Available on Specially Formulated One-Step Vinyl and Dolby Atmos
Pictured in the vinyl cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) mastering engineer Scott Sedillo, Patrick Gleeson, and producer KamranV. Photo by David Goggin.
Synth pioneer Dr. Patrick Gleeson has mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering “FOUREVER,” his new album exploring the edge of minimalist jazz in Quadraphonic sound. Gleeson gained early worldwide recognition for his breakthrough synthesizer scoring for “Apocalypse Now” and his renowned electronic collaboration as a part of Herbie Hancock’s legendary Mwandishi septet.
Grammy-nominated Gleeson, who holds a PhD in 18th Century English Literature, commemorates Miles Davis’ 30th Anniversary memorial with this ambitious new Quad release OF “FOUREVER.” Inspired by Miles Davis, Gleeson opens the album with his song “PSK” (aka Post Spanish Key), improvising on themes from Davis’ 1970 “Bitches Brew.”
While a professor of English Lit at San Francisco State University in the 60s, Gleeson began experimenting with electronic music using a Buchla synth and other devices. In 1968, after hearing Wendy Carlos’ “Switched-On Bach,” he bought a Moog synthesizer and opened the Different Fur recording studio in San Francisco. His photo in the new studio was the first ever cover of Mix magazine, a globally recognized leader in recording industry publications.
Patrick Gleeson is seen holding the 1976 first issue of Mix magazine, which featured on the cover his Different Fur recording studio in San Francisco. Photo by David Goggin.
The 86-year-old Gleeson also releases an 86-copy limited edition version of FOUREVER which includes quadraphonic vinyl, a career retrospective large-format book co-published by IN-FO.CO called FOREVER Ago and two CDs featuring a catalog of Gleeson’s past work including collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Jim Lang, Bennie Maupin, and the prolific avant garde visual artist Bruce Conner, whose pen and ink drawing adorns the “FOUREVER” album cover. A cement-encased version with an impression of Gleeson’s handprints will also be available at select Los Angeles retailers.
All versions of the release are encoded using dublab’s Quadraphonic Universally Accessible Resource Kit (QUARK). QUARK enables semi-binaural via standard 2-channel listening or 4-speaker listening via Involve Audio hardware decoders, vintage Regular Matrix quadraphonic receivers, Dolby Pro-Logic II receivers, or any multi-channel audio interface equipped computer. FOUREVER is immersive via all formats: digital download, streaming (Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.), radio broadcast, vinyl and high-resolution Dolby Atmos (Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon HD). The specially formulated quadraphonic vinyl was pressed and one-step plated at RTI using a one-step process featuring Neotech’s low surface noise, semi-transparent VR900 compound.
The album’s producer, KamranV, who rebirthed quadraphonic vinyl with Suzanne Ciani and her “LIVE Quadraphonic” album, worked on “FOUREVER” with Gleeson following a series of quadraphonic projects, including 10-song-20-artist charity compilation decades ( in space ), the first-ever analog direct-to-disc Quad recording with Alex Lilly at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and dynamic quadraphonic audio-visual installations with dublab founder Mark “Frosty” McNeill & Alex Pelly at LACMA and MOMA PS1.
“FOUREVER” is available via all digital platforms as well as pre-order vinyl and limited edition book: http://shop.cykik.com/products/patrick-gleeson-fourever
About Bernie Grundman Mastering
The name Bernie Grundman is synonymous with Mastering. His world-renowned facilities in Hollywood include six studios, including dedicated 5.1 Surround and Lacquer Cutting rooms. Virtually any analog or digital format can be played back thanks to a deep inventory of modern and legacy equipment. The facility provides high quality vinyl masters, pre-masters for CD, and file masters for standard and high-resolution digital distribution and streaming. https://www.berniegrundmanmastering.com/
Arts Technologist KamranV builds bridges between the real and the ideal. In addition to his ventures with Quadrophonic sound, his explorations include developing the PHONOCUT home vinyl recorder, co-creating the SONOS studio and producing Suzanne Ciani’s LIVE Quadraphonic, the first quadraphonic vinyl release in over 30 years. As a former artist manager and New Media producer at Interscope Records, he developed early digital music, social, mobile, video platforms, serving as a producer for immersive music releases for Nine Inch Nails and Beck. He is also co-founder of Echo Park’s largest music facility, Bedrock.LA. https://www.bedrock.la/