Kevin Braheny & Tim Clark
Multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Braheny began exploring music at age four, starting with the piano; by age seven, he began composing his own music. He discovered woodwinds, the basis for his mature works, at 11, and played in classical, jazz, and rock settings throughout high school and college.
When he moved to Los Angeles in 1971, Braheny discovered electronic music and synthesizers, and worked with electronic music pioneers like Malcom Cecil, a Moog synthesist, and Serge Tcherepnin, a modular synthesizer inventor. With Tcherepnin, Braheny built prototypes of advanced analog synths, and developed "The Mighty Serge," a modular analog system that he still uses in his music.
This inventive and creative drive led Braheny to modify or build most of his own instruments, resulting in a unique, hand-tailored effect to his musical work. Most of his music features the Steiner EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), the perfect blend of his interest in woodwinds as a child and electronics as an adult. Braheny worked as a recording engineer during the '70s and later on in his career, developed innovations in three-D binaural recording that gave his work an even more spacious, evocative feel.
In 1980, Braheny released his first album, Lullabies for the Hearts of Space. 1984 saw him become the first signing on the Hearts of Space label, who reissued Lullabies and also released 1988's Galaxies, 1991's Secret Rooms, 1995's Rain, and 1996's Spell. These last two albums included collaborations with Tim Clark, another electronic music pioneer. Clark has been a composer-in-residence at New York and Toronto planetariums, along with composing music for international radio and television, and recording his own solo electronic works. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide
You'd expect high-quality electronics from a musician who has clocked in a good 20,000 hours composing soundtracks for Toronto's McLaughlin Planetarium and writing scores for numerous other planetarium programs, award-winning radio dramas, films, and theater productions. Clark's graduate studies in composition also seem to come in handy. Though he only has one solo album out so far, Tales of the Sun People is impressive because he refuses to settle for the exciting sounds and few engaging melodies many electronic players work hard to attain. Clark's engaging music is filled with unexpected turns and inventive new twists on old ideas. ~ Linda Kohanov, All Music Guide