Story, Tim

Tim Story was born in 1957 in Philadelphia, and currently lives in the small river town of Maumee, in northwest Ohio.
In addition to nine solo albums and dozens of compilation appearances, Story's work has appeared on numerous television and film soundtracks, including the original score for the popular NPR documentary “In Search of Angels” (1994), and “Caravan” (2005) , a feature-length documentary from the production company of acclaimed Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar.  Story's music has been nominated for a Grammy award (for 1988's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", a children's recording with Glenn Close), and a NAIRD "Best Album" award (for "Beguiled"). Notable collaborations include three acclaimed cd's with Hans-Joachim Roedelius (including "Lunz", named by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the year's "Top 5",), and 3 with Dwight Ashley. Also a noted producer, Tim's recent producton credits include the legendary duo Cluster's acclaimed 2009 album "Qua".

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Ashley + Story - Drop

Artist: Ashley/Story
P: 1997
Drop, the second full-length recording by Dwight Ashley and Tim Story, takes the listener on a journey from the absurd to the fantastic, exploring the dark beauty of horror, obsession and sublime ambiguity.

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Ashley/Story - A Desperate Serenity

Artist: Ashley/Story
P: 1991
Although formally trained on cello and piano, Dwight Ashley is known primarily for his contributions to the world of electronic music. Ashley spent the late '70s and '80s in musical obscurity building an unpublished catalog of recording. In the '90s, he began making his work public, releasing two projects with collaborator Tim Story (A Desperate Serenity, and Drop). In "A Desperate Serenity", which marks the premier collaboration of Tim Story and Dwight Ashley, the recording studio itself is integral to creative expression: the studio becomes a musical instrument in its own right.
"Both Tim and I use the studio as our primary 'instrument'," says Ashley, "experimenting with textures, ambience, and heavy processing to invent our own sound palette. It's not just the art of the music, but the art of the studio."
For Story and Ashley, "A Desperate Serenity" was a collaboration that enabled both artists to make a departure from their usual work styles-to turn tables and switch roles.
"I liked where Dwight was coming from," says Tim Story.
"Dwight is interested in soundscapes and textures - he's a true experimentalist. As we worked together, we tended to reverse roles. As it turned out, I had the chance to do a lot of experimentation, while Dwight would make some of the beds that he thought I would like to work on. Often Dwight would play what I had written, and vice versa."
"I had written a series of compositions for my wife, Paula," says Ashley, "that I called Fan Music. At the time she was working in a design studio where the equipment, air conditioners, and fans created such an intense level of noise that it cancelled out an entire range of tones from the music they listened to. I wrote Fan Music specifically for that environment. It had a liquid sort of quality which utilized sounds that incorporated the environmental noise into the piece. It became very audible. Tim heard it and liked the dark, 'drift' sound - and that became the impetus for our collaboration".

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Hans Joachim Roedelius + Tim Story - Inlandish

Artist: Hans Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story
P: 2008
If you know Hans-Joachim Roedelius' albums, you will find a lot to like about this. Piano, much like that of Harold Budd, and some really great cello passages coming in and out over the music. A sequel to the acclaimed Lunz project, this follow-up finds Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story shedding their original collaborative moniker in favour of recording under their own names. It's great to hear the Cluster and Harmonia veteran in such fine form (he'll be 74 this year), making effortlessly graceful ambient music that still sounds like it's at the very forefront of the genre. Inlandish is bound to prompt comparisons to Ryuichi Sakamoto or Harold Budd for the glowing, meditative piano pieces at the heart of the record, but the kind of electronic treatments and additional instrumentation reaches beyond any single theme, with some compositions simply augmented by ghostly strands of cello, while others more fully embrace digital manipulation, as on 'Serpentining'; a melding of melodic piano and humming circuitry. Of course, there's some great synth work on the album too, particularly when it comes to the vintage krautrock tones of 'Beforst', a piece wonderfully redolent of Roedelius' past. Excellent.

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Hans Joachim Roedelius + Tim Story - Lazy Arc

Artist: Hans Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story
P: 2014
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A limited edition signed and numbered by the artists, in a stunning large-format package.
Lazy Arc is the fourth album by Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story, reflecting both 15 years of musical collaboration and 30 years of friendship.
Recorded at Tim’s home studio in Ohio during the same sessions that produced their acclaimed albums Lunz and Inlandish, but strikingly different in both form and mood from those albums‘ meticulously constructed chamber music.
Lazy Arc is a 50 minute, seven part suite shaped from the sessions’ more ethereal moments, the intuitive playing that happens upon a beautiful sonic texture, and then sustains until it becomes its own form. The sound of Roedelius’ piano and keyboard playing, long beloved by the many fans of his work with Cluster and Harmonia, is at the center of the music – the revolving chords and graceful melodies will be familiar to anyone who has heard his solo Selbstportrait albums. Here, that sound is subtly and progressively altered and augmented by Story’s electronics, often in real time, weaving a stranger fabric. Story’s careful editing creates a flow out of these discretely floating moments, slowly building, and saving its deepest moments for the very end – the final two movements, almost surprisingly simple and effortlessly beautiful, stand as career highlights in either musician’s long and celebrated discographies .
(Jon Leidecker)

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Tim Story - Abridged

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1986
Abridged, is a catalog of emotions all perfectly parcelled up in miniature. The pieces are modest in scale, private in nature, but live with them and they will reveal more of their character with each listen. Tim, of course, has since developed his style with subsequent releases, including the recent Beguiled and The Perfect Flaw, on Hearts of Space. But Abridged is a timely and welcome reminder of - or indeed introduction to - Tim's early music.

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Tim Story - Beguiled

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1991
Story's music might be more accurately described as psychological chamber music. It is intricately composed, well-thought-out, essentially indifferent as to how it might be perceived by the listener. It is music that speaks with a voice all its own: fragile and yet profound. It doesn't care what you may think of it. It exists in its own very personal and intimate space, and it invites you into that space to share in its mystery. Every piece on this album is a finely chiselled work of art. The last two pieces, "Many Years Pass," and "The Luminous, The Dark", taken together form one of the most beautiful sequences of music that you have ever heard. The music ends by converging towards a gentle electronic pulse, and then returning into the silence and mystery from which it came, leaving the listener beguiled.

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Tim Story - Collected

Artist: Tim Story
P: 2010
When an artist with a 30-year discography releases a compilation of work from the archives, it’s typically a “greatest hits” album, perhaps with a few remixes of debatable merit to improve its marketability to die-hard fans. Either way, such projects are seldom a revelation.
But leave it to Tim Story to create the exception that proves the rule.
The 19 tracks that comprise Collected are unique in that none of them ever appeared on Story’s solo releases. Most were crafted specifically for a variety of increasingly rare Windham Hill samplers and the popular In Search of Angels soundtrack. Story fans will be especially pleased to see three previously unreleased tracks from the era, as well as an all-new, 7-minute suite of musical themes from the Grammy-nominated Sleepy Hollow album, originally heard behind the narration by Glenn Close.
But perhaps the most exceptional aspect of the collection is how it documents the pivotal point in Story’s development from deft craftsman of idiosyncratic electronic miniatures to an equally respected composer of contemporary chamber music.
The earliest work on the album, 1988’s Homage, reflects the style of Story’s first solo releases on the Uniton and Cicada labels. Originally created for A Winter’s Solstice II, the track featured an all-electronic sound palette, which made it a difficult fit with work from other contributors — and so Homage remained on the shelf.
But his second Winter’s Solstice effort, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, added the features which became a hallmark of Story’s solo albums of the 1990’s: Kimberly Bryden on oboe and Martha Reikow on cello.
“I knew from prior experience that a purely electronic mix was problematic for this setting,” he recalls, “so I decided to try adding acoustic instruments. The oboe and cello were a natural choice, as they were well suited to my compositional style, but at the same time could serve as a ‘bridge’ to other material on the compilation. As it turned out, they were also a bridge for me to an entirely different way of working.”
He adds, “A hallmark of the Windham Hill samplers was accessibility, and so I also curbed my considerable predilections for ambiguity and shadow. Instead, I gave particular attention to melody and especially harmony … the sampler format was actually a chance to explore and stretch in ways that were distinct from my solo work.”
Story concludes the album’s liner notes with the following observation: “With Collected, I’ve attempted to forge a cohesive musical experience, enjoyable on its own terms.” And he succeeds — because, track by track, over the 15-year span of work that is Collected, that’s what he was doing all along.

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Tim Story - Glass Green

Artist: Tim Story
P:
1987
Glass Green is the culmination of Threads, In Another Country, Untitled,Three Feet From The Moon and Wheat and Rust. This CD shows how Story's writing style had matured to the release date of 1987. It should be noted that at this same time, he was nominated for a Grammy for the children's album he did with Rabbit Ears and Glenn Close, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It is rather interesting that there are several motifs from this album that show up later in Lunz and The Perfect Flaw.

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Tim Story - In another Country

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1995
Although there are many of Story's characteristic contemplative pieces to enjoy, most notably, Careen, On the Green Cays, The Next Oasis and More Chains than Clank, there are also more extroverted works like Alphonso's Mistake and The Garden of Monsieur R, the latter of which can best be described as "catchy". Overall, there is less of the melancholic Story, and more of the playful Story on this CD. Even the track titles are whimsical.

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Tim Story - Shadowplay

Artist: Tim Story
P: 2000
Tim Story is one of those artists who exists in a natural state of repose, whose music is born from a point that is deep and still, gaining resonance and contour as it rises from the bottom of the well. Story has defined ambient chamber music since the early '80s, and Shadowplay continues down that path with music that hovers at the borders of darkness and joy. Story extends his keyboard-based palette with oboe and cello, giving his compositions an even warmer hue. What sets him apart from the likes of Kevin Kendle and Michael Hoppé is Story's resistance toward neoclassical nostalgia. With Story, there's always a sense that something ominous could be lurking around the corner, like a shark hanging at the edge of an intoxicating coral reef. That element of foreboding is particularly apparent on "Intemperate," as Dieter Moebius from the quirky German band Cluster adds subtle abstracted electronics. Like most Story albums, Shadowplay is as haunting as that first moment when one awakens from a dream--and just as elusive.

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Tim Story - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1988
If you're unfamiliar with the Rabbit Ears series of recordings, they are children's stories read or narrated by famous actors or actresses accompanied by music by famous and not quite as famous musicians. What is wonderful about the series is that no video is needed. Children (of all ages) can imagine their own scenes.
I believe this is the best of all marriages of voice and music in the series. Glenn Close's voice varies from character to character and her inflections reflect well the mood from each section: mysterious, spooky, joyful, ... the whole gambit. Tim Story's music matches the moods perfectly.
Tim Story is generally known (if at all) for his laid back, often minimilistic piano / keyboard playing. (I HATE the word "New Age", but that's the section of the store you're likely to find his beautiful instrumental music. His relatively recent releases on the Hearts of Space label include cello & / or oboe. I think he outdid himself with this recording in getting his music to fit the narration in each segment perfectly.

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Tim Story - The Perfect Flaw

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1994
The perfect flaw is a recording that manages to capture melody that haunts the soul. Tim Story somehow finds a way through his music, to create a feeling of desolation and hope at the same time.It is the same intricate balance that at times feels both futuristic and nostalgic at the same time. But quite simply, whatever Tim is trying to do with his music, one thing always stands out. It is always "moving". "the perfect flaw"(tims strongest )along with his other recordings always seem to connect with the soul. It is at the core of the soul where tim's stories unfold and seem to take the listener on a journey that is at times sad and always emotionally fulfilling.

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Tim Story - Threads

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1992
For fans of Tim Story, this his first release, material recorded in 1978-79, is well worth tracking down.
Although this is one of Tim Story's earlier works. There are some hints of Story's later compositions which reflect a greater sense of structure, feeling and musical maturity. However, in many of the tracks on this CD, there is a sense of the artist sitting down at the keyboard and experimenting with sound combinations.

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Tim Story - Untitled

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1988
Story's pivotal second album, "Untitled" was originally released in Norway in 1984, then 'discovered' and re-released in Japan by Polygram, and in the US by Windham Hill in 1988. Embracing a minimalist aesthetic, the album's 12 miniatures featured sparse piano, subtle synthetics, vibraphone, and guitar, all "balanced on a knife-edge" (Sounds, UK). The music on this CD is very gentle and subtle, very much like his previous works. It is carefully composed and with a finite palette of sounds to all of the songs. Very gently, Tim puts us on a journey into our minds, into our real beings, and makes us search for the true answer to things that were lost & found. Still one of listeners' favorites, "Untitled" is "great artistry... music of rare quality and beauty."(Aftenposten, Norway). This definitive edition, the 1988 release on Windham Hill's Lost Lake imprint, was remixed and remastered by the artist.

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Tim Story - Wheat and Rust

Artist: Tim Story
P: 1988
Simply his best melodies, all played in synthesizer compositions.

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V/A - Hearts of Space Universe Sampler 92

Artist: V/A
P: 1992
Universe compiles the fall 1992 releases by the US Hearts of Space label.

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V/A - Slow Music for Fast Times  (2CD)

Artist: R.Rich, M.Stearns, Alio Die u.a.
P: 2001
Best Of Hearts of Space artists from the 80s and 90s.

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Various Artists - Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 6

Artist: Jeff Pearce, Roedelius, Ian Boddy u.a.
P: 2000
New tracks from the Living Room Concert series.

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Various Artists - Possibilities of Circumstance

Artist: Ulrich Schnauss, Steve Roach, Wollo, Pearce, Rich, Synergy u.a.
P: 2013
A Project sampler with new tracks by the artists.

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