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Topic: Gong confirm details of new album "2032"
Posted By: CucumberJones
Subject: Gong confirm details of new album "2032"
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 09:43
Gong's hotly tipped new studio album, "2032", is released on Monday 21st September 2009 on the band's G-Wave label, in association with A-Wave, the label of Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy's successful dance music project System 7.  International licensing and distribution is handled in the UK by SRD.
 
The highly anticipated new album will be supported by a nationwide UK tour that starts at the Bristol O2 Academy on 19th November.  Box Office: 08700 603 777, http://www.seetickets.com/ - www.seetickets.com
 
Produced and engineered by Hillage at A-Wave Studios, London, additional production was conceived by Daevid Allen at Bananamoon Observatory in NSW, Australia.

Described as exhilarating, compelling and other worldly, "2032" represents the first time Hillage has recorded with original Gong founder, Daevid Allen, since 1974's "You" album.

"2032" is a new instalment that continues the Gong's famous 'Radio Gnome' album trilogy which includes the milestone psychedelic progressive rock albums - "Flying Teapot" (1973), "Angel's Egg" (1973), and "You" (1974).

The album line-up includes Daevid Allen (guitar, lead vocal), Steve Hillage (lead guitar), Gilli Smyth (Space Whisper and poetry), Miquette Giraudy (synthesiser), Mike Howlett (bass), Chris Taylor (drums), and Theo Travis (sax and flute).

Special guest performances on some tracks include former Gong member Didier Malherbe (soprano sax, duduk, and flute) and Yuji Katsui (electric violin) of the Japanese progressive/psychedelic jam band Rovo.

"2032 is when Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth; and a major new chapter in the continually evolving Gong mythology," says Daevid Allen.

The premise behind "2032" is that Gong exists in our solar system as an evolved and peaceful planet operating as a unified field of high frequency matter which renders it virtually invisible to Earth.  Its representatives, the Octave Doctors, first visited Earth during the late sixties when hopes were high for a shift towards world peace.

Upon their return, they have opted to survey our progress and have made an offer of assistance at this decisive time in our planetary history. The year 2032 is thought to be the time when the existence of Planet Gong will be officially recognised by astronomers on Earth and will signal the first public arrival of these space visitors.

A Japanese animation video will also be released "How To Stay Alive", one of the tracks featured on the forthcoming album. 

"2032" Album Tracklisting:
  1. City of Self Fascination
  2. Digital Girl
  3. How To Stay Alive
  4. Escape Control Delete
  5. Yoni Poem
  6. Dance With The Pixies
  7. Wacky Baccy Banker
  8. The Year 2032
  9. Robo-Warriors
  10. Guitar Zero
  11. The Gris Gris Girl
  12. Wave And A Particle
  13. Pinkle Ponkle
  14. Portal

1. City Of Self Fascination- One of the heaviest and freshest tracks Gong has ever made - a passionate message from space visitors on Earth with a completely modern sound.

2. Digital Girl - A modern sounding track about a new generation of 21st Century super fast thinking females, at a time when creating the truth becomes the political willand news becomes today's novel.

3. How To Stay Alive - Gong do a great sounding rap track - a message from the octave doctors liberally translated by Daevid Allen. An edit of this track will be Gong's new Japanese animated video, based around Daevid's celebrated Gong drawings and characters. The track ends in musical bliss with a trademark Gong "glissando" instrumental, including the sound of the duduk played by former Gong member Didier Malherbe.

4. Escape Control Delete- The surprise track of the album mixing a super-melodic riff with a classic beat from 70s German "krautrock" and a rich melodic song extolling the beauties and wonders of the Planet Gong. The track ends with a perfect Gong spacey guitar based instrumental section.

5. Yoni Poem / 6. Dance With The Pixies - Yoni is the eternal spirit of nature, the voice of animals, the smell of plants materialised into witches who move between that world and the world of. This 2-song suite starts with an edgy, abstract poem by Gilli Smyth and Miquette Giraudy that mutates into a bouncy groove about dancing pixies.

7. Wacky Baccy Banker - Crazy and punky, this song features a famous Gong mythology character code-named ˜The Switch Doctor', a prankster who adopts many human roles. Here he sings about his recent stint as a merchant banker. The direness of the credit crunch is transmuted by a searing guitar solo into a final dreamy glissando as the banker gets infected by Planet Gong telepathy (otherwise known as Radio Gnome).

8. The Year 2032 - A wistful and romantic song about the year 2032, when planet Gong makes official contact with planet Earth, putting our suffering and disastrous conflicts in deep perspective. This is a piece of pure Gong music, with soprano sax performed by special guest and original Gong member Didier Malherbe.

9. Robo-Warriors- Robo-Warriors are peace machines which can resolve the conflict of opposites by absorbing and transforming conflict into a single unified field. This is another piece of active poetry performed by Gilli backed with electronic beats by Miquette (showing her System 7 dance music hand).

10. Guitar Zero- A totally infectious guitar and drums groove, mixed with a chant looking towards a new peaceful future and a wild sax solo by Theo Travis.

11. The Gris Gris Girl- This is possibly the most sophisticated song on the album, with many changes and sections. The song itself is almost folky with driving acoustic guitar and flur by Didier Malherber.The story of the mystic female other half of the Switch Doctor, steeped in the magical traditions of New Orleans.

12. Wave And A ParticleNothing is solid. Everything is composed of dancing atoms, even human beings and especially solid things like tables. The 3rd of Gilli's poetry/electronics collaborations with Miquette sets up the album for the final phase.

13. Pinkle Ponkle- A completely mystical 5-4 tribal trance dance celebrating the unique Gong sound, encouraging people to be their own leader and preparing the opening of the direct portal to the planet Gong.

14. Portal- Things develop into a progressive Hillage instrumental composition that roars to a complex electric storm climax before gradually settling into a blissful and gentle floating end, The Portal is open.

To read the official UK announcement, click here -
 
http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/gong/gong2032_album.htm - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/gong/gong2032_album.htm
 



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Posted By: OzzProg
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 10:43
Stern Smile

Oh my god. OH MY GOD!!! GonG is back!





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Posted By: harmonium.ro
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 10:59
We're gonna have a busy September! Yeepee!

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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 11:07
sounds like it's going to be a great album

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Posted By: Rivertree
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 12:17
I'm going to see them at Zeche/Bochum this week Smile

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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 12:58
Sweet. probably be a triple purchase, 2 vinyls and a CD..


Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 12 2009 at 13:17
Originally posted by Rivertree

I'm going to see them at Zeche/Bochum this week Smile

a good venue to see Gong. Zeche Bochum has quite an intimate atmosphere, and it may even be possible to swap a few words with some of the musicians



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Posted By: CucumberJones
Date Posted: July 13 2009 at 05:17
I have heard the new Gong album and it is MIND BLOWING.


Posted By: lildabaduye
Date Posted: July 19 2009 at 15:15

yeh Gong is back.  I used to have so many Gong albums....I loved them (not the same as the love affair with Crimson or ELP, but Gong was up there).  Glad to hear they are producing.  Anyone else feel the time is again ripe for a prog explosion?

 
Electric cheese, anyone?
 
 


Posted By: djfake
Date Posted: August 16 2009 at 18:42
Sweet! This is great news. Also being released is Daevid Allen's Gong Dreaming II book! And possibly a US tour in December? Gong 40th hurrah!


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Posted By: OzzProg
Date Posted: August 17 2009 at 10:21
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Let's make that a North American tour Thumbs Up


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Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: August 17 2009 at 10:23
Great news!  Looking forward to hearing it.

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Posted By: A Person
Date Posted: August 17 2009 at 20:01
Does anyone know when/where the new album will be available for pre-order? I want to make sure to get it as soon as I can. It sounds like it's going to be great. The only thing is, what's happening with Zero the Hero?


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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: August 17 2009 at 22:14
I'm really looking forward to this one, a lot more than I am the new Porcupine Tree album or any of the other releases due out (unless Magma finally releases a new studio album, in which case I'd say the two would be equal).

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Posted By: djfake
Date Posted: August 18 2009 at 05:50
Yeah, this is the one new release I'm really getting excited about. And the book. Not really holding my breath about the North American tour... Taylor and Howlett sound like one tight funky rhythm section on that clip.

more clips here, but I'm going to wait for the WHOLE BANANA! Also states "pre-order" soon...

http://www.planetgong.co.uk/bazaar/cd/2032.shtml





Have to admit, the PT Incident I'll probably just download until the 5.1 version comes out at a REASONABLE price.


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Posted By: BaldFriede
Date Posted: August 18 2009 at 07:29
The sound examples on the Planet Gong page are great; we are really looking forward to the album. But listen for yourself:

http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/images/cd.cgi?2032.jpg">cover artwork
Gong
2032
http://wakyo.jp/ - Wakyo WKYCD025 --> G-Wave AAGWCD001 || 2009.09.21 || available to pre-order soon
http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/images/cd.cgi?2032.jpg - Click for big pic
Coming soon to a planet near you... 2009.09.21

'Never fight another war...'

Co-written by Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy and Gilli Smyth, with Mike Howlett and Chris Taylor. Produced and engineered by Steve Hillage at A-Wave Studios, London, with additional production by Daevid Allen at Bananamoon Observatory in Australia.
  1. City of Self Fascination - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_01.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  2. Digital Girl - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_02.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  3. How To Stay Alive - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_03.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  4. Escape Control Delete - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_04.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  5. Yoni Poem - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_05.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  6. Dance With The Pixies - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_06.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  7. Wacky Baccy Banker - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_07.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  8. The Year 2032 - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_08.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  9. Robo-Warriors - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_09.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  10. Guitar Zero - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_10.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  11. The Gris Gris Girl - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_11.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  12. Wave And A Particle - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_12.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  13. Pinkle Ponkle - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_13.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
  14. Portal - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/bazaar/av.cgi?2032_14.mp3">listen in mp3 0'45" | 705 KB
Musicians:
  • daevid allen - guitar and vocals
  • miquette giraudy - synthesizers
  • steve hillage - guitar and vocals
  • gilli smyth - vocals
  • mike howlett - bass
  • didier malherbe - soprano sax, flute
  • theo travis - sax, flute
  • chris taylor - drums
  • yuji katsui ( http://www.rovo.jp/ - Rovo ) - electric violin



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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: August 18 2009 at 19:49
Thanks for the links Friede, I'm going to listen in now. 

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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 01 2009 at 18:49
The website still says "Available for pre-order soon."  I hope it is soon, before long the pre-order will be starting after the album's on the market...only 20 days off, and I'm really hoping to get one of the 1000 copies of the limited edition.  Hopefully they'll update soon.

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Posted By: djfake
Date Posted: September 02 2009 at 04:54
Well, Gong has never been one to do things with... precision. But I'm sure there will be enough for all. "limited edition" = enough to fill demand.

Originally posted by SaltyJon

The website still says "Available for pre-order soon."  I hope it is soon, before long the pre-order will be starting after the album's on the market...only 20 days off, and I'm really hoping to get one of the 1000 copies of the limited edition.  Hopefully they'll update soon.


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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 02 2009 at 12:02
Well, the regular version is a full release, but they're releasing a limited edition version, 1000 copies, which includes the album on double LP as well as CD, etc.  I'm not worried about being able to get the regular edition, but I'd prefer to have the nice shiny limited version instead.

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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: September 02 2009 at 18:08
Shhh, we give out these details AFTER we've ordered ours already... LOL


Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 02 2009 at 18:28
Ah yeah, forgot about that Embarrassed

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Posted By: sampo
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 06:26
You can now order the limited vinyl edition w/ the poster and CD included at their site. The price isn't that high considering the additional CD.


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 06:42
I actually heard a track from this on a local radio station Monday night! Sounded pretty good actually.

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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 06:50
Originally posted by sampo

You can now order the limited vinyl edition w/ the poster and CD included at their site. The price isn't that high considering the additional CD.
The VAT tax and P&P pushes the price up a bit - just ordered it - came to £26.68 in total

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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 09:59
Sweet got mine Big smile


Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 19:05
At the same time I want the limited edition, I've ordered the regular release edition...stupid inability to find a job at college made a $55 album too pricey for me Cry

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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: September 16 2009 at 21:06
I bought an extra copy Salty .. I'll keep it wrapped, so when you can let me know.. Thumbs Up


Posted By: djfake
Date Posted: September 17 2009 at 04:03
HEre's another FULL clip:

http://myspace.com/Gong2032 - http://myspace.com/Gong2032

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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 17 2009 at 11:15
Originally posted by Plankowner

I bought an extra copy Salty .. I'll keep it wrapped, so when you can let me know.. Thumbs Up


Awesome, I'll keep that in mind. Big smile


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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 22 2009 at 14:33
Anyone get their hands on this gem yet?

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Posted By: djfake
Date Posted: September 22 2009 at 16:29
Led by septuagenarians Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, Gong has been resonating it's silly/serious message since easter sunday 1966. Yes, that's a long time. From their early releases on the BYG and Virgin labels in the 70s, the band has sported an ever-revolving door of musicians, ever delivering some of the deepest psychedelic grooves this side of cabaret. Really, Gong's music is that unique. In 1990, Allen and Smyth resurfaced from hiatus Australia and reformed the Gong band. After 1992's Shapeshifter (best known for being the most un-Gong sounding Gong album), the next decade saw various former members come and go, as they toured what was little more than the nostalgia wave. Not that I'm complaining... It reached a peak with their millennium release, Zero To Infinity. Graced with some really funky tunes courtesy of the Mike Howlett/Chris Taylor rhythm section; but as the former said, it was all a little to cozy. Yes, quite cozy. And delicious. In 2006, the original surviving members of the Radio Gnome Trilogy band converged upon Amsterdam for the most conventional Unconvention a fan could ask for. Former guitarist Steve Hillage and his partner Miquette Giraudy, best known as techno outfit System 7, returned to the fold for the first time since the 70s.

Thus, we arrive at 2032. Hillage and Allen hunkered down under in late 2008 to write the fourteen songs that make up this newest of new Gong albums. 2032 is the year that the Pothead Pixies - those mischievous little green men from the planet of love - return to the planet Earth to clue us all in on our misguided misadventures. Allen's wisedome and Smyth's she-wisdom are all within, maybe even a little too obvious, but who isn't listening? Really! If you've followed the band, you'll remember that Gong changes; this was probably best evidenced in 2004's Acid Motherhood, an album that brought Allen together with Japanese psychedelic freakout masters Acid Mother's Temple. An unbelievable album, it did split the faithful. While 2032 steers clear of that kind of controversy, it does take the big chance - at being modern. And we've got Steve Hillage's masterful production to thank for that. Hip groovy rap? Trip-hop psychedelia? Yes siree. Gone is the deep space and the long head-nod grooves, and in are concise, bright, beautiful songs. And lots of them - a whole album's worth! Daevid and Gilli share the majority of vocals duties (which is great because Gilli was all but absent from Acid Motherhood), while Hillage's guitar glows, rather than shines (though he does lend his signature space rock to the album's instrumental finale). Miquette Giraudy's synths percolate sideways upside down, but it's really the incredibly tight rhythm section of bassist Mike Howlett and drummer Chris Taylor that lend 2032 it's edgey edge. Crisp, punchy and right up in the mix, Gong are hear and now. Don't miss the bus, jump aboard, and join the Gong band for one remarkably fresh album from a band that's been at it for nearly five decades. Wow.

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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: September 22 2009 at 22:50
I'm a bit concerned, I pre-ordered the vinyl, received the initial eMail, but it hasn't been updated nor have I been charged.. being a limited edition this kind of thing drives me crazy...
 
... just received an eMail after my inquiry, mine are set aside he's just been swamped.Thumbs Up


Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: September 24 2009 at 14:02
Nice...I'm just waiting for my copy to get here, maybe it and my new headphones will come on the same day. Thumbs Up

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Posted By: The Runaway
Date Posted: October 20 2009 at 14:51
Got my LE. It's awesome and I have already hung the poster up on my wall!

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Posted By: emdiar
Date Posted: October 23 2009 at 11:15
This is the best album to be released this side of 1974's YOU!.........by anyone!! Finally a Gong album that can stand next to Camembert... and the trilogy with it's head held high. Not at all a nostalgia trip, but both in tune with the invisible green planet, and completely Here & Now.
I saw them do some of it at the Beautiful Days Fest in august, Im off to see them in Amsterdam in 3 weeks, and then in Oxford 2 weeks after that. Gong is you and you are Gong!
 
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Posted By: sir.psycho
Date Posted: March 07 2010 at 11:11
Exclamation please please !!! help me ! anyone any ideas how can i get 2032 on vinyl ?? means so much for me Cry
only find two worldwide this time - 
£149.99 and £99.99 ....can't believe it !!! ( we all know GONG is not about money Unhappy!!! ) and i can't pay it Cry ...sure i would pay the normally price !

hope to get any feedback from YOU Hug jana Smile


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