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Tim Gerwing

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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CD REVIEW: Tim Gerwing - 'Being to Being'
By Steve Allat - 05/19/2004 - 02:41 AM EDT

Artist: Tim Gerwing
Album: 'Being to Being'
CD Review: Label: Independent
Tracks: 11
Released: 2002
For Fans Of: David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre
Fav Tracks: fire, a.e.m.

A little change of pace and a note for listener's - your western ear will only serve you part of the way on the eastern-influenced journey that Tim takes us on. Explaining his music, in his own words as a 'rare and alluring blend of sonic textures and spoken word' and 'contemplative elegance in the fourth world' is a fitting overview for this reviewer.

What Tim gives us with his debut album is a very high quality mix of instrumental and spoken word tunes aimed at that part of ourselves that a lot of us may not visit on a regular basis, and so it is on this level that the music needs to be heard and understood, if it is to be assessed accordingly. So, after many contemplative listens, I have arrived with conclusions that are all my own.

When listening to this style of music, which ranges from direct spoken word, ambient new age, meditative soul, and maybe even soft pop, you need to let go and give your undivided attention. Every note counts and every word counts, even if you can't understand the various languages with your conscious mind. There are myriad sounds that come at you, in layers, which challenge the way you listen to music. Experimental, synthesizer driven sounds blending to the point of obsession and even distraction. Again, don't try to think about it, it just won't work. Each listen got easier, and for a somewhat demanding and impatient listener, I was thankful when I was able to just let the music happen and hear if for what it was to me - interesting, different, lush in it's sound, yet a little abrasive in it's overall tone.

What I miss most within Tim's style is an inherent pulse, whatever the pace - the pulse that all life exudes, and which to me is elemental in making a connection between muic-maker and listener. It's not always lacking, but when it is, it really is, and at times it simply didn't jive with any of my natural rhythms. Case in point, the backbeat on track 3, 'Wheel', annoyed me more than it lured me or lulled me. That led me to wonder about the title 'being to being' and how accessible music with an unobvious pulse will be to a broad spectrum of society? (if that's even a desired goal). To me, the most obvious tracks for this purpose are the 3 'Bowl of Light' tracks due to their simplicity, softness and lack of a 'forced' pulse.
The other tracks all had their moments, and the spoken word pieces in various languages (Arabic, Sanskrit, Chinese, Greek and English) all held their charm and fascination from the sheer beauty of the language.

Interestingly, the English spoken piece grabbed my attention as much as anything on the CD - perhaps showing my own level of conscious awakening or unawakening as it were. It was a slight relief to be listening to something I could recognize and interpret as I knew how. And, as with the rest of the CD, I didn't always like what I heard, but was willing to listen, and agree to disagree, as I knew it was there for a good reason. I give Tim that obvious credit - that he is conscious of what he's into.

And that pretty much sums of my overall assessment, actually - a good listen for the discerning listener looking to be challenged, uplifted and otherwise engaged aurally for the better part of an hour.
I recommend it to anyone listening 'outside the box' who is up for something very well done, if a bit out of the ordinary.

I have ideas on what I'd love to hear Tim do with his obvious amazing talent and ear for the future of music, but I think I'd still rather hear what's next from the man himself - and apparently that should be soon. - The Muse's Muse


"A tremendously pleasing blend of ethereal symphonic soundscapes and diverse earth rhythms, weaving an atmosphere of centered creativity. I love listening to it while I paint."

Rob Schouten - Great Path Publishing
www.greatpath.com

Freeland, Washington, U.S.A.
- CD Baby


Blue Planet - Consortium One

Naomi DeBruyn - Linear Reflections Review Magazine

Consortium One consists of Tim Gerwing (keyboards, synthesizers, electric guitar, samples), Vincent F. Evans (electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, synthesizers), and Besart Hysniu (keyboards, synthesizers, samples). It is a trio that brings about some extremely contemplative music. I’d have to list this as new age, as it is perfect for meditative thought, yoga, spiritual work, etc. It provides stimulating background noise to the day, too. This would offer a change of pace to the elevator music in the world; one I would have to say is for the better.



The first track on the disc opens with a piano solo which is haunting and thought provoking. “Kokoro” was written by Tim Gerwing and is a rather “spacey” track, with the piano being the only constant. The synthesizer work is phenomenal, and everything pulls together only to once again leave the piano to fade out on its own at the end.



“Visions of my Homeland” was composed by Besart Hysniu, and holds a refreshingly wintery sound within it. There is the haunting sound of the wind chasing over the frozen land, with the tiny cascade of snowflakes as the wind captures them and skatters them about. I’m not sure what visions Besart had, but my imagination is picking up the frozen northlands. Woodwinds add to the drums, and create a lush backdrop of sound to play in.



The introduction to “Twin Rainbows Over Highway 93” is rather like the sound of truck tires on wet pavement in the middle of the night. Suddenly multihued sparks split the darkness as a guitar’s notes reach for the very heavens, to be joined by a woodwind instrument. It is a lengthy track, and yet unleashes the imagination like no other on the disc. This composition is one of Vincent F. Evans’ and shows some incredible talent in the writing aspects.



This is a disc that I would listen to when I want to enjoy music for itself, or if I was in the mood to meditate or reflect upon life. As the cover states this is “a mélange of globally diverse instrumental compositions that provoke lush visual imagery.” There is no truer statement anywhere on this disc. Allow the imagination to break free and soar. This would also be good background music for writing, as it frees the creative juices. However, I wouldn’t listen to it if you have to get up and do things, it is far too relaxing and introspective to allow for that.

- Linear Reflections Review Magazine


Take it from me that here is the answer to your chilled out musical dreams.

- Modern Dance Magazine, UK - CD Baby


It's just a great CD to listen to - sort of an aural travelogue, and the Bowl of Light tracks are classic ambient. The visual packaging is beautiful too.

-Terry O'Brien, Anomalous Disturbances - CD Baby


Being to Being wins the listener over not because of its global diversity or its verbal content but because of its skillful and appealing music.

- Hannah M.G. Shapero, Ambient Navigator/EER Music - CD Baby


One of the finest instrumental/ambient records I have heard recently. Keep up the good work!

- Sascha Paulick - Slowfire website - CD Baby


Discography

2002 - Being to Being
2004 - The Butterfly Effect

Compilations:
2000 - Blue Planet: Consortium 1
2007 - North is Home (track 7, 10, 11, 14, 15)

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One of the finest instrumental/ambient records I have heard recently. Keep up the good work!
Sascha Paulick - Slowfire website

Tim Gerwing creates mystical ambience in the fourth world; electronic bytes and down-tempo beats fuse with ethereal world fusion in a contemplative elegance. This is Tim Gerwing.

Tim Gerwing was born in Canada, but spent his early childhood in Germany. Traditional music lessons began (on the glockenspiel!) at age 4, with a move to classical piano one year later. Piano studies continued throughout his teen years. However, the confines of the classical world pushed him to experiment with jazz, electronic, new age, progressive rock/pop, and Middle and Far Eastern musics. The purchase of his first synthesizer and electric guitar in the late 80's were turning points and very much shaped what was to become his sound.

In 2002, Gerwing released his first album, "Being to Being". The album received international radio airplay in Canada, Japan, Holland, Australia, Poland, Russia, and the USA. Music from Being to Being was recently featured on the Genie Award winning "Suzuki Speaks".

Gerwing's 2nd major release, "The Butterfly Effect", is now available and receiving critical acclaim in Canada, Europe, Siberia, and Asia.

Tim performs on keyboards, guitars, electronics, and Middle Eastern percussion both solo and with world musicians including Boris Sichon, Tarun (Beats Without Borders), and Serwan Yamolky in Vancouver, Canada. He has been a guest musician with artists on the Canadian Copperspine Records label, and is co-founder of the 30 Days project.