Today is release day for Snapshots, a collection of short solo piano improvisations.
For some reason, I can’t exactly remember why, I had a bunch of alone time with my piano last year…and in an effort to shake myself up I got in the habit of sitting at the piano, setting a timer and seeing what arrived in a minute. The 25 pieces on Snapshots are my favorites of the resulting music, and once Sarah started naming them things like “an old man puts on galoshes” we were off to the races.
Without my typical layers and textures the results are a less obscured view of me in my writing room, having a conversation with one of my oldest friends.
Please give a listen (it won’t take long!) and I hope you love them as much as I do.
Thanks, as always, for your support!
snapshots released march, 2021, riverwide records
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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
Interview by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions, discussing my music, working in the studio with Will Ackerman, some personal history and some impossible to pronounce album titles. http://ambientvisions.com/tomeaton.htm
Interview by Robert Silverstein of MWE3.com wherein I attempt to shed some light on why it took 25 years to release a followup album to my 1991 cassette. The short answer is “practice takes time.” http://www.mwe3.com/reviews/ThomasEaton2016/
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.” http://wp.me/p4ZE0X-8rA
While the piano is typically central to the music, the textural world of each piece is made with synths, guitars, and basses. Instruments that speak with unique voices are particular favorites… the Access Virus, Roland JD800, Yamaha EX5, Waldorf Quantum, and the Fractal Audio AXE-Fx processor (through which all the guitars pass). Digital Performer’s POLAR looper is essential in creating the random and seamless background landscapes, and 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”