June 10, 2020
Tyresta is the experimental music project of social worker and musician Nick Turner. Nick is based in Chicago, Illinois and makes music utilizing various instruments including Buchla Music Easel, eurorack modular, mellotron, and guitar. He also helps behind the scenes with the ambient, drone, and experimental music labels Past Inside the Present and sub-label Fallen Moon Recordings.
You can find his music on Bandcamp or through your streaming service of choice.
I wrote and recorded "Facing Ourselves" during the Coronavirus shelter-in-place order in April 2020. Outside of my life in music, I am a mental health therapist so I have directly witnessed what happens when people (myself included) are forced to give up certain routines and distractions and face themselves. The four parts of "Facing Ourselves" sort of represent the various emotional states that both I and the people I work with have gone through since the Coronavirus outbreak. Though at times uneasy and tense, there have been moments of deep love and connection, which has been interesting to witness and experience.
Like many people, when working with the Easel, I can get lost in shaping sounds for hours on end. With each of these pieces, I was working with both the Easel and various effects (Strymon Timeline, Strymon BigSky, and Valhalla reverb) in order to land on sounds that adequately represented the emotions/feelings I wanted to evoke in the listener. Effects, both in and outside of the box, help inform my approach to sound design and also assist in determining the direction I go in with certain patches on the Easel (timbres, waveshapes, tempo, envelope shapes, etc.).
Mastered by Nathan Moody at Obsidian Sound.
May 13, 2020
Welcome to the first Artist Spotlight episode of Source Of Uncertainty!
Today we feature music from Günther Steudel. Günther was the inspiration to start this series when he reached out to us with some music that he had recorded in the 1980's with his Buchla 300 series! We felt very lucky to hear these recordings from Günther, and now we're very excited to share them with you.
Below are some accompaniments for each of the three tracks written by Günther.
Computers, whether a hulking mainframe, or a small tablet, can create feelings of ambivalence. These
machines are fast, beautiful, and even sexy when operations run smoothly. But there can be moments
when activity goes astray, becomes discordant, producing unreliable results, or even disasters. At other
times they stop altogether without explanation. The fog of uncertainty can last a long time before a
resolution is found and normal, delightful operations return.
Standing at the top of a hill, looking over a field of wild grass and wild flowers, seeing a hilly valley
below. It is hot! The air is blue with humidity and filled with the sound of countless insects in the field.
Overhead fly barn swallows, with their v-shaped wings. They swoop over the field in pursuit of a meal.
Their flying skills are incredible! The sights, the sounds, the smells, all weave together into a carnival; a
The ocean, calm, deep, dark, mysterious. One can hear the occasional whale travel by. There is a sense
of enormous power that is contained. And suddenly that power bursts forth! Rolling and heaving waves
travel into the distance, only to crash against a rock face and explode into a unique and momentary
shape. One such shape looks like an open hand, reaching out of the ocean. Poseidon is present!