Friendly greetings! I am TORLEY.
I make sonic science fiction*Criticism always follows worthwhile action. The opposite is seldom true.
Listen to these (mostly) short sound stories with massive melodies and vibrant arrangements. I’ve discovered them from alternate realities, in an ongoing research project to expand the edges of expressive electronic music.
What have I been creating?
- SOUND DEMOS – “Audacious Illuminator“, full of anime/J-Pop sparkles and ethically-ethnically escapist fantasy. Made with UVI USQ-1, a recreation of the Ensoniq ESQ-1 vintage digital-analog synth.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Mallet Multiverse“, a minimaximalist foray into UVI Beathawk Mallets expansion.
- SOUND DEMOS – Trailer soundtrack for UVI Augmented Piano, the ultimate evolution of prepared piano.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Unzippered Universe” for UVI Meteor. The future of impactful transitions, distributed dramatically.
- PRODUCT – As part of Sansar Studios experience creators, collaborated with Intel and Warner Bros. on their virtual CES booth feat. Ready Player One.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Splash Damage Mountain” for UVI SubCulture. Let the bass drop, rock & roll!
- SOUNDSCAPE – Slow Motion, a generative tribute to the musicality of Vangelis.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Experimental Weapons Division” for UVI Nagoya Harp. Does it get any more cyberpunk chic than an electrified Japanese harp with typewriter keys?
- SOUNDSCAPE – 88 Keys, a journey into the heart of two pianos across a distance. A blissful collaboration with myNoise.
- SOUND DEMOS – “The Awe Wave (for Suzanne Ciani)” for UVI OB Legacy, a floaty arp-driven tribute to Tom Oberheim’s iconic synths.
- PRODUCT – Sansar, the best way to create and share social VR experiences, opened on July 31. As part of an awesome team, I did the UI sounds, Sansar Studios soundscapes, and music.
- SOUND DEMOS – “I AXed You Nicely” for UVI UVX80… 1980s cult VHS horror vibe adventures into a baroque danceable future…
- SOUND DEMOS – Trippy tracks (1|2|3|4) for Surreal Machines plugins, including Glitch Piano Dub Machines.
- SOUNDSCAPE – Twin Black Lodges, an eerie jaunt inspired by Twin Peaks, is my second collaboration with myNoise‘s sinister ambience generator.
- SOUND DEMOS – A trio showing off the 90s synth fun of Fizmo, K5000S, and JD-800/990 in UVI’s Digital Synsations Vol 2.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Layered Cloud Consciousness” & “Theme Park After Dark” for the lush UVI Atmospherics for Falcon pack.
- SOUND DEMOS – “Polyphonic Colorscapes” in support of the analogue tribute that is UVI UVS-3200.
- SOUNDSCAPE – Nocturnion, a drifting journey into the interstellar cosmos, is my first collaboration with myNoise‘s relaxing ambience generator.
- SOUND DEMOS – REPRODEDUCTIONS is 11 tracks deeply exploring the performance possibilities of u-He Repro-1.
- SOUND DEMOS – “TimeCubed” in support of the spacetime journey that is UVI Ether Fields.
- SOUNDS – Noiiz sounds platform is live. Special features like plugin integrations and random buttons. I beta tested.
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