About

In 2018, American-Dutch producer, composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist G.T. Thomas began surprising audiences with solo performances of her original compositions for her synthesizer system. 

Taking a step back, it’s easy to see a minimalist tendency has always been just beneath the surface of many of the songs she has been writing/ performing (primarily as a singing bassist) over the last decade, as well as in her compositions for art installations that have been heard around the world.  

In her synth pieces, her interest in minimalism finally takes center stage. G.T. Thomas uses sequencers to explore the phase-like impact of phrases of overlapping, varying lengths as they go through changes of timbre and tempo (what she calls "phrase phasing"). The result is a musical journey between pre-composed peaks and valleys, with spontaneous, organically improvised detours all along the way.

Performances

G.T. Thomas currently performs with a system consisting of her Moog Mother-32s, TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play pedals, Korg Kaoss pad, a microphone, and (optional) music box.

She has played in The Netherlands and the United States. At two performances, she accompanied herself on electric bass, and at one she was joined by the rest of her G.T. Thomas Trio.

The pieces she has performed thus far were both roughly around 20 minutes long, and are entitled "Filling In" and "Revelation."

Hear some examples of G.T. Thomas' ideas for synths in short-form here:

Thomas has yet to be convinced that synth performances are enjoyable in any manner other than "in the moment, live, as-it-happens," and is reluctant to share live videos or audio online of entire performances. Please check the calendar for when to catch her live.

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Note: All G.T.-sightings will register on this calendar, synth related or otherwise. Click any item to double-check what it's all about.

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Doodler of Noodlers

“The synthesizer community in The Netherlands is a group of really warm, non-competitive, supportive musicians, inventors, and creative thinkers. 

I recently got the urge to make little drawings of synthesizer performers... in other words, to be a ‘doodler of noodlers.’ If you see me staring at you with a pen and paper at a synth event, I might be making one of these of you."

  ~ Gwen

Synth MEditation Workshop

In 2019, G.T. Thomas will begin offering a Meditation Workshop for synthesizer enthusiasts and performers who need a break during electronic music events. 

This offering is currently under development, however it became a necessity after an 18-hour migraine attack rendered her useless on the most fun day of Dutch Modular Festival 2018. 

"If there'd been a place I could've retreated to for a break at a strategically timed part of the festival on days 1 and 2, I would have fared much better, and potentially prevented the migraine altogether. I love, love, love the noise and the energy, but my body is still just this membrane absorbing everything, and that needs to be respected. 

I wound up spending 5 hours in a dusty stairwell of the building on a cold, hard windowsill with earplugs and an eye mask, while I waited for my meds to kick in. 

Not everybody has migraines to contend with. But I realized that I've been developing a guided meditation for myself that revolves around language and concepts related to synthesis ANYWAY. And it just clicked: if this meditation works so well for me because synths are a natural way of thinking for me... and if I would find value in a break at these amazing events... then maybe other people might also find it to be of some use." 

Please contact Gwen directly if you'd be interested in a Synthesizer Meditation Workshop at your synth/ electronic music event in 2019 to discuss the site requirements and fee.