- Tim Kuhl
Tim Kuhl is a drummer, composer, and producer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with critically acclaimed artists such as: Margaret Glaspy, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The GOASTT), Julian Lage, Nels Cline, Nir Felder, Michael Formanek, Invisible Familiars, Jewel, J.S. Ondara, Madison Cunningham, Grey Mcmurray, Domino Kirke, Sophie Auster, C. Gibbs, and many others. Kuhl has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and is endorsed by Vater Drumsticks. PRESS: “Brilliantly artful and austere sense of the kit” (Circuit Sweet UK) “A composer of captivating, harrowing, and gorgeous bodies of work” (Pop Matters)
Nice dark brooding atmosphere on this synth track. I really like the overall soundscape. I'm missing a bit more melodic development and maybe a strong kick in the beat section to spice it up. Will consider adding it to my synth playlists. -Kind Regards Soren
Congratulations on the new album Tim! When I was a kid, I had a Swamp Thing vinyl that I'd listen to all the time. It was narrated with people doing the voices way over the top. I daresay this could pass as synthwave! You should submit it to my friend Ben's playlist here: https://www.submithub.com/blog/oneiri-station I really dig the dark and sinister mood! It starts to feel a little repetitive to me around 2:30 fwiw. I'm happy to share it! It's neat to see you exploring this sonic territory.
Ooft, this is huge. I'm a fan of your work from previous submissions. I think I prefer your more subtle work, the final minute or so here was kinda tough to listen to haha (though I appreciate that's supposed to be the case!). Will keep an eye out for the full album and make sure it's on the blog's review list.
Stranger Things! 😜 Love it. I mean, you ticked all the boxes for me: piano, 80s synths, dark lyrics. Hmm... guess those are all my boxes. The release from the build into the main section is epic! If I'm looking for stuff to pick on, doing the best I can through SoundCloud's crappy encoding, I would've handled the vocal differently. In the loud section, it's just perfect. But during the build I would've started more quietly, with a little more warmth/low mids left in the tone, then automated the volume up. As it stands, it seemed loud at the entrance and maybe a little soft by 2/3 in. Other than that, no complaints on the mix. The wall of sound is impenetrable! 👍🏻 Congratulations on your impending release! I'll share this one on Twitter in a couple days. I'd share it now, but engagement on Sunday isn't very reliable. Thanks Tim!
I love the style of the video Tim! Super cool. It feels more like a teaser or prelude than a work in and of itself though. My first thought is, "that's it?" — and maybe that's your intent: to hint at what's coming with Sky Valley. As such I don't think it's something I'm ready to push out on my followers just yet, but I did retweet your announcement! Hopefully it'll get a few more eyes on the project. Here's to 2018! Brian.
Spacey synths envelop from the get-go with atmospheric appeal, the synth arp in the background adding nicely to the mix alongside the patient percussion. Some dark post-punk/electronic charm inherent in the vibes. Would fit right at home on the soundtrack for 'Stranger Things' or 'It Follows.' Seeing as your influences are steeped in horror/thrillers/sci-fi films from the '70s and '80s I'm sure you've heard the comparison before, though certainly it's solidified that you're able to capture an aesthetic beautifully that many composers struggle with. I would certainly suggest sending this around to directors and others in the film industry - its vibes are perfect. Melodically, it's repetitive, though considering the large accomplishment in the soundscape, it's not an issue at all. Also, since you marked needing help promoting this, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com to inquire about my PR service's rates and success stories. I'd love to work with you. Thanks for the submission! -Mike
Hi Tim, always interested in hearing what you're cooking up and this is no exception. I think you're always going to struggle with getting coverage on blogs/sites because your music is very niche and always feels very soundtrack-like, and also instrumental music itself is much less represented in the blogosphere. Which isn't to say that there isn't value in your work, just that it's going to be tough to present it through any kind of commercial avenues and you'd probably be much targeting niche audiences who have a genuine interest in this kind of work (I guess Bandcamp tags/mixcloud etc are good place to do this) Best of luck.
This is right up my alley Tim! It could pass as synthwave. Seems like everybody's getting on the Stranger Things bandwagon these days. The drums are meaty and luscious. Love the tone! Melodically it's got a bit of a dark twist to it. And as promised, it's building dramatically to epic proportions! You've done a brilliant job manipulating the reverb to sound huge but not washed out. I love it! And I'd be happy to share it. Though I can't tell from this embed if it's sharable. I'll try, but if not, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a shareable link. Great work! Hope the new album is coming along well, and congratulations on the single release! Brian.
Hey Tim, Thanks so much for your submission. This is lovely. I love how the track builds and intensifies...Indeed, it's the perfect soundtrack for a dystopian film noir. The scene where the few survivors of an apocalyptic meltdown come up from their underground shelter to survey the damage....and Earth is just a vast wasteland...Yes. That scene... I'd love a better version of this track...I can definitely use this in my show...It's the perfect talk-over track in the late night hour. Thanks again!
This kind of glitchy electronic music perfectly fits the psych visuals, I really dig it. I love the direction the song takes with the passing of seconds and I think the video fully escorts the listener into the sensations I think you want to communicate. I'll share it through our Twitter profile. Thank you very much for the submission.
You're bringing back memories from my Apple ][+ days! Good times. To me this track feels like the opening track of an album - an intro. There's not a whole lot of contrast, or even melodic interest until halfway through. But I do like the gradual build, layer upon layer. And there's something satisfying in its simplicity. I'm sure the video will be a hit with my following regardless! I'll share it soon. Thanks for sharing it with me Tim!
I started out listening to this without watching the video (just happened that way), and for me, this is more of a jam than a song, its odd time signature brings it into avant-garde territory in my book. The video definitely adds to its appeal and its sophistication, and it is entirely creative and clever and a piece of art within itself. The rate of change/flash on it means that I cannot watch it for long periods of time (possibly if I were in an altered consciousness, it might be different!). Love how you experiment with everything and reach out to the edges. Thanks for the submission!
If there was "not sure if I like this" button I would have clicked that. I don't even really know what I just heard to be honest, I'm afraid it may be a bit over my head. I didn't go to college and I like rock n' roll. You know the genre that uses it's "other head". I thought it was cool... maybe a little annoying. But I found those clips of the dude yelling or almost saying stop? to be surprisingly addictive. I got into it by the end. With that said... I don't know when I'd every listen to this... maybe before I chop up my girlfriend into little bits? I dunno man... I mean, I guess it's good.
That sampled piano! Brings me back to my early days with my Korg M1. It compliments the 808 nicely. I'm 1:30 in, and I still haven't heard any references to Ahab or a white whale! Perhaps "call me Ishmael" is coming up... Hmm, it appears I will not be getting my wish. I can't actually understand any of the words. I'll have to take your word for it! Ah, I can hear the title in the coda. Again and again. Again, it brings me back to my early days when you could spend a night replaying a vocal phrase on different keys of the sampler. Though it's not exactly a hit single, I'm happy to share it based on the lyric inspiration alone. Thanks for sharing it with me!
Remixes are a difficult one, a lot of blogs don't tend to post them so it might be better going down the radio/playlist route for this one - with Mikael's name to it you could definitely do well on that side of things. There are some remix/electronic-specific blogs though - use hype machine to single them out and then reach out to them personally? I like the remix but I think I prefer your own work, this feels a little disjointed perhaps. Second half of it is great. Good luck.
I love everything about this...The sounds, the production, the tempo speed...the vibe...the mix. I especially love how it changes the vibe several times throughout the song...Talk about interesting! I would love an MP3 of this so I can play on my radio show!
Truly amazing remix! Had to go back and listen intently to the original. Jorgensen obviously a creative master here. Have a thought to play both the original and the remix on an upcoming radio show, between the two of you, this is an an education and creative lesson in remixes that I think the public radio audience would love. If you both would consider a quick phone interview to chat about your creative processes to then air on a show, let me know. Remix is a bit more accessible commercially in my op, brings it more to life, has more of today's pop sensibilities to it somehow. Love it! Please send a high quality mp3 to email@example.com and I'll include on shows and playlists. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!
Hey Tim! I find the way you've title the track confusing. I guess the abundance of parentheses swayed you from the more obvious: Wave (of Dreams) (Mikael Jorgensen Remix) How about: Wave (of Dreams) Remix by Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco That definitely makes a lot more sense to me! The remix itself has a great flow to it, and just kind of grooves along. I like it, but it doesn't do much to draw attention to itself. More of an "album track" remix I suppose. ;) The most exciting part to me is the jump from the slower tempo intro to the groove. It seems like it could've been more dramatic and milked to greater effect, but it's still pretty cool. Regardless, I'd be delighted to share it with my following on Twitter. Thanks for sharing it with me!
Thanks for sending this to me. Very interesting mix of a noir monologue, noise and ambient which veers into performance art territory. As such it's a touch experimental for my taste, although I like the ideas and aesthetic. Gemma Samways at Drowned in Sound might be interested in this more as I know she's covered artists doing similar things.
Mysterious and dark. Almost like a short art movie with the voice over. Like the first track you sent me more, though. Still need to listen to the EP in it's entirety. Your expression takes some time to get into since it keeps me guessing what comes next. Which is a good thing in my book! :)
This is claustrophobic. I can see the song in the soundtrack of a True Detective-like drama. The metal guitar is alienating and not always fits well, probably too loud in its latest glimpse. I would consider to done down it a bit and keep the words in the front row. The piece reminds me Scott Walker's experimental latest offerings On the other hand, the video is very well directed and brilliantly acted by the dancer/actress. I'll give it a spin through our social pages. All the best!
Ok. So this is very well done. Great performances. Great lighting. Great camera work. Everything is solid. This is the first poetry/performance art piece I have seen like this, so if this is a genre I'm new to it. The music and dancer fit the chaotic nature of the poem. I like the opening paragraph the best. I'm right there in the city with her. But from there I'm thrown off. I don't understand the Pheasant part. Or really anything that follows it. I get there's chaos, but then what's "choirvoice?" I'm not much into poetry, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I'm a songwriter and the strongest lyrics for me tell a story or allow me to relate some how. I just feel uneasy with this. But, I understand these are not lyrics. This is poetry. And a genre I'm not much into. I don't know what to do with this. I'm sure there are some poetry blogs that would be into sharing it? As a music guy, I'm not sure what to do with it. It's not really for me. Great talent all around.
Spastic guitar effects complemented by a suave bass trickle make for a fascinating intro that makes "Drive" immediately entrancing. The arrival of spoken-word vocals and trickling keys conjure up a darkly brooding narrative, something not too far out of Nick Cave's realm. Kuhl's voice is clear and intense, with the video's swapping between spoken lips and a very striking dance, with the actress' facial distortions being particularly apt in regard to the dark sprawl of "Drive". With a brooding backing build-up reminiscent of Nick Cave and an idiosyncratic penchant akin to Scott Walker's more recent works, "Drive" is an enjoyable piece of spoken-word music with plenty of innovation. Thanks for the submission! Look out for a post on Obscure Sound, and reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in rates/success stories regard my digital PR servicing. -Mike
Wow...this is awesome and unique. It's so refreshing to see this as it's not a cookie cutter template at all. Everything from the focus of your mouths, the main dancer protagonist moving in her discombobulated yet sensible ways, the tension, and discordant sounds... I've watched it twice, read the lyrics, and I'm still not sure what's going on, but I appreciate the art.
Well done, original, deeply thought-provoking, darkly toned, discordant, theatrical alt art-rock. I feel like I’m viewing a piece of art that could very well be shown in a museum in one of those small rooms behind the curtain ;) The video adds greatly to it, and I see it performed more on stage than being played with only the music/ audio. Just not sure what to do with it as my audience would find it to be far out in left field. At the same time, I’d like to see if there’s an opportunity to use it somehow in the future. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music and art!
I enjoyed the song and the video though I'm not sure this necessarily should be targeted to fans of dark ambient as I found it to be way more experimental than anything. Since you're not looking for feedback on the music I'll just focus on some promotional aspects. Some notes below: -It's worth consolidating all of the artist's releases on bandcamp. Right now I see the new record on the label account and then someone else named Tim Kuhl on a different bandcamp (not sure if it's the same artist). Also, the new album only has 3 tracks available for streaming even though it's been released which can deter people from sticking with the album. Since there are so many different collaborators on this, it seems like it's best to listen to as a whole. -The description with this Fluence pitch didn't really mention anything about Tim Kuhl himself. I would be curious to know his background, who he is, etc. in a short bio much more than reading the lyrics. I see that there is a brief description on his bandcamp but most people won't seek something like that out. -If there isn't a publicist working the record already then there definitely should be. This is some very niche oriented music but if someone who specializes in experimental music can get it to the right outlets, especially a killer video like this.
Satomi Matsuzaki gives to this composition what it needed to rise from the ordinary. His creepy whispers contrast with the soft instrumentals, which remind me of Air. It's not a record suitable for all ears, I think it's important to find a own key to dig into this song. I'm sharing this on Twitter. Best.
For me, this continues to push boundaries in tone and composition, with your music as art, and on a very refined level. There are fans with sophisticated musical palates who I believe would really appreciate what you’re doing here. I listened to some of the other tracks from your album and found ‘First Light’, would like to play that, and possibly something else from 1982, on an upcoming show , could you send high quality mp3s of your album tracks to me at email@example.com please. Are you planning further promotion on the album as well? Would love to chat more about that if you’re interested. Thanks for your submissions, good luck with your music!
As I commented on SoundCloud, this is hypnotizing! Love the piano and Rhodes combination. I'm really not sure what to make of some of the spoken word stuff. It strikes me as tongue in cheek, but what do I know? Regardless, it's quite expressive. I'd be happy to share this with my followers on Twitter! Thanks for sharing it with me.
Nice stuff. A very solid synth work here to pull out the song from the dark corner where it is stuck at the beginning. The song follows a cyclical and obsessive path which, at the end of the day, results to be extremely hypnotic. It reminds me, in some deviated way, some works of The Knife. I've listened to your other song White (k)Night from your Soundcloud and I've to say it's quite different. It gravitates more around the chill electronic sound of Air. I'll share the song on our Twitter. Thanks for the submission.
It's not particularly immediate, but I like that. Would be interested in hearing it within the context of a whole record so I'm looking forward to hearing that. Really dig the dark atmosphere of it all though - will add to our review pile and keep a look-out for the LP. Best of luck with the release.
Hi mate, I'm impressed and intrigued! Nice groovy synths! The pulsating as well as the floating one! It works well that it seems a bit - just a little bit off key. I like the way the percussion is warm forward but still blends in perfectly. The repeating melodic patterns creates a cool hypnotic, dreamy and relaxing feeling and the shifting chords keeps it interesting I think! It's a pretty simple and clean style but at least for this stand alone track I think it works very well! Vangelis and 80's sci-fi flicks come to mind :) Oh and by the way the track "White (k)Night" from your Soundcloud reminds me of French duo Air in a good way. Will put this track it on my Best of June Soundcloud playlist (https://soundcloud.com/musikmigblidt/sets/guldkorn-juni-2015) which will be shared on my music blog sometime in July. Also shared on my Facebook and Twitter profile. I would be very happy to receive a copy of "1982" for review purpose :) - vinyl if possible! Best wishes Søren
Given that his day job is as drummer to Sean Lennon it is perhaps not too surprising that the scaffolding present on Tim Kuhl’s ‘1982’ is of broken beats. The memories are truly cast however on the alien synths that lounge about in the distance offering a sense of other-worldliness. This sounds like ‘Airborn’ era Mike Oldfield or Jean Michel Jarre were he to drop the light show and instead concentrate on satisfying an audience crammed into the coolest upstairs venue. You can almost picture the smoke hanging in the air while the patrons creating the same plumes drift in and out of conversations that amount to everything and nothing. It’s that sort of tune, classification is inappropriate.
Such an interesting beginning - really enjoying the progression of the chord sequences, but as without vocal, I think personally that it needs more depth that is already here, perhaps more of that perturbing sound that hovers around at the start. Live, this could be incredible with powerful - and with very few lyrics even more so. However, as the track stands, there's promise here, but perhaps just not quite enough to make it stand out. Thanks for sending this to me.