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Tom Heasley

Featured on Mixing It and Late Junction, BBC Radio 3.

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Tom Heasley creates beautiful organic ambient music using only a tuba. Sounds impossible? Well, it has to be heard to be believed! The tuba is processed through multi-effects to achieve the desired sound. The textures of sound have a unique quality, with (as you might expect) the tuba sound most noticable at the start of each note. The notes ring out over long distances and morph into delicate atmospheric sounds.

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"Everything has been given the ambient treatment, from Madonna to Bach, Tibetan monks to accordions. But the tuba? It’s not that far-fetched an idea. Years ago, Stuart Dempster took his trombone into a cathedral and let it ring out in long echoes. Heasley’s cathedral is digital, as he runs his horn through long delays, reverb and loops. No doubt helped out by engineer Robert Rich, a master of sonic sound shifting, Heasley sends his tuba deep and low, stacking up a brass choir that moves like a dreadnought in space. In fact, on “Ground Zero,” after the opening notes, it doesn’t sound like a tuba at all. “Western Sky” has more of a conventional tuba sound, but again, playing in sustained notes, Heasley gets audio hallucinations going, not unlike LaMonte Young’s “Well-Tuned Piano.” If only John Philip Sousa were alive to hear it, marching music might be different today. "

Review from Pulse Magazine


"Traveling on long dark rays of sound, Tom Heasley ventures to the place Where the Earth Meets the Sky. What makes this expressive journey even more unique is Tom's instrument of choice... Forget "oompah-pah"... these transmogrified tuba sounds spread into never-before-heard panoramas of sonic exploration! Delicious low drones (which rival any synth) seep into Ground Zero (17:02), then expand into layers containing brighter sweeps and warmly spiraling swells of brass. Imagine a wide terrain twisting beneath a cover of undulating streams, fading as evening gradually falls. Sinuous streams perform slow-motion acrobatics in the Western Sky (14:46), moving like cloud formations in vast billowing slurs. In the final moments, a few strands of throat singing slip through. In a darker region, Monterey Bay comes alive... from an uneasy near-silence, animalistic flutters emanate in growling moans and giant-mosquito drones to be subdued by a preternaturally lengthy series of foghornesque blares. Beautiful resonance rises like a mist. A bit of throat singing gives additional texture to the rolling waves which occur Where the Earth Meets the Sky, a rather spooky expanse of organically evolving currents which hovers in a mysterious shroud of sound. Tubular! Extra points to Tom Heasley for bringing something so ordinary-yet-unusual into the ambient arena. You'll find an 8.8 from me placed upon the otherworldly planes Where the Earth Meets the Sky."

Review from Ambientrance magazine

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