Uninvited Guests - Deluxe Glenn Gould

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Label: Masterworks

Genre: Electronic

Artist: Glenn Gould

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  • 1Good Kinda High02:49
  • 2Redlight02:01
  • 3Goodnight03:47
  • 4No Roses02:43
  • 5Gettin' That03:09
  • 6Easy02:55
  • 7Better03:32
  • 8Change Interlude01:16
  • 9Mackin' ((Ice Cold))02:29
  • 10Baetoven02:16
  • 11Redlight (Instrumental)01:12
  • 12Goodnight (Instrumental)03:47
  • 13No Roses (Instrumental)02:43
  • 14Gettin' That (Instrumental)03:09
  • 15Easy (Instrumental)02:55
  • 16Better (Instrumental)02:27
  • 17Change Interlude (Instrumental)01:16
  • 18Mackin' ((Ice Cold) Instrumental)02:29
  • 19Baetoven (Instrumental)02:30
  • Total Runtime49:25

Info for Uninvited Guests - Deluxe

In celebration of what would have been Glenn Gould’s 88th birthday, Primary Wave and Division 88 have partnered to bring you, Uninvited Guests. Available everywhere through Sony Masterworks on October 23, the 9-track album was produced by Toronto’s Billy Wild, with additional production by Gabriel Pick, Alex Kotyk, and Andrew Testa, and features appearances by Division 88 – a collective of up-and-coming artists. Ranging from hip-hop to electronic, Uninvited Guests offers a look at how artists today would interpret Gould’s classic and most celebrated performances. Listeners will be taken on a ride via Wild’s creative production. Featuring Chief Awuah, Your Hunni, AARYS, Ro Joaquim, Gabriel Pick, Kiki Rowe, and DOPE FA$E, Gould’s historic catalog shines with lyrics and melodies from these current day musicians.

Uninvited Guests: "It has way more to do with Glenn Gould’s world view than with his music,” says album co-producer Billy Wild.

Having once been shunned by the classical music community for his views on the future role of technology in music, within today’s artistic landscape, the Uninvited Guests project would have been an important dream fulfilled for Glenn Gould.

Leading up to release day, Billy Wild will be taking over the Glenn Gould YouTube channel to share behind the scenes footage on the making of the album. He’ll continue the take-over twice a week and will also post tutorials, Glenn Gould history, and more.

“Uninvited Guests started 7 years ago as a challenge on whether or not Glenn Gould could be made to sound current,” says producer Billy Wild. He continued, “The main thing I learned on Gould is that he truly belonged in this generation. The number of things you can do these days on a laptop from a musical perspective is incredible and I feel confident the current technology would have suited his desire to create great recordings.”

“Everything we do at Primary Wave is about preserving the legacy of our artists while also trying to broaden their audience,” said Jordan Moran, Director of Digital Marketing at Primary Wave. He continued, “Billy Wild does just that with Uninvited Guests. Billy created a new sound that not only preserves Gould’s eccentric and quirky recordings but modernizes them to suit today’s musical landscape.”

Faye Perkins, former manager of the Glenn Gould Estate, added, “Billy Wild quickly became an integral part of the Glenn Gould Estate’s marketing strategy because of his innate knowledge and respect for Glenn Gould’s musical legacy. His collaborations with other artists demonstrate his acumen as a musician and a producer. Having him share Glenn Gould’s essays and ideas in a different musical language is what we call very Gouldian.”

“So in that spirit, we disregarded Glenn Gould fans. This album isn’t for them. But for people who have little to no idea who he is—whether they’re into rap or dance or trance or hip hop or pop—this is for that new audience. It has way more to do with Glenn Gould’s world view than with his music.” (mixonline.com)

Assembled by Producer Billy Wild & Gabriel Pick

Glenn Gould
was born in Toronto in 1932, and enjoyed a privileged, sheltered upbringing in the quiet Beach neighborhood. His musical gifts became apparent in infancy, and though his parents never pushed him to become a star prodigy, he became a professional concert pianist at age fifteen, and soon gained a national reputation. By his early twenties, he was also earning recognition through radio and television broadcasts, recordings, writings, lectures and compositions.

Early on, Gould’s musical proclivities, piano style and independence of mind marked him as a maverick. Favoring structurally intricate music, he disdained the early-Romantic and impressionistic works at the core of the standard piano repertoire, preferring Elizabethan, Baroque, Classical, late-Romantic and early-twentieth-century music; Bach and Schoenberg were central to his aesthetic and repertoire. He was an intellectual performer, with a special gift for clarifying counterpoint and structure, but his playing was also deeply expressive and rhythmically dynamic. He had the technique and tonal palette of a virtuoso, though he upset many pianistic conventions – avoiding the sustaining pedal, using détaché articulation, for example. Believing that the performer’s role was properly creative, he offered original, deeply personal, sometimes shocking interpretations (extreme tempos, odd dynamics, finicky phrasing), particularly in canonical works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Gould’s American début, in 1955, and the release, a year later, of his first Columbia recording, of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, launched his international concert career. He earned widespread acclaim despite his musical idiosyncrasies, while his flamboyant stage mannerisms, as well as his hypochondria and other personal eccentricities, fuelled colorful publicity that heightened his celebrity. But he hated performing – ”At concerts I feel demeaned, like a vaudevillian” – and though in great demand, he rationed his appearances stingily (he gave fewer than forty concerts overseas). Finally, in 1964, he permanently retired from concert life.

Gould harbored musical, temperamental and moral objections to concerts, and aired them publicly: “The purpose of art,” he wrote, “is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.” Even before he retired, he was not satisfied with being a concert pianist; he made radio and television programs, published writings on many musical and non-musical topics, continued to compose. After 1964, this work away from the piano only intensified. He liked to call himself “a Canadian writer, composer, and broadcaster who happens to play the piano in his spare time.”

His retirement was also fuelled by his devotion to the electronic media. Gould was one of the first truly modern classical performers, for whom recording and broadcasting were not adjuncts to the concert hall but separate art forms that represented the future of music. He made scores of albums, steadily expanding his repertoire and developing a professional engineer’s command of recording techniques. He also wrote prolifically about recording and the mass media, his ideas often harmonizing with those of his friend Marshall McLuhan.

Though he never became the significant composer that he longed to be, Gould channeled his creativity into other media. In 1967, he created his first “contrapuntal radio documentary,” The Idea of North, an innovative tapestry of speaking voices, music and sound effects that drew on principles from documentary, drama, music and film. Over the next decade, he made six more such specimens of radio art, in addition to many other, more conventional, recitals and talk-and-play shows for radio and television. He also arranged music for two feature films.

Gould lived a quiet, solitary, spartan life, and guarded his privacy; his romantic relationships with women, for instance, were never made public. (“Isolation is the one sure way to human happiness.”) He maintained a modest apartment and a small studio, and left Toronto only when work demanded it, or for an occasional rural holiday. He recorded in New York until 1970, when he began to record primarily at Eaton Auditorium in Toronto.

In the summer of 1982, having largely exhausted the piano literature that interested him, he made his first recording as a conductor, and he had ambitious plans for several years’ worth of conducting projects; he planned then to give up performing, retire to the countryside, and devote himself to writing and composing. But shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Gould died suddenly of a stroke.

Since then, he has enjoyed a remarkable posthumous “life.” His multifarious work has been widely disseminated. He has been the subject of an enormous and diverse literature in many languages. And he has inspired conferences, exhibitions, festivals, societies, radio and television programs, novels, plays, musical compositions, poems, visual art and a feature film (Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould).

Moreover, his ideas – like McLuhan’s – still resonate strongly today in the world of digital technology, which was in its infancy when he died. His postmodernist advocacy of open borders between the roles of composer, performer and listener, for instance, anticipated digital technologies (like the Internet) that democratize and decentralize the institutions of culture. There is no question that Gould, more than any other classical musician, would have understood and admired digital technology – and would have had fun playing with it. (Kevin Bazzana)

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