Randy Gibson is a composer and performer working with structure, naturalistic compositional models, and improvisation to create enveloping and ritualistic works in Just Intonation. Gibson’s work unfolds at a glacial pace, treating time as a defining factor in thematic development and as a tool for the precise tuning of pure intervals. His music has been called “an hypnotic mass of slowly mutating sound” (Textura on Apparitions of The Four Pillars…) “a booming, throbbing sine wave that filled the room” (New York Times on Apparitions of The Four Pillars…) and “a gorgeously expansive dronescape” (Aquarius on Analog Apparitions.)
Gibson grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where his interest in ritual and expansive night skies was initially encouraged. In 2001, Gibson moved to New York City to further develop his work as a composer and since 2003, has studied music and composition with seminal Minimalist pioneer La Monte Young.
His studies of rāga singing in the Kirana tradition with Khan Sahib La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and Jung Hee Choi and his direct exposure to Young’s seminal works has brought great clarity and insight to the harmony he creates. Gibson presents his work in ritually and psychically charged lighting and video-olfactory environments to encourage the audience to embrace stillness and become absorbed in the visceral sonic experience of his drone world.
In late 2009, inspired by Young’s systemic and eternal approach to pitch and Vertical Hearing, Gibson wrote a set of tuning theories called The Four Pillars which has provided the harmonic and tonal language for all of his subsequent work.
Gibson’s music has been presented around the world including at festivals in Germany, Korea, and Mexico. His works have been commissioned by choreographers - 2004-2005’s Separate Haven commissioned by Kim Olson / Sweetedge; record labels - 2010’s Analog Apparitions commissioned by The Tapeworm and 2014’s The First Pillar Appearing In Supernova commissioned by Important Records; ensembles - 2010-2012’s Circular Trance… commissioned by Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble and 2016’s Apparitions of The 27:28 Symmetry… commissioned by Champ D’Action; and individual performers - 2013’s Nine Minutes for The Four Pillars… commissioned by violinist Erik Carlson and 2014’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D… commissioned by pianist R. Andrew Lee.
His solo just intonation piano album, Aqua Madora V-ii-2008 21:07:26” - 21:54:40” (NYC), was selected by Textura as one of the top 10 albums of 2011 and praised as “a ponderous and spacious meditation.”