Morgan Fisher

Inside Satie

Sacred Summits SS006
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1985 album of interpretations of the music of Eric Satie by acclaimed composer Morgan Fisher. 2018 Reissue.

Active for over 50 years Morgan’s career has moved from 60’s number one hit wonders Love Affair, to 70’s rock’n’roll keyboardist in Mott The Hoople, before finally on to 80’s ambient, improvisation and soundtracks, working with the likes of Yoko Ono, Haroumi Hosono and Dip In The Pool.

Based in Japan since the mid-80s, Fisher’s long-standing admiration for Erik Satie (1866-1925) led to these Inside Satie recordings. Satie’s unique work as a precursor to artistic movements such as minimalism, surrealism and repetitive music are acknowledged but for long periods he not given the accolades his music warranted.

A strange, eccentric, surreal man, he was never as acclaimed as the established masters, but influenced not only the likes of Debussy but also many of the Dada artists. On this album Morgan played his music freely after just a brief look at the scores. Recorded in just three days, it features piano, melodica, synthesisers, and Morgan’s favoured tape delay system.

“INSIDE SATIE is one of the first albums I recorded in Japan shortly after moving here in 1985. In three days I improvised on several of my favourite Satie themes. Mostly I played piano as well as the rich, analog-sounding Yamaha GS-1 (precursor of the DX-7), and sometimes used long tape delays to build layers of sound. All the pieces were recorded in single takes - no overdubs (no time!)”.

Morgan Fisher: Inside Satie

Gnossienne #1 (Cabaret Piano) Morgan Fisher 55''
Gymnopedie #1 (Sugar Plum Piano Water Bell Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 1' 05''
Gnossienne #3 (Street Corner Mouth Accordion) Morgan Fisher 59''
Gnossienne #3 (Organ Ripple Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 58''
Gymnopedie #1 (Hesitant Piano Confident Lips) Morgan Fisher 58''
Gnossienne #1 (French Ice Piano Siberian Snow Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 57''
Gnossienne #1 (German Haiku Pianica) Morgan Fisher 32''
Gymnopedie #3 (Family Piano A Hint Of La-La-La) Morgan Fisher 56''
Gnossienne #2 (Perrier Swing Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 58''
Gymnopedie #2 (Resonant Concert Piano Tide Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 58''
Gymnopedie #1 (Festival Soft Fanfare Synthesizer) Morgan Fisher 58''

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