Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sail when the wind allows

"Sail when the wind allows" (sample) (December, 2011).

This ambient piece uses mostly sampled piano sounds that have been digitally stretched. The title is a Dutch proverb reminding us that everything is easier when you have help. A 15th-century wood carving illustrating the proverb is found on a choir seat ("misericord") in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk, a place that is connected for me to some of the musical material. The opening track of the album The World Above Us.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stillness reviewed on Hypnagogue

If you’re not thinking while you listen to Paragaté’s new release, Stillness in the Mirror, then chances are you’re not actually listening. Doing so in a Paragaté release is not a passive activity; it’s just not designed that way.

Hypnagogue Reviews, on Stillness in the Mirror.
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stillness reviewed by Oliver Arditi

...creating soundworlds that are awash with a sense of light and clarity...I don’t think that even conventionally inclined listeners will need to work too hard to hear the beauty in this intelligent and involving album.

From Oliver Arditi's lovely, thoughtful review of Stillness in the Mirror.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


"Arrow" (August, 2011).

"Arrow" is composed with unmodified samples, with minimal processing (just a little reverb in the final mix). The samples are from the OLPC Sound Samples v.2, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

They are:

River sound, aluminum strikes, metal bowl strikes, bell spin, stopwatch, anklung: from the Berklee College of Music Sampling Archive, recorded, compiled, and edited by Richard Boulanger, Michael Brigida, Diane Douglas, Colman O'Reilly, and others.

Plastic jug strikes and swung hose: Richard Boulanger.

"Bended bells": Adam Keshen.

Kempura: Akito Van Troyer.

California night sounds: Andrew Sorkin.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stillness reviewed on Chain D.L.K.

This second release by Paragate' on the trustworthy Auraltone Music's imprint sounds like a sort of documentary collection of a series of mystical experiences...

Four stars and poetry in Chain D.L.K.'s review of Stillness in the Mirror.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ballade 1

"Ballade 1" (July, 2011).

The source sounds for "Ballade 1" are from a personal recording of the Brahms Ballades for piano, op. 10; most of the processing was done using the terrific Soundhack tools created by Tom Erbe.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Looking Back

Looking Back is Auraltone Music's anniversary release, including new and previously-released music:

1. Travel Trip - Nu2 11:12
2. Tom DePlonty - Spell 03:48
3. Dentist - Freezer 08:02
4. Tim Risher - If suddenly you forget me 05:20
5. etokle - Het mechanische gebied van de slaap 09:00
6. Tim Risher / Claus Gahrn - Night Flash: 8 pm 07:00
7. Cometa - Nakedness III 05:34
8. Tim Risher / Claus Gahrn - Autumn Atmosphere 05:47
9. Paragaté - Liquid Siftings 07:49
10. Ambient Fabric - Sphere 2:04

Just $5.00 at Bandcamp. Check it out!
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Corridor reviewed on Chain D.L.K.

Dedicated to Marc Gaspard, this delicate release by Boston-based composer Tom DePlonty could be evidence of the passage of some angelic entity over some creative sky of the musician...

So begins the review of Corridor by Chain D.L.K.; you can read the whole thing here.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Stillness in the Mirror

Announcing the new Paragaté album Stillness in the Mirror, released today by Auraltone Music. The album contains music by Tim Risher, Tom DePlonty, and Claus Gahrn, and is available for purchase at Bandcamp in a variety of download formats.
Thursday, April 28, 2011


"Tafelmusik" (sample) Tim Risher & Tom DePlonty (April, 2011).

From the album Stillness in the Mirror.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


"Spell" (April, 2011).

Synth with piano, celesta, and djembe, processed in Reaktor.
Monday, March 28, 2011


"Dreaming" (sample) Tim Risher & Tom DePlonty (March, 2011).

From the album Stillness in the Mirror.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Concern with Language

"Concern with Language" (sample) Tim Risher & Tom DePlonty; words by Charles Alexander, from "Near or Random Acts 2". (February, 2011).

From the album Stillness in the Mirror.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Corridor reviewed on Hypnagogue

There’s play at work on Corridor, and the pleasure of discovery comes through on every track.

I'm proud to share this very warm review from Hypnagogue.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lord of stones

"Lord of stones" (January, 2011).

Dedicated to Jeanette LeBlanc, the title is the English translation of the Tibetan word dorje: Indra's weapon, a thunderbolt, an indestructible diamond, a symbol of the immutable essence of reality. On the album Stillness in the Mirror.
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I live near Boston, and compose mostly postminimal and ambient electronic music. I often collaborate with Tim Risher, as part of Tim's project Paragaté.

Music by me, Tim, and Paragaté can be found on the Camerata Music page.


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