Skip to main content

Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

Ann McMillan did not record prolifically, but she was at the vanguard of electronic composition in New York in the 1970s. A student of groundbreaking composer Edgard Varèse, McMillan’s primary medium was magnetic tape, which she manipulated to create surreal soundscapes. On Gateway Summer Sounds, her debut album released on Folkways in 1979 and recorded at the legendary Princeton-Columbia Electronic Music Center, she sources sounds from the natural world – frogs, insects, field recordings from the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York Harbor – along with gongs, bells, and a harpsichord to conceive remarkable, hypnagogic compositions. Like the music of Daphne Oram and Pauline Oliveros, her compositions for tape have been overshadowed by those of her male counterparts, but her work is no less revolutionary or vital.

The vinyl edition is part of the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series, bringing to light hidden gems from the extensive collection and revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums released by the label. We are offering Gateway Summer Sound along with the vinyl reissues of Craig Kupka's Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2, and The Neptune Collection by The Entourage Music and Theater Ensemble as a Vinyl Bundle with Bonus Folkways Slipmat.

Track Listing

icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
Amber '75 Ann McMillan 11:35
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
Syrinx Ann McMillan 4:37
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
Episode Ann McMillan 5:13
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
Gateway Summer Sound Ann McMillan 12:01
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
Gong Song Ann McMillan 9:15