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Brief History of Time


    Richard Gilbert rebuilt his first car and motorcycle (a Honda 750) at age 17 listening to Frank Zappa, Bert Jansch, Morton Subotnick, Ravel, delta blues, 50s-60s jazz, and WPKN (Bridgeport, CT). Majored in math/computer science and music at a nameless Connecticut university, worked in the electronics industry and as an engine rebuilder for some time, transferred to Naropa University (Boulder), where he studied and hung out with beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, etc., composed sonic ur-scapes, became a Tibetan Buddhist meditator. Performed in and produced conceptual art multi-disciplinary presentations as poet, videographer, electric guitarist; undergrad thesis on Japanese classical haiku, received a BA in Poetics and Expressive Arts. Went to Buddhist seminary in 1984, and returned to Naropa for an MA in Contemplative Psychology. Into the early 90s, clinical adult outpatient psychotherapist, Boulder Community Mental Health Center, in 1988 entering The Union Institute doctoral program, received a Ph.D. in Poetics and Depth Psychology in 1990, took an important trip to Chaco Canyon resulting in the performance poem Big Bird & the Great North Road, set to music by composer/session-guitarist John March, which received airplay around LA and Denver; became a divemaster in 1991 and nearly moved to the islands; instead, a garage in LA: rebuilt a wrecked 1981 BMW R100RS playing mostly acoustic guitar listening to KCRW and KPFK, while working in post-production audio, sleepless in tiny, dark soundproofed rooms strewn with old pizza. After some month-long meditation retreats, returned to Denver and worked in Community Television as a director/producer. Five years later, nearly became a Buddhist monk, but moved to Japan in 1997, pursuing a passion for Japanese haiku, research, translation, home and for living above the poverty line. Built a computer-hard disk recording studio, which powers music projects and ESL software development; has published around 30 academic papers, several concerning haiku, and some poetry. He is thinking about acquiring a larger twin, and can be seen riding around Kumamoto on a Honda VTEC Spec III 400, when not in his office at the Faculty of Letters, Kumamoto University. Hopes to ride Yakushima Island later this year.



    Brian Moore Custom C90P.13; Fender American Fat Strat Texas Special, customized with a Warmoth neck and Kinman Avn pickups; 1964 Gibson SG (now rebuilt, a gift: thanks Jim!); a 1967 Martin 000-18. Direct recording is stereo through a J-Station, or RMC piezo system, or Roland GR-9 midi system -- this covers the sounds heard on the CDs. The live rig is different and hard to record.


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