Tim Story

American composer, sound artist and musician, Tim Story has received global acclaim for a career that spans four decades and counting.  Called "a true artist in the electronic medium" (Victory Review, USA), Story’s continually evolving work has been documented on dozens of solo and collaborative releases, in television and film soundtracks, live performances and gallery installations around the world. 

Tim's intensely personal style as a composer, sound artist, synthesist and pianist evolved from years of experimentation in his home studio in the 1970’s, and a deep respect for composition.  The careful juxtaposition of acoustic instruments with electronic textures and methods, and a restlessly inventive approach to composition and sound design are common threads running through most of Story's art.

" ...A goal of mine is to get listeners to put something of themselves into the experience. To encourage a real interaction, even if the feelings one exposes are sometimes uncomfortable. As Charles Ives said, 'Beauty in music is too often confused with something that lets the ears lie back in an easy chair.' I like to think of good music as a kind of sculpture, where you can never experience the whole from any one point. You must move through it, live with it for a while, before it yields its secrets." As Philadelphia's City Paper described it, Story’s music “conjures without explaining. His instrumental music comes at the listener subtly yet subversively...." 

This fascination with blurring distinctions between composer and listener spurred Story to further broaden his medium in 2016 with The Roedelius Cells, an immersive, elusive multi-channel audio installation.  Meticulously crafted from thousands of short edits of the piano recordings of his friend and colleague Hans-Joachim Roedelius, the Cells is continually evolving in presentation and scope, and is currently enjoying successful exhibitions in museums and festivals in Europe and the US. 

Story’s search for unique forms of recontextualization continues in his latest project, Smudges. Built essentially by submitting other people’s music and found sounds to a process that freezes and ‘smudges’ small samples of harmonically-rich, looped phrases, this growing collection of tone poems generates ephemeral illusions of orchestral music that become profoundly more evocative and complex than the original source material.

In addition to more than 25 solo and collaborative albums, and dozens of compilation appearances, Story's work has appeared in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the original score for the NPR documentary In Search of Angels (1994), and Caravan (2005), a feature-length documentary from the production company of acclaimed Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar.  Production credits include the influential duo Cluster's 2009 swan song album "Qua". 

Story's music was nominated for a Grammy award in 1988, and a NAIRD ‘Best Album’ award in 1991. Notable collaborations include five acclaimed collections with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, three with Dwight Ashley, and two with Dieter Moebius and Jon Leidecker.

Tim Story was born in 1957 in Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in the small river town of Maumee, in northwest Ohio.  He joined the Dais family in 2020 with the announcement of the vinyl reissue of this first album Threads in January 2021.