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Tim Story (composer)

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Tim Story
Born1957
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresElectronic, Ambient, Neo-Classical, Minimalist
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer
InstrumentsKeyboards
Years active1980–present
LabelsWindham Hill, Hearts of Space, Bureau B, Groenland, Curious Music, Nepenthe, Uniton, Narada
Websitewww.timstory.com

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Timothy Glenn Story is an American composer, musician and producer. Story was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957. He graduated from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1980.


Music career[edit]

From 1981–1986, Story recorded several albums of original electronic/acoustic music, including Threads (1981), In Another Country (1982), Untitled (1984), Three Feet From the Moon (1985), and Wheat and Rust (1987), the latter 4 released on the independent Norwegian label Uniton/Cicada. Untitled and Three Feet From the Moon were subsequently released in Japan on Polydor Records.

These releases eventually caught the attention of Will Ackerman, who released Glass Green (1987) on his Windham Hill Records label in the US. The following year, Story composed the original score for and coproduced the children’s album The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with actress/narrator Glenn Close) for Rabbit Ears Productions, which was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Album for Children category in 1989.[1] The subsequent sale of Windham Hill to BMG marked the end of the label’s support of many of Ackerman’s more ‘experimental’ artists (Story, minimalist composer Wim Mertens and others), though Ackerman remained a fan, and continued to invite Story to contribute tracks to Windham Hill’s popular compilation albums. Many of these pieces, and 5 original compositions written for the television documentary In Search of Angels (1994), were eventually compiled and released on Collected (2010).

The 1990s brought the first of three albums for the US-based Hearts of Space label, Beguiled (1991), The Perfect Flaw (1994), and Shadowplay (2001), which introduced classical instruments including cello (Martha Reikow) and oboe (Kimberly Bryden) to his compositions. Like compatriot Harold Budd, another composer of restrained, tonal music, Story's concise, evocative miniatures were sometimes included in the New Age genre, but the composer never felt a kinship with the term, a disconnect that became more apparent with the increasingly experimental nature of collaborations with Dwight Ashley; Persistence of Memory (2001) with Hans-Joachim Roedelius; and Story’s complex, predominantly electronic solo album Buzzle (2006). Instead, elements of musique concrete, electronica and the avant-garde were combining in interesting ways with the innovative sound design and minimalist restraint that had marked Story’s neoclassical ‘ambient chamber’ music.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Year Title Notes
1981 Threads
  • Atem (France, unreleased) (FGR 16)
  • Re-issued (1992) by Eurock (US) (ECD 2008/CD)
1981 In Another Country
  • Dubious Recordings (US) (DC001/Cassette)
  • Uniton (Norway) (U009/LP)
  • Re-issued (1995) by Eurock (US) (ECD 2012/CD)
1984 Untitled
  • Uniton (Norway) (U024/LP Cassette)
  • Polydor (Japan) (3112-56/CD LP)
  • Re-issued (1988) by Windham Hill /Lost Lake Arts (US) (WD 0094/CD LP Cass)
1986 Three Feet from the Moon
  • Uniton (Norway) (U027/LP Cassette)
  • Teichiku (Japan) (30CP-148/CD)
  • Re-issued (1997) by Eurock (US) (ECD 2014/CD)
1987 Wheat and Rust
  • Cicada (Norway) (C008/LP Cassette, CACD 03/CD)
1987 Glass Green
  • Windham Hill (US) (WD 1061, 11124/CD LP Cassette)
1988 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Windham Hill/Rabbit Ears (US) (WD 0711) l
  • Read by Glenn Close; Music composed, arranged and performed by Tim Story
1991 Beguiled
  • Hearts of Space (US) (HS11027/CD Cass)
1992 A Desperate Serenity
  • Multimood (Sweden) (XXXXXX/CD)
  • Dwight Ashley and Tim Story
1994 In Search of Angels
  • Windham Hill (US) (11153-2/CD Cass)
  • Music from PBS Special In Search of Angels, includes 4 tracks composed, arranged and performed by Tim Story
1994 The Perfect Flaw
  • Hearts of Space (US) (HS11045/CD Cass)
1996 Abridged
  • Hearts of Space (US) (HS11066/CD)
  • Includes "drawn by hand", previously unreleased
1997 Drop
  • Lektronic Soundscapes (Netherlands) (LS 010/CD)
  • Dwight Ashley and Tim Story
  • Re-issued (2003) by Nepenthe (US) (AMC05003/CD)
2000 Persistence of Memory
  • Seventh Chance (US) (AT101/Limited Edition CD)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
2001 Shadowplay
  • Hearts of Space (US) (11403-2/CD)
2001 Blue Tofu
  • Dubious (US) (DCD20012/CD)
  • Blue Tofu (Andrea Matthews and Tim Story)
2002 Lunz
  • Groenland (UK) (CDGRON3/CD)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
  • Re-issued (2003) by Narada (USA) (ECD 2014/CD)
  • Re-issued (2011) by Nepenthe (US) (AMC11028/CD)
2004 Lunz Reinterpretations
  • Groenland (UK) (CDGRON16/CD)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story and others
  • 2-CD set featuring original CD and CD of remixes
2005 Caravan
  • Nepenthe (UK) (AMC05004/CD)
  • Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Caravan
2005 Standing+Falling
  • Nepenthe (UK) (AMC05007/CD)
  • Dwight Ashley and Tim Story
2006 buzzle
  • Barking Green (UK) (BGM00041/CD)
2008 inlandish
  • Groenland (UK) (CDGRON64/CD (US)
  • Highwire (US)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
  • Remastered (2018) by Curious Music (US) (CURIO 6/Limited Edition Vinyl and Digital Release)
2008 errata
  • Nepenthe (US) (AMC08019/CD)
  • Dwight Ashley, Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story (A.R.S.(e) )
2010 Collected
  • Nepenthe (US) (AMC10025/CD)
2013 Our Room
  • Dubious (US) (DCD20023/CD)
  • Blue Tofu (Andrea Matthews and Tim Story)
2014 Snowghost Pieces
  • bureau b Records (Germany) (BB167/CD)
  • Dieter Möebius, Jon Leidecker and Tim Story
2014 Lazy Arc
  • Curious Music/Seventh Chance (US) (Limited Edition CD)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
2016 The Roedelius Cells
  • Seventh Chance (US) (Limited Edition CD)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
2017 Familiar
  • bureau b Records (Germany) (BB224/CD)
  • Dieter Möebius, Jon Leidecker and Tim Story
2019 Smudges One: Virga
  • Curious Music (Digital Release only)
2019 Lunz 3
  • Groenland (UK) (DAGRON212/Digital Release only)
  • Hans-Joachim Röedelius and Tim Story
2019 Smudges 2: Silent Cycles
  • Curious Music
2020 Smudges 3: Isola
  • Curious Music (Digital Release only)
Tracks included on compilations
  • "The Moors", Nightlands, Final Image (1987)
  • "Of the Father's Love Begotten", A Winter's Solstice III, Windham Hill (1990)
  • "The Seed", The Seed, CUE Records (1992)
  • "Gymnopedie 1", The Impressionists, Windham Hill (1992)
  • "Asleep the Snow Came Flying", A Winter's Solstice IV, Windham Hill (1993 WH)
  • "Theme from In Search of Angels", In Search of Angels, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "Angel of the Elegies", In Search of Angels, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "Voices in the Liquid Air", In Search of Angels, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "Angelos", In Search of Angels, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "Woman at the Well", In Search of Angels, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "Siciliano", The Bach Variations, Windham Hill (1994)
  • "The Death of Ase", The Romantics, Windham Hill (1995)
  • "Adagio" from Serenade 10 in B-flat, A Different Mozart, Imaginary Road (1996)
  • "In This Small Spot", Windham Hill Records Piano Sampler, Windham Hill (1997)
  • "The Earth Lay White", On A Winter's Night, Imaginary Road (1997)
  • "In the Winter's Pale", A Winter's Solstice VI, Windham Hill (1997)
  • "The Silver Swan", A Midsummer Night's Dream, Windham Hill (1998)
  • "Caranna", Thanksgiving, Windham Hill (1998)
  • "When Comes December", A Winter's Solstice Silver Anniversary Edition, Windham Hill (2001)
  • "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", A Windham Hill Christmas, Windham Hill (2002)
  • "Largo", Adagio, Windham Hill (2003)
  • "Sanctus", Prayer, Windham Hill (2003)
  • "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", A Windham Hill Christmas II, Windham Hill (2003)
  • "The Holly and the Ivy", I'll Be Home For Christmas, Windham Hill (2004)
  • "The First Noel/What Is This Fragrance?", Christmas Eve, Windham Hill (2005)
  • "Squib" & "Last Day", (Moebius/Story/Leidecker), Record Store Day Limited Edition, bureau b (2015)

References[edit]

  1. "Tim Story Grammy Page"". grammy.com. 19 November 2019.

External links[edit]


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