Six months later, in the autumn of 2014 ,the new friends convened in Sterk’s Amsterdam studio to make some music. Nash played guitar, melodica and trumpet, Sterk synthesizer and drum machines, and “king of chords” Masin piano and Rhodes. Two intense and almost spiritual days later, they’d created Clouds, as perfect, emotion rich and soothing an album as you’re likely to hear. A partnership for the ages was born.
At first glance, mathematical theory and timeless ambient music may not seem the most obvious of bedfellows. Listen to the dreamy, unearthly music created by Gaussian Curve, though, and their chosen moniker seems strangely fitting. Their languid, otherworldly fare seemingly rises and falls like a mathematician’s bell curve, before stretching out to infinity and beyond.
It is widely considered something of a contemporary ambient classic, itself a reflection not only of the album’s ageless quality, but also the undeniable talents of the three men behind the project. On its’ release, critics variously compared the set to Jon Hassell, Arthur Russell, Harold Budd and Brian Eno. Really, though, the only true comparison is with the three musicians’ own music. Clouds took the best from each, distilling it into a collective sound as warm, rich and comforting as the first flush of summer.
Three years on, the trio is ready to release their sophomore album The Distance, smiling their way through more spontaneous sessions and revelling in each other’s company. And finally they will hit the road, taking their new live show to all four corners of the globe.
Like the Gaussian theory that gave them their name, the possibilities are endless.