"Gestalt" in basis means a unity transcending mere aggregation. This is the sense of the word we are using. There is a formal school of psychology that uses the term, and many instances in a variety of literary forms, but we do not subscribe to all the various extensions of the basic meaning of the word.
Gestalt-rock is rock music that seeks to express the full range of Life. In our lives we experience the gamut of emotions. So too, the musical expression of emotion found in gestalt-rock ranges from acoustic ballads to screaming pyrotechnics, from flowing beat-driven music to twisting spiderwebs of sound. Why should aspects of a band member's life be considered off-limits just because they might not fit within the limits of some predefined musical genre? Of course, the limits of taste are not worth crossing.
Gestalt-rock is identifiable as rock music, but in the broad sense that encompasses Kansas, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Charlie Peacock, Chicago, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Stevie Wonder, Dream Theater, Eden Burning, Traffic, The Doors, Quincy Jones, Glass Hammer, Neil Young, Janis Ian, Gentle Giant, Phil Ochs, Sly & The Family Stone, Cream, Leon Russell, Supertramp, Andrae Crouch, Genesis, Steppenwolf, PFR, Al Stewart, King's X, Van Morrison, Uriah Heap, Tracy Chapman, Jethro Tull, Rez Band, Prot-Kaw, John Denver, Procol Harum, Mark Heard, Joan Armatrading, Holy Soldier, Julian Lennon, Petra, Curtis Mayfield, Creed, Heart, King Crimson, Tom Petty, Smalltown Poets, Deep Purple, Elton John, Spock's Beard, White Heart, Marillion, Cat Stevens, The Who, Counting Crows, The Animals, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Taylor, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, The Flower Kings, Moody Blues, Hot Tuna, Laura Nero, U2, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, John Mellencamp, Kerry Livgren, Styx, Crosby Still & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Steely Dan, Barnabas, Jimi Hendrix, Guardian, Elvis Costello, Donovan, Jackson Browne, America, Black Sabbath, Squeeze, T.Rex, Suzanne Vega, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Van Der Graaf Generator, The Beatles, Rich Mullins, Yes, Nazareth, The Zombies, and Bob Dylan
Lyrically, gestalt-rock is meaning oriented, covering more than just romantic love. The reason we feel there is a place for gestalt-rock is that the world is so complex humanity has resorted to specialization in order to cope. But such fragmentation keeps us apart, lurking in the comfortable competency of our small circles while the Big Picture grows more and more beyond our comprehension. Gestalt-rock attempts to unify the fragments of our experience into a revealing mosaic, to give voice to universal experiences, but more importantly, to see through to the roots of those experiences. This demands the listener have a hunger in the mind as well as in the glands.
Music operates on simultaneous levels. The richness of the interaction of the tones and rhythmns and meters and keys and instruments and effects reaches deep into our hearts. When words are added, the touch of the human voice increases the richness, but also introduces a foreign element. Words are not typically as multi-layered a communication as is music. If the words are made complex to overcome this typical shallowness, they generally become incomprehensible. To escape this dilema, Mirror Covenant borrows on the opening of Poe's Poetic Principle with its conception of long poem being an oxymoron. We have turned the versifed prose connecting tissue passages into websites that lie behind the remaining intensified song cores.
"An arrangement of separate elements of experience, emotion, etc., in a form, pattern, or configuration so integrated as to appear and function as a unit that is more than a simple summation of its parts."
[German; gestalten, form], noun
Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary, International Edition, 1960
The union of spirit, soul, and body is a prime example of a gestalt. For those of you who may be contentious over making a distinction between spirit and soul, another example is the body itself. The marriage between a man and woman is certainly a gestalt. THE example is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.