My name is Gisle Pedersen. I was born in Norway in 1973. I have been composing music since about the age of thirteen. I have been interested in music for as long as I can remember. Up until about the age of 27, I spent the majority of my musical time in the rock-music domain, both as a listener and a performer. Having become a Seventh-Day Adventist in 1999, I easily got hold of information that educated me on the subject of both the pitfalls and the blessed paths of music. My aim is to produce music that is in concordance with the balance and principles that God has set for music. In this way I want to offer an alternative for believers that seek music that is in harmony with a christian lifestyle.
Perpetual Day is a project that I have been working on since 2012. In october 2012 the debut-single was released, and in september 2014 Perpetual Day's debut album "Worlds Afar" was released. The style of these releases are electronic symphonic.
Review by Matthew Forss (Inside World Music)
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
"Perpetual Day is the new solo project by Norway's Gisle Pedersen. The latest release, "Worlds Afar," is a mostly instrumental effort with symphonic sounds, scintillating melodies, and a barrage of electronic whirrs. The new age effects are bright, encompassing, and persistent throughout. A few vocal lines near the end of the song are borrowed from the late-Ellen G. White - an Adventist visionary and author. "Worlds Afar" begins with a few spacious, aural keys that are muted, but vibrant. The symphonic washes of sound resemble ocean waves. The music is cinematic and refreshing with orchestral keyboard sounds leading the charge. Essentially, the opening two minutes is an introductory and instrumental portion of music that fits the title of cosmic music with a smidgeon of religious or angelic organ-like qualities. An acoustic guitar and punchy keyboard medley signal the start of a new musical progression, but it is just as enthralling as the introduction. However, the music is more upbeat and melodic with symphonic washes, various electronic buzzing, and an almost Celtic-inspired guitar styling. There are hints of Enya, Loreena McKennitt, and Vangelis in the instrumental interplay. The triumphant mid-song portion is very boisterous and cinematic with orchestral sounds, drum sounds, and a whirlwind of electronic washes. The music pulses up and down with vocal doos and reverberating synths with sparkling song textures and instrumentation that never lets up. The song feels like a cosmic cinematic journey that ends with a few male vocal lines of sung poetry from Ellen G. White's writings. "Worlds Afar" is an eleven-minute song that is littered with new age synths and keyboard washes. There are times the acoustic guitar chimes in, along with assorted percussion. However, the majority of the song is instrumental and electronically-inspired. The music is akin to the symphonic works of Tangerine Dream and the classically-tinged ambiances of Enya. The musical progression is relatively free of major digressions, but the song appears to have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Anyone with an interest in ambient, space, instrumental, and new age music will find satisfaction in Perpetual Day's repertoire."
"Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted! How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God! A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world-lovers in pleasure-gatherings where God has forbidden his children to go. Thus that which is a great blessing when rightly used, becomes one of the most successful agencies by which Satan allures the mind from duty and from the contemplation of eternal things."
- E. G. White
"Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul."
"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music."
"The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit."
- J. S. Bach
"Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws."
- Damon of Athens