Raviv Gazit - CD Albums
Raviv Gazit is an Israel-based instrumental electronic music composer with a diverse and clever mix of electronic music, highly charged with rhythmic, urban and ethnic elements.
Raviv began exploring
the possibilities of computers in music during the early 80's and has been a prolific composer ever since.
- Time Stretch
- Jumping Air
- Shape Shifter
- Moon Dog
- Space Pacer
- Zee Rocks
by Raviv Gazit
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Everything about this album shouts "Quality" - from the great sleeve design to the highly infectious musical content, "Shape Shifter" has it all! Go on, treat yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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Biography - I was born in Tel-Aviv, 1949. At the age of 7, I started to take classical piano lessons and continued until I was 18, when I was recruited to the Israeli Defense Army. In 1970, after 3 years of service, I bought my first piece of equipment, a Vox Continental Organ + Leslie, and began to play with some of the earliest and legendary Israeli Rock bands.
A year after, I started Electronics Engineering studies at the Tel-Aviv University. During this 4-year period I kept on playing in various gigs, accompanying local singers and performing at weddings, which subsidized my life as a student. After graduating with a B.S.C. in Electronics Engineering, majoring in computers, I turned to earning a living as a translator of scientific material.
Only 5 years later, at the age of 31, I came to the crucial decision - music as a way of living. I bought a new set of equipment, and started my way back into the Israeli music scene. I started to study Music Composition with Profess. Y. Sadai, then the head of the Academy of Music at the Tel-Aviv University, and became interested in electro acoustic and computer music.
In 1983, with the emergence of the Synclavier Digital Music System, I saw the possibilities of using computers for composition and performance. Using the Synclavier, I started to teach my first course of "Music with the Aid of Computers" At the Academy of music, in which I still lectures to this day.
At the same period I also started my first step in music composition - writing an original score for the highly acclaimed Israeli film "Hamsin". This brought a lot of commissions to write music for more films and plays for the major theaters in Israel, including the National Theater, Haifa Theater and Jerusalem Han Theater, leading on to me becoming one of Israel's prominent film and theater composers. I was also persuaded to go back to the rock scene and started to perform with and produce the records of leading Israeli artists.
In addition to this, I began exploring the possibilities of the new technology available with computers. This led to compositions such as "Zee" (1986) for Synclavier Digital Music System, "Z to Z" (1990) for Symphonic Orchestra and Computer, "What a Sweet Way to Die" (1992) for Computer, Bassoon, Oboe and Piano, "Octet 95" (1995) for Wind Quintet, Piano Violin and Cello, and many more. I also released three records of electronic music - "Ze" (1988), "Electronic Compositions" (1995, co-produced with Arie Shapira) and "Shape Shifter" (1999).
Currently I am the director of the Center for Computer Aided Music at the Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University. I am cheerfully married to Nurit, who is an Internet tigress and pregnant.
My present musical output is an attempt to synthesize all my different ways of expression into a unique style of electronic music, hopefully not classifiable as Experimental, Ambient, Dance or whatever.