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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Genres||Electronic, Ambient, Neo-Classical, Minimalist|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, record producer|
|Labels||Windham Hill, Hearts of Space, Bureau B, Groenland, Curious Music, Nepenthe, Uniton, Narada|
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.
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.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.
|1981||In Another Country|
|1986||Three Feet from the Moon|
|1987||Wheat and Rust|
|1988||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow|
|1992||A Desperate Serenity|
|1994||In Search of Angels|
|1994||The Perfect Flaw|
|2000||Persistence of Memory|
|2016||The Roedelius Cells|
|2019||Smudges One: Virga|
|2019||Smudges 2: Silent Cycles|
|2020||Smudges 3: Isola|
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