The music of Tonal Assembly, the artist name of Taede A. Smedes, is a blend of the sound of Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, spiced up by influences from Kraftwerk and 80s synthwave music. His tracks are thoroughly melodic, rhythmic compositions that at the same time have a meditative calmness to them.
Smedes: “There are many musical influences to be found in my music, most obviously those of Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and Kraftwerk. But also Dutch synthpop groups like Future World Orchestra and Peru have been a major influence, going back to my childhood years. I’m a child of the 1980s, and my own music tries to capture and emulate the warm sound of that era.”
“With my music I try to transport people out of their everyday world to imaginary places far from here. I am in the business of creating imaginary landscapes using merely a palette of sounds.”
“For me, the creativity inherent in composing electronic music touches on the Transcendent. Most creatures create sound in some way or other. But experiencing music seems to be a unique feature of human beings. Synthesizer technology allows humans to create sounds and melodies that cannot be found in nature. The creative potential is unlimited, it is an amazing extension of nature.”
"Lost And Found In Imaginary Landscapes" (2019)
In April 2019, my first album Lost And Found In Imaginary Landscapes was released on Ron Boots' Groove Unlimited label.
The album contains 8 atmospheric tracks:
- On The Shores Of The Cosmic Horizon
- Above The Clouds
- Beyond Words
- Runners High
- The Voyage Begins
(featuring Leonie Smedes)
To order the CD, click HERE (will take you to Groove's CD-shop).
To order as a digital download (Flac, MP3, etc.), click HERE (will take you to Groove's download shop) (LINK WILL FOLLOW ASAP!)
“Creating music for me is a synesthetic experience. In my mind, sounds transform into colors, so that composing for me feels a lot like painting (a connection that was already obvious to the painter Kandinsky, whose works fascinate and inspire me). A lot could be said if only the words could be found. But having said that, the whole process of creating a piece of music remains a mystery to me. I hope this sense of mystery seeps through in my music.”
You can find some of my other (older, unreleased) compositions on the following pages: