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Tim Doyle’s music could be described as “long-form fractal ambient.” Any tags, however, are inadequate to the task of explaining the music. This brief introduction may help.

He was born Feb. 12, 1949 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the oldest of nine children, and spent his childhood in a rural setting on a heavily wooded lake.

He has been making music in one form or another since childhood, when he soloed in a performance of his piano concerto “Rhapsody #1” at age 9 in a school production, and had a band piece called “Rough Draft” performed a few years later.

He turned to jazz and blues piano in his teens, but although he studied music theory and composition, he majored in mathematics, his first love, receiving his B.A. in 1968. He was always intrigued by the connections between music and math, and made some early experiments at computer composition in the late sixties.

His love for jazz deepened when he discovered the Blue Note catalog at age 20, starting with Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans. He still plays keyboard in various styles, but has not recorded his improvised music.

In 1999, he ran across a relatively simple fractal music generative program called Musinum, created by Dr. Lars Kindermann in Germany, who left it available as freeware and then moved on to other projects. Most of the sample music created by Musinum users was brief and (with a few notable exceptions) primitive, but the power inherent in the algorithms employed intrigued Doyle.

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    12 Feb 11:30am Reply
  • KayzerKonrad

    Какие-то слишком короткие композиции... Ничего ж понять не успеваешь...

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mayaberlin

    i love your music :))) that s very easy :D wonderful sounds .......I'm listening to 'Milkweed' right now * thanx for sharing your music *maria

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ProjektWANJA

    Uncommon and very interesting work here!!!

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • loaded_energy

    hi there and a happy and good start for this young year. maybe you're interested in some music which comes from my mind, my heart and my soul. between weird experimental tunes and atmospheric scapes, you might have a nice time exploring and floating. forget about time. enjoy your life and seize the day. with love. a

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
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  • gmlasterfm

    very gooood!!!!

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Myristica

    Fogblind is really interesting. Quite fascinating stuff. Barry Lewis's Curves and Jars album is also composed using fractals. It's on my label - MPS Music and Video.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shneyder

    Esta miscelania tá mesmo muito boa Parabéns !!!

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TemporalxxxSnif

    Hearing "Bower" 13 days ago, at 4AM (came up on a radio channel for the tag "gamelan"), was one of the most beautiful awakenings of my life. I am so happy to know of this Tim Doyle and his music! It has truly brought greater joy, inspiration and positive energy into my life than I can currently describe. Tim Doyle has opened some wonderful doors for us to enter. I also recommend you check out his beautifully creative and majestic website: Thank you Tim Doyle! Thank you Universe! <3 (: ∞

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Viethra

    Tim deserves a Grammy just for opening our eyes to the potential of fractal music. Even if it isn't always pop-chart savvy or accessible. Math as a musical instrument is such a wild frontier, and anyone that reveres Tubular Bells has to respect the intention behind this music. Tim just took it to the extreme. Even as a source of inspiration for conventional composers, it has enormous potential. The triumphant melody for the next Bohemian Rhapsody or the final movement of the next 9th Symphony might be hidden in one of these fractals. The possibilities are endless!

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Espadon

    Awesome music.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Raphdabumbling

    I pricked up my ears and heard something weird, sometime pleasant but as a very impatient bloke, I am not used and can't spend an hour listening to the same song. It does not mean I don't like it. That's a music which is out of the ordinary. I don't adore it. I don't hate it. I'll try to analyze and listen to it more carefully in a near future!

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Morrmidik

    I really must say ive never heard such bad "music"... its like a little kid, playing on its new keyboard/guitar (...) . cant stand this sound. really tried to get into it, but its not even art in my opinion. i always had to ban the music, because im getting angry, when i hear such trash, sorry.

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • needmymusictoda

    Hello Tim Thanks for the shout moreover for sharing your music and for free - I seriously appreciate it. Would you mind if I listened here (play direct) in addition can I please download Incarnation to add to Itunes and reference. Thanks also I would love to be music friend if you will have me. - Gregory - thanks again.

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • bodhi_mesa

    Cogitation collection of mind enlightening tones.

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • BillStrange

    I just realized this was here. Cool.

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • kb7clx

    Hi Tim, just thought I'd stop by to let you know to listen for one of your songs on my Internet radio show tomorrow night, Fractal Breakdown, it's the closer. at It'll be available all week starting at 3 UTC Wednesday, 10 PM on Tuesday in the US.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • robsoncamara

    really liked it!

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
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