“Even with the stratospheric pedigree of these three musicians – Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, and Tom Eaton – and the expectations I held as a result, Brothers still stopped me in my proverbial tracks during my first playing. The level of seamless simpatico between Ackerman, Oster, and Eaton on display here is just one of this album’s triumphs. When I’ve reviewed albums from these three artists, either as collaborators or solo artists, I often feared being accused of hyperbole, but trust me, you will not hear more sincere and ear-pleasing instrumental music any time soon.”

Bill Binkelman – Wind and Wire

Brothers on Bandcamp

Brothers on Streaming Services

Brothers released july, 2021, retso records


Snapshots: Solo Piano Improvisations

“Snapshots strips away the layering of electronic music and clearly demonstrates that Tom Eaton is a consummate artist in his own right.”
Mainly Piano

Snapshots on Bandcamp

Snapshots on Streaming Services

snapshots released march, 2021, riverwide records

elements: audio environments

“A beautiful, shimmering, and colorful emotional experience, with strong melodic content morphing slowly like waves as each piece slowly progresses… each is long enough at ten minutes to provide an immersive experience, and taken all together provides almost five hours of dreamy, ever-shifting atmospheres and textures.”

“However tired it might be to reference Eno in assessing another artist’s ambient release, an Eaton production as impeccably crafted as “The Marsh and the Tide” (Earth) or “The Solar Interior” (Fire) holds up against anything Eno created during his Music for Films period. The risk, of course, in singling out any one piece is that it suggests some difference in quality between the tracks; it’s more the case that a consistent level of refinement is upheld from start to finish.”

elements: audio environments released may, 2020, riverwide records

how it happened

“It’s lush, shadowed, emotional music that’s rich in harmonies and oceanic layers and it’s all so deliciously slow.”
Ambient Music Guide

“How It Happened will pull you in, finding memories to call forth, unlocking heartfelt responses that could only surface under the soft and certain touch of such masterfully crafted musical truth.”

how it happened released may 2019, spotted peccary records


“A profoundly gorgeous album that is surely destined to become one of my favorites. Another masterpiece that is every bit as moving, mysterious and possibly even more stunning than its predecessor!”
candice michelle / journeyscapes radio

“Tom Eaton has matched, if not bested, himself with Indesterren. New Age and contemporary instrumental fans will love this, I guarantee. Ambient fans who don’t mind some solid touches in their drifts will likely fall under its spell as well. It’s absolutely relaxing, and a pleasure to deep-dive into with headphones. Sure to be a favorite, it’s a definite must-hear.” 

indesterren released november, 2016, riverwide records


“Tom Eaton’s restrained nocturnes attest to the power of simplicity – a piano sound to lust after, immersed in a suggestive, gauzy world of beautifully wrought electronics and guitar loops.”
Tim Story (Grammy nominee and legendary ambient/minimalist composer)

abendromen released february, 2016, riverwide records


December 2021 interview with Peter Biello on NHPR’s All Things Considered


September 2021 interview with Echoes host John Diliberto, Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, and Tom about the making of Brothers.

ambient visions

Interview by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions, discussing Tom’s music, working with Will Ackerman, some personal history, and some impossible to pronounce album titles.


Interview by Robert Silverstein of wherein Tom attempts to shed some light on why it took 25 years to release a followup album to his 1991 cassette.  The short answer is “practice takes time.”


From John Diliberto, host of the syndicated Echoes program:

“An Interview with ZoneMusicReporter “Best New Artist” award winner Tom Eaton. From Buddy Holly to Tangerine Dream to Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road studios to ambient dreams.”

sound sources

While the piano is typically central to Tom’s more melodic music, the textural world of each piece is made with synths, guitars, and basses. Instruments that speak with unique voices are his particular favorites. Currently the Access Virus, Roland JD800, Yamaha EX5, Waldorf Quantum, Sledge, and the Fractal Audio AXE-Fx processor (through which all the guitars pass) are his essential hardware tools. Digital Performer’s POLAR looper is essential in creating the random and seamless background landscapes using an expanding looping method Tom dubbed the “Concentric Audio Technique” (or, “CAT”). ProTools is the composing and mixing environment. Very little MIDI is used on the albums, nearly everything is played live and recorded as audio.

“Whatever separation there is between nature and the technologies used to assemble his material dissolves when the music floods the listening space.”

Ron Schepper, Textura review of “How it Happened”

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