united vizion is the first release from the artist formerly known as all these fingers AKA âtƒ. Since 2008, the mysterious Detroit-based producer and beat-maker released 50 full-length projects, as well as various EP's, singles, etc. and worked with the likes of Bishop Nehru, Darko The Super, The Hell Hole Store, Hemlock Ernst, Infinity Frequencies, Jack Wilson, Mr. Muthaf**kin' eXquire, and Yzal The Praxis. Just this past March, all these fingers uploaded his 50TH and final release as âtƒ, 悪い受信. Along with 悪い受信's digital and cassette release, âtƒ shared an extremely heart-felt note to all of his fans and supporters, which you can read in-full at the bottom of this very post. Now, just a few mere months later, âtƒ has returned under a brand new recording alias, Gould '72, with the aforementioned united vizion. When compared against his past work as all these fingers/âtƒ, Gould '72 is far more instrument-based than Hip-Hop and beat-centric; united vizion was created and recorded suing only "electro harmonix, fender, casio, farfisa, crate, mxr, roland, rhodes, moog, yamaha, maxell, shure, gem & boss." united vizion is tagged on Gould '72's newly-minted Bandcamp page as 70's, 80's, rock, surf rock, children's music, dream-pop, easy listening, library music, new age, new wave, psychedelic, soft rock, soundtrack, synth, and video game music.
Gould '72 is, in fact, named after esteemed American actor Elliott Gould—yes, Ross & Monica Geller's dad from Friends—who has been acting since the late 50's and is best known for his roles in M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, California Split, Ocean's Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen, American History X, Ray Donovan, 9JKL, and much, much more. a few months ago, via email, Gould '72 described united vizion to The Witzard like this: "The loose direction of this project is [obviously] all original music played on "real" instruments. I guess, there's almost a New Age-type thing going on with these tracks, but overall, I just wanted to write nostalgic, evocative melodies." Speaking on united vizion's abundant musicality, Gould '72 stated, "I've been playing guitar more than anything, so I wanted to make some fun pieces built around that, too. Overall, I just wanted to get away from making beats, finding loops, rinse, Repeat, after doing it for so long and this is what came out of it." Let's just put it this way: if you liked âtƒ's more Hip-Hop beat-centric work, you may not dig Gould '72's united vizion and if you didn't really like Gould '72's past work as âtƒ, you'll probably love united vizion. We here at The Witzard, for one, are very much looking forward to hearing what else Gould '72 has been cooking up! united vizion is currently available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp and you can Follow Gould '72 (@gouldseventytwo) on Instagram.
"i released the first ATF album in 2008. this is the 50th release in 10 years. i didn't plan that, but it feels like the right place to stop. when i first got into this, the beat scene felt different, smaller; like, there were more places to go and endless crazy styles to absorb. it felt like i knew who all the people were (prob didn't obv.) but now, it's hard to feel like part of a community, when it's so huge. there's a lot of awesome guys still doin' it, but so much of what comes out just sounds the same to me. i'm in my 30's now—which might as well be 60's for anything hip-hop-adjacent—so, i may have no idea wtf is going on.
i'm always going to be making music. it's my favorite thing to do, but whatever comes next won't be ATF and won't be beats. i luv every real fan i have out there. the kindness and support u guys have shown me over the years is just f**king awesome. i can't say "i luv u" enough. shouts to all the homies too: [Darko The Super] for always being down 2 clown, Jack [Wilson] for being an ace-in-the-hole, Chris at Grappa for being the first to put me on, the Woozy crew, Christian & Jared at [Fuzzoscope] for being the best, and to all the other incredible producers and rappers i've worked with or admired. RIP ATF."
- Gould '72 (FKA âtƒ)