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Gnossienne No. 1

by John Oliver



This is how I feel about the world right now.

This is an arrangement for electric guitar, piano and synthesizers of Erik Satie's work for solo piano, Gnossienne No. 1, written in 1890.

It is very ambient in nature, atmospheric and lyrical. Erik Satie is the grandfather of ambient music. He invented what he called "musique d’ameublement" or furniture music, music to change the atmosphere of a space, but not necessarily to be actively listened to.

Erik Satie's invented word for the titles of his 3 Gnossiennes is likely derived from his interest in Gnosticism.

Gnosis refers to knowledge based on personal experience or perception. In a religious context, gnosis is mystical or esoteric knowledge based on direct participation with the divine.


released March 26, 2021
John Oliver, arrangement, electric guitar, piano, synthesizers, mixing, mastering

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John Oliver Vancouver, British Columbia

composer, guitarist and electronic musician. The music here is mostly electronic, soundscape music projects, ranging from more classic musique concrète to granular synthesis and dark ambient. My instrumental and vocal music appears on several other labels and compilations. ... more

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