David Gerard | Moog Opus No.1

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Moog Opus No.1

by David Gerard

When Bob Moog created the first electronic synthesizer back in the late 60's, few could predict the effect it would have on modern music, and the world. Composer/musician David Gerard explores the many musical possibilities on "Moog Opus No.1"
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Prescience
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2. Concentric
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3. Outerealm
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4. Incandescent Oscillator
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5. Olympiad: Main Titles
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6. Sequentia Melodica
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7. Harpsichord Motion
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8. Moog Opus 1
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Album Notes
the long, strange journey that would evolve into "moog opus no.1" began when melissa cusick of nonesuch records presented me with a copy of "phases" - a retrospective of musical pioneer steve reich. the boxed-set was released to coincide with the composer's 70th birthday. the anthology includes his most recent work "you are: variations", which just goes to show that if you open your heart and mind to it, inspiration will never leave you. but i digress: revisiting reich's work reminded me not only of how his music has inspired me, but how i tend to approach my own compositions with a minimalist mindset. there is a wealth of electronic, ambient, and minimalist music out there. but how many times do the genres intersect? and how fruitful are the results of such cross-pollination? this is what i set out to explore when i began to write the pieces that would emerge as "moog opus no.1". i also decided to get more ambitious in the recording studio, not in terms of utilizing tricks and gimmickry (you wont find pro-tools on this CD) but in daring to go about things differently than i usually do. for me, this meant trying such methods as combining different time-signatures within the same piece, recording digital-to-analogue instead of the other way around, and experimenting with various audio production filters in the final mastering process. while i didn't set out to "conceptualize" anything, "moog opus no.1" coalesced into what may very well be the most fully-realized concept album of my career. or should i say "thus far" - after all, who knows where my composing will take me when i become a septuagenarian?

david gerard
brattleboro, vt
summer 2007


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Russell Leak

This is a great album. Amazing soundscapes and unusual instrumental stuff. Been travelling through Amsterdam and watching the world go buy with this playing was bliss..