BIO

From an early age I followed a strong creative streak that began with drawing and painting, but then turned exclusively towards music after hearing several classic European Electronic albums within a week’s time, which proved to be a profound awakening for me. This was the first time music had affected me so deeply. To my ears it sounded like freedom. Any internal world of sound or images was possible to create musically. The forms I heard in those early albums were fluid and not confined to traditional forms and structures. It sounded like anything was possible and this excited me deeply. (Though by now even these forms have, in many people's minds, solidified into an unbending structure. I have put a great deal of energy in creating my own sound within that style. Spacemusic / Berlin School / Ambient / EM / New Age... It gets called all these things, but my preference for  genre title is "Spacemusic" because it suggests either an internal, meditative "space" or the external "Space" of the cosmos. Which, IMO are the two main areas I want to explore with this style.) ​ I especially remember a period when I had been exposed to this music and my father taught Conservation in college and I would go on field trips with him and his class to various remote, natural places. I would wander off from the class and in a quiet, natural setting I realized I could internally "hear" a very similar kind of music in my head that seemed to play counterpoint to the symphony of natural sounds of the area, from crickets to birds, bees buzzing by, wind in the trees... I could suddenly hear a kind of music made up of similar sounds. Sounds that synthesizers now made possible, as well as the possibility of a sound morphing from one texture to another. up to the arrival of synthsizers this kind of morphing didnt happen. There were experiments in prepared piano and ways of modifying a basic tonality, but a piano would never sound like a trumpet, or vice versa. With synthesizers now the tonal qualities were extremely malleable.  You could "animate" the sound in new and amazing ways. 

But synthesizers were very expensive then in those early years, and using them to create seemed too far out of reach at the time. I began studying Classical guitar, Ragtime, Jazz and Folk music, later playing bass and guitar in a few rock bands, but always dreaming of recreating that sound I heard in I head that was so uniquely tied to synthesizers. In the mid eighties I bought my first few synths, added multi track recording, and from that point on have found my perfect expression in the world of animating electronic kaleidoscopic music where the morphing tone colors are as important as the melody, harmony and rhythm. My albums blend elements of French Impressionism, German Electronic and American Minimalist styles, while forging my own unique touch in the genre.

I was a founding member of the synth band Dweller at the Threshold and have also released several solo works and collaborations with artists such as Steve Roach, Craig Padilla, Rudy Adrian, Nemesis, Ron Boots and Otso Pakarinen.

© 2019 by Paul Ellis