The Tanuki Dreams collection is a compilation of my “early” (mostly composed in ‘08-‘10-era, with some retouching and editing in ‘11-‘12) Ethernet pieces, previously released only in very limited hand-made editions and on Bandcamp. Johan from Gterma suggested compiling his favorite pieces and having them professionally remastered, with very subtle crossfading between each track to create a continuous flowing experience. I also included a track (Kamo River) that I contributed for a Japan tsunami relief benefit compilation, and a previously unreleased track (Reversal Of Time), both recorded in the same era as the rest of the material (‘09, I believe).
Since an early age, I have been fascinated by Japanese culture, music and art. The mystical attributes of the tanuki, a type of raccoon-dog that lives in the forests and plays tricks on humans by shape-shifting into different forms, especially resonated with me. In college, I was able to spend a year in Central Japan as an exchange student, and explored as much of the country as possible, making many field recordings with a minidisk recorder I bought there. The field recordings have featured in many of my compositions and live sets since then; in the track Kamo River (named after a river in Kyoto), the buzzing of the first cicada of summer can be heard droning throughout, while Windy Neighborhood and Rain Spirits both feature some of the many (many!) recordings I made of wind and rain there.
The concept of Tanuki Dreams reflects my approach to composing music as Ethernet; dream-like, perhaps mystical, sounds that one might experience while wandering in the deep woods.
released March 27, 2014
Composed and Performed by Tim Gray in 2008-2012
Mastered by A.P in February 2014
Compilation, Design and Photography by mr_rehn
Illustration from "Bunbuku Chagama" by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi