 Base 7:144 © Randy Gibson 2017
Published by Golightly Music (ASCAP)