Gigi Masin, Jonny Nash and Marco Sterk first met in Amsterdam in the autumn of 2013. Masin was in town to discuss 'Talk To The Sea', the Music From Memory released retrospective of his pioneering but then little known ambient and new age work from the '80s and early '90s. Sterk and Nash, two well-regarded producers respectively known to electronic music fans via their Young Marco and Land of Light releases, could not pass up the opportunity to spend time with their hero.
Six months later, in the autumn of 2014 ,the new friends convened in Sterk's Amsterdam studio to make some music. Nash played guitar, melodica and trumpet, Sterk synthesizer and drum machines, and "king of chords" Masin piano and Rhodes. Two intense and almost spiritual days later, they'd created 'Clouds', as perfect, emotion rich and soothing an album as you're likely to hear. A partnership for the ages was born.
At first glance, mathematical theory and timeless ambient music may not seem the most obvious of bedfellows. Listen to the dreamy, unearthly music created by Gaussian Curve, though, and their chosen moniker seems strangely fitting. Their languid, otherworldly fare seemingly rises and falls like a mathematician's bell curve, before stretching out to infinity and beyond.
It is widely considered something of a contemporary ambient classic, itself a reflection not only of the album's ageless quality, but also the undeniable talents of the three men behind the project. On its' release, critics variously compared the set to Jon Hassell, Arthur Russell, Harold Budd and Brian Eno. Really, though, the only true comparison is with the three musicians' own music. 'Clouds' took the best from each, distilling it into a collective sound as warm, rich and comforting as the first flush of summer.
Three years on, the trio is ready to releae their sophomore album 'The Distance', smiling their way through more spontaneous sessions and reveling in each other's company. And finally they will hit the road, taking their new live show to all four corners of the globe.
Like the Gaussian theory that gave them their name, the possibilities are endless.