Superior Viaduct 68 / USA / 2015
Since the mid-1960s, JON GIBSON has played a key role in the development of American avant-garde music. While his expertise on woodwind instruments made GIBSON a go-to collaborator in Reich's, Glass', and La Monte Young's ensembles, less known are his remarkable contributions as a composer and visual artist. Visitations, GIBSON's first release under his own name, originally appeared on the Chatham Square imprint in 1973. Inspired by the books of Carlos Castaneda, GIBSON departs from the structured repetition of his minimalist peers and takes the listener on an aural journey—spanning organic field recordings, ambient flutes and synthesizers, and free-flowing textures. Visitations' two side-long tracks are at once solemn and unsettling, making this an astonishing debut that firmly establishes GIBSON as a pioneer in his own right.